UK’s Top 11 Weighted Blankets and Why You Should Buy One for Your Autistic Child

Updated September 2, 2020

Written By: SleepBo Research Team

All around the world parents with autistic children have been raving about the magic that comes with a weighted blanket. Experts back up those claims, using weighted blankets to help calm or comfort restless or stressed individuals, as well as sleep and anxiety issues that are common with autistic children and even adults. All amazing reasons why you might want to purchase one for your autistic child and perhaps even one for yourself.

Parents often feel stressed whether they have an autistic child or not. That said, it’s known that autistic children simply don’t sleep well. More than a few studies report that parents of autistic children experience more stress than those without and when you consider that a parent’s stress affects the child, finding a low-cost solution to parenting stress is a must. Many choose the weighted blanket, with some saying it’s the best purchase they’ve made in years

Best purchase I've made in years! Helps my 7 year old ADHD & ASD child settle a lot quicker at bed time & get a good night sleep. Plus, it helps calm my anxiety in minutes.

Suze Read, a happy mom

Picking the Perfect Weighted Blanket

The best weighted blankets:

  • weigh approximately 5kg.
  • are machine washable
  • are highly breathable, yet soft and comforting
  • use BPA-free, non-toxic glass beads
  • match your home décor

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference — choose a blanket with the qualities mentioned above and you might enjoy a more stress free future.

Kudd.ly Blanket £49 (SleepBo’s Choice!)

We can’t get enough of this blanket!

With it’s lush and velvety touch, Kudd.ly’s weighted blanket is made to form to your body, providing the perfect cuddle on the couch and in bed. Filled with BPA-free glass beads, Kudd.ly is designed for comfort, relaxation, and sleeping. Plus, it’s machine washable and comes in two amazing colours—a soft grey and luscious blue!

One happy customer stated: “Wow! I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for years and having recently lost my job due to the current pandemic, I was really struggling. Mum left a “gift” for me to collect outside her house and I cried with relief when I unwrapped this blanket. I have had two nights of undisturbed sleep now thanks to my Kudd.ly. Thank you so so much for making this challenging situation a little more bearable 💫 I now don’t want to leave bed for all of the right reasons and my boyfriend has noticed the difference in my mood too-so thank you for that!”

KOALA BLANKET £89.99

Using its deep touch technology that calms the nervous system, the Koala blanket helps stabilize your stress levels, increases your relaxation and improves your sleep. Made from bamboo and cotton, the Koala blanket is eco-friendly, durable, and competitively priced. With its two sided cover, you can use the silk eco bamboo side on those warmer nights, or the ultra-soft minky side on cooler days.

One customer stater: “…I’ve been using my blanket for nearly a week now and it has totally transformed my sleep. For months now, I have had great difficulty sleeping, a new and unusual experience for me. I have tried natural and medical remedies to no avail. But now, I am sleeping so much better…”

Gravity Blanket £149 

With its many collections, spanning from their summer collection, which offers breathable fabric, to their kid’s collection, Gravity blanket has many options for a variety of their customers. The Gravity blanket improves sleep and enhances feelings of calmness and relaxation. To top it off, it comes with a removable cover to easily machine wash it!

One customer stated: “I Love Gravity … I am on my second blanket. The first one I lost to my husband. I had knee surgery so I was unable to use it for a while. By that time, it was taken over. So, I dug out all the blankets we had, trying to get that feeling back. Nothing works. I fight all night trying to keep that pile of blankets on me … I was tired … I had to order another one, Gravity must have known how I felt … I received my blanket in one day … Yes!!! How amazing is that? I opened that box on Christmas morning and fell in love all over again. I will never stop talking about how this Blanket Feels … Thank You Gravity …”

YnM Weighted Blanket £89

This weighted blanket provides year-round comfort with moisture-wicking management and bamboo viscose. There are also two extra layers of durable and breathable fabric ensuring there are no leaks or breaks in the blanket. Just choose your weight and colour and you are all set.

A happy customer stated: “Took me a long time to invest in a weighted blanket, the price always seemed so high! but this is by far the best thing I have ever bought! It is beautifully soft and well made. I have suffered from insomnia for most of my life and it has affected work, not being able to get up in time in the morning every morning and having a horrible day all day is completely fixed, I am off to sleep within minutes of getting into bed with this blanket. It is very heavy to hold and rather cumbersome to put on my bed (with 2 sides against walls) but stays in place once on. Would highly recommend purchasing if you are looking for better sleep this is the one to buy!”

ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket £89

ZZZNEST uses 7 layers of fabric and small diamond tight stitching to prevent movement of the beads in the blanket, allowing for the most comfortable and sound sleep. Targeting disorders like RLS and anxiety, ZZZNEST promotes calmness and restfulness, allowing you to sleep much more soundly. Its beautiful grey colour is bound to compliment any room. 

