Electric Feet Warmers: A Complete Guide in 2019

Introduction

Sometimes, what you need is just a warm blanket to soothe yourself. But sometimes, when it is too cold, your feet might be cold which may make you feel uncomfortable.

Also, after you are done with a long tiresome day or a day with outdoor activities, your feet may start to ache, and when that happens, you should make sure that you take proper care of them so that you can get up and running on the next day without any problems.

For that, you might want to consider buying a feet warmers, which can help relax them.

So, read on to find all about electric feet warmers.

How Electric Feet Warmers Works?

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Now some of you may ask, well how does an electric feet warmer work? The explanation of which is quite simple to understand.

Feet warmers consist of a heating element, made from wires of high electrically resistive material, which when supplied with sufficient electrical energy, converts the same energy into heat. This heat is what keeps one’s feet warm when these are being used.

The electrical supply is taken using the outlet from the wall connection or from the batteries that are embedded in the warmers themselves.

Battery-powered warmers have some advantages but several disadvantages over the supply running ones, more on which, we will talk about later.

Sometimes, there is also a regulator provided, which increases or reduces the flow of electric current into the heating element. This regulator allows you to change the temperature, as heat produced by an electrical conductor is proportional to the square of the current flowing through it.

Also, the heating element is either coiled or spread across a sandwich of mats, made up of insulating materials, which ensure that there is no direct contact between the user’s skin and the wires of the heating element.

How to Choose Electric Feet Warmer

Since there are plenty of feet warmers available in the market, it is very difficult to choose one.

But do not worry, as we have explained what the basic features of a foot warmer are and what is best to choose among those features.

Wattage (or heating capacity)

Wattage is a simple way of expressing how much heat can electric element produce when supplied with rated power.

Generally, all parameters being similar, higher wattage means that heating capacity is greater, so, make sure that you choose wattage according to the desired heating effect.

Size

Since, these are mat shaped, the size of feet warmers matter. Choosing a perfect size is a personal preference since different people have different ideas for what a perfect size is.

The size will be mentioned as ‘L’x’B’, where L denotes the length of the mat, while B denotes the breadth of the mat. Multiplying them will give you the net usable area of the mat.

Power source

As discussed earlier and evident by the name, electric feet warmers require electrical energy to be able to work.

A variety of power sources can be used for running these feet warmers, which we will discuss in the following paragraphs.

USB

Some of the feet warmers use the USB interface to obtain electric power.

The USB interface has an advantage that it is available on many devices and can be used easily, as it is available in many places, and chances are if you don’t own a dated phone, it’s charger must be using a USB interface.

But apart from its advantages, there are limitations to how much power this interface can transfer, as it primarily made for devices such as phones and tablets, which deal with only a small wattage.

Wall power

Sometimes, power from wall outlets can be used as a power source for the feet warmers, as outlets are available everywhere.

It can be very useful for people who just want to use the warmers while they are in their homes only, and don’t want to use it for anything other than that.

It should be kept in mind that if you are using a warmer with high wattage (>200 W, which some of the larger mats do), make sure that your wall outlet’s wirings can take care of the current flowing through them.

Battery

Sometimes, you need power even when you are on the go, which is particularly useful in cases while you are traveling et cetera.

There is a drawback to battery-powered warmers though, which is that the batteries deteriorate over time, which can be a concern if what you are after is longevity.

Also, battery-powered heaters can be risky in case batteries are integrated near to the heater element, as heat can result in the explosion of batteries, and cause damage to people nearby.

Battery duration

Battery duration is another factor you might be interested in looking for if you are thinking of using the socks away from the snowmobile.

As batteries only hold a certain amount of charge, they can only run for a limited time and this should be considered if you want to go away from your snowmobile for more than some time, as if the runtimes of battery are too low, they might just be another mat that you are having lying around.

Certification

If a product follows certain certification, it means that the product has been tested by that certification society to perform satisfactorily and safely in a range of operating conditions.

Hence, we would recommend getting a heater, which is certified, over others which are not, even if they are a bit expensive.

Coverage

Coverage is one of the most critical points to be considered as well, as different warmers provide different coverage over your feet.

Also, this should particularly be of importance for people who feel cold only on certain regions of their feet, where only certain warmers can be used.

For example, some people have only cold fingers, which can be heated using finger warmers that are available in markets.

Know if you want a massage (or other features) as well

Some warmers come with massage mode as well, which can be used to get massages that feel just as good as if someone was doing them to you in person. This is particularly useful in cases where some people are suffering from some diseases where they might be advised to visit a masseur periodically.

This is when these massagers become more enticing to those people, as it has got only a fixed cost and can be done at the person’s convenience of both time and place.

So, if you are in the market for heating pads that can give you a massage as well, there are a variety of options available as well, about which we will talk in detail in the next section.

Best Electric Feet Warmers in 2019

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DONECO King Size Heating Pad (22″ x 22″)

Coming from Doneco, we have the most economical and simple heating pad.

