As the cold weather starts to bite, thoughts turn to when we’re going to crack and put the heating on for the first time. But as annual energy bills for the average UK home are set to be around £1,923 between October and December this year, thinking of ways to stay warm without turning the thermostat on are welcome.
The traditional electric blanket – those which lie on your bed, warming it up – might evoke images of your Nanna in her nightgown, but actually, they’re a very savvy choice that have been brought bang up to date and cost as little as 1p to run.
All electric blankets and throws should come with an auto shut-off feature. This stops the blanket from getting dangerously hot. Most are on a timer, but some sense when they’re getting close to overheating and cut out at that point.
You often also have the option of setting how long you have it on before it shuts off. If you share a bed with someone who doesn’t like to sleep at the same temperature as you, go for dual controls so you can make sure your side of the bed is perfect for you.
As well as those traditional electric blankets, there are electric throws. These plug into the mains more often than not (although there are some battery-operated ones) and warm you up as you lie under them. Electric throws are often fleecy, and always soft and cosy. They’re perfect for snuggling up on the sofa under, or having across your lap during the day whether you’re working or relaxing.
How we tested
Cosiness was the name of the game with all the blankets we tested. We wanted throws to be soft and snuggly, and the underblankets to be comfortable. Any blankets where the wires were too bulky or the fabric too itchy were discounted from this round-up.
Ease of use and durability were also important, as was easy care – could we machine wash them if spillages occurred? We also considered price, both in terms of purchasing, as well as how much they cost to run. This round-up proves proves that you don’t need to always splurge to get a great product. Here are the ones that left us with a warm glow.
The best electric blankets in 2023 are:
- Best electric blanket overall – Slumberdown elegantly warm luxury heated throw: £70, Amazon.co.uk
- Best budget buy – Silentnight comfort control electric blanket: £39.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best faux-fur throw – Dreamland hygge days luxury warming throw: £99.99, Dreamlanduk.co.uk
- Best for customisable heat settings – Lakeland sherpa heated throw: £53.99, Lakeland.co.uk