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Last updated: 13 June 2018

A warm, cosy bed is high on our list of winter wants. Which electric blanket models perform best? We lab test and review the latest models. Our electric blanket buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test our rigorous testing process.

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We review the latest models to tell you which electric blankets:

  • passed our safety tests
  • get your bed warm the fastest
  • use the least electricity
  • are the easiest to clean.

Our interactive comparison tool shows you results from queen-sized electric blankets that we've tested, but we're confident that results can be applied to all sized blankets from a particular range. (Note that purchase prices and running costs will vary between sizes.)

Recall notice: Since 2010, more than 400,000 electric blankets have been recalled by the ACCC. For more information, see the Product Safety recalls website or our article on electrical winter product safety.

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Individual controller for each side

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This allows you to control the heat comfort level for either side of the blanket. Helpful for couples who want different temperatures for their blanket. 

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Maximum temperature achieved (°C)

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The temperature recorded is that of the blankets heating element. The temperature of the material, say, on the corner of the blanket, could be lower.

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We put the controllers and cabling through two durability tests. Passing both tests earns a perfect 100, passing one earns 50 and failing both earns a zero.

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We assess the controls, how the blankets fit to the bed and how easy the blankets are to clean - whether the controls can be detached, and if the blankets can be washed and dried in a dryer.

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Number of levels

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The number of levels that are available in the temperature controls. 

Timer setting

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Timer settings let you decide in advance how long the blanket will be on for. The Breville BZB437WHT has two Timer modes: its manual mode can be set at any time between one and nine hours, while its automatic mode stores your favourite time setting.

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This feature will turn off your blanket automatically after a certain amount of time has passed. This can be helpful for safety and comfort.

Temperature level light display

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The controller is illuminated so when its dark you can see the selected heat or temperature level.

Controller removable

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Whether you can remove the controllers to clean the blanket.

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