The 9 Best Heating Pads for Every Body Part, According to Customer Reviews
If you've been experiencing body aches, soreness, or even pain from menstrual cramps, you might have decided to invest in a heating pad. The natural pain-relief option offers an alternative way to tackle discomfort without taking over-the-counter meds, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. And it's not just Google boasting their benefit — heating pads are also an expert-approved way to quickly treat pain.
While medicines can help, "very often, a heating pad used the right way can accomplish the same pain-relieving purpose," says Gbolahan Okubadejo, M.D., a New York-based spinal and orthopedic surgeon. Why? Heat therapy has numerous benefits. "It boosts circulation, which enables oxygen and nutrients to reach muscles and joints. The increased circulation serves to repair damaged muscles, improve stiffness, and relieve inflammation," he adds.
The Best Heating Pads, According to Reviews:
- Best Full-Body: Sunbeam Heating Pad
This best-selling pick keeps it simple with a rectangular design that can be used on various body parts at four heat settings.
- Best for Neck and Shoulders: Snailax Heating Pad
Pain relief for your neck and shoulders arrives in just two minute with this quick-heating pad shaped like a vest.
- Best for Back Pain: Sunbeam Heating Pad Back Wrap
Elastic straps hold this $35 pad around your waist, so it can deliver targeted heat therapy to your lower back.
- Best for Face: LotFancy Gel Pack with Wrap
This wearable wrap secures around your head to keep a heated (or frozen) gel pack pressed against your cheek, head, or jaw.
- Best for Feet: Doneco King Size Heating Pad
A kangaroo pouch in this fuzzy, oversized heating pad envelops feet for a quick warm-up following a winter walk.
- Best for Joint Pain: Sunbeam Flexfit Heating Pad Wrap
Get targeted treatments close to the joints with this flexible design that wraps around your elbows, wrist, or ankle for continuous treatment.
- Best for Cramps: YeomenCordless Heating Pad
Worn like a fanny pack, this wireless device delivers soothing heat at three temperatures directly to your abdomen.
- Best Microwavable: Carex Bed Buddy Heat Pad and Cooling Neck Wrap
Heat combines with aromatherapy in this microwavable wrap that's less than $15.
- Best Mattress Pad: Sunbeam Heated Mattress Pad
How to Use Heating Pads
Turn your bed into a heated safe haven with this queen-sized mattress pad that delivers heat at 10 intensities for relief all night long — or when the auto shut-off kicks in.
While heating pads can be effective, Dr. Okubadejo cautions that you want to make sure you are using them correctly — and pay close attention to how fast they heat up so you don't burn yourself. "If you're using a high setting, don't leave the heating pad on for more than 30 minutes, and don't allow yourself to fall asleep while using one," warns Dr. Okubadejo. "On lower settings, they can be used for a longer time period with a max of one hour," he points out. (Related: Should You Try CBD or Cannabis Creams for Pain Relief?)
With so many heating pads out there, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth your money. Ahead, a guide to the best heating pad options for every body part, according to customers.