The RelaxBlanket weighted blanket is nothing I haven’t seen before. A bare-bones build, with a few broad-spectrum sizes, that aims to meet the needs of as vast a section of the market as possible. It has an ace up its sleeve in one area, but overall it is a perfunctory option. That isn’t to say that I don’t like it. In the last year I have tested out dozens of weighted blankets, and even the worst ones grant a good night’s sleep, I mean, it’s a heavy blanket, not too hard to get the basics right. But in that time I have seen a few builds that go above and beyond. Sadly the RelaxBlanket is not one of them. Before we dive into the review proper, we need to take a look at who weighted blankets are for.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, anger issues, or insomnia, then you should probably buy a weighted blanket. If you have a child with ASD or ADHD then you should probably buy them a weighted blanket. There are so many reasons to get a weighted blanket, and helping mitigate the effects of the above issues is the top reason for me. Of course, you might find it hard to believe that weighted blankets can help with all those issues, I did too. So I looked into the science and found a dozen or so studies going back thirty years, each corroborating the effects.
You can read my Science of Weighted Blankets article here on site, and the links to the studies are at the bottom of that work, but in short. Weighted blankets work via something called Deep touch Pressure and simply put, when pressure is applied to the body you release hormones, like Serotonin and Melatonin. They help you manage stress, depression and facilitate sleep. So if you suffer from any of the issues mentioned here, or you just want a better night’s sleep, then get yourself a weighted blanket, you will not regret it.
RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
The RelaxBlanket is fairly standard, in that it does not come with a removable cover. I love a removable cover, and more firms should supply one as standard. They make cleaning much easier, as many weighted blankets cannot be machine dried, so there is a real tangible time save with the removable cover. Of course, RelaxBlanket do sell one separately, but I hate that practice. It wouldn’t be a problem where it not for the fact that weighted blankets do not come in standard sizes, so getting a cover yourself on the cheap elsewhere is next to impossible. The one they offer is lovely though, a pure 100% cotton blend, and cotton really is king. The material used on the outer layer of the blanket is cotton too, and its combination of comfort, durability, and porousness goes a long way. I still sleep on an early gen memory foam mattress, and they sleep hot, so the extra heat dissipation courtesy of cotton is much obliged. Aesthetically we have no options, but that is hardly unique in the prefab weighted blanket market. Relax Blanket have gone for a simple grey blanket, and while that appeals to me, there are a fair few folk out there for whom that would not match.
Inside the RelaxBlanket is more cotton, and as above so below, and cotton is still the king of bedding materials. The weight with this build is added via plastic poly pellets. I prefer the glass-based builds, due to their better weight distribution, but the plastic is probably better from a day to day perspective. Glass cannot be machine dried, and the plastic can be. So long as you do so on a low heat, I have tested this on a number of builds, and anything higher than an air breeze can wreck the build. We have two size options with this one, the 48 ” x 72 ” model and the 60 ” x 80 ” model. The smaller build comes in 15lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs, while the large comes in 15lbs, 17lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs. A properly fitted weighted blanket should not hang off your bed, else you get worse weight distribution, and it should weigh between 8-12% of your total body weight. When it comes to the prefab builds we are limited in our weight and size selection, but I feel like most folk will find something they can use in this set. Overall, not a bad blanket and well worth it depending on the price.
RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket Overall Review
For a prefab build the RelaxBlanket range is more expansive than I would have suspected. I like the options in terms of size and weight, allows them t hit a broader section of the market. The lack of a cover is a downside, but hardly a unique one and the use of plastic might not be to my tastes, but I feel like most folk would prefer the utility of an easy to clean blanket. There are downsides, but there are upsides too. So a standard build then. But we need to look at the prices before we can make a final judgment.
RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
The prices are weird. This is not the first time this has happened to me. I look at the prices and find smaller, lighter builds costing more than the larger heavier ones. It makes no sense. The three smaller builds, 48 ” x 72 ” in 15lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs, are priced $179, $199, and $219 respectively, while the larger, 60 ” x 80 ” in 15lbs, 17lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs, are priced $119, $129, $129, and $169 respectively. Confusion ensues. If you are in the market, then it makes no sense to buy a smaller one here. For those with a smaller bed, look elsewhere.
The warranty is the standard 1 year of coverage. It’s limited coverage too, so be sure to go over your purchase carefully when you get it, harder to convince a firm that the damage was done int he factory after you have been using it for a few months. I recommend you buy via Amazon.com, as they will add their clout to your own in the event of an issue. They have some of the best consumer protection programs on the market right now, and they offer a little extra peace of mind, especially when dealing with overseas companies.
RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
A middle of the road build. It comes with everything you might want out of a weighted blanket, for sure, but there are no bells and whistles. Nothing that elevates it. The price is fine, so long as you ignore the smaller builds, and the warranty is perfunctory at best. If you find it on offer, then it becomes more attractive, but right now there is little to make me want to recommend this over any other prefab weighted blanket.
Nothing wrong with the RelaxBlanket, but nothing that stands out either. If you don’t mind who made your blanket, then get this one, it will satisfy like any other weighted blanket.
Money Back Guarantee
Cover Not Included
Smaller Sizes Are Comparatively Expensive
RelaxBlanket is another all around average blanket that we've reviewed. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but also not much that sets it apart. The lack of a removable cover is a concern but not unexpected for a blanket in this price range. Bottom line, there are better economy blankets available.