The Main Difference Between These Sleep Number Mattresses? $2,000

Sure, when you step into a mattress showroom, the sales placards might tell you all of the fancy differences between different beds with widely varying price points. A $3,000 bed can’t possibly be three times more comfortable than a similar bed that only costs $1,000… right? Mattress tests by our foam-cushioned cousins down the hall at Consumer Reports found that there’s very little objective difference, but “comfiness” isn’t really an objective measurement.

For example, they compared two Sleep number beds: the c2, which normally costs $1,000 and was on sale for $700, and the Innovation Series i8 (Pillowtop), which cost $3,000. In objective tests that they run using specialized equipment, they found that the less expensive bed, the c2, was actually more stable than the pricier one, which means that a person sleeping on one side won’t disturb their partner on the other half if they move around a lot while they sleep.

Of course, there are real differences that account for that price discrepancy. Namely, the more expensive mattress has a thicker foam layer on top. You might find that more comfortable for sleeping, or you might prefer a more stable mattress: that’s why it’s important to try them out in person instead of depending on price as a proxy for quality. You already knew that, though, didn’t you?

Sleep Number beds differ in price not performance [Consumer Reports]

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  1. Thorzdad2 says:

    Mattress shopping is one of the worst ordeals a consumer can put her/him through. There’s just no practical or useful way to do it. Every mattress feels good because you’re so tired from running around testing mattresses. It’s worse that shopping for cars.

    • CzarChasm says:

      Totally agree. Plus the way they make special versions of the same mattress for each retailer makes it damn near impossible to do a decent comparison.