The chiliPAD Sleep System Review: Is It as Good as It Sounds?


ChiliPad Cube Review

The chiliPAD Cube(Sleep System) was first founded back in 2007 and was later designed and created by the nephew of the inventor of the water bed—which explains where the idea to use water came from. Not only does this system effectively use water to regulate your temperature during the night, but it also provides a plethora of benefits that all users can enjoy.

If you sleep with a partner, you will love this one because you both can control your own side of the bed effectively—without taking over your partner's side.

While it doesn't adjust its own temperature during the night and it doesn't have the option to have timers set to change the temperature, the device is great at maintaining the temperature setting you choose.

A Detailed chiliPAD Review

What is chiliPAD?

The chiliPAD Cube is a temperature-controlled mattress pad that is designed to allow you to control your sleep temperature with just the push of a button. It can cool and heat your bed and slips onto your bed just like your go-to mattress pad does.

Studies have proven that our body temperature affects our sleep, and what better way to take control than by using a cooling sleep pad on your bed—after all, the REM sleep stage requires your body temperature to drop, and if you don't stay in the REM stage long enough then you won't get a restful night sleep.

You can get the mattress pad as a single or dual zone pad (which we will talk about later), and it uses hydropower to provide you with a cooling and heating temperature system that you can control yourself.

The hydropower system allows the mattress pad to actively water throughout the pad with the use of microtube networks within the pad—don't worry, we will tell you more about this in just a bit as well!

The chiliPAD Cube mattress pad was designed and invented by the inventor of the waterbed, so it is no surprise that he developed a cooling system that is entirely water-based.

This water-based solution is really effective because water is able to cool much more efficiently than air alone can.

The chiliPAD mattress pad gives you to cool and heat your bed to any temperature between 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 degrees Fahrenheit—so you won't have to rely on a fan anymore! How is that for options?!

How Does the chiliPAD Work?

Setup and Installation

When you purchase your chiliPAD Cube, it will come with everything you need to get it set up and installed. Since it comes with easy to follow instructions, we won't go into depth about the setup process, but we wanted to go over a few things before going over the cube's impressive features.

The chiliPAD Cube mattress pad is available for all bed sizes—you can purchase the mattress pad in single, twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, and California king mattress sizes.

if you choose a dual zone system, your package will come with everything you need as well— two cubes, two remotes, the tubes you need to connect the water supply from the cube you use to the mattress pad, and two different cords that will power each of the cubes that come with the system.

If you are using a single zone unite, then you will only have to set up one chiliPAD cube.

On the other hand, if you are setting up a dual zone unit then you will have to make sure to keep each of the cubes separate—they require an at least 2 feet between each other if you set them up next to each other. When installing your system, you will also need to make sure that you keep them away from all your windows.

While the cubes will come with some water already, you will need to fill each one with 16 ounces of water in the future—we will discuss regular maintenance in just a bit!

Five-Step Installation Process
Here is a step-by-step installation guide for Chilipad.

Temperature Regulation

If you are a hot sleeper, then you are in luck because the chiliPAD device is specially made to help you get a better night's sleep.

If you didn't already know, our bodies are at their coolest temperature when we sleep—or at least they are supposed to be. For many, the cooling process will begin when they first start to fall asleep, but unfortunately, this is not the case for all of us.

If you are hot natured, don't have reliable air conditioning, or even if you have a partner that is always cold, then you may be getting a poor night's sleep because your body is not staying cool during the night.

Studies have suggested that our body's drop in temperature will help us sleep better thanks to increased melatonin production—which means that when you set up and use a bed cooling pad to the right temperature, you will be able to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

The chili technology uses water to provide you with temperature regulation, and unlike many other cooling devices, it is also able to heat up as well—so you can choose your ideal temperature between 55℉ and 110℉, so you have options. This chiliPAD offers the widest range of temperature choices to choose from!

The pad can provide you with temperature regulation thanks to the tubes that circulate either cool or warm water throughout the pad.

Not only is it able to cool and heat effectively with this water technology, but the pad is also able to utilize any blankets on your bed as insulation as well—thus efficiently and effectively maintaining your preferred temperature.

The temperature regulation this water cooled mattress pad delivers will not only improve your sleep but cold therapy will also help you lose weight, minimize hot flashes, reduce sleeplessness, prevent night sweats during the night, and ensure that both you and your partner sleep comfortably during the night even if you have totally different temperature preferences. 

On top of the temperature regulation this device focuses on, it also offers lots of additional features and benefits—take a look a below to learn more!

