Sonna Zona sells a nice range of weighted blankets, all packaged like gifts. It makes a bit of a change from the usual builds, that are little more than monochrome blankets. They have a range of sizes available, but only direct for their site. If you decide to buy from Amazon, which I tend to recommend, you are limited to only two sizes. They hit the id weight market for adults and the low weight market for children. The products themselves are of very high quality, based on the adult blanket at the very least. There is a lot to like here on the surface, but it would not be the first time a lackluster product was wrapped in a fancy cover. Before we get to the review proper, let’s see if a weighted blanket is right for you.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
There are a variety of claims made about weighted blankets that seem to be a little outlandish. When I first got one I was skeptical, and you should be too. I spent a fair amount of time researching, collating and verifying which claim was true and which wasn’t and as it turns out the vast majority of them had the science to back them up. All the benefits stem from the same place, deep touch pressure, also known as a hug. When pressure is applied to the body you release serotonin, which relaxes you. Much of the early research was focused on the effects this had on children on the Autistic spectrum or those with attention disorders, and the results showed an improvement in their behavior.
Latter-day studies have broadened the field a little, applying weighted clothing and bedding to people with anxiety, depression, insomnia and anger issues, and seeing relief across the board. The benefits to those without issues are plentiful too, as most people who use weighted blankets attest to their effectiveness in facilitating sleep, reporting less stress and more restful sleep as well. I have gotten a lot of use out of my weighted blanket, and I can highly recommend them to anyone. But you need to know which kind to get.
Sonno Zona Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
It seems like it has been months since I got a blanket that came with a cover. You tend to find with the prefab blankets that the cover is sold separately, and considering that weighted blankets do not come in standard sizes, that is a bad thing. Here though there is no such issue. The cover is a mixed poly blend, and while I prefer pure cotton, I can see why they went with this fabric. They apply two different feels to the blanket, one of each side. There is a sensory side, pockmarked with minky dots, which is great for children, while the other side is a silky smooth blend. I like them both, but I find poly blends, especially the mink ones, tend to retain heat something awful. Going with a dot solution mitigates that issue here though. Poly is far easier to clean as well, no matter the blend, too, and seen as the cover is removable it makes the Zona a wonderfully versatile build. Many of the features are part of being a legacy child build, all of these features are present in the child-sized blanket, and I actually kind of like it. It makes the Zona a bit of a blend, a cross between a standard adult’s weighted blanket and a sensory blanket for children on the spectrum. Overall a good start.
On the inside, we have 100% cotton, which is pretty standard, but always good, combined with poly pellets. Poly pellets are not my favorite weight solution, but they do come with a few utility benefits that you don’t see with glass. They can be washed and dried in a machine, assuming you keep the heat low and thus are perfect for children, where an accidental spill might occur. There are only two different options with this build, so if you weight more than 150lbs you are going to have to look elsewhere. The 5lbs child’s blanket becomes obsolete around age 8, and it is a toss-up whether or not your child will age up into the 15lbs blanket. The core Sonno Zona site has a larger range on site, but there are no weights listed for any of them, so I do not know if they have a 10lbs or 12lbs blanket. The lighter blanket is 36″ x 48″, while the 15lbs blanket is 48″ x 72″. Not bad, but again, we are severely limited.
Sonno Zona Weighted Blanket Overall Review
After a strong start in the cover material, and general build quality, the Sonno Zona falls in the options section. A shame, as I really do like the overall feel of this one. The use of different poly materials and a removable cover is a rare thing in an adult blanket, and the inner materials were well chosen. If the blanket came in a wider range of size and weight options it would leap to the top of my personal list, but as it stands it is far too niche for broad-spectrum recommendation.
Sonno Zona Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
The Sonno Zona is a bit odd in the pricing section as well. A 15lbs blanket can be got from a variety of retailers for a little over $150, and that holds true for Sonno as well, with the 15lbs blanket being $175 flat. It’s a good price, and if you have the bed and the weight it is a superb option. The smaller 5lbs blanket though, bit different. I have seen dozens of these in the last few months, and it is rare to see a 5lbs blanket sold for more than $100. Here though it is priced at $135. Not a deal breaker, and the quality is certainly there, but if you need to get a sensory blanket for your child there are much cheaper options available, especially seen as a 5lbs blanket will only last you a year or two at most, as children age out of them. Not terrible, but far from the best.
The warranty is not much to write home about. The usual 1 year of limited coverage applies, with that covering only factory faults. This is standard in the industry, and while I am disappointed, I am not surprised. If you come across issues with your build I recommend flagging it with Amazon directly. They offer the best consumer protection policies on the market, and it is nice to have a big name firm behind you when you raise an issue with a seller. I don’t foresee a problem, and had no issues myself, but it is nice to have that peace of mind at the very least.
Sonno Zona Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
The Sonno Zona is a bit of a mixed bag overall. The core of the build is excellent, with smart use of materials, but the limited range of options and the weirdly high price for the 5lbs options leaves me a little cold. Their site at the moment is mostly sold out, but even were it not I would recommend going with an Amazon purchase regardless. Overall, a great build, and if you fall into the right range it is superb, but be sure to know your own dimensions before you buy.
Of course, if you find the Zona a little cheaper, then it becomes a whole other ball game.
Multiple Color Choices
Lack of Heaver Weight Options
Slightly Higher Price than Competitors
Sonno Zona weighted blankets seem to be a popular choice on Amazon. The included cover in multiple color options makes them an attractive choice for those looking for something different. However the lack of higher weight blankets is a downside.