13 Best Hot & Cold Therapies

List Updated March 2020

Bestselling Hot & Cold Therapies in 2020


Roscoe Reusable Cold Pack and Hot Pack – Ice Pack For Knee, Shoulder, Back, Injuries - Microwave Heating Pad, 7.5 x 11 Inches

Roscoe Reusable Cold Pack and Hot Pack – Ice Pack For Knee, Shoulder, Back, Injuries - Microwave Heating Pad, 7.5 x 11 Inches
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Ice Packs for Eye Mask, Premium Cold Pack for Migraine, Cooling Eye Mask Reusable Cold/Hot Therapy for Puffy Eyes, Dry Eye, Dark Circle

Ice Packs for Eye Mask, Premium Cold Pack for Migraine, Cooling Eye Mask Reusable Cold/Hot Therapy for Puffy Eyes, Dry Eye, Dark Circle
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Elasto Gel, Hot/Cold Wrap, 9 X 24,

Elasto Gel, Hot/Cold Wrap, 9 X 24,
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Durable, can be used repeatedly
  • Will not leak if punctured
  • Stays soft/pliable, even at -20 degrees F
  • Microwavable and Latex-Free

Carex Bed Buddy Heat Pad and Cooling Neck Wrap - Microwave Heating Pad for Sore Muscles - Cold Wrap Pack for Aches and Pain

Carex Bed Buddy Heat Pad and Cooling Neck Wrap - Microwave Heating Pad for Sore Muscles - Cold Wrap Pack for Aches and Pain
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Gel Eye Mask Ice Pack, Hot Cold Compress Patch Reusable Sleeping Pad with Strap, for Puffy/Dry/ Cooling Eyes, Alleviate Swollen Eyes, Fatigue, Headache, Migraine, Fever, Neurosism Tension, Blue

Gel Eye Mask Ice Pack, Hot Cold Compress Patch Reusable Sleeping Pad with Strap, for Puffy/Dry/ Cooling Eyes, Alleviate Swollen Eyes, Fatigue, Headache, Migraine, Fever, Neurosism Tension, Blue
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • 1-In-All. Hot/Cold therapy for eyes. Ideal as first aid kit for physical fever, minor burn, collision pains of kids.
  • Relief and Relaxation - Great for providing relief from headaches, fever, sinuses, puffiness, fatigue, soreness, dry eyes, allergies, and more.
  • Reusable and Non-toxic. Made from strong Nylon and filled with non-toxic, non-caustic, eco-friendly Gel. It is reusable and safe for all ages. No odor, no leaks.
  • Reasonable Design. The bands are long and adjustable enough to fit almost sizes. The apertures are designed to release the pressure of eye balls and without limitation of your mobility.
  • Pliable & Lithe. Eye mask is soft even in -18 C even though you freeze it for long time. You can fold it easily. Strong seal keeps eye mask leaking-proof. No odor, no drops.

Jobar Hot/Cold Back Support.

Jobar Hot/Cold Back Support.
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • DUAL THERAPY: Heat the wrap in the microwave or cool it in the freezer for your choice of either hot or cool therapy
  • IDEAL USE: The Hot & Cold Support Wrap may help sooth discomfort from arthritis bursitis, sore muscles, stress, and more
  • MAXIMUM COVERAGE: The buckwheat filled wrap can cover a wide area of the back for optimal comfort
  • FLEXIBLE WEAR: Wear it over or under your clothing

Snappy Heat Hot Cold Packs with Cloth Backing - 10 Reusable Gel Therapy Microwave & Freezer Pads for Tired Eyes, Injuries, Masks, Cooling lunches, or Kids Boo Boos

Snappy Heat Hot Cold Packs with Cloth Backing - 10 Reusable Gel Therapy Microwave & Freezer Pads for Tired Eyes, Injuries, Masks, Cooling lunches, or Kids Boo Boos
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • COOL PAIN RELIEF Soothe shoulder pain, bruised and scraped knees, boo boos, tired eyes, a persistent sinus headache, a swelling wrist or ankle, tender cheeks after wisdom teeth surgery and so much more
  • THERMAL THERAPY When you need heat fast, Fire & Ice Hot Cold Packs provide warmth after only seconds in the microwave. Perfect for an overworked muscle, breastfeeding, or used cold for plantar fasciitis
  • KEEPING IT COOL Fire & Ice hot and cold flexible gel packs also make great freezer packs for coolers and lunch bags and boxes, keeping your food chilled until you're ready to eat
  • SOOTHING GEL Each pack is filled with our non-toxic gel solution which can easily freeze or quickly heat up for all your home nursing needs, whether for adult or child
  • SOFT CLOTH BACKING Fire & Ice packs have a soft touch cloth backing that eliminates the need for using a towel when the pack gets too hot, or is too cold for direct skin contact

Ice Cold Pack Ohuhu Reusable Ice Bag Hot Water Bag for Injuries, Hot & Cold Therapy and Pain Relief, 3-Pack, 3 Sizes (6"/9"/11")

Ice Cold Pack Ohuhu Reusable Ice Bag Hot Water Bag for Injuries, Hot & Cold Therapy and Pain Relief, 3-Pack, 3 Sizes (6
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Smart 3-pack Design for different requirements. [Large (11"), Medium (9"), Small (6")] - The small ice pack is perfect for children, or smaller aches and pains, while the two larger ones are great for teenagers and adults.
  • Fast Relief - Ideal for application of cold therapy to help reduce pain and swelling from minor scrapes, bruises, muscle aches, sprains and strains. Recommended to help relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed recovery. Stays cold much longer than gel packs or other cold packs. Suitable for sport injury and first aid.
  • Superior Leak-resistant Cap with large cap opening to allow for easy filling of ice cubes or crushed ice.
  • Very Simple To Use - Simply fill with ice and water to relieve discomfort from headaches, bruises, migraines, muscle aches and swelling. For heat therapy, add hot water (not boiling) to help soothe an upset stomach, migraine, sinus and joint pain.
  • A Must-have Product - Keeps a handy ice bag in your work desk, car and home for grab-and-go comfort from pain. Whether you are experiencing the weekend hangover, headache or aching and soreness from a recent visit to your chiropractor, get the soothing relief from hot or cold therapy right away.

