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Recently updated on November 17th, 2018 at 08:03 pm

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The Chilipad is a mattress pad that will heat and cool your bed through the use of water. The pad has tubes running throughout that circulate warm or cool water depending on your temperature preferences. The Chilipad is an ideal solution for hot sleepers because there aren’t that many effective ways to keep you cool at night, especially on the surface of the mattress where your body will trap heat.

 

Overview of the Chilipad

The Chilipad comes in a box like the one below. Everything is packaged nicely and clearly labeled for easy setup.

Chilipad Box

Upon opening the box you will find the mattress pad. This has good padding which helps mask the feeling of the tubes inside. If you really press, you will feel the tubes but when it is on your mattress and you are laying down you won’t feel them. Just know that the mattress will feel a little firmer since you are adding another layer to your mattress.

Chilipad Unboxing

Underneath the matttress pad are the climate control boxes or Cubes as Chilipad calls them. These are the devices that circulate and condition the water for the pad. They aren’t that big and weigh about 5 lbs. each.

Chilipad Unboxing 2

Below is a video overview of the Chilipad. I have it on my king size bed at home which currently is a hybrid mattress, spring and memory foam. The Chilipad will work on any type of mattress. I think people on dense memory foam mattresses will find this most beneficial as dense foam mattresses trap a lot of heat.

How Much Does the Chilipad Cost?

Here are the current prices on the Chilipad as listed on their website.

Single $449
Twin $499
Twin XL $$599
Full $649
Queen $999
King $1,099
Cal King $1,099

 

How to Setup the Chilipad

Setting up the Chilipad is super easy. After getting everything out of the box it looks a little intimidating but Chilipad made the process foolproof by clearly labeling everything and creating parts that snap together so you don’t have to worry about water leaking out of the cube or pad during the night.

After unboxing everything, the first thing you want to do is put the Chilipad on the bed. Make sure that the hoses are towards the top of the bed as they will need to connect to the Cube which you will probably want up by your nightstand. You can put it at the foot of the bed as well, it really doesn’t matter.

As you can see below the pad comes with straps to hold it in place and keep it from shifting on the mattress overnight. I recommend putting this over your mattress protector for maximum benefit.

Chilipad Bands

After you get the pad on, you will want to then connect the hose to the cube. Here’s a closeup of the tube. This snaps into the cube and you can hear a click to know that it is secure. These tubes also will not leak when you disconnect.

chilipad hose

Here’s the back of the cube where you plug in the other end of the hose.

back of chilipad

Below is a picture of the cube. You will need to first plug in and turn on the cube before adding water.

Chilipad Cube

I set my cube to cool to start but it doesn’t matter if it is hot or cold. I bought some distilled water as recommended in the instructions. Distilled water will keep the cube cleaner longer and distilled water is cheap so I just went that route.

adding water to the chilipad

My Chilipad Findings

I putt the chilipad to the test by making one side as cool as possible as seen on the left-hand side of this picture and the other side as hot as possible as seen on the right. I rand the chilipad for an hour on these settings before taking a temperature reading with my thermal camera. As you can see the cool side clocked in at 23.6 degrees Celsius.

Chilipad Cold setting

The left hand size just a few inches over clocked in at 30.6 degrees celsius.

Chilipad Hot Setting

Chilipade recommends that you use a blanket or comforter to help insulate the bed and get the best results. For my next test I let the system run with a comforter over it for an hour. In the video below you will see that it is an even starker contrast.

The chilipad remote is easy to use and it worked right out of the box for me. You will need to supply your own batteries though. The remote is fairly simple, it has an on/off button and then a hot and cool button. The temperature reading is backlit so you can adjust the temp in dark without having to turn on the lights.

How does the Chilipad Feel?

The Chilipad was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. That said, it did make my mattress feel a little firmer. The Chilipad will make noise at night as water runs through the system. This is similar to the amount of noise made by a white noise machine and something you will get used to after a few nights. I sleep with a white noise machine already so just turned it off and relied on the hum of the Chilipad. For people who aren’t used to white noise at night, this may take more of an adjustment. In terms of volume, I found it similar to the whir of a computer fan running.

This device heat up a mattress easily but the real benefit of the Chilipad is its ability to cool a mattress. There are very few options out there for hot sleepers looking for lasting relief from a hot mattress. Sleeping hot has become a growing concern with the rise in popularity of memory foam mattresses. With the Chilipad you get technology that will keep your mattress cool all night long. This means you should get deeper, more restorative sleep as you won’t feel the need to toss and turn all night.

