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What is an Electric Mattress Pad?

An electric mattress pad is a bedding accessory designed to provide personalized warmth. It features heating elements woven into the fabric, allowing you to adjust the temperature for a cozy night's sleep. Safe and energy-efficient, these pads can also help soothe aching muscles. Curious about how it can transform your sleep experience? Discover the benefits and considerations in our comprehensive guide.
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Electric mattress pads an alternative to an electric blanket. Instead of providing a source of heat above the body, these pads provide heat under the body. Some people use the mattress pad all night long, if they feel exceptionally cold at night. Others use them simply to warm up the bed before jumping in. In this way, the pad helps one avoid the shock of cold sheets on cold nights.

Some people found the initial versions of electric mattress pads to be a bit uncomfortable, since one still had to contend with wires in the pad. Many felt that cushioning over the wires provided adequate comfort. Others found the wires annoying, and found sleeping on the pads challenging.

An electric mattress pad is used atop a mattress to provide heat from beneath the body.
An electric mattress pad is used atop a mattress to provide heat from beneath the body.

Since the initial advent of electric mattress pads, wires have gotten much smaller. Thus many people who own pads say they don’t even feel the wires. Also, newer pads are now more energy efficient. In fact, many companies claim that using these devices for a portion of the night can save money since one can also turn the heat down to a lower temperature without discomfort.

When partners share a bed, an electric mattress pad may offer dual controls so each partner can adjust the setting for individual comfort.
When partners share a bed, an electric mattress pad may offer dual controls so each partner can adjust the setting for individual comfort.

When partners share a bed, an electric mattress pad may offer dual controls like an electric blanket. This way, each partner can adjust the setting for individual comfort. Many find that dual controlled pads resolve sleeping issues when one partner is more susceptible to warmth or to cold.

Many also find that the heat underneath the body can be helpful for certain conditions like arthritis. However, caution should be employed when a person suffers from a painful condition that may be age related.

Elderly individuals who suffer from incontinence should not use electric mattress pads.
Elderly individuals who suffer from incontinence should not use electric mattress pads.

First, people using electric mattress pads or blankets should have sufficient control of their limbs so they can shut off the pad. People who are likely to forget to turn off an electric mattress blanket or pad should also not use one, as the pad may pose a fire danger if left on too long.

Babies should never use either type of electric heating device, as they may be more likely to be burned at lower temperatures, and they cannot control the temperature. As well, experts recommend not employing any type of electric pad or blanket on pets.

The heat generated by an electric mattress pad may help soothe a sore neck.
The heat generated by an electric mattress pad may help soothe a sore neck.

Further, those who suffer from urinary incontinence should not use electric mattress pads or blankets. This encompasses some of the elderly and children who might still have the occasional nighttime accident. Though very unlikely, a slight danger of electrocution exists from an accident in the night while a pad is turned on.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent HomeQuestionsAnswered contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent HomeQuestionsAnswered contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Discussion Comments

anon100566

I like to put waterproof mattress pads on all my beds. Can I use a heat blanket on top of the waterproof pad if there is another sheet or blanket in between the two?

anon56964

The electric mattress pad, in my opinion, does a far better job keeping you warm because the heat is spread out over the entire bed. Electric blankets are okay, but to truly get a nice warm bed you can't beat these energy efficient, safe electric mattress pads.

anon32413

Re: Using electric mattress pad on air mattresses.

I do a bit of winter backpacking, the first rule is *never* use an air mattress. The reason is your body heat transfers through and is constantly trying to warm the airspace beneath you.

When traveling to friends and using an airbed the best thing we've found is to place a comforter between the airbed and mattress sheet.

I'm sure the electric mattress pad would work well in this setup also.

bjb

I have a pacemaker and have bypass surgery. Do you think the use of an electric mattress pad is OK to use? Thanks

edward938

Most electric mattress pads now come with computer controls in the switches that vary the current to the pad. These switches are equipped with an automatic shut-off after ten hours of operation. I am looking for an electric mattress pad that does NOT have this feature. I want an old-fashioned pad with simple variable resistors on the two temperature controls. I

understand perfectly well how important it is not to leave the pad turned on for long periods of time, but I don't want an automatic shut-off. Can you help?

anon4309

Can electric mattress pad be used on air mattresses?

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    • An electric mattress pad is used atop a mattress to provide heat from beneath the body.
      By: karam miri
      An electric mattress pad is used atop a mattress to provide heat from beneath the body.
    • When partners share a bed, an electric mattress pad may offer dual controls so each partner can adjust the setting for individual comfort.
      By: mast3r
      When partners share a bed, an electric mattress pad may offer dual controls so each partner can adjust the setting for individual comfort.
    • Elderly individuals who suffer from incontinence should not use electric mattress pads.
      By: Photographee.eu
      Elderly individuals who suffer from incontinence should not use electric mattress pads.
    • The heat generated by an electric mattress pad may help soothe a sore neck.
      By: vladimirfloyd
      The heat generated by an electric mattress pad may help soothe a sore neck.