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I love Silentnight as it is a brand that I really trust for quality and to work like it is supposed to. I bought these last year for my childrens beds and although I wasn’t really expecting to need to have them back on the beds again this year until at least the end of October I relented and put them back on a couple of weeks ago as it was cold and wet and I decided it was cold enough for them.
It is quite a basic electric blanket but that’s exactly what I wanted for the kids as I just wanted something that would warm the bed up for them before getting in it on a cold night. It’s an underblanket as opposed to an overblanket so it isn’t designed to be left on all night.
The blanket just sits on the mattress and then you put your fitted sheet over it and plug it in and then it is ready to be used. There are strings on the blanket to tie it to your mattress to keep it in place and it does stay in place without sliding about. It is also quite comfortable to lie on and isn’t bumpy and uncomfortable.
There are three different heat settings to choose from. I always find that the lowest setting is fine to just air the bed and warm it up a little but the highest setting gets the bed absolutely toasty warm and is great for those really cold nights. The lowest setting gently heats the bed and takes a while to completely heat it but if you have forgotten to put it on earlier in the evening then you can just whack it up to the highest setting and it will heat the bed up toasty warm in no time at all.
One of the big selling points of this for me is that it is machine washable. You just detach the cable and then can wash it in the washing machine. I love thing that can be washed especially things for the kids as although they aren’t supposed to eat and drink in bed they still often do and of course accidents happen so it is nice that I can just wash it clean when needed.
This is a really good electric blanket from a good maker and it doesn’t cost the earth to buy it either and I paid £20 each for the single sizes and was really happy with that price and think that is is excellent value for money.
I bought the Silent Night Comfort Control Electric Blanket last month because I couldn't at night due to the cold temperatures this winter, and it certainly helped with this problem. Although you shouldn't leave it on high while you sleep, if you have had it on it should take a while to cool down and you can always leave it on the first heat setting.
I love this product, maybe one reason is because I love my bed but also the product does work very well. The packaging states it can heat to 37 degrees (which I assume is the 3rd heat setting) in 15 minutes, but it seems even speedier than that sometimes!
My only problem with the Comfort Control Electric Blanket is that the three settings seem rather far apart, the difference between 1 and 2 is significant and sometimes I can't find a happy medium, sometimes setting 1 is hard to even notice.
Before purchasing this product I looked into other electric blankets and found that more expensive ones also had only three heat settings and reached their maximum temperature in a similar amount of time, so I believe this one to be good value in comparison.
I would recommend this electric blanket to anyone looking for one, it has made my nights so much more relaxing and helped me have a full nights sleep. Of course, I only recently bought the product (about a month and a half ago) and therefore if there any issues with it breaking after short periods of time I am yet to experience it (and I did notice when I bought it from Argos it was exempt from their 30 day guarantee).
Why we bought it
This Silent night electric under blanket was actually bought for us a Christmas present last year by our grown up son. We already had a single one that we used sideways across the bed to take the chill off, but thought a full size double one would be nice so we sent out the appropriate hints in time for Santa’s delivery. Although, for obvious reasons, we do not know how much ours cost, a quick internet search tells me that Amazon have this model currently for 17.80 pounds.
This Silentnight Electric Under blanket consists of a flat blanket with a zigzag of heating element wires sewn inside between two fleecy layers. It is designed to lay flat, directly on the mattress underneath the bottom sheet, and has tabs placed strategically around its edge into which the supplied string should be laced after passing right around and under the mattress to hold the blanket nicely in place.
This string has a degree of elasticity so that it will not harm your mattress, but this also means that on occassions the electric underblanket can move or ruck up, so I find I have to smooth it into position each time I make the bed.
It’s true that the wires can be felt through the bottom sheet whilst you are lying in bed, which may annoy some people. But this isn’t a “princess and the Pea” situation, the wires are quite thin, and I am no princess! I sleep very soundly on this blanket every night of winter and do not find it uncomfortable at all, in fact, after the first few days of winter I don’t even notice these wires.
The blanket comes with 2 metres of cable, enough to reach any nearby socket. There are three heat settings to choose from, selected via the in cable switch which dangles over one side of the bed once the blanket is fitted. I generally use setting number 3, which takes the chill of the bed after around 10 minutes, but I like to leave it a good half hour or more so that my bed is toasty warm. Setting number 1 is more for use if you are planning to be out all evening, I think. It could be set before you leave and then you could return to a nice warm bed. This setting could also be used, according to the instructions, if you wished to have the blanket turned on all night whilst you slept, but that would be too much for me. I don’t really know if I would ever use setting number 2 but I guess it would be useful for someone who doesn’t like their bed to be quite so warm….but that definitely isn’t me!
Things I like
This blanket is very quick to heat up and toasty warm. To me this is a lovely inexpensive luxury which I can enjoy each winter for just a few pence each night.
The control switch has a “0” at either end ie: the slide switch goes 0-1-2-3-0 which means whilst lying in my toasty warm bed and slowly drifting off to sleep, I can reach one hand down and slide the switch to either end, secure in the knowledge that it is firmly turned off, without having to turn on a light or even look down.
