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Zoe Hill

Resumo da Biografia Materials: 

There are two fill options to choose from: Sustainably sourced Natural Down fill and Synthetic Fill. Both options are highly packable, ultralight, and rated to 4degrees without the heating element turned on.

The 600 fill grey duck down is sustainably sourced and 100% traceable. Both the down and the synthetic fill have been treated to allow for washing in conventional machines.

Heating Forecasting Risk

If all goes well during our funding campaign, we'll finish up with a giant heap of preorders for our new products. Of course we're trying our hardest to predict our future demand and plan accordingly, but it's far from an exact science. While this ain't our first Kickstarter rodeo, our forecasting capabilities aren't the same as what you might expect from a big company.

Supply Chain Risk

Although all of us have fully dialed supply chains, there is always risk when building products abroad. If a container shipment is delayed for weeks in customs or a batch of new material doesn't pass QA testing, our fulfillment schedule—even if padded—can start to slip.

But blankets are better if you already use a specific mattress topper with your bed or don’t want to add extra padding to your mattress. If you want to use heated bedding only occasionally, it’s easier to swap an electric blanket on and off the bed than it is to change the mattress pad.

How we picked and tested

We looked only at electric blankets meant for use on a bed. These blankets are designed to be used while lying flat, not wrapped around your body or bunched up (because too much heat can build up and ultimately cause safety issues). You should not use any of these blankets while lounging on the couch—for that purpose, many manufacturers sell smaller heated throws meant to go across your lap.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

After washing and drying the Premium Quilted pad, I noticed that a segment of the seam attaching the mattress pad top to the elastic skirting had unraveled. But this damage may have been caused by the lint trap in my dryer ripping the pad. I also dried the pad for longer than the washing instructions specify.

Some reviewers also complain that their feet brush against the port at the base of the mattress pad, where the controllers attach. The top of the port is about inches from the lower edge of the mattress, so your feet would come in contact with it only if they reach almost to the end of your bed.

Care and maintenance

Regardless of the model, disconnect all the controllers and cords from the port before laundering. You should wash and dry only one item at a time. Never dry clean, iron, or use bleach on heated bedding.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing and drying; in general, they’ll tell you to wash the bedding on a short, cold cycle and machine dry for only five to minutes on low, and to hang dry to finish. Long or too hot drying cycles could damage the wiring; in particular, manufacturers don’t recommend using commercial dryers, which are often hotter than residential dryers.

When storing heated bedding, disconnect and carefully wrap the controller cords. You should roll or gently fold the bedding to avoid pressing, bending, or warping the wires. For this reason, you shouldn’t store heated bedding in compression bags, vacuum-seal it, or keep it underneath heavy items.

The competition

Sunbeam Waterproof Heated Mattress Pad: This pad is similar to our top pick but has only ounces of fill and features waterproofing meant to protect your mattress from spills or other accidents. (As we note in the safety section above, all heated bedding has insulation that protects the wires and electronics from moisture—the waterproofing in this pad prevents liquid from reaching your mattress.) We didn’t test the Waterproof Heated Mattress Pad for this guide, but Wirecutter writer Mark Smirniotis has been using it and finds it comfortable. Of the ounces of fill, he said: “It isn’t luxurious, but it’s definitely fine. I thought I felt the wires when I first slid into bed, but didn’t really notice once I got comfortable.” Some people opt for this pad because they have pets that sleep on their beds, an arrangement that safety experts don’t recommend because claws and scratching could damage the wires.

Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad: This all-cotton pad has wireless controls and three customizable “heat zones” per side, letting you select different heat levels for your head and shoulders, your back, and your legs. We decided not to test it because we don’t think that customization is a feature most people need; this model also has less padding than our main pick, and it comes with only a three-year warranty.

Biddeford Electric Heated Mattress Pad: This was the cheapest heated mattress pad we came across, but we didn’t test it because it has no internal padding.

Biddeford Quilted Skirt Electric Heated Mattress Pad: This polyester pad has ounces of padding, the same amount as our budget pick. But it had lower customer review scores than our budget pick at the time we checked, and it requires two separate outlets, so we didn’t test it.

Electric blankets

Perfect Fit Soft Heat Micro-Fleece Electric Blanket: We liked this blanket overall, as its fine wires were undetectable, and the soft, fuzzy outer material made it the most comfortable blanket in our tests. The slightly textured topper was comfy though not cushy. But we eliminated it for the same reasons as we did the Soft Heat Micro-Plush Heated Mattress Pad, cited above.

Sunbeam LoftTec Heated Blanket: This is Sunbeam’s thickest electric blanket, so we thought it might perform the best at concealing the heating wires. But the material was so heavy, it tented easily when we used it between the sheets, and the shaggy texture reminded us of Muppet fur.

Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket: The outer material of this blanket reminded us of the thin, scratchy blankets you get on airplanes. The cheap-feeling, flimsy material did nothing to mask the inner wires, so lying under it felt like sleeping under a pile of cords.

Shavel Home Products Thermee Electric Blanket: We skipped this blanket because it had few customer reviews and was significantly more expensive than the competition.

Most blankets have between a to year warranty, when you have bought a product ensure that you register it according to the directions in the manual. Most of the major companies are pretty good about honouring their warranties, as long as there has been reasonable care taken with the blanket. You will probably have to pay for shipping if you end up having to send the blanket back to the manufacturer.

The other big worry over electric blankets is the idea that they are dangerous to your health. This stems from some early research that linked exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which electric blankets produce in low quantities, to possible increased chance of getting some forms of cancer. I thought about this. This has been heavily studied and the most recent studies have not been able to find a link between EMFs and cancer. If you are worried about EMFs then it is probably best to look at other alternatives.

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