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Top Heated Mattress Pads On The Market: Buyers Guide

There are some nights when a blanket just isn’t enough to keep you warm and a heated blanket may be too warm or fall off. The solution to this problem is a heated mattress pad. Heating blankets may be easier to move around from room to room, but they aren’t very easy to keep on the bed, especially if you toss and turn. So, with this said, here is how you can find the best heated mattress pad for you and your budget.

Best Heated Mattress Pad Comparisons

Brand

Special Feature

Weight

Warranty

Prices

Our Ratings

Sunbeam

Quilted Polyester

Washable

5-pounds

5-year Limited Warranty

$


Soft Heat

Micro-Plush Top

Washable

6.8 pounds

Limited 5-year Warranty

$$


Sunbeam

Waterproof

Washable

6.2 pounds

5-year Limited Warranty

$


Sunbeam

Therapeutic

Washable

7.8 pounds

5-year Limited Warranty

$$$$


Soft Heat

Low Voltage

Washable

5.2 pounds

5-year Manufacturer Warranty

$$$


Heating Blanket or Heating Mattress Pad


Electric pads have come to replace the traditional heating blanket, and here is why. Heating pads lay on top of you and as they are heating you up, they are also letting heat escape up to the ceiling. With electric pads, the heat will radiate around you and as it is moving upwards, it is heating your body, not the ceiling.

They Are Safer

They are generally safer than a heating blanket, here is why. They are less likely to overheat and start a fire. They cannot be bunched up like a heating blanket can and when the blanket is balled up, there is no place for the heat to go. If there is no place for the heat to escape, it will just scorch itself and turn into a ball of fire. The result of this is a burnt down bedroom or house.

Durability

After a few uses, your blanket may get worn out, but not your pad. The reason for this is because your electric mattress pad isn’t getting tossed around like a heating blanket would. It is in one stationary spot and your bed skirt will keep it in place. With a heated mattress pad, you will also be able to use any kind of comforter, duvet, blanket and more. You will not have to worry about your pad being too warm on your body or on whatever type of blanket you have on your bed.

The Many Advantages of Heating Mattress Pads

One of the most important advantages is that is saves money on electricity. Today, companies are making their products so that they are energy efficient to save on their consumers’ electric bill.

Options Are Available

Most heating blankets only have a few settings, warm or hot. With electric mattress pads, you have the option to adjust the temperature controls. You can also set pre-warm timers and automatic shut off times to avoid scorches. Temperature controls are perfect for those who don’t like to be hot while they sleep. For those who only like to have a little heat on them, these controls come in handy.

Pain Relief

Heat is used for calming of sore muscles, pain relief, and body aches. Not only do they help with various pain relief, but they are also perfect for comfortable sleep and pampering your body. People have said that having a heated mattress pad is equivalent to having a massage every night for their sore muscles. My husband would be the perfect person to talk to about these. He is a contractor and is constantly in pain from lifting and bending over. Every night, he takes a hot shower to try to relieve some of the pain. Heat does help, and this is why these heated mattress pads would be perfect for someone who suffers from pain and uses heat to help it.

Cleanliness

If you sweat at night and soak the bed, there is no need to be worried. The heat from the pads have the ability to minimize the amount of moisture that is being absorbed. This reduces the need for any kind of antibacterial treatment that is need from time to time. This can improve your sleeping place and make your pad last longer.

How to Choose the Best Electric Mattress Pad

When you decide it is time to buy an electric mattress pad, there are a few things that you should consider. Not all heated mattress pads are alike and this is how you choose which one is best for you.

Is Your Mattress Compatible?

As strange as it sounds, some electric mattress pads aren’t compatible with certain kinds of mattresses. Some manufactures advise not to use them if you already have a memory foam mattress. The reasoning for this is because the mattress traps heat and therefore may change shape and structure. Other manufactures say that it is fine to use as long as you put a sheet between the two. If you have an expensive memory foam mattress, you won’t want to risk changing its structure. It is best to find a heated mattress pad that will work for your mattress.

Synthetic or Natural?

