Sleep Number C-2 VS. I-8 – Which Model Is Best For You?

The C-2 and the I-8 models represent the wide range of mattresses available from Sleep Number. The Classic Series C-2 mattress is as standard as Sleep Number models get, while the Innovation Series I-8 has several features dedicated to enhancing your sleep experience.

So, which one is the best mattress for you? Check out our handy guide that covers the details of each mattress in order to help you decide if one is right for you.

Key Similarities

  • A variety of standard sizes – including FlexTop
  • Individual or dual air chamber options with DualAir™ adjustability

Both come with this optional feature:
FlexFit™ Adjustable Bases

Key Differences

C-2

  • 8” mattress profile
  • Soft, plush style mattress top (not a pillowtop)
  • 2” of hypersoft quilting foam sewn into the top layer followed by an adjustable air chamber(s)
  • $899.99 for a Queen

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I-8

  • 13” mattress profile
  • Duvet pillow top that includes 2” of hypersoft quilting foam for a plush surface and Outlast temperature balancing technology to minimize temperature swings
  • 1” foam base pad underneath the air chamber(s)
  • 3” of proprietary PlushFit foam – supportive foam is designed exclusively for Sleep Number to naturally conform to your curves
  • 7 zones specifically designed to contour to your head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet
  • Mattress fabric is made with a polyester/polypropylene blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable
  • Sleep IQ Technology included
  • $3,499.98 for a Queen

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What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

After speaking with Sleep Number Customer Service representatives, I learned about a few extra details and clarifications that may help you decide between a C-2 or an I-8 mattress.

  • Firmness: By virtue of having no comfort foam layers, the C-2 is Sleep Number’s naturally firmest mattress. Yes, you can technically adjust support levels by inflating/deflating the air chamber, but with no foam in between the mattress top and the air chamber, it is going to be a firmer mattress.
  • Popularity: A Customer Service representative mentioned that a magazine named the C-2 model a “Best Buy” value. So I did some research and found that Consumer Reports listed the C-2 as a Best Value mattress because its performance tested just as well in back and side support as compared to the more expensive I-8.
  • Cooling Technology: Sleep Number offers several mattresses with cooling options (like the P-6 model and the M-7 model). The I-8 features a “temperature balancing sleep surface” which representatives told me is Outlast technology, designed to pull heat away from your body and redistribute it throughout the night to help you stay comfortable.

Which Should You Pick?

C-2 if…

  • You Like a Firm Mattress. With absolutely no comfort foam layer in between the mattress top and the air chamber, the C-2 is Sleep Number’s firmest mattress. You can adjust the firmness by inflating/deflating your air chamber (this correlates to your Sleep Number setting) but this mattress will be naturally firm.
  • You Are Looking For A Deal. Consumer Reports listed Sleep Number’s C-2 model as a “Best Value” mattress. They said that the C-2 performed just as well as in tests for back and side support as compared to the I-8 model but for a fraction of the price.

Read our full Sleep Number C-2 review

I-8 if…

  • You Want Full Body Pressure Relief. The 3” PlushFit comfort foam in the I-8 is designed to relieve pressure in 7 areas of the body and the P-5 is designed to relieve pressure in only 5 areas. The I-8 adds body contouring to the knees and lower legs and the P-5 does not.
  • You Are A Hot Sleeper. The I-8 features Outlast technology, designed to pull moisture away from you at night and redistribute it throughout the night, in the surface of the mattress.
  • You Want Cushion. There is no doubt about it – when you’re comparing these mattresses, the I-8 is hands down the better choice if you like cushion over firmness in a mattress. The I-8 offers a soft pillowtop surface and 3” of PlushFit comfort foam designed to contour to your body.

Read our full Sleep Number I-8 review

My Personal Opinion

Despite all the comforts and features the I-8 mattress has to offer, I can’t say no to a good deal and would probably choose the C-2 mattress over the I-8.

Money was definitely a motivating factor when it came down to deciding between these two. There is a stunning $2,600 price difference between these mattresses (if you go with a Queen size). With those savings, you could purchase any range of supplemental material to help cushion your mattress.

The C-2 has a lot of things going for it – one of the most important being recognized as a Best Value mattress from Consumer Reports. Their tests help confirm that you can get great support from this mattress despite its lack of comfort layer.

