I have purchased and used many heated pads because I suffer from chronic back pain. Most pads eventually stop heating up and end up being disposed of. Bromose heated pad is very good quality, it doesn't loose heat and the heat is always consistant. Warm enough to ease away aches and is soft and comfortable against the skin. The outer cover is suitable for machine washing and i can confirm that it washes well, doesn't fade and doesn't shrink. If you are looking for a good quality heated pad then I would look to buy a bromose heating pad.