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I always thought electric blankets to be a British affectation, something associated with underheated and damp houses, lack of central heating (or the habit of having it on for ridiculously short periods in the morning and evening) and possibly old age too.
Well, now I am fast approaching old age, and having spent the last few months in such underheated (though not damp) houses, I realise the advantage of electric blankets.
If you get into a cold, cold bed - even after having a hot bath, but particularly after no bath or a quick shower - it can take ages to warm it up to a comfortable temperature for sleeping. Particularly if the idea of wearing socks in bed or fleece pyjamas makes you shudder.
Electric blanket does away with this problem, and can also go some towards reducing the need for extra blankets on tops of duvets.
Some of them have even a temperature regulation and can be kept on all night at a low setting (I was given one as a gift though I find that it always gets too hot if kept on, even on the lowest setting).
All in all, possibly a sign of middle age, but I am now of the mind that electric blankets have their uses and although I would not buy one, I am a happy occasional user of one that was bought for me!
I was aways skeptical about electric blankets as growing up I had heard of many horror stories of them overheating and setting on fire. However due to the coldness of the current winter, and a recommendation from a friend I decided to give in and buy one.
The blanket I bought was a Morphy Richards item for a double bed. It has three heat settings, a three year guarantee and heats up for as little as 2pence per night. There is also an automatic switch off feature should the blanket get too warm, and it is machine washable. Although I am personally reluctant to, there is also the option of leaving the blanket on the lowest setting over night which is also good.
The price was reasonable - I paid around £25 for it, although have seen it for around £20. Some places were retailling the same product for £35 though, so it is worth looking around. I had thought that putting an electric blanket on a bed would be a simple task, but setting it up was fairly complicated! I got there in the end though!
Despite taking between 60 - 90 minutes to heat up fully, (which can be slightly annoying), once it is fully heated, the blanket is amazing! I absolutely love it. The warmth it provides is amazing, and as long as the covers are over it, it heats the bed up wonderfully. It has been an absolute incredible buy this winter. I only wish I had got it sooner! I like nothing more than snuggling down with the blanket on once I get in from work. I find it hard to move away for the rest of the night! It can also help with aches and pains through the warmth it gives off.
Overall, an excellent buy - I even bought electric blankets as Christmas presents I am so converted!
In the last year the cold spells such as the snow and wild weather in regards to the high winds which make us all cold at night have made me appreciate the electric blanket I was given. I got mine in February this year and I found that although I never thought it would do me any good I have found the item to be a huge luxury and a great convenience for me to have.
The one I have is for a single bed and is a silent night electric blanket and the idea is to attach this item to the mattress you have and then attach the strings and make sure it is fastened enough so it cannot move. You have a few temperature settings and obviously number one is the lowest and number three is the highest.
When you put this item to setting number three usually within a few minutes the item has heated up and can be felt right under the sheeting for the bed you have got. There are little rivets throughout this blanket which have pieces of metal or conductor type material which help the bed heat up. You do need to plug the item into a power supply and wall socket otherwise you end up without any heat at all.
You can have the item on throughout the duration of the night which is pretty cool considering and although at times I would like it to be warmer especially when the colder weather comes around I find it very useful.
I was also happy to find my electric blanket was machine washable and safe to use in a tumble dryer as well and all this was for the price of £20 and I found that amazing. There are no problems in terms of lying down such as the item hurting you or causing you to sleep differently and the speed to which the item heats up is extremely satisfactory. I would recommend this item to anyone as this would be perfect for the nights when the cold weather can seriously make you cold.
As the weatherpeople keep stating the obvious "we are in a longer cold snap than predicted" i bit the bullet and bought this electric blanket i was sick of getting into a cold bed everynight and dreamt of the good old days as a kid when everyone seemed to have one, my husband had heard bad things about them so had always moaned when mentioning buying one of them, but it was on offer from £29.99 to £11.99 so just grabbed it. OH WHAT A GEM!! going to bed is a pleasure now not a nightmare in this weather the electric blanket fitted perfectly onto bed and has an extra warmth footpad built into bottom of it which is gorgeous, i pop the blanket on an hour or so before i go to bed when im closing the curtains etc and its beautiful and cosy when i go to bed the different settings are a peronal thing i think i like it on number 2 but some will cope on 1 and some will need 3 i guess, it has a 3 year guarantee which is fab peace of mind, and id advise anyone to read the instructions fully as differnt blankets need different care regarding washing drying and how and where to place the blanket on bed not under pillows and a few inches from the sides of bed seems to be the main things, if you want a snug setting to watch tv on a cold winters night in bed this is for you. And it states on wrapping that it costs 2p a night to run well you cant get much luxurious pampering comfort for 2p these days can you.
