12 Best Heated Blankets in 2017
While standard blankets do an excellent job of heating you up and keeping you warm, there are quicker ways to overcome the chill.
Have you ever considered purchasing an electric blanket?
Unlike heated mattress pads that rest beneath your body, the electric blanket offers you warmth from above, and some are small enough to be used as throws on a couch or your favorite chair.
Selecting one can be a bit tricky since there are quite a few details to take into consideration, but if you refer to our useful guide below, you have no problem selecting the best heated blanket for your needs and budget.
Top 12 Heated Blankets Comparison Table
Heated Blanket Options
There are two main sizing options when it comes to the heated blankets, including a throw size and those designed for use on the bed.
- Throw – Throw blankets are smaller than a twin sized bedspread or duvet, making them ideal when you want something that can cover your lap or your upper body without being too bulky.
- Bedding – Heated blankets for your bed come in a variety of sizes, ranging from twin up to California king. Due to the size, they are a bit too large for use on a couch or a chair.
We also included one unique option on our list for those who want something smaller than a throw – Sunbeam’s Chill-Away Heated Wrap.
Use it while you are surfing the internet or sitting on the couch and reading your favorite book. It is just large enough to take the chill away from your limbs in cool fall or spring temperatures.
Heat Setting Display
Does the heat display setting on the control really matter? It will when you are fumbling around in the middle of the night trying to turn the blanket down or turn it off!
- Analog – Controls that have an analog display are usually quite basic, offering you just a few standard heat settings that are labeled as “Low,” “Medium,” or “High.”
These usually have a dial or a slider bar that allows you to adjust the heat intensity. While they may offer you a least amount of customization options, they are easy to use and typically more affordable than blankets with a digital display.
- Digital – If you prefer to have a wider range of temperatures, digital controls are the best. Most offer 10 heat settings so you can find your ideal temperature, but not all of them will be visible in the dark.
Some heated blankets are thin and soft while others are thick and fluffy, but what is the difference between the materials used?
- Polyester – Most blankets are made of polyester, but how the polyester fibers are woven can completely change the look and feel of a blanket.
- Microfleece and Fleece – Both materials are made of synthetic fibers, most often polyester. Of the two, microfleece is much more durable than regular fleece, but both will pill if you use them regularly.
- Mink/Sherpa – None of the blankets in our list are made from real mink fur. If they were, you would be paying much more.
Mink in this case – sometimes referred to as micro mink – is just polyester. The fibers are woven into a soft, fuzzy texture that mimics real mink.
Lambswool Sherpa is not made with real wool, either. Manufacturers weave it so that it looks like wool, but it is made of synthetic fibers. It is soft and fuzzy and does not have a nap.
Can You Wash Electric Blankets?
Surprisingly, many are safe to wash, and for hygienic purposes, it is important that you do so.
Always double-check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to see if and how the blanket should be washed.
All of the blankets that we tried come with a warranty, but some are better than others.
Sunbeam usually offers limited warranties, so you will need to read the fine print to understand the circumstances under which you can take advantage of the warranty.
The best heated blanket will be backed by a full warranty that covers all parts of the blanket and not just certain areas.
Top 5 Best Heated Blanket Reviews
Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King/California King.
Material: 100% Polyester.
Thermee was our top pick based on quality, material, and its user-friendly features.
This heated blanket comes with eight heat settings, an easy-to-read digital display, and has an automatic shut-off safety features that will turn the blanket off after 10 hours. On the right side of the control, you can set the timer to have the blanket turn off in less than 10 hours, as preferred.
The cord is quite long – 16 feet – and it comes with an impressive 5-year warranty that has you covered in case anything goes wrong.
While we did appreciate the digital display, it is not backlit, so you won’t be able to see it in the dark unless you have a light nearby. Oh a positive note, it does heat up quickly, so you won’t have to wait long before you can jump under the warm covers!
The overall quality is superb, and you can machine wash the blanket, which the manufacturer recommends doing before the first use.
Material: Plush Velvet.
Sunbeam is one of the most popular manufacturers of heated blankets and mattress pads, and we just loved their Premium Soft Velvet Plush Heated Blanket.
They describe the material as “plush velvet;” however, it is more like the faux mink material we described earlier. It is soft, fuzzy, and has a nap, so when you run your hand over it, the material will appear to change colors based on the way the fibers are laying.
There are 20 different heat settings, which is quite impressive but also excessive; 10 seems to be more than enough. The Preheat button was nice, and it has an automatic shut-off feature that will turn the blanket off at the 10-hour mark.
While it also boasts a lengthy warranty just like the Thermee, Sunbeam’s warranty is limited, so be sure you understand the terms when purchasing.
Overall, this is an affordable blanket that will keep you toasty warm in the cold weather. This blanket is also machine washable.
Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King.
Material: Micro Plush/Sherpa.
Biddeford’s blanket features a mixture of the lambswool Sherpa on the bottom and a top layer of micro plush faux mink material.
The easy-to-read digital display is wedge-shaped, allowing you to rest it on your nightstand so you can easily see it when you want to change the temperature or turn off the blanket.
There are 10 different heat settings, an automatic shut-off feature and it comes with an impressive 5-year warranty. It is similar to the first product, so why is it lower on the list?
Biddeford’s quality is nowhere near that of Thermee. Their blankets are decent, but enough people have experienced electrical problems with the blanket that we couldn’t place it any higher on the list. If you get a good one, the blanket works, but the manufacturer does seem to yield more lemons than other brands.
Say hello to your new best friend on the couch. Sunbeam’s blanket is similar to the Biddeford we just looked at, but this is a throw and not one that is large enough to use as bedding.
While it only has three heat settings, it is enough to keep you warm as you watch a movie or read a book. The faux mink material mixed with the lambswool Sherpa will help keep you nice and toasty once the blanket heats up, and you can use either side.
Hopefully, you have an outlet that is close enough to your seat because the cord is six feet long. Just be careful not to trip over it when you get up!
The automatic shut-off time is much lower with a throw, so you can only use this in 3-hour increments. Cleaning it is a breeze since it is safe in both the washing machine and the dryer.
While it is a lovely blanket and does keep you warm, the material isn’t very high in quality, and you begin to notice this when the Sherpa starts to pill. The good news is that you can re-fluff it slightly if you have a clean carding brush. Brush it gently, and you will lift the fibers!
If you are shopping on a tight budget but simply can’t live without a heated blanket, then try Sunbeam’s Heated Fleece Throw.
This 100% polyester fleece blanket isn’t as soft and fluffy as the previous one, but the heating system will keep you warm, and the fleece they used is thick.
Like the previous product, it has three heat settings and a 3-hour automatic shut-off feature, which is quite standard for throws.
Unfortunately, pilling will be a problem with this blanket, and there is no escaping it. Don’t expect it to look new for very long, especially if you use it often!