The Best Electric Blankets for Keeping you Snug all WinterThe Best Electric Blankets for Keeping you Snug all Winter

The Best Electric Blanket

Or how to stop your other half stealing your side of the doona.
Elese Dowden
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Elese Dowden
Updated 
Jun 8, 2020
Elese Dowden
Words by 
Elese Dowden
Updated 
Jun 8, 2020

Jon Snow was right: winter is coming. So whether you live in Melbourne, Sydney, or Westeros, it's time to get your winter woolies out. But while some of us look forward to matcha lattes and '4K Ultra HD fireplace' on the Chromecast, not everyone is #blessed to have stellar insulation. If you've found yourself dreading your partner's cold feet every night, it might be time to invest in an electric blanket. 

Ah - electric blankets. Is there anything better than a warm bed after a hard day? OK, sure, mojitos exist, and yes, there's always revenge on your least favorite co-worker. But those things are best served cold. Sweater-weather calls for a warmer outlook. You'll find yourself dreading the forecast much less with an electric blanket on your bed.

Investing in a new electric blanket is the key to saving on electricity. Heating up an entire house is expensive, especially if your home isn't well-insulated. Electric blankets heat small spaces quickly, minimizing your heating budget. This leaves you with more time and money to enjoy mojitos, or to craft elaborate revenge plans. To find the best electric blanket in Australia, we've scrolled through hundreds of reviews to bring you our top picks.

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Best for most

Sunbeam SleepPerfect

The Sunbeam SleepPerfect Quilted Electric Blanket ticks all the boxes. Whether you're worried about safety, quality, or extra features - this blanket has you covered. What’s secretly cool about the SleepPerfect blanket is that it houses some clever technology. The built-in temperature and extra-warm foot zone will keep you toasty all night long.

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Best for budget

Target Multi-Zone

If the Target Multi-Zone Electric Blanket was a couch, it would be a knock-off La-Z-Boy your dad got off Gumtree. In short, it's a bargain. It may not last as long as a pricier product, but it's packed with some cool features at an even cooler price. Impressively, it was the only product in its price range to include an extra-warm foot zone.

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Best for lasting

Sunbeam Sleep Express

The Sunbeam Sleep Express Electric Blanket is exactly the kind of electric blanket your parents would give you for Christmas. It may not be the fanciest blanket, but it balances safety, reliability, and comfort without breaking the bank. A good all-rounder.

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Sunbeam Sleep Express
Best for snuggling

Kmart Heated Throw

The Kmart Heated Throw was so highly-rated by Australians that we had to mention it. At $35, it was the cheapest blanket on our list. It has a surprising number of heat settings, and is soft, lightweight, and large. Just don't expect it to last you a lifetime.

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How we picked

There are a lot of blankets out there: mink throws, Spotlight doonas, weighted blankets... but out of all of them, the electric variety is the warmest. And even then, not all are up to Australian and New Zealand electric blanket safety standards. To be sure that the ones we reviewed were up to scratch, we first checked CHOICE, Australia's top consumer advocate. We then cross-checked against Consumer NZ, which is the Kiwi counterpart of CHOICE.

There were a number of blankets that stood out, so we did some research comparing electric blankets' features. There were a multitude of hot options, from intuitive temperature technology, all the way to 'antibacterial' blankets. Comparing these products involved checking supplier websites to confirm safety features, warranties and add-ons. From here, we narrowed the list down to around 14.

One particular brand dominated the list. We don't write paid reviews, and we try not to read them either, so we checked Canstar Blue, another Australian consumer comparison site. This confirmed the brand's reputation in the electric blanket category. After lopping the lowest-rated blankets from the list, we headed to ProductReview.com.au to find out what consumers had to say.

What we discovered was that electric blanket reviews were skewed. While some customers loved electric blankets with timers, others hated this function, giving their blankets a bad review. Given that they can overheat, we tended slightly towards reviews that valued electric blanket safety features. To narrow down our selection, we cut any products that rated less than 3.5 stars out of 5.

