If you’re in the market for an electric blanket, you have probably come across the SoftHeat brand. They’re one of the most popular lines of electric blankets, and one of their best selling models is the Luxury Fleece Electric Heated Blanket.
This SoftHeat is a low-voltage electric blanket with very thin wiring. I was very excited to see if this electric blanket would keep me warm without pulling too much power.
Will this electric blanket warm you and help you save on your power bill? Read on for my full review.
You Might Like The SoftHeat If …
- You want a lower-voltage electric blanket to offer some extra warmth. While the SoftHeat is not the hottest electric blanket I have tried, it could be a good option for those who want a little bit of heat but with less voltage. The SoftHeat is designed to use less than 25 volts, so you could get some warmth without having to spend too much on your power bill.
- You want an electric blanket to pair with other bedding. The SoftHeat might not be warm enough to use on its own. However, if you use it with a comforter or another thicker blanket, it could offer some soothing heat.
- You sleep with a partner. One of the highlights of the SoftHeat is its dual controllers. The Queen- and King-sized electric blankets are zoned so that each partner can control their side of the SoftHeat. Do you like it a bit cooler than your partner? No problem. You can set your side to meet your specific heat preference.
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You Might Not Like The SoftHeat If …
- You want a lofty electric blanket. The SoftHeat is on the thinner side, so if you prefer an electric blanket with more body, this might not be the best choice for you. I have tried electric blankets that are much fluffier and cozier. The SoftHeat, on the other hand, lies flat on the bed.
- You are looking for a hot electric blanket. If you want something that is going to keep you very warm at night, the SoftHeat might not work for you. Even at its highest setting, I wasn’t feeling too much heat from the SoftHeat. It is low-voltage, so you might need to find something with more power.
- You want a durable electric blanket. While the blanket itself does appear to be well-made, I cannot say the same for the controllers. They are quite flimsy and simple, and I feel like they might not last very long. If you want something that is built to last for a good amount of time, you might want to look elsewhere.
Construction And Options
- The cover is made of a soft microfleece.
- Inside the blanket, there is a layer of soft microfill.
- The Invisiwire technology makes it so the wiring is thin and flush with the blanket.
- The wires are spaced 3″ apart. They are close together to help keep the heat evenly distributed.
- The blanket is zoned so that each side’s heat level can be adjusted separately.
- There are two controllers with 10 heat levels.
- The blanket features a 10-hour auto shut-off. The SoftHeat will turn off automatically after 10 hours.
- The SoftHeat uses less than 25 volts.
- The electric blanket is available in several colors: Beige, Chocolate, Grey, Natural, and Slate Blue.
- In terms of sizes, you can choose from Twin, Full, Queen, and King.
- The SoftHeat is machine washable.
First off, in terms of set-up, I had no real issue with the SoftHeat. I plugged the long power cords into both sides of the blanket and then into the wall sockets. The cords are long and the controllers sit easily on the ground.
To test out the heating capabilities, I laid under the left side. Given that this electric blanket is zoned, I wanted to see how the one side would work for me as a solo sleeper.
SoftHeat recommends setting the blanket to High and then dialing down from there. However, even at this High setting, I did not get too much heat from the SoftHeat. I don’t feel like I’m getting more warmth than if I were under a similarly sized standard blanket.
In addition, I am feeling almost no heat toward the edge of the blanket. The majority of the heat is found toward the center of the blanket.
This is one of the thinner electric blankets I have tried. It has little body and loft. Still, I can barely feel the wires running throughout the SoftHeat, and the outside is soft to the touch.
In the end, the SoftHeat should be a good option for those who want a low-voltage electric blanket for couples. However, if you want something that gives off some serious heat, this might not be the best choice.
The SoftHeat comes with a 5-year warranty.
Editor’s Note: All electric blankets come with the risk of overheating. Unplug your electric blanket when not in use to help prevent overheating and scorching.
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