This blanket is completely washable, as the control switch and cable can be detached allowing it to be either hand or machine washed. This to me is important as after a whole winter of use, it is nice to be able to wash and dry the blanket before I put it away for the summer. Full instructions are included in the box to help you wash and dry this safely, and I found it easy and trouble free to machine wash at the end of last winter, though it did take a couple of days to dry thoroughly.
Things I don’t like
One thing and only one annoys me about this blanket and that is the size. It measures in total120cm wide x 130cm long and has a 10cm unheated border on all sides. My bed is 145cm wide (a normal double bed). This means that if I place the blanket to one edge of the mattress, I am left with a 35 cm strip of unheated bed on the other side. True, I could place the blanket more centrally leaving a 22 cm unheated strip at either side, but this results in the person on the side of the controller with a rather large lump right under their shoulder ( the disconnection plug, allowing the blanket to be disconnected for washing). If it is sold for a double bed then why don’t they make it 145cm wide, seems like common sense to me.
Equally with only 130cm of length, even taking into account that the blanket is not placed under the pillows, this is not enough for it to reach to the end of the bed, leaving me the choice of cold shoulders or cold feet….and I am only 163cm tall. (5’3” in old money)
Overall I would recommend this blanket. It is reasonable value for money and does a good job of warming my bed and giving me an inexpensive but luxurious treat every night. I just wish that they would make them a bit bigger!
== Introduction ==
I live in a three bedroom house and I tend to lose a lot of the heat through the loft conversion. I bought my daughter a hot water bottle last year and I pop it in her bed while she's having her bath, so that her bed is nice and toasty when she gets into it. Recently I have started going to bed early to watch some television or to read a book, my bedroom is one of the coldest rooms in the house though. Last weekend I decided to make use of Lily's hot water bottle while she was at he mums, and I loved it so much that I didn't really want to give it back to her when she came back. I decided to have a look online to see if I could find myself an electric blanket, and that is when I found this product.
== What is it? ==
The Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket is a blanket that you fit onto your mattress, underneath your sheet. It has a control switch that you keep dangling near your pillow, which has three heat setting switches, plus an off switch, so everything is just to hand, this makes changing the settings a lot easier. The blanket comes with a three year guarantee, so if anything does go wrong with it, you have complete peace of mind.
== Fitting ==
The blanket is relatively easy to fit and the instruction book has illustrations to show you how you should fit it. At first I just glanced at the instructions and fitted it upside down by accident, but when I realised my mistake it was quickly rectified. The blankets come in three different sizes, Single, Double and King Size, so make sure you purchase the correct size for your bed. The blanket doesn't cover the entire mattress, but it does cover the majority of it and I have had no problems with different body parts not getting penetrated by the heat. The main problem I have found is the socket for the control switch does feel a little bumpy even under the sheet, it would be good if the manufacturers cushioned it a bit more, as I do like to sleep with my right arm under my pillow and this caused a little discomfort until I got used to it, I suppose if you wished you could unplug it from the blanket when you go to sleep.
== Use ==
The blanket is really simple to use once fitted, the control button has a sliding switch with the three different heat settings sandwiched by an off switch at either end. To turn the blanket on, you slide the switch to your desired setting. It is recommended that you heat the bed up prior to getting into it as you do tend to feel more of the benefit that way and it does only take a few minutes before the bed is a nice warm temperature. The instruction manual also says that you can leave the blanket on overnight, although it does recommend that you leave it on the lowest setting. When discussing this blanket with friends I have referred to the different settings as "Toasty", "Very Toasty" and "Extremely Toasty". When switching the blanket off, you just slide the switch to either end of the control and you're done.
== Cleaning ==
The blanket is washable either by hand or machine at 40 degrees, before washing disconnect it from the power supply (this is where common sense should prevail). You can either dry it in the tumble drier on a low heat or air dry it.
== Price ==
I purchased this from www.littlewoods.com for £20.00 including delivery, which I think represents great value for money, especially seeing as I have been getting a lot of use out of it already and it is guaranteed for three years.
== Verdict ==
I have to say, I don't know how I managed without this blanket, I usually switch it to the highest setting half an hour before I go to bed and it is such an amazing feeling getting into a nice toasty bed. Once in my bed I turn it down to the second heat setting and when I am ready to drop off, I either switch it to the first setting and leave it on that over night, or I turn it off altogether. I have found since putting this blanket on at night, that I am having an altogether much better nights sleep. I would have given this blanket five stars had it not been for the protruding plug, as overall I think this is a great piece of bedding equipment. I actually really look forward to going to bed at night time now, that more often than not, I am in bed as soon as I have put Lily-May into hers.
I have bought heated blankets for many years and find them so useful on very cold nights in the winter months. I just hate it when I get into bed and it is so cold. I am married but I am the one who tends to get into bed first so I am the first to feel the cold. My hubby doesn't feel the cold as much as I do. At the end of last winter and I was spring cleaning my home I decided to take my heated blanket from my bed and then replace it with a new one at the end of the summer because it was a little worse for wear. I recently bought a new one exactly the same one as my old blanket and I have already used it in the past week. It is becoming a little chilly in the evenings now so I am all set up for the winter.
