A rant about electric blankets--not what they used to be!!

@dragon54u (31636)
United States
December 1, 2011 7:57am CST
I remember electric blankets being really warm and you could even make them hot if it was really cold in your house. My mom got me one 6 years ago and I was disappointed to note that at its warmest setting you could barely feel the heat. Last year I tried putting that electric blanket on my bed so I could turn it on and warm it up before I got in bed. Well, they no longer make electric blankets like they used to, they are "warming blankets". When they change the name that's a sure sign they've ruined the product. That blanket barely made a difference! I know it was warmer than a regular blanket but the highest setting was not hot as they used to be. (This is to "protect" the public so they don't have to look after their children and elders) I would love to have a real electric blanket made before the new regulations. Do you remember those warm, wonderful blankets? They really made getting into bed a warm, comfortable highlight to an evening!
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
2 Dec 11
Hi Dragon54u, I used an electric blanket when I was in China a few years ago. It was really hot and nice when the wind was howling outside. I think the regulation in your country is making things impossible! You can probably get one from China, but be careful not to get the cheap ones. The premium brands in China are making good quality products, but the cheaper ones have no quality control at all. I think you can ask someone to buy when they travel to China.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
China assumes that people have common sense and if they don't, it's best that they're out of the gene pool! I can't find much fault in that thinking--everyone can get the products they want! Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that can afford to travel, especially to China. It's interesting what you say about the quality, though, we are told that China makes sub-quality everything and it seems they do to the average consumer. I did not know that they had different quality control standards. I guess they're a lot like us here in America.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
2 Dec 11
Hi Dragon54u, actually many people make stupid mistakes when they are buying goods in China. Instead of searching to buy the top quality products, they search for the inferior ones because they want it cheap. They should have bought the top quality products. Compared to branded products in other countries, these goods are still cheap, but not as cheap as those in wholesale markets. Those products exported for sales in budget shoes in other countries are definitely of low quality. These are the ones that migrant Chinese will not buy overseas. Yet people everywhere are buying, and then complaining about the quality. If they want good quality, then just stop buying inferior products. It is so simple, yet people do not realize that quality comes with a price tag.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
1 Dec 11
Modern products suck....give me an antique. It'll last forever & work 3 times as well.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Well, that's true. Things today are made to break down! But those old electric blankets were so warm--some people brought up safety issues but you can hurt yourself with a feather if you're an idiot, ya know? Those old electric blankets were great!
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
2 Dec 11
When you have a country both overrun & run by idiots you have to get rid of all those dangerous products.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
1 Dec 11
You mean like before Elf 'n Safety stepped in and stopped blankets being sold that would get so hot they could burn an infirm person or sometimes catch fire? Yep,good old days... I remember reading the instructions on an electric blanket we had back in the day,and how it said they were only to be used to warm the bed,and that it had to be switched off before getting in..(and ignoring it!) I suppose not enough were paying attention to the last bit that gave rise to the problems with them..
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I don't remember those warnings about turning them off before going to sleep. I do remember kids and old people getting burned by negligent parents and caretakers. Anything can hurt you if you don't use it properly or you're just plain stupid.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
2 Dec 11
There were electric underblankets or overblankets available..the underblankets were to go on top of the mattress and these were the ones that I recall carrying warnings..though I have to say,we never had the overblanket type,so I can't say if they also had warnings..
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Dec 11
Yes I remember them. Now come here and cuddle. Better than any electric blanket!!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
LOL! I do have my dogs to snuggle with, they usually sleep one on each side of me. But the bed is so cold when I first get in, it seems to take a long time to heat up!
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I never had an electric blanket but I bet they changed it because of too many people had accidents with them - either they burned themselves or started a fire. So because some dumb people can't follow directions when using it, the rest of us lose out on having a nice warm blanket! That's just a guess though, usually that is the way it goes when products change drastically.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
You're right. Some children got burned because their parents were stupid and elderly people were burned because their caretakers were lazy..I miss those really great blankets! It was so nice getting into a warm bed on a cold night.
