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You haven’t lived unless you’ve tried a heated blanket — and these 5 are the toastiest

As soon as the weather dips below 60 degrees, it is officially cozy time. This means we are currently in said cozy time! And one of the best ways to lean into cozy time is to grab some tea, pop on Gilmore Girls and cuddle up with a blanket. But sometimes, regular blankets and even space heaters just don’t cut it. That’s when you have to pull out the big boys and look into heated blankets for extra warmth.

Quick overview

If you have yet to experience the wonders of a heated blanket, your life has been empty. Sorry, but it’s true. An electric heated blanket is a blanket that radiates heat with its inner wires. Just plug it in, choose one of the many heat settings and warm yourself up. And before you ask, yes, they come with various advanced safety features. This way, you can sleep soundly without, you know, your house burning down.

And with so many good options out there, from classic fleece heated blankets to super chic faux fur heated blankets that won’t ruin your home decor vibe, you’ll find a good one. There even exists a personal poncho-like heated blanket that’s basically a toasty Snuggie.

These blankets also have incredible lasting power and, because of this, you’ll reach for them year after year if you make the right investment. Honestly, they also make some of the best holiday gifts around! You’re literally giving your loved ones the gift of soft warmth.

Scroll below to shop some of the best-reviewed options in the heated blanket universe (4 stars and above, obviously!). Whether you seek larger ones for sleeping or small ones for lounging, all of these heated blankets are cozy hugs for your soul.

1. Best Overall: Homemate Heated Blanket Electric Throw, $39.99 (Orig. $71.99)

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Colors Available: 4

$42 at Amazon

If you're looking for a good starter heated blanket, you really can't go wrong with this excellent (and affordable) option. It also has a temperature range of 86 to 122 degrees.

In the Know editor Julia Webb is also a major fan of her cuddly friend: "I've had this blanket for three years now and it's still like new. I love how it has so many different heat levels (10!!) and five time modes."

2. Best Fuzzy: Bilicolor Heated Blanket Electric Throw Luxury Faux Fur, $35.99

Amazon Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Colors Available: 9

$58 at Amazon

The faux fur material makes the fuzzy heated blanket a great chic addition to your home decor situation. Also, one five-star Amazon reviewer compares it to a blanket "fresh out of the dryer." So, yeah, this thing is furry and cozy.

3. Best Reversible: Westinghouse Heated Throw Blanket, $45.58 (Orig. $59.99)

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Colors Available: 2

$66 at Amazon

As the picture suggests, this cozy blanket features two sides, sherpa and fleece, depending on your mood that day. It also has the most accurate heat distribution of any other blanket on this list, and reviewers have called it the "best present" that they've ever bought for themselves.

4. Best Eco-Friendly: Thermee Micro Flannel Full-Size Electric Heated Blanket, $149.99

Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Colors Available: 11

$150 at Amazon

This heated blanket is one of the coziest ones on the list thanks to the innovative micro flannel fabric for ultimate comfort. The special fabric also means the blanket isn't bulky while still keeping you warm. It also comes with 10 secure heat settings, a 10-hour safety shut off and a special programmable timer that features an advanced memory setting for the next time you use it.

Users say that it also feels like an actual blanket, not just a blanket with wires inside.

5. Best for Ultimate Coziness: Beautyrest Reversible Faux Sherpa to Fleece Electric Wrap Poncho Blanket Shawl, $59.99

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Colors Available: 10

$40 at Amazon

I mean, this is basically a heated Snuggie. A heated Snuggie! Honestly, what more do you want in life? Because of it's size and U-shaped poncho design, this personal heated blanket is great for the office, travel and wherever else you feel like getting cozy. It delivers heat anywhere between 85 and 105 degrees and has an auto shut-off feature after two hours of use.

Pro tip: This would make the best, best, best holiday gift for everyone on your list.

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