The Best Heated Mattress Pads, Electric Blankets & Bed Fans

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Does your bed always feel just a bit too cold when you first get in? Does it take ages for your body heat to warm up your bed, and that you have to avoid rolling onto cold spots in the night?

When the world outside is freezing over, heated bedding is an effective and efficient way to warm your bed. It can make all the difference in ensuring your bed is inviting and comfortable at the end of a long day.

There are 3 main ways to heat your bed rather than the entire bedroom: heated mattress pads, electric blankets, and more high-tech climate control systems. And in this review, I’ll be looking at some of the best in each category.

Which to choose: a heated mattress pad, electric blanket or fan heating?

People often think of electric blankets first when considering heated bedding. But in some ways, a heated mattress pad is a better choice.

It’s thought to be safer because the wires are less likely to bunch up and cause faults. And heat rises, so it’s more efficient to have the heat originate underneath you, not on top.

However, if you just don’t like the idea of having wires under you, an electric blanket is an understandable choice to make. And if you’re prone to overheating and just need a little extra warmth, it can feel more comfortable to have a blanket instead.

If you’d rather avoid having wires in the bed altogether though, there is an alternative. At the end, I’ll be discussing a climate control system which blows warm air between the sheets, heated safely out of the way in a separate unit.


Heated mattress pads


1. Sunbeam vertical quilted heated mattress pad

Best heated mattress pad overall with reliable heating and soft material

image of the sunbeam heated mattress pad Sunbeam is an industry leader in designing heated bedding, and its vertical quilted heated mattress pad is the most comfortable and reliable I’ve tried.

Most heated mattress pads have very similar features really. For example, the majority have 10 heat settings, dual controls for queen size and up, and an auto-off feature.

So there are a couple of key points that make this Sunbeam model particularly good. Firstly, with 5 ounces of fill, it’s as comfortable to lie on as a plush mattress pad. It also means you don’t feel the wires under your body in the night.

Secondly, it does the full range of heating settings very reliably, with a nice even heat spread throughout the pad. And with easy to use dual controls for larger sizes, you and your partner can choose the exact temperature you need to sleep best.

Pros

  • The pad feels soft, the wires are well hidden, and the heating feels lovely.
  • There are dual controls for queen and king size beds.
  • The controller is well designed, with a digital display and a dimming feature.
  • A pre-heat function warms the bed quickly – just 5 or 10 minutes before getting into bed.
  • There’s an even heat spread throughout the bed.
  • 10 heat settings.
  • 10 hour auto-off function – a useful safety feature that also saves electricity.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • 100% polyester material that’s machine washable and dryer friendly.
  • You get a 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • The connector could be in a better place – it’s on top of the pad in the middle, a few inches from the end. So if you’re very tall and sleep in the middle of the bed, you might sometimes feel the connector with your feet (unless you turn the pad around, as some people do).

Verdict

On balance, the quality and design of this Sunbeam heated pad are great. I can’t fault it when it comes to its capacity for warming, and it will definitely keep you cozy during the cold winter nights.

My one complaint will only really apply to tall people whose feet are on the end of the bed (6 foot/183 cm or taller). But for anyone else, this is a great choice of heated bedding.

Available at: Amazon.com

 

2. Soft Heat micro-plush low voltage heated pad

Low voltage converter and good connector placement

photo of the softheat micro plush heated mattress padThe Soft Heat micro-plush heated mattress pad is made from some of the softest material out there, meaning it not only keeps you warm, but also adds an extra layer of comfort to your bed.

Compliment that with its thin wires, and it’s unlikely you’ll even notice the wiring is there. Safety is something Soft Heat evidently like to focus on, and it shows here with a low voltage converter and an auto-off function.

The main point it has in its favor compared to the Sunbeam is the cord placement. The connector is tucked out of the way at the head of the bed on the side, so you won’t feel it with your feet, and the cords can easily reach sockets behind or to the side of the bed.

Pros

  • There are dual controls for queen, king and california king sizes.
  • It has a lovely micro-velour top, and is made from quality material throughout.
  • There’s a fast pre-heat setting, and 10 main heat settings.
  • It turns off automatically after 10 hours, or if sensors detect overheating.
  • The controllers have an LED display and an auto-dimmer to reduce artificial light during sleep.
  • The transformer reduces AC current to safer low-voltage DC current.
  • The cords are conveniently located.
  • The cords are flexible so you can use a fitted sheet.
  • It’s machine washable and can be used in a dryer.
  • It has a 5 year warranty

Cons

  • On larger pads you need to plug in two transformers, which might require an extension cable.
  • The transformers use energy even when switched off, so it’s best to unplug them during the day.

