Weighted blankets are miraculous little inventions. There isn’t much scientific evidence that they help with anxiety, but whenever I’m feeling a little stressed (so, um, often), I can crawl under a weighted blanket, feel the light pressure over my body, and let my breathing slow and my limbs relax.
The exact reason why so many of us love to disappear into a weighted blanket is unclear. SELF previously reported that something called deep pressure stimulation—which people experience as calming and soothing—might be to blame.
This, of course, is highly individual. For instance, my colleague, Anna Borges, loves snuggling under her weighted blanket and drifting off to sleep. But I only like lounging under a blanket (the one time I fell asleep, I dreamt I was drowning). I bust out my weighted blanket to lie around, but it’s regular blankets and covers for me when heading to bed for the night.
If you’re like me—someone who prefers a lighter snuggle—the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe ($130, Gravity) might be worth a try. Before I get into my experience, let’s demystify this item a little bit. If you read the words weighted robe and pictured a 15-pound structure with arms and a belt, you’d be wrong. The Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe is made of incredibly soft polyester fleece, which feels plush, warm, and remarkably thin (for something so cozy). It looks and feels exactly like a standard robe, except that there’s a three-pound weighted wrap inside the collar (you can remove the weight to rock the garment like a normal robe).
Given how much lighter the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe is than a weighted blanket (most weighted blankies are between 5 and 30 pounds), I thought I wouldn’t get the relaxation vibes I wanted. Still, I slid into my navy blue robe, wrapped myself up, adjusted the collar, and lay down on my bed. Flat on my back, the collar hit my shoulders and chest exactly where I needed it. I felt like it was encouraging me to release some of the tension in my shoulders, and the extra pressure on my chest was comforting. If this sounds too good to be true: I was on a video call the first time I tested the robe, and my friend actually noticed a shift in my mood.
Though I absolutely love lounging around in the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe, sleeping in it wasn’t super comfortable for me. If I started the night with my robe tightly wrapped around my neck, I ended up taking it off at some point before the morning. This, however, isn’t really an indictment against the robe—it’s more about my sleeping preference. So I don’t anticipate that everyone will have this issue. Plus, I certainly found the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe useful for waking hours.
In short, if weighted blankets are even remotely comfortable for you, this robe might be an option for lighter-weight relaxation you can use around the house. If you like sleeping under a weighted blanket, I don’t think the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe will replace your blankie—but I do think it’s worth the splurge. Reviewers seemed to agree, stating that it feels like “a gentle hug on the shoulders.”
In terms of its performance as an actual robe, it’s warm and cozy, with large pockets (for things like your phone and remote control). It does shed a little bit, so be mindful of that. And on a small note, the hanging loop doesn’t feel sturdy enough for the robe’s weight. You might think twice before hanging the Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe on a hook by the loop—that’s if you decide to take it off.
Modernist x Gravity Weighted Robe
This cozy fleece robe has 3 lbs in the collar and feels a little bit like a snuggle from someone you love.