In a lot of reviews, customers bought the C-2 and then purchased their own mattress topper, pads, and/or protectors to add additional cushion. Since mattress toppers come in a range of styles and prices, it was an easy and more affordable way to customize the bed.

The C-2 mattress allows couples – and individuals – to take advantage of Sleep Number’s individual air chambers and DualAir™ adjustability options, without breaking the bank.

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Sleep Number P-5 VS. I-8 – Which Mattress Is Right For You?

Sleep Number’s popular P-5 model and their luxurious I-8 model both have a lot to offer customers. The P-5 could be the perfect balance of firmness and cushion and the I-8 may be just the bed to keep you cool and comfortable all night long.

So, which one is the best mattress for you? Check out our handy guide as we go over the details of each mattress and help you decide if one is right for you.

Key Similarities

  • Both models are pillow top mattresses
  • A variety of standard sizes – including FlexTop
  • Individual or dual air chamber options with DualAir™ adjustability

Both come with this optional feature:
FlexFit™ Adjustable Bases

Key Differences

P-5

  • 11” mattress profile
  • European style pillow top design that includes 2” of hypersoft quilting foam for a plush surface
  • 2” of proprietary PlushFit foam- supportive foam is designed exclusively for Sleep Number to naturally conform to your curves
  • Mattress fabric is made with a rayon/polypropylene blend for smoothness and durability
  • 5 zones specifically designed to contour to your head/neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, and feet
  • $2,099.99 for a Queen
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source: SleepNumber.com

I-8

  • 13” mattress profile
  • Duvet pillow top that includes 2” of hypersoft quilting foam for a plush surface and Outlast temperature balancing technology to minimize temperature swings
  • 1” foam base pad underneath the air chamber(s)
  • 3” of proprietary PlushFit foam – supportive foam is designed exclusively for Sleep Number to naturally conform to your curves
  • 7 zones specifically designed to contour to your head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet
  • Mattress fabric is made with a polyester/polypropylene blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable
  • Sleep IQ Technology included
  • $3,499.98 for a Queen
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source: SleepNumber.com

What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

After speaking with Sleep Number Customer Service representatives, I learned about a few extra details that may help you decide between a P-5 or an I-8 mattress.

  • Mattress Top: Both the P-5 and the I-8 mattresses are pillowtops. They also both have 2” of hypersoft quilting foam sewn into the mattress top. The biggest difference between the two is that the I-8 has temperature balancing fabric (Outlast Technology) woven into the mattress surface to help keep you cool.
  • Popularity: The P-5 model is Sleep Number’s most popular bed. The salesperson I spoke to at a Sleep Number store said it had a good balance between cushion and natural firmness from the air chambers.

Which Should You Pick?

P-5 if…

  • You Like a Balance of Firmness and Cushion. Almost every single Customer Service representative I talked to made sure to tell me that the P-5 model was the most popular and bestselling mattress. When I asked why, they frequently told me people liked the European style pillowtop design and the 2” layer of their proprietary PlushFit foam, which is designed to provide the perfect balance of support and pressure relief.
  • You Are On A Budget. There is a $1,400 price difference between Queen size P-5 and I-8 mattresses. Going with the P-5 means you lose out on the built-in cooling technology and some extra cushion, but it does free up cash to consider accessories like Sleep IQ Technology or the FlexFit Adjustable Base.

Read our full Sleep Number P-5 review

I-8 if…

  • You Want Full Body Pressure Relief. The 3” comfort foam in the I-8 is designed to relieve pressure in 7 areas of the body and the P-5, and its sister model the P-6, is designed to relieve pressure in only 5 areas. The I-8 adds body contouring to the knees and lower legs and the P-5 does not.
  • You Are A Hot Sleeper. The I-8 features Outlast technology, designed to pull moisture away from you at night and redistribute it throughout the night, in the surface of the mattress.

Read our full Sleep Number I-8 review

My Personal Opinion

With a $1,400 price difference between a Queen size P-5 mattress and a Queen size I-8 mattress, my preference (and my wallet) would be to favor the P-5 model.

For the price difference, here is what you would get in the I-8 that you don’t get in the P-5:

  • Outlast Technology (to keep you cool at night)
  • 2” additional inches of mattress height – for a total of 13″ of height
  • Duvet style pillowtop
  • 1” foam base pad underneath the air chamber(s)
  • An additional 1” of proprietary PlushFit comfort foam – for a total of 3” of foam
  • 2 additional zones of body contouring in the comfort foam layer – to relieve pressure on your knees and lower legs – for a total of 7 layers.

