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Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket Review

By: Carl Laron on October 17, 2017

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.

Pros

  • Safe, low-voltage heating
  • Thin interior wires
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Preheat function

Cons

  • Slow to heat up
  • Connector isn't durable
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Breaking it down

Performance

Low-voltage heat warms safely but not quickly. The Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece Blanket uses low voltage technology, 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 with an electric mattress pad such as the Best Reviewed Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad (Est. $50 and up), which sits completely under the rest of your bedding). However, the same low-voltage technology that makes the blanket relatively 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. That's confirmed in other reviews, though YourBestDigs.com says that the blanket's preheat function can be used to minimize that shortcoming as it allows you to warm up the bedding before hitting the sack. Users find this blanket provides warmth to the bed without feeling "hot" to the touch. One potential trouble spot is the power cord connection. A small number of owners report overheating to the point of scorching, most likely due to damage to the blanket's wiring or the connector itself. That emphasizes two points -- all electric bedding has so-so durability, and it's important to inspect electric bedding to ensure it is damage-free before each use.

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 owners 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 apart that sleepers do not feel them, even when the blanket is sandwiched between a top sheet and a comforter.

Ownership

Washes well but 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. More troubling are the handful of reports that the power cord connections can overheat, sometimes to the point of scorching. The maker reports that the most likely source of that is damage to the blanket or the connector itself, lending weight to the importance of keeping electric bedding in tip-top shape and not using it if any damage is observed. Users also complain the large power adapter takes up too much room under the bed, and some say it emits a high-pitched whine or hum, though only a small minority are bothered by it. 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

Courtney Schley, Oct. 10, 2017

Courtney Schley says that testers "liked the blanket overall, as its fine wires were undetectable, and the soft, fuzzy outer material made it the most comfortable blanket in our tests." However, concerns about complaints at Amazon.com, though small in number, regarding an overheating power cord connector let them to not name it a top choice.

Bryan Vu, Dec. 21, 2016

YourBestDigs.com also posts a recent comparative review of electric blankets and has no reservations about recommending the Soft Heat blanket as the top choice overall. Bryan Vu's takeaway is that the Soft Heat "provides both safety and comfort, making it our top choice out of the electric blankets we tested."

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. Although this is an older review, the blanket is still being manufactured and is widely available.

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.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

This Soft Heat Luxury Micro-fleece blanket gets nearly 2,800 reviews from Amazon.com contributors. Most are pleased, and it earns a 3.9 star rating, which is typical for all electric blankets. As is the norm with heated bedding, durability issues lead the complaints, and a few say that the power cord connector on theirs overheated, sometimes to the point of scorching. In addition, some add that they think heating is inadequate. We also see reports of a high pitched whine or hum from the power adapter, but very few say that it is an issue.

Jeffrey Gornstein and contributors to ComfortHouse.com, Not Dated

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 60 at last count) leave 5-star ratings.

Contributors to JCPenney.com, As of October 2017

Nearly 50 users contribute reviews for the Soft Heat electric blanket (sold here under the Safe and Warm brand). Some durability complaints are lodged, but most are happy and the blanket earns a 4.2 star score.

Contributors to Kohls.com, As of October 2017

At Kohls.com, we see nearly 30 user reviews. Most give it good to great feedback, and the blanket garners a rating of 4.5 stars.

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