Sleep Number C4 Review

Sleep Number’s C4 Classic Series mattress is one of the most standard Sleep Number models but comes with a comfort layer and contoured support not found in the C2. The C4 could be a good fit for those (mostly couples) ready to take a dive into a Sleep Number bed without completely breaking the bank 

Construction Overview

The C4 mattress is 10 inches thick (measured from the base to the top of the mattress)
and made with a soft and breathable polyester/polypropelene knit blend.

Inside the mattress, there will be 1 or 2 air chambers, depending on the size of your mattress. Sleep Number calls this “DualAir™ adjustability” and it allows you to adjust firmness and support on each side of the bed to your Sleep Number setting.

The hoses to pump air into the chamber are 4ft in length.

The C4 model comes with a 1.5 inch “Comfort layer” of polyurethane foam that features 3 zones of comfort. Sleep Number says the zones are intended to relieve pressure and contour to your head and neck, back and hips.

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The top of the mattress has the ability to be zipped on/off and features 2 inches of quilting foam.

It is not recommended that you remove or wash any part of your mattress but if you need to spot clean, customer service reps suggest that you use a mild detergent (Dreft, Ivory Snow or Woolite) and sparkling water. Lay the cover flat to air-dry.

To sum up, the C4 features: 1 (or 2) air chambers, 1.5 inches of polyurethane foam featuring three zones of contouring support and 2 inches of quilting foam on the top zip-off layer of the mattress.

For an additional cost, you can add the FlexFit Adjustable Base, which lets you raise and adjust the foot and the head of the bed. You can also add on SleepIQ Tech (the Sleep Number app).

Firmness Level

Firmness is an interesting topic with Sleep Number beds. In theory, your Sleep Number will determine how firm your bed is because your number determines how much air fills the air chambers in your mattress.

That being said, the fewer layers between the air chamber(s) and the top of your mattress, the firmer your bed will be because there is less cushion.

Similar to the C2 model (which has no additional comfort layers) the C4 will also be a firmer Sleep Number mattress because it has fewer layers than other (more expensive) Sleep Number models.

You Might Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Like Sleep Number beds: While it is not the least expensive model, those who want a Sleep Number bed and three zones of contouring support, the C4 Classic Series Adjustable mattress could be a good option for $1,599 for a Queen.
  • You Sleep With A Partner: Sleep Number beds are very popular with couples because they allow each person to adjust their side of the bed to their comfort level. If you opt for the FlexFit adjustable base you can also move the head and foot of the bed.
  • You Like A Firm Mattress: The C4 Classic Series model has two foam layers – 2 inches of quilting foam on the top and 1.5 inches of foam between the top layer and the air chambers. This somewhat minimal cushioning will naturally produce a firmer mattress than other Sleep Number models that have more layers of foam in them.

You Might Not Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Like Foam Mattresses: Sleep Number mattresses are all about using an air chamber built into the mattress that can be used to adjust the firmness, support and comfort levels of the bed. It is less likely that you will “sink” into the bed like you would with memory foam or latex mattress.
  • You Want To Keep It Simple: Technically, you can use your own box spring underneath a Sleep Number mattress, however, customer service reps told me they recommend you purchase something called a “Bunky Board.” According to Sleep Number customer service, this board is a thin upholstered layer that can be placed between the mattress and your base. Note: Sleep Number does not sell Bunky Boards but they can be purchased online at various retailers.
  • You Are A Heavier Person: Sleep Number mattresses can hold a weight of up to 400lbs per side. A Sleep Number model with more layers and more cushioning may be a better fit for heavier individuals. However, some customers have added mattress toppers to the more standard models, which could be a good (but potentially expensive) workaround.

Most Common Pieces Of Praise

  • Reviewers love that you can easily adjust the level of support with your remote. Several reviewers spoke about aches and not knowing what was wrong until they tried different firmness levels and found their ideal Sleep Number.
  • Couples loved that they could customize their half of the bed to whatever firmness they desired. Especially for couples who has one partner who likes firm beds and another who likes softer, this seems to be a big selling point.

