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Best electric blankets to keep you warm on chilly nights

Keep warm and cosy on chilly days and save money on your heating bills with one of the best electric blankets, as recommended by Mumsnet users.

By Gemma Lumley | Last updated Dec 29, 2023

Selection of the best electric blankets

With cold winter weather taking hold in the UK and news that energy costs will rise again in January, many of us are looking for smart ways to reduce heating bills this year without sacrificing on warmth. In the face of the ongoing cost of living crisis, investing in the best electric blanket is a great Mumsnetter-approved way to keep you toasty without cranking up the thermostat.

Electric blankets are energy efficient as they heat the person, not the home – along with other tricks like keeping your feet cosy with the best women's slippers and wrapping up in thermal layers. Some blankets cost from as little as 11p per eight hours to run, far less than putting on the central heating. And while many people like to pre-warm their bed with their favourite hot water bottle, this method will only heat up a limited patch, whereas the best electric blankets will offer heat across a larger area and stay consistently warm for as long as you want.

With several different types of electric blanket available, it can be tricky to work out which one is best for you. From cosy over blankets and warming under blankets to electric mattress toppers, we've compiled a list of the top electric blankets currently available to help you choose the right one.

How we tested the best electric blanket

  • First up, we scoured the Mumsnet cost of living forum to find the products our discerning Mumsnetters have tried and tested.

  • We then scrutinised authentic, verified reviews from consumers on retailer sites.

  • We researched expert opinions on the best electric blanket, focusing on the products vetted by consumer champions.

  • After that, we performed rigorous real-life testing on selected products on our shortlist.

Best electric blanket overall

Dreamland Dual Control Scandi Heated Sherpa Under Blanket

What we like
  • Three-year guarantee

  • Dual control

  • Lots of heat settings

  • Super cosy

What we don't like
  • Control is on one side only

Key specs

RRP: £115 for double | Type: Under blanket | Sizes available: Double; king size; super king | Dual control: Yes | Temperature settings: Six | Fabric: Polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 5p per hour

What Mumsnet users say
NannyR · Tried & Tested
I have a Dreamland electric blanket for my bed. It's lovely, it heats up quickly, it stays put on the bed and doesn't move about like cheaper ones that tie on. The padding means you don't notice the wires too much either.
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Our verdict

Dreamland is by far the best electric blanket brand according to Mumsnet users, with many raving about their best heated throw. For something more suitable for use as bedding, the Scandi Sherpa model also has excellent reviews across the board. The heat is distributed across the whole blanket for maximum warmth, and it has six temperature settings, so it is ideal for the UK’s changeable weather. The intelliheat+ technology can also adjust according to your body temperature, so there’s no risk of overheating.

We like the simplicity of the controls and the auto shut-off timer functionality that won’t let you cook as you sleep. It's cheap to run too and can be machine washed. The fabric is very soft, and there is plenty of padding around the heating wires so you shouldn't feel them.

Related: The best draught excluders to keep cold air out of your bedroom

Best budget electric blanket

Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket

What we like
  • Affordable

  • Simple controls

  • Machine washable and tumble-dryer safe

  • Warm and cosy

What we don't like
  • Not dual control

  • Fewer temperature settings than other options

Key specs

RRP: £29 for double | Type: Under blanket | Sizes available: Single, double and king size | Dual control: No, single control | Temperature settings: Three | Fabric: Polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: 10p for eight hours of use - based on having the double blanket on setting 2

What Mumsnet users say
arebee · Recommended
I have one for under the sheet and it's GLORIOUS. It's a Silentnight one. My absolute favourite thing about the colder months. Get one!
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Our verdict

The Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket is a fuss-free option at a great price. When we tried it out, we were particularly impressed with the warmth and cosiness it provided. It has three heat settings, which is fewer than some other more expensive options, but we thought it offered fantastic value for money.

It's also one of the cheapest to run on our list, and it will heat your bed in 10 minutes so it's nice and snug ready for you to get tucked up. Best of all, it was super easy to use - after all, no-one wants to be fiddling around with complicated control panels late at night. The downside? It doesn't have dual-control settings, but that's to be expected at this price point.

