PureRelief XL Heated Blanket

This heating pad is Wirecutter’s #1 gift recommendation, and it’s a total sleeper hit (PSA: don’t sleep with heated blankets). Perfect for your “always-cold” loved one, or for soothing the aches and pains of that person in your life who groans every time they get out of a chair.

December 1, 2017

the story

PureRelief is a product from Pure Enrichment, a company that makes a wide range of health and home products like humidifiers, massagers, and white noise machines.

Not only are their products the kind of things everyone needs but no one ever buys for themselves (self-care is key, people), they’re all beautifully designed and reasonably priced. Form meets function — you can’t beat it.

why we like it

The PureRelief XL Heating Pad is a huge step up from the coarse, glorified “heated washcloths” of yore, and about a thousand steps up from those creepy, rubber hot water bottles your Mom used to keep in the linen closet.

It has a super-plush, blanket-like covering, a soft heating element, and at 12”x24”, is big enough to cover large muscle groups (like a sore back or stomach).

It’s also perfect to keep on your lap when you’re chilly (no more making coffee in the office just to warm up your hands) and freeing yourself from the hot-blooded thermostat tyrants you live or work with (*cough* Adam in Sales).

As they say: he who controls the thermostat, controls the room.

the competition

Unlike pain relief creams like Icy Hot, it doesn’t smell like menthol or get all over your clothes, and you don’t have to throw it in the microwave like its non-electric counterparts.

With a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and nearly 2k raving customer reviews, PureRelief’s XL heating pad wins out over other electric blankets because of size, and how blanket-like it is (soft covering and soft internal heating element).

And, as a bonus, it comes with a five year warranty. So no more warming yourself up with soup Oliver Twist style, or soothing your aches with a weird water sack.

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