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My boyfriend bought me a 'slanket' a few years ago after we had both seen it on 30 Rock! At first I was a bit dubious as they had been pretty much made a joke on that tv show (and on others) and anyway I hate being constricted so what was wrong with just an old fashioned blanket I ask? Anyway I didn't want to hurt his feelings so I started to wear it. Almost 2 years later and I still do (and we are still together despite his terrible choice in birthday prezzies!)
A slanket is essentially a blanket with built-in sleeves and a hole for your head. Like any good blanket it is made of soft fleecy type material. I have washed this and it had bobbled slightly over the years but it is still mostly soft and nice to touch and wear.
My slanket is blue and I thought all were - but apparently they come in a range of colours!
It does keep me very warm especially recently when we had a problem with our heating at the end of November and we were all wearing layers because the house was so cold. I swear by the slanket after that little experiment!!! The one thing it doesn't do is keep my feet warm but I hear there are types with a sewn in foot pocket so I will tell the hubby about that in future!! Fingers crossed for Xmas, eh??
A quick look on Amazon shows that they are around £10. Totally recommended by me!! :)
Our deep dark secret, I have a Slanket for me, and a Tatty Teddy design for little Miss Thrifty, although by now it is more ankle length now.
The best way I can describe a slanket is a blanket that has sleeves and you wear like a back to front dressing gown, but without the fastening.
They are brilliant for cold nights on the settee watching TV, as you are literally covered from head to toe.
There are many versions of a slanket, and these come in all colours from pinl, green, blue, patterned, kids varieties include Tatty Ted and Hello Kitty.
Some even come with pockets that you can put your remote control in.
=Not ideal for moving in=
These are not designed for moving around in, as they are not secured around you, so if you need the toilet, want a cup of tea do all this before you get comfy in the slanket, or if you are prone to moving then it is best to leave your arms out of the slanket and using it as a traditional blanket.
=Prices and Availability=
My daughters was Tatty Teddy, I brought hers from Argos for Christmas 2012, and paid £15 for it.
Mine is a copy of a slanket and I paid £6 for mine.
When I brought mine it was originally meant as a Christmas present but I had put it up so safe when it came to wrapping the present I had no idea where I put it, It was only in summer clean out that I found it in the bedside draw. So I ended up keeping it.
With this cold weather we had, I needed the slanket, although we have central heating which warms up the rooms, once it hits a certain temperature it cuts out, and our fire wasn't working, so it was give in and get the slanket,
It was comfortable, I will be honest and say at first I felt an idiot, but it was comfortable, it was warm in all the right places, and I could fidget and still be warm. That slanket was lived in for most of this winter.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend the slankets to everyone, they are amazing, best present I forgot to give.
Size: 60" x 95".
Large fleece blanket with sleeves.
Machine washable at 30 degrees.
Adult - £17.95.
Kids (Size:44"x 66" ) - £14.95.
Siamese (double - :120" x 95") - £29.95
===What Are Slankets?===
Firstly let me explain what a slanket is. It was invented by a student in America who was freezing cold in digs and adapted a blanket to wrap around himself by adding sleeves. It is not that old and only originated in around 2008/9.
Over the years it has been modified and adapted.
The idea is that the large piece of fleece has two large and long sleeves, but you do not wear it like a dressing gown but put it on 'back to front' when you are already sitting or lying down and then wrap it around yourself.
Over time the size has increased and it also has a pocket in the front for your TV remote control. Some also now have a pouch in the bottom for you to tuck your feet into.
The slankets are so long you cannot walk in them, but the extra length and width mean that they will amply cover you when sitting in a chair or lying on the settee.
I first saw these on QVC but they are now available very widely on Amazon and ebay - as well as QVC, the official Slanket site and many other websites.
Beware that not all the ones on sale will be the official 'Slanktet' product, they may be much cheaper, but also they might scrimp on the fabric and be much smaller and thinner - so check the sizes if you can.
These fleece products now come in many colours and loads of different prints and patterns and they also come in a smaller size for children. Slanket also do a double version but the ordinary one is large enough for two to snuggle under.
