7 best electric blankets to keep you warm and comfortable throughout winter
Those who have an electric blanket know all too well the bliss of slipping into an already-toasty bed on a freezing winter night.
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But their benefits go far beyond keeping you warm. They're also adept at alleviating muscle and joint pain (they are particularly beneficial for arthritics), aiding sleep, and diminishing the number of dust mites in your bedding.
We have encountered people who are opposed to electric blankets, but their concerns are unilaterally out-dated. Most importantly, electric blankets are not the fire hazard they were in the past. The safety standards they have to adhere to are extremely strict, with over-heating protection mandatory on all models.
Improved manufacturing techniques also mean electric blankets no longer use scandalous quantities of energy. Indeed, they're much cheaper to run than keeping the heating on overnight, so can save you money on your bills.
The wire coils are thinner than they once were, so you don't end up feeling them under the bed sheet as you used.
Best of all, the models available come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours, and finishes, and many allow for dual control – meaning your partner can keep their side of the bed Baltic cold while you sojourn to a balmy, Bahaman heat on your side.
Here is our round-up of the best blankets on the market, considering comfort, heat distribution, look, dual control, and further functionality.
Lakeland Luxury Fleece fitted electric blanket
If you're looking at the price tag and wondering if it's justified – you get a great deal of bang for your buck with this blanket. Stretching easily across the mattress, its a breeze to put in place. The fleece cover is soft, cosseting you instantly as you climb in, and retains the heat from the blanket long after you've switched it off.
This speedy number only takes five minutes to warm a bed up. With dual controls, five heat settings, and graduated foot warmth, a mismatched couple (temperature wise) is going to find easy bliss here. If you're investing, this brilliant blanket is worth the outlay.
Double Dual Control Dreamland Scandi Heated Sherpa Underblanket
To be honest, we hadn't realised electric blankets could be this great. Fitting easily over the mattress, this fleecy, cosy blanket heats up in five minutes, to keep you delightfully warm.
Dual-sided, the white sherpa quilted adds extra cosiness in deepest winter, but the smooth polyester will keep you comfortable when it's warmer.
Where it's truly superb is in its use of technology to respond to both the room and your body temperature to keep you at an optimal temperature all night – no frustrated awaking from over-heating or chilly toes.
The auto-time shuts off after one, three, or nine hours as you prefer.
Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Electric Blanket
We adored this lusciously comfortable under blanket. It comes with a removable, deep-filled comfort layer, meaning it is cloud-soft to lie on. This layer is easy to remove and can safely be cleaned in the machine, dried in the tumbler.
It's also a handy blanket if you sleep next to someone whose temperature runs different to your own – multi-zone heating areas allow for each quarter of the bed to be at a different heat. Beyond that, there are nine different heat settings, so you can truly customise the temperature across the bed as you prefer. The extra foot warmth function is a nice touch – great for defrosting chilly toes.
With wide elastic corner straps at both ends, it's easy (ish) to fit to the bed, and stays in place. The long leads on the cords make it simple to set up in the bedroom.
If you go for Slumberdown Oh So Cosy Electric Blanket instead, you'll get the same features, plus an additional set of controls on both sides of the bed – meaning both sleepers have the freedom to control the heat.
Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket
This budget option will keep you warm, but the small price tag does have its short comings. Firstly, it will not fit to the edge of the mattress – instead, you need to tie it down. We found this a fiddly undertaking – indeed, on the first night we weren't firm enough with our knots and found it shifted uncomfortably through the night.
With three heat settings and an auto shut-off function, it will warm up effectively, and you don't need to worry – the thermal fuse will shut down if there's a fault or a hot spot.
We love the app that allows you to switch the blanket off and on – perfect for putting the blanket on while you're out and about, to arrive back to a warm bed, ready and waiting.
Unfortunately, though, the affordable nature of this blanket precludes some of the luxuries you'll find at a higher price range. The polyester material is scratchy to the touch, and we found we could 'feel' the blanket under our sheets – the wiring stuck out.
But if you want a cheap choice for occasional use, the Slientnight will keep you warm.
Monogram by Beurer Allergyfree Heated Mattress Cover
The electric skirt on this electric blanket makes it an absolute breeze to securely fasten to your bed. And that user-friendly feel continues as you use it.
Heating up the bed in eight minutes, this lovely blanket's auto-timer means you can fall asleep knowing your blanket will switch off on its own after an hour, six, or all night. The five pre-set temperatures evenly heat up the bed. The controls are easy to control, making it easy to machine wash. And there's sets of controls.
Where it really shines, though, is for allergy sufferers, those with sensitive skin, or asthmatics. Containing anti-bacterial technology, the Beurer was built to protect against dust mites, mould, and bacteria. You'll literally breath easier as you sleep on it. An impressive choice.
Dreamland Relaxwell Zebra Electric Blanket - Single
This gorgeous throw has the feel of a ski lodge interior – perfect for that apres ski feel of hunkering down cosily with a glass of red wine and a good book. It's super soft – we swoon to touch it, and of course can be repurposed for use in the bedroom if you're wanting to keep cosy there.
The 'ready-to-relax' function means you will be snug as a proverbial under this throw in five minutes. An even heat, with 6 heat settings, you won't get uncomfortably warm – rather, blissfully cosy.
The 'intelliheat' means your blanket will automatically heat up to your preferred setting each time you turn it on, as well as paying attention to your body temperature to ensure you stay at the correct heat. A furry, fuzzy, indulgent dream.
Beurer HD75 Cosy Nordic Heated Cuddly Blanket
Another heated throw here, and delightful in its own right. The smooth underside will suit those of you who don't like the sensation of fuzz against the skin, though the fluffy, fleecy side is suitable if you secretly yearn to hug a teddy bear.
Like the Relaxwell, it has six temperature settings. It lacks the intelliheat function, which makes the Relaxwell preferable in our mind, but the 'fluffiness' stays plush slightly longer (although in both cases, the blankets will – to use the scientific term – mostly 'refluffify' post a machine wash)