The chilipad control unit is also relatively quiet, with a noise level of approximately 55 decibels from a distance of 1 foot. This white noise shouldn't bother most people who sleep, but if you are sensitive to sound, the OOLER has a quiet mode that is quieter. 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. If you decide you want an Ooler or Chilipad for both sides of the bed, it basically costs twice as much.
When you buy your ChiliPad Cube, it comes with everything you need to configure and install it. Unlike the OOLER, the Cube doesn't have adjustable noise levels (which, in my opinion, is worth upgrading), it's not self-cleaning, and you'll need to run the Cube with the ChiliPad cleaning solution on your unit on a monthly basis, and there's no way to schedule a sleep schedule. 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. In the past, Chili Technology often recommended using hydrogen peroxide to clean the system; however, they released the ChiliPad system cleaning solution, a specially prepared cleaning powder with antimicrobial ingredients.
It is still sold today, although the older sister OOLER is a clear improvement over the ChiliPad, leaving the ChiliPad a little cheaper, while still working very well. I have spent countless nights in recent years testing BedJet, Cube Sleep System with ChiliPad, OOLER, Eight Sleep Pod Pro and Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover. The Cube with ChiliPad and the OOLER are ChiliSleep devices and the OOLER works a little better than the Cube, in my opinion. I don't think you can go wrong with either the ChiliPad or the Ooler, and despite the high price, it's a product that I'm happy to recommend based on my personal experience.
The OOLER comes with a hydronic pad (known as ChiliPad Cool Mesh), its control unit and the OOLER application for sleep schedules. The ChiliPad Cube was created by Todd Youngblood, whose uncle was the inventor of the waterbed, so it's no surprise that he developed an entirely water-based cooling system. You can set a ChiliPad to a temperature of 55 to 115 degrees, so it doesn't matter if you sleep hot or cold, you can adjust it to find the perfect temperature for you. Once you have all the supplies you need, place your Chilipad on top of your mattress and continue to make the bed as you normally would.
It's a good upgrade to the Cube, but there's nothing wrong with the Cube with ChiliPad Cool Mesh if it fits your budget better.