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unbiased Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic, Novaform) Memory Foam Mattress Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

Based on 2,400+ Actual Consumer Experiences

February 28, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Value potential • above average relief for pain and pressure points • limited reports of significant heat retention • motion isolation.

THE BAD: Firmness options limited • too firm for some • likely average-at-best lifespan • initial odor potential.

THE MATTRESSES: Sleep Innovations Inc. (in business since 1996) makes Sleep Innovations brand, Bodipedic, Novaform, and select Serta memory foam mattresses. Models use 2 to 3 inches of low-density (2.5 to 3.5 lbs/ft) memory foam with base foam and possibly an additional foam support layer. (See memory foam density: higher vs lower to learn about the characteristics of low-density foam.) The mattresses come compressed and vacuum sealed for compact shipping.

THE COMPETITION: See the memory foam mattress reviews – summary and the side-by-side mattress comparison to learn how the beds compare to competing brands. Also see Sleep Innovations vs Tempur-Pedic.

THE RETAILERS: Sleep Innovations models are available mostly at Amazon; Bodipedic at overstock.com; Novaform at costco.com. See buying a mattress online: what you should know.

Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic, Novaform) Ratings: Overall

Ratings below are based on over 2,400 consumer reviews of various Sleep Innovations / Bodipedic / Novaform memory foam mattresses. Learn about the research sources and methodology.

Owner satisfaction b Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) mattresses overall have 81% owner satisfaction. (81 out of 100 based on 2451 reviews.) Get the details.
Durability / longevity c Owner experience data suggests that the lifespan of the beds is likely no better than fair. However, the more expensive models likely have somewhat better durability / longevity than the less expensive. Consumers should not expect more than a 6-year lifespan on average. Also, 14%+ of owners report significant sagging and / or excessive softening and loss of support occurring within 3 years. This rate is slightly higher than that of similarly priced memory foam bed brands.
Price b+ Prices range from $255-$1500 depending on model and size. Like other beds in this price range, at least 25% of owners use their Sleep Innovations mattress only occasionally or temporarily.
Less (back) pain b While there are reports of pain and discomfort (often due to excessive firmness), the majority of owners report fair or better pain relief, including back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Reduced pressure points B The weight and temperature sensitivity of the beds often allows for fairly equal weight distribution of a person's body which provides above-average pressure-point relief. However, at least 15% of owners report that their mattress causes excessive pressure due to high firmness.
Firmness options D Most models are medium-firm say the clear majority of owners.
Back sleep friendly b+ The beds tend to be well suited for back sleepers.
Side sleep friendly c+ The tendency of the mattresses to be more firm than soft may result in less than ideal comfort for some side sleepers.
Stomach sleep friendly b The beds tend to be mostly suitable for stomach (front) sleepers.
Easy to move on C- Some but limited sinking into the bed is reported by owners. As a result, the beds tend to provide moderate resistance to bodily movement.
Motion isolation b+ Motion isolation is a strength of memory foam. A person can move or get up with minimal disturbance to their partner.
No initial odor / off gassing D+ There is randomness in regard to whether, how strongly and for how long Sleep Innovations beds will give off an initial smell or gas. About 11% of owners report a significant problem. (See memory foam off gassing for general analysis.)
No sleeping hot C About 4% of consumers report significant and bothersome heat retention. This rate is better than average for a memory foam bed. Models with gel-infused memory foam likely sleep about 30% cooler longer than models with regular memory foam.
Good for sex c+ Memory foam bed owner opinions are generally split on this matter. (See mattresses and sex for analysis).
No noise A The mattress is quiet when lied on or compressed.
Edge support C- About 6% of owners complain of a lack of edge support.
Short break-in period D+ As is true for memory foam beds in general, break-in time is often longer than average.
Expands fully and evenly c- The mattresses come vacuum sealed and compressed. About 7% of owners report that their mattress does not fully decompress which can cause uneven support, discomfort and an uneven appearance.
No rotating / flipping B- Only one side of the mattress is meant for sleeping. Nevertheless, some owners report flipping the mattress to the other side if the bed is sagging / softening or is uncomfortable.
Easy to move, handle, lift C- Weight ranges from 40 to 140 lbs depending on model and size. The average model weighs about 95 lbs. Given their weight and lack of handles, the mattresses can be difficult to move and maneuver especially for one person.
Specs disclosed B Openly disclosing mattress specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop. Sleep Innovations openly discloses the thickness of the various layers of its mattresses but not always foam density.
Warranty B- Warranty length can range from 5 to 20 years depending on the model. A significant number of owners report difficulty making a claim. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Customer service C+ Consumer opinions are generally split on the issue of Sleep Innovations customer service.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating A+ Sleep Innovations, Inc. currently has an "A+" with the BBB. Its rating historically, however, has been somewhat less than stable.
Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) Company Rating B- SLTD company rating of "B-" for Sleep Innovations is based on a combination of factors including product ratings by consumers, years in business, customer service, return policy, transparency of specifications, warranty, Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and rating stability, number of BBB complaints / business size ratio.

