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.
Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress
Soft Heat Micro-Plush
Soft Heat Low-Voltage
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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