  • Customers who are dealing with physical injuries like the FlexFit Adjustable Base option with the mattress because it allows them to be propped up or to elevate their legs and feet as desired.

Most Common Complaints

  • The beds can be high maintenance. If something goes wrong or needs repairs it seems like a hassle to go through their customer service system and send out a technician, often for an additional fee despite the 25 year warranty.
  • In C4 models with dual air chambers, some reviewers found that the middle of the bed (the space in between the air chambers) started sagging after a few years of wear.
  • Customers found the C4 model to be overpriced for the quality of the mattress.

  • Some customers were just underwhelmed. They may have set high expectations for the quality of sleep they would get and weren’t able to achieve it, but either way, it just didn’t add up for them.

Why Would Someone Pick This Model Over The Other Sleep Number Mattresses?

Sleep Number mattresses can get expensive, nearly $5,000 for a Queen, which makes the C4 much more realistic at a base price point of $1,5999.

Those who are set on purchasing a Sleep Number bed may choose the C4 over the more affordable C2 because they want a slightly thicker mattress and an additional layer of comfort foam, which the C2 does not offer.

This extra layer of comfort foam (polyurethane) is said to have 3 zones for contouring support – so individuals who want all the benefits of a Sleep Number plus extra support for the head and neck, back and hips may like the C4.

Overall

The C4 model could be a great fit for a couple (or individual) who wants to customize their sleep experience and need only a little bit of cushion. Just a step above the base model, the C4 offers an extra layer of added comfort with a 1.5 inch foam layer and three zones of support for your head and neck, back and hips. With some mixed reviews, your best bet may be to utilize the trial period and decide if the mattress firmness and construction quality make it worth the $1,599 price tag (for a Queen).

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Bear Pillow Review

At first glance, Bear’s pillow looks like something from the future. With its mesh side panels, sleek design and “Double Ice” fabric that’s cool to the touch, the pillow may just be ahead of its time. For those who love memory foam or hybrid foam pillows, this one might be worth the price. Read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • Made with Double Ice Fabric: a special removable fabric that stays cool to the touch throughout the night
  • Core is made with LOFT-X FOAM: a hybrid foam that combines memory foam and latex foam to offer contouring to your spine and neck (100% polyurethane)
  • Dual mesh side panels for continuous airflow throughout your sleep
  • Removable cover is machine washable and dryer friendly
  • Hypoallergenic and antimicrobial protection
  • Free Shipping & 2 Year Warranty
  • $95 per pillow (One Size)

Bear Pillow ReviewPros

  • Removable and washable cover
  • Smart looking shape and design
  • Cover fabric is soft and cool to the touch
  • Hybrid memory foam is firm

Cons

  • Slick, slippery cover material moves pillow around in bed
  • Some types of pillow cases may slip off of cover (I used bamboo sheets)
  • Minimal loft – some may want an additional pillow
  • Expensive

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Pillow Construction

Bear Pillow (made by Bear Mattress) is made up of a few notable layers. The core is a foam that Bear calls LOFT-X FOAM. Through a chat with customer service folks at Bear, I learned that LOFT-X FOAM material is a hybrid of memory foam and latex foam (either way it’s 100% polyurethane according to the tag inside the cover).

You will see from the photos that it’s basically a solid block of foam with holes punched into it – I assume to make it feel a little more lightweight and to help with breathability. The foam is covered with a thin cover of cotton that isn’t removable.

Bear Pillow ReviewThe removable cover is a uniquely textured material that is 40% “cool yarn” and 60% polyester (according to the tag.) Bear calls this “Double Ice Fabric.” But it really is cool to the touch, it’s also got a very satin-like feel.

The sides of the cover are blue mesh paneling, designed to help with breathability as well.