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Everything You Need to Know

Overall Comfort

The chiliPAD heating and cooling mattress pad is just like your typical mattress pad just with added temperature regulation capabilities. It is made of durable 150 count poly cotton. This ensures that it is soft and breathable—so it doesn't negatively impact any of the temperature regulating features. It fits securely thanks to the elastic straps on each corner and is available in all bed sizes—although it is important to note that the queen, king, California king, and split king sizes only being made as dual-chambered mattress pad (which are perfect for the dual zoned system and those of you who don't sleep alone).

This has not been a huge problem among customers since the system is sold with two cubes anyway (for dual zone systems), so even if they sleep alone, they can just set up each side separately and set the temperature to their liking. Although there are no comfort issues to report from this, some users don't love having to remember to set each side separately if they are lone sleepers. However, if you have a partner, you will absolutely like this feature.

As far as comfort, the mattress pad also comes with lots of additional padding—which is pretty necessary given all the tubes used to channel the water within it.

The mattress is designed to prevent you from feeling the tubes when you lay down on it, which also makes your mattress firmer—so don't expect it to make it softer or plushier just because it is padded.

The cubes, the climate control boxes that will circulate the temperature regulated water, weigh less than five pounds and are located beneath the mattress pad—so you don't have to worry about them getting in the way or causing any discomfort.

Overall, the mattress pad to this device is thin yet padded. It is quilted but will actually make your bed firmer rather than softer. The silicon tubing is made of medical grade material and not meant to be felt when you lay on your bed. It is available for all bed sizes and can be used with a waterproof mattress cover—just in case!

In the end, there are no significant complaints about the chiliPAD Cube when it comes to comfort. If you don't want your bed to be any firmer than it is then you may not want to consider this option, however, if this is not something that will affect your comfort levels then check out—the tubes are designed not to be felt no matter what your height and weight are.

Noise Level

The noise level of this heated and cooled mattress pad is something we want to discuss because it is something that enough people have complained about—and could be a determining factor for you if noise is something you are sensitive to when you sleep.

Once you set up your system and start using it, you will set it to your desired temperature.

It can run for up to 10 hours without ceasing, so the noise level it emits is crucial if you want to get a good night's sleep. When you turn it on you will also notice it sounds similar to a fan or a white noises machine—and many users report the same thing.

If you already use a white noise machine, then you may not mind the sound it emits, and some may even find it soothing to fall asleep.

Some users report ceasing the use of their sound machine when they use the device so, as you can see, it is not an issue for many—it will just depend on your preferences.

Other users who report they are sensitive to any noise while they sleep also state that it is not too loud—and the noise level is often compared to the hum of a computer fan that is running—and many reported that after a while they were able to get used to it.

So, if you can't get used to the noise levels, is there anything that you can do?

Well, if you need time to get used to it—or if the noise is only bothering you because the cube is too close to you—then you can move the cube to the foot of your bed instead of on the side of the headboard. Putting the cube, or cubes, at the foot of the bed will allow the mattress and blankets to act as a type of sound barrier, which will minimize the noise.

If you know you cannot handle absolutely any noise; then this may not be the right device for you. However, if you want to drown out the sound with a different selection on a separate sound machine then that is definitely an option many users have taken as well.

Regardless of your preferences, if you aren't sure of whether or not the sound will affect you negatively, then we encourage you to take advantage of the 90-day satisfaction guarantee the company offers if you want to be sure this is the right choice for you.

Controlling your device

Purchase of the chiliPAD Cube mattress also comes with wireless remote for each of the cubes that come with the system. The single zone systems for the single and twin xl mattresses come with only one cube, while the queen, king, California king, and dual king beds all come with two cubes.

Regardless of which system you get, each cube has its own wireless remote to control it.

If you have a partner you sleep with regularly, you each can set up your own cube, and the double chamber mattress pad will allow you to control each side of the bed separately.

The remote is wireless and can be synced to its corresponding cube easily. One of the most common "complaints" among users who have two different cubes is that they often mix up their remotes. This can be easily fixed by labeling each remote.

While each remote runs off of batteries, they are pretty long lasting, and you can always get rechargeable batteries. It is pretty self-explanatory and allows you to increase or decrease your temperatures by one number increments. Since the remote has a backlight, it makes it easy to see and use—even in the middle of the night.

If you ever misplace your remote, or if it runs out of batteries and you don't have any to replace them with, then don't worry—because you can also adjust the temperature via the cube.

Five-Step Installation Process
Here is a step-by-step installation guide for Chilipad.

