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Best hot water bottles for chilly winter nights

Whether you're looking for a cute hot water bottle, an extra-long model or an electric heat pad that's perfect for pain relief, we've got you covered

Rose Herringbone Wool Hot Water Bottle
Published: December 10, 2021 at 1:28 pm

When the evenings start to get chilly, nothing beats cosying up under the blankets with a hot water bottle. If you're looking for a new one this year, you've come to the right place!

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These days, there are so many styles to choose from besides the classic rubber bottle, from U-shaped versions for sore necks to rechargeable heat pads ideal for soothing cramps, as well as cute furry animals and super-stylish luxury hot water bottles.

Read on to discover the best hot water bottles we've found on the market right now!

Best hot water bottles to buy in the UK

Best cute hot water bottle

CityComfort Hot Water Bottle with Cute and Fluffy Cover

Beige sheep cute hot water bottle

This cute little sheep is made of super-soft fleece - what else? Inside, you'll find a 1l rubber bottle that should stay warm for hours once filled. At 30cm tall, it's on the smaller size, so it would make an ideal first hot water bottle for younger children - although, to be honest we'd want this all to ourselves! You could even put it in a dog bed to add a bit of warmth and comfort on winter nights, provided you trust your pooch to keep their teeth to themselves!

Speaking of which, if you're more of a dog person, the same brand sells a cockapoo version, too.

Best long hot water bottle

The Body Hot Water Bottle by YUYU

The Body Hot Water Bottle By YUYU – Grey Polka

A long hot water bottle is a versatile purchase - you can use it as a full-body warmer to cuddle up with at night, or wrap it around any problem area that could use a bit of soothing. This 75cm long one from YUYU, available at Argos, is extra useful as it comes with a handy strap to hold the bottle in place when you're on the move.

The washable cover also comes in plain grey, and both versions include a pocket that's perfect for slipping in a scented pouch ofor maximum relaxation - or a few tissues if you're feeling under the weather!

Best luxury hot water bottle

Rose herringbone wool hot water bottle

Rose Herringbone Wool Hot Water Bottle

You're probably familiar with their distinctive mugs and crockery, but did you know Emma Bridgewater also sells hot water bottles? Well, now you do - and they're as classy as you would imagine. The herringbone pattern and handstitched-look of the detailing gives this a really traditional look that would be right at home in a cottagecore scheme.

We're partial to the rose colourway shown above, but the cover also comes in dove grey and duck egg blue.

Best hot water bottle for sore necks

Teddy bear neck hot water bottle in Ochre

Teddy Bear Ochre Neck Hot Water Bottle

If you ever suffer from tension or soreness in your neck and shoulders - and let's face it, who doesn't? - then this U-shaped hot water bottle from Dunelm could be just the job! Made of soft, on-trend teddy fabric, it sits snugly around your neck to provide warming relief to any strained spots. Shown here in ochre, it's also available in charcoal, grey and blush pink.

Best electric hot water bottle

Snowpea rechargeable electric hot water bottle

Snowpea Rechargeable Electric Hot Water Bottle

Despite often being called an electric hot water bottle, a chargeable heat pad like this one from Amazon doesn't involve any water at all, so no worries about filling - and spilling! Simply plug into the mains and charge for seven minutes, then enjoy hours of warmth. For peace of mind, an inbuilt safety setting means the heat pad will never exceed its maximum 70C temperature, even if you forget to take it off charge.

We love that it comes with a pouch belt you can wrap around your waist to hold the bottle in place on the go - so handy if you're feeling under the weather with cramps or stomach ache but don't have the luxury of staying curled up on the sofa. The bottle cover also contains side pockets so you can slip your hands in to keep warm on chilly days!

Best stylish hot water bottle

Bonne Nuit green velvet hot water bottle

Bonne Nuit Green Velvet Hot Water Bottle

Oliver Bonas is always one of our favourite destinations for ultra-stylish homeware, and they haven't disappointed us with this luxurious green velvet hot water bottle. We love the embroidered illustration of a crane taking flight, with its delicate pink detailing, along with the phrase 'bonne nuit'.

This would not only make a gorgeous gift, we reckon it would also be a fabulous finishing touch to a guest bedroom if you're planning on hosting visitors over Christmas or beyond.

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