My Experience

I want to preface the review by saying that I typically sleep on two pillows at night – one firmer pillow at the bottom and a softer, downier pillow on top. I am always in the market for a pillow that will be thick, yet soft enough to be the only one I need.

I slept on the Bear Pillow every night for a week and wrote down different observations on different nights. My thoughts are below:

  • The pillow really is cool to the touch. I woke up during the night to get a glass of water and when I came back to lay down I was so surprised to feel how cool the fabric was.
  • The pillow is slippery. The “Double Ice” material is made from 40% “cool yarn” and 60% polyester. While it has an interesting feel to it, it slides around the bed easily.
  • The slippery fabric also makes it difficult to keep a pillowcase on it. You do not have to use it with a pillowcase but I preferred it. On multiple nights during my review, my bamboo sheet pillowcase would come halfway, if not more, off of the pillow.

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  • The textured fabric of the cover gives it a futuristic look but you can feel the ridges and bumps from the design under thin sheets (like bamboo bed sheets which are known to be lightweight).
  • The removable cover is easy to take off and wash/dry which I really like because it helps me feel like I’m keeping my pillow clean (in addition to just washing the pillow case).
  • The pillow is the most comfortable for back sleepers. On your back, you can’t feel the texture of the cover as clearly and it provides a good firmness.
  • While the pillow is firm enough for me, the profile was too low for me. I like to be propped up a little bit and I wanted to put another pillow underneath the Bear Pillow.

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Complaints

Overall people seem to like this pillow. What type of pillow(s) you sleep with can be such a personal decision.

I personally felt that the pillow profile was too low- I would use another pillow underneath this one to angle myself and feel more propped up. However, another reviewer felt the pillow was too high.

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My Recommendation

I think this pillow is ideal for back sleepers and those who don’t mind texture to their pillow cover (although you can add an additional pillowcase over the pillow if you want).

Those who sleep hot will enjoy the Double Ice fabric that keeps the pillow cool to the touch.

Those who like memory foam or hybrid foam pillows will like the firmness of this pillow.

Bear Pillow Review

If you’re willing to spend a little more in order to have a high-quality pillow that keeps your back, neck and head cool and supported during the night, Bear Pillow could be a great option.

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Sleep Number C2 Review

Sleep Number’s C2 Classic Series model is the most basic and standard of Sleep Number mattresses. It does not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but that’s not always a bad thing. This mattress seems to be a hit with budget-friendly folks, mostly couples, who want the Sleep Number experience.

Construction Overview

The C2 mattress is 8 inches thick (measured from the base to the top of the mattress)
and made with Rayon/polypropelene fabric blend.

Inside the mattress, you will find one or two air chambers, depending on the size of your mattress. Sleep Number calls this “DualAir™ adjustability” and it allows you to adjust firmness and support on each side of the bed to your Sleep Number setting.

The hoses to pump air into the chamber are 4ft in length.

The C2 model does not have any foam layers inside the mattress but it does have a 2 inch “hypersoft” quilting foam layer woven into the zip-off mattress top.

While the top of the mattress has the ability to be zipped on/off, it is not recommended that you remove or wash any part of your mattress.

Overall, the C2 model is made up of a soft zip-off top layer that has 2 inches of quilting foam and then the adjustable air chamber(s) below.

Firmness Level

Your unique Sleep Number number will dictate how firm your mattress is. However, a specialist online told me that the C2 model will be one of the firmer mattresses they offer.

This is most likely because there is no foam inside the mattress. There is a 2-inch layer of foam on the zip-off top of the mattress and nowhere else.

This means that the majority of the firmness will come from the air chamber with a small foam layer on the top, not the air chamber and additional layers like other models.

