Best Electric Blankets & Heated Throws
Along with hot drinks and thick socks, electric blankets are one of winter's most-loved creature comforts. If you're looking for wraparound warmth that clings to you deliciously, an electric blanket or heated throw is a top pick.
Latest review: Over the years we've bought a fair few Special Buy items and many have turned out to be a total waste of time and money. Some we've been able to return for a refund while others had gone past the 60
Price (RRP) $29.99 to $79.00
Reviewers expressed their delight at being so effectively warmed up during winter thanks to this Kmart Heated Throw, all for a mere $29.
Extremely warm and cosy
Good value for money
Latest review: Turned on 2 hours before going to bed, did not heat up at all. What a total waste of money, I require the heat to assist with a chronic back problem, this was a bad
The Sunbeam Sleep Perfect heats up efficiently, allowing you to enjoy warmth in bed during the cold months. Retailing at $79.95 for the single mattress size, it’s a little pricier than blankets from budget brands.
The Jason Fitted Blanket offers a mid-tier electric blanket that produces mixed reports among reviewers - some enjoyed its warmth, while others found it left cold spots on the mattress.
The Target Fitted Multi Zone Electric Blanket gave reviewers that snuggly-warm feeling, and was used in colder climates in Australia during the winter months.
Latest review: We use the bed heater on the built in timer (Auto mode) to heat the bed just before we go to bed. The skirt is long enough to be tucked slightly under the bed and fits perfectly. The blue backlight
Price (RRP) $199.95
Latest review: I bought a King Single electric blanket on 30 May 2021 from Aldi in Waterloo which did not work but I had already thrown out the box and I couldn't find the docket so I bought another one on 11 June
Latest review: It's lovely and warm and luxurious! I turn my ducted Arconditioning off and I am as warm as toast! It turns itself off so there is no danger of overheating. Thoroughly recommend
Latest review: The fleece is nice but the electric blanket is worthless rubbish. It has all the items we wanted - fitted fleece blanket, cut off switch, timer - but it lasted one use! Now the heating system has
Latest review: had one season then plugged it back in again. one side inop, less than a week later other side goes down. my feeling is the other brands play the same game. I'd give it one star but it did work
Latest review: I purchased the expensive Breville BZB537WHT as I wanted a premium product. The blanket failed with the warranty period and the blanket was replaced. The replacement blanket again filed within the
Latest review: The Kingdom Single electric Blanket has only lasted my husband Six months , small for the length of the bed would cost more to send back so bought Ourselves other
Latest review: Love that you can just put the feet area on without the body area, being wool it is very comfortable. Expensive but worth it as I can keep feet on setting 1 all night and not be uncomfortable.
Latest review: I bought the Jason Reversible Heated Throw. It's very plush- has plush on one side and a sherpa type feel on the other in a lovely grey colour. Heats up so quick- much more economical than a
Price (RRP) $39.99
Latest review: Having had one for our Queen bed for the last 3 years, we bought another this year for our new King size. The separate controls make this blanket excellent for individual use. We can have each side
Latest review: We bought this electric blanket at BigW online for $89.00 a few weeks ago. We have used it half a dozen times so far and we have found it very good. The blanket is fitted, and while the fitting is
Price (RRP) $89.95
Latest review: I bought two different brands of heated throw blankets for winter, after reading that they are much cheaper to run than heating. Both were great, and we were able to reduce the hours we ran the
How do electric blankets work?
Insulated carbon wires distribute heat throughout an electric blanket or electric throw using attached power cord/s. Electric blankets only need to be switched on for about 10-30 minutes before bed for them to take the edge off chilly nights.
Trapping warm air between your quilt and mattress, they keep your bed toasty-warm during the night. This makes them a cheaper alternative to leaving a heater on all night.
Are electric blankets safe?
- While they may have received some negative press, when maintained carefully and used sensibly, the answer is yes. All models are required to comply with strict safety standards before being sold in Australia.
- Electric blankets should not be used by pregnant women, infants and toddlers under the age of three, pets, people with diabetes (as overheating can result in nerve damage) and those with poor circulation.
- There are steps you can take to ensure maximum safety. Keep the blanket on a low setting, especially when leaving it on for a long period of time. While you can leave electric blankets on all night, avoid doing so to prevent the blanket - and you - from overheating.
- Choose a model with an overheat protection sensor, which turns the blanket off if high temperatures are detected.
- Replace your electric blanket every 10 years, or immediately if there are signs of bent or exposed wires, fraying fabric, burn marks, damaged cords, or any other visible wear.
Is it expensive to run an electric blanket?
Electric blankets and throws are gentle on your energy bill, with Energy Australia estimating they cost about four cents per hour to run. Selecting a blanket with a high energy rating also helps.
How to choose an electric blanket
Design and fit - should electric blankets be on the top or bottom?
