BED COOLING DEVICES COMPARISON: BEDJET vs. CHILIPAD vs. OOLER vs. EIGHT SLEEP POD PRO vs. POD PRO COVER
If you are reading this article, you likely fall into one of three categories:
1- You are a hot sleepers and tired of waking up drenched in sweat. Your quality of sleep is poor and is starting to have negative repercussions on your life and health. You are looking for a bed cooling device to fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night.
2- You sleep cold at night or live in a cold region with long and frigid winters. You wish your bed could be nice and cozy by the time to slide into your sheets and don’t want to be dreading bed time and sleep all curled up to try to retain a bit of body heat.
3- Your sleeping partner has a different idea of that perfect sleeping temperature. One of you sleeps hot, the other one cold, you fight over bedroom A/C and heat and you wish everyone could sleep comfortably in the same bed.
I have spent countless nights over the past couple of years testing the BedJet, Cube Sleep System with ChiliPAD, OOLER, the Eight Sleep Pod Pro, and the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover. I’m finally ready to give you my thoughts on how they stack up against each other.
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Best Bed Cooling Devices - Prices
Before I get into a detailed comparison of the OOLER vs. BedJet vs. Cube with ChiliPAD vs. Eight Sleep Pro Pod vs. Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover, let’s talk pricing.
The pricing on each of those bed cooling / bed heating devices are quite different, and go from an accessory price to a brand new luxury mattress price.
Of course, we will discuss how different each product is, from the technology used to its functionalities, but I believe that each price level will already help you better understand which product might best fit your needs. While companies offer financing options, please make sure that you can comfortably live with your purchases.
The prices listed below are for queen-size units as of July 2021. ChiliSleep (OOLER & Cube with ChiliPAD) and BedJet allow you to purchase their cooling / heating solutions for just one side of the bed, or to double up with a dual zone solution. Eight Sleep (Pod Pro & Pod Pro Cover) comes with dual zone integrated in its products.
The “Dual Side” column is the total price you will pay for both sides of the bed to heat or cool independently of each other – highly recommended when sleeping with a partner! For the OOLER, Cube with ChiliPAD, and BedJet, you will receive 2 units. The Eight Sleep Pod Pro and Pro Pro Cover do not have a one-sided option and the Pod Pro includes a whole mattress.
The pricing chart gives you some good insight as to how the products rank next to each other.
The Cube with ChiliPAD and the OOLER are both ChiliSleep devices and the OOLER performs a little better than the Cube in my opinion. Note that the names have recently been updated and what we used to call ChiliPAD has now become Cube with ChiliPAD. The OOLER is now called OOLER with ChiliPAD.
The 2 closest competitors are the OOLER and the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover. They are both water cooled / heated mattress covers that you slide around your mattress, with the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover offering many more options (i.e., sleep tracking) than the OOLER, hence the difference in price.
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro is nearly double the price of the OOLER, as it comes with a 12-inch mattress. The mattress itself is wonderful, and I know a thing or two about mattresses as I have reviewed well over 100 of them. Just like its little brother the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover, you get lots of tracking, as well as other really cool perks, discussed below.
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro’s mattress easily competes with today’s top mattress retailers within the $1,000-$2,000 range for a queen-size mattress (Leesa, Purple, Casper, etc.). If you assign a value of $1,000 to the mattress, that leaves the Eight Sleep Pod cooling technology at about $1,500 for dual zone performance, a similar value to the OOLER if you are on the market for a new mattress. The OOLER does have the advantage that it can be used with your current or future bed.
Now, why isn’t BedJet #1 with such a great value? Good question… It gets to warm temperatures faster than its competitors, which is awesome. Unfortunately, in the summer time (remember that we are testing those bed cooling devices in hot Florida), the BedJet does not perform quite as well as the Chili and Eight Sleep devices. The BedJet takes the warm air off the ground and fills your sheets with it. If you keep your A/C above 75 degrees, you may not feel as much cool as you would like.
Bed Cooling Devices - Comparison
- Temperature: Most bed cooling devices perform similarly with the BedJet falling a little short. If you are getting a device to stay warm at night, all will be great options. If sleeping really cool is your main goal, 55 degrees is as low as those devices will go
- Sleep Trial: as with all of my mattress reviews, I like to mention sleep trial early on in my content. When you purchase a $1,500 to $2,500 mattress or bedding equipment, knowing how long you can try the accessory at home for is an important factor in your decision process
- Warranty: the longer the warranty, the safer your investment. Here, all competitors are in line with their technology warranty of 2 years
- System: what technology is used to keep you cool? Are you more interested in a water-powered cooling system, or is air more your thing? Are you OK with laying on a mattress pad on top of your mattress, or do you prefer cooling sheets?
- Includes: what comes with your purchase? Is a remote important to you or are you OK controlling your system and gathering your data with an app only?
