The Best Electric Blankets To Give You A Warm Hug This Winter - Women's Health

The Best Electric Blankets To Give You A Warm Hug This Winter

To see you through lockdown 10.0 and beyond.

by | Jun 22, 2021

You know the meme of Kylie Jenner basically wearing a doona, and that being all of us as soon as the weather drops below 20 degrees? Well, it will live on forever. Why? Because no matter how prepared you are, winter hits like a tonne of (icy) bricks and has us digging deep for our thick doonas and winter pyjamas.

So, to get you even more prepared as we head into the thick of the cold season, we’ve found some of our favourite electric blankets to keep you warm and snug.

Firstly, we should note that there are two types of electric blankets: ones that you chuck on like a throw, and others that fit under your sheet on your bed. For people who are hot sleepers and don’t really need something that warm, skip the heated mattress pad and opt for a flannelette sheet instead. But if you tend to wake up freezing during winter, however, an undersheet pad or mattress topper might be a good investment.

As for the blanket, that’s the one you want if you need something that can be moved around.

Not only can you chuck it over your shoulder while you’re working from home, but you can wrap up after a tough workout, too (heat increases circulation which can help you to heal and recover from exercise or injury) – just make sure it’s washable.

Can you wash an electric blanket?

Yes. All the electric blankets featured in our round-up are machine washable.

Are electric blankets safe?

Yes, don’t worry – unlike older electric blankets, all new models these days have auto-shutoff functions so they’re not left on for hours at a time, meaning there’s minimal risk of an accident happening. Just avoid using them with latex toppers, memory foam toppers or foam products.

Pregnant women can also be at risk of overheating with extended use, so we’d recommend not using a heated blanket if you’re expecting. Don’t use them on babies, either.

Gainsborough Deluxe Heated Soft Grey Faux Fur Blanket

120cm x 160cm, $149.99

Featuring two different colours in a faux fur design, this throw has been designed to Australian standard with safety overheating and over current protection, plus has 9 heat settings.

Machine washable? Yes.

Ovela Fully Fitted Electric Blanket

King, $149.99

This fully fittest sheet has 9 Adjustable temperature settings and a rapid heat-up setting of 30 minutes. It is the mot affordable of the bunch (currently on sale for $59.99) and has an automatic switch-off timer when it hits 9 hours.

Machine washable? Yes.

Dreamaker 350 gsm Fleece Top Electric Blanket

Single Bed, $59.95

This 350GSM fleece has 9 heat settings as well as a 10-hour timing with automatic turn off. It has with a convenient 200cm cord length and 40cm fitted skirt, so will tuck nicely under your fitted sheet.

Machine washable? Yes

Onkaparinga Multi-Zone Electric Blanket

Queen Bed, $249.95

A fitted sheet with four heat settings, offering two independent heating zones with separate options for your body and feet. The thin polyester material will make this one feel like it’s not even there (except for the beautiful warmth, of course).

Machine washable? Yes.

Tontine T9020 Sherpa Electric Blanket

King, $79

This Totine option is a blanket, rather than a fitted sheet however is made to be placed as a layer on your bed (not to say you can’t carry it around! It has a cosy Sherpa bottom layer for extra softness and is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars. Not bad.

Breville Antibacterial fitted electric blanket

Double, $219.00

With 6 heat settings, as well as dual zones (meaning you and your partner can have different settings on each side of the best), this soft blanked is perfect for those allergy sufferers who need something a little extra at night.

Machine washable? Yes

Gainsborough Deluxe Heated Soft Grey Faux Fur Blanket

Dimplex Fitted Electric Blanket Single

Sunbeam Feel Perfect Sherpa Fleece Heated Throw

Breville BodyZone Quilted Fitted Electric Heated Blanket

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the new web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has a mean punch inside and out of the ring. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.

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