The Best Heated Mattress Pads On The Market – Reviews and Buyers Guide

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Sometimes, having a warm bedroom just isn’t enough. There are some nights when you just need to climb into a toasty bed on top of already warmed up sheets. During those cold winter nights, I hate getting into bed on top of cold satin sheets. It completely ruins my night, no matter how warm my bedroom is. The solution to this issue is rather simple. All you have to do is get yourself a heated mattress pad. No, I’m not talking about those pads that you use for pain relief on your neck or a small part of your body. I mean a pad that goes under your sheets that fits your entire bed. Here’s how you can find the best heated pads for your bed.

 

We bought and tested some of the highest rated heated mattress pads on the market. Scroll down to see how they rank.

5 Best Heated Mattress Pads Comparisons

Mattress PadFeature 1Feature 2Feature 3Feature 4Heat SettingsWarrantyReview

Chilipad Cube
WashableDual controls for queen size and upWireless remoteHeating and CoolingExact temperature control2 year limited warrantyRead Our Review

Sunbeam Quilted Polyester
WashableDual controls (Queen & Larger)10-hour auto shut-offThermofine technology10 heat settings5 year warrantyRead Our Review

Beautyrest Cotton Blend
WashableDual controls10 hour auto-shut offSecure comfort technology5 heat settings5 year warrantyRead Our Review

Soft Heat Micro-Plush Top Low Voltage Electric
WashableDual controls10 hour auto-shutoffSafe & warm technology10 heat settings5 year warrantyRead Our Review

Serta Waterproof Low Voltage Electric
WashableDual controls10 hour auto shutoffSafe and warm technology10 heat settings5 year warrantyRead Our Review

What Makes A Good Heated Mattress Pad

Honestly, you shouldn’t walk into a store and pick up any heated mattress pad and take it home. It takes some thought and research because there are so many of them out there. Here are a few characteristics that you should look for when searching for that perfect product.

Safety

This is the first thing that you should think about before you make your purchase. The number one thing that you should look at is whether or not the heated mattress pad complies with UL964 standards. These are the heated mattress pad safety regulations that are set for electric bedding products in the United States.

Some manufacturers will give you the option of non-hazardous DC voltage, so make sure that you read the labeling very carefully. Not all heated bedding is safe for everyone, such as those with health issues, circulation problems, children and infants, adults with disabilities, and those who may not be able to understand the instructions.

You can also get most pads with a timer on them. They are usually set to 10-hour auto-shut off for those who may forget or for those who just want to set it and forget it.

Ease Of Use

Ease of use is something that you should take a look at as well, especially if you have arthritis. If the controllers are difficult to adjust on a certain product, steer clear of it and go for something with controllers that are easier to use, such as push buttons. Some models will come with small numbers that those with poor vision may have a problem seeing. In this case, you would want something with larger numbers. You may also be able to get something with wireless controllers for even better ease of use.

Quality

When it comes to quality, the warranty information will come in handy for this. A well made heated mattress pad will have at least a 5 year warranty. The material that the covering is made from should also be well made and not be able to pull, pick, or pill easily. If you want to up the ante for quality, fo with a higher thread could. You should also look for flexible and thin wires for a comfortable sleeping surface.

Special Features

Many models will come with nifty features such as auto shut-off, multiple heat levels, personalized settings, and more. You may also be able to machine wash your mattress pad. Before you do anything with your product, you should read the instruction booklet that comes with it and check the tag because it may be dry clean only.

Temperature Control

Not only should controlling the temperature be easy for you, but it should also be enjoyable. Whether you have a knob or digital control, everything should be simple to use. Even if you are using it for the first time, you should still be able to figure it out within a short amount of time.

It is also important to think about the ability of the user before you purchase the unit and how easy it is going to be. If you have poor vision, you will want something with large number that are easy to see. If you have problems with your hands, find something that may require push button rather than a dial-bringing this back to the ease of use.

Fit

This is something that I really look for when I’m shopping around. A lot of the heated mattress pads will be like a fitted sheet and wrap around the edges of your bed with elastic, while others will just lay on the top. I don’t like the ones that just lay there because they move around as you do. I like the ones that aren’t too tight and not too loose.

Pad VS Blanket

Why not wrap yourself in warmth instead of laying on it? Seems like a good idea, right? You see, an electric blanket may seem fine and dandy at first, but as soon as they get wet, they’re toast. Most heated pads thee days are waterproof or are allowed to get wet to a certain extent.

Heated mattress pads also keep the warmth around your entire body better than a blanket does because the blanket allows a lot of the heat to travel to the ceiling. The pad, however, will send that heat up to your body, making sure not to waste any of it.

Decor is another reason that a pad isn’t really the way to go. With blankets, they’re right there to be seen. With the pads, they can be tossed under any blanket you wish, out of sight, out of mind. Nobody will ever know that you have a heated mattress pad under your sheets.

Heated Mattress Pad Reviews

Sunbeam Quilted Polyester Heated Mattress Pad

Feature

  • Washable
  • Dual controls (Queen & Larger)
  • 10-hour auto shut-off
  • Thermofine technology
  • 5 year warranty
  • 10 heat settings

Sunbeam is a name that you may recognize. They make heaters, heating blankets, fans, and all kinds of other products for the home. This particular product is a 100% polyester 140 thread count heated mattress pad. It consists of 4 ounces of fill and fits mattresses up to 18 inches deep. It has a quilted covering and vertical channels.

