£42 million spent on electric blankets and heatersOne million heating appliances sold since January

30 April 2013

Portable heater

One million electric blankets and electric heaters were sold in the first three months of this year, according to research from GfK.

This is a significant increase compared with the previous year - 15% up on the number sold and a 13% increase in the amount spent on these types of appliances.

If you want to buy an electric blanket or electric heater make sure that you are getting the best. Which? has reviewed 13 electric blankets and 14 portable heaters.

Electric heaters and electric blankets

In total UK consumers have spent £42 million on electric heaters and electric blankets in the months January to March 2013.

The price of these appliances has also increased - electric heaters were 8% more and electric blankets were 5% more, when compared with the first three months of 2010.

Our research shows that electric blankets are cheap to use. The most efficient one we've tested would costs just £4.38 to run if it was on its maximum setting for two hours a day, every day for a year. However, if you're using one because you're worried about heating bills, find out if you are on the cheapest gas and electricity tariff by using Which? Switch.

Electric blanket tips

Here are some electric blanket tips:

  • Replace your blanket every ten years.
  • Get it safety tested every year.
  • Check if you can use it overnight - you can do this with some electric blankets but not others.
  • Ensure it's compatible with your mattress. Some makers of memory foam mattresses think it affects the way the mattress works, but there are no known safety issues.

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