A few years ago now my sister bought me a JML snuggie blanket for Christmas. My sister knows that one of my favourite things to do is just to me warm, cosy and snugly and I guess this was her thinking behind the gift.
Initially at opening my snuggle blanket I thought that my sister was actually just taking the mick. It just looked like a novelty item for perhaps the retired population. My JML snuggle blanket was not even an attractive colour as it was a sandy grey colour. However, it was lovely soft and fleecy and so it did gain some early points from me.
A snuggle blanket is designed for you to wear it rather than just sit or lie under it. The idea is that's you can move about without having to take your blanket off. To me it seemed a bit like a gown that you put on at the hairdressers as it works back to front than shirts and coats with your arms going through the armholes and the open part at you back.
I am only 5ft 2 but I am certain that even if I was of average height I could not easily walk around whilst wearing my snuggle blanket. It is really long it would be really easy to trip over it if I tried walking in my blanket. Also, as the blanket doesn't have a fastening at the back then your front is warm but if up and about in your blanket your back would get cold. That being said maybe these are not designed for an active wearer. I do concede that these are a good idea if you are looking for a blanket you can lie down in and reach for as cuppa tea without having to get cold arms or reorganise your blanket - it is not a problem I really had but it may be useful I guess.
I must say I do like the softness of this blanket even if the design seems a little bizarre. As I say my snuggle blanket is a weird sand colour and so tea spillages and melted chocolate show up but quick 40 degree wash and the fleece blanket dries quickly and doesn't stain or bobble.
JML Snuggle Blankets are available in many different colours, I have seen them in supermarkets and in garden centres. Amazon currently sell them for around £13. This is more than I would normally spend on a blanket but this one does have arm holes :) Overall this blanket is nice, its not the most attractive blanket I have seen but it certainly is warm and fluffy which surely is main purpose of a blanket.
My babe of a boyfriend must be one of the most thoughtful men alive - I was really surprised when I opened this on christmas day and I was a bit confused at first as to what it actually was lol, turns out he'd saw my eyes light up when I saw the snuggie advertised on telly and he knows that I'm always cold due to my anemia and stuff so he decided to buy me one as one of my 'silly' presents from him, and I love it!!
I've wanted a snuggie for ages, mainly because we have a leather sofa which is absolutely freezing unless we have a throw on it and because I always really feel the cold, especially during this time of the year when the weather is dire! My snuggie has a leapord print design and it's really nice and girly, but I think there are several other designs and colour choices available to choose from.
I have no idea where my boyfriend bought mine from or how much he paid but after having a quick look on Amazon I can see that the average price on there is around £8.00 for a genuine JML snuggie and the recommended retail price is stated to be £15, which I think is a bit overpriced considering that a warm fleecey dressing gown is around the same price and much more practical and no where near as silly looking!!
So.. what is a snuggie? Well it's basically a large fleecey blanket with arm holes in it so that you don't have to keep pulling the blanket down when you need to reach for something. The arm holes are massive though and I find that they get in the way quite a bit, for example if I'm holding a drink the sleeves have to be all bunched up so that they don't get in the way. The blanket itself is one size fits all - it is very long as well and at 5'3 I find it a bit too long and I've nearly tripped over a few times lol.
Although it is quite silly looking, the blanket is really warm and cosey and I usually put mine on when I'm sat watching tv or laid on my bed reading, but I've worn it a few times in bed to sleep in when the weathers been especially cold and it keeps me really warm and snug. The material has a nice feel to it and it feels quite good quality. I like that the material is quite thin rather than overly thick because its lightweight enough to walk around the house in when I'm freezing or in a particularly lazy mood!
I've had my snuggie for a week now and I haven't needed to wash it yet so I can't really comment on how well it washes. It does attract a lot of dog hair though which makes it look quite dirty, which is quite annoying but seeing as I only wear it around the house when I'm cold and tired it doesn't really matter and the hair is quite easy to brush off as the material is smooth.
Overall I recommend the snuggie but I have knocked one star off because it's a bit too long for me and the sleeves/arm holes are huge!!
I bought two of these two years ago, a pink one for my daughter and a blue one for my son as I was tired of them forever bringing their quilts into the front room in the evening because it was cold.
