If you’re feeling the winter chill, these electric blankets will have you snug and dreaming in no time.
When winter strikes and you’re struggling to keep warm, there’s nothing in the world as comforting as a nice, hot bed. Electric blankets are your one-way ticket to a toasty snooze, but it’s important to know how to choose the right one.
We’ve put together a handy guide to answer all your electric blanket questions – and help pick the right one for you!
Best electric blankets
Our finder experts did all the research for you! These are our favourite electric blankets on the market.
If it's a freezing cold winter night, there's nothing worse than waiting for your bed to warm up enough to sleep. This electric blanket has your back, with a fast heat-up setting that will have you snug in no time.
It comes with safety overheat protection, three heat settings and a detachable controller. If you're worried about cleanliness, it's also machine washable so you can just pop it right in the washing machine when it needs a clean.
If you thought electric blankets were restricted to under the mattress, you couldn't be more wrong. If you're shivering on the couch, plug in this heated electric throw and you'll be toasty no matter where you are.
With nine heat settings and both a two- and five-hour timer, the throw is super versatile and will ensure you remain snug for however long you need. The LCD controller is detachable for your comfort and (our personal favourite feature) it's machine washable.
If you're looking to splurge on an electric blanket that covers all your bases, the Dolcenotte is the model for you. It's definitely on the higher end of the price spectrum, but with extra safety features and a more energy-efficient core, it makes up for it in value.
With carbon texture fibre, the electric blanket guarantees even heat distribution and only uses 12V. It also has an anti-shock system with double-insulated hand controllers, so you don't have to worry about getting zapped if you spill liquid onto it. There are three adjustable settings, a timer and it's made from hand-washable material.
If you're one of those people with cold toes but a hot torso, the Breville BodyZone is your best bet for an electric blanket. As with all our favourites, it's machine washable with removable dual controllers so it's that much easier to clean and store.
With the capacity to change the heat settings for your upper and lower body, as well as an auto-off safety timer and overheat protection, the blanket is customisable and safe to use for extended periods. There are six heating settings across both the upper and lower zones, so you'll be comfortable no matter how you like your heat.
The Dimplex is a great option if you're concerned about overheating, because it has built-in double overheat protection technology (known as Sensorsafe). Not only can you relax in welcome heat, you don't have to worry about it becoming dangerous – which is especially good if you're setting it up in your children's room.
It's also easily maintained, with the non-woven polyester fabric being machine washable with detachable controls. It also has a 12-hour timer, so you can switch it on and not think about it until the following evening.
Not only will this electric blanket keep you safe and warm, it's also made of an incredibly soft fleece that will have you more comfortable than you could imagine. It's a great option for those who are particularly sensitive to textures.
If you get coldest on your toes, this is definitely a model worth considering because of the option for extra foot warmth (in addition to the three general heat settings). It also has an LED power indicator so you know just how hot it is at any given moment, and don't have to worry about overheating because it has an automatic safeguard.
- With three heat settings and the choice of extra foot warmth this Gainsborough Electric Blanket will keep you warm from top to toe.
- This Gainsborough Electric Blanket has an automatic overheat safeguard system so you can enjoy a peaceful sleep with peace of mind.
- The controls of this Gainsborough Electric Blanket have an LED power indicator so it’s easier to keep an eye on the temperature.
- For convenient storage and cleaning, the controls with this Gainsborough Electric Blanket are completely detachable.
The Dream Weaver sounds impressive, and it backs it up too. With options for any bed size, this model is suitable for all situations. With dual controllers and three heat settings, it's customisable and easy to use.
For safety, the blanket has a built-in thermoguard overheat protection that will turn the blanket off if it senses that it's overheating. As with all our recommended models, the controllers are detachable and the blanket is machine washable to make life that little bit easier.
The Heller Electric Blanket is reliable and will definitely keep you comfortable over winter. It's a fitted 100% polyester machine-washable style so it's soft to the touch and will remain secure even if you're tossing and turning.
It's relatively customisable, with three heat settings and a variety of options for bed sizes, and comes with both overheat protection and detachable controllers.
What are electric blankets?
As Australians we don't often have to deal with extremely cold temperatures, but it also makes us a lot more sensitive to the cold when the temperature does drop. Electric blankets are a way of combatting that chill. They function as part of your manchester, heating your bed up from between your mattress and your sheets by using heating elements (often insulated wiring), thus creating a warming effect when plugged in. The electrical current flows through the wiring/heating element and spreads the heat throughout the whole blanket.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing an electric blanket. How long do you want to use it for? Do you need quick heat? Do you want to customise your settings? Whatever your needs are, there is an electric blanket out there to suit.
Are electric blankets safe?
Usually the biggest concern that people have is whether or not electric blankets are safe enough to use regularly. However, if you use it correctly, there’s not much to worry about. As with all appliances and devices, proper use and careful maintenance can remove almost all risk from using the product. All electric blankets now have to pass strict testing and reach certain compliance requirements before they can be made available for retail.
Although there have been instances where electric blankets have caught fire, it's important to remember that these occurrences were largely due to manufacturing faults and were subsequently recalled. And the electromagnetic waves emitted by your electric blanket are roughly the same as that of a microwave, so if you're concerned about cancer risks, the level of radiation is very minimal.
How much electricity do electric blankets need?
Electric blankets are deceptive in many ways because, even if you get them cheap, they're still going to contribute to your electricity bill. In reality though, it's actually not as expensive as you might expect if you use it properly. For example, running your electric blanket on high all night long is definitely going to eat up a lot more power than a short burst before bed.
There are also a few brands that produce electric blankets that function on timers or have designated power saver settings. While often more costly, they are worth the initial extra outlay if you're worried about going overboard on electricity in the long run.
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