14 Coziest Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm This Winter

Chilly temperatures have finally met their match in these cozy electric blankets.

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Staying warm in your house while trying to keep heating bills down can be a challenge. You can try wearing warm socks, comfy slippers, and flannel pajamas—even sleeping on flannel sheets and adding weighted blankets—but, ultimately, the best option is the classic heated blanket. Electric blankets have come a long way since they were first introduced, and they’re safer and more stylish than ever. We’ve found the best electric blankets to keep you cozy, so you can fold up your throws and afghans and stop layering your favorite pajamas with bathrobes.

How does an electric blanket work?

Just plug it into a socket and the blanket will start doing its job. The wires, which lie between layers of fabric, are protected with a heat-resistant coating and are placed deep enough inside that you shouldn’t feel them. And while it might sound dangerous to put electricity anywhere near your skin, each of these blankets is proven safe—especially because almost all have an automatic shut-off feature in case you fall asleep without turning it off first. Be sure to check for the UL label, which ensures the blanket meets the latest safety requirements, and always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using, heeding any tips about voltage and power adapters.

Besides being super cozy, a big bonus of an electric blanket is that it can save you money. It focuses the heat where you need it (on you!) so you don’t have to unnecessarily heat your whole house at night or when you’re relaxing on the couch. By not cranking up the thermostat, you should see lower bills at the end of the season.

MP2 Heated Plush Sherpa Throw

Best electric throw blanket

Mp2 Heated Plush Sherpa Throw via amazon.com

This luxurious throw is so inviting, it’s likely to encourage regular afternoon naps. Made from amazingly soft velour and Sherpa fabric, it’s available in a variety of colors and prints, is machine washable, has three heat settings, and provides even distribution without excess bulk. The auto shut-off feature prevents it from becoming a fire hazard and provides peace of mind, so you can fall asleep safely, day or night.

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Eddie Bauer Portable Heated Throw Blanket

Best battery-powered electric blanket

Eddie Bauer Portable Heated Throw Blanketvia amazon.com

You can stay warm on the go, thanks to this blanket’s rechargeable battery. Eddie Bauer knows a thing or two about the great outdoors, so it’s no surprise the company created its electric blanket from water-resistant nylon and, on the flip side, weather-smart fleece for protection against wind and rain. It even has a kangaroo pocket to hold the controller and keep your hands warm. With three settings that provide two to four hours of heat, it’s perfect for camping, chilly flights, and cheering on your favorite team. If you’re staying outside on a cold day, you may also need one of these warm scarves. When you come in from the cold, just toss the blanket into the washing machine to clean it.

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Beautyrest Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket

Best dual-control electric blanket

Beautyrest Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanketia bedbathandbeyond.com

Ideal sleeping temperature is a personal preference, and it can be a real sore spot for couples. This blanket acts as a peacekeeper, providing two controllers (for the queen or king sizes) so you can each choose from 20 heat settings for your own side of the bed. The soft ribbed microfleece reverses to a solid premium microfleece, both of which are soft and snugly (and machine washable). Even better, the fabric is Oeko-Tex certified, so you can rest assured it’s free of harmful substances. The blanket also has an adjustable auto shut-off feature for safety, a one-hour preheat feature, and a five-year warranty. Now that you’re both sleeping better, you may want to treat yourself to some new organic cotton sheets and down pillows.

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L.L. Bean Wicked Cozy Heated Blanket

Most stylish electric blanket

L L Bean Wicked Cozy Heated Blanketvia llbean.com

If you’re planning to keep your blanket on display, opt for this lush, textured option that will look warm and welcoming on a chair, couch, or bed. It’s insanely plush and designed with ultra-thin, flexible wires to be smooth and unbulky. Available in cream and gray, the blanket features five heat settings, an auto shut-off function, and even a preheat option so you don’t have to get into a cold bed at night. It’s a great way to save money on your energy bill this winter. And best of all, it’s machine washable.

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Vremi Electric Blanket

Most comfortable electric blanket

Vremi Electric Blanketvia amazon.com

Move over, comforters. This Amazon’s Choice blanket is so soft and fluffy that you’d want to snuggle up in it even without its heating component. Constructed from breathable flannel fleece and micro-thin wires, it’s warm without being bulky or stiff. It’s also machine washable, so keeping it clean is a cinch. The six heat levels and adjustable timer let you choose your warmth level, and for how long. And the 20-foot-long cord gives you the freedom to sit almost anywhere, not just huddled near an outlet.

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Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw

Best value-priced electric blanket

Blanket Via Walmart.com Ecommvia Walmart.com

Snuggling up in this cozy plaid throw makes you feel like you’re in a mountain cabin with a hot drink and roaring fireplace. Choose from three settings, then enjoy consistent heat, thanks to technology that monitors the temperature of you and the surrounding room. The controller detaches, so you don’t have to worry about rolling over it mid-slumber. That also makes it easy to throw the blanket in the wash. For more warm bedding for winter, browse the best down comforters around.

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Micro Flannel Reverse to Ultra Velvet Electric Comforter

Best electric blanket for couples

Micro Flannel Reverse To Ultra Velvet Electric Comfortervia homedepot.com

Put an end to thermostat fights with this velvet comforter—the queen and king versions come with two controls, so you can customize each side. Bonus: The controllers are detachable, making the blanket machine washable. Made from a micro flannel that won’t shrink or pill, this long-lasting electric blanket will ensure years of restful sleep for you and your partner. Outside the covers, stay warm with a comfy pair of slippers and boots.

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Westinghouse Reversible Heated Blanket

Best reversible electric blanket

Westinghouse Revesible Heated Blanket via amazon.com

With Sherpa fabric on one side and plush velour on the other, it’s easy to reverse this blanket to fit your mood. It’s like having two blankets in one! It even comes in a rainbow of color options. Plug it in, pick your desired level of heat and the length of time you want it to stay on, then sit back and relax. When it’s time for a cleaning, unplug the controller and toss the blanket into the washing machine. Another must-have heated item? These heated gloves that’ll keep you so very warm while you walk the dog or dig your car out of the snow.

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Biddeford Velour and Sherpa Electric Blanket

Softest electric blanket

Biddeford Velour And Sherpa Electric Blanket via kohls.com

If you’re looking for ways to make your bed cozier, this blanket is for you. Velour and Sherpa fabric come together to create next-level comfort, and the thick, high-quality materials prevent you from feeling any of the wires while remaining machine washable. With a whopping 10 heat settings, it’s easy to find just the right level of warmth. The 20-foot cord gives you space to move, and the automatic shut-off after 10 hours adds a level of safety. With a five-year warranty, you can be sure that this electric blanket won’t leave you out in the cold.

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Sensorpedic Heated Neck and Shoulder Wrap

Best targeted electric blanket

Sensorpedic Heated Neck And Shoulder Wrapvia kohls.com

Everyone experiences cold differently, and if you tend to feel it mostly in your upper body, you might need a light wrap like this one, rather than a larger throw. You can place the neck-heating pad on your shoulders while you work, play games with the family, or read a book. Control the Sensorpedic through the six settings on the remote to find the one that suits your level of coziness, and let it work out all of your aches and pains with its targeted heat therapy. The wrap is machine washable, so it’s easy to keep clean.

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Brookstone N-a-p Heated Plush Blanket

Best neutral-colored electric blanket

Brookstone N A P Heated Plush Blanketvia brookstone.com

Wool socks and sweaters are great, but you haven’t experienced total-body warmth until you’ve draped yourself in one of the softest electric blankets. With 10 settings, a preheat feature, and automatic shut-off, this aptly named blanket is durable, functional, and safe. It comes in two neutral shades that will fit right in with any decor and can be used as often as you want because it can be tossed into the washer without any worries.

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Sable Heated Blanket

Best flannel electric blanket

Sable Heated Blanketvia walmart.com

This plush blanket’s super-soft fabric will convince you it’s a high-priced option, but it’s surprisingly affordable. Made of flannel, it features 10 heat levels as well as an automatic shut-off. The vibrant red will give any room an instant style boost and even make your home look more expensive.

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Beautyrest Foot Pocket Electric Blanket

Best electric blanket for cold feet

Beautyrest Foot Pocket Electric Blanketvia amazon.com

Slide your toes out of your favorite slippers and into this ingenious blanket—a convenient pocket at the bottom will give your freezing feet an extra layer of warmth. Three heat settings and a two-hour automatic shut-off allow you to nap in peace without sending your electric bill through the roof. Plus, the blanket is machine washable and comes with a five-year warranty.

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Micro Flannel Quilted Reverse-to-Sherpa Electric Heated Blanket

Best king-size electric blanket

Micro Flannel Quilted Reverse To Sherpa Electric Heated Blanketvia bedbathandbeyond.com

Big beds need big electric blankets. This one comes with two controls—one for each of you—and is filled with a down-alternative fiber and covered with super-soft Sherpa fabric, so it’s perfect for nighttime snuggling. It has a quick-heat function to reach the top temp within 30 minutes, remembers your last setting, and lets you program the timer for up to 12 hours. Once you’ve nailed the perfect temp, make sure you know how to buy a mattress that will help you sleep soundly year-round.

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Lois Alter Mark
Lois Alter Mark is an award-winning travel, lifestyle, shopping and entertainment writer for Reader's Digest, Forbes and USA Today 10Best. Her work has taken her to all seven continents and introduced her to new people, food and—her latest obsession—pickleball! An avid cruiser, she loves introducing readers to the joys of travel.