I saw these advertised and at Christmas, decided to buy them both one. They were £14.99 from Homebase and they were a practical yet fun present. For those of you who don't know, a Snuggie is basically a blanket with sleeves. Unlike a blanket, you can put this one and still have full use of your arms; this covers your body from your neck down to your feet. As the box states, one size fits all, you can wear it anywhere and it gives you complete freedom of movement. Although technically this is true, if you have a blanket round you it doesn't restrict your life that much but I just thought these were such a good idea. They have big pockets as well, so you can put a fair amount in them. On the box it also states you can wear them outside to keep you warm at sporting events!! I wouldn't recommend wearing this outside of the house; in fact I wouldn't even wear it to answer the door.
Although I did buy the pink and blue one, they also had a red one on sale, after using my daughter's one to wrap up in, my fiancé bought me a purple one last Christmas! The size of it is 71in x 54in; it is a big rectangle with big sleeves, so even if you are wearing a thick jumper you can still fit this on. It is made of super soft fleece that is 100% polyester. They are machine washable and are so soft a warm to wrap yourself up in. They go on like a doctor's gown, so the opening is at the back, when you sit down you hold the end together underneath you. My son found a parody on youtube entitled the WTF blanket! It takes the micky out of the blanket, although it is amusing, it won't stop me wearing it as I may look like an old lady but at least I am warm and in purple.
I am always freezing, it doesn't help that I live in a cold flat with high ceilings and large windows, so in the winter it can get pretty damn chilly! My boyfriend bought me a snuggie the christmas before last, probably because he was fed up of my cries of "I'm cold, I'm cold" when he thought the flat was a perfectly acceptable temperature.
I already have several blankets which I use to keep myself warm when I get a bit chilly, the snuggie is basically just a blanket which has arms, so you are free to use your hands to go on your laptop, use the tv remote or drink a cup of tea without uncovering them from the warmth of the blanket. My snuggie is a black and white zebra print (a variety of other styles and colours are available) and is made of a micro fibre polyester fleece which is quite thin but it is actually really really warm! The snuggie comes in one size (though I believe you can get kids ones as well) but it is surprisingly big, I am 5"10 and the snuggie covers right over my feet. It is also nice and wide so you wont get any cold bits. The fleece is also lovely and soft so you can wear it over bare arms or legs without it getting itchy.
To use the snuggie, you put your arms through the arm holes, like you are putting on a jacked back to front, and just sit down and bask in the warmth. The snuggie only covers the front half of you, but as long as you are sitting or lying down you stay warm. I have tried walking around with my snuggie on, not very advisable as you will likely step on the front of it and trip up... I think my snuggie is great, it does actually keep me really warm, I just dislike it when I have to get up and take the snuggie off, get all cold again!
The snuggie is machine washable, it can also be tumble dried on a low heat but I just hang it up to dry, which doesn't take long at all.
I am unsure the price my boyfriend paid (that would be rude to ask of course..) but a quick google search shows you can pick these up for as little as £5 on amazon and ebay. They have an rrp of £14.99 which is quite steep for what is pretty much just a blanket, but for a fiver this is a really good deal.
So don't be put off by those cheesetastic snuggie tv adverts (they made me totally cringe) if you feel the cold a lot or just want to save on heating bills then I definitely recommend giving a snuggie a go :)
=== The product ===
This is a large loose fleece blanket, available in numerous covers, that has loose arm sleeves and large pockets built in. This is designed so that you can sit underneath this blanket and have your arms through the large sleeves and therefore be able to still function and use your laptop, operate the remote or do basically anything that you want.
=== The price ===
This is around £14 and is available from numerous stockists. I am unsure of the exact price paid as this was a gift for me earlier this year but I am sure the price paid was similar to the price now.
=== Overall opinion ===
When I first received this item it was a gift from my husband as I had been unwell and quite cold all of the time, to be honest I was probably moaning a lot more than was necessary but as I was ill it was allowed!
This blanket came provided in a plastic covering and was well protected from dirt and dust until I opened it and started to use it. After a day or two of using it I decided to give this a wash as there was a fair amount of purple fluff on it but I found that the amount it was losing was drastically reduced once I had given this a good rinse in the machine and that has basically not been a problem at all since.