Read our full Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket review

Best dual-control electric blanket

Silentnight Dual Control Electric Blanket

What we like
  • Three-year guarantee

  • Works with smart plugs for voice control

  • Dual control

What we don't like
  • Some reviewers found it moved and needed re-adjusting occasionally

  • Other blankets have more heat settings

Key specs

RRP: £44 for double | Type: Under blanket | Sizes available: Double, king size, super king size | Dual control: Yes | Temperature settings: Three | Fabric: Polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: 10p for eight hours on setting 2 - based on the double size

What Mumsnet users say
BalladOfBarryAndFreda · Tried & Tested
It is marvellous. We have a dual-zoned Silentnight one so my husband and I can each have our side independently on, off or on different settings. It wasn’t expensive.
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Our verdict

This Silentnight Electric Blanket is one of the best value dual-control blankets we found. The user-friendly controls allow you both to have your ideal level of warmth on your side of the bed. For most, a quick 20-minute blast before bed is enough for a long, cosy night of sleep, and that would cost just a couple of pennies.

The fabric is soft and thick enough so you won’t feel the heating wires, and the elasticated straps make it easy to attach to the bed, although some reviewers found it needed occasional adjustment. Like the brand's more basic Comfort Control model, it also has three heat settings. Pricier models will have more settings if you'd like more control over temperature, but we think there's a good range here for the cost.

Overall, this simple-to-use dual control blanket is fantastic for couples who need different levels of heat. However, if you're both dreading rolling out of bed in the morning and facing frosty temperatures, we'd recommend having the best women's dressing gown (or a men's dressing gown for your DH) in easy reach to continue the cosiness first thing.

Best faux-fur heated throw
What we like
  • Soft, fluffy fabric

  • Machine washable

  • Heats up quickly

  • Luxurious design

What we don't like
  • More expensive than some other options

  • May lose softness over time

Key specs

RRP: £99 | Type: Heated throw | Sizes available: 160 x 120cm | Dual control: No | Temperature settings: Six | Fabric: Faux fur acrylic, micromink polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 5p per hour

What Mumsnet users say
cataline · Recommended
I have the Dreamland faux-fur one and it's amazing. We've had cheaper ones in the past and they're nowhere near as good.
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Our verdict

Technically the Dreamland Alaskan Husky falls into the category of heated throw rather than electric blanket, but we think it's well worth a mention on our list as it's perfect if you're looking for an option to snuggle under while working from home or sitting on the sofa.

During testing, we found this blanket was gloriously soft and cosy and loved its luxurious aesthetic. It's also easy to care for as it can be popped in the washing machine, though our tester reported that extensive washing diminished the softness of the blanket over time. We liked the fast heat-up time and how easy it was to operate with the controller, and the auto shut-off feature gave added peace of mind too.

The downsides? The initial outlay is expensive (though you might save on heating in the long-run), and you may find it difficult to part with when you have to actually leave the house. Luckily, our guides to the best winter coat for women and warmest heated gilets can help you out there.

Read our full Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw review

Best luxury electric throw
What we like
  • Luxurious and stylish

  • Super comfy

  • Machine washable

  • Intelliheat+ functionality checks electrics when turned on

What we don't like
  • Costly

Key specs

RRP: £75 | Type: Heated throw | Sizes available: 160 x 120cm | Dual control: No | Temperature settings: Six | Fabric: 100% polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 5p per hour

Our verdict

When we tested the Dreamland Deluxe Herringbone Throw, we found it was a stylish and efficient solution for staying warm (particularly when working from home). Made of ultra-soft polyester with a plush velvet-like texture, the blanket has six heat settings for temperature control. We loved its herringbone design - it comes in a range of rich colours, and it would look fab as a decorative throw all year round.

Although it's pricey, we think blanket offers good value for money as it can be used all day, every day, for a relatively cheap running cost. Our tester rated the Dreamland Deluxe Heated Throw five stars, praising its warmth distribution, energy efficiency, and ease of use. What's not to love?

