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I always took a hot water bottle to bed when I was a young child as there was no central heating and the only heat upstairs was a convector heater on the landing. In my adult life I have always had a hot water bottle in the house as I think they are great for a bit of instant heat and also my circulation isn't great so when my feet get cold I find it very hard to warm them up again. I was actually given this Cassandra double ribbed water bottle by my mom who had found a few when she had a clear out and as the seal was starting to go on the one I was using I was very glad to have this one. It is in a pretty shade of a pinky lilac colour but I have looked online and they also come in blue and red and you can pick one up from Amazon for £4.49 with free delivery. This did not include a cover but I had got one from my other hot water bottle which fitted this one perfectly, but you could use a small towel or pillow case if you haven't got a cover.
It is made of a thick rubber and there are diagonal ridges which form the main body section. It has a small hole at the bottom where you can hang it onto a hook if space is an issue but I just keep mine underneath the sink at the side of my cleaning box. There is a plastic stopper which you twist to open and close which is easy to do.
I will usually fill it up with boiling water from the kettle and you just have to be careful not to pour it too quickly or it can splash out a bit. I will fill it up to between half and three quarters full as it is still quite flat with this amount and as I usually use it to put my feet on top this is the most comfortable. I find that if I am in bed for some time and my feet still aren't warm enough for me to sleep I will empty the water out in the sink in the en suite and just run the hot tap until it is as hot as it can get and will fill it back up to save me going downstairs. I find that this is still warm enough to get the feeling back into my feet and I will usually put the hot water bottle on the floor before I go to sleep. I have occasionally fallen asleep and left it in the bed but I have never experienced it leaking or splitting.
Hot water bottles are quite old fashioned but the heat is instant and the only cost to use after buying it is the hot water so I will continue to use my hot water bottle and would recommend it for a variety of uses in addition to keeping warm including pain in your muscles, headaches and relief for backache during pregnancy.
With the cooler weather back upon us and gas and electric being so expensive I have invested in a hot water bottle. I have had them before of course and a couple dripped or burnt me and so I got rid however browsing on Amazon.co.uk this one jumped out at me as it only cost £4.49 including p+p and I thought that was a great deal for something that appeared so well made and sturdy. Please note that this doesn't come with a cover or anything though and you probably will need one, lucky for me I had a spare one in a cupboard that I kept from when I last had a hot water bottle, of course though you can simply wrap it up in a towel or something should you want to, to help stop burning yourself as this does get very hot.
In style this hot water bottle is plain and I had the option to buy this in red, blue or lilac and I went for the red, not that it really matters of course!
It is made from very thick and durable rubber which is ribbed to the main of its 'body'. In shape it is a sort of square with rounded off edges and there is a little hole to the base of it which I assume is for hanging purposes. To the top of it there is a cream coloured plastic 'stopper' which is simple enough to twist to open and close the bottle so that you can fill it with water and that is encased by a smooth bit of plastic that matches the edges of the bottle which I assume is to help to stop that section digging into you.
Although it does have grooves/wedges they are not deep, of course though I use mine covered which I do recommend.
Filling it up with hot water isn't a problem and you can put in as little or as much as you want to of course though I am careful not to overfill mine and it is recommended with this one to only fill it to two-thirds of its capacity and you do need to make sure before you do it up that you have expelled any trapped air of course.
I use mine for generally warming my feet up, have used it last week on my side when my kidney stones were playing me up rather alot and even used it when watching tv in bed on my lower back which was giving me jip and all round I think this is a great hot water bottle. Its simple to wipe clean, simple to use and I feel safe to use it too and think its an extremely durable item.
The heat is equally dispensed out of the whole thing and it does take time for the water to go cold and need refilling. Its easy to pour the water out of when finished using it and and all in all I think this is a great buy and that everyone should have one in their home!
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I usually enjoy having a hot water bottle in bed rather than putting the heating up and for about £8, this is certainly a cheaper option too. The savings made simply by having a hot water bottle instead of an extra degree on your heating are simply humungous.
The bottle is made from very thick rubber and around the edges it feels very smooth; it's obviously rougher over the ridges/grooves. This rubber is incredibly durable and hasn't split, cracked or broken. I don't abuse my bottle and so it's lasted without incident.
This can be used immediately if your brave, or if you don't want to cook yourself then you can buy external covers for these, but I just use a tea towel. The covers are often expensive but depending on the size, material and design you buy the price will vary.
It fills quite nicely too, it takes a lot of strain and pressure on the bottle before cracks or damage appears. I've never seen any damage and I've filled it to the brim before now.
