What every best Electric Blankets has:
- Good safety features.
- Durable, machine-washable materials.
- Easy-to-use temperature controls.
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.
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.
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. YourBestDigs.com, the only credible reviewer we found that offers testing-based feedback on heated throw blankets, likes its "ultra soft material" and the heat level it produces.
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.