ChiliPad Review: Why the Ooler Sleep System is Worth It
For years now I’ve been on the fringe of some of the biohacking communities out there. I’ve had some friends that have gone deep down the rabbit hole into things like red-light therapy, infared saunas, nootropics, and much more.
I haven’t done that much with those things, but there’s one recommendation I’ve continually seen come up that has intrigued me:
You might be wondering, “what the hell is a Chilipad?”
And more than that you might be saying, what does this have to do with golf??
Well in this ChiliPad review I’ll answer exactly that.
Imagine it’s a cold night and you climb into your bed and it’s already warmed to a perfect 110 degrees, and it feels like slipping into a heated massage bed?
Or how about a summer night where you’ve been sweating all day, and you can climb into a bed that feels like the cold side of a pillow, all night long?
And all the while it helps you get more deep sleep, and recover from hours spent on the golf course faster?
That’s what a ChiliPad does.
And let’s just say, I received my Ooler Sleep System by Chilipad about a month ago, and within two days I could tell you: it’s absolutely game changing.
What is a ChiliPAD and How Does It Work?
So how does all of this actually work?
In basic terms, A ChiliPAD is a water powered mattress pad that you put under your sheets to heat and cool your bed.
There’s a control unit fits under your bed, and you fill it with water. It then connects to the mattress pad which has radiator tubes that feed water throughout the entire pad to quickly heat or cool the pad.
You can set a chiliPAD to anywhere from 55 to 115 degrees, so no matter if you’re a hot or cold sleeper – you can adjust it to find the perfect temperature for you.
Depending on which version you get, you can have separate controllers for both sides of the bed – so you and your significant other can each set your bed to your desired temperature.
Benefits of a ChiliPad and Better Sleep
On the surface, it seems kind of silly. You might have a standard heated blanket, or maybe you have AC at your house – so why would you need something like this?
There are a lot of different sleep systems out there that work to varying degrees of effectiveness.
The ChiliPAD is water based, which means it regulates temperature much better than electric, or air powered options.
For instance, with an electric blanket you can turn it to high or low, but you’re going to have a tough time getting it down to the exact temperature you want.
Air based systems also have less concentrated temperature, so good luck maintaining a specific temperature over the course of the night.
I’ve been using my Ooler by ChiliPad for the last month now, and it’s helped me fall asleep faster, wake up feeling more refreshed, and even improved some of the sleep stats that I track on my Apple Watch.
I’ve been using it on the coldest setting, and it’s dropped my average sleeping heart rate by about 5 points.
I wake up feeling more refreshed.
We live in an old house with no AC, and it’s made the last week where temperatures have creeped up towards 95 degrees much more manageable.
What is the Ooler Sleep System?
As I mentioned, I decided to get the Ooler Sleep System rather than the standard ChiliPAD.
If you’re looking at buying a ChiliPAD, this is one of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make.
The Ooler Sleep System is the newest and most advanced product from ChiliPAD.
It does the same thing as a regular ChiliPAD in that it heats and cools your bed in the exact same way.
However, the Ooler has some extra features that make it worth the extra cost for my needs.
With a standard ChiliPad you have a controller where you can turn the dial and set the temperature. No major customization, and it can’t change anything in the middle of the night.
It also only has one fan speed for the controller, which can be pretty loud at night.
The Ooler however, takes things a step further.
Features of the Ooler vs ChiliPAD
The Ooler Has an App
I’ve found this alone to be worth the upgrade.
It’s bluetooth based, so when I’m sitting in my living room directly below my bedroom, I can turn it on half an hour before I go to bed, and when I get up there my bed is already the perfect temperature.
The only downside is if you want to manually change the temperature in the middle of the night it can be a little bit more of a pain with the Ooler. There are controls directly on the unit itself, but no remote or easy access to them if it’s under your bed.
So you have to pull out your phone and the app in order to make a change. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
The Ooler Allows You to Create a Schedule
What might be the most beneficial differences between the Ooler and the Chilipad is the fact that you can set a schedule with the Ooler.
Let’s say for example, you know about the benefits of sleeping with your body temperature being a little bit colder, but you also love the feeling of crawling into a warm bed.
You can create a schedule that says to have your bed heated to 105 degrees at 10pm, then lower it to 65 degrees at 11pm, and back up to 100 at 7am in order to wake you up.
In practice, I’ve found this to work really well, and my wife and I can have completely separate temperatures or schedules for our individual side of the bed – more on that in a minute.
The Ooler Has Three Speeds
Another upgraded feature with the Ooler vs Chilipad is the fact there are three fan speeds: Silent, Normal, and Boost.
