The 8 Best Electric Blankets to Buy in 2019

Shop for the best electric blankets to keep warm on a chilly night

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Sunbeam Heated Blanket at Amazon

“It has 10 heat settings and it’s machine washable.”

Best Budget: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw at Amazon

“Customers love the price and how fast it heats up.”

Best High-End: Soft Heat Electric Blanket at Amazon

“The low-voltage technology and dual-warming sides are convenient features.”

Best Heated Throw Blanket: Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw at Amazon

“Gives you all the things you love about a heated blanket but in a smaller dose.”

Best Plush: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Blanket at Amazon

“Has a pre-heat setting so you can warm up cool sheets at night.”

Best Heated Mattress Pad: Perfect Fit Mattress Pad at Target

“Provides consistent heat at the bottom of your bed.”

Best Minimal Wiring: Serta Low Voltage Blanket at Wayfair

“Has disguised wires for a more comfortable fit.”

Best Decorative: Biddeford Blanket at Target

“Comes in 10 different colors and patterns.”

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

    Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket, Queen, Seashell, BSF9GQS-R757-13A00
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    Good

    Featuring a quilted design this plush machine washable and dryer safe blanket has 10 heat settings and a 10 hour auto-off function. It’s made from 100 percent polyester. A really cool feature is the exclusive wiring system built in that senses and adjusts throughout the blanket to deliver consistent warmth. So once you turn it on, you can just relax. And if your partner is warm-blooded, you’ll love the fact that it’s got dual control capability meaning that each of you can control the heat on your own side of the blanket.

    Customers love how easy the controls are to use, even in the dark, and the fact that it’s truly warm. Some people complained that you can feel the wires in the blanket, which is pretty common for electric blankets. Others said it’s not the softest, but one owner said to slip a duvet on it to make it more comfortable. Overall, people were pleased with this product and said it was worth the money. If you’re looking for something to keep you warm at night, this is a great quality blanket.

    Need a non-heated blanket as well? Take a look at our list of the best blankets you can buy now.

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw

    Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw, Royal Blue, TSM8US-R505-32A00
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    Good

    Looking to stay warm but don’t want to shell out a lot of cash for a costly electric blanket? There are some budget ones available, like this one from Sunbeam. While it’s not as inexpensive as a regular blanket, you can keep reciting to yourself how much money you’ll save on heating the house by curling up with this thing. It’s got three warming settings and a three-hour automatic shut-off function, plus it senses and adjusts to deliver consistent heat. Made of 100 percent polyester microplush fabric, you can throw it in the machine to wash and dry.

    Even though it has less features and functionality than some of the more expensive ones in its category, it’s a good buy and customers love wrapping up in it. Many have praised how fast it heats up and the fact that it holds up well in the laundry machine. One quirky bit about it, though: many have complained about the placement of the control and the electrical attachment in the middle of the blanket on the bottom edge so it’s kind of awkward to plug into an outlet. But if you can look past this design flaw, it’s a good budget blanket.  

  • 03 of 08

    Best High-End: Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Electric Heated Blanket

    Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Queen Size Blanket, Natural
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    Good

    Sometimes you just have to splurge a little, especially when it comes to comfort. If you want a higher-end electric blanket, this one will give you all the luxurious feels. The ultra-soft 100 percent polyester micro-fleece fabric can be washed and dried in the machine, and the company says it won’t pill, shrink, or stretch. The low-voltage technology helps save energy and keeps things safe when in use, plus you can divide the heat into two zones (perfect for partners who have two totally different body temperatures). The heat will automatically shut off after 10 hours just in case you forget to turn it off. There’s also a pre-heat feature which will warm up your spot before you get into bed.

    So is it worth the money? The majority of customers say yes. Many said they’re happy with how warm it gets and the fact that it has the dual warming sides. Just a warning: some have had issues with their product being defective and no longer working.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Heated Throw Blanket: Sunbeam Reversible Sherpa/Mink Heated Throw

    Sometimes a nice cuddle on the couch is all you're really looking for so a full blanket might not be your best bet. A heated throw blanket gives you all the things you love about a blanket but in a smaller dose.

    This throw has a faux sherpa lining so it's soft and fluffy. It has three warm settings and a three hour auto shut-off function so you don't need to worry if you've left it on. Beside providing you with some seriously comfortable couch time, this throw has a six foot cord so you have plenty of room to get to a power source and it's machine washable. To safely wash your electric blanket at home, be sure to follow the care instructions to avoid any damage.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Plush: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Blanket

    If being cozy means a fluffy plush blanket then the Sunbeam Microplush heated blanket is just right for you. Available in twin, full, queen and king sizes in five colors you can get one of these for everyone in the family. The queen and king sizes have dual controls so it can be set at two different temperatures. 

