Best cooling pads for MacBook Pro in 2024

Even though the latest best MacBooks don't run particularly hot, it's always a good idea to increase your cooling to prevent overheating. A cooler is particularly good if you're going to be doing heavier workloads with your MacBook, which might bring your laptop temperatures. Whether you've got a 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max or a 13-inch MacBook Air, one of the best cooling pads for MacBooks could well be one of the best purchases you make for your MacBook.

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Which of the best cooling pads for MacBook Pros should I get?

The Thermaltake Massive TM is easily the best cooling pad for MacBook Pro with all of its convenient features. If you're in the market for one, the Massive TM should be your first consideration since it's effective, ergonomic, quiet, and does its job well. It's not the cheapest, but it is the best of the bunch.

The Targus Portable Chill Lap Mat is slim and easy to take along for those who need a lighter, more portable option. It's also widely available in several big retail stores. Pay attention to the size formats of each of these cooling pads, so you get the one that perfectly fits your MacBook.

If you're not a laptop user and you favor a Mac mini, there are specialist cooling pads for Mac minis available too.

Why should I get a cooling pad?

You don't need a cooling pad to run your laptop's basic functions, but if you're using programs that take a lot of processing power, or using your laptop for a very long period of time, the machine can heat up. Not only is that bad for your legs if it's resting on your lap, but it can also be bad for the machine, as it's not designed to withstand excessive heat. 

The best cooling pads for your MacBook Pro with M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, or any older model can help you keep your expensive laptop's processor cool using multiple fans. This allows the processor to continue working without the stress of overheating, increasing the laptop's performance.  

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.