Putting aside the excellent name for a second, the Zleepy is as bare bones as a weighted blanket comes. They offer a single build, aiming at the adult market, and they manage to make some interesting design choices. The core materials used are fine, actually better than fine, and the feel of the blanket is great, but it puts me in mind of a sensory blanket, and they are typically for children, or those suffering from Spectrum Disorders. Hardly a deal breaker, but misaiming your product like that tends to reflect on the company selling it. But still, there is a lot here to like, first though, do you really need a weighted blanket?
Why Should I Buy a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets are in vogue right now, branching out from the children’s market, into more adult spaces, and I can see why. There is a laundry list of benefits to weighted blankets, and the list is a little unbelievable. And I mean that literally when I first read up on weighted blankets for the purpose of reviewing them I literally did not believe half the claims I was reading. Well, I did the research, and what I found was a treasure trove of studies going back to the late nineties. Back then they were investigating the effects of weighted clothing on children with Attention disorders, and those on the Autistic Spectrum. They found that the weighted garment actually alleviated the symptoms of those disorders. The reason was simple, the weight triggers the release of serotonin and melatonin, much like a hug, and for brains that need more serotonin that is a godsend.
The latter-day studies were more broad spectrum, checking out the effects on those with insomnia, anger issues, anxiety and depression. The results show that weighted blankets can help the vast majority of people with those afflictions. More than that, the effect even works on otherwise healthy adults, leading o a deeper, more restful sleep across the board. I have been using one for a number of months, and the effects on my GAD have been excellent. I have more energy day to day, and I find myself fretting far less than I used to. You owe it to your future self to check out a weighted blanket, and with the prices being so low these days there are few excuses left.
Zleepy Weighted Blanket Build Quality & Materials
Much like the Restorology model I checked out last month, the Zleepy is an excellent build for what it is. A single weight class, with a removable outer layer, and a mink outer cover. That cover is amazing. The mink feels extra soft, and while I prefer cotton for the breathability, the mink is easier to clean and is arguably more comfortable. It weighs a good 3lbs though, which gets added to the core blanket weight, making this a bit of a two in one style build. There are three styles to choose from, Navy, Gray, and my favorite, olive. The color isn’t all that nice to look at, but it is great to see a little aesthetic variety in a low-cost build. Overall not a bad start. The use of mink over cotton makes the build something of a sensory blanket, which are mainly sold to those with ADHD or Spectrum disorders, but even those without can enjoy the extra softness.
The inside is 100% pure cotton. Most firms manage to pack their blanket with cotton though, so it is hardly unique here, but it is still nice to see. The weight is added via plastic poly pellets, and these are only my second favorite weight material. I prefer glass for the overall feel, better weight distribution, but the plastic has a fair few benefits unique to it. For a start, it is easier to clean, and it can be dried in the dryer. Not on a high heat mind you, but it is still a fair bit faster than air drying. I have to air dry mine, and it means hanging it up a good 15 hours before I go to bed if I want to use it. There are pretty much zero options here beyond the cover color. This blanket comes in one size and one weight, 60″ x 80″ and 18lbs. The cover is three of those pounds, so if you remove it you get a 15lbs blanket. This is a nice touch and allows more flexibility, but it is still a black mark. if you weight anywhere outside 150lbs to 180lbs then you are going to have to look elsewhere. There is more to a weighted blanket than just looking for the cheapest option. A properly fitted weighted blanket weighs 10% of your body weight and should fit flush with your bed, no hang off. The Zleepy model here claims that two people can sleep under it at the same time, but I do not recommend that, as it distributes the weight more haphazardly. They also claim that if you want a lighter build you can just use half, but seen as this requires you to either fold it, doubling the weight or have some of it run off the bed, adding more weight too, I see no way to actually do this.
Zleepy Weighted Blanket Pricing & Returns Policy
A 60″ x 80″ weighted blanket, weighing at 18lbs, being sold for a mere $119.99. That is an amazing price. Far below the average right now, but then I tend to include the bespoke options as well. if you want a blanket with that extra soft mink feel, easy to clean, and you happen to have the right bed size, then this is an option that should sorely tempt you.
The warranty is fine. All weighted blankets tend to come with 1 years of limited coverage, coving only factory faults. If you by this, be sure to go over it with a fine-toothed comb. No low-cost option is going to come with a decent warranty, but it makes up for that with the price, and in many cases, by being an Amazon FBA. It means that should something go wrong you have Amazon, and their excellent customer support, to fall back on. It’s just another level of peace of mind.
Zleepy Weighted Blanket – Is it Worth it in 2018?
If you happen to weigh the right weight and sleep in the correct sized bed, then this is an excellent low-cost option. The materials chosen are great, and the overall feel of the build is fantastic. If it were not for the lack of options this would be a contender for my low-cost top ten, but as it is, it is far too niche for me to recommend wholeheartedly.
Fair Price (when on sale)
Only One Weight Available
Larger Than Ideal
A good start marred by a lack of options. If you like the unique color schemes it can be a great choice as note many manufacturers offer similar designs.
If you happen to fall into the right weight range for this blanket you could certainly do worse. That said the company doesn't have a brand website or sell anywhere other than Amazon so keep that in mind.