    This blanket has a pre-heat setting so you can warm up cool sheets before you turn in at night. It also has 10 different heat levels and an automatic 10-hour shut off so you don't need to worry if you've left it on while you are out. 

  • 06 of 08

    Best Heated Mattress Pad: Soft Heat Micro-Plush Top Electric Heated Mattress Pad

    heated-mattress-pad
    Courtesy of Target.

    A heated mattress pad is great for providing a consistent heat on the bottom of your bed, as opposed to on top in the form of a blanket. This one is a good option if you choose to go this route. It’s fabric top is made from soft micro-velour and you can wash and dry it in the machine. It uses a non-hazardous low voltage technology to warm things up and save energy while in use. There’s a pre-heat feature, plus a built-in over-temperature protection and 10-hour auto shut-off for safety and peace of mind.

    Customers love the gentle warmth this mattress pad provides and the fact that it’s comfortable (many said you don’t even feel the wires.) Some have complained, however, that it broke sooner than they would have liked. But most were happy with it and would recommend it to others.

    Want to see more options? Read through our list of the best mattress toppers.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Minimal Wiring: Serta Low Voltage Luxury Plush Warming Blanket

    serta-low-voltage-blanket
    Courtesy of Walmart

    A downside to electric blankets is you can often feel a stiff wire in the blanket which might disrupt your sleep. This model from Serta has disguised the wires with its invis-wire and low-voltage technology which makes it a much more comfortable fit.  Like others in the roundup, it has a pre-warm feature and turns off after ten hours. Another addition is a backlit display which makes adjustments in the middle of the night easy and less disruption for you and your partner.

    This blanket comes in sizes from a throw through king and is available in four spa-like colors. 

  • 08 of 08

    Best Decorative: Microplush Electric Throw Blanket - Biddeford Blanket

    biddenford-electric-blanket
    Courtesy of Target

    Electric blankets aren't always the prettiest item to look at — especially if you want to leave it out in your living space. This model from Biddeford Blanket comes in 10 different colors and styles (including two plaids and an Ikat) so it will look pretty wherever it rests in your home. It has six settings to get the temperature just right and an auto shutoff feature for when a deep slumber strikes. 

    Looking for other decorative options? Take a peek at our list of the best throw blankets on the market now.

Products Tested by

How We Tested

We bought three of our readers’ favorite electric blankets that our reviewers tested for nine hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these blankets, from their comfort and size to their temperature. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

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.

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.

Test Results: Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket (Best Overall)

Good

What We Like

  • Dual controllers

  • Soft fleece

  • Durable

What We Don't Like

  • Slow to heat

  • Bulky controllers

“If you plan on using a heated blanket overnight and share a bed, this is worth buying,” one of our testers declared. In addition to the convenient 10-setting dual controllers, our reviewers liked the quality of the fabric and overall aesthetic. “The fleece is soft but durable and washes well,” one of our testers revealed. In terms of negatives, our reviewers said the blanket was slow to heat up (about 10 minutes) and the two sides didn’t heat evenly. One of our testers also didn’t like that the controllers were bulky and the inner coils of the blanket were noticeable.

Test Results: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw (Best Budget)

Good

What We Like

  • Warms up in seconds

  • Heat distributes evenly

  • Good value

What We Don't Like

  • Low-quality fabric

  • Not visually appealing

Our testers liked this electric blanket for its convenience and quick heating. “The setup process is simple, there aren't too many cords in the way, it has just three settings, and it's the right size for lounging on the couch,” raved one of our reviewers. On the flip side, our testers described the fabric as “low quality.” One of our reviewers observed, “Although soft, it isn't a throw you'd want to decorate your couch with.” The overall takeaway? “[It’s] most practical for everyday use,” according to one of our testers.

Test Results: Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Electric Heated Blanket (Best High-End)

Good

What We Like

  • Super comfortable

  • Thick, high-quality fleece

  • Automatic shut-off

What We Don't Like

  • Slow to heat

  • Only one controller

According to our testers, this blanket is superior in comfort. “The wires are so thin, you can't even detect them,” one of our reviewers raved. “The micro-fleece is soft and the blanket is thick and high quality,” she added. Safety was another major plus for our testers. In addition to being low voltage, the blanket automatically shuts off after 10 hours. On the other hand, reviewers didn’t like how slow the blanket heated: “It took 5-10 minutes to even notice the heat, even when I had it on the highest heat setting,” one of our testers observed. One of our reviewers also mentioned certain sections of the blanket got much hotter than others.