Sleep Number may be best known for its adjustable air beds, which are built in a way that allows you to change the firmness and support of the bed with the touch of a button. The beds tend to be popular with couples because they can be made with dual air chambers, so each person can adjust to their preferred setting without compromising.
What else do you need to know about Sleep Number beds and how will you pick the best one for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Sleep Number, including who makes the beds, what special sizes, features, and options they offer. Don’t forget that in-home trial period and warranty, too.
Who Makes Sleep Number Beds?
- Who Makes Sleep Number Beds?
- What The Numbers Mean
- The Most Popular Sleep Number?
- How Do I Find My Sleep Number?
- Bed Construction
- Sleep Number Series/Model Breakdown
- Modular & Adjustable Bases
- Modular & Adjustable Base Descriptions
- SleepIQ Technology
- How To Choose The Right Model
- Who Might Want A Sleep Number?
- Who Might Not Want A Sleep Number?
- Common Praise
- Common Complaints
- 100 Night In-Home Trial Period
- 25 Year Limited Warranty
Select Comfort was founded by Robert Walker and JoAnn Walker in 1987. Today, the company has around 3,700+ employees and was listed as the 87th best Small Company in America by Forbes.
Select Comfort has two manufacturing plants – one in Irmo, South Carolina and the other in Salt Lake City, Utah – which distribute products in the United States and Canada.
What The Numbers Mean
Your Sleep Number number (also called your Sleep Number setting) corresponds to your ideal firmness and support. Numbers range from 0 to 100 and the higher your number, the more air/firmer your Sleep Number bed will be.
Likewise, the lower your Sleep Number, the less air will be in your air chamber and the softer your bed will be.
Sleep Numbers are super personal and can change. If you determine what you think your setting is in the store and go home and don’t like it, there is no reason you can’t adjust your number till you find what suits you best.
The Most Popular Sleep Number?
The most popular Sleep Number is in the 35-40 range. When I asked a representative why this is range is so popular, I was told: Sleep Number is really based on personal preference and what is most comfortable for each person, the 35-45 range gives great support and pressure relief for most.
Your Sleep Number can be determined either before or after purchasing a Sleep Number bed. It will really all come down to what feels “right” to you.
If you want to know your number before purchasing a mattress, you can visit your closest Sleep Number store and have a sales representative walk you through the process. At the store, you will rest on a Sleep Number bed and they will inflate/deflate the floor model till you find a comfortable spot.
After you purchase your Sleep Number bed and it’s delivered and set up, you can use the remote it comes with to start finding your Sleep Number. Instructions are provided Sleep Number’s website; some of the steps include asking you to lie in your “waking up” sleep position and letting the mattress to go from soft to firm and back from firm to soft. This way can identify which firmness level is best for you.
To read more about how to find your Sleep Number, click here.
Enough about numbers, let’s talk about what’s actually in a Sleep Number bed.
All Sleep Number mattresses come with one or two air chambers. These air chamber(s) use a pump to bring in air that will inflate or deflate the chamber based on your Sleep Number setting. Sleep Number calls this feature “DualAir technology.”
The higher the number (it goes up to 100) the firmer your mattress will be. When you have two air chambers, each person can adjust the amount of air in their air chamber based on their personal preference.
Almost every model comes with one remote that allows you to program your Sleep Number. The I-10 model is the only one that comes with two remotes and is only available with dual air chambers.
Air chambers make up the base of all Sleep Number models except for the Innovation Series beds, that feature 1” or 2” foam base pads. These pads are used to add height and support, according to Sleep Number Customer Service representatives.
Except for the C-2 Classic Series model, all Sleep Number mattresses come with at least one layer of comfort foam that rests above the air chamber(s) and below the mattress top.
The higher the series, the more cushion/thicker layer each mattress will have. For example, the C-2 model will be the firmest (with no foam layer) while the I-10 model will have the most cushion (4” layer).
Some mattresses offer PlushFit foam or enhanced foam while others will have Memory Foam layers.
Just like comfort layers, Sleep Number beds come in a range of mattress tops. Pillowtop mattresses start with the Performance Series models and expand from there.
