This is how Sit & Heat warms the buttocks of a world star

Have you ever sat on a Sit & Heat heat cushion? Then you are in luck, because your buttocks have something in common with a very famous pair of buttocks. To be precise, the buttocks of a man who has already been named best footballer of the year seven times: Lionel Messi.

At Sit & Heat, we are best known for our heated restaurant cushions, but we can also build seat heating into any chair you can think of. Even in Messi's chair at the side of the football pitch! We had the honour of delivering luxury chairs with built-in heating for the dugouts of his football club Paris Saint-Germain. From now on, the trainers and reserve players of this French top club have a nice warm seat in their own stadium.

That is of course... "Super cool!", says commercial director Jeroen Diks. "During one of the home games we saw Manchester City coach Joseph Guardiola sitting on our chair on TV. At another match Messi started from the bench and you saw him sitting on our chair. It feels special that such big names from the world of football are sitting on our product. This is a boyhood dream come true!

A hot match

The seat heating appears to be an open goal, because supporters can also get cold during the match. That is why we started a cooperation with the seat manufacturer VDL Seating Systems from Brabant. They incorporate our heating technology in folding chairs of stadiums throughout Europe. For example, the business members of Feyenoord, Heerenveen, PEC Zwolle, Heracles, FC Volendam and NEC are already warmed up. "PSV is also coming: we will heat a thousand seats of the business tribune," says Jeroen. "It remains special for a Nijmegen entrepreneur to come across your product while watching a Champions League match. We also received the first two offers from English clubs! 

Sustainable stadium heating

Sit & Heat's built-in seat heating is also energy-efficient. "The maximum power consumption is 40 Watts per chair. In the case of a heater, the consumption is up to 25,000 Watts. In a time when we want to get rid of the gas and are more and more concerned with sustainability, this is an alternative," says Jeroen. No CO2 emissions, no heat that is lost to the outside air, no sky-high energy bills for stadiums and no frozen legs for players and fans. With this warm win-win situation, Messi will hopefully win many more matches. 

Gebaseerd op het artikel van Mitchel Suijkerbuijk, dat verscheen op AD.nl op 13-02-22.

 
 
 
 
 
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Khaby Lame meets Messi with the Sit & Heat heated seats in the background.

The 10 benefits of Sit & Heat

Are you familiar with Sit & Heat, but do you still hesitate to buy your own heat cushion? Sit & Heat is a unique and sustainable product. By buying Sit & Heat, you will be doing your bit for the environment. With these 10 advantages of Sit & Heat you will soon be convinced and start the new year with warm arms!

1. Environmentally friendly & sustainable

Our heat pads are environmentally friendly. The heat pads switch themselves off, so you don't waste any energy. Moreover, heat is not lost to the outside air because you insulate it as soon as you sit down on the cushion.

2. Wireless

Our wireless heating pads allow you to sit anywhere with Sit & Heat. Outside on long summer evenings, inside on the sofa in winter, or at the office. Plus, you can also turn the heating down a notch, which is good for the environment and your wallet.

3. Determine the heat yourself

The heating element of the Sit & Heat heat pads is individually adjustable. Using the control knob, you can easily turn the temperature up, down or off.

4. Rechargeable

The rechargeable battery allows you to enjoy your heat cushion for over 4 hours.

5. Overall feeling of warmth

The built-in heater gives you a comfortable and warm feeling. Sit & Heat heats your torso directly; this part of the body contains the organs and therefore you experience an overall feeling of warmth.

6. Different colours

Our customised cushions are available in various colours so that they always match the interior of your home or office. Moreover, the outer covers are removable so that you can wash them in the washing machine up to 40 degrees.

7. Comfortable

The cushions are soft and allow you to adjust the heat to your liking. So you are always warm and comfortable.

8. Easy charging

Our heat pads are easy to charge with a powerbank. Charge the powerbank at the wall socket and connect the usb cable from the heat cushion to the powerbank. In this way you provide your pillow with energy.

9. Cost-saving

Sit & Heat uses only 40 Watts, so you save 95% on energy costs.

10. Unique design

Sit & Heat heat pillows are made with high-quality fabrics and are available in all colours and sizes. Our customised cushions are for everyone.

Meer weten over de warmtekussens en maatkussens van Sit & Heat? Neem dan contact op met onze warmtecoach Jeroen via 06-24563345 of check hier onze webshop.

