Corn Vs Lava Sand: What Is Better For Heating Pads



Lava sand and corn are both good options for your heating pad.

But when you compare the two together, one stands out more than the other.

When we compare wheat to lava sand, the lava sand wins because it comes in a very durable pad and cover, it retains the heat longer, and it will never give off a bad smell no matter how many times you heat it up, and you won't be able to beat the cost for your choices.

Read on to find out our reasoning for lava sand.


There aren't too many options when it comes to cost for your corn heating pad.

Caylee's Creations have a few options for your corn heating pad.

They are the same price but come in different colors.

The lava sand heating pads have two different sizes for purchase.

One for just a normal size heating pad that would be good to cover one part of your body.

The other is double the size because it is made as a wrap.

This means that it can cover around body parts, like around your neck or your whole waist.

This could be useful if you have large parts of your body that you feel need extra heat.

Then you can wrap it around the area that needs it the most.

You can also purchase different covers to go over the lava sand heating pads.

So in this case the lava sand wins because you can have different sizes and covers.

Advantage: lava sand


When we talk about durability, we talk about how much can your heating pad take.

Some heating pads you can't get wet at all, so you have to spot dry them.

Other heating pads can get soaked in water and then be perfectly fine.

The lava sand heating pad is one of those heating pads that you can get soaking wet, and still use the heating pad.

Because it is sand, you will need to get all the water and moisture out of the heating pad before you can use it.

This would involve turning your oven on to 200 degrees.

Then you would place the heating pad on a cookie sheet and then place the cookie sheet in the oven.

You'll want to put it on the cookie sheet because sometimes the racks in the oven get dirty.

So to keep your lava sand heating pad clean, we place it on a cookie sheet and then put it in the oven.

Then you'll want to leave it in the oven for a few hours.

After those hours, your heating pad should be ready to go.

With the corn heating pad, you have to be a bit more careful.

You cannot get the heating pad soaking wet.

This means you'll need to spot clean it.

If your corn heating pad does get soaking wet, then you'll end up having to throw it away and purchase a new one.

Otherwise, the corn on the inside of the heating pad it going to get rotten and will no longer heat up for you.

So the advantage here is lava sand because it will last a long time for you and you won't find you need to replace it all the time.

Advantage: lava sand


Another big concern for heating pads outside of durability is their ability to stay hot or cold.

Why else would you be getting a heating pad?

With a corn heating pad, you can throw it into your microwave for one minute and then can expect the heat to last between 10 to 15 minutes.

For every additional minute you warm up the heating pad, it will give you another 10 to 15 minutes.

But be careful going over 3 or 4 minutes with warming up the heating pad because you could end up burning the corn inside the heating pad.

And this is the problem with most heating pads that use food instead of the pad.

Eventually, that food is going to end up getting burned or smelling really bad.

And if the corn ends up getting burned, the heating pad isn't going to do much for you anymore.

So limit heating up your corn heating pad to 3 minutes, which could give you anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour of heat.

The lava sand heating pad is a bit different.

First, warming it up for 1 minute should give you around 15 to 20 minutes of heating.

Warming it up for 2 minutes should give you between 45 minutes to an hour.

And warming it up for 3 to 4 minutes can give you up to 2 hours of heat.

It is not a low heat either.

When you first get it out of the microwave, you'll need to have a towel to cover the heating pad because it will be a deep heat.

And the deep heat is good for the deep pain.

After about 20 to 30 minutes, the heat will start to go down so that it isn't too hot, but it will still be a good heat.

And the nice thing about the lava sand heating pad is that you can put it in for more than 4 minutes and not have to worry about it ruining anything.

I mean, you might not want to put it onto your body right away, but at least you know you won't ruin in it.

Advantage: lava sand

Decay factor

We've covered the decay a little bit in the previous section, but we will go over it some more here.

The lava sand heating pad is not going to decay on you whatsoever.

Because it is sand, the sand is going to stay good if you overheat it or if you get it wet.

Now keep in mind that does not mean that you should leave it wet for long periods of time.

Just like with anything that gets wet, it will get moldy after a period of time being wet.

So if you do want to wash it or you accidentally drop it into a bathtub, or it gets wet for any reason whatsoever, throw it in the oven at 200 degrees and let it sit in there for a few hours.

In is the only case where you will have to worry about the heating pad.

The corn heating pad is going to give you a few issues.

First, if overheat the corn heating pad, the corn in the heating pad is going to go bad.

Imagine if you put a bag of popcorn in the microwave and you left it in the microwave for a few minutes more than the bag suggested.

You can assume that is what is going to happen when you put your corn heating pad in the microwave for longer than what is suggested.

The corn in the heating pad is going to end up getting burned and smelling bad.

And then you won't be able to use the heating pad anymore as a heating pad.

Advantage: lava sand


Comfort is something else that is important to your heating pads.

You want to be able to put the heating pad in a place and have it conform to the shape you need it to.

For example, you might want it to wrap around your ankle completely so you can have the soothing heat on your whole ankle.

Or you might want to place it on your shoulders.

The lava sand heating pad is going to do really with this because the grain of the lava sand is so fine that it will move to any shape you need.

Combined with the heat that the lava sand heating pad gives off, it will be very comfortable to use.

The grain of the corn heating pad is going to be a little bit bigger, but no so much that you will see a huge difference between the lava sand and corn heating pads.

Advantage: Tie


The lava sand and corn heating pads don't come with their own smell.

But the lava sand would probably deal with adding essential oils a lot better than the corn heating pad would.

The lava sand would absorb the essential oils pretty oil.

Most people like to add oils like lavender to their heating pads since lavender is very much a calming smell.

And lava sand would do pretty well with absorbing that smell.

The corn heating pad could absorb the essential oil smell but might have some difficulty mixing that smell with the smell that the corn would give off naturally.

Plus, you would have to worry about the smell of corn that is overheated in the microwave.

It could end up smelling like burnt popcorn.

Advantage: lava sand


Overall, the lava sand and corn heating pads are great options for heating pads.

But the lava sand beats out corn heating pads in almost every category that we've tested in this article.

So if you are looking for an all-around great heating pad, then lava sand is your best option.