Best electric blankets 2021: heated blankets and throws to keep you warm

Get cosy with the best electric blankets and heated throws, whether you're napping on the sofa or curling up in bed

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best electric blanket: person's feet poking out of the bottom of a duvet, Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi-Zone Electric Blanket (not visible)
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When it comes to warming up in cold weather, the best electric blankets and heated throws simply can't be beaten. While it can take ages for central heating to raise the temperature of a room, switch on one of these cosy blankets and you'll be feeling toasty in no time at all.

Whether you want to heat your bed up for the night, or something warm to curl up under on the sofa, our best electric blanket ranking has an option for you. There are a wide range of options on the market, ranging from basic blankets with simple, fuss-free controls, to higher-end options that allow you to adjust the temperature and pre-set timings.

In this article, we'll bring you the very best electric blankets and heated throws available today, for a variety of budgets, and in a range of different styles. Also while you're thinking about upgrading your sleep experience, make sure you check out our guide to the best weighted blankets and the best mattresses too (and the best cheap mattress deals, too).

 How to choose the best electric blanket 

With so many electric blankets on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? One method can be buying from a bedding company you already know and trust, such as Silentnight. That said, new brands are arriving on the scene all the time, and they often work hard in terms of quality and value, in order to compete. So while we've included some names on our list that you may not have heard of, don't skip past them, but check out what they have to offer too.

You should also be thinking about the style of blanket you want. Some of the best electric blankets work under your bedsheets, while others are quilts that cover you up, and still others are fleece throws that you can snuggle under at any time of the day. So think about when you're likely to need an extra blast of heat, and whether you want the option to throw it off if you get too warm. With all that in mind, read on to discover the best electric blankets you can buy right now...

Dreamland Boutique electric blanket

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1. Dreamland Boutique Dual Control Electric Blanket

The best electric blanket for most people

Specifications
Fabric: cotton
Dual zone control: yes
Heat settings: 6
Timer option: yes – 1 to 9 hours
Type : under-sheet blanket with elasticated skirt
Reasons to buy
+Elasticated skirt for secure fit+200 thread count cotton+Auto shut off timer

Heated electric blankets can be tricky if your partner doesn’t want the same warm and toasty bed as you do. That’s why this is one of our favourite electric blankets, designed to alleviate night-time arguments with a dual control setting. This means you can have one heat on one side of the bed and another on the other. This electric blanket has a lot of great added features, including 6 heat settings, a fast heat setting that promises to warm your whole bed in just 5 minutes, as well as a machine washable outer material. We also especially like that rather than elasticated straps, this Dreamland heated blanket has a stretchy border that fits round the whole mattress (similar to many of the best mattress protectors) to keep it securely in place on the bed.

Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi-Zone Electric Blanket

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2. Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi-Zone Electric Blanket

The best premium heated blanket

Specifications
Fabric: cotton with removable fleece cover
Dual zone control: yes
Heat settings: 9
Timer option: yes
Type: under-sheet blanket with elasticated straps
Reasons to buy
+Different heat zones for your feet and torso+9 heat settings +Handmade in UK
Reasons to avoid
-Do you really need that much control?-Straps can shift on the bed

This luxury heated under blanket is for people who don’t always want the same temperature all over their bed. It boasts four different heat zones and 9 different heat settings. Which means that, for example, you can have a different temperature at your feet, to warm up cold toes, than you do at your torso. And for the Double size and larger, you also have dual-zone control, so you don't need to have the same settings as your bed-mate. This is one of the most comfortable options on our list of best electric blankets thanks to its removable soft, quilted fleece layer, which provides a comfy sleep surface. Our only minor niggle is that it fixes to your bed with reinforced straps; we'd prefer an elasticated skirt, as we've found this tends to keep things in place more effectively. 

Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket in white, folded up with controller on the top

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3. Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket

The best budget electric blanket

Specifications
Fabric: polyester
Dual zone control: no (available in the range though)
Heat settings: 3
Timer option: no
Type: under-sheet blanket with elasticated straps
Reasons to buy
+Trusted brand+Good value+Over heat protection built in
Reasons to avoid
-Only three heat settings-No timer option

One of the most trusted bed brands, Silentnight creates a range of fantastic electric blankets. One of our favourites, and the most affordable, is this simple Comfort Control electric blanket. This is an under-blanket type, which means you put it directly onto your mattress and then cover it with a bedsheet. This is ideal if you have a bed that’s often way too cold, and want to be able to heat it in an instant. The blanket has a simple-to-use controller with different settings – and while the original doesn't have dual zone control, there's another in the range that does, as well as a 'fleecy' option if you want a little extra snuggliness. It's machine washable at 40-degrees, as well as being tumble dry-safe, so you can take it off and refresh it whenever you like. It's also suitable for use with memory foam mattresses.

