Updated: November 16th, 2022
As a person with chronic pain issues, heating pads are critical to my care. Without being able to apply heat to multiple areas of my body, I don’t function as well. I need a heating pad that is up to the task. In addition to something I can put on more areas than my back, I’m always on the lookout for a heating pad that works with moisture, such as a hot towel beneath it, and with at least three temperature settings on the control panel. This is because my fibromyalgia makes me sensitive to heat in varying degrees, but it’s also useful in case my mom or boyfriend needs to use the heating pad, so they can choose a temperature comfortable for them.
I have gone through about 15 heating pads in the past few years to find the right match. This is what worked best for me based on comfort, lifestyle, and my needs as a disabled person with a chronic illness — starting with the large control display I didn’t even know that I needed.
Overall, this heating pad adds comfort to my life instead of subtracting. It’s accessible — easy to wash, large surface area, and easy to read. I feel like the Hillpert heating pad was made with me in mind.
Since high-pain days lead to me needing more sleep or taking medications that make me sleepy, I’m looking for a key safety function: a heating pad that turns off after a certain amount of time. This way, if I’m home alone and sleeping, the heating pad will turn off on its own.
Because I need a solution for multiple areas of my body, I also need something big or adjustable. If my whole back hurts, I need something to cover my entire back. If my knee is giving me a problem, I require a wrap-around solution for just that area.
A nice to have would include a portable solution. When driving, it’s hard to use heating pads without access to a standard plug. A USB-enabled heating pad, or one that takes batteries in addition to a plug, would greatly improve my experience as a driver or passenger, especially if the heating pad could stay on the lower back area during long trips in vehicles.
Lastly, I’m looking for something durable. I do have a dog who sleeps on the sofa or in the bed with me, which means I need a way to wash the exterior of the heating pad, and it should be a heating pad that can survive the occasional nip before the dog understands. I imagine this feature might also be important for people who have small children.
Overall, it’s hard to beat the Hillpert. Hopefully, I will not have to replace this one, saving more money in the long run.