Hugmellow weighted blanket review: A high-quality comforting blanket
Quick verdict: Hugmellow’s adult single blanket has a super soft reversible cover and impressive weight distribution, even if it’s a bit too thick to use on hot nights.
- Has both 6.8kg and 9kg options
- Washable bamboo cover is hypoallergenic
- Beads are distributed evenly and don’t bunch up
- Not the cheapest option
- Comes in single size only
- Gets toasty on hot nights
Weighted blankets have become more popular in recent years, and for good reason. These blankets are designed to simulate being hugged or swaddled by using pressure to help people feel comforted and calm. These blankets look like regular blankets but inside they have quilted pockets filled with small beads to distribute weight evenly.
According to the Sleep Foundation, this deep pressure stimulation can ease feelings of stress and anxiety, help people fall asleep faster and improve overall sleep quality.
There are a number of these blankets available in the Australian market, including the Hugmellow weighted blanket. Hugmellow offers both adult- and kid-sized weighted blankets and we put the adult version to the test for several weeks to see how it measures up.
Design: How is it made?
The Hugmellow weighted blanket comes in a storage bag and includes both the blanket and a reversible cover that zips on and off.
The adult version of the blanket measures 182cm by 122cm and comes in 2 weight options: 6.8kg and 9kg. Hugmellow recommends the 6.8kg version for those weighing between 50kg and 80kg and the 9kg option for people that weigh over 80kg.
The inner blanket is made with a 100% cotton shell and filled with SGS tested non-toxic micro glass beads with additional microfibre and padding.
This blanket has ribbons threaded throughout to help keep the beads in place and make sure they are evenly distributed and minimise bunching. It also has double stitching for durability.
The cover is removable and washable. It's also reversible. One side is made of plush cotton Minky for cooler nights and the other side is moisture-wicking bamboo for warmer nights. Hugmellow claims the blanket can be used year-round, but I found it to be a little too much on hot nights.
The blanket is hypoallergenic and designed to be suitable for allergy sufferers.
Performance: What's it like to sleep with?
After using the Hugmellow weighted blanket for several weeks, I'm impressed. I've used a few weighted blankets previously and I always experienced the same issue with the internal beads bunching up in certain places.
With the Hugmellow, the 8 ribbons threaded through the blanket keep the beads from moving around, no matter how much you toss and turn.
The blanket is close to a standard single size, which Hugmellow recommends as the ideal size for most adults. I found it to be the perfect size to sleep with as it didn't bother my partner at all. Larger blankets tend to hang off the end of the bed and with a weighted blanket, once it starts to hang off the bed, gravity pulls it to the floor pretty quickly. The Hugmellow's smaller size helped it stay on the bed all night.
I used this blanket during August and September, when the weather was mostly cool. The plush Minky side of the cover is great for winter as it's soft and the weight of the blanket helps keep you warm.
I also used the blanket during a few warmer nights and it definitely started to get too hot for my preference. I don't think I could use it consistently at night during summer without air conditioning or a strong fan.
The cover is easy to remove and wash, but hard to put back on without the help of another person.
Should you buy the Hugmellow weighted blanket?
- Buy it if you’re looking for a high-quality weighted blanket that doesn’t bunch.
- Don't buy it if you're a hot sleeper and want a blanket you can use during summer.
The bamboo side of the cover is designed for use in warm weather but I still found the blanket a bit too warm for hot nights. However, this is an issue with pretty much any weighted blanket.
The brand also sells a 2.3kg kids version.
For more options, check out our guide to the best weighted blankets in Australia.
Pricing and availability
PriceRRP: From $299
Where to buy
How we tested
The reviewer used Hugmellow's adult weighted blanket every night for several weeks as well as sporadically during the day while napping, resting, reading and watching TV.
Images: Sarah Brandon
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