Verdict

The Soft Heat Micro-plush heated mattress pad comes very close to getting everything right, but does have flaws, notably using two transformers on mattresses queen size and larger.

The quality of the design is otherwise excellent. The placement of the connectors is perfect, as they are tucked neatly out of the way. And if you share your bed, you can both have complete freedom of temperature choice.

Available at: Amazon.com

 

3. Sunbeam therapeutic heated mattress pad

Multiple heating zones for targeted warmth 

sunbeam therapeutic heated mattress padThe Sunbeam therapeutic pad goes one step further than the classic dual zones: smaller sizes have 3 individual temperature zones, while the queen and king sizes have 6 in total.

The idea being that you can choose to keep your feet toasty, your body warm and your upper body cool – or any other heating combination you choose.

If you have any particular aches and pains, you can therefore provide targeted relief, without necessarily heating your entire body. So if you do have any medical needs, or specific problems such as painfully cold feet, it’s a practical way to address those issues.

Pros

  • The controller is wireless, easy to use with a digital display for each zone. It also has an auto-dimmer to avoid bright lights in the bedroom.
  • Each zone can be set to 1 of 10 heat settings, along with a pre-heat option.
  • The connectors sit at the bottom of the pad, conveniently out of the way of your feet.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • The pad itself is thick and comfortable, so you won’t feel the wires.
  • 100% cotton top.
  • There’s an auto-off after 10 hours safety function.
  • It’s machine washable and dryer safe.
  • 3 year warranty.

Cons

  • Even though it’s technically dual controls, there’s only one physical controller which you have to share with your partner.
  • There’s a control box which needs to be placed under the bed. If you don’t have an ‘under the bed’, you’ll need to set it next to the bed.

Verdict

Although most heated mattress pads have dual zones, they don’t usually give you control over which part of your body is warmed. But with this one, you can specifically choose to heat your feet more if you prefer, which is great. Just be prepared to pass the single controller between you if you share your bed.

Available at: Amazon.com


Electric blankets


1. Sunbeam velvet plush heated blanket

Best heated blanket, with 20 heat settings and good dual zone controls

photo of the sunbeam velvet electric blanket

Sunbeam take the honor of coming out on top of both the heated pad and heated blanket sections. They make a fair range of heated blankets, but this one manages to tick several important boxes.

The material feels wonderful, and although not technically velvet, you can see why they describe it as velvet plush when you feel how soft it is.

The wires aren’t nearly as bothersome as most other heated blankets. And the 20 different heat settings, available in dual zones, gives two people plenty of temperature choice.

Pros

  • Made from 100% polyester, it has a beautifully smooth and soft velvet feel on the skin.
  • Pre-heat function, and warms quickly.
  • 20 different heat settings.
  • Auto-adjusting temperature monitoring keeps the temperature stable.
  • 10 hours auto-off safety timer.
  • Easy to use controller.
  • Dual zones for larger sizes – with all 20 heat settings for each side.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones and double controllers.
  • Machine washable and dryer friendly.
  • 5 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • As with all electric blankets, you can feel the wires if you try. But, it’s less noticeable than other brands.
  • With dual zones, there’s quite a lot of cord length to place under the bed.

Verdict

If you have your heart set on using a blanket over the top of you rather than a pad underneath, this Sunbeam is one of the best options. It feels great, warms reliably well and has good dual zone controls.

The wires are noticeable, but only if you’re feeling for them and don’t use a top sheet. And the cords so have a fair amount of length to them, which you’ll be tucking under the bed. But if you can forgive it on those points, it’s a pretty decent choice overall.

Available at: Amazon.com

 

2. Soft Heat ultra microplush electric blanket

Comfortable electric blanket

softheat electric blanketThe Soft Heat electric blanket neatly combines comfort with a robust and reliable design. It has all the features you would hope for: dual controls with the queen and king sizes, a range of heat settings, low-voltage conversion, and a comfortable material.

It will keep you warm and snug on those cold nights with a range of heat settings, and you and your partner have full control of your separate sides.