Read our full Dreamland Heated Throw review

Best electric mattress topper

Dreamland Organic Cotton Dual Control Heated Electric Mattress Protector

What we like
  • Stays securely in place

  • Machine washable and suitable for tumble drying

  • Comfy 100% organic cotton upper fabric

What we don't like
  • Expensive

Key specs

RRP: From £125 | Type: Mattress protector/topper | Sizes available: Single; double; king size; super king | Dual control: Yes, excluding single | Temperature settings: Six | Fabric: 100% organic cotton, inner: 100% polyester fibre filling, underside: 100% polyester | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 5p per hour

What Mumsnet users say
middleeager · Tried & Tested
I have a Dreamland heated electric mattress topper, having previously had an electric under blanket and over blanket. The current one is my favourite, as I can't feel the wires - heats up a treat.
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Our verdict

The Dreamland Mattress Topper is made from cloud-soft, 100% organic cotton that is great for sensitive skin and people who prefer eco-friendly natural materials. We love the fitted sheet shape that is easy to position and will stay in place as long as you need.

It has six heat settings, dual controls – so it’s perfect for couples who run at different temperatures – and a sophisticated system that automatically adjusts the temperature if it detects you are too hot.

This fantastic mattress cover is one of the more expensive options on our list, but if you’re going to get lots of all-night use out of it, we think the luxurious features make it worth the extra spend. Pair it with the best thermals for women and you may not need to put the heating on at all.

Related: The best thermal curtains to insulate your home

Best multi-zone electric blanket

Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi Zone Double Electric Blanket

What we like
  • Keeps your feet and your body warm

  • Removable soft fleece cover that can be machine washed separately

  • Nine heat settings

What we don't like
  • Pricey

Key specs

RRP: £77 for double | Type: Under blanket | Sizes available: Single, double, king, super king | Dual control: Yes, excluding single | Temperature settings: Nine | Fabric: Quilted fleece | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 2p per hour

Our verdict

If you suffer from cold feet, the Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm Multi Zone Double Electric Blanket is the ideal solution to help you get a good night's sleep. There's an extra setting to keep your feet toasty, and the generous fit and distribution of the heating wires mean that they will cover more of your bed than most comparable blankets.

It is crafted from soft and snuggly machine-washable fabric that can also be tumble dried. We're impressed with the number of heat settings too - most blankets only have three or six, but the Slumberdown boasts nine. However, it is an expensive option, something to keep in mind if you're trying to watch the pennies, but it's fairly cheap to run.

Related: The safest kids' hot water bottles according to parents

Best electric blanket you can wear

Lakeland Electric Heated Poncho

What we like
  • Leaves your hands free for tasks

  • Cosy material

  • Can also be used as a throw too

  • Three-year guarantee

What we don't like
  • Can't walk around in it (needs to be plugged in)

  • Not suitable for those with a pacemaker

Key specs

RRP: £90 | Type: Heated poncho | Sizes available: 160 x 130cm | Dual control: No | Temperature settings: Nine | Fabric: Flannel fleece | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: From 4p per hour

What Mumsnet users say
applesandpears33 · Tried & Tested
I bought a heated poncho last year from Lakeland. It is like a heated blanket but has poppers that go up the front to keep it together. It gets hot throughout and makes working in my freezing cold study absolutely fine.
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Our verdict

If you want an electric over blanket to keep you cosy but need your hands free for typing away when working from home, the Lakeland Electric Poncho is an excellent choice for winter. Merging the warmth of a heated throw with the fit of a blanket hoodie, we found the poncho was super soft and cosy to wear. We sometimes even used it as a throw during testing, so it offers versatility if you don't want to wear it on a Zoom call.

It can be popped in the washing machine for easy maintenance, and we were delighted that it retained its softness post-wash. The only gripe we had was that it does still need to be plugged in when in use (though the wire is long), so you can't roam around the house in it like you could a standard blanket hoodie. It's also quite pricey too, though it helped us keep the central heating off, so you may feel it's worth the expense in the long run. All in all, we think it's a work-from-home godsend.

