What Is The Best Microwave Heating Pad

What is the best microwave heating pad?

With so many heating pad options on the market as well as DIY tutorials about making rice socks and other homemade versions of heating pads, which ones are the best?

The best microwave heating pad:

  • Doesn’t melt
  • Doesn’t burn
  • Doesn’t rot
  • Doesn’t attract bugs
  • Doesn’t smell bad
  • Retains Heat
  • Lasts after being reheated several times 
  • Isn’t too hot when it first comes out of the microwave
  • Provides deep pressure
  • Conforms to the body
  • Can also double as an ice pack

Although many DIY and commercial heating pads may have some of these features, there is one microwaveable heating pad that checks off every one of these items and more, outperforming all other microwave heating pads.

Woman Suffering from cramps

The Best Microwave Heating Pad is a Lavabag

Why are Lavabags the best microwave heating pad on the market?

The secret lies in the lava sand used to fill each bag with special heat retaining sand that doesn’t rot or burn like other fillers.

While most DIY and other commercial heating pads can offer relief, only Lavabags are made with a filler that can be heated over and over again without burning or smell, and offer comfort and performance on a level that cherry pits, clay beads, or other non perishables can’t even begin to compare with.

After testing other heating pads and fillers, Lavabags are found to outperform others in all key features.

Lavabag Heating Pads Don’t Melt

The fabric used to encase any heating pad is crucial when it comes to finding or making a heating pad that can be microwaved safely.

There have been instances when synthetic fabrics, especially nylons have heated and microwave and have actually melted.

Types of fabric that are petroleum based include:

  • Acrylics
  • Polyesters
  • Nylon
  • Spandex

When it comes to a heating pad cover, fabrics made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp, or wool are often recommended since they don’t contain petroleum. 

Lavabag’s covers are made from 100% hemp, and can be reheated time and time again.

It is thick and durable.

However, as with anything made from fabric, covers may need to be replaced.

Because of the indestructible properties of  lava sand, the filling can be transferred indefinitely as covers wear out.

Lavabags Heating Pads Don’t Burn

When properly heated and used, Lavabags will never burn or catch fire in the microwave.

Unlike other heating pads that use foodstuffs as heating pad fillers, Lavabags are filled with indestructible lava sand, which can’t burn.

When comparing various heating pad fillers, we were surprised to see how rice and other grains began to burn after the first few heatings.

With other heating pads, it is important to check the fillings each time of use to make sure that burning doesn’t occur, and to replace the filling as needed.

Lavabag Heating Pads Don’t Rot

Because most heating pads are made with pantry items, rot usually occurs.

If a heating pad gets wet or is in a humid environment, rot can happen faster than if the heating pad was kept in drier conditions.

Once again, because Lavabags are made of sand, it will never rot or need to be replaced.

Image of Lavabag Heating pad

Lavabag Heating Pads Don’t Attract Bugs

Do you hate it when you open a bag of flour or your favorite box of cereal to find that somehow it has become infested with weevils or other small bugs?

Just because rice, wheat, or corn is in a fabric covering doesn’t protect it from insects that are already inside the foodstuffs.

Weevils and other similar bugs actually lay eggs in certain pantry items and hatch when conditions are right.

Although heating the heating pad in the microwave will kill off the bugs, if a heating pad isn’t used for a while bugs may reinfest it.

There is also the old saying, ‘Where there’s food, there are bugs.’

Bugs are attracted to food.

It doesn’t matter if it is wet or dry, if a bug can sense or smell food, it will try to eat it.

This is also the case with small rodents such as mice and rats.

They will gnaw and chew through the material of a heating pad that contains food items in order to get to the food.

Something that bugs and rodents don’t try to eat is lava sand.

Since Lavabags do not contain anything edible, they do not attract bugs, rodents, or other pests.

Lavabags Heating Pads Don’t Smell Bad

Because Lavabags don’t burn, rot, or attract bugs, they do not smell when heated up.

Although there are many heating pads on the market that offer scents (mainly through essential oils), these scents are mainly used to cover the inherent flaws of the heating pad fillers.

With enough lavender, you may be able to conceal the smell of the first onset of rot or the fact that the rice in the middle of the sock is beginning to burn.

Lavabags have a neutral scent, showing that it has nothing to hide.

Another benefit of not having a certain scent is that it makes it hypoallergenic and palatable to people of every scent preference.

