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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.
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.
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.
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.
Twin XL $$599
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.
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.
Here’s the back of the cube where you plug in the other end of the hose.
Below is a picture of the cube. You will need to first plug in and turn on the cube before adding water.
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.
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.
The left hand size just a few inches over clocked in at 30.6 degrees celsius.
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.