Whether an electric blanket goes on the top or bottom of a fitted sheet depends on its design. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the packet to figure out how to get the best level of warmth from your electric blanket.
All of the following types of electric blankets are available in standard mattress size, so you can opt for an electric blanket for a single to king-size bed.
- Over-blanket: This type of electric blanket is placed on top of your sheets, providing warmth from the top down.
- Under-blanket: Also called a heated mattress pad, this sits between your mattress and fitted sheet. Under-blankets are available in either fitted or non-fitted designs.
- Fully fitted: This electric blanket type is contoured to your mattress to fit over it snugly and completely. Choose a blanket the correct size for your bed. As these are slightly more comfortable and cover the whole of your mattress, they are dearer than non-fitted types.
- Non-fitted: These tie down onto your mattress using straps. You can purchase non-fitted electric blankets for just one side of the bed. They're easier to put on than fitted types, and are also cheaper.
Electric blankets allow you to choose your desired level of warmth. Typically there are three heat settings: low, medium and high. However, pricier blankets may be equipped with a more precise 1-10 heat setting range. Some electric blankets also feature different heating zones for different parts of the body.
Fast heating will also be a top priority on a cold winter’s night. Nobody likes cold sheets, so it’s useful to do some research on how long an electric blanket usually takes to warm up. Cross-check the manufacturer’s information on heating times against reviews by people who have bought the blanket.
More efficient electric blankets can heat up a bed in just 10-20 minutes. With slower electric blankets, you can diligently switch on your electric blanket half an hour before bedtime, but still be shivering when you jump into bed.
While regular blankets are created to be soft and smooth, electric blankets are designed with wires running through them. As a result, the material of an electric blanket should be thick enough that you can’t feel the wires poking through. This is especially the case for under-blanket designs.
A comfier design may be achieved by quilted electric blankets, which are made with plush, multi-layered fabric. Electric blankets with a wool pile or wool fleece cover may also be thicker and softer than other materials.
However, it is still possible to buy a comfortable electric blanket that's made from a synthetic material like polyester. The material just needs to be thick enough that you don't feel the wiring underneath.
The control units of the electric blankets should also be positioned a comfortable distance away from your mattress. This means you won’t accidentally roll onto them in the night, and be woken up by an uncomfortable lumpiness under your back.
Handy extra features
Special features might hitch up the price tag of an electric blanket a little, but offer a more luxe and convenient warming experience.
- Dual controls are available for non-single beds, letting partners pick their preferred level of warmth for their side of the bed.
- Pre-set timers let you enjoy freshly warm sheets when you hop into bed at a set usual time each night. Keep on a low setting for safety.
- Extra-warm foot zones help to banish cold feet.
- Detachable control units are convenient because you can remove them to wash the blanket, so it lasts longer than a single season. Many electric blankets are machine washable once you remove the controllers. Make sure to check the washing instructions from the manufacturer first, though.
- Illuminated controls mean that if you have to switch off the blanket or adjust the setting in the dark, you can still see.
- Waterproofing is a safe and convenient feature if you have kids or pets that are more than likely to get a few splashes on the electric blanket.
Electric blankets range from $50-400. The price you'll pay depends on the size of your bed, whether there are any premium materials like wool-pile used, and any other special features included.
Some of the top-rated electric blankets on ProductReview.com.au are made by budget brands. It can be a relief to know you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to keep all your arms and legs warm and cosy during a chilly winter’s night.
A heated throw is a type of electric blanket that's thin, portable and made for one person.
The difference between an electric blanket and a throw is that an electric blanket is fitted to your bed, whereas an electric throw is portable, letting you enjoy warmth no matter where you are in the house.
Why choose a heated throw blanket?
- A nifty alternative to spot heaters. Instead of stationing yourself stoically before the heater to stop shivering, an electric throw gives you wraparound warmth as you lounge around watching TV or reading, or as you relax on the porch with a hot drink.
- Light and comfortable due to their intended purpose to be used all day long. They’re usually made of a soft material like microfleece, these blankets are light and comfortable.
- Don’t be as cold as ice. If you’re using a space heater, you usually have to leave behind your well-earned warmth when you move into a different room. However, a heated throw is an easy way to take your heat source with you.
- Doesn’t depend on your room type. If you have an open plan living room, heat generated by a space heater can leak out. In the daytime, an electric throw keeps you warm no matter your space and its dimensions.
- Most throws are spill-proof, making them safe if you accidentally spill a drink onto them. Some throws also repel wind if you're outside.
- Cheap to buy as a heated throw can be purchased for as little as $35.
- Can still be paired with a to maximise the warmth provided by a heated throw.
However you choose to make your home a cosy den of comfort - with an electric blanket, throw or heater - there are plenty of heating solutions to help you cherish the winter warmth. Reading reviews can help with finding the right combination for your household and lifestyle.