Ariel EDGE Plush Hot/Cold Pack (Pastel Purple) ? 9 COLORS AVAIABLE ?

Ariel EDGE Plush Hot/Cold Pack (Pastel Purple) ? 9 COLORS AVAIABLE ?
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

FORMAX CARE 2 Pack Gel Eye Mask 9 x 3 IN Therapies Hot/Cold Eye Relaxing Mask

FORMAX CARE 2 Pack Gel Eye Mask 9 x 3 IN Therapies Hot/Cold Eye Relaxing Mask
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Reusable gel beads cold& hot eye mask
  • For cold therapy ,store compress in freezer for a minimum of one hour
  • For hot therapy,put the product at hot water with the temperature no more than 180 F
  • Non-toxic,safe relaxing.
  • Gel eye mask is essential for relieving headaches, sinus pressure, puffy eyes, dry eyes, allergies, symptoms of Sjogren's Syndrome, blepharitis, and other eye issues

Smart Temp HC1302 Portable Reusable Hot/Cold Pad

Smart Temp HC1302 Portable Reusable Hot/Cold Pad
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Stays hot/cold for up to 60 minutes
  • Heats in the microwave or cools in the freezer
  • Soft cover with integrated elastic strap to hold pad in place
  • Maintains flexibility when cold
  • Suits therapeutic relief of back and muscle pain, menstrual pain, arthritis, sports injuries

SmartTemp Hot Cold Therapy System, Medium (6 x 10 Inches)

SmartTemp Hot Cold Therapy System, Medium (6 x 10 Inches)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Portable, reusable heating pad
  • Goes from freezer to microwave
  • Suitable for moist or dry use
  • Stays pliable in freezer
  • Stays 30% colder or warmer than clay products

Round Reusable Gel Ice Packs With Cloth Backing – Great For: Wisdom Teeth, Breastfeeding, Tired Eyes, Kids Injuries, Headaches, Sinus Relief And More. Use As Hot Or Cold Packs (Blue – 5 Pack)

Round Reusable Gel Ice Packs With Cloth Backing – Great For: Wisdom Teeth, Breastfeeding, Tired Eyes, Kids Injuries, Headaches, Sinus Relief And More. Use As Hot Or Cold Packs (Blue – 5 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Home Pain Relief Using Heat or Cold Therapy

This article is an overview of how heat and cold therapy work at home for pain relief and provides potential side effects.

Both heat and cold therapy relieve pain; the end result is the same. Cold therapy causes a narrowing of the blood vessels, which decreases blood flow to limit swelling and control bleeding. Heat therapy causes increased blood flow, increases swelling and promotes bleeding to clear away debris.

Application and Side Effects of Cold Therapy

Home pain relief using cold therapy is at its prime within the first 24 hours of an injury. You may use cold or gel packs, a bag of frozen peas, etc. or put ice in a disposable glove and tie up the open end. Never use cold therapy on an open wound. Wrap the cold pack in a towel or pillow case so that it doesn't directly contact the skin.

Remain alert for increased pain, severe numbness or burning. Small amounts of tingling and numbness are alright. Apply cold therapy for 20 minutes on and 30 minutes off during the first 24-48 hours following injury.

Pat skin dry when finished.

Application and Side Effects of Heat Therapy

Among the most common devices for home pain relief using heat therapy are commercial hot packs, electric heating pads and hot water bottles. Unless the device has a protective cover, do not apply it directly to the skin. Heat therapy works quicker than cold therapy. Never place a heating device underneath a limb, it will promote burning.

Heat therapy is used when the blood flow needs to speed-up healing, usually 48 hours following the injury, and is applied in 30 minute increments - 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.

Watch for pain or burning sensations, lightheadedness or shortness of breath.

Heat or Cold may be Personal Preference

First, understand that cold therapy is used during the acute phase of your injury to reduce pain and inflammation and heat therapy is used to treat the chronic phase. Also, cold therapy raises blood pressure; heat therapy lowers it.

For some home pain relief medical conditions, the lines are blurred, making it a personal preference. For example, if you suffer chronic lower back pain, you may find heat therapy more effective than cold. Or, cold therapy may work better for your acute arthritis pain.

When you're uncertain whether to use heat or cold therapy for effective home pain relief, always check with your Primary Physician.

Final Healing Tidbit

Sometimes a sprained ankle just keeps on hurting, even following heat and/or cold therapy. My chiropractor offered this healing tidbit and it works!

Soak a clean cloth in vinegar. Wrap the cloth around the swollen ankle. Insert entire foot in brown paper bag. Leave foot in bag for about 20 minutes. Voila!

Disclaimer: keep in mind that I am not a licensed practitioner of medicine. This article is solely for information purposes. Always consult your Primary Physician for serious injuries and ongoing conditions before applying home pain relief methods.

Resource: "Hands-on Help" - RN Magazine, January 2020