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Eight Sleep Pod Pro Max Mattress Review

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Daniel Noyed

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Ideal for:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds
  • Side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds
  • Couples with different temperature preferences

Considerations:

  • May not be ideal for shoppers on a budget
  • Those especially sensitive to movement might notice slight motion transfer
  • Back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds may sink in too deeply to maintain good posture
  • Some couples may prefer more bounce for intimate activities
Price Range:
$3,295 - $4,095
Mattress Type:
Foam
Firmness:
Medium Firm (6)
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The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Max is the most advanced model in the Pod line of smart mattresses. Eight Sleep released its original flagship Pod Mattress in 2019. This model introduced Active Grid technology designed to track sleep habits and regulate surface temperatures. The Pod Pro added more advanced technology, including new sensors to monitor room climate, track breathing, and record heart rate data. Sleepers can also choose to have a gentle vibration and temperature changes wake them in the morning. 

Released in 2020, the Pod Pro Max builds on the features of its predecessors. Like the Pod and the Pod Pro, small tubes in the Pod Pro Max’s cover connect to an external device called the “Hub.” You can adjust the temperature on either side of the bed from the Eight Sleep app. Temperature settings range from 55 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 46.1 degrees Celsius). The Pod Pro Max also incorporates the enhanced monitoring of the Pod Pro and its GentleRise feature. 

What sets the Pod Pro Max apart is its addition of specially designed MaxChill polyfoam. Infused with silver, graphite, and copper, this polyfoam is intended to conduct heat away from the body while combating microbial growth.

All three mattresses in the Pod line carry higher price tags than the average all-foam model due to their smart features. The Pod Pro Max is the most expensive out of the three, but it may be worth it for shoppers who value extra cooling technology.

We will look at the Pod Pro Max’s construction, pricing, and performance. We’ll also discuss its shipping, trial, and warranty information.

Eight Sleep Pod Pro Max Mattress Review Breakdown

The Pod Pro Max is a 12-inch, all-foam smart mattress. It has a medium firm (6) feel that suits most sleeping positions and body weights.

A polyester and cotton blend cover includes Eight Sleep’s Active Grid system with biometric sensors to track sleep quality and other health metrics, including sleep duration, wake-up time, movement, breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. In the morning, you can check your sleep score in the accompanying Eight Sleep app.

The Active Grid also houses the temperature control system. Small water tubes run from the Hub into the cover. You can raise or lower the water temperature on either side of the bed using the Eight Sleep app. Sensors also measure the temperature and humidity of the room and local weather to adjust automatically. Additionally, a GentleRise feature triggers a soft vibration at your chest and subtle temperature adjustments to wake you up less abruptly than a traditional alarm.

Polyfoam integrated into the Active Grid to alleviate pressure by contouring to the hips and shoulders. Another 1-inch layer of polyfoam underneath adds to the effect.

Next is a 1-inch layer of the company’s new MaxChill polyfoam, featuring infusions of silver, graphite, and copper. These three materials are intended to disperse heat away from the sleeper and reduce bacteria growth. Underneath, a 1-inch layer of polyfoam and a 4-inch layer of convoluted polyfoam balance deep cradling and support.

Finally, a 4-inch high-density polyfoam support core creates an even sleep surface.

Firmness Options

Mattress Type

Medium Firm (6)
Foam

Construction

The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Max is an all-foam model. It features a smart technology layer, multiple polyfoam comfort layers, a high-density polyfoam support core, and a polyester and cotton blend cover. Altogether, the components add up to a 12-inch profile.

Cover Material:

Polyester and Cotton Blend Fabric
Active Grid with Biometric Sensors, Ambient Climate Sensors, and a Water Mat
Polyfoam Padding

Comfort Layer:

1” Airflow Polyfoam
1” MaxChill Polyfoam
1” Tranquility Polyfoam
4” FlexSpring Convoluted Polyfoam

Support Core:

4” High-Density Polyfoam

Mattress Prices and Sizing

The Pod Pro Max is more expensive than many all-foam models, primarily due to its advanced technology. For a smart mattress, however, the Pod Pro Max is around the average price-point. All purchases also come with free shipping in the contiguous and a lifetime membership to the 8+ subscription service, which grants access to content, reports, and recommendations within the Eight Sleep app.

Eight Sleep does not offer twin or twin XL sizes for any Pod model. The smallest size available is full.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Full 52.5" x 74.5" 12" 80 lbs. $3,295
Queen 58.5" x 79.5" 12" 90 lbs.. $3,595
King 74.5" x 79.5" 12" 100 lbs.. $4,095
California King 70.5" x 83.5" 12" 100 lbs.. $4,095
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Discounts and Deals

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Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation

The Pod Pro Max isolates a good amount of motion. Its polyfoam comfort, transition, and support layers dampen movement so that you’re unlikely to notice every time your partner changes positions. Since polyfoam is more responsive than memory foam, some vibrations could still spread across the surface. 

Most sleepers should experience few disturbances. However, the Pod Pro Max may not be ideal for sleepers who are extremely sensitive to their partners’ movements.

Pressure Relief

The Pod Pro Max offers moderate pressure relief and contouring for the hips and shoulders of side sleepers. These wider body parts can sink into the mattress’ multiple polyfoam comfort layers, effectively cushioning and cradling key pressure points. The medium firm feel also makes the mattress supportive enough to limit sinkage and promote good spinal alignment.

While most side sleepers should enjoy balanced pressure relief and support, stomach and back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds may sink too deeply into the mattress. This could put a strain on their lower backs.

Temperature Control

Thanks to its temperature-regulating technology, the Pod Pro Max is an excellent choice for hot or cold sleepers. 

A polyfoam comfort layer infused with silver, graphite, and copper is also designed to reduce heat buildup. These materials are natural conductors that are intended to draw heat away.

The Active Grid allows you to adjust the temperature between 55 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 to 46.1 degrees Celsius) through the Eight Sleep mobile app. Ambient climate sensors in the cover also measure the room temperature and humidity to adjust the bed’s temperature throughout the night. 

Since you can control the temperature settings for each side of the bed independently, the Pod Pro Max is a great option for couples with different preferences.

Edge Support

All-foam options like the Pod Pro Max often sag along the edges. The Pod Pro Max has adequate edge support due to its responsive polyfoam and medium firm feel, but some may still notice slight sinkage.

Most individuals should be able to sit or sleep along the perimeter of the bed without a problem. However, sleepers over 230 pounds may sink in excessively. This can affect the total area of the bed that is usable and make getting out of bed more difficult.

Ease of Movement

Its polyfoam construction makes the Pod Pro Max bouncier and more responsive than some all-foam models. This allows for easier movement throughout the night. However, the comfort layers still conform to the body and impede movement to an extent.

Sleepers under 130 pounds should move effortlessly on the surface of the Pod Pro Max. However, individuals over 230 pounds sink in more deeply, which may restrict movement.

Sex

Overall, the Pod Pro Max is a good surface for sex. Its advanced temperature control capabilities help couples to stay cool during intimacy. The responsive polyfoam construction also has a bit of bounce.

However, the polyfoam comfort layers conform fairly closely to the body and may make it difficult for some couples to change positions. On the other hand, this contouring can add traction.

Couples with at least one partner over 230 pounds may also feel more comfortable at the center of the bed due to edge sinkage.

Off-Gassing

Off-gassing refers to a mattress’ odor after unboxing. It is mostly considered harmless, but it can be irritating to some sleepers.

All-foam models typically have high odor potential. Despite the Pod Pro Max’s polyfoam construction, it produces mild to moderate off-gassing odors.

The Pod Pro Max uses CertiPUR-US certified foam, meaning that it has tested low in the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) usually responsible for off-gassing odors. If you detect unwanted odors, you can air out the mattress in a ventilated room after unboxing.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Side Sleepers:
Overall, the Pod Pro Max is a good choice for most side sleepers, who often prefer softer surfaces that contour to their hips and shoulders and support their spines. The moderate cradling of the Pod Pro Max’s polyfoam comfort layers relieves pressure well, especially for side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. The medium firm feel and high-density polyfoam support core also help prevent excessive sinkage that could jeopardize alignment. 