If you need to adjust the temperature quickly, boost will turn everything up and cool down or heat up your bed in a matter of minutes, but it can get pretty loud.
Silent isn’t quite completely silent, but much less noisy than the standard ChiliPad.
Frankly, I’ve fallen asleep with my Ooler on Boost pretty much every night, and it’s never once bothered me or kept me awake. It turns into white noise very quickly.
Ooler Has Better Design than ChiliPad
The Ooler is a little bit sleeker and slightly shorter making it easier to fit under your bed. The Ooler looks more like a sleek gadget, and the Chilipad looks a little more utilitarian. Almost like a CPAP machine or something similar.
Despite both devices essentially performing the same function, the Ooler really is a level above and beyond in terms of flexibility, options, and aesthetics.
How Much Does an Ooler Cost?
When I decided I wanted a ChiliPAD I told my wife that’s what I wanted for my birthday. It didn’t start out as that extravagant of an investment.
I just wanted the half-queen ChiliPAD. This comes with one controller, and a pad for one side of the bed – since at the time she didn’t seem that interested.
You can find these using a code like OOLER15 or CHILIPAD25, you can also often get a refurbished model for under $500.
So now you’re getting up into the $800 range. Not exactly chump change.
But then you have to make a decision between the ChiliPAD and the Ooler.
For any given size or combo the Ooler was around $300-400 more.
So now all of a sudden my sub $500 birthday gift is going to be over $1k – since my wife decided that she did in fact want one for herself.
Retail price the Chilipad ranges from $499 to $1199 depending on if you want the “me” or “we” and the size of your bed.
The Ooler ranges from $699 to $1499.
Ooler and ChiliPAD FAQs
Here are some answers based on my experience to some of the biggest questions I personally had before buying the Ooler.
How Well Does the Ooler Work with Two People?
As mentioned we decided to get a “we” version of the Ooler, and I’ve been extremely impressed with how it works.
It only took about 15 minutes to have both sides of the bed up and running after getting it out of the box.
I was able to pair both controllers to the app and easily switch back and forth from one to the other.
As my first test I set one side to 115 degrees and the other side to 55.
I couldn’t believe how well it worked and how dramatic the difference was. My wife prefers to be warm, and I prefer to be cold when we sleep, so there is often a 40+ degree difference, and it works even better than I expected.
She’s able to set the perfect temperature for her, and me the same.
I’m not gonna lie though, when I first get in bed, I’ll often find myself creeping over to her side to get some of that “warm blanket” feeling before returning to my side to fall asleep.
Is the Ooler Sleep System Loud?
Even on silent mode there’s still a low fan noise. So, while it’s not completely silent, I certainly wouldn’t call it loud.
If you have it on Boost, however, it’s definitely louder. But again, it just feels like a white noise machine, and hasn’t been nearly as much of an issue as I expected it to be.
So if you were considering buying the less expensive original ChiliPad but were worried about noise, I wouldn’t be.
How Well Does the Ooler App Work?
After buying the Ooler I went to the App Store to download the IOS app and started reading some reviews that were negative about the app – which was making me worried if the Ooler really was the right choice.
I’m happy to report that after a month I’ve found the app to work great.
I’ve never had any issues connecting to the device, the schedule always works the way it should, and changing the temperature or switching from Boost to Silent is incredibly easy.
It sounds like they’ve made a lot of the the requested updates since it first launched, and now I’m happy to report that the App works great.
Can You Feel the Cables in the ChiliPad?
One of my biggest concerns before purchasing was whether or not sleeping on a bed with radiator cables going through it would be uncomfortable.
They advertise it as not being able to feel the cables in the pad at all, which isn’t entirely the case.
As you lay down on it or rub your hands across it, you can definitely feel the cables. But I generally only notice them when I’m actively trying to feel them.
While laying in bed and sleeping, you don’t notice them and I certainly wouldn’t call them uncomfortable by any means. But they’re definitely there.
Ooler Review: Is It Better than a Regular ChiliPad?
So, is the Ooler better than the ChiliPad?
While I haven’t personally used the original ChiliPad, I’m very happy with the decision to get the upgraded Ooler version.
The flexibility having the app gives you has made using the device incredibly easy and unobtrusive. I do think it looks better, and having the flexibility of fan speeds is definitely worth the extra money.
This is a system that is very much an investment. We paid just over $1,000 for ours which seems like a lot – and well, it is! But I’ve already noticed an increase in my sleep quality, and having a way to stay cool in the hot summers while sleeping has made a huge difference.
Use the code OOLER15 for 15% off, or Chilipad25 for 25% off the original Chilipad.