5 top-rated winter warmers, from portable heaters to hot chocolate makers

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5 winter warmers to know about, from portable heaters to luxury hot chocolate makers. (Getty Images)
Here are the buys that may make winter that extra bit bearable. (Getty Images)

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Though we might have had a milder Christmas than years gone by, the chill in the air now is certainly making up for it. 

With that said, you'll find us hibernating until the weather gets a little warmer, and we're ramping up the luxury hygge vibes with what we consider must-have gadgets below.

If you thought you were cosy before, just wait until you've got a luxury hot chocolate in hand and you're wrapped up in a heated blanket. 

 5 top-rated warming buys to invest in this winter

1. Aldi's heated clothes airer 

Fed up of your clothes taking an age to dry in the winter? There's a clever solution you may not of heard of, a heated clothes airier.

All 20 bars of Aldi's affordable heated airer are heated for quality drying of clothes, towels and bedding - meaning it's a great option for a family (or someone with a lot of clothes) and folds away easily afterwards. 

Reviews:

With over 500 reviews, the airer has been tried and tested by many, accumulating over 300 five-star reviews. 

Customers say it "heats perfectly, fits a good deal on and folds away pretty much flat" for easy storage. 

Many happy shoppers say it's "excellent value for money", reduces the need for ironing and that they "won't be going back to using a tumble dryer."

Buy it: Easy Home Heated Airer | £39.99 from Aldi

£39.99 at Aldi

2. The nifty heater plug

If you've been searching high and low for a good portable heater, you need to know about this nifty plug heater.

Not only is it cheaper than heating the entire house via the boiler, this clever plug uses less energy than conventional heaters with no messy leads or wires, as it plugs straight into the wall socket.

Reviews:

It has 61% five star ratings, the plugin power heater being praised by shoppers who were looking for a "quick fix" to help them keep warm this winter, and keep the costs low too.

Some used it in the kitchen to keep them toasty as they brewed their first coffee of the day, others used it in the bedroom and some used it in their living room to ensure the cosiest of Netflix nights.

Buy it: STAYWARM® 500w Plugin Power Heater with 2 Fan Speeds | £20.95 from Amazon

£20.95 at Amazon

3. The unbeatable hotel chocolate maker 

Want luxury hot chocolate made from real chocolate flakes in under three minutes? Then you need a Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser - it recreates thick, luxurious hot chocolates fast and is the winter treat we've been longing for.

In fact, it's so good it has accrued a huge customer fan base who can't stop raving about it.

Reviews:

A quick scroll through over the 2,000 reviews and it's clear to see why so many are obsessed with the hot chocolate maker.

"Divine", "delicious" and "gorgeous" and just a few of the adjectives you will find on the review section. Multiple customers saying it's a great buy for all the family and that it makes the "best hot chocolate I’ve ever had."

Buy it: The Velvetiser | £99.95 from Hotel Chocolat

£99.95 at Hot Chocolat

4. The clever foot warmer

Yes, you can put one at the bottom of the bed or pop on a pair of slippers but it doesn’t give you quite the same warm feeling.

Enter the hot water bottle for your feet.

Simply fill up your hot water bottle as usual and insert it into the foot warmer - the compartment is big enough to hold up to a 2L bottle. The cosy fleece pouch means you can then place both feet inside and feel the heat start to spread in minutes.

Reviews:

The heated ‘foot bottle’ has been praised for its ease and impressive longevity when it comes to warmth time. One customer also left a review explaining that the product had been a “godsend” for her daughter who suffers with joint problems.

Another review expressed how impressed they were that “the product work[ed] as advertised” and would highly recommend it.

Buy it: Heated Foot Warmer | £16.99 from Amazon

£16.99 at Amazon

5. The luxury heated blanket

Whether you're cold, feeling a little under the weather or just want the feeling of a big hug while relaxing on your sofa, this luxury heated blanket, which has six different tempatures, is a gadget straight out of our dreams. 

It comes in three colours, pink, teal and grey, is machine washable and costs as little as 1p per night to run.

And, if that's not enough, you can also buy the Dreamland Sherpa Electric Underblanket, so you can simply switch it on and sink into the sumptuous sherpa to be instantly cocooned in warmth.

Reviews:

With almost 100 five star reviews it's easy to see why it's one of John Lewis' most popular blankets at the moment.

"Warm velour feel and big enough for a couple of people to keep cosy under" reads one top reviews, while another adds "so lovely and cosy, so now I will not need to have the heating on during the evening".

Buy it: Dreamland Luxury Heated Throw | £52.99 from John Lewis 

£52.99 at John Lewis

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