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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 2020.
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. The company offers a 90-day sleep trial, as well.
Sunbeam’s Quilted Heated Mattress Pad – our Best Value pick – uses a low-voltage heat system to provide safe and comforting temperature regulation. The pad offers 11 heat settings, and also includes a pre-heat function that warms the bed before owners go to sleep. After 10 hours the pad will automatically shut off, making this a safe product for any home.
The cover of the pad is made of a polyester and cotton blend with a 233 thread count. The material offers stretch while helping to wick away moisture and regulate the sleeper’s temperature. It features a waterproof thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) backing for added mattress protection, as well.
The OOLER Sleep System is a new product from the makers of chiliPAD. Like the chiliPAD, OOLER is a pad that heats and cools using water that is channeled through a network of thin tubes; the pad is attached to a central unit. Using app-based controls, owners can adjust the temperature anywhere between 55° to 110° F (13° to 43° C). The app also offers customizable sleep schedules and a gentle wake-up alarm.
The OOLER has a compact shape that makes it easy to store beneath most beds. Owners can program the fan for different speed settings, which can be helpful for those who find fast settings too loud for sleep. Additionally, the OOLER is equipped with an auto-cleaning feature that uses UV light and an alert indicating when the water reservoir is low. The pad comes in six different sizes to fit standard mattresses; elastic straps at the corners are included for added stability. Chili Technology offers free shipping throughout the U.S. The OOLER Sleep System is backed by a 90-night satisfaction guarantee and a 2-year warranty,
Perfect Fit SoftHeat Mattress Pad is a high-value pick because of its consistent performance at an accessible price. It offers a wide range of heat settings (10 in total) and a preheat feature to warm up the pad before getting into bed. Additionally, it is water- and stain-repellent – an uncommon attribute for heated mattress pads.
The ThermoFine temperature system ensures heat is distributed evenly throughout the pad. For couples, the Queen and King size pads offer dual controllers; this allows sleepers on both sides of the pad to set the temperature at a different heat level. The pad is made of 100% polyester with 140 thread count. It features 5 ounces of polyester fill and provides a plush, cushioning feel.
Dual-sided heating pads are a good investment for couples with differing temperature preferences, since each side can be programmed for a different setting. Our top pick in this category is the Electrowarmth Heated Mattress Pad, which is available in nine different sizes with dual controls. These include standard Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes, as well as Short and XL options. The pad is available in several sizes with one control for single sleepers, as well.
The pad has a plush, quilted cover made of soft polyester. Users can program the pad at 10 different heat settings, ranging from mild to very warm. The pad can be washed and dried in conventional machines, making it fairly low-maintenance in terms of cleaning and care. Although the dual-control pads have relatively high price-points, they can save couples a fair amount of money in utility costs. Electrowarmth backs the Heated Mattress Pad with a 30-night trial and a 1-year warranty.
Heated mattress pads are a great investment for single sleepers and couples. This guide discusses why they’re useful, how to choose one based on specifications and personal preferences, and other important factors for buyers and owners.
Most people purchase a heated mattress pad for one or more of the following three reasons:
The first is temperature regulation. As the name implies, a heated mattress pad makes your bed warmer – though some also have cooling capabilities. Since the pad goes under sheets and other top bedding, it’s designed to keep the heat in, close to the sleeper’s body. Many people find that this helps them fall asleep better. Additionally, they can avoid climbing into a freezing bed at night.
The second is cost efficiency. Many find that using a heated pad is a cost-efficient alternative to cranking up the heat when temperatures drop. Owners should expect their utility bills to decrease.
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 alleviate uncomfortable symptoms for many people.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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. Most heated pad warranties range from 1 to 5 years. Because there are many electrical components that can potentially malfunction, a warranty can be useful for protecting the purchase. Shorter warranty periods may indicate a lower-quality product, but this is not always the case.