You Might Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Like Sleep Number Beds: If you love Sleep Number but are on a budget, the C2 Classic Series Adjustable mattress may be your best bet at $899 for a Queen. While some reviewers felt this mattress was too firm, others added 3-inch mattress toppers and thought it was perfect.
  • You Sleep With A Partner: Sleep Number makes something called a FlexFit Adjustable Base. Basically, you can raise the head and/or foot of the bed and in some mattresses, can raise just your side of the bed and leave the other flat (or whatever your partner chooses). FlexFit is not included in the base price of the C2 but is an option you can choose to include (you can also choose to add their Partner Snore technology to FlexFit as well).
  • You Are A Back Sleeper: The C2 Classic Series model is very standard and comes with two essential layers – the air chamber and the 2-inch foam zip-off mattress top. With only 8-inches of depth to work with this mattress doesn’t have a lot of cushioning and will most likely be on the firmer side than other models. Many reviewers who liked firm mattresses and slept on their backs liked the feel of the C2.

You Might Not Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Prefer Memory Foam Mattresses: Sleep Number mattresses are all about using an air chamber built into the mattress that can be used to adjust the firmness, support and comfort levels of the bed. It is less likely that you will “sink” into the bed like you would with a memory foam mattress.
  • You Want To Keep It Simple: With Sleep Number mattresses, it is essential that you find your unique Sleep Number and set the bed accordingly to get the maximum comfort out of your mattress. There are several ways to identify your sleep number from home using the remote attached to your bed. This could end up being confusing and/or annoying for some who are unable to find the perfect balance.
  • You Are A Heavier Person: the C2 model in the Classic Series of Sleep Number mattresses does not have any additional foam layers inside the mattress. The only foam can be found on the top zip-off portion of the mattress (2-inches thick). While the mattress can support individuals up to 400 pounds, some 300-pound reviewers said they were uncomfortable on the mattress because of the lack of cushioning available. Some chose additional mattress toppers which could be a good (but potentially expensive) workaround.
  • You Are A Side Sleeper: Some customers found that the lack of cushion and support in the mattress top made their hips hurt when they slept on their sides. Despite being able to adjust the firmness of your mattress through the air chamber, those with wider hips who like to sleep on their sides may prefer another model that provides additional layers of foam inside the mattress.

Most Common Pieces Of Praise

  • Reviewers love that it is adjustable on the fly. You can change the firmness easily with the remote. You can also adjust the angle of the top and bottom if you purchase the FlexFit Adjustable Base.
  • The C2 model requires no mattress rotation at all because it does not have a layer of foam inside the mattress like the other models.
  • Not sure if this is praise exactly, but many (many) reviewers added a mattress topper of their choosing to this mattress and loved the results.
  • Couples loved that they could customize their half of the bed to whatever firmness they desired. Especially for couples who has one partner who likes firm beds and another who likes softer, this seems to be a big selling point.

Most Common Complaints

  • The beds can be high maintenance. If something goes wrong or needs repairs it seems like a hassle to go through their customer service system and send out a technician, often for an additional fee despite the 25-year service warranty.
  • The mattress requires a full, flat surface underneath to provide the right support. You may have to purchase a new base for the Sleep Number mattress if your current box spring isn’t flat enough. The C2 models do not come standard with a base pad but can be purchased at an additional price.
  • In C2 models with dual air chambers, some reviewers found that the middle of the bed (the space in between the air chambers) started sagging after a few years of wear.
  • Side sleepers, particularly those with larger hips, found the mattress to be uncomfortable when they slept on their sides. The 2-inch layer of foam in the top portion of the mattress did not seem to be enough

Why Would Someone Pick This Model Over The Other Sleep Number Mattresses?

The C2 model is the most basic Sleep Number mattress offered. It is also the least expensive. If someone was looking for a Sleep Number bed but did not want to break the bank then this could be a good option.

Every other Sleep Number bed offers a layer of foam inside the mattress. The C2 simply provides 2-inches of foam to the top portion of the zip-off mattress. Many people felt that they saved money by purchasing this model and providing their own 2 or 3-inch mattress topper.