In some cases, mattress tops can be accessed by a separate zipper on the mattress. The I-8 and I-10 models offer a Duvet-style mattress top, the most luxurious, and can be accessed by a second zipper on the mattress.
Aside from these two models, all other mattresses have one zipper in which you can reach all of the layers and the air chamber(s) at once.
Sleep Number Series/Model Breakdown
Sleep Number offers several models broken organized into four categories: Classic, Performance, Memory Foam and Innovation.
Each series essentially builds off the other. The Classic Series beds, the C-2, C-4 and CSE, offer the most standard options while the Innovation Series have the largest, thickest layers and most added features.
The Classic series models are the most basic mattresses. They will have the firmest feel to them because there is the least amount of layers between the air chamber and your mattress top.
|DualAir ™ Adjustability||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Comfort Layer Thickness||None||1.5"||2"|
|Zones of Contouring Support||None||Yes, 3 Zones||Yes, 5 Zones|
|Fabric||Rayon/polypr. blend||Polyester/polypr. blend||Rayon/polyester blend|
|SleepIQ Technology Included||No||No||No|
The Performance series offer pillowtop style mattresses and have thicker comfort layers to be more pressure relieving. The most popular model, the P-5, is a Performance Series bed known for its great balance of firmness and contoured cushion.
|DualAir ™ Adjustability||Yes||Yes|
|Comfort Layer Thickness||2" PlushFit||3" PlushFit|
|Zones of Contouring Support||Yes, 5 Zones||Yes, 5 Zones|
|Fabric||Rayon/polypropylene blend||rayon/polyester blend|
|Cooling Feature||None||Yes, moisture wicking fabric|
|SleepIQ Technology Included||No||No|
Memory Foam Series:
The Memory Foam series is a bed with a memory foam comfort layer. This series tends to be recommended to those who know they enjoy sleeping on memory foam but are looking for adjustability with the DualAir technology and FlexFit Adjustable Base options.
|DualAir ™ Adjustability||Yes|
|Comfort Layer Thickness||4" Total: 3" CoolFit Memory Foam & 1" High Resiliency foam|
|Zones of Contouring Support||None|
|Cooling Feature||Yes, CoolFit™ memory foam is enhanced with gel technology|
|SleepIQ Technology Included||Yes|
Click to read full reviews of the M-7 model.
Innovation series the top of the line set of mattresses with duvet-style pillow tops and In-Balance temperature balancing material built into the covers.
|DualAir ™ Adjustability||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Comfort Layer Thickness||3" PlushFit||4” Reverse Memory Foam/PlushFit foam layer||3" Exclusive Comfort Layer|
|Zones of Contouring Support||Yes, 7 Zones||Yes, 7 Zones||Yes, 5 Zones|
|Fabric||Polyester/polyprop. blend||Polyester/polyprop. blend||Polyester/polyprop. blend|
|Cooling Feature||Outlast Technology in Top||Outlast Technology in Top||Yes, enhanced foam layer|
|SleepIQ Technology Included||Yes||Yes||Yes|
While sizes vary depending on the model, most Sleep Number beds come in standard sizes that will fit most traditional frames and box springs:
|Twin||38” x 75"|
|Twin Long||38” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”|
|Double||54” x 75” (same as Full)|
|Queen||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”|
Sleep Number beds also come in some unique and specialized sizes: Split King and FlexTop King (and Cal King)
|Split King||76” x 80”||split all the way to the foot of the bed|
|FlexTop King||76” x 80”||split only at the head of the bed|
|FlexTop California King||72” x 84”||split only at the head of the bed|
The Split and FlexTop mattresses are best paired with a FlexFit Adjustable Base. For example, with a Split King you can raise/lower just the head and feet of your side of the bed. If your partner is snoring, you could raise the head of just their side with a FlexTop.
Modular & Adjustable Bases
Since Sleep Number is all about individualized comfort, it is not surprising that they also make different types of bases for your mattress.
Sleep Number makes one modular base and three different adjustable bases for their mattresses: FlexFit 1, FlexFit 2 and FlexFit 3.
Note: You do not have to use Sleep Number’s modular or adjustable bases with your Sleep Number mattress. You need to have a flat and sturdy surface for your mattress or you may potentially void your warranty.
