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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:
Sunbeam is one of the best electric blanket brands, and their Quilted Fleece Blanket is one of our favorite picks from them. This model comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, and you can choose from a few plain colors, as well. The fleece blanket has “channels” sewn into it, so it keeps the wires in place, and the ThermoFine technology is designed to deliver consistent, evenly distributed heat all night long.
This heated blanket comes with ten heat settings so you can choose the right amount of warmth, and it automatically shuts off after ten hours, so you don’t need to worry if you forget to turn it off when you get out of bed. The blanket is machine washable and dryer safe, unlike many electric blankets.
"According to Sunbeam’s softness scale of 'soft' to 'premium soft,' this blanket falls somewhere in the middle at “extra soft.” It’s not that fluffy, cloud-like blanket you might dream of, but it packs a lot of warmth for a relatively thin blanket, and its moisture-wicking abilities are important for when the heat gets just a little too high and you break a sweat."—Nina Ruggiero, Product Tester
It can be tough to share an electric blanket with your partner, especially if you can’t agree on the same heat level. If you have this issue, you can both get the heat you want with a dual-control blanket like the Biddeford Microplush Electric Blanket. This cozy blanket is surprisingly affordable, and the queen and king sizes come with two controllers for dual heat zones.
The Biddeford Electric Blanket has a soft microplush fabric on one side and a cozy sherpa on the other. It offers ten heat settings, as well as a ten-hour shut-off for safety. It can even be cleaned in the washer and dryer.
"Instead of hugging the body and moving around effortlessly, the wires bent and folded and made the blanket feel stiff and awkward. Washing did make the blanket feel a little less stiff by seemingly breaking in the wires a bit, but since some of the softness and newness of the sherpa was lost, it was a bit of a win-lose."—Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
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 Hyde Lane's Heated Faux Fur Throw Blanket. The faux fur microfiber is soft to the touch, and it has a wavy texture that mimics the look of real fur. The low-voltage wires aren't visible on the surface of the throw, which is a big plus if you plan on displaying this blanket, and the silver remote is small and discreet looking.
This heated throw blanket comes packaged in a beautiful box, so it's perfect for gifting. The blanket heats up fast and the three heat settings are comfortable and warm—but not overly hot. Choose from six different color options including wild fox and snow leopard.
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
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 fleece on one side and sherpa on the other, and it has down-alternative fill. There are 10 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 10-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.
If you're willing to spend a little more for the best heated blanket, you’ll get more features and better performance. In particular, the SoftHeat by Perfect Fit Low-Voltage Heated Blanket delivers a better user experience thanks to its super-fine wires and gentle heat—however, it has a higher price tag to match.
This fleece blanket uses low-voltage technology, which makes it safer for pets and if it ever gets wet. It’s available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes, as well as a variety of plain colors, and the larger sizes boast dual controllers so you can share it with a partner. You won’t even be able to feel the thin wires as you lie under this blanket, yet it still delivers cozy, consistent heat.
"SoftHeat’s micro-fleece feels more like cotton than wool. It’s soft and cozy, yet airy and breathable—a huge plus for those planning to use it overnight. The material is so inviting that you’ll be tempted to cut it up and turn it into a sweatshirt so you can wear it all the time."—Nina Ruggiero, Product Tester
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 microplush fabric is soft and cozy to the touch, and the thin wires are designed to provide even heat distribution without being bulky.
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.
The Wicked Cozy Heated Blanket from L.L.Bean is indeed seriously cozy. It features a lush ribbed top layer and velvety bottom layer with channels to direct the flow of heat. In addition to dual controllers, this heated blanket has ultra-thin wires, patented Intellisense technology that prevents hot or cold spots, and an auto-shutoff feature.
The cozy layers of this blanket will keep you toasty warm all night, even when you have it on a lower setting. There are five heat options to choose from, as well as a “pre-heat” setting that gets your bed nice and warm before you get into it. Choose from two colors: cream or gray.
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.
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.