Eight Sleep Pod cooling system

The Pod Cooling System Review: The Smart Way To Keep Cool At Night

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Summary

The Pod is a smart bed that provides precise temperature control and sleep tracking as well as pressure relief and excellent support.

Great choice for: Individuals and couples who sleep too hot or too cold. Also ideal for anyone who’d love a sleep-tracking smart mattress.

Avoid if: You are looking for a no-frills budget mattress.

Price: $1,935 – $2,435


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Do you struggle to sleep comfortably because your bed feels too hot or too cold?

If so, the Pod Cooling System by Eight Sleep is perfect for you.

It is an integrated foam mattress and cooling/warming topper that not only provides support and pressure relief but also maintains the bed at the perfect temperature for deep refreshing sleep.

Also, the smart technology layer that does all the cooling and warming (the official name for this layer is Active Grid) can track your biometrics, which you can then use to improve your sleep and fitness.

What about the price? A smart bed with all this tech must be pricey?

Well, sort of. It’s more expensive than your standard foam mattress.

But when you consider what you are getting for your money – a high-quality mattress, an advanced climate control system, and biometrics tracking –the just over $2,000 price tag for the Queen size don’t seem too bad.

Read on to find out what the Pod Cooling System is all about.

If The Pod’s price tag goes beyond your budget, the original Jupiter Eight Sleep smart mattress is a cheaper alternative.

It’s just as comfortable and has some of the tech found in the Pod, including temperature control (heating only, though). Queen size costs about $1,000 less.

Read our EightSleep Jupiter+ Smart Mattress Review for more info about the mattress.


What’s In This Mattress Review?

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About Eight Sleep

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Eight Sleep launched in 2014. The company initially went by the name Morphy, Inc but changed to the current name in 2014.

From the start, the goal of Eight Sleep was to integrate technology into sleep products.

Their first product was a sleep tracker that they launched via Indiegogo.

Their Jupiter smart mattress was the first of its kind, offering a standard foam mattress with integrated sleep tracking and temperature control technology.

The Pod is a follow up to their original smart mattress.

It came with smarter technology, improved temperature control, and enhanced the overall comfort.

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Social Impact

CertiPUR US 4Sleep Mattress certification

While Eight Sleep currently doesn't-participate in any charity programs, they provide many good quality jobs by doing all their manufacturing in the United States.

They also ensure their products are safe, not just for their customers but also for the environment. The foam used in their mattresses is CertiPUR-US certified.

That means it lacks ozone-depleting substances and other toxic chemicals.

Besides, Eight Sleep offers a 10% discount on all their products to active military members, veterans, first responders, and students.

Visit the discount page to check if you qualify for a discount.

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Purchase Process

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Visit the Eight Sleep official website to order The Pod.

Before you order, it’s important to know that shipping is free, professional setup is also free, the return period is 100 days and the warranty period is ten years for the foam part of the mattress and two years for the smart layer.

Take time to read their policies as well as the terms and conditions.

When you go to order, there are only four sizes to choose from: Full, Queen, King, and California King.

There are no firmness options.

Add your selected mattress to cart and checkout with your credit/debit card. You can also check whether you qualify for Affirm financing.

The eligibility check is instant and doesn’t affect your credit score.

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Price

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Here’s the current price list for The Pod. Visit the official website for the latest prices and offers.

Size Price
Full $1,935
Queen $2,135
King $2,435
CAL King $2,435

100-Night In-home Trial

eight sleep 100-Night Trial

Once you receive your Eight Sleep Pod, you have 100 nights to test it at home and decide whether you want to return or keep it.

Returns are free.

However, Eight Sleep will not pick up the mattress from your home. They’ll call you with suggestions for where you can donate the mattress or have it recycled.

Note that you cannot return just one part of the mattress. You have to return both the mattress itself, the tech layer, and the control hub.

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10-Year Warranty

Pod warranty

The main part of the mattress, the one made out of foam, comes with a standard 10-year warranty.

The Active Grid, which is the layer with all the tech, has a separate 2-year warranty.

You can learn more about the Eight Sleep warranty on their website.

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Shipping

Pod free shipping

 

Shipping is free. Currently, Eight Sleep ships their mattresses only within the contiguous United States. There are no deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii.

The mattress takes quite a while to ship out – around 2-4 weeks after the order date. You’ll get a tracking number as soon as it ships.

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Delivery and Setup

Pod features

Good news; you don’t have to worry about setting up The Pod.

Eight Sleep provides free white glove delivery. The mattress will be delivered and set up in whatever room you specify.

They will also set up the smart features and Wi-Fi connection for you.

Eight Sleep says this is a limited time offer so take advantage before they start charging for it, as most online mattress companies do.

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Foundation & Frame

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What type of bed frame/support does The Pod mattress require?

Underneath the tech layer, The Pod is a standard foam mattress. It doesn’t require a special foundation or frame.

Any study base will do.

Does The Pod work on an adjustable bed?

Yes, it does.

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Care and Cleaning

Is a mattress protector needed for The Pod?