Modular & Adjustable Base Descriptions
This modular bed base is a standard base that is designed to be both sturdy and durable. Sleep Number says it will last 20 years or more and prevent sagging in your mattress. It is also easy to get through narrow spaces and set up in smaller rooms so it could be ideal for apartment living.
Raises the head of your bed; one remote will let you elevate the bed and adjust your Sleep Number in the same device.
- A “Zero Gravity” option that raises the head and foot in a way that leaves you feeling weightless
- Partner Snore™ technology allows one partner to raise the other partner’s head (Available with Split King, Split California King and FlexTop® King beds.)
- Timer feature changes the raised part of your bed at a certain time in an effort to shift you into a different position at a designated time.
- Turn on a soft light under the bed and control your nightstand lamps with one button
- Massage soothes tired muscles and leaves you feeling rejuvenated
The FlexFit bases also come in two types: Silhouette and Traditional. Here is the description I got from a representative: The silhouette is an optional upholstered surround for our FlexFit adjustable bases. The Traditional option does not include the upholstered frame, and you will be able to see the legs underneath like a regular frame. If you choose the Traditional option, we recommend purchasing our Smart™ Skirt Bed Skirt.
***From Sleep Number: The FlexFit™ adjustable base is not covered under our 100-Night In-Home Trial and is non-returnable. Delivery and setup outside the standard Comfort Service. When purchasing online, you must select the Home Delivery option. Standard UPS shipping is not available for adjustable bases.***
SleepIQ Technology senses how you sleep and provides data that lets you make modifications to optimize your night’s sleep. It can let you know what your best sleep hours are and help you find your Sleep Number setting.
It also connects to a number of health and wellness apps*, including:
- Apple Health
- Microsoft Health
*This list was provided by a Customer Service representative and is subject to change.
Only some models come with SleepIQ Technology included in the mattress, but the technology is available to be added to any Sleep Number bed.
How To Choose The Right Model
There are several resources and ways to decide which mattress (and/or base) is right for you.
Sleep Number’s website offers details, photos, FAQ’s, and images of each Sleep Number bed. They let you compare models across series and have a Live Chat feature that should answer virtually any question. You can also get a quote or make a purchase online and through the Live Chat feature.
Sleep Number sells their beds in Sleep Number stores nationwide. Sleep Number Customer Service was unable to tell me exactly how many stores there are but estimated somewhere near 400.
Sleep Number stores can be found across the country, including Alaska and Hawaii. There are no international stores at the moment.
A sales representative at the store can help you find your Sleep Number and guide you towards the right model for you. They have a variety of beds out and available for testing if you want to feel one before you make a purchase.
Beds come with a 30 or 100 night trial period plus a 25-year limited warranty.
Who Might Want A Sleep Number?
- People who like air beds- First and foremost, the core of the Sleep Number bed is the adjustable air mattress. If you have had positive experiences with air beds, you will probably like what Sleep Number has to offer – especially with all of its adjustable features.
- Couples who sleep differently– If you like a firmer mattress and your partner prefers more cushion, you may like Sleep Number beds. Most beds can be made with dual air chambers that allow each person to decide how firm their side of the bed will be. Some models – like the I-10 – even have comfort layers that can be adjusted on each side.
- People with physical injuries or medical conditions– Whether it’s a bad back, occasional heartburn or recovery from an accident, Sleep Number’s adjustable mattress, and FlexFit bases allow people to get comfortable easily and then re-adjust when they’re back to normal.
- People who want options and flexibility– Individualized comfort is the name of Sleep Number’s game, so it’s no surprise that people who want to be able to change things up on a nightly basis will like these models. You can adjust the firmness, pick a model whose layers fit your needs – some can even help you sleep cool – and you can add a FlexFit base for even more sleeping options.
Who Might Not Want A Sleep Number?
- People who love memory foam– Depending on what is available, there are one – possibly two – Sleep Number models that offer a comfort layer made with memory foam. If you know you love memory foam you will be limited on Sleep Number beds, which are – at their core – adjustable air beds.