This blanket is absolutely fantastic, I loved it from the moment I felt it and the cat agrees with me! This blanket is ridiculously soft, smooth and fluffy and I actually find myself spending far more time in the living room during the Winter months rather than retreating to my cosy warm bed and this is definitely just down to this blanket. My husband is pleased no end that I now spend lots of time sitting with him while he plays on his Xbox 360 and it has definitely helped to increase the amount of time that we spend chatting together in the evenings.
Overall I have been very pleased with receiving this as a gift. Initially when I received it I wasn't sure if I would use it but I probably use this every single day and have done for several months now. We have had the heating on in our home less this year than last year (according to my energy company and their data) which could be partly due to the milder weather we have had this year but also partly due to me not feeling the cold in my feet as much as I used to and therefore keeping the heating off for longer.
I could probably get the same effect by turning my dressing gown around but I love this blanket as it stretches to the floor and because it is lightweight I can fold it up and take it out with me if I am going to be staying at someone else's house and don't want to be walking around with my dressing gown, instead I can just put this on over my usual clothes and be decent and yet warm too.
I'm quite a strange person being not matter what time of the year I'm pretty much always cold so I live in my dressing gown and love to have a blanket draped round me when I'm lounging about on the couch or even lying on my bed, so when I saw this advertised on the television I instantly put it on my Christmas list for Santa to get it for me or my mam in this case. When I finally got it in a lovely pastel pink colour I was over the moon.
I couldn't wait to try it out and first of all I'd like to comment on the colour although I like things a bit different such as leopard print or zebra this was a lovely shade of pink not to bright and just the right amount of girly thrown in, it definitely fit into my purple sitting room, it was soft and nice to touch as rough materials do tend to irritate my skin a lot and the fleece was of high quality.
I can honestly say though, I was a little bit disappointed with it, it was quite awkward to move about in and no matter what position I was in it didn't fit round me properly and it wasn't long enough either so my feet kept sticking out the bottom. I have only used it once or twice so I don't feel like it's great value for money as although it was a Christmas present I believe they sell for around £15.00 each from all good JML stockists.
I do think this is an amazing idea and it's possible I may just of gotten a bad snuggie out of the bunch but it just wasn't for me and I've went back to using my traditional old fleecy blankets and my trusty old dressing gowns.
Anyone that knows me knows that I am notorious for being cold, so when my nan gave me a snuggie as a present she knew she was on to a winner. Not only does it successfully keep me warm, it is also PINK! Brilliant!
~So what is the Snuggie?~
Snuggies have become well known over the past couple of years or so. Basically, it is a fleece blanket with arms. This is a genius idea. Now if I want to curl up on the sofa with a good book, want to change the channel on the tv or surf the net on my laptop I don't need to fight the blanket that I will have wrapped around me in the winter months. I simply slip my arms into the blankets sleeves and get myself comfy, leaving my hands free. This means that my arms can stay nice and toasty under the blanket, and I can do other things at the same time. Winner all round. :-D
the Snuggie is a JML product. JML are a pretty well known company, and do a lot of mail order stuff through their t.v. channel and t.v. advertising. They also sell their products in a number of shops such as Wilkinsons, Tesco and Asda and have their website. I've seen the snuggie on sale for around £14.99 in the shops, but seeing as mine was a gift, I am not sure on what mine actually cost. On the JML website at the moment it is possible to buy a pack of 2 snuggies for £24.99, (I can't find them individually on the site at the moment). There are a variety of colours available. As mentioned at the beginning, mine is pink, but other colours available include red, navy, leopard and zebra. They do come in 'one size fits all' - this could be seen to be an advantage or a disadvantage. They are big enough to pretty much fit anyone. Seeing as I'm quite small mine drowns me. But I love that. Means I can properly snuggle up in it and have loads of blanket to spare, which is great for me as I tend to fidget quite a lot. With this I can fidget and still stay completely covered and warm. On the JML website there is a 'kids' size which is available in Khaki army style or in a princess style. I don't think I've seen these in the shops, but I might be wrong.
