Sleep Number Bed Review and i8 Bed Comparison Vs. The Air-Pedic 800

Learn more about the Sleep Number i8 bed in this in-depth review and how it compares to the Air-Pedic 800 bed in a brand vs. brand head to head comparison.

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4.7/5

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7.8
3.9/5

When you think of an air adjustable mattress the first company that might come to mind is Sleep Number. However, there are actually many other adjustable air mattresses to consider but in this comparison we will focus on Air-Pedic, by Selectabed and Sleep Number. Before we go into the these two popular brands, let’s talk a little about air beds in general.

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What is an Air Adjustable Mattress?

An air adjustable mattress typically will have air chambers that fill with air to provide support where you need it.  Some air beds have one chamber on each side and others have multiple to provide extra adjustability and support.  Most airbeds require electricity and have a remote or app on your phone where you can adjust the firmness. 

Air-Pedic Air Chambers

Is an Air Adjustable Mattress for you?

If you struggle with back pain or other aches that occur during the night, an air mattress will be a great choice for you.  Proper spine alignment is necessary when you are sleeping.  This can be achieved when you have the right sleep surface.  Also, if you and your partner prefer different firmness levels an airbed will be able to adjust to meet your needs.  Another reason to get an air mattress is if your body ever changes, your mattress can change with you.  This means if you gain or lose weight, or even if you are pregnant, you will need the ability to adjust the support as your body changes.

Another great example and benefit of adjusting the firmness is sleep recovery. If you work out or are sore from standing on your feet all day, sometimes you need a little extra support to help your muscles recover. The added adjustability does come with a higher price tag. Airbeds typically tend to run a little more than other traditional mattresses, so if you are on a budget, this might not be for you. That being said, we spend a third of our life sleeping and it might be worth the investment.                                                                                                   

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Our findings when comparing Sleep Number vs. Air-Pedic

 We found that Air-Pedic, which has 3 air chambers on each side, performed significantly better for providing support, especially in the lumbar region. With the right amount of air fill, we did find that the Sleep Number felt supportive when we first wrote our review, but after testing the Air-Pedic’s multi-zone system that controlled the mid-section air support separately from the shoulder and leg zones, we could really feel the difference. With Sleep Number, you get a single air chamber on each side, which we discovered would allow the air to get pushed to the head and foot of the bed, leaving the mid-section not as supported. It did not seem to be a problem when we had our air level at a much higher setting, but when we reduced the air level, it almost felt like you were sleeping in a hammock. That being said, Sleep Number does have additional features in their pump, such as sleep tracking and responsive air, which are nice added features. We found that with the optional patented Airflow Transfer System, Air-Pedic allowed the mattress to sleep cooler than Sleep Number. Those are just some of the differences that stood out to us. We will go through the pros and cons of each mattress so that you can make an informed decision on which style might fit your needs best.

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Air-Pedic’s 6 Chamber, Multi-Zone Lumbar Support System Below Prevents Mid-Section Sagging

Air-Pedic 800

SelectaBed compares their Air-Pedic 800 with Sleep Number’s i8, so with us actually being able to test both, we thought that we could deliver a quality comparison between these two models. We have been sleeping on the Air-Pedic 800 mattress for the last few weeks and it has truly been some of the best sleep we have ever had.  The additional adjustable lumbar air chamber really makes a difference in the level of support, for proper spinal alignment, as well as great pressure relief. One of the factors that stood out to us, is the fact that the Air-Pedic foam and covering materials are made here in the USA with naturally certified safe foam. This means that they do not use any dangerous chemical flame retardants, such as PBDE’s as well as ozone depleters, formaldehyde, phthalates, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We found that many of its competitors have a few of these great features, but Air-Pedic has it all. This includes dual side and separate lumbar adjustability, temperature balancing benefits with its Patented Airflow Transfer System, USA made high quality CertiPUR-US Certified foam, Urethane medical grade chambers and comes with a great warranty.

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9.4
4.7/5

To learn more about how we determine our ratings, click here.

Pros

  • Great for couples, because of adjustable firmness
  • Certified safe components by three companies (CertiPUR-US, GreenGuard and The Green Bear Mark of Excellence)
  • Breathable cooling benefits
  • Little to no motion transfer
  • Pressure relieving without losing support
  • Urethane chambers that are inherently mold and mildew resistant
  • Foam Made in the U.S.A.

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You might need additional time to find the right number firmness setting 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Is the Air-Pedic 800 the best choice for you?

