All of this is controlled via a dedicated remote, a clunky device which looks like something Art Linkletter might have hawked and is puzzling in its design, particularly due to its lack of an off button. The remote features three modes—cool, heat, and turbo heat (YEAH!)—but to turn them off you have to press the button for the mode you’re on a second time. Don’t know if you’re on heat or turbo heat? You just stab at buttons until the thing shuts down. That’s fine, though, because at least you can keep your hands under the covers while you do it.
BedJet also works with a mobile app, and while it also looks like an Art Linkletter project, it does give you more fine-grained control over the speed of the fan, the temperature of the heat, and the duration of each run. If you want to set up timers or use the BedJet as a decadent alarm clock, this is how you do it.
If you want to get really fancy, BedJet markets a special $99 sheet called the AirComfort Cloud Sheet, which you attach directly to the BedJet nozzle. This directs the airflow in between the two layers of the sheet, which causes it to puff up like a balloon, trapping the air inside and ostensibly keeping you warmer or cooler for longer, since the air can’t leak out as easily. But my wife’s got Swedish blood, so we sleep only with a duvet, no top sheet, and this was a non-starter for her. She wasn’t even sold on the concept of the Dual Zone Cloud Sheet, which is split down the middle so you can—wait for it—attach two BedJets to it, one on either side. This concept lets you heat one side of the bed and cool the other, but you’re probably better off sleeping in separate rooms if that’s how things are playing out in your relationship.
Mind you this is not a perfect piece of equipment. BedJet tries to make the case that you can turn off climate control in the rest of your house and just rely on the BedJet to keep you warm or cool at night (thus saving you money) but I already keep my home as cold as I realistically can after hours. I think you have to accept that the BedJet is a small luxury, though at a power draw of up to 1,500 watts in turbo heat mode, I know it’s one that will add to my electric bill.
There’s also the questionable aesthetic of having a large, reticulating tube snaking out from under your bed and under your sheets. If your bed isn’t positioned in such a way as to make this non-obvious when someone enters the room, it may give your room a Brazil vibe that clashes a bit with the rest of your décor.
Were my wife and I as happy as these folks? Perhaps not, but I’m happy to report that we were both sold on the device, at least through the winter months. Much to my surprise, our cat was decidedly not a fan, but she’s a strange one and, well, that’s a story for another time.