Staying warm at night can be a battle while camping. Even if the day is gorgeous, the air can get nippy at night. Of course, there are tent heaters, ovens, and stoves that you can buy to help keep the chill away. But one of the simplest ways to warm up is to use an electric blanket.
The best electric blankets are:
- Cozee Battery Heated Blanket – Best Overall
- New Fi USB Heated Blanket – Most Even Heat Coverage
- Vremi Electric Blanket – Fluffiest
- Eddie Bauer Portable Heated Electric Throw Blanket – Best Hand-Warming Pockets
- ThermaFur 5511 Air Activated Heated Blanket – Best Electricity Free
- Stalwart Heated Blanket – Best Value
- Car Cozy TWI-1001N 2 Heated Travel Blanket – Softest Car Blanket
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Most Even Heat Coverage
Best Hand-Warming Pockets
Best Electricity Free
Softest Car Blanket
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Cozee Battery Heated Blanket is expensive, but it provides a lot for the price.
New Fi USB Heated Blanket is a very soft blanket that can be cleverly worn as a cape.
Vremi Electric Blanket is the fluffiest, most cuddly electric blanket. It is so soft and comfy
Eddie Bauer Portable Heated Electric Throw Blanket looks like a more reasonably priced Cozee.
ThermaFur 5511 Air Activated Heated Blanket is a clever idea: use hand or body warmers as a power source for an electric blanket.
Stalwart Heated Blanket is excellent value. It is bargain-priced and does precisely what it claims to do: makes heat.
Car Cozy TWI-1001N 2 Heated Travel Blanket is the softer of the two car blankets on the list. It is also safer, with its auto-shutoff.
Best Electric Blanket For Camping Compared
- Water and wind-resistant
- Machine washable
- Two USB ports to charge phones
- Can charge via AC wall plug or 12V car charger
- Automatic shutoff
- Corner pockets for hands
- It doesn’t heat evenly if the blanket isn’t wrapped around the body
Cozee Battery Heated Blanket is expensive, but it provides a lot for the price. The battery-powered blanket is durable and ready to withstand camping. It is weather-resistant, thanks to the shell. But the interior is soft and comfy, with two pockets in the corners to tuck your hands while bundled up.
The battery pack can be charged in a standard wall plug or via a 12-volt car charger. In addition, it has two USB ports, so it can double as a power source for your phone and other devices if required.
There is a knack for using the Cozee effectively. It is designed to work by holding heat in, reducing the amount of power required to keep you toasty. Thus, it should be prewarmed for 5 min while folded in a specific way and then wrapped around the body tightly, so its insulation layer can hold the heat.
If used as a draped blanket, another layer must be used to “hold” the heat in, as it does not work like a heating pad. In addition, when used this way without a second blanket, the heat will feel uneven.
However, wrapped up like a cocoon, users will be comfortably warmed and protected from the elements. Also, don’t fret if you spill anything on it; the blanket is machine-washable (so handy).
- It can be used cordless
- It has snaps to turn it into a cape
- 6 separate heat pads keep warmth evenly distributed
- Machine washable
- Very soft and squishy fleece
- Timing function
- Doesn’t come with its own battery/power bank
- Doesn’t seem to reach the 149 F (65C) temperature on a battery pack
- Battery pack pocket isn’t the best placed
New Fi USB Heated Blanket is a very soft blanket that can be cleverly worn as a cape. The blanket is secured around the body thanks to discrete snaps, allowing hand-free use.
It ensures an even heat distribution by spreading six heating pads throughout the blanket rather than relying on one that might warm up in spots. It is also a potentially cord-free option, provided you source your own power pack. Thus, the excellent price of the product is slightly deceptive.
The blanket has a timing function, which is helpful to anyone that dozes off while snuggled up. It also has three temperature settings, but the boast of 149 F (64 C) is nearly impossible to achieve cordless while camping. It has to be used indoors and connected to a USB wall charger to achieve the highest temperatures.
The blanket is machine washable, which is super handy. But the fleece isn’t lined with any weather protection, so the wind will cut right through. Also, while the blanket can get damp, the pocket for the power pack might not be enough to protect it from wet conditions.
- So fluffy and soft
- Auto shutoff
- Washable (cover only)
- LCD controller
- 10-foot cord
- 6 heat levels
- Needs a cord
- Uses AC power, so needs an inverter for battery use
Vremi Electric Blanket is the fluffiest, most cuddly electric blanket. It is so soft and comfy. But it can still handle a camping environment, as its cover is machine washable (hurrah).
Alas, this is not a cord-free blanket. Thus, it might not work for some tent or car campers. It requires AC power or an inverter. But it only uses 100w, so it isn’t a big energy sucker and won’t need a particularly fancy power station. The 10-foot cord also provides plenty of lengths.
The Vremi’s LCD is easy to read and adjust. It also has six heat levels, from 85 F to 110 F, and numerous timer settings. The micro-wires spread through the inner blanket provides a pretty even heat distribution. It also feels like a blanket rather than wrapped in cords.
Our friend loves her Vremi. Admittedly, she doesn’t use it for camping. Her home office is a converted shed with natural ventilation between the walls and the roof. It’s impossible to heat. Thus, she wraps herself up in her Vremi in winter while at her desk. After using many bargain electric blankets, she told us that the Vremi was “life-changing.”