Dual control heated mattress pads give each user individualized comfort, such as this one. There are 10 heat settings that give you plenty of options for how hot or cool you want your side of the bed with a 10-hour auto shut-off. This is great for those who may forget to shut things off if they are in a hurry or just forgetful. These controllers are also very easy to turn, which is great for those who may have difficulties using their hands.

The Sunbeam Mattress Pad will also help soothe achy muscles while you’re sleeping by providing your body with a gentle heat therapy as you rest in your bed. The auto-adjusting Thermofine technology helps to deliver a consistent temperature throughout the night, adjusting to the temperature of your body, the mattress, and the room.

R

Pros

  • Soft
  • Comfortable
  • Can’t feel the wires
  • Easy to use
  • Great for pain relief
Q

Cons

  • Consumer reports of inconsistent heating
  • I wasn’t a fan of the plug placement
  • Consumer reports that they may stop working after a few short months
I would recommend this to those looking for an pain relief

Soft Heat Micro-Plush Top Low Voltage Electric Heated Mattress Pad

Feature

  • Washable
  • Dual controls
  • 10 hour auto-shutoff
  • Safe & warm technology
  • 5 year warranty
  • 10 heat settings

The Soft Heat Electric Mattress Pad features an ultra-soft and supportive micro-velour fabric top that is specifically designed to warm and rejuvenate your bed. Its patented Safe & Warm non-hazardous and low voltage technology is a lot safer that any of the other heating pads available and it saves energy while keeping you warm.

This heating pad consists of ultra thin wires that are almost impossible to feel. They are spaced out so that you won’t experience any irritating hot or cold spots. The pad itself is separated into two different zones on the larger sizes like the queen and king so that you and your partner can choose your own heat level. Each zone has its own lighted controls for adjustment and automatically shuts off after 10 hours.

The Soft Heat also comes with a convenient pre-heat setting and a hold feature that will make sure your sheets are warm and cozy when you get into them. It also has an over-temperature protection feature for your own safety and peace of mind.

R

Pros

  • Very soft
  • Cannot feel the wires
  • Fits well
  • Heats evenly
  • Controls are easy to use
Q

Cons

  • Complaints of burnt connectors
  • Complaints of a buzzing sound coming from power cord
I would recommend this product to those looking for a soft feeling mattress pad.

Beautyrest Cotton Blend Heated Mattress Pad

Feature

  • Washable
  • Dual controls
  • 10 hour auto-shut off
  • Secure comfort technology
  • 5 year warranty
  • 5 heat settings

The Beautyrest Cotton Blend Heated Mattress Pad features a 200 thread count quilted top that provides its users with amazing comfort. It fits perfectly on any bed thanks to the fitted skirt, keeping it in place, no matter how much you move around during the night. The firmness level of the pad is a medium, putting it right in the middle of the firmness scale.

This heated mattress pad has been specifically designed to eliminate almost all electromagnetic field emissions thanks to the Secure Comfort technology. It also has a 10-hour auto-shut-off timer to ensure that your pad doesn’t overheat and cause a fire. The other nice thing about this pad is that it has soft, flexible wires and the quilted top that give you optimal comfort.

One thing that makes this pad different from the others is that it only as 5 settings rather than 10 and it’s a push button style controller. This is nice for those who may have a problem using their hands in the turning motion. All they have to do is push a button, however, the numbers are a tad small, so it wouldn’t work well for those who have a vision issue.

R

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great for pain relief
  • Good value
  • Controls are easy to use
  • Fits on beds well
  • Heats evenly
Q

Cons

  • Poor plug placement
  • Wires can be felt
I recommend this mattress pad to those looking for push button controllers.

Serta Waterproof Low Voltage Electric Heated Mattress Pad

Feature

  • Washable
  • Dual controls
  • 10 hour auto shutoff
  • Safe and warm technology
  • 5 year warranty
  • 10 heat settings

Serta is another one of those popular household names, mostly having to do with mattresses and other products related to bedding. This particular product has a 233 thread count and is waterproof and stain repellent. You can wash and dry this pad without it shrinking, pilling, or stretching.

The safe and warm patented technology is non-hazardous and low voltage which is safer than any other on the market, saving you money, energy, and helping you sleep better in a colder room. Inside of this pad are ultra-thin wires that are almost impossible to feel and you won’t experience any hot or cold spots that may bug you.

The Serta Electric Heated Pad is separated into two different zones, each with their own controller that adjust to your individual comfort, however, this is only available on queen and and larger sizes. These controllers have 10 heat settings and 10-hour auto shut-off for your convenience, savings, and safety. You also have a pre-heat and hold setting so that you can get into a warm bed each night.

R

Pros

  • Wires go unnoticed
  • Low voltage
  • Helps aches and pains
  • Preheat function works well
  • Good customer service
Q

Cons

  • Complaints of burnt connectors
  • Complaints of faulty controls
I would recommend this product to those looking for a low voltage unit

Conclusion

Not all products are going to be the same, which is why we write these reviews. Some are going to be better than others, but in this case, they all seem to perform the same, but cost a little differently with exception to the Chilipad. It offers the best control, dual zone and can cool as well as heat. It performed very well in our tests and kept up with varying ambient temperatures. But the price is a lot higher than an electric heated pad. Here we would choose either Sunbeam or the Beautyrest Cotton Blend Heated Mattress Pad. While most of the heated pads performed very similar, it is the durability of them that stood out specifically the Beautyrest.

Beautyrest was the only one that didn’t have any complaints about burnt connectors. This is something that really caught my attention. This one may also be much easier for a lot of people to handle in terms of the controllers as well. I personally tested this one and I slept well on it and I really liked how easy it was to use the controls. There were only 5 settings to use and each one worked like they were supposed to.

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