A customer states that: “Fantastic product … Comfortable and soft feel … Weighted but not heavy … Almost feels like you’re being held and gives a sense of comfort to anxiety sufferers like myself. It helps relax the body, I would recommend this to anybody, Fast efficient delivery … Thank you very much!!!”

Bedsure Weighted Blanket £89

This 6.8kg weighted blanket triggers hormones that calm and soothe you, helping you achieve a deeper sleep. Its unique seven-layer process ensures maximum softness without feeling the filling on the inside. Bedsure is composed of breathable fabric and filled with comfortable glass beads. This weighted blanket will surely help you sleep better and feel much calmer. 

A Happy Customer Says: “This blanket is brilliant! At first use, it is very heavy and trying to lift it up with your leg whilst in bed is very hard work if you are the kind that likes to ‘stick a leg out’ but after a few days, you get used to the weight. I will say, I sleep much sounder since I purchased this and getting to sleep no longer takes hours just minutes. If you have sleeping problems then this is marvellous!”

Soporis Weighted Blanket With Cover £87

Soporis uses advanced glass pearl technology giving you a soft silky touch to calm you down. With their 3 size and weight options, they have a choice for everyone. One unique component of this blanket is its sensory dotted side to help soothe your senses at any point of time during the day. All you have to do is flip the blanket over! 

Avery happy wife states: “My husband has suffered from anxiety dreams and poor sleep for years. I bought this, having heard rave reviews of weighted blankets from others. He was sceptical but now is a total convert. His sleep has improved dramatically and he reports feeling a strong sense of well being from using it. Definitely worth trying if you are suffering similarly.”

SleepRelief Weighted Blanket £57

This sensory weighted blanket provides the ultimate experience of comfort and relaxation. With its ability to trigger deep pressure stimulation, SleepRelief provides the feeling of a warm cosy hug and has the ability to make you feel calm and rested. They also offer a 100 nights sleep trial period so you can ensure you are getting the best experience out of their product. 

One customer says: “Feels like I’m being hugged … The duvet feels like a heavy bean/sandbag. I have restless leg syndrome but this duvet helped me get this less and I do feel better in the morning as I get insomnia occasionally as well. It comes with its own softcover and 2 pillowcases but I prefer to use my own duvet cover.”

BUZIO Sherpa Fleece Weighted Blanket £68

This dual-sided blanket offers a great sleep and anxiety tool by stimulating the feeling of being hugged. BUZIO helps you achieve deeper sleep, relieves stress and has a special focus enhancement feature. It’s filled with hypoallergenic non-toxic beads for optimal comfort. Available in multiple colours and sizes, there is a blanket for everyone. 

One happy customer said: “Absolutely LOVE the blanket. I’ve wanted one for ages but took my time in deciding on the right one. So happy I waited. It’s far more luxurious than it looks on the photo. It’s so plush. I’ve really started to feel the benefits. I use it all the time, for my yoga practice, to a comfy blanket on the couch to a bed quilt. Feeling very calm – which, given the current climate, is much needed.”

Nuvirtu Weighted Blanket £63

This reversible inner calming blanket helps you stay cool and comfortable all night long. Its breathable fabric gives a luxury touch, perfect for chilling on the couch or sleeping. Filled with premium-grade glass beads, BUZIO provides the perfect warm hug designed to calm and relax you. You also get a choice of two colours!

A happy customer shares: “Really happy with this blanket! Heavier than I expected but I’m loving it. Sleep has greatly improved since it’s arrival. Delivery was quick. It was well packaged and is of good quality. Delighted to recommend.”

Jaymag Weighted Blanket £56

This all-natural sleep aid provides the user with a sense of calmness and relaxation. Its even weight distribution is created by a precise computer programme, giving you the best of the best quality for optimal sleep. They offer options for adults and kids so the whole family can get comfy and cosy.

A customer says: “Probably the best purchase I’ve ever made. I bought this for my grandson who has high functioning autism, hyper mobility, ADHD along with many other health conditions. I was delivered a miracle in a bag. Instantly calmed him and sent him to sleep after 15 minutes tonight. Previously taken 4-5 hours to get him to sleep. I can’t recommend enough. Thank you”

VIA MONTEN Weighted Blanket £82

VIA MONTEN’S 5 layer design technology surrounds your body comfortably, forming to the shape of your body like a true hug. Composed of hypoallergenic fabric, this weighted blanket is a great choice for those who suffer from dust, pollen and other allergens. It also has a variety of designs and colours to choose from!

A customer stated: “Very happy with this brought for my autistic teenage son as not really into the kids ones with dinosaurs/tractors but he’s over the moon with it and great quality thank you”