Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket Review

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Bottom Line

The Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket provides low-voltage warming in a soft, well-made electric blanket you'll want to keep on your bed year-round. The low voltage technology is deemed safer than what's used in other blankets -- though those are safe as well. The downside is slower warming.

ProsSafe, low-voltage heating, Thin interior wires, Easy-to-use controlsConsBulky power adaptor, Slow to heat up, Controls aren't durable

Breaking it down

Performance

Low-voltage heat warms safely but not quickly. The Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket uses "non-hazardous low voltage," which is considered to be the least likely to shock the user if the blanket becomes wet or insulation is damaged. It's also less likely to harm pets if they chew on the blanket (though pet owners might be better served still with an electric mattress pad such as the Best Reviewed Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad, which sits completely under the rest of your bedding). However, the same low-voltage technology that makes the blanket exceptionally safe also makes it slow to warm up -- something Good Housekeeping testers note in their comparative review; the Soft Heat took over an hour to reach 70 degrees and more than 25 minutes to cool down. Users find this blanket provides warmth to the bed without feeling "hot" to the touch.

Ease of use

Intuitive backlit heat controls. The straightforward controls of the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket allow users to preheat their beds or fine-tune temperatures with a simple twist of a dial. The control's backlit display is easily visible at night, users say, and the brightness of the display dims automatically after adjustment. Queen- and king-sized blankets sport dual controls, so couples can set their side of the blanket for their individual heat preferences. For convenience and added safety, the auto-off feature shuts off the blanket after 10 hours.

Comfort

Unobtrusive wiring. While users appreciate the low-voltage safety of the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece, they also love its soft fabric. Made of brushed polyester fleece, the blanket's top and bottom layers protect the internal heating wires without feeling too heavy or bulky, users say. The wires themselves are thin and flexible and spaced far enough enough that sleepers do not feel them, even when the blanket is sandwiched between a top sheet and a comforter.

Ownership

Washes well but control connections are finicky. Users who machine-wash the Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece according to the manufacturer's instructions say it looks as good as new afterward, without any pilling, pulling or other common issues. However, many owners note the connections linking the bedside controls to the actual blanket are temperamental, despite coming with clips to secure the cord to the blanket. Users also complain the large power adapter takes up too much room under the bed. The product is backed by a five-year warranty, and several users report the customer service department was friendly, though perhaps not always helpful.

Our Sources

1. Good Housekeeping

Soft Heat Microfleece Warming Blanket, Editors of Good Housekeeping, January 2010

The editors of Good Housekeeping test the Soft Heat blanket and comment on its performance, ease of use and more. They find lots to like, including the softness of the fabric and the ease of use, but say it heats very slowly.

2. ElectricBlanketInstitute.com

Soft Heat Low Voltage Electric Blanket Review, Editors of ElectricBlanketInstitute.com, Not Dated

The editors of the Electric Blanket Institute review the Soft Heat brand's electric blankets as a group and highly recommend them for their safety. The editors also find them an excellent value as they are easy to use and care for.

3. Amazon.com

Soft Heat Luxury Micro-Fleece Low-Voltage Electric Heated Twin Size Blanket, Beige, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

This Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece blanket gets more than 1,650 reviews from Amazon.com contributors. Most are pleased, and it earns a 4 star rating. As is typical with heated bedding, durability issues lead the complaints, though some add that they think heating is inadequate.

4. ComfortHouse.com

Electric Blanket Reviews, Jeffrey Gornstein and contributors to ComfortHouse.com, Oct 23, 2015

ComfortHouse.com owner Jeffrey Gornstein says that the Soft Heat low voltage blanket (and other Perfect Fit made low-voltage blankets) gets more reviews and is higher rated than any other electric blanket they carry. A link leads to the product page, where most owners (around 44 at last count) leave 5-star ratings.