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8 Leading Mattress-Cooling Technologies Explained & Compared


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Of the 60+ beds I've reviewed, these are my current favorites:
My Top PickType of MattressPrice
1. Saatva ClassicInnerspring$799 - $1,599
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2. Puffy LUX
Luxury Foam$1,145 – $1,695
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3. Leesa Original
Budget Foam$594-$1019
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4. Nest Alexander HybridLuxury Hybrid$949-$1,699
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5. PlushBeds Botanical BlissLuxury Organic Latex$1049 – $2,048save $1,200 off Bedroom Mattresses + Free Luxury Sheet Set.
6. EcoterraBudget Latex$749 - $1,249
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7. DreamcloudLuxury PillowTop$599-$1,099
Free Sheets, Protector and Pillows
8. LaylaFlippable/2-Sided$499 - $999
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9. Big FigFor Plus-Sized People$1,299 - $1,999
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10. HelixCustom-Fit$500 - $1,149
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Mattress toppers & pads are a great way to cool your bed and extend its life.
Topper SizeMaterialFirmnessWarr.
LINENSPA
LINENSPA 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin
Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
MOLECULE AIRTEC
MOLECULE AIRTEC
Best Comfort3"Memory foamMedium-firm5 years
MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
Best pressure point relief3"FoamMedium-firm10 years
LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
Best for back pain2"Gel memory foamMedium10 years
Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Best temperature regulation-Forced Air-1 year
TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
Bed cooling/heating systems have come a long way – especially the BedJet, my favorite.
SystemTypeBest For...Temp. RangeControl
BedJet V3
BedJet V3
Air cooledBEST OVERALL (esp. for night sweats)66°F-104°FWireless remote control/smartphone app
ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
Water cooledBest water cooling system55°F-115°FWireless remote control
Ooler Sleep System
Ooler Sleep System
Water cooledBest temperature control55°F-115°FSmartphone app via Bluetooth
The Pod by Eight Sleep
The Pod by Eight Sleep
Water cooledBest smart cooling system55°F-115°FSmartphone app/smart voice assistant
Mattress Cooler "Classic"
2020 Mattress Cooler "Classic" Chilled Water Sleep Cooling System (Now with a Spare "27x63" Cooling Pad)
Water cooledBest budget cooling systemN/AWireless remote control
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
Air cooledN/ARemote control
bFan Cooling System
bFan Cooling System
FanBest bed fanN/AWired remote control
Brookstone bed fan
Brookstone Bed Fan with Wireless Remote
FanN/AWireless remote control
These pillows excel at relieving neck and shoulder pain:
PillowWhy I Like It
PlushBeds Shredded Natural Latex Pillow
Best Cooling Mattress Pads

best shredded latex pillow for side sleepers
Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
Coop Home Goods - Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Memory Foam Fill - Lulltra Washable Cover from Bamboo Derived Rayon - CertiPUR-US/GREENGUARD Gold Certified - Queen
perennial, proven Amazon Choice with over 16,000 reviews
MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
SleepRight Splintek Side Sleeping Pillow Memory Foam Pillow – Best Pillow for Sleeping On Your Side – 24" x 5" Standard Size
full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Thickness, Kool-Flow Micro Vented Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow for Sleeping, Back, Stomach & Side Sleepers, Queen Size, Made in USA
thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
UTTU Sandwich Pillow, Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, Bamboo Pillow for Sleeping, Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain, Neck Support for Back, Stomach, Side Sleepers, Orthopedic Contour Pillow, CertiPUR-US
designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
Mediflow Fiber: The First & Original Water Pillow, clinically Proven to Reduce Neck Pain & Improve Sleep. Therapeutic, Ideal for People Looking for Proper Neck Support
clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow - Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow for Back and Side Sleepers with Neck and Spine Support - Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain
best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow - 2020 Version - British Invention of The Year Winner - Supports Your Head, Neck & Chin (Blue)
added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
EPABO Contour Memory Foam Pillow
EPABO Contour Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Sleeping Pillows, Ergonomic Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain - for Side Sleepers, Back and Stomach Sleepers, Free Pillowcase Included ( Firm & Queen)
Designed to support and cushion you neck and shoulders
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
AVOCADO GREEN PILLOW-Loveable non-toxic pillow has an adjustable fill, made from GOLS organic certified latex and GOTS organic certified kapok.
An all-natural, organic and vegan pillow with an adjustable loft to suit all sleeping positions
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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A 2014 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that temperature was one of the main factors leading to poor sleep in both adults and children.

