BedJet 3 Review: For Summer Cooling & Winter Warming

Summary

The BedJet 3 is a superb system for controlling the temperature in your bed. You can cool or heat the entire bed or just your side if you and your partner don’t always agree on the ideal temperature for sleeping.

Using BedJet’s dual-zone cloud sheet gives me the freedom to cool my side of the bed in the summer without disturbing my partner’s sleep. And in turn, she can keep her side toasty warm in colder months.

The advanced color screen remote control gives you complete control over the fan speed and temperature. You can even program it to turn on and off and change temperature multiple times in the night.

Pros

  • Effective cooling system in hot weather.
  • Excellent heating system for the winter, ranging from 72° to 104° F (22° to 40° C)
  • Full control over the temperature range and fan speed, from cold to hot.
  • High-quality cloud sheet has a boxed cavity to keep the cooling or warming to just one side of the bed.
  • Dual-zone option for partners, with separate controls.
  • Advanced wireless remote control with a color screen and backlit buttons.
  • Can pre-program temperature changes throughout the night.
  • Works with any bed, easy to install and maintain.

Cons

  • This is a luxury product and not a budget option.
  • Produces a fan sound on higher fan speed settings.
  • If you can’t tuck the base unit under your bed (6.5 inches of clearance needed), you need to have it next to your bed.
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Full Review

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My partner and I have very different opinions about what the ideal bedroom temperature should be. A cold, dark Icelandic cave sounds about right to me, while her Latina soul yearns for warm tropical air.

The BedJet 3 has many useful features to delve into, but there’s one simple reason why it works so well for us: I can cool my side of the bed while her side stays warm.

The BedJet 3 set up in our bedroom, with the base unit safely tucked under the bed

So we never have to compromise on the air conditioning or heating settings, and have complete control over the temperature on our own side of the bed.

In this review, I’ll explain in more detail how the BedJet 3 works, and take a closer look at the key features and settings.


The cooling

Even though the BedJet 3 can provide you with both cooling and heating, it’s the cooling that appeals most to me. Here’s how the way it works is explained in the BedJet manual:

The BedJet cools via powered ventilation of fresh ambient air injected directly onto the bed. This powered ventilation gently wicks away the body heat and body moisture that gets trapped in the bed by your mattress and bed covers.

Essentially, you have a base unit that sits under your bed, or to the side if there are less than 6.25 inches of clearance under the bed. An air hose comes out of the base unit, stretches up to the foot of your mattress, and blows cool air out of an elegantly designed nozzle.

Multiple settings and options to finetune your cooling

You have several options to play around with, each of which has an impact on exactly how and where you feel the cooling:

Main cooling options

  • You can select the fan speed, from 5% to 100%.
  • You can drop the temperature of the cool air right down to 66° F (19° C), or have it slightly warmer if you prefer.
  • You can have the air blow directly onto your body or between your top sheet and comforter.
  • You can use the additional BedJet Cloud Sheet, which has a hollow cavity to improve the spread of cool air and not have it blowing directly onto your feet.
  • A dual zone Cloud Sheet lets you have the cooling on just one side of the bed, whereas a single zone means the entire bed shares the refreshing breeze of coolness.

Our preference is to use a dual zone Cloud Sheet. It costs extra if you only buy one base unit (it’s included free with two units), but it means the cool air envelops my entire overheated body, rather than having plenty of cooling around my feet but less on my upper body. And of course, my partner doesn’t shiver herself to sleep.

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I do find the fan at 100% is a little too powerful, especially when I’m trying to sleep. So I often go to bed with the fan speed around 70% to 80%, and then use the remote control to pre-program it to reduce to 10-20% while I sleep.

This approach to cooling works really well. I’ve tried many normal fans, cooling mats and even mattresses that are supposed to sleep cooler. And the BedJet 3 wins hands down compared to all of them. The only method that can compete is powerful air conditioning (firmly vetoed by my partner!).

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The heating

Although it’s the cooling I personally use most, there have been times when I’ve appreciated the BedJet’s second job as a remarkably effective bed warming system.

