Consumers will love snuggling under the plushy Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw while watching TV, reading a book or working on a computer. The three-hour automatic shut-off makes it safer for households with children and animals, as well.
Heats quickly with three settings. Users say the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw warms up quickly and is thick and insulated well enough to maintain this warmth even after the three-hour safety switch turns the heating elements off. As a contributor at Amazon.com writes, "I can equate the comfort to taking out a towel from a warm clothes dryer on a very cold day." The blanket has three heat settings, which can be easily adjusted with a simple press of the digital control. The control is connected to the power cord, which detaches for cleaning and transportation.
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. Once the temperature is set, it heats quickly, and then shuts off for safety after three hours. 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 may put the control out of easy reach. Additionally, some users report the controls are so sensitive that even a cat brushing by can turn it on.
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. Many of the customers who share feedback on Amazon.com or Walmart.com note they purchase this blanket for friends and family who are recovering from surgery or illness. It's "perfect for lounging on the sofa without turning up the heat in the house and making everyone else uncomfortable," one user writes.
Washes well. Keeps its shape and style even after machine-washing, but durability complaints persist. Though the majority of reviewers are pleased with their Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throws, even claiming to use them daily, there is a significant number of customers who have encountered durability issues -- even within the manufacturer's five-year warranty. Many reviewers write in to say the blanket either stopped warming, warmed inconsistently or shut off before the three-hour timer. On the positive side, users find the Sunbeam Microplush keeps its shape and feel after machine-washing. The throw comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and with some NHL team logos.
In more than 250 reviews, Amazon.com contributors give the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw an average of 4.3 stars out of 5. Users say they like the throw's color and pattern selection, warmth and size.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Throw Blanket, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
In more than 430 reviews, users at Walmart.com give the throw a total of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most users praise this product's soft fabric; easy-to-use controls; and stylish, attractive colors and patterns. However, some users who mention drawbacks had durability issues with the controls and fabric.
Review: Sunbeam MicroPlush Heated Electric Throw, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
A handful of contributors at Costco.com leave their opinions about the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw. All of the reviews are positive; users praise its size and coziness.
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Electric Heated Throws, Contributors to Costco.com, As of December 2013
Review: Sunbeam Microplush Electric Heated Blanket Throw, May, Oct. 9, 2013