Overall, you are losing out on cooling technology and a thicker layer of comfort foam with some additional pressure relief points.

There are plenty of mattress toppers, pads, and protectors on the market that helps keep you cool at night. With that in mind, and knowing the popularity of the P-5, I feel inclined to choose that model over the I-8. With the money I save, I could upgrade my bed to add a FlexFit Adjustable Base and get even more out of my Sleep Number bed.

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Sleep Number P-6 VS. I-8 – Which Model Is Best For You?

Both the P-6 and the I-8 mattresses from Sleep Number offer 3” of PlushFit foam and built-in features to keep you cool and asleep through the night. There are subtle details in each mattress that set them apart from each other.

So, which one is right for you? Check out our handy guide that breaks down the features in each mattress.

Key Similarities

  • Both offer 3” of proprietary PlushFit foam – supportive foam is designed exclusively for Sleep Number to naturally conform to your curves
  • A variety of standard sizes – including FlexTop
  • Individual or dual air chamber options with DualAir™ adjustability

Both come with this optional feature:
FlexFit™ Adjustable Bases

Key Differences

P-6

  • 12” mattress profile
  • Traditional plush-style design mattress top
  • Mattress fabric is made with a breathable rayon/polyester knit blend with moisture-wicking technology for a cool sleep surface
  • 5 zones specifically designed to contour to your head/neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, and feet
  • $2,599.99 for a Queen
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source: SleepNumber.com

I-8

  • 13” mattress profile
  • Duvet pillow top that includes 2” of hypersoft quilting foam for a plush surface and Outlast temperature balancing technology to minimize temperature swings
  • 1” foam base pad underneath the air chamber(s)
  • 7 zones specifically designed to contour to your head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet
  • Mattress fabric is made with a polyester/polypropylene blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable
  • Sleep IQ Technology included
  • $3,499.98 for a Queen
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source: SleepNumber.com

What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

After speaking with Sleep Number Customer Service representatives, I learned about a few extra details and clarifications that may help you decide between a P-6 or an I-8 mattress.

  • Mattress Top and Firmness: Both mattresses offer unique tops which end up making a slight difference in firmness between them. The P-6 has a more traditional soft knit top, while the I-8 has a duvet pillow top that includes 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam. Customer Service told me that the I-8 is slightly more plush than the P-6, which will make the P-6 a firmer mattress (but only by a little).
  • Cooling Technology: The P-6 and the I-8 both feature fabric that is intended to help keep you cool at night. The P-6 has moisture wicking technology in the fabric of the mattress but the I-8 has Outlast technology built into the mattress top. Outlast technology is designed to pull moisture away from your body and redistribute it throughout the night.

Which Should You Pick?

P-6 if…

  • You Want A Firmer Mattress. Customer Service at Sleep Number told me that between the P-6 and the I-8 mattress, the I-8 is softer (and also more popular). This is most likely because of the unique mattress top in the I-8 that comes with quilting foam sewn in. Those who are looking for something firmer may want to go with the P-6.
  • You Want To Spend Less. There is a $900 price difference between Queen size P-6 and I-8 mattresses. Going with the P-6 frees up some funds to purchase accessories like Sleep IQ Technology, a FlexFit Adjustable Base or other mattress pads and sheets that are customized for Sleep Number beds.

Read our full Sleep Number P-6 review

I-8 if…

  • You Want A Softer Mattress Top. The I-8 has a super comfortable mattress top. It’s got a woven Duvet pillow-top that includes 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam for a plush surface, according to Customer Service. They specifically told me that this makes it slightly softer than the P-6 and is also the more popular choice.
  • You Want Full Body Pressure Relief. The 3” comfort foam in the I-8 is designed to relieve pressure in 7 areas of the body and the P-6 is designed to relieve pressure in only 5 areas. The I-8 adds body contouring to the knees and lower legs and the P-6 design does not focus on those areas.
  • You Want Sleep IQ Technology Included. Sleep IQ Technology is inserted into your mattress and used to track your sleep and help you find your ideal Sleep Number Setting. This is already included when you purchase an I-8 mattress. You would need to pay extra for it (roughly $199) to add it in if you go with the P-6.

