The Best Heated Mattress Pads And Electric Blankets

heated padsIn the depths of winter, it always amazes me how a bed can look so cozy, only to give you a shivery surprise when you actually climb in.

So when the world outside is freezing over, heated bedding is an effective way to warm your bed to the exact temperature you need.

It can also help you save money on utility bills as it’s more energy efficient than heating the entire bedroom.

In this review, I’ll be looking at the most effective and comfortable heated mattress pads and blankets.

Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, you should find one which helps you sleep better on the coldest of nights.

Heated mattress pad or electric blanket?

People often think of electric blankets first when considering heated bedding, but a mattress pad is usually a better choice.

Heated mattress pads are known to be safer in general. And since heat rises, it’s more efficient to have the warmth originate from underneath you.

However, if you’re prone to overheating and just need a little extra warmth, it might be more comfortable to have a blanket instead.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the different heated bedding.

1. Sunbeam vertical quilted heated mattress pad

Best overall, with reliable heating and soft material

sunbeam quilted heated pad Sunbeam is an industry leader in designing heated bedding, and its vertical quilted heated mattress pad is the most comfortable and reliable I’ve tried.

Most heated mattress pads have very similar features really. For example, the majority have 10 heat settings, dual controls for queen size and up, and an auto-off feature.

So there are a couple of key points that make this Sunbeam model particularly good.

Firstly, with 5 ounces of fill, it’s as comfortable to lie on as a plush mattress pad. It also means you don’t feel the wires under your body in the night.

Secondly, it does the full range of heating settings very reliably, with a nice even heat spread throughout the pad.

And with easy to use dual controls for larger sizes, you and your partner can choose the exact temperature you need to sleep best.

Pros

  • The pad feels soft and the heating feels lovely.
  • There are dual controls for queen and king size beds.
  • The controller is well designed, with a digital display and a dimming feature.
  • A pre-heat function warms the bed quickly – just 5 or 10 minutes before getting into bed.
  • 10 heat settings.
  • 10 hour auto-off safety feature.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • Machine washable and dryer friendly.
  • 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • The connector is on top of the pad in the middle, a few inches from the end. So if you’re very tall, you might feel the connector with your feet.

Verdict

On balance, the quality and design of this Sunbeam heated pad are excellent. I can’t fault it when it comes to its capacity for warming, and it will definitely keep you cozy during the cold winter nights.

My one complaint applies to tall people whose feet reach the end of the bed. But for anyone else, this is a very good choice of heated bedding.

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2. Soft Heat micro-plush low voltage heated pad

Low voltage converter and good connector placement

softheat electric mattress padThe Soft Heat micro-plush heated mattress pad is made from a lovely, soft material. So not only does it keep you warm, but also adds an extra layer of comfort to your bed.

Compliment that with its thin wires, and it’s unlikely you’ll even notice the wiring is there. Safety is something Soft Heat evidently like to focus on, and it shows here with a low voltage converter and an auto-off function.

The main point it has in its favor compared to the Sunbeam is the cord placement. The connector is tucked out of the way at the head of the bed on the side, so you won’t feel it with your feet.

And the cords can easily reach sockets behind or to the side of the bed.

Pros

  • There are dual controls for queen, king, and california king sizes.
  • It has a lovely micro-velour top, and is made from quality material throughout.
  • There’s a fast pre-heat setting and 10 main heat settings.
  • It turns off automatically after 10 hours, or if sensors detect overheating.
  • The controllers have an LED display and an auto-dimmer to reduce artificial light during sleep.
  • The transformer reduces AC current to safer low-voltage DC current.
  • The cords are conveniently located.
  • The cords are flexible so you can use a fitted sheet.
  • It’s machine washable and can be used in a dryer.
  • It has a 5 year warranty

Cons

  • On larger pads you need to plug in two transformers, which might require an extension cable.
  • The transformers use energy even when switched off, so it’s best to unplug them during the day.

Verdict

The Soft Heat Micro-plush heated pad comes very close to getting everything right, but does have flaws, notably using two transformers on mattresses queen size and larger.

The quality of the design is otherwise excellent. The placement of the connectors is perfect, as they are tucked neatly out of the way. And if you share your bed, you can both have complete freedom of temperature choice.

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3. Sunbeam therapeutic heated mattress pad

Multiple heating zones for targeted warmth 

sunbeam therapeutic heated mattress padThe Sunbeam therapeutic pad goes one step further than the classic dual zones: smaller sizes have 3 individual temperature zones, while the queen and king sizes have 6 in total.

The idea is that you can choose to keep your feet toasty, your body warm and your upper body cool. Or any other heating combination you choose.

If you have any particular aches and pains, you can provide targeted relief, without necessarily heating your entire body.

So if you do have any medical needs, or specific problems such as painfully cold feet, it’s a practical way to address those issues.

