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One level of heat fits all?
on January 11, 2013
I have owned 2 Biddeford electric blankets and a Sunbeam, so that is what I am comparing this blanket against. The biddeford blankets were always quick to heat up and the Sunbeam not so much, so I expected this blanket to take some time in heating up. It does, but does not get as hot as my Biddeford throw. That's alright, but the real problem is when I dial it down to low, I don't really notice a difference. Even with my other sunbeam, there was a clear difference between the different levels. There may be a slight difference, but low is WAY too hot for me. Off is too cold, so I am stuck all night turning it on, waking up in a sweat to turn it off, then repeating the cycle.
The control knob seems stiff. This could be good because it will never get accidentally changed during the night, as the biddeford analog controls do. However, it does take me two hands - one to hold the unit, and the other to twist.
As others have noted, there is a full foot of unheated space on both sides (widthwise) of the blanket. This is not a problem for me, but could nudge a queen blanket towards needing a king in some situations.
If you live in an especially cold environment (read: your room gets down to 40F or less), this blanket may work well for you. I am not sure what to do with it as it is not defective, nor is it working well for me. Perhaps I will trade it with someone who has an old blanket that is more responsive.
Once I had this blanket for maybe a year, it instead developed the opposite problem. There's still little difference between the settings, but now I leave it on high because it barely gets warm. I like to keep my window open until it gets down to about 20F and the only way the bed is warm enough with this blanket is to have 1-2 blankets, a big stuffed fleece comforter and a fluffy down comforter on top with the electric blanket underneath the whole pile. Yes, you aren't supposed to smother an electric blanket, but that's what it takes for this thing to keep me warm under 45 or 50. I've got plenty of my own "natural insulation," so it's not like I'm the bony type who is always freezing. I will never ever buy another Sunbeam. I will stick to Biddeford in the future.