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Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw Review

By: Carl Laron on December 02, 2016

Bottom Line

Soft, cozy and just the right size for the couch, the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw offers a comfortable way to keep warm while watching TV or reading a book. It's available in a variety of colors and patterns to match your style preferences and/or living room decor.

Pros

  • Convenient size and soft material
  • Heats quickly
  • Three-hour automatic shut-off

Cons

  • Cord is awkwardly placed
  • Durability issues
  • Just three heat levels
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Heats quickly with three settings. Users say the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw warms up quickly and is thick and insulated well enough to maintain its warmth even after the three hour safety switch turns the heating elements off. The blanket has three heat settings and a digital control. The control is connected to the power cord, which detaches to allow for easy washing.

Ease of use

Simple intuitive controls. Using the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw is as easy as plugging in the blanket and setting the temperature to high, medium or low. However, many users find the cord placement at the foot of the blanket awkward. Depending on your furniture's location in relation to electrical outlets, this might put the control out of easy reach. Additionally, some users report that the controls are very sensitive and that even jostling it a little can turn it on.

Comfort

Microplush fabric is soft enough for all-day use. The Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw wins top marks from reviewers looking for something to put over their laps while watching TV or working at a desk. It's not a heavy throw, users say, and neatly folds up over the arm of the couch when not in use.

Ownership

Easy to own, for as long as it lasts. Though the majority of reviewers are pleased with their Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throws, even claiming to use them daily, there are a significant number of owners who have encountered durability issues -- even within the manufacturer's five year warranty. Many reviewers complain that the blanket either stopped warming, warmed inconsistently, or shut off before the three hour timer had expired. On the positive side, users find that the Sunbeam Microplush keeps its shape and feel after machine-washing. The throw comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2016

In more than 1,920 reviews, Amazon.com contributors give the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw in its multitude of solids colors and patterns a score of 4.2 stars out of 5. Users say they like the throw's color and pattern selection, warmth and size.

Contributors to Costco.com, As of December 2016

More than 60 reviews of the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw can be seen at Costco.com, though some were originally posted at the Sunbeam web site. Many of the reviews are positive -- 4 stars or better -- and the heated throw earns a score of 4.3 stars.

Contributors to Kohls.com, As of December 2016

We also saw more than 80 reviews for the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw at Kohls.com, though once again, some were originally posted at Sunbeam's site. Most are pleased, with 88 percent offering it a recommendation, and it earns a 4.3 star rating.

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