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An electric blanket is something that I've always related to the elderly, certainly not an item that I envisioned purchasing anytime soon. However since my husband likes a warm bedroom and I hate the central heating on in bedrooms we needed a compromise and that, we thought, might be achieved by a warmed bed to get into.
I set about looking for a king size electric blanket and to be honest this proved more difficult than I thought. Shopping locally drew a blank; Neither Tesco, Curry's nor Sainsbury's had anything to offer so I resorted to the internet and ended up at the Amazon site. The only king size blanket I could find was somewhat confusingly described as a mattress cover, however it proved to be exactly what we needed as it covers the whole of the mattress instead of just being a strip across the middle.
The "mattress cover" arrived a few days after ordering in time for a bit of a cold snap and was immediately put onto the bed.
The mattress cover differs from a conventional electric blanket in that it entirely covers the mattress rather like a fitted sheet and consequently doesn't dislodge or "ruck up" in the night and has no tapes to tie.
It has a generous fitting and easily fits over our mattress which is quite deep. It is possible to safely leave this appliance switched on all night if you should so desire but I haven't tried this as we don't feel this is necessary for us.
Dual controls, one on each side can be operated independently to individual needs. One person can have their side on a different setting or off if required. There are separate handset controls on each side near the pillow which light up and can easily be seen in the dark to set the temperature or switch off .
My husband loves the fact that it has an extra warm foot area. An added bonus that means he doesn't have to put up with my cold feet!
There are three settings for temperature and we have found that on the lowest setting the bed is just "aired" and only slightly warm, setting two gives definite warmth to the bed and three is toasty!
We tend to switch the "blanket" on setting two for about twenty minutes before retiring and that is enough to make the bed is deliciously warm and cosy.
I never expected to like this blanket as much as I do as it was primarily for my husband but I absolutely love it and he doesn't mind not having a stuffy hot bedroom when he can jump into a warm bed. It really is heavenly on a chilly night.
Highly recommended and I can't understand why they are not more widely available.
Since writing this review I have seen kingsized electric blankets in Tesco Home, although they are Tesco's own brand and not mattress covers.
One last point, this electric blanket is machine washable!