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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we needed, December 24, 2012
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This review is from: Soft Heat Dobby Stripe 233 Thread-Count Low-Voltage Electric Heated King Mattress Pad, White (Kitchen)
We got this primarily to save on heating bills, but also because I'm from a temperate zone and my wife is from the tropics. In most temperatures, either she is cold or I am hot. In addition to the king-sized one, our family has also used one twin- and one queen-size version of this product over the past few years. The queen and king have separate controllers for each side, so I can keep side of the bed comfortable while my wife keeps hers ridiculously warm.

We can keep the house significantly cooler at night while using this, so it saves on gas costs. According to my Kill-A-Watt, each side (of the king-sized version) draws about 80 watts of power when on the highest heat setting. It's about the same as the queen-sized one, although I suspect that is because the king-sized version does not heat under the pillow area while our (older) queen-sized one did, so the heated area is about the same. I did not check whether it draws less power as it heats up to its target temperature. Regardless, the electricity cost is small compared to what we save on heating bills.

The embedded heating wires are so small you will not feel them at all, so it is comfortable to sleep on. We don't even bother to remove it in the summer except to wash it. Speaking of which, it is machine washable. However, we rarely wash it out of concern that it will eventually get destroyed by the machines (no matter what the company says). So far it hasn't. Be sure to follow the washing instructions very carefully. Anyway, it goes under the sheets to it stays pretty clean.

This is a slow, low-power heating pad. It takes half an hour or so to warm up a cold bed, but once it's warm, it's very warm. Unless you keep your house very cold at night or use very thin blankets, you'll probably wake up sweating if you leave this thing on high.

The heating pad turns itself off after about 10 hours. You can not change this setting, and if you unplug it and plug it in again, it turns off. While these are good safety features, but I wish it had a setting to start on on when plugged in - that way I could hook it up to an external timer and have it pre-warm the bed in winter automatically. Ah well.

Overall, this is a good implementation of an excellent idea.
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