The Pod Pro Max also adequately supports side sleepers under 130 pounds and over 230 pounds. However, the surface may be too firm to sufficiently cushion the shoulders and hips of side sleepers under 130 pounds. Meanwhile, side sleepers over 230 pounds could sink a bit too deeply into the mattress, potentially misaligning their spines. 

Back Sleepers:
Its medium firm feel and moderate contouring make the Pod Pro Max popular with back sleepers under 130 pounds. Their hips should sink into the polyfoam comfort system without drooping, keeping their spines in natural alignment. 

The Pod Pro Max also provides a relatively even sleep surface for back sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. However, some may experience lower back pain from their hips sinking too deeply into the polyfoam comfort layers.

Back sleepers over 230 pounds often prefer a firmer model with less give to promote good posture. The Pod Pro Max’s plush, thick comfort system may allow these individuals to sink too deeply, potentially misaligning their spines and causing lower back pain.

Stomach Sleepers:
Stomach sleepers under 130 pounds may appreciate the Pod Pro Max’s even surface and limited sinkage. The high-density polyfoam in the support core creates structure, and the softer polyfoam comfort layers add cushioning.

The mattress’ medium firm feel also supports stomach sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds, but the polyfoam comfort system may not prevent their torsos from sagging slightly. 

The Pod Pro Max is not ideal for most stomach sleepers over 230 pounds. Their midsections are likely to sink too deeply, straining their lower backs. The sinkage could also cause these sleepers to twist their necks too far to breathe, potentially causing neck pain. 

Eight Sleep Pod Pro Max Mattress

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Good Excellent Good
Back Sleepers Excellent Good Fair
Stomach Sleepers Excellent Good Fair
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    The Pod Pro Max is available for purchase on Eight Sleep’s website. Shipping is available to the contiguous United States. Select products also ship to Canada and the U.K.

  • Shipping

    Eight Sleep ships free within the contiguous United States. Canadian customers can also enjoy free shipping, though a customs fee may apply. Additionally, the California king size option does not ship to Canada.

    The Pod Pro Max ships in two boxes via FedEx. The bigger and taller box contains the foam mattress, which is compressed and rolled into the box. It weighs around 100 pounds and is approximately the size of a golf bag. The second box contains the technology bundle. It weighs around 40 pounds and has two pieces. Usually, shipping takes 7 to 10 business days.

    To unpack your Pod Pro Max, simply place the compressed mattress in your desired position, carefully unwrap it, and watch it expand. Follow further onboarding instructions on the Eight Sleep app to set up the technology layer.

  • Additional Services

    Eight Sleep does not offer expedited delivery, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal at this time.

  • Sleep Trial

    Eight Sleep offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Pod Pro Max. If at any time during the trial period you decide you do not like the Pod Pro Max, you can return it for a full refund of the purchase price. The Eight Sleep team works with you to donate or recycle the mattress.

    Pod exchanges are also available. If you decide one Pod model is not for you, you can exchange it for another. If you open the first Pod you order, the next Pod comes with a 30-night trial. If you return the first Pod unopened, you get another 100-night trial.

  • Warranty

    The Pod Pro Max comes with a 10-year limited warranty on the foam portion of the mattress and a 2-year limited warranty on the Active Grid and the Hub. Both warranties are nonprorated, meaning you do not have to pay for the repair or replacement apart from shipping costs.

    Qualifying defects include impressions over 1 inch, physical flaws that cause premature deterioration, and material or workmanship defects in the technology. Damage from improper handling, abuse, misuse, or an improper foundation is not covered. The policy is non-transferable.

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About Our Editorial Team

author
Daniel Noyed

Certified Sleep Coach

Danny is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with an in-depth knowledge of sleep health. He has tested hundreds of mattresses and sleep products.

About Our Editorial Team

author
Daniel Noyed

Certified Sleep Coach

Danny is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with an in-depth knowledge of sleep health. He has tested hundreds of mattresses and sleep products.

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