Soft, thick, and warm
Slow and uneven heating
More expensive than other options
Difficult to wash
SoftHeat by Perfect Fit is dedicated to making safe heated products, from blankets and body wraps to mattress pads and eye masks. The SoftHeat Micro Fleece Warming Blanket is specially designed to be low-voltage, with ultra-thin wires that supposedly can’t be felt through the fabric—a comfort feature that sets it apart from the competition. But is this electric blanket worthy of its price? Let us break it down.
Material: Soft, warm micro-fleece
Thick and oh-so soft to the touch, SoftHeat’s micro-fleece material is arguably the best feature of this blanket. There’s a reason fleece is often used for outerwear—it retains heat well, dries quickly, and is easy to wash. We purchased the grey blanket, which wasn’t the most aesthetically appealing in person, but it’s also available in beige, chocolate, natural, and slate blue.
Texture: If fleece and cotton had a baby
SoftHeat’s micro-fleece feels more like cotton than wool. It’s soft and cozy, yet airy and breathable—a huge plus for those planning to use it overnight. The material is so inviting that you’ll be tempted to cut it up and turn it into a sweatshirt so you can wear it all the time. Though it’s packed with wires that distribute the heat, they’re apparently “micro-thin,” making the product much less bulky than others on the market.
Washing: Goodbye stains, goodbye stiffness
Technically, this blanket can be put in the washer and dryer, but the instructions are very specific and, frankly, a lot of work: “Soak five minutes and agitate on slow for two minutes only. Spin on normal speed. Fill tub for cool rinse. Agitate for one minute only and spin. Line-dry or dry in automatic dryer on low. Assure blanket tumbles freely during drying.”
Technically, this blanket can be put in the washer and dryer, but the instructions are very specific and, frankly, a lot of work.
We did find the blanket to be durable, however—unlike other fleece products, which can sometimes pill, stretch, or shrink in the wash. Given our experience, it seems like it would stand up to many rounds in the dryer and come out fluffier than ever.
Helpful Features: Ultra-thin wires and low voltage
SoftHeat’s trademarked “Soft Heat Safe and Warm” wires are said to use non-hazardous, low-voltage technology that saves energy and is safer than others on the market. The blanket automatically shuts off after 10 hours of use and emits no electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, a common concern with electric blankets (note: low-level EMF emission has not been scientifically proven to be a health hazard).
We found the internal wires to be undetectable—a great and rare comfort feature for this product category. The controller is also backlit, making the blanket ideal for late-night use. The queen- and king-sized models boast dual controllers, so partners can personalize individual heat levels.
Price: Expensive for a risky investment
At more than $100, this was the most expensive electric blanket we tested. While its overall construction and materials are clearly superior, it heated slowly and unevenly.
All in all, electric blankets are still a bit of a risky purchase, as no brand has perfected the technology. Therefore, we think it’s probably safer not to invest this much money on a product that might not work. If you are going to splurge, go for a queen- or king-sized version to get the dual-control feature, and be sure to take advantage of the five-year limited warranty if any problems arise.
The material is so inviting that you’ll be tempted to cut it up and turn it into a sweatshirt so you can wear it all the time.
SoftHeat Micro Fleece Warming Blanket vs. Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket
The SoftHeat Micro Fleece Warming Blanket is superior to the Sunbeam Quilted Fleece Heated Blanket in certain ways. For instance, it’s made from better material and has thinner wiring. But at more than double the price, it still heats unevenly. In addition, a full-size Sunbeam comes with dual control, and a full-size SoftHeat does not. Both come with 10 heat settings and automatically shut off after 10 hours, and both have received complaints about the blanket dying after a few months. Overall, they are both imperfect products, but one is much pricier than the other.
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Not worth the splurge due to inconsistencies.
The SoftHeat Micro Fleece Warming Blanket could have been the perfect electric blanket if it heated evenly, but at the end of the day, its performance fell flat. Although the fleece is appealing and the thin wires make the blanket super comfortable, the faulty heating alone makes it not worth its high price tag.
- Product Name Micro Fleece Warming Blanket
- Product Brand SoftHeat by Perfect Fit
- Price $129.99
- Weight 8.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 12.6 x 15.8 x 15.8 in.
- Color Beige, Chocolate, Grey, Natural, Slate Blue
- Material 100% polyester micro-fleece
- Warranty 5 years