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During the recent harsh winter, when oil prices went sky high, we tried to economise on central heating costs whether by wearing extra jumpers, heating fewer rooms or through the use of hot water bottles. My wife has never been keen on them because of the rubbery smell. New ones in particular get right up her nose. It doesn't bother me. However, to get her to start using one just to have on her lap or stuff up her jumper, I hit upon the idea of using a cover so I bought one of these in a plain purple colour that I knew she would like. Well, she did like it but said that by using it the hot water bottle wasn't hot enough. You just can't win, can you? Anyway, I started using the cover and she went back to just moaning about being too cold - moaning is what she does best. And my views on the cover? - well, I liked it because it meant that even when the hot water bottle was freshly made, it didn't burn you. Also, it seemed to act as an insulator and resulted in the bottle staying warmer for longer. It slips on and off very easily for washing and fastens via the hook and loop patches at the neck. It fits a standard hot water bottle very snugly and offers the added advantage of looking pretty and yes, it does disguise the smell of rubber, especially if you spray it with a scent you do like. This year I also tried the microwaveable lavender wheat things and liked them too. What we both realised most from this difficult winter is that there are effective alternatives to keeping warm and rising price is a good prompt for thinking twice about just switching the heating on because that is the quickest and easiest things to do. It's not being mean, it's just being careful. I would recommend these - particularly if the bottle is to be used by children and you are otherwise worried about scalding.
This water bottle cover came with the water bottle my husband bought for me. He paid £4.99 for both, but I think this may have been a mistake, as I think it was meant to be £4.99 each. Amazon is currently selling this for £4.99 for the cover only. Although this was only purchased as part of the set, I don't think I could have found a better cover. Should I ever need a new one, I would certainly look for one just like this. This is really a lovely soft material. Like all fleece it is at it's absolute softest before being washed, but even washed this is still lovely and soft. The water bottle just pops into this and a small Velcro tab secures it. I have found this to stay on the bottle perfectly, even sleeping with this at night. Of course Velcro does lose some of it's stickiness if it gets too much fluff in it, and new fleece does shed a bit. I did find to keep this at it's best I needed to pull out excess fluff from time to time. I also find this just the right thickness. Obviously water bottles tend to be a bit too hot without a cover, not to mention the plain rubber not be especially nice. I would not want a thick cover though as this would prevent me from getting the most from the heat. Still, just because I love this, does not mean everyone will, and I could see some people thinking this was too thin, meaning too much heat. When this is first filled it would be too hot for a child. It is only just a tiny bit less heat then the bare rubber would be. As Koska pointed out in her comment as well, the right cover will hold more heat through until the next morning. If you are using the water bottle primarily to warm up a bed, a thicker cover might be a better choice. This cover will hold some heat if under the covers by morning, but not much. It will not be warm by morning if it is not well covered up. Still, this cover is ideal for my needs, as I want something to deliver as much heat as possible right away for the headaches. My water bottle cover is a lovely soft lavender colour, but I wouldn't care if it was baby poo green with pink stripes. I just love the fact that it works and is nice and comfortable. But for those with a bit more of a sense of style and colour coordination, this is available in a number of colours to suit most tastes. I do really love this, and my sons love nothing better than to pick this up after I am done with it and cuddle up under a blanket to hear stories. My oldest son keeps asking for one of his own, and while I was a bit worried about hot water and children, I expect I'll let him have one next winter. This gets a full 5 starts for me.