Finally, it was time to choose a winner. We were sure to compare features across price ranges, because we know that not everyone can drop a cool $300 on an electric blanket. The winning blankets were chosen because we felt that their prices fairly reflected their features, and because consumer electric blanket reviews closely matched what the experts said. That left us with 9 blankets, including 4 overall winners.

Related: The Best Mattress for Sleeping Like Royalty Every Night

The 7 best electric blankets in Australia

Best for most -> Sunbeam SleepPerfect Quilted

Sunbeam SleepPerfect

The Sunbeam SleepPerfect Quilted Electric Blanket ticks all the boxes. Whether you're worried about safety, quality, or extra features - this blanket has you covered. What’s secretly cool about the SleepPerfect blanket is that it houses some clever technology. The built-in temperature and extra-warm foot zone will keep you toasty all night long.

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The Sunbeam SleepPerfect stands out from the rest. It has the most electric blanket safety features, and is competitively priced. Of course, almost all reliable electric blankets have safety features and add-ons, but few tick all the boxes. The SleepPerfect electric blanket, on the other hand, goes from strength to strength with little compromise.

One of its most impressive features is its clever heating technology, which adjusts the power to maintain your desired heat setting. This electric blanket is designed to sense and adjust with your body temperature for optimal warmth, which makes it an ideal choice for those who like their blanket on all night. The Sunbeam SleepPerfect electric blanket has removable dual controllers, and heats up in 5-10 minutes.

The constant temperature monitoring prevents the blanket from overheating, as it reduces the power supply if the blanket heat is above the desired setting. If these functions fail, there is a second microprocessor built-in to act as a safety net. What makes this electric blanket safer still is that the SleepPerfect blanket has a thermal back-up fuse, which turns it off if the temperature gets too high.

Despite housing so much technology, the reviews showed that this electric blanket was one of the most comfortable. The quilting on top means you can't feel the wires underneath, and the fitted design prevents the electric blanket from shifting as you sleep. There's also extra heating around the foot zone, and a timer which switches the blanket off after either 1 or 9 hours. CHOICE has tested it, and ProductReview.com.au consumers gave it a 3.5 out of 5.

Why buy the Sunbeam SleepPerfect Quilted

Safety

More features than an in-flight Qantas demonstration.

Efficiency

The blanket adjusts with your body temperature, reducing the need for full-blast heat.

Washable

Removable controllers make it machine washable.

Options

There are waterproof and antibacterial versions (at a price).

Comfy

The quilted top adds a layer between you and all that shiny tech.

Quick

Heats up in around 10 minutes.

Fitted

No bunched up blankets.

Foot zone

Extra wires around your feet.

Timer

Set it from 75 minutes to 12 hours.

Heat level control

9 different kinds of 'warm'.

The not-so-good bits

Prone to faults

Most bad reviews were due to faulty products, rather than a reflection of bad design.

Not hot enough

This blanket won't get as piping-hot as older blankets because of the temperature-controlled safety features.

In summary 

The Sunbeam SleepPerfect electric blanket is the best electric blanket in Australia for 2020. The safety features alone are enough to give you peace of mind. What gives this blanket clear advantage over the rest is that it balances these safety controls with a comfortable quilted top and extra-hot foot zone. The body temperature feature won't please everyone, but if you want a perfect sleep, your best bet is the Sunbeam SleepPerfect electric blanket.

Best for budget -> Target Multi-Zone

Target Multi-Zone

If the Target Multi-Zone Electric Blanket was a couch, it would be a knock-off La-Z-Boy your dad got off Gumtree. In short, it's a bargain. It may not last as long as a pricier product, but it's packed with some cool features at an even cooler price. Impressively, it was the only product in its price range to include an extra-warm foot zone.

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At this price, a better question may be 'why not buy the Target Multi-Zone electric blanket?' We'll get to that part, but this has more features and better reviews than some of the most expensive products on our list. Of course, it won't last as long, but at this price, it's a great entry-level electric blanket with a nifty list of features. It scored 3.6 on ProductReview.com.au, and is reviewed by CHOICE.

Without a doubt, the best feature of the Target Multi-Zone blanket is the separate zones. This was the only blanket under $100 to have an extra-warm foot zone. The Target Multi-Zone blanket offers separate heat settings for body and feet. This means you can set the main part of the blanket on low, and the foot zone on high, for example. There's an overheat function, too.

What makes it even more deluxe is that the Target Multi-Zone blanket has dual controls to cater to co-sleepers with different heat preferences. It includes heat settings for either pre-warming the bed, or for staying cosy till the sun rises. The default auto-off is set at 12 hours, which makes it ideal for those who have a burning vendetta against electric blankets with timers.

Why buy the Target Multi-Zone

Foot zone

One of the only blankets to have separate feet and body settings.

Machine washable

Removable controllers so you can chuck it in the wash.

Safety

Overheat function to prevent er, overheating.

No timer

The blanket is designed to be left on only at setting 1, with default auto-off at 12 hours.

Price

It's a bit of a bargain, TBH.

Fitted

It won't bunch up, either.

The not-so-good bits

Quality

Some consumers found that their blankets died after only one winter.

Warranty

There is little to no information about the warranty anywhere, which may be a reflection of the product quality.

In summary 

If you buy the Target Multi-Zone electric blanket, you’ll get what you pay for. But if you want all of the best bits without the price tag, this is the blanket for you. It won't last as long as a mid-range blanket, but it should keep you warm for at least one winter. Let's be real - that's more than you can say about your ex.

Best for lasting -> Sunbeam Sleep Express Electric Blanket

Sunbeam Sleep Express

The Sunbeam Sleep Express Electric Blanket is exactly the kind of electric blanket your parents would give you for Christmas. It may not be the fanciest blanket, but it balances safety, reliability, and comfort without breaking the bank. A good all-rounder.

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If you've been burned by electric blankets that only last a few months, the Sunbeam Sleep Express Electric Blanket is your next winter purchase. With a 3-year warranty, this fitted electric blanket should last much longer than the average Australian Prime Minister. We were particularly impressed by the price of this one - you don't even need to hold out for a sale (or a leadership spill).

Like its sister, the SleepPerfect, the Sunbeam Sleep Express is designed to perform above industry standard. It has patented heating technology that makes your bed cosy in less than 10 minutes, and includes detachable controls like most other blankets. But unlike many other products, you can throw the Sleep Express electric blanket in the washing machine.

The Sleep Express boasts dual controls and an auto-off safety function. There's also a fairly wide range of heat settings. If you set your electric blanket from 1-5, the built-in timer will shut it down after 9 hours. The highest heat setting, which is 6, overrides the 9 hour auto-off function. This setting is designed to heat your bed up quick before you get in it. But be warned: you'll probably cook yourself if you sleep with it on all night.

Why buy the Sunbeam Sleep Express

Warranty

With a clear warranty, you'll get 3 years' worth of warm beds out of this one.

Machine washable

Thanks to the removable controllers.

Safety

9 hour auto-off function in case you forget to turn your blanket off.

Fast

Patented heating tech that heats in around 10min, or 3x faster than standard blankets.

Fitted

Again, no bunching!

The not-so-good bits

Timer

It's 9 hours or nothing, which may mean less heat efficiency.

Safety

No auto-off on the highest heat setting, so this blanket isn't ideal for children or forgetful folks.

Low on features

This blanket lacks in features, but makes up in quality.

In summary 

If you don't have $200 to drop on an electric blanket, but you're sick of compromising on cheap blankets that don't last, the Sunbeam Sleep Express is for you. Sure, it doesn't have separate foot zones. But at this price, it's a great value blanket that outperforms the quality and reliability of some of the most expensive electric blankets on the market.

Best for snuggling -> Kmart Heated Throw

Sunbeam Sleep Express

The Kmart Heated Throw was so highly-rated by Australians that we had to mention it. At $35, it was the cheapest blanket on our list. It has a surprising number of heat settings, and is soft, lightweight, and large. Just don't expect it to last you a lifetime.

