The best electric blankets you can buy

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The Insider Pick:

  • The best electric blankets have a broad range of temperatures to choose from, heat up quickly, and are made from soft fabrics. The Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blanket ticks all the boxes with its plush design, 20 personalized heat settings, and auto-adjust features that provide consistent warmth.

Like most dads, I keep a close eye on our thermostat — much to my family’s chagrin. If you are willing to give up a few degrees here and there, you can save big on utility bills during the cold months, while helping the environment. Of course, there are sure to be members of any household who are chronically cold. For them, there are electric blankets.

Just about every electric blanket these days features an auto shut-off function, which automatically turns your blanket off after a set amount of time to save on power. Most throws shut off after three hours. The blankets that are large enough to use in bed generally have a 10-hour shut-off. Also, queen- and king-sized blankets usually have two controllers to allow for individual temperature settings.

For the most part, electric blankets are safe, but even the best models can potentially overheat. Manufacturers do a pretty good job of addressing this issue as is the case with each of the blankets we chose as our top picks.

We chose which electric blankets to include on our list based on hundreds of ratings and reviews from experts and average customers. The main criteria we focused on were comfort, warmth, and long-term, consistent performance.

Read on in the slides below to learn why the Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blanket is our top pick and why you should also consider the Sunbeam Electric Throw Blanket, the Biddeford Sherpa Electric Blanket, the Sunbeam Reversible Heated Throw, and the Soft Heat Micro-Fleece Electric Blanket.The best electric blanket overall
Sunbeam

Why you’ll love it: The Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blanket not only feels soft to the touch but the heat adjusts on its own to stay at your ideal temperature.

Sunbeam has a broad range of electric blankets that are among the best on the market. That’s why we focus on three of the company’s top offerings in this buying guide. We chose the Luxurious Velvet Plush Heated Blanket as the best electric blanket overall because of its ThermoFine warming system, which provides consistent warmth.

In order to keep the blanket cozy, it monitors the temperature and auto-adjusts to the perfect amount of heat. There are 20 personalized heat settings, including a pre-heat setting and an auto-off function. The dual controls allow for two individuals to choose the setting that works best for them.

The blanket is made of 100% polyester velvet plush fabric with hemmed edges. It comes in eight colors, including brown, ivy green, beige, and lagoon blue. The entire blanket is machine washable and safe for the dryer. Sunbeam stands behind this product with a five-year limited warranty.

The Sunbeam Luxurious Velvet Plush Heated Blanket was runner-up on Consumer Search’s list of the best electric blankets. The reviewers liked that it heats up quickly, the fabric is soft, and that auto off options are available. However, they disliked that it wasn’t low voltage. The10Pro ranked it among the best heated blankets because it’s machine washable and features a ThermoFine warming system, which monitors temperatures and makes adjustments for improved sleep. 

Around 78% of the people who reviewed the Sunbeam Luxurious Velvet Plush Heated Blanket on Amazon gave it four or five stars. The main reason that users like this blanket is that it is incredibly soft on your skin. One buyer compared it to a teddy bear. They also comment that it heats up quickly and makes it so they can turn the thermostat down and save on their utility bills.

There were a few complaints, of course. You may feel the wires within the blanket. Also, one buyer complained that their feet tended to still get cold and recommended bunching the blanket up by your feet.

Pros: Soft velvet plush fabric, quick heating that auto-adjusts, dual controls, five-year warranty

Cons: Uses standard voltage, may have dead spots

Buy the Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blanket Luxurious Velvet Plush on Amazon for $114.82

The best electric blanket on a budget
Sunbeam

Why you’ll love it: If you want an affordable way to stay warm this winter without cranking the thermostat, the Sunbeam Microplush Electric Throw Blanket gets the job done.

The Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw is made of 100%, extra soft, plush polyester. The throw measures 50 by 60 inches and is machine washable and dryer safe. Like our top pick, this Sunbeam blanket features the ThermoFine warming system which adjusts the temperature to provide consistent warmth.

There are only three heat settings (Low, Med, High) on this blanket, and the auto-off feature turns off after three hours, which does not make it ideal for staying warm through the night. There are eighteen colors to pick from, including walnut, brown, garnet, and royal blue.

Consumer Search awarded the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw the title of “Best Heated Throw Blanket” because it heats quickly, has a three-hour automatic shut-off, features soft material, and is a convenient size. Check What’s Best loved the affordable price of this throw blanket and its three heat settings. Your Best Digs also ranked this throw highly because of its easy-to-use controller and excellent performance.

The Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw has more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon. For the most part, buyers like the plush, soft fabric and that the blanket heats up evenly and quickly. We did not find complaints about cold spots or dead zones. However, there have been a few reports of the controller overheating and melting. In the instances we found, the overheating happened at around the one-month mark of ownership. Be aware of this issue and contact Sunbeam if you experience overheating.

Pros: Heats up quickly and evenly, soft

Cons: Potential overheating hazard, only comes in one size

Buy the Sunbeam Microplush Electric Heated Throw Blanket on Amazon for $48.79

The best electric blanket for king-sized beds
Biddeford

Why you’ll love it: The Biddeford MicroPlush Sherpa Electric Heated Blanket comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes so you can stay warm no matter what size bed you have.

What sets the Biddeford MicroPlush Sherpa blanket apart from the competition is the amount of control you have. First of all, it comes in twin through king sizes (but not California king). There are also nine colors to choose from, including cream, blue, brick, and denim.

The king- and queen-sized blankets come with two controllers, which allow for two different heat settings. There are ten heat settings to pick from, too, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. The auto shut-off lasts for ten hours, which should get you through the night.

The blanket itself has a 100% polyester MicroPlush top and Sherpa bottom. The Biddeford MicroPlush Sherpa is machine washable and comes with a five-year warranty in case of problems.

The Biddeford MicroPlush Sherpa Electric Blanket was included in Warm Electric’s look at the best heated covers. The reviewer was impressed with the multiple heat settings and how the blanket would stay at the temperature you select. Top Electric Blankets performed a thorough review of this model and liked that the larger models come with multiple controllers, it heats up quickly, has a wide range of settings, and is energy efficient. However, they found the controllers are not durable and the blanket may be too thick for temperate climates.

Around 69% of reviewers on Amazon gave it five stars. Buyers commented that they like that the temperature range goes from slightly warm to roasting. They found that the fabric is soft. One user commented that their blanket arrived with a defect, and the seller fixed the issue immediately. The biggest complaint was that the auto shut-off was too short, though it is one of the longest on our list at 10 hours. One workaround is to turn the blanket off and then on again right before you drift off to sleep.

Pros: Wide temperature range, illuminated digital display, five-year warranty

Cons: Controller has some durability issues

Buy the Biddeford MicroPlush Sherpa Electric Heated Blanket on Amazon for 464.95 (Twin), $79.95 (Full), $99.95 (Queen), or $109.95 (King)


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