A warm, cosy bed is high on our list of winter wants. Electric blankets are a shortcut there, but which brands perform the best? We review 10 models, priced from $59 to $269, to tell you:
- whether electric blankets passed our safety tests
- which electric blankets get your bed warm the fastest
- which electric blankets use the least electricity
- which electric blankets are the easiest to clean.
Our results are based on single and king single electric blankets, but we've checked our heating results against several queen-sized blankets too, and are confident that results can be applied to all blankets from a particular range. (Note that larger sizes will cost more than their single-sized versions.)
Based on our measurements, you shouldn't expect to pay more than $13 per season for a single bed electric blanket, which includes pre-heating and leaving it on overnight, every night, for three months. However, to be on the safe side, we advise against all-night use, even if the blanket has an all-night mode, so costs should be even less.
Power consumption will fluctuate, with most energy use occurring when the blanket heats up from cold.
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.