For a snug and warm night's sleep, even in the depths of winter, outfit your bed with a heated mattress pad from Overstock.com. A pad can preheat your bed so it's warm and inviting when you first climb inside, and it can keep you at a desired temperature throughout the night. It heats the whole mattress so there are no cold spots to hit when you stretch out or turn over. You can also target specific muscles for therapeutic warmth with a mattress pad that contains individual heat zones. If you share a bed with a partner who prefers a cooler or warmer environment, choose a dual control pad so you can customize the heat on both sides of the bed. These pads come in sizes from twin to California king and with a range of features and controls. Continuing reading to learn more about Overstock's heated mattress pads.
Types of Heated Mattress Pads
Mattress Pad Construction
Heated mattress pads contain soft heater wires fixed in a serpentine pattern and covered with a soft filling typically encased by a cotton, polyester, or polyester/cotton blend fabric. For added comfort, some are topped with cuddly fleece. An integral skirt fits around the base of the mattress to help keep the pad in place. Dual control models contain two separate sets of wires so each half of the bed can be heated independently.
Single Control Pads
If there is just one person using the bed, or you and your partner share the same tastes in nighttime temperatures, a heated mattress pad with a single control works well. Choose a simple twist analog dial or a digital controller with push buttons. Some controls have backlighting for ease of use at night. The control’s connector wire typically comes into the pad on the sleeping surface, in the center at the foot end of the bed. Some connectors are located in the skirt itself, which can be more comfortable for taller people whose feet might rub against a connector located on the surface of the bed during the night.
Dual Control Pads
A heated mattress pad with a pair of separate controls is perfect for couples who have different needs. You can stay warm on your side of the bed without overheating your partner. If one of you wakes up feeling too hot or cold, you can change the temperature on your side of the bed without disturbing the other side. The two controls’ connector wires can come into the pad through a single connector or through two separate connectors located on either side of the bed.
Pads with Individually Heated Zones
If you have aching muscles and want to target heat to specific parts of your body, opt for a mattress pad with individual heat zones. A pad with up to six different zones lets you enjoy therapeutic warmth to just your neck and shoulders, back and hips, or legs and feet. If cold feet are your main problem, ditch the bed socks and opt for a mattress pad that covers just the bottom third of the bed.
Heated Mattress Pad Features
Variable Heat Settings
Heated mattress pads can come with a choice of up to 20 settings. This is ideal if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures. You can also opt for a pad with a manual or automatic preheat setting that warms up your bed to give you a toasty welcome. If you're the type of person who warms up quickly as soon as you fall asleep, a control that lets you turn back the setting by up to 15 percent saves on heating costs while providing a slightly cooler and more comfortable night's sleep.
These low-voltage heating pads are tested for safety, and many are ETL approved. One safety device to look for includes an automatic off switch that kicks in after 10 to 12 hours in case you forget to turn the mattress pad off in the morning. Some pads have overheating protection, and others have a system that shuts down automatically if the mattress pad is ever used in an unsafe manner. These safety devices can provide peace of mind, especially when used in children's beds.
For ease of care, mattress pads designed for use in the United States let you disconnect the electric controls before placing the pad in a washing machine. Some pads can also be placed in a dryer. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's care advice. Pads that have Scotchgard treatment repel stains and liquids, making them easier to keep clean and fresh.
Heated Mattress Pads FAQ
How does the heated mattress pad stay in place on the bed?
Mattress pads come with skirts that fit around the sides of the mattress to keep them in place. If you have an extra-deep mattress, look for a pad with an equally deep skirt to avoid it slipping.
Can you feel the wires under the mattress pad?
The wires are soft, flexible, and are covered by the pad's padded, quilted surface. With this layer of padding, you should be able to sleep in comfort without feeling the wires.
Are these heated mattress pads easy to keep clean?
Mattress pads are designed with a connector so you can disconnect the power supply and controller before placing them in the washing machine for quick and easy clean up. Some can also be placed in the dryer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and remove all electrical or mechanical devices before washing. If you share your bed with a pet or consume drinks and snacks in bed, you might like to choose a pad with Scotchgard protection that repels liquids and stains.
Will the heated mattress pad's cord reach to a power supply that's several feet from the bed?
Some models come with a longer than average power cord of up to 19 feet, which is ample for most situations. As with all electrical equipment, be careful not to put a strain on the power cord by overstretching to plug it in, and take care to avoid creating a trip hazard with the trailing cord.
How easy is it to use the controls on a heated mattress pad?
The controls are either an analog twist dial or a digital push button control. If you have poor grasp control, you might prefer a large dial that's easy to turn or a digital one with large buttons that are easy to see and to push. If you have poor eyesight, you might prefer a digital control that has a backlight. Read the instructions carefully before use so you know how to get the most from your heated mattress pad.