Despite complaints of inconsistent durability, the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket is a favorite with many users due to its velvety plush fabric, toasty warmth and attractive price point.
Heats quickly with no cold spots. Users say they kept wonderfully warm with the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket and were happy with the quickness of the preheat function. Most report the Sunbeam blanket retains warmth throughout the night, providing consistent, even heating. Testers for Good Housekeeping note the blanket is "designed to detect and adjust the temperature of hot and cold spots … and did a very nice job of it." One of the most common complaints is that at the first sign of malfunctioning, the blanket loses most of its heating strength. In the experience of one Amazon contributor: "two months later … and the heat barely functions."
Controls are easy, but instructions are not. Older models of the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket sport dial controls, while newer versions have a digital unit with buttons. Users report no problems with the ease of use of either model, but a few remark the controls are too light and (oddly shaped) to sit on a nightstand securely. The queen and king sizes of the Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket feature dual controls, so couples can adjust the two sides independently. The editors of Good Housekeeping rate the blanket an A-minus, naming just two caveats -- the wires can be felt through the blanket, and the manufacturer's instruction manual is confusing, as it contains information for multiple products.
Microplush is super soft and snuggly. "It is supersoft, but rather on the thin side," concludes one user on Amazon.com. The channeled polyester microplush on both sides of the Sunbeam electric blanket is very soft to the touch, while not so thick that it creates a bulky, heavy blanket. Testers at Good Housekeeping were "delighted" by the softness of the blanket, but in general didn't like that they could feel the heating wires through the thin fabric. Users say the microplush helps to soften the feel of the wires, but the overall effect is not as soft as a traditional plush blanket.
Can be machine-washed, but is prone to shedding and faulty controls. Though most report no problems with maintenance of their blankets, some warn the microplush fibers shed on other bed coverings and sheets and may also transfer color. As with all blankets covered in this report, customers mention occasional faulty controls requiring replacement or repair, even after a short period of use. Additionally, though Sunbeam provides a five-year warranty, many users say they usually only get one to two years' worth of use out of any electric blanket. Customers had the most success returning the blanket to the retailer for any issues.
1. Good Housekeeping
The editors of Good Housekeeping test seven electric blankets, including the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Blanket (called "Luxury Microplush" here). They find it is comfortable and heats well, but instructions were difficult to follow. The blanket receives an A-minus from Good Housekeeping.
Review: Electric Blanket Reviews, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not dated
Amazon.com sells many kinds of electric blankets, including the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket. User reviewers give this model a 4-star average rating from about 90 reviews. Users praise its soft, lightweight plush fabric and warmth, but some complain about durability, shedding and loss of heat over time.
Review: Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Electric Blanket, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
In a handful of user reviews on Meijer.com, most contributors find the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket is well made and warm. They award it 4.4 stars out of 5.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Electric Blanket, Contributors to Meijer.com, As of December 2013
Site owner and gift reviewer Sheena Tatum describes her experiences with the Sunbeam Channeled Microplush blanket; she enjoys its warmth and softness. She has avoided washing it because of the complicated process. She is also concerned about the blanket's color bleeding onto other fabrics.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Heated Electric Warming Blanket, Sheena Tatum, Nov. 1, 2011