You have been feeling lethargic because you do not get enough cushioning from your current mattress. The lack of a cozy sleeping environment results in disturbed sleep and you wake up with great discomfort.
I understand that getting a mattress is a huge commitment, but you should not jeopardize your mental health any longer. If you do not intend to break a bank to remedy this problem, I strongly recommend you to get yourself a mattress pad.
In contrary to the mattress topper, a mattress pad could be just what you need. It is more cost-effective but you might be lost with the growing numbers of pads you can find in the market. Worry not, I’m here to help!
I find the need to clear up this widespread confusion as some manufacturers might have unintentionally confused you with the name of their products.
A mattress pad is a piece of thin material, which is capable to provide slight cushioning to a firm mattress. Meanwhile, a mattress topper is an upgraded, thicker version of the mattress pad which breathes new life into your old mattress.
They are both created to give you a comfortable sleeping surface and provide a form of protection without a mattress protector, as protectors can get noisy when you move.
I have listed out several factors that you should evaluate prior to your purchase.
The commonly used materials are cotton, polyester, and a blend of different materials.
You need to beware of the technology used on the mattress pad as it is a crucial component of the product’s effectiveness.
A lot of the mattress pads utilize different materials to optimize this function as the right material can bring an obvious cooling experience.
I have found out active cooling pads are more effective at temperature regulation as compared to passive cooling pads.
Do bear in mind that active cooling pads often cost a lot more than passive cooling models.
The size of your mattress pad is completely dependent on your mattress itself. Even though the pads usually come with a stretchable skirt, it might be difficult for you to get one if yours is not a traditional size.
Meanwhile, the extensive options for passive cooling pad are ranging from the thickness of ¼ inch to 4 inches, while the active cooling pads have limited thickness available.
The durability for both passive and active cooling mattress pad is similar as most cooling pads will last you for a minimum of two years.
The cooling technology might slowly disintegrate over time due to wear and tear, but you can prevent it from happening too soon if you take good care of the pad.
For instance, it is inevitable for active-cooling models to face breakdowns due to their technical components. Thus, it is important to replace and repair the technical parts on time.
However, there is little to no way to prevent the deterioration of the passive cooling mattress pad.
It could be a hassle to clean your cooling pads. Some of the pads can only be spot cleaned or dry cleaned. You will be glad to know most of the passive cooling models on my list are machine-washable.
As for active-cooling mattress pads, the water reservoir may be affected by mold if you do not clean it on a regular basis. Therefore, I need to highlight the importance to follow your pad’s washing instruction.
The washing instruction tag is attached to the pad, but you can request an online manual from the manufacturer if you have cut it off.
I have arranged these mattress pads in the order of the best overall performance.
This exceptional mattress pad is made luxurious by using severe premium, high-quality materials. Your body will be greeted with plush rayon from bamboo top and the fillers are called RevoLoft Cluster Fiber, a hypoallergenic down alternative.
The backing is formed by 30% cotton and 70% polyester while the fitted skirt uses 76% polyester, 16% nylon, and 8% spandex. The Revoloft gives a similar feel of real a goose and ducks down without having to worry about poking or allergies.
You will be relieved to know that this mattress pad is certified safe, as it is tested by a laboratory in accordance with Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 CFR Part 1632, which eliminates the use of flame retardant chemicals.
As proven by the thermal effusivity test, bamboo has been proved to be one of the most effective materials in transferring heat away from your body while you are fast asleep. Thus, you will benefit greatly from this passive cooling mattress pad if you sleep hot.
There are several sizes for this 1-inch mattress pad because ExceptionalSheets intends to make all sizes available to everyone. The sizes are:
Besides that, the unique fitted skirt will have no issue in fitting mattresses up to 18″ deep, thus you do not need to worry about the thickness of your existing mattress. All you need to do is to pick the right fit and enjoy the revitalization of your sleep brought by this mattress pad.
The durability of a passive cooling mattress pad is known to be a minimum of 2 years and I’m confident that it will easily surpass the minimum period if you take good care of it.
The plushness of the mattress pad has continued to impress me after using it for nights and the wear and tear might not cause a significant reduction in temperature regulation.
The mattress pad is easily removable and washable. However, I strongly recommend you hand-wash this item as I find the stitching to be rather delicate and machine washing will do more harm than good to the mattress pad.
ExceptionalSheets has prided themselves on the fiber technology, which has successfully replicated the softness of down while making it 100% hypoallergenic. The 160 thread count cover uses a double-needle baffle box stitch which helps to prevent the fillers from shifting.
