With social issues heating up all around the country and the globe, an electric cooling pad might help you forget all of that, at least for the night. A comfortable night’s sleep is usually dependent on ambient temperature, so read on for cooled blankets and other similar gadgets, which should get you your much-needed rest.
Expert opinion suggests that the ideal sleeping temperature in a bedroom should be 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (around 15.5 to 19.4 degrees Celsius) for adults, and 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 18.3 to 21.1 degrees Celsius) for babies and toddlers. Sleeping too hot or too cold typically results in difficulty with both falling and staying asleep.
Depending on your room and season of the year, you may need one or more of the items on this list. But before we get to those,
Time for some FAQs:
Air conditioning blankets work in tandem with a small air-conditioning unit that blows cool air between the mattress and a proprietary blanket. The blanket traps this cool air, and you are then, in for a better night’s sleep. Look for the BedJet 3 and the Ooler on this list.
Yes, although they work best with breathable sheets and room air-conditioning. Take a peek at the products from SlumberCloud, Leisure Town, Molecule, and Pillowtex.
Yes, they are the same thing as air conditioning blankets. What you might want to know, however, is that electric cooling mattresses are also a thing. See products from Perfect Sleep, 2020 Mattress Cooler, and Elegence-Z and see the difference.
Now, on to our product reviews.
For all seasons:
1. BedJet 3 Dual Zone Climate Comfort System for Couples
The BedJet 3 is a bed climate system which blows warm or cold air under the sheets. Developed from the technology used by NASA astronauts with their temperature-regulated spacesuits, it is the most advanced option available, but with a price to match. With temperature settings between 66 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (18.9 to 40 degrees Celsius), it can feel warmer or colder depending on your room’s temperature.
The package is composed of 2 base units with nozzles, 2 wireless remote controls, and a proprietary AirComfort Cloud Sheet. It is also SmartHome enabled, through a built-in WiFi chip for added connectivity.
The base unit fits under beds, which are 6 inches off the floor, with nozzles that link to separate attachment points on the AirComfort Cloud Sheet. The manufacturers recommend using the attachment point at the foot of the bed for the best results, although other attachment location options can be experimented with.
The separate units, nozzles, and proprietary AirComfort Cloud Sheet make possible the dual-zone capability. This means to say that one half of the bed can stay toasty, while the other half can keep cool, because well, even the best couples may have vastly different temperature requirements.
By using air-circulation, the BedJet 3 regulates not only the temperature, but it also controls humidity underneath the sheets. This means it can pull-out sweat and moisture that keeps beds stuffy and temperature difficult to regulate for a cooled blanket or even a water-based cooling mattress pad.
The package dimensions measure 24.9 inches by 24.6 inches by 24.5 inches and weigh 38.2 pounds. It sounds heavy, but you only install it once, and it does not need to move around. It comes with a 60-night no sweat guarantee, free shipping, free return shipping, and a full refund if you are unsatisfied with the BedJet 3.
2. OOLER® Sleep System
The successor of the popular ChiliPAD™ Sleep system, the OOLER cooling pad mattress, promises even better performance. The hydronic pad circulates temperature-regulated water with a 55 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 46 degrees Celsius) range and may be the missing layer between you and your mattress.
The package is composed of a control unit which contains a 30oz (900ml) water tank, a 7 feet (2.1 meters) tube with a right angle connection to mate with the 3/8 inches (9.525 mm) thin hydroponic pad which fits mattresses from sizes Half Queen to Cal King. The pad itself is machine washable at tumble dry and no heat washer settings.
Connectivity and control are via an app with hour-by-hour customizable settings and dual zones. The Warm Awake setting circulates warm water around the hydronic pad to gently and gradually rouse you from sleep and is a welcome replacement to disruptively abrupt and noisy alarm clocks.
The package dimensions measure 19.1 inches by 14.6 inches by 13.4 inches and weigh 19.91 pounds. It comes with a 90-night sleep trial period, free shipping in the US, and has a 2-year limited warranty.
3. Perfect Sleep Pad Temperature Controlled Mattress
The line of dual-zone, dual temperature mattress toppers from Perfect Sleep circulates water within a 46 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (7.7 o 47.7 degrees Celsius) temperature range. This more extensive thermal range comes at a financial cost but could be what alleviates hot flashes and address sleep quality issues.
The fan that comes with the device is rated to operate at lower decibels, but even then, some white noise helps most people fall asleep faster, and these mask ambient sounds that may cause abrupt awakening for light sleepers.
The package dimensions measure 20.24 inches by 20.16 inches by 20.08 inches and weigh 17.51 pounds. Free shipping comes standard with a 90-day comfort guarantee, with a full refund if you are not satisfied with their products.
1. 2020 Mattress Cooler “Classic” Chilled Water Sleep Cooling System
Priced lower than both the OOLER and the Perfect Sleep Pad, this mattress cooler pad does only one thing, but, to be fair, it does it reasonably well. Its simple features allow you to sleep on a cool surface all night long for a fraction of the upfront and electricity costs of more expensive dual-function units.
By using evaporative cooling in conjunction with a thin PVC mattress topper to absorb and dissipate body heat while asleep, the device can lower the water temperature compared to room temperature by a noticeable degree.
The cooling pads, however, are considered by the manufacturer as wear items. They recommend replacements around every 6 months to avoid leaks, so this recurring expense may pile up and negate initial cost savings.
Their products ship for free and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee less a $20 restocking fee.
2. ELEGENCE-Z Double Air-Conditioning Mattress Ice Pad
A portable, easy to fold and pack cooling pad mattress, it has an advertised 6-hour run time on batteries. Not only does the unit circulate cooled water all over the mattress, but it also serves as a negative ion air purification device.
The unit measures 6.3 inches by 5.5 inches by 10.23 inches, while the cooled blanket measures 63 inches by 55 inches. Unfortunately, it does not come with free shipping and a product warranty.
1. SlumberCloud Nacreous Cooling Mattress Pad
Built from NASA-engineered spacesuit thermal regulation technology, the cooling mattress pad absorbs your body heat and releases it back to you when you start feeling cold. By maintaining temperature neutrality, the product is effectively multi-zone capable because it reacts to each sleeper’s body temperature fluctuations independently.
The product is designed for use underneath a fitted sheet, is hypoallergenic and machine washable with mild detergent, cold water, and on a spin cycle for delicates. Air drying is recommended, but machine drying on low heat is also possible, although ironing will damage the material and should not be done.
Size availability includes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, and Split King. Free shipping for all US orders is standard, as is a 60-night risk-free trial period. Full refunds are granted with no questions asked.
2. Leisure Town Cooling Mattress Topper
Thinner than most other mattress toppers, but thicker than ordinary sheets, this product’s design lets air circulate better for equally better temperature regulation properties. Although not a substitute for hydroponic pads or gel mattress toppers, it also won’t feel too cold during the winter.
Its cover is made of 300TC (thread count) 100% cotton, snow down alternative fiberfill that mimics goose and duck down mattress filling, and is machine washable. Available sizes include Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Olympic Queen, King, and California King.
The product ships in 11.81 inches by 7.87 inches by 3.94 inches package, and weighs 6.36 pounds. The manufacturer recommends machine washing in cold water and gentle cycle. Bleaching and ironing will damage the product, but it can be tumble dried at a low setting. For best results, lay it under the heat of the sun for a few hours for it to return to standard thickness after being vacuum sealed.
Free shipping is available, but free returns and full refunds are only processed if the item is in new and unused condition.
3. Molecule Airtec™ Mattress Topper
This product blends a tried and tested mattress topper design and state of the art manufacturing technology. What could be harder than placing the mattress topper on your bed? A closer look into the proprietary foam, however, shows that the matrix of open cells allows for 5x more airflow compared to memory and other dense foams.
Investments into advanced engineering and manufacturing permit consistent airflow even when the mattress topper is compressed by the weight of a sleeper, body heat is then conducted away from the sleep surface and dissipates. The Variable Pressure Foaming technology produces proprietary foam, which is CertiPUR-US certified for your peace of mind, and by removing off-gassing from the equation, its more comfortable on your nose, too.
Sizes include Twin, Full, King, Twin XL, Queen, and Cal King. The product comes with free shipping and returns, a 30-night risk-free trial, and a 5-year limited warranty. Product returns require prior written authorization, donation of the product to a verified 501(c)3 charity, with documentary proof of the donation receipt. Refunds of the cost will be less any discounts and are limited to only one return per customer, order, household, and/or delivery address.
4. CoziRest Cooling Weighted Blanket
A 7-layer blanket should not be able to keep you cool, but somehow this does. The cooled blanket is flippable, one side of the removable cover being a cool and breathable bamboo cover for slightly warmer months, and the other side being a warm Mink-like plush fabric for the colder months.
Sizing is only available for Queen-sized and King-sized beds because the manufacturer recommends that weighted blankets should not be larger than the mattress. The 15-pound blanket is suitable for users who are 140 – 190 pounds in body weight, the 20-pound blanket is best for sleepers who weigh 190 – 260 pounds and the 25-pound weighted blanket is for sleepers who weigh over 260 pounds. The desired effect is that of being hugged to sleep.
The package typically measures 13.3 inches by 10.7 inches by 7.5 inches and weighs between 15 pounds to 25 pounds, depending on the blanket weight that was ordered. Free shipping is available, but free returns and full refunds are only processed if the item is in new and unused condition.
5. Pillowtex Cooling Gel Mattress Topper
This cooling pad promises to absorb a sleeper’s body heat and dissipate it over the wide surface. The net effect, of course, is a cooler body temperature.
Like other toppers and blankets on this list that do not use electricity, this should be high on the priority list for light sleepers. For those who are easily awakened by sounds – including fans and other gadgetry that were supposed to aid in maintaining sleep, a mattress pad with heat-absorbing and dissipating gel is a game-changer.
Sizes are available in Twin, Queen, King, and California King. Package dimensions are generally at 20.75 inches by 20 inches by 5.25 inches and weigh around 22.1 pounds. Free shipping is available, as are free returns, subject to the caveat that the product has to be in new and unused condition. You may have to contact the seller directly to see how that works with their 30-day sleep better guarantee.
With all these choices to choose from, someone who sleeps too hot or too cold is in for a treat. Buyers would be wise to avail of the risk-free trial periods from the different product manufacturers. Still, it would also be prudent to do a little research to get a better feel for the available options.
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