Long story short for the “TLDR” folks:
We got a new Sleep Number bed. After sleeping on it for over a week now, I can safely say that it’s awesome. I can now sleep through the night with no back pain. I would recommend one.
- Where did you get it?
- After a thorough demo we ordered from the Sleep Number store at our local mall. They delivered it within 2 weeks and set it up in about 20 minutes.
- How much do they cost?
- Comparable to a regular mattress, unless you go all-out on options like the powered flex base, etc.
- Are they really “just an air mattress”?
- Yes and no. It is indeed filled with air of a volume you you control via the remote. It’s not just a single big air chamber like a cheapo air mattress, there are chambers that – you know what…does it even really matter? If it feels awesome, looks awesome, and lasts longer than a regular mattress, It could be filled with cotton candy for all we care
- What’s the warranty like?
- Actually pretty awesome. It’s a 25-year (pro-rated of course) warranty, which is way more than you get on a regular mattress. Also since it is modular, if something does need replacing, you can replace just that part (interior foam, the firmness control system, etc) instead of having to replace the whole thing.
- So nothing bad to say at all? All Pro’s and no Con’s?
- So far my only concern (and mostly because I am considerably overweight), is that if the firmness setting is set very low, that if you sit on the side of the bed, you will kind of “sink” into the softer area, which seems like it would put undue stress on the foam side supports. So far I am being paranoid and adjusting the firmness to 100 before I get out of bed. I have no idea if my concerns are warranted, but even if I did somehow damage the sides from repeated squashing, the warranty would replace it, so I should chill out.
The gory details:
We’ve had our current king-sized mattress for around 7 years now, and although it looks brand spanking new, it’s innards just don’t work like they used to. Several months ago I started having back pain if I slept longer than 4 hours. I tried laying on my side, putting a pillow under my back, nothing helped, and it kept getting worse. We noticed that our mattress had developed “dips” in the areas where we lay. Sleeping in a curved “hammock” may feel comfortable for a nap, but after hours of having your spine curved, your body starts to rebel.
As I said it kept getting worse. It got to the point that I couldn’t even sleep in on the weekends, as I would wake up with my back killing me, and the only thing that would make it stop hurting was to get out of bed and stand or sit up in a normal position. We were not relishing the idea of purchasing a new mattress, because those things can be downright expensive, especially king-sized ones.
We decided that, big expense or not, we needed a new mattress, a decent night’s sleep depended on it. With us splitting the cost and me utilizing my credit card, the monetary impact wouldn’t really be so bad. So one day we decided to go to the Sleep Number store at the local mall. To sum up that experience, it was so amazing that we bought one on the spot!
We first got a cool demo of how a Sleep Number bed feels. They have a demo bad that contains sensors, and has a real-time display of how much pressure your body is putting on the surface of the bed. I wanted to take a picture but their system happily emails it to you. Here’s my “before” with the firmness set on 100, and “after” with it set to where I felt the most comfortable (45).
As you can see, a lot of the pressure in my lower back was relieved, and it felt awesome to both me and Christine. After demoing all of their different mattresses, we decided on the “C4″, which is a step up from their cheapest C3 model, not because of the price, but because to us the difference in firmness levels was much more pronounced with the C models – probably because they do not have boat loads of cushioning and memory foam like the higher models. The various other models certainly looked fancier, but they comfort level wasn’t substantially more than the C models in our opinion. We mainly cared about how it felt, now how it looked when it was naked with no sheets etc on it. They showed us a cool optional base that lets you tilt the bed up and down both front and back, but that option was way expensive, and although it was fun to play with, we wouldn’t really use the feature enough to be worth it.
So we placed the order for the “C4″, which was the same as the “C3″ except that it is a bit taller/thicker. Since our current mattress is very tall/thick, I thought this would be the smoothest transition for us. We splurged for a “temperature balance” mattress cover that is made of some crazy material that wicks heat away, it almost feels air-conditioned (they do have a mattress topper that is literally air-conditioned and heated, and it was awesome but ungodly expensive…literally $2k just for that…we said no thanks, it’s cool but not THAT cool!). We ended up paying around $2800.00 total – that’s including tax, the extra accessories we bought, plus home delivery and setup.
We anxiously waited the 2 weeks for the delivery, and the first night, I picked 80 (our of 100) for my firmness setting. I woke up in the morning with back pain! WTH right? I thought what I wanted was more firmness and support, but I discovered through several nights of trying differing settings, that what actually felt the best was not rock-hard support, but rather just support where I needed it.
After several nights of trials I discovered that my preferred setting was the one I had chosen in the store when we used the demo mattress…”45″. Christine’s number is “50″. From looking at stats provided in the documentation, apparently “most” customers prefer a setting between 35-55.
So, that’s my review so far. I would definitely recommend a Sleep Number bed, ESPECIALLY if you:
- Have back pain from sleeping or problems getting comfortable
- Have a partner who likes a different level of firmness than you
- Your current mattress is worn out and you need a new one, and would like a better/longer warranty.
Lastly, if you are one of my friends and thinking of getting a Sleep Number bed, I can give you a referral code that gets you 10% off and I think I get $100 in store credit, a good deal for us both, but the best deal is finally getting a good night’s sleep!