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The term ‘smart mattress’ refers to any bed that integrates sleep tracking technology and/or app-based controls. These cutting-edge features allow owners to monitor how long they sleep and how often they wake up each night, as well as adjust the firmness of their mattress surface using wireless apps.
Many smart mattresses are compatible with smart bed bases, which feature similar controls that enable owners to customize the angle of their sleep surface. Due to their advanced features and customization options, most smart mattresses have relatively high price-points.
For this guide, we will profile three leading smart mattress brands: Sleep Number, Eight Sleep, and ReST Bed. Sleep Number and ReST Bed offer airbed mattresses with internal air chambers that can be inflated or deflated to adjust the feel of the sleep surface; they also feature app-based controls and sleep tracking programs. Eight Sleep sells all-foam and hybrid mattresses come with the removable Eight Smart cover that connects to a sleep tracking app.
Read on to learn more about construction, pricing, and other details regarding all available models from Sleep Number, Eight Sleep, and ReST Bed. Below you’ll find our top picks from these three brands based on cost, performance, and unique features. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner reviews, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
The Eight Sleep Pod combines the superior pressure point relief of a memory foam mattress with sleep tracking and a temperature-regulated smart alarm. Four layers of premium high-density foams make up a true medium mattress, suitable for most body types and sleep positions.
The Pod’s tech-powered Active Grid lies directly above the foam layers and beneath the soft knit cover. Using feedback from your body, the surface temperature, and your sleep cycles, the Active Grid regulates the mattress temperature (cooling and heating as necessary) while tracking key biometrics related to your sleep health, like heart rate and breathing.
The temperature regulation is the Pod’s standout feature. Whether you sleep hot or cool, the Eight Sleep Pod keeps you neutral and comfortable throughout the night. The Pod also uses the bed’s surface temperature as a smart alarm system, gradually cooling throughout the evening to promote deep sleep, before warming up in the morning to wake you without an obnoxious alarm.
Each morning, you can review your daily sleep report in the app, available on iOS and Android. This smart mattress also syncs up with other smart home devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest, and Philips Hue, so you can create a bedtime routine (such as cooling down your bed at the same time your lights start to dim).
The temperature and biometric tracking are wired for both sides of the bed, so couples with different needs can sleep comfortably together and review separate metrics in the app.
The Eight Sleep Pod comes with a 1-year tech warranty and 10-year mattress warranty.
Our Best Value smart mattress is the Sleep Number c2. Like the Eight Sleep Jupiter+, the c2 is currently sold for $999 in a Queen-size; comparatively, the average airbed costs more than $2,000. The c2 is also optimal for those who prefer low-profile beds, including heavier people and stomach sleepers; at 8? thick, it has a much shorter profile than the majority of airbeds sold today.
The c2 is built with a 2? polyfoam comfort layer and two air chambers that automatically adjust based on the sleeper’s preferences. The firmness range for this mattress is ‘Medium Firm’ to ‘Firm’.
In addition to automatic firmness adjustments, the mattress also offers dual-firmness settings. This makes c2 suitable for couples with differing firmness preferences. The mattress is also compatible with Sleep Number’s SleepIQ tracking app, which awards a nightly score based on time awake, nocturnal movements, and other factors that affect sleep quality and duration.
The c2 is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty. Sleep Number also offers complimentary Comfort Service Home Delivery, a White Glove option that includes in-home mattress assembly, to most customers in the contiguous U.S.
Our pick for Best Luxury Smart Mattress is the m7, the only Sleep Number model constructed with a gel memory foam comfort layer. The bed’s overall comfort system measures 5? thick and provides deep conforming that is most suitable for lighter people and side sleepers.
With a firmness range of ‘Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm,’ this is one of the brand’s softest mattresses; it also provides dual-firmness for couples with varying preferences. The m7 is one of the most expensive Sleep Number beds, with a current price-point of $2,999 in a Queen-size.
The m7 is compatible with the SleepIQ wireless app, which tracks sleeper activity and associated metrics (such as heart and breathing rates) and awards a nightly score based on how well or poorly they slept. SleepIQ data can be accessed using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The bed also comes with a remote control for firmness adjustments.
Like other Sleep Number beds, the m7 is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 25-year warranty. All orders in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free Comfort Service Home Delivery, which includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal upon request.
The technology associated with smart mattresses is continuously evolving and improving. Currently, we consider the ReST Bed to be the smart mattress with the most advanced features for sleepers. The 12″ ReST Bed offers three firmness customizations: ‘Manual’; ‘Automatic, which continually adjusts the firmness based on the sleeper’s preferences; and ‘Position Detection,’ which adjusts the firmness whenever the sleeper changes their position.