The blanket comes inside a transparent plastic bag which has a fold at the top of the bag so that the blanket can be folded and placed into the bag at the end of the winter and stored to keep it nice and clean. The blanket is white in colour and has a really nice soft feel to it, the material 100% soft microfleece and it is kind of a fluffy feel and it also feels warm when you feel it before placing it on the bed.
It has ties which can easily be placed under the mattress to secure it in place, I tighten it until it feels as flat as possible on the bed without it looking too tightly secured, I secure it with a little movement to spare and it remains in place securely without it moving around on the bed while laying on it. It is an under blanket and it can be placed over the mattress or like I place it over my mattress cover. Then the sheet can be placed over the blanket. I have found that it doesn't move or slip during the night and I fidget around quite a lot during the night and I have never had any problems with this blanket slipping. Only occasionally have I found it slips but that is only when I am maybe really restless during the night and fidget more than usual. I cannot feel the wires inside the blanket which heat it up and the cord lead attachment is placed at the top of the bed and I just place my pillows over it and this is the side of the bed my hubby sleeps on and he got the short straw. But he hasn't complained it is a pain or annoying having it on his side of the bed.
There is an electrical cord which is a fairly long length of cord and can be plugged into a socket near to the bed. My socket is approximately 2ft from the side of my bed and the cord reaches this far comfortably. If you don't have a cord near to your bed, then maybe using one of those 4 way adaptors plugged into the main socket and then plug the blanket cord into it and it will then probably reach.
It also has 3 heat settings, the settings switch is attached to the cord. Number 1 setting is the lowest setting and this one is a mild heat which is a fine heat if you are just feeling slightly chilly and need a little warmth in the bed but not a hot heat. Number 2 setting is a little hotter and a good heat if you are feeling quite cold but not freezing. Number 3 setting is the hottest and this one is one which would be a good one to use if you are absolutely freezing and want to get into a hot bed and instantly feel warmer. I usually use the number 2 setting because this heat is the one which I prefer but sometimes if I have been out for the evening and arrived home when I haven't set my central heating timer and I am really freezing and want to get straight into bed, this setting just helps warm me up far quicker and feel far warmer.
It heats up really quickly and only takes around 15 minutes to reach the maximum heat setting of 37%. I think this length of time is a good length and it can be switched on 15 minutes before you get into bed or even longer if you prefer but I usually just switch it on 15 minutes before I want to get into bed and it is really warm when I jump in bed.,
It is a safe blanket to use and comes with 2 safety systems and a built in overheat protection function. So it can be left on all night if you like constant heat in the bed. I never leave it on all night but I have occasionally when I have been really ill and wanted to sleep nice and warm, I used the number 1 setting for those occasions.
It is a low energy consumption blanket and I don't have huge electric bills since I have been using this blanket.
It is a machine washable blanket and be washed on a low setting and it is also tumble dry safe too. I have never washed the blanket and so cannot comment how it performs washing it and the cord is detachable for washing.
I have the double size blanket and it measures 42 inches x 48 inches. The blanket fits a double bed well and I place it just below where I place my pillows and the length almost reaches to the foot of the bed. If I placed it under my pillows I find it doesn't quite reach the foot and my feet get cold. I am only petite but if you are quite tall you may need to place it further down the bed at the length you require for your height.
It is currently priced at £23.98 on offer and the usual price is £24.99 and so just a few pennies of the original price but still a saving. I think this blanket is well worth the price to help you stay warm in bed. The quality of the fleece is really good too.
Is available in a single, double and king size.
I think this blanket is ideal if you have no central heating in your home or in one room of your home which doesn't maybe have a radiator. Or if you have a loft bedroom which has no radiator and maybe a guest bedroom in the loft. This blanket would be ideal to warm the bed for the guests for a more comfortable nights sleep.
I am happy to recommend this under blanket and I will buy this one again in the future when the need arises and it needs replacing.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help
With the cold evening fast approaching I found myself digging out my electric that I purchased from Argos some years back. I am not a fun of cold weather and I do not like going into the cold bed. This was the reason for purchasing this blanket few years back (I think it's 5th year now), so I could have lovely warm toasty bed just before I go to sleep. I have brought single one only to use on my side of the bed as my husband is always warm. Whilst he sits on the sofa in short sleeve top, I sit wrapped up in the blanket haha.
What I usually do is put it on about 15-20 minutes before I go to bed which is enough time to get my bed nicely warmed up. It takes about 15 minutes to fully warm it up, I use setting number 3 (the highest one). Blanket can be used all night long if needed, I usually just use it to warm up my bed but I have used it in the middle of the night in the past I think only couple of times when I was feeling bit chilly.
The blanket comes in a zip through bag which is very useful so I can re-use the bag to store my blanket over the months I do not use it without it getting dusty or dirty. It is made of fleecy material which is soft to touch and has thin wires going through it vertically which provides heat. I must say wires are very very thin and I cannot feel them when laying on the blanket which I put under my flat sheet. The blanket is secured on the bed by ties, my blanket is only single one as mentioned above so I put ties over my husband's side of the bed, under the bed and tied it on the other side to the blanket which has little hoops provided for tying. My husband never once complained about anything poking him at night and I bet he doesn't even know that there are ties going over his side of the bed which is really good (for me).
