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We updated this article in November, 2021 to remove sold out products and add new picks, including Bedsure Heated Throw Blanket. We added updated safety information from Chief Technologist, Rachel Rothman.
A quality electric heated blanket can be your favorite snuggle buddy all winter long. Perfect for movie marathons on the couch or across your bed on a chilly night, keeping you warm no matter the freezing weather outside. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab found the best electric blankets to keep you cozy and snug this winter – plus, all of our picks are machine washable!
Electric blankets will heat your bed, but they're also ultra soft blankets that you'll love being all wrapped up in. Whether you have a twin, queen, king, or any size bed, these blankets are available in both smaller and larger sizes. We found the best styles so you can find the electric blanket that is the perfect fit for your home:
Best Overall Electric Blanket: Sunbeam Heated Blanket
Best Value Electric Blanket: Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw Blanket
Best Electric Blanket for Couples: SoftHeat Blanket by Perfect Fit
Best Electric Throw Blanket: Bedsure Heated Electric Throw Blanket
Best Battery Operated Electric Blanket: Cozee Battery Operated Cordless Heated Blanket
Best Reversible Electric Blanket: Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw Blanket
Softest Electric Blanket: Hyde Lane Electric Heated Blanket
Here's everything you need to know about heated blankets before you get shopping:
How do electric blankets work?
Electric blankets plug into an electrical socket to use electricity to heat the blanket. They feature insulated wires that are safely kept in place between the fabric layers of the blanket. The wires run throughout to heat the entire blanket – quite quickly too!
Are electric blankets safe?
Generally, yes. Many wonder if you can keep an electric blanket on all night long, but we recommend unplugging when not in use. Most electric blankets on the market feature auto shut-off, meaning they will automatically turn off after two to 10 hours.
Before purchasing, ensure that the blanket has a third-party safety certification like UL. Always make sure to follow all care and use instructions to ensure everyone’s safety. Check your electric blanket's manual to see how many volts it can handle from the power supply. Then, use a power adapter for outlets with higher voltage to avoid overheating and damaging the blanket.
Do electric blankets raise your heating bill?
Electric blankets are actually cheaper to use than cranking the heat in your house. If your blanket uses 200 watts (the watt usage should be listed in the manual) leaving it on for 10 hours corresponds to two kilowatt-hours, which would cost around 20 cents, depending on where you live. If using an electric blanket lets you turn the heat down at night, then the additional cost can actually be a money saving investment.
How do I care for an electric blanket?
First and foremost, you must, must, must follow all care and use instructions that are included in your electric blanket's manual so everyone stays safe. Aim to keep your electric blanket spread out evenly and not bunched up in a ball, which can create hot spots or damage the wires. When not in use, make sure to unplug and neatly fold the blanket to keep it in pristine condition. If you notice any brown spots on your blanket, stop using it immediately and purchase a replacement: the brown spots likely mean it has overheated, causing burnt areas.
BEST OVERALL ELECTRIC BLANKET
Sunbeam Heated Blanket
Our consumer testers raved about how soft and cozy this microplush heated blanket from Sunbeam was. The easy to use remote has 10 heat settings, so you can find your sweet spot. The heat will automatically shut off after 10 hours – perfect for helping you sleep soundly all night long. It uses ThermoFine technology to auto-adjust to distribute heat evenly and maintain your desired heat level while you catch up on some ZZZs. Plus, this blanket features a pre-heat setting to warm up cold sheets before bedtime. Note that some testers commented that they could feel the wires through the fabric. Reviewers also love the Sunbeam quilted fleece electric blanket too!
BEST VALUE ELECTRIC BLANKET
Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw Blanket
Simple and effective, this pick is super popular on Amazon with nearly 1,500 five-star reviews. This electric blanket by Sunbeam offers three heat settings, auto shut-off and cozy fleece fabric – all for under $45! This blanket automatically shuts off after three hours, so you’re extra warm when falling asleep without ringing up your electric bill all night. Reviewers love how cozy the fabric is and how it’s less bulky than other blankets they’ve purchased. Currently, this pick is available in mostly bold colors and patterns, including cheetah and zebra prints.
BEST ELECTRIC BLANKET FOR COUPLES
SoftHeat Blanket by Perfect Fit
Reviewers rave about this electric blanket, giving especially high marks for material quality. In twin, full, queen and king sizes, this blanket offers dual control, which allows each person to personalize the heat on their side of the bed with 10 heat settings – say goodbye to fighting over the bedroom thermostat. Soft Heat features ultra-thin wires that are evenly spaced three inches apart throughout the blanket. It'll automatically shut-off after 10 hours, so you can snooze in warmth all night long. Note that some reviewers find that the plastic, reflective surface inside the blanket makes noise when crumpled.
BEST ELECTRIC THROW BLANKET
Bedsure Heated Electric Throw Blanket
For a blanket that heats up quickly and thoroughly, this Bedsure heated throw blanket impressed pros. Not only did it heat up quickly, this pick features automatic shut off after three hours of use and five different heat settings. Available in six stylish shades, there are over 2,800 rave Amazon reviews with many loving that "the material is ultra soft on both sides." It's not as thick as other picks, but reviewers credit the thinner design for its faster heat up time.
BEST BATTERY OPERATED ELECTRIC BLANKET
Cozee Battery Operated Cordless Heated Blanket
Take your electric blanket on the road with the Cozee blanket. This pick has a rechargeable battery pack that makes this blanket completely portable. It takes just five minutes to heat up and the heat will last for up to five hours. Reviewers rave that this soft blanket with a weather resistant shell is an absolute game changer for camping and outdoor adventures. While it is on the pricey side, reviewers say it's worth it because of the innovative features and "unsurpassed customer service."
BEST REVERSIBLE ELECTRIC BLANKET
Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw Blanket
If you can't decide on which electric blanket is best for you, try a reversible one. This style from Sunbeam is reversible with one side being smooth and soft while the other mimics the feel of Sherpa. With three heat settings and three hour auto-shut off, this blanket is ideal for heating up your sheets before bed or snuggling up during a TV binge. With over 7,000 five star reviews, reviewers loved the cozy feel and how warm it was able to get. Note that some reviewers said they received defective products, so make sure to test the blanket before the return window closes.
SOFTEST ELECTRIC BLANKET
Hyde Lane Electric Heated Blanket
Super luxe faux fur covers this ultra soft electric blanket. It's made of 100% polyester for a cozy feel that reviewers rave is the softest they've felt on an electric blanket. There are three heat settings, so you can find the perfect one for you, and the power cord is over six feet long for added convenience. It's available with a faux fur or sherpa top in six shades. Some reviewers note that the controller can get hot after continuous use.
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