Review of "The Slanket Fleece Blanket"

published 21/02/2012 | Nar2
Member since : 26/05/2011
Reviews : 1345
Members who trust : 177
About me :
Ty for all r/r/c's, kind words & E's where applicable & Ty for my Diamond. Finally got to Gold.
Good
Pro Apparently it's more versatile than a blanket, does get warm, lightweight, easy to store.
Cons Not as versatile as it seems - you'll end up looking like the grim reaper or an angelic singer!
exceptional
Value for Money
Quality

"I Won't Thank It For Being A Slanket!"

Strange, that this man looks anything but innocent watching the TV!

Strange, that this man looks anything but innocent watching the TV!

If you haven’t seen the continuous adverts for the Slanket or other brand alternatives on cable shopping channels, then there’s every possibility that your afternoon viewing on terrestrial television has been rudely awakened by a 5 minute “info-commercial” that promises the Slanket is the “new age blanket.” How could a Chinese made article appear to be so popular and yet probably by now if they have continually sold, it has surely sold by the millions judged by the fact that this “blanket-with-sleeves,” is also known as the “Snuggle” blanket and other names. Whatever the name is, the product is usually the same and quite expensive to buy at around £20. For that you get your own blanket with arms and the choice of a few colours like Chocolate Brown, Navy Blue, Ruby Red and deeply spiritual purple, amongst other garish colours that are available. We nearly considered "cream" for example but that would have meant more times in the washing machine other than actual wearing it.


Nar2’s Quick Skip Product Spec


• 1.5 metres length by 2.1 metres with 94” width by 60”.
• Polar fleece – thick, soft and cosy.
• Machine washable & Tumble dryer dryable (low temp preferred)
• Easy to wear or pack away
• Available in many colours that somehow still seem to look out of place.
• Comes with 2 outer pockets for storing gloves etc.
• £19-99 general pricing, www.amazon.co.uk


Design & Concept


The appeal of whatever-the-hell-it’s-called Slanket Blanket is hardly the sleekit, tim’rous beastie that lies around our home in waiting to creep and cosset you! Of course when it arrived initially in December 2010, we gave the Slanket ideal opportunities to be used because in an attempt to reduce our winter electricity costs, we had successfully managed to shave £300 off a costly central heating bill that saw us moving to using portable heaters in rooms rather than heating up the whole house.

But, by the third week after purchase, both were put back into their storage bags. This is because we have something called “extra clothing.” Now I’m not sure if other people have heard of “extra clothing,” but the concept is remarkably cost effective, can be a tad more fashionable and far more versatile than the initial cost price of one Slanket alone! With “extra clothing,” you can pick and choose to wear a Beanie in the privacy of your own home, or something called a “thermal T-shirt,” or even don on a pair of something else called “fingerless gloves” you’d never thought you’d use again – anything you’d constitute as warm clothing you’d constitute as the “extra clothing,” tag – what a fantastic idea!

Seriously though, I guess you have to be able to give a product like this a chance, because other buyers out there may not have as many blankets as they would like to and last year for example, when I wanted a topper for my bed, I ended up buying a pure wool blanket that cost me £90 from John Lewis! I can therefore sympathise to why anyone would want to buy a Slanket – by price alone, they are a lot cheaper than even a travel rug that would barely keep you warm and could be yet another worthwhile article to add to the boot of your car, if you get stranded or if the car heater breaks down. A friend of ours went onto giving us a cheaper “Snuggle” blanket as an early Christmas gift when she visited because she was surprised to find a lack of lighting during the home, tapping into early to our energy restrictions! We could therefore compare the quality – or in the Snuggle’s case, a clear lack of it compared to the thick fleece quality of the Slanket.


Quality


The Slanket blanket is a better made article, made of 100% “Super Soft Polyester Microfibre,” with stitching that has been put in the right place, lacking those loose threads you often get with Fleece clothing and I was pleasantly surprised to find that each Slanket comes in its own rope fitted clear zipped plastic carrier, making the article easy to store away when not required in warmer months.

