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electric blanket guide

written by Liz Tabron

updated 18.08.2023

electric blanket with temperature control - electric blanket advice

During the colder months, an electric blanket is a popular addition to houses across the UK because it provides that extra level of warmth that you can't get with an ordinary blanket. Find out why so many chose to use a heated blanket or if you want to know more about how to use an electric blanket and if they’re safe to use, then we’ve got you covered.

what is an electric blanket?

An electric blanket, also known as a heated blanket, is a bedding accessory that contains built-in electrical heating elements. It’s designed to generate warmth by delivering controlled heat and they typically come with adjustable temperature settings, allowing you to select your preferred level of warmth.

Heated blankets are a great cost-effective accessory during the colder months as you don’t need to heat your entire home, so not only can you stay warm, but you can save money too.

are electric blankets safe?

So, how safe are electric blankets? Generally, electric blankets are very safe to use with the correct care and guidance.  When purchasing an electric blanket, buying one that is brand new, rather than second-hand is always advisable and it’s also important to check that the blanket you choose includes overheating protection.

can you sleep with an electric blanket on?

Electric blankets should never be left unattended when turned on. But, can you leave an electric blanket on all night? We don't recommend sleeping with an electric blanket on all night and a thermostatic control or timer should be used if you choose to leave your electric blanket on. Make sure to read the instructions before using your electric blanket – this has all the information you need to prevent any hazards, such as how to use and care for your blanket.

how long do electric blankets last?

An electric blanket should be replaced roughly every 10 years. It’s essential to replace your blanket if it begins to show signs of wear and tear. If you notice any of the damages below then you should consider replacing your blanket for safety reasons:

  • Creasing or folding

  • Loose connections

  • Scorch marks

  • Fraying fabric

  • Exposed parts of the blanket

  • Damp patches

  • Worn flex

  • Missing or damaged tie tapes

how to store an electric blanket?

If you want to store away your heated blanket it is best to carefully roll it beforehand, instead of folding it, this avoids causing any damage to the wires and helps your electric blanket last longer.

how to use an electric blanket

To start using your electric blanket spread it over the bed and make sure any wires or controls are clear of your neck area. 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, then get ready to feel the warmth.

electric blanket buying guide

Here are some key features to look out for when buying the best electric blanket for you:

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

  • Over-heating 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 let 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.

  • Cord length - Check the cord length of your blanket, it would be very frustrating to find the blanket won’t reach the bed.

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how to wash an electric blanket?

First, disconnect the power lead from the blanket by lifting the flap so 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. All Silentnight blankets are machine washable but not suitable to be dry cleaned, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you are unsure.

how hot do electric blankets get?

Electric blankets can be set to a variety of temperatures, depending on what you desire. The lower temperatures tend to be around 18 -25 degrees Celsius but they can go as hot as 56 degrees Celsius.

should electric blankets go above or below mattress protectors?

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.

do you sleep over or under an electric blanket?

An electric blanket should be positioned on top of your mattress and under your sheet, and secured at the corners when fastening straps are provided. A heated throw can be draped over you.

shop the best electric blankets here

At Silentnight we have a range of electric blankets to suit your sleep preferences, available in fleece and luxury options designed for couples or solo sleep. With a variety of control options to suit your desired temperature range. Find out more here.

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