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Published Jul 27, 2022 7:17 PM

The best electric blankets provide customizable heat with no bulky wires. Using an electric blanket can help decrease your heating bills by allowing you to lower your thermostat without sacrificing your warmth. They can be used in bed, on your favorite club chair, outdoors on porches, for camping or kept for emergencies in your car. With more electric blanket options than ever before, you’ll find a wide selection of sizes, colors, materials, and settings to fit your lifestyle and needs. Here are our picks for the best electric blankets.

How We Selected These Products

We selected our picks by reviewing the options from top-rated electric blanket companies. Specifically we compared electric blankets made by Sunbeam, Vremi, Beautyrest, Westinghouse, Cozee, Pure Enrichment, and SJS. We considered the following features for each product:

  • Material: Electric blankets should be a thick, plush polyester microfiber or polyester fleece designed to provide a cushion from the inner insulated wires.  
  • Sizes: Electric blankets come in a range of sizes, from 62 inches by 84 inches for twin mattresses to 90 inches by 100 inches for King mattresses. Throw blankets are typically 50 inches by 60 inches.  
  • Temperature Control: Electric blankets that have temperature control units offer more versatility for users. Temperature control units control the amount of current entering into the heat elements in the blanket, allowing users to adjust the temperature to their personal preference. Larger blankets meant for sharing on Queen- or King-sized mattresses should offer dual-zone warmth, or two separate temperature control units, one for each user.. 
  • Safety features: We looked for electric blankets that were independently tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory UL for safety. We recommend blankets that offer an automatic shut-off feature, which will turn the blanket off after a set amount of hours. 
  • Washability: Some electric blankets can be tossed in the washing machine, while others can only be spot cleaned. We recommend electric blankets that can be machine washed, especially when you are using them on your bed.
  • Portability: We considered how each electric blanket was powered and explored portability options with batteries vs. charge cords. We found the most reliable blankets were wired. That said, if you’re planning on camping or using an electric blanket in a car, look for an option that includes a 12-volt charger. 
  • Cost: We considered electric blankets with fair market pricing and our recommended options are between $60 and $120.

Best Electric Blankets: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: Sunbeam Heated Blanket, Microplush Queen

Best Overall

Sunbeam Heated Blanket, Microplush Queen

Why It Made The Cut: This Sunbeam blanket is machine-washable, offers 10 heat settings with dual-heat zones, and a 10-hour auto-off function for safety.

Specs:

  • Weight: Queen: 6 pounds; Full: 4.8 pounds; King: 8.1 pounds; Twin: 3.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: Queen: 84 inches x 90 inches x 0.2 inches; Full: 84 inches x 72 inches x 0.2 inches; King: 100 inches x 90 inches x 0.2 inches; Twin: 62 inches x 84 inches x 0.2 inches
  • Colors: Mushroom, Beige, Heritage Blue, Lagoon, Slate, Walnut, Garnet

Pros: : 

  • Machine-washable
  • Queen and King Size blankets offer two remote controls and dual-heat zones
  • Pre-heat function
  • LED display makes controls easier to read

Cons: 

  • Microplush fabric is thinner than other microfiber fabrics.

Sunbeam is a well-respected brand that has been in business for over 100 years, and is one of the best-known makers of electric blankets. The company sells a wide variety of heated blankets and heated mattress pads between $50 and $240.. Sunbeam blankets come in muted colors, multiple sizes, and are made from a plush but lightweight microfiber fabric. 

Sunbeam makes blankets in a range of sizes to suit your needs, whether you want a small throw for your reading chair, or a large dual-zoned blanket for your King-size bed.The blankets also come with  handheld temperature control units to adjust your blanket to the right temperature. They have 10 heat settings that range from warm to very warm.  They use ThermoFine technology, which uses sensors to measure your body temperature and the room temperature and then adjusts the heat output to distribute warmth. The larger sized blankets (Queen and King) offer dual-zoned heating for each side of the blanket and two remote controls for two users.

Best Budget: Vremi Electric Blanket

Best Budget

Vremi Electric Blanket Vremi

Why It Made The Cut: Vremi’s blanket comes with a range of controls and is one of the most affordable options on the market. 

