Hot Products for Winter 2017

It’s that time of the year when we come across new products that may bring warmth and comfort to Raynaud’s sufferers and share them with fellow Frosties.

Heated Animal Ear Muffs – We first discovered these adorable ear muffs in a TJ Maxx store in Florida (yes, Florida!) and thought they were so cute, we searched for them on the web and found them on the manufacturer’s site Aroma Home.  What’s unique about these ear covers is that they hold two re-usable gel heat packs that warm up when you flip the metal chips inside.  We’re not huge fans of these gel packs for everyday use, as they are a bit challenging to maintain (need to be carefully microwaved or heated on the stove to get back into their “ready state” once cooled), but they do offer a fun way to stay warm!  Massage the packs to help maximize the heat which lasts about 45 minutes.  Designs include Owls, Polar Bears, Pink Cats and Red Foxes.  The company is based in the UK, but we found them on Amazon priced at $25 and up.

Six Zone Heated Mattress Pad – Retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is often a good source for unique heated products, and this one fits the category.  Heated mattress pads are a gift from heaven for many Raynaud’s sufferers, particularly their dual controls that allow us to sleep comfortably without forcing our partners to sweat through the night.  However, this heated mattress pad does much more:  It includes six independently adjustable zones – head, torso and leg regions for each side of the bed – so we can warm our toes without heating the whole side of the bed, which may be a great option for in-between seasons that aren’t that chilly, but still put frost on our footsies.  Features include a wireless remote to adjust the temperature settings, a preheat function to ensure the bed is toasty before hopping in, and an automatic function to turn the heat off after ten hours (but who would want to?).  Comes in King and Queen sizes for around $200.  The company has a lifetime guarantee on their products, so it’s worth the price if it really works!

Heated ScarfHeated Scarf – We recently tested a new product that is a fleecy long scarf with a rechargeable battery.  It heats up at the back of the neck, includes a hand warmer pocket, and feels so dreamy that you won’t want to take it off!  We checked the site for our Sponsor at The Warming Store to see if they carry heated scarves and found several brands to choose from, most in the range of about $99 to $125 for those similar to the one we tested.  Some even had multiple heating zones with wider fabric to cover the top of your back or the option to heat the lower ends of the scarf. If you prefer one that takes disposable batteries or is microwaveable, prices are much lower, in the range of $10 to $40, but they won’t have the long-lasting benefit of those with rechargeable heating systems that can last up to 4 hours.  Warming the back of the neck has a way of helping to warm the whole body, so a heated scarf can really warm our hearts this winter season!

If you try any of the above products, we’d love your feedback, and please share your new product finds with us. Write to info@raynauds.org, post them in our Discussion Forum or on our Facebook Fan page.