The 7 Best Electric Blankets of 2021

The best heated blankets to help you stay warm on a chilly night

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Our Top Picks
"Designed to be used as a throw, this affordable blanket heats evenly and feels soft and cozy. "
"This is a more decorative electric blanket that won't look out of place draped over a sofa."
"This soft fleece blanket is designed to keep your toes toasty warm."
"This sherpa flannel blanket features a delicate floral design."
"To avoid feeling the wires in your electric blanket, opt for this one with disguised wires for a more comfortable experience."
"A heated mattress pad is great to soothe sore muscles and keep you warm throughout the night."
"This portable blanket has a rechargeable battery so you can warm up anywhere."

If you run cold or live in a particularly chilly climate, sometimes a regular throw blanket just isn't enough. Electric blankets pump out heat to keep you extra cozy whether it's in bed or on the couch. We've scoured the market for the best electric blankets out there—all at a variety of price points and in an array of styles.

Here, the best electric blankets on the market now.

Best Overall: Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw, Royal Blue, TSM8US-R505-32A00
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Made from soft polyester

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in throw size

If you’re not sure if you’ll like an electric blanket, you may not want to splurge on a high-end model—instead, consider the Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket. This affordable heated blanket is on the smaller side, but it’s a good option for occasional use or those testing out the technology. 

This heated blanket is designed to be used as a throw, and the ultra-soft fabric is made from polyester. It uses ThermoFine technology to deliver even heat, and the controller has three different settings to choose from. The blanket automatically shuts off after three hours, and if it gets dirty, you can simply clean it in the washing machine and dryer. This blanket is the perfect size to use on the couch, and you'll love how soft and cozy it is

"This blanket is affordable, and frankly, it looks affordable. We could feel the wires used for heating throughout the blanket but didn’t find them uncomfortable. The material is flexible and, in our experience, molds well to your body, whether you’re sitting up, working on your laptop, or lying down watching a movie."—Nina Ruggiero, Product Tester

Best Throw: Beautyrest Brushed Long Fur Electric Throw Blanket

Beautyrest Brushed Faux Fur Electric Throw
What We Like
  • Looks great draped on the sofa

  • Available in various colors and styles

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Thinner than some other heated blankets

If you're looking for a more decorative option that won't look out of place draped over an accent chair or sofa, we love this faux fur electric blanket from Beautyrest. It's made from soft polyester and features a patterned fur design on one side and plush fleece on the other, so you'll feel extra cozy when curled up on the couch. The blanket offers three heat settings with a two-hour auto-shutoff feature for safety.

This stylish electric blanket measures 50 by 60 inches and you can choose from six shades, including chocolate, burgundy, and sapphire blue. For an electric blanket that doubles as decor, you can't go wrong with this cozy and chic option.

Best for Cold Feet: Beautyrest Foot Pocket Plush Electric Blanket

Beautyrest Electric Blanket With Foot Pocket
What We Like
  • Foot pocket for extra coziness

  • Pre-heat setting to warm up the bed before getting in

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Thinner than some other heated blankets

If your feet tend to get chilly, you can keep them extra warm with the Beautyrest Foot Pocket Electric Blanket. The roomy blanket is made from soft polyester fleece and features a pocket where you can tuck your feet while lounging on the couch or in bed. There are three heat settings with a two-hour auto-shutoff timer, and a pre-heat feature lets you warm up your bed before getting in for the night.

This cozy blanket is machine washable (just remove the controller before washing) and it comes in four colors: gray, indigo blue, ivory, and tan.

Best Pattern: Micro Flannel Reverse to Sherpa Electric Heated Blanket

Micro Flannel Electric Heated Blanket
What We Like
  • Available in floral print and other styles

  • Flannel and fleece provide extra coziness

  • Dual controls

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Controls need to be reset each time the blanket is turned on

If you're looking for a patterned blanket to keep you cozy, this electric heated blanket from Micro Fleece is a pretty option. Available in blue or green floral print, the soft blanket features flannel on one side and sherpa on the other, and it has down-alternative fill. There are ten heat settings with a "quick heat" feature that reaches maximum heat within 30 minutes, then drops down to your desired temperature. There's also a programmable timer for up to 12 hours and ten-hour auto-shutoff for safety.

The twin and full sizes come with a single controller, while the queen and king sizes have dual controllers. In addition to the floral prints, this blanket also comes in a striped pattern and solid shades like rose and Wedgewood blue.