Read our full Sleep Number I-8 review

Both if…

  • You Are A Hot Sleeper. Both mattresses include cooling technology. The P-6 has moisture-wicking fabric in the mattress knit but the I-8 has the Outlast technology, designed to pull moisture away from you at night and redistribute it throughout the night.

My Personal Opinion

There is a $900 price between a Queen P-6 mattress ($2,599.99) and a Queen I-8 mattress ($3,499.98). Here is what I think you get with the I-8 that you can’t get with the P-6:

  • 1” foam base pad
  • Outlast Technology in mattress surface for temperature regulation
  • Plusher mattress top with quilting foam sewn in
  • Sleep IQ Technology

Customer Service did tell me that the I-8 mattress was more popular than the P-6 simply because it is softer – thanks to its more luxurious mattress top with fabric that will control any temperature swings.

In my opinion, the P-6 is very close to the best selling P-5 model and offers a good amount cushion and its own moisture-wicking fabric that I would save the money and go with the P-6 over the I-8.

As someone who prefers a firmer mattress and would prefer to control temperature with my own mattress topper or mattress protector, I would save the money and choose the P-6 over the I-8 mattress.

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Sleep Number M-7 VS. I-8 – Which Model Is Right For You?

Deciding between Sleep Number’s M-7 and I-8 mattresses will inevitably come down to whether or not you like sleeping on memory foam. Those who love it will most likely prefer the softness of the M-7 and those who like pillow top mattresses will love the I-8.

We’ve put together a guide that compiles all the features of each mattress to help you decide which model may be best for you.

Key Similarities

  • A variety of standard sizes – including FlexTop
  • Individual or dual air chamber options with DualAir™ adjustability
  • Sleep IQ Technology is included in both
  • Both mattresses are $3,499.98 for a Queen

Both come with this optional feature:
FlexFit™ Adjustable Bases

Key Differences

M-7

  • 12” mattress profile
  • Unique soft flat cover in a grey color – no pillow top (mattress top)
  • 2” foam layer underneath air chamber(s)
  • 4” gel memory foam layer with CoolFit technology above air chamber(s)
  • Mattress fabric is made with a rayon/polyester blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable
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source: SleepNumber.com

I-8

  • 13” mattress profile
  • Duvet pillow top that includes 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam for a plush surface and Outlast temperature balancing technology to minimize temperature swings
  • 1” foam base pad underneath the air chamber(s)
  • 3” of PlushFit foam that is specifically designed for Sleep Number to help relieve pressure
  • 7 zones specifically designed to contour to your head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet
  • Mattress fabric is made with a polyester/polypropylene blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable.

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Check out our review of Outlast Technology in Slumber Cloud’s Dry Line Mattress Protector

What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

After speaking with Sleep Number Customer Service representatives, I learned about a few extra details and clarifications that may help you decide between the M-7 or the I-8 mattress.

  • Mattress Tops: Since the M-7 is all about memory foam, the mattress tops on these two will vary greatly. The M-7 is soft but flatter (non-pillow top) and grey in color. You will most likely sink into this mattress more than the I-8 which is plush and has quilting foam sewn into the mattress top (as opposed to memory foam).
  • Firmness: According to the Customer Service representatives that I talked to, it’s hard to compare the firmness of these two mattresses. While the air chamber(s) will help dictate the firmness in each mattress, the layers of gel comfort foam and memory foam will add different feels and conform to your body differently. One representative did tell me that the I-8 was probably a little softer because of the pillow top mattress surface.
  • Cooling Technology: The M-7 and the I-8 both offer ways to keep you cool at night. For the M-7, it’s the CoolFit memory foam with gel technology that should help you sleep through the night. On the I-8 it is Outlast Technology material in the surface of the mattress that is supposed to absorb body heat and redistribute it throughout the night to keep you comfortable while you sleep.

Which Should You Pick?

M-7 if…

  • You Like Memory Foam. There is 4” of gel memory foam above the air chamber(s) in the M-7 mattress. One Customer Service representative told me that the M-7 is usually only recommended for people who know they like to sleep on memory foam and who are looking to make it adjustable – by adding one of Sleep Number’s FlexFit adjustable bases.

Read our full Sleep Number M-7 review

I-8 if…

  • You Want A Mattress With A Pillow Top. The I-8 has a super comfortable mattress top. It’s got a woven Duvet pillow-top that includes 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam for a plush surface. Since the M-7 features memory foam, the top of that mattress is still soft but flatter.
  • You Want Contoured Pressure Relief. The 3” foam comfort layer in the I-8 mattress is designed to contour specifically to seven areas of your body to relieve pressure: head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet.

