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Tips for using your electric blanket

Electric blankets are perfect for keeping toasty when the nights get colder, so here are some facts and tips on how to use one to stay warm and cosy.

Buy new. When purchasing an electric blanket, it’s always advisable to buy one that is brand new, rather than a second-hand one. It’s also good to check that the blanket includes overheat protection.

Read the instructions. Before using your electric blanket, you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly – this includes the washing of the blanket.

Replace every 10 years. It’s also essential to replace your blanket if it begins to show signs of wear and tear, and replace it every 10 years. Signs of damage to keep an eye out for are creasing or folding, loose connections, scorch marks, fraying fabric, exposed parts of the blanket, damp patches, worn flex, and missing or damaged tie tapes. To avoid damage to the wires, you should also roll your blanket if you need to store it away, rather than fold it.

Safety first. If you’re wanting your electric blanket to keep you warm all night, you should check it includes a special thermostatic control to make sure it’s safe to leave on.

Check cord length. One more tip to avoid a potential inconvenience; check the cord length of your blanket! It would be very frustrating to be looking forward to a nice cosy night, only to find the blanket won’t reach the bed.

Using your electric blanket

To use your electric blanket, start by spreading it over the bed, and make sure that the controls are clear of your head. Silentnight Electric blankets are designed with the controls at the head of the bed safely out of the way. Other manufacturers may vary.

Next, plug the cord into your blanket, then into the wall. Switch the controller to your preferred settings depending on how chilly you are!

Electric Blanket FAQs

Which features should I look for when buying an electric blanket?

  • Heat settings - This lets you switch between different temperatures, so you can reach an optimum level of warmth.

  • Over-heat protection - This is a must on any electric blanket and makes sure the blanket automatically turns-off if any overheating occurs. 

  • Dual control - Perfect for couples, dual controls lets you set a different temperature for each side of the bed.

  • Ultra-fast heat up - Getting warm under the duvet can feel like a lifetime on these chilly nights. The ultra-fast heat up feature will get you from freezing to cosy in no time.

Can I wash my electric blanket?

All our Silentnight Electric Blankets are machine washable.  Simply disconnect the power lead from the blanket by lifting up the flap on top of the section attached to the blanket, so that the small round button is released, then pull to release the cord. The blanket section is then suitable to be machine washed as Wool at 40°C and either air dried or low heat tumble dried.

Our Electric Blankets are suitable to be hand washed but not suitable to be Dry Cleaned. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the booklet supplied with the blanket.

What is the temperature range of an electric blanket?

The fabric used in electric blankets contains thin electric wires, and when the blanket is switched on, the wires heat up the fabric and the bed. Electric blankets can be set to a variety of temperatures, depending on how warm you would like it. The lower temperatures tend to be around 18 and 25 degrees Celsius and can go as hot as 56 degrees Celsius.

Can mattress toppers be used with an electric blanket?

Yes. The electric blanket should be "sandwiched" between the mattress topper and the bottom sheet that you sleep on. If you have selected a mattress topper for its body moulding properties, you will notice a difference in the feel when you put an electric blanket on top of it.

My electric blanket is faulty. Who should I contact?

Our electric blankets are produced and supplied under license from the manufacturers, Comfy Quilts, who are best placed to deal with your query. 

To contact Comfy Quilts directly, call their Customer Services team on 0330 3322575 or visit their website www.comfyquilts.co.uk

Author - Liz Tabron

Liz Tabron

Liz has over 7 years' experience in writing lifestyle, home, health, and eco content. Liz's mission is to make accessible our expert team's knowledge.