The Sunbeam Electric Blanket is one of the most well known and popular choices for those who are seeking to stay warm on chilly nights without spending a lot of money on home heating costs.
In some situations, electric blankets can pose a risk to health, so it is important to do some research before you invest in one.
Electric blankets provide a sense of warmth and comfort, and were developed in the early 1900s. By 1921, they started coming under the spotlight as they were regularly being used in medical facilities like tuberculosis sanitariums.
Patients were being urged to sleep outdoors to have more fresh air, which made the use of electric blankets very helpful in keeping patients warm.
Over the years, electric blankets have become more sophisticated and safer to use.
These are the features that Sunbeam claims to offer their customers that are unique.
Fast heating system The Sunbeam Electric Blanket is popular for its ability to heat up quickly.
Patented technology Sunbeam Electric Blankets claim to contain patented, built in sensors that adjust the heat more precisely in the blanket and maintain that temperature throughout the night.
Comfortable and smooth feel Sunbeam Electric Blankets contain a thermo fine warming system, which is said to sense the amount of heat that is needed.
Very large choice of different models and styles to choose from.
Our research into customer satisfaction revealed mixed reviews for the Sunbeam Electric Blanket. Some customers were thrilled with the purchase and the energy and heat savings, and the warmth of the blanket.
Other customers were disappointed that the blanket did not last very long. There were many unhappy reviews from people whose Sunbeam blankets did not last more than one or two winters.
Most Sunbeam blanket reviews for the models we found online ranged from 3.5 and 4 stars by customer who had purchased them.
Sadly, this is a common problem in today's business environment. Many appliances are no longer built to last.
I had this experience with using infrared space heaters, which were wonderfully warm and inexpensive, but out of 4 heaters I owned, 3 broke within a few months! :(
Sunbeam Electric Blankets have a 5 year warranty but some customers were unhappy with the response of the company to their warranty claims.
I also checked reviews of other brands of electric blankets, which had similarly mixed reviews.
Just like with mattresses, the experience of comfort is a very individual matter. Some people said the Sunbeam brand blankets were warmer, others said another brand was warmer!
Before buying Sunbeam Electric Blanket, or any other brand, look for these extra features which will make your blanket more comfortable to use.
Sunbeam electric blankets, as well as other brands, are made of thin insulated grids that are woven within the fabric of the blankets which allow the heat to be dispersed once the blanket is turned on.
When using electric blankets, there is always the risk of an electric shock or fire.
Sunbeam Electric Blankets come with temperature regulators or switches which can remotely be used to control and regulate the temperature at desired comfort levels.
Although electric blankets are wonderfully warm and can help you save on your heating costs, there are also some more significant health risks associated with using them. I recommend that you do your own research on this before making a decision about whether to use one.
There are some health benefits to using an electric blanket. The main one is that they reduce the humidity in your bed, which will reduce dust mites which can aggravate allergies.
There are other health benefits to finding a warm and toasty way to keep warm at night, which will reduce the symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia, but these are not limited to electric blankets.
Electric Blankets need to be handled very carefully so you don't damage the blankets. Frayed or broken wirings inside the fabric of the blankets can overheat them and lead to burns or worse, a fire in your home.
It is very important that you be certain that your blanket is in top working condition and not damaged in any way.
For this reason, we recommend always buying your electric blankets new. Getting a Sunbeam Electric Blanket, or any brand of electric blanket second hand is definitely not a good idea.
It can be fun to shop at the thrift store, at flea markets or yard sales, but do not get your electric blankets here!
I learned about the effects of electromagnetic fields from personal experience. I am often tired, however the one time in my life I wasn't tired was when I lived in Brazil in an area that had very little electricity. I felt great!
Since that time I noticed that when the power goes out, I feel better! I later learned that the electromagnetic fields in homes and offices do have an effect on our health.
According to some research studies, using electric blankets can lead to the development of leukemia in children. There is also a probable risk of breast cancer occurring in women.
Based on some scientific studies carried out on EMF levels of above 60 Hz in electric blankets, the cancer causing potentials remained inconclusive.
For this reason, we cannot completely say whether or not electric blankets are completely risk-free.
Electric blankets shouldn't be used by infants or young children.
Always check with your doctor if you have any health condition that may be affected by using an electric blanket.
For example we recommend you avoid using an electric blanket if you are:
If you are concerned about the health effects of electric blankets, or are sensitive to the electromagnetic fields generated by them, there are some other alternatives.
These are some other ways that you can be warm and toasty, and receive the health benefits of sleeping in a cooler room. These may or may not work for you, depending on your health issues.
Add some rice to a clean pair of socks or a small travel pillowcase, and sew up the opening. Now you have a "rice pillow" that you can heat in the microwave (be sure to use a safe temperature) and then take it to bed!
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