The blanket has remote control with heating setting: 1, 2 and 3, with 3 being the highest setting. It also has 0 on it for switching off. Remove control is attached to the blanket by thick wire cable which can be easily de-attached, by not too easy that it comes off on its own whilst you using it.
One thing that slightly annoys me is that the actual cord attachment it is quite big and plastic which it will poke you at night if you roll on it. I positioned by blanket in slight angle so the attachment is right at the edge of the bed to avoid me rolling over it. This is not a big deal though and would not put me off using it at all.
Cleaning the blanket is easy peasy, you can use damp cloth if you just want to refresh it but it can also be washed in the washing machine at 40 degrees. I washed mine on 30 degrees previously which did the job nicely and just let it dry on the line, but you can also use tumble dryer if preferred ( I haven't got one of those).
The blanket has some other really good spec such as:
*Low energy consumption.
*15 mins minutes to heat up to 37 °C.
*Size W72, L152cm (W28, L60in)
I have purchased my blanket from Argos few years ago so I do not know exactly how much I paid but currently retails at £22.99 for single, £29.99 for double and £34.99 for king size version.
Overall I am very happy with my cosy blanket and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes their bed nice and cosy and gets cold easily. As mentioned above, for the price I paid it already lasted me few year but I will definitely purchase one of these again if my current blanket gives up on me.
I bought this blanket as I always feel the cold and hot water bottles cant heat all of you up at once unfortunately, so I decided an electric blanket was the way to go.
I did at first want to buy a more expensive fitted electric blanket but after reading reviews on this blanket and it being more than half the price (I got it for £26) I decided to go for it instead. I bought the double size but it is also available in single and king size.
The blanket is easy to fit to the bed with ties that go under the mattress to secure it. I managed to fit it to my bed by myself but it would probably be easier with someone helping you! I have found that the blanket hasn't really moved about at all, but could be easily adjusted if it did.
The heated area covers most of the bed with a small gap of a few cm round the end and a bigger gap at the top where the pillows go. The socket part where the cable is plugged into is ment to be up at the top right corner of the bed, however I found this digs into my shoulder so I turned the blanket the other way round so the controller bit is at the bottom. Slightly annoying as you have to sit up in bed to turn it on and off, but less annoying than having it digging into your shoulder.
The control pad has 3 heat settings, I usually put it on number 3 about 30-40mins before I go to bed and it gets the bed all nice and warm in this time. If I'm sitting in bed and its too hot I'll turn it down to 2 or 1, for really cold nights can leave it on all night on one of the lower settings. The controller itself is just a plastic slider you move up and down so very easy to use.
The blanket can also be washed in a washing machine which is handy, just need to detach the controller from it.
Overall this was definitely a good purchase and I am very pleased with it, my only problem with it is the positioning of the plastic connector, but it seems most electric blankets have the same problem and putting it at the bottom of the bed instead of the top is a decent solution. So if you have a cold bedroom or just generally feel the cold at night then you will fall in love with this electric blanket and wonder why you didn't get one sooner!
I bought an electric blanket last year during the bitterly cold minus temperatures however I ended up gifting it to a friend as they had more need for it than I did and so this year I had to purchase another in anticipation of the cold ahead.
I bought mine from Ebay as this was the cheapest place at the time however there are multiple places this brand can be bought from Asda to various online stores. They regularly are in the region of around £30 however with hunting around you can normally get them for £20 and after Christmas even cheaper so it's worth keeping an eye out. There is also 3 sizes available, single, double and king.
It comes packaged in a box which isn't cheap looking in the slightest, and is soft to the touch. After unpacking from the box it was simple enough to put together, all it required was to attach the plug to the blanket. This is a little bulky although it's at the edge I would advise putting it at the bottom as many times I have ended up with my head or arm laying on it too long and becoming uncomfortable.
It was easy enough to attach to the bed, there are 2 strings which are more than big enough to go underneath and around the mattress to keep it in place, I have had mine on the bed for a while and it hasn't moved at all, despite a wriggly toddler jumping and squirming around it all night! It is also very large, I found it covered the complete width of my standard double bed and around 3/4's of the length rather than the 1/2 I found with the other blanket I had.
There are 3 settings which are easily chosen by sliding the plastic slider, it does feel a little flimsy but with a bit of care I believe it will last a long time which is a definite plus. To heat the bed up quickly I put it up to level 3 but I find that to keep the bed toasty while I'm reading/studying or watching TV then number 1 is more than suitable but not enough to over heat me. I also found that the cable length was more than long enough to stretch from the plug socket to the bed which is a little further than most peoples.
I also have to mention that I wouldn't leave it on overnight but I did have a nap one day and it was switched on and there was no problems with it in the slightest, the bed wasn't far too hot which I suspected might have happened.
My mum also has one of these and it's perfect for her. When my gran was alive I got her one and it was perfect for her. It kept her lovely and warm throughout the cold spell and it cost a lot less than having to have the heating or the electric heater on.
I also like the fact that the blanket is washable, all you have to do is detach the electrical cable which is most definitely a plus. I would spend the extra to buy a blanket that is washable rather than one that doesn't have this ability.
I would recommend this blanket to anyone, parents, older people, younger people although I wouldn't advise it for very small children unless it is closely supervised. I would mention my son comes into my bed at nights when I have had this on and there is no problem with him sleeping on it at all.
