Electric blanket season is upon us! With dark nights getting darker and cool mornings, it's time to up the cosiness in your bedroom. What, you don't have one? Well, let us tell you – they are life-changing!
With the increase in energy and fuel prices, it's a great alternative to having your heating on all night, they’re extremely cost-effective, with many costing as little as 1p per night, or 30p a month. Plus, with all the subtle fitted sheets and glamorous faux fur designs on the market these days, they have definitely shed their old-fashioned skin.
We've selected the best electric blankets on the market to keep you toasty in bed (or on the sofa) on cold nights based on style, the number of temperature settings, how easy their controls are to use, how fast they heat up, and, whether they go under or over your best mattress.
The best electric blankets to buy this year
Our best electric blanket comes in the form of the Dreamland Fleece Easy Fit Heated Electric Underblanket, a sumptuously fleecy fitted sheet meets mattress protector, which covers a double bed in cosy warmth from top to bottom.
Quick to heat
This blanket just takes five minutes to heat, so you can switch it on, go and make your cup of tea, your hot chocolate, your nightcap, or whatever your choice of bedtime beverage might be, and then you can come back to a toasty warm bed.
This is what makes this model so popular. You can control each side of the blanket separately, so if you share a bed with a human radiator that doesn't need as much heat as you, it's ideal.
Plenty of temperature settings
It has six temperature settings, so you can adjust the temperature to suit you.
Automatic shut off
You can programme the blanket to turn off after anywhere between one and nine hours. Perfect if you want it on for while you fall asleep but don't need it on all night.
Let's face it: it doesn't just get cold in your bedroom. Until the warmer spring/summer months, you might feel the chill while binging on your favourite Netflix series or playing board or card games with your family. But, rather than sticking the central heating on, regulate your temperature with an added tactile touch with this soft fleece heated throw from Bedsure.
Family-friendly and washable
Great for snuggles in the living room, extra hospitable help in a guest room, or in a reading nook, this throw can even be popped in the washing machine... Ideal for if you've spilled a drink or are prone to leaving cookies, croissants, and other food crumbs while snacking and are wondering how to wash an electric blanket without damaging it.
And, with Britain’s notorious poor insulation and single glazing windows, this heated throw is a budget-friendly way to keep warm – even throughout the winter months. With 6 different temperature settings, a timer, and an automatic switch-off for additional safety, this premium-feel flannel blanket can provide comfort and warmth for both WFH and bedtime.
Electric blankets aren't always for using in bed! The Dreamland Relaxwell deluxe faux fur heated throw, is a super stylish alternative to the purely functional, pale yellow electric blankets that give you granny vibes.
We will cover the more practical elements next, but what puts this electric blanket above the rest is how gorgeous it looks. It's luxuriously soft and the faux fur looks to be really great quality, and really realistic too. Plus, if fur isn't your thing, it's also available in a jazzy Zebra print too!
Pop it over your sofa or throw at the end of your bed, this electric blanket can be moved around the house, where ever it's super cosiness might be needed.
This is clever. The blanket can monitor the temperature of the room and adjust it's temperature accordingly. Or you can just choose from the six different heat settings to find the perfect temperature for you.
Quick to heat
This electric blanket can reach a roasty 37ºC in just five minutes, plus it has an auto-shutoff system so you can choose how long you want it to heat for and not have to worry about leaving it on.
If faux fur isn’t your thing, you can still find an ultra-stylish electric blanket in the form of this Dreamland luxury velvety heated throw.
Cheap to use
This electric blanket costs just 1p per night to run, so a lot cheaper than having the heating on all night, especially since it's probably only the bedrooms you need to heat.
A big plus. The cover of this electric blanket is machine washable and tumble dry safe, just make sure you read all the washing instructions first.
Lots of heat options
As with our previous top picks, there are six heat settings, plus a ‘ready to relax’ pre-heat setting. It also has Intelliheat technology which means it will maintain a constant temperature throughout use, perfect if want to keep it on while you sleep.