While the report did not specify the source of temperature-related problems, for most people, it’s the mattress — specifically, a hot mattress.

Many people sleep on memory foam mattresses, which are notorious for trapping heat and making it difficult to fall asleep.

Luckily, it’s an easily solvable problem, regardless of which mattress you are sleeping on. There are some excellent cooling technologies today that can help you sleep more comfortably.

Here are the eight leading ones. Some are integrated into mattresses while others are stand-alone solutions.

1. Gel Foam

Cool Gel Ultimate cal King-size 14 in. Gel Memory Foam Mattress

This is perhaps the most common cooling technique used in memory foam mattresses.

Gel integrated into the mattress increases heat dissipation. The gel can be added in the form of beads or as a thin gel layer near the top of the mattress.

The cooling capability depends a lot on the type of gel.

The thermal gel has the limited cooling ability. Once it picks up your body temperature, it stops being very helpful.

Phase change gel, on the other hand, keeps the mattress within a specific comfortable temperature range.

2. Open-cell Foam

open cell foam

Most memory foam mattresses today are made from open-cell foam, a type of foam that consists of partially open cells.

This design allows better ventilation within the mattress and thus better dissipation of heat.

Another advantage of open-cell foam is that it feels softer and has better pressure relief.

The use of open-cell foam keeps the mattress relatively cool most of the times, but it has limits. In summer, it may not keep up with the rising temperatures.

Couples sharing a bed and individuals with hot flashes may also not be satisfied with the mattress’ cooling performance.

3. Convoluted Foam

convoluted foam

Convoluted foam has a structure like that of an egg tray. The top layer of the mattress has tray-like contours on one side that allow airflow. This helps dissipate heat and sweat.

When appropriately designed, convoluted foam can be quite effective at keeping the mattress cool.

4. Perforated Foam

Perforated foam

Perforated foam is another technique for improving airflow within the mattress. The foam has holes that increase ventilation and reduce the amount of heat trapped in the mattress.

Like convoluted foam, perforated foam can be quite effective, especially when paired with breathable bedding, including the mattress cover and sheets.

These perforations can also change the feel of the mattress, making it more contouring and adding some bounce.

5. Pocket Coils

Solay Hybrid Mattress Review

Pocket coil mattresses don’t have the coils just for cooling. It’s only one of the benefits to sleep on this type of mattress.

The coils provide a layer of free airflow, where heat and moisture can escape from the mattress.

Pocket coil mattress is very good at cooling even when paired with memory foam.

6. Phase Change Materials

my pillow mattress topper walmart

This is one of the most effective cooling techniques. Phase change materials or PCMs, are able to maintain the mattress within a tight temperature range.

If the mattress gets too hot, they absorb heat; and if the mattress gets too cold, they release heat.

So if you struggle with a cold mattress as well as a hot one, look for a mattress with PCMs.

PCMs are usually integrated into the mattress foam near the top. They can also be added to the mattress cover for improved cooling performance.

You mustn’t use a mattress protector or sheets with poor breathability as that can reduce the ability of the PCMs to keep you comfortable.

7. Cooling Pads/Toppers

Chilipad Bucket - Cooling Temperature & Warming Mattress Pad - New 2014 Model - Perfect Sleep, CP500, White, 1, 1

A cooling pad is a great choice if your current mattress sleeps hot, but you don’t want to buy a new one yet.

Cooling pads and toppers are made from materials like latex foam, perforated memory foam, or gel foam.

They may also contain a breathable cover made from bamboo or cotton to help with cooling and moisture-wicking.

8. Air and Water Cooling Systems

bedjet review

Air or water-cooled systems provide the best mattress cooling performance. With most of them, you can even set a precise temperature.

Air-cooled systems work by forcing cooled air under the bedding. Most can also warm the bed.

Water-cooled systems work by forcing cooled water through a series of tubes embedded in a cooling pad.

Check our reviews of the best cooling mattress pads like the BedJet V2, Ooler and ChiliPad.


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