Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I wanted to know if anyone had advice on electric blankets. It seems like every time I buy one they say 1 or 2 year warranty but after a couple weeks it seems like they are not hot like when your first use them. Just wondering if anyone knows why.

Thanks,
Sherry from Portland, ME

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I have been researching electric blankets for over a week. I have found 2 websites that have been helpful.

They are: electricblanketinstitute.com and sleeplikethedead.com

However, I am still looking to find a brand that can be both washed and dried and will still work. I have found precious few reviews regarding the durability after laundering. Does anyone have any experience with brands that still perform well after being washed? Thanks.

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I wanted to know if anyone had advice on electric blankets. It

seems like every time I buy one they say 1 or 2 year warranty,

but after a couple weeks it seems like they are not hot like

when your first use them. Just wondering if anyone knows why.

Thanks.
Sherry from Portland, ME


Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I have a SunBeam electric blanket that was bought in October and

it is still working. My mom actually just bought one for both of

my sisters and my niece.
We bought them at Wal-Mart, but I am sure they have them other

places too. (12/31/2005)

By Ashley

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I've had no trouble with Sunbeam either. However, There is a

brand out there that has a 10yr warranty I believe, I don't

remember the name though, sorry.

http://www.frugalforlife.com (12/31/2005)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr684484">FFL

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I discovered something years ago that I like even better than an

electric blanket. It is an electric mattress pad! Mine have

lasted over 10 years of continuous winter use. Use one and I'll

bet you'll never go back to an electric blanket! They are

somewhat expensive, but I have found them on clearance between

Christmas and Easter. When they last as long as mine have they

are well worth the price even paying full price. My job (21+

years) kept me mostly outdoors year round. In the winter it took

hours for my body to "thaw" especially from the waist down. My

cozy warm bed, heated by my mattress pad, was sheer delight each

night! (12/31/2005)

By Grandma Margie

Sunbeam doesn't work

We bought Sunbeam last year 2005. Failed to work when we brought

it out for winter 2006. Replaced it and bought 3 more for the

kids at Christmas. All 4 not working after 2 months!

Searching this problem on the web, found everyone is having

same problems. I just emailed Sunbeam, but clearly replacing the

blankets is only going to result in more non-working blankets.
Do not buy Sunbeam. I can't imagine how they're getting away

with this! (03/10/2007)

By Mark

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I would not recommend Sunbeam. I bought a Sunbeam about 2 years

ago from Target and I had to return it to the manufacturer about

2 months later because it was shedding a lot and I had to vacuum

almost everyday. Sunbeam sent me another one and I am still

having the shedding problem. However, it still gets hot just

like it did when I bought it 2 yrs ago. Just a problem with

shedding. I just keep vacuuming. (05/24/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr317540">Onesummer

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I think that polar fleece blankets are warmer than electric ones

plus don't cost money to run. They reflect back your body heat.

Susan at ThriftyFun (09/27/2007)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=ver1000140">ThriftyFun

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I was told at one store that Sunbeam is the only company still

making electric blankets/throws. I checked one store and on

every brand, I found Sunbeam's name. If that's the case, I guess

I'll buy a hot water bottle. Their products just aren't reliable

anymore. (11/25/2007)

By Kathy

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I bought a Sunbeam blanket and it broke after about a year, but

I returned it to the company. Just call the number located on

any box currently in the store and the automated phone message

says things like "press one if the blanket won't heat" and

"press two if the light blinks" (mine did both). A few weeks

later it was returned working perfectly, no fees! It appears the

manufacturer knows about the problem and is willing to take care

of it! (01/21/2008)

By M

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

After the same rotten luck as everyone else with Sunbeam

blankets, and unresponsive customer service, my research led to

a Sealy Diamond at JC Penney's. It has a super jacquard knit, undetectable

wires, great weight, no lumps, wash and dry in machine, and silent

controls. I love it! The $200 king size is on sale for $120.

(10/29/2008)

By Cliff D.

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

For those of you not in the know, heat rises, and that is why

you should put a light blanket or your bedspread or comforter

over your electric blanket when you first turn it on. This will

keep the heat down and warm your bed up very nicely. Once you

crawl in, your body heat can basically take over, so you can

then shed the extra coverings. I, too, have a Sunbeam from the

late 50's/early 60's, that still works like a charm.

The newer ones are not made as well and do not hold up as in

days of yore (no surprise there), but I just keep sending them

back to Sunbeam (keep your receipt!) and get new replacements.

Some things you just have to learn to deal with as aggravating

as that may be. Good luck out there, folks. I'm getting lots of

good info from this forum and appreciate all of your input.