- Couples who like to sleep close together– One of the biggest complaints from couples is that a sagging/division is created in between the dual air chambers on the bed. Couples who like to sleep close or cuddle in the center of the bed feel as those they are sinking into the middle of the bed.
- People who do not want to deal with technology– If you want a simple tech-free bed, Sleep Number may not be for you. In order to adjust your Sleep Number, you will need to use a remote that will signal a pump to inflate/deflate air into the air chamber(s) in your mattress to adjust firmness. If you want insight into your sleep habits, you would need to utilize your SleepIQ technology, which can be connected to other apps you may have.
- People on a tight budget– Of the eight models currently available at Sleep Number, only one is available for under $1,000 at a Queen size (at full price). Those wanting additional comfort layers, cooling features and maybe a specialized FlexFit base will need to be ready to spend upwards of $5,000 for a Queen bed with added comfort features.
- Couples love being able to personalize the firmness of their side of the bed. The dual air chambers available on most models (and depending on size) means that someone who prefers a firmer bed doesn’t have to compromise with a partner who likes more cushion. If one person like to sleep on their side and another doesn’t, they have a great solution here.
- People with back problems or medical issues that require them to sit up at different points love the flexibility of Sleep Number beds. They can adjust the firmness of their bed for a couple nights if needed and can raise/lower the head of their bed with a FlexFit Adjustable Base depending on their current needs.
- There was heavy praise for the longevity and durability of the Sleep Number bed. People came back to Sleep Number’s site to say they’ve had their bed for 10+ years and they are still comfortable. Of course, not everyone was able to stay comfortable in their bed for a decade without experiencing issues, but people tended to have their Sleep Number bed for a long time.
- As with all products, some people just did not find their Sleep Number bed comfortable. These types of reviews are common and typically all come down to personal preference. If you are unsure about investing in a Sleep Number bed, go to a store and try one in person to see what you think.
- People reported being frustrated with the limitations attached to Sleep Number’s 100 Night Trial Policy and their 25 Year Limited Warranty. People complained that they purchased an adjustable base without knowing that it wasn’t a part of the trial and couldn’t be returned. People were also upset that they had to pay a portion of the cost to fix their Sleep Number bed after the first two years of their 25-year limited warranty. It would be worth reading both the policy and warranty in full before making a purchase.
- One popular complaint was a sagging or slight valley created in the mattress between the two air chambers. This seemed to be a bigger complaint about models that had thicker comfort foam layers. Couples expressed disappointment in not being able to cuddle in the middle of their bed without feeling like they were falling/sliding into the center.
100 Night In-Home Trial Period
Sleep Number allows you take your Sleep Number mattress home to try it out for a certain period of time and under certain conditions. This is sometimes referred to as the “100- Night In-Home Trial” or the “In-Home Trial Policy.”
Here are the basic conditions of the trial period. Be sure to read Sleep Number’s policy in full on their website
- All new Sleep Number beds and DualTemp layers are covered and the trial period. The trial begins the day your bed or layer arrives and lasts for 100 nights, except for the it™ bed, which is 30 nights.
- Sleep Number says it will take about 30 days for your body to adjust to your new mattress and find your ideal Sleep Number. If you are not satisfied you must contact them by the end of the 100 night trial period (or 30 night if using the it™ bed,) to arrange the return of the product.
- The FlexFit™ adjustable base is not covered under our 100-Night In-Home Trial and is non-returnable.
25 Year Limited Warranty
Sleep Number beds (from their Core Line of mattresses: C-2, C-4, CSE, P-5, P-6, I-7, I-8, I-10, and I-LE.) and their modular bases are covered in the 25-year limited warranty. This excludes the it™ bed.
It is highly recommended that you read the full warranty policy on the website. There are some important insights and we’ve listed a couple here:
- Sleep Number will essentially cover the cost of a manufacturing or product defect in full for the first two years of the warranty.
- There are several things you can do to void your warranty. Some of these include staining/damaging your mattress with liquids or fluids, ripping off the legal tag, opening the remote and forgetting to keep your original receipt (to name a few).
- After the first two years, you are responsible for a portion of the price needed to for any repairs or replacements to your mattress or base.
For more details on the 25-year limited warranty, read our post here.