Get a Heated Scarf to Help You Stay Warm in the Winter
I don't know about you guys but I am definitely a warm-weather gal! When fall rolls in and the temperature starts to drop a bit, I am not a happy camper.
As a quadriplegic, my body has a hard time regulating its core temperature and I tend to nearly always feel cold. Truthfully, if my thermostat is set below 78°, I feel chilly or maybe even downright freezing. I've had times sitting in my living room at 75° and my teeth are chattering!
My wardrobe is filled with a lot of long pants, longer sleeved shirts, and lots and lots of scarves. I never wore scarves before my accident but after, it's pretty rare that anyone sees me out and about without a scarf around my neck.
Last year I was looking for ways to be even warmer and cozier and I came across the brilliant invention called a heated scarf! I know, sounds like heaven right! It quickly became my every day go-to scarf throughout the late fall and winter.
Now that cooler days are creeping in (we might even get some snow this upcoming weekend) my thoughts have again turned to my dear heated scarf. I know there are other folks out there that are freeze babies like me so I thought I'd put together a post of some delightful heated scarves for you to check out.
These heated scarves will not only help you stay a little warmer in the winter but if you close your eyes you can pretend it's the sun shining down on the back of your neck and shoulders.
Heated Scarves are Therapeutic
Heated scarves are obviously great because they are warm, but they are also great because they have therapeutic value.
Next time your muscles ache or your arthritis is acting up and you start reaching for the rice-filled sock, think about a heated scarf instead.
Not only does a heated scarf smell better it will give you longer-lasting heat that is more uniform in temperature. Depending on the scarf you buy it might also have multiple heat settings to provide a more controlled therapeutic effect.
How do Heated Scarves Work?
There are a few different types of heated scarves. One method of heating might suit your needs better than another.
The scarf I purchased has the heating element within the scarf at the back of the neck. This scarf heats when it's USB cord is plugged into a power source. This works out perfectly for me. Whenever I am up out of bed I am in my power wheelchair. My power chair has USB plugs underneath one armrest so, I can drive around all day with my scarf plugged in and have my neck and shoulders be super cozy warm.
Many heated scarves use rechargeable batteries or a battery pack as their power source. Heated scarves that use rechargeable batteries or packs normally have a super pouch for it to be stored in while the scarf is in use. When you're done using it, take the battery pack out and recharge. Some heated scarves have the option of using rechargeable batteries or a USB connection.
Scarves that use a USB connector or rechargeable batteries are certainly more popular, you can find heated scarves that use regular ol' alkaline batteries as a power source. This type of heated scarves would be a great option if you're heading somewhere with limited or no access to electricity.
I did a lot of Internet searching for heated scarves that run on alkaline batteries. They are far and few between with less than stellar reviews. I wanted to list it here so you know it is an option but I will not recommend any the list below.
Warming Pack Inserts
You can find heated scarves that use warming packs as the heating element. Warming packs such as Hot Hands are inserted into slots or pockets in the scarf. Once the heating packs are cool they are disposed of and they are replaced with new warming packs when you use it next.
you can always opt for the tried-and-true microwavable heating element. Similar to that rice filled sock, you just place the microwavable scarf into the microwave; heat for the recommended period of time and you have yourself a nice warm (and usually heavier) heated scarf.
Recommended Heated Scarves
USB Heated Scarf
I put this scarf in the number one position because it is the one I own so I have experience with it. I love this scarf! The heat source is in the middle of the scarf so it sits on the back of your neck, which is exactly where I want it!
- It's made with super soft velour type fabric which feels amazing around the neck!
- Doesn't get too hot.
This scarf heats by plugging it into a USB power source. I plug mine directly into my wheelchair but you can use a portable charger (which can tuck nicely into one of the scarf pockets).
- Only heats when it is plugged in.
- Putting a portable charger in the scarf pocket makes one side of the scarf very heavy. Thus, making the scarf pull down on that heavy side.
- Only heats in the middle of the scarf.
Rechargeable Heated Scarf
This scarf comes with a small rechargeable battery pack. Charge up the battery pack; plug in the scarf, and you've got some nice neck heat going on! The scarf comes in black so it's great for everyone.
- Comes with a rechargeable battery pack.
- Long length (58 inches).
- Made of a super-soft micro-fleece.
- Has an on / off button.
- Provided battery pack provides only 1.5-2 hours of charge.
- Only heats the back of the neck.
Several reviewers mentioned they purchased an additional / different portable battery so they could get a longer charge life.
Rechargeable Heated Scarf
This scarf comes with a 5V battery pack that can give you up to 7 hours of warmth. It has an on / off button and three choices for the amount of heat. Scarf is made with a soft micro-fleece material.
- On / off button and 3 temperature settings.
- Long-lasting warmth.
- Comes with a 5V rechargeable battery and cord.
- Scarf loop keeps scarf snug around your neck.
- Machine washable.
- Heats back of neck only.
- Little higher price but has more options.
HotMocs Heat Pack Scarf
No need for electricity, battery packs, or USB cords with this scarf! This heating scarf can hold up to five heat packs (like the hot hands packs). Scarf has slots for heating packs on the back of the neck as well as the chest area! It's made of a super soft, cozy micro-fleece.
- Can heat the back of the neck and chest area (or back if you flip the ends backwards).
- Requires NO battery pack or electricity.
- You can control the amount of heat by the number of heat packs used.
- Comes with two heat packs.
- Have to purchase heat packs separately.
- Must keep a supply of heat packs around.
- Heat packs are discarded after use.
Microwavable Aromatherapy Scarf
Prefer heating your neck wrap in the microwave and not fussing with a battery or heat packs? This one's got you covered get it ... it's a scarf ... got you covered! It also has pockets to keep your hands warm. Scarf is infused with natural calming lavender and chamomile.
- No battery or heat packs needed.
- Infused with natural chamomile and lavender.
- Easy to re-heat.
- Warmth lasts about an hour.
- Can't heat it without a microwave.
No nonsense, easy to use simple warmth.
Best Heated Scarves
I truly enjoy my heated scarf! We had a few snowflakes flying here already today and I have my heated scarf ready for use.
Even if you're not a freeze-baby like me, these scarves are great for those up-coming frigid winter days.
Let me and our community know what you think of your heated scarf!
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