In these sub zero temperatures I have recently resorted to getting in from work and hibernating until dawn, snuggled in the comfort of my electric blanket. I purchased it a year ago and have only just reintroduced it to my bed. The only reason it took me absolutely forever to make the purchase was the scare mongering stories that they can potentially cause a fire - I want to be warm, not toasted, so the fear kept me away. After alot of research and the tedious boredom of boiling the kettle for the hot water bottle, I bit the bullet!
TJ Hughes, at the time were flogging them for £19.99, which, as the MasterCard advert says, felt priceless, compared to what I'd be getting in return - warmth, glorious warmth!
Electric blankets were first introduced for infirm patients. 1n 1912 Sidney Russell, an American doctor fashioned an electrically heated pad in the first instance and then developed this by using electrical wires. 8 years later, the idea became commercial and patients suffering from tuberculosis were kept warm with this new ingenious contraption. This was the very early stages in the development during which time various adjustments were made such as making the blankets thinner. In the early 80's a thermostat was integrated into the product, which pretty much brings us to this day and age.
During the 1990's the electromagnetic field of the blankets came into question. Concerns were raised as studies conducted on this area implied that there was a link between the electromagnetic field and a risk of brain tumours. There was no conclusive evidence from these studies but, in order to minimise the exposure, it is suggested that you turn it on prior to entering the bed and then off when you get in (http://www.royriggs.co.uk/Electric%20Blankets.htm) The blanket is BEAB approved, meaning that it has been through rigorous testing and is constructed in accordance with good engineering and is a safe product to use according to the manufacturer.
The blanket itself is lightweight, meaning that it doesn't feel awkward when it's under the bed sheet. As opposed to some reviews that I have read stating that the wires protruding from the blanket cause discomfort, I have not experienced any untoward sensations. Carbon fiber wires are sewn into the inner fabric of the blanket in straight lines down the length. The carbon fibre wires are so thin that I hardly notice that they are present and the heat is evenly distributed.
To look at it's like a regular blanket apart from having little ridges that would potentially make it not as comfortable as a regular blanket to drape over yourself. The Silent Night one that I own doesn't have the same feel of a fleece blanket and instead, feels slightly rough to touch. The so called soft polyester fleece can be covered with a bed sheet, meaning that there is no discomfort from its use.
The corner ties mean that the blanket can be attached to the bed, making it secure, as it can be temperamental and move when you adjust during the night. This double size blanket fits easily on my king size bed, with room left on the sides. Initially it was purchased with a double bed in mind, but it is more than OK for my current bed.
There are 3 different temperature settings, which are controlled via one controller. It takes about 10 minutes to feel the full impact and at setting 3 i get a warm toasty feeling after a relatively short period of 30 minutes. It has a power output of 90 watts, which is more than enough to meet my needs. Once I have hit the top temperature, i tend to turn the setting down to the lowest setting of 1 and feel that it keeps me adequately warm enough to drift into an enjoyable and relaxed state.
In terms of washing the blanket, it is perfectly safe, and obviously an hygienic thing to do. The detachable cord makes it safe to be soaked and washed. This said, it's not a straight forward process. There are instructions on how to wash the blanket on the actual blanket, stating that it should be soaked for 20 minutes and then spun in a washing machine for 15 minutes. To be honest, I was in a hurry on the day I had planned, via careful consideration of the weather, to take a shot at this chore. Maybe the truth is that I was being lazy....anyhow, my idea worked. I got the blanket and rammed it into my washing machine and keyed in a 30 minute cycle. I added a Persil liquitab, did some domestic things around the house and went back to look at the scene of the crime. The only thing I noticed was that it looked like the first day i'd set my sights on it - gorgeous! I promptly hung it outdoors, by which time it was bone dry. Initially I was freaked out at the thought of introducing electricity to it. After a while, i bit the bullet and plugged it in. Bish, bash, bosh! It worked!
