Eight Sleep Review: Inside The Pod 2
Are you tired of tossing and turning in bed, either too hot or too cold to fall asleep and stay asleep? It’s frustrating, right? I’ve been there too, and it seemed like a never-ending battle until I discovered Eight Sleep, a revolutionary sleep solution that’s helped me fall asleep faster and experience some of the best sleep of my life.
So, what makes Eight Sleep so remarkable? With its innovative dual-zone climate control, sleep tracking, and smart home integration, this revolutionary mattress is like having a personal sleep coach. Studies show it can lead to 34% deeper sleep, 32% improved sleep quality, and 19% better recovery.
Discover the ultimate sleep revolution with our two-part Eight Sleep review! First, we’ll explore the wonders of the Eight Sleep Pod Cover – a standalone marvel compatible with most mattresses. Next, we’ll cover the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress details, from construction to performance, helping you decide if it’s right for you!
The Eight Sleep Pod Mattress is a bedroom must-have! Its innovative heating and cooling system ensures year-round comfort, making it the perfect choice for both hot and cold sleepers. And it doesn’t stop there; Eight Sleep also offers sleep tracking for improved health monitoring. This one-of-a-kind sleep system is guaranteed to improve your sleep quality.
Who It’s Ideal For –
- Dual-zone cooling & heating allows you to customize your sleep temperature.
- Individual sleep tracking on either side of the bed allows partners to customize the sleep temperature independently on their side of the bed.
- GentleRise Alarm Clock – choose to gently wake up to heat or coolness, vibrations, or both.
- Sleep Tracking provides key metrics for monitoring your health. Connect 3rd party fitness trackers for an even deeper look into your health and fitness.
- Nice balance between comfort and support, ideal for side and back sleepers.
What It’s Not Ideal For –
- Limited bed size selection. Eight Sleep is not available in a Twin or Twin XL.
- It’s expensive. That being said, Eight Sleep is packed with smart technology that is worth the cost of the mattress; however, it may be cost-prohibitive to some.
- Eight Sleep does require some maintenance. Approximately every 2 months, you’ll be reminded to refill the water tank and reprime.
- Some features are only available through a subscription service.
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Eight Sleep Pod Cover Review
The Eight Sleep Pod Cover is a game-changer with its dual-zone temperature regulation. Each side of the cover can be independently heated or cooled, allowing users to find their perfect sleep temperature ranging from 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit using the smart app.
And the magic doesn’t stop there – the cover utilizes seamless sensing technology alongside Intelligent SmartTemp™ AI to continuously adjust the temperature throughout the night, ensuring an ideal sleep environment.
This cutting-edge sensing technology incorporates piezo films, ballistocardiography, and temperature sensors to monitor the bed and room temperature. Remarkably, this 0.01-inch thick layer can even detect your heartbeat and breathing patterns, providing valuable sleep tracking information. It’s like having a personalized sleep coach leading you toward a night of peaceful and refreshing sleep.
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Eight Sleep Smart App
Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the Eight Sleep Smart App! Available for both iOS and Android users, this app empowers you to take charge of your sleep destiny. After setting up your account and assigning your side of the bed, you’ll be ready to dive into the excitement.
Through the app, you can monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures and keep an eye on the relative humidity, ensuring your sleep environment is just right. The best part? You can create a sleep schedule tailored to your preferences, synced with your preferred temperature. The schedule is thoughtfully divided into four phases: bedtime, initial, final, and wake-up – allowing you to customize every stage of your sleep.
Wake Up With GentleRise Technology
The GentleRise™ Wake Up Technology is a must-have for anyone who struggles with their morning wake-up routine. When selecting your desired wake-up time, you can choose between a thermal alarm clock, vibration, or a combination of both. Choosing the thermal alarm will gradually change the temperature 30 minutes before your wake-up time. Additionally, if you and your partner have different wake-up times, you don’t have to worry about disturbing each other. The Eight Sleep targets only your side of the bed, allowing your partner to sleep undisturbed.
Thermal Setting – is great for those who want to gently rise from sleep naturally. In this mode, you can adjust the temperature to a warmer setting that heats your body up and lets you know it is time to begin your day!
