We know there are a lot of places to get weighted blankets, and a lot of Canadian and North American companies to choose from. At Hippo Hug we create Canadian-made weighted products to settle the body, comfort the soul and provide calm because we believe that everyone should come home to a hug.
We work to earn the chance to hug you and take the time to listen to your unique needs. Here we have compiled a list of 10 reasons to choose our Canadian weighted blankets over the other guys.
Made In Canada
At Hippo Hug we want you to know that our weighted blankets are 100% Made in Canada. That sound you hear when you come into our store in Calgary? That is our nine staff working hard creating Canadian made weighted blankets for you. Keeping manufacturing in Canada and within our control means that we can create highly customized blankets to suit your unique needs.
Everyone has different preferences and requirements and their weighted blanket should respond to those needs. Have bursitis in your hips? We can place the weights within your blanket to have less weight in the hip area but enough in the legs and shoulders to give you the pressure you like to sleep. Or perhaps you have restless legs? Then we can place extra weight in the legs and colour code your binding so you can easily tell the heavy side from the lighter side.
Making weighted blankets here in Canada is important to us. We are proud to be able to employ Canadians at fair and livable wages as well as provide secure jobs with benefits. On top of all that keeping manufacturing in Canada means we can make decisions to reduce our waste. Our Hippo Chill crash mats are an example of this. We didn’t want all the off cuts from straightening the edges of the blankets to go into the landfill, instead we save them as stuffing for a Hippo Chill and sometimes dog beds for local rescue organizations.
Choosing a Hippo Hug weighted blanket means choosing to have a relationship with a company that cares about you and your sleep needs. It also means choosing to shop local, support local and spend your dollars with a company that is connected to the community.
We often get asked how many returns we get on our weighted blankets. We are happy to share with you that less than 5% of our blankets are returned and when they do it is usually because a weighted blanket was not the right solution. Our blankets are built to be a part of your life, they are fully washable and made with high quality materials. We have customers with blankets from when we first started in 2011, and those blankets are going strong and looking almost new. And for customers that want a refresh we offer a service to recover their blanket with new fabrics.
If you choose to provide your own fabric we will discuss with you any issues that might arise due to quality. Sometimes your choice may be too thin and so we will double quilt it with one of our fabrics underneath to add strength and life to your choice.
Hippo Hug works with Canadian wholesalers of high quality quilter’s fabrics and our batting is made in the USA, chosen specifically for its high content of cotton to keep your temperature regulated with just enough polyester to provide strength for a long life to your weighted blanket.
At Hippo Hug we pride ourselves on customer service. Our exchange rate on weighted blankets is even less than returns. A big part of that is because we take the time to talk with you about your needs and we have eight years of experience matching people to the right weighted blanket. Hippo Hug has been around since before the trend of weighted blankets. We understand that someone with anxiety has different needs than someone with chronic pain. We have experience with kids that can’t settle to sleep versus an aging parent with dementia. We’ve heard all the questions before, and if we haven’t we are happy to take the time to do the research to get you the right answer.
We know and respect that a weighted blanket is an investment and we invest our time in your decision making. We also offer many ways to get in touch, you can find us online on the website chat, via email, telephone and social media. We want you to ask questions and take your time. When you are ready we have hundreds of in stock options as well as virtually unlimited possibilities when customizing a weighted blanket.
We also specifically developed a Try Before You Buy program in order to allow you to experience a weighted blanket and be sure it is the solution for you before committing to a purchase.
Hippo Hug is a company with a heart and we want you to be happy.
When Leslie started Hippo Hug she already had over a decade of experience working with people with varying levels of special needs. She also had years of experience using weighted blankets with children with autism. This blended with her ability to listen and learn means that Hippo Hug is in a unique position to provide you with a wealth of experience. We track when and why a blanket might be returned and we listen to what customers like and don’t like. We have created a mental database of almost 20 years of combined experience matching people to the right weighted blanket for them. Hippo Hug’s weighted blanket experts know when to suggest you try a different weight or size and when a blanket may not be the right choice for you.
We also know how to size a weighted blanket for a growing child or teen. We want your blanket to last and we understand how to change size and weight to get the safest combination to allow for use for many years. We can also tell you how to continue to benefit from your original purchase even if your child has outgrown it.
We want you to be happy with your Canadian made weighted blanket from Hippo Hug. We want to hear about your struggles and challenges. We want to be a part of your decision making.
