A few decades ago, there was no solution to sleepless summer nights when you can’t control the heat of your pillow or sheets. The best solution was to get a ventilator and a ceiling fan and hope you won’t wake up covered in sweat.
However, with innovative cooling fans and a bed cooling system, the sleeping experience feels breezier than ever. In our review, we’ll talk about the Eight Sleep Pod Review, a smart, cooling mattress that opened a new chapter for sleeping in the summer and set new quality standards.
What is the Eight Sleep Pod?
Eight Sleep Pod is an innovative and ambitious project from the company Eight Sleep that launched in 2014. Aside from the Eight Sleep Pod, smart bedding fans can also shop for smart beds which are a revolutionary discovery in the sleep industry.
You’ve probably seen adjustable smart mattresses that intelligently pump the air into the air chambers making your nights cooler, more comfortable, and adjustable to your needs and preferences.
The Eight Sleep Pod is similar. It’s a smart mattress which can regulate the temperature based on your body temperature as well as the ambient temperature. It boasts an innovative design, dual-zone heating and cooling depending on your preferences, sleep tracker, and much more.
It is well-known that during sleep our body temperature falls, and as we fall asleep deeper, our body triggers recovering, resting, and restorative mechanisms that help us regain our strength and rest back so that we can wake up refreshed and rested and go on about our obligations.
However, during winter or summer when we experience serious temperature fluctuations, falling asleep is harder, especially if our pillow or mattress is hot. Eight Sleep Pod was designed with temperature and breathability in mind, all that while providing the softest and most restful sleeping experience. In further review, you’ll see what this amazing sleeping system is packed with.
In this section, we’ll describe the aspects like construction, layers, firmness, thickness, and other aspects of design. One thing worth mentioning is that Eight Sleep Pod comes packaged in several boxes and is easy to set up and adjust in your bedroom. Once you open it, you’ll be greeted with a dark gray, nearly charcoal surface which encloses the electronics and other components that contribute to better sleep. You can also unzip the cover. It certainly shouldn’t take you long to assemble it and prepare the water, pump, and sleeping surface.
Layers are an important aspect of the mattress itself. This model boasts 11-inch of firmness and its entire construction is divided into main (comfort) and support layers.
The comfort layers are layers that mainly consist of memory foam and contribute to conforming sensation while you sleep. They adjust to your body curves and relieve the pressure and weight of your body. This model consists of three comfort layers that make 2-inch of special, high-quality foam.
One layer is made out of Luracor foam which is made out of synthetic materials with a purpose to mimic the latex construction. It’s what makes the mattress more responsive and bouncy for those who want to use it. However, it’s not as good at breathability and thermal regulation compared to the all-natural latex.
The other two layers boast the polyfoam and medium-density memory foam. They’re all blended one on another, however, so that they can provide a cradling sensation that offers pressure relief and helps you fall asleep fast without feeling pressure or pain. However, given that the memory foam boasts medium-density, you won’t sink entirely in the mattress, but it’ll allow a neutral position that is more restorative for your spine and joints.
Under the comfort layers that help you fall asleep conveniently, there is a 5-inch support layer which acts as the bed’s core. The 5-inch core also uses foam of high density which can be found in the vast majority of mattresses with foam construction. It helps keep the mattress stable while adding more durability. It also ensures stronger edge support, given that there are no coils that can do that. Still, given that this is also polyfoam, the strong edge support on this smart mattress is overestimated.
Innerspring and hybrid mattresses can go as high as 12 to 14 inches. However, for foam mattresses, any firmness above 6-inches or above is alright. However, the review unit of Sleep Pod boasts amazing 11-inches which is more than enough for a lightweight or average-weighing person. What makes this model particularly different is that its base boasts 5 inches while the comfort layers together measure 6-inches. That’s usually not the case with other models so that there’d be more edge support for people who sleep on their sides and not at the center of the bed.
A good thing about the pod is that 11-inches is just right regardless of the type of bed you sleep on. You can sleep on a taller frame and the Pod will feel just right, then again, it works great even with shorter bases and it’s compatible with the vast majority of sheets.
Firmness is probably the most important aspect of a mattress because it most likely determines the level of comfort one will feel while they are sleeping. The firmness measures from 1 to 10. Those with scores 1 to three are considered extra-plush mattresses with intense sinking, cloud-like feel while those around 10 are called extra-firm in other words. The Sleep Pod has the firmness of 5.5 which sorts it in the medium score – somewhere between medium-plush and medium-firm.
