Best electric blankets: Keep warm through the winter with these cosy blankets
Get a better night’s sleep tucked up under these throws
There’s nothing better than being wrapped up all warm on a cold winter’s day - and with one of the best electric blankets you can be smug and toasty warm at night, too.
UPDATE: Bed manufacturer Silentnight has revealed that electric blanket sales have risen 482% in the last year, with their Dual Control Electric Blanket (featured below) being their most popular. And millennials are leading the way apparently, with nearly a third (30%) aged between 25 and 34 saying they own an electric blanket, compared to only 20% of over 55s.
And, that all feels like a lot to think about when you essentially just want something to keep you warm. That’s why we’ve put together this list, so that you can find your new favourite blanket, without too much fuss.
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Best electric blankets to buy
1. Morphy Richards Washable Heated Under Blanket
Morphy Richards is a household name when it comes to appliances, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to make a good blanket. However, this under-blanket has possibly our favourite feature, which is that it adds extra warmth to the bottom of the bed to keep your toes toasty.
It is machine washable and tumble dry safe, and has cord ties to keep it firmly in place on the bed. And with four heat levels, this blanket should have the ideal temperature for any weather. And if anything was to go wrong, it has a 3-year guarantee.
2. Lakeland Velvety Electric Heated Throw in Grey and Red Check
This over-blanket has 6 heat settings, including a fast preheat setting called ‘ready for bed’ that can warm up the blanket in only 5 minutes. It’s also safe to use overnight because it has Intelliheat technology, which maintains the temperature and stops it overheating.
If you don’t fancy keeping it on all night, there is also an auto shut-off setting which you can be set to between 1 and 9 hours so you don’t have to worry. It’s machine washable and costs as little as 1p to run for 7 hours, according to Lakeland.
Plus, if we’re being honest, the grey and red check just has us imagining ourselves all tucked up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate in our hands.
3. Relaxwell Leopard Print Faux Fur Heated Throw
This animal print throw is definitely not the cheapest on our list, but if a blanket is going to be on your bed for most of winter it might as well look nice. This faux fur blanket not only looks pretty chic but also has 5 temperature options and a fast heat-up setting.
It can also go in the washing machine and tumble dryer so need to panic about any spillages, and it comes with its own storage bag to keep it dust-free when its not in use.
4. LIVIVO Deluxe Electric Under Blanket
This “100% non-woven premium polyester” blanket has ultra-thin, non-intrusive wires, according to its makers, to ensure nothing disrupts your sleep during the night. And, you don’t have to worry about having it on all night because it has an Overheat Protection System and Automatic Safety Shut Off.
It does only three heat settings, plus the additional super-fast heat up feature, but it does have the added bonus of dual control and a timer function.
5. Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi-Zone Electric Blanket
A multi-zone feature on this blanket means that each quarter of your bed can be a different temperature - hereby ending the nights of your other hal moaning about the heat, while you’re still lying there shivering. It’s machine washable, with the added bonus of the quilted top layer being removable in case you just want to do a quick wash of that instead.
It has 9 heat settings in total, plus a number of safety features including auto shut-off and a timer so it doesn’t have to be on all night.
6. Silentnight Dual Control Electric Blanket
With dual controls, the temperature of this under-blanket can be changed from both sides of the bed. It’s secured by ties to the mattress so you know it’s not going to budge, and it has an “extra wide length” to make sure it covers the full length of the bed.
It’s also helpfully machine washable, has “overheat protection” and a 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee, which is a handy back-up in case anything does go wrong.
7. Beurer Monogram Allergy-Free Heated Mattress Cover
If you or someone in your house suffers from asthma or a dust allergy, Beurer’s electric blanket might be the one for you. The under-blanket is made of an anti-allergy material that will “help kill dust mites and eggs”.
It has an elasticated skirt to keep it firmly on the mattress, along with 6 temperature settings and takes less than 10 minutes to warm up.
8. Dreamland Lux Velvet Heated Over Blanket
Dreamland’s blanket responds to temperature changes as you sleep so you’re almost always guaranteed to be toasty warm. This velvety blanket has a super-soft Sherpa fleece underside - a polyester fabric that mimics the bumpy texture of sheep’s wool.
Like many on this list, it is machine washable (up to 40 degrees), tumble dry safe, and comes with a 2-year guarantee. It also comes in red, if you’re looking for more of a Christmassy vibe.