Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask: Which One Should You Choose?
There are sleep masks designed for one thing alone: to block out light. And others have a dual purpose.
You might have heard of eye masks whose main function is to give the wearer cold therapy. Well, this article talks about our version, Manta COOL Mask. And compares it with an all-time customer favorite, the original Manta SLEEP Mask.
We understand decision-making can be a pain. That’s why we came up with this article on Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask. We’ll compare their features to help you choose what’s right for you.
But before anything, we’ll talk about the light-blocking function of a sleep mask. Then discuss what cooling eye masks do.
What is a sleep mask’s basic function?
A sleep mask’s main purpose is to keep out light so you enjoy a deeper, more restorative sleep. Light, whether it's from an artificial source or the full moon, can prevent you from getting good quality shut-eye.
And here’s why. It all has to do with your circadian rhythms or internal body clock. The absence of light tells your body it's time to wind down. (Meanwhile, light does the exact opposite.) Darkness also signals your brain to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone, which is responsible for regulating your sleep-wake cycle.
A good sleep mask prevents light from creeping in so you can fall asleep faster and wake up less during the night.
What are cooling eye masks used for?
If you have sinus problems or suffer from allergies, cold therapy is one way of getting relief. Eye masks work by providing targeted cooling to areas that need it most: your eyes and sinuses.
It also helps with migraines, depending on whether you respond more to cold instead of heat therapy.
Cold therapy works by calming eye swelling and itching associated with allergies. It also soothes inflammation that causes sinus pressure.
Given that it lessens swelling in the blood vessels around your eyes, a cooling eye mask refreshes the sensitive skin in that area. The result? You look more rested and alert.
Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask
To help you make the right choice, we’re going to compare the two masks based on these categories:
Light Blocking Function: Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask
Manta SLEEP Mask promises 100% blackout. It differs from the average sleep mask in that it has convex eye cups. These are made from soft, molded foam that conforms to your face. The adjustable head strap keeps the mask in place to keep light out.
On the other hand, Manta COOL Mask isn’t your average cooling mask because it also works to block out light. This is important for people with sinus issues who experience light sensitivity.
However, the eye cups for the Manta COOL were constructed primarily to give cooling relief and gentle compression — so it may not block 100% of light for everyone. But, wearers still benefit from its near-blackout design.
Conclusion: If your main goal in getting a sleep mask is to block out all light, then Manta SLEEP Mask is your best bet.
If you want a darker sleep environment and also have allergies and sinus issues, then go for Manta COOL Mask.
Cooling Function: Manta COOL Mask
Manta COOL Mask is the obvious winner here as Manta SLEEP Mask doesn’t have a cooling feature. But we want to give you a clear picture of how Manta COOL Mask does its thing compared to others out there.
The eye cups on this mask are what give your eyes and sinuses cold therapy. They’re made from comfy moisture-wicking fabric and attach to the head strap with Velcro.
Most other cooling eye masks use gel as a cooling agent. The eye cups of the Manta COOL Mask contain special beads specifically for better insulation and evenly distributed cooling. They stay colder 20% longer than other sleep masks.
Store them in the freezer or leave them in ice for an hour to achieve the maximum cooling effect.
Doctors recommend 10 minutes of cold therapy. And the eye cups of this sleep mask stay cool long enough to cover that period.
It's important to note that the eye cups of Manta COOL Mask cannot be heated. So, placing them in the microwave or any other heat source is out of the question.
Personal Fit: Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask
Both Manta SLEEP Mask and Manta COOL Mask have infinitely adjustable head straps and eye cups.
Both head straps have a similar design: cozy fabric and fasteners that won’t snag on your hair. Each can be adjusted to fit the unique size of your head and that includes the angle and fit of the head strap.
Both sleep masks feature eye cups that attach to the head strap with Velcro. You can position them on the head strap so they cover your eyes completely.
Conclusion: When it comes to giving a customized fit, both masks are winners.
Eye Pressure: Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask
Manta SLEEP Mask has convex eye cups that put space between them and your lashes and eyes so you feel zero eye pressure. The eye cups were made to stay on the whole night long.
On the other hand, the eye cups of the Manta COOL Mask have a circular indentation in their centers, which allows for eye pressure-free compression for allergy and sinus symptom relief. (They’re also in a refreshing blue!)
Conclusion: If you can’t stand even the slightest hint of direct pressure on your eyes, then Manta SLEEP Mask is a better choice. You’ll still feel pressure in the area around your eyes with Manta COOL Mask. But bear in mind that’s because it’s built to soothe via therapeutic compression.
If you’re looking to wear a sleep mask the entire night then choose Manta SLEEP Mask. The Manta COOL is more suited to quick naps during cold therapy sessions.
Durability and Comfort: Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask
With proper care, any Manta Sleep mask can last for years.
We mentioned earlier that the head straps of both sleep masks have a similar design, including soft and comfy fabric. Each features triple-enforced elastic so the head straps retain their elasticity way longer than your average sleep mask.
The eye cups of the Manta SLEEP Mask are made from soft tapered foam and encased in breathable fabric.
It's worth noting that this mask is machine-washable and even comes with its mesh wash bag and one pair of Manta Ear Plugs.
On the other hand, the eye cups of Manta COOL Mask are also made from soft and comfy fabric. They’re made from moisture-wicking material and dry faster–and that goes for moisture from ice or sweat.
Note that Manta COOL Mask’s eye cups are handwash only. Lay them flat to air dry. Cleaning it in the washing machine may damage the cooling beads inside the eye cups. Spot cleaning them with a damp cloth dipped in cold water works, too.
As for the head strap, you can machine wash it cold, separately. Make sure to pop it into a mesh/laundry bag before washing.
Conclusion: If we’re talking comfy fabric and durability, then it's a tie. But when it comes to the care instructions, Manta COOL Mask takes a bit more effort as the eye cups are handwash cold only.
Ready to choose?
If you suffer from allergies and sinus pain, then the obvious winner is Manta COOL Mask. Yes, it is the choice with a dual function. But understand that the main one is to satisfy your need for comfortable cold therapy.
Looking for a comfortable and durable 100% blackout eye mask? Or can’t stand anything pressing on your eyes and lashes? Then Manta SLEEP Mask is calling your name.
A practical way of deciding Manta SLEEP Mask vs. Manta COOL Mask is basing it on function. Hint: do you really need a cooling eye mask? Can’t make up your mind (or you think you’d benefit from both masks)? We recommend buying the Manta SLEEP Mask and getting a separate set of COOL eye cups (to pair with it when needed).
Either way, we’re confident that there is no wrong choice. Because every Manta Sleep Mask was designed to give you the better sleep you crave.
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