Feeling the bite of winter coming around again? Through harsh seasons of coldness and stressful workdays, here at Cuddly Comforts we definitely need hot water bottles for heating and relaxation. A soothing “HWB” is part of the furniture; there are always two or three dotted across the house in various states of warmth.
With the advent of technology, companies have developed electric hot water bottles to increase convenience. But do they work better than the extra long warmers? In fact, how do they even work in the first place?!
We love an extra long hot water bottle, but an electric hot water bottle sounds appealing too. Perhaps not the potential for having to trail a power cord around the place.
Let’s discuss a few things here which will hopefully clear up a few questions and help us decide between the two.
Electric hot water bottles
As the name suggests, this type of hot water bottle uses electricity to generate heat for soothing body pains, menstrual cramps and sore muscles. These gadgets are already filled with water and sealed inside the container so you will not have to do any refilling.
At the back is a detachable plug you can plug in to an electrical charging socket that can take about 12 to 15 minutes depending on the brand or design. This device can heat water for up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Once its indicator signals as being full, you can unplug it and keep the power cord away until the next charging.
Just with that charging, you can use it for as long as five (yes, 5!) hours. These are ideal for individuals who work long hours under cold conditions and need an immediate relief through heat. Instead of boiling water, you can just plug it, wait for the heating to finish and you’re good to go.
Extra long hot water bottles
This type of hot water bottle is an improvised version of the traditional one which is square-shaped or heart-shaped. The extra long hot water bottle design is intended to provide warmth and comfort to the whole length of your body.
Aside from relieving aches from your limbs, you have the option to apply it in areas of your body that may be difficult to reach.
Placing it in your bed before sleeping will offer valuable warmth and increased snugness during the night. You can use it as an alternative for round pillows; just be careful to let it cool a little to avoid skin burns.
Electric hot water bottles vs. Extra long hot water bottles
The electric hot water bottles are smaller in size when compared to the extra long types which makes them preferable for neck, shoulder and even stomach applications.
You can easily bring it with you when you are out and about and simply plug it in an outlet for charging. The extra long ones are highly portable, as well as very lightweight, and can fit in any regular luggage.
For the electric-type, however, you may have to be extra careful since it is an electric device. You probably already guessed that. Avoid instances where the device is being squeezed hard inside to prevent damage. You won’t have to worry about this for extra long hot water bottles as they do not contain any electrical connection.
In terms of application, the electrical hot water bottle has a limited coverage compared to extra long types. For the former, you can still apply it to any other body part but it might take a longer time compared to the extra long ones.
The latter’s lengthy span has the ability to simultaneously heat different parts of your body which saves time and energy. When it comes to efficiency, the extra long hot water bottles holds an edge in versatility.
On the safety side, using both products of course involves risks. The electric types have an electrical hazard associated with them, so high precaution is advised. To avoid injury, you must not try to use the device while it is charging.
Check the safety standard on your rubber hot water bottles – the current standard is British Standard BS 1970Hants Council
Since the liquid inside is sealed permanently, there is no risk of hot water spillage. For the extra long ones, you will always need to be careful when filling up the rubber container as hot water, used incorrectly, can be dangerous. When returning the stopper, also ensure that it is well sealed to avoid leakage.
At Cuddly Comforts we always stress a stringent safety-first approach to filling your extra long hot water bottle.
The Verdict: Does electric spark your interest?
Both products have their pros and cons but overall, the extra long hot water bottle earns the higher score. This is firstly due to the fact that it has a greater heat output efficiency compared to electrical ones.
Furthermore, it does not involve any electrical connection, thereby avoiding any risk of electrocution. The aim of heat treatments is for comfort, satisfaction and alleviating conditions or aches and pains, but safety must not be compromised.
The biggest benefit is that you won’t have to excuse yourself from a camping trip to rig up the generator so you can charge your electric hot water bottle. That would be pretty inconvenient.