“ Heat up time from 20 minutes. Pre-heat facility. Size 122 x 61cm/48 x 24in. „
A few years ago I moved into my first flat minus central heating. Luckily it is a very warm flat so only needs heating for 5 months a year. The bedroom only came with an electric heater that didn't work. So an electric blanket was nescessary. Being a single girl at that time I didn't have much money so went for the WinterWarm double heated underblanket which cost £24.99, from Argos.
As the cold chills crept in I took it out of its compact reusable packaging and fitted it to the bed. The blanket is very thin and stiff, made of a soft wooly material. If you run your hand over you can feel the electrics, but when the sheets ontop they magically dissapear.
This blanket is much smaller than a normal double bed but adequate. It is fitted to the bed by a network of elastic tapes. I am not one for reading instructions so probably threw them away , and now every winter I forget how to do it securley as it quite complicated . If I had a bit more patience and thought about it, it would be easy.
When eventually its on the bed add your sheets and quilts etc and it ready to use.
The blanket has a control pannel with three heat settings. I always start it on 3 then work my way down. This blanket takes along time to fire up.The first two years I used it , it was fine.But through subsiquent years the heat has got lower and lower. It takes around 30 minutes to warm the bed, so its best to put it on then do something useful while your waiting. You must have a blanket on to else it won't get warm.
Having no heating in a bedroom isn't so bad as when your in your warm, but the thing that gets me is the icy coldness of the bed when you first get in. This blanket stops all that. When you first get in it feels slightly warm, just barable enough to get in. 5 minutes later your boiling. Personally I would want the bed to be warm from the begining.
Another problem is after 2 years the button on the temperature guage has fallen off. Now I have to use a hair pin to try and move it. I have given up and its permenantly on high now. The connection to the pug and the bed is very big and if you sleep near to the edge of the bed you can feel it digging into your shoulder.
I would not recommend this to anyone as it breaks easily , not very warm and not big enough for a double. The only good thing is the price and it very easy to fold back in its packaging for safe storage.
It's very rare for any product to change my quality of life significantly. Especially one that costs only £14.99. However, my Winterwarm Heated Underblanket is one of those products. Since purchasing this, I have been extremely warm and comfortable lying in bed even in the dead of winter. And I've saved loads of money on heating bills. I've recommended this underblanket to all my friends and family since buying it, and now I'm recommending it to you!
This heated underblanket goes under your fitted sheet and comes with some ties that you use to attach it to the bed so it doesn't move around. It has a little control switch that comes off the cord and you can choose a setting from 1-3. The cord plugs into an electric socket in the wall.
What I do is switch this on 10-20 minutes before I get into bed. I find setting 3 perfect to get started with. Then when I crawl into bed, I often literally sigh out loud as it feels so snuggle and warm to lie on. Then I tend to turn the blanket down to 2 to read, or 1 to fall asleep on immediately.
There is no need to have the central heating on at night if you have one of these blankets. Since they only cost pennies a night to run, they will soon pay for themselves if you were using central heating instead before getting one.
I don't have any problems with the wires as they are barely detectable since they're so thin. They definitely don't poke me in the back or keep me awake.
The only problem I do have with this underblanket is the size. It's really too small to cover a single bed. If I were ordering another, I would order the double size for a single bed. I would order two singles or even two doubles for a couple who like to sleep in the same bed but want their own controls as not everyone will be happy with the same setting.
Some people have concerns about sleeping on an electric underblanket due to a potential fire risk. But after reading up on them, I concluded that the fire risk is really a thing of the past as older electric blankets weren't made as well as this one. I don't think there have been any fires recently caused by modern electric blankets. But if you're worried, you could just use this before getting into bed and then switch it off. You'd still be very warm and comfortable while drifting off to sleep.
I got mine from Argos for £14.99. These were on sale yesterday on their website for £8.99 which is a massive bargain, but today when searching for them I didn't see them. I'd imagine they just ran out of stock temporarily so recommend you keep checking back.
I absolutely adore my Winterwarm Heated Underblanket and you would have to pry it out from under me to get it away from me. No way would I go back to sleeping in a cold bed after getting this. I only wish I'd gotten one years ago.
I bought my Winterwarm (Morphy Richards) Heated single Under Blanket about 2 years ago for the single bed in my spare room,
and although the blanket was bought for when friends and family stay over, I did use it myself last winter when my double bed blanket decided to konk out.
The blanket measures 122 x 61cm or 48 x 24in and is the sponge clean only version,
it comes in an off white colour and is made from a tight knit man made material which is really quite soft to the touch.
The blanket is very easy to fit and when laid flat on the bed you will find attached to the sides are the power cord and control, and the ties,
The ties are used to secure the blanket to the bed which is simple enough to do .
I use my blanket directly on the mattress and then have a fleece mattress protector on top and then a flannel sheet and with all that padding I can't feel the electric blanket at all only the warmth.
The heat control is simple to use and understand and has 3 heat settings and off switch.
and although there is a Pre-heat facility with heat up time I've never used it as I find the blanket heats up within minutes anyway,
I switch it on at number 3 as I get into bed, then down to number 2 and then 1,
for me 1 is the most comfortable setting.
