In this review we will take a closer look at the Thermophore Automatic MaxHeat Plus heating pad. This is the most “advanced” heating pad from Thermophore in this large size category. They offer three other options model 055, 155 and 255.

In this review we dig deeper and research the Automatic MaxHeat Plus pad but we also compare it to the other Thermophore options, which one will suit your needs best?

Thermophore Automatic Max HEAT Plus Moist Heat Pack

Model: Thermophore MaxHeat Plus 355

3 Key Features:

  • Extra moist pack for dry areas
  • High Medium low settings
  • Gets very hot

Size: 14×27

Dry or Moist Heat: Moist heat with an extra moist heat package.

CompanyBattle CreekThermophore is owned by Battle Creek


Benefits of the Thermophore Automatic MaxHeat heating pad

Ease pain – With this heating pad you can through the heat therapy ease your pain. Treat your back, joints or other part of your body that aches by increasing the blood flow to a specific area.

Reduce muscle stiffness – The heat will loosen up the muscles and reduce muscle stiffness. It can also help with muscle cramps.

Increase flexibility – The heat will help increase flexibility.

Home treatment – It gets expensive to go to a doctors office, masseuse or other treatment center for pain relief. With a heating pad you can take care of some of that right from your own home. It should never replace a visit to the doctors office but it can be helpful in between visits.

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How to Use The Heating Pad

If the unit is not placed in the cover please do so, for this model there will be two “pockets. Slide the unit in on the bottom. The heating pad needs to lay flat inside the cover. The outer fleece cover will absorb moisture from the air. Your heating will be damp but it should not feel wet.

With this moist Thermophore MaxHeat plus 355 model you will receive an extra cloth that you wet.  You slide the damp cloth into the top section of the cover. There will be a white nylon layer between the heat unit and the damp cloth.

This extra moist function is great for dry areas.

When you have your heating pad ready plug it in and place it on wanted area to treat. The heating pad comes with a low, medium and high slider switch so move it to wanted temperature.

The heating pad will stay on for about 20 minutes.

After treatment unplug the cord.

How NOT to Use the Pad

  • Do not use while sleeping.
  • Do not use on insensitive skin.
  • Do not use pad without cover.
  • Do not sit or lay on the heating pad.
  • Make sure you read through the instructions before use.


Features of the Thermophore MaxHeat Plus Heating Pad

The Cover

The cover is a fleece cover, that draw moisture from the air. This model also comes with an extra cloth that will supply extra moisture.

The Controller

This 355 model comes with a 3 setting slider control. You can set the temperature to low, medium or high. This is the same control that can be found on the Thermophore 155 model.

This heating pad used to be equipped with an on/off switch. Old models are still being sold so make sure you get one with the slider control.

Heat Settings

Maximum Temps 80C or 176 F.

Auto off Feature

This heating pad does not come with continuous heat it stays on for about 20 minutes.

Dry or Moist Heating 

This Thermophore heating pad is a moist heating pad with an extra moist package for dry areas. As described above the heating pad comes with an extra cloth that can be used for extra moisture.

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Tech Specks

The controller is listed as: 110V, 150 Watts, 60Hz.

Electric/Battery/Microwavable operated: Electric

Cord Length: 10 Feet

Plug-in: Polarized Plug

What Does the Heating Pad DO?

Feel good – The heat will stimulate the sensory receptors in your skin, that will reduce the pain signals to your brain and you will feel better.

Stimulate circulation – By using a heating pad you increase the blood flow to a specific area. You also increase the blood circulation by relaxing the blood vessels, this will help ease the pain.

Increase flexibility – By using a heating pad you will relax the muscles, reduce stiffness and increase your flexibility in the treated area.

Man has pain in the neck and hips on the backThis heating pad can help relieve all kinds of pain. A few examples are:

  • Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitus
  • TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sprains
  • Fibromyalgia


Who Should Buy the Battle Creek Thermophore MaxHeat Plus Heating Pad?

Pain relief – If you are looking for a heating pad that can help with pain relief this might be a good option for you.

Extra moisture – If you are in a dry area or for other reasons want an extra moist heating pad then this is a good option with the extra moist pack.

Forms after your body – This heating pad easily forms after your body.

Hot heat pad – This heating pad gets very hot, especially if you use it directly on the skin.

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Do NOT Buy If… 

No continuous heat – You can`t set the heat to continuously stay on, it will shut off after 20 minutes. This is done for safety reasons.

Dry heat – This Thermophore heating pad does not have an option of dry heat.

Sensitive to heat – This heating pad gets hot and if you are sensitive even the lowest setting might be too hot. Make sure you try out the different heat options slowly so that you don`t burn yourself.


4 Different Thermophore Models to Choose Between

When it comes to a large heating pad size 14×27 Thermophore have 4 models to choose between. The one described in this review is the 355 model and the most advanced one.

These are your options:

  • Model 055 –Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack/Classic
  • Model 155 – Thermophore MaxHEAT Automatic Moist Heat Pack
  • Model 255 – Thermophore Classic Plus Automatic Moist Heat Pack
  • Model 355 – Thermophore MaxHEAT Plus Automatic Moist Heat Pack– the one we review here.


Let`s see what the differences are…

Thermophore MaxHeat Plus Model 355 vs The Classic 055 Model

The 055 Classic Model comes with a hold down switch and no extra moist pack. The MaxHeat plus 355 comes with the 3 setting control and extra moisture pack.

Thermophore MaxHeat Plus Model 355 vs The MaxHeat 155 Model

The 155 MaxHeat model come with the same slider control as the 355 model but NO extra moist pack.

Thermophore MaxHeat Plus Model 355 vs The Classic Plus 255 model

With the Thermophore 255 model you get the simple hold down switch but you do get the extra moist package.

Here is an overview for you.

ClassicMaxHEATClassic PlusMaxHEAT Plus
Model / Review55155255355
SwitchHold down manually3 Settings High/Med/LowHold down manually3 Settings High/Med/Low
Automatic Shut OffYES, Stays on 20 minYES, Stays on 20 min
Extra moisture`YESYES


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Pros and Cons


  • Gets hot
  • Easy 3 setting switch
  • Extra moisture pack


  • Stays on for only about 20 minutes
  • Can`t set the temperature to a specific number


Customer Support and Warranty

Battle Creek are easy to get in touch with and they are helpful. I emailed them and they got back with me within reasonable time.

You can contact them here with any questions;


1 Year Warranty

Make sure you purchase a model with the latest three setting switch and NOT the one with the pause button, since those will not be under warranty.

The heating pad comes with full one year warranty.



This heating pad is one of the more expensive ones in this size category but it also comes with the extra moist package that can come to great use. If you would decide on this model you would clearly see the benefits of the easy to use control and extra moist pack.


Final Thoughts

This heating pad will not disappoint. If it has the features you are looking for then the good reviews will confirm your choice.

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