If you suffer from allergies, it is a good idea to look into natural heated mattress pads. They are made with wool, which is known for being breathable, retaining hear and absorbing moisture. These are also easy to clean and is flame resistant. The wool is also non-allergenic, so those who have allergies will not suffer.

Synthetic, on the other hand, is soft and lightweight. It feels like wool, but is not hypo-allergenic. These types won’t breathe as well as the wool ones, but they will be more durable thanks to its polyester materials.

Washable Electric Pads

It may seem like a crazy concept, but some electric pads are washable. Heated mattress toppers have the ability to absorb perspiration and moisture, this makes a breeding ground for all kinds of organisms and therefore should be cleaned. They can be cleaned by removing the wires, washed at 30-40 degree temperatures and on a short cycle. Follow the care instructions for each manufacturer.

Top 5 Heated Mattress Pad Reviews

Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad-Queen


Overview

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • 80 x 60 x 0.2 inches
  • 84.99-Queen
  • 5-pounds
  • Washable

With 5 options to choose from, the Sunbeam quilted mattress pad is one to be considered. The sunbeam will keep you from climbing into a cold bed while trying to get warm. The Easy Set Pro Controller has 10 heat settings and a 10-hour auto-off function which I think is great for those who may be forgetful or in a hurry.

Not only does this mattress keep you warm, but it will also keep you comfortable. The ThermoFine technology built into this heated mattress pad adjusts to bring consistent warmth to you while you sleep. If your partner doesn’t like it has warm as you do, they can control it with the dual zone comfort feature.

The Sunbeam is made with 100% polyester and has a 140 thread count with vertical channels. The skirt that comes with can fit up to an 18-inch mattress and is machine washable and dryer safe.

I am a fan of the sunbeam because my husband and I are always arguing over the warmth of our comforter and our bed. He likes it to be a little warm and I like it a little cooler. The dual cooling zones are perfect for people like us.

Pros

  • 5-yearlimited warranty
  • Affordable
  • Dual comfort zones
  • Washable
  • Auto shut-off
  • Warms quickly
  • Heats evenly
  • Multiple heat settings

Cons

  • Can feel the wires
  • ?Bad button placement
  • Slippery

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


Overview

  • Limited 5-year warranty
  • 16 x 13 x 10 inches
  • 6.8 pounds
  • Washable

With this luxurious ultra-soft heated mattress pad will bring you comfort and warmth all night. The micro-Velour fabric top is made to warm your bed while rejuvenating it. With this heated mattress pad, you won’t have to deal with annoying wires poking into you while you sleep. The ultra-thin wires are virtually impossible to feel inside of the soft heat pads.

The Soft Heat has an automatic temperature pre-heat and a hold feature that will leave your sheets warm and comfortable. You won’t have to worry about overheating the pad because it has an over-temperature protection feature.

The pad is divided into separate zones with dual lighted controls. This is perfect for those who don’t like the same amount of heat. It will automatically shut off after 10-hours for your own safety and convenience. If a heating pad is left on for too long, it can cost you money and possible your home.

Pros

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Affordable
  • Washable
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Dual Control

Cons

  • Burns out quickly
  • ?Stopped heating


Sunbeam Waterproof Heated Mattress Pad-Queen


Overview

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • 80 x 60 x 0.2 inches
  • 6.2 pounds
  • Washable
  • Waterproof

Never be cold while sleeping again with the Sunbeam waterproof heated mattress pad. This Sunbeam is great for those who have trouble staying warm at night. Before you climb into bed, you can turn on the preheat function that will warm up your bed before you get in it. Once you are comfortable, there are 10 heat settings to choose from for optimal comfort.

You and your partner don’t like the same temperature? No problem, it comes with dual heating zones that allows you to adjust each zone to your liking. The ThermoFine technology will sense if the heated mattress pad is getting too hot and will adjust itself to keep you at a comfortable temperature all night.

