Cold feet in Europe: Electric blankets and partners are favorites when it comes to getting warm


Electric blankets, but also partners, are the tools of choice in combating cold feet, as revealed in a study carried out by E.ON together with Kantar EMNID in ten European countries.

Across all the countries, partners were cited as a favorite heat source by 30 percent of respondents, just ahead of electric blankets and heat cushions, which notched up 29 percent. There were huge differences, however, when it came to the individual countries: hence, with 44 percent, almost half of all cold feet in Romania are warmed by partners, whilst in Sweden – usually much colder – the figure was just 19 percent.

Among the Germans, the good old hot water bottle beat both human and electric heat. A total of 28 percent use them to get warm, while partners were second-favorites with 23 percent. Heated blankets and cushions occupied third place with 19 percent. Only the French are less likely to favor technology to help them warm up, as the figure was just 17 percent here. It’s hardly surprising that in the country with the city of love, cuddling up to a partner is by far the preferred method, with 36 percent warming up this way.

What the survey didn’t reveal was how partners deal with the shock of a pair of cold feet touching their warm skin, and whether they get their revenge with cool-packs that then end up on the other side of the sofa or the bed. Plenty more questions to be answered in another survey, therefore.

These results are part of the study “Living in Europe 2018”, for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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