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Electric blanket

Andi66
Andi66 Community member Posts: 22 Listener
I need a electric blanket or throw for me on the sofa, would it be labelled as electric blanket or something else.
Not for the bed. I have copd and joint hypermobility so want to keep warm without having the heating on

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,287 Disability Gamechanger
    It sounds like you need a heated throw.
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  • Andi66
    Andi66 Community member Posts: 22 Listener
  • Ada
    Ada Scope Member Posts: 11,223 Disability Gamechanger
    @Andi66 I sleep on my small sofa. It’s been freezing this week. I have three throws and my dressing gown over me. Pjs and x3 pairs socks. And gloves 🧤 let me know if you get a electric throw. X
  • Andi66
    Andi66 Community member Posts: 22 Listener
    Will do, there a bit pricey though. Looked online
  • Ada
    Ada Scope Member Posts: 11,223 Disability Gamechanger
    Andi66 said:
    Will do, there a bit pricey though. Looked online
    O I won’t look lol 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,192 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 12
    Andi66 said:
    Will do, there a bit pricey though. Looked online
    Prices start from £30 on Amazon. With free delivery.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 886 Pioneering
    edited January 13

    I recommend an electric blanket on the back of the sofa for £20 sold by a budget supermarket - begins with L. You musn't sit on it. It must be secured in place and kept flat. They are very cheap to run per hour, pennies 

    I tried a rechargeable cushion for the same price but it didn't work and I got a refund

    Filling and tying a small cloth bag with rice and heating for a minute (or a bit longer) in the microwave works for an hour or two but be careful as the grains get hot. Wrap in a tea towel to insulate the bag. Replace the grains when they start to smell burnt.  


  • Ada
    Ada Scope Member Posts: 11,223 Disability Gamechanger
    I do have a small cushion that’s heated in the microwave. It’s good for holding against pain when I can’t be bothered to use my tens machine. 
    But neither keep me warm lol 
  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 886 Pioneering

    The first electric blanket I bought online from a widely advertised company heated up quickly but looks cheap and is uncomfortable - I could feel the wires running through it. It's now in the spare bedroom.

    My second one cost less and is padded, comfortable and doesn't move around the mattress. Single sized for my double bed and almost as good as climbing into bed with a partner - the next best thing for me anyway lol

     (I use hot water bottles to keep warm on the sofa but my rice bag worked well too)


  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,319 Scope online community team
    We have 2 hot water bottles and lots of blankets. No electric blankets though, while I know they're good and relatively cheap I've always a worry of falling asleep and leaving it on for some reason.
    They/Them, however they are no wrong pronouns with me so whatever you feel most comfortable with
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  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 886 Pioneering
    edited January 13

    Jimm, I gave them a wide berth until the big freeze last winter for safety reasons too. They had a bad press but have improved massively since they first came onto the market.

    I use mine to preheat the bed on a low setting a couple of hours beforehand. Mine switches off after three hours and can be programmed to turn off after one hour or as many as required. It heats the duvet not just the mattress which came as quite a surprise to me  :D


  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,319 Scope online community team
    I thought it might be that it's a holdover from when they were unsafe. I imagine now if they were as unsafe as the stories say they wouldn't even be allowed to be sold!
    They/Them, however they are no wrong pronouns with me so whatever you feel most comfortable with
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