After seeing these online I decided to buy some for our family for Christmas 2011. We had been having problems with our heating and the weather was so bad with snow before Christmas that I thought these would be a great buy. So it was that both my sons and my husband had their own blue versions. Of course mum is always the last to get anything and I did buy myself a child's one on the sale after Christmas - whereas actually I want a leopard print one!
Well do they work and are they used?
Well yes and yes. There is enough material to wrap right over the front of you with plenty of fabric to spare. My son would use his while sitting by the pc and also when lying on the bed. The fabric is so large it can be spread over the bed as an additional layer when not in use.
With my husband it was just a fun gift as I did not expect him to use it much in the living room - but he does!
We have now gone to oil central heating but with the costs we try and wrap up and not use the heating too much. So come 5 om in the winter hubby would wrap his slanket around himself in the easy chair - and he never minds if visitors call and he is still wearing it! It must work for him or he would never bother to use it.
With mine it is smaller than the others but I have found it useful as a layer on my bed, and when cold and I am sitting up watching TV I will often slip my arms into it and it then keeps me cosy right up to my neck.
I think these are a great way to keep warm and to save a bit on the heating costs. These are much more practical and useful than a onsie.
Do not try and move about in one or you could end up tripping over the bottom as they are long.
They wash and dry easily and are the sort of gift you could give anyone.
===Would I Recommend?===
These blankets with sleeves are a practical way of keeping warm without the need to put the heating on. They are lovely and cosy and you can snuggle up in an armchair or sofa. It is huge which is helpful if your 6 foot tall not so much if your 5 foot nothing.
The slanket comes in a wide variety of colours and designs which is being constantly added to. It can be worn anyway you like with the opening at the front or back, though I think the opening is supposed to be at the back. The sleeves allow you the freedom of drinking, using remote etc without the hassle caused by a blanket. Apart from in summer this gets used daily, washed frequently and still looks like new after 4 years.
It is not recommended that you walk while wearing one of these, not a problem for me as I would never succeed due to the length. . I have a love hate relationship with my slanket its looks way worse than a dressing gown but is warmer, not something I would be happy wearing if visitors were coming. On a positive note I think they are better 'looking' that a onesie which is the latest craze.
The slanket can be bought for 17.95 from the original site. There are lots of cheaper copies appearing which may or may not work/wear as well. They also do a children's version which may be better for me!
When I first saw these advertised on television I thought the world had gone mad. Then I wanted one.
A slanket, for those who don't know, is basically a blanket with sleeves. Everyone understands the problem of sitting on the sofa all warm and snug under a blanket when you get an itchy nose - not so warm anymore after you have let all the heat out freeing you arm! This is where the slant is unique, your hands are still free to do whatever needed but you keep the heat in around your body. If your hands get cold simply tuck your arms in or stretch the sleeves over your hands as they are generous in length anyway.
These have come down in price considerably since they were first released a couple of years ago. I bought my mum a red wine coloured Slanket as her house takes ages to heat up, not to mention it's very costly! I have seen these on offer in places for around £8 whereas they were over £20 initially.
They are made of a lovely fleecy material which works well at keeping the heat in and they are long at the front so will easily cover your feet too. It's very cosy being wrapped up in one of these at night with all the candles burning in the living room.
These have always been received well as gifts from me in the past, I have only ever given them to women but I do know that they sell a larger men's version.
These are worth it in my opinion, especially at the prices you can get them for now. Beware of cheap knock offs you can pick up at the car boot, these are not as good quality or as warm and do not wash very well.
Thanks for reading!
There is nothing like getting all snuggled down on the sofa on a cold winter's night with a Slanket. The translation, for those that don't know, is a sleeved blanket. That's right - a blanket with sleeves! Sleeves - what? The world must have really gone mad. I thought so when someone gave me this novelty gift. A cold winter and a boiler breakdown later and I discovered a slight shift in my opinion.