Hippo Hug weighted blankets are unlike any others on the market. We use a unique and proprietary weighting system that employs the use of weighted disks rather than loose filling. This means our blankets are low profile and look no different than a regular quilt. Our 34 lb 45×70 inch weighted blanket fits in the same size box as one ½ its size.
No loose filling means the weight stays where it is supposed to for a constant and even deep pressure across the whole blanket. The weights are made up of a metal disk encased in a ceramic composite coating. The metal in the disks is lead free and mostly composed of iron. The ceramic coating allows the weights to be fully washable and because they are flat the weighted blanket dries without risk of water being trapped in a loose filling and growing mould.
These special disks have another great benefit in that you can put your weighted blanket in the fridge or freezer before bed for a truly “cooling weighted blanket” experience. The weights will take on the cold and help to lower your skin temperature for a restful sleep.
The density of the weights allows Hippo Hug to provide the most pressure per square inch of blanket, which means that you get more bang for your buck without bulk so you can sleep well and stay comfortable.
As Unique as You
As we said before, at Hippo Hug we make weighted blankets as unique as your needs. Sleep hot at night? Our weighted blankets have less layers and bulk than the others. Imagine how much heat is trapped by extra layers of synthetic fabric and the bulk of loose filling. Our competitors have as many as eight layers of fabric, and typically most of that fabric is synthetic that doesn’t breathe. At Hippo Hug you get two layers of 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting holding your weights in place and then two pieces of exterior fabric quilted, that’s it! So if you are a hot sleeper, choose cotton for both sides and rest well knowing your Hippo Hug weighted blanket won’t be hotter than a regular quilt.
Or perhaps your requirements are even more unique? We have custom made weighted blankets for wheelchair users, restless leg sufferers even someone with ticks on only one side of their body so extra pressure was needed on the left arm and foot area.
Maybe you don’t have special sensory requirements but you definitely have a unique personality and style! With a Hippo Hug weighted blanket you have dozens of fabric choices so you can find something that fits in your home and your life. You don’t need to be stuck with the same as everyone else, you can get your favorite colours or something that matches your bedroom decor, you can choose everything about your blanket down to the colour of the binding edge!
Supporting community is important to us, In 2018/19, we have provided several thousand dollars in merchandise and donations to the many charities and non-profits notably: VIEW PHOTO
- We currently partner with AARCS to donate pet beds AND if a client donates to AARCS and provides proof we will send them a free pet bed.
- Humane Society of Calgary – provided pet beds.
- Various schools and charitable organizations – silent auction donations
- Donation and auction of a weighted blanket to benefit the Humboldt Broncos
- Donation and auction of various Pride theme items to benefit Camp Fyrefly
- Auction of weighted blanket to benefit Calgary Veteran’s Food Bank
- Auction of weighted blanket to benefit Ronald McDonald House
- Facilitated and provided materials for a Make Your Own Pillowcase night for residents of Ronald McDonald House
Commitment to the Environment
Textile manufacturing can be a high waste industry. To reduce our impact on landfills in Calgary we endeavour to find useful and unique uses for our scrap yardage. This includes the creation of waterproof pet beds, Hippo Chill Crash Mats and donations to local groups with a need for textiles for craft projects.
Within the shop we also reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can. We are avid composters and recently eliminated paper towels in favour of washable hand towels. Even with nine staff we have barely one large garbage bag of waste on a weekly basis!
Hippo Hug is 100% female owned and operated. Why does this still matter? The more women succeed, the better off the global economy will be. Even the federal government has noticed that women entrepreneurs play a singular role in the Canadian economy and has created the Women Entrepreneurship Fund to recognise and support women to keep Canada competitive. The women who work at Hippo Hug empathize with the unique needs of our customers whether they are in need of a weighted blanket themselves or caring for someone who would benefit from our products.
Most Weight for your Money
Lastly, although we could probably come up with an endless list, Hippo Hug offers the most weight for your money. What does this mean? When thinking about weighted blankets you might believe you are comparing apples to apples but this is not the case. Size matters! While our 15 lb weighted blanket is the same measured weight as the other guy’s 15 lb blanket, they actually feel quite different. Our competitors larger size means the weight is distributed across a bigger surface area and a lot of the weight is not on your body giving you deep pressure. Here is a handy chart comparing the two:
If you’d like even more reasons, check out this short video on how Hippo Hug is different from other weighted blanket companies: