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SoftHeat
Luxury Micro-Fleece, Low-Voltage
Sunbeam
Quilted Fleece
Beautyrest
Ribbed Microfleece
Serta
Luxe Plush, Low-Voltage
Biddeford
Comfort Knit
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Good

Three-inch heating grid design eliminates hot and cold spots – a common problem with cheaper electric blankets. Machine washable.

Low-voltage system for enhanced safety. Automatic shutoff after 10 hours. Multiple heat settings.

Flexible internal wiring grid. Machine washable. Thin yet warm.

Duals controls. Good fit. Includes mechanisms to protect against overheating.

Automatic shutoff. Dual controls use two different outlets to minimize chance of overheating.

Bad

May develop an odor of "old polyester." Blanket cannot overheat, but the overheating of the controls is (remotely) possible.

Wires are visually noticeable.

Size runs small; owners of a queen size bed may want to purchase a king size blanket. Blanket is known to "pill" after moderate use.

Limited color selection. Rare problems with pilling and shrinking.

Rare incidents of faulty wiring in the main power cord.

Bottom Line

With thick microfleece, thin wires, and other high-end features, this blanket is the best on today's market.

A modern electric blanket with updates that enhance comfort and safety, this blanket is the best available.

This blanket is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but it delivers style, safety, and convenience.

From a reputable manufacturer with excellent customer service.

An affordable electric blanket with some quality control issues.

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Best Electric Blankets

Modern electric blankets allow users to sleep at a comfortable temperature without the need to break out additional covers. Some blanket owners say they've even saved money on their power bills by lowering the bedroom thermostat. Electric blanket manufacturers have addressed the safety and maintenance issues of the past. Today's blankets offer low-voltage regulators, dual controls, thermostats, and machine washability. We examined dozens of electric blankets currently on today's market. Each of the contenders on our shortlist delivers on the promise of a full night's sleep under a toasty warm blanket.

Products we Considered

SoftHeat
Luxury Micro-Fleece, Low-Voltage
Sunbeam
Quilted Fleece
Beautyrest
Ribbed Microfleece
Serta
Luxe Plush, Low-Voltage
Biddeford
Comfort Knit

Considerations

Safety Features

Modern electric blanket manufacturers have worked diligently to address public concerns about the safety and durability of their products. Many companies have incorporated automatic temperature controls to prevent accidental overheating and improved wiring to eliminate potential shock hazards. In this section of our ratings, we examine the safety features employed by each of our top contenders.

Construction and Design

The electric blankets of the past were notoriously thin and poorly insulated, but today's electric blankets are different. Often made of thick fleece or other quality materials, it's common to find an electric blanket with enough natural insulation (measured in grams per square meter, or "GSM") to provide warmth even without electricity. In this section, we delve into each contender's construction material, GSM rating, control systems, and other important design issues.

Ease of Maintenance

Twenty years ago, the idea of machine washing or drying an electric blanket seemed counter-intuitive. Today's "new and improved" blankets, by contrast, can be laundered right along with sheets and pillow cases. In this section, we note each contender's ease of maintenance. Wherever possible, we also incorporate feedback from owners about each product's durability and comfort.

Price

One of the most significant differences between low-end and high-end blankets is the level of user control they provide. Some consumers may be satisfied with a cheaper blanket that provides minimal adjustment options. Others may seek models with dual temperature controls, automatic timers, and self-adjusting thermostats. An electric blanket's GSM rating – similar to a bed sheet thread count – is another important measure to consider, as some high-end electric blankets may have lower GSM ratings than their cheaper counterparts.

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Safety Features

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

The Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket addresses some of the general safety concerns that consumers have about electric blankets. The internal heating grid uses a low-voltage system, which means it cannot reach a hazardous temperature or shock users through exposed wiring. A 10-hour automatic shutoff sensor also prevents accidental overheating. This is an especially useful safety feature for users who are prone to forgetfulness in the morning.

Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket

In terms of safety, the Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket by Beautyrest boasts a 10-hour automatic shutoff feature that will prevent both overheating and additional energy expenses. Satisfied customers tell us the internal wiring grid is very flexible, which means it has a much lower chance for breakage. Dual wireless remote controls replace the standard wired versions, which can occasionally overheat on higher settings.

Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket

The Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket reduces standard household AC current to a low-voltage DC system that is much safer. The manufacturer claims that it operates on less than 25 volts of electricity. The blanket's 10-hour automatic shutoff feature is especially useful for those who may forget to switch off the blanket in the morning. Because a sensor monitors the user's body heat and temperature control settings throughout the night, the chances of overheating are conveniently reduced.

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket

Many users have understandable concerns about sleeping under a blanket that plugs directly into a 110-volt outlet. However, the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket has a special transformer that reduces the original AC current to a low-voltage DC current similar to that of a nine-volt battery. Even if a wire were to break or become exposed, users would not face any kind of shock hazard. The blanket's technology also prevents it from heating past the temperature selected by the user. After 10 hours of continuous use, the automatic shutoff feature kicks in. We do have some concerns about the controls themselves becoming overheated during the night, but this problem seems limited to the higher temperature settings.

Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket

The Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket is a quality product that clearly deserves to be on our shortlist of top contenders, but it is not without its detractors. Although these incidents are isolated and atypical, we have noted several reports of faulty wiring, primarily with the main power cord. However, the vast majority of owners have never experienced such problems with their Biddeford blanket. This product comes with an automatic shutoff feature and dual controls that require separate electrical outlets. (This feature reduces the chance of a power overload at higher settings.) While we still have some concerns about overall quality control, the vast majority of users appear to be satisfied with this product's temperature controls and safety features.

Thanks to a special transformer that reduces AC current to low-voltage current, users of the Soft Heat Luxury Electric Blanket would not face a shock hazard – even if a wire were to break or become exposed.
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Construction and Design

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

The Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket is advertised as 100 percent polyester fleece, although some owners report the presence of other materials – primarily cotton. The blanket's dual control system has 10 different heat settings, but we would describe these settings as relatively high, medium, and low. The dual controls allow partners to each select their own heating preference. An overall GSM rating of 320 (160 per side) means the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket should provide decent insulation without electrical power. We like the fact that the blanket's quilted chamber design allows it to blend aesthetically with other bedding. However, potential buyers should note that the wires are visually noticeable.

There are many design elements we like about the Beautyrest Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket, including the use of convenient wireless remote controls instead of traditional hardwired dials. With 20 temperature settings, it's quite easy to find a level of heat that's right for you. The ribbed microfleece shell comes in several stylish colors. Owners note that the ribbing helps the blanket look more like an integrated part of the bedding. Our only major complaint is that the blanket's size may fall a little short of standard. Therefore, owners of a queen bed may want to consider purchasing a king size Beautyrest Heated Blanket.

In terms of construction and design, the Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket is similar to another top contender, the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece electric blanket. The Serta Luxe Plush uses a thin but well-insulated microfleece shell and a three-inch heating wire grid – a significant improvement over the standard five-inch pattern used in some other models. Hardwired dual controls allow two different users to select their own heat settings at once, although some overlap is unavoidable. The Serta's dimensions fit standard bed sizes. (This can be an issue with other brands.) Color selection may be limited, but the shell looks stylish and can be layered between a top sheet and a comforter if desired.

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket

We were unable to determine the GSM rating for the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket in our research. However, we believe its polyester/microfleece construction would have the same level of natural insulation as a throw blanket or Snuggie. Spaced three inches apart, the Soft Heat's wires are exceptionally thin. This is an important consideration, as some competitors use a five-inch wiring grid pattern that can cause hot and cold spots. The blanket's dual controls are easy to read and operate, and the display is back-lit for middle-of-the-night temperature adjustments. The manufacturer recommends using the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket as a top blanket to prevent overheating, but satisfied owners tell us that it also works very well between a top sheet and comforter.

Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket

Although many other electric blanket contenders offer dual temperature controls, the Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket actually offers two completely separate analog dials. These dials must be powered through separate household outlets – a design feature that may allow for more individual control over the blanket's therapeutic heat settings. The internal heating wires may be thicker than other models, but they are still flexible enough to withstand normal handling without breakage. The soft microfleece shell is available in several colors. The blanket's dimensions may not be exactly the same as standard bed sizes, but owner feedback suggests that Biddeford blankets tend to be longer than average, not shorter. The main power cord is located at the bottom of the blanket; many users prefer this over a side location.

The Sunbeam Heated Blanket's quilted chamber design allows it to blend aesthetically with other bedding.
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Ease of Maintenance

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

Like many modern electric blankets, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket can do something people would have thought impossible 20 years ago: it can go directly into a regular washer and dryer. The internal wiring system is flexible enough to withstand the rigors of machine washing, and the polyester fleece material easily survives the drying process. Some spot cleaning can be performed between washings, but we recommend layering at least one traditional blanket over the Sunbeam Heated Blanket to protect it from liquid spills, pet damage, and other hazards.

Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket

In the world of modern electric blankets, many product descriptions do not address the issue of maintenance. Our research suggests that Beautyrest's Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket is machine washable but perhaps better suited for air drying. Some customers have complained about excessive "pilling," especially after several weeks of use. Others say the comfort level of the ribbed microfleece is exceptional. This blanket is thin but well-insulated. Even without electrical power, it serves as an effective throw blanket.

Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket

The Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket can be machine washed and dried – a definite advantage over blankets which must be handled with extreme care and air-dried. Very few customer complaints about excessive pilling, shrinking, and stretching have been registered. The Serta's internal wires are exceptionally thin, but they are flexible enough to resist breakage through moderately rough handling. We recommend placing at least one traditional blanket or comforter over the Serta blanket to improve its overall insulation.

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket

Putting an electric blanket into a standard washing machine might sound counter-intuitive, but the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket is designed to handle the gentle cycle of most home and laundromat machines. However, it should be hung up to dry; the use of a commercial dryer is not recommended. A few critics have mentioned the development of an unusual odor (described as "old polyester") after several months of use, but this is not a common complaint. While wire breakage is refreshingly rare with this blanket, it does happen from time to time. The manufacturer offers a generous 10-year guarantee that will cover the replacement of any Soft Heat blanket that becomes damaged over time.

Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket

The Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket is described as machine washable, but we are not sure of its suitability for machine drying. Potential buyers should note that the microfleece does have a tendency to "pill." The main power supply and hardwired dual controllers use very long cords, which may be ideal for overnight use but not so good for washing machines. Some electric blanket owners believe that excessive washing has a negative effect on the Biddeford's long-term performance. Spot cleaning or vacuuming between machine washings should take care of most maintenance issues.

The manufacturer of the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Blanket offers a generous 10-year quality guarantee.
Considerations

Price

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket

At a retail price of $99, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket is not the cheapest electric blanket on our shortlist, but it's not the most expensive blanket, either. Owners agree that it's a sound investment in comfort. Unlike other electric blankets that can cycle up or down in temperature all night, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket's thermostat maintains a steady temperature automatically. Studies have shown that using an electric blanket – especially one with the Sunbeam's dual control settings and features – allows users to reduce their heating bills significantly. For many owners, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket will pay for itself within months through energy bill savings.

Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket

The Beautyrest Ribbed Microfleece Heated Blanket, at a cost of $111, is a high-end contender. For safety reasons, we believe its pricier dual wireless controls should not be dismissed. Electric blanket users often make several temperature adjustments during the night. The Beautyrest's convenient remote controls make these adjustments much easier. In terms of aesthetics, the Beautyrest's color selection and ribbed design bring a greater sense of style to what is often thought of as a "utilitarian" piece of bedding.

Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket

At $141, the Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket is comparable in price and performance to another top contender, the Soft Heat Luxury Electric Heated Blanket. The fact that the Serta name and reputation are behind this particular model, however, is a serious consideration. Serta is well-respected in the bedding industry, and its customer service department has an excellent reputation for resolving issues. If the Serta Luxe Plush Low-Voltage Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket should happen to fail, a generous warranty offers its complete replacement.

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket

Although the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket is somewhat pricey, it offers a number of features that make the initial investment quite tantalizing. Other electric blankets tend to use thick heating wires that are difficult to ignore. The Soft Heat blanket uses a thick micro-fleece material and thinner wires to minimize the dreaded "heating pad" aesthetic. Its dual controls are another terrific feature; the Soft Heat uses a more advanced rheostat that allows each partner to dial the precise heat setting he or she prefers. The blanket can also be "pre-heated" to these preferences before bedtime. Such features are not always available with budget-priced electric blankets. At a cost of $98, stepping up to a luxury model like the Soft Heat electric blanket is a wise economical move.

Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket

The Biddeford Blankets Comfort Knit Heated Blanket's low retail price of $71 makes it one of the most affordable contenders on our shortlist. However, we do have a few concerns related to quality control and safety. The Biddeford boasts a dual control option, automatic shutoff, and a well-insulated microfleece shell. The power supply cord is conveniently located on the bottom of the blanket, which many people prefer to side placement. We recommend this entry-level electric blanket to those who want to save money by adding heat to their bedding but not their entire room. Lowering the room temperature by 10 or 15 degrees while using an electric blanket like the Biddeford can translate to significant utility bill savings!

For many users, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket will pay for itself within months through energy bill savings.

Best of the Best

The Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket is among our more expensive contenders. However, it delivers on every important promise when it comes to safety, comfort, and durability. Many potential electric blanket buyers have concerns about the possibility of broken wiring and other electrical hazards. The Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket addresses these concerns by transforming a standard 110-volt AC current into just a few volts of DC power in its heating wires. The microfleece blanket material is thick enough to be used as a throw blanket even without power, and maintenance is simply a matter of machine washing (on a gentle cycle) and air drying.

The blanket's dual control system, with its easy-to-read digital display, allows two users to find their ideal comfort levels at once. Its thick microfleece shell does an excellent job of minimizing the visual presence of internal heating wires. The use of a three-inch heating grid design eliminates hot and cold spots – a common problem with cheaper electric blankets. The Soft Heat blanket's price of $98 is definitely a step up from some other contenders, but owners find the comfort and peace of mind this blanket delivers to be worth it. If you want the best electric blanket money can buy, look no further than the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Blanket.
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The Soft Heat Electric Heated Blanket's three-inch heating grid design eliminates hot and cold spots – a common problem with cheaper electric blankets.

Best Bang for your Buck

For many consumers, the ideal electric blanket is an affordable piece of bedding that delivers a consistent level of heat and blends beautifully with any decor. On our elite shortlist, the low-maintenance Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket fits that bill. At a cost of $99, it's the Best Bang for Your Buck.

While other electric blankets might perform the same basic operations as the Sunbeam, they are often more functional than stylish. With its 320 GSM rating, 100 percent fleece construction, and quilted chambers, the Sunbeam looks just as good as any modern comforter or duvet. Owners tell us that the wires are visually noticeable, but in the ideal set-up, the Sunbeam would be layered with at least one traditional blanket for maximum benefit.

Owners love the steady, all-night warmth that the Sunbeam's thermostat provides. With a dual control system boasting 10 different heat levels, it's easy for partners to each find their ideal "comfort zone" in bed. Consumers who are sometimes a bit forgetful in the morning appreciate the blanket's 10-hour automatic shutoff feature. Perhaps best of all, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket can be cleaned regularly in a commercial washer and dryer. For such a low price, you simply can't beat the convenience and comfort this blanket provides.
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Owners love the steady, all-night warmth the Sunbeam's thermostat provides.
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