The pump and remote are more simplistic compared to some other airbeds, but that could be good, especially for those who find new technology overwhelming. Their remote also has a memory button, so once you find your perfect setting, you can save it. Another great feature of the Air-Pedic, which makes it stand out, is their optional patented airflow transfer system. This is definitely worth the money because it provides extra cooling and breathability in the mattress foam layers. So if you sleep hot, this will be a great choice for you. We also found that SelectaBed (The maker of the Air-Pedic) is very accommodating, by offering customization to their beds. For example, if you don’t like the feel of the foam layers above the air chambers, they can send you different ones, to customize the feel of your bed. Another great feature of Air-Pedic is the use of medical grade urethane for their air chambers. Why is important? Traditional rubber can dry out overtime and cause cracks and fissures, much like an old rubber band. The medical grade urethane will help with the longevity of the mattress. Overall, this is a great mattress for all types of sleepers, and with all of the customization, adjustability, as well as natural materials, you are bound to find the perfect fit for you.

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Air-Pedic Uses Patented Airflow Transfer System Technology to make The mattress over 100 times more breathable

Sleep Number i8:

When you think of an air adjustable mattress the first company that probably comes to mind is Sleep Number. They have been around since the 1980’s, making them one of the oldest airbed manufacturers. If you’re thinking that you don’t remember Sleep Number in the 80’s, that’s probably because they were known as Select Comfort then. The i8 is part of Sleep Number’s innovation line. The innovation series has more comfort and pressure relief than the classic or performance series. In addition, the innovation series also has temperature balancing benefits added to the mattress covers, as well as to the foam beneath.

7.8
3.9/5

To learn more about how we determine our ratings, click here.

Pros

  • Dual adjustability 
  • Sleep tracking
  • Temperature balancing
 

Cons

  • Can have a hammock effect at times
  • Bluetooth connection can be faulty at times
  • Expensive
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Is the Sleep Number i8 the right choice for you?

The i8, along with all of the beds in Sleep Number’s current lineup are smart beds with one air chamber on each side. There are sensors inside of the bed that recognize your heart rate, your breathing rate, as well as how much you toss and turn during the night. This information will display for you on an app, via your iPhone, Android, tablet etc., which connects to your bed via Bluetooth. In the morning, you will get a report, or score, of how well your night went. That being said, we felt as though the sleep tracking wasn’t always accurate. There were nights we felt like we tossed and turned all night and our score would reveal something else. We also had issues with the pump staying connected to our Wi-Fi. So if you don’t have a strong Wi-Fi signal in your bedroom, you could have a problem with connectivity.

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In addition to the sleep tracking, the i8 also has responsive air technology. This helps to maintain your comfort and firmness setting, no matter if you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or if you change positions during the night. That being said, we noticed that the responsive air adjustments occurred approximately every thirty minutes. The pump does make some noise, so you can opt to turn off the responsive air if you are a light sleeper and don’t want to be woken in the night.

Sleep Number i8 Mattress Review comparison

The great thing about Sleep Number, is they offer airbeds for most budgets. Their C2 mattress, in a Queen, is just under $1000. So in case the i8 is a little over budget, you have other Sleep Number options. Overall, the i8 has some really cool technology, backed by a company that has been around since the 1980’s.

Sleep Number i8 vs Air-Pedic 800 at a glance:

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Final Thoughts:

We personally prefer an air adjustable mattress and love the ability to change our setting when we need it. Air-Pedic, with its 6 chamber, multi-zone support and patented airflow transfer system for maximum cooling benefits was the clear winner.  That being said every body type, sleep style and mattress preference is also unique, so we are hoping this comparison will give you the information you need to make the best choice for you.

For more great Air Adjustable Mattress options see how 4 top brands compared in a head to head comparison to see which one is right for you!

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  • Multi-zone lumbar support
  • Best luxury air bed
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As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in our reviews are our own. We may hold an affiliate relationship companies listed which means if you purchase a bed through the link above, ASL Reviews will receive a small percentage of that sale (at no cost to you). This helps us with the costs of website maintenance and video production. We thank you for your support!


14 thoughts on “Sleep Number Bed Review and i8 Bed Comparison Vs. The Air-Pedic 800

  1. What you leave out is that Sleep Number’s warranty is a total sca. They say it is for 25 years but what they don’t tell you is thay don’t send anyone out to fix a problem. They will replace a part when YOU figure out what is wrong. I know no one who can take off a mattress and even with phone help, figure out what is wrong. nIt never occured to me that their warranty did not include someone coming out to fix the problem. My top of the line mattrass has been losing air every night. When I called them and requested help, they informed me there was a video showing how to determine what was wrong. I find it really hporrible that no one tells you they don’t send out someone when something goes wrong. I highly recommend DO NOT BUT A SLEEP NUMBERF BED unless you want to fix your own problem. What a rip off!

  2. Our sleep # bed was very expensive, the worse bed we have ever slept on. Sorry we ever considered this bed. It is a King, mattress is only 5″ dummy us we did not know there were different sizes. I am ready for a new bed.

