ChiliPad Mattress Topper Review - A Cool Solution for Hot Sleepers

This review covers all aspects of Chilipad mattress topper including its features & benefits as well as drawbacks & alternatives.

ChiliPad Mattress Topper Review - A Cool Solution for Hot Sleepers
He would wake up occasionally during the night, irritable and uncomfortable, and I had to wash our sheets every morning. So when Wirecutter's sleep team put out the call for someone to test the ChiliPad (with the Cube Sleep System), I volunteered Carter. Electric blankets and heated mattress pads have been around for years, but cooling devices like the ChiliPad and BedJet are more recent inventions. All of these systems are expensive, with the ChiliPad starting at $700 for a single-person mat that covers only half of a queen-size bed. The ChiliPad lies flat underneath your fitted sheet, and it's reversible, with a mesh side designed for cooler sleep and a cotton-polyester blend on the other side for those (like me) who prefer a warmer bed. We found it soothing, but those who prefer a quiet space for sleeping probably won't like the sound. Image: ChiliSleepWe programmed the Cube to its coldest setting and put our hands on the ChiliPad to feel it go to work. It started cooling surprisingly fast, reaching 55 degrees within about 5 minutes. Carter guessed that the problem might be condensation; he explained that televisions were colder than the air in our room, which has some natural humidity. A PR representative from ChiliSleep confirmed his suspicion and said it's a common experience for many ChiliPad users. After months of waking to a damp human-shaped shadow on Carter's side of the bed every morning, I wasn't worried about a few small water spots, and besides, I had outfitted our mattress with a waterproof cover long ago. For the next few weeks, Carter continued to sleep soundly and wake in the morning dry, rested, and cheerful. He swears that this thing works better than any methods we've tried in the past, but he does complain about the medical-device aesthetic. “Seeing those tubes running down the side of the bed and under the covers makes me feel like we're old and broken,” he said. Given the ChiliPad's price tag, this is untenable (though both the instruction manual and the website's troubleshooting section are very clear about the possibility of condensation, and I should have checked there first). We tested 14 protectors and found that the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is the best at keeping mattress dry while still being comfortable to sleep on. Your doctor might be able to identify and treat the underlying health issue. If not, the ChiliPad might be the way to find some relief. Neurologist Chris Winter, president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and author of two books on how to improve sleep, isn't financially compensated by ChiliPad but probably should be for the amount of praise he gives it. Winter also said he has recommended the ChiliPad to many professional athletes who sweat a lot, and he doesn't know of a single one who didn't like it. And he told me a patient has found it helpful for menopausal women. On the flip side, Winter said that its low hum can be bothersome for some people; I've seen reviews voicing this same complaint from folks who prefer to sleep in a quiet room. But at least the ChiliPad is cheaper than most “cooling” mattresses. If you want to try one without committing, make sure you carefully follow the specific terms of its 30-day free sleep trial. You can return the ChiliPad without a hassle. Despite our success with the ChiliPad, there are two members of our household who want nothing to do with it—our cats. From the very first night we set up the system, they started cuddling with me instead, so I consider the ChiliPad a double win. After personally testing it for over a week, I'm ready to tell you how well it works, and help you decide if it's the right fit for you. Let's get started! Chilipad Mattress Topper Featuring two separate temperature zones, Chilipad could be an ideal fit for couples who have different sleep preferences. According to them, he likes to sleep cool while she likes to sleep hot so they created a solution that would keep them both comfortable. That's why Chilipad comes in a “WE” option for couples as well as a “ME” model for solo sleepers. In this review I'm focusing specifically on WE Chilipad (also known as Dual-Zone). The Chilipad is similar to a regular mattress pad because it covers your bed with a thin layer of cushioning. But what makes it completely unique is its ability to control temperature...
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