This electric king-sized heating pad is a size that makes it suitable for treating just about any area of the body. It’s 12-inches by 24-inches, so it can be easily placed over the shoulders, knees or lower back to provide heat and comfort. This unit has a 5.9-foot power adapter and has 3 easy-to-use heat settings: 104-degrees, 122-degrees, and 140-degrees. For safety, this unit is also equipped with an automatic shutoff timer that shuts it off after 2-hours. And it’s soft microfiber covering is nice and cozy, making it feel nice on the skin when it’s being used for minor aches and pains.
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A Guide To Heating Pads
Because they produce heat that dilates blood vessels and allows blood to flow more easily, heating pads are good for all kinds of muscle pains and aches. They’re also pretty handy to have around on cold winter mornings when you need just a little bit of supplemental heat. And since they’re heat is also extremely comforting, these pads are highly useful for relaxation or helping a person fall asleep on cold nights.
Before these benefits can be utilized, however, the consumer first has to find the best heating pad for their situation. They have to determine how the heating pad is heated, its size and the features they need the most. To help our readers choose one that’s suitable for their use we’ve selected some things they should consider before buying their next heating pad.
Type of Heating Pads
Heating pads come in a number of three different types, but the three main types of heating pads available are Electric, Microwavable, and Infrared. Most of the pads currently sold fall into one of these three main categories, so it’s important to take a closer look at the pros and cons of each type.
- Electric Heating Pads: Electric models are extremely effective that’s great for soothing sore muscles. However, these pads also produce a dry heat, so they may dry out skin if used frequently. They can also present a fire risk if not used properly.
- Microwavable Heating Pads: Microwavable models produce a moist heat that does a great job at penetrating deep into muscle tissues. Some of them even allow herbs to be placed in close vicinity to the pad, so the user can get the benefits out of both. Unfortunately, they’re lasting power isn’t that great and they often have to be thrown back into the microwave.
- Infrared Heating Pads: A big disadvantage to these pads are that they can be quite heavy to carry around. And since they’re powered by electricity, they can also dry out the skin. On the other hand, they do produce a heat that penetrates very well and is supposed to increase blood oxygenation, although that hasn’t been scientifically proven.
Necessary Heating Pad Features
Once you’ve selected the type of heating pad you want, the next thing that you need to do is to choose the features that you need. Although there are usually standard safety features found on most models, there are other features that one pad may have that another doesn’t.
- Auto Shutoff: An auto shut-off isn’t just a nice feature to have but it’s an important safety feature that can prevent fires started by infrared or electric models. Most pads have an auto shut-off that engages anywhere from 2 to 10-hours.
- Washable Cover: A washable cover is an extremely important feature. After all, heating pad covers can get pretty funky. So, being able to take the cover off and toss it into a washing machine is a life-saver.
- Durable Cover: The heating pad’s cover shouldn’t just be washable but it should also be durable. You’ll want a cover that will last at least a few years, if not longer.
- Heat Settings: It’s important to choose a heating pad with at least 2-heat settings—although 3 or more heat settings would be even better. That prevents you from having to deal with heat settings that are either too low for your ailment or too high to be comfortable.
- Power Cord Length: Obviously, if you are using a microwavable heating pad, then you don’t have to worry about a power cord. However, if you’re using an electric one, then you are going to want to be sure to get one that’s the right length for your needs.
- Controller Type: It’s also important to look at the heating pad’s controller, especially if you have arthritis. You’ll want to use a controller that’s easy to use. Nowadays, many heating pads are equipped with digital controls, which makes them extremely easy to use.
- Fast Heat-Up Time: The last feature you are going to want to consider is the heat-up time of the heating pad. You want to make sure that the pad has a quick startup time so that you aren’t waiting around for it to heat up when you could be enjoying its therapeutic benefits instead.
Heating Pad Safety Tips
Below are some important safety tips to consider before using your new heating pad.
- Always read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always inspect the pad before using it.
- Check the power cord for frays or cracks.
- Do not place anything on the pad when it’s in use.
- Heating pads shouldn’t be left unattended.
- Heating pads shouldn’t be used while sleeping.