The new electric blankets, called electric hot blankets, are designed to be used on a regular basis for a variety of home uses.
They are ideal for people who live in apartments, condos and even homes with large kitchens, said Tom Koehler, founder of the Koehl Electronics Company in California.
They also have the added benefit of being able to be worn by anyone who wants to go outside for a few hours.
They come in sizes from 3-foot to 11-foot wide and weigh a few pounds each, depending on their fabric and size.
Most are available in white and have a fabric covering for protection from the elements.