My feed
Premium

Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw review: our best overall blanket for winter

With a plush faux-fur texture, low running costs and excellent warming power, the Dreamland Alaskan Heated Throw is a Mumsnetter favourite, but is it worth the premium price tag? Our tester Emily tried it out for a whole winter – here's her verdict.

By Natasha Gregson | Last updated Dec 7, 2023

Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw

Overall rating: 5/5

Price on writing: £90 with code AFF10DREAM | Buy now from Boots

Limited time Mumsnet exclusive: Get the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw for just £90 at Boots, saving you £40 on the RRP. Use code AFF10DREAM at checkout. Offer valid until Friday 8th December.

If the cost of living crisis has you thinking twice about reaching for the thermostat this winter, many Mumsnetters rave about the best heated throw as a toasty yet cost-effective way to avoid soaring energy bills. Heating the person rather than the home, they often cost just pennies to run and can work out a lot cheaper than cranking up the central heating, particularly if you're the only one working from home.

The Dreamland Alaskan Husky was voted our top heated throw thanks to its luxurious looks, cosy warmth, energy efficiency and ease of use, but is it worth the £100 price tag, especially at a time when many people are tightening their belts? Emily, a mum to two teenagers (and a heat-loving dachshund!) put it to the test for an entire winter to find out. Read on for her full verdict.

Plus, for more winter buys reviewed by Mumsnetters, don't miss our guides to the best hot water bottles and warmest women's slippers.

What we like

  • Luxurious aesthetic

  • Super soft and cosy

  • Heats up quickly

  • Can be machine washed and tumble dried

  • Low running costs

  • Easy to use

  • Two-year guarantee

What we don't like

  • Softness of blanket decreases with regular washing

  • Some may prefer a more lightweight design

  • Pricey

Our verdict

Dreamland Hygge Days Luxury Faux Fur Warming Throw
  • Warmth: 5/5

  • Temperature settings: 5/5

  • Design: 5/5

  • Ease of use: 5/5

  • Ease of cleaning: 4/5

  • Value for money: 5/5

The Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw claims the title of our best overall heated throw, and with good reason. A beloved choice amongst Mumsnetters, this luxurious electric blanket was praised by our tester Emily for its style, softness, and quick heating capabilities. With six temperature settings and a built-in timer all operated via an easy-to-use controller, it's a convenient and safe choice too.

On the downside, although it's easy to clean, regular washing can affect the softness of the blanket over time, and it's also quite pricey at its full RRP. Despite this, the Dreamland offers great value for money, especially considering its low running costs (around 4p per hour) and a two-year guarantee for added peace of mind.

What is the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw?

The Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw (or the Dreamland Hygge Days Throw as it's sometimes dubbed) is a cosy blanket that is powered via the mains to provide a consistent (and very welcome!) boost of warmth on cold winter days.

It's become somewhat of a Mumsnetter favourite in the last few years, with many praising its comfort, aesthetic, and ability to help keep them warm at home when the heating is low or off.

Related: Insulate your home with the best draught excluder

How warm is the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw?

With six heat settings (marked on the controller from '1' to '6'), there's plenty of temperature range to choose between, though Emily tended to use the hottest setting. "I use it everyday to economise on heating as I really feel the cold!" she said, adding, "I love that I can actually find it too hot sometimes."

The patented Intelliheat feature is a big bonus too; it works to warm up the blanket quickly, in as little as five minutes. "It was really effective at heating up quickly and keeping me warm last winter when we had no heating on," she added.

How easy is the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw to use?

Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw Control Panel

The Dreamland throw is very easy to use and get to grips with. "It's so straightforward," Emily reported, adding, "Just click it on and toast away!"

Operated with an easy-to-use control panel, once it's plugged it at the mains, you can then toggle between the different temperature settings and set the timer to one, three or nine hours.

Related: The best heated gloves for cold winter days

Design and style: Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw

The Dreamland excels when it comes to style. Crafted from acrylic and polyester, it has a luxurious look and feel that can add a touch of elegance and cosiness even when the temperature controls are turned off. Emily commented that it's "aesthetically pleasing" and that the fabric is "lovely, soft and malleable".

In terms of size, it measures up at 160x120cm, which is plenty enough for one person to snuggle up under, though it may be a stretch for two adults. With this in mind, some Mumsnetters loved the blanket so much they bought multiples for other members of their house.

It's worth noting that it is quite thick and the faux-fur texture may not be for everyone – in which case, a more lightweight fleece blanket like the Mia&Coco Heated Throw may be more suitable, but it's all down to personal preference.

How easy is it to wash the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw?

This is the one area the Dreamland fell short in, scoring four out of a possible five. While cleaning the blanket is relatively easy as it can be popped in both the washing machine and tumble dryer, Emily found that the quality reduced over time. "The pile changed not for the better with each wash, but it still did the job. It’s not as fluffy and soft - it's more nylon-y with each wash, but my dog loves it so it has to be washed regularly," she said. 

Related: The cosiest thermal socks for winter

Price: does the Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw offer good value for money?

Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw

With the ongoing cost of living crisis and news that energy prices will jump up again in January 2024, getting value for money is now more important than ever, especially if you're investing in a product to save on your heating bills.
The Dreamland isn't cheap, but Emily argues it's worth it, saying, "I paid £120 and used it all winter, so it's definitely great value." The good news is that it's also pretty cheap to run, costing around 4p per hour of use according to the Sust-It Energy Calculator.

The two-year guarantee offers great peace of mind when it comes to longevity too, and it's something Emily benefitted from. Sharing her experience, she recounted, "The first one I had developed a fault, so I had to go back, and now I'm on my second one, so I'm hoping it doesn't happen again! I bought it through Lakeland, and the service was absolutely first class." So, if you do decide to take the plunge and buy it, make sure it's from a trusted retailer.

Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur Heated Throw

"It's amazing. We've had cheaper ones in the past and they're nowhere near as good. The whole family has one each."

cataline

Dreamland Alaskan Faux-Fur
Heated Throw

Buy now

How we tested

We first asked Mumsnet users the heated throws they recommend, recruiting our Voices Panel to give their feedback on everything from ease of use and cleaning, features, design, and how warm and cosy each blanket was.

Once we had collated these results, we consulted with our Mumsnet tester Emily to get her in-depth feedback on how she found the Dreamland Hygge Days Heated Throw after using it daily in cold weather. Through using unbiased Mumsnet users for reviews, we ensure we give you an honest account of how products fare after thorough use in a real family home.

Plus, for more Mumsnetter-approved winter buys, don't miss our guides to the best thermal curtains and cosiest kids' blanket hoodies.

About the author

Natasha Gregson is an Affiliate Content Editor at Mumsnet, with an expertise in home and lifestyle product reviews and round-ups. With several years of editorial experience under her belt, she also has had work featured in national publications including The i Paper and Stylist Magazine.

When she’s not busy reviewing the latest cosy winter buys like the best heated gilets or blanket hoodies for Mumsnet, you can find her searching for the next best restaurant, watching live music, curling up with a good book, cross-stitching, or enjoying a good hike or swim.

About Mumsnet Reviews

All Mumsnet product reviews are written by real people after extensive research and testing. We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust. Sometimes, we earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. However, we never allow this to influence our coverage.

Read next: The best hand warmers for keeping your mitts toasty