Best Heating Pads for Back Pain; A Review

Are you in pain as I am?  I have chronic pain!  So I am always looking for remedies for my pain, and I prefer natural ones.  Therefore, I am reviewing the best heating pads for back pain.  It is my hope you find something that will help you.

Why Heating Pads Relieve Pain

I love taking a warm bath before bed.  It relaxes me.  Which is how heat works.  I just love to be enveloped in the warmth also.  And a heating pad delivers that in a limited way.

Heat from a heating pad relaxes the muscles around the painful area, thus relieving pressure on the nerve.  With this relaxed state, you have better movement, and movement promotes healing.  Heat also causes blood vessels to dilate, which means more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the area.  This promotes healing in the tissue.  

BrandImageUnique FeatureWhere to buyCost
SoftHeat Whole Body Wellness WrapLong Length; 25″eBay$
PureRelief King Size Heating PadThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 0_H7rDjg6gChWpb6PVAItRl3j8PQynqXcbeX04lY93zOkyp5d97g_Cp5aoPDlokwM8zh_iDk3zCa2Tkra0NX0pt8DSf-QX56JzG0uGXsgir9DmmyaZ118YVgIeGibM4PBHIQitno6 Heat SettingseBay$$
Sunbeam XL King Express Heat9 Foot CordWalmart$$
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Huggaroo Microwaveable Heating PadBest Heating Pads for Back PainUnique StylesHuggaroos$$

So not only does the heat feel good, it actually promotes healing and health.  

Following are some recommendations I found by reputable sites.

Recommended by Consumer Reports

SoftHeat Pain Relief for Whole Body Wellness Wrap

This is actually not an electric pad, but one that you warm up in the microwave.  It is 7” by 25” in size.  The pad is advertised to help with neck and shoulder pain, stomach pain, knee pain and any other areas of pain.  It retails for around $20.00.  Here’s a link to eBay.  If you purchase through this link, I will receive a referral fee.  

Recommended by the NY Times

PureRelief XL King Size Heating Pad

This heating pad is electric and comes with 6 heat settings.  It has a backlit controller which is easy to handle.  The plush cover is washable.  Its measurements are 12” by 24”, so much smaller than the Soft Heat.  The cost is around $30.00. This is also available through eBay.

Another NY Times Recommendation

Sunbeam X-Large, King XpressHeat, 6 Heat Settings with Auto-Shutoff 

Similar to the Purerelief pad in size, it also comes with a plush cover.  It has six settings on a digital screen.  The pad boasts a 9’ long cord.  I like that feature, as sometimes I have to get in an uncomfortable position to work my heating pad or massager.  This heating pad retails for around $40.00.  The pad was also rated #1 by  Available at Walmart.

If you are interested, here is the NY Times article that I found very helpful.

Recommended by

MightyBliss Large Electric Heating Pad

Many reviewers rated this pad highly because it can be used for dry or moist heat.  It is 12” by 24” like the two above.  The large pad comes with only 3 settings, but apparently that is fine for most users.  The fabric is described as micro plush and is washable. There seems to be a reduced price for this item on the Microbliss website; listed at $36.17. I do not receive any referral for this item.

Just a note about moist heat versus dry heat.  Apparently moist heat works faster to relieve pain because the moisture helps the heat penetrate the tissue.  

Last but Not Least

Huggarro Microwaveable Heating Pads

One of my favorite product lines is Huggaroos.  They make blankets and pillows but have very unique pads.  Including in their line of heating pads are ones that wrap around the head, eyes and neck.  But for back pain, they have a wearable back wrap.  I also love that they are produced right here in the United States.

Best Heating Pads for Back Pain

The link here will take you to Huggaroos’ website. I don’t have a link for this particular product, but if you purchase anything from them, I receive a fee. The wrap around pad runs about $30.00.


Please don’t skip these warnings! There are times when you should not use heat on your body.  They are:

  • After exercise
  • After an acute injury
  • Where there is swelling

Also, do not leave the heat on any one spot for more than 20 minutes.  You can actually burn your skin if you do so.  I recommend you set a timer so you are very careful about this important warning.  And of course, follow all the manufacturer’s directions for use.  

If you want an overview of other natural pain relievers, I recommend you check out my article called What is the Best Natural Pain Reliever?


Most of the links in this article are affiliate links, whereby I receive a small referral fee if you make a purchase. My aim was to show you a variety of choices so that you can decide not just based on price.

I am not a medical professional.  I am just a fellow pain sufferer.  I urge you to research everything I have written here to make sure it is correct.  

And I welcome your comments, because I don’t know everything there is to know about heating pads, and I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they have the best. Questions or any other comments are welcome. Please leave them below. Thank you.

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