Vibration Setting – As its name suggests, this mode uses vibrations to wake you from sleep. This is similar to the feel of your phone buzzing when in vibration mode. You can adjust the vibrations from 1 to 10 depending on how strong you want the vibrations to be.
Sleep tracking is a breeze with the app, providing valuable insights into the time to fall asleep, time spent in each sleep stage, and even the number of tosses and turns throughout the night.
The app also tracks key health metrics, including sleeping heart rate, heart rate variability, and sleeping respiratory heart rate, offering a 99% accuracy level compared to ECG HR monitors. Tracking this information can provide indications about your overall health. Eight Sleep includes links to content explaining these metrics, allowing you to be more informed about your sleep health and patterns. Plus, the app provides users with meditation, breathing, and stretching guides, as well as sounds to fall asleep to. Overall, the app is clean, straightforward, and easy to use!
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Smart Home Integration
And let’s not forget the smart home integration! The Eight Sleep Pod Cover seamlessly connects with Alexa, allowing you to control your sleep environment with simple voice commands. Ask her things like “Alexa, how did I sleep last night” or “Alexa, warm up my bed” and more.
Additionally, Eight Sleep supports the IFTTT app and IFTTT-supported devices, including Nest, Amazon Echo (Alexa Voice), Ecobee, WeMo coffeemaker, and Philips Hue, making it a breeze to integrate with various smart devices for added convenience. This opens up some cool options! Like my favorite, having your coffee brewed fresh and ready when you wake up 🙂
Optional Eight Sleep Membership
Every Pod comes with a free standard 8+ membership. This includes lifetime access to the following:
- Manual Heating and Cooling
- Scheduled Heating and Cooling
- Advanced Sleep and Health Tracking
- GentleRise Alarm Clock
Eight Sleep now offers the 8+ Pro, an optional subscription that costs an additional $15 monthly and is billed annually. The 8+ Pro membership gives customers access to more advanced smart technology, such as:
- Temperature AutoPilot – Eight Sleep learns your sleep patterns and automatically adjusts your sleep temperature, keeping you in a deep sleep.
- Digital Coaching & Data Insights – Eight Sleep tracks your sleep and notifies you when anything changes or seems abnormal, providing greater insight into your health.
- Sleep Content – includes guided breathing and meditation, yoga and stretching, and soothing sleep sounds.
I must admit; I am quite disappointed to see certain features hidden behind a subscription paywall. After all, the cover and mattress themselves are already significant investments. However, I can’t imagine sleeping without the Eight Sleep Pod Cover. It has significantly improved my sleep quality and wake-up routine, making it a worthwhile investment despite the subscription aspect. Quality sleep is priceless, and the cover’s benefits are undeniable.
Eight Sleep Pod Mattress Review: Firmness & Feel
The Eight Sleep Pod Mattress has a medium feel designed to provide universal comfort no matter your sleep position. The polyfoam comfort layers offer gentle contouring and pressure relief, cradling sensitive pressure points. While the high-density support core promotes spinal alignment, preventing sleepers from sinking too deeply into the mattress. This makes it a versatile option for most sleep positions and body types.
The Eight Sleep Pod Mattress offers nice pressure relief, ideal for most side sleepers. Whether you’re a strict side sleeper or a combination/side sleeper, the Pod mattress provides gentle cushioning for the hips and shoulders, relieving aches and pain and eliminating pins and needles.
The balanced feel of the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress also makes it a good fit for back sleepers. Regardless of weight, back sleepers should get on quite well with this mattress.
Lightweight stomach sleepers may find the Pod Mattress to be a decent fit. However, stomach sleepers weighing more than 130 lbs may experience some sagging through the midsection, leading to lower back pain over time. We’d recommend a firmer mattress for individuals who spend most of the night on their stomachs. However, if you’re intrigued by the temperature-regulating wonders of Eight Sleep, fear not! You can still enjoy the magic of the Pod Cover separately, reaping all the benefits without compromising on your preferred firmness level.
Eight Sleep Review: Pod Mattress Performance
Is the Pod Mattress the Best Mattress For Cooling?
Without a doubt, yes!
If you are a hot sleeper, this is the mattress for you. While many mattresses claim to help regulate temperature, no other mattress we have reviewed competes with the cooling technology found in the Pod Mattress. Conversely, the same can be said for warming. Overall, the Eight Sleep Pod is the best mattress for cooling.