Best Minimal Wiring: Serta Luxe Plush Fleece Heated Electric Blanket

Serta Plush Heated Blanket
What We Like
  • Super-thin wires reduce bulkiness

  • Made with soft micro-plush fabric

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Dual controllers each need an outlet

One common complaint about heated blankets is that you can feel the wires when using them—it kind of feels like you’re wrapped up in a fishing net. If you hate this feeling, you may want to consider a product like the Serta Soft Heat Low-Voltage Heated Blanket, which features super-thin wires that are nearly undetectable during use for a more comfortable experience. 

The high-end Serta Heated Blanket uses low-voltage wires that are safe in the presence of moisture and for pets to sleep on. You can choose from twin, full, queen, or king sizes, and the larger options come with dual zones for customizable heat. The micro-plush fabric is soft and cozy to the touch, and the thin wires are designed to provide even heat distribution without being bulky. 

Best Mattress Pad: Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad

Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad
What We Like
  • Pre-heat setting to warm up the bed before getting in

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Awkward plug placement

Don’t like having a heated blanket on top of you? Then you might prefer a heated mattress pad, like this one from Sunbeam. This quilted mattress pad comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, and it fits onto your mattress, helping to soothe sore muscles and keep you warm throughout the night. 

This heated mattress pad has dual controllers on the larger sizes, making it ideal for use with a partner, and it comes with ten heat settings. It has a ten-hour automatic shut off, and the skirt fits onto mattresses up to 18 inches deep. It comes with a preheat setting, and the mattress pad is helpful for reducing sore muscles and other aches and pains. It may even allow you to turn down the heat in the winter, saving energy while staying warm in bed.

Best Battery-Powered: Life Giving Warmth The Cozee Battery Powered Heating Blanket

The Cozee
What We Like
  • Cordless and rechargeable so you can take it anywhere

  • Weatherproof shell

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Need to remember to charge it

  • Pricier than corded blankets

Want to warm up no matter where you are? The Cozee blanket features a rechargeable battery that provides at least five hours of heat on one charge, so you can bring the blanket along when you leave the house. The blanket has a weather-resistant exterior shell that'll withstand wind, snow, and light rain, and the micro-plush interior is super soft and warm. What's more, the blanket has space-grade Mylar insulation to help reduce heat loss.

The cordless blanket offers three heat settings (low, medium, and high) and there are two USB ports so you can also charge your phone while you stay warm. Best of all, the blanket is machine washable—just remove the battery pack and you're good to go.

Final Verdict

Overall, our top choice is the Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket because it's soft, affordable, and heats quickly and evenly. For on-the-go coziness, it's worth splurging on the Cozee Battery Powered Heating Blanket (view at Life Giving Warmth).

What to Look for in an Electric Blanket

Material

If your heated blanket is warm but scratchy, you may not enjoy using it as much. Fortunately, many heated blankets on the market now are made with soft microfiber fabrics that feel cozy to the touch or sherpa-style blankets that are fuzzy and warm. In addition to the comfort, the big upside to these polyester microfiber blankets is that most are machine washable for easy care.

Size

Consider whether you want an electric blanket for your bed or just for lounging around the house. A comforter-size electric blanket, while practical for sleeping, may overwhelm your couch or sitting space, while also being less energy efficient. There are many heated blankets the size of your average throw blanket available. On the other hand, if you want an electric blanket to warm your whole bed, there are all sizes from Twin to King on the market.

Standout Features

Dual temperature control

If you’ll be sharing your electric blanket with someone else, it makes sense to look for a version that has dual temperature control. This means that you and a fellow snuggler will each have control over half the blanket so that no one is too hot or too cold. Dual temperature controls are becoming more common, but typically cost more than single temperature zone versions.

Pre-heat option

If you want your bed to be toasty warm before you get in, choose an electric blanket with a pre-heat option. This will ensure the bed has reached your desired temperature before you tuck in for the night.

Rechargeable battery

While most electric blankets must be plugged in during use, you can opt for a rechargeable battery-operated version if you want the flexibility to get cozy anywhere. This design is pricier, but if going cord-free is a priority, it's worth spending more on your new heated blanket.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was edited and researched by Cristina Sanza, a lifestyle writer specializing in home products and organization hacks. To research the coziest, most durable electric blankets, she read customer reviews, third-party articles, and brand websites. 

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