This product is displayed high-quality craftsmanship and it is proudly made in the U.S.A. It comes with a money-back guarantee as the company wants to assure you that customer satisfaction remains the top priority.
The surface fiber and bottom material of this hydronic pad are made from a poly-cotton blend. Besides that, it is Electromagnetic field (EMF) free.
The internal design of this mattress pad includes a ⅛ inch silicone tubing while you will find the connecting tubing which is about 8ft long.
The chiliPAD™ is an active cooling mattress pad with two essential technical components which are the hydro-powered mattress pad and the thermal regulating cube. It comes with a simple remote to adjust the temperature of the pad from the range of 55 to 115°F.
The thermal regulating cube is known as the control unit, which is responsible to regulate the temperature of your bed. The patented technology will allow you to warm and cool the water in the 13oz water reservoir tank. The unit will auto shut off when low on water.
This mattress pad has an uncommon way of showcasing the available sizes.
They are considerate enough to include the practicality and functionality by categorizing your sizes according to sleep zones ie. the number of sleepers on the mattress surface.
For a single user or adjustable bed base, you may check out ME series:
While in WE series, it comes with two control units and the sizes available are:
The thickness of the pad is about a ¼-inch.
I assure you that the sturdy build of the control unit feels like it can last you for years.
The durability of an active cooling mattress pad has been a debatable topic since many have complained about the lack of longevity due to the breakdown of technical parts.
However, this chiliPAD™ is backed with a 2-year limited warranty, so I figured it should last you beyond the warranty period.
This mattress pad is featured to be machine washable and you may tumble dry it with no heat.
I love the fact that my washer will not destroy the mattress pad, although I always am going to advocate the goods of hand-wash over the goods of machine-washable.
In contrary to the passive cooling mattress pad, an active cooling mattress pad comes with a hefty price tag, although it is completely justifiable for its capabilities.
You will also enjoy some perks such as a 2-year limited warranty and 90 nights of sleep trial. The company has offered free contiguous delivery throughout the US.
For your information, multiple factors will contribute to its peak performance. For instance, the ambient temperature, sleeper’s body mass and humidity in the room.
This Nacreous Mattress Pad contains a pad with the heavily coated Outlast® technology lining fabric sewn into it to maximize heat absorption. You will also find a small amount of polyester fiberfill which targets for greater airflow.
Slumber Cloud has included the dual layers of temperature-regulating technology to keep you and your mattress at the right sleeping temperature, as it is also engineered to cool down the hot mattresses.
Nacreous uses the exact same temperature-regulating technology used in the NASA astronauts space suits. This patented technology is known as Outlast® technology and it is made up of a great number of microscopic “beads”, Thermocules™.
Every bead is set to a specific temperature to counter temperature fluctuations. The beads will absorb and store the excess heat away from your body to keep you cool as the temperature increases.
In the event when your temperature drops, Thermocules™ will release the stored heat back to the sleeping surface to keep it at the perfect temperature. This results in a good night’s sleep as you sweat less and wake up feeling refreshed.
This mattress pad comes with several sizes:
The thickness is unspecified, though.
In contrast with the usual passive cooling mattress pad, Nacreous has chosen to use Outlast® technology and I believe the space-aged Thermocules™ will likely be more durable than the usual gel beads you find in a normal cooling mattress pad.
Nacreous has included the washing instructions on the tag and it is recommended to use a mild detergent, like Slumber Cloud Free & Clear Laundry Detergent. You may wash it with cold water on a gentle spin cycle.
Then, you need to dry your mattress pad on low heat, or you can always choose to air dry. You want to make sure no part of the pad is constantly up against the heating element so you may take it out halfway to make sure everything moves around.
And please do not attempt to iron Nacreous and avoid bleach at all costs.
I enjoyed all the small details from Nacreous as the thoughtfulness is nice and practical. It has a unique elastic skirting to prevent it from shifting.
The 360-degree grip allows it to hug any mattress within the thickness range between 5’’ to 20”, so you can fit it right on your existing mattress without any issue.
This mattress pad comes with 60 nights of risk-free sleep trial. Simply return it if you do not enjoy this mattress pad and no questions will be asked.
Helix Ultra-Cool Pad is wrapped in a classy quilting layer which is formed by 100% polyester. Meanwhile, the skirt is a one-way-stretch 100% polyester. This mattress pad comes with an elastic band to secure it from moving around.
The mattress pad contains antimicrobial fibers and it will be able to fight against potential allergens. You may maintain the hygiene level by washing it from time to time to ensure it is free of irritants
Helix called this a Cool Sleep Technology and it features a phase change material that will absorb and release the thermal energy to regulate the temperature of your sleeping surface throughout the night.
