Electric Heating Pads to an extent have replaced hot water bottles because of the benefits they offer over bags and bottles. Electric heating pads are a great way of treating superficial pains like lower back pain, spasms and strains arising from exercises etc. Electric heating pads have several benefits over hot water bottle/bags. Heating pads provide continuous flow of consistent heat and you can vary the intensity of the heat as per your requirement. The heating pads are convenient, portable and can be carried for trips. We have compiled a list of five best electric heating pads.

Given its reviews, Calming Heat is the last in the list of best electric heating pad. This is the “as seen on tv” weighted electric heating pad that also has vibration feature.

How do Heating Pads work?

All heating pads (Calming Heat, Sunbeam XpressHeat, Conair, Pure Enrichment) work on the same pinciple with very minor differences. Like the electric blankets the heating pads feature a heating element (which are mostly electric heating wires) that converts electrical energy into heat. The typical heat range of these pads is 169 to 180 Degree F. Heating Pads are intended to provide deep tissue treatment for cramps and muscle strain. Cramp or muscle strain constrict blood circulation this in turn creates the sensation of pain. Heating Pads produce heat that dilates blood vessels around the affected area, increasing the blood flow to the affected area. Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the pain affected area, healing the damaged tissue. The heat also reduces the sensation of pain. It is advisable to consult a physician before using the heating pads.

Compare Heating Pads: Calming Heat vs Sunbeam XpressHeat vs Conair vs Pure Enrichment vs Thermophore

Compare Type of Heat

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Type of Heat Dry Heat Moist Heat

What is moist heat?

Heat therapies often dehydrate the skin being treated giving you a burning sensation. If the heat source is “moist” the treated skin is not dehydrated and there are no skin burns. Moist heat penetrated deeper in to the tissue than the dry heat. People with sensitive skin prefer moist heat.

Verdict

Calming Heat produces “Dry Heat” only. That means you cannot dampen the fabric of Calming Heat. While Conair Thermaluxe, Sunbeam Xpressheat, Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL produces “Moist” Heat. Dampen both the sides of the pad by patting the fabric with damp cloth or spray a very fine mist of water on the fabric to just dampen it.

Conair has two heating pads, Conair Moist Heating Pad and Conair Therma+Luxe, both have moist and dry heat options. So Calming Heat is not for you if you want to get moist heat sessions.

Compare Heating Time

Calming Heat – No details available. But Calming Heat seems to heat up in about 90 seconds like all other pads in the market. Sunbeam Xpressheat claims feature “Fast Heat” future that heats up the fabric in 30 seconds. That’s why the name “Express Heat”. Conair and Pure Enrichment heating pads have the same heating time that is about 90 seconds.

Verdict

Sunbeam Xpressheat is a winner here since it heats up in just 30 seconds is three time faster than other pads.

Compare Weight

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Weight Not Mentioned 1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs

Verdict

Calming Heat claims to be a “weighted heating pad” but does not disclose the weight of the pad raising serious questions on this feature. All the other are almost in the same weight range.

Is the Cover Machine Washable

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Machine Washable NO YES NO YES YES

Verdict

Calming Heat is not machine washable. Since the Conair Thermaluxe model has heating and vibrator module inside it cannot be machine-washed. The Conair moist king size pad however has a machine washable cover.

Compare Size

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Size 12″ x 24″ 12″ x 24″ 12″ x 23.5″ 11.5″ x 20.5″ 12″x24″

Verdict

Almost all the heating pads are of the same size exception being the Conair Moist Heat. This KING size is perfect to cover larger areas like legs, spine and across the shoulders.

Compare Material

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Material/Fabric Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat No Information

Verdict

Calming Heat is made from polyester fiber and is filled with clay beads. Sunbeam Xpressheat features Microplush fabric that is velvet-like and does not wick away moisture and retains heat. The best part is the fabric can be machine washed.

Does it have Vibration Massage Mode?

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL
Size 12″ x 24″ 12″ x 24″ 12″ x 23.5″ 11.5″ x 20.5″ 12″x24″
Calming Heat’s deluxe version has vibration feature. The top model of Calming Heat has 9 heat and vibration modes. Sunbeam Xpressheat does not have vibration mode. Conair – The Thermaluxe model has an in built vibrator with two intensity settings.

Compare Heat Settings

Calming Heat claims to have 9 heat and vibration setting settings. But it is not clear how many out of the nine are heat settings.

Sunbeam XpressHeat has 6 “heat” settings. Conair Thermaluxe has 5 different combinations out of which three are heat settings. Conair Moist king size has 3 heat settings.

Compare Safety

Calming Heat, Sunbeam XpressHeat, Conair Thermaluxe and Pure Enrichment, all have got auto-shut off feature which make the pad to shut off after two hours. Conair Moist Heat Pad does not have the auto-shut off feature.

Compare Warranty

  Calming Heat Sunbeam Xpressheat Conair Thermaluxe Conair Moist Heat Pure Enrichment
Warranty 1 year 5-year limited warranty Limited 5-year warranty 5-Year Warranty