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. Continue reading...

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Emma Comfort Mattress

Emma Comfort Mattress 🏆 2024

4.6 

It’s really comfy. Helps me with my back pain too. Can sleep easily and wake up without aches and pain.

  • Price (RRP) $199
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RDP2023
RDP20234 posts
 
$189.95RRP
El L.
El L.VIC
  Double BZB427WHT
Poor longevityWorked for approximately 20 uses. Controlled stopped working. Swapped controller from other side. Worked for one more use then stopped entirely. Show details
Nathan
NathanVIC2 posts
 
Finally relief for my lower back!This heat pad has been a game changer. It's comfortable and easy to use - but most importantly it heats up fast and gets the heat right to the spot where I need it. I also love the flexibility as I can use it at work, on the couch or even in bed! Could not live without it! Show details ·  1
Jason Fitted

Jason Fitted

2.8  (120) Summary
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Linda
LindaNSW2 posts
 
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Masterchef
MasterchefSA98 posts
 
  • Price (RRP) $89.95
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Customer No. 1
Customer No. 1
 
Perfect pad for those cold wintersSuper easy to operate, couldn't wish for a better companion during the winter season Show reply
$239.99RRP
Suzanne
SuzanneVIC4 posts
 
Best electric blanket I've ownedThe many settings and timer are great. I often only use the foot setting once I'm in bed which i love. There's no bumpy connections, hooray. We"ve had this just over 2 years now. Best one ever, well worth the cost. Show details
$114.95RRP
Catherine
Catherine2 posts
 
Good product but not quite rightGreat blanket, nice and soft can't feel the wires through the fleece, however, this one has been assembled incorrectly, heats under the pillow and not at the feet..warm feet is my main reason for an electric blanket. Show details
Ray P.
Ray P.
 
fire risk have a smoke or fire detector near2 yrs. old blanket attempted to catch fire found smoking after turning on Show details
Bambury
Bambury   DM   
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$39.99RRP
Ange
Ange
 
$54.95RRP
hydrotoast
hydrotoastGlenmore Park2 posts
  Verified Single
Faulty out of the boxPlugged blanket in and didn't work came up with p fault condition. Looks like they don't warrant their products as the warranty page is blank. Only contact with company is via a bot very sub standard Show details
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Victim
VictimNSW
  HEB10
The overheat protect functionality does NOT work and caught fireI had this for 6 years and it was good initially until yesterday morning when it caught fire but luckily we managed to put out the fire in time. I was wondering why the overheat protect function didn’t work and hence lead to fire. Please review the safety feature as the consequences can be fatal. Show details
$329RRP
Bree H.
Bree H.NSW
 
$49.95RRP
Diana Hunt
Diana Hunt5 posts
  Verified DHDEBQ
Excellent Electric BlanketThe best electric blanket I have ever purchased, heat settings are perfect. Also great fit for your mattress.Amazing quality & price compared to other well known brands and highly recommended thanks Show details ·  1
Kate
KateVIC22 posts
  Sherpa Fleece TRF4200
$179.99RRP
AndrewZ
AndrewZNSW14 posts
 
$99.95RRP
Be warned
Be warnedNSW5 posts
  Coral Fleece Electric Heated Throw Cream 180 x 200cm
Avoid this product at all costsThe cord is too short and it warms unevenly. After 12-18 months it fails to heat at all. Absolute rubbish. Never again.
$94.99RRP
Elena
ElenaACT4 posts
 
Bad qualityExtremely bad quality.I was an idiot to buy it from Big W Marketplace. It is impossible to return and get a refund. Show details
Giselle Bedding
Giselle Bedding   DM   
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$99.95RRP
Normanz J.
Normanz J.QLD
  KEB445WHT
$399RRP
Catherine O
Catherine O
  Queen LZB539WHT
$29RRP
Rosielovesjohn
RosielovesjohnAU11 posts
  Single
Kmart
Kmart   DM   
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$299RRP
kristina
kristinaNSW9 posts
 
$179.95RRP
Paul
PaulSA63 posts
  Verified Queen
$114RRP
HMac1
HMac1VIC17 posts
  Verified
Johnny
JohnnyVIC11 posts
 
Great for the price, as you do not need to heat the entire house if you are alone like meEven though these are reasonably cheap, I found it Warm and Fluffy. Ideal for elderly as they do not get too hot, just warm. Can also be used while in bed as an over-blanket. Washable so no need to worry if you spill a bit of food etc. I purchased 2, 1 for me and 1 for a gift.
$169.99RRP
JATS
JATSVIC4 posts
  Verified
ShortcomingsQueen size electric blanket with dual controllers, timer and 2 zone heat settings. Heating is very effective, however, it seems strange to have heating under the pillow zone which gets unnecessarily hotter. Also, the controllers have very short leads from the blanket connection and therefore fitted bed-sheet rides up.
$70RRP
Vision54
Vision54QLD9 posts
  Queen
Warm and toasty- Comfy feetSeems to be well made, very bright display. Instructions are in large print. Just remember to ensure electric sockets at the bottom of bed. Heats quickly and evenly with a choice of 10 levels and 2 zones per side. Love the foot warming option. Vision impaired may need to put tactile markers on the controller to assist in locating settings.
Geraldine
Geraldine3 posts
 
Very disappointedI have Had my dimplex throw blanket for 1 year it died around its anniversary. The retailer would not honor the warranty weeks out. It has been inuse maybe 2 months of the one year. I bought 3. 1 for me + 2 daughters. The target one lasted 5 years. Back to target. Geraldine Show details
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$249RRP
ProCritique
ProCritiqueWA35 posts
  Verified Queen
Robert H.
Robert H.TAS7 posts
 
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It’s really comfy. Helps me with my back pain too. Can sleep easily and wake up without aches and pain.

A fully fitted electric blanket on a queen bed
The Ovela Fully Fitted Electric Blanket on a Queen-sized bed. Image credit: Matt Blatt.

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.

Heat Settings

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.

Comfort level

Wires

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.

Material

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.

Control units

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.

Price

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.

Heated Throws

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 room heater 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.

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