the Snuggie comes boxed, which helps make it a good gift - easy to wrap. :-D I couldn't guess what it was before I opened it. The range of colours makes it suitable for either sex. Once I opened the box to use the Snuggie to use it for the first time I was originally a little disappointed. It is quite a thin fleece material. I thought it would have been thicker. Once I actually was wrapped up in it though I was pleasantly surprised. It really is toasty and snuggly warm! The only thing I would really put it down for was for the first couple of washes I kept getting small amounts of pink fluff over whatever it was that I was wearing... Not really an issue as I mostly use it in the evenings once I am settled down and not going out again that day, but still a little annoying -
The Snuggie is made out of 100% polyester, and is easily washable. Once washed it dries pretty quickly, added bonus as I currently don't have a tumble drier.
There are other 'Snuggies' out there that I think are cheaper than the JML version. The JML Snuggies have a little snuggie label on one of the sleeves. I don't really know what the differences would be between the JML snuggie and any other brand.
Overall I love my snuggie, and would recommend the product. I use mine almost daily (eveningly?) at the moment whilst the weather is still pretty chilly. During the day it does tend to just get chucked on the sofa, which is kind of messy, but I don't really know where else to put it at the moment seeing as I'm using it every evening. It is difficult to walk in, especially as I'm so short. This is ok, but means I have to temporarily get cold in order to do things like make a cup of tea. Lol. I've definitely got some good use out of it so far though, and I imagine I will continue to do so. Definitely a product I am glad to own and recommend. :-D
4/5 from me.
I'm not someone who always complains of the cold but we live in a freezing house so we always have the heating on. I am constantly laughed at because I like to wear my big fleecy, pink, floor-length dressing gown from the minute I get home from work until bed! I take it home to my parents' house when I visit them and it comes along with me when I stay at my friends' houses so it's fair to say it's well used! This year I asked, as always, for a new dressing gown, but instead I was surprised by a Snuggie from my sister.
What is a Snuggie?
The Snuggie from JML is in effect a massive blanket with arms. The blanket comes in one size only and will fit just about anyone! It is designed to be worn a bit like a gown you would wear in hospital or at the hairdressers! You put your arms into the holes from the front and pull it on and around you. The Snuggie is so huge that you can cover your whole body with it and where dressing gowns can leave the legs cold, this covers you from neck to toes. At only 5'3 there is a good extra foot or two at the bottom to tuck under my feet so that my body is actually completely covered!
The Snuggie works as a blanket but the great and novel thing about it is that it allows the hands to move freely so that you can still read a book, drink a cup of tea, change channel on the TV remote or even write reviews on your laptop! For me this is ideal because I'm very fidgety and always moving about doing things - I can't just relax on the settee for half an hour. It means that you don't need to move your whole body out of a blanket exposing your arms to the cold; they stay warm like the rest of the body.
It is made of micro fibre midweight polyester fleece so it is very thin but also incredibly warm. It is lovely and soft to touch and feels lovely against the skin. When sitting down or lying down the Snuggie is completely effective against the cold and drafts, however if you stand up or walk around there is a gap at the back which does allow the cold in.
The Snuggie comes in a range of colours; navy blue, purple, green, red, ruby wine, pink, leopard print and zebra print, however at the moment it just comes in one size (which is incredibly large and will fit anyone). It can be purchased in a variety of shops and online stores. It retails for £14.99 on the JML website and £13.90 on Amazon. I've also found it for under £10 on Ebay including delivery, depending on the seller.
Snuggie have now expanded their range to include Snuggies for children and now for dogs too. I couldn't quite believe it myself so I've included the link here for any dog lovers! http://www.mysnuggiestore.com/c-102-pets.aspx. There is also a brand new 'Snuggie for two' which fits two people inside!
I've just washed my Snuggie once so far. Washing instructions suggested to wash with similar colours on a low temperature and tumble dry on a low heat. I actually let mine dry over a clothes rack which didn't take long at all and it dried neatly without the need for ironing.
