YnM’s blankets are top sellers. The company has earned excellent feedback from customers, and their blankets aren’t crazy expensive. With that in mind, we decided to test it out and see for ourselves what these blankets have to offer.
So we asked one of our staff members to sleep with one for a few months. We also spent many hours researching YnM’s products, looking closely at user feedback, and honing in on the relevant pros and cons.
Here is everything we found.
But first, if you’re ready to buy now:
Navigating the weighted blanket world can be tricky. There are a LOT of weighted blanket manufacturers out there, and there are big differences in design, construction, durability, and price. The right blanket can be incredibly calming; the wrong one can cause endless aggravation.
You’re searching for real and affordable sleep solutions, and we want to help, so let’s get to it:
Table of Contents
- What Is a YnM Weighted Blanket?
- What Do People Say?
- The YnM for Adults
- The YnM for Children
- The YnM Cooling Blanket
- The YnM for Couples
- YnM vs Gravity Blankets
- YnM vs Quility Blankets
- How Do You Choose the Right Size and Weight?
- How Do You Wash a YnM Weighted Blanket?
- What is YnM’s Return Policy?
- What about YnM’s Warranty?
- What’s the Final Verdict?
What Is a YnM Weighted Blanket?
Manufactured in China, YnM’s blankets feature glass-bead filler, which is housed in individual sewn pockets to ensure even distribution of weight.
YnM blankets have a loop at each of their four corners and on one of the longer sides for easy attachment to a machine-washable duvet cover.
YnM claims its weighted blankets can be beneficial for individuals who want a better, more restful night’s sleep. Like other weighted products, their blankets are designed to provide “deep-touch stimulation” or gentle pressure across the body.
Many people find the “firm hug” or “swaddling” effect of these blankets helpful in reducing nighttime anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and other conditions that inhibit sleep.
What Do People Say?
Satisfied users praise the quality, comfort, and breathability of YnM’s weighted inner blankets. Many reviewers claim their blankets have helped them (or their children) fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and stay asleep for longer stretches.
There have been some complaints here and there about construction and some disappointment with sizing, so we’ll discuss both of these points below.
Here are some of the pros we discovered during the course of our research:
Construction: We were pleased with the quality of the material and stitching. Although we saw complaints about seams unravelling, bead migration and leaking, we have not experienced this ourselves. And generally customers happily report no signs of leakage.
Color and size selection: YnM offers an assortment of blanket sizes and colors. The company also produces a large range of duvet covers, which greatly increases your options for textures, colors, and patterns.
Noise: Although we encountered a few complaints about noise, the majority of customers seem unbothered by the shifting of glass beads inside the blanket. Our staff person who tested this heard nothing at night (and she’s a mom who wakes up from every little sound!)
Warranty and Returns: YnM offers a 3-year warranty on its merchandise, including free mending of seams that open unexpectedly. The company has a fairly positive track record with regard to returns and exchanges.
Price: YnM blankets are more expensive than unweighted blankets, but they are significantly less expensive than many other weighted brands.
Below are some of the cons we discovered:
Design: Some users feel the individually sewn pockets should be smaller to prevent shifting of the beads to one side. We did not notice any shifting. And accordingly, many customers are pleased with YnM’s weight distribution, feeling there is more than enough division to keep the pellets (and their weight) spread evenly.
Heat: Some customers find the original YnM too hot. Fortunately, the company responded to customer feedback about overheating and now offers a cooler bamboo-fiber blanket.
Smell: We saw some complaints about a strong chemical smell upon arrival, but this might have to do with the outer plastic bag that is used for shipping. And even those who did notice an unpleasant odor, found the smell dissipated after a few days of airing out.
The YnM for Adults
YnM’s blankets for adults come in 12-, 15-, and 20-pound weights. They are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate twin-, full-, queen-, and king-sized mattresses.
Although both Amazon and the company website offer clear and helpful information that shows the coverage you’ll get from different blanket sizes, some customers discovered the blanket they ordered was much smaller than they expected.
To avoid disappointment, read our section below about choosing the right size and weight.
The YnM for Children
YnM has a special line of smaller-sized blankets for children. Children’s blankets are available in 5-, 7-, and 10-pound weights. The 5-pound blanket measures 36″ x 48″, and the 7- and 10-pound blankets measure 41″ x 60″. To get a good fit for your child, see our section on choosing the right size and weight.
When it comes to color and pattern options for kids, there is some variety, but the selection isn’t great. To date, options for the weighted inner blanket include a basic solid dark gray and several prints.
Keep in mind, though, there is a rather large selection of cotton and minky duvet covers designed specifically for YnM’s smaller-sized children’s blankets. If you’re trying to match your child’s bedroom decor, you can search through the available covers for something suitable.
Important safety notes:
1. Before you purchase a weighted blanket for your child, be certain the child is strong enough to move the blanket without assistance.
2. As we mentioned above, there are some reports of beads leaking out of YnM’s seams, which could be dangerous for young children. As with any weighted product, you should check your child’s blanket regularly for signs of leakage.
The YnM Cooling Blanket
We’ve talked about the possible benefits of draping 15 to 20 pounds across your body, but for some people, all that weight also adds considerable heat. Standard weighted blankets can trap body heat, making for a pretty sweaty sleep experience.
YnM’s innovative “cooling blanket” is designed specifically for “hot” sleepers, or those who tend to overheat when they sleep. The cooling blanket features a breathable 300-count bamboo viscose outer-layer, which has a lighter, more satiny feel than YnM’s standard cotton adult blanket.
Feedback about the cooling effect of this blanket is mixed. Some customers say the bamboo-based blanket offers better air flow and relief from heat.
Others report feeling too warm despite the lighter-weight fabric. Based on the feedback we’ve seen, we think the cooling blanket might be a good option for hot sleepers, but not everyone will benefit fully from the lighter fibers.
Two points about the cooling blanket:
1. If you’re a hot sleeper, the cooling blanket might be a smart choice, but you’ll likely need to use A/C or a fan throughout the night to help you stay cool and comfortable.
2. If you opt to use a non-breathable duvet with your blanket, you risk cancelling the cooling effect of the blanket’s bamboo fabric. To benefit fully from the cooling blanket, make sure you use it alone or with a duvet that also breathes well. YnM produces a bamboo-fiber duvet for this purpose.
The YnM for Couples
YnM’s cotton weighted blankets and special cooling blankets are available in couples-friendly sizes, including full, queen and king sizes. When buying for a couple, remember that YnM blankets run smaller than regular blankets. A regular queen-sized blanket is noticeably larger than a queen-sized YnM weighted blanket.
You and your partner will need to discuss how much coverage you want from your blanket. Take a look at the product description and images on Amazon or the company site, so you can better visualize how these blankets will fit over your particular mattress.
Important note for couples:
If your body weight and your partner’s body weight are very different, you might want to purchase two twin-size blankets of different weights. If you prefer to share a single blanket, you’ll need to discuss what weight would work for both of you.
You might opt to accommodate the lighter-weight partner, so he or she won’t feel overburdened by excess weight, or you might compromise and find a weight in the middle.
YnM vs Gravity Blankets
How does the YnM weighted blanket compare to the Gravity blanket?
The original Gravity weighted blanket set features an inner blanket filled with poly (instead of glass) beads and a plush duvet cover that has been praised as “luxurious.” More recently, the company unleashed a new line of lighter-weight duvets to help hot sleepers stay cooler.
If you’re considering the Gravity, we suggest you tread carefully. Gravity’s blankets are quite a bit more expensive than YnM’s. Some people claim Gravity’s photos and product descriptions are misleading, and there are a fair number of complaints about the company’s customer service.
Given the significant price differential, we think the YnM is a better, less risky, option, especially for first-time weighted blanket buyers.
YnM vs Quility Blankets
How does YnM compare to Quility, another top selling brand?
Both YnM and Quility produce quality products, and there are plenty of overjoyed customers on both sides of the fence. Both companies use non-toxic glass-bead filler and have a sewn-pouch design that is supposed to ensure even distribution of weight.
Both YnM and Quility get pretty high marks for workmanship and durability, although both companies have received some complaints of weak seams and bead leakage.
Unlike YnM’s blankets, Quility’s are “dry-clean” only, which can be a major nuisance if you opt not to use a duvet. Also, some Quility customers report problems with the ties tearing off, a complaint that isn’t as frequent among YnM users.
Quility blankets come with a duvet, whereas YnM’s duvet covers are generally sold separately. Both companies offer lots of pretty colors and trendy patterns.
Finally, there is a price differential between the two makers. If you buy one of YnM’s inner blankets and a separate duvet, you’ll likely spend a bit less than if you purchase a Quility blanket/duvet combo of the same size and weight.
How Do You Choose the Right Size and Weight?
YnM recommends choosing a blanket based on the user’s body weight and how much coverage he or she wants from the blanket.
Use the following as a guide for choosing the weight of an adult’s blanket:
The general rule is to choose a blanket that is 10% of your body weight, plus one pound.
Having said that, the company suggests children, the elderly, and first-time users choose a lighter blanket, or one that is approximately 7%-10% of their body weight.
Use the following as a guide for choosing the weight of a kid’s blanket:
The 5-pound blanket is generally suitable for a child weighing about 40 pounds.
The 7-pound blanket is generally suitable for a child weighing about 60 pounds.
The 10-pound blanket is generally suitable for a child weighing about 90 pounds.
Use the following as a guide for size:
We must emphasize, YnM blankets are designed to cover your body, not your bed. A twin-sized YnM weighted blanket, for example, is quite a bit smaller than a standard twin-sized blanket. If you want greater coverage for your mattress, you’ll need to go up a size or two.
How Do You Wash a YnM Weighted Blanket?
YnM claims their inner blankets are machine washable but recommends covering them with a duvet and machine washing the duvet instead of the inner blanket.
If you do wish to wash the inner blanket, you can spot clean it or machine wash it in cool to lukewarm water with a mild detergent. If you opt to use a washing machine, run a separate load just for your blanket to reduce the risk of damage from other items.
Before washing, we strongly suggest you check your washing machine manual to determine what the weight limitation is for your specific machine. Blankets that weight more than 12 to 15 pounds could damage your machine, so consider taking your heavier weighted blanket to a commercial laundromat.
If you use a front-loader, the weight maximum might be even less than 12 pounds.
The company recommends air drying your blanket by hanging it outside or draping it over a drying rack. Lighter-weight blankets (i.e. those under 12 to 15 pounds) can be placed in a tumble dryer and dried on a low-to-medium setting.
Do not use bleach, and do not iron your weighted blanket.
YnM duvet covers are machine washable. Use cool or warm water with a mild detergent. Air dry or use a dryer, if you prefer.
What is YnM’s Return Policy?
The company offers a 30-day sleep trial. After 30 days, if you are unhappy with the product, you can return or exchange it. The company advises customers to email them to receive instructions for returning/exchanging.
Items must be returned in the original packing material, and the company does not cover the cost of shipping. Additionally, a 25% restocking fee may be issued if the company determines the returned merchandise was used or damaged.
What about YnM’s Warranty?
YnM offers a 3-year warranty on its merchandise. The warranty includes free mending of seams if unexpected damage should occur.
Tips and Suggestions:
- Don’t be surprised if you don’t adore your blanket from the get-go. It can take a few nights or up to several weeks to get used to the sensation of sleeping with extra weight.
- If you want to save on washing but don’t want to invest in a duvet, you can use a flat sheet between yourself and the weighted blanket.
- For an ultimate fit and ease of use, we recommend using a YnM duvet for your YnM blanket. If you want to purchase a duvet from a different manufacturer, make sure the inner ties line up correctly with the YnM blankets.
- Weighted blankets are not recommended for pregnant women, frail individuals, and others who are incapable of moving the blanket without help.
What’s the Final Verdict?
We think YnM offers a good-quality weighted product for a reasonable price. Along with the price tag, we like YnM’s large selection of colors and sizes.
Our staff member enjoyed it very much, and so did her teenage children.
Finally, if you tend to overheat when you sleep, we recommend you go with the YnM cooling blanket which is thinner and less bulky than the original one.