Again this electric throw has an auto-shut off function which can be set for between one and nine hours, so you have the peace of mind it won't be left on for too long.
Okay, so it's not exactly an electric blanket, but we couldn't not include this heated foot warmer from Beurer. The slightly funny-looking boot is designed to heat up quickly for rapid thawing of frozen tootsies and is perfect for if you suffer from poor circulation.
Three heat settings
There are a few heat options, which is great for a foot warmer, lots just have one setting. You can pick from three temperatures depending on how desperate your feet are in need of warmth.
As with the blankets, this heated foot warmer also has an auto-shutoff feature. You can set it to stay on for up to 90 minutes and then it will automatically turn off.
Removable, washable inside
You can take out the fleece lining of this boot and hand wash it, which we think is an essential when it comes to anything hot feet related. The only thing that would improve this warmer would be battery operation for taking it on the road, but we can’t have everything!
A great budget-friendly option, this Silentnight electric blanket is the cheapest of our top picks.
Ultra-fast to heat up
This electric blanket heats up in just a few minutes, so there's no waiting around before you can jump into bed. It comes in a range of sizes too, and sits nicely under your sheet so isn't visible.
Smart assistant compatible
If you purchase a Silentnight Alexa compatible plug, available from Amazon, you can turn it on from your phone or using your voice, so that it's hot for you when you jump into bed.
Three heat options
There is less choice when it comes to temperature with this electric blanket, just three, but reviewers seem happy with the options!
What is the best electric blanket?
We've picked out the Dreamland Fleece Easy Fit Dual Control Heated Electric Underblanket, as the best electric blanket out there. It heats up in just five minutes, it has six different settings and is fleecy for extra comfort!
What are the benefits of an electric blanket?
'Electric blankets are perfect for warming up before bed, and can be safely used when you go to sleep,' says Leo Chen Lee, product manager, Bedsure.
'You can make use of an automated switch-off option or built-in timer, which is the perfect solution for going to sleep with your heated blanket, without worrying about turning it off.'
'On top of safety, this also helps prevent overheating and keeps an optimal level of warmth and comfort. When it comes to using an electric blanket overnight, we would recommend this if the heated blanket has a built-in 1-12 hours fine timing setting, which can be adjusted based on different requirements, as well as an overheating switch-off function.'
What to consider when buying an electric blanket
Throw or blanket?
Do you think a heated blanket would be more used underneath your sheet in your bedroom or thrown over the sofa in your living room? With a traditional electric blanket that goes in your bed, you get the cosiness of your whole bed heating up, plus there are dual control options if you share a bed. But with electric throws you get the manoeuvrability, you can take it with you to every room it houses, plus wrapping one around you on the sofa is dreamy. They, however, don’t come in standard bed sizes, so you can either use them as an extra topper for bedtime or on the sofa.
Look at how many options there are. We say the more the better, because obviously the weather constantly changes, so it's nice to be able to adjust your blanket's temperature accordingly. Go with one that has at least three heat options.
Most new electric blankets will be really energy-efficient, costing as little as 1p per night to run. But do always check, one of the main benefits of them is they cost less than heating your bedroom, so always check this will definitely be the case.
The safest, modern electric blankets should be fitted with an auto-shutoff function so you can't accidentally leave them on for too long.
Look out for an electric blanket that can be washed. Most should have a removable cover that you can either wash by hand or bung in the washing machine. A lot are now tumble dryer safe too. It's just more hygienic and practical to get one with a removable cover.
What kind of mattress do you have?
If you are looking at buying an electric blanket to use in bed, do think about whether it is safe to use with your current mattress. Memory foam and electric blankets are rumoured to be a to be a no-go, but memory foam mattress manufacturers say that their mattresses are fine to use with electric blankets, there are just a few rules to follow. Place a sheet between your mattress and your blanket and always heat the blanket gradually. Plus, it's recommended that you never heat a memory foam mattress for longer than half an hour.