Adjustable and Affordable – the Sleep Number Bed
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The Sleep Number Bed is made by a US company called Select Comfort, which is based in Plymouth Minnesota and was formed in 1987. They sell their beds and many accessories that go with the beds via 400 company-owned stores all across the US, as well as via direct marketing operations and online stores. You may have seen their beds endorsed by some famous celebrities including a few popular conservative talk radio hosts. Here we take a brief look at what to expect from a Sleep Number.
Sleep Number Beds made their name as an adjustable bed. They use an adjustable air chamber to change the plushness or firmness of the mattress at the touch of a button and that has been their unique selling point in the mattress market. They do not use coils at all inside and though some of them will now use memory foam, the basics of the bed include a foundation, an air chamber, support foams, a comfort pad and a mattress cover. These beds use a Sleep Number Setting which is a number between zero and 100 that represents the perfect combination of comfort, support and firmness for your individual body.
Sleep Number Beds can be broadly separated into their 3 categories – the Classic Series, the Performance Series and the Innovation Series.
If we first look at the Classic series these beds feature many of the fundamentals that gave Sleep Number their name. The C2, C3 and C4 beds will range in price from around $1000 – 1500 for a Queen.
The C2 is the original Plush-style bed that helped to launch Sleep Number Beds as a force in the market featuring their adjustable air-chamber design that allows you to alter the firmness of the bed at the touch of a button from the non-digital remote. Whether you prefer a pillow-top softness or a super-firm bed, the choice is yours. The C2 has an 8 inch mattress that also features breathable knit fabric and gentle cushioning on top. The C3 is an enhanced version of the original bed with an extra- plush comfort material in its 9 inch mattress and a digital remote. The C4 takes all of the benefits of the C3 and extends the comfort layers with a 10 inch European style pillow top finish and a 1.5 inch comfort material providing more cushioning across the mattress.
The Performance series takes things up a notch and will range from $1600 – 2800. This range features the P5, P6 and P7 which all still feature the Firmness Control remote-control system, but expand the comfort layers from the classic series. The P7 uses memory foam, in keeping with many of the high-end manufacturers these days, who have added it to their ranges as demand for it has increased.
The Innovation series is the top of the range collection for Sleep Number Beds. It features 2 mattresses, the i8 and the i10 which will weigh in at about $2500 – $3500 apiece for a Queen. Both mattresses feature the Intralux comfort materials in varying thicknesses in a 12-inch pillow top. They add a breathable, all-natural sleeping surface on top, to balance body temperature better. They also have a smart digital remote control that adjusts the firmness of the mattress and has a memory button that allows you to return the mattress to a previous setting.
The design of these beds makes them very light weight which, as well as the high comfort levels and the adjustability, is one of the most common positive comments you will find in Sleep Number bed reviews.
You may also come across some comments about various Sleep Number Bed problems that crop up. The most common complaints relating to these beds are that the middle area – where the two air chambers meet up and are joined by a foam strip – is uncomfortable. One in five users, in one of the reviews we read (which supposedly sampled 1500 users) complained that this made the bed uncomfortable for cuddling or love making. Some also said that the sides of the bed can slope inwards and cause sleepers to roll towards the center. The other main problems reported were that the bed can lose air and that atmospheric conditions, room temperature or body weight can cause the firmness settings to vary up to 15 points. Some users also found the bed noisy.