The 5 Best Electric Blankets


Whether you need a little extra warmth for those cold winter nights, or if it's cold all year-round, an electric blanket is a great thing to have when it's just a little too chilly outside. When buying an electric blanket, there's a few things to keep an eye on, such as being made of machine-washable materials and easy-to-use controls. Additional features to consider include a range of heating settings as well as an automatic shut-off.

What is an Electric Blanket?

An electric blanket is a blanket that has an electric heating element worked into the blanket that can be used to provide additional warmth. An electric blanket goes on top, as opposed to an electric mattress pad which lies below the bottom bed sheet and is designed to be slept on top of. Modern electric blankets have come a long way from their older counterparts in terms of safety and are less likely to be considered fire hazards.

Best 5 Electric Blankets

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Electric Blanket

Recommended by Good Housekeeping, the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece electric blanket is perfect for snuggling up in on a cold night. The blanket is made with low voltage technology, making it safer than other electric blankets on the market by utilizing less electricity. Heating controls allow you to adjust how warm the blanket gets, and the pre-heating feature gets the blanket to your desired temperature quickly. Finally, an automatic shut-off shuts the blanket off after 10 hours, in case you forget.

Currently $183.62 for the King size on Amazon

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw

The Sunbeam Microplush heated throw is perfect for keeping warm inside and outside of bed. The Sunbeam throw is easy-to-use with basic high, medium and low temperature settings. Users state that the blanket heats up quickly, and the three hour automatic shutoff ensures that it won't overheat. Despite the three hour shutoff, users also claim that the throw's insulation is good enough to keep the blanket warm after the heating element shuts off.

Currently $57.36 on Amazon

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

A thick and warm electric blanket, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece heated blanket will keep you warm on the coldest nights. This electric blanket includes 10 different temperature settings for you to choose from when you sleep. Additionally, the blanket features a 10 hour automatic shutoff so that it doesn't stay on if you forget to turn it off in the morning.

Currently $90.50 for the Full size on Amazon

Biddeford Heated Blanket

This king-sized heated blanket from Biddeford is well-reviewed with most users stating that it's exceptionally warm and comfortable. The blanket heats up quickly, and with 10 different temperature settings, put you in control of your warmth. Dual control also allows two people have the blanket heated to different settings, giving you even more temperature control.

Currently $84.95 on Amazon

Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Electric Heated Blanket

One of the most soft and plush blankets in the Soft Heat line of electric blankets, many users cite the Ultra Micro-Plush electric heated blanket as the best electric blanket they've ever used. The luxurious design is extremely comfortable, as well as completely machine washable. Like the other Soft Heat blanket on this list, this blanket utilizes low voltage technology which makes it safer than other electric blankets. Finally, this blanket also features a 10 hour automatic shutoff

Currently $144.99 for the Full size on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best electric blankets. As always, be sure to check out the Wise Bread Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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The Blankets on sunbeam hold up but the controls do not. At one time they would replace the bad controls for free. Now they want to charge you almost as much as a new blanket. I haven't had a sunbeam last 2 years and we live in the south so it doesn't get as much use as it would if we lived in the north. I haven't seen anyone discuss the controls.

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I would have to completely disagree with you. They make some of the finest controls ever. Mine have lasted over 20 years and I live in the northwest! Simply the BEST!

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