“When choosing a cooling weighted blanket, it’s important to take into account the fabric,” Bhopal says. “Synthetic fibers usually trap heat, while natural fibers, like bamboo or cotton, are more breathable.” Blankets without fillers will naturally allow more airflow through the holes (think chunky knits). When fillers are included, look for evenly distributed glass beads, which promote air circulation better than plastic or other synthetic beads.
When choosing the weight of your blanket, naturopathic sleep doctor Catherine Darley, N.D., says it should be no more than 10% of your body weight. If you’re buying the blanket for a child, make sure they are older than 2 and they can easily lift and maneuver the blanket by themselves.
To help you take the guesswork out of it, we rounded up 11 of the best cooling weighted blankets out there, based on fabric, price, and more: