In this review we take a closer look at the Thermophore MaxHeat 14″x27″ model 155. We compare it with the other Thermophore models, 055, 255 and 355. What the differences are and why you might want to consider one of the other models.

To make one thing clear before we start the review, this Thermophore MaxHeat heating pad is the newer version of the Thermophore Arthritis pad.

Thermophore MaxHeat 14″ x 27″ Heating Pad Review

Model: Thermophore MaxHeat 155 

3 Key Features: 

  • Moist heating pad (draws moisture from the air)
  • Simple One Touch Control
  • Gets very hot

Size: 14” x 27”

Dry or Moist Heat: Moist Heat (without adding water)

CompanyThe Company is Battle CreekThermophore is part of Battle Creek.


Benefits of the Thermophore MaxHeat Heating Pad

Pain relief – This Thermophore heating pad gives you an intense but comforting moist heat therapy, for your targeted area with pain. It will relief the pain.

Relive muscle cramps – Loosen up the muscles and relieve the cramps.

Relive stiffness – By using this heating pad you will feel your muscles relax. You will feel relief of the muscle stiffness.

Soothe arthritis pain – With this heating pad you can apply the moist heat and sooth that ache.

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How to Use the Heating Pad

Start by putting the pad in the provided cotton blend fleece cover. The heating pad should not be used without the outer cover.

Make sure the unit is laying flat within the cover.

Plug-in the polarized plug.

Place the pad on the body area that you would like to treat.

Turn the unit on by sliding the constant comfort switch to one of the three temperature levels.

There is a 20 minute timer. Unplug the cord.

Recommended treatment time from battle creek is 30 minutes. With a 60 minute cool down period between treatment sessions.


How to NOT to Use the Pad

As for most heating pads, this one comes with some restrictions as well.

  • Do not add any water to the heating pad
  • Do not use while sleeping
  • Do not lie, sit on or crush pad
  • Do not use on insensitive skin

Make sure you read the instructions before using the pad.


Features of the Thermophore MaxHeat Heating Pad

The Cover

The cover is a removable cotton fleece cover. It makes it easy to wash and care for.


The Controller
The Thermophore 155 model is currently equipped with a slider control. There are three different heat settings to choose between, low, medium and high. This model used to come with an on/off electric switch, also later models came with a pause button.

If this is a heating pad you want to purchase make sure it comes with the 3 heat setting slider control, to get the latest model.


Heat Settings

Maximum Temps 80C or 176 F.


Auto On/Off Feature

The heating pad will stay on for 20 minutes.


Moist Heating Function

The Thermophore Automatic Moist Heating Pad is a moist heating pad, but do NOT add any water to it. The flannel cover will automatically draw moisture from the air and release it when the heat is on and activated.  You don`t need a lot of moisture, just a little is needed to make the heat more efficient and penetrate deeper into the muscle to ease the pain.

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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

The heating pad is made in: Mexico


What Does the Heating Pad DO?

Man has pain in the neck and hips on the backPain Relief – The heating pad will stimulate the sensory receptors in your skin; this will decrease the pain signals to your brain and you will feel pain relief.

Stimulates circulation – The more blood flow we have in our body, the more oxygen and nutrients we are giving our body. Using a heating pad will increase the blood circulation by relaxing the blood vessels. This will help ease the pain in the injured area.

Increases flexibility – By using a heating pad like this, Thermophore Maxheat 155 model, you will relax your muscles, reduce stiffness and increase flexibility.

Help Ease Pain: 

  • Arthritis pain
  • Back pain
  • TMJ
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Inflammation of joints
  • Relax muscle spasms


Who Should Buy the Battle Creek Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack?

If you are looking for a heating pad that gets very hot, then this might be a good purchase for you.

If you are looking for an easy slide switch, this heating pad has that.

It is also for you if you are looking for a thinner heating pad that easily forms after your body.

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Do NOT Buy If… 

You are looking for a pad with a continuous heat option.

You want a controller that are more advanced, where you can set the exact temperature for example.

You want dry heat, this is a heating pad that will draw moisture from the air without any extra water added.


Thermophore or Battle Creek?

Thermophore is owned by Battle Creek. When you do research online it can get confusing if it is a Battle Creek product or Thermophore product, but really Battle Creek owns and represents the Thermophore products.

Another confusing aspect of this product is, if it´s called MaxHeat or Arthritits pad? I just got confirmed from Battle Creek that MaxHeat and Arthritis heat pad is the same thing, the same product.

The old Arthritis pad is today called the MaxHeat product.


Different Thermophore 14 x 27 Models

4 heating pad models from Thermophore, size 14 x 27

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


Thermophore MaxHEAT Automatic Moist Heat Pack Model 155 VS. Classic 14”×27” Model 055   

The difference between the Thermophore model 155 and 055 is the switch. The 155 model comes with a slide switch where you can set the heat setting to low, medium or high. With the 055 model you have to hold down the switch to reach desired heat. After you let go of the switch the heat will start dropping.


Thermophore MaxHEAT Automatic Moist Heat Pack Model 155 VS. Thermophore Classic Plus Automatic Moist Heat Pack Model 255

The switch – the 155 model comes with the 3 heat setting option slide switch. The 255 model comes with the simple switch that you have to hold down until you reach wanted heat.

The 255 model comes with a moisture plus cover that allows you to add water to the heating pad. This will be useful in dry regions or if you want extra moisture. This extra moist cover is not included with the 155 model.


Thermophore MaxHEAT Automatic Moist Heat Pack Model 155 VS. Thermophore MaxHEAT Plus Automatic Moist Heat Pack 14×27 Model 355

Both these models comes with the same switch where you have 3 heat options. The 355 model also comes with the extra moist plus cover.


Automatic/ClassicMaxHEATClassic PlusMaxHEAT Plus
SwitchHold down manually3 Settings High/Med/LowHold down manually3 Settings High/Med/Low
Automatic Shut OffYES, Stays on 20- 25 minYES, Stays on 20- 25 min
Extra moisture`YESYES


Pros and Cons


  • Gets very hot.
  • Has an easy control switch.
  • It`s a brand that has been around for a while.


  • No continuous heat
  • No readable heat settings


Customer Support and Warranty

Battle Creek has good customer support I tried them out by sending them an email and they got back with me within reasonable time.

You can contact them here with any questions;



Full One 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. They will repair or replace the heating pad if there is any manufacturing defect or if it doesn`t perform accordingly to how the brochures says it will. You have to use it as directed though, which means no lying on it, for example. Make sure you read through the “do`s” and “don`ts” before using it.

They also want you to save your receipt showing the date of purchase.



This heating pad is a little bit more expensive than some of the other ones in the large or extra large category. You will save a few dollars if you go with the 055 model but then you have to deal with the hold down switch. I am not sure it would be worth that.

On the other hand you have more expensive options as well. In this case you will get what you pay for a good heating pad that gets very hot and penetrate down and help ease your pain.


Final Thoughts

There are a few confusing aspects of this product, different names and models but hopefully we made all that clear in this review. If this is the heating pad of your choice just make sure you get the latest model so that it`s covered by the warranty. Get the 155 model with the three slider switch, the MaxHeat pad (not the Arthritis pad).

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