Eight sent me a free Smart Mattress unit for review, and I documented the unboxing process so Comparakeet readers can see how simple setting up this mattress can be.
The mattress came in a compact box and was fairly easy to cart around. My friend and I made short work of hauling the box in and unwrapping the mattress. From there, it was only a matter of unrolling the product and waiting for it to expand to full size.
The “smart technology layer” is a separate pad that you overlay on the mattress itself like a regular bed cover. Setup only required putting the cover on the mattress, plugging in the power cord, and installing the companion mobile app (available for iOS and Android) that would serve as data repository and control center for the mattress’ smart technology functions.
Construction and Feel
Speaking from experience, the Eight Smart Mattress delivers a commendable blend of firm support and enough give in the material for a comfortable hug. The Eight Smart Mattress comprises four layers made of different types of foam, and these are responsible for the mattress’ overall balanced feel.
The top layer is two inches deep and uses reactive foam. This unique mix accommodates your body like memory foam would, but it also comes with some of the firmness and bounce characteristic of latex foam, so you don’t sink into the mattress. You’re free to move around without having to work against the material; since the foam recovers well, you never feel engulfed — making for better heat dissipation and a cooler sleeping experience overall.
Underneath that layer lies two inches of contouring memory foam. This layer has a bit more give to it, and if this had been the top layer, you’d sink right into the mattress. However, Eight’s smart placement means you instead get the comfort and pressure relief of a foam layer that conforms to your body shape, without sacrificing mobility thanks to that reactive top layer.
Next, there’s another two inches of supportive transition foam, which mostly helps in weight distribution and cushioning. Finally, there’s the four-inch-thick high-density support foam, which gives the whole mattress a sturdy but breathable base.
Eight manages to combine these layers in a way that feels homogenous, so you don’t feel any distinct differences between each layer.
Some users have reported a notable degree of motion transfer, meaning light sleepers might have a problem with disturbances if they’re using this mattress. I haven’t experienced untoward bounce or reactivity from the mattress’ materials, but it’s a point worth noting.
Smart Technology Layer
What really sets the Eight Smart Mattress apart is its smart technology pad, which you overlay on the main mattress like a regular heating pad or cover. Eight sells these pads separately, but as I point out in the pricing section, it’s more cost-effective to buy the pad and mattress as a set.
The Smart Pad packs a host of nifty tech features that truly elevate the Eight Smart Mattress. Foremost of these is the sleep tracking feature, which you can check via the companion smartphone app that lets you control the pad over WiFi. It takes a few nights for the tracker to fully calibrate to your movements; all the same, having the data is nice if you’re looking to improve your sleep quality.
The pad also comes with a built-in smart warmer that you can control — from manual operation to scheduling. There’s also a smart alarm designed to work with the sleep tracker; it will wake you when you’re at an appropriate point in your sleep cycle. For people who need help dozing off, there’s also a white noise player loaded with 10 different tracks.
Most impressive of all, the Smart Pad lets the mattress work with the IFTTT system. This means you can cook up custom operations, syncing up your mattress with any other smart appliances you might own. You can set your smart bulbs to automatically dim once your mattress detects that you’ve tucked yourself in, for example.
The Smart Pad itself is made of fairly breathable material, so you don’t need to worry about feeling stuffy or hot. That said, using the pad does lend the mattress a bit more firmness, so consider ditching it if you’re after a plusher feel.
The Eight Smart Mattress comes in four sizes, and the set is composed of the mattress itself and the smart technology layer. The latter is also sold separately, which is great if you want to use it with a mattress you already own. If you’re starting from zero, though, it’s more cost-effective to buy the mattress and smart pad as a set.
Here’s a look at the prices:
|Size||Smart Mattress||Smart Layer Only|
Eight takes payments through all major credit cards, PayPal, Amazon Payments, and zero-interest Affirm payment plans. You’ll get free shipping and returns throughout the US — in fact, Eight only ships within the US. Deliveries arrive within 7 to 10 days of order placement.
You get a 100-day trial period, meaning Eight gives you a full refund and a free mattress pickup if you return the mattress within that time. All purchased mattresses also come with a 10-year limited warranty, while the smart layer comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
DISCOUNT ALERT! You can use the code EIGHTAFF50 to get $5o off on all mattresses on Eight.com. This is an evergreen discount so you’re not racing against a ticking clock, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grab an Eight mattress now!
What's the Verdict on Eight?
Eight Smart Mattress Review 2020 – Conclusion
After a few days with the Eight Smart Mattress, I can confidently say that this is one of the best mattresses you could possibly buy. With or without the smart technology layer, you’ll still get a balanced, well-constructed mattress that delivers top-notch support without sacrificing comfort and breathability. The smart technology pad is fantastic icing on the cake, thanks to its easy setup, handy features, and ready integrations. Price-wise, the Eight Smart Mattress isn’t the cheapest deal out there, but it still beats many brick-and-mortar stores’ luxury mattress prices, and with innovative features to boot. If you want to sleep on an effortless blend of convenience, comfort, and innovation, check out the Eight Smart Mattress today!