Here’s another new way to heat your tent: underfloor heating! We review the Outwell heated carpet.
Being cold can ruin a camping trip.
We’ve covered many ways to keep warm when camping, but now there’s a new way: underfloor heating. Yep, warm feet in your tent.
The Outwell Heated Carpet Review
Outwell sent us their new Heated Carpet for us to test…
The carpet simply plugs into a standard UK power socket, such as you would find on your EHU extension.
It then warms up and becomes…
Fly Paper for Kids (and Grown-ups!)
When we first tested this heated carpet, the weather wasn’t cold, but it wasn’t always warm.
It was easy to find the kids as they would be lying down on top of the heated carpet, not wanting to move from it.
The carpet puts out a gentle heat that is more noticeable when you put pressure on the carpet, such as when you stand or sit on it.
I found the heat much nicer than a fan heater, which can dry out the air. In fact, it’s a real luxury in your tent.
Where to put it
Outwell demonstrated the heated carpet outside the bedrooms, providing a warm place to stand. Outwell have warnings about not overlapping the carpet to prevent it overheating.
We placed it outside the bedrooms, and also in the living space. It certainly makes a cosy place to sit.
We did try placing a little bit of the carpet under the bedrooms. This provided some warmth underfoot in the bedrooms, but it wasn’t noticeable that it provided much warmth to the bedrooms. However, I didn’t put much of the carpet under the bedrooms for safety reasons, and it wasn’t too cold anyway.
The carpets come in a couple of sizes, so you’ll need to work out what usable space you’d have in your tent for it.
We have also used it in a smaller 3 man tent, where the carpet covered the entire sleeping area. We tried sleeping on top of it. It was great at warming the sleeping bags up, but we soon got too hot! Perhaps it would be different in winter.
If you are wanting to really glam up your tent, and especially extend your camping season from Spring through to October, then this is another item to put on your shopping list.
It certainly creates a much more pleasant environment than fan heaters, which dry the air.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Outwell who sent us their Heating Carpet to test. All opinions are our own.
The idea of having a heated carpet in your tent has been well received, but there’s also the counterargument…
Heated Carpets in Tents: Good or Bad?
“We love camping but have only been able to go camping during the summer months.
Mrs Goodlife hates getting cold, and especially hates having cold feet. With this heated carpet we’ll be able to get away with the kids as soon as Easter school holidays start, and may be even the October half term if the weather isn’t too bad.” – Mr. Goodlife
“A heated carpet isn’t real camping. There are plenty of ways to keep warm in the tent without using an electric hook-up. You can even find how to keep warm on this website.
The idea that kids can only go camping when there’s electric gizmos is ridiculous.” – Mr. Outdoorsman
OK, so Mr. Goodlife and Mr. Outdoorsman are not real people, but they do represent some real opinions.
But it doesn’t matter what they think. What do you think? Are heated-carpets in tents good or bad?
- The Outwell Heated Carpet creates an amazingly warm pad in your tent that your entire family will be glued to.
- Of course, you need to be camping with an electric hook-up to use the carpet.