8 Best Electric Blankets To Keep You Toasty All Fall And Winter Long

Heated blankets are the eco-friendly warm-up you need this winter.

September 15, 2017
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Electric blankets season is here! As the chillier months of the northern hemisphere begin, we start reaching for options that provide comforting warmth: thick knits, hot lattes, and hours of HGTV. And is there anything more hygge than a cozy heated blanket that hugs you back?

While skeptics may cite safety concerns and bulky designs, heated throws have come a long way in reaching appeasements for both. Mandated regulations keep manufacturers in check (though be sure to check the label to confirm that your pick reaches UL- or ETL-tested standards) and technology upgrades — like auto-off and self-adjusting temperature—should soothe safety concerns. And while their functionality still outweighs their attractiveness, check our picks below for some reassurance that these blankets don’t have to be eyesores.

So as you envision lowered heating bills and your body maintaining the perfect temperature for deep sleep all winter long, we rounded up eight excellent options for electric blankets. Our options are based on user reviews, suggestions from friends and retailers, and our own (very snuggly) experiences.

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Best Couch Buddy

Sunbeam Reversible Sherpa/Mink Heated Throw

This snuggly faux fur throw is praised for its plush thickness and dual sides—plush velour “mink” on one, and soft nubs of “sherpa” on the other. Featuring a three-hour auto-off function, owners don’t have to worry about dozing off with the lap-size blanket still plugged in. Plus, notes one Amazon reviewer named Diane, “If you follow the instructions it launders wonderfully.” Buy now: $59.99, Amazon.com

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Best All-Nighter

Thermee Micro Flannel Electric Blanket

These bed-sized blankets are made of seven layers of Thermee’s patent-pending Micro Flannel, a fuzz-, shrink- and pill-resistant Polyester fabric. (Good Housekeeping testers awarded it top of the line for softness in 2012.) Eight heat settings, an extra-long 16-foot cord, and a 10-hour auto-off option make it easy to get a sound sleep under this quilt-like comforter.

A five-year warranty means your wallet sleeps easy, too. Buy now: $179.99, Amazon.com

Related: 6 Ways To Embrace Hygge—The Danish Secret To Staying Happy During Winter

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Best For Couples

Berkshire Blanket Intellisense Electric Blanket

The makers of the already luxuriously cozy Berkshire Blanket combined forces with Italian-made Intellisense heat technology to make sure every inch of their product radiates warmth. The extra-thin wires and slim velvet channels claim to provide an even heat, that can be programmed to five different settings—on both sides of the bed. An auto-adjust temperature can also be chosen for adaptive heat detected through blanket sensors; while an insulating inner layer keeps you snug without cranking up the degrees. Buy now: $190 for a queen-size blanket, Amazon.com

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Best Ride-Or-Die

Sunbeam Microplush Throw

This is the blanket owned by yours truly and has survived several New England winters and spotty Boston brownstone heating without failing me yet. It may not be the fanciest on our list—three heat setting with an auto-off option after three hours — but it sure is soft and certainly features the most innovative design: a foot pocket! Your toes will thank you. Buy now: $64.95, Amazon.com

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Best Back-To-Basics

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

With more than 3,000 Amazon reviews, this is a tried and true option for both the casual and dependent electric blanket owner. A simple quilted design stitched through the thick fleece exterior provides 10-levels of heat controlled by two dials for two separate chambers of intensity. While some users found the blanket doesn’t get “hot” enough for their needs, others praised its lightweight ability to provide consistent warmth without added bulk. Buy now: $84.95 for a queen-size blanket, Amazon.com

 
 
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Best Desk Companion

Serta Cuddler Electric Heated Wrap

For when you don’t want to share: this heated wrap engulfs your shoulders, core, and back in sumptuously soft warmth. The aptly named Cuddler creates a cocoon of coziness, with deep pockets to burrow your hands and four heat settings to choose from. Finally give your space heater a rest, this shawl may finally win the battle with the unseasonable office A/C. Buy now: $56.99, Amazon.com

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Best Overnighter

Sunbeam Quilted Polyester Heated Mattress Pad

If you want to go for a heated mattress pad—which slips beneath your bedding for toasty warmness you switch off before you hop in—this one is Amazon’s best seller within the category. An attractive price, 10 heat settings, simple design make this an ideal option for those still wary of snoozing under electric blankets dependent on an auto-off feature. (Though there’s an option to keep this one going through the night—auto-off can be set for 10 hours.) Buy now: $69.99, Amazon.com

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Best Bedroom Accessory

Beautyrest Senna Heated Blanket

While they redeem themselves in functionality, electric blankets can be a bit drab as a piece of home decor. The Beautyrest Senna comes in lively floral medallion prints in bright turquoise, orange, and indigo on a super plush polyester. You won’t feel quite as bad leaving it when company comes — and with a generous size and Secure Comfort technology (which auto-adjusts to avoid overheating), they won’t feel quite as bad asking to share. Buy now: $75.90, Amazon.com