Aside from that, this advanced technology will transfer the absorbed body heat from high-temperature areas of the cooler spots while you are asleep. This is an efficient way to keep you warm on the colder days.
You will be impressed by the phase change material’s color-changing capability because Helix would like to have you witnessed the cool in action.
The pad is designed to fit perfectly onto all sizes of Helix mattresses.
However, if you do not possess one, do double-check the dimensions I have listed down for you. Most of them are similar to the sizes you find in the market today.
Here are the available sizes of this mattress pad:
Helix did not specify the thickness of the pad, but some readers have commented its thickness is within the expectation of a mattress pad.
This mattress pad feels premium and I believe it will last you much longer than the 1 year warranty period. However, like any passive cooling mattress pad, you may experience the deterioration of the cooling feature over time and it is completely normal.
This ultra-cool pad is machine washable, but you should use only cold water. You will need to put it through a gentle cycle and do not allow it to come in contact with bleach You can also tumble dry it without any problem, but it has to be done at low heat.
Helix made a bold move against the industry standards by offering a warranty to its mattress pad. This ultra-cozy mattress pad comes with 100 nights of sleep trial and 1-year limited warranty.
Campbell Down Alternative Mattress Pad is made from polyester and it features a pillow top in a classic box-stitch quilted design. Meanwhile, the gel-coated microfiber filling is responsible to soften your existing mattress.
As the medium plush pad is filled with down alternative, it is naturally hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. The air layer will improve circulation and breathability while the back of the mattress pad is made of 100% polyurethane.
In addition, this mattress pad is proven to be compliant with safety standards like CPSC – 16 CFR 1632 and CAL TB 117-2013. This is a good indicator that you will enjoy a healthier sleep for years to come.
The cooling technology used to regulate your mattress temperature is called Gelled Microfiber®. This soft hypoallergenic filling is made to provide consistent support so you would not feel any clumping, and it has great breathability.
All these factors are what contributed to your cooling experience when you are asleep because the body heat will be transferred out efficiently, and the breathability will help to retain as little body heat as possible.
The Campbell mattress pad comes in the size of:
The thickness of this mattress pad is about ½ inch.
Like many passive cooling mattress pads, the cooling ability might fade over time. However, you can utilize the 5-year limited warranty in case of manufacturing defects. I am sure this product is built to live past the warranty period.
This mattress pad is machine washable but I recommend you to go for a gentle spin option. However, you should only dry it on low heat to prolong the lifespan of your mattress pad.
I have a reader who said the mattress pad is going strong after many cleaning cycles, so you should not hesitate to give it a good bath when you feel that it is needed.
The stretchable skirt will make sure the mattress pad remains attached to your bed even if there are movements. The deep pocket design can easily fit all mattress thickness, ranging from 6” to 22”.
As mentioned previously, Campbell is backed by a 5-years limited warranty from the company, and you are entitled to 30-day return window from your purchase.
Cooling technology might deteriorate over time
This Avocado’s Organic Mattress Pad Protector is formed by 400 Thread Count (TC) GOTS® organic certified cotton ticking with a silky Sateen finish. It uses 400 grams per yard GOTS® certified organic cotton fiber for filling, and a GOTS® certified organic cotton anti-slip canvas for your mattress pad’s back layer.
It comes with a ¾ inch latex rubber elastic band that meets the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified. All these certifications assure you the absence of harmful chemicals in this Avocado Mattress Pad.
The edges of your mattress pad are double-stitched for reinforcement. The cross-quilted design is well known for comfort and durability. Besides that, the fitted skirt uses organic cotton instead of elasticized polyester to ensure it maintain the name of all-natural.
This lavish, natural mattress pad contains GOTS® certified cotton fiber fill and it is highly absorbent. It creates no barrier to the flow of air and thus, the temperature is well-regulated when your body heat will dissipate a lot faster.
The Avocado offers a wide range of sizes for this pad:
This mattress pad is about ¾ inch thick.
Avocado has designed the mattress pad to be durable by including the cross-quilted pattern on top. However, you need to bear in mind that this mattress is well suited to keep your mattress safe from minor accidents instead of nighttime incontinence.
It comes with a 1-year limited warranty and I am almost certain that the lifespan will surpass the warranty period if the mattress pad is given the correct maintenance.
I would like to advise you to spot clean for normal maintenance, or you can machine wash it once in a while. After the washing, you can choose to tumble dry on low or simply air this passive cooling mattress pad out until it is completely dry.