No, it is not necessary. But Eight Sleep highly recommends one. It will keep your mattress clean and protect the sensors underneath from moisture damage.

If you decide to use a mattress protector, Eight Sleep recommends a stretchy and breathable one that will not interfere with the temperature control function of The Pod cooling and heating system.

Do you need to rotate The Pod mattress?

No, that’s not necessary.

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Aesthetics and Styling

Sleep pod styling

At a glance, The Pod looks like any other mattress.

It has a simple minimalist cover that’s mostly grey, and it is just as thick as other foam mattresses.

It’s until you see the speaker-like cylinder on the side – the control hub – that you can tell it’s different.

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Active Grid – Temperature Control and Biometrics Tracking

Pod's Dual Zone Temperature Control

The Active Grid is the biggest feature of The Pod, and the whole reason it costs about twice the price of standard foam mattresses.

The Active Grid does two things.

1. Dual Zone Temperature Control

You’ll never need a cooling topper when you buy The Pod. It has a water-based climate control system built in.

It’s much better and more versatile than the one in the original Eight smart mattresses.

This one has a very wide range. It’s not just a cooling system; you can also use it to heat your bed on those chilly winter nights.

The temperature range is 55-115F.

You select your preferred temperature using the Eight Sleep app on your smartphone.

Alternatively, connect the Hub to your smart home assistant and control it via voice commands. The Pod is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

If you sleep with your partner, you can each select a specific temperature for your half of the bed.

That’s awesome for couples with different comfort preferences. No more arguing over the thermostat. You can sleep cool while she sleeps warm, or vice versa.

2. Biometric Tracking

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The Active Grid layer contains sensors that track various biometrics, including respiratory rate, heart rate, sleep cycles, and sleep movements.

The Eight Sleep app (for Android & iOS) then analyzes this data to develop in-depth analytics regarding your sleep quality, fitness, and overall health.

To get the best out of this feature, you’ll need to be an 8PLUS member. It costs $5/month with a full year’s commitment ($60).

Paying for membership unlocks advanced analytics, personalized coaching, challenges and experiments, and other helpful content to help you sleep better and get healthier.

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Construction

Pod construction

Underneath the Active Grid, The Pod is a pretty normal foam mattress. But it’s comfortable, provides good support, and feels good in all sleeping positions.

The mattress has four foam layers.

In the comfort section, there’s 2” poly foam, 2” memory foam, and a 2” polyfoam transition layer.

These three layers work in concert to relieve pressure from your shoulders and hips and distribute weight evenly for maximum support.

To ensure you don’t bottom out, a 5” high-density base provides compression support and ensures the mattress lasts long without sagging.

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Mattress Cover

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The cover is also not unique, but it is comfortable.

It is a premium cotton-knit cover that feels incredibly soft and airy.

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Smell/Off-gassing

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As is common with compression-packed foam mattresses, the will be a bit of off-gassing when you unbox the mattress.

But the smell is very mild and it goes away in a couple of days.

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Sleeping Experience

Pod sleeping experience

The Pod ticks most of the boxes when it comes to the sleeping experience.

It provides good support in all sleeping positions. The foam hugs your body in all the right places, eliminating uncomfortable pressure points.

Temperature control is, obviously, not a problem.

The only two areas where the mattress lacks a bit is in edge support and responsiveness.

Both are weaknesses you find in most foam mattresses.

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Firmness

Pod firmness

The Eight Sleep Pod is a medium-firm mattress. I’d rate it around 6-6.5/10 on a scale of increasing firmness.

That’s the sweet spot for most people; not too soft and not too firm.

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Sinkage

Pod sinkage

The amount of sinkage in The Pod is similar to other all-foam mattresses. Just enough to hug your body but not enough to make you feel stuck.

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Motion Transfer

Pod motion transfer

Being a foam mattress, The Pod has minimal motion transfer. It’s a great choice for couples who keep waking each other up at night with movements.

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Hot/Cold Issues

Pod's Dual Zone Temperature Control

The foam part of the mattress on its own would likely cause the bed to warm up. But that doesn’t matter because you have the Active Grid system.

You can set whatever temperature you like.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Smart temperature control technology.
  • Sleep and fitness tracking.
  • Comfortable mattress.
  • Long in-home trial.
  • Free delivery and setup.

Cons

  • More expensive than standard online foam mattresses.
  • You need the paid membership to make full use of biometric tracking.
  • Fair edge support.

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This Mattress is Perfect for You If…

Pod cooling system

  • You sleep hot or cold and would like a mattress that provides the perfect sleeping environment.
  • You’d love a mattress with sleep tracking features to help you improve your sleep.
  • You are a couple with varying comfort needs. You can set individual temperatures using the Eight Sleep app.

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Conclusion

The pod

Though a bit expensive, the Eight Sleep Pod is well worth the money.

You can finally buy a mattress that provides the perfect sleeping environment and even tracks your sleep to help you sleep better.

You don’t have to blast your AC all night, buy a space heater, or spend money on a cooling topper.

The Pod has it all covered.

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Where to Buy

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Visit the Eight Sleep official website to order The Pod.


 


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