As the weather gets colder and energy prices continue to rise you may be reluctant to put the heating on as much as usual. More and more people are jumping on the bandwagon of Oodies and heated throws – not to be mistaken with electric blankets for your bed –to keep them warm and save money this winter. Instead of turning the heating on – which can cost around 40p an hour – you can snuggle up under a heated throw that costs from just 1p to run for 7 hours.

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Dreamland is currently the leader in the heated throw market but as their popularity increases, more brands are starting to make their own. To help you find the best ones available we scoured the market and asked our Top Testers Club which ones they use and why they love them.

For more energy saving ideas and products find out how to dry your clothes indoors without using a tumble dryer, or, if you want to your clothes to dry quickly take a look at our roundup of best heated airers.

Best heated throws at a glance

  • Best heated throw for energy efficiency: Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw Navy, £59.99
  • Best wearable heated throw: Lakeland Grey Electric Heated Poncho, £89.99
  • Best budget heated throw: Silentnight Luxury Heated Throw, £55
  • Best stylish heated throw: Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw, £109.99
  • Best heated throw for an easy to use controller: Homefront Electric Heated Throw, £67.99
  • Best patterned heated throw: Lakeland Fairisle Pattern Heated Throw, £79.99
  • Best heated throw for big families: Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw, £89.99

What to consider when buying a heated throw

Size – Most heated throws come in the standard 160cm x 120cm size, however, if you have a big family and want to share it and make sure it covers everyone on the sofa then it may be better to opt for a larger option, for example number 7 on this list which is 180cm x 135cm.

Heat settings – Heated throws have different heat settings to help you get the ideal level of warmth. They tend to vary from 3 to 9 options, so depending on how exact you want your temperature, be sure to check the number of settings available.

Timer/auto shut-off –It can be really helpful if the heated throw has a timer setting or an auto shut-off so that if you fall asleep it turns off and doesn't keep running and wasting electricity.

Style – If you're going to leave the blanket out as decoration on your sofa and use it as a normal throw all year round then you want it to look nice. Consider whether it goes well with your interior and will complement the room. We have included some gorgeous options such as number 4 and 6 on the list.

Running cost – Running a heated throw is definitely a less expensive option than putting the heating on. However, a heated blanket that can run on low for a long time uses up less energy and is actually more cost effective than one that is powerful all the time. Heated throws with lots of settings and timers – especially number 1 on the list that has intelliheat – ensure the throw is giving off heat in the most energy efficient way.

Material – This is purely down to preference but heated throws come in a variety of materials from velvet to faux fur. Choose one that you like the feel and look of, however, if you want to be extra warm then a thicker throw is naturally going to keep you warmer, even when it's not on.

Our pick of the best heated throws

1. Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw Navy, £59.99

– Best for energy efficiency

Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw Navy

Size: L160cm x W120cm| Temperature settings: 6 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

This heated blanket is one of the most affordable on the list and is very energy efficient, costing from just 1p to run for 7 hours thanks to its handy intelliheat+ control. It automatically monitors and adjusts the temperature of the blanket to keep you warm and give off heat as efficiently as possible as and when it detects it's needed.

The blanket heats up in 5 minutes and there are 6 temperature settings to choose from. It's specifically designed to ensure you don't overheat or become uncomfortable. The auto shut-off feature can be set for 1, 2 or 9 hours.

The silky navy blanket is large enough to share on the sofa with your family and is machine washable too, just make sure you detach the controller beforehand.

This blanket is also covered by Lakeland's 3 year guarantee.

Pros: Energy efficient, intelligent heat control, 6 temperature settings, auto shut-off feature, good size, machine washable, affordable
Cons: Only available in 1 colour

Available from: Lakeland

2. Lakeland Grey Electric Heated Poncho, £89.99

– Best wearable heated throw

Lakeland Grey Electric Heated Poncho

Size: L160cm x W130cm| Temperature settings: 9 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

Maybe having a heated throw on the sofa isn't enough, perhaps you want to be able to work from home or have your arms free to be able to get things done whilst keeping warm. Well, this Lakeland heated poncho does just that.

Unlike a regular heated throw, this one has fasteners around your shoulders to keep it in place. It covers your arms to ensure they don't get cold but also leaves them free enough to read, work or do anything you like.

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The poncho has 9 different heat settings and 9 time settings so you can set the temperature and time exactly how you want. The same as the Velvet Dreamland blanket, this too comes with overheating protection.

To wash, just detach the control and put in the washing machine at 30°. If you're not happy with it, Lakeland offers a 3 year guarantee.

Pros: Can wear and stays put on you, 9 temperature settings, 9 timer settings, machine washable
Cons: Can't share with the family

Available from: Lakeland

3. Silentnight Luxury Heated Throw, £55

– Best budget buy

Silentnight Luxury Heated Throw

Size: L160cm x W120cm| Temperature settings: 3 | Timer/shut-off: No | Machine washable: Yes

This is the cheapest heated throw on the list. The soft grey fleece throw has 3 heat settings to choose from and similar to the others listed above it also has overheat safety protection.

It costs just 1p to run for the whole night and is big enough to cover the whole family on the sofa. It's easy to wash too, detach the controller and pop it in the washing machine at up to 40°.

