Thinking of buying a new bed? Read our Sleep Number bed and mattress reviews for a smart buying decision. You most likely know Sleep Number from the many ads and stores across America. Sleep Number is a good bed and could be a good choice for some. Check out our unbiased Sleep Number Mattress review to see if it will be a good choice for you.
Foam and Air Construction
- Top Cover: A streachy soft cover that has outlast technology. This makes the cover cool to the touch.
- 6″ Proprietary Foam: It is a comfort foam, and is coupled with a cooling gel layer that provides cooling relief and temperature balance.
- Air chambers: There is 1 air chamber on each side of the bed. This is good for being able to independentaly adjust each sides firmness level. We have found after researching other mattresses, that having more than one chamber on each side is the best for support. Only 1 chamber can sometimes create a hammock effect. See our air bed comparison video for more details.
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. The classic line (c2 & c4) will have the least amount of foam, and the performance line (p5 & p6) will offer more of a plush feel than the classic series. The i8 has an inch less of comfort foam than the i10 model, but don’t let that fool you, it is a very soft bed, with just the right amount of support. You can also adjust your sleep number setting, which controls how firm or soft the air bladders are underneath the foam. The Sleep Number i8 360 smart bed has a unique balance of contouring pressure relief, with adjustablity.
The i8, along with all of the beds in Sleep Number’s current line up are smart beds. What does this mean? There are sensors inside 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. We found that the connection would often be faulty. Keep in mind if you don’t have a strong internet connection in your bedroom you might have some issues. If you want all of the technology without the connection issues check out our review of the ReST bed.
The Sleep Number technology works by giving you a report, or score, of how well your night went. We did find that this technology was not consistant. We would often toss and turn many times throughout the night and it would show as if we hadnt moved. Sleep Number claims this technology will adjust to maintain your comfort and pressure relief, no matter if you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or if you change positions during the night, however, we are not convinced it does.
We found that the motion transfer was just ok with the Sleep Number i8. We did feel a little bit of movement especially becuase there is only one chamber on each side.
The edge support is not as bad as some of the other memory foam mattresses we have tested. When we sat on the edge of the bed we noticed it does not have additional support like some other mattresses on the market today.
Sleep Number in general is very expensive for the mattress industry. The i8 Queen is around $3299 depending on the sale they are running at the time. That being said, you are paying for the technology they offer and the ability to try it in a brick and mortar store.
- Temperature balancing
- Dual adjustability
- Responsive air technology
- Sleep IQ technology
- Bluetooth connectivity can be faulty at times unless you have a strong signal in your bedroom.
- Lack of support in the lumbar region giving a hammock effect
- The pump is noisy