Café Top 100 2019 announced: Nijmegen is a top supplier of good cafés

Astrid Hendrikx  |  20 november 2019

Every year, Misset Horeca publishes a list of the best cafés in the Netherlands with the Café Top 100. Last Monday, the Café Top 100 was announced and what turns out to be the case? This year Nijmegen delivers no less than seven cafés of the ranking. Read in this blog which cafés in Nijmegen are part of the Café Top 100 and why the jury is so enthusiastic. Did you know that half of the cafés in the Café Top 100 have Sit & Heat on their terrace?

The best cafés in Nijmegen

The rankings are compiled by a professional jury that makes unannounced visits and assesses cafés. It is striking that three cafés in Nijmegen are equipped with sustainable terrace heating. Café Faber, St. Anneke and Café De Opera have Sit & Heat heating pads on their terraces. Incidentally, these terraces are known as cosy winter terraces among the Nijmegen public. Read more about their assessment and the other nominated cafés of Nijmegen below.

Café Faber

To begin with, Café Faber graced the 25th place in the ranking. Last year, Café Faber was also in the rankings and this year the jury was once again in favour of the café: "We fell in love with this beautiful place. The kind of thing you hope for as a judge when you get to visit a café." The jury praised the beautiful interior, wide selection of beers, good staff and nice atmosphere. "An employee greeted us before we even walked onto the terrace. As if he knew we were going in there." The jury also gives compliments for the menu, nicely done in the form of a newspaper (Fabertjeskrant). Moreover, Sit & Heat is well represented on their terrace.

Café St. Anneke

On the 51st place is St. Anneke, located in the St. Annastraat in Nijmegen. According to the expert jury: "On many days, all those passing by see that the terrace at the front and side of the café is pleasantly crowded. The terrace has the attraction of a magnet." During the cold days, you can still sit outside at St Anneke's, nice and warm with the sustainable heat pillows from Sit & Heat. Moreover, there is a nice selection of wines and beers.

Café De Opera

On 75th place is Café De Opera in the Koningstraat in Nijmegen. "The Opera Nijmegen is a fine example of a (dark) brown café, and then one impressive battery of some 20 taps and almost 100 beers in bottles." In addition, the jury was impressed by the staff's knowledge of what is on the menu. According to the professional jury, beer is served correctly: at the right temperature, with clean glassware and with the logo and felt turned towards the guest. Besides beer, a lot of attention is paid to music: "Our bar staff compile their own fine music lists as a background for a good afternoon or evening of relaxation. On Fridays and Saturdays we regularly invite musicians and DJs."

Beer & Bites

Beer & Bites manages to secure the fourth spot in the Café Top 100, to be found in the Priemstraat in Nijmegen. According to a member of the jury: "One of the best pub visits in recent years! Beer & Bites has a wide range of beers and specialises in beer-food combinations. The combinations of certain beers with snacks are excellent according to the judges.

Café Piet Huisman

In 54th place is Café Piet Huisman in the St. Jacobslaan in Nijmegen. The pub looks like a billiard bar from the eighties on the inside. But this gives the place unique charm according to the jury. Moreover, the staff greets everybody personally, and the jury even speaks of one of the best cafes of the Netherlands.

Tasting Room Beij Ons

On place 60 of the Café Top 100 is Proeflokaal Beij Ons, to be found on the Daalsedwarsweg in Nijmegen. According to the jury, besides the large collection of special beers, you can also eat very well: "Proeflokaal Beij Ons is a special beer café with a surprisingly nice beer menu, with many Dutch special beers. The food is particularly good. The dishes are fresh, home-made and varied. The quality does not leave anything to be desired." 

Arsenal 1824

In 78th place this year is Arsenaal 1824, located at the Arsenaalpoort in Nijmegen. The jury speaks of a textbook example of a grand café today. “Mooie strakke uitstraling, modern, gezellig en knus”, aldus de jury. Er is een compleet aanbod van gedestilleerd tot wijn, en van fris tot bier te vinden.

Misset Horeca Cafe Top 100

The annual Café Top 100 elections are organised by the catering trade magazine Misset Horeca. A café that wants to participate in these elections has to register itself and pay for its participation.

Sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the football industry

Astrid Hendrikx | 16 November 2019

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important within the football sector. More and more football clubs are working on sustainability and discover that energy-saving measures can lead to significant savings. Moreover, the KNVB advocates a more sustainable football sport and wants to help amateur football clubs to become greener. Are you curious about the measures you can take as a football club? In this blog Sit & Heat gives you a few smart measures that you can do for your club to become more sustainable.