Owner Satisfaction Comparison

Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) has 81% owner satisfaction overall. This rate is the same as the rate for memory foam mattresses overall and higher than the rate for all mattresses overall (72%).

Sleep Innov / Novaform owner satisfaction

Temporary / occasional use vs long-term / regular use

Like many other mattresses under $1000, Sleep Innovations mattresses are used only temporarily / occasionally by a significant number of owners (see chart below).

Sleep Innovations Usage
temporary vs long term use

Owner Satisfaction Comparison

  Temporary Use - Sleep Innovations Temporary Use - All Mattresses Long Term Use - Sleep Innovations Long Term Use -
All Mattresses
Owner Satisfaction 88% 86% 77% 68%


Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) Model Ratings, Prices, Specifications & Comments

  Owner Satis- faction (Sample) Price1 Retailer Thick-
ness
Firm- ness2 Comfort Layer Base Layer Return Policy / War- ranty Main Competition Pillow Needs3
Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 10 Inch 82% (1092) $320 tw
$380 full
$420 qn
$563 kg
amazon 10" med-
firm
3" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 7" of base foam 30 days / 20 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models

Zinus 10"
medium loft
Comment: Popular model. Best suited for average-sized people.
Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 12 Inch 84% (1861) $370 tw
$432 full
$476 qn
$600 kg
amazon 12" med-
firm
2.5" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 9.5" of base foam 30 days / 20 yr Select-A-Firmness 11"

Zinus 12"
medium loft
Comment: Most popular Sleep Innovations model. Suited for larger people (220 lbs+) or anyone seeking a fairly tall mattress profile.
Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 14 Inch 81% (49) $500 tw
$547 full
$613 qn
$740 kg
amazon 14" med-
firm
2.5" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 2.5" of support foam, 9" of base foam 30 days / 20 yr Select-A-Firmness 14"

Zinus Deluxe Grand
medium loft
Comment: Suited for larger people (220 lbs+) or anyone seeking a tall mattress profile.
Bodipedic Essentials 8 Inch 87% (698) $255 tw
$370 qn
$450 kg
over stock
.com
8" med-
firm
2" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 6" of base foam no returns / avail. for $50 Comfort Dreams 8"

Zinus 8"
medium loft
Comment: Best suited and often purchased for temporary / occasional use. Thickness best suited for use by children and average-sized adults, not those 200+ lbs.
Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch NA $322 tw
$350 full
$430 qn
$525 kg
over stock
.com
10" med-
firm
2" of 2.5 lbs/ft memory foam 8" of base foam no returns / 5 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models

Zinus 10"
medium loft
Comment: Thickness not ideally suited for people 220+ lbs.
Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch Gel 86% (98) $350 tw
$436 full
$480 qn
$570 kg
over stock
.com
10" med-
firm
2" of 3 lbs/ft gel memory foam 8" of base foam no returns / 5 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models

