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About the Consumer Guide

General Information

General questions about electric blankets and pads

  • Why would I use an electric blanket or mattress pad?
  • How many electric blankets and electric mattress pads are sold each year?

How do electric blankets and electric mattress pads provide heat?

  • How do heated mattress pads and blankets really work?
  • Why do they have those large connectors?
  • How should an electric blanket or mattress pad be set up?

Heat from electric blankets and mattress pads

  • Why are today’s products not as hot as yesterday’s?
  • Can I use my electric bedding with a comforter or spread?

Which is better – a heated blanket or a heated mattress pad?

Features and Benefits

Product Features

  • What features can you expect on a modern electric blanket or mattress pad

Heating cost savings benefits

  • How can electric bedding save energy and heating costs?
  • What are real world examples of these cost savings? Who says so?

Actual cost of running an electric blanket or electric mattress pad

  • Federal Government statements about appliance energy usage.
  • What are the kWh’s and costs of running an electric blanket?
  • What are the kWh’s and costs of running an electric mattress pad?

9 Health Benefits of heated blankets and mattress pads

  • Arthritis and fibromyalgia benefits
  • Muscle soreness and aches including back pain benefits
  • Flexibility and range of motion benefits
  • Better sleeping benefits
  • Individual Comfort Benefits when two are in one bed
  • Tension reduction benefits
  • Allergies and dust mites reduction benefits
  • Sinus problem benefits
  • Post-polio syndrome helps
  • Reynaud’s Phenomenon helps

Safety and Care

Are electric blankets safe or dangerous?

  • Who should NOT use an electric blanket or mattress pad?
  • Should pregnant women use electric blankets or mattress pads?
  • Should those with artificial pacemakers use electric blankets or mattress pads?
  • Should people with diabetes use electric blankets or mattress pads?
  • What’s the story about EMF’s (60 Hz Electromagnetic Fields)?

General safety practices for electric blankets and mattress pads

How do I care for heated blankets and mattress pads?

  • Washing and drying your electric blanket or mattress pad
  • Dry cleaning electric blankets or mattress pads
  • Ironing electric blankets or mattress pads
  • Storing electric blankets or mattress pads

Buyers Guide

What to look for when purchasing electric blankets or heated mattress pads

  • Price vs. Features
  • Ease of Use
  • Safety and UL Listing

Reviews of the major brands of electric blankets

  • Biddeford, Sealy, Cannon and Delightful Nights
  • SoftHeat Low Voltage, Select Comfort, Chattam & Wells
  • Sunbeam, Therapedic, Slumber Rest and Imperial
  • WestPoint, Martex Raschel, RestWarmer and Patrician

Reviews of the major brands of heated mattress pads

  • Biddeford, Cannon, Sealy and Delightful Nights
  • SoftHeat Low Voltage, Select Comfort and Chattam & Wells
  • Sunbeam, Therapedic, Slumber Rest and Imperial
  • WestPoint Stevens, Restwarmer, Sleepwarmer

Retailers carrying each major brand of heated electric blankets this season

  • Biddeford (includes Cannon, Sealy and Delightful Nights brands)
  • SoftHeat Low Voltage (includes Select Comfort and Chattam & Wells brands)
  • Sunbeam (includes Slumber Rest, Therapedic and Imperial brands)
  • WestPoint (includes Sleepwarmer, Patrician and Martex Raschel brands)

Retailers carrying each brand of heated electric mattress pads this season

  • Biddeford (includes Cannon, Sealy and Delightful Nights brands)
  • SoftHeat Low Voltage (includes Select Comfort and Chattam & Wells brands)
  • Sunbeam (includes Slumber Rest, Therapedic and Imperial brands)
  • WestPoint (includes Restwarmer and SleepWarmer brands)

Other Resources

Choosing the Best Electric Bedding For YOU

1. Before You Buy – A MUST Review: the Lead Page of the Buyer's Guide offering:

  1. Major considerations before your purchase; and,
  2. Links to all of our Reviews and Ratings sections

2. Ready to Buy? If you want to see a list of retailers carrying each of the major brands of Heated MATTRESS PADS this year, click Heated Mattress Pad Retailers OR for Heated BLANKETS, click Stores Selling Electric Blankets.

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