Overall

This model can be great for an individual – or couple – who want the benefits of an adjustable Sleep Number bed but don’t want to spend over $1,000 on a mattress. Because it is the simplest model it has the least cushioning and can be too firm for those who sleep on their sides (despite the adjustable air chamber). Purchasing your own mattress topper and adding it to the mattress seemed to be a very popular idea and made many reviewers very happy overall.

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Mattress Protector: Slumber Cloud Dry Line VS. Bear

Slumber Cloud Dry Line and Bear mattress protectors are designed to keep you comfortable while you sleep – and stay asleep – with their unique temperature-regulating technologies. We put together a side-by-side comparison to determine which one is the best for you. Read on for the full review.

Slumber Cloud Dry Line Mattress Protector Review

Slumber Cloud Dry Line Mattress Protector

Key Similarities

  • Fitted sheet style (protection on five sides)
  • Designed to create a cool and comfortable environment
  • Good for regulating body temperature
  • Waterproof surface
  • Hypoallergenic and dust mite protection
  • Machine washable, tumble low dry heat (or line dry); do not bleach, iron or dry clean
  • Cost more than $100 for a Queen size
  • Available in standard sizes – Twin, Twin XL – Cal King
  • Good customer service

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Key Differences

Slumber Cloud Dry Line…

  • Can fit mattresses up to 16 inches thick
  • Utilizes Outlast® technology* to manage temperature swings throughout the night
  • $175.99 for Queen
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee
    * Outlast Technology is described as being:“Perfect for those who experience mild sleep discomfort and temperature swings.”
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Slumber Cloud Dry Line Mattress Protector

Bear…

  • Can fit mattresses up to 20 inches thick
  • Utilizes HeiQ Adaptive Fabric* technology that transports moisture and heat away from the body
  • Engineered to work with Bear Mattress and Celliant technology (but can work on any mattress)
  • $110 for Queen
  • 10 year warranty and free shipping
    * HeiQ Adaptive fabric is a proprietary fabric so they don’t share what is in it. But it is designed to: “It is waterproof and responds dynamically to environmental changes, creating a cool, dry microclimate for sleep…”
Bear Mattress Protector

Bear Mattress Protector

Pros and Cons of Each Protector

You Might Choose…

Slumber Cloud if…

  • You have a thicker mattress (20-inches thick or less)
  • You want to know exactly what materials your mattress protector is made with
  • You want your protector to be made in the USA
  • You want breathability
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Slumber Cloud Dry Line Mattress Protector

You can read the full Slumber Cloud Dry Line mattress protector review here.

Bear if…

  • You already have a Bear mattress already and want something to complement it
  • You have a mattress that is 16 inches deep or smaller and prefer a snug fit
  • You want a protector that is easy to care for
  • You want a breathable protector
  • You are an athlete or have night sweats and want an especially cool sleeping environment
Bear Mattress Protector

Bear Mattress Protector

You can read the full Bear Mattress Protector review here.

Slumber Cloud Dry Line vs. Bear

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Overall

Those who struggle with feeling hot or cold during the night will like what both Slumber Cloud and Bear have to offer.

The protectors offer the same feel in terms of softness and thickness – the Casper mattress may have a little more stretch (it has Lycra).

Neither of them showed any signs of wear or damage after being run through the washer and dryer. No shrinking with either protector.

These mattress protectors are really intended to keep your body temperature consistent so you can experience a full night’s sleep. Their small details set them apart and may help you decide which one to choose.

My personal preference is the Bear mattress protector. Although it was designed with the Bear mattress in mind, I thought it fit perfectly on my 10 inch Casper mattress.

It is on the more expensive end of mattress protectors, but I thought the fabric was soft and quilted and overall had a really nice feel.

Bear Mattress Protector

Unlike the Slumber Cloud Dry Line protector, I did not wake up at all due to being hot or cold with the Bear protector. But I also did not feel exceptionally “cool” on the mattress, just comfortable.

Both brands offer innovative technology, soft, waterproof surfaces, and good customer service. Depending on your mattress and your needs, both protectors will do the job.

