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Best heated throw: energy-efficient blankets tried and tested

Hunker down and snuggle up with our pick of the warmest, fluffiest and cosiest heated throw blankets. Invest in one of these best electric throws, and you’ll be able to turn your heating down, or even off, and stop your energy bills spiralling.

By Gemma Lumley | Last updated Dec 8, 2023

Selection of the best heated throws

The best heated throw blanket is always a hot topic on the Mumsnet forums when cold weather comes around. These snuggly spreads are much loved as they could be the key to keeping warm this winter while saving money on your heating bill. They're a little similar to the best electric blankets, but while those are predominantly used as bedding, heated throws are more decorative and you can cosy up under them on the sofa.

Last year, energy prices surged dramatically, and with the cost of living crisis, everyone’s bills went through the roof. With winter just around the corner again, many people are looking for ways to stay warm while keeping the heating off, and Mumsnet users swear by the best heated throws as a potential solution. Along with other ideas like using the best hot water bottle and wearing the cosiest women's slippers, these electric throws focus on heating the person and not the room to stave off the cold. And while they can be pricey initially, some throws cost from as little as 1p a night to run.

How we tested the best heated throw

We've been on a hunt to find the best heated throw for every type of home. Our first stop was the Mumsnet forums – the largest network of parents in the UK – where we gathered tried-and-tested recommendations from our trusted users to find the throws they love. After that, we cross-referenced our analysis with extensive research into expert opinions and authentic consumer reviews to ensure our round-up only features the very best.

We then conducted our own rigorous testing on selected products on our shortlist, focusing on these key areas:

  • Fabric quality and cosiness

  • Temperature controls

  • How they washed

  • Value for money

Best heated throw UK: at a glance

Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Throw
Best heated throw overall

Dreamland Alaskan
Husky Faux Fur Throw

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Lakeland Grey Electric Heated Poncho
Best wearable heated throw

Lakeland Electric
Heated Poncho

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Silentnight Heated Luxury Throw
Best budget heated throw

Silentnight Luxury
Heated Throw

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Best heated throw blanket overall

What we like
  • Soft, fluffy fabric

  • Cheap to run

  • Machine washable

  • Intelliheat+ functionality checks electrics when turned on

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

  • Loses softness if washed a lot

Key specs

Price on writing: £99 | Size: 120 x 160cm | Temperature settings: Six | Timers: One or nine-hour auto-shut off | Fabric: Acrylic, polyester | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
AchillesLastStand · Tried & Tested
I’d recommend the Dreamland heated throws. I have a thick faux fur one and a thinner one that’s like a blanket. The fur one is by far the best. I use it when I watch tv and I don’t need the heating on at all. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I’ve had mine for over four years.
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Our verdict

After thorough testing, the Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Blanket has been awarded our best heated throw title thanks to its gloriously soft and luxurious fabric, machine washability, fast heat-up time and ease with which you can control the comforting heat. It’s also fairly cheap to run – we estimated that after the October 2022 energy price rise, it should cost from around 5p per hour of use.

The Dreamland offers peace of mind too. It can be set to switch off after one or nine hours, plus the Intelliheat+ functionality runs a complete check of the electrics every time you switch your throw on. No wonder our Mumsnet tester loved the blanket so much after a year of daily use – the only gripe was that it lost some softness over time with extensive washing.

Plus, we have an exclusive Mumsnetter discount on this throw at Boots - use the code AFF10DREAM at the checkout to nab it for just £90, saving you £40 on the RRP!

Read our full Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw review


Best budget heated throw

Silentnight Luxury Heated Throw

What we like
  • Good value

  • Easy to wash

  • Auto shut-off function

What we don't like
  • Not as durable as some other throws

Key specs

Price on writing: £45 | Size: 120cm x 160cm | Temperature settings: Nine | Timers: Auto shut-off after two hours | Fabric: Polyester | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
Tacsi · Recommended
I bought a Silentnight heated throw the other day... Nothing to compare it to as it's the first one I've ever bought, but I love it. Lovely and warm and snug.
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Our verdict

It's rare to find a good heated throw blanket priced under £50, so the Silentnight is a real bargain, and it comes recommended by Mumsnetters as well. It's soft, comfortable and is suitable to throw in the washing machine when it's looking a little worse for wear. We're impressed at the level of flexibility it offers too – there's nine different heat settings so you can choose a slow warm up or go straight to maximum heat.

There's also a heat safe function for added peace of mind, making it a great option for the whole family to snuggle under. Our only gripe is that it's not as long-lasting as some other options, but as the famous adage goes, you get what you pay for. That said, it's a good choice if you're watching the pennies this year. Combine with one of the best blanket hoodies for an extra-toasty night in as the temperatures plummet outside.