The bed’s spandex cover features more than 2,000 built-in sensors monitor pressure-sensitive areas of the sleeper’s body in order to track sleep patterns and activities; owners can access their sleep data on the ReSTdash app using most wireless devices.
The ReST Bed also offers zoned bodily support. The bed’s air chambers are designed to provide distinct firmness settings for the head, shoulders, lower back, hips, and legs. This addresses the common complaint among airbed sleepers that the air chambers provide one level of support to the entire body, which can lead to mattress sinkage as well as aches and pains.
The ReST Bed’s general firmness range is ‘Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm,’ making it optimal for most side and back sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. The ReST Bed offers dual-firmness, as well.
Like other smart mattresses, the ReST Bed can be integrated with home technology hubs. The mattress has an exceptionally high price-point – currently $3,999 in a Queen-size – which makes it a good option for shoppers with bigger budgets. The ReST Bed is backed by a 90-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
‘Smart mattress’ is a loose term referring to any mattress model with sensor technology designed to monitor the sleep patterns and routines of its owner(s). Today’s smart mattresses can track how long a person sleeps and the duration of their REM cycles, as well as physiological factors like body temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
Other functions of a smart mattress may include alarms, adjustable climate control with warming and cooling functions, and internet connectivity. Additionally, some smart airbeds enable owners to adjust the firmness settings of their sleep surface using remote controls.
In today’s market, many smart mattresses utilize app technology that allows owners to adjust controls using their phone, tablet, or other compatible devices. Smart mattresses are somewhat rare, and tend to be much more expensive than the average mattress model. Although some smart mattresses have below-average price-points, the majority cost at least $1,800 in the standard Queen size – and some are twice to three times as expensive.
Smart mattresses offer some – if not all – of the following functions:
Sleep Tracking: Smart mattresses feature sensors that connect to hubs via wireless technology or electrical outlets; they do not require sleepers to attach equipment to their bodies. Using sensors placed throughout the cover, smart mattresses are designed to monitor the following data points:
Body and Environmental Monitoring:Using the same sensors for sleep tracking, smart mattresses can monitor these factors:
Sleep Scoring: Taking these body and environmental factors into account, many smart mattresses generate ‘sleep scores’ for users based on the quality and duration of their sleep. Some programs feature functions that allow sleepers to set goals based on their previous sleep scores, as well.
Mattress Adjustment: More advanced smart models – including airbeds – allow sleepers to customize certain mattress settings, such as:
Other Functions: In addition to those listed above, smart mattress technology often features the following applications:
Now that we have discussed smart mattress functionality and some common features of these products, let’s look at smart mattress models from three leading brands and how they compare with one another.
Eight Sleep offers smart all-foam mattresses. The company’s current selection includes the following two models:
The Smart Bed (formerly known as the Jupiter) is made with a memory foam comfort layer, a polyfoam transitional layer, and a high-density polyfoam support core. The Smart Bed’s cover is equipped with sensors that coordinate the smart technology. Using a compatible wireless app, owners can use the sensors to track several sleep metrics, such as REM/deep sleep cycles, heart rate, and respiratory rate.
The cover also offers heating for both sides of the bed and has a smart alarm that wakes sleepers up during periods of light sleep, resulting in more alertness. The Smart Bed measures 10″ thick; in terms of firmness it is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ or 6.5 on the 1-10 scale.
The Pod, Eight Sleep’s newest mattress, uses similar smart technology as the Smart Bed. The Pod is built with polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers, a polyfoam transitional layer, and a high-density polyfoam support core.
The Active Grid layer (positioned above the comfort system) is connected to the Hub, which is located next to the mattress base and controls different settings. Owners can program the temperatures for each side of the bed; the estimated range is 55° to 115° Fahrenheit (12° to 46° Celsius). Sleepers can also track sleep data with the Eight Sleep app using the Active Grid’s built-in sensors. The Pod is considered ‘Medium’ (5.5) in terms of firmness.
The table below breaks down each Smart Collection mattress in terms of height, firmness, layer components, and other specifications.
|Eight Sleep Model||Firmness||Thickness||Comfort Layer||Support Core||Cover||Price (Queen)|
|Smart Bed||6.5 (Medium Firm)||10"||4" HD polyfoam||Polyester ‘Eight Smart’ cover with built-in sleep tracker||$995|
|Pod||5.5 (Medium)||11"||5" HD polyfoam||Polyester ‘Eight Smart’ cover with built-in sleep tracker||$2,195|
ReST – which is short for Responsive Sleep Technology, LLC – offers the ReST Bed, a smart airbed.
