Baloo Weighted Blanket Review:
Is It a Good Choice?
You have your blanket, your bedsheets, and your pillows to help you relax your body and to get a better night’s sleep. But, according to some studies, heavier blanks tend to reduce anxiety and stress and even help you sleep better.
These weighted blankets are usually made heavier using beads (glass or plastic) which are then sewn evenly throughout the length of the blank to make it more comfortable and heavy enough to promote a night of good sleep. Today we are going to take a look at one of these products – the Baloo weighted blanket.
Baloo Weighted Blanket Overview
The Baloo achieves all the typical benefits of a weighted blanket but with 100% natural materials. The cover of the blanket uses special grade chemical-free premium cotton – it is certified Oeko-Texís 100 cotton. The certificate guarantees that the Ballo fabric is free of any harmful chemicals.
Inside, Baloo uses non-toxic and plastic-free glass pellets which is actually quite a challenge to do. Most of the weighted blankets available online in the market mostly include plastic in their fill, but the Baloo uses lead-free micro bead glass. The materials are more delicate and give you a more contoured feeling. It also gives you less noisy sleep, and it’s better for the planet.
The Baloo uses a deep pressure touch to provide a sense of relaxation like a warm hug. The weighted blanket relaxes your nervous system and helps your brain produce serotonin.
So now that you know a little bit more about the overall quality and comfort, let’s dig into the in-depth review.
What Are The Weight, Size, Fabric, And Filling Options?
The Baloo weighted blanket comes in two weight variations – a 20-pound and 15-pound models. Aside from the difference in weight, the two quilts look precisely the same, are the same size, and use all of the same materials. There is absolutely no variation in the quality of the materials used to make them, and the only exception is the weight.
The blanket measures 60 inches by 80 inches. This is exactly the measure of a standard queen size mattress. The blanket only covers the top of the mattress because any overhang would cause it to pull to the floor.
The Baloo is finished with quilted stitching. Not only does this add visual appeal, but it helps hold the weighted elements in place. This means that weight always stays in specific zones and is perfectly distributed throughout the blanket. There are no areas that bunch together. I was able to stay perfectly comfortable throughout the night, and in the morning I felt like the cover hadn’t moved at all.
The weight itself comes from lead-free glass microbeads. Each microbead is very small, but in great numbers, they create a significant amount of weight. They also happen to be very comfortable. It’s not like sleeping under a blanket with a 20-pound dumbbell on top. These beads do more than just add weight. They create a comfortable and moldable blanket.
The Ballo is one of the very few products to have met the Oeko-Tex high-quality fabrics standard. It uses breathable cotton that is completely free of chemicals.
If you aren’t familiar with Oeko-Tex, they are a company that provides very tough certifications to textile products. The materials used must be free from interaction with a long list of chemicals during the manufacturing process.
The material used is also easy to maintain and machine washable. I was a bit worried that a weighted blanket couldn’t be washed in my machine, but I was completely wrong. It actually dried quickly on its first dryer cycle. The manufacturer advises against ironing or dry cleaning.
I enjoyed the standard white design, but other people may have their own designs or color schemes in their room that they don’t want to ruin. Luckily, the blanket includes a set of six hooks around the edges. You can use these to attach a second comforter on the outside. The additional cover is primarily for looks so that you can keep the existing color scheme in your bedroom.
How does the Baloo blanket feel?
The product looks good, and the material feels good, but of course, you’re probably wondering how effective it really is. Should you be buying one? Does it honestly live up to the benefits that it promises? I can say that this product performs very well and really did improve my sleep in a number of ways.
The major benefit of using a weighted blanket is improved sleep quality. The weight of the microbeads molds naturally to the shape of the body while asleep. It applies pressure and helps you feel grounded to the bed. When I used it I had some of the deepest and most comfortable sleep that I’ve ever had.
There are many people using the blanket for very specific issues. The use of them has been said to improve pain from fibromyalgia, reduce stress, and help control anxiety. I cannot personally attest to these benefits; however, if they are problems that you suffer from, then using a weighted blanket is worth trying. Just watch out for the safety tips.
It’s important to choose the right weight from Baloo if you want to maximize effectiveness. As mentioned, they have the 20-pound and 15-pound variations available. Choosing the right weight is primarily a matter of body weight, though your sleeping style is important as well. The 15-pound sheet is ideal for people who weigh up to 185 pounds or who are side sleepers. I weight over 200 pounds and sleep on my back; thus I used the 20-pound blanket.
The 15-pound version is also recommended for anyone under 18 or over 65. Anyone who suffers from sensitivity in the joints would also benefit from the lower weight. I believe that both blankets will deliver the same high-quality sleep. The use of the lower weight is merely a matter of safety and reducing potential pain.
What are the Pros And Cons?
|1. 100% pure, non-toxic, chemical-free cotton||1. No color options.|
|2. Excellent Quality Beads||2. Not many size options|
|3. Few Models Available|
|4. 30 Days Money Back|
The Baloo weighted blanket was not the first product I decided to review and try. The first one I bought did help improve my sleep, but it had plenty of flaws. For example, the beads used in it werenít soft. By pressing the beads, I knew that they werenít cotton. They were made of foam, and after 1-2 washes, they became stiff and uncomfortable. The Baloo blanket addresses all of these flaws to deliver a weighted blanket unlike any other on the market today.
The significant advantage of the Balloo is weighted microbead technology. Baloo has managed to find a way to add weight to the blankets while also significantly improving comfort. It perfectly conforms to the body and applies pressure in all of the right places. Other weighted blankets may have had the weight, but they lack comfort. Baloo doesn’t sacrifice either.
Overall, I believe this is an excellent investment for anyone who wants to enjoy better sleep. The only additional advice that I can give you is to remember to set your alarms. The Baloo has caused me to oversleep on many occasions so far.