All the settings from 1 to 3 give out an even heat all over the blanket and an added bonus to this blanket was the Extra foot warmth, but honestly I can't notice the difference, it all seems the same to me.
In the 2 years since I bought the blanket there's been no spills or accidents so I've had no reason to clean it apart from air it before storing it away for the next winter,
so for the review I sponge cleaned a part of the blanket covering the wires.
To make things easier I put a folded towel under the part of the blanket to be cleaned and used a small sponge and some lukewarm soapy ( but not too soapy ) water and rubbed very gently being careful not to overwet the area as the material soaks the water up quite fast, after this I rinsed the material in the same way again with lukewarm water, and then lay the balnket on the bed to dry with a dry towel again under the wet part.
I found it very easy to clean as long as you dont overwet or oversoap, leaving it to dry naturaly took a while, after a couple of hours it was still damp but next morning it was dry and looking the same as it was before sponging, with no difference to the material at all......no stretching or shrinkage.
For the price this blanket was a bargain especially it being a well known brand, it has all the basic functions you need and to put your mind at rest it has a safety overheat protection system, a must when buying any electric blanket.
When someone stays over they always comment on how lovely and warm the bed was and so far I have been satisfied with its all round good performance and price.
I bought this from Argos for £14.99 but they are now selling them for £12.99.
Heat up time from 20 minutes.
3 heat settings.
Safety overheat protection system.
Extra foot warmth.
Sponge clean only.
Suitable for all night use.
Size 122 x 61cm/48 x 24in.
Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee
Although the branding of this electric blanket / heated underblanket is Winterwarm, it is actually a Morphy Richards Ltd product at a cheaper price than buying an MR branded one. Available in sizes Single and Double it can also be bought in both washable and sponge clean only form but with around £10 difference in price. I received the Winterwarm Heated Single Underblanket which is just sponge clean only. It was only £14.99 from Argos but still has 3 heat settings, overheat protection system and can be left on overnight while sleeping at a comfortable temperature.
For a single I was still surprised at how small it was (122 x 61cm). Even more so on my bed as Im using a smaller than single mattress but it still does its job. It was neatly folded in its little bag which is ideal for travelling and storage as it doesnt take up much space but the wires inside did mean it had to be flattened a bit before use or the folds could be felt. There are tapes at the side to secure the blanket on the bed and after just laying the blanket on the first night, I did have to tie it as I found it did move to the side which could eventually put strain on the wire.
The control is quite large but easy to find in the dark and the wire is a good length to reach the plug without being stretched. On the control it has the 3 settings which are just numbered 1, 2 and 3 which also lights up in orange to be easily read in the dark. It isnt so bright that could cause sleeping problems though. The Off switch is given twice: before number 1 and after number 3 so there isnt much fiddling about trying to find it or thinking it was off when it could have been on the highest setting.
Heat up time is very quick. It says in the instructions that it should be put on numbers 2 or 3 for 60 minutes before going to bed but even after 30 seconds the heat can be felt. It is a little uncomfortable keeping it on this highest setting though so I tend to reduce it to number 2 which warms me up and then change it to number 1 which is perfect as it is just like body temperature but unlike staying in the same spot and rolling over during the night and finding that section is freezing, still heats up a good sized area for uninterrupted sleep. This setting can also be use for airing the mattress.
The blanket has another advantage than just keeping me warm, I found my bed was much comfier with the blanket and although its not thick, the fleecy material does feel more luxurious than the mattress itself. Unfortunately it is possible to feel the wires quite easily with your hands but doesnt cause any problems while sleeping as they are flexible and where there is the wire joining from the blanket to the control can safely be hidden under the (fitted) sheet and not caught while sleeping. I do find that wire quite thick though as its a double wire so have it close to the edge of the bed so less chance of rolling onto it. It says that there is extra foot warmth but I dont really see that there is other than the blanket should be 4 6 inches from the bottom of the bed, although probably depends on sleeping position. On this point a hot water bottle cannot be used at the same time as the blanket. Because of that positioning it means it is below my pillow at the head of the bed and I can feel the top edge under the sheet but didnt take long to get used to.
The instruction booklet is just 7 pages long but does give all the dos and donts. It also gives what looks like a complicated picture of tying the tapes so it doesnt move. Other than that its just common sense and the cleaning instructions which are very limited as this one cant be machine washed, dry cleaned, ironed or tumble dried. Im quite happy it does have the overheat protection system although hoping it never will have to use that but usually Im in the same room anyway if I put it on. The blanket is BEAB approved and comes with a 3 year guarantee. It shouldnt be used with those who are helpless or insensitive to heat.
Overall I love it. Not as comfy as it could be as I can still feel the wires but very effectively heats up my bed. Im not sure what position Im meant to sleep in to benefit from the extra foot warmth other than with my soles of my feet on the bed but I always find the lowest setting is perfect throughout the night. While the heat up time of an hour seems like a long time to wait Id say even 10 minutes would be effective enough at the highest setting to heat the bed and then the lower settings to keep it warmed. The fleecy material also makes my bed comfier even if it doesnt cover all of it.
At £14.99 its £10 cheaper than the Morphy Richards and £18 cheaper than the Dreamland underblankets. At least Ill be nice and warm this winter. Only trouble will be getting out of bed into a cold room.