It admittedly doesn’t happen very often, but in the breath-stealingly icy depths of winter, I’ve been known to ask my partner to share the warm air from the BedJet on her side of the bed.

She, on the other hand, giggles in delight every time she gets into bed and feels that powerful flow of warm air caressing her freezing little toes.

You can have instantly warm air right up to 109° F (43° C) if you’ve just come in from the snow, or you fancy using the BedJet as a giant horizontal hair dryer after a late-night shower (yes, she does that). Or you can select a more moderate temperature – anywhere along the BedJet’s full heating spectrum of 72° to 104° F (22° to 40° C).

The BedJet 3 also includes some suggested heat settings, each of which has its own button on the remote control to save you time finding the right setting for the particular moment:

Main heating options

  • Turbo heat: a maximum10 minute pre-warming burst of the highest heat, at 109° F (43° C).
  • Heat: strong warming for up to 4 hours, from 72° to 104° F (22° to 40° C).
  • Extended heat: moderate warming for up to 12 hours, from 72° to 92° F (22° to 33 C).
  • Dry: middle temperature that helps keep night sweats at bay, up to 92° F (31° C).

My partner tends to use the pre-heat for 5 minutes or so, as it’s too intense even for her. She then has it programmed to slowly lower over the next couple of hours before eventually turning off unless it’s a particularly cold night.

What’s great about the BedJet’s heating compared to other options is the safety and power consumption. There’s no wires or electricity inside your bed, which is preferable to heated mattress pads or electric blankets.

And it costs less to run a BedJet than a standard portable heater or central heating system. I asked BedJet about this, and they told me it would cost no more than a ‘few dollars a month’.

Dual zones for partners

The BedJet 3 allows a range of different setups. If you sleep alone, it’s simple – you just need one unit, with or without a Cloud Sheet.

If you share your bed, you have three options:

Options for 2 people

  • 2 people, 1 BedJet, 1 zone. If you never disagree on temperature, you can share 1 unit. Either use your normal bedding, or a single zone Cloud Sheet for better air flow.
  • 2 people, 1 BedJet, 2 zones. If one of you is happy with the room temperature, you only need one BedJet. But it works best with a dual zone Cloud Sheet so you can keep the air to your zone/side of the bed.
  • 2 people, 2 BedJets, 2 zones. In this case, you both get a separate remote control to control your own BedJet on your side of the bed. So one can have cool air while the other has warm air.

We currently use one BedJet 3 and a dual zone Cloud Sheet. I have it for cooling in the summer, and my partner will take the reins in the winter to use it for heating.


Remote control, App and smart home integration

bedjet 3 remote control

One of my very few complaints about the BedJet 2 was that the remote control was too basic, and that you could only access advanced features with a phone App.

So I was very pleased to see that the BedJet 3 comes with a fantastic remote control. It has a color screen so you can see what settings you’re choosing, and adjust them easily in the night. And you can control all the settings right there on the remote, without needing a phone App.

I also like that all the main functions have individual buttons, clearly labeled and with an optional backlight. So in the middle of the night, it’s very easy to change the fan speed, temperature, heat setting or up to 3 pre-programmed biorhythm settings (see below).

At the time of writing, only the remote control is available. But later in 2019, you’ll be able to use a smartphone App if you prefer. And BedJet are also planning to introduce smart home integration with a firmware update. I asked about this and was told it would eventually be compatible with all the major smart home systems.

But for us, the sleek remote control with its fancy screen and silky casing is all we need to control our BedJet 3.


Biorhythm feature

bedjet 3 biorythym feature

I mentioned above that we like to pre-program the BedJet 3 to change temperatures as the night progresses, and that’s thanks to the clever biorhythm feature. It was groundbreaking in the BedJet V2, so I was happy to see it’s still going strong – it’s a feature we’ve both made good use of.

For example, you could have turbo heat for 10 minutes to pre-heat your bed. Then normal heat on 80% fan speed for two hours. And finally, a gentle heat on 30% fan speed for the next 3 hours, after which it switches off automatically.

