As the winter encroaches, there is nothing more inviting than crawling into a warm bed on a cold evening. However, heating your home every night for the duration of the winter can be hard on your wallet, your bills and the environment.

Luckily, there is a cheaper and more convenient way to keep warm this winter and it comes in a form of an electric blanket, heated mattress pad, foot warming pads and a number of other personal heating products.

Electric blankets, as well as heating mattress pads, are blankets that have a heating device integrated into the blanket itself. This allows you to ‘plug-in’ your blanket so that the warmth generated will be concentrated around your body, keeping you that much warmer. You can take your blanket with you to the sofa while watching TV, or use it exclusively on your bed at night.

Investing into one of these power-saving gadgets can keep you warm for years, for merely the fraction of what it would cost to heat your whole house.

Due to their ever rising popularity, there are many electric blankets out there, so choosing the right one for you will take some consideration.

How to choose the best electric blanket?

With so many personal heating products on the market, it may seem difficult to choose the one that is right for you.

There are plenty of products out there, some better than others, so when deciding which one to choose, we recommend that your initial consideration should encompass the three features: Safety, Durability and Ease of Use. Once you have found your safe, durable and easy to use list of blankets, you may want to narrow those down to the comfort, the style, weight and size.

There are a number of well-respected and long running electric blanket companies in the US, whose products are used by millions of Americans every year. There is no better advertisement of a product than by its consumers, so once you find a blanket that seems perfect for you, look out for reviews by those who have purchased the product in order to get a better idea of what you may expect.

When it comes to electric blankets, we recommend that you always choose a brand new one, and never settle for a second-hand. Not only will your electric blanket last longer, but if it is faulty in any way or if something goes wrong during your use, you can usually get it replaced or repaired directly from the manufacturer.

Because of this, it is a great idea to look out for electric blankets or other personal heating products that offer you a warranty on your purchase.

What to look for in a good electric blanket?

If you have found a blanket that seems ideal for you, here are some tips on what to look for in a good electric blanket.

We recommend the safety as the number one qualifier for your electric blanket. As the blanket will be in the very close proximity to you and your loved ones, any malfunction may result in safety hazards for you and your home. Because of this, the first thing you will find in a good electric blanket is the safety tested UL stamp.

UL is the stamp of the Laboratory Underwriters who are responsible for rigorously testing all new electric products in the United States in order to make sure that they conform to the highest standards of safety.

All electric blankets from the reputable manufacturers and distributors are required to have this stamp, but if you are not sure, always ask for this information before purchasing your blanket.

Durability and performance are other features we recommend you consider when purchasing an electric blanket. If you are investing in warm winters, you will want a product that will last you longer than one season or a couple of months.

Check out the user reviews for the quality and durability of the product you consider buying for a clearer picture of how well your new electric blanket will last.