Buyer’s Guide: Cooling Mattress Pads

Mattresses and blankets tend to hold in heat, leaving you tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable. A cooling mattress pad reduces heat buildup, helping you sleep in comfort.

The Best Cooling Mattress Pad Options

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You can’t get a good night’s sleep if you wake up covered in sweat. A cooling mattress pad has heat-absorbing materials or features direct-cooling technology designed to keep you from becoming overheated while you sleep. If you’re a hot sleeper, you might wake up multiple times at night and kick off the covers, only to become chilly and then have to pull them back up again.

To meet our standards for being a great cooling mattress pad, above all, the pad should be comfortable to lie on; if it’s not, no matter how much it might cool you, you still won’t sleep well. A good pad also reduces heat buildup and increases air circulation so you don’t get sweaty.

Our Top Picks

The Best Cooling Mattress Pad Option: SOPAT Quilted Plush Cooling Mattress Pad

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BEST OVERALL: SOPAT Reversible Mattress Pad Cover

Filled with a 3D snow down alternative, the SOPAT Reversible Mattress Pad Cover provides superior air circulation to keep heat from building up next to your body. The pad features a “summer” side made from 400-thread count fabric for an ultrasmooth touch, and on the flip “winter” side, it features a comfy layer of soft Sherpa for a cuddly feel. The lightweight and durable fabric is breathable, so you’ll stay comfortable no matter the season without building up a sweat. The mattress pad is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes, and it features a deep poly-knit stretch skirt that fits mattresses up to 21 inches deep. The cooling pad is safe for laundering in the washer and tumble-drying on low heat.

The Best Cooling Mattress Pad Option: HYLEORY Down Alternative Cooling Mattress Pad

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BEST VALUE: HYLEORY Mattress Pad Cover

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great cooling mattress pad. The HYLEORY Down Alternative Cooling Mattress Pad is filled with 4D spiral fiber that gives the pad a soft, fluffy feel while wicking away sweat to keep you comfortable. Designed to be “skin-friendly,” the fiberfill closely matches the feel of natural goose down—only without triggering allergies or poking out of the fabric as real down feathers can. The pad comes with a stretch skirt that fits mattresses up to 21 inches thick and has elastic on all four sides for a snug fit. Choose from five standard sizes, including twin, twin XL, full, full XL, and queen. The pad is machine washable and OK to tumble dry on low.

The Best Cooling Mattress Pad Option: chiliPad Cooling Mattress Pad

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HONORABLE MENTION: chiliPad Cooling Mattress Pad

For the ultimate in nighttime temperature control, check out the chiliPad Cooling Mattress Pad. Unlike other cooling pads, this pad has a circulating water system that regulates the mattress temperature to suit your body’s personal preference. Sleeping at a consistently cool temperature all night helps you remain asleep and promotes a deep level of sleep so you’ll feel more refreshed in the morning. The chiliPad comes with a control cube filled with temperature-controlled water that circulates constantly through tiny silicone tubes in the mattress and back through the cube to maintain a consistent pad temperature. The chiliPad is available in twin XL, single, queen, king, and California king, with two temperature controls on the Queen and King options—one for each side of the bed. The pad’s skirt should fit any mattress depth or style, and the removable poly-cotton-filled top is machine washable and safe to tumble dry on low.