Electric Blanket Buying Guide: How to Choose Your Perfect Blanket
If you are ready to purchase an electric blanket, here is a quick buying guide to help you choose the right onefor you.
When purchasing an electric blanket, you should look out for the safest blanket around. Whether you intend to use it for yourself, or for your family, make sure that the blanket you consider buying is safe as well as suitable to your needs.
When looking for a safest blanket, there are a few things to look out for. Firstly, make sure that the blanket has the UL, cUL or ETL mark in order to make sure that your electric blanket follows the highest standard of safety for electrical appliances and products in the U.S. All electric blanket manufacturers are required to pass the test, so if you find one without the mark, pass it up.
An auto turn-off feature, usually at 10 hour intervals is also a great safety feature that you may want to take into consideration.
Product reviews from other buyers is another great way to establish whether the blanket is right for you or now. Look for any reviews that may indicate problems with the wiring, overheating or burning, as this may not be a good sign.
Although accidents do happen at times, especially if the blanket is misused or not used as per the instructions, however, other buyers may give you an idea of what to expect in terms of safety.
Always buy brand new blankets and never settle for the second hand. Second hand electric blankets may have faults in the wiring either due to lack of care or the normal wear-and-tear, so it could prove to be a safety hazard.
Many electric blankets today come with a 5 year limited warranty, however, when choosing an electric blanket, make sure that you choose the one that will last you longer than a few months. On average, and with reasonable care and proper use, you should expect your electric blanket to last you three to five years.
Limited warranty does not cover all aspects of your electric blanket, and depending on what the manufacturer is willing to cover, it is worth checking out what other buyers are saying about the durability and the quality of the product.
If you buy your electric blanket under the limited warranty, be informed of whether you would be expected to pay part of the repair cost or in some cases, the full price of the repair, should something go wrong.
The quality of the blanket’s material is also pivotal to durability. Poorly made electric blankets can wear out easily or even tear, which may render your electric blanket unusable. Some of the lower end blankets may shed, be prickly or even shrink after being washed.
Looking out for the highest quality electric blanket will keep you warmer for longer and save you money in the long run.
As with any bedding, the comfort is an important aspect of your electric blanket. The Plush Polyester and the Microfleece are some of the softest and the most comfortable electric blanket materials around.
Microfleece, especially knitted, is a very good alternative to wool. Both Plush Polyester and the Microfleece will continue being soft to the touch, will not shed and will not shrink after the wash which will provide you with comfort and warmth for much longer.
Try to avoid electric blankets that are made out of acrylic or acrylic-polyester as they tend to shed and will be scratchy and prickly to the touch and after a time of usage, they may become extremely uncomfortable and inconvenient.
The ease of use
Your ideal electric blanket should be easy to use, store and handle. You may not want to purchase an electric blanket that has a complicated control panel, outlandish handling instructions or overly restrictive ways of using it.
In addition to being inconvenient, difficult-to-use electric blankets can be prone to accidental misuse which can void the warranty or worse, become a hazard.
Portability of your electric blanket is also a part of ease of use you may want to look out for. Unless you are specifically buying a blanket for the bedroom or a particular place in your house, heavy electric blankets limit where and how you may use them.
Overly bulky and heavy blankets may also be difficult to store when they are not needed, or they may take up too much space, so look for a light, safe and easy to use blanket.