This months deluge of weighted blankets is a bit better than last months. There are more options with these ones, the cover materials are more interesting and the weight material is excellent. Prices aren’t bad either, now if only the overall quality of the builds were of the same standard. Sadly they are not. The TOPUNER build seems to check all the boxes for me, but there are a number of construction issues that, while hardly deal breakers, do at least go a long way towards explaining the excellent price. Before we break this build down though, we need to figure out if you need a weighted blanket.
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets are modern day magic. Not usually a fan of that term myself, but when I first read up on their supposed effects I could only call the claims magical, and as such, I did not believe a word of it. I did my digging though, going through near thirty years of scientific studies and got to the truth. That the claims were pretty much spot on. Weighted blankets make it easier to sleep, they alleviate anxiety, depression, anger issues, and insomnia. They are also used to treat children with Autistic Spectrum and Attention Disorders. In fact, most of the early studies focused on the effects on children, it was only the early 2000s studies that looked at the effects on adults.
I did a whole write up on my findings here on site, along with all the relevant citations, so if you want to read them yourself by all means. In short, though, it works by a process called deep touch pressure. When pressure is applied to the body you release hormones, such as serotonin and melatonin, both help with stress, and feeling sleepy. The same thing happens with a hug. So if you suffer from any of the above, or you just want a deeper more restful sleep, then try out a weighted blanket.
TOPUNER Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
Well let’s start with the topper material, and in the case of the TOPUNER, it is removable. More rare than it needs to be in the weighted blanket business. Most firms do not offer one as standard, and some sell it separately. Wouldn’t be an issue, but weighted blankets do not come in standard bed sizes, so finding one that fits on your own is next to impossible. The material here is a combination for a change, one side is pure 100% breathable cotton, while the other is more of a poly blend, with a mink finish. I can see what they were going for, and while you do get the benefits of a poly cover, you don’t quite get the clean breathability of a pure cotton sheet. Still, it does sleep cooler than the pure poly blends, so overall I would call it a success. Even if only a minor one. I sleep on an older memory foam bed, and they retain heat something awful, so if you do the same I recommend a pure cotton cover. The main benefit to having a removable cover is due to the utility, you can clean it separately, and since many weighted blankets cannot be machine dried, it cuts down on cleaning time significantly.
On the inside, we have more cotton, but that is standard practice for weighted blankets. Same as above applies here, best material. The weight material in the TOPUNER is made from plastic poly pellets. Not my favorite material, that would be the glass for its superior weight distribution, but the plastic comes with a number of choice benefits itself. For one thing, you can machine wash and dry the plastic builds, though you must do so on a low heat, it is still a major time save all around. In terms of size options, we have two, 48 ” x 72 “, in the 12lbs, and 57 ” x 80 ” in the 16lbs and 20lbs weights. Not a bad selection to be sure. When it comes to fitting a weighted blanket you want something that is not bigger than your bed, fits flush, and in terms of weight, you want something that is within 8-12% of your total body weight. I like the range here, obviously not for everyone, but still broad enough to hit most.
TOPUNER Weighted Blanket Overall Review
Not a bad build at all, far more impressed with this one than I expected to be, to be honest. A removable cover cannot be oversold from my perspective, and the combo material, while not quite as good as pure cotton, is a great middle ground for those who want a bit more plushness. The size and weight options are a bit lackluster, but I can’t fault them too hard for that when the core build is as good as this is. If you are in the market for a new weighted blanket, then there is much to enjoy about the TOPUNER, but is the price one of them?
TOPUNER Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
The TOPUNER is not a bad build, and the prices are on the same level. Not bad. The smallest build comes in at $119, with the 16lbs middle child being $150 and the largest sibling sitting at $160. Seen as this is a prefab plastic pellet build, these prices do not impress, but they are hardly band busting. If you could get a wee discount applied then they would be very attractive options, as it stands, they don’t stand out from the crowd much.
The warranty is standard, which means bad. You get 1 year of limited coverage, and that means going over your purchase with a fine-toothed comb when you get it. I have had no issue returning a weighted blanket so far, but I still recommend you buy via Amazon.com, as then you get access to their consumer protection policies. I have had to lean on Amazon in the past, unrelated to weighted blankets, and they have always forced speedy solutions to my problems. Good for peace of mind when buying from overseas retailers.
TOPUNER Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
The TOPUNER is better than I thought it would be, but not by much. It is a pretty standard build, with a bit of flair. A removable cover is nearly always enough to elevate a build above its peers, but the middle of the road price here, and the use of plastic pellets drives down the impression a bit. The lack of weight and size options is another issue, for me at the very least, and it makes recommending the build a touch more difficult than it had to be. If you fall into the right weight and size class, and the price is good for you, then this blanket ill work perfectly, but the same can be said about most weighted blankets.
The unique two-toned cover might make it worth it for you personally though.
Removable Cover Included
Limited Size/Weight Options
Retail Price is a Bit High
The TOPUNER weighted blanket falls just above average among the other blankets we've reviewed. The included two-tone cover is a nice touch but aside from that, there's not much else to differentiate it from others. Build quality is solid and if you can find one at the right price it may be a good option.