I highly recommend the Chilipad for hot sleepers of all types. It beats a fan and you can still get cozy in your blanket without waking up a sweaty mess.

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Recently updated on August 8th, 2017 at 01:52 pm

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If you’re a hot sleeper or maybe going through menopause, there are some new prodcuts coming out to give you genuine releif. One of those products is the Cool Buddy. I recently received a free Cool Buddy mattress pad which is designed to cool and warm your bed. It is done by running water through a thin grid that you place underneath your sheets. Water is circulated so that it stays cool or warm depending on your preference. A Cool Buddy is currently selling for $259. This is considerably less expensive than the ChiliPad, their competior which is currently selling on Amazon for $599.

Overview of the Cool Buddy

The Cool Buddy is a relatively small unit that you place by your bedside to cool or warm your bed. If you order from Amazon it qualifies for Prime delivery so should arrive in a few days. It comes in a box like the one below.

Cool Buddy Box

Here’s a description of the product according to their Amazon listing:

This listing is for one Cool Buddy CB-CW-1 box set including a cooling unit, a large 55″ x 63″ mattress pad, and a remote control. This pad size is recommended for cooling two people on a King or Queen bed. How can the Cool Buddy help you sleep better and save money? First and foremost, let me be upfront and honest….if you are a hot sleeper,the best sleep of your life will probably come from a very expensive mattress and your air conditioner cranked down to about 55 degrees. If money and environmental concerns are no problem for you, that is the way to go!! If, however, you would like to sleep cool without paying $500+ a month for electricity, the Cool Buddy may be just the product for you. The idea is extremely simple…rather than cooling your entire house to frigid temperatures 8+ hours a night, the cool buddy only cools you. This cuts electricity consumption from thousands of watts an hour down to about 8, meaning you can run it all night for well under a penny of electricity and even reduce the wear and tear on your homes HVAC system. Here is how it works. Using the physics of evaporation, the Cool Buddy CB-C-1 control unit actively chills about a gallon of water 7-12 degrees below room temperature. For example, In Houston, I typically have my homes thermostat set at 76, and I typically see the cooling loop water at about 68 about 20 minutes after turning on the unit. This chilled water is then circulated through a thin mattress pad that pulls excess body heat away from you, transferring it to the water which is then run back through the chiller before being recirculated all night long. The physics are simple, the engineering is simple, and the product is simple, which is how we can sell it to you at such an incredible price.

As noted in the description the pad does not cover the entire mattress. Instead you place it towards to top of the bed so that it cools your chest and torso. Below is a picture of the Cool Buddy on my king size mattress.

Cool Buddy Mattress Pad

How to Use the Cool Buddy

I didn’t find any instructions for the Cool Buddy but I really didn’t need them. Here’s everything you get out of the box. Not really many pieces to this.

cool buddy pieces

To get started you need to connect the hoses to the pad and then to the unit that circulates the water. Below is a picture of the front of the unit.

Front of Cool Buddy

Here’s the back of the cool buddy where you connect the hose. Note that there is a plug for the hot water inlet. You can pull this out and put it in the cold water inlet if you want to switch to the warm setting.

Cool Buddy Back

To connect the hose you just slide them on. They are tight enough that they shouldn’t come lose.

Cool Buddy Hose

This is what the control panel looks like. You also get a remote to control it but I don’t think it requires much tweaking after you turn it on. It’s also important to note that the unit should sit higher than the pad for it to work at its best.

Cool Buddy Control Panel

My Cool Buddy Findings and Recommendations

There’s no doubt the Cool Buddy works. Below is a video shot with my infrared camera that shows the cooling water running through the grid of the Cool Buddy.

Cool Buddy Infrared

Here’s the actual video where I put my hand over the grid while the water is running:

In conclusion. Ths is a great solution for women experiencing hot flashes from menopause or anyone in general who just sleeps hot. The pad itself will firm up your mattress so there are some tradeoffs there but if you find yourself waking up constantly because of heat, this may be worth it. To minimize the feel of the pad underneath, you can add a mattress pad over it but just make sure not to add too many layers as it will negate the cooling effects. Over time you should get used to the feel.

The motor on the cooling unit will make some noise but it is a white noise that should help cancel out other noises at night. There is also a timer on the system so if you forget to turn it off it will automatically shut off after a certain amount of hours so you don’t wrek the motor.

This whole system is priced under $300 which is the best priced water cooling mattress pad I have found. If you buy off Amazon you can take advantage of the 30 day trial they have for products and it is Prime eligible.

Learn more about the Cool Buddy.