Finding the Best Cooling or Warming Device For Your Bed
I have spent countless nights over the past couple of years testing the bedjet, chilipad, ooler, the pod, the eight sleep smart bed. I’m finally ready to give you my thoughts on how they stack up against each other.
The prices listed are for queen size units as of 11/29/19. The complete package column is for both sides of the bed, which requires 2 oolers, chilipads, or bedjets. The complete package for the pod includes the mattress.
|Brand||Unit Price||Complete Package|
Eight Sleep Pod
Eight Sleep Smart Bed
I think that the pricing chart tells you everything that you need to know, and should give you some insight as to why they were ranked this way. The ooler and the pod are very close to perfect substitutes. Both are amazing at cooling and warming your bed, but the pod throws in sleep tracking. HOWEVER, as you can see the pod is nearly double the price of the ooler, as it comes with a mattress. The mattress is wonderful, and I know a thing or two about mattresses as I have reviewed well over 100 of them.
The pod’s mattress easily competes with the top mattress retailers in the around $1,000 for a queen size category (Leesa, Purple, Casper, etc.). If you assign a value of $1,000 to the mattress that leaves the pad at about $1,500 (plus you have to pay a subscription for the app). So the ooler just beats in on price and has the massive advantage, that it can be used with your current or future bed.
If it wasn’t for those drawbacks the Pod would have taken 1st place.
Now, why isn’t Bedjet #1? Good question… It is louder than both the ooler and the Pod. It gets to warm temperatures faster, which is awesome. Unfortunately, in the summer time (btw it’s hot here in Arizona) the bedjet isn’t an air conditioner it simply takes the warm air off the ground and spits it at your feet. Yeah, that’s warm air, so it doesn’t get much use in our house during the summer.
#1 Ooler Sleep System
If you can afford the leap into temperature controlled sleeping, this is where you will get the best value for your money. It features a turbo mode to get to desired temperature faster and a silent mode for those of you who are light sleepers.
The ooler cools or warms water and circulates it through a pad that fits on your mattress. The unit self cleans, and has both an app and a remote. You need 2 units if you want your partner to have the same benefits. Of course, you both don’t have to have your side at the same temperature.
#2 Eight Sleep Pod
The Eight Sleep Pod is awesome, the bed is super comfortable, the cooling/warming unit is almost silent. The temperature regulation is amazing and the app is AMAZING. The largest drawback to the Pod is simply that you need to be in the market for a new mattress to even consider the purchase. IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE with your current or future mattress.
Otherwise, if you need a mattress and you want to step up to a temperature regulating device this is a solid choice.
#3 BedJet V3
The BedJet V3 is such a leap in technology from their version 2 that I’m a bit shocked when I log on to their website and still see the BedJet V2 for sale. If you are torn between the new and old Bedjet, let me just say it is well worth the $100 to upgrade to V3.
BedJet has one advantage that the ooler and pod simply don’t have. It is SUPER easy to set up and is very portable. I grab mine and let it pump hot air under my blanket while lounging on the couch all the time.
I fell in love with the Chilipad the first night I tested it. But, I put this photo above it for a reason. For the last couple of years the founder, Todd Yougblood pictured above, has been teasing the release of the ooler. So, I have always been waiting for the ooler to make an appearance on the market.
You can save a couple hundred dollars by going with the chilipad over the ooler, but the upgrades in noise, the app and remotes make it almost so easy to select the ooler. Plus the ooler looks so much cooler. It’s not that I don’t love you anymore Chilipad, it’s just that I met someone a little bit more modern. Seriously, it’s not you it’s me.
#6 Bedjet V2
#7 Eight Sleep Smart Bed
The eight sleep smart bed has all of the great sleep tracking capabilities of the pod. It also features a nice mattress, not quite as nice as the one that you get with the pod.
The price is much lower than the pod, but it is missing out on so many features. Most importantly, it does NOT cool. It only heats.