When winter comes around and the long cold nights draw in, there is nothing more pleasant than climbing into a pre-warmed bed. Best electric blankets are considered a must for many if they want to make sure that they get a cosy and restful night’s sleep.
Top 10 best electric blankets UK 2021
Let’s take a look at some of the best electric blankets available on the market at the moment, so you can keep warm all year round.
1.Silentnight Electric Blanket
This electric blanket from Silentnight comes in single, double, and king sizes, so you should be able to find one regardless of the size of the bed that you have. The blanket will measure in slightly smaller than the size of the mattress.
One of the best features of this electric blanket is its Smart Wi-Fi plug. This is compatible with the Amazon Alexa home assistant. It is also compatible with the free Silentnight app. You can use these features to schedule the blanket to turn itself on and off as you need it. Even if you are going to be getting in late at night, you can ensure that your bed is toasty warm and ready for you to climb into thanks to this blanket.
Care is kept easy to manage as the blanket is made from 100% polyester. It is machine washable at 40 degrees Celsius, and can also be tumble-dried, so you can machine wash it without the hassle of hand washing your new electric blanket.
2.Dreamland scandi underblanket
This all-new blanket fits neatly over the mattress and under the bottom sheet. It’s cosy, fleecy and makes you feel cocooned in warmth without any of the wires getting in the way – a great way to hunker down this winter. Its technology responds to the temperature of the room, as well as your body, so it stays at the optimum temperature for the whole night. And the new style controller includes six temperature controllers, fast five-minute heat up and a one, three or nine hours auto-shut off timer so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep while it’s still on. Available in single to super king.
3.Slumberland electric blanket
The Slumberland electric blanket is another simple to use model from a brand that you’ve actually heard of.
We’ve included it because of its positive reviews and the fact that it covers the whole bed (like a fitted sheet) rather than just lying in the middle, which is what the Silentnight heated blanket does. That’s a big advantage if you’re very tall and don’t want cold feet. In fact, it calls itself a ‘heated mattress cover’ rather than an electric blanket or heated blanket.
It’s got a few more heat settings than most simple models but isn’t complicated to use. You pick a heat level from 1-9 and then switch it to all-night use once it’s heated up. There isn’t an option for auto switch off but the king size version does have two controls so you can just turn on one side if you want to.
4.Monogram Konnect smart underblanket
An app-controlled electric blanket makes a lot of sense. Like being able to switch on your heating on the train journey home, I like having the ability to heat up my bed with a swipe of my phone. It’s useful because bedrooms are often on a different floor to where you spend most of your time, and electric blankets can take up to 30 minutes to fully warm up the bed. If you’re getting home late on a frosty evening, this means you can head straight to sleep in a cosy, toasty bed.
The app, CosyNight, is simple to set up and connect (which cannot be said for all smart devices). It’s easy to get accustomed to, and you can set different levels (between 1 and 9) for feet and body, while you can fiddle around with duration (any time up to 24 hours). An added bonus is that the app tells you how many kWh of energy you’re using up.
As for the blanket itself – faultless. It was the easiest to attach to my bed thanks to a wonderfully stretchy mesh skirting; it was thin and comfortable (in all honesty, I barely noticed it was there, which is a very good thing, unless you have a terribly uncomfortable mattress). There’s a dual control function which means couples can heat to their preferences (though this requires two separate sockets). The 9 setting was scalding; 1 barely noticeable, so there’s plenty of scope to work out your preference – for me, it was around 2 on the body, and 7 on the feet.
5.Cosi Home Premium Comfort Electric Blanket
Affordable and offering a good amount of heat, this Cosi Home blanket is a good option for anyone wanting to keep cost low but not compromise on warmth levels.
There are three heat levels, selected with an easy to control slider remote. This can be removed to machine wash it at 40°C. Talking of temperature, the instruction manual says you should give it around 60-90 minutes to fully heat, but in our opinion this is generous, and there was enough heat after just 30 minutes when it was on the highest setting.
It is definitely one of those which you should leave to heat on the highest setting then allow to cool or turn it down if you like it lukewarm to get the quickest time. Thanks to the overheat cut out feature, you are free to leave it on all night without having to turn it off at 2 am in a panic.
The warmth is good, and it seems to stay warm for quite a while after you turn it off as well which is handy until you nod off.
6.Thermee Micro Flannel electric blanket
If you’re looking for a patterned blanket to keep you cozy, this electric heated blanket from Micro Fleece is a pretty option. Available in blue or green floral print, the soft blanket features flannel on one side and sherpa on the other, and it has down-alternative fill. There are ten heat settings with a “quick heat” feature that reaches maximum heat within 30 minutes, then drops down to your desired temperature. There’s also a programmable timer for up to 12 hours and ten-hour auto-shutoff for safety.
The twin and full sizes come with a single controller, while the queen and king sizes have dual controllers. In addition to the floral prints, this blanket also comes in a striped pattern and solid shades like rose and Wedgewood blue.
7.Slumberdown Heated Blankets Wonderfully Warm Control Electric Blanket
There are few things we love more about winter than slipping into a warm bed when it’s cold and rainy outside. Get your sheets to the right temperature quicker with this electric blanket, which comes in Single, Double, King and Super King.