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The Kmart Heated Throw nearly didn't make the list. It flew under CHOICE and Consumer's radars, but reviewers loved it so much that it had the highest rating on ProductReview.com.au out of all electric blankets on the site. But this wasn't down to sample size - this electric blanket had more reviews than most of the others we looked at. The Kmart Heated Throw is truly a blanket for the masses.

So, how did the cheapest electric blanket in Australia outperform nearly all of its counterparts in every price range? To begin with, the controller is simple, with an LED display, and 3 buttons: one each for timer, temperature, and power. The timer can be set from 1 to 9 hours, and it includes a special 12-hour setting. The range of temperatures also runs from 1-9, which is unexpectedly wide for a blanket at this price.

Why buy the Kmart Heated Throw

Why not?

It's cosy, compact, and cheap as chips.

Simplicity

No complicated controllers.

Timer

You can set it either between 1-9 hours, or for 12 hours.

Heat settings

9 different settings (impressive for such a cheap blanket).

Great reviews

It has the best reviews out of all electric blankets on ProductReview.com.au.

Versatile

Will keep you snug during an episode of Law and Order, but not in the same league as our Sunbeam or Target picks.

The not-so-good bits

Design

It isn't meant to be used under your mattress protector, which is probably why CHOICE and Consumer didn't review it.

Warranty

Only a 12-month warranty.

Safety

Very few safety features, although the Kmart website mentions an overheat function.

Ethics

A low price sometimes means a product isn't ethically made.

In summary 

In short, the Kmart Heated Throw is a bit of a wild card. Your family will be fighting over who gets to use it first, but at the same time, there are much better electric blankets out there. All things considered, the Kmart Heated Throw is a great product - just don't expect it to do the job of a proper electric blanket.

The competition

What we found was that the electric blanket universe is one of very specific features. While there were 4 electric blankets that notably impressed us, there were 3 others that still made (most) of the cut. If you still haven't found the one, read on to see if your dream electric blanket is below.

Heller Double Fitted

The Heller Double Fitted Electric Blanket is the cheapest actual electric blanket on the list. It gets 3.4 on ProductReview.com.au. We were slightly alarmed by the first review, which complained that the blanket had caught fire. However, the blanket was more than five years old, which raises an important point.

Electric blankets are not like other household appliances because they pose a higher safety risk outside of warranty. Electric blankets must be stored correctly (rolled up) so that the heating wires aren't damaged. Users should check and test their blankets for dodgy wires after they have been in storage (the blankets, not the users). Check out Australian electric blanket recalls.

The newest Heller Double Fitted Electric Blankets have 3 heat settings, a basic controller with indicator, and both overheat and overcurrent protection. They're machine washable, and include detachable controllers, too. Given that for around $20 more, you can get a blanket of much higher quality, you may be better off upgrading. At the same time, not everyone has an extra $20, so it's a good budget option.

Choose this if...

You just want the lowest price.

Breville BodyZone Quilted Fitted

On paper, the Breville BodyZone Quilted Fitted Electric blanket is a winner. In practice, it's a bit of a gamble. As the most expensive electric blanket on our list, the $280 price tag is justified by the flash add-ons. There are two separately-controlled heat zones (for upper and lower body), with dual controllers so each sleeper can choose their desired setting. This was one of the features that consumers liked most. 

On top of this, the Breville BodyZone blanket is machine washable, and has a fancy LCD screen on each controller. The screen brightens for programming and dims when not in use. The controller also remembers recent settings, so you don't have to keep resetting it. In terms of safety features, it isn't on par with the Sunbeam SleepPerfect electric blanket, but it does have an auto-off timer between 1 and 9 hours.

This CHOICE-reviewed blanket is truly top-of-the-line. So why didn't it make the cut? When we checked ProductReview.com.au, the Breville BodyZone blanket had some pretty poor reviews. There were numerous complaints about the controller's design and complexity, and a few about the heat intensity. What was particularly striking was that many consumers found that their electric blankets were faulty, and took them back for refunds. Thank goodness they have a 3-year warranty.

Choose this if...

