Comprehensive Pod by Eight Sleep Mattress Review

In the future, it won’t be surprising if more people have a mattress which can increase and decrease the internal temperature of our mattress.

The Pod by Eight Sleep can do just this.

This is the premium version of the Smart Bed by Eight Sleep, which doesn’t contain the cooling features this one has.

It has the ability to control the temperature on your mattress all from the power of your smartphone.

Crafted with four different layers of foam, the Pod by Eight Sleep stands out as both superbly comfortable and well designed.

However, you will need a pretty high budget in order to even consider getting a mattress like this.

What Type of Mattress is the Pod by Eight Sleep?

The Pod mattress is a smart mattress which connects to both your phone and wi-fi. It does this so that you can make commands to your bed straight from your smartphone.

Clearly, a bed of this caliber is a little more expensive than your average mattress.

A bed like the Pod is not available at your average mattress store.

The technology used to make this mattress is both innovative and unique.

This means that anybody willing to invest a little more can access some of the cutting-edge technology for mattresses.

This bed comes with four different layers of foam, a premium knitted cover, and technical components to get you connected to the app

Connects to Your Smartphone

A lady using the pod by eight sleep app

When it is time to wind down at the end of the day, you can use your smartphone to connect to your Pod mattress.

The mobile app connects straight to your Pod mattress to control things such as the mattress temperature, data, and sleeping programs.

The mobile app can connect you with personalized sleeping coaches, or just let you browse the huge database of sleep-related content.

At the end of the day, the technical tools of this bed prove to be very easy to use. It is the annual $60 8PLUS subscription fee that may be a deal-breaker for you.

How Firm is this Mattress?

The Pod by Eight Sleep can be best described as a mattress with medium firmness.

Since it doesn’t contain springs or metal components of any sort inside the mattress, the user tends to sink in a little bit when using this mattress.

Built of polyfoam and memory foam, the level of firmness for this mattress is a 5.5 out of 10.

Anybody who likes their mattresses to not be just right, and not too firm or too soft tend to get a mattress with this firmness rating.

If you love your mattresses firm, you should steer away from this bed.

How Many Layers Does it Have?

One of the nice features of this mattress is that it comes with four different layers of foam.

If one layer of memory foam hasn’t been enough for you in the past, then a product like this one with some extra cushion may work well.

Each of the four layers is made with either polyfoam or memory foam.

The layers exposed

This is very similar to the technology that helps provide enough cushion for our astronauts as they blast off into space.

On top of the four layers of foam, the Pod contains an active grid which helps relieve pressure points, track temperature, and biometrics.

For complete protection, the mattress has a knit cover placed over the top.

The layers described from the Pod Mattress website are:

  1. Premium knit cover
  2. Active Grid
  3. Four layers of premium foam

Does the Pod Mattress Bed Sleep Hot?

One of the most attractive features is that the Pod by Eight Sleep is designed to let the user control the temperature.

couple sleeping at different temperatures

In other words, you will never have to worry about waking up in a pool of sweat with this mattress.

At least if you use the right settings.

Those who pump up the temperature on this bed can still sleep hot. The bed can be pumped all the way up to 115F.

And very importantly, the temperature can be set individually for each side.

The Pod’s Smart System Wakes You Up Without Shocks

In addition to controlling the temperature during bedtime, the user can also program the bed to gradually cool down as you get closer to wake up time.

By the time it is time to wake up, you can make it so that you actually want to get up without the need for an alarm.

If you struggle with waking up easily in the morning, this mattress might be a great choice.

How is Motion Transfer and Sinkage?

One of the main reasons to get a foam mattress like this one is that it does a great job at combating motion transfer.

This is usually what causes you and anybody you share the bed with to wake up as you toss and turn in the bed.

Since there are four layers of high-quality foam in this bed, much of the forces exerted while moving on the bed will be completely absorbed the mattress itself.

In other words, you won’t transfer movements over to your partner and wake them up just because you wanted to change your sleeping position.

As far as the sinkage with this bed goes, it is pretty average.

The bed’s active grid helps provide extra sinkage in areas which could use a little more support.

Then, there are areas with very minimal sinkage.

Does it Have any Smell?

When you purchase a new mattress, one thing to keep in mind is whether or not it has a new bed smell.

the pod with pillowsAlthough some people don’t mind this, others suffer from problems like headaches.

If you have ever struggled to fall asleep with a new mattress, this might be a reason why.

With the Pod by Eight Sleep, what we see is really not much of a difference to most new mattresses.

