The 10 best electric blankets
Make getting out of the wrong side of bed on cold winter mornings a thing of the past with our selection of night-time covers
Wednesday 04 December 2013
No need for fiddly ties with this soft fleecy cover that slips easily on to your mattress and which stays in place thanks to the elasticated skirt. It heats up in 10 minutes and there are six heat settings to select from the easy-to-read LED control, as well as dual controls.
This fitted blanket has a wide temperature range, from 23C up to 56C. It distributes heat across the blanket far better than many others, it's fantastically comfy, and it's easy to put on and operate.
This fitted underblanket is made from soft fleece polyester. It's excellent at distributing heat evenly and it doesn't use much energy compared with other electric blankets. The fleece is extra-thick, while the wires are extra-thin.
From £54, amazon
This ridiculously cosy throw is just the job for snuggling up. It heats in minutes and, with nine settings, you can easily find your perfect temperature. The three-hour timer and auto-shut-off means you can fall asleep, too.
This brand is best known for its beds and mattresses, but it makes blankets, too. This one is particularly good if you want a low heat setting, though if you prefer a warmer bed there are eight other settings, too. It also has multizone heat control and dual controls.
From £99.99, argos
If you feel the cold, replace your duvet with this one, which goes from 6.5 up to 15 tog, depending on the setting you choose. The wires are so thin you don't feel them and there's a temperature sensor that adjusts to temperature changes in your body and externally.
From £112, amazon
This is quite slow to heat up and the temperature range is quite narrow, but there are six temperature settings within that range. It's easier than most blankets to fit on to the bed and it's lovely and comfy, as well as being one of the simplest blankets to wash and dry.
From £50, amazon
A good choice for those with poor circulation as it goes up to 55C. Conversely, it's probably not the best choice if you like only a touch of heat as its lowest setting is 29C. It's light and easy to wash, though it won't go in the tumble dryer.
If you want something to send your child away with to university or you just want something cheap and cheerful for yourself, this one fits over your mattress, with extra heat at the bottom to keep your feet particularly toasty.
From £19, amazon
This heats up in just five minutes and it costs less than 1p for three hours of use, after which time it switches off anyway. You can bung it in the washing machine and even the tumble dryer.
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