Please do not use bleach on this product as such a harsh treatment will ruin your mattress pad. Besides that, you do not need to be concerned over shifting or lumpy organic cotton fiber as they have been carded and rested within the quilted diamond pattern.
Its 17″ pocket will be able to accommodate all mattresses, especially their very own Avocado mattresses. It will fit snugly even with a topper is added into the mix.
Your mattress pad is proudly made in a carbon-neutral factory in southern California and they are handmade by a skilled team that’s paid a fair wage.
Avocado Mattress Pad is certified to be MADE SAFE® which shows that only safe ingredients made it to your mattress pad. Therefore, it will be a healthier choice for you.
It has 100 nights of sleep trial and it is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
The cover of the Leisure Town Mattress Pad is a 300 Thread Count (TC) combed cotton surface and its softness made it feel exceptionally comfortable to sleep on.
The mattress pad is also overfilled with snow down alternative fill, a fiberfill feels similar to authentic goose and ducks down.
The overfilled filling leads to an upgraded thickness, which made it more comfortable and suitable for you to sleep on.
Just for your information, Leisure Town has reemphasized the cover is 100% cotton while the filler and bottom are 100% polyester.
The mattress pad uses HNN Cooling Technology to maintain a cool sleeping surface and the key component of this temperature regulation technology is the ultra-soft 300TC 100% cotton surface.
The high breathability offers you superior comfort by removing excess body heat as the air passes through swiftly. I have learned that the new seam pattern is more functional as compared to the regular diamond quilting seam.
This Leisure Town Mattress Pad offers a wide range of sizes:
It is measured at 3.9” thick, which is an impressive thickness according to industry standard.
Many readers have commented this mattress pad looks expensive and they have tested the durability through cycles of cleaning. However, I will recommend to hand-wash this passive cooling mattress pad to lengthen the durability.
It is machine washable, but it is recommended to use a washer with higher capacity. If there is no spare room in your washer, you may opt for a large capacity commercial washer or hand-washing it.
You need to follow the washing instruction on the tag to make sure the pad survives from your washer. The washing instructions include wash cold, gentle spinning, separate from other clothing and tumble dry on low heat.
Please refrain from ironing and bleaching your mattress pad. Do remember to remove promptly from the washer after the cycle is done.
The mattress pad might not be waterproof, but you may quickly wipe away the spilled liquid and you will find any fluid below 200ml will not be able to completely soak up the mattress.
The side fabric is stretchable and it will have no problem fitting mattress up to 21” thick to secure the pad firmly on top. On a side note, this product is made in China.
It will arrive compressed in a vacuum bag, so you may wash and dry it prior to first use, or you can spread it for a couple of days before using.
The recommended way to fluff up the pad is to lay it under the sun for a few hours.
Oaskys Mattress Pad has a 300 Thread Count (TC) combed cotton surface which enables great breathability and it is extraordinarily silky smooth. The fluffy, hypoallergenic 49oz fillings are cotton down that is considerably airy.
Its cover is designed in square jacquard to eliminate the movement of filling. Besides, the elastic fabric pocket will make its installation easier.
The 300 TC, 100% cotton top is what made this mattress pad to be highly breathable. The microfiber filling has also facilitated its breathability by allowing great airflow to regulate the sleeping surface temperature.
Oaskys has given a list of precise measurements for this mattress pad:
Some of them are smaller than your regular mattress size, so you might want to measure your own bed prior to purchase. When it is fully expanded, you will get an approximately 2” thickness.
With proper care, this passive cooling mattress pad should last you for years as the manufacturer is daring enough to provide a lifetime warranty on this product.
The mattress pad is machine washable but I think it is better to wash it cold on a gentle spin cycle. Remember to tumble dry the cover at the lowest heat setting so you can stop it from shrinking.
Please refrain yourself from bleaching and ironing the mattress pad. It is also highly advisable to wash it in a large capacity commercial washer if your existing washer does not have any spare room.
As this item will be shipped in its compressed form, do not be shocked by how flat it looks upon unpacking. One of the readers commented on a trick which I think it will work: run it through in the dryer with some wool dryer balls for a good 60-minute cycle.
It has an 18″ deep pocket and it can fit mattress within the range of 8” to 21″. In case you find the item you received has manufacturing defects, do insert a note when you return it so the damaged item will not be delivered to another buyer.
Oaskys provides an unconditional lifetime warranty and you can opt for free return without getting any questions asked. It is rather bold as this will be highly beneficial for you if you face any manufacturing issues.
