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Founded in 2014, Eight Sleep is a mattress and bedding accessory brand specializing in products integrated with smart features and sleep-tracking technology. The Eight Sleep Pod smart memory foam mattress, released in 2019, was a game-changer for sleep-tracking technology and adjustable temperature controls. The Pod Pro by Eight Sleep – the company’s newest smart mattress model – builds on the Pod’s innovative design with even more features and functionality.
First, the basics: the Pod Pro is an all-foam mattress constructed with comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam, a polyfoam transitional layer, and a high-density polyfoam base. Like the original Pod, the Pod Pro has a cover known as the “Active Grid,” which is equipped with sensors to track sleep cycles and movements, breathing, heart rate, and other physical data; you can track sleep data for each night using the Eight Sleep app.
The mattress also includes an external water reservoir known as the “Hub,” which connects to a network of narrow tubes integrated into the cover. This component controls the bed’s active heating and cooling functions. You can program a temperature on each side of the bed between 55 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 46.1 degrees Celsius); this is the same range offered by the original Pod.
The Pod Pro includes some extra components not found on its predecessor. These include a layer of foam padding attached to the cover, resulting in a plush pillow-top feel – as well as adding an extra inch to the bed’s overall profile. The mattress offers additional high-tech features, as well. Built-in ambient sensors automatically adjust the bed’s heating and cooling settings based on room temperature and humidity levels. In addition to nightly sleep scores based on tracking data, the app now provides health and wellness reports based on respiratory rates, heart rates, and other personal factors.
Lastly, the mattress can be programmed to deliver a gentle vibration each morning to help you wake up, which some may prefer to a blaring alarm.
Both the Pod and Pod Pro have fairly high price-points due to their cutting-edge designs and features. That said, the original Pod is more affordable and may be more suitable if you don’t require the Pod Pro’s additional components.
Read our Eight Sleep Pod Pro review to learn all about the mattress. Below, you’ll find detailed construction specs, prices for each available size, and performance ratings based on our own product testing. We’ll also see how the Pod Pro compares to the original Pod, and take a look at Eight Sleep’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
- Sleepers who prefer the gentle contouring and responsiveness of a mixed-foam mattress
- Side and back sleepers
- Anyone looking for a mattress with adjustable temperature controls
- Those who enjoy tracking their sleep data
- The Eight Sleep Pod Pro is very expensive compared to the price range of the average all-foam mattress.
- Shipping is limited to the contiguous U.S. The mattress and Hub/Active Grid cover will be delivered in separate boxes.
- The mattress is covered under a 10-year warranty, while the Active Grid and Hub fall under a separate two-year warranty.
Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress Performance
The Pod Pro offers very good motion isolation thanks to its all-foam design. The top polyfoam layer has a bit of responsiveness, resulting in a subtle yet noticeable bounce on the surface, but the material is also adaptive. The plush foam padding in the cover and underlying memory foam layer also help the mattress absorb motion and eliminate transfer across the surface, which can curb nighttime disruptions for you and your sleep partner.
Sleepers tend to feel pressure when their mattress either doesn’t conform closely enough and feels excessively stiff, or contours and sinks too much beneath their body. For this reason, the best mattress for pressure relief depends a lot on your weight and sleep position.
Given the Pod Pro’s medium feel and adaptive foam layers, we expect side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds to feel very comfortable on this mattress. The foams offer generous cushioning and lower back support to improve spinal alignment for side sleepers and reduce their pressure points, while the robust support layers maintain an even surface for back sleepers without sagging too much.
If you’re a hot or cold sleeper, you won’t find a more adjustable mattress on the market today (other than the original Pod). Thanks to the temperature control functions of the Active Grid, you’ll be able to customize both sides of the Pod Pro between 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 46.1 degrees Celsius). The dual-surface options make the mattress particularly well-suited to couples with differing temperature preferences. App-based controls also ensure easy controls, while the bed’s ambient climate sensors will automatically adjust the bed’s settings based on room temperature, humidity, and other external factors.
Edge support is one area where the Pod Pro tends to falter. You won’t notice too much sinkage if you weigh less than 130 pounds, but folks who weigh more may notice some instability when sitting along or lying near the edges. This can make getting on and off the mattress somewhat difficult. You may not feel comfortable sleeping close to the edge of the mattress either, especially if you weigh more than 230 pounds. You may feel confined to the middle of the mattress, leading to cramped conditions if you sleep with a partner.
