The 10 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy
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Chilly temperatures have finally met their match.
When your home is drafty or flat-out cold, you might turn to creative options to stay warm: cups of tea, freshly baked bread, layers of sweats, multiple warm socks under your favorite slippers—you’ll try anything. The one thing you’re probably overlooking that’s a whole lot more effective? An electric blanket. Weighted blankets may be having a moment right now, but don’t discount the classic heated blanket. You can fold up your throws and afghans and stop putting layers over your favorite loungewear set, because an electric blanket will be all you need.
Just plug it into a socket, and it will start doing its job immediately. The wires, lying between the fabric layers, distribute heat evenly so there are not hot spots. And while it might sound dangerous to put electricity anywhere near your skin, these blankets are proven safe—especially since almost all have an automatic shut-off feature (but do read the instructions before using and heed any tips about volts and power adapters). Another bonus of an electric blanket: It can save you money. If you’re using one overnight, you can turn down your heat. You won’t need the cranked-up thermostat, and hopefully, you’ll see lower bills at the end of the season.
Read on to discover the right electric blanket for you, whether you’re looking for an extra-large option, a stylish throw you can keep in the living room, or a budget-friendly buy. Whichever you choose is about to become your favorite new must-have—not just for freezing winter temps but also for cool nights and daytime cuddling on the couch. Electric blankets also make a fantastic gift for people who are always cold, so you might want to pick up more than one!
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Most comfortable electric blanket: Vremi Electric Blanket
This blanket is so soft and fluffy, you might start petting it more than your cat or dog. Constructed from breathable flannel-fleece and micro-thin wires, this electric blanket is warm without being bulky or stiff. The 20-foot-long cord grants you the freedom to sit almost anywhere, not just huddled near an outlet. Enjoy six different heat levels and an adjustable timer.
Best overall electric blanket: Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw
Snuggle up in soft fleece while on the couch or in bed. Pick one of the three heat settings, depending on the level you need to keep warm, and enjoy consistent heat from the ThermoFine technology. The control detaches, so you don’t have to worry about rolling over it mid-slumber—this neat feature also makes it easy to throw the blanket in the wash.
Best electric blanket for couples: Micro Flannel Reverse to Ultra Velvet Electric Comforter
Why is it that couples’ temperatures are never aligned? If you run cold and your partner runs hot, agreeing on the temperature to set in your house is a constant battle. End thermostat fights with this velvet comforter that has two controls to customize each side. The controllers are detachable, making it washing-machine-safe. Made from a micro flannel that won’t shrink or pill, the heated comforter is long-lasting, ensuring years of restful sleep for you and your partner.
Best reversible electric blanket: Westinghouse Reversible Heated Blanket
Since this heated blanket from Westinghouse has sherpa on one side and plush velour on the other, you can choose the feel and aesthetic you want, depending on your mood. Plug it in, pick your desired level of heat, the length of time you want it to stay on, and then sit back and relax. The blanket comes in blue, gray, and merlot, and the queen and king models come with two remotes for individualized comfort.
Softest electric blanket: Biddeford Velour and Sherpa Electric Blanket
If you’re looking for ways to make your bed cozier, velour and sherpa come together in this electric blanket to create next-level coziness, and the thick, high-quality materials prevent you from feeling any of the wires. With a whopping 10 heat settings, you’ll find just the right level of warmth throughout the day or night.
Best targeted electric blanket: Sensorpedic Heated Neck & Shoulder Wrap
Everyone experiences cold differently. Some people get cold toes, while others feel chills in their upper body. If you fall into the latter category, you might need a light wrap versus a larger throw. Place this heated pad on your shoulders while you work, play games with the family, or read a book. Control the Sensorpedic through the six settings on the remote to find the one that suits your level of coziness, and work out all of your aches and pains with its targeted heat therapy.
Best budget-friendly electric blanket: Brookstone n-a-p Heated Plush Throw
This plush blanket is so soft, it feels like a million bucks but actually costs less than $40. And don’t worry—this Brookstone model doesn’t cut corners where it counts. With four settings and a four-hour shut-off, the durable throw is both functional and safe. While the solid neutral will easily blend with your decor, one of these plaids can give your home a fun log-cabin feel.
Most stylish electric blanket: Sable Heated Blanket
If you want to keep your blanket on display, go with a stylish option like this lush, bold throw. This soft flannel, full-body electric blanket has 10 heat levels, as well as an automatic shut-off, which is particularly helpful for naps. The teal shade will give any room an instant style boost and even make your home look more expensive.
Best electric blanket for cold feet: Beautyrest Foot Pocket Electric Blanket
Slide your toes out of your favorite slippers and into this blanket. A convenient pocket at the bottom will give your freezing feet an extra layer of protection, and three choices of heat settings and a two-hour automatic shutoff allow you to nap in peace without sending your electric bill through the roof. Plus, it’s machine washable and has a five-year warranty.
Best king-size electric blanket: Micro Flannel Reverse to Sherpa Electric Heated Blanket
Big beds need big blankets. If you plan to use this on your bed and have a supersize mattress, make sure you get a blanket that will cover it. This giant Micro Flannel blanket will do the trick! It comes with two controls, is filled with a down-alternative fiber, and is covered with super soft sherpa, so it’s perfect for nighttime snuggling.We particularly love that it has a quick-heat function that lets it reach the top temp within 30 minutes, that it remembers your last setting, and that it also allows you to program the timer for up to 12 hours. Next, make sure you know how to buy a mattress that will help you sleep soundly year-round.
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