When a regular throw just won’t cut it, reach for an old-school heated blanket. The latest versions come with loads of bells and whistles, including automatic shutoff and nearly a dozen different heat options. You’ll be warmed up in no time.
To jump-start the heat in a blanket, fold it in half and turn it on high for five minutes. Carefully slide a hand between the layers, and if it feels warm enough for you, you’re good to go. If you want some additional heat and weight, throw an additional light unheated blanket on top and get ready for the nap of your life.
Like regular blankies, the heated variety comes in an assortment of materials: faux fur, velvet, microplush, sherpa fleece and many more, so you can get the benefit of warmth with your fave fabric.
Get ready for a little alphabet soup: If you’re looking for extra peace of mind, check for UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories) certification. A heated blanket with a sticker or label proclaiming that it’s UL- or ETL-certified means that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) considers it suitable for use.