Pros: Most affordable option, good size, machine washable
Cons: Only 3 heat settings and no timer

Available from: Silentnight and Asda

4. Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw, £109.99

– Best for style

Dreamland Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw being tested

Size: L160cm x W120cm| Temperature settings: 6 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

If you want a stylish heated throw to lay out and display on your sofa then this is it. This gorgeous faux fur blanket looks stunning with its natural looking design. It's also incredibly soft, keeping you warm even if it isn't on.

When you do turn it on it warms up in 5 minutes and there are 6 heat settings to choose from with a light-up LED display so you can adjust the heat of the throw in the dark.

It has an auto shut-off setting for between 1 and 9 hours and is machine washable making it easy to keep the beautiful fur soft and fluffy for longer.

Parent tester Rachael uses this heated throw and said, "The initial cost put me off a bit, however knowing it costs around 1p a night to run makes me feel better about it. I work from home and wanted one to reduce my heating use. I've got to say, I love this blanket, it's so warm! It's got a lovely heavy feel to it and it's really easy to use, I'm very glad I decided to buy it."

If you buy from Lakeland they offer a 3 year guarantee if you're not happy with it.

Pros: Stylish, 6 temperature setting, shut-off feature, LED display, machine washable, good size
Cons: One of the more expensive options

Available from: Argos, Lakeland, Amazon and John Lewis

5. Homefront Electric Heated Throw, £67.99

– Best for easy to use controller

Homefront Electric Heated Throw

Size: L160cm x W120cm| Temperature settings: 9 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

This heated throw has a very user-intuitive digital controller making it easy to control the 9 heat and timer settings. You can put it from intense heat to warm you up from being out in the cold to mild to keep you comfortably warm all night. It has an automatic cut-off feature to prevent overheating too.

The 9 timer settings mean you can set the throw to come off on and on exactly when you want it to.

The throw is a lovely brown neutral colour that should go with most interiors and is machine washable at 40°.

Pros: Easy to use controller, 9 temperature settings, 9 time settings, good size, neutral colour, machine washable
Cons: Only available in 1 colour option

Available from: Amazon and Robert Dyas

6. Lakeland Fairisle Pattern Heated Throw, £79.99

– Best for patterned

Lakeland Fairisle Pattern Heated Throw

Size: L160cm x W120cm| Temperature settings: 9 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

Most of the heated throws on this list have been plain or faux fur, this one has a lovely fairisle pattern, especially great for the festive months ahead.

The controller allows you to choose from 9 heat and 9 timer settings so you can customise it to be just right for you. It has the overheat protection too so you don't need to worry if you put it on the highest setting and fall asleep without setting the time function.

To wash, unplug the controller and pop it in the washing machine. If you choose to buy this throw from Lakeland you will get a 3 year guarantee too.

Pros: Patterned, 9 temperature settings, 9 timer settings, good size, machine washable
Cons: None

Available from: Lakeland and Amazon

7. Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw, £89.99

– Best for big families

Dreamland Velvety Electric Heated Throw

Size: L180cm x W135cm| Temperature settings: 6 | Timer/shut-off: Yes | Machine washable: Yes

If you have a big family and want a slightly bigger heated throw to ensure you can all get under it for a cosy family film night then this Dreamland one is 20cm longer and 15cm wider than the rest on this list.

Even thought it's bigger, it still has just as good heating ability as the others. It has 6 heat settings and intelliheat technology to ensure the temperature is just right for you.

As all the others, it has an overheating prevention safety feature and as well as its handy shut-off function for between 1-9 hours.

The blanket has a velvety feel on one side and a sherpa lining on the other. To keep it looking clean and fresh you can put it in the washing machine. Parent tester Athena says, "It's really easy to keep clean and it's meant we've not needed to put our heating on so far this winter."

Lakeland's 3 year guarantee applies to this blanket too if you purchase from them.

Pros: Bigger for families, 6 heat settings, intelliheat technology, shut-off feature, machine washable
Cons: One of the more expensive options

Available from: Lakeland

How did we choose our 10 of the Best?

When testing and selecting the best heated throws we considered size, heat settings, timer function and value.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

Are heated throws suitable for children?

Heated throws are not recommended for use for children under 5 years but we reached out to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and they gave the following tips on how to use a heated throw safely:

  • Only buy from reputable traders
  • Make sure the heated throw comes with a 3-pin plug market BS1363
  • Always follow instructions and heed warmings provided on the product
  • Only use with children under supervision, for example all together on the sofa
  • They should not be used by children as warmth for sleep as they will not be supervised and the products contain cords which are strangulation hazards.

What is the difference between a heated blanket and a heated throw?

Heated throws often get confused with the much better known heated blankets. Heated blankets, also known as electric blankets are used for sleep and are often laid on top of your mattress to keep you toasty all night. However, a heated throw, although similar, is slightly different, these are used more on the sofa or around the house to keep you warm. You can place it over you and your whole family on the sofa to keep cosy and snug.

They should not be used as an electric blanket, especially for children.

How much does a heated throw cost to run?

A heated throw costs from just 1p to run for up to 7 hours. If you compare this to the heating which Checkatrade estimates costs around 40p per hour for a 2 kW LPG heater then that is a massive saving.

To get the most energy efficient heated throw as possible look for ones with intelliheat, such as number 1 on our list. Also it's more efficient to use the heated throw on a low heat for a long time than intense heat for quick bursts as this requires more wattage.

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About the author

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.

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