Pros

  • The controller is wireless, easy to use with a digital display for each zone. It also has an auto-dimmer to avoid bright lights in the bedroom.
  • Each zone can be set to 1 of 10 heat settings, along with a pre-heat option.
  • The connectors sit at the bottom of the pad, conveniently out of the way of your feet.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • The pad itself is thick and comfortable, so you won’t feel the wires.
  • 100% cotton top.
  • There’s an auto-off after 10 hours safety function.
  • It’s machine washable and dryer safe.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Even though it’s technically dual controls, there’s only one physical controller which you have to share with your partner.
  • There’s a control box which needs to be placed under the bed. If you don’t have an ‘under the bed’, you’ll need to set it next to the bed.

Verdict

Although most heated mattress pads have dual zones, they don’t usually give you control over which part of your body is warmed.

But with this one, you can specifically choose to heat your feet more if you prefer, which is great. Just be prepared to pass the single controller between you if you share your bed.

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4. Sunbeam velvet plush heated blanket

Best heated blanket, with 20 heat settings and good dual zone controls

Sunbeam Luxurious Velvet Plush King Heated Blanket

Sunbeam takes the honor of coming out on top of both the heated pad and heated blanket sections. They make a fair range of heated blankets, but this one manages to tick several important boxes.

The material feels wonderful, and although not technically velvet, you can see why they describe it as velvet plush when you feel how soft it is.

The wires aren’t nearly as bothersome as most other heated blankets. And the 20 different heat settings, available in dual zones, give two people plenty of temperature choice.

Pros

  • Made from 100% polyester, it has a beautifully smooth and soft velvet feel on the skin.
  • Pre-heat function, and warms quickly.
  • 20 different heat settings.
  • Auto-adjusting temperature monitoring keeps the temperature stable.
  • 10 hours auto-off safety timer.
  • Easy to use controller.
  • Dual zones for larger sizes – with all 20 heat settings for each side.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones and double controllers.
  • Machine washable and dryer friendly.
  • 5 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • As with all electric blankets, you can feel the wires if you try. But, it’s less noticeable than other brands.
  • With dual zones, there’s quite a lot of cord length to place under the bed.

Verdict

If you have your heart set on using a blanket over the top of you rather than a pad underneath, this Sunbeam is one of the best options. It feels great, warms reliably well and has good dual zone controls.

The wires are noticeable, but only if you’re feeling for them and don’t use a top sheet. And the cords so have a fair amount of length to them, which you’ll be tucking under the bed. But if you can forgive it on those points, it’s a good choice overall.

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5. Soft Heat ultra micro plush electric blanket

Comfortable electric blanket

Soft Heat ultra micro plush electric blanketThe Soft Heat electric blanket neatly combines comfort with a robust and reliable design.

It has all the features you would hope for: dual controls with the queen and king sizes, a range of heat settings, low-voltage conversion, and a comfortable material.

It will keep you warm and snug on those cold nights with a range of heat settings, and you and your partner have full control of your separate sides.

Pros

  • The fabric feels wonderfully plush and soft on the skin.
  • It heats well, has multiple temperature settings, and a gentle heat setting if you just want a little warmth.
  • The cords come out of the foot of the bed and are long enough to reach under the bed and plug in back at the wall.
  • If you share your bed and have queen or king size, you’ll get separate controls for the two separate heating areas.
  • The controller is easy to use, with a backlit display so you can see what setting it’s on in the night.
  • Small transformers convert the mains power into safer lower voltage current.
  • It’s machine washable.
  • Comes with a 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • With the queen and king sizes, you need two sockets to plug the transformers in.
  • You can feel the wires if you don’t use a top sheet.

Verdict

The Soft Heat is a good choice of electric blanket if you’re looking for a combination of comfort, ease of use, safety and dual controls.

It’s up to the job of keeping you warm, and importantly allows two people to sleep with the exact level of heating they prefer.

It’s a shame that it requires two power outlets, which does make it less convenient to use than the Sunbeam.

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6. Sunbeam micro plush heated blanket

Lightweight and attractive design

sunbeam electric blanketThe Sunbeam micro plush heated blanket feels lovely on the skin and will keep you nicely snug and warm. It has an attractive design which won’t look out of place in the modern bedroom.

It shares many features in common with the Soft Heat, but there are some important differences. And as is often the case with heated bedding, you’ll see that the main differences are practical issues around the wires and connectors.

Pros

  • The micro plush material is soft and looks attractive.
  • It’s thin and lightweight, which reduces over-heating and won’t weigh down too much on you in bed.
  • The queen and king size have dual controllers (the easy turn dial type) with separate heating compartments for couples.
  • There are 10 heat settings, and it heats well throughout the blanket.
  • It comes with normal plugs rather than transformers.
  • The cords come out of the foot end of the blanket and are a good length.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • It’s machine washable.
  • It comes with a 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • No specific pre-heat setting.
  • 4 cords to deal with on larger sizes – two connectors and two controllers.
  • You can feel the wires if you’re looking for them.

Verdict

The Sunbeam heated blanket is pleasantly soft and heats well, with multiple settings and dual controls.

It has normal plugs rather than transformers, so in many ways the lightweight design works for the better.

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