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Bear Mattress Protector Review

Bear’s mattress protector is a good fit for those who live a healthy, active lifestyle and need a cool environment to fall asleep in. But is it worth the price? Read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • Five-sided fitted-sheet style protection
  • Made with “HeiQ Adaptive Fabric Technology” that is supposed to transport moisture and heat away from the body
  • Breathable, waterproof barrier protects against stains and liquid damage
  • Proven protection from dust mites, bacteria & allergens
  • 10-year warranty against structural and craftsmanship issues
  • Responsive fabric is intended to work with Bear mattress and
  • Bear will donate one percent of every sale to the Good Sports efforts
  • Fits mattresses up to 20 inches deep
  • Complements the Bear mattress but fits on all mattresses
  • Comes in sizes Twin (Twin XL) – Cal King

Bear Mattress Protector

Pros

  • Easy Care: Machine wash and tumble dry
  • Soft, comfortable mattress surface
  • 100% waterproof
  • Breathable fabric
  • Fits snugly on most mattresses (ideal with Bear mattress)
  • Fits deep mattresses

Bear Mattress Protector

Cons

  • Hexagonal-shaped design on mattress protector surface can be felt under sheets
  • Will not protect against bed bugs (not an encasement mattress protector)
  • Pricey

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Bear Mattress Protector

What is HeiQ Adaptive Fabric Technology?

The Bear mattress protector doesn’t feel like other protectors I’ve reviewed. It has an interesting texture and Bear says the material is HeiQ Adaptive Fabric Technology.

Their website never explains what this is – but when I googled it I found more information from the Swiss textile company HeiQ. It looks like the material is used for athletic and performance-based textiles (including clothing).

From their website, HeiQ describes themselves as “a leader in textile innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile effects in the market today.”

This would explain why the material is said to be so breathable and has the ability to wick moisture and heat away from the body.

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Who This Is Ideal For

As a company, Bear is focused on serving athletes and people who live healthy, active lifestyles.

So it’s no surprise that their mattress protector is intended to help athletes stay cool and to keep moisture away from their bodies.

I would imagine that this protector would also be ideal for those who have trouble controlling their body temperature at night.

Bear Mattress Protector

Similar to the Slumber Cloud Dry Line protector, the Bear protector would also be ideal for hot sleepers or those who have night sweats.

The moisture wicking properties and microclimate created by their unique fabric can help keep anyone with body temperature regulation issues comfortable.

Waterproof Test

The surface of the Bear mattress protector is said to be 100% waterproof. Since mattress warranties can be voided if they are damaged by fluids or water, it is very important to make sure that your mattress protector will prevent leaks.

I poured 10-ozs of water onto the surface of the protector and left it on the protector for more than two hours. I tried to pour the water into a concentrated area to mimic a spill or larger accident.

Bear Mattress Protector

The protector absorbed the water but did not seep through to the second protector underneath. There were no leaks and no dampness or moisture – it passed the waterproof test!

Additional Considerations

Size: The Bear mattress protector fit my Queen size Casper mattress snuggly with no extra room for movement.

This is actually pretty impressive when you consider that the protector can fit mattresses up to 20-inches deep. It fit well on my 10-inch deep mattress with no extra material (which I have experienced in other protector reviews).

Sound: Thanks to the secure fit of the protector, I had no extra material so there was very little sound under my sheets. It was virtually noiseless.

Feel: The soft pattern on the surface of the mattress protector can be felt under sheets. It was very clearly felt underneath my lightweight Bamboo Supply Co. bamboo sheets and less noticeable (but still noticeable) under my Brentwood Home Sonoma sheets.

Price and Value

The mattress protector retails for $110 for a Queen size on Bear’s website. This is on the pricier side for a five-sided mattress protector, but it’s not necessarily overpriced for the quality of the protector.

While we don’t know much about the materials used in the HeiQ Adaptive Technology found in the mattress protector, it does feel like it’s made with good construction and other reviewers seem to like it.