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@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Dec 11
hi dragon54u oh my g just got off phone I hate talking to an automated voice and was reduced to y elling let me talk to a live person. oh my finally called my dr's insurance group the lady informed me that they went to automated voice so i could not make an appt for blood work unless on computer so she advised I just walk in. l oh could I use an old time electric blanket now I am cold and upset ugh.yes when I grew up in South Dakota we had the older electric blankets and they got hot and kept you warm. I have not used one since coming here to southern California. but last night my comforter and this one well washed blanket just barely kept me warm so I was one big ache when I got up and I suppose our low here was in the late fifties but to mw it felt cold. I am now shaking more from nerves trying to make sense with an automatoed voice. I was yelling I did not get the location and she is going does dec 13th work for you as appt and I am yelling i need the location pleae?she kept saying I do not understand. I yelled well neither do I and hung up.o h the joys of automation not.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
You should write a rant about that, you'd find you have a LOT of company!! I hate those things. You know what I hate more than that? It's an automated voice CALLING ME!!! I hang up. If they don't care enough to have a real person call, screw 'em. I hear you have some horrendous Santa Anna winds over there, are they affecting you? You need to ask for another blanket!! Will they give you one?
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@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
1 Dec 11
For the past few nights, I've been grumbling about the same thing. I've had two electric blankets in the past five years and had thought they were just wearing out early. I've been having to turn this one up to 9-10 and it still doesn't warm the bed. I wish I had one of the older ones, too, dragon. Can't buy one but I can keep an eye out on garage sales, estate auctions, thrift stores, etc., I suppose.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I would love to have an "old" electric blanket but would be wary of buying it used. It's just ridiculous with all this safety stuff--most things that have been changed or banned are perfectly fine if they are not used by idiots.
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@ygna21 (294)
• Bulgaria
1 Dec 11
I never liked electric blankets...but I never used too.They seem scary to me...I always feel like something can go wrong and things get on fire haha My mum uses the electric blankets and she has an electric pillow too.Like a very old one...I am not sure they still make these ones.But I know what you mean though. My mum's old electric pillow heats alot more than her new electric blanket. Maybe they changed that so it is more safe. Happy Mylotting! :)
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I've never heard of electric pillows but don't think I'd want one. I hope she stays warm! It's so cold here in the winter that I would love to have one of those old electric blankets, I could turn the heat down more at night. Yes, they are a lot safer now--so safe that you might as well not have an electric blanket at all!
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@nezavisima (7417)
• Bulgaria
1 Dec 11
I never used electric blankets. just not clear I had. but I know many friends that use them and are very happy. Yet there are some things that are always valuable and always looking for them. nice day!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
It's very cold here in the winter and I would love to be able to get into a warm bed at night. But the new "warming" blankets don't give enough heat to warm the bed.
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@GardenGerty (102454)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I never cared for electric blankets, they made me too hot. We have a heated mattress pad, under our sheets. We turn it on a while before bed. It does not seem really warm this year, but we have not added any blankets extra. I think that makes a difference. I like it much better than and electric blanket I used. It heats more at the feet than up high, as well.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Dec 11
Oh, that sounds wonderful! I wish the economy was better, I might buy one of those if money wasn't so tight.
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@GardenGerty (102454)
• United States
3 Dec 11
The upfront payment seems large, but it probably saves that much on heating bills all winter. If I needed one right now, I would check Amazon, because I have a lot of bucks sitting there from the site I search with.
• China
2 Dec 11
You mean that they replaced the name of electric blankets with warming blankets and called it by the fine-sounding name of protecting the public in case they should get hurt.It sounds sort of ridiculous.I have never used it.To start with,over here It is not all that cold,and secondly they say that sometimes it causes the leakage of electricity .
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I thought China got very cold in the winter! Of course, I've just read about it and never lived there or visited although I would love to. You have such a beautiful country! Here it is very cold and I would love to have a good electric blanket but all the regulations have reduced it to little better than a regular blanket.
• China
3 Dec 11
In the Northeast of China,It is the intense cold in winter.We live on the banks of the Yangtze river,we have a mild climate.
• Pamplona, Spain
2 Dec 11
Hiya dragon, No I can definitely say that I did not ever have an electric Blanket not when I was small or ever after that. I can remember my Parents having one and it was really much more warmer than the ones they make now as they bought one when I was over there and it did not really feel that warm either. I just wear extra clothing and when I was small I had to wear old socks to keep my feet warm clean of course he he he. Once when I was over there I even wore tights more than once and that was with a Hot Water Bottle as well so I know how cold it can be. Its cold here now but never as cold as it can be in England in the deepest of Winters.xxx
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Your parents were smart because those blankets aren't supposed to be used on children. They were so nice! SnuggleBunny gave me an idea, though, and I'll be putting a heating pad in my bed to warm it before I get in. Once I'm in I can stay warm, I just hate that initial chill in the winter!