Definitely a necessary purchase, I will award 4 stars, purely because the plastic part that is attached to the blanket is uncomfortable if it's by my head.
For a long time, I resisted my wife's suggestions that we should get an electric blanket, being of the view that if my wife is cold, she can give me a cuddle to warm up. I have made a similar suggestion as to how she can work up a sweat and keep fit through some regular nocturnal exertion - or how she can warm up her hands in bed. However, she was having none of it and I have now given up on all counts. Last winter, when I have to admit it was bloody cold, we bought one of these double electric blankets in Asda for the amazing price of only £7.50. I could no longer find reasonable justification to prevaricate.
And so it was that in the depths of winter, I discovered for the first time the delights of getting into a pre-warmed bed.
Having fitted it securely to the top of the mattress with the lengthy ties provided, more on her side than mine, because being thin she feels the cold more, we turned it on to the maximum 3 setting 10 minutes before bedtime and then raced up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire to be the first to try it out.
Well, I have to say it was very pleasant and even though I'm old and scared, I didn't get electrocuted and in fact felt quite safe throughout. I fancy I will still be nervous when the time comes to put this in the wash ( or rather using it again after it has been in the wash) - doesn't seem right to me that you wash anything that requires to be plugged into the electricity supply to work. However, given the raft of Health and Safety regulation surrounding us all, I will have to place my trust in the credentials of the manufacturer. You don't hear much in the way of people frying in their beds.
Some people leave their blankets on low all night. We don't do that and I don't think it would be necessary in any circumstances, because even if you are just lying there, you do generate your own heat.
The Silentnight Comfort Control blanket offers three heat settings. We have only ever used the maximum 3 setting for a maximum of 20 minutes before retiring and then I turn it off at the socket before I climb in and it is plenty warm enough for us both.
It has become quite a joke between us that every time I get in to a pre-warmed bed I give a bleat of contented satisfaction before annoying my wife by reading and keeping the light on. (Well, there's nothing else to do!).
For those who do like to keep their blanket on for a while before turning it off, there is a useful control unit which hangs by the side of the mattress which allows you to switch it off without getting out of bed. It has a useful facility whereby whichever way you move the switch, as long as you move it as far as it will go in either direction, your blanket will be turned off and safe. You could of course use the blanket in conjunction with a timer to save the possibility of dropping off with the blanket still on.
Now that the warmer nights are with us, we seldom use the blanket although it is there when we need it and have occasionally used it in the last couple of months.
This represented incredible value when we bought it and can recommend it to anyone thinking of investing in an electric blanket. I haven't noticed an increase in the electricity bill, so given that it's on for such a short time each time we use it, you shouldn't worry too much about affordability.
Due to the really cold weather over the winter I decided to buy an electric blanket. After looking around at many different ones I purchased this. I did so due to the favourable reviews, the cost of the item and also because it was a popular brand.
It was quite easy to fit on the bed although I wish they would come up with another method of doing so as these old fashioned ties are a bit of a pain. The strings can come loose and also get tangled. After switching the blanket on and putting it to the highest heat setting I left it to heat for around 1 hour before going to bed.
It was lovely and warm after this time and made such a difference on those chilly winter nights. The heat is evenly spread. I do think it would be a lot better if the blanket was slightly longer as it didn't quite reach the bottom so my feet were on a cold part. I did pull it slightly further down the bed but then you just have the same problem up at the top. I think a most electric blankets are like this though, just seems to be a standard size.
With 3 heat settings this makes it ideal for all depending on your preference. Some will want it to be as hot as possible whilst other may just want to take the chill off the bed. The controls are nice and clear and very straightforward to use. The cable is a decent length which is good if you have limited plug sockets available.
The good thing about this product is that it's safe to use throughout the night. I did this on several occasions during the really cold snap. I slept so soundly. I feel the cold really bad and also suffer form Reynaud's so this product was ideal for me to use during the night to ensure I stayed warm.
I think this would be great for older people who also tend to feel the cold more so than others as its safe for them to use and probably a lot more cost effective than having a heater on in the bedroom. Although it's fine to have it on at the highest setting until getting in to bed, I do turn it to the lower setting to use during the night.
I suffer lower back pain at times and find it great to lie in bed with the blanket switched on, really helps ease the pain.
Another bonus about this is that it is washable. This was definitely worth it to stay warm on those cold nights. I would definitely recommend this product.
It was November, the temperature was dropping rapidly, and the threat of snow was growing with each passing day. At night, I ended up wearing two pairs of thick socks, legwarmers, a pair of long, thick winter pyjama trousers, a big winter pyjama top, a thick jumper, and covered myself with my 10.5 tog duvet, as well as two blankets each night...and was still cold. It was time to take control of the situation, and buy an electric blanket.
I sent my mum on the mission of buying an electric blanket for me - mums know about these things, right? Right! She returned with the Silentnight Comfort Control Heated Underblanket. It came in different packaging from that in the Dooyoo picture - mine came in a zip-up plastic case - but I presume it's the same product!