Because the top comfort layer works in a way to imitate the latex, it feels more bouncy than sinking, which means its firmness is suitable for lighter to medium-weight sleepers.
However, too heavy people may either find that they’re sinking too much or simply feel uncomfortable over time. One important thing is that when you sleep on the mattress you won’t feel the components of the Active Grid technology which helps track the heat. That’s good because feeling it otherwise could feel rather inconvenient.
The sole point of this construction is to give the sleeper the sensation of comfort as if they’re sleeping on a cloud, rather than inside of it, which is extremely important for long and lasting rest.
But what is included within the package?
The initial package that gets shipped to your address includes the following:
- Smart Mattress with CertiPUR-US certification for high-quality foam.
- The Active Grid Cover with Comfort Blend
- The Hub consisting of hydro-engine which helps the water flow through the Active Grid and provides thermal regulation for your mattress.
Additionally, with the purchase, you can also access the innovative and easy to use Pod’s app which is available on Google and App stores. Both you and your sleeping partner can download it and control the performance of the said components. It’s easy to connect to Wi-Fi and use it as if it was a remote control.
If you squeeze in an extra you can get the following accessories which can improve your sleep as well as the sleep environment:
- The Air Lite Comforter – A down alternative fill that uses hypoallergenic materials and keeps you soft and comfortable through the night. It’s breathable so you can use it both through the winter and summer nights.
- The Carbon Air Pillows – Innovative pillows with soft and comfy cushions that fit in the style of your Pod mattress while helping provide elevated sleep experience and improve your sleep cycle.
- The Pod Sheet Set – Finally, the company also offers a set of comfy sheets that perfectly blend with your bed and provide great comfort.
Lastly, to turn the Pod in the entire smart bed, you can get the Pod foundation 20% discounted if you purchase the mattress.
Now that we described the construction, design, and feel of this smart mattress, it’s time to detail how it performs in real-time and what are the technological components that revolutionize your sleep to the point you’ll never want to sleep on a traditional mattress again.
The tech and electronics aren’t located directly in the mattress chambers, instead, they’re located in the carbon-looking cover which surrounds it. The features that help regulate the temperature are controlled by the hydro-engines located in a compact Hub which comfortably fits next to your bed or on a nightstand. The hub is then controlled by an app that we highlighted above.
The hub, however, needs to be adequately filled with water, or otherwise, the cooling features won’t work. The manufacturer points out that you’ll need to replace the water or fill up the Hub every once in two to three months. Still setting it up and refilling isn’t too difficult and can be done in a matter of minutes. It’s important to keep the neutral temperature of the water so that you could easily change the temperature, which spans from 55 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
The app is also easy to install and configure, all each partner has to do is to pick their size and claim it their own. Afterward, just let the app do the work and receive the sleeping data from your Active Grid size. You can preprogram the temperature change so that it can shift as you’re falling into the deeper sleep.
Another great thing about the app is that if you live in a home with other smart devices, or in a smart home itself, you can use the app to integrate other smart devices thanks to the IFTTT feature. With that in mind, you could easily connect the mattress to the thermostat in your home.
Perhaps, you won’t enjoy the same customization and adjusting to your body that other foam mattresses can offer. Nevertheless, you will still feel relieved as you lay on it, because your weight and pressure of the joints, back, and hips will be relieved and distributed across the sleep surfaces. While the smart components of the cover aren’t felt as you lay on it, it’s worth mentioning that the conforming features could be less subtle if the cooling system was elsewhere.
That said, in terms of pressure, while this model is bouncier than other models, due to its thickness, as well as firmness, it has great conforming capabilities and does an amazing job at relieving the pressure after a long and tiring day.
Motion isolation is one of the best-performing traditional features of this smart mattress because you won’t feel the turning or tossing or any other kind of movement if you sleep with your partner.
The best part is that you may not even feel your movement, which is ideal for people who sleep lightly and can’t fall into a deeper sleep. All in all, you won’t have to worry about waking up tired due to feeling every movement on the bed.
The mattress in itself doesn’t make any noise, despite boasting smart features some of which are electronic. That said, you won’t have to worry about the creaking or other upsetting noise. It’s worth mentioning that the smart system will act as a white noise machine, due to the noise coming from the Hub. Don’t worry however, the sound is so subtle that you won’t even hear it. It is significantly quieter compared to other sleeping systems such as ChillyPad. Nevertheless, for some people, even the white noise may be too overwhelming, but the sound is quieter than the humming.
