Hot Water Bottles vs Electric Blanket
Every winter there is a big debate. Which is better: A hot water bottle or an electric blanket? Each has their merits and everyone has their preferences, but in case you're having trouble deciding here are some points to consider.
Hot Water Bottle
Hot water bottles are portable, which means it is easy to take them with you from room to room, in the car, inside your coat when you go out (no one will notice a stealth hot water bottle!) or camping.
Hot water bottles provide localised warmth, which is especially good for aches, pains and cramps. They can also help you to relax and even help you fall asleep quickly when placed at your feet as warm feet triggers the release of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in the brain. You can also use it with pets, tucked into their bedding, though with caution.
A hot water bottle is generally cheaper than an electric blanket, the price ranging from $10 - $40; it also uses less energy than an electric blanket, and can be filled with warm tap water or left over kettle water from making a cup of tea. It is multi-purpose, you can use it for cold therapy, not just hot, or you can use a small one to warm your pockets on frigid days.
It’s hard to prevent the inevitable, a hot water bottle cools down after a while, though with a cover it will stay warm for hours. It could burn you if you heat it too much, put too much pressure on it or over-fill it which could cause it to burst, or it could leak, though this is unlikely with Fashy bottles, as they are made from high-grade thermoplastic and have a jointless neck, but if you don’t screw the cap on properly, or pierce it, it could leak. It only provides localised warmth, which is bad for pre-warming the whole bed, and you should take it out before going to bed.
Electric blankets warm up the whole bed, instead of one small area. It never cools down, as long as it’s still running. You can have it running overnight, just on a low heat.
Electric blankets could burn you if put on a hot temperature. They are not recommended for people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy or pacemakers or small children or the elderly as they cannot sense the blanket once it overheats. It uses electricity, which means it’s not very portable and is a constant expense. They are quite expensive to purchase, the price range being $35 - $300 depending on the model. It is a potential fire hazard, and there is a chance of being zapped or electrocuted, though both are low for modern models. You can’t have any pets on or near it, as their claws could pierce the blanket’s wiring.
I hope these arguments for and against both the hot water bottle and the electric blanket have helped you decide what suits you and your family best so that you can all stay toasty warm over winter while keeping energy costs down and not having to crank up the heater!