The chilipad sleep system is a refreshing mattress. In addition to how hot or cold the Chilipad pad can get, the pad feels quite soft. Your skin isn't meant to come into direct contact with the Chilipad, but it's made of a cotton-polyester blend that seems to add a little more cushion to my mattress. 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 they sleep), before pumping the temperature-controlled water through the tube into the pad, which is filled with smaller silicone tubes. How does our mattress work for warming or cooling? Chili Technology uses water to generate a wide range of bed temperature control 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 a warm electric blanket to a comfortable cooling mattress cover.
I test the chilipad for an hour in these settings before taking a temperature reading with my thermal camera. With two different temperature sections, the Chilipad could be a good option for couples who have different sleep preferences. 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. The ChiliPad uses 80 watts under normal conditions, but can consume up to 150 watts of energy if it operates at peak performance.
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. The Chilipad is similar to a normal mattress in that it covers the bed with a thin layer of cushioning. Some of you may already know this, but keeping your body at a cool temperature can help you fall asleep faster and Chilipad definitely did it for me. 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.
Neurologist Chris Winter, the president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and author of two books on how to sleep better, is not financially compensated by ChiliPad but should probably be by the amount of praise he gives him. Ultimately, the setup seemed quite simple to me, but it comforts the fact that every Chilipad comes with a user manual. All right, with these key features in mind, let me detail my personal experience sleeping with the Chilipad. The Chilipad is an ideal solution for hot 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.