Investing in renewable energy

Investing in sustainable alternatives offers opportunities to strengthen the financial position of football clubs. Football clubs have to deal with rising costs and falling sponsor and canteen expenses, which is detrimental to their budgets. Football clubs can invest in more sustainable measures, which in the long run can lead to lower costs, especially lower energy costs. For football clubs, energy is one of the biggest cost items. The KNVB, together with the tennis (KNLTB) and hockey (KNHB) associations, is therefore initiating 'The Green Club'. The KNVB wants to take responsibility and work towards a CO2-neutral sports world. If you don't do it for the climate, do it for the money', according to the KNVB.

The Green Club

Every football club can sign up for The Green Club. A pilot project with 30 clubs shows that the average sports club can save €7000 per year. The ambition of De Groene Club is to guide 500 clubs per season to a sustainable accommodation. With a five-step plan, the Green Club helps clubs to implement cost-saving measures within one year that can save up to thousands of euros per year. The guidance programme is financed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Sustainable stadium heating

Stadium heating is a high cost item that causes the energy bill to rise significantly for football clubs. Heaters or stoves are often used, with most of the heat disappearing into the outside air. Energy-efficient stadium heating, on the other hand, ensures that the heat is not lost and also provides 95% in energy savings. For example, stadium heating in the form of heated seats, built-in heating in business seats or built into plastic bucket seats. Did you know that Heracles Almelo, VV Noordwijk, Katwijk Quick Boys, VV Venlo and FC Dak are already loyal fans of Sit & Heat's sustainable seat heating system? Besides being good for the environment, it saves costs and, as a football club, it is also good for your sustainable image.   

Small sustainable measures

Even small measures can go a long way towards making a sports club more sustainable. For example, a movement sensor can be placed on interior lighting, in this way lamps in changing rooms can be switched off automatically. Also door closers that close doors and bar cooling can be switched off during the week with a simple time switch. The above sustainable measures can be implemented in every sports branch and sports accommodation. In addition, the heated seats of Sit & Heat are suitable for every stadium.

Tips to heat your home sustainably

Astrid Hendrikx | 24 October 2019

We are getting ready for our two favourite seasons: autumn and winter. Yet these seasons bring with them things that burden the environment. With these five
Sit & Heat ensures that you keep your home warm in a sustainable way, without making huge investments. On to the warmest and most sustainable autumn ever!

1. One degree lower

Set the thermostat one degree lower as standard. Go for 19 instead of 20 degrees. Every degree higher ensures an increase of 7% in gas consumption. Dress a little warmer inside. This can save you an extra €80 per year. 

2. Sustainable heating

Sustainable heating is your answer to the future. Sit & Heat's heating cushions warm your torso in a sustainable manner, as no warm air is lost and your body is heated directly. In addition, smart heating provides you with substantial savings. Did you know that these heated cushions can save you 10% in annual energy costs? Moreover, you can choose from many fun colours. Recharging is easy with a powerbank and your cushions will last for hours. With our heating cushions, you can certainly turn the thermostat down a few degrees.

3. Install a door closer

Close all the doors in the house and heat only the rooms where you are. This way you can save about €240 per year. A door closer (also called a door spring or door closer) makes the doors close automatically. You can get these door springs from €5 at the hardware store. 

4. Candles and blankets on the sofa

During the cold seasons, we are naturally in search of cosiness. Light the candles in your home more often and use plaids, rugs and cushions for a cosy nest feeling. Besides contributing to a nice atmosphere, it also makes your home cosy and you will be sitting on the couch nice and warm.  

5 5. Reduce temperature at night and when absent

Turn the thermostat to 15 or 16 degrees about an hour before going to bed. Do this also during the day if you are not at home. A thermostat with a programmable timer can do this automatically. You'll save no less than 5 to 8% of gas a year, which comes to around €200.

Wondering how you can use Sit & Heat heat cushions in your home? Our heat cushions ensure that you can enjoy your garden or balcony for longer as soon as it gets colder. View here our capabilities. 

