Stay warm and cozy this winter with a top-rated electric blanket

Halie Aaron, CNN Underscored
Updated Thu October 4, 2018

Story highlights

  • An electric blanket is a great way to stay warm and toasty this winter
  • Heated blankets can help improve sleep, while also saving you money

Sometimes your heating system just doesn't cut it during the winter. And when that happens, we turn to an electric blanket to keep us warm and toasty, especially as the temperatures go from double digits to sub-zero.

True to their name, electric blankets feature insulated wires that, when designed well, effectively and evenly distribute heat. They typically come with an auto shut-off safety feature, a controller to adjust the heat and in a variety of sizes to suit your bed frame.

And many people vouch for the benefits of the blanket besides the obvious fact that it helps them stay cozy. For some, the added extra layer of heat can help relieve muscle soreness. For others, (especially those with arthritis), heated blankets can ease joint pain and help them sleep more soundly. And if used smartly, electric blankets can also assist with lowering heating costs. And while they're usually safe to use, it's important to note not every electric blanket is perfect, and even some of the best options can overheat.

If you want to try one for yourself, Amazon has a wide selection of heated blankets that vary in price and design.

Sunbeam is one of the most popular purveyors of electric blankets. Its popular products include Amazon No. 1 Best-Seller, the Microplush Heated Blanket with ComfortTech (starting at $54.92; amazon.com). This blanket features 10 heat settings, as well as an adjustable dimmer and preheat setting, so you can program the blanket to your exact liking. And if you're looking for more than just a heated blanket, Sunbeam also offers heated throws and mattress pads, all of which can be found on Amazon.

Another product that caught our eye is the Beautyrest Heated Fleece Blanket and Throw Combo Set (starting at $79.99; amazon.com). This machine washable blanket set comes in two colors and three sizes to fit a full ($79.99), queen ($104.99) or king ($109.99) bed.

Both the blanket and throw feature insulated wires lined in a "S" pattern that help evenly distribute heat. And much like Sunbeam's heated blanket, it comes with a variety of settings (five for the blanket and three for the throw) that can be adjusted via the attached controller, giving you ultimate control. Both products feature automatic shut-off after two hours. Better yet? The combined price is far cheaper than other blankets or throws.

It goes without saying that these blankets won't replace your need for heating. But they will help turn your bedroom or living room into one of the coziest and warmest places to relax during the winter. And who doesn't love that?