Chili Pad review: Keep cool on hot nights

Chili Pad review: Keep cool on hot nights

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I can't believe they've not thought of this before. A mattress cover that cools you down. Full disclosure - the good Chili Pad people sent me one on the basis I would write an honest review. Here it is.Chili Pad people sent me one on the basis I would write an honest review. Here it is.

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So it was the hottest night of the year in London. My room was a sweltering, broiling, heat-filled cauldron. Which made a change from the usual weather in this city. And therefore perfect for trying out the Chili Pad. First off, it's a big bit of kit. For someone not good at building things, (ikea flat packs bring me out in a cold sweat), set-up was a little daunting.

However, I had it up, on the bed and working quickly. The temperature is adjustable. You can take it down to 55 degrees (super chilled) or up to something like 90 (super toasty). And it is all done with water, which makes it way better to lie on than an electric blanket. (Note: please don't ever lie on an electric blanket. You are basically lying on an electrical current, and that messes up the body's own flow of energy. This is much better.) Thin veins of water run through the blanket keeping you cool/warm.

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Yes I know the room is untidy.

It really did feel cool. The cooling mat goes on your mattress and chills your bed down to 55 degrees. And my sleep was AWESOME ❄. I actually woke up huddled in the duvet. The next night I had it at 65 which was even more pleasant.

Oh and those two little hoses you can see mean that you can adjust each side's temperature individually.

Here's my verdict.

Pros

  • Keeps you cool at night without the need for air conditioning
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Very quiet (well, quieter than my fan)

Cons

  • It's a big bit of kit, and you can't hide it under the bed (because of the fans in the operating system)
  • You have to clean it out every so often to keep the water fresh

Have a cool summer.

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