Zinus 10"
medium loft
Comment: Gel-infused foam often reduces heat complaints by 30%. Best suited for temporary / occasional use.
Novaform Serafina 14" Gel 80% (180) $800 qn
$950 kg
costco
.com
14" med-
firm
3" of 3.5 lbs/ft gel memory foam 3" of support foam, 8" of base foam 90+ days / 20 yr Select-A-Firmness 14"

Ultimate Dreams Gel
medium loft
Comment: Too firm for some side sleepers. Gel foam sleeps about 30% cooler longer than regular foam. Fairly heavy – queen is 100 lbs, king is 140 lbs. Tall profile.
Novaform 14" Comfort Grande 81% (63) $440 tw
$530 full
$600 qn
$800 kg
costco
.com
14" med-
firm
3" of 3 lbs/ft gel memory foam 3" of support foam, 8" of base foam 90+ days / 20 yr Select-A-Firmness 14"

Ultimate Dreams Gel
medium loft
Comment: Similar to more expensive Serafina but slightly less conforming. Too firm for some side sleepers. Gel foam sleeps about 30% cooler longer than regular foam. Somewhat heavy – 56 to 106 lbs depending on size. Tall profile.
Novaform Valentina 80% (42) $550 tw
$650 full
$750 qn
$900 kg
costco
.com
12" med-
soft
3" of 3.5 lbs/ft memory foam 3" of support foam, 6" of base foam 90+ days / 20 yr Zinus Deluxe Grand

Ultimate Dreams Gel
low to medium loft
Comment: Softest model. Generally suited for all sleeping positions.

1 Prices are for a mattress only; a foundation can cost $150-$400 depending on size.
2 Firmness indicates what tends to be true for owners; your personal evaluation may differ.
3 A firmer mattress often requires a thicker pillow, while a softer mattress often requires a thinner pillow. Learn more.


Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) Vs Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-pedic is often the standard by which other memory foam mattresses are judged. The table below shows how Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) compares to Tempur-Pedic mattresses based on over 4,000 actual owner experiences.

  Sleep Innov. Tempur- Pedic Comment
Owner satisfaction B B Both have overall owner satisfaction of about 80%.
Durability / longevity C B+ Tempur-Pedic likely has at least 50% greater lifespan.
Price B+ D Avg price for Tempur-Pedic is $3,329; Sleep Innov $548.
Less pain / pressure B B+ Tempur-Pedic's higher density foam tends to perform somewhat better.
Firmness options D+ A Tempur-Pedic has more models and firmness choices.
Motion isolation B+ A --
Easy to move on C- D+ Can vary by model, but Sleep Innov. overall performs better.
No initial odor D+ D Slight advantage to Sleep Innov.
No sleeping hot C D+ Clear advantage to Sleep Innov.
Edge support C- C- --
Good for sex C+ C --
Lightweight C- D- Lower density foam of Sleep Innov. means lighter weight.
Discloses specs B D Sleep Innov. discloses more information about their mattresses.
Availability D A Tempur-Pedic is widely available in stores and online.
Warranty B- C Sleep Innov.: 5-20 years depending on model. Tempur-Pedic: 10 years.
Short break-in period D+ D  
Customer service C+ B --
BBB rating A+ A+ Both ratings are mostly stable.
Time in business C- C Since 1996 for Sleep Innov. vs 1992 for Tempur-Pedic.
SLTD company rating B- B+ --
Memory foam density low low to high See memory foam density comparison: low vs high.


About our unbiased Sleep innovations review and research

Ratings are based on over 2,400 owner reviews for Sleep Innovations / Bodipedic / Novaform / Serta 8-inch mattresses including Gel, Sure Temp, Serafina, as well as similar discontinued models.

Learn about our research sources and methodology.

Remember

– The various models offer similar firmness levels. 75% of owners, regardless of the model, say their mattress is medium-firm. The rest say it is firm or soft.

– About 11% of owners say their mattress had a significant off gassing odor when new.

– The mattresses come vacuum sealed and compressed. About 7% of consumers report that their mattress does not fully decompress which can result in uneven support, discomfort and a poor appearance.

At Amazon: Sleep Innovations SureTemp

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