How does the chilipad work?

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.

How does the chilipad work?

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.

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. All right, with these key features in mind, let me detail my personal experience sleeping with the Chilipad. 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. After getting everything out of the box, it seems a little intimidating, but Chilipad made the process foolproof by labeling everything clearly and creating parts that stick together so you don't have to worry about water leaking out of the bucket or pad overnight.

Chilipade recommends using a blanket or comforter to help insulate the bed for best results. 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. Ultimately, the setup seemed quite simple to me, but it comforts the fact that every Chilipad comes with a user manual. If you have a hot sleep, don't have a reliable air conditioner, or even if you have a partner who is always cold, then you may be sleeping badly at night because your body doesn't stay cold enough during the night, then you're in luck because the ChiliPad device is specially designed to help you get better night's rest.

It's not necessary, but if you choose to use a mattress protector, be sure to place it under the Chilipad pad instead of on top of it to maintain the best possible cooling performance. The ChiliPad uses 80 watts under normal conditions, but can consume up to 150 watts of energy if it operates at peak performance. I already sleep with a white noise machine, so I turned it off and relied on the buzz of the Chilipad. According to information from ChiliSleep, Chilipad performs best with a net weight of 250 pounds (90 kg).

Considering the price of the ChiliPad, this is unforgivable (although both the instruction manual and the troubleshooting section of the website are very clear about the possibility of condensation, and you should have checked it first). If I were you, I would set the temperature of your Chilipad half an hour before you went to bed so that it would be ready when you settle in. . .