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Best wearable heated throw

Lakeland Grey Electric Heated Poncho

What we like
  • Hands-free option

  • Super cosy and warm

  • Fastenings ensure it stays in place

What we don't like
  • Not suitable for people with pacemakers

  • Expensive at full price

Key specs

Price on writing: £90 | Size: 130 x 160cm | Temperature settings: Nine | Timers: Not specified | Fabric: Flannel fleece | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
Ilovetocrochet · Tried & Tested
"I’ve got the Lakeland poncho which is so thick and fluffy that I cannot even feel the wires! I chose it over a throw as I like to have my arms free to crochet."
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Our verdict

A perfect option for those who need a bit of extra heat while still having full use of their arms and hands, this cleverly designed Lakeland Heated Poncho fills a gap in the market between a humble heated throw and a blanket hoodie. With detachable controls for ease of use (and peace of mind if you're handling a steaming mug of tea), this poncho is one of the most practical options on our list – although you do need it plugged in to keep the heating elements warm.

We found it was ideal for working from home too – you get all the warming qualities of the best heated gilet without feeling like you're wearing an outdoor coat. It's also super soft and comfortable to wear, and it can even be popped in the washing machine for a spruce up. The main drawback is the cost, at £90 it's certainly an investment buy, but it did help us keep the central heating off when we wore it.

Read our full Lakeland Electric Heated Poncho review


Best luxury heated throw

What we like
  • Luxurious velvet-feel fabric

  • Cheap to run

  • Machine washable

  • Intelliheat+ functionality checks electrics when turned on

What we don't like
  • Not as fluffy as other options

  • Pricey

Key specs

Price on writing: £75 | Size: 120 x 160cm | Temperature settings: Six | Timers: One, three or nine hour auto-shut off | Fabric: Polyester | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
middleager · Recommended
I have the Dreamland throw on now, I love it. I have a Dreamland heated electric mattress topper having previously had an electric underblanket and overblanket. The current one is my favourite, as can't feel the wires - heats up a treat.
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Our verdict

The Dreamland Deluxe Velvet Herringbone Heated Throw is our best luxury pick due to its gloriously soft fabric, machine washability, fast heat-up time and ease with which you can control the comforting heat. During testing, we found the blanket super cosy and warm – in fact, the higher settings were sometimes a little too hot!

The Dreamland offers peace of mind too. It can be set to switch off after one, three or nine hours, plus the Intelliheat+ functionality runs a complete check of the electrics every time you switch your throw on. We also loved the stylish herringbone design and the choice of rich colourways - very classy indeed.

Read our full Dreamland heated throw review


Best lightweight heated throw

Mia & Coco Electric Heated Blanket Throw

What we like
  • Ideal for those who want something lightweight

  • Good selection of bright colours

  • Lots of heat settings to find the right fit for you

  • Affordable

What we don't like
  • You may prefer a thicker option for extra cosiness

Key specs

Price on writing: £45 | Size: 120 x 160cm | Temperature settings: 10 | Timers: Nine settings | Fabric: Flannel and sherpa fleece | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
Suzi888 · Tried & Tested
"I bought Mia & Coco, sherpa/flannel from Amazon for £59. It’s huge. It’s lovely even when it isn’t on. It costs about 5p an hour on the rate we are on at the moment. Best thing I’ve ever bought, I have it on when I work from home. DD loves it. Cheap and really hot, worth every penny."
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Our verdict

The Mia & Coco Electric Heated Throw is perfect for people who prefer a lightweight blanket with a smooth texture; faux fur and velvet aren’t for everyone. It’s crafted from soft flannel with a cosy sherpa fleece lining. You can choose to have either side against your skin, and our testers found that it’s lovely and warm even when switched off – you won't need to bundle up in the best thermals for women when you're wrapped up in this.

The affordable price tag is particularly impressive considering it has a whopping 10 heat settings between 25°C and 53°C for individualised comfort, and it’s a generous size for one person. This fantastic throw also has nine timer settings, so it will switch off exactly when you need it to, saving energy and keeping you safe. If you have sticky-handed toddlers or pets that will enjoy cuddling up under this throw, that’s OK, as it is machine washable. 