More comfort in your business gallery thanks to sustainable seat heating

Astrid Hendrikx | 26 September 2019

Comfortably enjoying home games in the business tribune? Nowadays, you can sit heated with Sit & Heat stadium seat heating. By adding a few small elements, you can create the ultimate in comfort. Heracles Almelo, VV Noordwijk, Katwijk Quick Boys, VV Venlo and FC Dak have already done so. Moreover, you will save costs. Curious how seat heating works in stadiums? Then read on.

Durable seat heating

Enjoying home games in warm weather is now possible with Sit & Heat's seat heating system. You can place it in the business seats and it will warm up the torso of the spectator. Sit & Heat's sustainable seat heating system saves up to 95% in energy costs compared to conventional heating systems. Are you curious how much you can save on your grandstand? Go to here the test.

Options for sports stadiums

Sit & Heat can be built into almost any business seat. If, for example, your business seats are not yet ready for replacement, it is possible to install Sit & Heat in your seats. This way you can offer everyone in the stands a warm experience. Our in-house installer will quickly and easily connect the system for you.

Interesting for sponsors

The heated seats in the stands can be very interesting for sponsors. By embroidering a logo on the seats, large sponsors increase their visibility. Moreover, it contributes to a sustainable image.

Photo: Sit & Heat

Extend your patio season: guests want to sit outside all year round

Astrid Hendrikx | 19 September 2019

As soon as the sun shines, the Dutch like to sit outside on a terrace, preferably all year round. There are enormous opportunities here for entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector. Restaurant owner Bas Neienhuijsen gets more than 30% of his turnover from his terrace. Would you, as an entrepreneur, like to let your guests sit outside all year round and also generate more turnover? Read here how you can extend your terrace season.

Sustainable terrace heating

Many terraces turn on their heaters and gas burners as soon as it gets colder in the evening. But this can cause the gas bill to rise considerably. Café Faber's owner Bas Neienhuijsen recently purchased Sit & Heat heating pads. These heat cushions offer an energy-efficient solution for patio heating. Guests are heated directly by the cushions, so no heat is lost to the outside air. According to Bas Neienhuijsen: The heat pillows give me the opportunity to extend the terrace season. In this way I can give my guests an optimal experience all year round and also create a cosy terrace in winter. In addition, during the winter months we organise fun activities such as a monthly pub quiz and a Pizza Sunday, in order to remain known as the cosiest café in Nijmegen'.

Restaurant terrace equipment

With comfortable furniture, windbreaks, canopies, heated cushions and blankets, you can offer your guests a warm experience all year round. Table fireplaces also offer a lot of atmosphere. With a simple push of the button, the table fire is already switched on. The flickering and glow of the fire has a lot of appeal and can attract many potential guests to your terrace. 

Original menu card

An attractive menu that responds to the seasons is, of course, a must. In the summer, you can splurge on different cocktails, rosés or fresh wines. Then, in the autumn, you can supplement your menu with delicious autumn and winter beers. Large winter drinks boards, stews, soups, stews and fresh mulled wine ensure that your guests stay longer and spend more time on your terrace. 

Energy-efficient patio heaters

Would you like more information on energy-efficient patio heating so that your patio can be used in all seasons? Then call us for a free consultation on 024 - 343 0415. 

5 tips to get higher in the Terrace Top 100

Astrid Hendrikx | 04 September 2019

The entries for the Misset Horeca Terrace Top 100 2020 are open again! During this annual ranking, Dutch terraces are judged by an expert jury. By participating in this process, you as a hospitality entrepreneur can get even more out of your terrace and offer your guests an ultimate terrace experience. But how do you end up high in the Terrace Top 100? Sit & Heat has five tips to help you prepare for the judging process.

1. Hospitality on one.

Remind your staff of the importance of hospitality. After all, a satisfied guest is the best advertisement for your hotel and catering business. Train your staff on hospitality and make sure they serve friendly, communicate well, look your guests in the eye and show interest. Always try to exceed the expectations of your guests.

2 . Offer something extra.

There are many terraces these days, and to stand out, you sometimes have to try a little harder and have something different. Take restaurant De Firma in Nijmegen as an example, they are in 32nd place in the Terras Top 100: the sofas are covered with cushions that are heated, nice! The heated cushions of Sit & Heat De Firma offers an extra bit of service. Moreover, the heated cushions are energy-efficient and therefore environmentally friendly. This leaves a positive impression on both your guests and the jury.

