Heating pads, have come a long way since they were first introduced in the early 16th century. Most of us can certainly recall seeing heating pads or bottles which were made of either a metal or rubber.
Known as “hot water bottles” you had to heat them up and put them on the muscle that is bothering you to provide relief. In the early days, these bottles were filled with hot coals which could warm up a cold bed.
Thankfully, those days are long gone, and innovations have given us a safer alternative. Here are four of the best heating pads available today.
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It is ideal for covering larger areas that need relief in the back, legs, and across shoulders.
This micro plush constructed pad comes with a convenient digital controller that has 6 heat settings for delivery of the exact heat desired.
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Another nice feature is the included weighted beads and magnetic closure. This allows the pad to be secured in place and stays put, in particular, around your shoulders during heating.
You can customize the heat setting by using the digital controller and select between 4 heat settings.
There is an often-mentioned complaint about this product, and that is a strong chemical smell. Many have compared it to the smell of chlorine. That smell could be from the vinyl chloride which was used in the product. This is important to note because some buyers may be put off by the smell.
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Instead, it heats up in about 10 minutes, and after a total of 20 minutes it automatically shuts off. To restart the process, one needs to turn the pad back on. Some buyers found this to be an inconvenience.
The size is advantageous as it adequately covers your entire back. If you have ever experienced back pain then you will truly appreciate this feature.
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Arthritis sufferers will appreciate the slide controller for adjusting the heat. There are three heat settings for this pad. This pad is not equipped with an auto shut off which some buyers will find advantageous.
Another nice feature of this pad is the absorbent sponge to apply beneficial moist heat therapy.
Buying Guide – How to find the best heating pad for your needs.
If you are looking for a heating pad, it’s usually because you have two reasons. Either you are in need of relief from an injured muscle, or you are looking to keep warm. Knowing exactly what you are going to use the heating pad for is important when making your purchase.
If dealing with muscle pain you’ll want something with different heat settings. Consider whether the pad will wrap around the area you need treatment in. Some pads are enhanced with hook and loop straps making them ideal for use on the shoulder areas.
If warmth only, is your need you’ll want to make sure your choice has a limited number of wires. You will want it to be wide allowing the maximum amount of coverage. There are many, many choices on the market for this type of application. Some are made even to slide underneath the fitted sheets of beds.
Choosing the right heating pad is simply a matter of being familiar with the different types available. The other thing to consider is what works best for you and the others in your household.