There are a large number of positive reviews of the sleep number bed from satisfied customers. While smaller in number, there are also a notable amount of negative reviews of the product. Perhaps because of this overwhelmingly positive view, other consumers have been tempted to buy one of these beds for themselves. You may be wondering, however, what exactly is the upside of this type of bed? Why has it gained such popularity in the last few years? Are the problems noted in the negative reviews significant? Is this type of bed the right choice for me?
The mattress in a sleep Number bed is built from two distinct air chambers, as opposed to a traditional mattress that uses traditional metal coils and springs to provide the primary support for your body. This unique design, according to the manufacturer, allows the bed to provide better cushion and comfort, less transfer of movement between two people, as well as settings that are easily customizable to each person’s needs and preferences.
Sleep Number beds are developed and patented by Select Comfort, a U.S.-based manufacturer that not only specializes in the production of these unique mattresses, but also the development of optional accessories that complement this product. By making use of the ideal “Sleep Number” setting, a personalized numerical setting from zero to 100, the idea is that one can ensure maximum comfort and a great night’s sleep. This number generally represent’s the mattress firmness and comfort level, based on the level of support your body needs. This seems to the main crux of their marketing campaigns, with the mantra being “What’s your Sleep Number?”
Selected Reviews from Satisfied Customers
First of all, the mattress can support two different firmness settings, one for each side of the bed. Select Comfort claims that there is no “one size fits all” in sleep support and comfort, which is the reason why these beds can accommodate a maximum of two users needs and settings at the same time, something a regular mattress definitely could not provide.
Because the bed’s settings can be adjusted at any time, you are able to change the bed as your preferences or needs change. This feature potentially cuts some of the gap between the relatively high price of the bed as compared to a regular innerspring mattress. You might avoid purchasing two different mattresses because of a life change such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, back problems, etc.
Some chiropractors have also lauded the merits of using a Sleep Number bed. As people grow older, many will develop aches and pains in various parts the body. These aches and pains, according to the manufacturer, can sometimes be relieved by the bed’s unique support and design. While that claim can’t really be proven, studies do show that a good night’s sleep does wonders for one’s psychological and physical well-being. Waking up refreshed, without the hint of pain, is always ideal for anyone of any age.
The Sleep Number bed may also be beneficial for pregnant women. With the numerous body changes plus the burden of carrying that additional weight, many pregnant women find it very hard to locate a comfortable sleeping position. This can lead to annoying tossing, turning and perhaps sleepless nights. The mother-to-be can simply adjust the settings until she finds a suitable and comfortable number.
Recreational Vehicle owners seem to be particularly excited about the bed. Since the bed arrives from the factory deflated, they are able to install the bed into their RV without the hassle and bulk of a traditional bed. They can also easily deflate and move the bed if needed, or adjust the firmness based on whether the vehicle in moving, stationary, level or not level, etc.
Some have reported a few Sleep Number bed problems, including some consumers claiming that the felt like sleeping on a balloon, the material was too hot, the seam between the chambers was uncomfortable, etc. Do keep in mind that most popular mattress brands also have a fair number of negative reviews. A September 2010 survey conducted by sleeplikethedead.com, showed that that majority of Sleep Number bed consumers (around 78%) were quite satisfied with the product. That said, some of the points in the review may be worth noting, so do take note.
This bed is truly a different product, combining a unique idea with good quality and function. Try one now and you may feel the differences that other owners have noted. Because the bed is such a different design, and also because of the relatively high cost of any specialty bed, we do recommend that you carefully read our articles that cover both the advantages and disadvantages of the sleep number bed. It may also be a good idea to spend an afternoon in one of their showrooms and try the bed out.
Here’s a terrific video from the “Factory Made” television show that covers how a sleep number bed is created at the factory: