Weighted blankets are all the rage these days. It seems like a new weighted blanket is hitting the market every day! Since I use a weighted blanket for anxiety, I am always excited to see what these new blankets have to offer.
Receiving the Cushion Lab Calm Embrace at my house, I was excited by a few of the features. It includes a free, Minky duvet cover and the gridded squares are only 4″ x 4″. Smaller squares are usually a sign of better weight distribution.
All details aside, did the Cushion Lab give me a “calm embrace”? Read on for my full review.
You Might Like The Cushion Lab If…
- You are looking for a good value. Currently, the Cushion Lab is priced close to $100. I have tried some weighted blankets that are more expensive, but they don’t offer too much more in terms of quality. The Cushion Lab is a high-quality, comfortable weighted blanket that is also an excellent deal.
- You like to use a duvet cover. If you are thinking of adding a duvet cover to your weighted blanket, the Cushion Lab should work for you. Included in the price is a cozy, Minky cover. A duvet cover of this type could cost $50 or more so you could save even more money by choosing the Cushion Lab.
- You want a blanket with good weight distribution. The Cushion Lab features some of the better weight distribution I have experienced with a weighted blanket. The blanket features smaller squares with channels in between them. This helps ensure that the weight from the glass beads is evenly distributed across the blanket and subsequently across your body.
- You weigh between 120 and 190 lbs. The Cushion Lab only comes in a 15 lb weight. Usually, you want to find a weighted blanket that is about 10% of your body weight +/- a few lbs. So, while there aren’t many options, the Cushion Lab should be an excellent match for people who weigh between 120 and 190 lbs.
You Might Not Like The Cushion Lab If…
- You are a larger person. If you weigh more than 200 lbs, you might not find the Cushion Lab to be heavy enough. The weighted blanket is only available in a 15 lb weight. As I stated above, you want a topper that is 10% of your body weight. If you weigh 200 lbs or more, you are going to need something 20 lbs or heavier.
- You are a smaller person. The Cushion Lab is also not an excellent match for those who weigh less than 120 lbs. 15 lbs might be too heavy for lighter people and children. Other companies offer more weight options so you might need to look elsewhere.
- You want more size options. The Cushion Lab is also only available in a Queen-size (60″x 80″). If you have a smaller bed or want a throw-sized weighted blanket, the Cushion Lab might not work for you. Also, if you sleep with a partner and want a weighted blanket that will fit you both, the Cushion Lab probably won’t be large enough.
- You are a hot sleeper. Weighted blankets can definitely make you sleep hot because of the added fill and weight. With the duvet cover, the Cushion Lab is a bit too hot for me. Even without the duvet cover, the Cushion Lab is not the most breathable weighted blanket I have tried. You could find yourself sleeping hot under the Cushion Lab
Construction And Options
The Cushion Lab’s shell is made of 100% Cotton. The blanket features a pretty standard gridded design. However, there are narrow channels between each 4″ x 4″ square. Double stitching keeps this construction secure.
Each square contains glass nanobeads. According to the company, these beads are about the size of cracked pepper. The squares also contain some cotton padding. This adds some plushness to the blanket.
The weighted blanket comes with a two-sided duvet cover. One side is made of a Minky material. It is soft and just a bit fuzzy. The other side is made of breathable cotton. The blanket itself features 12 duvet loops so that you can secure it within.
You have one option with the Cushion Lab Calm Embrace. The Cushion Lab comes in a Queen-size with dimensions of 60″ x 80″. The blanket weighs 15 lbs. According to the company, they will be offering more size and weight options in the future.
For cleaning, you can remove the duvet cover and machine wash on cold and tumble dry on low heat.
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The first thing I consider when reviewing a weighted blanket is, of course, weight. Again, when you are choosing a weighted blanket, you want to shoot for something close to 10% of your weight. Then you can subtract one or two pounds, depending on your preferences. So, I am 230 lbs. Divided by 10, that would be 23 lbs. I prefer a heavier blanket so I usually use a 25 lb weighted blanket.
So, right off the bat, I am not getting enough weight with the Cushion Lab. Their one option of 15 lbs is just not heavy enough for me. I am getting some soothing weight, but I would prefer more.
However, this lack of weight is more than made up for by the excellent weight distribution. The gridded squares are quite small on the Cushion Lab, and I feel nice even weight across my body. I feel no “dead spots” or areas that are heavier than others.
The Cushion Lab’s Queen-size is a good fit for my Queen-size bed. I am not getting too much overhang. Still, I personally prefer a throw-sized weighted blanket, and this size is not currently available from Cushion Lab.
I will say I am a fan of the duvet cover. I like the soft feeling of Minky against my skin, and the fact that the duvet comes included is a big plus.
However, the breathable cotton side of the blanket is not offering me too much cooling. I will say that I did wake up a bit sweaty after using the Cushion Lab. Even without the duvet cover, I was sleeping somewhat hot.
That being said, I did sleep deeply while using the Cushion Lab. I use a weighted blanket for anxiety, and I personally woke up feeling refreshed and clear-headed.
The Cushion Lab Calm Embrace is a high-quality weighted blanket sold for a value price. I liked the free duvet cover, and I experienced some great weight distribution. I do wish they offered more sizes and weights, but it appears those will be available soon.
The Cushion Lab comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You can return your blanket within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. They also offer a variety of pillows.
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