The BedJet promises to both cool or warm your bed as the seasons and your temperature needs change.
I normally use a simple bed fan in the summer, and my partner likes to have heated bedding for the shivery winter nights. So in theory, I liked the idea of having just one device that can do both jobs.
I was also interested to find out how well the dual zone concept works. My partner and I often sleep in separate beds, with different temperature preferences being one of the main reasons.
If the BedJet offered a way for us to have different temperatures in the same bed, it might make it easier for us to sleep together more often. To find out if this would be possible, I ordered one from bedjet.com and put it to the test.
Note: there is now a new version – the BedJet 3. Head over to my BedJet 3 review to find out more about it.
The first thing to note is that the instruction manual is very comprehensive and easy to follow. It’s quite a long manual since the BedJet has so many features, so it’s good that there are clear photos showing you how to install it.
There are only 6 main parts to assemble really, and it’s easy to do so. You slide the base mount under your mattress, and slot in enough extender links to get the nozzle to sit on top of your mattress.
Then you attach the air nozzle to the hose, slot the hose into the base unit, and that’s it for the actual parts.
How it works
The BedJet blows a powerful, targeted stream of fresh room temperature air. And that disperses the body heat and moisture that accumulates under the bed sheets.
The instructions state that it works best when the room temperature is less than 79 °F (27 °C). So it’s not a replacement for air conditioning in extreme heat.
How it feels
The air the BedJet blows definitely feels cool when I use it. I tried it when the room temperature was hovering around the 79 °F threshold, and it was more than powerful enough to keep me feeling comfortable.
In fact, the maximum setting is so powerful, I don’t generally use it on more than 70% power, and even less as the night progresses.
Both the remote control and the App let you change the air flow in 5% increments, so there are 20 possible power settings. It’s great to have that fine level of control, making it easy to find the cooling level that does the job and feels comfortable.
For me, the cooling was much more effective than a normal fan at the side of the bed or a ceiling fan. And far superior to the cooling mattress pads and gel pads I’ve tried.
So I think this quote from the manual seems justified:
This method of in-bed cooling has been demonstrated by infra-red cameras to provide the most rapid removal of body heat and body moisture from a bed of any product on the market today
If cooling is your main need then, the BedJet gets a big thumbs up from me. I found I felt cooler, sweat less in the night, and the air flow in the AirComforter sheet (see below) kept me cool without disturbing my sleep.
How it works
In some ways, the heating is even more impressive than the cooling; the BedJet is capable of warming your bed so quickly, it redefines the meaning of ‘pre-heat’.
It works with a ceramic stone heating element, which heats the air flowing over it. There are 20 incremental settings on the normal heat mode, giving you air temperatures ranging from 72 to 104 °F (22 to 40 °C).
And the turbo heating, which works as a pre-heat or quick burst, is capable of raising the temperature of your bedding by up to 30 °F above ambient in under 5 minutes.
How it feels
It’s impressively effective, and like the cooling setting, kind of unnecessary to use the maximum heat settings unless your bedroom is a frozen icebox.
It was nice to have such effective heating without the smell of dust or lint (thanks to the ceramic stone). And it’s good to know that there are no wires or electricity in the bed with you.
My partner loved the heating, as she’s less than fond of the colder nights here in England. So for her, the heating is perfect; it keeps her feet warm, her body cozy, and stops her waking up in the night feeling chilly.
The manufacturers claim the BedJet has the highest level of safety for an air heating device. The ceramic stone doesn’t get hot enough to cause problems, the casing is cool to touch and there are no wires in your bed.
There are also several auto shut-off features which add an extra layer of safety; the turbo heat, for example, can only be used for 5 minutes in every 30.
The App features
There’s a remote control which allows you to choose all the main settings. And if you want to, there’s an App which gives you more extensive control. It works via Bluetooth for all Android and iPhone smartphones.
Airflow and temperature
Both the remote and the App allow you to quickly adjust the airflow. But the App also lets you adjust both the flow and the exact temperature, which is helpful for finding the best combination.
Auto-off and continuous modes
The BedJet gives you complete control over how long you have the heating or cooling on for, which is one of the ways it really shines compared to other heated bedding products.
There’s a default of 5 mins for the turbo heat, 20 for the normal heat and 10 hours for the cooling. But you can increase these to 10 mins for the turbo heat, 4 hours for the normal heat and 12 hours for the cooling.
It’s great to have that level of control, though a shame you really need to use the App to get it right. You can use the remote to increase the time, but you have to press the timer button and count the beeps. A screen on a future version of the remote would be an obvious improvement I think.
If you’re not sure what temperature will work best for you, you can experiment using the visual thermometer on the App.
There are also some recommended presets to try – a desert breeze, gentle warmth and night sweat dry.
