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Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad Review

By: Carl Laron on October 17, 2017

Bottom Line

The Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad provides heat from underneath by clinging to your mattress like a fitted sheet, which improves efficiency. Durability isn't bulletproof, but it scores better in that regard than most heated bedding.

Pros

  • Heats quickly
  • Heating wires are unobtrusive
  • Machine-washable

Cons

  • Cords attach at an awkward location
  • Less cushy than some mattress pads
  • Not the best customer support
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Breaking it down

Performance

Warm bed is ready when you are. The preheating function on the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad is a hit with users, who say the mattress pad heats their bed to the right temperature in the time it takes them to brush their teeth and switch into pajamas. The pad warms evenly, reviewers say, and keeps the right temperature up to the 10-hour safety shut-off. If sleepers feel too hot or cool during the night, there are 10 different heat levels so you can adjust the temperature up or down. Dual controls on the king- and queen-sized mattress pads allow couples to independently adjust the temperature on their side of the bed.

Ease of use

Awkward cords. The Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad is ready to use right out of the box. The only difficulty users report is positioning the device's cords. For safety reasons, the cords cannot be tucked under the frame of the bed or kept within the bed coverings. Some owners say it's easier for them to reverse the pad and have the cords attach at the head of the bed -- which is also how some also address the issue of being able to feel the cord connection with their feet. Pads with dual controls require two nearby power outlets. This Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad is machine-washable and can be dried in a home dryer per manufacturer's instructions.

Comfort

Hides wires well. Despite the embedded heating wires, this Sunbeam Quilted mattress pad feels much like non-electrical mattress toppers; most owners say they could not feel the wires through the pad and their sheet. TheSweethome.com disagrees, slightly, but adds that using thicker sheets helps mask the wires. The reviewers at Good Housekeeping write that they found the covering fabric "cheap" and recommended topping it with high-quality sheets. Users, on the other hand, don't typically raise similar objections. TheSweethome.com says that this heated mattress pad offers less cushioning than some others, but adds that it still offers more than other models in its price range.

Ownership

Customer service could be better. The Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad earns hundreds of positive reviews from users. However, customers who mentioned the after-sales service from Sunbeam in their reviews had little positive to say. One issue that crops up is that getting Sunbeam to honor the mattress pad's five year warranty requires shipping a defective item at the owner's expense back to the company. However, according to our assessment of hundreds of owner reviews, this seems to be a persistent problem across the board for heated bedding.

Our Sources

Courtney Schley, Oct. 10, 2017

The Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad is the budget pick at TheSweethome.com. It loses out for the top spot overall to the cushier but more expensive Sunbeam Premium Quilted Heated Mattress Pad, but performs every bit as well.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, January 2010

The editors of Good Housekeeping give the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad a score of 4 stars. They praise the pad for warming quickly; withstanding machine-washing; and having economic, energy-efficient power. The editors aren't crazy about the look or feel of the fabric cover, however. They also complain a little about the controllers, but those have been updated since this review was published.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

In more than 1,800 reviews, contributors to Amazon.com award the Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad a 4.2 star score. Users are enthusiastic about the pad's preheat function, easy-to-use controls and cozy warmth. Some negative reviews can be seen, but fewer than typical for heated bedding of any type.

Contributors to Kohls.com, As of October 2017

There are more than 200 reviews of the Sunbeam Quilted Mattress Pad here, and good overall satisfaction as evidenced by its 4.5-star rating. Most (90 percent) say that they would recommend the mattress pad to a friend.

Contributors to JCPenney.com, As of October 2017

In roughly 70 reviews, JC Penney shoppers leave the Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad mostly positive feedback -- and a 4.4 star rating. Around 89 percent give this heated mattress pad a recommendation.

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