(11/09/2008)

By Mary

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

Another possible manufacturer to try is Biddeford. I have an

electric blanket made by them; half of the blanket stopped

working after 3 years (it's one of those digitals) and started

flashing 6/E. I called the company and they were extremely

polite and helpful. I am to send the blanket in for a

replacement.

We want to buy additional blankets for other beds and I am

going to try the Biddeford Delightful Nights electric blanket.

I am trying to buy only analog controllers this time in hopes

that this will provide more longevity. (11/11/2008)

By Kris

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I second Grandma Margie's mattress warmer/electric mattress pad

idea. Our king sized warmer is still working after 10 years. I

bought it at Target, but have also seen them at Walmart. Turn

it on when you go into your bedroom to get undressed, and in

about 5 minutes, the bed is toasty. I turn mine off, but you can

leave it on all night. Ours has dual controls, and I find that 2

on a scale of 10 works well for me. (11/11/2008)

By Jean

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

We have a queen-size Biddeford electric blanket on our guest bed

now. It works quite well and supplies plenty of fast heat to

preheat the bed. I just hope that it lasts for several years,

unlike the Sunbeam blankets. As far as Sunbeam is concerned,

they can keep their products, all of them. After $800 worth of

useless "fluff", I'll not do business with them again.

(11/17/2008)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr191737">The Brewmaster

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

My wife and I just purchased a Queen size Biddeford from Meijers

(they're less expensive on Amazon). I read all the comments

before checking the brand name and I was assuming it was a

Sunbeam since, well, Sunbeam seems to be bad.

The blanket doesn't get nearly as warm as I had expected, but

every time I crawl under it I can only laugh with pleasure.

Someone asked about how safe blankets from the 1950s are and

I'm surprised nobody responded. Here's a start:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-electric-blankets.htm.

Blankets manufactured today are definitely safer than those from

the 50s. They may not be as warm, but seriously, an electric

blanket is nothing more than a human toaster. The "burnt toast"

setting alone has its share of issues aside from the

technological differences we have today. Please throw them away

and suffer with the safer blanket (if you are concerned about

your life and the lives of anyone else living in the building

the blanket is used in, at least).

As far as company liability is concerned, I would expect

today's manufacturers to be more concerned with safety than

warranty issues. Sunbeam probably chose wisely when deciding to

repair blankets instead of paying for lawsuits. The Pinto

didn't destroy Ford, but they did think it would be better to

simply pay for the lawsuits, bad ideas in my opinion.

Regardless of money, I'd rather see people complaining about

"it's not warm enough, my butt was cold" instead of "it was not

safe, my relative is dead."

If this "gas-discharge" device is indeed what fails on the

Sunbeams, I do question why they haven't engineered a user-

replaceable cartridge or something. Maybe they've been working

on it. Don't want to release that before it is certified safe!

(11/22/2008)

By Tech

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I have a Raschel Queen Size electric blanket by West Point Home.

The first failed because I plugged the controller into the wall

before plugging it into the blanket. But the second blanket has

now worked for two years and still gets really hot. My kids

have Sunbeams blankets that are a year old and no longer work.

Spend the extra money and get a West Point Home. (11/30/2008)

By Warren

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I have used many different brands, and all were inferior to

Sealy. It gets very warm and has lasted for 3 years and

counting. (12/28/2008)

By Melissa

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

Well, we have a Biddeford and we have the same problem, so I

wouldn't necessarily recommend them above Sunbeam. This is our

second winter and it's barely warm, even after a few hours on

high. I would also appreciate feedback on a blanket that

doesn't go cold! (11/03/2009)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr344922">JasperJ

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

Sunbeam and Biddeford are both terrible! I have to have an

electric blanket in the winter because I have pet chinchillas

and they are most comfortable at around 68 degrees. I had a

Sunbeam and that lasted 6 months before it stopped working.

Then I bought a Biddeford. That one lasted longer at almost 2

years, but it finally kicked the bucket last night. I am sick

of having to look for a blanket that does what it is supposed to

for a reasonable amount of time. I can see replacing one every

8 or 10 years, but every year or so is not what I would call

reasonable. (03/01/2010)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr965616">kwhigam

Finding a Good Electric Blanket

I have been researching electric blankets for over a week. I

have found 2 websites that have been helpful. They are:


http://electricblanketinstitute.com

and


http://www.sleeplikethedead.com

However, I am still looking to find a brand that can be both

washed and dried and will still work. I have found precious few

reviews regarding the durability after laundering. Does anyone

have any experience with brands that still perform well after

being washed? Thanks. (12/03/2010)

By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com//profile/index.lasso?

profile=thr267066">lavendertopurple

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