~I received a Chillow for the purpose of review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
It is always hot here in Florida, even in winter. On top of that my husband and I are hot-natured people. We hardly wear jackets even in the middle of our mild winters. At night we are known for cranking our air conditioning way down and still sleeping on top of our blankets because we are always hot. The first time Husband and I saw a Chillow commercial we both laughed because we enjoy saying the name Chillow and because we thought it would be the perfect item for us. The chance to review it came up and I was already envisioning cooler nights for my head. The only problem I faced was that Husband wanted it too and my 5 year old daughter also claimed she just had to have the Chillow!
If you have no idea what I am talking about check out their video.
- Unroll your Chillow pad valve side up on a clean, waterproof surface. Remove the valve cap. Using a measuring cup, slowly pour in 7-8 cups of very warm water. A little spill is okay. Replace cap, snap it back on valve tightly.
- Make sure cap is securely fastened on valve. Let capped Chillow pad set flat for 4 hours to activate. After 4 hours, slowly roll the pad like a sleeping bag towards the capped valve end. This will force air in the unit into an air-pocket bubble at the valve end.
- Holding the rolled pad and air bubble in place, lift valve corner, slowly uncap valve to release air. Slowly sweep your arm across the deflating air pocket, forcing out all remaining air. Once you have removed all air, recap the valve to create a vacuum seal. (When doing this step I accidentally spilled some water out through the valve when taking the cap off so be really careful with this step).
- The Chillow pad is self-cooling. Let it set (avoid direct sunlight) to fully cool down. It should appear wrinkly and vacuum packed. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 until all air is removed. All water + no air = cool Chillow pad.
Here is what the backside looks like and the valve is in the upper right corner.
I went for maximum coolness and used it just laying directly on top of the pillow smooth side up to start.
I will state that it does feel cooler than using a normal pillow. I also tried it in the pillowcase but I prefer just using it on top of my pillow. I just think for everyday use it is a little uncomfortable. It tended to bunch up a little for my husband but he agreed that it was cooler than using just a regular pillow. My daughter on the other hand loves it and it has now become hers since she likes it best.
Despite me not wanting to use it every night I think it is FANTASTIC for when someone in your family has a fever, migraine or sunburn. I get many migraines over the course of a year and I usually use a damp cloth on my forehead that always ends up in my sheets and making everything wet and gross. This is a way better alternative! Just refrigerate for 15-30 minutes for maximum coolness. Thankfully *knock on wood* I have not had one in over a month so I could not actually use it during a migraine but I am certain that it will be my close friend when my next migraine hits. This would also be great for someone with night sweats or hot flashes. I would almost think of this as a great aid for illnesses. Like an ice pack but much cleaner and easier to use. For the right person this would make a great gift. It is practical and I am a big fan of practical gifts.
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Purchase: You can purchase 1 Chillow for only $12.99 + $6.95 (Processing & Handling). Right now they will throw in a 2nd Chillow for FREE! (just pay additional $6.95 Processing & Handling).