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Eight Sleep is an online smart mattress brand. The company specializes in products that incorporate smart technology and sleep-tracking functionality. This review will focus on Eight Sleep’s newest high-tech mattress model, the Eight Sleep Pod 3.
The Pod 3 is an all-foam mattress constructed with comfort layers of polyfoam, followed by support layers of denser polyfoam. The Eight Sleep Pod 3 offers a medium firm feel, which corresponds to a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. This ensures noticeable contouring for the body, but not too much sinkage and decent support for people who weigh up to 230 pounds.
The Pod 3 contains an Active Grid layer with rows of sensors that span the surface area of the mattress. These sensors track sleep patterns, breathing and heart rates, and other data from anyone who uses the mattress, and awards a nightly score based on sleep quality and duration. You can access data using the Eight Sleep smart app. The app also allows you to adjust the Pod’s temperature settings. An external water container called The Hub connects to small tubes built into the cover. Simply program the app for your desired temperature setting, then wait a few minutes for the Hub to heat or cool the water before sending it through the tubes. The Hub’s temperature range is 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 43.3 degrees Celsius). Additionally, the app can be used as a white noise machine and an alarm.
Eight Sleep also offers an upgraded model known as the Eight Sleep Pod 3 Max. The Pod 3 Max is a slightly thicker mattress that shares much of the Pod 3’s construction as well as many of its smart features. The bed expands on the original Pod 3 with an additional layer of MaxChill foam, which contains silver, copper, and graphite that are meant to reduce heat retention.
This review will focus solely on the Eight Sleep Pod 3. Read on to learn more about the mattress in terms of construction, pricing, and performance, as well as Eight Sleep’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
If you’re drawn to the smart technology of an Eight Sleep Pod 3 but don’t want to invest in a new mattress, the Pod 3 Cover will fit right over your existing mattress. In the video below, we explore the Pod Pro Cover, which is a previous model of the Pod 3 Cover. The designs are similar but the Pod Pro 3 Cover features more advanced sensor technology to produce more accurate biometric data. Stay tuned for an updated video review of the Pod Pro 3 Cover.
Eight Sleep Pod 3 Mattress
|Sleeper Type||Under 130 lbs||130-230 lbs||Above 230 lbs|
Side Sleepers: Generally, side sleepers prefer mattresses with softer surface feels. This position requires extra cushioning for the shoulders and hips in order to align the spine properly, so firmer mattresses may not provide enough padding for side sleepers. The Pod 3 is very well suited to side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. This model’s medium feel and close conforming ensures ample padding for the shoulders and hips.
If you’re a side sleeper who weighs more than 230 pounds, the bed still provides adequate support, but there’s a chance the Pod 3 will feel too soft and sink excessively beneath your shoulders and/or hips.
Back Sleepers: Back sleepers usually prefer firmer mattresses than side sleepers. This position promotes spinal alignment on its own, so enhanced support is needed to prevent the torso and waist from sinking too deeply beneath the surface.
We recommend the Pod 3 for most back sleepers, particularly those under 230 pounds. This model conforms to a noticeable extent, but it won’t sink too much for back sleepers and should keep their bodies on an even plane. However, the Pod 3’s medium firm feel may be a bit too soft for some back sleepers, who may want to opt for a firmer mattress instead.
Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers – like back sleepers – typically prefer more supportive mattresses that offer some conforming but won’t sink too much. The stomach sleeping position is tricky because it is associated with more aches and pains than side or back sleeping. Most of us carry a disproportionate amount of weight in our stomach, so sleeping face-down can cause excessive sinkage unless the mattress has a strong support system.
The Pod 3’s polyfoam layers are fairly sturdy, providing some support for stomach sleepers. The bed’s all-foam construction and medium firm feel, however, will be too soft for some stomach sleepers over 130 pounds, leading to excess sink around the midsection.
The Pod 3 is a foam smart mattress. The top 1-inch Active Grid layer contains foam and state-of-the-art biometric sensors. A 2-inch comfort layer is made of polyfoam, followed by another 1-inch comfort layer of polyfoam. The polyfoam is a little responsive, creating some bounce on the surface with light conforming. The Pod 3 has a 4-inch transitional layer of FlexSpring Technology polyfoam. Beneath is a support core containing 4 inches of high-density polyfoam.