There is a noticeable chemical smell that becomes apparent when you take the bed out of the mattress.

In most cases, the smell for new mattresses tends to go away within a week or so.

If you are really sold on this mattress but are worried about the smell, simply let it air out for a week or so before using it.

Does it Require a Foundation?

When you purchase a bed of this caliber, there is a slight possibility that the manufacturer will also include a separate foundation.

This way, you don’t have to purchase your own.

However, the Pod by Eight Sleep does not come included with a foundation.

In order to use the mattress properly, then, you will need to purchase a foundation separately.

What Type of Cover does it Have?

The pod and its coverIn addition to the four layers of memory foam and the active grid, the Pod also comes with a knitted cover to protect the mattress.

Although it was described by the manufacturer as a “premium” cover, it doesn’t quite match up to what we think of when we imagine a top-quality cover.

Constructed with cotton, there are much better materials which could have been used for the cover.

Regardless, it still will stand the test of time if you are a caring owner, and do your best to maintain the condition of your mattress.

What is the Best Way to Care for the Pod by Eight Sleep?

Just like any other mattress, there are certain things that you will need to do as the owner to maintain your Pod mattress.

The good news is that the Pod tends to hold up really well with standard spills such as water.

When it comes to spills such as wine, urine, blood, and nail polish, the manufacturers provide you with specific instructions to keep your Pod by Eight Sleep mattress in tip-top shape.

In any case, the best way to ensure that your mattress stays up to par and looks great is to clean up stains right as they occur.

When simple water spills happen, just do your best to dry them off. As a whole, this bed is easy to care for.

The Durability of the Pod Mattress

Since this bed comes with a 100-night trial and a nice 10-year warranty, the user will at least have some peace of mind that this bed will last plenty of time.

The foam of the mattress is designed to hold up well. There is also a knitted cover which can protect your

The technical components such as the Active Grid and Hub, though, are only covered by the manufacturer for one year.

The bed itself tends to hold up really well. It is the technical components which are the easiest to break.

The Pod is Delivered in a Box to Your Door

The shipping costs are included with the ticket price of this mattress.

The delivery box in front of a doorIn other words, this is not an expense which you will have to worry about.

If you want a Pod by Eight Sleep mattress, you can only get a certain range of sizes.

For starters, there are no sizes smaller than the Full size.

To get a premium foam mattress like this one in smaller sizes (without the smart features), the Nectar Sleep mattress is another great option.

In addition to delivery, you can pay to have the bed installed by a technician at your home.

This is best for people who don’t imagine how they will be able to carry the bed inside their home.

Finally, it’s important to remember that it can take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks for your Pod by Eight Sleep mattress to arrive and be installed.

How Much Does the Pod by Eight Sleep Cost?

When we talk about smart beds that have digital features like this one, it is natural to assume that the price will be a little more expensive than some of their competitors.

This definitely holds true with the Pod mattress, as the prices are a little higher than your average mattress.

Here are the current prices, which you can get by applying our exclusive coupon code AFF150 at checkout for a discount of $150:

SizeRegular PriceDiscounted Price
Cal King:$2,795$2,645

One important thing to keep in mind when determining if this mattress will work for you is that there is an annual $60 8PLUS membership fee.

This is the service which allows you to access premium temperature features, trends, and analytics.

You can cancel anytime after your first year.

Pod by Eight Sleep Review – Our Verdict

The pod bed by eight sleep in a nice roomAs a whole, this is a very good mattress to consider if you want a bed with cutting-edge mattress technology.

Since this bed comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-day trial period, you will be able to experience it fully before you make your final decision.

  • Nice mattress warranty and trial period.
  • Four layers of memory foam and polyfoam.
  • Temperature control between 55 and 115F.
  • Can cool down in time for waking up.
  • Technical analytics and trends.

Although this mattress is slightly more expensive than your average foam mattress ($2,345 for Queen size), it also contains electrical components which allow a completely unique sleeping experience.

There is also very minimal motion transfer.

The four layers of foam that this bed has, along with the temperature control make it stand out as unique.

You can now use your smartphone to customize your bed’s settings.

For all these reasons, we see the Pod by Eight Sleep as a very good option for anybody who never wants to worry about overheating in bed again.

Sam Fisher

Sam Fisher

Head of Content

Sam is the Head of Content at Mattress Guides and an experienced mattress enthusiast. She is in charge of the company’s blog, but you can also follow her reviews and guides that are written with much passion.

Updated at April 30, 2020