With an array of heat patch products available, it can be difficult to determine which brand is most effective. Here is an overview comparing key features and performance of top heat patch brands.

  1. Leading Heat Patch Brands
    Popular heat patch brands include:
    These brands offer different formulations, sizes, and heating mechanisms to relieve pain.
  1. Heat Patch Ingredient Formulas
    Methyl Salicylate
    BenGay, Aspercreme, IcyHot patches use 10-30% methyl salicylate for muscle and arthritis pain.
    Salonpas patches contain capsaicin derived from chili peppers to relieve joint, nerve and back pain.
    Iron Powder Oxidation
    ThermaCare heat patches use iron powder that rusts when exposed to air to generate up to 8 hours of soothing warmth.
    Heating Duration
    ThermaCare: Up to 8 hours
    Salonpas: Up to 8 hours
    Bengay: Up to 8 hours
    Aspercreme: Up to 8 hours
    IcyHot: Up to 6 hours
    Mentholatum: Up to 8 hours

ThermaCare, Salonpas and Mentholatum offer the longest-lasting relief.
Size Range
Bengay, Aspercreme and Salonpas come in a variety of sizes for the lower back, knee, elbow and other body parts. ThermaCare offers full back-sized 14 x 21 cm patches.
Cost Analysis
Salonpas and ThermaCare provide the greatest value based on cost per hour of heat and patch size. Bengay and Aspercreme have the highest price points.

With performance, ingredient and cost comparisons, consumers can find the ideal heat patch brand for their pain relief needs.