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro can be somewhat difficult to move across, as is typical for softer foam mattresses with pillow-top layers. Many people sink a bit when they get in and out of bed. This can lead to feelings of being trapped in the mattress.
The Pod Pro offers pros and cons for couples. One strength is a deep body contour that promotes decent traction during sex. This allows you and your partner to remain in one position for prolonged periods. The temperature controls can also be an asset, as other all-foam beds tend to become excessively warm. Additionally, the mattress is totally silent and discreet if you’re looking for privacy.
Off-gassing is a common occurrence for new mattresses. After they are unboxed, the beds release tiny particles known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that carry a chemical smell many people find unpleasant. Polyfoam is associated with the strongest off-gassing, and all-foam beds are often the biggest culprits for bothersome initial odor. With the Pod Pro, you’ll probably notice the smells for at least a few days, but expect them to dissipate completely in less than a week. Comparatively, some all-foam beds retain their odor for long after the mattress is removed from its box.
Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress Coupon
Sleeping Style and Body Weight
Side Sleepers: The Pod Pro is well-suited to side sleepers thanks to its plush surface feel and close body contour. Side sleepers often feel most comfortable with extra padding around the shoulders and hips, which helps to support the lower back, align the spine, and reduce pressure. The responsive polyfoam combined with the memory foam’s close conforming delivers a good balance of pressure relief and support for side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.
However, the mattress is not as suitable for side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. As their shoulders and hips sink deeply into the foam, they may notice more pressure building up around the spine due to uneven alignment. Softer mattresses are often too soft for sleepers in this weight bracket. A slightly firmer bed is recommended instead.
Back Sleepers: For most back sleepers, the ideal mattress will conform closely enough to alleviate pressure in sensitive areas without losing support and sinking excessively beneath the torso and waist. Added firmness and support are often needed for this sleep position. The Pod Pro delivers a medium feel and a fairly close contour, and isn’t particularly supportive. This means back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds will probably feel most comfortable. Their bodies won’t sink too much but they can still enjoy the pressure-relieving effects of adaptive comfort foam.
Back sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more may also find the mattress comfortable, but they’re more likely to notice uneven support between their shoulders and hips. As the middle of the body dips into the mattress while the head, neck, and legs remain at surface-level, this can leave sleepers vulnerable to aches and pains throughout the body.
Stomach Sleepers: As we’ve seen, the Pod Pro is particularly well-suited to side and back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. The same is true of stomach sleepers. This position – like back sleeping – often requires more stability and support to keep the entire body on an even plane without sinking around the heavier areas. The Pod Pro’s plush feel should be reasonably comfortable for stomach sleepers in this weight group. They should also feel less pressure in the shoulders and lumbar region.
The Pod Pro may not provide enough support for stomach sleepers weighing more than 130 pounds to sleep comfortably. Body type is especially crucial for side sleeping because many people carry a disproportionate amount of weight in their midsection, so sleeping face-down can cause the entire body to sink beneath the surface – possibly to an uncomfortable extent.
Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress Review Breakdown
On its own, the Pod Pro has a fairly standard design for a mixed-foam mattress. The top polyfoam comfort layer conforms a bit but is also somewhat responsive, creating a light bounce on the surface as you settle into the mattress. A second comfort layer made of memory foam conforms evenly to distribute your weight, support the spine, and alleviate pressure. On the whole, this mattress rates as a medium, or 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale, though the extra cover padding adds plushness to the surface. The Pod Pro measures 12 inches thick, making it a high-profile model.
Standard Technology Features
The Pod Pro retains many of the technology features found in the original Pro, including:
- Active Grid cover: The bed’s cotton cover has built-in sensors that track various biometrics such as time awake and asleep, movements and position changes, breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. This data is used to generate your nightly sleep score, which you’ll be able to access using the Eight Sleep app.
- Temperature controls: The Active Grid also contains small tubes that connect to the Hub, which should be positioned next to the bed. Using the app, you can adjust the temperature on either side of the bed between 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 46.1 degrees Celsius). Eight Sleep recommends replacing the water in the Hub every two to three months.
- Additional app functions: The Eight Sleep app also offers white noise playback, a temperature-based smart alarm, and sleep coaching tutorials. All of these features are free for you to use; you’ll receive a lifetime subscription to the 8+ membership program, which unlocks all app controls and functions.