This is quite a comfortable bottle to use. It leaks heat perfectly, not like pouring a kettle on yourself straight away but it does hold the heat after a while too. I use mine for a good 30 minutes before I either fall asleep, or warm up enough. By this time it has cooled down significantly but this is a good length of time.
Cleaning in between the little grooves is a bit of a pain but I find that using a cotton bud actually cleans them quite well. Especially when wet, so the dirt can stick to it and lift out. It normally takes me a couple minutes to do and this only needs doing every so often. Grease and dirt doesn't build up too frequently, and it's easily visible when it does.
I haven't experienced any spillages when using this, It's plug is well made and holds itself in place perfectly. It's completely tight, nothing special here but at least it hasn't broken so full marks here too.
Overall this is a great water bottle. It's not special and it's no better than any other water bottle i've tried but for £8 it's worth every penny. I highly recommend this as an alternative to a higher heating bill. This can also be used for heating a cat bed when placed on the underside.
As some of you may know, I suffer from an autoimmune disease causing severe arthritic symptoms, but I also suffer from terrible headaches. As I am responsible for two young children, and do not want their childhood memories to be of a Mommy doped up and out of it, I do not take any pain meds in the day other than migraine tablets when absolutely necessary, and take as little as possible at night. But my headaches are absolute murder. They often involve seeing lights and strange lines, double vision, dizziness, unbelievable pressure, nosebleeds, fainting, and I even had a suspected seizure recently. They can be son intense and so sudden they have literally knocked me off my feet before, and all it takes is bending over or pressure to the site of a previous injury to bring them on. I have found heat therapy extremely helpful, but had a bit of trouble finding the right device to deliver it.
I started out with a gel pack, which wasn't quite hot enough, nor did it last long enough. My husband said , try a hot water bottle, but I chose a microwave heated bean bag type thing. This was the only thing to offer any real relief with my worst headaches. It didn't hold the heat for more then 15- 20 minutes though and the smell was awful after a few weeks, and continued to get worse. It reached the point that the smell lingered on my hair at all times. Now this has some advantages - when you smell that bad, you tend to get to the front of lines quicker, people don't crowd you etc... but I wasn't thrilled when my son wanted to sit at the other end of the couch saying "Mommy - you stink!" It was definitely time for another solution. My husband said, "Try a hot water bottle", but the next thing I tried was an electric heating pad which I will also try to review this week. The heating pad is helpful for my hands or feet, but does nothing for the headaches. It also has the problem of getting the cord wrapped around my neck when trying to sleep. My husband finally just bought this himself.
As much as it pains me to admit it, he was right the whole time, I was hesitant to try a hot water bottle as I was afraid of hot water around the children, but the top is really very secure on this, at least when my husband puts it on. There is no way the children could open it. The rubber is very thick and robust and I don't really think you could break this. I sleep with my head on top of this, and the weight does not seem to be a problem. I think the ribbed shapes on the rubber also do a great job of dispersing the heat. Of course it is important that the top be placed on very securely, and unfortunately, my hands are not strong enough to open it or close it as well as my husband can. I don't really think this would be a disadvantage to most people though. Also if a watter bottle should become dry or cracked at all, it must be thrown out and replaced due to danger of breaking.
This water bottle is absolutely brilliant and would strongly recommend anyone who suffers from chronic pain give it a try. The heat it puts out is very intense. I do use this with a fleece cover, and I think it is too hot to touch bare skin without a a cover. This really helps me to get to sleep at night, or gives enough relief that I can sit at the computer, or on the couch and read stories even when I get very bad headaches. I may be stuck with something held up against my head at times, but at least it allows to carry on and provides massive relief without drugs. In fact I think this works better then even the strongest of pain killers. I would also note, that if I do not have headaches, and put this at the bottom of the bed it will soon heat up the whole bed under the blankets, and do a far better job of keeping me warm and toasty all night then an electric blanket.
I would recommend this for:
Chronic bone, joint, or muscle pain.
Back aches in pregnancy.
Sprains, aches or even breaks, ( although i would advise starting out with it well wrapped on a broken bone).
or just to stay warm and toasty all night.
My husband chose this in purple, with the matching lilac cover for £4.99 for both. I think this may have been in error though as I see Amazon sells them for almost the same price for each. This is one time I really wish I had listened to my husband sooner and just got a hot water bottle to start with. Of course he was well pleased to have me admit I was wrong and he was right, but I told him not to get too full of himself. After all his average was still less then a broken clock. When he asked what I meant by that I just replied - "Even a broken clock is right twice a day". Of course I really do appreciate that he bought his for me. It has to rank as one of his most thoughtful and useful gifts ever.