Read our full Sleep Number I-8 review

Both if…

  • You Are A Hot Sleeper. Both mattresses include cooling technology. The M-7 has cooling gel technology in the 4” foam layer but the I-8 features Outlast technology on the mattress surface that is designed to pull moisture away from you at night and redistribute throughout the night.
  • You Want Sleep IQ Technology Included. While you can always purchase the technology for an additional cost, the sleep tracking device is already included in the price of the M-7 and I-8 mattresses.

My Personal Opinion

Both mattresses cost $3,499 for a Queen. Since price is not a consideration when choosing between these two mattresses, it will really all come down to personal preference.

The Sleep Number Customer Service representatives told me that they really only recommend the M-7 mattress to those who know they love memory foam mattresses and want to add an adjustable base to the mix.

Since I’m not the biggest fan of memory foam and prefer a plush mattress top to a flat one, I would definitely go with the I-8 mattress over the M-7. Both mattresses offer cooling features and Sleep IQ Technology, so it all just comes down to personal preference.

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Sleep Number I-8 Mattress Review – Best Model For You?

The I-8 mattress from Sleep Number has a little bit of everything: a plush mattress top with cooling technology, body contouring foam, and Sleep IQ technology built-in. Is it the right Sleep Number mattress for you? Read on for my full review.

Construction Overview

The I-8 is one of three mattresses in Sleep Number’s Innovation Series line of beds. The series also includes the I-10, and I-LE mattresses as well.

The I-8 mattress has a 13” profile, which is measured from the base to the highest loft of the mattress.

As with all Sleep Number beds, it will come with either one or two air chambers (depending on what size bed you get). The air chambers will inflate and deflate according to your Sleep Number setting. This will determine the level of support/firmness your mattress provides.

A bed with two air chambers is part of Sleep Number’s “DualAir™ adjustability” feature. 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.

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source: SleepNumber.com

Directly below the air chamber(s) is a 1” base pad and above the air chamber is 3” of PlushFit foam that is specifically designed for Sleep Number to help relieve pressure.

The foam is made to relieve pressure in seven specific areas: head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet.

The I-8 mattress is made with a polyester/polypropylene blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable.

The top of the mattress is unique to the I-8. It is a duvet pillow top that includes 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam for a plush surface and Outlast temperature balancing technology to minimize temperature swings.

It’s worth noting that the Sleep Number Sleep IQ Technology, which will track your sleep and help you find your optimal Sleep Number setting, is included in the price of the I-8 mattress.

Optional: You can add a FlexFit Adjustable Base for your bed that will allow you to raise the head and foot of the bed.

To sum it up, here are the layers of the I-8 mattress starting from the base:

  • Base
  • 1” foam base pad
  • Air chamber(s)
  • 3” PlushFit comfort foam (with seven zones designed to contour to your body)
  • 2” of Hypersoft Quilting Foam
  • Duvet pillow top with Outlast temperature control technology on the surface
  • Polyester/polypropylene blend fabric overall

Firmness Level

When it comes to firmness, there are several factors in a Sleep Number bed that will affect how firm your bed is.

  • Your Sleep Number: The air chamber/air chambers in your mattress will inflate/deflate according to your Sleep Number. The higher the Sleep Number, the more air in the air chambers and the firmer your mattress will be.
  • Your Comfort Layer: There are several types and thicknesses of foam comfort layers in Sleep Number beds. Denser and thicker comfort layers will provide more support and increase the firmness of your mattress.
  • Your Mattress Top: Sleep Number offers a variety of mattress tops. Plusher pillow top style mattress tops will be less firm than a flatter mattress top.

In particular, the I-8 mattress has 2” of quilting foam sewn into the woven duvet mattress top along with a 3” layer of PlushFit comfort foam above the air chamber. This makes it a softer (less firm) mattress.

A Customer Service tea member told me that it is firmer than the bestselling P-5 mattress (according to a Sleep Number team member).

You Might Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Sleep Hot. There is temperature-regulating technology built into the mattress top of the I-8 mattress. Outlast Technology (the same kind found in Slumber Cloud’s Dry Line Protector mattress protector) is designed to pull heat away from your body and re-distribute it during the night so you sleep comfortably.
  • You Need Pressure Relief. The 3” foam comfort layer in the I8 mattress is designed to contour specifically to seven areas of your body to relieve pressure: head, shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, lower legs, and feet.