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I personally had no problem with breathability and felt that the protector was a great fit and was comfortable under my sheets.

If you’re in the market for a specific mattress protector that will help keep your bed cool when you sleep, this could be a good fit.

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Eight Mattress Review- Mattress Of The Future?

The Eight mattress is an innovative new concept that allows you to track your sleeping habits better than you probably ever thought possible.  While the technology seemed really cool, I wanted to see how the mattress itself felt too to make sure people would have a good experience with it.

Construction

  • The cover is made of polyester.  It is thin and no frills, but it gets the job done.
  • The top layer of the mattress is 2 inches of something called “reactive” foam.  It’s a specialty polyfoam that is high density and is resilient and breathable like latex.  This makes the mattress easy to move around and you get nice pressure relief without the feeling of getting stuck.
  • The second layer is 2 inches of memory foam.  This helps the mattress contour to your body and provides extra pressure relief.
  • The third layer is 2 inches of transition foam.
  • The bottom layer is 4 inches of support foam.  It is high density and a good material.

You Might Want To Pick The Eight Mattress If:

  • You Want The Most Advanced Sleep Tracking Technology Possible– There is no question that Eight provides the most advanced technology for sleep tracking on the market.  If you want to know exactly how you are sleeping, how many times you tossed and turned, how you were breathing during sleep, how deep your sleep was, etc., this is the mattress for you.
  • You Sleep In Multiple Positions Throughout The Night– This mattress has a neutral firmness in my opinion.  That means it’s not overly good for just one sleeping position over the others.  It’s a pretty good fit for people in any position.
  • You Want Pressure Relief WIthout The Feeling Of Getting Stuck– This mattress does a good job with pressure relief and at the same time the feel is pretty responsive.  That makes it easier to move around and you won’t feel you slowly sink into the mattress and get stuck, which can happen with some memory foam mattresses.  Overall, it’s a nice balanced feel that you get.
  • You Want Great Value– Currently, for just the mattress, a Queen is $850.  However, they typically have a discount available of up to 20%.  The mattress has high-quality foams that should be pretty durable.  Given that, you can really get a great value from this mattress.

You Might Not Want To Pick The Eight Mattress If:

  • You Like Slow-Moving Memory Foam– If you are used to more standard memory foam mattresses where you slowly sink into the mattress and it envelops you, that’s not really what you get here.  In that case, you may want to look elsewhere.
  • You Prefer Traditional Innerspring Mattresses– This mattress definitely has a distinct foam feel to it.  It feels different from a spring mattress.  If you want more of a traditional spring feel, you should look elsewhere.
  • Sleep Tracking Is Not On Your Radar– Some people sleep pretty well and getting a sleep tracker isn’t really necessary.  The Eight sleep tracker is very advanced, so I think if you already sleep well, then you probably don’t need to get this.

Note Regarding The Feel Of The Mattress With The Sleep Tracker

I’m a big fan of the feel of the mattress.  I slept on it without the sleep tracker for several nights to get a good feel for it on its own, and I really enjoyed it.  I would note that when you put the sleep tracker on the mattress, it changes the feel of the mattress a bit.  To me, it’s a less comfortable sleep surface with the sleep tracker on it, and I think most people would agree.  It’s not the end of the world, but it’s something to note.

What Are The Features Of The Sleep Tracker?

  • See nightly data about how you slept and see trends over time
  • There is a “smart” alarm feature
  • You can run sleep experiments to see how different things affect your sleep
  • Home integrations (using IFTTT)
  • White noise player
  • Bed warming for each side of the bed

What Does the Sleep Tracker Actually Track?

