I got it in my mind that I needed a kotatsu, so I obsessively researched how to get one and oh boy, they're not cheap to get in the US. This one looked overpriced and I was afraid of breaking it, and I was worried I wouldn't be tall enough since I'm a bigger woman (it's actually fine). I looked everywhere. I considered the IKEA coffee table hack even, but I really wanted the peace of mind of fire safety and quality of life features of the real thing (like a topper the extends the full width of the table!) You can find cheap and used ones on Japanese auction sites, but the buying services charge hundreds to ship anything remotely heavy. So I was really left with the choice of spending $200 or $400+.
Just get this one. Installation could not be easier. Very straightforward. It's plastic, but it's the sturdy kind. I still don't put all of my weight on it when standing up however. The topper is double sided and, I dunno, it's just nice to have one that's made for this. It's satisfying when it's completely flush with the table. The heater cord has a hook to loop through so it's never in the way. The heater really heats up, I had to turn it down. The switch is in Japanese, but the little "walking man" symbol is "on."
You do need the converter everyone mentions, however everyone recommends the 1000W one. You do not need 1000W. The heater only draws 300W, just read the description. Save money and get the 500W. On the back there will be a switch between 100V and 120V. It was set to 120V by default, but I had to switch it to 100V to get the heater to power on. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PC4JL4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
As for its warmth and coziness, that might depend on which comforter you buy, but I have taken so many accidental naps in this thing. If you're curious which futon I bought, it's this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076D647KX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Expensive but worth it if you can afford it.
Feel free to shop around, but I have a feeling you'll be back to buy this one if you're in the US.
|商品尺寸||74.93 x 74.93 x 38.48 cm; 12 公斤|