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With its herringbone detailing, this electric throw will look the part whether it's draped over you or your sofa. We found it was a great size to snuggle under, providing ample coverage, while its thick, velvety finish was soft against skin.
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Handy poppers keep this heated poncho firmly in place, although they require a bit of force to do up at first. It heats up in five minutes and the two-metre cable means you can move fairly freely around a room (you must keep it plugged in for it to work).
Dreamland is currently the leader in the heated throw market but as their popularity increases, more brands are starting to make their own. To help you find the best ones available we scoured the market and asked our Top Testers Club which ones they use and why they love them.
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This heated blanket is one of the most affordable on the list and is very energy efficient, costing from just 1p to run for 7 hours thanks to its handy intelliheat+ control. It automatically monitors and adjusts the temperature of the blanket to keep you warm and give off heat as efficiently as possible as and when it detects it's needed.
Home tester Suzanne loves snuggling up under her Dreamland throw (pictured above) and said, " It's great for keeping me warm and cosy during the cold winter evenings. It warms up quickly, has a timer so you don't leave it on if you fall asleep, has 6 temperature settings and is very economical to run".
Maybe having a heated throw on the sofa isn't enough, perhaps you want to be able to work from home or have your arms free to be able to get things done whilst keeping warm. Well, this Lakeland heated poncho does just that.
Unlike a regular heated throw, this one has fasteners around your shoulders to keep it in place. It covers your arms to ensure they don't get cold but also leaves them free enough to read, work or do anything you like.
If you want a stylish heated throw to lay out and display on your sofa then this is it. This gorgeous faux fur blanket looks stunning with its natural looking design. It's also incredibly soft, keeping you warm even if it isn't on.
Parent tester Rachael uses this heated throw and said, "The initial cost put me off a bit, however knowing it costs around 1p a night to run makes me feel better about it. I work from home and wanted one to reduce my heating use. I've got to say, I love this blanket, it's so warm! It's got a lovely heavy feel to it and it's really easy to use, I'm very glad I decided to buy it."
This heated throw has a very user-intuitive digital controller making it easy to control the 9 heat and timer settings. You can put it from intense heat to warm you up from being out in the cold to mild to keep you comfortably warm all night. It has an automatic cut-off feature to prevent overheating too.
The controller allows you to choose from 6 heat settings, including a 'ready for bed' option which preheats the throw in 5 minutes, ready for you to get into bed. The blanket costs as little as 1p to run for 7 hours and is safe for overnight use. It has an auto shut-off feature after 1 or 9 hours.
Danielle, MFM Community Manager tested this heated throw (pictured above) and said, "This heated blanket caused wars in our home, with everyone from the cats and the kids to the husband fighting to get under it! It comes with a fool proof controller, which allows you to set the duration of the time it's on for (1, 3 or 9 hours) and the heave level ranges from 1-6. We usually have it on level 4 or 5 and 2 of us (sometimes 3) can fit under it generously. It might seem like an expensive initial outlay, but it's such a worthwhile investment. It's so incredible cosy and warm, you might never leave the sofa again.
Heated throws often get confused with the much better known heated blankets. Heated blankets, also known as electric blankets are used for sleep and are often laid on top of your mattress to keep you toasty all night. However, a heated throw, although similar, is slightly different, these are used more on the sofa or around the house to keep you warm. You can place it over you and your whole family on the sofa to keep cosy and snug.
A heated throw costs from just 1p to run for up to 7 hours. If you compare this to the heating which Checkatrade estimates costs around 40p per hour for a 2 kW LPG heater then that is a massive saving.
To get the most energy efficient heated throw as possible look for ones with intelliheat, such as number 1 on our list. Also it's more efficient to use the heated throw on a low heat for a long time than intense heat for quick bursts as this requires more wattage.
