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LIFE WITHOUT ONE IS UNIMAGINABLE
on 17 November 2014
I've had two of these Beuer heat pads - the full back and neck, and the lumbar only versions - for several years.The most used (and the most abused), the lumbar pad, recently gave out; I thought it was the controller, but it turned out to be the pad itself, which promptly kyboshed the other controller (they are interchangeable) when I switched it over. So I've just bought this.
Mixed in amongst the high praise for the many different versions of this product are a good few condemnatory reviews; not enough heat, soon failed, etc.; but a few things need to be borne in mind when deploying them. First off, even with quality-controlled, automated mass-production processes, no manufacturer that I've come across produces 100% perfect products year after year; if you get a duff one from a major firm such as this, instead of wingeing about it in a review, you should demand a replacement or your money back. Amazon makes this pretty easy (although their system isn't 100% perfect, either). It's worth noting that Beuer offers three year guarantees.
The PERCEIVED heat emission from these products varies enormously for more than one reason. For example, if you're pretty old (like me) the heat from these pads won't feel as strong as it does for a twenty-something. (Older people can easily suffer burns unknowingly from, for example, hot water bottles, because of age-related sensory degeneration.
Secondly, much depends on whether you apply the heat to bare skin or through clothing, and if the latter, what kind of clothing and how many layers.
Thirdly, the greatest effect comes from firm, tight, overall contact, whether against skin or through a garment. A loose contact will have you barely feeling the heat at maximum.
Fourthly, the absolute maximum effect is achieved if the heat pad is trapped between you and, say, a mattress or the back of a chair - which Beuer used to warn you not to do, but which I always did anyway for best effect. However, they don't seem to mention this any more, so I suppose it was always OK.
Life without these aids at this age would be bordering on the intolerable, notwithstanding the availability of gel packs, hot water bottles and wheat packs - none of which can offer anything like the sustained, steady output of an electric pad, which can lull you to sleep in complete safety over an hour or more. I've also just ordered the newest version, apparently a heated cushion, from Germany for almost £55. From a parsimonious one such as I, there can be no higher praise