Eight Sleep Pod Review

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The Eight Sleep Pod is more than just a mattress, It’s a next generation sleep system. I first experienced the Eight Sleep Pod when I was invited by Eight Sleep at the Standard Hotel in New York where Eight Sleep outfitted a room with the Pod mattress for me to try. This mattress has a heating and cooling system where you can control the temperature of the mattress in 2 zones so for instance, you can cool the mattress while at the same time your partner heats it up. All of this is controlled and monitored with the Eight Sleep app you use on your phone. I was sent another system to test out back in Minneapolis and these are my findings.

Overview of the Eight Sleep Pod

Here’s an overview of how it works, how to set it up and most importantly how it feels.

When I arrived at the hotel, I received some other nice accessories including a pair of glasses that block out blue light. Our eyes associate blue light with daytime and by blocking out this light in the evening it makes it easier to fall asleep. You can buy the Blue Wave Glasses directly from their website.

Eight Accessories

When you order your sleep system it will come shipped in a box like this. The mattress is roll packed and the smart technology comes in a separate smaller box.

eight sleep pod

It’s very easy to get everything set up. You basically just zip the grid system to the mattress and plug in the hose to the water pump system.

Eight Setup

Once everything is setup it looks just like a normal mattress. The water pump is small and quiet.

Eight Mattress Installed

What Makes the Eight Sleep Pod Unique?

This is more than just a mattress. The technology embedded is game-changing and will make you rethink sleep. Here are the capabilities of the mattress so far according to their website:

  • Dynamic temperature: The Pod allows for you to control the full range of temperature on either side of the Pod to enjoy a cooler environment for deeper, longer and uninterrupted sleep. The temperature controls range from 55 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Smart temperature mode: Powered by machine learning and biofeedback, the smart temperature mode in the app automatically adjusts the temperature of your bed throughout the night for optimal sleep. Eight Sleep members have the option to engage smart temperature mode within the app.
    • Thermo alarm: Leverage temperature to wake up more naturally and without disturbing a sleeping partner using a thermo alarm that begins to gradually cool the bed minutes prior to the set wake-up time.
  • Biometric tracking: The Pod seamlessly monitors over a dozen physiological and environmental data points such as: time slept, time to fall asleep, time of wake up, respiratory rate, heart rate, heart rate variability, temperature in bed, sleep breaks, light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep.
  • Sleep coaching: Eight Sleep’s AI-engine calculates your sleep fitness score and sleep patterns, provides recommended Pod settings and allows you to compare with your friends and peers.
  • Smart Home Integrations: The Pod integrates with any other Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as c your Alexa, Google Home, Philips Hue lights or your Wemo coffee maker, etc.

How Much does the Eight Pod Cost?

Below are the current prices of the Pod before applying the $200 coupon code, SHERPA200

California King$2,795

Construction of the Pod Mattress

Eight Sleep Pod Construction

Here are the construction details of the mattress. What you get is a comfortable, four-layer foam mattress with some unbeatable cooling and heating technology.

  • Active Grid technology: The Pod’s signature layer is unlike anything you’ve ever slept on. Its patent-pending grid design offers targeted pressure point relief thanks to its perforated surface and malleable material. In addition to comfort and support, it houses the thermoregulation and sensor network that make the smart thermostat and biometric tracking possible.
  • Adaptive foam bed: The bed was designed with your comfort in mind, made of four layers of adaptive foam for contouring comfort on any sleep position.
  • Hub: The Hub is the engine to the product’s thermoregulation capabilities and attaches to the Pod. It houses a water tank and connects to Wi-Fi, enabling seamless control of all Pod functionalities through the Eight Sleep mobile app.
  • Eight Sleep App: Control your Pod through our sleek and intuitive mobile interface. Adjust your temperature, browse your sleep stats and interact with your sleep coach all from the palm of your hands.

My Eight Sleep Pod Findings

It’s important to remember that you aren’t just getting another mattress in a box. Just as Peleton exercise bikes made people rethink home gyms, Eight Sleep is making people rethink sleep entirely. The Eight Sleep app can control the temperature of the mattress but also provides excellent feedback on how you slept, the quality of your sleep, when you slept best and how you can get better sleep. The more you sleep on the mattress the more data you get which gives you better guidance.