The buttery velvet feels luxurious on the skin and the blanket comes with a responsive digital control to fine tune the nine temperature settings to the right level of warmth. Use the timer to set it on before bed and rely on the auto-off to turn it off once you’re asleep.
If you’ve spent many a winter’s night awake because of ice cube-like toes, this Slumberdown blanket also comes with a foot warmth setting to keep your extremities lovely and warm.
8.Morphy Richards Washable Heated Underblankets
Morphy Richards washable heated underblanket is a heating solution to your cold nights. It is an electrically powered underblanket that is designed to emit heat in a bed. It is suitable for people living in very cold areas. The unit has BEAB approved. It comes with variety features, all made to perfection.
The blanket includes extra foot warmth to keep your feet warm and comfortable. It allows the user to fine tune their preferred temperature setting as it comes with four preset heat levels. It is easy to keep clean as it has been made with sophisticated technology hence it can be washed. It heats beds very fast and can be left to run overnight and is available in Single, Double and King size.
9.Homefront Electric Heated Throw / Over Blanket in Chocolate/Cream
Working as an under-blanket mattress cover, this super soft fleece heater is ideal for deep mattresses and large beds. Its elasticated skirt keeps the cover firmly in place, preventing the dreaded creeping blanket and allowing for a nice deep sleep. Its nifty 9 heat settings and split body and feet heaters allow for lots of variation, especially given its ideal 1 – 10-hour timer function for long use.
Midnight arguments can also be avoided with the easy to use dual bedside controllers. Although the controller is a little chunkier than other models, this is a solid machine washable fleece under-blanket, best for chunky mattresses and for those requiring extra soft comfort.
10.Mia&Coco Electric Heated Blanket
Machine-Wash-able You can detach the cord and wash this blanket by hand or by machine…
Safe to Use with ETL-Certificate This heating pads are made with premium material…
10 Temperature levels, 9-hours Auto-Off Timer for safety and energy-saving Through.
How to choose the best electric blanket for you
How much do I need to spend?
An electric blanket is a cheap way to stay warm at night. Obviously, larger blankets cost more, but you can buy a decent king-size blanket from a major brand for under £30; even the more feature-packed options come in under £100. Running costs are usually between 1p and 4p per night.
Are electric blankets safe to use?
The idea of waking up in the middle of the night on fire isn’t exactly going to (excuse the pun) warm you to the idea of buying an electric blanket, and so many people are put off buying one due to safety concerns. However, electric blankets are perfectly safe as long as you buy from a respected brand and retailer.
When looking to buy an electric blanket, it’s important to buy from a reputable retailer and check that it has the UK safety standard mark. That means you shouldn’t buy secondhand blankets as they may no longer meet safety standards. There are also some things you should avoid doing when using the blanket to make sure you stay as safe as possible.
Don’t use the blanket whilst it’s still folded or creased
Don’t use a hot water bottle at the same time
Don’t get the blanket wet
Don’t insert or use pins to hold the blanket in place on the bed
What kinds of electric blanket are there?
Blankets come in two basic types: heated mattress covers or pads that sit on top of the mattress but beneath the sheets, warming you and the duvet from below. Meanwhile, an overblanket slips inside your duvet cover to keep you cosy from above – some versions replace your duvet entirely.
Which you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, but manufacturers of memory foam mattresses often advise against heated pads because they restrict the mattress’s ability to mould to your body, and there’s a risk of the foam itself getting damaged in the long term.
What differences are there between blankets?
All electric blankets warm your bed, but they differ in how long they take to heat up and how much control you have over the temperature. Some take under five minutes to warm up, while others take substantially longer. That’s not necessarily a problem if your blanket has a timer and your bedtimes are regular, but it’s worth thinking about.
All blankets have a range of heat settings, but the number might vary from three to 12. More advanced blankets might even have different settings for different zones, so you can have additional heat for your feet or different heat levels for the two sides of a double bed.
What other things should I look out for?
Beyond that, think about materials – do you want a flat underblanket or something fleecy that holds the warmth? And then there are practicalities such as the length of the cable and the position of the controls. These are usually simple plastic modules attached by a cable to the side of the blanket, but some are removable to make it easier to wash or clean the blanket. Being machine-washable is clearly a good thing, although not all blankets can be tumble-dried.
Finally, it’s always worth double-checking the safety features. A BEAB Approved Mark is a must, showing that the blanket has had appropriate testing, and you should also look for features such as an overheating safety cutout or an automatic shutdown so you can’t leave your blanket on all day by accident.
There are so many options for electric blankets nowadays, and you can easily find one that suits your needs. Even if you share the bed with another person, you can each have full control over your sleeping areas without buying separate blankets with dual controls. The ability to heat up different zones is also amazing, as it means that your cold feet can be kept warmer than your upper body if you need them to be!
Investing in a throw that heats up could also be a good move if you find yourself hunkering down under a blanket on a chilly evening. With the safety of electric blankets having improved massively, you should have no trouble finding one with an automatic shut-off or some other important safety feature that can help you stay safe but as snug as a bug in a rug.