Sleep Number/Dream Number /air mattresses

I'm seriously considering one of these based on the following:
Back issues/ hip pain from current mattress (DH & I both)
Current expensive coil mattress is sagging in spots - not the first one this has happened with
Memory foam concerns me for the weight, strong smell and claims they break down

Other than the cost, I see no negative for air system, which can be adjusted on each partner's side from soft to firm as desired.

ETA I put a deluxe camping air mattress on my bed and slept better than I have in a couple of years, but long term that's not a solution

Any feedback? I've gone to the Sleep Number showroom and like the P5/6 model. The Dream brand is supposed to be about 20% less
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Last edited by Spider; 04-30-2012 at 06:29 PM.
I considered one of these until I started reading the reviews on the actual site. There seemed to be a significant number of complaints. I've been using memory foam for years and it's been amazing for my back and neck. I haven't had any issues with breakdown, and any initial odor faded within a couple days.

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We've had one for about 10 years...it's a piece of junk. Didn't take long to get that way either; I just can't remember how long it took. The problem is the foam shell around and between the actual air chambers. The concept is great, and perhaps they've improved the design since or perhaps it improves if you buy their top-of-the-line mattresses. If not for the poor durability of that foam shell, I'd probably be quick to consider buying another. We even replaced the foam insert between the air chambers in the center of the bed. That worked for about a week. Then, after a deepening chasm began to reopen, we finally just shoved old throw pillows from our couch into the ever-widening/deepening chasm, and now we have a lump in the center. And, the foam surround is all broken down, so it sags all the way around the mattress, especially on the sides where you sit to dress.

I'm not fond of memory foam--too hard--we both have chronic back problems and I can't see that working for us long term.

We so desperately need a new mattress but can't afford it thanks to our newly acquired financial woes. I'd try out a Duxiana (sp?) or McCroskey mattress before making a final decision. They're supposed to be top-drawer mattresses.
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My parents have one, and they each have a sinkhole on their side of the bed, and then a big lump in the middle of the bed. It's ridiculous. It happened not long after they got it, too... And Sleep Number refused to do anything about it other than replacing some of the padding. But, like Honeycurls said, that really didn't do much.

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We have a soft-sided waterbed, which is basically a bladder filled with water inside a conventional mattress. Our current bed is 12 years old, and my husband has mentioned maybe replacing it with a Sleep Number bed, because it would be lighter and easier to move and maintain than a waterbed, and because a bladder filled with air probably gives very much the same sleeping experience as a bladder filled with water. I say: NO WAY!

After reading online reviews of these air beds, I'm not convinced they work. They seem to use inferior padding and mattress covers, and perhaps the way they are continually adjustable is the problem...because if you keep messing with a seal, eventually it will fail. Waterbeds are adjustable, but not instantly...you really have to want to adjust your waterbed, so it's not something you do very often.

So, yeah, waterbeds are a PITA to move, but I'm never giving mine up for these crappy As Seen On TV air beds.
I spent 3 years suffering from hip pain so severe I never slept more than 1 hour at a time. I did not want to take medication, so just suffered. We bought a new bed, which was better, so I was sleeping 2-3 hours at a time without waking.

In desperation I bought a gel/memory foam topper from Costco. Novaform

It was amazing. I slept all night, and still do. Granted, I wake up early sometimes due to my age, but not with any hip pain at all.
To further add to your confusion, IIRC, misspam and her husband have had one for years and love it.

The air chamber covered by other padding is a great concept and is very comfortable--no pressure points. I remember what a pleasure it was to sleep on it when we first bought it. It's the foam surround around the edges of the "mattress" and between the chambers that is the problem--but it's a major one. Maybe you can talk to them about concerns about its durability and see what they have to say. And, once you set your "sleep number" you don't change it often, if ever. There's no constant adjusting of your air pressure. In the 10 years we've owned ours, I can count the number of times I've changed it on one hand...only to ultimately change it back to 35.

I think they come with both memory foam and pillow top versions; ours wasn't even top-of-the-line and it was amazingly comfortable...initially. It's actually still comfortable, as long as you stay on your own side!

Regarding memory foam: My son has a memory foam topper, and the smell faded very quickly. He loves it. He uses it over a feather bed topper and the combo is apparently heavenly.

Meh, I did a waterbed back in the day...not interested in ever doing it again, regardless of how they have evolved.

ETA: I just looked at the mattress again...the foam surround on my side isn't nearly as broken down as husband's side. But, then, he's 6'1" and has hovered between 200 and 220 lbs over the years. My side's actually in pretty good condition. His side sags from sitting on the edge getting dressed every day. I don't do that as often as he does. But, you shouldn't have to worry about that, regardless.
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Last edited by Honeycurls; 05-01-2012 at 01:41 AM.
So the 20 warranty is a scam ?
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Honeycurls has a great memory! Yes, we have had our Select Comfort mattress for 15 years. We both love it. It does not leak, sag, or deflate. We have the king size. We have the basic model, no pillow-top or memory foam topper. My usual sleep number is 65. I will go lower if I am experiencing pain or soreness, or higher (100) for, ahem, marital activities...

I don't know whether the quality has declined in recent years or if we just lucked out. I can't imagine sleeping on anything else.
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Back pain or body pain are some issues which are occurring due to wrong selection of mattress. According to me to get rid to those problem celliant fiber's mattress so much helpful. Those balance body temperature, reduce pain and increase oxygen level

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