Interestingly, BedJet recommend trying the heat on the lowest setting if you have night sweats. So it’s helpful to have that option clearly available on the App.
Biorhythm sleep sequence
The biorhythm sleep sequence is probably my favorite feature. It allows you to program temperature changes as the night progresses, even switching off after a few hours and back on again in the morning.
This allows you to do things like warm the bed when you first get in, then slowly cool you down (which helps promote sleep), and wake you in the morning with gentle warmth.
It takes a while to work out what works best for you, but there’s a helpful questionnaire based on your usual feeling in bed to try out and adjust from there.
I think this feature might prove a little too complex for people who aren’t so tech savvy and find it tricky to navigate phone Apps. But if you like the idea of having complete control and experimenting with temperature, it’s a fantastic feature.
And once you do find your ideal cycle, you can save it in the memory to use again. And with the option to save more than one pattern, it’s another thoughtful touch from the manufacturer.
Dual zones and the AirComforter
There are two ways you and your partner can have different temperatures on your side of the bed. And both require the AirComforter to work to the best effect.
The AirComforter is a high quality 100% cotton top sheet with 2 individual hollow cavities, with openings to slot the air nozzle into.
If you have one BedJet, then the person who most needs to alter the temperature of the bed can use it on their side, while the other sticks with the normal room temperature. And if you have 2 BedJets, you can each control the temperature on your side of the bed.
We used an AirComforter with 2 cavities and just one BedJet to keep the cost down. We figured that if one us is happy with the ambient room temperature in the summer or winter, the other can take their turn to have the BedJet on their side.
I was a little skeptical that the sheet would keep the chosen temperature to one side of the bed, especially when using the heating, but it does work very well.
It’s particularly good at keeping the cooling on one side. But even the heating doesn’t spread much unless you lie right up against the divide in the middle.
Sharing a bed
We’ve now had a chance to test the BedJet in both warmer and cold weather, and have been very impressed.
The AirComforter enables us to add heating or cooling without making it unbearable for the other in bed. Considering it’s a cotton sheet, it does an excellent job of keeping the temperature to just one side.
Having said that, I do think you need a big enough bed to allow a little space in the middle so you don’t feel any of the temperature flowing through the AirComforter cavity.
The bottom line though is that we’re able to share a bed more often now, as the key factor of temperature can be controlled by us. So as far as we’re concerned, the AirComforter is a useful extra.
- Effective at cooling and heating, removing the need for separate devices.
- No wires or electricity in the bed.
- Easy to assemble.
- A range of extra safety features such as an auto shut-off.
- 20 cooling settings, helping you sleep in hot weather and cope with night sweats.
- Turbo heat warms the bed in just 5 minutes.
- 20 air flow settings with the normal heat mode.
- Remote control or smartphone App gives you 2 control options.
- Dual zones and AirComforter give 2 people complete control over their side of the bed’s temperature.
- Programmable temperature changes during the night help you sleep comfortably.
- 2-year warranty.
- The cooling loses some of its effectiveness if the bedroom air temperature is very hot.
- The physical remote control is basic compared to the App, and doesn’t give you full control. It doesn’t have a screen telling you the current setting or timer options.
- It makes a noise similar to a large fan at maximum settings (though on settings more typical of all night use it’s very quiet).
My partner and I are both very pleased with our BedJet. We like the fact that we no longer need a giant fan looming over the bed in the summer. And on colder nights, it does a great job of keeping her warm without making me overheat.
The cooling is what most interests me, and I think it’s definitely better than any other cooling product I’ve tried. But ironically, even I agree with my partner that it’s the heating that makes it such an impressive device.
The range of features and programmable heat settings is very impressive, and sets a high bar for any other heated bedding products to follow.
There are a few criticisms, but really the only thing that lets it down is the remote control. But then again, the App is fantastic, so BedJet can be forgiven for that.
Overall, I think if the temperature has a big impact on your sleep, the BedJet is definitely one to have on your radar.
Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, you’ll be able to find just the right temperature to sleep comfortably all night long.
Update – 18 months later
It’s now been 18 months since we first got the BedJet, and I’m happy to report that it’s still going strong. Maintenance has been minimal, and it hasn’t caused any issues at all as time goes by.
We’re now sure that it’s actually even better in the winter than the summer! Although the cooling works well, the heating is simply superb – especially if you suffer from cold feet in the winter.
The instant warmth it provides is unbeatable really – much better than heated bedding, although you do need to control just how much heat you pump into the bed. It also feels safer than heated bedding because of the absence of wires under you.
I’ve also lent it to guests when they stay over and had to fend off more than one request to take it home with them to ‘test’ it for me! So it gets a resounding thumbs up all around.