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I can not fault the VelIux blanket. I have 4 of these blankets that I bought about 11 years ago. They get used for about 3 months a year. and washed in Earth Choice wool mix detergent and stored away in pillowcases.
I bought 2 of these blankets only to find after a 3 months pieces of the fabric just lift off and it shows a type of netting, a pup scratched one blankets and I have marks now showing the netting where it scratched. At the cost they are it is appaling certainly do not get your monies worth. I complained Myer wanted a photo emailed to them which I did. I was then given 2 replacement blankets only for the same thing to happen. The only thing good about them are that they are lightweight. Can no longer fold back my bedcover because of the tears i...n the blankets. Looks like a mouse or moths have been at them rather embarrassing. I am furious that I paid so much money for them and then for this to happen. I cannot understand how they can keep selling them! I cant afford to go replacing blankets.... October 5th 2017 Update: More than falling apart I am now too embarrassed to put any visitor in our beds because of these blankets they look like a mouse has been at them and are getting worse each time I wash them. They say was every 12 weeks. I would so love to know why. The worse product I have ever bought. I definitely would tell people to not waste their hard ear to money they are absolutely disgusting and you certainly do not get your mo yes worth, they aren't cheap.. very very disappointed, never ever again.
Waste of money. Lowest quality.
I bought two queen size blankets at Kohl's, each at $50+. I should have checked product reviews before purchasing and saved myself money and frustration. Although they look shiny, are lightweight and warm, they started to lose bits and pieces of material during regular use. First time wash, both shredded and made a complete mess in my washing machine. These should be labeled "Disposable Blankets - Discard After Use." A warning should be included to NOT wash as they WILL fall apart. I have the packaging and the label reads "Made in the USA by WestPoint Stevens Ind. New York..." - That's a discouraging fact when we make an effort to buy products made in the US and pay higher prices for poor quality material.
How can they sell this junk?
Purchased a martex blanket on eBay. Paid $40 for it. It fell apart completely in my washing machine. What a mess! Never have I seen anything like this happen before in my life. How can they sell this junk?
Vellux Blanket-----It falls apart!!!
Initially it looks and feels great, but after a year or two it begins to fall apart; it absolutely begins to disintegrate. So, unless you like the feel of this thing so much you're prepared to buy a new one every year, forget it. If you want a blanket that lasts do not buy this blanket. Martex the maker of Vellux should be held accountable for putting this junk on the market.
I bought four of the blanket,as I saw them in the hotels..I fell in love..so when I came back I googled and saw dj.and Myers sales them..and I went and got four of them..I washed all of them as they said...one at the time....two came fall appart....two stayed the same very good..but the other two fell APPART...the staff on the phone....wasn't even wanted to listen...it looks like they don't care...I am extremely fussy,I look after my stuff...and take good care of them...I think as when I told them on the phone it must have been bad batch...her ...answer was NO...I used to work in fabric shops and I know it can happen..instead she answer with manners,her answer was that's all I can say...now I have two in a plastic bag,to throw them,and two to keep..I don't use them,I use them when I have guest..for extra blanket...what a waste of money..
Doesn't like hot water, and disintegrates over time
I bought Vellux blankets for my son who tested allergic to dust mites. This was down to a shop assistant at David Jones who rang the company and asked if the product could be washed with hot water, as recommended by my son's doctor. The company rep said yes. Well, it can be washed weekly in hot water, but it reduces the life of the product to no more than a few years. And what a mess it makes of anything else in the washing machine, with bits of tuft coming off and attaching themselves to anything and everything. Not nice at tall. It's a bit of a pity given the product is not cheap. Otherwise, my son liked the blankets, and his friends always chose a vellux blanket when it came to sleepovers.
Great blanket... but doesn't last like a "real" blanket.
My wife has bought several over the year and they are great blankets... until they disintegrate.
If they are over a year or so old, don't even think about washing them. You will end up with a washing machine full of fleece and a nylon net.
Total waste of money!
BIG DISASTER. Very disappointed when my favourit Vellux king-size blanket went in the washing machine. Washed according to the instructions (30C, mild detergent, soft spin cycle) and the lamination gave way and completely disintegrated into small little soft pieces ricegrain size. Not only did it block my washingmachine; it ruined the blanket and stripped it of it's colour. NO warranty of course as it was more than 6 months old BIG DISASTER. MY ADVICE: DON'T PURCHASE
My 100% nylon Vellux blanket was lightly used for less than six months when a six square foot area delaminated and the fleecy material disintegrated. (It was never in the washing machine). WORST blanket I ever owned!
Keeping me warm
We are now well into winter & I am very happy with my Vellux blanket. Lots of cold weather this year yet my blanket has given me enough warmth I have washed it during this winter & it is easy for me (83yr old) to put in & out of the washing machine & it dries so quickly. After having one of these blankets before I am very happy to say the quality of the product is still very high (not like a lot of other products) & I would recommend these to anyone looking for a 1st class product. My daughter purchased one last week to use in her caravan while...touring as they do not take up a lot of room & are so light weight. I am hoping to purchase a Queen size one for my spare bed next year as they are much easier to handle than a doona so keep on producing this quality blanket Bernadette Gadischkie, [personal details removed]
Wonderful warm and light weight
My blanket purchased in 2000 has blanket stitched sides and is in good condition
And is guaranteed d for 5 year domestic use.
No problem with moths like my original wool blanket
Never again!!!Very expensive for a product that is unfinished!
Although I love the weight and feel, these blankets are not an investment. Three times I have bought king or queen sized ones, at high prices (Australia). After two years the sides start pulling away from the mesh In between fabric, leaving pieces on the floor and a general shabby appearance. I follow the maintenance instructions, and store them in paper, as they are only on the bed for 6 months of the year.
Why not hem the sides? I tried this, but too late for my latest one, which has terminal rot, breaking apart more under my sewing needle.
I have woollen blankets from my Mother which are in perfect condition and are 50 years old.
At $200 for a blanket, I'll never buy or recommend them again.
Retiring my Vellux
I have had my Vellux blanket for 20+ years (bought at Walmart whilst on a trip overseas) and was around 50 American dollars, in Australia it was then around 170 Australian dollars (King size). It has now started to develope small holes so have finally decided to retire it, (it may be because my nails pass through it when I pull it up) I am going to try and make it into a slightly smaller one. I LOVE IT
Light and warm
Far too expensive to buy now.
Excellent warmth from a lightweight blanket.
We purchased 2 King Size blankets a few years ago - we wanted a product that was lightweight and easily handled and these blankets fulfilled our expectations in that regard and proved most warm for their weight.
An excellent blanket if you are looking for one that does not feel heavy but also provides comfortable sleeping.
Fantastic after sales service.
Unfortunately, we had a problem with one of them recently. However, the manufacturer provided excellent service and replaced the faulty item.
Vellux Blanket disintegrating
My Vellux blanket is starting to disintegrate and I am very disappointed. The blanket was very expensive when we bought it and I thought it would last for many years.
I originally purchased the blanket instead of a wool blanket for allergy reasons and am sorry I did not make the decision to buy a wool blanket as purchases like these should last many many years.
Our family still has the woolen blankets mum used to use when we were kids. They are beautiful to feel and sleep under but do not seem to last the test of time.
Perfect for best sleep
I love this light weight blanket that is perfect for me going through the hot and cold sweats at night. Its warm and cosy and easy to throw off if I am having hot sweat. I challenge anyone to find anything wrong with this blanket. Very easy to wash and dry even in winter.
Lightweight and yet warm enough
I love my Vellux blanket - I throw it in the washing machine once a month during winter and hang it on the line to dry. It is super warm, yet light weight and it is a generous size. I thought at the time of purchase it was expensive, however I have had it now for 5 years and it still looks as good as new. I have 3 children and it has had many a thing spilt on it. Put it through the wash and it's as good as new.
Size, feel, warmth.
