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There are few things more delightfully cozy in this world than falling asleep under a toasty warm blanket on a cold night. Layers of quilts, coverlets, and duvets are all well and good, but they can’t match an electric blanket evenly distributing heat across your body like a gently warmed personal cocoon of snug. Our recommendations for electric blankets are reliable and safe as well as dreamily soft — perfect for staying comfortable at your desk, while watching TV, or heading to sleep.
What Makes a Good Electric Blanket?
The best electric blankets (also known as heated blankets) have plenty of settings to adjust to exactly the right temperature for your body, while being easy to maintain and clean. Here are some of the things we look for.
Temperature Settings: Most blankets come with between three and 10 heat settings, which will determine how specifically you can adjust the temperature. Some also include extras like automatic timers and pre-warm settings that heats up the blanket before you snuggle in. While in general the more settings the better, three heat levels is plenty, so long as the blanket is efficient and long-lasting.
Fabric: Just because electric blankets are made of synthetic fabrics doesn’t mean they can’t be soft and fluffy. We like super soft microfiber or plush fleece and velvet.
Maintenance: We always like to make sure the blanket is machine-washable so that it is still convenient to clean and maintain.
Safety: Especially if you use an electric blanket to help you to sleep, it’s important to check for safety features like automatic shutoff, which turns the heat feature off after a certain amount of time and prevents it from becoming a fire hazard.
1. Sunbeam Heated Blanket
It’s the little things that put this Sunbeam electric blanket over the top. In addition to 10 heat settings, the blanket also comes with a preheat function that warms cold sheets before bed, a 10-hour auto shutoff, and sensors that automatically adjust to deliver consistent heat. The LED display controller is easy to operate and understand. The plush material, meantime, keeps you snug and cozy all night long.
2. MaxKare Electric Blanket
We love the more versatile design of this reversible electric throw blanket, which comes with a conveniently long power cord and fuzzy, sherpa-like velveteen on one side, and silky flannel on the other. People note how quickly and efficiently this blanket warms up, and appreciate the four-hour auto shutoff and overheating protection. The blanket is machine-washable too and won’t lose its fluffiness or thickness even after repeated washing.
3. Beautyrest Ultra-Soft Sherpa Berber Fleece Electric Poncho
So technically this is more of a shawl than blanket, but that makes it the ideal electric blanket for keeping cozy while working at your desk or just flipping channels on the couch. It comes with three heat settings, an auto shutoff function, and is lined in fluffy Berber Sherpa fabric that is machine-washable.
This is a great outdoor electric blanket too, if you can find somewhere to plug in while in the RV, at the campsite or cabin.
4. Sable Electric Throw
Our final pick is this soft flannel throw, which also comes with ten adjustable heat settings as well as a choice between one to four-hour auto shutoff. It boasts a rapid, evenly disbursed heat and overheat protection, with machine-washable fabric so soft you will never want to get out of bed.