You can program those three steps on the remote control, save your bio program to the M1 memory button, and hit it when you go to bed.

Once you work out what temperature changes help you sleep, it’s a very useful feature that works seamlessly and with no extra input from you. It’s particularly useful if your ambient temperature changes dramatically in the night. For example, if it’s stuffy when you go to bed, but then cold as dawn approaches.

As another example, if you just want 25 minutes of cooling, after which the BedJet 3 turns off automatically, you can have that simple program at the touch of a button too.

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Installation

The BedJet 3 is very easy to install. It took me less than 10 minutes to unbox it, set it up and switch it on.

individual bedjet 3 components

The main issue to be aware of is where you’re going to put the base unit. Ideally, you want to keep it under your bed to avoid kicking it during blurry-eyed bathroom trips in the night. To do that, you need at least 6.25 inches of clearance under the bed base.

Otherwise, it’s fine to sit it next to the foot of the bed. The BedJet 3 is actually 30% smaller than the V2, and is flat on all sides rather than the previously rounded design. And that means you can place it vertically or horizontally, depending on how neatly you’d like to tuck it away.

Note that to download the latest firmware, you do need to download the smartphone App. And after that, you need to use your phone to connect it to your router’s 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band.

If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you might wonder why it’s not connecting, and it might be that you’re using your router’s 5 GHz band. All you need to do is search for your Wi-Fi again and connect to your home router’s second band – the 2.4 GHz – which it should have.

I rang the BedJet customer service helpline to see how well they respond to a query about connectivity, and they were very helpful, quickly solving my issue. So if you’re worried about connecting the BedJet 3 properly, or run into problems, you can get help with it.


Criticisms

The BedJet has even less to complain about than its predecessor, especially since the manufacturer has addressed my main complaint with the new jazzy remote. However, there are still a couple of points to be aware of.

As someone who can be kept awake by the sound of my own heartbeat, the BedJet 3 is still a little too loud for me on the highest fan speeds. But on the lower fan speeds, which is what we use to sleep anyway, it’s barely noticeable and much quieter than our air conditioning unit’s random little tantrums.

Secondly, the BedJet 3 is a luxury product that may stretch some people’s budget. I personally think the price is fair considering how effective and versatile a device it is. And it will reduce your monthly bills if you tend to rely on central heating or air conditioning.

Reassuringly, the company makes a point of saying they’ve built the BedJet to be very robust, promising many years of usage with the 20,000 hour DC Motor. So it’s an investment that should last the test of time.

Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that the BedJet was designed to be kept safely under the bed. But if you don’t have 6.5 inches of space under your bed, it’s still a relatively sizable box to have next to your bed. So you’ll need to remember it’s there when you get up in the night.


Maintenance, warranty & returns

I like the fact that the BedJet 3 requires minimal maintenance. All you need to do it wash the filter roughly once every 3 months – a simple job that takes a couple of minutes.

The BedJet 3 comes with a 2 year warranty, covering all the parts and even the comfort sheet if you get one. They also offer a generous 60 day return guarantee as long as it’s all in one piece.


Verdict

The BedJet 3 is an excellent addition to the bedroom, whether you’re in need of some relieving cooling in the sizzling summer, or comforting warmth while snow falls outside.

The range of temperatures the air can be set to is pretty remarkable – especially at the heating end, where you can recreate a blast of Saharan desert air under the covers. But even the cooling, notoriously difficult to achieve in the bed, is more than good enough to tackle most hot weather.

The new remote control with the BedJet 3 is great, and gives you complete control over all the settings, right there on the user-friendly color screen.

And as with previous BedJet versions, you can use it on your own, share one BedJet between two people, or get two units and have both cooling and heating going on in your own little temperature cocoon. And it’s the versatility of the BedJet setups that makes it such a useful device for a wide range of people’s specific needs.

Compared to other devices I’ve tried that are designed to help with temperature issues, such as heated bedding or large fans next to your bed, the BedJet 3 is simply better – both for cooling and heating. And that’s ultimately what I like about it: it just works.

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