We analyzed reviews for the Sleep Number beds available on the market (read about our accurate, unbiased method). We compared them side-by-side, and scored them according to a range of factors including comfort, snoring reduction, pain relief potential, durability, initial odor, and heat retention ability.
Below, you will find top rated mattresses (click on the product name to read the full review).
|Product Name|| |
MEMORY FOAM M6, M7
PERFORMANCE P5, P6
|Back pain relief|
|No initial odor|
|No sleeping hot|
|Easy to move on|
About Sleep Number
The Sleep Number Company does not consider themselves to be a mattress manufacturer or a company that makes and sells beds, instead they want to be known as a sleep innovator. They have worked on and continue to work on unique ways to improve the ability to get a great night’s rest. They are committed to meeting the needs of their customers in any way they can.
In the 80’s a company that was called Comfortaire Corporation developed an air mattress system that was like no other. It allowed the user to adjust the amount of air and thus the comfort of the mattress that was being used. In 1987, one of the executives of that company decided that the technology that they had was not being used as well as it should, began his own company and called it Select Comfort. From the small start of Select Comfort, has come what is now one of the largest manufacturers of mattresses in the world.
Select Comfort or Sleep Number as it is known as now employs more than 2000 employees. They have expanded beyond just a simple air mattress and now manufacture different bedding items such as pillows, slippers and other times using the technology that they have created. They have more than 35 different patents for the technologies that they have developed. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, Sleep Number is the most recognized name in the industry.
How Sleep Number Beds are Made
Making the sleep number bed starts by creating the padded mattress top. It is made out of several layers of material that are designed to provide comfort and long lasting durability to the mattress. Layers include fabric, foam, and fire resistant materials.
Side panels and a bottom a bottom pattern are also made. The different panels are then stitched together and a zipper is put into place to allow the air chambers to be put into the mattress shell that has been made.
Two air chambers are made out of rubber. The can be put into the mattress shell an d connected to air valves that allow air to be put into the chambers and taken out of the chambers. They are connected to the air pump located outside of the mattress. The toe air chambers allow a person to control the firmness of both the left side and the right side of the bed independently.
What Makes the Sleep Number Beds Different
While the company that makes the bed is important, most people want to know what makes these mattresses different and better than traditional mattresses. The first difference is in the lack of springs and coils in the sleep number mattress. Instead, the sleep number has air chambers that provide the support to the mattress. The ability to adjust the firmness of these air chambers is what makes the bed comfortable for anyone that sleeps on it.
The Sleep number mattress can fit traditional bed frames. They can also have a heating mattress pad placed underneath them and they can have a waterproof mattress pad placed over them. They use the same size sheets that fit on traditional mattresses and they can be cleaned in similar ways to traditional mattress. The sleep number bed can be upgraded in many different ways to improve its ability to provide a good night’s sleep.
Sleep Number beds are great for anyone, but they are of particular use to people with back problems. The ability to adjust the support and firmness of the mattress allows a person to find a place where their back is supported properly. It can help keep the spine aligned while sleeping and can help prevent many of the back aches and pains that people have after sleeping.
Some Problems to Be Aware Of
Sleep Number beds can solve many problems, but they are not always perfect. There are some things that can happen to the Sleep Number Mattress to be aware of, how to prevent the problems, how to spot the problems and how to resolve the problems. Many of the problems that people have had center around the air pumps.
Air pumps can break or wear out over time. Their gaskets can become worn and the tubing that delivers the air can have holes in it. When the pump is not functioning properly it will not inflate or inflate the bed as quickly as it should. Pumps can be replaced to resolve the issues that occur with them.
Another issue that people worry about is mold. Mold can develop between the mattress pad and the air chambers, especially in areas with high humidity. Adding antimicrobial materials can help, but a person should check for mold on a routine basis.
Sleep Number Warranty
All Sleep Number beds come with a limited 25-year warranty. The warranty offers protection against defects or problems that arise from workmanship. The warranty also includes the Firmness Control System, but the warranty for the SleepIQ module, if it is installed, is limited to 2 years from the date of the invoice.
During the first two years, Sleep Number will repair or replace any defective parts. From years 3 to year 20, Sleep Number will pay for a percentage of the repairs. After year 2, the buyer is responsible for 20% of the costs and that number increase by 4% with each year After the 20th year, the bed owner is responsible for 96% of the repair costs.
What Do Customers Say
Customers love their sleep number beds. Customer reviews on many different sites typically provide aa rating of more than 4 out of 5 stars. Some of the common words heard in the reviews include:
- Soft feel
- Holds shape
The best uses that customers get out of the bed is their primary bed. One of the best descriptions given by a customer was calling the Sleep Number Bed a “bed of roses.”
Maintaining the Mattress
Just like any other mattress, the quality of the Sleep Number mattress and how long it lasts is a result of how well a person takes care of the product. No mattress should ever be put directly on a floor. More support and protection is offered when a bed frame or platform is used. It is also important to make sure that the Sleep Number Mattress is kept as clean as possible.
The total protection mattress pad for the bed can be cleaned with detergent in the washing machine and dried on a low heat. No Bleach should be used. The Sleep Number Mattress and base coverlet should not be machine washed. Instead, they should be spot cleaned with sparkling water and a mild detergent. They should be allowed to air dry. Any spills on the bed or its platform should be quickly addressed with a dry cloth to pick up as much of the spill as possible.
Other important tips for a Sleep Number Mattress include:
- Keep sharp objects away from the air chambers
- Check the tubing and air pump for signs of wear and tear
- Inspect mattress and air chamber on regular basis for signs of mold, wear and tear or damage
- Use a vacuum cleaner on the mattress top to remove dry particles on a regular basis
Many people make sure that they pay attention to the manufacturer’s warranty and they may also buy additional warranties to protect their investment in a good night’s sleep.
Buying a Sleep Number Bed
Once a person learns all that the Sleep Number Beds have to offer, they may decide that they have to have one. That leads them to several questions:
- What size to buy
- Where to buy
- How much do they cost?
- What to do with the old Sleep Number Mattress
Sleep Number beds come in sizes from twin to king. The size a person chooses depends on how much room they need and how many people will be using the bed. The most common size sold is the queen. People can find a Queen Sized Sleep Number Mattress for around $1100. They can also spend several thousand dollars on a Sleep Number Bed depending on the size and the options that are chosen. Best deals are found when people buy package deals that include mattresses, bases and other bedding materials.
Sleep Number beds can be bought from authorized stores, from authorized online dealers and directly from Sleep Number. It is a good idea to ask about delivery and set-up availability and costs. May people would rather have someone else assemble the bed. It is also a good idea to ask about the pickup and disposal of the old mattress. Much of the old mattresses can be recycled and it is a good idea to have someone that can take care of this to pick up any old mattresses.
There are many people that do not realize what a Sleep Number bed can do for them. They wonder if they should trust sleeping on a cushion of air and may think that the costs of these beds is too high. They do not understand how much their body will appreciate what a Sleep number bed does for them and how much better they will feel.
They may also not realize these mattresses do not cost more than a high quality coil spring mattress. The only way they can find out is to either go to a store and lay down on one or to bring one directly into their home. With millions of satisfied customers for Sleep Number beds around the world, it does not take long for people to learn what the right choice to make is.