Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered other bedroom picks like mattresses, mattress toppers, and flannel sheets in the past, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed electric mattress pads on Amazon for staying toasty as you snooze. Most of the products on this list are from Sunbeam, which, as we learned in our research, is the most-trusted brand of heated mattress pads. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best overall electric mattress pad
“This is the pinnacle of modern technology. Seriously, this may be one of the best things I have ever purchased. I have MS and one of my specific issues is that my legs hurt a lot when I get cold. On a recommendation from a friend who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, I looked for a heated mattress pad. This mattress pad is fantastic. It keeps me warm at night, which makes me more comfortable. There are several heat settings, allowing me to get the temperature just right. Best of all, there are dual controls, so I can get toasty without overheating my husband. So yes, get this! It’s worth every penny. Whether for health or just warmth, this will be your new BFF.”
Best 100 percent cotton electric mattress pad
“It’s hard enough to find a 100 percent cotton mattress pad that fits our king-size bed correctly, but this heated pad is a perfect fit. Can’t feel the wires at all — unlike the old-school electric blankets. For the price, this thing is amazing. On low setting, it keeps the bed just warm enough, and on high it feels almost like a heating pad. Have only used for a week or so, but so far, we rate it excellent.”
Best cotton-polyester-blend electric mattress pad
“I have never tried a heated mattress pad before, but I am sold! It gets super warm if you want it to — I doubt you will ever use the highest setting. For me, anything from two to six works. The six setting is pretty warm, and I usually end up turning it down. My cat LOVES it though, and since there are dual controls, this is never a concern.”
Best waterproof electric mattress pad
“This is the best invention. There is nothing better than ‘preheating’ the bed and climbing into cozy, warm sheets. I use the timer option, so it turns off automatically in the morning. The many settings let you choose a wide range of temperatures. I like this so much better than a heated blanket. I find heated blankets uncomfortable. I put the pad under my regular mattress pad. You don’t feel any wires, and you would never know that it’s there except for the wonderful heat.”
Best extra-soft electric mattress pad
“Once you experience a heated mattress pad, you will be hooked!! The comfort and warmth is different than from a standard electric blanket. Because it is beneath you and secured in place, the heat is consistent. All you have to do is make sure your sheets, comforter, and bedspread are laid over the bed evenly. The heat is captured within the blankets, and the entire bed will be toasty warm when you are ready to hop in!”
Best electric mattress pad for dorm-room beds
“The Electrowarmth Mattress Pad is superior to any of the electric blankets I’ve used in the last 30 years. When you use a heated blanket, more than half the heat escapes up, away from you, so you get only a little heat from the blanket. But a mattress pad is under you, so the heat doesn’t escape — it rises to warm you, instead. I find that if I use this on a low setting, it keeps me warm all night. When you first turn it on, it fires up extra warm for a few minutes, so you don’t have to do any adjusting to preheat your bed; it’s a nice plus.”
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