If you’re in the market for an electric blanket, you might find yourself with far too many options. There are so many electric blankets to choose from, and it can be intimidating to find the right one.
Speaking purely in terms of popularity, the Sunbeam brand has been at the top for quite some time. Out of its catalog, the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket is one of the best sellers. It is also one of the more affordable heated blankets out there.
I was very excited to try out the Sunbeam for myself. Is this a warm heated blanket that won’t make you break the bank? Read on for my full review.
You Might Like The Sunbeam If …
- You are looking for an affordable option. If you want an electric blanket that won’t cost you too much up front, the Sunbeam is a great option. At full price, it is $39 for a Twin size. It also goes on sale quite often. This is a very good value for an electric blanket.
- You want something to pair with a comforter or blanket. The Sunbeam is not the hottest electric blanket I have tried. However, I think it does offer soothing heat and could be a great electric blanket to put under a comforter or heavier blanket. Again, it wasn’t the hottest, but it did feel very relaxing.
- You want an electric blanket for couples. If you buy a Queen or King size, the Sunbeam comes with two controllers. Each controller manages one side of the electric blanket, so each person can set their side to their desired heat. If you sleep with a partner, this is a great feature.
You Might Not Like The Sunbeam If …
- You prefer a cozy electric blanket with more body. If you like a fluffy blanket with a good amount of body, the Sunbeam might not work for you. It is on the thinner side, so you can definitely feel the thick wires through the outer shell. If you want something cozier, perhaps consider a heated throw.
- You want an electric blanket that gets very hot. Even at its highest setting, the Sunbeam did not get very hot. Those who want an electric blanket that will make you hot without the addition of a comforter or additional blanket might want to look elsewhere.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. While the Sunbeam does not cost too much up front, it may not be the most durable option. The blanket does not contain very high-end components, so it might not last for a very long time. Those who want an electric blanket that will last you for a good amount of time might need to pay more.
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- The outer shell is made of 100% polyester. It has a somewhat soft, fleece design.
- The Sunbeam features a channeled construction. The sewn channels hold the wires in place so they do not move around too much (though they can still move around a bit).
- The electric blanket features a proprietary Thermofine technology. The blanket monitors for your body heat as well as the temperature of your room. If you or the room heat up, it will automatically adjust so that you stay at your desired temperature.
- The Sunbeam comes with an EasyPro controller. It has a simple design with 10 heat settings.
- The Queen and King size Sunbeams come with two controllers, one for each side. This makes it a good match for couples.
- The electric blanket has a 10-hour automatic shut-off. If you leave the blanket on for 10 hours, it should turn off by itself.
- The Sunbeam is available in Twin, Full, Queen, and King sizes.
- In terms of color, you can choose from Acorn, Garnet, Ivy, Mushroom, Newport Blue, Seashell, and Walnut.
- The electric blanket is machine washable and dryable.
Setting up the Sunbeam was very easy. It comes with one plug to go into the wall socket and one that clicks into the end of the blanket. There are two clips on the blanket plug to keep it from coming loose.
However, while reviewing the Queen size, I was a bit confused. The blanket comes with two controllers, but only one power cord. It was unclear which controller was connected to which side.
Since I was reviewing it by myself, I set the blanket to high for both sides. I gave the blanket about 20 minutes to ensure that it reached its top heat.
After climbing underneath this electric blanket, I felt that the Sunbeam was not very warm. There was some decent warmth, but I have tried much hotter electric blankets. In terms of heat distribution, I felt a few colds spots. The wires are not very close together and they are able to move around a bit in their channels, which can lead to some colder areas.
In terms of feel, the Sunbeam is not the softest. It is 100% polyester so it is a bit rough to the touch. The blanket is also thin, so it is very easy to feel the bulky wires.
In the end, the Sunbeam should be an affordable option for those who want a lower-heat electric blanket to pair with other bedding. Those who something very hot or cozy might want to look elsewhere.
The Sunbeam comes with a 5-year limited warranty.