Pros

  • The fabric feels wonderfully plush and soft on the skin.
  • It heats well, has multiple temperature settings, and a gentle heat setting if you just want a little warmth.
  • The cords come out of the foot of the bed and are long enough to reach under the bed and plug in back at the wall.
  • If you share your bed and have queen or king size, you’ll get separate controls for the two separate heating areas.
  • The controller is easy to use, with a back lit display so you can see what setting it’s on in the night.
  • Small transformers convert the mains power into safer lower voltage current.
  • It’s machine washable.
  • Comes with a 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • With the queen and king sizes you need two sockets to plug the transformers in.
  • You can feel the wires if you don’t use a top sheet.

Verdict

The Soft Heat is a good choice of electric blanket if you’re looking for a combination of comfort, ease of use, safety and dual controls. It’s up to the job of keeping you warm, and importantly allows two people to sleep with the exact level of heating they prefer.

It’s a shame that it requires two power outlets, which does make it less convenient to use than the Sunbeam.

Available at: Amazon.com

 

3. Sunbeam microplush heated blanket

Lightweight and attractive design

sunbeam electric blanketThe Sunbeam microplush heated blanket feels lovely on the skin and will keep you nicely snug and warm. It has an attractive design which won’t look out of place in the modern bedroom.

It shares many features in common with the Soft Heat, but there are some important differences. And as is often the case with heated bedding, you’ll see that the main differences are practical issues around the wires and connectors.

Pros

  • The microplush material is soft and looks attractive.
  • It’s thin and lightweight, which reduces over-heating and won’t weigh down too much on you in bed.
  • The queen and king size have dual controllers (the easy turn dial type) with separate heating compartments for couples.
  • There are 10 heat settings, and it heats well throughout the blanket.
  • It comes with normal plugs rather than transformers.
  • The cords come out of the foot end of the blanket and are a good length.
  • Single plug, even for dual zones.
  • It’s machine washable.
  • It comes with a 5 year warranty.

Cons

  • No specific pre-heat setting.
  • 4 cords to deal with on larger sizes – two connectors and two controllers.
  • You can feel the wires if you’re looking for them.

Verdict

The Sunbeam heated blanket is pleasantly soft and heats well, with multiple settings and dual controls. It has normal plugs rather than transformers, so in many ways the lightweight design works for the better.

Available at: Amazon.com


Climate control system for the bed


5. BedJet

photo showing the bedjet base unit and also set up in my bedoom

Unusually for a review, in many ways I’ve saved the best for last with the BedJet. If you have your heart set on using a mattress pad or blanket, you might not agree. But if it’s effective heating and better controls that interests you, the BedJet is in my opinion superior to any heated mattress pad or electric blanket.

Perhaps the most important point is that there’s no wires in your bedding, meaning it’s safer. Instead, it blows air that’s warmed in the external base unit between your sheets.

Having used it myself for several months, I know that the unit doesn’t overheat, even though the actual heat output it can provide is very impressive.

I also like that it provides you with so many heating options, either with a remote control or an excellent App. You can program it to change temperature as the night progresses, for example. You can set a timer, and then have it turn back on again in the morning.

It also does cooling, and better than cooling mattress pads or other bed fans. So if you live somewhere that truly experiences seasons, the BedJet will keep your body temperature just right throughout the year.

Pros

  • Uses a safe ceramic stone heating system, with no wires in the bed.
  • Normal heat mode with 20 temperature settings.
  • Turbo heat setting that heats the bed very quickly.
  • 20 cooling settings for the summer months.
  • Both auto-off and auto-on functions.
  • Programmable temperature changes during the night.
  • Has a useful App that gives you complete control of the temperature, air flow power and timers.
  • Dual zones available for two people.
  • 2 year warranty and excellent customer service.

Cons

  • This is a luxury item that’s quite expensive. But considering it does both heating and cooling better than other products, it’s worth it if you have the money to spend.
  • Although there’s a good remote control, you have to use the mobile phone App to access the more complex programmable features.

Verdict

The BedJet would be my personal choice of heating for the bed, unless you’re on a budget, in which case the high price tag might feel excessive. The warm air feels amazing, it’s safer to use than heated bedding, and it has a much wider range of settings and features than any heated bedding.

If you’d like to find out more about my experience using it, you might like to read my full BedJet review.

Available at: BedJet.com | Amazon.com

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