While there aren't enough professional tests of electric blankets to say that the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Blanket is the end-all, beat-all among heated blankets, it does finish as the winner in a comparison test at Good Housekeeping; plus, we saw those findings supported in more than 100 user reviews at Walmart.com and other sites.
This Sunbeam blanket, which comes in twin through king sizes and in nine color choices, is said to heat up well; it has a large, easy to use controller (queen and king sizes have dual controls); and it holds up well in the wash without pilling or shrinking (it's machine washable and dryable). The blanket comes with a five-year warranty, and it's a good idea to hang on to the receipt; in general, the complaints we read for all electric blankets mainly involve breakdowns within a year.
While it isn't tested, we read a nice evaluation at ConsumerReports.org about Sunbeam's energy-savings claims, which editors say do ring true. Walmart.com has the largest collection of user reviews, with about 90 owners contributing.
In almost 90 owner-written reviews at Walmart.com, the Sunbeam Microplush blanket gets solidly good scores. Only five owners give it the lowest rating, with most saying that it stopped working after a month or two, or that it never worked in the first place. But the majority of owners are very happy with its heating and fabric quality.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Electric Blanket, Contributors to Walmart.com
Sunbeam claims that you can save $131 per year by using their electric blanket and turning your thermostat down. In a brief article that's available to non-subscribers, ConsumerReports.org tests the claim, finding that you might actually save more. Note that ConsumerReports.org does not actually test any electric blankets.
Review: Q&A: Can I Save on my Heating Bills by Using an Electric Blanket?, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
We found about 30 reviews here for the smaller throw version of the Sunbeam Microplush Warming Blanket. Owners seem to love this throw, with just a couple voicing complaints that it wasn't warm enough or stopped working after a short time.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Warming Throw Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com