Read our full Lakeland Electric Heated Poncho review

Best electric over blanket

Beurer HD75UK King Size Electric Throw Blanket

What we like
  • Cosy fabric

  • Machine washable

  • Auto shut-off and timer settings

What we don't like
  • Heavy

Key specs

RRP: From £56 | Type: Over blanket | Sizes available: 200 x 150cm; 180 x 130cm  | Dual control: No | Temperature settings: Six | Fabric: Faux fur and fleece | Auto shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes | Running cost: Around 3p per hour

Our verdict

The Beurer Electric Throw Blanket is designed to go over your body when you’re in bed or snuggling up on the sofa and want something with a little more warming power than your blanket hoodie. The high-quality faux fur and fleece fabric means it feels heavy, but this is a quality many find soothing.

This warm electric blanket heats up quickly and has six different temperature settings, so it’s suitable for winter or even chilly spring days. The auto shut-off and timer settings also provide reassurance that you or it won’t overheat. We love the cosiness this over blanket provides, and it’s a cost-saving option for those determined to keep the heating off.

Related: The cosiest kids' blanket hoodie according to parents

Which is the best type of electric blanket?

The best style for you will depend on what you want to use the blanket for. If you need cosiness overnight only, an under blanket is best. But if you’re looking to keep warm during the day too, a heated throw is a more versatile option. If you have a memory foam mattress, the best electric blanket will be a heated over blanket or throw, as they won’t interfere with how the foam shapes to your body.

  • Under blanket: A flat blanket that fits under your bed sheets and warms your bed up from below for an extra layer of comfort.

  • Heated mattress protector: Similar to an under blanket, but designed like a fitted sheet for a more secure fit.

  • Heated throw: Looks and works like a throw and can be plugged in and used in any room, including the living room.

  • Over blanket: Similar to a heated throw, an over blanket is designed to be a layer between you and your duvet.

How to use an electric blanket

Electric blankets emit heat via coil wires that provide a steady source of warmth when plugged into an electrical outlet. Each electric blanket has a controller, a built-in timer, and a temperature control gauge. That means it will only go as warm as you want it to. The timer means the heat will be cut off after a specified time of your choice, so you don't need to worry if you fall asleep while snuggled up on top of it.

Are electric blankets safe to use?

Yes, although earlier versions of electric blankets were sometimes a fire hazard, modern electric blankets typically have safety features like overheat protection and auto-off timers that track the surface temperature of the blanket and will switch it off if it gets dangerously hot. However, most electric under blankets aren’t suitable for a memory foam mattress as the direct heat interferes with how the foam moulds to your body. The safest electric blankets will have a UK safety standard mark, so for peace of mind, only buy those.

How much does it cost to run an electric blanket?

Electric blankets are a much cheaper option than having your central heating on at night. However, there is a big difference between keeping a throw blanket on a high setting all day and a pre-sleep bed blast on the lowest setting.

Wattage indicates how much an electric blanket will cost to run. Remember, the lower the heat setting, the more money you will save. This energy cost calculator is a quick way to discover how much money keeping toasty warm at home will cost – just input the watts of your electric blanket and the duration of use for an estimate.

How to wash your electric blanket

All the electric blankets on our list are machine washable; some are tumble dryer-proof too. The vast majority of the best electric blankets on the market are suitable for a machine wash, but you must unplug the fabric from the power cable and control first. Also, make sure the blanket is dry before plugging it back in.

About the author

Gemma Lumley is a Freelance Content Writer for Mumsnet with a focus on home and lifestyle product round-ups and reviews. 

With many years of experience as a content and copywriter for her family business Urban Media Publishing, Gemma has written articles and blogs on travel, the outdoor industry, parenting and finance. 

As someone interested in creating a beautiful and comfortable home for her family while saving money where possible, Gemma was determined to provide honest and independent advice on the best electric blanket to keep your family warm for mere pennies this winter.

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