The Pod 3’s defining features are associated with its sleep-tracking and temperature control functions. The Pod 3’s Active Grid is equipped with small sensors on both sides of the mattress. Along with nighttime movements and sleep positions, these sensors can track heart rate, breathing patterns, and how much time you spend awake and asleep. You can access your personal data using the Eight Sleep app, which is compatible with iOS and Android phones and smart devices. The app is free to download.
The Pod 3 also offers adjustable temperature controls. Water is stored in an external component known as The Hub, which connects to a network of small tubes that run throughout a lightweight water mat built into the cover. You can use the app to set your preferred temperature. The Hub will then heat or cool the water before distributing it throughout the mattress. You can program the mattress for temperature settings anywhere between 55 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 43.3 degrees Celsius).
The Eight Sleep app has other functions, as well. These include scheduled temperature readings for each side of the bed, daily sleep and health reports, and a temperature-based smart alarm. These features are available to subscribers of 8+, Eight Sleep’s lifetime membership service that is included with every Pod purchase at no extra charge. Eight Sleep also offers an 8+ Pro membership for an additional monthly fee. This subscription includes Temperature Autopilot, a feature that uses biometric feedback to automatically optimize temperature settings during sleep. The subscription also provides sleep coaching and insights drawn from your sleep data, and access to a library of white noise and meditative sounds.
The Eight Sleep Pod 3 consists of its smart technology layers along with multiple foam layers, all encased in a polyester and cotton cover. A full breakdown of individual mattress layers is found below.
Polyester and cotton fabric blend
‘Active Grid’ is a foam topper that consists of sleep-tracking biometric sensors and a water mat for temperature controls
2″ Airflow polyfoam
1″ Supportive Air Technology polyfoam
4″ FlexSpring Technology transitional polyfoam
4″ high-density polyfoam
The Eight Sleep Pod 3’s price-points are very high for an all-foam mattress, which can be attributed to the Pod 3’s advanced sleep-tracking system and temperature controls.
Dimensions and prices for the Eight Sleep Pod 3 are listed below. Please note that the Pod 3 is not available in twin or twin XL sizes; the smallest option will be a full.
|Full||54" x 75"||12"||n/a||$3,095|
|Queen||60" x 80"||12"||n/a||$3,395|
|King||76" x 80"||12"||n/a||$3,795|
|California King||72" x 84"||12"||n/a||$3,795|
The Pod 3 must be directly purchased from Eight Sleep, as this model is not available through third-party retailers or online marketplaces. You can buy the mattress on Eight Sleep’s website. You can also purchase a Pod 3 at one of the company’s brick-and-mortar spaces at Showfields in New York City or b8ta in San Francisco.
Eight Sleep ships the mattress exclusively within the contiguous 48 states. Ground shipping is free of charge for all orders. You’ll receive a tracking number for the delivery after completing your order. Most customers receive their Pod 3 within one business week of making their purchase.
The Pod 3 will be compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed for shipping. The Hub and cover are shipped in a separate box. After both boxes arrive, carry them to the room where you plan to use the mattress. First, unbox the mattress and remove the plastic wrapping. As the mattress expands, you may unbox the Hub and cover.
Detailed instructions that explain how to connect the Hub and cover are included in the boxes. If you experience any difficulties, reach out to Eight Sleep’s customer support department.
Eight Sleep does not offer expedited shipping, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal with any orders.
Eight Sleep’s trial period for the Pod 3 spans 100 nights in length. There is not a mandatory break-in period, so you’ll be able to return the Pod 3 at any point of the 100-night trial. Eight Sleep issues full refunds for all returns within the 100-night window. The company will also arrange for couriers to pick up the mattress from your residence, then transport it for recycling or donation.
The Pod 3 comes with a 10-year mattress warranty, as well as a 2-year warranty for The Hub and sleep-tracking cover. These warranties are non-prorated. This means you won’t pay to have the mattress or technology components repaired or replaced if a defect occurs, though you will be responsible for to-and-from shipping charges.
Defects under this warranty include body impressions in the surface that measure 1 inch or deeper, physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to deteriorate prematurely despite proper use and handling, and defects associated with the cover assembly and technology. Other issues may not be covered under warranty.
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