This beautiful jacquard cover of a MASVIS mattress pad is made from 100% 300 Thread Count (TC) cotton whilst its fillings are made from 62oz combed cotton and 83 GSM standing polyester. It also comes with a 130 GSM pocket along with single-track elastic.
The magnificent MASVIS mattress topper is extremely breathable as it retains very little body heat. You will feel super comfortable with the temperature being well-regulated.
In the meantime, the high-quality combed cotton and the standing polyester in the fillings give you the fluff and provide the perfect airflow pathway for the heat to escape underneath.
Here are the sizes offered by MASVIS:
This mattress pad is about 2” thick.
I believe this passive cooling mattress pad should last you for many years if you take good care of it. The manufacturer is daring enough to provide a lifetime warranty on this product so should you face any manufacturing defects, you can utilize the warranty.
It is relatively easy to clean as it is machine washable. You may tumble dry on low afterward. Since this mattress pad is affordable, I recommend getting 2 mattress pads so you can clean them on a regular basis.
The pocket along with single-track elastic helps it to stay in the same place even with all your tossing and turning.
The fabric edges are easily stretchable and the 18″ deep pocket can fit mattresses up to 21” thick. This thickness will fit most of the mattresses out there.
It will arrive compressed in a vacuum bag, so you may wash and dry it prior to first use, or you can spread it for a couple of days before using. The recommended way to fluff up the pad is to run it through a cleaning cycle
MASVIS provides an unconditional lifetime warranty and you can choose to return it without getting any questions asked. It is absolutely impressive that such courtesy is extended.
The cover is a rayon from the bamboo blend and it feels ultra sleek. The mattress pad is filled with cluster fiber to give you the plushness you love.
As the fillings are made from polyesters, it is naturally hypoallergenic. Besides that, the elastic fitted skirt made from nylon will permit a snug fit on the mattress.
The mattress pad comes in a baffle box construction while the rayon has significantly improved the breathability. This results in a cooler experience without abandoning your dependability.
Besides, the fillings also played an important role in regulating the temperature. The cluster fiber is a type of polyester and it is specially engineered to clump into small tufts that contribute to the resiliency of the breathable core.
Alwyn Home has only included the overall length for this product and listed the overall width as 54”. Here are the lengths listed:
The thickness is about 1.5 inches.
This passive cooling mattress pad is relatively well made and you will expect it to last for years.
You may wash the mattress pad using cold water and put it on a low spin cycle. It is better off without any agitator and you can tumble dry your mattress pad with little to no heat. However, I think with the nylon bottom, it is better to hand wash this delicate item.
This American made mattress pad is CPSC – 16 CFR 1632 Compliant and it comes with a 30-day return window.
You may need to consider the several factors I just mentioned above: Material, Temperature Regulation Technology, Sizes and Thickness, Durability, and also Care and Maintenance.
Aside from that, understand your spending capability and place consideration over your sleeping partner’s requirements if you have one.
I think these factors can help you to narrow down the most suitable cooling mattress for you, or else you can definitely have a look at my #1 ExceptionalSheets Bamboo Mattress Pad.
A cooling mattress pad comes in handy when you are overheating on your existing mattress. It can alleviate your discomfort caused by retained body heat as it effectively dissipates it away from your sleeping surface. This will lead to a quality, restful night.
For a quality passive cooling mattress pad, you can easily score one with a budget of $200 while an active cooling mattress pad can be as costly as $800.
Rest assured that your cooling mattress pad will serve you well for at least a couple of years. With proper care, you should be able to use it for years, even though it will go through numerous cleaning cycles.
Yes, of course, you can keep your mattress cool as the mattress pad is designed to regulate the temperature through improved circulation. Its breathability will be able to keep the cooling effect.
If you intend to enhance the cooling experience, you can also consider getting breathable bedding.
In conclusion, we all learn that we can resolve the issue of sleeping hot with the cooling mattress pad, and there are many manufacturers are getting active into this growing industry as the demand of mattress topper diminishes
The clear winner for me has to be #1 ExceptionalSheets Bamboo Mattress Pad as the highly functional characteristics remain unmatched with the ridiculously affordable price point.
Nonetheless, I have chosen only one active cooling mode as I believe this versatile #2 chiliPAD Sleep System is indeed one of the best you can find these days.
I certainly hope that my suggestions were helpful, do comment in the section below to tell me about your thoughts on the cooling mattress pads, and if they are effective for you.
I am a big advocate that having great sleep is something everyone deserves. With over 10 years of experience in this field, I would love to use this platform as a means to help you achieve a good night's sleep.
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