At the time of writing you can purchase one for £20 from Wilkinson or £24 from Littlewoods. I have also seen some on ebay for a much lower price - it's worth shopping around, as from what I see the price can vary quite a bit.
If you're anything like me, you'll have images of electric blankets being big, thick, musty-smelling things which look like picnic blankets, which would be placed just below the duvet but on top of the sleeping person. Not very cool things, to be honest (no pun intended!). Well, think again. This electric blanket is plain cream in colour, and is made of a very thin, felt-like fabric. You can see and feel the heating elements running through the fabric, but they're thin and unobtrusive.
To use, this blanket actually sits underneath you, directly above the mattress but below the sheet. This means that you won't see it, you won't have anything bulky weighing you down, and you'll probably be unaware that it's there at all. Much nicer than before! Attached to the blanket are several very long, thin cords which you should lace underneath the mattress and tie, to keep the blanket in place. This should be done firmly, but not too tightly!
There is a little plastic piece which attaches the blanket to the wire, control panel and plug. This little plastic piece should go at the pillow end, on the top side of the blanket, but due to the positions of the plug points in my bedroom I currently have it at the foot end and haven't experienced any problems. However, it can become uncomfortable - when I originally put the blanket on, with this plastic piece at the pillow end it dug into my shoulder, and now I have it positioned at the foot end I woke up a few nights ago with it digging into my ankle, so I would prefer it if I could position it on the underside of the blanket.
The blanket I have is for a single bed, which was what I was using at the time of purchase. The size of the blanket actually surprised me, as it doesn't completely cover the mattress. There's a space of roughly three inches at each side and the bottom of the bed which are not covered by the blanket, and a larger space at the top underneath the pillow. In principal this is fine as the blanket should heat the air in the space above it and under the duvet, but in reality if a foot or elbow strays to beyond the edge of the blanket, it'll get a sharp shock when it realises that part of the mattress is left cold! :(
I've now moved into a double bed and am still using the same electric blanket, but I have positioned it on just one side of the bed. The strings to tie it in place are still plenty long enough to tie it on around the larger bed.
I haven't measured it exactly, but the wire connecting the plug to the blanket is only around two metres long. This doesn't sound too bad, but if you're like me and don't have many plug points in your room, a slightly longer wire would be more practical.
So, just before you get into bed, grab hold of the control halfway along the wire (which you should have connected to the mains) and slide the little switch up. The blanket has three heat settings; the higher the number, the higher the heat. There is also a '0' at the top and bottom of the control panel, which you can use to switch the blanket off. I usually switch it onto setting 3 to begin with, which is the highest setting, as this will heat things up quickly. Within fifteen minutes your bed will be more than warm enough to get into, and you'll certainly notice it. If you leave it on this setting for an hour or so, it will get so hot that you almost can't leave your legs on it or they'll burn!
Once you're in (or when the temperature's reached your desired level), you can switch the control panel onto a lower setting for things to cool down a bit. If you choose to leave it on all night, which I often do during winter and cooler nights, it's best to leave it on setting 1 (the lowest heat setting). Much as you might be tempted to leave it on a higher setting, take my word for it that anything higher will get too hot after a few hours - the lowest setting definitely provides a comfortable level of heat for the whole night.
Needless to say, you should keep your blanket covered when in use, in order to retain the heat. In other words, don't fold the duvet back! Also, when you get out of bed in the morning, or when you've finished using it, remember to switch it back to 0, or off, as you don't want to put yourself or your home at risk by keeping it on all day.
Rather handily, the blanket can be machine washed and tumble dried on a low-heat setting, although it is preferable to let it air-dry if possible. As the blanket sits below the sheet I find that the sheet protects the blanket a lot, so I have never had need to wash it as of yet as it doesn't look dirty at all. Of course, you should read the instructions booklet carefully first before you do wash the blanket, to ensure that you safely disconnect all the wiring and electrics first.
Overall, in terms of heating you up and keeping your bed toasty all night, I'd definitely give this electric blanket five stars. As it's from Silentnight you know it's good quality, and it's certainly more comfortable and practical to use than older, traditional designs. I find it much more user-friendly than hot water bottles, and the heat is spread more evenly as well. In addition, the three heat settings are certainly a bonus! The only things that let it down are the length of the main wire which I feel could be longer, and the fact that it doesn't entirely cover your mattress, but leaves a couple of inches round each edge which stay colder. For these two factors I have to knock off one star.
A few people suggested that I should purchase an electric blanket after my hot water bottle exploded on me a few months ago. I love to be warm at night as it makes me feel more sleepy and relaxed and of course that is always going to be a bonus. I had a look online and managed to spot a silentnight heated underblanket on asda's website for just £15.00 for a double size! This seemed like a brilliant bargain, even when adding the £4.95 postage and package charge and so I added it to my basket.
The electric blanket arrived in a blue cardboard box with the silentnight logo and comfort control written across the front of it. Once you open up the box you can remove the blanket which is folded up into a square shape and open it up so it resembles a normal looking blanket.
When I first opened up the blanket I have to say I thought it looked rather small. However, when you attach the blanket to the mattress you need to leave a gap where your pillows are going to be and so it is more of a reasonable fit that what it initially looks.
