Did not expect to find a weighted blanket of this high a quality so late in my review day. I tend to look for the best of the best, get those, so as to have something to compare to. The Restorology weighted blanket is a broad spectrum build, aiming for both the adult and the child market. They offer a range of size/weight options, hitting a few niche sizes that I seldom see outside of bespoke weighted blankets. The core materials used are great, extremely versatile, though they do come with a few downsides. The pricing on this one is amazing, but there is a major caveat to that statement, best left to the actual pricing section.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
There are a whole host of reasons to get a weighted blanket. They help you sleep better, they relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and even stress-related anger. This might sound far-fetched, and I did not believe half of it when I was first tasked with looking into weighted blankets. I spent a solid week or so collating as much information as I could, and the results were surprising. It was all true. It is down to something called deep touch pressure, which is a fancy way of saying the hug effect. When pressure is applied to the body you release serotonin and melatonin. This has a calming effect and is a godsend for serotonin starved disorders.
Much of the early science was focused on the effects on children, and they found that weighted blankets and clothing helped both kids on the Autistic Spectrum and those with attention disorders. Latter-day studies have shown the effects on adults, initially those with anxiety or insomnia, but eventually broader studies were conducted which proved that weighted blankets are effective on pretty much everybody, to a greater or lesser degree. I have been using one for a number of months and can attest to their effectiveness. If you want to read the actual studies check out my science of weighted blankets article on site.
Restorology Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
My final weighted blanket haul has been nothing but surprises in terms of quality. It seems I spent the last few months exclusively checking out the bottom of the barrel thinking it was more mid-range. This Restology blanket is excellent. The firm is excellent. They offer a wider variety than any other prefab weighted blanket firm on the market right now, with a lovely selection of colors and weight options. I went with the 12lbs blanket in Sage green. The outer layer is removable for easy cleaning, and it is a mink-like poly blend, for the added comfort, and the easier cleaning. I prefer a 100% cotton, as it is a little more breathable, and with the weather getting warmer the mink cover might be a bit stifling before too long. Regardless it is lovely. There are six color options, white, ivory, sage, navy chocolate and gray. All monochrome, sure, but I am a fan of the simple, clean look. Overall an excellent start for the Restorology build.
On the inside is 100% cotton, and I am glad to see it, even if the vast majority of firms manage to have that on the inside. The weight is added via plastic poly pellets, and they are fine. I prefer glass, as that leads to a more even weight distribution, but the plastic comes with a few benefits unique to it. It is hypoallergenic, and it can be washed and dried in a machine. Not on a high heat mind you, but still. It cuts down on the cleaning time by a wide margin. There are really only two sizes available, 48″ x 72″, which comes in 8lbs and 10lbs, and 60″ x 80″, which comes in 12lbs, 15lbs, 18lbs, and 20lbs. Be sure to measure your bed before you buy, as a weighted blanket should not hang off the side, instead fitting flush. This range of weights is excellent. So few firms manage to have a range that manages to hit the majority of the market. Granted, if you are buying for younger children you will have to look elsewhere, but between 70lbs and 220lbs are well and truly covered here.
Restorology Weighted Blanket Overall Review
There is nothing here that I do not like. The outer material could be a little better, as when you go with mink over cotton you lose out in terms of breathability, but you make gains in comfort, from some folks’ perspective. The range of colors is great, and the weight options really elevate this build. The only thing that could keep this build from a ranking position in my forthcoming top ten is a lackluster price. So let’s dive right in.
Restorology Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
Right now the price of the Restorology range is actually amazing, but a closer look reveals there to be a fairly hefty discount applied. The smallest weighted blanket offered, the 8lbs 48″ x 72″ is sitting at $200 at base, discounted to $122.99. $122 is a great price for that size, weight, quality combo, but if the discount comes off then it is not worth it at all. Their 20lbs blanket runs all the way up to $300, which is actually pretty normal for a large heavy weighted blanket, but their lower end is mispriced. If the firm upped the base price so as to make the discount appear better than it is, then fair enough, but it leaves me unable to recommend the build should that discount be removed. The 10lbs build is $245, down to $125. The 12lbs build is $270, down to $133, the 15lbs is $280 down to $136, the 18lbs is $290 down to $146 and the 20lbs build is $300, down to $153.
The warranty is what I have come to expect in the weighted blanket business. A simple year-long warranty, with limited coverage. This means that only factory faults are covered if the blanket breaks through normal use you are not covered at all. Bit of a downside, but it hardly makes Restorology unique in the business. If you decided to go with a Resorology build then I recommend you go with Amazon, as at least then you get their excellent customer support policies to back you up in the event of an issue. I have had a few issues with sellers int he past, and each time Amazon has stepped up and resolved the issues to my satisfaction. Always nice to have that peace of mind.
Restorology Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
It’s a hard question to answer. If I were to ignore the discount debacle and look only at the build itself then I have to say yes. The core of the blanket is excellent, material choices are great, and while there are some issues, there are benefits too. When we look at the current price this is an excellent product, and great for those looking for a nice entry level weighted blanket to last them a few years. But when we look at the way the discounts have been applied, with the base prices of the blankets being so far above the average in the business, then I have to say look elsewhere. If you can get the 12lbs blanket for sub $150 then you have yourself a good deal, but if you come across Restorology gear at price beyond that then rest assured, there are comparable products at far lower prices.
Multiple Size/Color Options
Removable Minky Cover
Price Fluctuates Depending on Discounts
Limited Stock on Certain Colors
Restorology's weighted blanket is a good entry-level option with a variety of size and color options available. The removable soft minky cover is a plus and the price point makes it attractive to many who are new to weighted blankets.