This blanket resembles a back to front gown - I'm thinking of those things they make you put on at the hairdressers only this is soft fleece and huge. At the hairdressers I always get a bit confused over which way to put the thing on. This is brings the same trouble only on a bigger scale.
The Slanket will cover you from neck to toe. If you are six foot plus I should think this is ideal. If you are petite you might need a helping hand to find your way back out!
This is machine washable and available in a variety of colours. I have blue but I've seen them in pink, brown and red too. Despite, the giant size it is surprisingly lightweight. The main advantage, of this, over a normal blanket is that the hands are free to pick up a remote control or reach out for the all-important popcorn. Some even have pocket in for things like remote controls - crazy but true.
The Slanket looks ridiculous. Those who have no sense of pride will happily put it on in front of other people as if they are wearing some wonderful fashion item of clothing. In my opinion, you look quite foolish and really, you shouldn't do it. What if you were to die wearing it? Think of the humiliation you'd put your family through!
The Slanket, in my opinion, isn't about looking good though I still strongly advise only wearing in the company of your very nearest and dearest.
Short or medium length people I warn you not to walk around the house in this as that's probably impossible to accomplish safely without the long length tripping you up. So unless you fancy crawling to the toilet or going into the kitchen for something; I strongly urge you to make sure you have an emergency stockpile of food and drink within arm's length of you. Go to the toilet before a session with the blanket. People with bladder weakness, be warned, it is a bother to get your arms out of the sleeves so it's probably best to drape it over you as you would do with an ordinary blanket.
I love owning the Slanket because of one very awful winter's day when the gas boiler stopped working. It was freezing. I couldn't do anything because I was too cold. I remembered the Slanket and oh, joy of joy,s I stopped shivering and within a few minutes I was hot. The Slanket is so thick and warm but it can get too hot and then you have to take it off to cool down and then get back in which can be irksome. There is a bit of static especially when getting out of it again. Check your hair in the mirror after Slanket wearing. I had to wait five days for the boiler repair man. I did not allow him to see me in this Slanket though I was almost tempted. I did check my hair in the mirror for static before opening the door ad he had to wait for me to get out of the blanket but thank goodness for my Slanket because it helped remove some of the misery of being without gas central heating.
I can now offer you this money saving tip. Buy a Slanket for each member of your household, keep the family as couch potatoes, leave the heating off, and hey presto, you've saved a fortune in heating bills. The only possible side-effects are laziness, sleepiness, weight gain or loss (depending on if you remembered the emergency supplies), pets getting stuck inside, and toileting problems if used for excessive durations.
I got a slanket a few years ago for xmas. They come in a range of colours - mine is green to match the colour scheme of my house! The fabric is very similar to a fleecy blanket (100% polyester).
You can tumble dry it which is useful as it is quite large, though these types of fabrics do dry very quickly so having a tumble dryer is by no means essential.
It is essentially like a long dressing gown that you wear backwards. It does allow you to keep your arms warm while reading a book or changing channel while sat on the sofa, whereas with a blanket you would have to take your arms out of the blanket to do those things. However, wearing a dressing gown with a blanket of your knee does have the same effect. Also, there is no practical way to get up and go to the loo/make a cup of tea with a slanket (well I've not mastered the art anyway) however this is far more practical in a dressing gown.
Mine has been used on and off over the last few years, obviously more in winter months but lately the slanket novelty has worn off and I just tend to throw it over me and use it as a normal blanket. Mine is also developing a hole which is a shame but doesn't really impair the use of the product.
It is a nice christmassy gift for those who like to keep warm and I've seen them in stores like The Works for a reasonable price, but in my mind I'm still loyal to the old fashioned dressing gown.
I was given one of these as a sort of joke present, I do like to get wrapped up on the sofa in my PJs and with a blanket, even though Im 29!
Now I have to say that before I start, it is very nice and cosy, it feels like a fleecy blanket, its very large and fits all the way around me and does keep me warm and stops the heating from going on. It is however the most unsexy piece of material that I own.
