Electric blankets have been a popular home accessory for decades, providing warmth and comfort on cold nights. In recent years, advancements in technology have made electric blankets safer, more energy efficient, and more comfortable than ever before; they’re not your average blanket anymore. To find out more about electric blankets, continue reading our buying guide.
What is an electric blanket?
An electric blanket is, quite simply, a blanket which contains an electric heater. Owning an electric blanket is like having a warm, cosy hug all night long. They are perfect for those cold winter nights when you don't want to leave your bed, but also don't want to freeze to death. It's also great for people who always steal the covers, because you can have your own personal heat source. If you're looking for a bedtime companion that will keep you warm all night, an electric blanket is the perfect fit.
How to choose an electric blanket
If you're considering buying an electric blanket, there are a few things you should consider before making a purchase. Here are some tips to help you choose the best electric blanket for your needs:
- Safety. Make sure the electric blanket you choose is UL listed, which means it has been tested and certified by an independent safety organisation. Look for blankets with automatic shut-off features; these turn off the heating element after a certain amount of time in order to prevent overheating.
- Size. Measure your bed to ensure you get the right size electric blanket. It's important to get a blanket that fits your bed well, as a blanket that is too small may not cover your entire body and a blanket that is too large may be difficult to control. Our blankets come in three sizes - single, double and king.
- Heating settings. Our range of electric blankets have three heat settings, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your comfort level. Consider how you like to sleep and choose a blanket with a range of heat settings that will suit your needs.
- Material. Electric blankets are available in a variety of materials, including cotton, polyester and fleece. Consider your personal preferences and the climate in which you live when choosing a material. For example, for hotter rooms, a cotton or lightweight polyester blanket may be more suitable.
- Care instructions. Make sure to follow the care instructions for your electric blanket to ensure it lasts for as long as possible. This may include washing it on a gentle cycle and avoiding bleach and other harsh chemicals.
- Price. A good electric blanket can be bought for less than £20. Determine your budget and look for a blanket that fits your needs and your price range.
How much does it cost to run an electric blanket?
With energy costs continually rising, a common question is how much it costs to run an electric blanket. Most blankets are very energy efficient and cost very little to run.
However, the cost of running an electric blanket all depends on the wattage of the blanket in question (as this affects how much electricity is used) and the cost per unit of electricity when the blanket is turned on. As an example, it would cost around 24p to run a 100W electric blanket for one hour each day across a whole week. This means, if you used your electric blanket for one hour every day across an entire year, it would only cost about £12 in total.
How safe is an electric blanket?
When used to pre-warm your bed, electric blankets are very safe. If your electric is very old or has a lot of wear and tear, then it is best to replace it, as this could make it dangerous to use, especially as they may not have the internal temperature controls that stop newer blankets from overheating.
In order to make sure your electric blanket remains safe, turn it off when it’s not in use, don’t use a water bottle, avoid folding it up when it’s turned on and make sure you wash it according to the care instructions. Using your electric blanket properly ensures it remains safe, reducing any risk of electrocution or fire.
How do you wash an electric blanket?
As our electric blankets use a detachable control unit, the blanket itself is fully machine washable. After washing, let the blanket air dry completely before plugging it in and using it again.
Don't wait any longer to upgrade your bedding experience. Browse our collection of electric blankets today and find the perfect one for you.