At SleepFoundation.org, our expert team personally tests every weighted blanket that appears in our product guides and reviews. Hands-on testing enables us to evaluate these products using a wide range of criteria and make informed, accurate, and data-driven recommendations to our readers.
Guidelines for our weighted blanket testing methodology are as follows:
We prioritize safety during our weighted blanket tests. As a rule, the weight of each tester must represent at least 10% of the blanket’s weight for all testing stages. If we are evaluating a blanket for couples, both participants must meet this weight threshold.
Depending on availability, we test up to three weights for each blanket. This allows us to gauge how comfortable the blanket is for different weight groups.
Some performance ratings are assigned from hands-on tests. These include breathability, warmth, comfort, and quality of materials. Other testing criteria, such as weight options and ease of cleaning, are based on observable qualities.
To establish testing controls, we use the same mattress for each weighted blanket and maintain a constant room temperature throughout all testing stages.
YNM is a U.S.-based company that specializes in weighted blankets, offering a wide range of weights, sizes, and covers. In addition to the flagship YNM Original Cotton Weighted Blanket, the company also sells the Cooling Blanket, King Size Blanket, and Kids Blanket. YNM stands out from its competitors in the weighted blanket market thanks to affordable pricing, excellent craftsmanship, and positive reviews from customers and owners.
All of YNM’s blankets are made using the same method: dozens of carefully stitched pockets are filled with thousands of glass microbeads, which provides the soothing weight and “hugging” sensation customers should expect from a weighted blanket. Glass pellets are both more sustainable and tend to be more comfortable than plastic pellets.
With the same base, the differences between YNM’s blankets mostly comes down to fabric choice and overall size.
The Original Cotton Blanket is made with breathable natural cotton and is available in two sizes (single and double), three weights (15, 20, and 25 lbs), and three colors (charcoal, white, and dark blue).
The Cooling Blanket uses ultra-lightweight bamboo viscose fabric for a cool, silky touch. It is available in the same size and weight options as the Original Cotton Blanket.The Cooling Blanket is sold in light blue, white, and mint colors.
The King Size Blanket is an oversized version of the Original Cotton, with weight options of 20, 25, or 30 lbs.
The Kids Blanket is available with a classic cotton, or cooling viscose cover. Only one size and weight — 7 lbs — are available, but the blanket comes in a selection of seven colors and patterns.
YNM also sells extra covers made of breathable cotton, cooling Tencel, or plush polyester minky.
If YNM’s weighted blankets have piqued your interest, read on for a full review of their YNM Original Cotton Weighted Blanket to learn more about whether it’s right for you.
YNM Weighted Blanket Review Breakdown
Thanks to affordable price-points and a wide selection of weight options, the YNM Original Cotton Weighted Blanket is an excellent choice for most adults. Many blankets that use glass microbeads are prohibitively expensive or only lightly weighted, but YNM combines excellent quality and a range of colors, sizes, and weights – all at an affordable price . Innovative stitching techniques also ensure the glass beads remain in place without shifting too much, giving the blanket a longer lifespan than many in the same price range.
People generally feel most comfortable using weighted blankets that represent about 10% of their body weight. This means YNM’s adult size blankets may not be suitable for people who weigh less than 120 lbs or more than 300 lbs. Below, we’ll discuss weight ranges and other construction specs for all four YNM blankets.
Materials and Options
Across their range of weighted blankets, YNM offers four sizes, five weights, and three fabric choices. Each blanket is also available in three color choices depending on the style. Most adults will likely be able to find a suitable blanket among these options, but adults weighing less than 120 lbs or more than 300 lbs may want to choose a brand with lower or higher weight
YNM Original Cotton Weighted Blanket
15 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs
Single: 48″ x 72″ Double: 60″ x 80″
YNM Cooling Bamboo Weighted Blanket
15 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs
100% viscose derived from bamboo
Single: 48″ x 72″ Double: 60″ x 80″
YNM King Size Weighted Blanket
20 lbs, 25 lbs, 30 lbs
80″ x 87″
YNM Kids Original Weighted Blanket
100% cotton 100% viscose derived from bamboo
41″ x 60″
Judging the performance of a weighted blanket can be difficult, so we’ve broken it down into seven different categories. Depending on your needs, some categories will be more important to you than others, but each is a valid factor to consider when buying a weighted blanket.
Our testers evaluated YNM’s Original Cotton Weighted Blanket, which performed exceptionally well across the board. In the categories such as distribution, quality of fill, overall quality, and durability, this blanket stood up well against more expensive competitors.
Quality of Fill
YNM uses glass microbeads instead of metal discs or plastic pellets. Glass microbeads offer a comfortable, evenly distributed weight and are much quieter than other fill options, in addition to being more sustainable than plastic.
Quality of Shell
The cotton used in YNM’s Original Blanket is soft and breathable, and has been carefully stitched to ensure the glass beads remain in their pockets. However, the fabric is slightly thin compared to blankets from some of YNM’s pricier competitors.
While YNM’s viscose derived from bamboo Cooling Blanket may be a better choice for those who sleep very warm, pure cotton is highly breathable and wicks away moisture exceptionally well. These properties make the Original Blanket a comfortable choice throughout the year.
Distribution of Fill
Weighted blankets should be evenly filled to prevent “lumps” of weight in certain areas. The Original Blanket performs well in this category thanks to its dozens of individually sewn pockets and thousands of glass microbeads.
The durability of weighted blankets comes down to the quality of stitching, as well as the fabric. YNM uses an innovative stitching technique to keep beads in place. The fabric is reasonably strong but it is thinner than the materials used in some more expensive blankets, and it may rip or tear more easily as a result.
How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?
For most adults, a weighted blanket that represents 10% of their own body weight will feel most comfortable. While some people may prefer a slightly lighter or heavier style, a 10% weight should provide enough heft to insulate and help you sleep without feeling unwieldy or uncomfortable.
There are also safety considerations when choosing the weight of your blanket. Blankets that weigh up to 35 lbs are generally considered safe, but those that weigh more may reduce circulation and cause other health problems. Furthermore, people with limited mobility or cognitive difficulties may struggle with heavy blankets, meaning that they may need one weighing less than 10% of their weight (or no weighted blanket at all).
YNM also makes 7-lb weighted blankets intended for children ages 3 and older.. These blankets will not be appropriate for children younger than 3 or those who are particularly lightweight.
YNM sells their blankets on their website and through Amazon. Free shipping is available in all 50 states. Although international delivery is not available through the official site, Amazon provides shipping to many countries for an additional cost that covers transportation and import fees.
Free shipping is available to all 50 states, while international customers must purchase through Amazon for a fee. Most orders within the U.S. arrive within three to five business days.
YNM does not offer a trial period. However, customers can return unused blankets by contacting the YNM customer care team through a form on their official website. Purchases from Amazon can be returned through that site, not YNM.
YNM offers a one-year limited warranty on all blankets. The warranty covers defects in material or workmanship that are due to manufacturing flaws, and that occur despite normal use. Should your blanket develop flaws due to manufacturing flaws (and not owner use or misuse), the company will repair or replace your blanket at their discretion. This service is free, though owners may be required to pay shipping costs if repairs or replacements are needed.
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