Electric Blanket ReviewsElectric Blanket Reviews 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 advice is what you need to know about purchasing the best electric blanket to meet your needs.
An expert overview of electric blankets, heated mattress pads,
and other heated products for 2015/2016
In prior years, we've seen technology improvements in the softness of fabrics and in controls. This season little has been introduced in the way of fabrics and control features short of an entry from a new manufacturer. Iím still waiting for the day that I can turn on the preheat setting from my iPhone!
The most highly rated electric blanket by Comfort House customers continues to be manufactured by Perfect Fit Industries. Also marketed under the names SoftHeat, Serta, and Invisiwire (and formerly Chatham & Wells), we receive more reviews on this brand than any other. This is a low voltage electric blanket (pictured above) which has generated lots of interest for the past ten or so years. It operates at less than 25 volts as compared to the traditional 120 volts. Perfect Fit calls this "Safe & Warm technology."
A new brand of blanket has come to market for 2015/2016. Given this is such an established industry, itís been ages since a new manufacturer appeared on the scene. By all appearances the Micro Flannel Quilted Heated Blanket will be a winner. It has seven layers of warmth including two layers of down alternative fill and is available in a variety of interesting colors. It also has the much sought after adjustable time shut-off function that can turn off your blanket at a wider range of times than the limited number of other models with this feature. I've been loving mine and especially the weight of it. It may be the most substantial weight of any electric blanket I've ever used. Warning: If you're looking for a light weight blanket this is not for you. One customer said she felt the weight defeated the need for an electric blanket because she didn't have to turn it on. At this point we've sold enough to know that this new brand may be the most trouble-free of all electric blankets.
This season Perfect Fit Industries, known for low voltage electric blankets, went in the opposite direction by introducing traditional voltage blankets. These have lower prices and an adjustable time auto-off feature.
Foot warming pads continue to be popular for those who wish to keep just their feet warm and can be a less costly alternatively to a heated blanket. Some clients refer to them as our half bed heating pad. Good choices are the Sunbeam electric foot warming pad and our even more versatile electric foot warmer pad that has a pocket to tuck your feet into and can be used while sitting on a couch or lying in bed.
Heated throws fall under the electric blanket category but are made for use in your den instead of your bedroom. They are similar to an afghan that you toss over yourself on the couch only these are an electric version. These have been around for many years and sold under such names as Sunbeam Cuddler. They are always a popular holiday gift.
This year for your den we also have a unique heated sofa cover. It is available in chair, loveseat, and sofa sizes. Unlike a slipcover that covers your entire piece of furniture, a heated cover goes over just the main seating area. When choosing this product please note the sofa size heated cover has 2 controls and will require 2 electric outlets be available in order for each of the sitting sides to operate.
Finally for your den, even though this article is about electric bedding, I would be remiss in not mentioning our Cuddle Blanket which is a non-electric foot pocket blanket. It continues to be an annual customer favorite. Enter item # 16917 into our search box at the top of this page to locate.
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 instead of a blanket.
Every season I switch it up a bit and this year Iíve gone from using a Sunbeam blanket to the Sunbeam Therapeutic heated mattress pad between my testing of the Quilted Heated Blanket mentioned above. Iíve used the Sunbeam Therapeutic before but not in a few years. I like it for the cordless control convenience (itís the only such heated topper on the market with a cordless control) and for the 3 heating zones (also an only on the market). I set my upper zone at 1, my middle zone at 3, and my legs at 5. It gets really, really warm. I couldnít imagine anyone being able to sleep at the highest settings.
We've received many requests for a Made in USA electric blanket. Sorry but there hasnít been one for quite a few years; finished goods all comes from China. However, certain ones have wiring components, or shells, made in USA and sent to China for assembly inside the product. All is not lost though as we do have a Made in USA heated mattress pad called the Electrowarmth Bed Warmer. Hopefully this line will expand into blankets in the future. It is worth noting that Electrowarmth has unusual size heated mattress pads not found elsewhere such as split queen and split king.
Each year we are contacted by customers who have just received their very first electric blanket or mattress pad, or are replacing a much older one, 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 for worry since modern heated bedding does not feel hot to the touch. They will be warm when you are underneath them but they won't be hot to the touch. Keep in mind what I said above about the one Iím presently using. We suggest you spend the first few days experimenting with the settings until you find your personal comfort level (it did take me a few days of refinement to determine my settings on the multi-zone model). And remember, don't be alarmed if it's not hot to the touch when you try it!
As far as electric blankets that are best rated, we have reviews on many of ours so please take a look. And unlike the media attention surrounding one major Internet retailer recently, dare I say their name, all Comfort House reviews are by Comfort House verified customers.
Now that youíre on the way to loving electric blankets or heated mattress pads, why not explore heated jackets and heated gloves as the next logical step to keeping warm? Wishing you a warm winter.
President & Founder Comfort House and electric blanket expert for almost 20 years
Revised February 2016 (previously updated October 2015, October 2013 and January 2012)