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Sleep Number Beds: Everything You Need to Know

It is inevitable. There is going to come a day when you have to go out and buy a new mattress. But, with so many types available, how do you know which is the most comfortable, offers the most support, and is the most affordable? No matter what you end up getting, a decent mattress is going to cost you upwards of $1,000.

But, some brands do tend to stand out above the rest. One of those brands is Sleep Number. These mattresses are extremely supportive and comfortable, because you get to adjust the level of firmness you prefer.

The Benefits of a Sleep Number Bed:

The first thing we are going to discuss is how having a Sleep Number bed can benefit you. Later, we will go into more detail about these benefits. To begin with, sleep number beds are made from quality, fire-resistant materials that are designed for durability, support, and comfort. Other benefits include:

  • Comfort – You can adjust the air chambers so you have your perfect comfort level while sleeping, as well as just the right amount of support for your head and neck.
  • Durability – A Sleep Number mattress is built to last. They are durable, and you can expect one to hold up for at least seven to eight years.
  • Compatibility – You can put one of these mattresses on any bed frame, and there is no need to buy anything else.

The Making of a Sleep Number Bed:

First we are going to look at how a Sleep Number bed is made. On top, you will find a padded topper, which is made out of a variety of materials (fabric, foam, and fire-resistant materials) that when combined add to the comfort and durability of the mattress. Whereas most coil mattresses have coverings that are made entirely out of one piece of fabric, the Sleep Number bed is different. The side panels are separate pieces that are not added until after the installation of the rubber air chambers.

Now we are going to discuss those air chambers. These are why you are able to adjust your perfect level of comfort. But, not only can you adjust one side, both sides can be adjusted independently. This is perfect for couples who have different preferred levels of firmness and support. These chambers are made out of rubber, and are extremely durable.

How does it Work?

A Sleep Number mattress is different from any other mattress you are going to be looking at. Most mattresses are made with coils or springs for support, or they are made from memory foam. This is different yet again. The Sleep Number mattress is made with the fully-adjustable air chambers. How does it work, you ask? It is simple.

The air chambers are connected to an air pump. This pump is placed outside of the mattress. It is not huge, and it won’t get in your way. The pump allows both sides to be controlled independently of one another. Whether you like a firm mattress or one that is softer and more cushiony, you can get just the right level of firmness when you have a Sleep Number mattress. It is unlikely that you will be disappointed if you choose to buy one of these mattresses.

Do You Need a Special Frame?

The Sleep Number mattress is a specialty mattress, and we all know that there are many specialty mattresses that are not only expensive, but that also require special frames. These frames are costly as well, but you can’t get away with not using one. This is definitely not the case with a Sleep Number mattress.

These mattresses are made to fit onto just about any bed frame. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your new mattress, and you don’t have to spend another small fortune to get a frame for it. You can just put it on the frame you already have.

In addition to compatibility, there are also add-ons you can get that will make this an even better investment. You will definitely want to have the heating mattress pad, which you put under the mattress to make it warmer. There is also a waterproof mattress pad that goes on top. You don’t have to buy special sheets either. The sheets you have now will fit on your Sleep Number mattress.

How Good is the Warranty?

Sleep Number beds come with 25-year limited warranties that protect against manufacturer defects. This includes the Firmness Control System, but if you choose to have the SleepIQ module, that part only has a two-year warranty. In the first two years, defective parts will be repaired or replaced for free. In the next three to 20 years, you are responsible for 20 percent of the repair or replacement costs. From year 21 onwards, this number increases annually by four percent.

Are there Any Issues to be Aware Of?

We talked about some of the great features of a Sleep Number mattress. But, there are also a few negatives that you need to be aware of. After all, you will be spending a lot of money on a new mattress, so you need to know everything about the models you are considering, both good and bad. For the most part, the biggest problems tend to involve the air pumps.

Over time, air pumps tend to break down, or parts wear out. The most common parts to wear out are tubing and gaskets. Once the pump breaks down, it will not be able to properly inflate and deflate the mattress. The best option in this case is to just go out and replace the air pump.

Mold is another issue that is common with this type of mattress. This is because it can develop between the air chambers and the mattress pad. This is even more common if there is a lot of humidity in your home. One way to avoid this problem is to use a dehumidifier.

Parting Thoughts:

Now you have all of the information you need to decide if a Sleep Number bed is one that you should consider when shopping for a new mattress. They do have a couple of minor issues, but overall, if you are looking for a mattress that offers customizable support and comfort, this is definitely a mattress for you to consider.