Many people in the United States have never heard of electric heated mattress pads. Of those who know about them, most that we speak with are surprised to learn that only four companies produce almost every electric mattress pad sold in the United States. Each of these producers sells under many brands. The heating technologies and the fabrics between each of the four producers vary considerably but the brands within each separate producer are quite similar.
Yes, you are reading correctly -- there are only four major manufacturers of heated mattress pads for the American market. Within each producer's brands, the outer fabrics and the controllers may be different between its brands or models but each producer's heating technology within its brands will be identical.
Although you can find consumer-written reviews at store sites, none of the major professional consumer product rating organizations, such as Consumer Reports®, has done a thorough review of heated mattress pads for about 15 years. Good Housekeeping® magazine did a short review in January 2010.
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