You Might Not Want To Consider This Mattress If:

  • You Are On A Budget. The I-8 retails at $3,499.99 for a Queen size mattress. This does include Sleep IQ Technology, but not a FlexFit adjustable base or other features. Sleep Number does sell one Queen mattress for less than $1,000 (the C-2) and several for under $3000, including the popular P-5 mattress.

Most Common Pieces Of Praise

Couples and partners seem to love Sleep Number beds for their dual air chambers and ability to adjust the firmness to your desire. A lot of couples found the I-8 was a really comfortable option that left both partners happy.

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I read a lot of reviews from people suffering from back pain or back-related injuries who found relief with the I-8 mattress. Many of them wrote reviews to talk specifically about how much the mattress – and in many cases, the addition of an adjustable base – helped them sleep better.

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Most Common Complaints

The #1 complaint across the board with this mattress is that it does not feel the same as the showroom model. So many people felt that they received something different than they ordered. Many said it felt harder and less plush than what they felt in the Sleep Number store.

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Customers who purchased this mattress several years ago reported having to replace many parts – including foam layers and the Sleep Number remote – and/or having to pay someone to come out and make repairs on their bed.

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Overall, people just felt that they overpaid for the quality and value of the I8 mattress (and/or adjustable base).

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

The I-8 mattress has a lot going on – it has a specific combination of features that could be the perfect fit for someone.

A person might pick the I-8 over another Sleep Number mattress if they struggle to stay cool at night, have back, hip and other pain from their current mattress, want the ability to adjust their firmness any given night, and have $3,499 to spend on a Queen mattress.

Overall

The I-8 mattress could be a great option for couples (or individuals) who are looking for flexible comfort and a way to stay cool through the night.

The biggest features of this mattress include the Outlast Technology that regulates your body temperature and the 3” PlushFit comfort foam layer exclusively designed to relieve pressure.

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Cariloha Bamboo Mattress Review- Right For You?

After having a great experience with the Cariloha resort and classic sheets, we were excited when we heard they were coming out with their own mattress.  How does the mattress stack up though?  Read on for our full rundown.

Construction Overview

  • The cover is made of plush viscose from bamboo.  To me, it felt really soft and nice.
  • The top layer is 1” of what they call bamboo charcoal memory foam.  This is a more breathable form of memory foam.
  • The second layer is 3” of standard memory foam.  This makes 4” total for the comfort layer
  • The base layer is 6” of polyfoam.  The foam has holes cut into it in a grid format to allow for more air circulation.
  • The memory foam used in this mattress is very slow-moving.  You slowly sink into the mattress and you definitely get the feel of sleeping “in” the mattress rather than sleeping “on” the mattress.

You Might Want To Pick The Cariloha Bamboo Mattress If:

  • You Want A Foam Mattress But Are Afraid Of Sleeping Hot– The base layer has lines cut into the top of it to promote air circulation, and the bamboo-infused foam make for a breathable sleeping surface compared to other memory foam mattresses.
  • You Sleep With A Partner– This mattress does a really great job at isolating motion.  It also has great edge support for a foam mattress, meaning you get to use more of the sleeping surface.  That makes the mattress a solid option for couples.
  • You Like Slow-Moving Foam– This is an unapologetically memory foam mattress where you slowly sink into the mattress and it envelops you.  You feel more that you sleep “in” the mattress rather than sleep “on” it.

You Might Not Want To Pick The Cariloha Bamboo Mattress If:

  • You Are Looking For Something Softer Than Average– I think most people will agree that this mattress is a little bit firmer than average.  I think it still has good pressure relief for side sleeping, but if you want a soft mattress, there are probably better options out there.
  • You Want A Mattress With Bounce– If you want a bouncier, more resilient feel, then you will want to look elsewhere.  With this mattress, you slowly sink into it.

Firmness/Feel

The company itself says the mattress is a 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale.  I would tend to agree and think it is firmer than average.  The video below also shows how slow-moving the foam is.

Motion Isolation

This mattress performs very well with motion isolation.  The video below shows that barely any motion transfers from one side of the mattress to the other.  That makes this a great option for couples.

Edge Support

This mattress has a special construction to provide great edge support.  It definitely has much better edge support than the average foam mattress, so you get to comfortably use almost the entire width of the sleeping surface.

