SoftHeat Low Voltage Electric Blanket Review
including their Select Comfort and Chattam & Wells Brands
The non-profit Electric Blanket Institute™ presents a professional, scientific and unbiased review of the Perfect Fit SoftHeat® line of low voltage heated electric blankets. We tell you the advantages and the disadvantages as we see them so that you can decide if these products are right for you.
Brief History of Perfect Fit and the SoftHeat Blanket
Perfect Fit Industries, a respected USA textile company founded in 1932, has been producing top-of-the-line warming blankets and mattress pads since the year 2000. In 2004, they converted their entire line to their new patented Safe & Warm® low voltage technology.
Unlike the larger companies that make models for every price point, SoftHeat makes only a few models and the variations between them are solely in the outer fabrics. They use the same patented low voltage system and the same controllers across their model line. Their market is the higher price niche.
Review of the SoftHeat Electric Blanket – The Pros and the Cons
- Their electric blankets are the only ones in the USA conforming to the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) classification “Non-hazardous Low Voltage”.
- It is most improbable ever to get an electric shock even if the blanket becomes wet (for example from incontinence or spilled drink) or even if the heater wire insulation becomes cut or punctured (for example from a pet’s claw).
- Their heater wires are far smaller and more flexible than any other UL-listed producer’s.
- Their evenness of heating is the best.
- Their blankets are machine washable and the only ones that are fully machine dryable without re-stretching to size.
- Their fabrics (Microfleece and Microplush) are soft and do not pill or shed.
- Soft Heat Warming Blanket Controllers:
- Have an easy-to-use rotary dial withlarge, brightly lit heat level numbers.
- Automatic lamp dimming whenever the room lights are low or off.
- Have automatic pre-heating to whatever temperature is selected.
- Feature an auto-off at 10 hours.
- Their very small controller wire connectors are located at the edge of the foot end of the blanket.
- All of their Queen and King sized blankets have Dual Controls so that each person can control the heat level on their side of the bed.
- Dual control models feature one connector for each controller (makes controller mix-up unlikely).
- Extension cords and power strips of proper rating are allowed with these.
- They can lower your home heating costs substantially.
- All are Underwriters Laboratories listed and conform to UL 964, the recognized electric bedding safety standard in the United States.
- All their blankets carry a 5 year warranty against design and manufacturing defects.
- Lastly, of importance to RVers and Boaters: The Soft Heat electric blankets are the only ones that will work consistently with a modified sine wave inverter.
- Higher cost than many heated blankets.
- Their heat output is about 20% lower than others (but sufficient for most people).
- The product has a power supply adaptor unit box (approximately 6” X 3” X 2”) to convert wall outlet 120VAC to low voltage DC prior to the control and the blanket. The company says that this box can be permanently located under the bed, out of the way and out of sight. Dual control models have two.
- People with very sensitive hearing and very quiet rooms sometimes complain of a high-pitched adaptor humming. (The vast majority of people have never heard it.)
- The wire connector’s location rules out tucking the foot of the blanket between the mattress and box springs.
- The Dual Control models connector design means two wall outlets (or extension cord sockets) are needed.
- Their controller plugs require three-hole outlets in the wall or extension cord.
Who Are These Blankets For?
SoftHeat’s electric blankets cost a little more than most but are an excellent value for those wanting a premium, completely safe, durable, comfortable, easy-to-care-for and easy-to-use heated blanket.