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• Pamplona, Spain
2 Dec 11
Hiya dragon, I would have liked to have slept just once in a Bed as warm as that but it was never to be. The idea of a Warming Pan is a great idea I did not think that they still made them actually. I don´t see them around here at all but I suppose there must be some around but they would not go down well here in this House. They don´t even want to use Hot Water Bottles either which for me are a must with this kind of Weather. Good luck with the Bed Pan.xxx
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• Philippines
2 Dec 11
Hello dragon, I have never used electric blanket and I am not sure if I have seen one already. But I think it would be better to just make it warm and not making it hot to prevent accidents. Have a great day ahead of you and have fun mylotting!
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
3 Dec 11
I think that my government is so concerned about safety that we don't have the products we want anymore. You'd like a nice hot electric blanket if you were in this weather! Nights are down to the 20s and will get colder.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I remember those blankets and they were very nice until you wash them a few times and the wires start poking through. I really liked those blankets too though.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I've never washed one, always been afraid to mix water with wires! I just make sure it has a quilt or something over it to keep it clean.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Yes I remember those blankets and still use one. Hope it's got a lot of life left in it.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
I hope so, too, because if you had to replace it you'd be really disappointed!
@bunnybon7 (37399)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Dec 11
I havent had one for years. my mom had one that was great years ago. i guess the new ones are made that way because the older ones were unsafe? maybe people fell asleep under them and burned. i know my heating pad gets really hot but it automaticly turns off after a while.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Yes, people got burned. Parents would turn it up to the max for their small children and elderly people would fall asleep with them turned up all the way or their caretakers would turn them up then leave for the night and not check. Because of stupid people we can't have warm electric blankets. Heating pad...well, that might work to warm up my bed before I get in, thanks!!
@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
2 Dec 11
I have got to find the blanket I was using before I washed it. I thought it was the one on my bed now, but this one doesn't warm the head of the bed -- only the feet end. Maybe I'll go back to using the one my mil had. I didn't like it as well, but at least it worked. I was thinking of buying a new one, but now you've made me think that would be no use. I'll bet, though, that even the new ones are full of warning labels.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
2 Dec 11
They really are full of warnings and I don't know why, since the amount of heat they give off now would barely melt an ice cube. I would love to have an electric blankets made before all the regulations!
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
2 Dec 11
Electric blankets are not meant to get hot... as this would cause a serious fire hazard. If the blanket overheat, it could catch fire. For instance, it is recommended not to pile clothes on your bed when the blanket is on... to prevent it from overheating. Electric blankets usually come with three heat settings. And your bed should be fairly warm if you use the third setting. For my part, I only use the second one in winter. The third one is too hot. Even if my bed is not hot, it only takes a couple of minutes after getting into bed to feel the warm and be cozy.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
15 Dec 11
hi dear dragon54u would sure like to have one but I am not sure about the ones here in Germany too. So havent decided yet on getting me one and though its getting colder over here now as well, I see that my warm bedlinen makes good use right now and the bed is warm soon after I crawled under the duvet so I dont really think I need an electric blanket right now.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
15 Dec 11
If your bed is nice and warm when you get in, you probably don't need anything else. When I get into my bed it's cold as ice! Right now I'm using a heating pad as someone else suggested. It warms my bed while I brush my teeth and do everything I do to get ready to sleep and it works pretty well. Stay warm!
• Lippstadt, Germany
15 Dec 11
hi dear dragon these heating pads are good too they are not as expensive as electric blankets are and I also guess they are much safer to use
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
7 Dec 11
Yes, there is something special about snuggling up in a warm bed on a cold night. I think it's criminal that you are no longer able to do that. I have a water bed with a heat pad. It's summer here now so the thing is turned off...or so I thought. The weather has turned quite cold and I was surprised last night to get into a warm bed. I distinctly remember checking the switch a week or so ago to make sure it was all the way off so how nice it was to find it was about on again just enough to take any chill off the bed. I must have inadvertently stepped on it and turned it on with my foot. I love to snuggle in my warm bed.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
7 Dec 11
It's nice to think of my friends in Oz luxuriating in warmth while I'm shivering! In fact, my furnace decided to die the other day so my dogs and I were quite chilly for 24 hours until it was replaced! My ex-husband and I used to have a waterbed and you're right, it was wonderful to crawl into that warm envelope of comfort on a cold night. If it hadn't hurt our backs so much we would've had it years longer.
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
7 Dec 11
I bought this bed years ago from a goodwill store here called The Smith family. It comes as a queen sized ensemble with the bladder contained in strong thick foam and that sits on a regular base on casters. It's OK to sit on and when you lie on it, it gently rolls rather than swishing around. It is extremely comfortable and I hope I have it forever...lol.