The chilipad sits flat under the fitted sheet and is reversible, with one mesh side designed for a cooler sleep and a cotton/polyester blend on the other side for those (like me) who prefer a warmer bed. Sleep as you normally would with a blanket, and the pad promises to keep the temperature around your body constant throughout the night. A remote control allows you to adjust the temperature between 55 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit from the bed. Looking at those three digits, I had to force myself to remember that this test was for Carter.
How does our mattress work for warming or cooling? Chili Technology uses water to generate a wide range of temperature control in the bed on our cooling mattress. Similar to the semiconductor technology that cools the computer, water passes through the chip and, depending on the direction of the electron flow, the water cools or heats up. Water flows through soft coils on the mattress, actively adjusting the temperature of the bed surface. There is nothing but water flowing through the mattress; all temperature changes occur in the control unit conveniently located next to the bed.
This makes it easy to change from an alternative warm electric blanket to a comfortable cooling mattress pad. The Chilipad Sleep System is a mattress that connects, through a long, flat tube, to a cube that regulates temperature. To use it, pour water into the bucket (more details about it in a moment) and adjust the temperature from a dial on the cube or a remote control that comes with it. The cube's temperature range is 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (or 13 to 43 degrees Celsius), so you can make it colder or warmer while you sleep.
The cube is where the magic happens, heating and cooling the water (depending on what the user wants when he sleeps), before pumping the temperature-controlled water through the tube into the pad, which is filled with smaller silicone tubes. The Chilipad is a mattress protector that will warm and cool your bed through the use of water. The pad has tubes that circulate everywhere that circulate hot or cold water depending on your temperature preferences. The Chilipad pad is an ideal solution for warm sleepers because there aren't many effective ways to keep you cool at night, especially on the surface of the mattress, where your body will trap heat.
It's not huge, but if you already have things like a dehumidifier, fan or heater in your room, adding the Chilipad cube could create a messy look. In this section, I'll tell you what I liked about the Chilipad, what I didn't like, and give you an overview of how to configure it. But the downside is that the Chilipad will stay at the temperature you set before you fall asleep. The ChiliPad is a temperature-controlled mattress and you can control the heat or cold of your bed with the push of a button.
With two different temperature sections, the Chilipad could be a good option for couples who have different sleep preferences. The ChiliPad heating and cooling pad is made of durable 150 thread count polycotton and weighs less than five pounds. Neurologist Chris Winter, the president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and author of two books on how to sleep better, isn't financially compensated by ChiliPad, but it probably should be because of the amount of praise he gives him. Some of you may already know this, but keeping your body at a cool temperature can help you fall asleep faster, and the Chilipad definitely did it for me.
And best of all, it works with the old and reliable ChiliPad control unit, which means you don't have to worry about getting used to a new device. While the ChiliPad is efficient in cooling and warming the mattress, it is essential to consider the environmental conditions in the bedroom in which it is being used. The ChiliPad can work for up to 10 hours without stopping, so the noise it emits is crucial if you want to get a good night's rest. I put the chilipad to the test by making one side as cold as possible as seen on the left side of this image and the other side as hot as possible as seen on the right.
I could go to the engineer and talk about the use of energy in watts converted into BTUs in cooling, talk about the BTUs in the heat released by the body, the volume of water that flows through the chilipad, the measured temperature of the water entering and the water that comes out, etc. So when the Wirecutter sleep team called for someone to try out the ChiliPad (with the Cube Sleep System), I volunteered Carter. Rolling across the surface of the ChiliPad, I could clearly feel the tubes underneath the padding, but he claimed that he had barely noticed them as he was moving away. .