It came with a 2 year guarantee and has, so far, touch wood, not let me down. As i am prone to feel the effects of the cold weather, I tend to make full use of the blanket for at least 4 months of the year.
There have been spates of safety concerns, which were justified when these blankets came out. The fact that the embedded wires are powered by electricity there has always been a sense of dread surrounding electric blankets. These days however, with the addition of safeguard overheat safety protection systems (the power automatically gets cut off if the blanket begins to overheat), the blankets are alot safer.
Recently, an article in Newtownabbey Borough Council's website has ushered its Townies to get their blankets checked out, especially if they are over 10 years old. In particular it is imperative that you look out for signs that the blanket is scorched/frayed or the connections are loose. When purchasing a blanket, it is advised that you opt for a brand new one, as second hand ones may no longer meet the safety standards. They held a free electric blanket testing event last month
For the rest of the year, once i have finished defrosting, i tend to store my blanket away, by rolling it. I ensure that there are as few creases as possible, as this could disturb the wires when you try to use it again. Another reason that i've been using it lately is related to the Credit Crunch. In an effort to keep heating bills low, my bed is my home, until of course summer comes, then i will venture out! Well worth making the investment!
I've always been pretty wary of the idea of Electric Blankets - I seem to remember as a child hearing about fires caused by them, and I think that stayed in my mind. However, when my parents purchased one last year, they went on and on about how good it was, and a couple of months ago, my dad decided to buy me one as I was suffering from a particularly nasty bout of flu that had me feeling permanantly freezing.
The brand my dad got me was By Dreamland Imetec.
I was pretty excited to try it - it came packaged in a plastic zip up bag, neatly folded inside a purple card insert that extolled the various virtues of the product, and came with instructions .
The kind my dad purchased was an underblanket - designed to go under your sheet and provide the warmth from beneath. Unfolding it, I was surprised to see that it was actually significantly smaller than my double mattress,( I soon realised that the shorted length of the blanket was because, really, you don't need the area under your pillows heating.) and that, rather than being fitted as I expected, it was designed to be secured to the mattress using ties and eyelets .
This proved a little tricky - although I have a double bed, its generally only me sleeping in it, as my boyfriend lives some distance away. This meant I had to lift the mattress up on my own, crawl under it and rummage for the strings to pull through to the other side, before securing them through the eyelets and tying in a secure knot.
Being a double blanket, it had two seperate controls, one for each side of the blanket, which is a nice touch, as my fella generally likes things colder than I do. The controls are easy to attach and detach with the blanket, and each control has enough wire to hang at the side of the bed to be reached easily whenever you need to adjust the setting . Each control comes with its own mains plug too, which was a little awkward, mainly due to the positioning of powerpoints in my room, and required some creativity with extension leads.
The blanket heats quickly, taking ten minutes to heat up, which is great - just the right amount of time to make your bed toasty and warm while you go off and brush your teeth, find a book, make a final cup of tea etc . You can set it to continue heating for either 75 minutes or 12 hours, and can of course turn the heat off at any time . However, they do recommend that, if you're leaving it on overnight, you have it set no higher than 3 to prevent it overheating.
There are 9 heat settings, from gentles warmth to sauna roastiness, and my preference is to set it on the highest setting for the first 10 minutes of heating, and then to turn it down once I'm in bed and leave it on for 75 minutes s. Its warm, and the heat distribution is really very good . Its also had a couple of positive side effects for me. I have a niggling pain in my back from an old injury which is easily soother by setting the blanket on high and lying on my back, and also, I'm sleeping a lot better and deeper now that I'm at a comfortable temperature. The blanket has extra warmth in the foot area, which is also nice.
Its so nice on a cold winters night to slip into a bed that already snuggly and warm, and the warmth seems to help me and my muscles relax so I get to sleep in comfort .
The blanket is not only machine washable, but its also dryable in a tumbledryer, which makes keepign it clean and fresh a doddle, and adds another yummy little effect - if you tumble dry it with fragranced dryer sheets, it releases lovely wafts of scent as it warms!
The controls detach, and it folds quite small for easy storage - I can store it in my airing cupboard with no problems at all, and the handy zip up bag it comes in mean it will stay fresh and clean.