Specs:

  • Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 50 inches x 60 inches or 62 inches x 84 inches
  • Colors:: Gray

Pros: 

  • Double-sided flannel fleece
  • Six temperature control settings
  • Auto shut-off features eight timer modes
  • Machine washable

Cons: 

  • Only offered in two sizes
  • Only offered in one color
  • Blanket has to lay flat for optimal use

The Vremi electric blanket, while limited in size and color, makes a great budget choice. Both the 50-inch by 60-inch and the 62-inch by 84-inch sizes offered by Vremi are affordably priced. Our selection is the throw size, which would be a good choice for your favorite armchair. The blanket comes with six  temperature controls that allow you to adjust the temperature from 85 degrees to 110 degrees. The cord is a generous 10 feet, which gives users more flexibility for proximity to power sources.

Some customers complained in reviews about the blanket shutting off or working most optimally if laid flat. The blanket comes with an auto-shutoff feature that allows for eight timer modes from 30 minutes to 4 hours. This relatively short auto-shutoff makes this blanket a more optimal choice for casual throw chair use as opposed to overnight sleeping. It should be noted however that Vremi’s twin size blanket (currently the largest size they offer) can be set for auto-shutoff each hour up to eight hours. After eight hours, the twin blanket will shut off automatically.

Best Heated Mattress Pad: Beautyrest Heated Mattress Pad

Best Heated Mattress Pad

Beautyrest Heated Mattress Pad Beautyrest

Why It Made The Cut: Beautyrest was our top choice for an electric mattress pad not just for the comfort and preheating feature, but because of their commitment to engineering with minimal electromagnetic radiation.

Specs:

  • Weight: Twin: 4.39 pounds: Twin XL: 5.42 pounds; Full: 5 pounds; Queen: 8 pounds; King: 9 pounds; California King: 9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: Twin :75 inches x 39 inches; Twin XL: 39 inches x 80 inches; Full: 75 inches x 54 inches; Queen: 80 inches x 60 inches; King: 80 inches x 78 inches; California King: 84 inches x 72 inches
  • Color: White

Pros: 

  • Cotton/poly blend helps resist static build up
  • Engineered for low electromagnetic radiation
  • 5-year limited warranty

 Cons: 

  • Temperature control panel is hard to see at night

If you want heating from below instead of above, you should consider an electric mattress pad. The Beautyrest cotton-blend heated mattress pad is highly rated and offers users control over the levels of heating. For Queen and larger sizes, the controls are dual-zoned for two users to adjust. What sets Beautyrest apart from their competitors is that they engineered their mattress pads to emit the lowest possible electromagnetic radiation. Electronic devices emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation, raising questions about the use of electric blankets, but researchers have found no link to cancer. While the company doesn’t specify a measurement for reference, Beautyrest markets the mattress pad as emitting “virtually no EMF.” 

Electric blankets are not designed to be weight bearing and could be damaged or experience frequent shutdowns if used in this capacity. Aside from warming up the bed on a cold night, electric mattress pads provide warmth that can promote muscle relaxation which can in turn help you fall asleep. We also like the material content of this mattress pad, as the blend of cotton and polyester will help reduce the build up of static electricity. Beautyrest also offers a limited five-year warranty on this mattress pad. 

Best Heated: Pure Enrichment Weighted Warmth Blanket

Best Heated

Pure Enrichment Weighted Warmth Blanket Pure Enrichment

Why It Made The Cut: Pure Enrichment is our top choice for best heated blanket because of the unique therapeutic design and high level of customer satisfaction.

Specs:

  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 60 inches
  • Color: Gray (front) and white (back)

Pros:

  • Comes with detachable plug for use as only a weighted blanket
  • Heats quickly
  • Auto-shutoff feature turns off after two hours

Cons: 

  • Not machine-washable, spot clean only

Pure Enrichment has created a unique therapeutic design that combines the features found in an electric blanket with the layers of beads found in weighted blankets. The combination is optimal for relief from not only cold, but for anxiety and promoting a feeling of comfort and safety.

This blanket uses InstaHeat Technology, a proprietary which allows for rapid heating within minutes. There are four heat settings ranging from 90 to 105 degrees. The 50-inch by 60-inch size makes this perfect for snuggling on the couch, the auto-shutoff timer will turn off after two hours. But be careful with the blanket because it isn’t machine-washable. You can spot clean with mild detergent as needed.

Best Portable: SJS Electric Blanket

Best Portable

SJS Electric Blanket SJC

Why It Made The Cut: This well-priced option is also conveniently sized and easy to tuck inside your vehicle. 

