Heated mattress pad users are often more satisfied with their purchase than users of electric blankets, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com, a website dedicated to reviewing and rating sleep-related products. While heated blankets need to be soft and pliable to really score well on the comfort scale, mattress pads focus on being fluffy enough to hide the interior coils from sensitive sleepers. And while heated blankets can slip off or be tossed or kicked aside during the night, causing potentially hazardous folding or bunching of the heating elements, mattress pads are securely held flat on your bed by elastic straps or skirts that hide neatly away under your bedcovers.
Like electric blankets, heated mattress pads on the market today offer couples sharing queen-sized or larger beds dual controls -- the ability to adjust the temperatures on each side of the bed separately. Our top recommended electric mattress pad, the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad, has received hundreds of user reviews attesting to its quick heating time, simple-to-use controls and quality workmanship. In addition, testers from Good Housekeeping award this model a grade of A-minus in their comparative review of top mattress pad models.
Good Housekeeping and a wealth of Amazon contributors also weigh in on another top mattress pad, the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad (Est. $100 and up) . Some users consider this low-voltage electric mattress pad a safer option, but the DC current takes longer to heat up the AC heating of the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad or the Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Mattress Pad (Est. $120 and up) , another top pick.
The Sunbeam Therapeutic doesn't score as highly on overall satisfaction according to user reviews, but it does boast a few more features than the Sunbeam Quilted or the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad. While all three mattress toppers offer couples the ability to independently control the heat on each side of the mattress, the Therapeutic has three heat zones on each side of the bed, which can each be adjusted independently. For example, the person on the left side of the bed can have warming at his or her feet only, while the sleeper on the right can aim heat on the back and head zones and cooler temperatures at foot level. The Sunbeam Therapeutic also comes with a wireless remote control that eliminates the clutter of wires on the bedside table. Unfortunately, however, there is only one control that serves both sides of the bed.
The Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad also comes out on top in terms of price and durability. Starting around $60 for a twin-size pad, it is at least $20 cheaper than its competitors. While heated bedding generally suffers from poor durability, the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad seems to have the happiest users overall. All three of our recommended mattress pads have five-year warranties from their manufacturers, but many users advise the true life span of a heated mattress pad is closer to two years, regardless of the brand.