Unlike the traditional mattresses, this model doesn’t boast the temperature-regulating gel-infused beads or wool layer. It uses a latex-mimicking foam which is relatively temperature neutral, but not enough to replace the natural latex.
The temperature is regulated by the Hub-ran cover in entirety and so far, it has perfect performance. If it’s winter the temperature is quickly regulated to the warm temperature, while in the summer, the temperature will reach an optimal cooling value in no time.
The cover has ultra-thin tubes that connect to the Hub which regulates and then distributes the warm or cool water through the bedding.
Key Features and Benefits
11-inch Of Comfort And Balance
The main feature of this cooling sleeping system is the 11-inch foam mattress which makes sleeping more pressure-relieving and relaxing. The latex-mimicking foam helps regulate the temperature and hugs you to sleep and helps you wake up more rested.
Dual-Zone Cooling And Heating
You can choose the adequate size for your Eight Sleep Pod mattress. However, in all dimensions, each size has cooling and heating system hence the dual-zone. Both you and your partner may have different sleeping preferences. perhaps, one would like a breezier environment than the other. To avoid arguments, each sleeper can control the temperature on the app that is in contact with the Active Grid in the mattress cover.
Sleep tracking is an amazing feature in all smart mattresses that helps you determine the quality of your sleep. The sleep tracking technology of Eight Sleep Pod tracks your body temperature, heart rate, and positioning to give a score to your sleep quality. The best quality is achieved above 80 points through the night. The time you go to sleep will also account for the quality of your sleep.
The last but not less important feature is the 100-night sleep trial which is more than enough time to give you the right judgement about the Eight Sleep Pod. Additionally, there is 10-year limited warranty for the parts. With proper maintenance and care, the Pod should last even longer.
Who Should Use Eight Sleep Pod?
- People who sleep hot or sweaty. For some people, temperature regulation can be a lot of pain, and they can keep waking up through the night or toss and turn.
- Couples with different sleeping preferences and want to preprogram their temperatures and set on/off timers.
- People who prefer both heating and cooling preferences.
- People who need a new mattress but want to invest in a smart one.
Eight Sleep Pod vs. Other Cooling Sleeping Systems
The Sleep Pod Pro
There is a newer and more premium version of the Sleep Pod with the “Pro” extension. It is richer in features which also leads to a pricier price-tag. It’s worth saying that it keeps all the features of the original Pod but also comes with the following:
- Comfort Blend Integrated Topper – A mattress topper inside the cover that adds up more comfort and helps relieve more pressure from the body.
- Room Climate and Weather Response – A weather forecast tracker that helps determine the right weather and environment to regulate the bed temperature accordingly.
- HRV Monitoring – This innovative feature will, aside from tracking your sleep also track your heart activity and report it to you the next morning via the app.
- Gentle Rise Technology – If you have difficulties waking up in the morning, this wakeup technology will regulate the temperature and sleeping environment to prepare you to start a new day at a time.
BedJet is a sort of a cooling cube which cools the room air to keep the temperature in your bed optimal, thanks to the padding put under your fitted sheets. It’s important to note that this system isn’t integrated into the mattress like the Eight Pod. Instead, it uses a remote to track the temperature and then adjusts it accordingly. It depends on the room temperature and maybe inefficient in case of too high temperature.
The water-powered cooling systems such as Ooler and ChillyPad work similarly to BedJet, other than the fact they run on water. They also depend on the temperature in the room, while also being louder. They are higher maintenance and don’t provide the smart sleeping features as well as those provided by the Eight Sleep Pod Pro version.
Air Conditioning System
Air Conditioner is a great idea to keep your room cool even during the hottest nights. Most air conditioners can also function in the heating mode. However, while the air conditioner smartly focuses on regulating the room temperature which in turn can also lead to a cooling of your bed, The Pod focuses on your bed in entirety, and also tracks your sleep, keeping you comfy and rested.
While it may be too expensive for some enthusiasts, Eight Sleep Pod mattress is the best investment in your sleeping experience you can find in the market. It efficiently controls the temperature on your side, while making it comfortable for your partner too.
There are a lot more useful features and a generally-good performance. Its minor drawbacks aren’t a deal-breaker, and if you want to get more out of the features, the Pro version performs even better.
In case you’re not ready for this kind of investment, ChillyPad, Ooler, and BedJet are also great investments into making the summer breezier, or at least more bearable.