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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 ratings below are based on over 2,400 consumer reviews of various Sleep Innovations / Bodipedic / Novaform memory foam mattresses.
|Owner satisfaction overall||b||Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) mattresses have 81% owner satisfaction. ( )
|Owner satisfaction for temporary / occasional use||B+|| Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) overall have about 87% owner satisfaction when used temporarily / occasionally (by house guests, college students, children).
|Owner satisfaction for regular / long term use||c+||Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) mattresses overall have about 76% owner satisfaction when used regularly / long term. This means that the beds are acceptable but not ideal for this kind of use, especially by people of above-average size (200+ lbs).|
|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 / affordability||b+||Prices range from $240-$1500 depending on model and size. Like other beds in this price range, at least 20% of owners use their Sleep Innovations mattress only occasionally or temporarily.|
|Less pain / pressure||b||The beds are praised mainly for their comfort and pain/pressure-relieving ability. However, at least 15% of owners report that their mattress causes pain, usually because of excessive firmness. (See mattresses and pain relief for analysis.)|
|Firmness options||D||75% of owners, regardless of the model, say their mattress is medium-firm. The rest say it is firm or soft.|
|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.|
|Contours to body||b-||The foam used is minimally to moderately weight and temperature sensitive which often results in fairly limited contouring and molding to the body. As a result, the mattresses have a more conventional feel to them than more expensive memory foam beds such as higher-density Tempur-Pedic models.|
|Easy to move on||B-||Owners tend to say that they do not sink far into the bed. As a result, the mattress is usually easy to move on and get up off.|
|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||C-||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||b-||About 4% of consumers report that heat build up can be a problem which 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||B||Less than 2% of owners complain of a lack of edge support.|
|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.|
|Lightweight||C-||Weight is about average for a foam mattress, usually under 100 lbs. They can be difficult to move and handle especially for one person.|
|Specifications transparency||B||Openly disclosing product 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||C+||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 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 Satis- faction (Sample)||Price*||Retailer|| Thick-
|Firm- ness**||Comfort Layer||Base Layer||Return Policy / War- ranty||Main Competition|
|Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 10 Inch||82% (977)||$340 tw
|3" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam||7" of base foam||30 days / 20 yr||Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"|
|Comment: Popular model. Suited for average-sized people.|
|Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 12 Inch||84% (1754)||$361 tw
|2.5" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam||9.5" of base foam||30 days / 20 yr||Select-A-Firmness 11", Zinus 12"|
|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% (36)||$480 tw
|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|
|Comment: Suited for larger people (220 lbs+) or anyone seeking a tall mattress profile.|
|Bodipedic Essentials 8 Inch||88% (675)||$225 tw
|2" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam||6" of base foam||no returns / avail. for $50||Comfort Dreams 8", Zinus 8"|
|Comment: Best suited and often purchased for temporary / occasional use. Thickness best for children and average-sized adults, not those 200+ lbs.|
|Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch||NA||$290 tw
|2" of 2.5 lbs/ft memory foam||8" of base foam||no returns / 5 yr||Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"|
|Comment: Thickness not ideally suited for people 200+ lbs. Best suited for temporary / occasional use.|
|Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch Gel||86% (72)||$350 tw
|2" of 3 lbs/ft gel memory foam||8" of base foam||no returns / 5 yr||Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"|
|Comment: Gel-infused foam often reduces heat complaints by 30%. Best suited for temporary / occasional use.|
|Novaform Serafina 14" Gel||80% (147)||$440 tw
|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|
|Comment: Too firm for some, especially some side sleepers. Gel foam sleeps about 30% cooler longer than regular foam. Fairly heavy – a queen weighs 100 lbs.|
* Prices are for a mattress only; a foundation can cost $150-$400 depending on size.
** Firmness indicates what tends to be true for most owners; your personal evaluation may differ.
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.
|Owner satisfaction||B||B||Both overall have owner satisfaction of about 80%.|
|Durability / longevity||C||B+||Tempur-Pedic has at least twice the lifespan making it better for regular, long-term use.|
|Price / affordability||B+||D||Avg price for Tempur-Pedic is $3,329; Sleep Innov $498.|
|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.|
|Easy to move on||B-||C-||Can vary by model, but Sleep Innov. overall performs better.|
|No initial odor||C-||D||Advantage to Sleep Innov.|
|No sleeping hot||B-||C-||Clear advantage to Sleep Innov.|
|Good for sex||C+||C||--|
|Lightweight||C-||D-||Lower density foam of Sleep Innov. means lighter weight.|
|Specifications transparency||B||D||Sleep Innov. discloses more information about their mattresses.|
|Availability||D||A||Tempur-Pedic is widely available in stores and online.|
|Warranty||C+||C||Sleep Innov.: 5-20 years depending on model. Tempur-Pedic: 10 years.|
|memory foam density||low||low to high||See memory foam density comparison: low vs high.|
Ratings are based on over 2,400 owner reviews for Sleep Innovations / Bodipedic / Novaform / Serta 8-inch mattresses including Gel, Sure Temp as well as similar discontinued models.
Learn about our research sources and methodology.
– 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.
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