ISSUE 98  |  Under the Covers

Hot Water Bottles Make Everything Feel Better

November 14, 2013 4:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Now that it’s getting chilly out, we’re taking a tip from the Brits and rediscovering the hot water bottle. Covered in a soft, appealing-looking case, they’re perfect for instant warmth in bed –just add hot water (so much convenient than in the 16th century when bed heaters were filled with dying embers from the fire). Today’s hot water bottles are made from rubber, which, when filled, often feels too hot–and 30 minutes later too cold. Wool covers remedy the temperature problem, making the bottles look and feel inviting. Which of these would you let in under the covers?

Hot water bottles not included, unless noted. Classic rubber Hot Water Bottles are available from Ancient Industries in three different colors for $25.

Above: The Hot Bottie Cover is hand knit in Leicestershire, England, and has a turtleneck collar and long johns-style button flap. Available in light and dark gray; $45 from Ancient Industries. 

Above: From New Zealand, the Hand-Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover of 100 percent merino wool (hot water bottle included); $120 NZD from Everyday Needs. Check out our recent post about Everyday Needs: Elevating the Everyday in Auckland, New Zealand

Above L and R: Woven in a traditional Welsh pattern in one of the last working woolen mills in West Wales, the Hot Water Bottle Cover Natural and Hot Water Bottle Orange are £34 each from Labour and Wait of London. Ribbed rubber water bottles in black, white, or red are available for £8.50 each.

Above: The Pure New Wool Hot Water Bottle Cover in soft blanket-weight wool with elastic opening and stitched edges; €31 from Germany-based Manufactum.

Above: The Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover in Grey Marl Zig-Zag is handmade in Burnham, England, from an alpaca, wool, and acrylic blend. It has a ribbed neck and button flap; $35 from Loftlines via Etsy.

 Above: The Hand-Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover by High Fibre is made from Scottish yarn that’s hand knit and then felted; $59.93 from online shop Not on the High Street. 

Looking for more ways to keep warm this winter? Here are 5 Glamorous Velvet Blankets to check out.