Are you looking for a new microwavable heating pad? Or maybe you'd like to buy one as a gift for someone? Either way, many factors dictate what microwavable heating pad works best for your purpose.
Don't fret, though! I'll be going over all these factors and more, so you can make the best decision.
What is the best fabric for heating pads?
The material used in making the heating pad should be soft and comfortable so that it does not cause irritation or discomfort. It should also be easy to clean so that there is no contamination from bacteria or germs during use. Cotton is the best fabric because it has all these qualities and is hypoallergenic!
Some companies use synthetic fabric, which could produce toxic moisture or fumes, burn the skin or cause allergic reactions. Always choose cozy, 100% cotton flannel, ideally approved by the National Cotton Council of America.
Guaranteed To Do No Harm
Look for a company that guarantees that its products do not harm. This includes both the short and long-term effects of using their product. If there is any risk, it should be clearly stated on their website and in their literature about using their product.
Unfortunately, 99% of the heating pads available today are made in China. Some even claim they are made in the US or Canada, but they are not!
Be sure that it’s truly made in Canada or US, do your homework! The easiest way to check the country of origin is to check the product availability on AliExpress or Alibaba website. If you can find it there, it's definitely made in China.
It is important to know where your products are coming from, especially regarding raw materials used in making heating pads. The best option is to buy microwavable heating pads made using raw materials from North America because they have been tested and proven safe for use in terms of health and safety concerns. This also ensures that there is no risk of any chemicals being used in making these products, which can also be hazardous to our health and environment.
Localizing supply chain represents a tremendous opportunity to help the environment. When we reduce shipping and storage, we also reduce emissions and energy usage.
Choose one with 100% locally grown grains as filler. This will ensure that you get the highest quality product possible. Locally grown products contain fewer chemicals and additives than other countries or states. They also tend to be more environmentally friendly because they don't require long transportation distances or lots of packaging during shipping. There are many options available for heating pad fillers. Be sure to purchase the type of filler best for you.
After many years of testing and research at Aora, we found that heating pads filled with whole oats are the best option for the following reasons:
- Unlike others, it won’t mold or degrade over time.
- Whole oats filling provides the best heat retention, much better than the other option, like rice, cherry pits, flax seeds, corn, beans, or clay beads.
- The smell from the whole oats is the only one that doesn't make you feel sick. Rice, flax seeds, or other options can create a terrible, burning smell after heating in a microwave. Unlike oats that provide a comforting earthy, organic small.
- Other bags are too heavy while providing even less heat retention. Aora uses whole oats containing all three parts of the grain - the germ, endosperm, and bran- which makes our heating pad much lighter than others while providing much better heat retention. This filling has a great balance between being shapeable, with a bit of heft, and still being lightweight and comfortable.