Yep, it’s happened, we can no longer expect the good old fashioned hot water bottle shape, they now make them in all shapes and sizes, what’s going on?
We all knew where we stood with a good reliable rubber hot water bottle in blue, green or if you dared to dream even red. Then along came pink, turquoise, cream and even mustard. Just get used to those then some very clever people in Germany develop a thermoplastic hot water bottle. OK, so these are nicer colours and even transparent but they then make some in heart shape – cute.
To add to the confusion somebody decided it would interesting to have a hot water bottle in miniature, yes a mini hot water bottle. Then along came square shape as apparently they are easier to use with soft toys. In this case you get a soft toy like a teddy bear and place a hot water bottle in its belly. What happens when that bottle wears out, and it will as it’s made of rubber (perishable) so you’re left with your child’s favourite soft toy and no bottle in it. So we have to have a square hot water bottle to replace it now or the little angels will never forgive you.
Suddenly out of nowhere everyone has gone long, why do we need another shape? Not only is there a long hot water bottle but some are longer than others, that’s confusing. The cut down versions in discount stores are short long (I know it doesn’t make sense) to get discounters to their low price point. The full length ones hold the same amount of water as a standard bottle. The cut down long bottle has less than half. Forget the cut down long bottle as these are only for the discount guys and don’t really add anything except a budget price tag on a long bottle that is not long and kinda misses the point. The real reason for a long hot water bottle is to wrap it around your waist or spread it out inside the bed, diagonally. That gives the full benefit, anything else is just a cheat and really a waste of money as it falls short of what you can do with a proper long hot water bottle.
So has it now settled down, well no? Eco warriors want an eco bottle. The same guys that brought us all a thermoplastic bottle have now developed an eco hot water bottle made from cane sugar crop. Sort of the same shape as a traditional bottle but rigid and slightly smaller, has a different feel to it. No plasticisers or PVC used and made with the Finneck Foundation providing a safe work place for people with disabilities.
With all the changes what hasn’t change is people, the best selling type of bottle is still the good old traditional shape and the question is why? The classic hot water bottle shape is universally known around the world, it packs a mighty 2 litre of hot water which is enough to last inside a bed all night without going stone cold. Easy to carry, fill and cuddle up to when you need instant heat, what’s not to like, young and old alike.
We’re running out room with all the different sizes, types and colours, everyone wants choice these days and who are we to argue, if you want it we’ll just have to find room for a bigger hot water bottle range.