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We have both, but only use the heated mattress pad. It is wonderful.


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Our son just bought us a heated mattress pad for Christmas for use here at home. I put it on very low just before going to bed and it is very comfortable. I would imagine that it would be much warmer if I cranked it up all the way, but set on a low number, it works great. It has an automatic shut off after 10 hours.


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We use a heated mattress pad (120V). Since heat rises, it makes the best use of the heat generated. Set it on 1 or 2 about 15 minutes before bedtime. Bed is nice and toasty when we climb in.


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Hi,

Heat rises. Mattress pad wins hands down. 12 volt is available but only in twin size so two would be needed. Draw is 7 amps per blanket. Lovely way to warm the bed!

Some mattress heaters may not run on msw inverters. It depends on the type of control they come equipped with. I suspect if it has auto shut off then msw inverters may let out the magic blue smoke.

I preferred to go 12 volt myself.


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2oldman wrote:

Mattress heater. I'm assuming you're plugged in, cause if not you'll need a good psw inverter.


Agree. Winter travel with furnace t-stat set to 55°, the queen mattress in an extended cab-over of a TC can get pretty chilly in sub-zero temps. Memory foam topper becomes a concrete slab. A 10-15 minute warm-up with a mattress pad warmer makes everything soft and cozy for the night.

Quality 12v warmers are available at Electowarmth. They used to offer sizes in king, queen, double, etc. I purchased a queen size back in 04 from Backwoods Solar (same product/lower price) and it lasted 8 years. The pads were pinned to the mattress, not form fitted. Now, the manufacturer makes only one size, 36"x60". Based on experience, too many pins to deal with on larger mattresses, ie., tears in the middle of the mattress cover and possible overlapping of pad(s). Now, I use a 120v Sunbeam, form fitted, purchased at Wally World. You'll need a psw for off grid use. The controls are sensitive.


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The Texan wrote:

2oldman wrote:

Mattress heater. I'm assuming you're plugged in, cause if not you'll need a good psw inverter.
Sorry, but this is not correct info. We have a heated mattress pad and a MSW inverter has been its power source for years.
It is true if it's a newer pad with digital controls. And seeing how it's reasonable to assume he doesn't yet own one, it's likely that's what he'll get.

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2oldman wrote:

The Texan wrote:

2oldman wrote:

Mattress heater. I'm assuming you're plugged in, cause if not you'll need a good psw inverter.
Sorry, but this is not correct info. We have a heated mattress pad and a MSW inverter has been its power source for years.
It is true if it's a newer pad with digital controls.
I can buy one at any store today, that is "new" and will work fine with a MSW inverter. Over ½ of the ones built today have a analog control, many with a digital display.


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analog control, many with a digital display.
Analog control with a digital display? How does that work?

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When you get to where you are going turn on the heat and take the blankets off the bed to expose the sheets to the heat...works for us




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2oldman wrote:

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analog control, many with a digital display.
Analog control with a digital display? How does that work?
The control is analog, and the numbers shown on the control are digital. Has been done for years, not new technology. Ours is that way, with the LED numbers 1-5 for settings.

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