Best electric blankets – stay warm this winter with the best heated blankets and throws

 An electric blanket with dual controls
An electric blanket with dual controls

As the nights draw in and temperatures cool – and the energy crisis makes more of us reluctant to turn on the central heating any earlier than absolutely necessary – investing in one of the best electric blankets you can afford suddenly seems like a very good idea.

After all, once you’re in bed do you really need all that wasted heat circulating in the room when you can just make your immediate vicinity super toasty with a heated blanket? And is there anything better than taking the chill off those cold sheets before you get under the duvet cover at night? Plus, with the cost of running an electric blanket on full power coming in at well under 5p per hour, an electric blanket could well be a sound financial investment that will help you to save money this winter whilst staying warm.

The good news is that electric blankets have come a long way in recent years, with new smart tech options, dual-controlled double electric blankets that cater for partners who like to slowly roast paired with those who prefer to keep things cool, and under or over blankets that allow you to get the heat exactly where you want it.

In fact, after you’ve invested in one of the best mattresses money can buy, an electric blanket could be just the game-changer you need for a good night’s sleep during the winter months. So, whether you’re looking for a single, double, or king-sized electric blanket, or a heated throw for the sofa, we’ve put heated blankets from all of the leading brand names through their paces to help you find the best option for you and your budget.

Best electric blankets – our top picks

Slumberdown 'Wonderfully Warm' electric blanket tried and tested by Ideal Home
Slumberdown 'Wonderfully Warm' electric blanket tried and tested by Ideal Home

1. Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Luxury Electric Blanket

A quilted electric blanket with dual-controls, timer and multiple heat settings

Sizes available: Single / Double / King / Super King | RRP: £47 / £67 / £76 / £82 | Type: Under blanket | Wattage: 80 | Temperature settings: 9 | Auto shut-off timer: Yes | Dual controls: Yes | Machine washable: Yes at 40°c, with removable top cover

Quilted fleece upper makes for great comfort

9 temperature settings

Auto shut-off timer with 1, 5, 8 and 12 hour settings

Dual controls

Set body and feet temperature independently

Removable top cover for easier washing

Electric blanket socket is a little bulky and inconveniently positioned

Thicker quilting means the edge of the blanket is a little more noticeable

This luxury electric blanket has a lot going for it. Firstly, the simple-to-use digital controllers offer 9 temperature settings that make finding your ideal heat an easier affair, as well as making it easier to manage the blanket's energy consumption.

You can tailor the warmth levels further thanks to dual controls on the double, king and super king blanket sizes. These allow the temperature of the respective sides of the bed to be adjusted independently of each other – a real boon for couples with different heat preferences! You can also independently control the temperature of the body and feet zones of the blanket, so if you suffer from cold feet you can just switch on the lower portion of the blanket, or increase the heat setting in this area alone – genius!

The blanket also offers an auto shut-off timer with 4 options to choose from – 1, 5, 8 and 12 hours – so you can drift off without having to worry about turning off the blanket first if you don't want it running all night, and making for more economical use of energy.

Last but not least, is the blanket's quilted fleece upper layer. This adds an extra layer of comfort and does a great job of disguising the blanket's electrical wires. The whole blanket can be washed, but this upper section can also be unzipped and removed for easier regular washing. The only downside is that, as with most electric under blankets, the blanket's width is smaller than a standard mattress, which means that the thicker quilting makes the blanket's edges a little more noticeable underneath the sheet. And, like nearly all electric blankets, the socket is a little bulky if you can't position it under a pillow.

Ideal Home's rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

An affordable electric blanket from Slumberdown
An affordable electric blanket from Slumberdown

2. Slumberdown Comfy Cosy Nights Quilted Electric Blanket

A comfortable yet affordable quilted electric blanket

Sizes available: Single / Double / King | RRP: £35 / £46 / £55 | Type: Under blanket | Wattage: 70 | Temperature settings: 3 | Auto shut-off timer: No | Dual controls: No | Machine washable: Yes at 40°c, with removable top cover

Quilted upper makes for good comfort

3 temperature settings

Removable top cover for easier washing

No auto shut-off timer

No dual controls

Electric blanket socket is a little bulky and inconveniently positioned

Thicker quilting means the edge of the blanket is a little more noticeable

This Slumberdown 'Comfy Cosy Nights' electric blanket may not have all the bells and whistles that the brand's 'Wonderfully Warm' option offers, but it is considerably cheaper, with a comparative £20 saving across most blanket sizes.