Read our full Mia&Coco Heated Throw review


Best fleece heated throw

What we like
  • Feels soft and luxurious to touch

  • Large size

  • Fairly cheap to run – costs around 5p per hour according to manufacturer

  • Three-year guarantee

What we don't like
  • Checked pattern may not suit all decor

  • Expensive

Key specs

Price on writing: £110 | Size: 180 x 135cm | Temperature settings: Six | Timers: One to nine hour auto shut-off  | Fabric: Velvet and fleece | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
RealDeeBliss · Tried & Tested
Bought a Dreamland one from Lakeland after people recommended them on here. I love it, currently have it on me now as I work from home.
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Our verdict

With with a soft, cream-coloured fleece lining on one side and a soft-to-the-touch tactile outer side, heated throws don't come much cosier than the Dreamland Velvety edition. Tried and tested by many a chilly Mumsnetter, Dreamland have proven themselves consistent frontrunners when it comes to reliable, long-lasting heated throw blankets.

Easy to use and costing from as little as 5p for an hour's use, this super-soft heated throw has six heat settings and also comes with an auto shut-off feature for extra peace of mind. You also get a nifty storage bag to keep it in pristine condition over warmer months. It doesn't come in other patterns or colours unfortunately, but we do love the checked design.

Invest in one of these along with other heat-preserving options like the best draught excluder and thermal curtains and your thermostat will soon start gathering dust!


Best heated throw for temperature settings

Cosi Home Luxury Heated Throw

What we like
  • 10 heat settings

  • Good value

  • Cosy fleece fabric

What we don't like
  • Not as long-lasting as other options

  • Not as luxurious as faux fur

  • Works better when laid flat

Key specs

Price on writing: £60 | Size: 160 x 130cm | Temperature settings: 10 | Timers: Up to 10 hours with auto shut-off | Fabric: Fleece | Machine washable: Yes

What Mumsnet users say
Afterfire · Recommended
I have this one. It’s wonderful! So cheap to run and you don’t really notice the wires as they are bendy. The one thing I will say is that if you wrap yourself up in them, they don’t work as well - you need to lay them out flat so the wires are as flat as possible then the heat distributes well. It’s so lovely. My favourite thing!
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Our verdict

The Cosi Home Heated Throw is a super-soft blanket that’s a real hit with Mumsnet users. It has an impressive 10 temperature levels, so you can use the high settings and switch your heating off completely or set it low, so you only pay from 3p per hour for a little extra warmth on really chilly nights.

It has an easy-to-use remote control with a built-in 10-hour timer for peace of mind. We like that it's easy to take care of too – it's machine washable and is swift to dry so it will be back on top of your duvet or sofa in hours. Users report it works better when laid flat rather than wrapped around you, however, as the heat is distributed more evenly.

Related: Discover the best heated gloves for frosty weather

How do heated throw blankets work?

Heated throw blankets emit heat via coil wires that provide a steady source of warmth when plugged into an electrical outlet. Each heated throw 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 should cut off after a specified time of your choice, so you don't need to worry if you fall asleep while snuggled up in it.

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How much does it cost to run a heated throw?

This depends on how long you use it for and which setting you opt for. As a general rule, you can expect running a heated throw to cost somewhere between 4p and 8p an hour.

The best way to check is using the Sust-It Energy Calculator. Simply add in the watts of the throw and the time you will use it for, and it will give you an estimate running cost.

What to consider when choosing the best heated throw

  • Temperature settings: Look for adjustable heat settings so you can get the most out of your blanket – some options have as many as 10 different settings! Bear in mind that it does often cost more to run a blanket on the higher settings, so it's a good idea to opt for one with good range.

  • Size and coverage: Make sure the throw is large enough to cover you comfortably. If you want one you can snuggle up under with your other half or kids, make sure you go for a large size so there's space for everyone.

  • Safety features: Look for blankets with an automatic shut-off feature. It's a must-have in case you accidentally drift off while it's on, and you can usually choose between different time settings up to nine hours. Overheat protection is also a good safety feature to have too.

  • Fabric: The fabric should be soft and snuggly, something you'd love to wrap up in for hours. This will depend on personal taste; while some will love a thick faux fur option, others will prefer a lightweight fleece.

  • Cost: Heated throws can work out quite pricey, but they can be cost-effective long-term as they're often cheaper to run than turning on the central heating.

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.

A heated throw should be decorative and practical, whereas an electric blanket has a distinctly utilitarian look. Heated throws are also more versatile, as they can be used wherever they are within reach of a power socket.

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 under supervision, but they're not recommended for under fives. They're also not safe for children to sleep with, as they should always be supervised when using a heated throw.

How we chose the best heated throw

We spent an extensive amount of time sifting through Mumsnet's forums for our users' recommendations on the best heated throws they rate. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.

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

After that, we looked at reviews for our longlisted heated throw blankets to check if those 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.

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 heated throw that will keep your family warm for mere pennies this winter.

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