All-foam mattresses are known for their excellent ability to isolate motion, creating fewer sleep disturbances and less noise than alternative mattress types.
That being said, we did experience more motion transfer than usual when changing positions and a tendency to roll into the center of the bed when sleeping with a partner. This might not be ideal for light sleepers, who are easily prone to sleep disturbances. Still, the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress offers an almost noiseless sleep experience and average motion isolation.
Good edge support allows sleepers to utilize a larger portion of the surface area without feeling like they might tumble out of bed. All-foam mattresses tend to sag or compress along the edges.
Unfortunately, this was true with the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress. We could feel deep compression while sitting on the edge of the mattress. This may make it difficult to get into and out of bed, especially for seniors and individuals with injuries or disabilities who rely on good edge support.
Additionally, we did experience compression when lying near the edges of the bed. For couples sharing a Full or Queen size mattress, this could make the bed feel smaller, as this can affect the usable surface space of the mattress.
Ease Of Movement
Ease of movement is particularly important for combination sleepers who change positions frequently throughout the night. Beds with poor ease of movement make it difficult to move about undisturbed. In contrast, beds with good ease of movement allow sleepers to transition from one position to the next easily.
The Eight Sleep Pod Mattress offers deep contouring and sinkage, which, while great for pressure relief, makes moving around difficult. This was especially true the closer we were to the edge of the bed. Unfortunately, if you are a combination sleeper, you might feel stuck in the mud when changing positions.
New mattresses emit an odor when being unpackaged. This odor, which has a chemical smell, is known as off-gassing. While off-gassing is common, some mattresses off-gas worse than others.
We did experience some off-gassing when unboxing the Eight Sleep Pod. Still, it was minor, and it dissipated rather quickly. Eight Sleep beds are made with CertiPUR-US certified foams. Mattresses with this certification must meet rigorous standards for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. Rest easy knowing your Eight Sleep mattress has been made without ozone depletors, PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants, mercury, lead, or other heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates.
Eight Sleep Purchase Details
Eight Sleep offers a 100-night sleep trial on all their mattresses. Your trial starts on your delivery date. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase during this time, contact Eight Sleep before the deadline for a full refund. Eight Sleep will work with you to recycle or dispose of the mattress.
Eight Sleep offers a 10-year warranty on the foam mattress and a 2-year warranty on the technology bundle. The warranty is only valid for the original purchaser.
Shipping & Delivery
Eight Sleep offers free shipping to the contiguous US, Canada, the UK, parts of the EU, and Australia. Note that some purchase details may vary by location. The Pod Mattress is currently only available in the US, while the Pod Cover ships internationally.
The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep does come with a higher-than-normal price tag. But considering that the Pod Pro is packed with smart technology, sleep tracking, and health monitoring, it certainly warrants the cost.
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Eight Sleep: Compatible Bed Frames
Pair your new Eight Sleep mattress with the Eight Sleep Foundation, or pair it with any flat, supportive surface such as a platform, box spring, or slatted frame. Unfortunately, due to Eight Sleep’s unique water-cooling grid, an adjustable base is not recommended.
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Is Eight Sleep Worth The Cost?
Absolutely! If you’re tired of restless nights due to fluctuating temperatures, the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress is a game-changer, ensuring your ideal sleep environment no matter the circumstances. While the Pod Mattress suits side and back sleepers with its medium feel, stomach sleepers might find a firmer mattress more suitable. Thankfully, the Eight Sleep Pod Cover can be purchased separately and is compatible with most mattress sizes, making it a versatile and customizable solution for all sleepers.
Its smart technology, available in both the mattress and cover, truly sets Eight Sleep apart, offering superior cooling and heating year-round. The sleep tracking feature provides valuable health insights, and the GentleRise alarm clock ensures a peaceful wake-up, setting the tone for a great day ahead.
Though certain features are behind a subscription paywall, the undeniable benefits of the Eight Sleep Pod Cover make it a worthwhile investment. Its remarkable cooling technology elevates the sleep experience, making it a must-have for hot sleepers.
In the end, the choice is yours. But if you value optimal sleep comfort and cutting-edge technology, Eight Sleep is the way to go!