Cariloha Bamboo Mattress

4.4
Reviewer

Comfort4.4

Support4.2

Value (Price)4.2

Doesn't Sleep Hot4.4

Motion Transfer4.8

Edge Support4.5

Materials/Durability4.3

Company Reputation4.4

Return Policy/Warranty4.5

Overall Sleep Experience4.4

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Should You Get It?

If you are looking for a memory foam feel and something a little bit firmer than average, this can be a great choice.  It’s also breathable and a great pick for couples.

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Sleep Number P-5 VS. M-7 – Which Model Should You Pick?

Whether it’s the perfect balance of firmness and cushion or a luxurious layer of comforting memory foam, there is a lot to love about both the P-5 and M-7 mattresses from Sleep Number.

With so many features that set them apart, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. So we created a handy guide that breaks down what you need to know about each mattress.

Key Similarities

DualAir™ adjustability
A variety of standard sizes – including FlexTop
Individual or dual air chamber options

Both come with this optional feature:
FlexFit™ Adjustable Bases

Key Differences

P-5

  • 11” mattress profile
  • European style pillow top design
  • 2” of proprietary PlushFit foam
  • 5 zones specifically designed to contour to your head/neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, and feet
  • Mattress fabric is made with a rayon/polypropelene blend for smoothness and durability
  • $2,099.99 for a Queen
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Source: SleepNumber.com

M-7

  • 12” mattress profile
  • Unique soft flat cover in a grey color – no pillow top (mattress top)
  • 2” foam layer underneath air chamber(s)
  • 4” gel memory foam layer with CoolFit technology above air chamber(s)
  • Mattress fabric is made with a rayon/polyester blend fabric that is designed to be soft and breathable
  • Sleep IQ Technology included
  • $3,499.98 for a Queen

Source: SleepNumber.com

What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

After speaking with Sleep Number Customer Service representatives, I learned about a few extra details and clarifications that may help you decide between a P-5 or an M-7 mattress.

  • Mattress Top: The M-7 has a thick memory foam layer, which will make it feel different than a Performance Series mattresses, like P-5, which has a more European-style pillow top feel. The M-7 is described as being softer and flatter (and also grey in color!).
  • Firmness: Although the M-7 has a thick layer of gel memory foam, the P-5 – with its 2” of PlushFit comfort foam – will be firmer than the M-7. The P-5 has less foam in general, which makes the firmness from the air chambers more noticeable. The memory foam is also less dense than other comfort foams, which means you will sink further into your mattress.
  • Popularity: The P-5 model is Sleep Number’s most popular bed, according to the salesperson I spoke to at a Sleep Number store. He said that one of the reasons people like it is because it seems to have the right amount of balance between cushion and natural firmness from the air chambers. Meanwhile, another team member told me they really only recommend the M-7 to people who know that they want a memory foam mattress.

Which Should You Pick?

P-5 if…

  • You Like A Mattress With A Pillow Top. The P-5 model features a European style pillowtop, which is considered more luxurious and soft. The M-7 has a flat mattress top that is noticeably different than a pillow top.
  • You Want To Save Some Money. There is a $1,400 price difference between a Queen size P-5 and an M-7 mattress. Those who are 100% sure they want a memory foam mattress should consider the M-7, otherwise it’s worth taking considering the popular P-5 and save some cash.

Read our full Sleep Number P-5 review

M-7 if…

  • You Like Memory Foam. The 4” gel memory foam layer in the M-7 mattress is the top reason to go with the M-7 over the P-5 mattress. One Customer Service representative told me that the M-7 is usually purchased by people who love memory foam mattresses but want to use it with an adjustable base like the kind Sleep Number offers (for an additional cost).
  • You Sleep Hot. The M-7’s gel memory foam layer is manufactured with CoolFit technology to keep the foam cooler and to help you from sleeping hot – which can sometimes happen with memory foam mattresses.

Read our full Sleep Number M-7 review

My Personal Opinion

If you purchase a Queen mattress, there is a $1,400 difference in price between a P-5 bed ($2,099) and the M-7 ($3,499). The Sleep IQ Technology is included in the M-7, but the retail value is around $199.99.

Since I do not rely on memory foam for a good night’s sleep, I would definitely lean towards the bestselling P-5 mattress over the M-7. I believe the P-5 would provide the right balance of firmness and cushion and the price point is much more attractive.

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