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When it comes to staying warm in your bed, there are a few pieces of gear that can help you get a good night’s sleep without turning up your thermostat. While you could add a heated electric or weighted blanket for an extra layer of warmth, you should also consider adding a heated mattress pad to your bed this winter. Here’s everything you should know.
What Are the Best Heated Mattress Pads to Buy?
Here are a few of the details we like to see to make sure the topper is completely comfortable and safe to sleep with each night.
Temperature Settings: Heated mattress pads can be adjusted for temperature, and usually come with anywhere between five and 10 heat settings. Because body temperatures vary so much from person to person, we prefer more settings as a general rule. Some heaters also feature function to warm up your mattress before you get in bed, or automatic temperature adjustments.
Shutoff Time: For safety reasons, heated mattress pads all have an automatic shutoff function after a period of hours. Some also allow you to customize your shutoff time, letting you to decide if you want to keep it on for all eight hours or if you’d prefer less time.
Cushioning: Look for heating pads with some kind of cushion or soft surface that will still be comfortable so you don’t feel the wiring underneath.
Safety: As with any heating element, there’s always a danger of overheating and causing a fire. A good heated mattress pad will take this into account with overheat protection.
1. Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad
This Sunbeam mattress pad has 10 temperature settings, which many reviewers agree evenly distribute heat and can even be felt under a separate mattress pad. We also like the pad’s ThermoFine tech feature, which can automatically readjust the temperature during the night. It automatically shuts off after 10 hours and can operate on both sides of your mattress, so you and a partner can adjust the temperature however you want. It’s available in a twin, full, queen and king. You can also clean it in the washing machine and throw it in the dryer, according to the company.
2. Heated Mattress Pad Underblanket
This mattress heating pad features 10 temperature settings as well as nine adjustable time settings, so you can program it to shut off for after anywhere between one and nine hours. We also appreciate its extra-soft velvety felt fabric, which is ideal if you make your bed with thin sheets. It’s also easy to maintain because it’s machine washable.
3. Degrees Of Comfort Dual Control Heated Mattress Pad
Aside from offering serious warmth when you need it most, this heated mattress pad also gets top marks for comfort. The top layer has thick enough padding so you shouldn’t be able to feel the wires underneath, and it also cleverly stows the power cord so it’s not accidentally poking you during the night. This pad comes with five heat settings and fitted fabric sides so it stays put even if you toss and turn. You can buy it in a twin XL, full and queen size.
4. Beautyrest 3M Scotchgard Heated Mattress Pad
While users are impressed with how well the Beautyrest heater fits most mattresses, we also like the moisture-wicking fabric, which comes in handy if you sweat at night, as well as the five heat settings, soft and flexible wires and that you can toss it in the washing machine. It automatically shuts off after 10 hours. It’s available in most standard mattress sizes, including a California King mattress.