I am a big fan of my Snuggie and have already got a lot use out of it since Christmas. When I have a quiet evening I like to sit in it and read a good book with a cuppa (or glass of wine!) and having the arm holes is ideal for keeping warm at the same time. It is also good for when I have my laptop on my knee and am typing away at my reviews! However, I've tried to keep it on when trying to take things out of the oven or make a cup of tea and it can be quite restrictive in these situations and I normally end up dumping it somewhere on the floor. It can also help with energy bills as you don't need to have the heating on all the time! Another negative for me is that I can never think of anywhere to keep it. I don't want it in the bedroom, I don't want to fold it and put it away, so it ends up sitting on the sofa in the lounge which is very messy! All in all, I think it's a great item but I don't think I'd bother paying up to £15 for it - wait to get it on offer or buy a cheaper alternative such as the new 'Snuggle Blanket'.
Recommended - 4/5
I feel the cold very easily, so love anything that can keep me warm. We've got several throws and blankets throughout the house, and I get tons of use out of all of them. However, I'm also the type of person that loves to text a LOT, and spend too much time on the laptop. This provides some difficulties...how can I do all that but still keep my arms, shoulders and the top of my chest warm?!
The answer is genius... A snuggie from JML is a throw which has sleeves sewn into it, so you can keep warm and cosy but still text, drink tea and write reviews to your heart's content.
I'd seen these advertised for quite a while and thought they were just perfect for my needs, so I was over the moon when I found one under the Christmas tree for me this year. They're made by JML so can be found in any number of places - as I didn't buy mine myself, a quick Google search has told me that they're available for £14.99 from both JML Direct or Amazon. However, I think my mum said she found it cheaper elsewhere online so it's worth looking around to see what bargains you can find. It's worth knowing that they're made from 100% polyester.
Snuggies are available in blue, red, pink, or even leopard or zebra print! I have a pink one - perfect for the girlie girl that I am.
On first taking the snuggie out the box, we were a little worried that it'd be quite thin and not very warm. However, our fears were soon allayed, as the inside of the snuggie is so soft and fleecy that it traps all the air inside to keep you nice and warm and toasty.
As for the size of it, I believe it is only available in one size. Unless you're a big strapping 7 foot tall bloke, the size should be plenty big enough for most people. I'm about 5feet 8inches tall, and when I stand up with the top of the snuggie tucked over the top of my shoulders, the bottom still trails on the ground and a few inches get caught on the ground when I walk. The arms are generously proportioned, too. My arms are longgg...longer than even my Dad's, and my armspan is much longer than my height. Nevertheless, there is plenty of extra room for me with the sleeves, as I can easily take hold of the ends and wrap them up into a ball to keep my hands enclosed in the warmth. The sleeves are also quite baggy, so no matter what you're wearing there's no need to worry about the sleeves being tight, stretched or uncomfortable. For me this is just right as it provides a reasonable amount of room for adjustment, but I'm not sure if more petite people would get lost in there! The width is roomy, too. There's plenty of space for just me curled under there, but as often as I can I get Mr. E to snuggle under there with me too. He takes one arm and I take the other - we have to be quite close to be able to both fit underneath, but it is easily possible, and anyway it just makes things all the more cosy... ;)
As I've not had it very long I've not needed to wash my snuggie yet, but as long as it's treated with care I'm sure it can just be popped in the washing machine. In fact, so far Mr. E has managed to spill sticky, melting chocolate down it already, and a damp cloth was all that was needed to quickly clear up the mess so you'd never know it was there!
I've been in my snuggie all day every day since Christmas...OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I wish I had been! I can't recommend it enough as it really does make keeping warm on the sofa a whole lot more practical and flexible. If you're anything like me this will be a godsend for you, as I know I'll most certainly get Father Christmas's money's worth out of it!
During the colder months I still tend to wear short sleeves around the house. In the daytime this is fine, but at night when I'm sitting watching TV I can get very cold, so I Tend to sit with a blanket over me. Trouble with that is that when you move or want to get up and so something it falls to the floor.
When I first saw the snuggie on a TV shopping channel I thought it was great idea and ordered one. I only got one to see what it was like, I now have two.
The snuggie is a very soft, comfortable blanket. The difference to this and other blankets is that it has two sleeves or arm holes, so instead of just drapping it over your body, you can actually wear it. You can either put your arms through it and wear it at the front so it's like a traditional blanket or you can out your arms it like wearing a coat and wrap it around you.