- Convenient kangaroo-style pockets
- USB charging port
- Machine washable
- Tumble dry safe on the lowest setting
- The Wi-Fi temperature control is unreliable
- The blanket is a bit too thin
Eddie Bauer Portable Heated Electric Throw Blanket looks like a more reasonably priced Cozee. It is in many ways: a weather-resistant layer with 1 USB charging port, and you don’t need to be attached to an outlet to use it. In fact, its kangaroo-style pockets are superior to the Cozee’s corner hand pockets.
Nonetheless, this is not our favorite blanket. Sure, it is easy to clean, and you can even tumble dry it on low. But its temperature control is a mess. In theory, you download the apps and control the blanket from your phone. Unfortunately, the reality is very different.
Using home Wi-Fi doesn’t even solve the problem. But it is near impossible to use while camping and trying to keep your tent warm. The blanket will still work without the app. But you’ll be limited to “on” and “off.” On the other hand, you could get a basic car blanket with no temperature controls for a quarter of the price.
- Doesn’t use electricity
- Comes with 8 Body warmers to get you started
- Easy to pack
- Straightforward to use
- The blanket is only as good as the body warmer packs
- Packing that many body warmers is annoying and adds cost
To adjust the ThermaFur, add or subtract warmers from the pockets. It’s that simple and easy to use. The actual blanket is easy to care for since there are no wires or charging ports to worry about. You simply wash it as you would any fleece blanket.
People skilled in sewing and crafts can easily make such a blanket for themselves using fleece or an old towel. But for those who lack the time or the skill, the cost is pretty reasonable for the initial purchase since it comes with eight warmers to get you started.
However, if you want to pack enough warmers for an entire camping trip is another matter. You could buy rechargeable hand warmers to cut back on the pile, but then you are no longer electricity-free.
- Does exactly what it is made to do
- 96-inch cord
- Spot clean only
- No cord-free option
Stalwart Heated Blanket is excellent value. It is bargain-priced and does precisely what it claims to do: makes heat. It runs on a simple 12-volt from your car or RV. The cord is 96 inches long, so if you want to stretch out in the back seat of your vehicle, you can.
The blanket is not quick to heat up. It will take around 20 minutes to hit its stride. But once it gets going it keeps on going until your car battery dies or you turn it off. There is no auto-shutoff. If you want it off, you need to turn it off. It’s the electric blanket equivalent of riding your bicycle in the 70s and 80s (no helmets).
- Auto shutoff
- 7-foot cord
- Softer than the Stalwart
- Hand wash only
- Around twice the price of the Stalwart
Car Cozy TWI-1001N 2 Heated Travel Blanket is the softer of the two car blankets on the list. It is also safer, with its auto-shutoff. Admittedly, safety is nice, especially when using a tent. But this is aimed at car owners, which the 7-foot cord will mostly suit just fine.
But like the Stalwart, there is no temperature control. It goes on and off. Sure, it heats up faster, so if you are using it for short trips in the car, such as dropping kids at school, it’s precisely what you need.
However, given that it costs around twice as much as the Stalwart, it doesn’t make sense to go for this one. It’s in the same price range as the Vremi, which is far softer. While it isn’t a car blanket, it could be with an inverter. Or just get the Stalwart to keep in the car for emergencies and get a Vremi for everything else.
Electric Blanket For Camping Rating Criteria
Features, Versatility, And Cord Length
The Cozee Battery Heated Blanket has the most bells and whistles. Nor do you have to worry about the cord, as it is battery-operated. It also provides excellent warmth if used correctly.
Settings are all well and good, but how warm they can make you is what ultimately matters. Technically the New Fi USB should be the winner, as it potentially reaches 149 F (65C), but it struggles to achieve anything close to that in real life.
The Stalwart, however, can get hot. It takes about 20 minutes to get going, but after that, it doesn’t quit. However, continuing to heat it until it is unplugged means there is a slight fire risk if not monitored. Admittedly, fires are hot, but having one on your lap can ruin a vacation.
The Car Cozy performs nearly as well heat-wise and has an auto-shutoff. However, it costs more, needs an inverter, might blow a fuse, and is not as durable.
Thus, your safest hot option is the Vremi, which needs to be plugged into a wall outlet.
The Stalwart is straightforward, which lends to longevity. However, there is the risk of falling asleep with it plugged in and draining your car battery or other problems. The ThermaFur is pretty durable, too, provided you have an endless supply of hand warmers or reachable.
But when operating out in the elements, the Cozee is the most durable. Of course, we still wouldn’t have it on during a pouring rain storm, as it isn’t waterproof, but a slight dampness in the air isn’t going to hurt it.
Weight & Size
Washability & Weather Resistance
The Cozee is one of the most washable and weather-resistant blankets. You can pop it into the washing machine. It also has a weather-resistant layer to protect you while being worn. The Eddie Bauer can be thrown in the dryer, but it doesn’t protect from the wind.
Of course, the ThermaFur can get soaked and still not short out because it doesn’t use electricity, but it doesn’t have a water or wind-resistant layer to protect its wearer from the elements.
The worst is the Stalwart which can’t even be hand-washed but must only be spot cleaned. But at the price you are paying, buying a replacement is no big deal.
Value For Money
The Stalwart gives the most bang for the buck. It is the most affordable and does the job.
We’ll scoop up the Cozee in a hot second if money is no object. For an affordable plug-in blanket to use in an electrified cabin or RV, we’d opt for the Vermi. It doesn’t shine in any particular category, but it is incredibly comfy and works well for the price. But for a keep-in-our-car option, it’s the affordable Stalwart for the win.