It is made from 100% cotton and has a 200 thread count top that has a waterproof with 6 ounces of fill. This will protect your electric mattress pad from accidental spills. This is great for those who may sweat a lot at night or who sleep with a drink next to their beds. Not only is it waterproof, but it is also machine washable and dryer safe. If you do happen to spill something on it, you can just throw it in the washer, per the manufacturer instructions, and enjoy a clean heated mattress pad.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Leightweight-6.2 pounds
  • Washable
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Affordable
  •  Soft
  • Pain relief

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with shut-off controller
  • ?Stopped working after being washed
  • Wires can be felt
  • Poor quality
  • Malfunctioning controller

Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad-Queen

Overview

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • 80 x 60 x 0.2 inches
  • 7.8 pounds
  • Washable

If you are looking for a heated mattress pad for therapeutic reasons, then this could be the one for you. This one offers its users a preheat feature that allows it to warm up cold sheets before you climb into bed. If you are like me, I can’t stand cold sheets on a cold night, and the preheat function is why I want to buy this pad.

Did you spill something on your bed or you just want to freshen up your electric mattress pad? No problem, this one is machine washable and dryer safe. This feature is great for those who may sweat at night. After a while of sweating in bed, the pad may begin to smell. If this happens, all you have to do is follow the manufacturer instructions and freshen it up.

If you are someone who likes to be in control of your heat settings, you’ll love the wireless controller with the back lit display. You can adjust the heat to your liking and if your partner does not enjoy having the same heat setting, the queen, king, and California kings come with dual-side controllers with 6 heat zones. If it senses that it is too warm, it will self-adjust to disperse even heat for optimal comfort.

Pros

  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Lightweight-7.8 pounds
  • Machine washable
  • Dryer safe
  • Dual heating zones
  • 10 settings
  • Wireless controller
  • Don’t feel wires
  • Preheat
  • Provides therapeutic relief
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can get too warm
  • ?Only one controller for both sides
  • Beeping sound from controller

Soft Heat Low-Voltage Electric Heated Mattress Pad-King


Overview

  • 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • 70 x 80 inches
  • 5.2 pounds
  • Washable

If you are looking for a heated mattress pad that is going to use minimal electricity, then this may be the one for you. This one is safer than other ones that are on the market because of its low-voltage and non-hazardous patented technology.

This pad has an automatic temperature preheat and built-in over heat protection. You will never have to worry about scorching with this great feature. I personally like that is comes with an auto-shutoff feature. I am the type of person who is always in a hurry and can’t remember to shut things off, like my coffee pot. After 10 hours, it will shut itself off.

The pad is divided into two zones that includes dual controls for optimal comfort in each zone. If your partner doesn’t like how warm or cool the it is, they can just adjust it to their comfort level. Along with being dual controlled, it is also very soft with a 233 thread count and wires that can’t be felt.

This Soft Heat is also machine washable and dryer safe, per manufacturer instructions. Never stress over an accident again. Follow the instructions and get it fresh and clean again.

Pros

  • 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • Light weight- 5.2 pounds
  • Affordable
  • Machine washable
  • Dryer safe
  • Dual controls
  • Preheat feature
  • Soft
  • Can’t feel wires
  • Deep pockets
  • Auto-shutoff

Cons

  • Buzzing sound from power supply
  • ?Tag on left side
  • Sides are made of slick material-slides out


The Winner

After reviewing all of these electric mattress pads, I would have to say that the winner is the Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad. The main reason I chose this Sunbeam is because the controls are wireless. There is nothing I dislike more than bulky wires weighing my blankets down and getting in the way.

The Sunbeam has more pros than cons, is affordable, has everything someone would want in an electric pad and it specifically provides therapeutic relief. No other pad in the reviews mentioned that. In my opinion, this is the best heated mattress pad.

About the author

Brenda Bostwick

Brenda has over a decade of experience in the industry and is the lead editor for Sleep Buffs. She’s also a sleep enthusiast and loves to weed out the good from the bad when it comes to sleep products, and she’s seen her fair share of bad ones! Brenda knows how important sleep health is and through Sleep Buffs she hopes to share that passion with visitors so they can find the products that are right for them and rest assured they are making the right choice.

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