“ Heated Blanket „
It's getting near to winter time (unfortunately as I love summer) but one thing I am really excited about is getting my electric blanket out again. There's nothing better when its cold outside than getting into a nice warm bed and snuggling down for the night.
I bought this blanket last year from Tesco and if I remember rightly it cost about £15. I think this is quite a good price for an electric blanket as you can pay a lot of money for some really upmarket ones. I wanted a cheapish one as I didn't want to keep it on the bed all the time, I just wanted to use it now and again as my husband is not a big fan of them. He travels for work so I thought it would be nice to use it when he was out for the night so Iw anted one that I could take on and off the bed easily.
This blanket is a single blanket and fitted well on my bed but did not cover the whole bed obviously. I have a king size bed so I didn't expect it to fit completely all around, I just used it sort of on my side and a bit in the middle but I still got enough coverage to warm the bed up well. The width of the blanket is given as 80cm.
The blanket comes with a power indicator light and a controller which I liked. I generally turn this off when I get into bed but sometimes if I forgot and managed to get half asleep it was nice to look over and see the light and know that I had not turned it off so could turn it off then. I found the blanket warmed up quite quickly although generally what I would do is turn it on about half an hour before I wanted to get into bed so I could climb into an already warm bed and I liked the fact that the blanket had also warmed up by pillows and duvet too. Generally I had it on a low setting such as number 1 so it was never too warm. I hate that feeling when you have had it too warm and you are literally sweating in bed because it is too hot. Electric blankets do sometimes have the ability to get you too warm and then I cannot sleep.
You can feel the blanket as you lay on it as it is not very thick so I could sort of feel it underneath me but this did not put me off my sleep or anything like that. Obviously as it is a blanket that you do not use for display or looking nice it does not matter that it is quite plain looking and white. It is not machine washable which is a bit of a problem but if you keep it nice and clean and mop up any spills it can last well. When I put it away for the summer it was still in good condition and not threadbare or anything so I do expect it to last at least another year or so and for £15 I think it has been a good bargain.
As a child my parents always used to buy me an electric blanket to keep me nice and toasty, just because that's what they did and I suppose I didn't want to be left out in the cold (quite literally!). I seem to recall them costing a fair bit and it being considering quite a luxury to have one.
So considering this you can really imagine my delight when I strolled into my local Tesco as a poor student to find tesco value electric blankets. I snapped one up right away and got home to put it on my bed then waited for nighttime.
Now it was time to test it out, I switched it on about fifteen minutes before I wanted to go to bed just to make sure it was nice and warm. I found it kind of annoying there only being an on or off switch, there was no scale so it just had to be hot or cold. On some occasions it might be nicer to have a slightly cooler heat for when it's not quite in the minus numbers.
The product itself was a double blanket, and felt quite flimsy, which left me not really sure of it's ability to keep me wrong. I was quite wrong however and it seemed to be hot enough, but as i mentioned before, a scale of heat might have been nice. The edges of the blanket weren't as hot as the middle either, but as i'm quite small I was able to fit in the main part of the blanket.
It did feel a bit uncomfortable under my mattress cover and made some strange noises as I rolled about. At £25 I can't really fault this, because it is a totally adequate product. You dont need to look at it after you've put it in your bed so the aesthetic point of view isn't such a problem, and given that it has all the relevant safety checks, you don't need to worry about fires.
If you are looking for something to warm you up in winter, this will work a treat, there is no need to spend anymore than this.
With the cold nights setting in, and looking like they are going to get colder, I thought it was time to admit I am getting older and invest in an electric blanket. I have never had an electric blanket before and though they were only for OAPs but how wrong I was. I much prefer jumping in to a warm bed as opposed to a cold one and having to lie in the foetal position for half an hour in a bid to warm up.
I ended up buying my electric blanket on a whim whilst on a shopping trip to Tescos, where the EB06 electric blanket is sold. This blanket is available in single and double sizes. The double sized blanket cost £14.99, which I thought was good value for money, even though I did not know how much they cost from other retailers at that time.
I bought the double sized electric blanket and naturally assumed that it would be huge and cover most of the bed. When I opened up the box I was disappointed since the blanket measures of 107cm x 122cm, which is wide enough but not long enough to cover the whole mattress.
What this blanket lacks in size it makes up in power and heat generation. I find that I only need to turn the blanket to number 3, the pre heat setting, for about half an hour before bed to get it really nice and toasty.
****In the box****
The box contains the blanket, the control switch and an instruction manual.
The manual is actually really useful. It contains a safety guide which is basically a list of 'Do's' and 'Don'ts', electrical information, preparations for use, how to secure the blanket, details on the operations and controls, care and maintenance, storage and warranty information.
I'm glad that I read the manual since it stopped me doing things, like sleeping with the blanket on, that I clearly would have done.
****Securing the blanket****
Securing the blanket is really easy and involves the following steps:
1) Place the blanket on the mattress.
2) Pass the middle tie cord under the middle of the mattress and through the middle eyelet on the opposite side.
3) Pass the end cord under the corresponding bottom corner and then pass it through the eyelet and tie.
4) Repeat for the other corners.
Once the cords are all tight the blanket is held securely to the mattress and will not move anywhere. I am a bit of a "tosser and turner" (so to speak) in bed and have had no problems with the blanket coming lose and moving around.
The control has 3 settings, being gentle heat, medium heat and pre heat. The instructions recommend to pre heat the bed for 1 - 2 hours before use with standard bedding, although in my experience it does not need this long. I have found that half an hour is more than enough.
****Care and maintenance****
This blanket cannot be machine washed, hand washed or dry cleaned. The only way of cleaning it is to perform wet and dry rubbing, which involves sponging the blanket with water containing a neutral detergent or mild soapy solution and then rubbing with a dry cloth before leaving to dry naturally.
This treatment is recommended for any stains, so I guess the way to overcome this is to avoid drinking in bed so that it is not possible to stain the blanket.
When the blanket is not in use it needs to be stored in a cool, clean and dry location. The instructions recommend not to put in any sharp creases when folding.
The EB06 electric blanket is covered by warranty for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.
****Would I recommend it?****
This is my first ever electric blanket so I do not have any others to compare it to, however, I would definitely recommend the EB06 since it secures to the mattress firmly and doesn't move around, it warms the bed up in around half an hour, it has three settings (although, in my opinion, only the pre heat is needed), it makes the bed really toasty and at £14.99 it is great value for money.