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

Based on 2,300+ Actual Consumer Experiences

June 27, 2014

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Value potential • above average relief for pain and pressure points • 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 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.com; Bodipedic at overstock.com; Novaform at costco.com. See buying a mattress online: what you should know.

Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic, Novaform) Ratings: Overall

The ratings below are based on over 2,300 consumer reviews of various Sleep Innovations / Bodipedic / Novaform memory foam mattresses.

Owner satisfaction b Sleep Innovations (Bodipedic / Novaform) mattresses have 80% owner satisfaction. (80 out of 100 based on 2321 reviews.)

Sleep Innov / Novaform owner satisfaction
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 Different models offer somewhat different firmness (see below). However, 75% of owners report that their bed is medium to firm regardless of model. The rest say it is soft or excessively 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 their 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 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, accuracy of marketing claims, transparency of specifications, warranty, Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and rating stability, number of BBB complaints / business size ratio.

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

  Price* Retailer Thick-
Firm- ness** Comfort Layer Base Layer Return Policy / War- ranty Main Competition
Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 10 Inch $340 tw
$350 full
$390 qn
$460 kg
amazon 10" med-
3" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 7" of base foam 30 days / 20 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"
Comment: Popular model. Well suited for average-sized people.
Sleep Innov. Sure Temp 12 Inch $310 tw
$360 full
$430 qn
$530 kg
amazon 12" med 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.
Bodipedic Essentials 8 Inch $250 tw
$300 full
$350 qn
$450 kg
over stock
8" med-
2" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 6" of reg. foam no returns / avail. for $50 Comfort Dreams 8", Zinus 8"
Comment: Thickness best for average-sized adults or children, not those 200 lbs+.
Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch $280 tw
$360 full
$400 qn
$500 kg
over stock
10" med-
2" of 2.5 lbs/ft memory foam 8" of reg. foam no returns / 5 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"
Comment: Thickness not ideally suited for people 220 lbs+.
Bodipedic Essentials 10 Inch Gel $350 tw
$442 full
$470 qn
$570 kg
over stock
10" med-
2" of 3 lbs/ft gel memory foam 8" of reg. foam no returns / 5 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"
Comment: Gel-infused foam often reduces heat complaints by 30%.
Bodipedic 10 Inch $500 qn
over stock
10" med-
3" of 3 lbs/ft memory foam 7" of reg. foam no returns / 20 yr Comfort Dreams 10" models, Zinus 10"
Comment: Same or similar model as Sleep Innovations SureTemp 10 Inch. Too firm for some, especially side sleepers.
Novaform Serafina 14" Gel $800 qn
$950 kg
14" med-
3" of 3.5 lbs/ft gel memory foam 3" of reg. foam, 8" of base foam 90+ days / 20 yr Select-A-Firmness 14", Ultimate Dreams Gel
Comment: Too firm for some, especially side sleepers. Gel foam sleeps about 30% cooler longer than regular foam.

* 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.

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 actual owner experiences.

  Sleep Innovations Tempur-Pedic Comment
Owner satisfaction B B Both overall have owner satisfaction of 80%.
Durability / longevity C B+ Tempur-Pedic overall likely has at least twice the lifespan.
Price / affordability B+ D Avg price for Tempur-Pedic is $3,329; Sleep Innov $450.
Less pain / pressure B B+ Tempur-Pedic's higher density foam tends to perform better.
Firmness options D+ A Tempur-Pedic has more models and firmness choices.
Motion isolation A- A --
Easy to move on B- C- Can vary by model, but Sleep Innov. overall performs better.
No initial odor C- D Advantage to Sleep Innovations
No sleeping hot B- C- Clear advantage to Sleep Innov.
Edge support B C- --
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.
Customer service C+ B --
BBB rating A+ A+ --
SLTD 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 2,300 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 somewhat different firmness levels. However, three-fourths of owners say their mattress is medium to firm regardless of the model. The remaining 25% say their bed is soft or excessively soft.

– About 11% of owners say that 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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