New Technology Features
The Pod Pro builds on the original Pod by adding these extra components and functions:
- Additional 1-inch foam comfort layer: The Pod Pro also has a 1-inch layer of polyfoam padding directly beneath the cover, with the redesigned Active Grid technology integrated into it. This extra comfort layer adds to the bed’s overall profile, making it slightly thicker and plusher than the original Pod.
- Smart climate response: The Active Grid now includes ambient sensors that measure not only your body temperature, but also the room temperature, humidity levels, and local weather patterns. The mattress will automatically adjust the temperature on each side of the bed if it “senses” you are too hot or cold.
- HRV Monitoring: This is a new biometric feature in the app’s sleep-tracking functions. The sensors will track heart rate variability (HRV), resting heart rate, breathing, and other factors related to physical health. Upon request, the app will deliver daily health reports each morning that link these biometrics to potential health concerns you may be facing.
- GentleRise vibrating alarm: The mattress is equipped to gently vibrate based on your preset wakeup time on the app. You’ll feel the vibration at chest level.
Medium – 5
Despite notable technology improvements and an extra comfort layer, the Pod Pro’s core construction is fairly similar to the Pro’s. Full specs for the Pod Pro are listed below.
Active Grid cotton cover integrated with biometric sensors, temperature control components, and ambient climate sensors.
1″ Polyfoam Padding
4″ HD Polyfoam
2″ AirFlow Polyfoam
1″ Memory Foam
Mattress Prices and Sizing
Before discounts that may apply, the Pod Pro currently costs $3,095 in a queen size; the original Pod costs $2,595 in the same size. Both models are fairly expensive compared to the average all-foam model, but this is not surprising given their advanced technology and special features. Additionally, all customers qualify for free ground shipping and full refunds with returns within the 100-night sleep trial. A lifetime membership to the 8+ subscription service is also included, and the Eight Sleep app is free to download.
The Pod Pro – like the original Pod – is offered in full, queen, king, and California king sizes; other size options, including twin and twin XL, are not available. Dimensions and current prices for all sizes are listed below, along with how much the technology components will weigh when shipped.
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Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress Customer Reviews
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro was released in May 2020. At this time, the mattress has not received any reviews from owners or customers on its official product page. We will update this section once we have collected enough review data. In the meantime, be sure to check back on the Pod Pro’s product page over the next few months as customers complete their sleep trials.
Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
The Pod Pro is exclusively available through Eight Sleep. You can purchase the mattress online or at one of the company's dedicated spaces at Showfields in New York City or b8ta in San Francisco. Sleep Sherpa in Minneapolis also displays Pod Pod models for in-person testing, but not mattress purchasing.
Eight Sleep offers free ground delivery within the contiguous U.S., but deliveries elsewhere – including Alaska and Hawaii – are not available. After completing your purchase, Eight Sleep will email you a tracking number to monitor the delivery. You should receive your Pod Pro within a week of placing your order.The Pod Pro is compressed and vacuum-sealed in plastic for shipping. This process, known as “roll-packing,” allows the mattress to fit inside a standard shipping box. The Hub and Active Grid cover are shipped at the same time in a separate box, but you may receive the packages on a different date. The boxes will be delivered curbside. You won't need to be at home on the delivery date.When the boxes arrive, carry them to the room where you plan to use the mattress. Unbox the bed, remove the plastic with a knife, and watch the plastic expand. The Hub and Active Grid come with detailed installation instructions. If you run into troubleshooting issues, call Eight Sleep's customer support team.
Eight Sleep does not offer expedited ground shipping, White Glove delivery or old mattress removal.
The Pod Pro comes with a 100-night sleep trial. Eight Sleep doesn't require a break-in period, so you can return the mattress at any point of the trial. Return the mattress within 100 nights and you'll receive a full refund. Eight Sleep will also send couriers to retrieve the house from your residence and transport it for donation or recycling.
The Pod Pro is backed by a 10-year warranty, while the Hub and Active Grid layer are covered under a separate two-year warranty. Both warranties are completely non-prorated, so you won't pay anything apart from shipping expenses if your mattress or technology components need to be repaired or replaced due to defect. Body impressions in the surface of the mattress that measure 1 inch or deeper are considered defects under this warranty, as are physical flaws with the mattress that cause materials to deteriorate prematurely. Other issues, such as physical damage from misuse or poor foundational support, will not be covered.
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