Electric Blankets

In the cold winter months, a regular blanket and duvet may not be enough to keep you warm. As a result, many people turn to electric blankets. In addition, electric blankets can also bring relief to those who experience joint or muscle aches.

Electric blankets plug into the mains and have a series of fine wires woven into them which heat up when the power is on. Electric blankets have a number of controls which allow the user to tune the blanket to their personal preferences. Some blankets can be left on for long periods of time, providing warmth throughout the night. However, many people prefer to leave the electric blanket on before they get into bed so when they do decide to retire, the bed is nice and warm.

Choosing the Best Electric Blanket

When it comes to choosing the best electric blanket for you, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration:

  • The size

  • Features

  • Fitted or flat blanket

As with regular blankets and bedding, electric blankets come in a range of sizes which correspond with the size of the user’s bed. This prevents the user having excess blanket draping on the floor or not having enough warmth. In addition, some blankets come in a smaller ‘throw’ a size which makes them appropriate for using on a sofa or armchair.

While all electric blankets are designed to keep the user warm, specific features vary from electric blanket to electric blanket. For example, some blankets should not be left plugged in all night, while others can be. Similarly some electric blankets automatically switch themselves off if the blanket’s temperature exceeds a limit, this not only prevents you from becoming uncomfortably hot, but it is a great safety feature. Other features that help differentiate electric blankets are the style of the heat adjustments.

Another factor that needs to be taken into account is whether you would prefer a fitted blanket or a flat blanket. Fitted blankets are gathered at the corners so that they comfortably cover the bed and are a popular option for those with back problems as they can provide some relief. On the other hand, flat electric blankets are just like regular blankets and can be used on a variety of furniture types, making them the more versatile of the two options.