It is also BEAB tested, whichy means its safe and good quality, and it comes with an overheat protector too .
I'd definately recommend this for anyone who needs a little extra warmth this winter . It's kept me toasty warm without adding huge amounts to my electricity bills, and I get much better sleep that I used to .
My dad purchased mine, and I have no idea how much he paid for it, however, a look on google reveals that Argos sells a double at £53.79 . I'm sure other places will sell it far cheaper if you shop around, but even at that price, it's still a product I'd heartily recommend, although I will take one point off for it not being fitted and for finding the ties under a double mattress being tricky when done alone.
Just bought a Dreamland (Imetec) soft fleece heated fitted mattress cover Model PD1A for a single bed for my mother. There is a small matchbox-sized plastic junction box right in the middle of its underside. Despite the fleece topping it is like sleeping on a golfball, even when a £70 foam mattress topper was fitted over it. It does not matter how warm or effective this underblanket is - it is unusable and must have been designed by idiots. There is no other explanation. Stay well away from it. There is no way of detecting this faulty design until the blanket is taken out of its two wrappers and laid out flat. The amount of heating element is also rather meagre.
I wanted a blanket that would heat up the bed rapidly as I clean my teeth before retiring. This blanket does the job excellently. However I have found that IMETEC (the manufacturers) are a little mean with the wire coverage. Despite buying the kingsize blanket, the actual wire coverage that does the heating is several generous inches short from the foot of the bed (virtually 10") and at the sides too (7").
Come on IMETEC, don't be so mean with your wires!
Ive always tended to sleep very cold, so last year I finally decided to treat myself to an electric blanket. I wish Id bought one earlier - its fantastic.
After researching the relative merits of several different blankets, I settled for the Dreamland "Ready For Bed" underblanket (double) - £49.99 from Argos last year. The key difference between this and others was that it has an ultra-fast 10 minute warm up. Ive slept in beds with electric blankets before when staying with friends and have never remembered to go and turn it on before going to bed. Their blankets have always taken about 30 minutes to warm up so I lie there shivering until it reaches a cosy temperature. Not so with my blanket! I only turn it on when I go up to bed and, by the time Ive brushed my teeth and got myself ready, it is as warm as toast! Fantastic!
Another feature which makes this blanket stand out from others is that it has an extra warm foot section. I really like this!
Otherwise the blanket has pretty much what youd expect of any electric blanket: dual controls, 9 heat settings (from barely noticeable to really toasty), and a choice of all night warmth or just 70 minutes of heat before automatically switching off.
So, can I find anything wrong with it? Unfortunately, yes, but only minor points. Firstly, the controls unplug from the blanket so you can put it in the washing machine. A good idea, but they plug in a little too close to where my head is for my liking. Its hardly a major problem, but I would have preferred the plug (which is quite large) to be more out of the way.
Another minor niggle is with the string used to attach the blanket to the mattress. I know it works perfectly well, but I wish manufacturers would come up with something else. Whenever I take the blanket off for cleaning or summer storage I seem to spend about 10 minutes unpicking all the knots. I always promise myself to tie them better next time, but I never do. Why cant they put Velcro tabs on it or something for all the idiots like me?!
Finally, why are all electric blankets only the size of the warm bit? This might sound a bit strange at first, but it really annoys me when I move the pillow or stretch my feet out beyond the end of the blanket. Whereas the blanket itself is made from a lovely fleecy material (which covers the elements so well that you can barely feel them), it has to be put directly onto the mattress so, where it ends, theres a definite ridge and then Im straight onto the mattress. Im quite happy for the elements to only cover the area from the bottom of the pillow down (I know theres no point in heating under my pillow!), but please give me fleecy blanket all the way!
It comes with a 3 year guarantee and all the usual safety checks.
I've just bought a heat pad. Generally aimed at the older person for relief from their musecle ache, my physio recommended I bought one. I suffered from a mild whiplash a few months back, and my shoulder has been intermittently aching since - heat seems to ease it. I bought the Winterwarm heat pad for 16 pounds from Argos (in the electric blanket section). The pad itself plugs into the wall and has two heat settings. Whilst the heat is not very hot, it is warm enough with a little pressure. Possibly the only disadvantage is that it does not have any weight, so it works better if held for example between shoulder and chair back. For the purposes which I bought it, it is very effective, it measures 30 x 38cm with a washable fleecy cover. I've also found that it is good for stomach cramps - wish I'd bought one years ago!