Temperature Regulation

The chiliPAD is designed as hydro powered—which means that it controls and maintains the temperature you set with the use of water. While it is efficient at cooling and heating your bed, it is essential to consider the ambient temperature in the bedroom it is being used.

This is because this factor can determine how warm or cool you can set your device to. Since the chiliPAD cube uses the temperature around it to get to the temperature you desire.

Despite this stipulation, many users find that the device still delivers impressive temperature changes even when the temperature in your home is too hot or too cold—it just takes it longer to get there.

If you keep your home at room temperature during all seasons, then you won't have a problem with this—but if you don't have (or don't use) your air conditioning or heating units in your home then this definitely something you need to keep in mind when using the cube.

The one downfall this system has, however, is its inability to adjust on its own during the night. As we mentioned earlier, some studies show that body needs to cool off during our REM sleep stage and that a gradual increase of our body temperature allows us to wake up at the appropriate time—when our bodies are ready and have gotten the right amount of sleep.

While you can set the chiliPAD to your desired temperature, you cannot have it adjust during REM or warm up a little at your desired wake up time.

Once you have set the temperature, the mattress pad will remain at that temperature until you manually change it. This also means that it won't adjust to your body getting too hot or too cold during the night—which may wake you up if you are sensitive to temperature changes.

Many users don't mind that they can't schedule temperature changes. However, it may be a deterrent for some users if they prefer bed temperature regulating product that allows them to schedule temperatures changes on.

Overall, if you are a hot sleeper and are in search of a bed cooling system for night sweats, hot flashes, and restless nights, being too cold or too hot, then this is a great option for consideration. You can use it in the winter or in the summer and rely on it to maintain the same temperature throughout the night—assuming that your room temperature isn't on the exaggerate of either the hot or cold side of the temperature spectrum.

Single and Dual Zoned Temperature Regulation

By now you have heard me mention single and dual zoned temperature regulation. If you are familiar with products similar to this one, then you may know what I am talking about—but most of you may not know what is meant by these two features.

The single zone chiliPAD sizes are the single, twin xl, split cal king and full sizes. They feature one chamber in the mattress pad and only deliver one choice for temperature control.

On the other hand, the dual zone systems are for all of the other bed sizes. They have two separate chambers so that you can connect a cube to each one. This means that each side of the bed can be controlled and set to two different temperature settings—making it perfect for couples!

The dual zone feature addresses issues many couples face and won't force your partner (or you) to deal with the temperature preferences of the other. If you suffer from hot flashes or night sweats, you will find this feature to be indispensable once you get used to it.

According to users, the chiliPAD does a great job of keeping each side of the bed at the temperature that is set for it, although sometimes there are irregularities.

If you are using the heating feature of the bed, you will also want to make sure that you keep your blanket or comforter and not rely solely on the product's temperature regulation capabilities. Doing so will provide additional insulation and ensure that the mattress pad continually delivers your desired temperature.

In the end, using the dual zone feature is an excellent option for beds with two sleepers—but single users like it too. Since the queen and king sizes both come with both cubes and two chambers you can still set the temperature to suit your preferences if you are a single sleeper.


Where to Place your System

Once you have set up and adequately installed your system you place it on a flat surface and ensure it has two feet of space around it. Before you couldn't put the system under your bed, however, if you purchase its new and improved design then you will have that option now—just make sure you have bed risers set in place. 

Another great place to set your cubes is at the foot of the bed—which is easy to do thanks to the long tubing the system comes with. This placement minimizes its noise output as well—so it is a win-win for many users.

In the end, keeping the right amount of space free around the system will allow for optimal airflow. This will help it to work to the best of its ability and keep your bed at the temperature you set it at.

Water replacement

This system runs on water and provides regulation with it, so it is safe to say that it is vital to ensure it always has enough water to run.

When you first purchase the unit, you will need to fill up each cube with roughly about 16 ounces of distilled water. Each cube comes with a water indicator light so that you know if you have added enough as well as let you know when you need to add more at any time.

Using distilled water prevents build up from occurring and prevents bacteria from growing—which helps keep your system cleaner as well as extends its life.

Because the cube is a closed system, evaporation isn't something you have to worry about too much and means you only have to add water about every 3 to 4 days.

It is important to note, however, that the evaporation rate will depend on the ambient temperature you keep in your room—so keep track of your water if you keep your home warmer than room temperature.

Lastly, when you use the heating portion of the cube you will find that the water evaporates much faster as well. Many users keep a gallon or two of distilled water on hand just in case.

