Electric Blanket ReviewsElectric Blanket Review by Jeffrey Gornstein - As the cold air begins to settle in, this is among the busiest times of the year for electric blanket and heated mattress pad sales. The following tips are what you need to know about purchasing this year's "models." (Yes, electric blankets are like cars...there are new models every year.)
Technology-wise, the softness of the fabrics and a new controller from Sunbeam are whatís new this year. The Sunbeam RoyalMink blanket, which is currently on my bed, is the softest Iíve ever felt. Softness is achieved by use of smaller yarns and you will pay more for this luxury. The other notable is a higher-tech looking control unit which resembles an iPod available on some Sunbeam models. One feature I like about this control is you can select your automatic shut-off timer for 2, 6, or 10 hours.
The best rated electric blanket by Comfort House customers is made by Perfect Fit. Also marketed under the SoftHeat and Serta brands, we receive more positive reviews on this brand than any other. This is a low voltage electric blanket which has generated lots of interest for the past few years. It operates at less than 25 volts as compared to the traditional 120 volts. Perfect Fit calls this ďSafe & Warm technology.Ē
To answer the question of what is the best electric blanket to buy, the reliability of the blankets we carry is better than ever. I would simply choose the one that fits my budget. I would also recommend considering an electric mattress pad before making your decision. The popularity of electric mattress pads has surged and for many the decision is not which blanket to buy but should I buy an electric mattress pad vs. a blanket.
At least once a week we are phoned by a customer who has just received their electric blanket to let us know it is not getting hot, and therefore, not working. If all you do is plug it in, turn it on, and then feel it to determine whether it is working, we can understand the cause for alarm. However, there is no need to be alarmed since modern electric blankets do not feel hot to the touch. They will be warm when you are underneath them but they wonít be hot to the touch. We suggest you spend the first few days experimenting with the settings until you find your personal comfort level. And remember, donít be alarmed if itís not hot to the touch when you try it!
Hope you have a warm night!
Jeffrey Gornstein January 2012