Sleepers needing a pad to fit a California king mattress or who want the added safety of low-voltage electricity to heat their bedding will love the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad. It's DC current affords extra-safe heating, but takes quite a while to warm up.
Heats up slowly but evenly. Happy owners of this low-voltage heated mattress pad gladly accept the trade-off that the safer DC current running through the heating coils won't heat as quickly as an AC-current blanket. Users say that once the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad reaches the specified temperature, which can take up to 40 minutes according to Good Housekeeping, it keeps the heat in until the 10-hour automatic shut-off. Plus, one Amazon reviewer notes, "With 10 settings, the temperature can be fine-tuned." Sizes queen and larger have two temperature zones with separate controls, allowing couples to maintain separate settings on each side of the bed.
Easy to set up and use. This Soft Heat warming mattress pad comes with simple dial controls that are intuitive even for first-time users. Sizes queen and larger come with two controls, one for each side of the bed. A few users said they had difficulty with the preheat function; otherwise, most reviewers did not have any issues setting up or using the pad. Good Housekeeping Research Institute testers put this and two other heated mattress pads through a series of trials and found the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad looks very good after washing and does not shrink.
Electrical whine. Even sensitive sleepers say the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad provides a comfortable, worry-free night's rest with no thought to the thin flexible wires that heat the mattress topper. The soft cotton-polyester fabric masks the thin inner wires well. The power and control cord connection for this mattress pad is at the head of the bed, so tall users won't bump their toes on the wire connections. More of an issue to many is the intermittent whine that comes from the AC-to-DC power adapter. Though not all users said they could hear it, for a notable number the noise was bothersome.
Very energy-efficient. Good Housekeeping's editors find that the Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad uses only 4 cents of energy per night, several cents better than most other electric blankets and mattress pads on the market. In hundreds of user reviews, the Soft Heat pad receives praise for being a reliable, durable product enabling year-round cozy slumber for an entire household. However, as with other heated bedding problems, some users experience control malfunction or cold spots where the inner wires are connected. The mattress pad is backed by a five-year warranty, though customers give mixed reports about the after-sales service.
1. Good Housekeeping
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute find the Soft Heat model to be comfortable and easy to use. It is also the most energy-efficient of their tested models.
Review: Perfect Fit Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad, Editors of Good Housekeeping, January 2010
The Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad is one of the most-reviewed heated mattress toppers on Amazon.com, earning 4.5 stars out of 5 from about 500 reviews. Users find it comfortable, cozy and easy to use. The small number who complain mention noise from the AC-DC adapter.
Review: Soft Heat Warming Mattress Pad, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
Contributors to ComfortHouse.com leave more than 50 mostly positive reviews for the Soft Heat Warming 233 Thread Count Dobby Stripe Mattress Pad, praising its dual controls, quality materials and consistent heating.
Review: Low-Voltage Electric Mattress Pad, Contributors to ComfortHouse.com, As of December 2013