Okay so this is Scotland we’re talking about and if anything is to go by with the cold we’ve endured already, in the past two years the Sleekit’ Slanket has been used in surprising months like May to June where other parts in the UK get something called “sun.” Very rarely, a yellow disc of pure intense heat can be seen and felt emanating behind a couple of dark, grey menacing clouds, until the disc is brushed away, hidden from view. When that happens the air usually turns colder and the Slankets have been ripped out of their bags in an instant - if we've not had the heating on. The quality of the actual fleece is pretty good, quite robust, able to be put on in an instant before sitting down for heat to accumulate and in the 2 years we have used this on occasion, the Slanket is quite good to have around - but it isn't essential when you have "extra clothing" also available and need to become a bit more physical in things to do!

Put simply, the Slanket is supposed to be a good alternative to using “just” a blanket if you go by the claims of the adverts and the concept partly works, particularly as it is better made and slightly longer than the cheaper Snuggle blanket we had been given, that additionally came in the most god-awful cheap fake Leopard skin print – even the dog turned up her nose at it!


Performance


It is in use that the Slanket presents a few problems. For a start it has a “one size fits all” fitting policy even though externally, the material lovely, cosseting and quite thick - worlds away from the thin, cheaper copy Snuggle blanket that may well come with pockets and a extra hem at the bottom to allow you to put your feet in, but the Snuggle's main problem is a lack of warmth and too much floppiness in the fabric.

With the Slanket, you don’t need to be mega thin or mega large to feel that the Slanket isn’t accommodating – it is to a point - but there are no buttons or even a Velcro tab that locks you in and to put this blanket on, it’s like putting on a jacket backwards, whereupon you’ll find a rather large collar presenting itself under your chin. The sides of the Slanket are supposed to meet in the middle, but unless you’ve put your arms in the whole way down the Slanket arms, the whole thing can fall off your shoulders, or at least felt by cold air entering your neck because the garment fails to fit properly. Such is the case when you put on an oversized blanket-jacket.

The droopy sleeves are dangerous and down right inconvenient, often a trigger for picking up stains and anything that drapes across them.

Try it the other way by putting on the Slanket Blanket properly like a normal coat/jacket and you’ll end up with a large hood that can cover up half of your face and dependent on the colour, the final result may make you resemble a Jedi, an Ewok or someone wearing a Slanket!

The colours are okay, but they’re not discreet and from what we saw of the original 6 colours available at the time of purchase (including “ruby red,” “pink” “purple” and “cream”) don’t order one of your Slankets in black as we did, whereupon when answering the doorbell can give an unsuspecting visit a major shock on the doorstep! The black colour makes me look like the Grim Reaper without a scythe! The bright blue, red or other colours will end up making you look like a regional angelic choir singer...and there's now camouflage and several prints available, but they're far from classy and discreet.


Downsides


The Slanket can be very accommodating when I’m putting it on back to front – i.e. the way it is designed so that your entire frontal body is covered up with the sides open at the back. However, my mother finds it difficult to get herself locked in because she has slightly wider hips and found that cold air could easily creep in from the sides unless you get yourself a belt and lock the whole fabric together. Choose the bright red colour and you'll match Santa with a black belt!

We’ve since gone onto ironing on Velcro tabs on our Slankets so that you get locked in permanently – although this is where you would definitely need someone else to lock you in to complete the chance of heat storing up. I strongly recommend this to all - even if you can't get iron on straight, thin and long Velcro tabs, using the circular tabs are your next best bet, or if you are particularly apt with a professional sewing machine, could go as far to stitching in additional poppers at the back, or even a zip!

Heat escaping is one of the worst aspects of the Slanket though, if it’s not at the back, then it’s at front via the arms because the oversized arms have cuffs that droop and let in the cold. So much better here if there had been elastic stitched into the Slanket (there’s another idea!) cuffs to avoid cold air, plus the arms wouldn’t droop so much and be liable to be left open. You can roll the cuffs up to match the end of your wrist in an attempt to make the fleece thicker and more closed in but they still droop regardless.

