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Best heated throw blankets to keep you warm and cosy this winter

Hunker down and snuggle up with our pick of the warmest, fluffiest and cosiest heated throw blankets around. 

By Claire Stapleton | Last updated Nov 12, 2021

Woman on the sofa with a heated throw blanket

Heated throw blankets are a hot topic on the Mumsnet forums right now. These snuggly spreads are much loved, with Mumsnetters gushing about their extra special throws. But why all the hype? And what's the best heated throw to buy right now?

KeyboardWorriers says that her heated throw blanket is "literally the best thing in the world." And, she continues, "the best money I have ever spent". "It has changed my life" claims B0okWormMcBookFace, who describes her throw as "absolutely amazing".

With praise like that, it's little wonder that these cosy throws are being tipped as a great Christmas gift idea, especially for relatives that are hard to buy for. After all, who wouldn't appreciate a bit of extra warmth and comfort this winter?

There is, of course, another reason why everybody is talking about heated throw blankets. Gas prices have surged dramatically recently and energy providers are going bust at an alarming rate. With bills set to rise, people are looking for ways to keep warm while keeping the heating off and these throw blankets are being touted by Mumsnetters as a potential solution.  

Here are the best heated throw blankets to buy in 2021.

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1. Best overall heated throw blanket: Relaxwell by Dreamland Luxury Velvety Heated Throw

Relaxwell heated blanket

Price: £53 | Buy now from Amazon

"The Dreamland heated fur throw is 120x160cm, so the size of a single duvet and it's fabulous. Mine is going into its second winter and is in the top five favourite things I have ever bought" StroppyTop

"The Relaxwell by Dreamland Luxury Velvety Heated Throw is brilliant" - Grimbelina

There's a lot of love for this Dreamland heated throw blanket on the Mumsnet forums. The fact that it takes just five minutes to heat up, understandably appeals to Mumsnetters.

You're getting a lot of bang for your buck with this throw. Not only is it machine washable and suitable for the tumble dryer, but it has a sensor that monitors the temperature and adjusts accordingly. 

This heated throw blanket is available in four different colours, so you're bound to find a shade that suits your sofa. You don't need to worry if you drift off to sleep under it either as it has a timer with an auto-shut off feature and it's suitable for all-night use. 

Key specs

  • Size: 120 x 160cm
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Colours: Grey, teal, black, pink

2. Best best budget heated throw blanket: Bauer Professional Luxury Deluxe Soft Touch Heated Throw

Bauer heated blanket

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon

It's rare to find a heated throw blanket that comes in at under £40, so the Bauer Professional Luxury Deluxe Soft Touch Heated Throw is a real bargain. It's soft, comfortable and there are four colours to choose between. It's suitable to throw in the washing machine too. 

Key specs

  • Size: 120 x 160cm
  • Cable length: Not stated
  • Colours: Brown, cream, pink, grey

3. Best machine washable heated throw: Bedsure Electric Heated Throw Blanket 

Bedsure electric blanket

Price: £57 | Buy now from Amazon

You can wash this heated throw blanket on a gentle cycle in the washing machine (as long as you remember to remove the plug and controller beforehand). And this blanket comes with an added feature of convenience; it's suitable for the tumble dryer too (on a low heat).

The blanket itself has six temperature settings, is fast heating and it has a programmable timer that will keep the throw warm for up to 12 hours.

Key specs

  • Size: 130 x 160cm
  • Cable length: 2.3m
  • Colours: Dark grey, grey

4. Best fluffy heated throw: Dreamcatcher Deluxe Luxurious Faux Fur Electric Heated Throw

Dreamcatcher heated blanket

Price: £80 | Buy now from Amazon

The Dreamcatcher Deluxe Luxurious Faux Fur Electric Heated Throw might be a little bit pricier than its counterparts, but it's also a little bit bigger. It's actually double-bed sized. 

It's soft and fluffy and comes with a two-year product guarantee to give you peace of mind.  

Key specs

  • Size: 130 x 160cm
  • Cable length: 1.5m
  • Colours: Ash grey

5. Best faux fur heated throw: Cosi Home Luxury Faux Fur Heated Throw

Cosi heated blanket

Price: £60 | Buy now from Amazon

"I got the heated throw from the Cosi Home range, it's amazing, I love it" - BirdyBee

This super soft faux fur and flannel throw is a hit with Mumsnetters. It has nine heat settings to choose between, it comes in two different colours and it has a detachable remote control with a built-in nine-hour timer. It comes in pink and grey, so one of those neutral shades is bound to complement your living room decor.  

Key specs

  • Size: 130 x 160cm
  • Cable length: Not stated
  • Colours: Pink and grey

6. Best sherpa heated throw: Mia & Coco Electric Heated Blanket Throw

Mia Coco heated blanket

Price: £44 | Buy now from Amazon

"I have a Mia & Coco heated throw. It is lovely and fluffy" -  Wilma55

"It has lasted really well" - Member212711

If you're looking for a heated throw that's particularly soft and comfortable, then this one could be a winner. It's made with flannel and sherpa, which means that it's warm even when it's switched off. There are a whopping 10 temperature levels to choose from, ranging between 25°C and 53°C, so you'll be able to find something that feels just right.

Key specs

  • Size: 120 x 160cm
  • Cable length: Not stated
  • Colours: Grey only

7. Best luxury heated throw: Large Luxury Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Cosy Electric Heated Throw

Alaskan husky heated blanket

Price: £119 | Buy now from Amazon

This throw has the wow factor and it would look good in most living rooms. It heats up quickly, taking just five minutes to get toasty and it's warm to touch even when it's not plugged in. Yes, it's more expensive than the others, but this roomy throw won't just keep you warm, it will add a luxury touch to your lounge. 

Key specs

  • Size: 120 x 160cm
  • Cable length: 3.2m
  • Colours: Alaskan Huskey

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How do heated throw blankets work?

Heated throw blankets emit heat via coil wires that provide a steady source of warmth when plugged in to an electrical outlet. Each heated throw blanket comes with a controller which has a built-in timer and a temperature control gauge. That means it will only go as warm as you want it to. The heat will always cut off after a specified time as well, so you don't need to worry if you fall asleep while snuggled up in it. 

What's the difference between a heated throw and an electric blanket?

There's often some confusion between heated throws and heated blankets. Whilst electric blankets are predominantly used as bedding, heated throws are used in other parts of the home. 

Your heated throw blanket can also be used for decorative as well as practical purposes so it's worth choosing one that matches your style. Your throw is ideal to snuggle up in while you watch TV, read a book, or work from home.

Can heated throw blankets be washed?

The majority of heated throw blankets can be washed, which is a relief considering it'll probably become your go-to item if you catch a cold this winter. 

Make sure you follow the instructions and remove the control panel before you put it in the drum though. It's also worth noting that only certain models can be put into the tumble dryer (this is something to check before making your purchase).  

Are heated throws safe for kids?

If you're worrying about your children staying well this winter, then it's understandable that you might be considering allowing them to get under your heated throw. These blankets are perfectly safe for children to use, but they're not recommended for under 5's. 

What is the best heated throw to buy in the UK?

There's a variety of different throws to buy in the UK but we've picked the Relaxwell by Dreamland Luxury Velvety Heated Throw as our overall winner. It's affordable, heats up quickly, is suitable to pop in the tumble dryer and there are four different colours to choose from. This model gets a lot of love on our forums too.

How we chose our recommendations 

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for recommendations from our users on the heated throw blankets they rate most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.

We consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media and made sure we included brands that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.

We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted heated throw blankets to check that previous customers were satisfied with their purchases.

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of products that we think offer something for everybody.

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