And whilst it doesn't offer quite as much indulgence as the 'Wonderfully Warm' model delivers with its plush fleece upper layer, the 'Comfy Cosy Nights' still comes with a very comfortable cotton quilted top section that puts it a cut above most affordable electric blankets at this price point.

That quilted upper section pads out any hint of the electrical wires for a more comfortable night's sleep, and it can be zipped undone and removed for easier washing.

Apart from that, features are more basic, with just three temperature settings, and no timer or dual-control function, but if you're after an affordable electric blanket that has a little more cushioning than your usual budget option, then this number comes highly recommended.

Ideal Home's rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Slumberdown 'Sleepy Nights' electric blanket
Slumberdown 'Sleepy Nights' electric blanket

3. Slumberdown Sleepy Nights Electric Blanket

An affordable electric blanket that comes in as one of the cheapest on the market

Sizes available: Single / Double / King | RRP: £35 / £46 / £55 | Type: Under blanket | Wattage: 70 | Temperature settings: 3 | Auto shut-off timer: No | Dual controls: No | Machine washable: Yes at 40°c, with removable top cover

3 temperature settings

Thin material means the electrical wires can be felt more noticeably

No auto shut-off timer

No dual controls

Electric blanket socket is a little bulky and inconveniently positioned

If you're looking for a budget electric blanket, then Slumberdown's 'Sleepy Nights' heated underblanket clocks in as one of the cheapest on the market, with a single, double or king-size option all under the £50 mark, or near enough.

There's no quilted layer on this option, so things do feel a lot more basic than the top picks on this list, with the electrical wires more visible and easily noticeable under a fitted sheet when sleeping.

There are also a lot less options for tailoring the warmth, with just 3 temperature controls and no timer or dual-control option.

However, if you're looking for a budget electric blanket that will keep you warm on a cold winter's night without having to invest too much cash upfront, then this is a good affordable option. You'll just have to make sure to turn it off before you fall asleep, or leave it on all night on its lowest setting if you want to save on running costs overnight.

A grey heated throw with velvety texture
A grey heated throw with velvety texture

4. Dreamland Relaxwell Velvet Heated Throw

A super soft heated blanket that's perfect for the sofa

Sizes available: 160 x 120cm | RRP: £59.99 | Type: Over blanket | Wattage: 150 | Temperature settings: 6 | Auto shut-off timer: Yes | Dual controls: n/a | Machine washable: Yes at 30°c

Super soft texture

6 temperature settings

Auto shut-off timer with 1, 3 or 9 hour settings

Auto safety function that runs a full check of throw every time you switch it on

Only one size

Higher wattage use than most under blankets

If you're looking for a heated throw to stay cosy while you snuggle up on the couch then this super soft velvety heated blanket from Dreamland could be for you.

It comes with a detachable control, so you can use it as a normal throw if you don't want to be plugged into a wall socket continually, but when temperatures start to cool its 5-minute heat-up time will have you toasty in no time.

The easy-to-use digital controller has 6 temperature settings you can toggle through by pressing one simple button, and it offers the choice of 3 timers – 1, 3 or 9 hours – with auto shut off. The blanket also has an auto safety function that automatically runs a full safety check of the throw every time you switch it on for extra peace of mind.

The size is perfect to cover a single person on the sofa, or for wrapping around you while you work from home and are trying to save on your heating bill, although we would like to see a larger version that fits two on the couch. Costing just pennies to run though, it's a great solution for keeping out the chill whilst keeping heating costs low.

The Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Throw tried and tested review
The Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Throw tried and tested review

5. Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Throw

A luxury heated throw that adds warmth and style

Sizes available: L120 x W160cm | RRP: £109.99 | Type: Over blanket | Wattage: 150 | Temperature settings: 6 | Auto shut-off timer: Yes | Dual controls: n/a | Machine washable: Yes at 30°c

Luxe-look throw that's super soft

6 temperature settings

Auto shut-off timer with 1, 3 and 9 hour settings

An investment

Only one size

Higher wattage use than most under blankets

If you want a heated throw that's going to add a touch of luxe to the living room, whether it's keeping you warm or just draped over the sofa, then this faux fur heated blanket could be the one for you – just don't delay as it's selling out fast.

Admittedly more of an investment than other heated blankets, this option is one of the most stylish we've come across, and its super soft feel and on-trend hygge aesthetics are matched by strong performance.

The blanket heats up in just 5 minutes and offers 6 temperature settings for getting your cosy on, all controlled by an easy-to-operate digital LED controller. It also features an auto shut-off function that's programmable to switch off after 1, 3 or 9 hours. The blanket also has an auto safety function that automatically runs a full safety check of the throw every time you switch it on for extra peace of mind.

The perfect blanket to snuggle up under on the couch after a long day, it can also be laid over the bed for some added warmth, although with its 150W energy usage it's not quite as economical a way to heat a bed as the under blankets in this edit.

Ideal Home's rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

A Silentnight dual-control electric blanket
A Silentnight dual-control electric blanket

6. Silentnight Yours & Mine Dual Control Electric Blanket

A budget dual-control electric blanket

Sizes available: Double / King | RRP: £55 / £60 | Type: Under blanket | Wattage: 2 x 60 | Temperature settings: 3 | Auto shut-off timer: No | Dual controls: Yes | Machine washable: Yes at 40°c

3 temperature settings

Dual controls

No auto shut-off timer

Thin material means the electrical wires can be felt more noticeably

Electric blanket socket is a little bulky and inconveniently positioned

If you're looking for the cheapest way to save on arguments with your other half, then this is one of the most affordable dual-control electric blankets we've come across.

Compared to Slumberland's slightly more expensive 'Wonderfully Warm' dual-operated electric blanket, this cheaper alternative does feel a lot more basic, with no quilting to pad out the electrical wires so they do feel more noticeable under the sheet. Although the lack of padding does mean the heat penetrates your sheets a little faster, allowing you a quicker warm-up before bed.

There are also only 3 temperature settings compared to the 9 settings the dual-controlled 'Wonderfully Warm' offers, and no timer function, so you will need to remember to turn it off before you fall asleep if you want to save energy and avoid waking up roasting at 3am. Or you can leave the blanket on all night on a low setting.

There also isn't a super king-sized option in this blanket, but if you're after a dual-controlled double or king-size for the cheapest price possible, this heated underblanket could be the ticket.

Ideal Home's rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A Silentnight 'Comfort Control' electric blanket
A Silentnight 'Comfort Control' electric blanket

7. Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket

A no frills electric blanket with three temperature settings

Sizes available: Single / Double / King | RRP: £40 / £50 / £60 | Type: Under blanket | Wattage: 70 | Temperature settings: 3 | Auto shut-off timer: No | Dual controls: No | Machine washable: Yes at 40°c, with removable top cover

3 temperature settings

No auto shut-off timer

No dual controls

Thin material means the electrical wires can be felt more noticeably

Electric blanket socket is a little bulky and inconveniently positioned

Stocked in a wide selection of retailers, Silentnight's 'Comfort Control' electric blanket is perhaps one of the easiest heated underblankets to get your hands on. This model is the brand's most basic electric blanket, and one of the most no-frills options in our round-up.

It comes in a single, double, or king size, with wide elastic straps to secure it into place on your mattress. We found the sizing to scrimp a little, meaning the central section of your bed is going to get more heat than the edges, and that does mean that yet again the blanket socket sits about 8 inches in from the edge of the mattress, making a bit of a lumpy nights sleep for whoever sleeps on the right-hand side of the bed.

There's no quilting or padded layer on this budget electric blanket so we found we could feel the wiring slightly through the fitted sheet when we laid on top – especially compared with the higher-priced models in this edit – but it is more wallet-friendly.