No sneezing, no arguments about whether or not something smells good or not, just a heating pad that provides relief.

Lavabags Heating Pads Retain Heat Better

When comparing the heat retention and comfort of the various heating pad fillers, we were surprised to find how little heat some of the recommended materials retained.

In our experiments, the materials with the least amount of heat retention were the nonperishable clay beads and cherry pits.

Pantry items and foodstuffs including rice, whole corn, wheat, barley, flax seed, and steel cut oats retained heat for a decent amount of time, but even they didn’t keep a constantly comfortable heat like the lava sand did.

Lavabags are Heating Pads that Last Through Multiple Heatings

Unlike other heating pads with perishable fillers, the lava sand used in Lavabags will last forever!

That means no checking for burning, no needing to toss out rotting heating pads, or having a heating pad let you down in your time of need.

Lavabags are made of the highest quality materials and will be there when you need them, no matter how many times it is heated and reheated.

Lavabags Are Heating Pads that Aren’t Too Hot or Too Cold

When tested, most pantry items were very hot when they first came out of the microwave.

In fact, they were too hot to use, burning the skin and taking several minutes to cool down until they reached a comfortable temperature.

Although many people use a cloth or towel to help buffer between an overly hot heating pad and bare skin, heating pads can still be too uncomfortable after being heated.

This can be problematic if an individual is wanting to have quick relief.

Once again, this is where the sand in Lavabags outperforms its rivals.

Although very warm when it leaves the microwave, Lavabags are ready to use right out of the microwave (if it is a little warm for personal preference a cloth can still be used).

Not only are they ready sooner, but they also maintain a soothing heat longer and more consistently than any other heating pad filler.

Little girl sleeping with Lavabag heating pad

Lavabags Provide Weight and Pressure for Cramps and Pain Relief

Have you heard of deep pressure therapy?

Recently, the benefits of applying pressure to certain parts of the body have proven to help calm the nervous system, relieving anxiety and nervousness.

When coupled with heat, deep pressure can help calm and relax the body, especially the muscles.

When a Lavabag is applied to a sore area, the pressure helps convey the heat more effectively to the muscles, helping them to relax and reduce painful cramping.

That means more effective comfort than heating pads that are made of lighter materials.

Another benefit of Lavabags and the pressure that they provide is that they can be used as deep pressure tools which can be used to help individuals with sensory and other issues.

Lavabags are Heating Pads that Comfortably Conform to Your Body

The human body is made of a complex combination of shapes and curves.

When looking for a great heating pad, you want one that can conform to the body.

Some heating pads, especially those made with large sized food items may be lumpy and bumpy, making it uncomfortable to apply to certain locations on the body.

Lavabags’ sand allows the Lavabag to comfortably conform to your body, whether it be your stomach, calf muscles or arms.

Lavabags can curve, providing the pressure and heat to any part of the body comfortably,

Lavabags are Heating Pads that Make Great Ice Packs

When it comes to tools that alleviate pain, it is great to find ones that can have a variety of uses, especially when it comes to sports medicine.

Some DIY heating pads, including rice socks and bean bags are sometimes used as fast and easy ice packs.

However, ice packs made from food items, whether pantry stock or frozen vegetables are more prone to rotting and smelling due to the nature of freezing and thawing food.

Other options for ice packs include bags of ice or wet towels, but sometimes these items are too cold to apply to the afflicted area for very long, and sometimes begin to leak as they melt.

Lavabags, on the other hand, make ideal ice packs.

Not only do they not melt, rot, or smell, they can be used on the injured area and provide the cool needed to reduce swelling without being too painfully cold.

Just toss a Lavabag in the freezer for a couple of hours and take it out whenever you suffer from a sprain, or tear.

Remember, Heating pads increase blood flow to injured areas.

Immediately after an injury it is important to apply a cold compress, not heat to an area that is experiencing swelling.


Lavabags are the Best Heating Pads on the Market

After comparing all of the different microwave heating pads available, whether commercial or homemade, it is clear that Lavabags are the best heating pads on the market.

Offering the best comfort and relief without the drawbacks of rot, smell, bugs, and more, Lavabags are the heating pads made to last.

So, if you experience menstrual cramping, arthritis, or other forms of chronic pain, Lavabags are a must have tool to find fast, natural relief.