You want the Ferrari of electric blankets.

Breville BodyZone Antibacterial

If you were suspicious of the Breville blankets after the last review, this Breville BodyZone Antibacterial Electric Blanket could restore your faith. The Antibacterial version has better reviews than the Quilted, and rated 3.7 on ProductReview.com.au. This blanket also has 2 separate zones and dual controllers, with an auto-off timer that can be set between 1 and 9 hours. There is very little information about the blanket's 'antibacterial' qualities, so we can't comment on this feature.

Unlike the Quilted blanket, the Antibacterial blanket has few poor reviews. A Breville BodyZone Antibacterial blanket will set you back over $200, but with a 3-year warranty, you can expect this one to last. The Sunbeam Quilted blanket has more safety features at a lower price, so the BodyZone fell short. Most reviews were positive, but the negative ones were, again, about the complexity of the controller.  

Choose this if...

You like your electric blanket to have a lot of hot options.

How we picked

There are a lot of blankets out there: mink throws, Spotlight doonas, weighted blankets... but out of all of them, the electric variety is the warmest. And even then, not all are up to Australian and New Zealand electric blanket safety standards. To be sure that the ones we reviewed were up to scratch, we first checked CHOICE, Australia's top consumer advocate. We then cross-checked against Consumer NZ, which is the Kiwi counterpart of CHOICE.

There were a number of blankets that stood out, so we did some research comparing electric blankets' features. There were a multitude of hot options, from intuitive temperature technology, all the way to 'antibacterial' blankets. Comparing these products involved checking supplier websites to confirm safety features, warranties and add-ons. From here, we narrowed the list down to around 14.

One particular brand dominated the list. We don't write paid reviews, and we try not to read them either, so we checked Canstar Blue, another Australian consumer comparison site. This confirmed the brand's reputation in the electric blanket category. After lopping the lowest-rated blankets from the list, we headed to ProductReview.com.au to find out what consumers had to say.

What we discovered was that electric blanket reviews were skewed. While some customers loved electric blankets with timers, others hated this function, giving their blankets a bad review. Given that they can overheat, we tended slightly towards reviews that valued electric blanket safety features. To narrow down our selection, we cut any products that rated less than 3.5 stars out of 5.

Finally, it was time to choose a winner. We were sure to compare features across price ranges, because we know that not everyone can drop a cool $300 on an electric blanket. The winning blankets were chosen because we felt that their prices fairly reflected their features, and because consumer electric blanket reviews closely matched what the experts said. That left us with 9 blankets, including 4 overall winners.

Related: The Best Mattress for Sleeping Like Royalty Every Night

Important features to consider

Electric blankets have more features than a French film festival. These stood out across our research.

Safety

Wondering whether electric blankets are safe? We think so, provided you treat them with care. Roll 'em up for storage, and avoid sleeping with the blanket on. If you do want to sleep with your blanket on, think about buying a blanket with solid safety features. To make sure that the blanket doesn't overheat, you have 3 options: a timer, overheat protection, or both. While a timer shuts the heating off after a set period, overheat protection stops the power if it detects anything unusual.

Having an electric blanket with timer and overheat protection is ideal, but if the blanket you like best includes neither, check to see if it has an 'auto-off' feature. An 'auto-off' feature is similar to a timer. Blankets with this function will turn the heat off after a preset time period. Auto-off is cool, but electric blankets with timers will give you something everybody wants: more control. 

Fitted

Not all electric blankets are created equal. Some are fitted, while others tie down to the mattress. The latter will make memories of assembling IKEA furniture seem golden in comparison. We can't think of any benefits to the tie-down feature. Fitted blankets stop your blanket shifting under you while you sleep, so take this into consideration if there's a restless sleeper in your bed. 

Machine washable

You wash your mattress protector (we hope), so it makes sense that you should also wash your electric blanket. Most of the major brands have thought about this, and have designed controls to be removable so that you can throw your blanket in the wash. This sometimes includes the dryer, too.