It claims to eliminate the need to 'fuss' with a blanket, what kind of fussing that is I dont know. Perhaps removing your arms from a standard blanket to reach for a cup of tea or something else warming. For this reason they have made arms in the slanket. They enable you to keep your hands free for all sorts of activities.
If you then stand up with the slanket on it looks like your wearing a very large furry long sleeved dress. It doesnt do up around the back so when you stand up you get cold and then it needs to be wrapped around like a normal blanket!
I have since given it to my gran as she genuinely finds it useful to keep warm and it helps keep her energy bill down.
If you actually would like to buy one of these instead of a regular blanket they cost between £5 -£25 on amazon, and you can get a variety of colours including cowprint! It could make a fantastic winter dressing up outfit as it would keep you warm on a night out!
If you are just interested in keeping warm then a throw from primark will do the same job.
I'm sure this seemed like a good idea at the time - some bright spark obviously figured that between blankets and clothes, there was a gap in the market that was crying out for innovation. Seeing what was created to fill that gap, I'm pretty sure it never existed in the first place.
As modelled by the unreasonably jolly young lady above, the Slanket is 90% blanket, with the addition of a couple of sleeves through which to stick your arms. As the nights get darker and the icy grip of winter marches ever closer, you'll want to stay snuggly-warm, and this might seem like a tempting idea. Dismiss that notion. Unless you're searching for a low-budget Jabba the Hut costume, nothing good will come from buying a Slanket - or at least nothing a regular blanket couldn't provide.
For me, this is a classic example of an invention that exists purely for its own sake. The blurb above cites "constant fussing with a blanket" as the kind of thing that you'll be blissfully rid of once you're a Slanket owner - but when did you last struggle to use a blanket? Personally, I've always found them to be pretty intuitive devices. I certainly can't remember the last time I thought "Ah! The darned complexity of trying to wrap this infernal blanket around me! What's supposed to go where? If only there was a simpler way!"
Basically, I don't see the point - if you want a jumper, you'll wear one. Ditto a blanket.
In its defence, it's an adequate - if expensive - blanket. It's made of a nice soft fleece, and does a pretty competent insulating job. Ultimately, it's a gimmick. Go buy one for someone if you've no other ideas for presents - that's pretty much all they exist for.
Last year as we were coming up to winter I had took my Grandma shopping as I do every week, I was looking at the fleece blankets on Asda and when my Grandma enquired what I wanted a fleece for and I told her for when I was sat on a cold night she offered me a slanket that she had.
A slanket is called so as it is a blanket with sleeves, you can buy these all over now and they come in a wide range of colours. I bought my daughter a Peppa Pig slanket for £5 which I thought was a great price but then you can pay easily up to £30 which I think is a ridiculous price.
My slanket is navy blue in colour which actually is a pretty good colour as it doesn't end up looking grubby very easily but if I had bought it myself I would have gone for one of the brighter colours.
The slanket came packaged in a plastic wrapped which was easy to pull open and it simply had a picture on the front of a woman on a sofa wrapped in her slanket.
The slanket is a slightly rectangular fleece which feels lovely and soft, it has 2 arms attached to it where obviously you put your arms in, I find the arms on mine are a little too long and can get in the way if I'm trying to do something. My slanket has a pocket on the front of it like a kangaroo and if you fold it correctly the slanket will fully fold into the pocket so it looks neat for storage although I have never managed to fold it in the right way. My slanket also has two extra pieces of triangular material on the corners where you can put your feet in, I had actually been using the slanket for quite some time before I noticed these as I usually sit crossed legged on the sofa but find they are actually nice little pockets to help keep my feet warm.
I find the slanket a god send as my hubby will be sat in a t-shirt when I'm freezing so it helps to keep me warm without him feeling like he's being boiled. The slanket can be washed at 40 degrees and it washes really well without any bobbling, being made of fleece it also dries very quickly which is great as I don't have to be without it too long. I love my slanket, I wouldn't pay £30 for one but you can get them more cheaply so make sure you shop around.
