Keeping warm when the thermometer tells you the next ice age is upon us is often a daunting prospect. You can layer until you resemble a bizarre land whale and thaw your cocoa in the microwave every two minutes. You can huddle in front of a radiator or a crackling fire, but for versatility and comfort, a heated blanket makes all the difference.
A heated blanket can travel anywhere in your house, and beyond, depending on the style. It uses less energy than heating your entire abode, and unlike hot beverages, it keeps a consistent temperature for a long period of time. If your enthusiasm for snow has cooled but spring thaw remains an elusive concept, you may want to add an electric blanket to your winter arsenal.
The Sunbeam Chill Away is crafted of soft polyester fleece, machine washable and very comfortable. The 3 heat settings operate on a three hour timer and have a lighted control so even in the dark you can easily change the heat output or refresh your timer for a longer cycle. One of the more versatile blankets, the Chill Away is a treat for home or work. Measuring 25 inches by 57 inches, it is compact and lightweight.
Biddeford Heated Blanket
With 10 temperature settings and an exceptionally long 13 foot cord, the Biddeford Plush is great for curling up with a movie or snuggling down to sleep. It comes in a full range of sizes from twin to king, with dual controllers for the larger sizes, allowing couples to customize their sleep settings for optimal rest. The timer automatically shuts off after ten hours, warming you all night long and conserving energy throughout the day. Purchase: $50
Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket
A five year warranty guarantees that the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece will be your cold weather friend for the foreseeable future. Making use of ThermoFine technology, the Sunbeam is machine washeable and dryer safe. 10 heat settings and a 10 hour timer ensure that you will be as warm as you say for as long as you want. Constructed of soft fleece fibers, 100% polyester, the Quilted Fleece will cradle you in a warm embrace throughout the night. Purchase: $50
Ideal for lounging on the sofa or in your recliner, the Sunbeam Microplush Throw keeps you toasty. Measuring 50 inches wide by 60 inches long, you won’t lack for coverage while binge watching your favorite show, or snuggling together with someone special. Washer and Dryer friendly and polyester through and through, the Microplush operates on ThermoFine technology and has 3 heat settings on a 3 hour timer.
Soft Heat Ultra Micro-Plush Electric Heated Blanket
With even temperature throughout, eliminating cool spots and hot patches, the Soft Heat Ultra is the ultimate provider of low level warmth, whether lounging around the living room, or as an extra layer in bed. Decorative ribbing along the length of the blanket gives it a chic and tailored appearance, making the Soft Heat a decorative feature of any room, as well as a useful one. Purchase: $65
Serta Sherpa Microfleece Reversible
Warm up fast with the Serta Sherpa Reversible Throw. The polyester material is silky brushed microfleece on one side, reversing to luxurious Sherpa lining on the opposite. The 8.5 foot power cord gives you flexibility of placement, while the 4 setting heat range lets you customize all your options. The Serta Sherpa’s 4 hour automatic shutoff conserves energy and saves you time. Purchase: $67
Chilly wooden floors and feet-freezing winter sports necessitate the Sunbeam Comfy Toes Microplush. A built in foot pocket radiates warmth to your frozen extremities, restoring life after the beating your trotters take from the wintry ground. The delectably soft polyester microplush is completely machine washable and warrantied for 5 years. The Comfy Toes’ 72 inch cord, with its flexible range, makes putting your feet up a cinch. Purchase: $70
Soft Heat Health Solutions Heated Blanket
Innovative electrical technology makes the Soft Heat Electric Blanket the only option that meets the UL safety standards for non-hazardous voltage. Soft Heat’s power supply box reduces the high volt electricity that comes out of your wall to something about on par with your standard battery. The Soft Heat Low Voltage blanket is designed to provide stable and consistent low level heat throughout the night, with a plethora of heat settings and an automatic shut off 10 hours in for ease and efficiency. Purchase: $72
The Sunbeam Velvet Plush is royally comfortable and keeps you warm in any frozen kingdom. Polyester, machine washable, and warrantied, The Velvet Plush has a programmable preheat option and ambient temperature control for ultimate nightly comfort. Available for twin through king sized beds with 10 heat adjustments, the Velvet Plush makes going to bed the highlight of your day. Purchase: $85
Micro-Plush Tri-Stripe Low Voltage Electric Throw
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Save energy while you surf the web with the Micro-plush Tri-Stripe Throw. Patented non-hazardous, the Tri-stripe is a low voltage throw that keeps you cozy without racking up the power bill. Thinner low voltage wires encased inside are virtually undetectable, and a 5 year warranty ensures that the delicate conduits will keep working long after you’ve put your other blankets to rest. Purchase: $90
Hammacher Schlemmer Cordless Heated Throw
For complete freedom, you need the Hammacher Schlemmer Cordless Heated Throw. The Hammacher Schlemmer company has for many years provided unique and innovative products, and their take on the electric blanket follows in the same tradition. The Cordless Heated Throw is soft and plush inside, surrounded by a waterproof shell. The delicate wiring inside is all but undetectable, and the battery pack is lightweight and out of the way. This is the throw you want for camping, sporting events, or to carry with you from room to room in a cold house. Purchase: $180
Perfect Fit Plush Warming Blanket
When cuddling up with the one you love, the Soft Heat Luxurious Macromink Fleece is exactly what you want. Whether you are nestled on the couch where the expanse and drape make the Macromink an ideal choice, or nestled in bed where dual controller zoned heating allows you to share one blanket for your disparate heat needs, the Luxurious Macromink is the incomparable choice. Purchase: $225