There's nothing worse than discovering the 'HAND WASH ONLY' tag after you pull something out of the machine. Replacing a Sportsgirl top is much cheaper than a new electric blanket, so it pays to read the manual. Some of the blankets on our list were only designed to be hand-washed. Oh, and 'machine washable' doesn't mean 'waterproof'. You'll need to seek out a purpose-designed blanket if this is one of your concerns.

Controls

The reviews made it clear: consumers have a lot of feelings about controllers. A general rule is that more money means more control - in terms of heating, of course. However, most of the poor reviews in the higher price range were because of the fancy controls, so keep this in mind if you're not tech-savvy. Blankets with added features generally had more complicated controls, so if you want something simple, your best option may be a mid-range blanket. 

Another thing we considered was whether electric blankets offered dual controls. There were very few blankets that did not have this feature. If you're paying more than $70, it's reasonable to expect two controls. You may decide that this doesn't matter to you, in which case you may find yourself at the mercy of both the manufacturer and your co-sleeper.

Related: The Best Electric Heater for the Cosiest Winter Ever

What you get if you spend more

Most people will use their electric blanket every night throughout winter - but winter can last longer depending on the climate. For example, Queenslanders might only use their blankets during State of Origin, while Tasmanians will likely feel the cold for much longer. If you use a blanket for 4 months of the year, you'll use it twice as much as someone who uses it for 2. The further you are from Suncorp Stadium, the more sensible it may be to invest in a quality electric blanket.

Quality

All the mid-range and luxury electric blankets we reviewed had a 3-year warranty, while cheaper blankets tended towards 12 months. It might seem silly to spend $199 on an electric blanket instead of $79, but if you have to buy a new one every winter, the cheaper blanket may end up costing more. We're all about getting more bang for your buck, which is why we've chosen blankets that reflect their value.

Quicker heating

Cheap electric blankets were more likely to lose their 'oomph' over time. Blankets on the higher end of the price scale often boasted speedy heating, which means you spend less time shivering if you forget to turn the blanket on before you get in bed. This is more energy efficient if you aren't sleeping with an electric blanket switched on all night.

Separate heating zones

Do you share your bed with a pair of cold feet? Try an extra-warm foot zone. When looking for a blanket, check to see if you can set the foot zone separately. In some products, 'foot heating' just meant extra heating wires, while other blankets had different controls for each area. Be wary - added features like this one will push the price up.

The bottom line

The best electric blanket is the one that suits your preferences. Some reviewers loved high-heat blankets with fewer safety features, while others hated them. Extra-warm foot zones were usually loved, but some found them too hot. Even so, there were aspects that almost all consumers agreed upon: quality, dual controls, quick heating, and a low price.

As a general rule, the more you spend, the better the blanket. A quality blanket should heat quickly, last 3 years or more, and have enough safety features to give you peace of mind. At the same time, there are a number of good choices in the lower price bracket. If you find a blanket with a lot of features at a lower price, you may be compromising on quality or safety. In this case, it may be best to wait for a sale and upgrade.

The Sunbeam SleepPerfect Quilted Electric Blanket took out the title for the best electric blanket. It's priced reasonably given its quality and features. The clever technology, comfort, simple controls, and multiple safety levels make it suitable for nearly anyone - whether that be your grandma, your 4-year-old cousin, or your tech-obsessed partner.

Our runners-up were also great value for money, especially the Target Multi-Zone Electric Blanket. It may not last long, but if you're a fussy sleeper on a budget, it could be for you. With separate foot zones and dual controls, it's nearly comparable to blankets in a much higher price range.

The Sunbeam Sleep Express Electric Blanket was our pick for best for lasting. It would make an ideal housewarming gift for your favourite millennial, and should last a long time. This blanket has fewer fancy features, which turns out to be an advantage given that fancy features often reduce electric blankets' longevity.

Last on our list was the Kmart Heated Throw. It's the best heated blanket you will find for the price, and is a great choice for a basic electric blanket with a timer. Again, it won't last very long, and is not designed to be used under your mattress protector, but it will keep you warm while you watch that 4K fireplace crackle on YouTube.

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