As I type this I am covered up and cosy in my slanket. From toes to chin I am covered in a thick fleecey blanket with sleeves, and just my hands are sticking out. The fabric is piled up around my feet, making my toes extra toasty. When I finish typing I will shake the sleeves down and cover my hands so that they too can be cosy. The size and warmth of this item make it great, the sleeves are the icing on the cake.
The slanket measures 152.4cm (width) x 241.3cm (height) which means that even if you are over 6 foot tall, you would still be able to be covered head to toe by the slanket and have room to spare. I am 5' 4" so there is a lot of spare fabric here. It could pose something of a tripping hazard, and if you are just starting out in the venture of slanket-wearing then you should take care, and consider removing or stepping out of the slanket in order to go and get a cuppa or tasty snack. Once you become more proficient with slanket wearing, you can wear it whilst on such manoeuvres. My technique is to simply gather the material from around my feet and drape it over one arm.
A downside of the slanket is that if you lean forward, as I am now, your back may become chilly. I would not want you to think I am indulging in nude slanket-wearing, it's just my t-shirt is a little thin.
The slanket takes up a lot of room in the washing machine, but it does go in. As it requires a cold wash on a gentle cycle you may wish to give it the honour of a wash on its own. My preference is to wait until both of my slankets need cleaning. I have two. And a washing machine with large load capacity. The slankets can be tumble dried on low, and the label tells you not to iron. Bliss.
Slankets are difficult to fold neatly, and make the room look permanently untidy if they are left lying round when not in use. To that end I have positioned a large wicker basket at one end of the sofa, and the slankets are housed within it. They make occasional outings during the summer months, so are never totally packed away. However, if you wanted to pack them away, it would be a good idea to keep the original packaging which is a thick, clear plastic zip-up bag.
A great product all year round, but especially good on chilly winter evenings.
~ The Slanket ~
This is probably one of the least attractive items of 'clothing' I own. My hubby bought it for me as a present last Christmas because he is sick and tired of me moaning about being cold! The Slanket is a rather large sleeved blanket and that is where it gets its name - Sleeved blanket ... Slanket!
The Slanket is fashioned to be like an over sized dressing gown crossed with a blanket. My Slanket is a deep raspberry pink colour, one the front is a large pocket the type with two open sides. To wear the Slanket you put it over you like you would a regular blanket then you slip your arms through the oversized sleeves. The sleeves enable you to stay in one comfy spot all night whilst keeping warm as you don't have to lift your arms from under the blanket to drink your tea/change channels/type/etc.!
The pocket is then on your stomach so if you were to put this on the 'normal' way the pocket would actually be on the back, however it isn't meant to be worn like that.
I don't even find it possible to walk properly when I have it on anyway as the Slanket is so long, I just keep tripping over it!
The Slanket is made from a fleecy material that does a fantastic job at keeping me warm and cosy. In fact it sometimes gets a little too warm under it as it covers your body, legs, arms and comes right up to my neck.
I believe my hubby paid in the region of £15 for my Slanket and I can honestly say that even though it isn't the most attractive item I own it was worth every penny.
My little one loves to snuggle up under it and often drifts off to sleep and I have gone on to buy my five year old son a Sponge Bob Square Pants cheapy Slanket as he loved mine too. My two eldest boys like to laugh at me whilst I am wearing it and call me 'Nan' but I secretly think they are jealous lol!
I find this invaluable in the colder months and I keep it hidden in a big toy basket in my living room during the day.
It is machine washable, I wash it on a 40degree wash and I have also tumble dried it many times, it has kept it's shape and still looks as good now as it did when new.
Thanks for reading :o) x
My boyfriend bought me a slanket about three years ago now for Christmas, and I love it! I hate being cold, and love getting all cosy on the sofa with this blanket! He has told me he got it from iwantoneofthose.com and paid around £25 for it.
My slanket is a baby pink colour, and it just comes in one size. This slanket is actually a blanket, but you can wear it, as it has long sleeves to put your arms through, and mine also has a pocket on the front! I'm not sure what for though, I have never needed to put anything in my pocket whilst I'm wearing my slanket! The slanket is very very long, when you are wearing it, it is difficult to walk about in it, as you would easily trip over it and it just drags along the floor.
