Product Review: Sleep Number® bed by Select Comfort

Some people sleep with their eyes open, no judging!

The folks at Select Comfort recently asked the Sac Rag to take the Sleep Number® bed for a spin and let our readers know what we thought. I thought this was a great opportunity as I’ve always been interested in the concept (two air mattresses that you can adjust from firm to soft with a wireless remote control) and the TopofIt’s bed was starting to show its age. So, I offered to take the challenge and I haven’t looked back since.

We were provided with a queen-sized version of the Sleep Number® p5 bed. This included the “Modular Base” which replaces the traditional box spring and can be incorporated into your existing bed frame (I have a wooden frame, and the delivery guys made it work easily and the bed is very stable). Speaking of delivery guys, they arrived on time (after calling to tell me they were on their way) and had the bed up and running in 30 minutes. They explained everything there is to know about the bed and even shared a few stories about their Sleep Number beds and how to find your sleep number. It couldn’t have gone smoother.

Since the bed is perfect for couples, Mrs TopofIt and I immediately began the process of finding our sleep number. Ideally, you should visit your local Sleep Number bed store and experience the technology available to determine your exact sleep number. In the Sacramento area, there are stores at Arden Fair, Westfield Galleria at Roseville, and Westfield Solano.

We opted for the DIY process which involves lying in your bed and running the settings from 100 (firmest) to 0 (softest) and then back again noting how you feel along the way. Once you find a number you like, stick with it for 3 or 4 nights. From there, it is a process of adjusting the sleep number in increments of 5 until you find the setting that fits you best. We quickly learned that I lean toward a softer mattress (35) while she leans toward a firmer mattress (55).

It’s been about three weeks since we got our Sleep Number® bed and we are both really enjoying it. With the pillow-top cover, the bed does not look different than any other bed and is very stable. It’s no air mattress you take camping that you have to refill each night before bed. I’m finding it very comfortable, but not life-changing, like TiVo or self-serve frozen yogurt.

What’s great about this bed?

  • You can adjust the firmness of the bed for you and the person you share your bed with, or TPYSYBW.
  • The bed adjusts to the contours of your body, once you find the number that fits you, you’re all set.
  • Depending on the model, the pillow-top mattress and comfort layer provide a really nice surface for roughhousing with TPYSYBW. It’s quiet, too! Wink Wink.
  • It fits your existing bed frame or can be used as a stand-alone bed with posts.
  • If you struggle with back issues or restless sleeping, there is a good chance this bed will help you sleep better.

What’s not-so-great about this bed?

Learn more about Sleep Number® on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. You may also want to participate in the monthly "Sleep Better Chat" on Facebook and Twitter. This month’s topic is "Tips for Pain Relief."

Author: RonTopofIt

RonTopofIt is a complex personality, as are most of the small breed of modern day renaissance millionaires. He wishes more people were like him and yet believes that it takes all kinds. You've met RonTopofIt many times, you just don't remember him.

12 thoughts on “Product Review: Sleep Number® bed by Select Comfort”

  1. I think this post has disappointingly low levels of snarkiness, humor, and poignancy. I want my money back.

    So can you report any particular advantage of a Sleep Number bed when both are…. errrr… on the same side of the bed?


  2. but don’t sign that paper tonight,
    she said, but it’s too late.

    Yeah, I don’t remember what I read,
    don’t remember what they said,
    Guess it doesn’t matter,
    Guess it doesn’t matter anymore.

    ‘Cause you’re gonna go to the matress store
    you’re gonna give ’em all your money.
    Radio plays what they want you to hear
    Tell me it’s cool, I just don’t believe it…

    sell out, with me oh yea, sell out, with me tonight
    The matress company’s gonna give me lots of money
    and everything’s gonna be all right.

    no more flippin’ burgers puttin’ on my silly hat
    you know I don’t want that no more,
    And I didn’t ask when we’d get paid, I quit my day job anyway,
    Guess it doesn’t matter, guess it doesn’t matter anymore

    ‘Cause you’re gonna go to the matress store,
    you’re gonna give ’em all your money.
    Radio plays what they want you to hear,
    they tell me it’s cool, I just don’t believe it

    sell out, with me oh yea, sell out
    with me tonight, the matresss company’s gonna give me
    lots of money and everything’s gonna be.

    And I don’t think it’ll be so bad.
    And I know it won’t be so bad.
    ‘Cause the man said “that’s the way it is”
    and the man said “it don’t get better than this”
    (no no no noo)

    so I signed on to the matress company,
    they said they’re gonna give me lot’s of money,
    if I play what they want you to hear
    Tell me it’s cool, and I sure believe it…

    sell out, with me oh yea, sell out, with me tonight
    the matress companies gonna give me lots of money and
    everything’s gonna be all right.

    Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah,
    the matress company’s gonna make everything all right.

    You don’t have to sign that paper tonight,
    she said, but I can’t work in fast food all my life.


  3. @Bart Rude – great catch, thanks. updated. love that you read the review that closely.

    @cogmeyer – yep, I tried to insert a little, but you are right. the cost of doing business in these tough economic times, I’m afraid. Call our Customer Retention department to see about a refund. RE the bed, I am not uncomfortable at all when my wife and I decide to share the same side of the bed (it happens, rare, but it happens! stop rolling your eyes) . The firmness (uh, uh, huh) is more noticeable over long periods of time.


  4. @Bart Rude Great site, we’re big fans of grammar here. I noticed there was no listing for asterisk? Often pronounced “asterick” or “astrick.”


  5. Well, while we’re at it, I’m sure I’d sleep much better if the news folks stopped confusing the words “troops” and “soldiers.” A troop is a defined group of soldiers. You don’t get nine troops injured and two killed. Those are soldiers, not troops.
    I add my kudos to the grammar site (sight? cite?).


  6. The remote on the bed stopped displaying the sleep number and the LCD was fading in and out. I contacted the folks at Select Comfort and I had a new remote sent to me in three days, with no hassle or questions asked. They even provided a paid mailing label to return the bad remote. Pretty smooth process.


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