How Is This Different From The Regular Winkbed? It’s not. This is the exact same mattress as the regular WinkBed, except that there are holes in the bottom of the mattress where air tubes from the special foundation can fit and blow cool/warm air into the mattress (see how it works HERE).
For a full analysis of the coolControl features, read my full WinkBeds coolControl review.
There is a special foundation that has air tubes built into it. The tubes fit into the holes of the bottom of the mattress. There is a machine that controls the air that flows through the tubes and there is an app that allows you to control the airflow from your smartphone.
You can set the air temperature for two sides of the mattress. That means if you want the left side to be warm and the right side to be cool, you can make that happen. There are 5 different settings of warm and 5 different setting of cool, so you have a big range of possible sleep surface temperature.
I felt the air flowing just a tiny bit, like a very light breeze. Depending on whether you like this feeling, you can regulate the airflow by choosing the right sheets and mattress protector.
There are five settings for both cool and warm. I don’t know the exact temperature of the different settings, but I will say that the mattress can be very cool, very warm, or somewhere in-between (we list it as a top pick for hot sleepers). I don’t think anyone would need it to be any warmer than the warmest setting or any cooler than the coolest setting. The temperature range is pretty vast.
If you are a side sleeper and you happen to put your head directly over one of the tubes, you can hear a little bit of noise, which is just the air flowing through the tube. If you have a sheets/a mattress protector on the mattress, it shouldn’t be an issue, and most likely you aren’t going to be able to hear anything, but I thought I’d just make a quick note of it.
A lot of mattresses have the claim that they have a cool sleeping surface, but this mattress definitely takes the cake. With actual cool air flowing through the mattress, you can make the sleeping surface as cool as you want. If you are very sensitive to sleeping hot, then this could be the mattress for you.
The big advantage is that you have total control over the temperature of the mattress, no matter your environment (whether you live in a hot/humid place or cold place).
Note that the mattress is identical to the WinkBeds mattress, except for the holes in the bottom. Thus you will not be able to use the coolControl system with an older WinkBed model. For more information on the mattress itself (outside of the temperature control features), make sure to check out my full WinkBeds mattress review.
It’s a new concept, so we’ll so how well it holds up over time, but it worked very well for me and I was able to make the sleeping temperature whatever I wanted it to be. If you are extra sensitive to sleeping hot or conversely you like a warmer sleeping surface, then this is definitely a top option available.
Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.