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Is there such a thing as a 'quality' hot water bottle?

This morning  I got comfortable in my armchair with a small duvet over me. Just as I was putting my feet on the hot water bottle it  punctured  on the neck below the filling area and burnt my foot. I moved so fast the picture  on my telly was blurred!  

I need another one. (water bottle not telly)😁, so if anyone is aware of a decent brand please let me know. I am actually wondering if I should try to find one of them pot ones like my grandma had. They were a sort of brown/fawn colour if anyone is old enough to remember. Maybe I should  start by looking on E  bay or making a 'wanted' post on freecycle.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I'm not keen on the rubber bottles, because of that risk of perishing - or worse as in your case, so I use one of those wheat/lavender pads that you can heat in a microwave. They come in various sizes, but the one I've got is a good size and is great for my dodgy back. I use it for the bed as I don't have any heating in there at night, and it keeps me cosy. 
    Don't know if that would suit you  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I have never seen them fairygirl. Thank you I will look in to them.
  • The ones I buy from Boots the Chemist last years and years (20+) and my latest Dunelm bottles seem identical. One for my feet  one for under knees and one for tum! Dunelm do ones with straps attach that you can wear on your back or tum and walk around....excellent for aches pains and injuries. Sorry about your foot YC it sounds very ouch!
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  • Here's a second vote for the wheat bags, got my husband one to relieve pains in his neck. He finds it such a comfort.

    (I'll not comment on why he's got a pain in his neck 😬)
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,431
    We used to only sell suba seal hot water bottles.  We would have a gross each year.  Never had any problems with returns.
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 770
    edited 28 February
    So sorry to hear of your accident it’s happening to me before but I just woke up wet! 
    I read an article during the winter about the “ life” of a traditional hot water bottle. Unfortunately I can’t remember the detail but it will be in the ether somewhere. In the picture posted by the OP the neck of the hottie is stamped. I believe the 17 in the middle is maybe the manufacture year and the life expectancy is worked out from that. 
    Update The article was in the Newcastle Chronicle life of hottie is three years,  you can workout week month and year of manufacture from the imprinted daisy. 
  • Another vote for the Wheat Bag from me.  I've had one for years - 2 or 3 minutes in the microwave ( an old model so more modern ovens may need less ) and it keeps me warm for ages.
    My bag is covered in a dark red velvety skin so it's almost akin to having an oblong furry pet  ;)
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    Those old pottery ones kept warm for a long time but they were the very devil if you kicked them in your sleep. 🤬

    Wheat bags here too. They bend to your shape. Very nice if you have a sore neck.
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  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,240
    My mother-in-law has one of those heated throws. Costs pennies to run but very effective. 

    We've just been there this weekend and we were both a bit chilly as the thermostat was turned to 18C. She, however, was snug as a bug under her throw. I've tried it and almost got too hot. Nearly tempted to buy one.

    PS we use Boots own HWB's but (after a soaked bed due to a leak a few years ago) I check them carefully before first use in autumn and replace about every 5 or 7 years. First sign of wear, hardening etc and they go out.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I have one of those @Topbird.  The girls bought me it, and younger daughter uses hers, but I don't like it. I prefer a heavy fleece and an ordinary throw, plus the wee heatpad if I need it, and that's mainly first thing in the morning. The big fleeces we got from Asda have been really brilliant.  
    I can see how it would be very good though, if you need that extra boost.  :)
    Our thermostat is never above about 17 now, and it's surprising how quickly we've got used to it. The heating's not been on for more than 2 -2.5 hours at most all winter, and rarely after about 6 or 7pm. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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