Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 3:19 pm.

What are the best heated mattress pads for twin beds? And why would you want one of these pads instead of a heated blanket? We asked our parent readers for their favorites. Then we tried out a few brands ourselves. Which had the best even heat? Best plush cover? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Toasty and warm
We like how quickly this pad heats up. Very warm! Also nice: auto shut-off feature after 10 hours. And it is machine washable. Caveat: thinner pad means you can feel the wires.
$54.37

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Best Budget Friendly: Sunbeam Restful Quilted Heated Mattress Pad – Twin

Most folks know that heated blankets are a good way to keep warm on a cold night—but the secret to staying more toasty is using a heated mattress pad.

Why?

When you heat from below, more heat stays trapped between the person and the blanket. Heated blankets, on the other hand, lose some heat to the room—that makes them less comfortable and efficient.

So what are the best heated mattress pad? Here at the home ranch in Colorado it gets mighty cold. So we tried out several brands. And then we asked our parent readers for their favorites.

For the best budget-friendly heated mattress pad, we liked this Sunbeam model. No, it isn’t as plush as other models—but it does the trick (heats up quickly and stays toasty warm), at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Quickly warms up.

• Auto shut-off after 10 hours.

• Machine washable.

• 10 heat settings.

What Needs Work

• Thin pad so wires may be noticeable. We didn’t find this to be an issue, but some folks find the wires uncomfortable. 

• Hard to adjust the controls at night in the dark. While the heat setting is lit on the control, the controls themselves are not lighted—as a result, it is hard to adjust the setting in the dark.

• No pre-heat function. If you are willing to spend extra, that’s a nice feature. 

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Best Analog Control

Easiest to use
Sometimes simpler is better: the dial controller on this blanket is super easy to use. And the warmth is nicely even.
$34.09

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Best Analog Control: Biddeford Blankets Polyester Electric Heated Mattress Pad

Most heated mattress pads have digital controls and they work fine. But we realize a good number of our readers also like the simplicity of an analog dial.

You don’t have to figure out which button turns up or down the pad—the dial is easier to turn in the middle of the night.

In that case, we recommend this model by Biddeford—excellent quality and super easy to use.

What We Liked

• Excellent heat.

• Simple control that is easy to use.

• Works with Alexa.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Thinner mattress pad means some users may feel the wires.

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Best Twin XL

Cord could be longer
Love this super soft mattress pad, which is 5" longer than the standard twin size. Also great: 10-hour auto shut-off.
$92.99

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Best Twin XL: Bedsure Heated Mattress Pad Twin XL

What’s the difference between a twin and twin XL mattress pad? A twin XL mattress is about 5″ longer than a twin bed—and twin XL heated mattress pads are extra long to fit that length.

Twin XL mattresses are common in settings like college dorms, although some folks like them for their extra tall teenagers. 

For the best twin XL mattress pad, we liked this Bedsure model. The cover is soft and fluffy—and the heat is warm and toast. Also nice: there is a 10-hour auto shut-off.

What We Liked

• Super comfortable.

• Auto shut-off after 10 hours.

• Heats up quickly.

• Deep 18″ pockets

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

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Best Tried & True Brand

Long cable length a plus
This pad's controller impressed us, as did the comfort and soft, even heat. Also nice: preheat option is super handy.
$64.99

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Best Tried & True Brand: Degrees of Comfort Dual Control Heated Mattress Pad

When we asked our parent readers for their favorite heated mattress pads, this brand came up time and time again: Degrees of Comfort. And we agree, this heated mattress pad is smartly designed and super comfortable.

What We Liked

• Plush cover.

• Five heat settings are more than enough.

• Long cable cord for controller.

• Preheat function.

What Needs Work

• Instructions could be more detailed.

• Error codes on controllers can be puzzling.

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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