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Our Guide to Heated and Weighted Blankets

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Especially in our New York market, heated blankets are a commonly sought item throughout the Northeast. Even in warmer states, household heating doesn’t always hold up when freezing temperatures arrive! Weighted blankets are also searched often, though the two types of blankets are not the same. Heated blankets are designed to increase warmth and comfort, while weighted blankets help to ease restlessness and anxiety and offer their own set of additional benefits

What is a Heated Blanket?

A heated blanket uses electrical current through insulated wires to generate heat. You might remember using “electric blankets” as a child. Modern heated blankets are safer and better controlled than the electric blankets of yesteryear. 

Heated Blanket Options

City Mattress offers heated blankets from Beautyrest. Our Beautyrest Zuri Oversized Heated Faux Fur Throw Blanket features the lush comfort of faux fur combined with three heat settings (Low, Medium, and High). It continually monitors the entire blanket, and self-adjusts based on overall temperature, spot temperature, and the ambient temperature of your room to ensure a consistent flow of warmth. The Zuri also includes a 2-hour shutoff timer.

Our Beautyrest Heated Plush Blanket incorporates more advanced features. It still provides continual monitoring, but also includes 20 different heat settings and a 10-hour shutoff. Furthermore, the Beautyrest Heated Plush Blanket offers smart device integration, so you can control it hands-free with your voice.

What is a Weighted Blanket?

A weighted blanket is an otherwise ordinary blanket that includes glass beads or plastic pellets. These materials make the blanket heavier. Most weighted blankets range in weight from five to 30 pounds. While being heavier than a conventional blanket, a weighted blanket isn’t necessarily warmer. This is because glass beads and plastic pellets have little to no effect on a blanket’s thermal properties. 

The primary purpose of a weighted blanket is to calm you. The extra weight creates a sensation of being hugged or embraced. Many people who suffer with restlessness or anxiety find that lying under a weighted blanket reduces their symptoms.

Weighted Blanket Options

We offer several choices of weighted blankets at City Mattress. Our Beautyrest Deluxe Quilted Cotton Weighted Blanket comes in 12 or 18 pound varieties, as well as three different colors (white, gray, or blue). Soft-Tex Serenity 15lb Plush Sherpa Weighted Blanket features two comfort feels, with luxuriously smooth, hypoallergenic, gray fabric at one side, and plush Sherpa at the opposite. 

For the ultimate weighted blanket experience all year long, our Hush Blankets All Season 2-In-1 Grey Weighted Blanket Bundle or All Season 2-In-1 White Weighted Blanket Bundle are a perfect choice. Both options include a Hush Inner Weighted Blanket, a Hush Classic Duvet Cover, and a Hush Iced 2.0 Cooling Cover. The two covers allow you to use a classic duvet cover for the colder months, with a cooling cover for the warm season.

City Mattress also offers weighted blankets for kids. The PureCare Zensory Kids Weighted Blanket & Duvet Cover weighs seven pounds, and comes with a dark gray weighted blanket insert and teal duvet cover. Alternatively, our Hush Blankets Kids 5lb Weighted Blanket weighs five pounds, and comes in your choice of three designs: rocket ships, unicorns, or the iced (gray) for warmer sleepers.

Summing Up

While heated blankets and weighted blankets are popular searches in the cold season, it’s important to know the difference between the two. Heated blankets are designed to keep you warmer, with the help of an electrical current, while weighted blankets are meant to ease anxiety. A weighted blanket doesn’t necessarily offer a warmer sleep experience than a traditional blanket, because the added weight isn’t from insulating filling. 

Choose a heated blanket if your goal is to stay warmer during the cold season. The modern controls make it safer than its predecessors, because continual monitoring keeps temperatures within a set range. Furthermore, shutoff timers increase safety by turning the heating function off in your sleep. 

Choose a weighted blanket if you suffer from anxiety and feel that you would benefit from lying in a weighted cocoon. The added weight creates an embracing sensation that may help to soothe your restlessness. Remember that weighted blankets come in various weights, so you’ll want to give some thought to how much weight you want. A common rule of thumb is to choose a weighted blanket that weighs 10% of your body weight.

Whether you need a heated blanket or a weighted one, City Mattress gives you options. If you’re unsure of what you need, speak to one of our Sleep Experts, in-store or online. They’ll ask the right questions and answer any concerns. Trust us to help you get the restorative sleep you deserve!

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