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Aftermarket Heated Seats

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  • From an earlier discussion it seems that the aftermarket heaters work pretty well. Anybody have good or bad experiences with particular brands? I see a whole lot of them out there now.
  • There are certainly a number of them out there, but I would suggest looking at Check Corporation. This company makes seat specific seat heaters that are OEM grade, if not better. I think there website is "www.seatheater.com"

    I have been satisfied with the product, and it really has exceeded my expectations. They're obviously made with high quality components, and the installer had nothing but great things to say about them. I orignally went to another installer who seemd to only care about doing it quickly, and seemed to only want me in and out as quickly as possible. Be just as careful finding an installer, becuase some obviously care a great deal, and others only care about how much they can charge you. If that's all they care about, they're certainly not going to be using anything other than something cheap! I understand that a good majority of the sat heaters are mass produced in China, but I do believe that the Check Corp seat heater is made in USA. I can't remember for sure, so make sure you confirm this.

    I hope this helps!
  • heated seats are so worth it. I have a 2005 cadillac cts w/ heated seats and i cant imagine it any other way on a cold morning, i also got it on our 2006 Lincoln Mark lt and its vey handy...im also thinking about getting aftermarket heat seats on our daughters 2005 Vw Jetta. Anyways who wants a cold butt? :P
  • tabotabo Posts: 2
    When I was younger, I didn't really care for seat heaters, but after I purchased a set from heatedseatkits.com, I realized how comfortable they are and it feels great to turn them on when it rains or at night. My girlfriend usually fights to see who turns them on first! The kit I bought was only $120 each which is a very good deal since I have had them for over 4 years now. I will never own another car without seat heaters!

    Tabo
  • I recently just bought an 07 4-Runner. It has leather w/heated seats that was installed by the dealer not the factory. The leather install looks great and seems to be a good install. But When I bought the vehicle the driver's side heater did not work. I told the dealer to check the passenger side and they said it worked fine,"of course". The passenger side works no where near as good as the driver's side and now it doesn't even turn on. My question is are aftermarket heated seats garbage and/or are they as good as the factory? Now I have to bring it back to the dealer and they send it back to their install company. Is it even worth it?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I like to go with OEM options when possible so they are covered by warranty. :)

    -mike
  • AFTER DRIVING MY 2007 SUBURBAN FOR APPROXIMATELY 51/2 HOURS NONSTOP WITH MY HEATED SEATS ON WHEN I ARRIVED HOME MY CLOTHES WHERE STICKING I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS DUE TO MAYBE SITTING SO LONG AND POSSIBLY SWEATING BECAUSE I HAD ON A EXTRA HEAVY SWEAT SUIT PLUS A COAT. BUT THE NEXT MORNING BOTH MY LEGS WERE BLISTERED AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS COULD NOT TAKE THE PAIN NOR NURSE MY BLISTERS ANY LONGER BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING INFECTIONS I SOUGHT PROFESSIONAL HELP WHERE I FIND I HAD 1ST DEGREE BURNS ON BOTH LEGS. I WAS TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ANYONE ELSE, I HAVE NOT USED MY HEATED SEATS SINCE EXCEPT THEY COME ON AUTOMATICALLY WHEN I START THE VEHICLE WITH MY REMOTE BUT I MAKE CERTAIN THEY ARE NOT ON WHEN I SIT DOWN .
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My Legacy GT has very hot seats, but I turn them off before I get burnt.

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • I ASSURE YOU HAD I KNOWN IT WAS CAUSING MY SKIN TO BURN I WOULD HAVE TURNED IT OFF. THAT WOULD BE THE SENSIBLE THING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,964
    Anyone try putting an aftermarket heated seat kit in a car equipped with side air bags. Can it be done?
  • I know there have been numerous discussions on aftermarket heated seats but you must be aware of Auto Warm and HeatedSeatkits.com. They are the same company. I purchased $280 worth of heated seat pads from HeatedSeatKits.com and found one of the LED Switches to be defective. I immediately tried to get a new part but without success. This company is out of Vancouver Canada and does not allow you to speak to a live person. Instead they refer you to their website and charge you for the part plus shipping. There are better companies out there that will provide better customer service and stand by their product.
    New Hampshire
  • lisalee2lisalee2 Posts: 2
    Hey guys,

    I am currently looking for an aftermarket heated seat kit that offers both heat and massage. The only 2 companies that I found which offer this is CheckCorp and heatedseats.com. Has anyone had any experiences with either of the 2? I've not heard good things about heatedseatkits.com, but I just want more feedback.

    Thanks.
  • raukrauk Posts: 1
    I called them for assistance on purchasing no reply. I e-mailed them, my e-mail was kicked back no valid address. I can't imagine how frustrating this would be if you had the seat out of your car and needed assistance or if there was a malfunction a bit later. Thumbs down on heatedseatkits.
  • After checking the reviews on your link to "sportsimportsltd.com" I don't think this is the place to be buying a heated seat from.
    Check it out....and thank god for consumer reviews...

    http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Sports_Imports_LLC
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,964
    edited October 2013
    Heh, guess that story needs "usual disclaimers" attached to it. The BBB doesn't seem to approve of them either.

    Feel free to post your comment there as well.
  • I searched hi and lo and was having trouble finding good reviews on any....until I bumped into this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0RUXYk713c

    These seats and all components are made in the U.S.A. 3yr/36,000 mile warranty. Whe I phoned their number I got an answering machine....they got back to me within 30 min. Very impressed with the speedy response and the very helpful and courteous customer assistance.
    This is where I have chosen to buy a seat heater for my sweetie's buns. (Did I type that out loud?)

    http://www.heatyourseat.com/

    I will keep you posted on how they turn out.

    :shades:
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,964
    What kind of vehicle will you put them in? Any concerns about sensors for any side airbags (or worse, in seat airbags)?

    Interesting to see that people are using zip ties instead of hog rings to put the seats back together.
  • I will be putting the Check Corp. seat heaters in a 2013 Mazda 2....let me rephrase that.
    My friend will be putting them in. He is a top notch auto re-upholsterer.
    He assured me that he could put the seat-heater in cheaply, with no trouble, as long as the seat fabric isn't glued to the foam. To check this you just pinch the fabric to see if it is loose or glued. Very important to check this out first, to see if your seat is compatible. The cost would go up if not
    I will keep you posted for sure on how it works out.
    Take care Steve.

    Willi
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,964
    Ha, you've been holding out on me. :-)

    Bet your friend has a real hog ring tool and everything.

    I am curious to see if he declines jobs that involve seat air bags or if he can work around them.
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