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It’s always cold somewhere. And where there’s cold, you will need warmth. Some people live in the Arctic Circle, while some live in Florida but are perpetually cold anyway.
That’s why we have blankets, but for some, they aren’t enough. If you’re feeling that deep-down cold, a heated electric blanket can make you feel comfy and cozy at all times. The problem is finding the right one, but that’s where Reviewed comes in. We tested six different kinds to find the best heated blankets you can buy in 2019.
So if you’re shivering while reading this, look no further for your saving grace.
1. The best heated blanket of 2019: The L.L. Bean heated blanket
If you want a high-quality electric blanket to keep you warm all winter long, your best option is to invest in the L.L. Bean heated blanket. While more expensive than other products, this blanket blew the competition away in each of our tests.
This heated blanket is actually made by Berkshire Blanket and branded by L.L. Bean. It’s made from two delightfully soft layers of velvety polyester fabric with an insulating layer in between—this was the only blanket we tested that used multiple layers of fabric, and it was definitely the best constructed as well. The wires woven throughout the blanket are thin, and you can barely feel them when you’re cozied up underneath it. Overall, this blanket was by far the warmest and heaviest of the lot—even without turning it on.
The L.L. Bean Heated Blanket also has every feature you could ask for from an electric blanket. As is standard, the blanket has an automatic 9-hour shut off, and the full/queen and king sizes come with dual zones, so you and your partner can customize the heat on your side of the bed. There are only five heat settings on this blanket—most other options have 10—but we found them to be ideal, no matter whether you wanted the blanket slightly warm or really toasty.
The controllers are a little confusing on first glance, but they’re easy enough to understand if you take a few minutes to read the instructions. There’s a preheat option that will warm up the bed for 45 minutes before dropping the heat to setting 5, and you can also play around with the timer feature if you want the blanket to turn off after a few hours. Finally, the blanket features Berkshire’s patented Intellisense technology, which is supposed to prevent hot spots, and we did find this blanket heated quite evenly.
To make this blanket even better, it can be cleaned in the washing machine and dryer. Overall, this heated blanket is well worth its price for superior comfort, performance, quality, and versatility.
2. The best value heated blanket of 2019: The Biddeford Blankets microplush with sherpa electric blanket
If you don’t plan on using your electric blanket as frequently, the Biddeford microplush with sherpa electric blanket is a bit friendlier on your wallet, and we think you’ll be pleased with its performance. The top of the blanket is a nice polyester fleece material, and the bottom is a cozy faux shearling. The wires in this product are pretty hefty, but the shearling is thick enough that you don’t notice them too much. Overall, the blanket is midweight, and it seems well-made, even if the edges aren’t finished as nicely as they could be.
In terms of features, this blanket has 10 heat settings and an automatic 10-hour shut off. We really liked the range of temperatures available—the lowest setting was subtle enough to use all night, and the highest setting was impressively warm. Queen and king sizes come with dual heating zones, and the controllers themselves are quite sturdy and stay put on your bedside table, unlike others we tested. There’s also a preheat option, which will warm up your bed on the maximum heat for 90 minutes before dropping down to your last-used setting.
One thing we didn’t like is that Biddeford markets this blanket as “machine-washable,” but that’s not completely accurate. Technically, yes, you can put the blanket in the washing machine, but the instructions are so specific that you’ll probably only be able to follow them with a more advanced top-load washer.
3. The Serta silky plush heated electric blanket
The Serta Silky Plush Heated Electric Blanket is made by Perfect Fit, and while it certainly wasn’t the worst blanket in the bunch, its price is comparable to that of our Best Overall pick. If we had to choose between the two, we’d much rather sleep with the L.L. Bean Heated Blanket.
This electric blanket is soft and cozy, and it’s made from 100 percent polyester. The queen size blanket comes with dual controllers, while the twin and full have just one heating zone. There are 10 heat settings, which we found give you a good range of temperature. Unfortunately, the wires in this blanket are pretty prominent since the single layer of fabric is fairly thin. You can feel them as soon as you lay down—it’s not necessarily a dealbreaker, but others were less noticeable.
In terms of features, the Serta Heated Electric Blanket includes a standard 10-hour shut off, as well as a programmable timer. Its controller felt a little cheap, especially considering the price of this blanket, but it was easy to use and stayed in place on the bedside table. Additionally, this blanket can be washed normally in your washer and dryer, so that’s always a plus.
4. Perfect Fit SoftHeat micro fleece warming blanket
The Perfect Fit SoftHeat low-voltage electric heated blanket is an interesting concept, which is why we wanted to test it. The whole idea behind this blanket is it uses low-voltage wires, which the brand claims are safer for pets, can be used around moisture, and in theory, don’t create an electromagnetic field. It sounds like a good idea, but this blanket has a few issues that kept it from ranking higher in our testing.
The Perfect Fit SoftHeat is made from polyester micro-fleece, and while it’s only one fairly thin layer, the wires are so fine that you can’t feel them at all—definitely a plus. However, because this blanket converts your normal 120 volt AC home current into a low-voltage DC current, there’s a small “supply box” that needs to be connected to each controller. This increases the number of wires you’re dealing with, and we found the setup to be a bit complicated as a result. Further, the controllers themselves felt really cheap. There’s essentially just an on/off button and a dial that you twist to select one of 10 heat settings, and the plastic is so thin that the backlight makes the whole controller glow. They work fine, but compared to some of the other controllers, these ones seem low-quality.
SoftHeat is a good name for this product, as it provides a much more subtle warmth than standard heated blankets. On its lowest setting, the blanket doesn’t really feel warm—it just eliminates the cold, if that makes sense. If you do buy this blanket, you’ll want to be especially diligent about checking the cords, connectors, and supply boxes for signs of malfunction.
5. Sunbeam quilted fleece heated blanket
The Sunbeam quilted fleece heated blanket was the least welcoming of the bunch, as its fleece fabric wasn’t particularly soft or cozy. It’s made from polyester like the rest of the products, but it’s not pleasing to the touch and I didn’t want it against my bare skin. Additionally, the wires inside this blanket were very stiff—you can feel them immediately when you lie under it, and when we tried to fold the blanket up, the wires made it difficult.
One thing that’s different about this blanket is there’s only one connector, even though it has two separate heating zones. For this reason, you have to set the cords up in a specific way to ensure the controllers end up on the right sides of the bed, which was frustrating. Another problem was that the cord connecting the two controllers was a little too short.
This electric blanket has 10 heat settings and a 10-hour shut off, but that’s about it in terms of features. It seemed to get warmer than other blankets, even on low settings, making it possible to wake up too warm at night. As such, we would be concerned using this blanket on a high setting overnight.
6. Sunbeam velvet plush heated blanket
The Sunbeam velvet plush heated blanket is essentially the same product as the Sunbeam quilted fleece heated blanket, except its fabric is softer. It has all the same issues—confusing setup, too-short controller cord, and extra-warm low setting—and we found the wires to be even more prominent in its velvety polyester fabric since it was thinner than the quilted fleece. Plus, it’s quite a bit more expensive than the other Sunbeam model, even though they’re pretty much the same thing.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
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