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As winter’s chill sets in, you are probably looking for a way to make your bed especially cozy and comforting. One of the best ways that you can do this is by using a heated mattress pad. These pads can comfortably warm up your bed without pushing your electric bills to the max.
Whether you’ve just now come across the idea of using a heated mattress pad or if you’ve been thinking of buying one for awhile, this guide is for you. We’ll discuss the important considerations to bear in mind when looking at these products, including their safety, and we’ll also offer our picks for the best heated mattress pads available in 2019.
Provides both heating and cooling in range from 55 to 110 degrees
Option for 2 temperature zones
Controllable from main unit or wireless remote
90-day satisfaction guarantee
The Chilipad Cube is our Editor’s Choice because of its unique ability to offer both heating and cooling in a range unmatched by other mattress pads. With two heating/cooling zones for either side of the bed, you can adjust the temperature anywhere from 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit from your wireless remote or the cube itself, giving you maximum control.
The Chilipad Cube works by pumping either hot or cold water through thin tubes within the mattress pad. The tubes are thin enough so that you aren’t likely to feel them when you lie down on the bed, and the pad itself is made with a mix of polyester and cotton.
Even though it is a more expensive option, the performance of the Chilipad Cube justifies the cost. Moreover, the company offers a 90-day sleep trial during which you can return the device if you don’t think it is working for you.
Dual-sided in Queen and King sizes to allow temperature to be different for each half of the bed
Waterproof backing helps protect your mattress from spills
Low-voltage and 10-hour auto shut-off for safety
If you’re looking for a heated mattress pad that can deliver different levels of heat to each side of your Queen or King bed, then we recommend the Perfect Fit SoftHeat Mattress Pad. It uses a low-voltage heat system to provide safe and comforting temperature regulation.
This mattress pad offers 11 heat settings and comes with a pre-heat function so you can have your bed nice and cozy before you turn in for the night.
The top of the pad features a polyester and cotton blend with a 233 thread count that offers stretch while still helping wick away moisture. It features a waterproof thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) backing, making it a great choice if you’re looking for both heat regulation and mattress protection in one.
Sunbeam’s Quilted Heated Mattress Pad is our best value pick because of its consistent performance at an accessible price. It has all of the key features you want in a heated mattress pad including a wide range of heat settings (10 in total) and a preheat feature to warm up the pad before getting into bed.
The ThermoFine temperature system helps make sure heat is distributed evenly throughout the pad. For couples, the Queen and King size pads offer dual controllers, allowing you to set each side of the pad to a different heat level.
The pad is made of 100% polyester with 140 thread count. It features 5 ounces of polyester fill to provide a plush feel and to help ensure you won’t feel the heating wires when lying down.
Safe & Warm technology offers gentle heat at a safe voltage level
10-hour auto shut-off prevents accidentally leaving the pad on too long
2 separate heat settings for Queen and King size pads
100% polyester cover prevents feeling the micro-thin wires when lying down
The Sherpa Heated Pad from Serta is our top choice for customers who want a safe and low-voltage heated mattress pad. This pad is designed to provide a more gentle heat experience, making it less likely to have issues with hotspots or overheating.
The pad uses micro-thin wires – barely noticeable beneath its 100% polyester cover – to deliver heat throughout.
This heated mattress pad features dual heat settings for Queen and King size models, so you and your partner can customize according to your needs. There’s also a pre-heat setting and a 10-hour shut-off for convenience and safety.
The 100% polyester cover is machine-washable for easy cleaning.
For all the details about buying a heated mattress pad — including why they’re useful and how to find one that meets all of your needs — keep reading through the sections below.
Why Purchase a Heated Mattress Pad?
If you’ve never used a heated mattress pad before, you may be wondering what the big deal is. Well, we’ve found three main reasons why you may want to consider purchasing a heated mattress pad, and they just might surprise you.
The first is temperature regulation. As the name implies, a heated mattress pad makes your bed warmer. Since the pad goes under the rest of your top bedding, it’s designed to keep the heat in, close to your body. Many people find that this helps them fall asleep better. Additionally, you get to avoid climbing into a freezing bed at night. Who doesn’t love that?
The second is cost efficiency. Sure, you can always crank up the thermostat when it’s chilly, but at what price? Heated mattress pads offer a more cost efficient way to stay warm at night, especially during the colder months.
The third reason is pain relief. For many ailments including back and joint issues, heat – even gentle heat – can be soothing. And while a heated mattress pad isn’t going to resolve the underlying problem, it can offer symptom relief for some people.
