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Overview of The Blanquil Blanket
The Blanquil Quilted Weighted Blanket is designed to maximize your sleep and make you feel at ease. Weighted blankets are known to offer a snug experience similar to that of a hug. This light pressure is known to relieve stress and anxiety and promote deeper sleep.
It’s offered in 15lbs and 20lbs and a simple calculation will help you decipher which is most suitable for you based on your body weight.
For adults between 100 – 140lb it is suggested to get the 15lb and for anything more, they suggest the 20lb blanket. The calculation goes that the blanket should be approximately 10% of your body weight.
No matter the weight, the blanket is priced at $169.00. They do however offer discounts to Military Service members and First Responders for their efforts and sacrifices they made for the country.
Blanquil has a 60-day return policy and offers a 5-year warranty. and the item must be returned with the original packaging and no damages. Despite this generous return period, Blanquil will not cover the cost of shipping.
Construction of The Blanquil Blanket
The Blanquil Quilted Weighted Blanket has a removable cover so that you can stay cool in summer but also stay warm in the winter. Both portions of the blanket are machine washable.
The Cover is made up of Ultra Plus Micro Fiber: Outer 100% Polyester Velvet, Lining 100% Polyester, Fill 100% Polyester Batting.
The inner blanket is made up of 100% cotton and the filling is made of Glass Pellets that are Eco-Friendly.
The blanket is available in some awesome colors: Grey, Taupe, Charcoal, Navy, Pearl and Lilac.
Its dimensions are 48” X 74” as it’s designed to be suitable for one person only. Should a couple want to share, they’d need two separate blankets to be able to do so.
Blanquil Blanket Findings
I noticed that when weighted blankets first came onto the scene that people were paying a premium. While the premium cost still tends to apply most of the time, there are other options out there but remember that more often that not that you get what you pay for. Sometimes it’s worth going for what seems like the more “extravagant” item, knowing that it’s made-well and that it’ll stay in tact. Sure, maybe you can find an item for a fraction of the price but can you imagine all of those pebbles inside the blanket coming undone? I don’t even want to picture it. I suggest working with a company that stands by its quality and that also is willing to replace any defective items. For those offering wholesale rates, they may not be able to make the same promise.
The Blanquil blanket is different from the first weighted blanket I’ve ever tried. For one, it looked MUCH nicer. It wasn’t just a bare weighted blanket. It had a lovely outer cover and it was great for the colder months. While traditionally velvet is made from silk, there are synthetic alternatives, like polyester velvet and that’s exactly the velvet we’re dealing with here when it comes to the exterior layer. The warm velvet cover that it came packaged in was definitely a nice touch. In terms of the consumers experience with the item, the quality of the texture initially leaves us with a very positive first impression.
Despite my initial impression however, there was one thing curios about it: it’s size. It’s smaller than the first weighted blanket I’ve tried. Much smaller. On Blanquil’s website, the blanket comes in different variations when it comes to color, fabric type, texture and weight but it all comes in the same dimensions.
If you’re looking for a weighted blanket for someone who is petite, either short or light in weight, or a teenager, this might be the best buy. It could also be a great item for those who have experience with weighted blankets but prefer a smaller one, either because they are one or both of the types of individuals I described above. Then there is another possibility: some prefer to only cover a certain part of their body with a weighted blanket.
For example, I don’t like my entire body being covered but that’s a personal preference. You might feel differently. Due to being prone to anxiety, I already have a feeling of heaviness that I carry in my chest on the day to day. That being the case, I like having blankets of this type sit below my waist. Can it reduce anxiety? Sure. But how it does so can also be a different experience for everyone.
Who else is this blanket good for? An average-sized individual (with regular weight or not too far from it) that sleeps with a partner. When I did sleep with a partner, my previous weighted blanket took up too much space. One with these measurements could have been the better alternative.
The shifting glass pellets that create the blanket’s weight have been getting a bad wrap. From what I’ve observed in the marketplace, most weighted blankets are designed with the same stitching pattern in terms of how large the separate compartments are next to one another. While it’s possible that something more well distributed could be created, one also has to consider at what cost? There is some potential in the marketplace to still take over the weighted blanket space but it’d have to address most of the major concerns. At the price that will require (a more intricate stitching pattern and/or a different material that provides the weight needed), it might as well be marketed as solely a luxury item. This weighted blanket from Blanquil is similar to other weighted blankets, in that all weighted blankets are known for this: they’re known for their weight, as that’s what they’re designed to do, carry weight, and they’re known for their shifting pellets. These pellets are small, round and subtle and of course they will shift with you, they’re supposed to conform to your body’s space to provide that “snug” feeling. They’re not made of metal or tin. The shifting of the pellets is not loud or as exaggerated as some reviewers claim.
There is one thing that rubbed me wrong however about this product and that’s the way it arrived. There was a piece of paper attached to the package with the word “DROPSHIP,” and I felt that made the item simply unappealing because it revealed to me that it’s not entirely original. I don’t know HOW a mistake like this can go unnoticed and I think better quality control really needs to be in place.
My Blanquil Weighted Blanket Recommendation
As a result of all of my digging, I was able to isolate the biggest complaint and that was that Blanquil doesn’t cover return shipping due to the weight of the product. This means that many people find themselves dishing out approx $50 to return the item but of course even that number varies based on where they live and where it’s being shipped back to.
First of all, it’s ridiculous to state that individuals can get a “full refund,” then expect those customers to happily pay exorbitant amounts of money to return ship your item. Of course they’re going to be pissed about it. Whether the consumer realizes the return policy before or after purchasing your product is irrelevant. That return won’t exactly fulfil the typical standards of what the majority knows as a “full refund.” When an individual has to pay extra to get that item back to you, that’s not a full refund. That extra money spent must then be negated from whatever you refund them. So to see things put in that manner, feels a little deceptive.
In terms of how this works for the company, it may be better to simply offer a non refundable item. That removes that problem from the equation entirely, the company maintains absolute transparency (“Hey, look. This is just the best we can do.”) and this way, every consumer is aware of what’s involved. It’s at least much more honest.
But there is still one more option. This is the way I’d do it:
- Offer what’s called a “partial return”
- Provide an already-paid-for shipping label
(Everyone appreciates pre-paid labels, they’re comforting. Even if we’re not getting ALL of our money back, we appreciate that a company strives to make the process less painful for us.)
- Since the cost of most of the items listed on the website aren’t vast in difference, calculate the average cost of shipping per item and deduct this number from the total.
I suggest that they do that or something similar because if the biggest complaint people have is your return policy, it’s something that needs to be addressed if you want people’s perception of your brand to change and be elevated.
By the way, if the most common complaint is your return policy, you should also consider that a compliment to the actual items you sell.
Oddly enough, you can also purchase the item through Amazon, where Prime members get free shipping and also free returns with this item, although that may vary depending on your location so be sure to double check.
Regardless of my criticism (and I do genuinely hope some of it is taken constructively), I do recommend this item. It’s a well-made high quality item.