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The 4 Best Cheap Weighted Blankets in 2023

by Dale Cudmore | Updated: Jan 01, 2023

While they don’t work for everyone, weighted blankets can improve the sleep quality of many people, particularly those with anxiety.

Unfortunately, while there's a good reason that weighted blankets are expensive, many blankets cost hundreds of dollars, which not everyone can afford.

So instead of those expensive options, I wanted to review affordable weighted blankets that still carry most of the potential benefits.

Pros and Cons of Cheap Weighted Blankets

Buying a cheaper weighted blanket obviously saves you money and you should still get most of the expected benefits of a weighted blanket.

While the fabric materials are typically similar, there are some cons that you should keep in mind:

  • Cheaper weighted blankets are typically lower quality
  • They’re more likely to have a less even distribution of weight throughout the blanket
  • Usually not machine washable (have to spot wash instead or get a cover)

Like most cheap products, an inexpensive weighted blanket probably won’t last as long. Even if you take good care of it, there’s a decent chance that it develops a hole in a seam and the filling can even spill out.

I’m not trying to scare you off getting a weighted blanket, but you should be aware of warning signs to look out for and have reasonable expectations.

The 4 Best Affordable Weighted Blankets

If you’re looking for a cheap weighted blanket that still is decent quality, expect to spend around $50-100 on a site like Amazon.

Compared to weighted blankets made in the US, which cost hundreds of dollars, it’s not a bad price.

Below I’ve gone over the 4 best and affordable weighted blankets that I’ve been able to find.

I’ve included a few different options in terms of warmth, appearance, and materials to cater to any individual preferences.

1. YnM Weighted Blankets

Material: Cotton

Filling: Glass beads

YnM uses the best materials for most people in their weighted blankets.

The combination of cotton fabric and glass beads as filling is usually the best to avoid getting too hot from a weighted blanket.

They come in several sizes and weights, anywhere from 5 to 30 lbs.

There are a few things that YnM does to set their blankets apart from other cheap blankets:

  • Extra layers - There are thin inner layers included, with a total of 7 layers overall. These help maintain the shape of the blanket and keep the weight evenly distributed.
  • Small compartments - You’ll notice there are small 4” by 4” square compartments, which is also used to keep the weight evenly distributed.
  • Small stitching - YnM is one of the few companies to clearly acknowledge the risk of bead leakage and alter their stitching patterns to reduce the likelihood of it.

2. Amazon Basics All-Season Cotton Weighted Blanket

Material: Cotton

Filling: Glass beads

Amazon Basics is usually a good choice when it comes to more affordable alternatives to products.

This is a very standard weighted blanket, but it’s relatively good quality for the price.

These weighted blankets:

  • Come in twin, queen, and king sizes
  • Range from 12 to 30 lbs
  • Have 300 thread count (high enough to be comfortable, but not so high as to trap too much heat)
  • Built-in loops for a cover (covers are sold separately though)

Like most cheap weighted blankets, this is not machine washable, you’ll need to spot clean it with a damp cloth once in a while.

3. L'AGRATY Flannel Weighted Blanket

Material: Flannel/Sherpa (Polyester)

Filling: Glass beads

If you’re looking for a warmer weighted blanket option, this is a good option.

Both flannel and polyester are among the warmest materials for weighted blankets, because they trap body heat quite well. For some people this is ideal, while hot sleepers should lean towards a cotton blanket.

There’s a few other things of note:

  • It comes in a few different colors
  • You can choose between 12-20 lb blankets
  • There’s a 1-year warranty

However, I do want to note that while overall reviews are great for this blanket, there are some complaints of beads leaking out along broken seams. Make sure to inspect seams carefully if you do end up going with a L’agraty weighted blanket.

4. Yescool Weighted Blanket for Adults

Material: Polyester

Filling: Glass beads

The Yescool weighted blankets are a great in-between option for all the other weighted blankets we’ve looked at in terms of:

  • Warmth - While polyester is a warm fabric, glass beads are typically the coolest filling. This blanket is built to be warm, but not excessively so.
  • Stitching compartments - Like the YnM blankets, there are stitched squares to try to keep the glass bead filling evenly distributed. The squares are slightly bigger at a size of 5” by 5”.
  • Can accommodate a cover - Yescool also sells covers sized for this blanket, but that will have to be bought separate.

Finally, like most inexpensive weighted blankets, this is not machine washable, so you’ll need to spot clean it unless you buy a cover.

Medical Disclaimer: The information on is not intended to be a substitute for physician or other qualified care. We simply aim to inform people struggling with sleep issues about the nature of their condition and/or prescribed treatment.

About the authorDale is the founder of Snooze University and a sleep researcher. I overcame my sleep issues and now I'd like to help you do the same by summarizing the latest sleep studies for you.