Best electric blankets to keep warm on cold winter nights

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When it's freezing outside, an electric blanket will keep you feeling cosy and warm. (Getty Images)

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Now that temperatures have dramatically dropped and a winter chill is on its way, we'd recommend investing in an electric blanket to stay warm. 

While they're nothing new, any excuse to get cosy is music to our ears, especially when staying under the duvet all day isn't always realistic. 

Designed to sit between your mattress and your bedsheets, there's a variety of versions available, ranging from velvet to fleece, throws and over blankets. They're made with a heating element inside the fabric which heats up when plugged in - perfect for prepping your bed before you dive in.

They're cost-effective too, and at a time when most of our heating bills increase, they'll definitely come in handy. You can plug them in, let them heat up and switch them off before you get under the covers so they'll keep you cosy as they gradually cool down. 

Lastly, they're very safe. Many come with auto-shut-off features and can be used for lounging on the sofa, working from home, and before bed. 

We've handpicked our top 12 to shop now, spanning a range of budgets and bed sizes, so cold feet will always be a thing of the past.

Best electric blankets to keep you warm this winter

Dreamland Boutique Hotel Cotton Mattress Protector, Double | £94.99 from John Lewis


Dreamland Boutique Hotel Cotton Mattress Protector, Double
This Dreamland electric blanket heats up in only five minutes

Dreamland is a leading bedding brand so you're in good hands with this electric blanket. Available in single, double, kingsize, and super kingsize, it takes just five minutes to heat up, and is made in a 200 thread count with a deep elasticated skirt which will stay securely in place all night long. 

Lakeland Sherpa Electric Heated Throw | £79.99 from Lakeland 

Lakeland Sherpa Electric Heated Throw
Lakeland's own electric heated throw is machine washable, colourful and cosy

This peacock blue throw is perfect for days spent on the sofa. There are nine heat settings, nine different time settings, a super soft fleece sherpa lining, and best of all? It's machine washable for easy cleaning.

Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket - Single | £19 (was £60) from Amazon

Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket - Single
This Silentnight electric blanket currently has 68% off at Amazon

This bargain find from Amazon currently has 68% off so snap it up while it's on sale. It's made with secure straps to make sure it doesn't bunch up, can be thrown in the washing machine to keep it clean regularly and works out at just 1p a night.  

Status KEB-90W1PKB Electric Blanket - Kingsize | £39.99 from Currys PC World 

Status KEB-90W1PKB Electric Blanket - Kingsize
This kingsize electric blanket has three heat settings

Take your pick from three heat settings on this kingsize electric blanket, or set it to pre-heat so it's nice and toasty when you get into bed. It has overheating protection too, and a light that indicates when it's switched on. 

Kally Sleep Dual Heat Control Electric Blanket, Double | £80 from John Lewis  

Kally Sleep Dual Heat Control Electric Blanket, Double
This Kally electric blanket has dual-heat controls, perfect when you're sharing a bed

This Kally electric blanket comes with two hand controls, so if you're sharing the bed, each person can have the optimal temperature which suits them best. It's machine washable, too. 

Dreamland Starlight Express 16566 Electric Underblanket - Double | £44.99 from Currys PC World

Dreamland Starlight Express 16566 Electric Underblanket - Double
This Dreamland electric underblanket is made from a soft, fleece fabric

This underblanket from Dreamland is a pretty reasonable price and scores extra points for its snuggly fleece fabric. It can heat up in just 10 minutes, has elasticated straps and a slider control to choose between three heat settings 

Premium Comfort Double Electric Blanket | £34.99 from Amazon 

Premium Comfort Double Electric Blanket
This Amazon electric blanket has next-day delivery and looks extra plush

Amazon is a great place to shop for an electric blanket, as if you're a Prime subscriber you'll be able to buy it with free next-day delivery. This is the number one bestseller in 'Heating Pads', with one review saying: "I love this blanket. Three heat setting which is illuminated too gives you good options on how warm you want it to be. Fits great on the mattress with the ribbon ties too."

Soft Touch Electric Blanket | £35 from Dunelm 

Soft Touch Electric Blanket
This soft electric blanket from Dunelm is budget-friendly, costing less than £40 for a single bed

This embossed design adds a luxurious feel, but for a single bed size it costs less than £40. There's an extra quilted layer too which adds softness and comfort and there's even an extra function to warm your feet. What more do you need? 

Beurer Monogram Dual Control Blanket | £84.99 from Dunelm

Beurer Monogram Dual Control Blanket
This Beurer blanket is great if you want a teddy fleece material

This Beurer blanket has a five-star rating on Dunelm and works out to cost just 2p a night. It's dual-controlled, meaning one side can be a different temperature to the other, perfect for sleeping with a partner. There are also six temperature settings and it's made from a soft teddy fleece material. 

Slumberdown Sleepy Nights Electric Blanket | £34.99 from Wayfair

Slumberdown Sleepy Nights Electric Blanket
This Slumberdown electric blanket is made with an automatic shut-off feature if it gets too hot

Keep toes toasty with this Slumberdown electric blanket that comes with three heat settings, corner straps, auto-shutoff for peace of mind, and is easily machine washable. It's going straight in our basket. 

Silentnight Teddy Fleece Double Electric Blanket | £49 (was £70) from Debenhams

Silentnight Teddy Fleece Double Electric Blanket
This Silentnight fleece electric blanket is on sale at Amazon

The second Silentnight electric blanket is a steal for less than £50, having been reduced from £70. It's a teddy fleece fabric that heats up in minutes and is machine washable at 40 degrees. There's also overheat protection and straps which ensure a secure fit, making it perfect for the winter months. 

Electric Blanket | £65.99 from Wayfair 

Electric Blanket
This electric blanket from Wayfair has dual-controllers so each side of the bed can be a different temperature

This plush dual-controlled blanket is a treat for cold toes. There's LED controllers so you and your partner can each ensure your respective sides of the bed are as warm as you like. And that's not all – they also easily detach so you can put the blanket in the washing machine when it needs a clean. 

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