If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that there's nothing better than slipping into a warm and cozy bed in the dead of winter. However, without one of the best heated mattress pads on your bed, you may only find this possible with bedding fresh out of the dryer. For on-demand, temperature controlled warmth, picking up one of these mattress pads is your best bet (and can lead to a lower electric bill). But before we start shopping, what are heated mattress pads and most importantly, are they safe?
What are heated mattress pads?
Heated mattress pads are personal electric heating appliances that are placed directly on top of your mattress to keep you warm while you sleep. Typically a fixture of winter bedding, they come in all standard bed sizes (twin, full, queen, and king), in various materials, and with varying features including timers and dual-sided temperature gauges for multi-person use.
Are heated mattress pads safe?
As with any other heated bedding, like blankets, safety is always of the utmost importance. While any appliance that serves as a heat source can be potentially flammable, heated mattress pads are generally safe for one reason — they lie flat. Unlike heated blankets, mattress pads aren't folded or bunched, so the odds of bunching the internal wiring, thus causing it to overheat, is slim to none. But while heated mattress pads are generally safe, there are some safety precautions everyone should be taking. For one thing, you shouldn't leave your heated mattress pad on when not in use. In fact, it's recommended that you use your pads' included timer to ensure it's always properly shut-off and unplug it first thing in the morning. It's also important to keep an eye on how high you put the temperature to ensure you remain comfortable and don't overheat as you sleep. With the right heated mattress pad, a couple personal adjustments, and safety smarts, you're well on your way to a better (and warmer) night's sleep.
Best Heated Mattress Pads
Ready for the coziest sleep of your life? Stay warm and keep scrolling for Woman's World's picks for the best heated mattress pads.
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