However, surprisingly, the well-known brand name means it's not always the cheapest electric blanket on the market – Slumberdown's budget 'Sleepy Nights' blanket often comes in at a better price at full RRP – although if you can find this Silentnight option in the sale, and want a basic yet affordable way to warm up the bed, it's still worth considering as a budget buy.

Ideal Home's rating: 3 out of 5 stars

How to find the best electric blanket for your needs

Firstly, it’s worth understanding the different types of heated blankets you can get and how they work…

There are under blankets which are the classic design most of us will be more familiar with, featuring a blanket that is secured onto your mattress and covered over by your bed sheet, over blankets which, as the name suggests, are similar in design but are intended to be used either inside your duvet or on top of a loose sheet above you, and heated throws, which tend to be a little bulkier, and can be used either over the bed or to snuggle up on the sofa or drape over your shoulders or lap whilst your seated.

An electric blanket contains thin electrical heating wires cushioned between layers of fabric. On thinner under blankets you may be able to feel the wires a little underneath your body, but many modern designs offer quilting to add more cushioning.

The blanket plugs into a wall socket to connect to your electricity supply and has a control unit (between the blanket and the electrical outlet) that you use to turn the heating element on and off and adjust the heat setting

Top tip: Check the electrical cord is long enough to reach the nearest plug socket before you buy, or you may need to use an extension lead.

An electric blanket with dual controls
An electric blanket with dual controls

What features should you look out for?

Whilst the most basic electric blanket will do the job of heating up the bed before you get in, spending a little more generally means you get a more comfortable sleep, and greater control over temperature and shut-off times. Here are our top tips for what to look out for before you shop.

  • Quilting or padding – basic electric blankets are formed from two thin polyester layers with electrical wires secured in the middle which can mean you'll feel the wires as you sleep. Look out for options that have quilted or padded upper layers for optimal comfort.

  • Number of temperature settings – budget models tend to offer 3 temperature settings, and in our experience it can be hard to settle on one that's just right. More heat settings mean more chance of finding your ideal temperature, plus, having the option to use your blanket on a lower heat setting is also a good way to save energy and heating costs.

  • Dual-controls – Speaking of that elusive 'just right' temperature, if you’re going to be using an electric blanket on a shared double or king-size bed then we’d highly recommend paying a little more for a dual-controlled option. It's well worth it to avoid any arguments with your other half over temperature settings!

  • Auto shut-off timer – on a basic electric blanket you'll need to switch it off before you fall asleep or leave it on all night. Paying a little more for a model with a timer means you can drift off peacefully in the knowledge the auto shut off will kick in at a pre-set time – although the intial outlay is generally more expensive, this can save on energy and running costs over time.

  • Independent temperature zones – If you're prone to icy toes then look out for blankets that offer the option to increase the temperature of the foot section of the blanket independently of the main sleeping area, like Slumberdown's 'Wonderfully Warm' electric blanket.

  • Smart functionality – some heated blankets allow you to hook them up to a smart app or Alexa to control when they come on so that your bed is always warm when you’re ready for bedtime, although you’ll generally pay more for this feature. Our top tip is to pair an ‘ordinary’ electric blanket with a smart plug so you can get all the convenience of remote control at a lower cost!

How much does an electric blanket cost to run?

The price you pay to run an electric blanket will depend on its wattage and your usage. A heated blanket can either be kept on all night on a low setting, used for a short amount of time before you get into bed or you fall asleep, or set to turn off at a specific time if it comes with an auto shut-off timer.

We've listed the wattage of each of the electric blankets in this guide in the specifications, with most averaging around 70 watts at full temperature. If you run your electric blanket at a lower temperature than the maximum setting available then you'll use fewer watts.

To help you work out exactly how much an electric blanket will cost to run, bedding experts Sleepseeker have the following advice:

“To calculate how much it will cost to run an electric blanket, you need to understand the cost per unit of electricity. According to the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), in October 2022, the cost per pence/kWh of electricity will be approximately 52p, i.e. £0.52 after the recent energy price increase.

An electric blanket generates heat by running electricity through wires in the fabric. Each electric blanket will have a different power rating and the overall cost will depend on the rating on your blanket’s label.

For the sake of this example, we’ll use an approximate power of 100W.