On a recent trip to Tesco's, I saw a Winterwarm double electric blanket on sale for £19.99. As we have only recently moved house and our central heating has not yet been fitted, I thought that at least I would be warm at night. I would have been better off with a hot water bottle and a pair of bedsocks. To feel any heat,the blanket must be left on the highest setting all night, great for the electric bills, and even then your feet still don't get warm because the blanket is too short. The electric cord sticks into your shoulder every time you turn over and the blanket never stays in place, no matter how tightly tied down it is. Mine is now back in it's box on top of the wardrobe.
Most of my childhood nights were spent in agony. A pain would start up in one or both legs which would keep me up for most of the night. No one knew what it was. Nothing really helped. I was fairly active, and when not incapacitated, did passably well at sprinting and the long jump. One day, my mother discovered electric blankets, which then became standard issue to all members of the household. They are worth investing in - they're wonderful. It's like having a very considerate, warm ...and flat cat in your bed. A couple of months passed before I realised it for a fact, but my leg pains became a thing of the past. Such a simple solution after all this time, and of course the doctors were no help. So, if you know of anyone with a cramp problem, as I now know the problem to have been, why not get them an electic blanket this Christmas?
I needed to replace my Morphy Richards electric underblanket which has done me proud for five years. I thought I just had to go into a department store and buy one. Off I went, clutching my money, but I was destined for disappointment. I tried the electrical departments in three large department stores. 'No, madam, sorry. We only stock electric blankets in winter.' I pointed out that my feet were freezing in bed and that since it was cold enough for thet and it was almost the end of October, it was winter. 'Sorry madam, its not winter yet was the reply.' They couldn't tell me when winter begins or exactly when they will get their winter stocks. So, I still have cold feet and no electric blanket. Will someone please tell me when winter begins.
To save the reader from having to plough all the way through to the end to get to this update, I’ve put it at the beginning. Re the comment about duvets in paragraph 4. During a recent foray in some of our local electrical superstores I noticed that you could now buy an electric duvet for around £80, which I assume, is for a single bed. Also that normal over blankets can be placed inside a duvet. It says so on the boxes. With Winter just around the corner my thoughts turned to my bedtime companion, the electric overblanket. Some people opt for the underblanket but I found the element uncomfortable to lie on, but it's each to their own. The overblanket is designed to be left switched on all night as are some underblankets. It should be placed on top of the top sheet and under the first blanket. I'm not too sure how successful an overblanket would be if using a duvet but I suspect that it wouldn't be very good, which is why all night underblankets were developed. Some people regard them as unsafe and a fire hazard but in truth because of what they are, the electric blanket is built to rigorous safety standards and is just about the safest electrical appliance in the home. The owner must play his/her part by not abusing the blanket but that applies to just about any appliance. Don't let the blanket get wet and if it does thoroughly dry it out before using again. If in doubt get the blanket checked out by a qualified electrician specialising in electric blankets or send it back to the manufacturer for testing. It will cost you a few quid but it's cheaper than rebuilding your house after it is destroyed by fire. Only switch it on whilst the blanket is laid out flat. A folded blanket may show signs of scorching and thus a weakness developing. Never use the overblanket as an underblanket. The same applies to an underblanket being used as an overblanket. Don't do it! <
br>Most overblankets for double beds come with dual controls to satisfy the needs of both people. If you follow the instructions and recommendations on the label then you can look forward to a nice, warm, comfortable and safe sleep on the coldest of nights and for many years. It certainly beats a hot water bottle. Don't buy a cheap blanket made in some foreign country. Pick a well know make like Slumberland, Dreamland or Sleepeezy. Their blankets are a bit more expensive but they are safe. There is no such guarantee for the cheaper models. Make sure that the model that you choose is BEAB approved. Finally, when no longer needed put the blanket away in it's original box. You did keep it didn't you? Fold it up carefully and when it comes to be used again put it on the bed before you actually need to. If it has been folded loosely there will be no creases but if there are some then don't switch it on until you have slept under it for a night or two. Your own body heat will iron out any creases. Zzzzzzzzzzz!