However against a traditional blanket, the idea of the Slanket is less of a promise than the adverts would have you believe. Yes you can read a book, use your laptop, even play a piano – because you wouldn’t be able to do that in a blanket – but you'd also be able to accomplish all of that wearing extra fibres from a chunky sweater and fingerless gloves - if you can't stand the thought of looking like "Fogey" from "Last of the Summer Wine," get yourself the latest in gloves like the 'text" gloves that allow you to do things that normal gloves prevent! Also I doubt you'd trip over if you were wearing "extra clothing." I nearly brained myself when I tripped over and fell into a cupboard whilst moving around with the Slanket on. It is far from safe.

Another issue is that the Slanket can make me feel a bit tight. Yes it can be accommodating for all sizes of people, but only when you sit down and the fabric stretches out, will it feel like the warmth is getting a chance to build up. But then it takes a quicker time to just heat up clothing in a dryer and put them on as opposed to trusting wholeheartedly into the Slanket concept alone. You can’t just wear a T-shirt and shorts under the Slanket to assume you’ll be fuzzy and warm within minutes either – well, unless you are sat in front of another heat process coming at you! Chunky wool sweaters worn may also feel a bit tight under the Slanket and if anything, the best garments to wear are those of thin, thermal like fabrics such as lambs wool, or even jogging pants and a matching sweatshirt. But still, the Slanket isn't an all-and-out "save all" alternative to putting on more clothing.

The Slanket’s man-made fibres react well to additional clothing even though you’ll seldom suffer from static. It is just a pity that the large gaping hems at the bottom of each arm presents lots of difficulties, reminding you that this kind of product is not a “blanket boiler suit.” Stirring soup for example was one problem I found initially, upon dragging the wrist end of the sleeve into my saucepan to stir the soup and ended up staining a cuff because it dragged into the liquid. Walking in the Slanket is also problematic for me as I often found tripping up in the garment because I'm 6ft tall.


Washing/Cleaning


The man-made super Microfibre polyester fleece can be machine-washed and it is also tumble dryer-dryable. However, avoid drying on a high heat otherwise you may well get static shocks when taking the fleece out of the machine as I did! The fleece doesn’t take long to dry after it has been washed in a low temperature washing machine program and stains are very easy to remove.


Final Thoughts


The good aspect of the Slanket is that it will keep you warm, but you have to be rather dead and motionless to get the heat stored up! This can take a matter of minutes if you put the Slanket on as opposed to seconds when the room you’re sitting in, is already subject to heating. It is a good concept in theory, but in practice it is only as versatile to the point that it allows your hands to be free – but at the same time subjects them and your wrist and eventually, arms to get cold, which kind of defeats the purpose. Unless you keep adding additional clothing to yourself, the Slanket isn't as cosy as its concept makes out.

Although the Slanket is undoubtedly a bargain from many offsets since it is priced at the same cost of a fan heater, it could do with a few improvements to seal the heat in. As such I'd have given this product a few more stars had it been incorporated with a seal at the back and elasticated wrists or something tapered at the end of the cuffs that don't droop as much. I have since purchased fleece blankets whenever cold is felt and rather a product that appears to be the next process of blanket design, the Slanket is merely an additional, optional product that can be worn in conjunction rather than an actual replacement. A handy concept but I won't thank it much for being an essential, much needed purchase to keep me warm and cosy. Thanks for reading! (c)Nar2 2012

www.theslanket.com


Community evaluation

This review was read 670 times and was rated at
54% :
> How to understand evaluation of this review
exceptional

Comments on this review

  • carlz2001 published 25/02/2012
    E! Like the pictures!
  • MarcoG published 23/02/2012
    Nice pics :)
  • nickbrown60 published 22/02/2012
    I'm back :)
  • Did you find this review interesting? Do you have any questions? Sign into your Ciao account to leave the author a comment. Log in

Most popular similar products

Product Information : The Slanket Fleece Blanket

Manufacturer's product description

Product Details

Manufacturer: Slanket

Ciao

Listed on Ciao since: 25/11/2009