Specs:

  • Weight: 2.25 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 60 x 40 inches
  • Colors: Black and Red Plaid

Pros:

  • Affordable at less than $40
  • Six-foot cable plugs into vehicle’s cigarette lighter
  • Can set timer to shut off at 30, 45, or 60 minutes for safety
  • Built-in temperature control with three settings

Cons: 

  • Not machine-washable, spot clean only

SJS Electric Car Blankets are a great option to keep on hand for vehicle emergencies, tailgating ,or road trips. Simple to operate, this throw blanket uses a six-foot-long cord to plug directly into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter. You’ll feel the blanket warm up in only three minutes. You can adjust the heat setting to low, medium, or high. There are three auto-shutoff settings for safety, but they are all fairly short. You can set it to shut off after 30, 45 or 60 minutes. 

This blanket is a great choice for your car because it’s not expensive, made of soft fleece, and a good size for a throw blanket for one person. Also, overall the electric blanket isn’t too bulky and could be easily stored inside the trunk. We also like the black and red plaid outdoorsy print on the fleece of this blanket. 

Things to Consider When Buying the Best Electric Blanket

There are various features that are important to consider before buying an electric blanket. The first thing to determine is how you will use the electric blanket, which will help you decide on the features you need as well as the overall size.

If you are planning on primarily using your heated electric blanket to snuggle up on your armchair, then go for a throw blanket size. Bigger isn’t always better with an electric blanket. Smaller is less expensive, less cumbersome, and easier to store when not in use. If you suffer from anxiety, you may want to consider an electric weighted throw blanket which, according to Penn Medicine, can help to relax your autonomic nervous system, resulting in a slower heart rate, more relaxed breathing and a general sense of calm.

If you have muscle or back pain, you may want to consider an electric mattress pad, which will warm the bed you are sleeping in, while also helping to relax your muscles. If you prefer to cover your bed traditionally then consider an electric blanket sized for the bed you own. Queen and King size electric blankets should offer dual heat zones for two users. 

Finally you want to consider the type of care of safety features your electric blanket offers. Many electric blankets are machine washable, but not all are. Most blankets offer auto-off features and timers to keep the blanket from overheating, or accidently staying on too long after use. If you are using it for sleeping, look for longer auto-off settings, if you plan on using it while awake, shorter auto-off is more appropriate.

FAQs

Q: How safe are electric blankets?

The best heated blankets are safe when used as directed. As with all electric devices and appliances it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions for use and care. Older, damaged electric blankets can pose hazards and should not be used. In general heated blankets should be gently rolled or hung up for storage, and should be placed on top of you — not you on top of it. The exception to this is if you are using an electric mattress pad, which is designed to be weight bearing. While automatic shut off is a common safety feature in most electric blankets you should always turn off the blanket when it is not being used.
All electronic devices emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation, and there has been some debate over the safety of prolonged use of electric heated blankets. However, the National Cancer Institute has found electric blankets are a source of extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields, and there is no evidence that they pose a risk of cancer.

Q: Do heated blankets use a lot of electricity?

Heated blankets do not use a lot of electricity, the average blanket uses about 400 watts, which in most regions would cost about 50 cents a night. In fact, it’s a common myth that electric blankets are energy wasters. The best electric blankets are designed with adjustable heating levels which helps you control the energy expenditure. When compared to turning up the heat in a room, the use of a heated blanket is cost-effective.

Q: Can you wash an electric blanket?

Many electric blankets can be washed, but always check the manufacturer’s directions carefully. If it’s washable, the first step will be to detach the cord and remove it completely from the blanket. Inspect the blanket for any wear and tear or visible damage. If there are tough stains you can use some mild detergent and presoak the blanket for 10 to 15 minutes in cool water. Afterwards, wash the blanket on your machine’s delicate settings with a gentle detergent. Harsh detergents should be avoided because they can damage the fabric, wiring, and components inside your blanket. Blankets can even go into the dryer but be aware the dryer has to be large enough, and the heat setting must be low. Take your blanket out after a maximum of about 15 minutes and finish the rest of the drying on a clothes rack. Do not plug the blanket in until the blanket is completely dry. 

Final Thoughts

The Sunbeam electric blanket is a great choice for both throws or bed sized blankets because of its customizable heat controls, auto-shutoff safety features, plush stylish fabrics and even heating throughout the blanket. It’s important to take full stock of exactly how and where you think you’ll use an electric blanket the most, as this will help you determine size and style. Once you know what you’re looking for, finding the right blanket is easy. 

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