For those times when you really feel the cold and an extra sweater just won’t do, I have been looking at the new generation of safe, efficient, and versatile, heated throws and blankets by Dreamland. Heated throws are ideal for keeping out the chill on cold evenings without having to turn the heating up to full blast but they are also wonderful for just the sheer pleasure of snuggling up on the sofa with a cozy warm blanket.
The Dreamland 16335 Relaxwell Luxury Heated Velvet Lap Blanket is a step up from the 16333 model costing around £10 more but it is still one of the cheapest throws in the Dreamland range – perfect for those on a tighter budget. The good thing about choosing a throw from the Dreamland collection is that even if you go for a lower-priced throw you will still get one that looks good and performs just as well as Dreamland’s high-end blankets and throws.
Like the 16333 model this throw is made from a cozy, soft, chocolate brown, 100% polyester velvet fleece.
The 16335 model has one extra feature, however, and that is that it has a unique “snuggle pouch”.
If you love deep pockets and feel lost if you have nowhere to plunge your hands into to keep warm, this throw may be the one for you. I, for instance, couldn’t imagine buying a coat without pockets – it just would feel cozy enough, but not everyone feels the same and if you prefer a heated throw without a snuggle pouch to keep your hands warm, but otherwise want a more economically priced heated throw that performs as well as Dreamland’s high-end range, read my review of the 16333 model here.
Both the 16333 model and the 16335 model are 150 x 90 cm so, like the 16333 Dreamland Relaxwell Heated Throw Blanket, the 16335 Relaxwell Luxury Heated Velvet Lap Blanket is not too big and bulky. It’s a perfect fit for just you – so you won’t end up with half of it spilling over onto the floor for your family to trip over if they walk past.
Here is the clever bit – the Relaxwell Luxury Heated Velvet Lap Blanket uses Intelliheat technology. Intelliheat technology provides you with a ‘Ready to Relax’ pre-heat button which heats up the lap blanket in only 5 minutes and after you select your preferred setting, it automatically adjusts the throw to external and ambient temperature changes, giving you the same level of comfort throughout each use!
The LED display control is the same for all of Dreamland’s collection of heated throws and lap blankets, ensuring each product, whichever you choose, will provide you the same excellent quality throughout the range. The control unit works as follows:
The LED display control is handy if you are watching a movie and don’t want to annoy your family by having to switch a light on to see what you are doing. It has six different heat settings, including the ‘Ready to Relax’ pre-heat button which will heat the blanket quickly to its warmest setting. You can then choose your preferred heat setting.
No. 5 feels very warm and will quickly defrost you if you have just come in from the cold or are feeling particularly chilly. The blanket will still feel comfortable, though, not burning hot.
The lowest setting, no. 1 is luke warm, suitable if you’re not too cold but just want to get the snuggle factor. If you change the setting from a higher to a lower temperature or if you turn the blanket off, it will quickly cool down to your desired setting or very quickly cool down completely if you switch it off.
It also features a 1 or 9-hour auto shut-off timer for peace of mind and a firm on-off switch at the back of the control unit, preventing the unit from unintentionally being switched on if the control buttons are accidentally pressed.
The throw is safe, efficient, and at a cost from around just 1 pence per seven-hour use, it is very cheap to run – potentially saving you a lot of money on your energy bill. It is also machine washable and tumble dryer safe.
The Relaxwell Luxury Heated Velvet Lap Blanket is a fabulous choice, offering you quality and luxury without the price tag to match. If you like the idea of a snuggle pouch then you can’t really go wrong with this heated lap blanket.
There are other choices in the Dreamland collection including two beautiful faux fur heated throws, but the technology remains the same whichever you go for. To see a short comparison of the options available in Dreamland’s heated throw collection, click here.
If you think The Relaxwell Luxury Heated Velvet Lap Blanket is the one you would most like, you can’t do better for the price.
The only caveat is that the throw should never be used for any child under three. Children ages between three and eight may use the blanket fully supervised.
The throw is suitable for ages eight and above, however, the hottest setting does get hot and for that reason, I wouldn’t want my eight-year-old, if I had one, to use the throw unsupervised in case, for example, they fell asleep on the throw – especially if, due to its snuggle factor it became crumpled.
If on the other hand, you are an older child or an adult and you live in a house that is a little on the drafty side, this heated throw is a real gem.