It has an LCD controller, which allows control between 4 provided temperature settings, helping you to find out what is most comfortable for you, according to the weather and your requirement.

The outer fabric pad is made from a mixture of micro mink and polyester, which is both strong and durable, at the same time, being equally safe and allergy-free for sensitive skins, because of which, it is suitable for being used along with your pet’s beds to keep them warm.

Talking about the size of the pad, it is quite large, measuring in at 22” x 22”, which makes it easy to be shared with someone, in case you have them over, to ensure that their feet stay warm as well, without worrying about space at all.

This large size also allows you to get it upon several body parts at once as well, in case you want to have a relaxing time. The heating element is quick to warm up and ensures that you are not left cold for long after you switch it.

Along with these necessary features, the pad features an automatic shutdown, which happens when the machine is operating for two hours continuously, ensuring that there is no chance of the thermal element burning out. This helps you to save energy as well.

The cap of the pad is made from flannelette, which helps in insulating the pad nicely, ensuring that heat does not radiate swiftly. This pad and the wire can be easily rolled to be stored in case of not needing them, which increases the ease of storage.

It can be washed inside a washing machine safely, without any chance of damaging the product.

PROALLE Heating Pad (21” x 22”)

Coming from Proalle, we have a heating pad, which is very similar to the Doneco heating pad in the feature set.

This pad also features a large heating area, coming in at around 21” long and 22” wide, helping you to get a large coverage.

It has an LCD controller, which allows control between 3 provided temperature settings, helping you to find out what is most comfortable for you, according to the weather and your requirement.

Along with these necessary features, the pad features an automatic shutdown, which happens when the machine is operating for two hours continuously, ensuring that there is no chance of the thermal element burning out. This helps you to save energy as well.

The cap of the pad is made from flannelette, which helps in insulating the pad nicely, ensuring that heat does not radiate swiftly. This pad and the wire can be easily rolled to be stored in case of not needing them, which increases the ease of storage.

It can be washed inside a washing machine safely, without any chance of damaging the product. Also, it features a 10 feet long cord along with ETL certification, which gives you an added peace of mind.

RENPHO Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine

Sometimes, when our feet are giving us troubles, just a heat pad might not be enough, in which case, we have a shiatsu foot massager from Renpho.

This foot massager is very good and claims to increase blood circulation in your feet, helping you to get the soothing feeling you get from massages. The rollers attached for kneading have been designed keeping in mind the foot reflexology, which ensures that the message is effective.

Since it has an option for shiatsu therapy, which is done using heat and air pressure. Not only that, but it offers you control over kneading intensity, which can help people suffering from plantar fasciitis, neuropathic foot numbness, swollen and aching feet, et cetera.

Not only this, but this massager has a variety of adjustable settings, which helps you get the most comfortable experience possible, which are temperature, massage, and compression intensity, heat ON/OFF,  and 15/30 minute timer.

The large buttons on the top provide you with the ease of being able to control the massager with your feet only, which saves you the trouble of bending over and adjusting it. Also, it comes with an optional remote control as well, which adds additional points to accessibility.

It also features a removable and washable cloth, which can be removed easily as it is attached with help of only a zipper, and can accommodate sizes of feet up to U.S. men size 12.

Since it is such a great product, it also gets a good recommendation for giving it as a gift to someone.

Pure Enrichment PureRelief Deluxe Foot Warmer

These feet warmers feature a Sherpa-lined micro mink fabric, which is soft and feels great to touch and can be easily separated by provided zips, which are washable as well, allowing one to have a hygienic heating mat.

It also provides the user with an option of four heating intensities, which are warm, low, medium and high, along with an LED indicator. It has a wattage of 70w.

The fabric is durable as well, which is a good feature and has a drawstring, which can be adjusted to prevent any hot air to escape from inside, ensuring a comfortable and snug fit. This mat can fit sizes up to U.S. men size 13, which will be more than enough room to accommodate one’s feet in.

It also features a 2-hour automatic shutdown, which ensures safety and conservation of energy, and along with the package, you get a storage bag as well.

This product is covered by a 5-year warranty.

FIGERM Foot Warmer Pad

This heating pad is an extra-large size pad, measuring about 21″ x 22″ inches, which is sufficient for covering multiple body parts at once.

The cover has a plush material, that helps protect shins from the cold air outside. The mat features three heating levels and as it is turned on, within seconds the pad starts to heat up.

It also features a 2-hour auto shut off, which increases safety and helps conserve energy.

This pad comes with a lifetime warranty, which is an invaluable addition. Apart from this, it features ETL certification also, which ensures that the item follows certain standards.

Final Words

As we have seen, that heating pads can prove to be very useful, not only in cold days but on days when your feet need some relaxing.

So, this guide was all about electric feet warmers in 2019, and we hope that it helps you make a good decision about what feet warmer you want.

Just as an ending note, we would stress on checking if the product has certification as it gives you a peace of mind.

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