The comfort layer of the ReST Bed is made with two layers of gel memory foam. The support core features a top layer of high-resilience polyfoam, followed by foam-encased air chambers that target five specific areas – or ‘zones’ – of the body: head, shoulders, lower back, hips, and legs. Using the ReSTdash smart app, the mattress can be programmed to three different settings:
The cover is made of 100% Lycra® spandex, and features a built-in sleep tracker with sensors that monitor more than 2,000 different pressure-point areas. The sensors do not affect the feel of the cover to any significant degree. Sleep data is accessible via the ReSTdash app. The Twin XL size is a one-sided model with one air hose. All other sizes are two-sided, and come with two air hoses for dual adjustment.
More information about the ReST Bed is found in the table below:
|Mattress Model||Thickness||Firmness Range||Comfort Layer||Support Core||Cover||Price (Queen)|
|ReST Bed||12"||3 to 6 (Soft to Medium Firm)||100% Lycra® spandex with Built-in Sleep Tracker and Sensors||$3,999|
A pioneering brand for airbeds and smart mattresses, Sleep Number currently offers a total of eight ‘360 Smart Bed’ models. These models have two adjustable air chambers and are compatible with the SleepIQ sleep-tracking app. Each Sleep Number mattress belongs to one of four exclusive collections:
Each Sleep Number mattress can be adjusted for firmness using a remote control. The firmness range will vary by selected model; generally speaking, Sleep Number beds with wider firmness ranges are more expensive than those with more limited ranges.
Sleep Number mattresses may be purchased alone or with an adjustable FlexFit base. There are three options for the Flexfit, all of which carry a different price-point:
All nine Sleep Number mattresses are profiled in the table below:
|Sleep Number Mattress Model||Firmness Range||Thickness||Comfort Layer||Support Core||Cover||Price (Queen)|
|c2||6-7 (‘Medium Firm’ to ‘Firm’)||8"||2" Gel-infused Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Rayon and Polypropylene Blend||$999|
|c4||5-7 (‘Medium’ to ‘Firm’)||9"||3" Gel-infused Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Polypropylene Blend||$1,499|
|p5||4-7 (‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Firm’)||10"||4" Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Rayon and Polypropylene Blend||$2,099|
|PSE||5-7.5 (‘Medium’ to ‘Firm’)||10"||4" Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Rayon and Polypropylene Blend||$2,799|
|p6||4-6 (‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Firm’)||11"||5" Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Rayon Blend||$2,599|
|m7||3 to 6 (Soft to Medium Firm)||11"||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Polypropylene Blend||$3,099|
|i8||4-6 (‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’||12"||6" Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Polypropylene Blend||$3,099|
|i10||3-6 (‘Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’)||13"||7" Memory Foam and Polyfoam Layers||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Polypropylene Blend||$4,499|
|ILE||4-6 (‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’||12"||6" Polyfoam||Dual Air Chambers||Polyester and Polypropylene Blend||$4,999|
Because smart mattresses represent such a significant financial investment for most shoppers, it may be beneficial to take advantage of sleep trials offered by brands that manufacture these beds.
Here’s how sleep trials work: mattress brands allow purchasers to test out their new model for a fixed number of nights. If the customer is not satisfied before the sleep trial ends, then he or she can return and/or exchange the mattress for a full or partial refund. Some sleep trials require customers to test out their mattress for a certain length of the sleep trial before they will be eligible to return or exchange it. This is known as a ‘mandatory break-in period.’ Additionally, the customer may be responsible for some extra charges associated with returns or exchanges.
Warranties can provide extra product security for a smart mattress. However, the sleep-tracking technology components of a smart mattress may or may not be covered under the product warranty.
Another important consideration is nonprorated vs. prorated coverage. During nonprorated coverage periods, mattress owners do not need to pay for mattress repairs or replacements if a defect develops (though they may need to cover associated shipping and handling charges).
During the prorated period, owners pay a fee – usually certain percentage of the original mattress price – for defective mattress replacements. Prorated charges typically increase with each year of ownership, which can lead to expensive costs if a defect develops down the road. Many warranties are entirely nonprorated – but some are primarily prorated.
The sleep trial and warranty policies of Eight Sleep, ReST, and Sleep Number are outlined below.
|Brand||Eight Sleep||ReST Bed||Sleep Number|
|Sleep trial length||100 nights||90 night||100 nights|
|Required break-in period?||No||No||30 nights|
|Extra fees for returns?||No||No||Yes|
|Warranty length||10 years||10 years||25 years|
|Nonprorated warranty coverage||10 years||10 years||2 years|
|Smart Technology Covered in Warranty?||The Eight Smart cover is backed by a one-year warranty that is separate from the 10-year mattress warranty||Smart technology covered under mattress warranty||Yes, but the cover is only included in the warranty for the first two years of ownership|