Here’s a pic of the interface. Controlling each side is easy as you can just adjust the dial with your finger.

eight sleep app

What makes this such a cool mattress is that you can adjust the temperature on each side. It’s easy to heat a mattress and if the Pod did just that, it wouldn’t be worth writing about but the fact that it can cool and heat at the same time is remarkable. Using a Flir thermal camera, you can see just how much variation in temperature you get when turning one side down and the other all the way up.

Eight Sleep Temperature

Here’s a shot of the app where you can adjust the temperature. It’s very intuitive. Since I have installed the app I have noticed regular performance updates as well.

Eight Sleep App

What makes this even more remarkable is that it can do all this with very little water. Other devices similar to this require more water and a conditioning unit on each side of the bed. They are also louder. This machine is whisper quiet and has a sophisticated processor with wifi built in to communicate data to you your phone.

Here’s a picture of the water reservoir that you will need to occasional fill due to evaporation.

eight pod water

This is what the mattress looks like. I like the darker color as it just has a more sophisticated look. Not like you will see it that under the sheets but I appreciate that they deviate from the standard white.

eight pod

The cover that houses all the technology is also removable. You just unzip it from the mattress.

eight pod cover

How Does the Eight Sleep Pod Feel?

This mattress is a 4 layer foam mattress so there is no motion transfer. It has excellent pressure relief as well. You can feel the tubes on the top of the mattress when you run your hand across and it will feel a little firm when you sit on it but when I slept on the mattress, I didn’t feel the tubes and had great support and pressure relief.

Eight Sleep Pod Contouring

Here’s a photo with my 14 lb. bowling ball to illustrate how much the mattress contours.

Eight Sleep Sinkage

This mattress was designed to accommodate for the heating/cooling grid and adding this technology to your existing mattress would certainly change the feel so it make sense that this is sold as a package as a lot of prototypes were developed to get the feel just right.

My Eight Sleep Pod Recommendation

Eight Sleep is setting a new paradigm for sleep tracking and sleep comfort. They make tracking and monitoring your sleep effortless by embedding the technology into the mattress so there’s no need to set anything or wear any device. You also get a temperature regulation system that will help you fall asleep faster. Conversely, this system can help you wake up without the need for a loud alarm clock. You can set the mattress to gradually cool until you wake up. By cooling down, your body will want to maintain its temperature and increase your heart rate which will cause you to awaken.

Aside from comfort and partner disturbance, temperature is the most important factor in falling and staying asleep. Eight sleep checks all three boxes with the Pod.


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17 thoughts on “Eight Sleep Pod Review”

  1. Recent stroke. My sleep number bed is old and I need a new system. My concern is for the support of foam over air and pillow top on top of that. I turn often during the night. Will the bed automatically adjust by filling in the old space o was in and adjust to my new position without too much pressure on my hip joint.?

    1. The Pod is the cooling/heating system and mattress all together so you get the mattress and technology when you buy the system.

  2. On their website they advertise the firmness level as medium. We currently have a sleep number bed, my wife is a 95 (really firm), I’m a 20. While I love the cooling tech how disappointed will people who want opposite firm levels be?

    1. I think it’s a fair assessment to say it is a medium. If your firmness preferences are that different it may take a while to adjust to the feel but you will definitely sleep cooler.

  3. Will this work with an adjustable base that raises your upper and lower body? I’ve heard its a little firm so would its cooling and heating be sufficient enough to go through a feather bed mattress cover?

  4. Does the machine portion give off a lot of heat into the room? Like a refrigerator or AC unit puts off a lot of heat to do its cooling.

    1. The device itself shouldn’t give off much heat. It doesn’t have a compressor like an AC or refrigerator, which is why they require so much power and give off so much heat. If the compressor is inside the room, like a refrigerator vs most ACs, the room experiences net warming by the introduction of power (electricity) from outside.

      Comparatively, this device is taking the body heat you give off that normally gets absorbed in to the mattress and lets some/most of that heat be absorbed by the water. In this case a portion of the room (the bed) is being locally cooled by moving the heat to elsewhere in the same room (the water). In fact the room, other than the water in the pod, could even be imperceptibly cooler by allowing the water to effectively absorb some of the heat you would normally give off to the air. The difference in room temperature will likely only be significantly interesting to physicists and the marketing department.

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