- Unique Features: understand what makes each of those bed cooling devices special. They are each unique with special offerings and if you enjoy technology, some of those devices have really cool features
- Noise Level: use this metric to understand how loud each bed cooling device gets, especially if you are sensitive to noise while sleeping
- Cleaning: what does the cleaning process look like?
With a better idea of prices and what makes each bed cooling device unique, you should have a better idea of which one will work for your needs best.
As with every mattress and bedding accessory, we each have our own preferences and your personal favorite can be different than mine.
The point here is that each of those 5 options do the job as they say. Whether you prefer to sleep on a water-cooled mattress pad versus air-blown sheets, whether you need a brand new mattress or are in love with your current mattress is a personal preference.
While all of the information above can help you compare bed cooling devices, let’s take an in-depth look at each one individually so you can decide which bed cooling / bed heating device will work best for you. This is our BedJet vs. OOLER vs. Cube with ChiliPAD vs. Eight Sleep Pod Pro vs. Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover head-to-head moment!
The BedJet V3 is such a leap in technology from the BedJet version 2 that I’m happy to see the BedJet V2 has sold out and doesn’t seem to be back on the racks. If you have the old BedJet, it is well worth an upgrade to V3.
BedJet is very different than the other 4 bed cooling devices in this comparison article and has one advantage that the ChiliSleep and Eight Sleep devices 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 and stay cozy warm during those colder winter months.
So how does the BedJet really work? It grabs air from your room, cools or heats it, and blows it into your sheets. I recommend investing into the BedJet Cloud Sheets for better performance, but you are welcome to keep using your sheets.
If you are looking for a dual-zone solution, where each partner can control his/her side of the bed’s temperature, you will need two units and the package will come with a dual-zone Cloud Sheet!
Because the cooling and heating system sits in your sheets, the BedJet does not change the feel of the mattress you love.
The BedJet V3 is the quietest of all bed cooling devices and the only one that actually dries you! We put it to the test and jumped from shower to bed and completely dried off it the sheets!
We love that you can schedule different temperatures on an hourly basis and ahead of your night of sleep. Raise the temperature around your wake-up time as temperature wake-up trigger and get rid of that aggressive alarm clock!
Lastly, the BedJet V3 is your cheapest option on this list, but also the one that we feel like performs a little less than its competitors. I am a firm believer that you pay for what you get, and the BedJet does not get quite as cool or warm that the ChiliSleep and Eight Sleep devices.
ChiliSleep OOLER With ChiliPAD Cool Mesh
If you can afford the leap into temperature-controlled sleeping, the ChiliSleep OOLER offers great value if you love your current mattress.
The OOLER is one of the most advanced sleep systems with hydro-powered thermal range from 55 to 115 degrees, which is way below and above anything that should feel comfortable to sleep.
This bed cooling / heating device cools or warms water and circulates it through a pad that fits on top of your mattress and is secured with elastic bands that wrapped around the bottom of your mattress. You will be laying the OOLER pad between your mattress and your sheets.
You need 2 units if you want your partner to have the same benefits. If you do purchase the “We” vs. “Me” device, each partner will be able to set his/her own temperature, ending the never-ending sleep temperature debate.
The OOLER features a turbo mode to get to desired temperature faster and a silent mode for those of you who are light sleepers. The turbo mode is great to turn on while brushing teeth. By the time you are ready to slide into bed, it will have reached your desired temperature. It is also the louder mode (~55 dBA) and you will probably want to tune down a bit for the night.
The OOLER comes with a hydronic pad (known as ChiliPAD Cool Mesh), its control unit, and the OOLER app for sleep schedules. With upgraded features that go beyond improving your sleep, it optimizes your slumber resulting in better performance.
The control unit is designed meticulously and only 6 inches high. Its low profile size allows it to fit under most beds.
It is also a highly efficient water-based cooling+ heating system that AUTO CLEANS with UV light. I absolutely love this feature. Through your OOLER app you can pretty much control everything, and auto-cleaning the device is one of them.
You don’t need to panic or keep checking if the water is running low in the reservoir anymore thanks to the water indicator or the app that tells you it is time to refill the large reservoir.
ChiliSleep Cube With ChiliPAD Cool Mesh
The OOLER was born out of ChiliSleep’s owner hard work to give the Cube with ChiliPAD a big sister!
You can save a couple hundred dollars by going with the Cube with ChiliPAD over the OOLER, but the upgrades in noise, and the app vs. remote make it almost so easy to select the OOLER. Plus the OOLER looks so much cooler. It is a nice upgrade to have from the Cube but there is nothing wrong with the Cube with ChiliPAD Cool Mesh if it fits your budget best.
You will find the performance on the cooling / heating side to be very similar on the Cube vs. OOLER. The technology is the same – you add a water-cooled pad on top of your mattress, but instead of using a good-looking app, you will be working with a remote.