What to Know When Buying a Heated Mattress Pad
It’s important to know about a range of different aspects of mattress pad construction and features when deciding which might be the best choice for your bedroom.
There are usually several different materials and components that are used to construct a heated mattress pad.
Normally, these are small wires that go through the pad and that heat up to the level specified on the control unit. The thinner these wires are, the less likely that you will feel them through the pad. Having the wires spaced out several inches from each other also helps to distribute heat more broadly across the pad. In most cases, heating wires are electric, but in some products, they are not wires but tubes that carry heated water (such as in the ChillPad Cube).
This is how you set the temperature of the device. If there are two zones for heat, there are usually two controllers. Normally these are connected via a wire or cord, but some pads do have wireless remotes.
The pad itself can be made of a few different types of materials. The most common include:
Cotton: this material is known for softness and absorbency of moisture. For this reason, cotton can make you feel less sweaty since it will absorb water from your body.
Polyester: this material tends to be stretcher and less absorbent than cotton but retains a solid level of breathability. Microfiber is a type of polyester composed of smaller strands to give it a more plush feel.
Blends: many covers are made with a blend of polyester and cotton to capture some of the characteristics of both materials.
This is the part of the pad that goes around the sides and corners of the bed to hold it in place. Polyester is usually used to make the skirt because of its ability to stretch.
It is important to make sure that any mattress pad you buy will fit your mattress. In addition to knowing the size of your mattress, make sure to consider its depth. For a heated mattress pad, you want it to fit snugly on your bed so that it doesn’t bunch up and overheat (which can be a potential safety risk).
Some sleepers have greater needs for personalization and adjustability of their heated mattress pad. Examples include:
Heat settings: most heated pads have temperature settings from 1-10, but others may have fewer and more basic settings. Some options give more control over exactly how warm the pad will get.
Different settings for each side of the bed: if you share the bed with a partner who wants the bed warmer or colder, you may want to make sure that your heated pad has dual controls and dual heating zones. In many cases, this is only available on larger (Queen and King) pads.
Heating and cooling options: if you find that in some seasons you sleep hot while in others you sleep cool, it makes sense to look for a pad that offers cooling features in addition to heat.
Preheating: many pads have a function to preheat the pad and then hold the temperature so that you can have your bed nice and toasty when you first get into it.
Timers and auto shut-off: these features allow a pad to either be set to turn on or off at a specific time or for it to automatically turn off after a set period of time (10 hours is a common example). These features can be useful from both a convenience and safety perspective.
Ease Of Use
Ideally, you want a mattress pad that is easy to use and that won’t cause any disruptions to your sleep if you need to adjust it in the night. Examples of things that can improve the ease of use include:
Digital controls: these make it easier to control the settings and make sure that you have it at the temperature that you want.
Simple instructions: your heated pad shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to operate. Look for a pad with a simple controller with clear and obvious buttons for the individual functions.
Many people worry about the safety of a heated mattress pad. In general, these products are very safe, but some features can help you sleep more soundly knowing that they aren’t posing any serious risk. These features include:
UL certification: these are standards that apply to the manufacture and design of various consumer products. UL 964 standards apply specifically to heated bedding. UL certification shows the product has been checked out by an independent testing organization.
Automatic shut-off: this helps make sure that the pad doesn’t stay on for hours and hours if you forget to turn it off. Many pads have a 10-hour automatic shut-off for this purpose.
Overheating protection: some pads have a feature that detects if it’s getting too hot and shuts itself off if that happens.
Like most bedding, it’s a big plus if you can easily clean the heated mattress pad, and at the same time, it’s important that cleaning not cause any damage. For any pad you’re considering, check to see if it’s machine washable or if it requires spot-cleaning only. Look for any specific manufacturer cleaning instructions and follow them carefully.
What Else Should You Consider?
A few other items that may be helpful to take a look at when considering different heated mattress pads are the return policy and the warranty.
Some pads are sold with a sleep trial or a return window that lets you try the pad out in your own home with the ability to return it for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. If you’re on the fence about whether you’ll like a heated mattress pad, this can be a big plus.
In addition, look at the length and details of the warranty. Warranties can range from 1 to 5 years for heated mattress pads. Because there are many electrical components that can potentially malfunction, a warranty can be useful for protecting the value of your purchase. If you see a very short or limited warranty, it may be a sign of a lower-quality product.