  • What time you go to bed
  • Breathing rate
  • Temperature in bed
  • Your usual bedtime (over time)
  • Number of hour slept
  • The time you actually fall asleep
  • Room temperature
  • Light levels
  • Tossing and turning
  • How deep your sleep was
  • Heart rate
  • Noise levels
  • Humidity in the room

I probably missed a couple of other things the tracker actually tracks.  The overall point is that it tracks A LOT of different things and you get a really interesting picture of how well you are sleeping.  I think most people will be very surprised by the results of their sleep.  Living in New York City, I know there are outside noises that wake me up a lot, but the tracking data showed that was a much bigger problem than I even realized, for example.

Firmness/Feel

As you can see from the video, the mattress is fairly responsive.  That means you won’t ever have the feeling of getting stuck in the mattress.  It has a medium firmness in my opinion.  It was just soft enough for me when sleeping on my side and just firm enough for when I was sleeping on my back.  Potentially lighter weight side sleepers would think it’s too firm.

Motion Transfer

As you can see from the video below, the mattress does a pretty good job at isolating motion.  It’s not as good as some pure memory foam mattresses, but it is still pretty good.  It can be a good option for couples.

Eight Mattress

4.3
Reviewer

Comfort4.3

Support4.4

Value (Price)4.5

Doesn't Sleep Hot4.3

Motion Transfer4.2

Edge Support4.2

Materials/Durability4.4

Company Reputation4.2

Return Policy/Warranty4.2

Overall Sleep Experience4.3

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Overall

I really liked the feel of the mattress and think the technology is really awesome.  My only caveat is that the sleep tracker itself changes the feel of the mattress and makes it a little bit less comfortable than it would be without the tracker.

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Mattress Pad VS. Mattress Topper: What’s The Difference?

Take one step into any bedding store and you’ll see just how many ways there are to enhance your sleeping experience. Mattress protectors, mattress pads, and mattress toppers are just a few healthy and comfortable ways to make sure you get a good night’s sleep (and to increase the lifespan of your mattress).

Check out our best-reviewed mattress protectors, here.

If mattress protectors, pads, and toppers were all members of a family, mattress pads and toppers would be siblings, and the mattress protector would be their cousin.

All three types of bed products are made to help enhance your mattress, but pads and toppers have more in common with each other than they do with mattress protectors.

Mattress Pad

Mattress pads add an extra (thinner) layer of comfort to your mattress and are usually attached with a fitted sheet design or with straps that hold it to the mattress.

The main goal of any mattress pad is to add a comfortable layer over the surface of your mattress. You may need this for several reasons:

  • You need additional support and/or comfort or customization for medical reasons
  • Your mattress is too firm – you can add a mattress pad or topper to adjust the firmness
  • Your current mattress is older and no longer comfortable but you are not ready to replace it
  • You want to waterproof/protect your bed but you don’t want a mattress protector
  • Your mattress protector makes noise and you want to muffle it with a comfortable mattress pad

Some mattress pads come with waterproof properties and prevent dust mites and allergies. Others are made from materials that merely create a more comfortable sleep environment but offers no mattress protection.

Mattress Topper

The mattress topper is like an upgraded – often thicker – version of a mattress pad. They are both designed to make your current mattress more comfortable.

Mattress toppers usually sit on the top of your mattress (some do have straps to attach them to your mattress).

Since they tend to be on the thicker side, mattress toppers can be filled with a variety of materials. You may see toppers in the following materials (among others):

  • Down
  • Foam
  • Memory Foam
  • Gel Memory Foam
  • Cotton
  • Fiberfill (polyester cluster puffs)
  • Latex

Some mattress brands make their own mattress toppers. For example, Tempur-Pedic makes their own topper filled with “TEMPUR material.”

Bottom Line

When it comes down to choosing between a mattress pad or a mattress topper, it really is a personal choice and all about how much you want to change the surface of your bed.

You may choose a mattress topper over a mattress pad if you are trying to change the entire surface feel of your mattress.

For example, if you have an innerspring mattress but would like to change it up, you could consider a memory foam mattress topper.

On the other hand, if you enjoy your mattress surface – but would like some added comfort or just an additional layer between your mattress and your sheets – you could choose a cotton mattress pad.

 

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