The temperatures reached by the Cube with ChiliPAD Cool Mesh are the same as the OOLER, taking you from a frigid 55 degrees to a warm and toasty 115 degrees.
Just like the OOLER, you will need two units to cover both sides of your queen or king mattress and give each sleeper the control of their own sleeping temperature.
Unlike the OOLER, the Cube does not have adjustable noise levels (which are worth the upgrade in my opinion), it is not self-cleaning and you will need to run the Cube with ChiliPAD cleaning solution through your unit monthly, and there is no way to schedule a sleep schedule.
If those things are not as important to you, the Cube with ChiliPAD Cool Mesh is a great purchase, just a little less technologically advanced.
Eight Sleep Pod Pro
At this price point, for the Eight Sleep Pod Pro to make sense, you need to be on the market for a new mattress. But if you are, you are in for a luxurious treat!
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro is amazing and at ~$2,600, it includes a 12″-thich mattress, the dual-zone cooling and heating technology, the Eight Sleep app, and features that no other competitor comes close to.
Let’s start by taking a look at the mattress itself. The bed is very comfortable and made of 5 layers of premium foams working together to give you pressure relief and support where your body needs it.
The cooling / warming unit is almost silent and performs exactly as expected. Similarly to the OOLER and ChiliPAD, the technology uses cooled and heated water that regulates each side of the bed independently.
The temperature regulation is amazing and you will love the room climate and weather response. The Eight Sleep Pod Pro mattress comes with ambient sensors that constantly measure your room’s temperature, humidity, and the local weather to adjust its response in temperature.
You will find that the app is a superb piece of technology. This is where the Eight Sleep Pod Pro clearly separates itself from the competition. You can expect a ton of data to come out of your smart mattress.
Not only will you be receiving daily health and sleep report, but they will include the analysis of your respiratory and resting heart rate, and your heart rate variability. The sleep tracking feature tracks both sleepers independently. Watch out however, sleeping with a child or pet in your bed could alter that data and make it less relevant. You can expect data on sleep stages, sleep times, toss and turns, and more.
The Eight Sleep app also lets you schedule on and off times based on your personal sleeping and temperature preferences. And of course, the GentleRise Wake Up technology is amazing and allows you to gently wake up in the morning. Forget the aggressive alarm clock and wake up to gentle vibrations and a gradual change in bed temperature right before your set wake-up time!
Now… you can save $500 on the queen-size mattress by purchasing the Eight Sleep Pod, instead of the Pod Pro. But you will be giving up an extra inch of foam comfort, the room climate and weather response, the daily health and respiratory reports, and the GentleRise wake up technology. If those are not deal breakers, the Eight Sleep Pod is still a great mattress and it does the job of keeping you cool or warm, which is probably why you came here in the first place!
The largest drawback to the Eight Sleep Pod Pro is 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. However, if you are fond of your current mattress, Eight Sleep allows you to purchase its technology only! See the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover below!
Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover
Here it is! You want all of the amazing data tracking abilities of the Eight Sleep Pod Pro but don’t need, or don’t want, a new mattress? For ~$1,300 less than the Eight Sleep Pod Pro, you can get all of the technology and zip it up around your current mattress.
The Pod Pro Cover by Eight Sleep zips around your existing mattress between 10 and 16 inches tall. Because everyone has very different preferences when it comes to mattresses, if you have found one that works well for you, you might want to keep it and just add the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Cover to add that cooling / heating / sleep tracking technology.
Just like the Pod Pro, the OOLER, and the ChiliPAD, the Pod Pro Cover cools down to 55 degrees, and it only lack 5 degrees on the heating, with a maximum of 110 degrees, which should be more than enough for most sleepers.
You are getting the same trackability and reporting as with the Eight Sleep Pod Pro: time in deep sleep, respiratory and resting heart rates and more. And this is really all extra on the OOLER, which is, in my opinion the Pod Pro Cover’s biggest competitor. Priced $200 above the OOLER, you are getting a lot more technology through the app and the tracking is superior. Additionally, I like that the cover is fully zippable around the mattress, making it very stable. The unit is taller but slimmer, making it difficult to hide under your bed. You will probably want to keep it near your bed head.
The Pod Pro Cover is more silent than its competitor the OOLER and I like that it comes dual-zone automatically.
Bed Cooling Devices Reviewed And Compared
We just debunked and compared the 5 biggest player in the bed cooling space: the BedJet, the ChiliSleep OOLER and Cube, and the Eight Sleep Pod Pro and Pod Pro Cover.
While all aim at keeping you cool or warm during the night (as well as potentially saving your marriage!), they all come with unique features and a slightly different technology.
I hope that this comparison helped you better understand your choices in this industry. If you have any questions, always reach out! Leave a comment below for everyone to benefit from a Q&A or reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.