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Heat Therapy Comparison Chart

 

 Ceramic

Thermotex Infrared Heat Pads

Wheat bags

Microbead Moist Heat pads

Microwaveable Scottie Heat Pad

Grain filled heat packs

Heat in a Click

Battery operated

Cherry stone Pillow

                   
Price Range £5.99 up £105-£165 From £8.99 From £17.99 £14.99 Under £10 From £5-£25 From £19.99 Under £20
Scent None None Scented No scent No scent No scent No scent No scent Natural fragrance/can be scented

Energy source

 

Self

Electric socket

Microwave

Microwave

Microwave

Microwave Boiling in a Pan Rechargeable lithium battery

Microwave

Washability Machine Wipe outer cover Wipe outer cover Washable outer cover Washable outer cover Washable outer cover Boiled in water each time used Wipe outer cover Fully washable

Portability

Easy

Easy for travel with car adaptor

Easy to transport

Easy to transport

Easy to transport

Easy to transport Easy to transport Easy to transport

Portable

Type of Heat

Radiant

Radiant 100% infrared

Conductive

Conductive

Conductive

Conductive Conductive Conductive

Conductive

Risk of burns

 

N/A

Very low

Low

Low

Low

Low Low Low

Low

Convenience of Use

N/A

Plugs into standard socket anywhere for immediate use.

Easy to use where there is a microwave

Easy to use where there is a microwave

Easy to use where there is a microwave

Easy to use where there is a microwave Where there is a cooker Battery operated easy to travel with

Easy to use where there is a microwave

Ease of application

Easy

Designed to fit the body part, easy to use, can be used whilst seated or lying down

Can be held in place or use joint packs, belt packs with velcro fastening.

Designed to fit the body part, easy to use by placing on area requiring heat

A solid disc can be held in place. Difficult to use on certain body parts as it is not flexible.

Must be held in place, will mould to body and is flexible Is flexible to the body and stays quite hot for up to a couple of hours. Is flexible to the body and stays quite hot for up to a couple of hours.

Can be held in place, filled with cherry stones for a massage effect

In car use

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No Yes Yes

No

Duration of use

all day

Used for 30-45 minutes, can be safely used for over 1 hour

40 minutes use then requires re-heating

30 minutes use then requires re-heating

8 hours, must be completely cool before reheating.

30-40 mins then gradually cools down 1-2 hours then gradually cools down. 3 hours then gradually cools down

up to an hour

Heat Penetration

own body heat

Up to 6cm (2.5”)

Not measured

Deep as water is a better conductor than air

Not measured

Not measured Not measured Not measured

Not measured

Temperature fluctuation

Constant

Constant

High temperature then cooling

High temperature then cooling

Medium temperature 55 degrees then gradually cooling

High temperature then cooling High temperature then cooling Medium temperature then cooling

Constant

 

Cost of Use

(based on 9.8p/KWh)

 

N/A

0.26p ie per 45 minutes based on 36 Watt Platinum

0.39p based on 800W microwave on high for 3 minutes

0.39p based on 800W microwave on high for 3 minutes

0.51p based on 800W microwave on high for 5 minutes

Boiling kettle (unknown) Boiling water in a pan (unknown) 0.26p ie per 45 minutes based on 36 Watt Platinum

0.39p based on 800W microwave on high for 3 minutes