Product Type: Slanket in Homeware
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
A great idea to save on heating and to keep cosy - we all have them.
Member Name: rolandrat
Advantages: Saves on heating, keeps you cosy
Disadvantages: Watch you don't trip!
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?===
Summary: Large fleece blanket with sleeves to keep you warm in winter.
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