The slanket when wearing it, actually is big enough to wrap around your whole body, which after a few minutes does really make you feel warm, sometimes a bit too warm at the minute, but on really cold winter days I couldn't be without my slanket. It is so big, I put it in my footstool, and can't fit much else in there with it! I have taken this slanket out with me on long journeys to see family in the car, and also when I went caravanning, it kept me so warm!
It is nice and thick, and excellent quality as mine still looks good as new. It is washed easily in the machine, and can be tumble dried too.
Once you have wrapped yourself up in this slanket sometimes it is a bit hard to move about, as I find it a little bit heavy. My boyfriend sometimes covers himself up on the sofa as well as me with this slanket, it is big enough for the two of us. I love how it has sleeves for your arms, so you can drink your cup of tea without your arms getting cold, like they would just with a normal blanket! You can wrap it round your legs and feet and still have some left! I have been to bed wearing my slanket too on really cold nights, it is so cosy! My cats loves to get under this and cuddle up to me, it is so warm. It would be good if this slanket fastened, as if you do want to walk about in it, you have to hold it shut around you.
I would definitely recommend getting a slanket for this winter! They are massive and keep you extra cosy and warmer than normal blankets do!
The slanket is a blanket with arms. They're available in a wide range of colours and the official ones cost about £25 although there are copies out there for less. Mine is the official one and was a gift last Christmas. It is really lovely and soft. It always washed well, although I'm always in a bit of a dilemma about how best to hang it up!
Other people have said this but they do look a bit like a hospital gown because they are open at the back but then you could never claim that this is a stylish item! It's a comfy, warm, practical item which makes a great gift for mums and grans and such like. They also do a double version which I really fancy for cosy nights on the sofa with my other half (although he'll probably just refuse to get in it!).
It is so much better than a normal blanket because it has arms. I just feel like I'm truly relaxing when I'm curled up on the sofa with a brew in my slanket. Right that's it, I'm off to buy the double version!
This is clearly a ''novelty product'' that caught on, and as my daughter has been mentioning it (she has a penchant for all things fluffy and soft that I sincerely hope she loses before becoming a teenager when it would make her and object of ridicule), I tried it out with an acquaintance who was gifted one by somebody.
As you can probably gather, it's a blanket (fleece, and quite nice to the touch, unlike some fleeces that remind you constantly that they were made of crude oil or something). However, instead of being a normal blanket, it's more of a robe - imagine a ginormous hospital nightie or a monk's habit with a backside opening... mind boggles.
It does feel warm, but I really, really, really cannot understand the point. A blanket can be used in a variety of ways, of which wrapping oneself in is only one (and I think a minor one). You can use it at night, to top up your duvet; you can sleep on it for extra padding; you can wrap it around your shoulders or cover yourslef with it at the front; you can spread it on the floor, a car seat or even grass for sitting or playing on. Even to built a den or hang in the window if you lack black-out curtains and your children tend to get up at dawn.
A slanket can be used in only one of the ways (the front-covering one), which I find extremely limited. I feel it's unnecessarily so, and not only encourages spending money on one-trick items but also probably make sit less likely for the ''wearer' to get up. I can also imagine people (children?) not bothering to take it off and dragging it downstairs, or to the kitchen or hall and the whole thing getting filthy in no time.
Also, for me personally the main time when I get cold WHILE REQUIRING USE OF MY HANDS is sitting at the computer at night, and the front-coverage makes no sense (though I think you can actually wear it back to front). But for that it's too long.
I don't quite understand this ''no constant fussing with the blanket'' tagline either. Surely most people above the age of about 3 are capable of wrapping themselves in a blanket if they so desire?
To top it all, it is more twee than just about anything short of crocheted loo-roll cover.
I now have realised that they make double ones.
Mind boggles even more.
A soft and cozy fleece blanket with sleeves. No constant fussing with the blanket so you can immediately snuggle up with a good book on the sofa.