This means that running an electric blanket for one hour would cost just over 5p in October 2022.

Based on the above example, running an electric blanket will cost you around 42p a night (based on 8 hours of use). This is obviously significantly cheaper than having your central heating on all night, and for the average 70W or 80W blanket, you’re looking at even less".

You can find out more in our guide to how much it costs to run an electric blanket. And make sure to check out our guide to how to save energy at home for more top tips on how to combat the climate and energy crises and increased costs of living.

Woman sat on safe with a yellow electric blanket
Woman sat on safe with a yellow electric blanket

What benefits do electric blankets have?

As well as the obvious benefits of warming up your bed on a cold winter’s night, electric blankets can also be really useful for those with health conditions affected by heat. Symptoms of arthritis as well as many other chronic illnesses can be helped by warmth, and the relaxing effect of a heated blanket can also help to ease sore muscles after exercise.

Are electric blankets safe?

Yes. Just make sure that the electric blanket you buy has the BEAB safety mark and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use. If you have an older electric blanket then check for any signs of wear or tear before you plug it in. Discontinue using any electric blanket that is damaged. The Fire Service gives this safety advice for ensuring an electric blanket is fit for use.

Can you wash an electric blanket?

Always make sure to read the manufacturer's instructions first, but generally, yes.

Hayley Thistleton at SleepSeeker has the following advice for looking after your electric blanket as you clean it, "Firstly, you should check the tag to see the manufacturer's cleaning advice and follow this. If the washing machine safe symbol is listed, you should ensure the blanket is unplugged and wash on a gentle cycle in cool to warm water using a mild detergent.

Most electric blankets can be machine dried, but again check the tag for advice. Set the dryer to a low heat setting for around 10-15 minutes before taking it out and evenly hanging it on a drying rack to finish drying. If your dryer does not have a low heat setting, skip this step and simply air dry the blanket from the start as high temperatures can damage the electric wiring inside the blanket. Additionally, you should never dry clean an electric blanket as the chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can damage the blanket's wiring and heating system.

During the summer months, electric blankets are usually stored away till the weather gets cold again. Before storing, wash and dry the blanket, ensuring it is completely dry before storing. You should then roll, not fold, the blanket, making sure there are no harsh folds as this can damage the inner wires. Pack away in a cool, dry place with the controls and cords unplugged".

How we choose the best electric blankets

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

Amy Lockwood

Decor Editor

Our shopping editor, Amy, put multiple bestselling electric blankets through their paces to compile this guide, testing sleep comfort, heating efficiency, ease of use of controls, and additional features such as dual-controls or zoned temperature capability to find the electric blankets that deliver best on performance and price.

As well as trying and testing these products ourselves, we've also taken into account the wider views of as many users as possible, via online customer reviews, social media commentary, and brand satisfaction levels. Click here to find out more about how we review products at Ideal Home.

This luxury electric blanket has a lot going for it. Firstly, the simple-to-use digital controllers offer 9 temperature settings that make finding your ideal heat an easier affair, as well as making it easier to manage the blanket's energy consumption.

You can tailor the warmth levels further thanks to dual controls on the double, king and super king blanket sizes. These allow the temperature of the respective sides of the bed to be adjusted independently of each other – a real boon for couples with different heat preferences! You can also independently control the temperature of the body and feet zones of the blanket, so if you suffer with cold feet you can just switch on the lower portion of the blanket, or increase the heat setting in this area alone – genius!

The blanket also offers an auto shut-off timer with 4 options to choose from – 1, 5, 8 and 12 hours – so you can drift off without having to worry about turning off the blanket first if you don't want it running all night making for a more economical use of energy.

Last but not least, is the blanket's quilted fleece upper layer. This adds an extra layer of comfort and does a great job of disguising the blanket's electrical wires. The whole blanket can be washed, but this upper section can also be unzipped and removed for easier regular washing. The only downside is that, as with most electric under blankets, the blanket's width is smaller than a standard mattress, which means that the thicker quilting makes the blanket's edges a little more noticeable underneath the sheet. And, like nearly all electric blankets, the socket is a little bulky if you can't position it under a pillow.