Attaching the blanket to the mattress should be quite simple in that you simply have to tie the attached strings under your mattress. I did have a few issues here as my mattress is pretty heavy and I kept getting myself a bit stuck! I think if you can possibly have two people doing this it would make matters a bit easier. Once the blanket is attached to the mattress you can put on your bottom sheet over the top of it and re make your bed.
One thing to note is that the control pad must be kept out of the bed, and not covered at any time. Mine just dangles on the floor by the bed and looks a bit untidy to be honest, but then I am someone who hates any kind of mess! There is also a socket which attaches the controls to the blanket and this is actually sat on your mattress attached to the blanket. This is very uncomfortable if you lie on it so try to get it as near to the edge of your mattress as possible! I have to say I notice it less now that what I did at first so I would imagine that you get used to it.
This electric blanket has three heat settings which are basically 1, 2 and 3. Setting one is a low heat setting, 2 is medium and 3 is high heat so it is quite easy to get to grips with the controls as you simply slide the button on the control pad to the heat setting that you require. I tend to always start off on number three regardless of if I have set the blanket on an hour or so before bed or if I am just jumping in and want to be warmed up quickly. Heat setting three does seem to warm up in just a few minutes and I would compare it to having a hot water bottle on my feet so it is very toasty warm and it makes me relax quickly. I would not advise trying to sleep all night with heat setting three as it is too warm for that, even for me who loves to be warm! Sometimes if I drift off with it on I wake up an hour later having to stick my legs out of the covers to try and cool down! Heat setting two is a comfortable heat for all night in my opinion where as heat setting one doesn't do much for me at all. Apparently the blanket costs just a couple of pence per night to use and so it is not going to break the bank keeping you warm on the colder nights.
The blanket is suitable for either hand or machine washing but you must first make sure that you remove the plug from the mains power supply. You can wash the blanket in your machine at a 40 degree wool wash and you can also tumble dry on a low heat setting if you choose to. You may also dry it on a maiden or such like but you need to ensure it is completely dry before you re use the blanket.
You should make sure that you regularly check the blanket to ensure you can see no damage or that it hasn't come loose just for your own safety really.
I never thought I would own an electric blanket in all honesty. I thought it was something that "old" people like my nana would have but I can honestly say I am so pleased with my purchase. The system is so simple and hassle free with this blanket that I can have a nice warm bed in just a few minutes and that is something that I love. The price of the blanket I feel is brilliant for a well known and trusted make and I have already been recommending that friends and family get one so I am sure you will know I am going to give this blanket a full five stars!
Thank you for reading my review!
Now winter is here well and truly here with a vengence my electric blanket is on most nights before I go to bed. I hate being cold in bed but I like my room to be on the cool side as I sleep better this way so I have to have my window open no matter how cold it is outside. As you can imagine without an electric blanket this could make for an unpleasant time whilst waiting to warm up under the duvet.
With my electric blanket I don't have this problem however and I turn it on about 30 minutes before going to bed and when I come up my bed is nice and toasty for me and it doesn't matter how cold the outside temperature is.
The electric blanket I have is by silent night and is called comfort control. It is a double and cost me £30 which to me seems like not a lot of money for something that I have been using so often.
I is incredibly easy to use and set up. You just need to remove it from the box, place it on the bed connect the charger to the blanket and plug it in and your all set.
The blanket has three heat settings and there is a huge difference between them. No one is very light and doesn't give off all that much heat and number three is so hot that I actually find it to be uncomfortable so this only ever goes on when it's really cold and then only to just heat my bed up before being turned down again before I get in it.
Number two is absolutely perfect and is just warm enough to be comfortable and cozy but not enough to be uncomfortable. If the night is mild then you may need to turn it to number one but I find that if it's cold enough for me to actully turn my blanket on then number one just isn't enough.
What is so fantastic out this electric blanket is that it is so safe to use and you don't have to worry about it starting a fire like some of the older electric blankets could do. It has some sort of clever modern safety feature which means that you can have this one on all night and fall asleep with it on if you want.
It can also be removed from the power cord and washed in the washing machine and also be put in the tumble dryer. This is what sold it to me as there is nothing worse than spilling coffee on a blanket and not being able to wash it off and left with stains on it.
It is not all perfect though and where you plug the power cord into the blanket there is a lump of plastic which can be really uncomfortable on your back. Luckily I am single so I just put that on the other side of my bed and don't have to worry about it but it might be annoying for a couple. There is also quite a lot of string to fix the blanket to the bed but I really didn't feel like I needed or wanted to have it tied to the mattress so I cut these off and it stays in place pretty well without slipping about.
I would definately recommend the comfort electric blanket as it heats quickly and stays hot whilst you have it on and the fact that you can wash it is brilliant. If you are looking to buy an electric blanket then you could definately do worse than this one especially at the price.
When I moved back to my parent's house, I inherited the loft as my bedroom. As you can probably imagine, during the winter it gets so cold up there I can hardly stand to go up there, and I cant sleep because it's so cold. The past couple of weeks, the nights have been growing extremely cold so my mother went and brought me an electric blanket.
She brought this from Littlewoods catalouge, the double blanket cost £24 (in the sale). They also had an Electric Fleece Blanket in the sale at £31 for a double.
