There are plenty of ways to create a cozy, inviting home. When looking to add extra heating to the house, carpet warmers are the ideal choice for a comfortable home. While this product is a great home investment, there is a lot of confusion for consumers trying to find out more. With a comparison of two top choices on the market, Hot Carpet by Woowarmer vs. RugHeat™ by CozyWinters, remove the confusion from the equation and make the right choice.
Hot Carpet by Woowarmer vs. RugHeat™ by CozyWinters
Carpet Warmers Comparison Factors
1| GFCI and plug
Hot Carpet: Using a two prong plug that is attached to a cord, this product is not GFCI protected. The lack of GFCI protection makes it dangerous and out of electrical code which is a major concern for any consumer.
RugHeat™: Using a three prong plug, this product is not only GFCI protected, but it is the only CE listed heating product for under an area rug available on the market.
Hot Carpet: The product is sold in rather limited sizes that do not fit most rugs sold in the U.S. market based on common room sizes.
RugHeat™: The product is available several sizes based on common rug sizes sold in stores to accommodate the average American home.
22″ x 34″ (Fits under a 2′ x 3′ Rug)
22″ x 89″ Runner (Fits under a 2′ x 7.5′ Runner)
34″ x 58″ (Fits under a 3′ x 5′ Rug)
58″ x 81″ (Fits under a 5′ x 7′ Rug)
63″ x 93″ (Fits under a 5.5′ x 8′ Rug)
3| Safe power density
Hot Carpet: Exceeding the limit of 12 watts/sf set by UL standards, the power density is not within a safe range for this product.
Hot Carpet: The specified operating temperature is 115 Fahrenheit on a high setting or 95 Fahrenheit on a medium setting. These temperatures exceed the UL recommended surface temperature to ensure proper safety. A temperature of 104 Fahrenheit and above has the potential to cause issues such as skin burns and even dehydration.
RugHeat™: This product operates at a safe temperature of 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid this concern altogether.
5| Cord length
Hot Carpet: With only 6 feet in cord length available, this product may not be ideal for the average size of rooms found in American homes.
RugHeat™: Offering a cord 8 feet in length to accommodate the U.S. market, this product offers extra length to make use easier than ever.
6| Control unit
Hot Carpet: The control unit is bulky and covered in a thermally insulated material which may lead to heat damage. It may also become a trip hazard based on where the control unit is located in the design.
RugHeat™: Encapsulated in a flame retardant ABS block, the control unit is in a convenient location and exits the heating panel in the corner.
Hot Carpet: This product isn’t waterproof so it should not be used in wet or damp areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas of concern. Due to the lack of GFCI protection, spilling liquid on it can be dangerous for users and damaging to the product.
RugHeat™: This product is waterproof and offers the required GFCI protection making it ideal for use in damp/wet areas of the home.
Hot Carpet: There are restrictions on where users can place this product. For instance, it can only be placed under the legs of furniture rather than under the entirety of a chair.
RugHeat™: This carpet warmer can be used with all sorts of furniture, such as under kitchen tables, desks, and living room chairs, as long as the recommended spacing guidelines of the product are followed.
9| Unclear Messages on Usage
Hot Carpet: There are contradictions in the way Woowarmer claims the Hot Carpet can be used by consumers. For starters, they claim the product can be used under a dog bed to warm a sleeping pet, but they also state the product should not be completely covered as it may end up overheating and shutting off. It is also not recommended for use with pets since pets may damage the Hot Carpet and create a potential fire hazard in the home. Another contradiction is that the manufacturer claims the product is suitable for use in the bathroom under a mat, but the product is not GFCI protected or waterproof so this is a bad idea. They also suggest using the product in sleeping bags and yet advise not to use the product while sleeping creating another contradiction in usage.
RugHeat™: The manufacturer, CozyWinters, makes sure to educate consumers on the product to ensure function and safety. There are no mixed messages regarding its use thanks to a thorough FAQ section and owner’s manual.
10| Bug Issues
Hot Carpet: There is a concern of bug problems with Hot Carpet since the heating element is encased in a carpet-like material. In fact, the material is so prone to harboring bugs, such as ticks and mites, there is a section in the owner’s manual offering consumers tips to get rid of the pests.
RugHeat™: The product is not constructed with the use of a carpeted material over the heating element. This removes the potential for harboring bugs overall.
Hot Carpet: The product offers a 1-year warranty.
RugHeat™: The product comes with a 5-year warranty for added peace of mind.
12| Unpleasant Odor
Hot Carpet: The product may have an adhesive odor when it is first turned on for use. While the odor should gradually dissipate over time and use, it will take longer when used in small areas with poor ventilation. RugHeat™: The product is odor-free overall from the very first use as long as consumers follow the suggested guideline of not placing a foam mat underneath the carpet warmers.
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