These blankets are supposed to be the best; commercial or Motel quality. They certainly look and feel good, though being nylon velour they can feel a little clammy against bare skin. At $170 for a King Size they are seriously expensive (we got two on sale, 30% off), so I was SHOCKED to find how easily you could damage them. The velour is bonded to an insulated core, which gives it the warmth, but you can just pinch the velour surface between your thumb and forefinger, pull with only a little bit of force, and the velour comes right off the back...ing ! I discovered this when I tried to pinch off a little bit of dried food, and the food came away with the velour. I thought it was because of the food that this happened, but no, you can just pinch and tear off bits of blanket, just like that. And I'm not talking just a bit of fluff or a few hairs torn off, it comes off like a piece of skin, and shows the inner core in a very obvious fashion. You certainly don't expect this from a $170 blanket ! If you are just going to use these blankets for show, and have no kids or pets or anwhere they could get caught or dragged across sharp edges, then they are a lovely looking velour blanket. But if there is the slightest chance that they could be placed in any situation where the surface could get pinched, forget it. To their credit, they have a 90 day returns guarantee, and another 5 year use guarantee, and did refund my money. They look lovely, are light, warm, and dry in no time (15 minutes on a sunny day). Very expensive, and so easily damaged. You can just pinch the velour surface away from the inner core !
Questions & Answers
I have had my blanket 2 years, wash it mid season and before I put it away in spring. This year I have noticed a small hole in it, like a moth hole. Why is this?
Washing my new Vellux blanket would not be easy too big for my washing machine and no way I could manage it by hand. What happens to it if I do not wash it ? Bought a t David Jones at Tuggerah NSW
Hi Jill, You will find It probably will fit in a washing machine, even a small one, as it's very thin and light - even if it is a king size. They fit easily in our regular household washing machine without a problem. We only wash ours every now and then, if they have a mark on them basically. We use them in our motel. It would be fine to not wash it for quite a while. We hang ours outside on a clothes line often to give them a good airing, but we don't wash them a whole lot. The main problem I've found with ours is that they fray along the sides and the bottom end as not all of them are folded over and hemmed on all sides. I have purchased about 8 and only one was hemmed all the way around. The others just have a zig zag stitch around the 3 edges. I hope this helps :-)
Many thanks, Mandy, for your helpful answer. I did buy one several years ago and it was never the same after I washed it in small washing machine. It came out with white streaks all over it and was such a mess I threw it away. Have always regretted not returning it to Myer because I washed it before using it and so never got any use out of it. I thought that over the years they may have improved, but was dismayed to read about the requirement to wash it every three months. It will only be used in our household and so I will not worry too much about the washing. Thank you again for your assistance.
I wash mine every year after winter use. Have had no problems. If you think your machine is too small take it to a laundry-mat they have much larger machines.
My Vellux blankets have a "chemical smell" is this a health hazard? Also they produce alot of dust? check this out when they are dry on the line, after a shake. My blankets also have what looks like moth holes. I use them on the beds for my guests at my bed and breakfast.
No I do not notice a chemical smell & I do not notice partials of dust after washing Maybe it is the type of washing powder I use a liquid &bit is fine as for the holes in the product I think that is the weave of the product $ when you hold it up to light it is more noticeable I have used one of these blankets since 2005 & I think I would have noticed before if these concerns were a worry. My daughter has purchased a blanket for use in her caravan & used the blanket 3 or 4 times in late winter & she would have certainly noticed if there were a broblem. Good luck Bernadette
when they are wet on the line I can take fingertips full lint from them. I also use liquid wash. Thank-you for your response. They are made in Australia.
Hi Marilyn, I have the same problem with ours with the lint. Each time I wash them they look like they've washed with a facial tissue. Small bits all over them. I have used both liquid and granule washing powders, both with the same result. I usually put mine over something large to dry (or on the clothes line) and then have to brush-o-matic the bits away. It's a slow process and takes ages :-( When the blankets were first purchased they did have a funny smell to them, but it disappeared after a while. Because the blanket fabric is veryyy stretchy and thin, it's quite easy to put a hole in them just with fingers, by making the bed. We have to be very careful of that,
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