ThermoGo is an “As Seen on TV” microwavable heating pad that claims to work as a body warmer, heated seat, hand warmer, and more in order to keep you warm and comfortable wherever you go, without cords, battery packs, or chargers. Because of this, ThermoGo is claimed to be ideal for commuting, outdoor events, camping, and more.
In order to accomplish this, ThermoGo is claimed to feature patented MicroCore technology whose molecules activate and increase temperature when placed in the microwave for 2 minutes, which is claimed to then last for up to 6 hours. On top of this, the manufacturer claims that ThermoGo can also be placed in the freezer for cooling relief on hot days.
So, should you buy yourself a ThermoGo? Consider the following:
Keep Your Expectations Realistic
First, while the ThermoGo may be useful for relatively short outings, such as commuting to the office or attending an outdoor event, keep in mind that it won’t be ideal for all circumstances, including some advertised by the manufacturer.
For instance, the ThermoGo website claims that you can take the warmer with you while hunting and camping, but the reality is that if you microwave it at home, by the time you’re set up at your camping or hunting site, it will likely have lost much (if not all) of its heating capacity.
Consider All Your Options
Next, it’s important to note that microwavable heating pads are not a recent invention, are available from a wide variety of manufacturers, and are very likely sold at a retailer near you.
To test this out, we’d recommend entering “microwave heating pad” into your favorite search engine, and you’ll receive dozens of results, many of which are less expensive than the ThermoGo. In fact, we found a blog post during our research that claims you can make your own microwavable heating pad, although you’ll need to know how to sew.
Although the ThermoGo is a relatively new product (URL registered July 2014) and there were no online customer reviews available at the time of our research, we did learn that the ThermoGo is manufactured by Safe TV Shop based out of Goodlettsville, TN. The company holds an F rating with the Better Business Bureau for failing to respond to their single complaint (as of 11/6/14), and also appears to manufacture other products such as Tickle Me Plant and Cupcake Cupcake, although there’s no active website for the latter.
ThermoGo Pricing & Refund Policy
ThermoGo is priced at $14.95 plus $7.95 S&H, and like most ASOTV products, you’ll have to purchase a second “free” ThermoGo, just pay an additional $4.95 S&H. Ultimately, this will bring your total to $27.85.
There isn’t a refund policy listed on the ThermoGo website, so we attempted to contact customer service at (877) 637-0784 in order to verify. Unfortunately, the phone continuously rang without a representative answering and without the ability to leave a message.
With this said, the vast majority of ASOTV products come with 30-day refund policies, less S&H charges. In the instance of ThermoGo, this means you’d potentially be out $12.90. And by the time you added whatever it will cost you to ship your ThermoGo back to the manufacturer, you could spend more in S&H charges than you’ll ultimately receive as a refund.
Bottom Line: Can ThermoGo Provide You with On-the-Go Warmth?
While we don’t have any reason to believe that the ThermoGo won’t effectively warm your body parts, keep in mind that you have a wide variety of microwavable heating pad options at your fingertips, many of which are likely available from local retailers. This way, if you’re dissatisfied, you know you’ll be able to return it without a hassle, and save money on S&H charges.
In the mean time, be sure to read through our article about 6 Tips for Purchasing “As Seen on TV” products.