About every three months or so you will also need to change out the water completely. The company also suggests you clean the system once a month as well—a process which we will discuss below so you know what you are getting into before purchasing the chiliPAD.

Cleaning your chiliPAD Cube and Mattress Pad

In the past, the company often suggested using hydrogen peroxide to clean the system; however, they are releasing a specially designed cleaning powder to use instead.

And, to clean your cube, you will need to drain it, use the cleaning powder, and refill it with distilled water. Turn it on high and run it for 6-8 hours. Once it is done, you can drain it and refill it with the right amount of distilled water.

People who have the system report the process is super easy and the cleaning powder will be easy to incorporate since it will just take the spot of the hydrogen peroxide.

When you need to wash the pads, you will be able to do that as well—throw it in your washer and use cold water. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer instructions to ensure you secure the tubes properly.

The chiliPAD Alternatives - Similar Options

There are other similar devices to this one, below are some chiliPAD alternatives you can compare to if you'd like. Also, Ooler Sleep System, an advanced version of Chilipad, has been released in June 2019 by Chili Technology. Ooler has many new features like auto-cleaning by using UV light system or smart scheduling technology. I highly recommend this new post if you want to compare Chilipad and Ooler Sleep System side by side and learn more about how they match to each other.


The Bedjet is another temperature regulating system that's designed to regulate your bed's temperature during the night. Unlike the chiliPAD, the Bedjet uses a sheet or AirComforter (instead of a mattress pad) to cycle temperatures of 72℉ and 104℉--the chiliPAD can get as low as 55℉. While the Bedjet uses airflow to regulate temperature, instead of water, it has the capability to adjust its heat during the night thanks to Biorhythm technology to adapt to your own personal needs. The Bedjet is also less effective if your ambient temperature is too warm, but it doesn't require any regular maintenance.

Update - July 5, 2019 - Comparing Bed Cooling Systems

We have recently published an article with a detailed comparison of Bedjet, Chilipad and Ooler Sleep Systems. If you want to learn more about how these three temperature regulating bed systems compare to each other, you can check out this comprehensive post.

Sleep Number Dual Temp

Unlike the chiliPAD Cube—which provides single degree incremental temperature changes between 55℉-100℉--the sleep number dual temp only offers three pre-determined settings of a low, medium, or high for both the heating and cooling settings to choose from. The Sleep Number Dual temp also uses a significant amount more of power—200 watts vs. the 80 watts per cube from the chiliPAD. Since it uses one-way airflow, it is less reliable when it comes to maintaining your desired temperature.

Perfect Sleep Pad

The Perfect Sleep Pad is Canadian owned and most like the chiliPAD. Instead of a mattress cover, it is a pad that delivers temperature options from 46℉ to 118℉. While it uses water to regulate temperature, it differs in that it circulates water through soft coils rather than tubes. When the heating element is used, the pad turns into an electric blanket.

Is chiliPAD Worth the Price?

While the chiliPAD is pricey when you get the options for the larger beds, it is definitely worth the cost if you are a hot sleeper looking for some relief. Not only can you specify the temperature down to the degree, but it is also a perfect device for those of you who sleep with another person in bed.

Each purchase also comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee along with a 2-year warranty. If you want a steal, you can take a look at the refurbishes options the company sometimes offers.

However, it is important to note that if you purchase this device via Amazon you will only receive a 30-day guarantee, instead of the 90 days you will have if you are buying directly from the company.

How Much is a chiliPAD Cube?

Product Zone System New Replacement(Pad Only) Refurbished chiliPAD
Single chiliPAD Cube Single $499 $249 $299
Split California King chiliPAD Single $649 $289 Not avaliable
Twin XL chiliPAD Single $599 $289 Not available
Full(double size) chiliPAD Single $699 $299 Not available
Queen size chiliPAD Dual $999 $379 Not available
King size chiliPAD Dual $1,199 $399 Not available
California King chiliPAD Dual $1,199 $399 Not available
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Final Words

The chiliPAD Cube is effective at what it is designed to do. Not only does it regulate your bed's temperature to what you desire it to be, but it efficiently maintains the chosen temperature throughout the night. Not only is this system easy to set up and use, but it is also comfortable, simple to clean and maintain, and a versatile device to use.

  • Only uses 170 watts when using both cubes
  • Available for all mattress sizes
  • Great for ot sleepers and reduces night sweats and hot flashes
  • Provides both heating and cooling settings
  • Suitable for one or two sleepers
  • Makes noise, which may bother some users
  • Requires maintenance
  • Pricey
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