Cosi Home Electric Blanket

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4. Cosi Home Electric Heated Throw and Over Blanket

The best heated throw for snuggling on the sofa

Specifications
Fabric: fleece
Dual zone control: no
Heat settings: 9
Timer option: from 1 to 9 hours
Type : heated throw
Reasons to buy
+ Use it day and night + Large size + Super soft fabric 
Reasons to avoid
-Only one colour / style option

If you prefer the idea of a heated throw (or over blanket) rather than a heated under blanket or mattress protector, then this is the best electric blanket-meets-throw for you. Cosi's luxurious blanket is not only huge at 160 x 130cm, but it also has 9 different adjustable heat settings, as well as the softest fleece material. Because this is a throw, you can use it to keep you warm and toasty during the day; at night as a blanket; or even over a quilt during the chilly winter months.

Beurer Monogram Allergy-free heated mattress cover double

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5. Beurer Monogram Allergy-Free Heated Mattress Cover

The best electric blanket for allergy sufferers

Specifications
Fabric: cotton
Dual zone control: no
Heat settings: 6
Timer option: yes – 1, 3, 6 or 12 hours
Type: under-sheet blanket with elasticated skirt
Reasons to buy
+ Anti-allergy and antibacterial material + Auto shut-off safety function + Quick heat setting 
Reasons to avoid
-Only one controller-No dual zone temperature control

This electric blanket comes from Monogram, a brand under the health and wellbeing giant Beurer. And it has an added benefit: its anti-allergy material helps to kill dust mites and eggs, which can cause disrupted sleep. As well as its allergy-fighting features, this electric blanket has 6 different heat settings to help you find the perfect temperature, as well as a quick heat setting that'll heat your bed up in around 8 minutes. The latter is ideal for putting on just before bed, or for making waking up when it’s cold a little more bearable. Like many of the best heated electric blankets on the list, this one also has an elasticated skirt round the edges, which means it stays in place no matter how much you wriggle throughout the night. 

Dreamland Faux Fur Electric Heated Throw

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6. Dreamland Relaxwell Deluxe Alaskan Husky Faux Fur heated throw

The best ultra-luxurious heated blanket

Specifications
Fabric: faux fur
Dual zone control: no
Heat settings: 6
Timer option: yes – 1 to 9 hours
Type : heated throw
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious feel +Heats up in 5 minutes+Large size
Reasons to avoid
-Probably not one for regular washing

Want to curl up on the sofa and imagine you’re in an exclusive, cosy ski lodge? Then this stylish faux-fur heated throw will give you the luxurious look you’re after. It feels wonderfully soft to the skin, and heats up quickly (in around five minutes). You can choose from 6 different heat settings, which are maintained by Intelliheat technology so they adjust to any ambient temperature changes. There’s also a programmable auto shut-off timer that switches off the blanket at any point you choose between one and nine hours later. It costs from as little as 1p to run, it’s machine-washable at 40C, and tumble dryer safe too – although to be honest, we wouldn't want to be chucking it into the machine too regularly.

Best electric blanket: HomeFront Electric Blanket Double Size

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7. HomeFront Electric Blanket

This electric blanket has illuminated controls for use at night

Specifications
Fabric: fleece
Dual zone control: yes
Heat settings: 9
Timer option: yes – 10 settings
Type: under-sheet blanket with elasticated skirt
Reasons to buy
+Lots of heat settings+Separate body and feet heat technology+Illuminated controls
Reasons to avoid
-Controls may be confusing to start with

If cosy, soft bedding is high on your agenda then this you'll love Homefront's electric blanket, which comes with a luxurious fleece finish. It also has a fitted elasticated skirt to ensure it stays put no matter how much you wriggle around in your sleep. Illuminated controls allow you to make adjustments throughout the night for maximum comfort and flexibility – although a few customers struggled to figure the remote out to start with. There are 9 different heat settings to choose from and 10 timer settings, which allow you to pinpoint certain areas you might want heating up more than others. That's an ideal feature for those who suffer from arthritis and circulation problems.

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Tom May
Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and author of the book, Great Ted Talks: Creativity. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.