3. Offer a top experience, even outside the high season.

It is also important to offer a top experience at times when you do not expect extreme crowds. So be prepared for crowds in the spring and make sure in April that the terrace looks nice with flowers and a menu on the table.

4. Bring the bill as soon as possible.

The moment a guest asks for the bill, it is a sign that he or she would like to leave. So bring the bill over as soon as possible and don't go do anything else. Moreover, the checkout process is a subconscious psychological pain point. After all, the guests have to pay, so keep it short.

5. Be creative and think ahead.

The jury indicated that one terrace last year gave out small bottles of sun cream. They also saw that grandma received two extra biscuits with her coffee for her grandchildren. Think ahead and be considerate towards your guests. Creativity is also something the jury noticed. Sugary drinks are consumed less nowadays. Be creative with fizzy water, for example. So there are many different possibilities to stand out from the rest in a creative way. 

Would you like to offer your guests that little bit extra with warm cushions on your terrace? No less than 160 successful entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry preceded you. We are, among others, at Harrods (Champagne Bar) in London, De Firma in Nijmegen (ranked 32nd in the Terras Top 100) and Proeflokaal Goesting (ranked 1st in the Cafe Top 100 Public Prize). Curious about the possibilities? Please feel free to contact us at +31 (0)24 - 343 0415.

Café Top 100 Audience Award goes to Goesting with its warm terrace cushions!

Astrid Hendrikx | 31 July 2018

With 4,329 votes, Proeflokaal Goesting in Venray won the Public's Prize of the Café Top 100. It turned out that Proeflokaal Goesting was the favourite by far. But what makes Proeflokaal Goesting the audience favourite? Sit & Heat found out for you.

Cafe Top 100

Every year, the Café Top 100 is organised by Misset Horeca. The expert jury assesses, among other things, hospitality, presentation, hygiene, product treatment, craftsmanship, business management and entrepreneurship. An independent jury assesses the ranking of the best cafés in the Netherlands by means of mystery visits. Just like Proeflokaal Goesting, cafés can also win the Audience Award. Guests vote for their favourite café in the Netherlands.

Audience Award Tasting Room Goesting

By means of professional videos on Facebook, Goesting managed to attract votes. They made playful videos with funny texts, which made the guests become involved with the café. Involvement was created by informing fans of the intermediate score and giving the employees a leading role in the calls.

More than beer and wine

Goesting offers 500 beers, 24 wines, 20 whiskies and various gins to their guests. This is supplemented with an assortment of special bites that provide a delicious complement to their drinks. The discovery of new flavours is central. With the motto discover, experience and enjoy, they ensure that each guest leaves the table with a true experience. It's the kind of thing that makes you want to eat!

Heated seat cushions

To make the experience both inside and outside complete, Proeflokaal Goesting has had heated cushions on their terrace for a few weeks now. With these cushions, guests can still enjoy special beers and snacks on the outdoor terrace during the winter months. This gives a warm and cosy feeling that fits in perfectly with Goesting's concept. The Sit & Heat cushions are the new way of heating a terrace without heating the outside air (and therefore the earth). Owner Gijs Schapendonk of Proeflokaal Goesting says: "Since the start of Goesting, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the experience of our guests. By means of a heated terrace, we offer our guests something extra and we try to exceed the expectations of our guests."

Photo: Proeflokaal Goesting

Keep your garden green with these 4 tips

Maureen Gosselink | 07 May 2018

Did you know that 100 hours of patio heating with a heater on the highest setting uses as much electricity as 350 washes? Oops! We thought so too. In addition, lawnmowers, garden lights and pond pumps are big energy guzzlers. Not only does this cost a lot of money, it's also very bad for the environment. Keep your garden green in the long run by saving energy with the following tips:

How do you save energy?

  1. The very first way to save energy in your garden is, of course, to opt for green electricity or solar power.
  2. Energy-saving or LED lamps are the most energy-efficient way of lighting. By installing a motion detector, your garden lighting only comes on when it is needed.
  3. A pond pump is not a requirement for a clean pond! A natural pond in the garden also stays clean without a pond pump. If you do need a pond pump, please note that it does not need to run continuously. Furthermore, it is important to adjust the power to the size of the pond, so that it does not consume unnecessary energy.
  4. The biggest culprit is really the traditional patio heater. Now you can easily do something about it! With a heat cushion, you heat your torso instead of the outside air, thus keeping the whole body at the same temperature. A heat cushion is energy-efficient, click here for more information.