  3. 19 years ago my husband and I purchased a Sleep Number Bed. It was noisy to pump up so you couldn’t adjust it when the other person was asleep or it would awaken them. I found out many years later that was not normal. bout 5 years in, it started to sag in the middle. When we were near the local Sleep Number Store, we would stop in and ask them about it. Every time the answer we got was, “Do you have it pumped up to 100?” No! We don’t use it at 100! That is too hard. It didn’t matter what sales person we got, that was the answer. What was that going to solve is my question? We finally put a memory foam gel topper on it and then we put it at 100! That has worked until now and the gel topper is going bad so we are looking for a new mattress. I can tell you that we are not even considering a Sleep Number Bed since they ripped us off so badly on the first one and weren’t willing to help us. I have had a bad back for most of my life and need a bed to help me. My husband has had a bad back for about 10 years now. The bed didn’t help him and many days he got up super early because he couldn’t lie in bed any more because of the pain.

    1. Hi April, We previously had a sleep number and were all about it until we started our review company and realized there are much better choices out there. After sleeping on the Sleep Number, we also felt the hammock feeling. Our favorite mattress is the Airpedic. It is an airbed, however, it has the additional air chamber in the lumbar region that will prevent the middle from sagging. What I also love about Airpedic is they will work with you until you love your mattress. What that means is, if you feel the foam is too hard or soft, they will work with you to get you the perfect combination. Check out our review of the Airpedic and let me know if you have any other questions. https://aslreviews.com/air-pedic-mattress-review/

  4. 1. Have you reviewed any of the bases that go with these beds? Most companies will let you return a mattress, but not the base (which is still almost a 2K investment). 2. Which base/brand do you use for your Airpedic, and is it adjustable, independently (like the mattress)? My elderly parents need a base that allows their mattress to raise their head and feet. 3. Did you find the Airpedic mattress to be ‘cooler’ than the others? My Mom finds her current bed to be too hot. Thank you for your help. Loved your video, and I’m glad to have found this site!

    1. Hi Ingo,

      Thank you for your kind words! We are happy you found our site too! We are currently sleeping on the Airpedic and LOVE IT! It does sleep cooler than many of the other mattresses we have tested, including Sleep Number. I would suggest using their mattress protector. We were using the Sleep Number one and when we switched to Airpedic’s protector it had even more airflow. If you end up going with Airpedic make sure to use our coupon code “ASLKOOL” and you will get the protector for free.

      We have not tested out other adjustable frames yet. We are currently using the one Sleep Number sells, which I believe is Leggett & Platt, and frankly, I am not happy with it. We have a wireless remote, however, it loses connection all the time and I would not recommend this for someone who is older and doesn’t want to mess with wireless connections and rebooting. I would suggest giving Select a bed a call, who is the company that sells Airpedic and ask them to recommend an adjustable base. I have found their customer service to be exceptional. My mother recently purchased and Airpedic and is extremely happy. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. I stumbled upon their videos and we followed them then contacted customer service. they did send out the part and while inconvenient, we were able to install it. BUT, after a few weeks, one side of the bed – the side with the original problem, starting losing air completely within minutes. Down to zero. We saw that a part of the nozzle that should be permanently attached to the bed came out with the rest of the nozzle. After contacting customer services, they stated the part was 100% covered under the 25 year warranty, HOWEVER, the fee to have a technician come out and install it was $99! So, that was a surprise. Not something they stated in the store. I’ve read the entire warranty and it’s crap. I love our bed but hate their business.

  6. Worst bed ever! I was told I could try the bed out for 100 days! Well that was a lie. They charged me for everything under the sun until they owed me nothing.. they said sorry they lied basically. We never found a sleep number so be sure if you buy this! Worst bed ever!

  7. We purchased a Sleep Number king size bed 13 months ago. In the last two weeks one side of the bed has become non responsive and caused horrible nights sleep. The bed tries to load air and cannot and then sends an Oops message. Basically, I am sleeping on the base, but with my heat and feet up – it looks like a dent in the bed in the middle.
    We purchased this bed knowing it had a 25 year warranty and now, a year later, we not only have had restless nights, but when calling customer service they are no help. We were told we had to spend $200 for a tech to come out and decide the problem. Then we have to pay ANOTHER $200 for them to come back and fix the problem. So not only are we over $400 down, but have to waste two separate days off work because they don’t carry the parts with them. It’s one of two problems to fix these air chambers and they don’t carry any parts?!!? And we have to continue to sleep in discomfort or in the guest bedroom.
    I wrongly assumed this product is at a high level where, if a problem arose, they would be sending someone to fix the bed immediately – at no charge. Despite the amount of money you pay for these beds, that is not the case. My expectation was to have a bed that not only works, but if broken would be fixed at no extra cost. I am very unsatisfied with Sleep Number now and urge them to revise their customer service, warranty and product service.

    1. Wow Natasha, that is awful. Thank you for sharing your story and if you would like any recommendation for a bed in the future let us know. From our knowledge, both AirPedic and Rest have a more clear cut warranty.

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