Now that the nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, you might be thinking about staying warm and cosy in bed. There’s nothing better than getting into a bed that has been heated up with an electric blanket, and if you thought there was only one choice of an under blanket then think again; these days electric blankets come in several different varieties. You can get over blankets as well as heated throws and even duvets.
Electric blankets are completely safe as now all of them must meet strict safety standards. Many of them have safety features built in, such as overheating protection and automatic shut-off. There are also other features to consider, like amount of heat settings and dual controls so that you and your partner can vary the heat. You should also consider whether you can wash it.
Here are our recommendations for the best electric blankets:
Silentnight Comfort Control – from £19.99
This is a real bargain as the price starts at under twenty pounds for a single and goes up to a king size. It is washable and you can tumble dry it and it comes with three heat settings and thanks to the really thin wires it is incredibly comfy. The only negative is that it takes around 20 minutes to heat up so a lot slower than many of our other electric blankets.
Warmnite 35 W Under Electric Blanket – Single – £22.00
This is a single blanket that has three heat settings and is perfect for cold winter nights as it heats up really quickly. It has an automatic overheating protection feature which will cut off the power if the blanket gets too hot.
Morphy Richards Fitted Underblanket – from £27.99
You can wash this blanket and tumble dry it to make sure it keeps fresh and clean. The fleecy blanket comes with four heating settings and super-thin wires for a comfortable sleep. It is economic to run, costing around 2p a night, and we love the extra heat at the feet, perfect for anyone with cold toes. Comes in sizes; single, double and king.
Beurer Anti-Allergy Electric Blanket – from £43.99
A great electric blanket for anyone with allergies, as this one has been specifically designed using special fabrics to help allergy and asthma sufferers. A fully fitted electric blanket that stops the build-up of bacteria, mould and dust mites thanks to the material. It has six heat settings which include an anti-allergy boost, and also a preheat feature which you control remotely and warms the bed up in ten minutes. Other features include a timer, automatic shut off and it is available in sizes up to a super king.
Dreamland Intelliheat Premium Faux Fur Mattress Protector – from £59.99
You get comfort and warmth with this faux fur mattress protector that makes you feel like you are sleeping on a soft furry bed. Nice and big so it fits over the sides of your mattress easily, it has six heat settings, a five-minute pre-heat button and an automatic shut off. Our favourite feature is the IntelliHeat function that reacts to any changes in temperature during the night. This electric blanket is washable and you can tumble dry it.
New Sleepwell IntelliHeat Cotton Mattress Protector – from £64.99 – £109.99
A luxurious electric blanket that comes with an impressive 200-thread count cotton and an elasticated skirt so it won’t move around during the night. The high thread count makes it very breathable and it is also lovely and thick. Comes in sizes up to king, and all of them, apart from the single, have dual controls. There’s a preheat setting that heats up in just five minutes, which is ideal if you have gone to bed and forgotten to put the blanket on.
Relaxwell Heated Throw Luxury Electric Blanket – £69.95
Gorgeously soft and plush, this is a super-luxurious electric blanket designed as a throw that comes with six heat settings and takes just 5 minutes to heat up. You can use it for your bed or even a sofa downstairs when it is really cold, and it has innovative features such as the Intelliheat function and Ready for Bed function. It only takes five minutes to heat up and is very efficient to run, costing less than 1p a night. There’s also an auto shut off timer.
Lakeland Velvety Heated Throw – £79.99
Lots of different colours available in this sumptuous soft throw that can be used on the bed or as a throw anywhere in the house. It responds to the temperature changes in your own body and adjusts accordingly, and has six heat settings, an auto shut off and a quick heat up function that words in five minutes.