Last week I sent a message to the wonderful people on my email list and asked them to let me know what questions they had about weighted blankets. My next several blog posts will be dedicated to answering those questions.
Here’s question #1:
“I’m curious about pros and cons of the pellets vs. the glass beads. Why would I want one over the other?”
This is an excellent question and one that comes up frequently in the buying process.
Since this question is best answered with a show ‘n’ tell instead of just words, I decided to make a video! (I include captions in the video; you’ll also find a transcript below).
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[Video Transcript]Hello! My name is Lora with Lora’s Weighted Blankets, and I’d like to talk to you today about what filling options you have for your weighted blanket. There are two primary options: poly-pellets and glass beads, so lets take a look at what the difference is and what the pros and cons are for each choice
Alright, so here are the two different kinds of filling that I use: The poly pellets are small and round pieces of plastic. They are non-toxic, they have not been recycled or used before, so you don’t have to worry about what other kinds of things they were exposed to.
They do have a texture like tiny pebbles. For many people this is not an issue at all. For some people this would be a deal-breaker. So, if the texture of tiny pebbles inside your blanket is something that would really bother you, I recommend the glass beads.
Glass beads are like the texture of sand, maybe even finer than the sand that you would find on most man-made beaches. It takes a lot less of the glass beads to equal the same weight as the poly pellets, so it makes for a blanket with a lower profile. But because of the texture of sand inside the blanket, it feels very smooth, and doesn’t have the distinctive texture of the poly pellets.
Here you can better see the difference between the poly pellets and the glass beads. Both these bowls are the same size, and they are both filled with one (1) pound of material. I’d say there is about twice as much of the poly-pellets as there are of the glass beads in terms of volume.
So let’s take a look at how the different fabrics and the pellets work together. Now, this cotton [blanket] is made with poly-pellets, and as you can see, it’s bumpy. I can feel that as I’m touching the fabric. Now, I have used this blanket on a regular basis for the past couple of weeks and I don’t notice the poly pellets when I’m sleeping. I am not particularly sensitive to the pellets, or to the texture of the pellets.
Here you can see how bumpy that is. For most people, I think it’s not a big deal. If, when you hear, “Oh, it’s going to feel bumpy inside my blanket” your initial reaction is “No Way!” then let’s take a look at the next option.
Now, this blanket is filled with glass beads. If I shake this down a little bit, you can see that there is something in there. When I was showing you the poly-pellets and the glass beads earlier, you could see that it doesn’t take as much of the glass beads to equal the same weight as the poly-pellets. This is a very smooth texture, not just with the satin cotton fabric. Let me show you the other side [with the low-pile minky fabric]. Here, I’ll shake this one down. You can see, it’s just really, really smooth.
Here you can see the poly pellets inside the minky blanket. Now, with the minky, I can still feel the poly pellets a little bit, but it is not nearly as distinct of a texture as it is with the cotton. The thickness of this particular kind of minky, especially, really smooths over the feel of the poly pellets. So if you weren’t sure if you should get the poly pellets, maybe you wanted to do the glass beads but you wanted a more economical choice, so long as you are not extremely heat-sensitive, the minky, combined with the poly pellets might be something you could consider.