Not only do they keep us warm, but heat pads can be a helpful tool for pain management (such as period pain) and relaxation. Whether you're after a traditional rubber hot water bottle, or one filled with wheat or beads that can be heated in the microwave, take a look at our buying guide and top 10 ranking list of the best hot water bottles to buy online on Amazon, eBay and John Lewis.
Hot water bottles do more than just keep us warm when the weather gets cold. If you often find it difficult to drift off, it could be down to cold feet. One Swiss study discovered that when our feet are cold, we generally find it harder to fall asleep. Using a hot water bottle stimulates the blood circulation right down to our toes aiding relaxation for a restful night’s sleep.
For those suffering from stiff joints or muscle pain, before you reach for the painkillers, try a hot water bottle instead. Heat therapy is commonly used in rehabilitation to help patients recover from deep tissue injury. This is because heat activates receptors under our skin which block the chemical signals that cause pain to be recognised by the brain.
Warmth is instead released gradually via convection to the surrounding area, the same way radiators heat our homes. A good quality, traditional hot water bottle can stay warm for up to 10 hours! Making them a great choice if you want long-lasting, sustained heat.
No hot water means you don’t have to worry about accidental burns or scalding, making them a suitable option for those who may have trouble pouring hot water from a heavy kettle or replacing screw caps and stoppers. Simply place in the microwave or oven to warm them up in a matter of seconds to a couple of minutes.
Some microwaveable heat packs are scented and release a gentle aroma when warm. Unfortunately, they tend to only retain heat for a short period of time, usually 20 minutes to 2 hours making them less suitable than a traditional hot water bottle for overnight use.
Hot water bottles are commonly made from rubber or PVC, although newer bottles are now sometimes made from silicone. Each material has benefits when it comes to durability and heat retention. Read on to find out more about the properties of each type!
Rubber tends to be more durable than non-rubber alternatives and is flexible enough to mould closely to the body when in use. Rubber does, however, have a strong smell that some may find unpleasant.
Although less prone to degradation than rubber, PVC hot water bottles generally aren’t as flexible, resulting in eventual splitting or cracking over time.
Silicone hot water bottles are odourless and can be used hot or cold. Safe for use in the microwave, you can quickly and easily reheat a bottle once it’s gone cold. This also makes them a safer option for those who experience difficulty lifting and pouring from a kettle.
Long, snake-like hot water bottles may look funny, but they are the perfect choice for snuggling up with on the sofa. Their shape allows them to warm several parts of the body at once when wrapped around or laid lengthways.
Due to their greater capacity, large hot water bottles are also heavier. Usually weighing around 2-3 kg on average when filled, they may not be the best option for individuals with reduced strength.
Having a small hot water bottle is convenient when you need to target pain in a specific area and can be useful for soothing headaches. You can even find mini hot water bottles with a capacity of 500 ml or less that are idea for warming your hands.
Most hot water bottles available to buy online come with a fabric cover. Hot water bottle covers can usually be removed and hand or machine washed depending on the fabric. These not only protect your skin, but come in a wide range of textures, colours and designs to suit every taste.
Now you hopefully have a better idea regarding the different types available, onto our ranking list of the top 10 hot water bottles available to buy online in the UK!
|Type||Microwaveable heat pack|
|Dimensions||25 x 25 cm|
|Dimensions||15.5 x 10.8 x 9 cm|
|Type||Microwave heat pack|
|Dimensions||47 x 17 cm|
|Cover||Non-removable, mixed textile|
|Cover||Removable, faux fur, plush|
|Dimensions||15 x 9.4 x 5.5 cm|
|Dimensions||60 x 30 cm|
|Cover||Removable, faux fur|
|Type||Microwaveable heat pack|
|Dimensions||34 x 29 cm|
|Dimensions||80 x 12 cm|
|Dimensions||34 x 34.5 x 34 cm|
|Dimensions||32 x 5 x 20 cm|
John Lewis & Partners
Jordan & Judy
Mink Fleece Hot Water Bottle
U Shape Neck Hot Water Bottle
Extra Long Hot Water Bottle
Hot Water Bottle and Cover
Soft Silicone Hot Water Bottle
Cute Bunny Hot Water Bottle
Silicone Cat Hot Water Bottle
Warming Pillow Bao The Panda
Best Insulating Hot Water Bottle
A Warming U Shaped Hot Water Bottle For Your Neck and Shoulders
An Extra Long Hot Water Bottle to Warm You From Head to Toe
Best Choice for Children
A Fun and Stylish Traditional Hot Water Bottle
Best Mini Hot Water Bottle
A Small Size Hot Water Bottle With a Cute and Cuddly Bunny Design
A Natural Heat Pack Made With Cotswold Wheat and Lavender
Top Pick for Cat Lovers
A Microwaveable Heat Pad for Treating Cramps
|Type||Traditional||Traditional||Traditional||Microwaveable heat pack||Traditional||Traditional||Traditional||Microwave heat pack||Traditional||Microwaveable heat pack|
|Material||Natural rubber||PVC||PVC||Wheat kernel||PVC||Silicone||PVC||Wheat kernels||Silicone||Wheat kernel|
|Capacity||2 L||1.4 L||2.5 L||-||2 L||313 ml||800 ml||–||500 ml||–|
|Dimensions||32 x 5 x 20 cm||34 x 34.5 x 34 cm||80 x 12 cm||34 x 29 cm||60 x 30 cm||15 x 9.4 x 5.5 cm||–||47 x 17 cm||15.5 x 10.8 x 9 cm||25 x 25 cm|
|Cover||Removable, fleece||Removable, fleece||Removable, knitted||Non-removable, integrated||Removable, faux fur||Removable, knitted||Removable, faux fur, plush||Non-removable, mixed textile||Non-removable, integrated||Removable, fleece|
First, if necessary, remove your hot water bottle from its cover. Unscrew the stopper and pour out any leftover water. After the kettle has boiled wait for the water to cool down to a safe temperature. Avoid using boiling water to fill your hot water bottle as it weakens the seams which could eventually cause the bottle to burst.
Gently and slowly squeeze out any remaining air in the bottle, replace the stopper and return to the bag. Always use your hot water bottle responsibly, do not sit on it or use it as a cushion and never place the bottle directly onto bare skin.
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Author: Wren Mann
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