Combine chilly temperatures with a drafty house, and you could end up with high utility bills. But using electric bedding to heat your bed costs just pennies a night. We think most people will be happiest with a heated mattress pad, which traps heat a bit better. The Sunbeam Zoned Heated Mattress Pad allows you to adjust the heat of three different areas along the pad (six if you get the queen or king size), and it also adds plush comfort to your bed, with less noticeable wiring than other models. If heated mattress pads are sold out, or you want the ease of a blanket, we recommend the Sunbeam Velvet Plush Heated Blanket.
In 2020, we tested one additional heated mattress pad, the Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad (it now appears to be discontinued), which had come down in price enough to make it worth looking at.
With an overall rating of over four stars across nearly 4,000 Amazon reviews at this writing, this Sunbeam pad is also well liked (for heated bedding). We have also seen fewer complaints for Sunbeam bedding overall compared with other brands we considered for testing. This mattress pad comes with a three-year warranty.
Like all Sunbeam heated bedding items, this blanket requires a single outlet even for the dual-controller versions. Blankets we tested from other manufacturers required two separate outlets. It also has the safety latched plug for the port at the base of the blanket, another feature exclusive to Sunbeam bedding.
You do still need to take some precautions when using heated bedding. Our experts gave us some general guidelines that you can follow to prevent damage to the textile casing, wires, cords, and ports in your bedding:
Regardless of the model, disconnect all the controllers and cords from the port before laundering. You should wash and dry only one item at a time. Never dry-clean, iron, or use bleach on heated bedding.
If you want a well-cushioned mattress pad: Sunbeam Premium Quilted Heated Mattress Pad was our previous top pick, which we eliminated due to ongoing, prolonged stock issues (especially in queen and king sizes). If you can find it, this quilted heated mattress pad with a cotton top and poly fill was the cushiest we initially tested, with virtually undetectable heating wires. Its ergonomic, intuitive digital controls offered plenty of all-over heat-setting options (20) and a preheat option, with the bonus that its king and queen pads came with two controllers (so each side could set and adjust a different temperature). It does not offer zoned heating.
We even have snuggly heated feet warmers, heated cushions, pods and gravity blankets. All our heated throws are available in a range of stylish finishes that will seamlessly blend into any interior and quickly become a household necessity.
While your heated blanket warms your bed before you even step in, it can also help to maintain your body temperature throughout the whole night. This can help you remain in a deep and relaxed sleep, stopping you from being woken up during the night with chilly toes!
You no longer need radiators that not only increase your electricity bill but also harm your respiratory system by reducing the moisture level in your room. Our electric blankets will keep you toasty and warm all winter long. Shop the best heated blanket and control your energy bills without sacrificing warmth.
With its unique design and versatility, Zonli battery-powered heated blanket is unbeatable. You can take this wireless blanket anywhere and everywhere to keep you warm and comfortable on a frosty day. This blanket from Zonli is perfect for warming you while watching your favorite sport out there.
The Veohaut has six heat settings, each of which increases by only 2 degrees. In fact, the difference between settings was so negligible, the lower settings were useless. The highest setting hit only 90F, and to really feel the warmth, we had to wrap ourselves tightly in the throw.
We really needed to bundle the throw around us to feel any heat, and although it was warm and comforting, this is not a throw suited for people who want or need a higher temperature for therapeutic reasons.
Next, we weighed the blankets. After all, a heavier blanket is warmer in the winter, even before you reach for the controller. The Serta Luxe Plush was the heaviest blanket at 7.8 pounds, and the SoftHeat Ultra Micro-Plush was the next heaviest at 6.8 pounds. Of course, the throw blankets were both lighter due to size, with the Sunbeam Royal Mink Sherpa weighing 3.5 pounds and the Sunbeam Camelot Cuddler weighing just three pounds.
Because a longer cord allows for easier reach to electric sockets without pulling the blanket, we measured the length of each cord. The throw blankets both had a short reach of nine feet, which correlates to use on a couch or recliner. The Serta and SoftHeat had the longest cords, reaching 23 feet and comfortably stretching to any outlet in the room.
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