After a couple of weeks with my blanket, my boyfriend and I have grown to love it so much that I have brought one for him. It arrived yesterday and I was panicking about carrying a massive box from Nottingham to Derby and back to take it up after work.
However, the blanket comes in a decent sized box, around 14" by 3.5", and has a plastic handle to allow you to carry it. This has made it easier for me to carry the box on two buses this morning.
The box is a purple-y colour all over and has the 'electric blanket. comfort control' label on the front and back. Above this is the Silent Night logo, the cute little hippo.
On either side of the box are some quick description statements: 'Warms your bed in minutes', 'over heat protection' etc.
The blanket itself is cream, one side is a thick fleece and the other is simply flat. On each corner of the blanket is a white strap, which can be hooked onto each corner of your bed to stop the blanket from moving.
The double size blanket fits on my bed perfectly and takes up the majority of my bed, to ensure all of my bed is toasty when I get in.
The controls for the blanket are attached but can be removed easily. There is a white plug, which you have to stick in a socket for power, and a white panel with '1. 2. 3' and a dial to select the right temperature. This is extremely easy to use.
I tend to leave the temperature dial on 3 and just turn the blanket off at the switch when I am falling asleep, this saves me from leaning down the side of the bed to change the dial.
I turn the blanket on around an hour before I want to get in bed and it is very warm when I get in, which means I can sit in my room in some comfort! It doesn't get too hot which means that you can sit in it for a while and warm yourself up, then just switch it off when you are warm enough.
Once I have switched the blanket off, it stays hot for quite some time and I am usually asleep before it goes cold. I would estimate that it takes around 30 minutes for the blanket to go cold again, although I'm not 100% sure on the timing. Anyway, once I have switched it off I just find a nice warm spot tor est my feet on and curl up, some nights I am even too hot now!!
I am in love with my new electric blanket and don't know how I survived without it! I love it so much that I have brought one for my boyfriend's house so that I don't get cold trying to sleep there!
For the price, this is an absoulte bargain! And it comes with a 3 year guarentee, so I don't have to worry about buying a new one for 2 years!!
It is very easy to use, even a child could do it, and can be put onto your bed quickly. Also, it heats up extremely quickly so you wont be sat in the cold for too long.
The only problems that I have with the blanket are if you sit in bed while it is warming up it doesn't seem to have much of an effect, it is alot better if you put it on 30 minutes to an hour before you get in then you will feel the benefit. Also, the fact that you cant sleep with it on, but I think I would get too hot if I did anyway.
Highly recommended for this winter that seems to be getting colder by the minute!
My flat can resemble a fridge in my bedroom. Even with the heating on, my room always feels cold and having a bad back doesn't help with comfort when I crawl into my pit.
I have always wanted an electric blanket however held off getting me one up until recently. You hear so many horror stories about them and my nerves jangle as it is. However I bit the bullet eventually and decided to use it responsibly and so usually I just pop mine on before getting into my bed to warm it up a bit or or use it when I'm awake in bed reading or watching tv and always pull it out of the plug socket when I'm sleeping and never put liquid near it!
I spotted this one in my Kays catalogue (www.Kays.com) costing £26.00 for a single blanket, a double one costs £31.00 and a kingsize £39.00 (I purchased the double size just for the record).
The box the blanket comes in is a purple coloured one and we are told on both sides of the box that it is Silentnight 'Comfort Control' Electric Fleece Blanket 'Takes minutes to warm your bed, then your in control' and that it is a deluxe blanket, has 3 heat settings, is simple and easy to use and has an ergonomic shape. Other information on the box includes being told that it has all over heat protection, comes with ties for easy and secure fitting and a 3 year guarantee. Inside the box you get an instruction leaflet and the guarantee to fill out and send out of course. Nice informative packaging this is and inside the blanket was ready to plug in and use.
The Blanket Itself:
Well this blanket is absolutely amazing and one of the best purchases that I have ever made. Thick and cream fleece is one side of the blanket and the other is simply flat, soft and thick and made from polyester. It has white ties to the corners of the blanket (one at each corner) which are really longso easy to fit to most beds.
The blanket can be easily removed from its electrical cord which also has the control panel on it and can be washed at 40c and it can be tumble dried.
As I mentioned previously I have the double sized blanket and that actually almost covers all my bed, so a large size it is. Using the ties I can, if I choose to tie it to my bed frame though being totally honest I don't bother doing that as I don't find it to move about at all. The thickness of this blanket adds a lot of comfort to my bed and I like the fact that I can wash it and it doesn't get damaged or impair the quality of it at all.
The white plastic control panel is large and very simple to use and understand. It has a slide and click strip and numbers on it. Zeros to each end are the off settings and then 1, 2 and 3 with setting 3 being the hottest. The blanket takes about 7-8 minutes to get to the maximum temperature and it holds that temperature well until you choose otherwise and if you turn it down from a setting it takes a minute or so to adjust itself.
The only thing I don't like about this blanket is that as soon as you turn it off it loses its heat almost immediately, however that is handy if your need no heat fast cos your too hot lol.
Quite simply an idiot could use this electric blanket. It has a large heated area, is simple to control and snaps apart simply to be washed and put together and I love mine!
Available from Kays or a lot of other places....just google if interested!