It is great when your watching a film on the sofa at night, or when you're feeling unwell and don't want to stay in bed all day. My mum has a bad knee and sometimes has to use a wheelchair when it's very bad. In the colder weather she uses this to keep herself warm as it can get very cold for her because she is not moving around like others.
I find this can be very warm and have actually used it in bed when it was snowing earlier this year. It's big enough for almost anyone to use, the only problem I have is that I am quite short and can't go up and down the stairs with it because it is a little bit too long and I might trip. Other than that it is great and a simple but very effective idea.
I am notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, being a woman of relatively simple tastes, but my husband always manages to find me a wonderful selection of 'me' gifts. So on Christmas Day 2009 when I opened a parcel to find a Snuggie inside, I was so pleased!
The Snuggie is, basically, a fleece blanket with sleeves which can be used when sitting in a chair or on the sofa, in bed, when travelling, or even on holiday. Mine is a burgundy red colour but you can also get them in a royal blue, a bright bubblegum pink and a leopard print which I believe is limited edition.
The Snuggies are by JML, a well known television and mail order company and are available directly off their website or via their Sky TV channel, plus selected high street stores such as Asda, Tesco, Wilkinsons, Superdrug and Debenhams. You can pick them up for around £20, however as mine was a gift I didn't (and won't!) ask my husband how much it cost.
The Snuggie comes boxed which makes it an ideal gift as it's easy to wrap and looks good too. It's suitable for people of all ages - men and women - and would make an ideal gift for someone who has an illness or disability (my dad for example has mobility issues and spends much of his time seated, the Snuggie is ideal for him), someone who has recently had a baby (as you can still hold the baby through the arms of the Snuggie), or someone who travels a lot as the Snuggie is lightweight and ideal for car or train journeys, plane travel or even coach trips. You can do anything you need your hands and arms for - so operating a remote control, computer, sewing machine, hand held computer game, or holding a book is easy with the Snuggie - making it much easier to manouvre in than a standard blanket or duvet.
It's fleece material means it is very warm and holds in the warmth, too, and it washes easily in the washing machine at 30 degrees and dries quickly. It's fairly resistant to spills, however, I spilled a little water down mine and it rolled right off rather than being absorbent as I would have expected. It is very versatile and I use it often.
If you are considering getting a Snuggie then I'd highly recommend it - and if you are considering getting one as a gift then as a Snuggie recipient myself I'd agree that it's a great, useful gift for the hard to please, has-everything person - or just a person like me with simple tastes. Staying snug and cosy, without losing the use of my arms means that I can now bed-down on the sofa or in a chair and get on with my work, watch the TV or do any number of things.
5/5 for the Snuggie - it's a lovely gift I'm happy to own and recommend!
My Dad got me one of these as a gift, when the weather was really cold over the winter.
They were available at the time (not sure they are so much in demand now) at Asda, and I think you could purchase them offline. They cost around £14.99.
I think there are only three colours to chose from, blue (pictured), red and pink. I have the pink one. They are basically a blanket with sleeves, so you can really wrap yourself up and stay warm.
When I first saw it, it was hard to work out how to put it on. It looks a bit like a wizards cloak, and it took me about a week of wearing like a dressing gown and looking a little bit silly that I realised I had it on backwards and the opening should have been at the back like a hospital gown.
The material of the snuggie is like a fleecy felt, and is incredibly soft and light. The only problem I found was that it did create a lot of static, so if it went anywhere near my hair it would make it a little bit crazy!
I found this did give me an extra bit of warmth, and having my hands free was incredibly handy.
The only major problem I found, was trying to walk anywhere. I am 5ft 4 (on a good day) and it was extremely long on me, and I think they only come in one size, so I found walking really difficult, much to my husbands amusement, so I wouldn't recommend trying to go up the stairs while wearing it.
My snuggie has been put away now that the nights are a bit warmer, but we are going camping in the summer and I will definitely be taking it with me for extra warmth in the tent.
I think this is a great idea, it does have a few flaws, but if you just want a bit of extra warmth and don't mind how daft you look, or being a bit statically charged, it's a great thing to have around, I think it will really be useful for camping.