Best Sleep Number Bed Alternatives

By Nicole Gleichmann

Jan 26th, 2023

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Sleep Number has long been a leader in the mattress industry. Thanks to advances in technology, the company is now a top provider of smartbeds equipped with features such as:

  • SleepIQ Technology
  • Dual Air Adjustability
  • Responsive Air Technology

However, Sleep Number isn’t the only mattress company that excels at using technology to enhance sleep. Many Sleep Number Bed alternatives offer similar qualities in terms of comfort, cooling, and support. In some cases, the combination of a mattress plus an adjustable base could provide a comparable sleep experience with the total cost below what you’d pay for a Sleep Number smart bed.

Sleep Number is known for its high-quality products and exceptional customer service, but today there are many more options than there were just five or 10 years ago. Check out our selection of the best Sleep Number Bed alternatives that might better suit your needs.

Best Sleep Number Alternatives: Our Top Picks

Sleep Number Bed Best Sleep Number Alternative
Sleep Number c4 Smart Bed Helix Sunset Luxe + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number i8 Smart Bed Nectar Original + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number c2 Smart Bed Saatva Solaire
Sleep Number pSE Special Edition Smart Bed DreamCloud Original + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number p6 Smart Bed Saatva Solaire
Sleep Number i10 Smart Bed Puffy Royal Hybrid + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number m7 Smart Bed Titan Plus + Ascension Adjustable Base
Sleep Number iLE Limited Edition Smart Bed Nolah Signature 12″ + Nolah Adjustable Base
Sleep Number p5 Smart Bed Purple Mattress + Ascent Adjustable Base

Sleep Number c4 Smart Bed vs Helix Sunset Luxe + Helix Adjustable Base

Feel

The biggest difference between the Sleep Number c4 Smart Bed and the Helix Sunset Luxe is customizable firmness. The c4 bed offers adjustable firmness on each side, controlled by your 1-100 Sleep Number setting. The Sunset Luxe has a 3/10 firmness level, making it one of the softer hybrid mattresses you can find.

The Sleep Number c4 has three zoned layers that help with pressure relief by targeting the neck, back, and hips. The Helix Sunset Luxe is a soft hybrid utilizing coils for support and foam for comfort.

The Sunset Luxe doesn’t have smart technology like Sleep Number’s SleepIQ score, but adding an adjustable base does provide some high-tech features such as three massage settings and Zero Gravity and Memory Settings.

Cooling

The Sunset Luxe probably sleeps a bit cooler. It has an 8/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score, whereas the Sleep Number c4 performs about average at retaining heat. With the Sunset Luxe, you can also get extra cooling by adding a GlacioTex Cooling Cover for an additional cost.

Price

  • Sleep Number c4 SmartBed (Queen): $1,899
  • Helix Sunset Luxe (Queen): $2,049
  • Helix Adjustable Base (Queen): $850

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period   15-year warranty
Helix 100-night trial period 15-year warranty
Helix Adjustable Base No trial period Up to 20 years

Sleep Number i8 Smart Bed vs Nectar Original Mattress + Adjustable Bed Frame

Feel

The Nectar Original is a standard memory foam mattress and not a smart model like the Sleep Number i8; however, it does offer an abundance of pressure relief in the hips and shoulders for side sleepers, much as the i8’s pressure-relieving layers do. The mattress comes in just one level of firmness—medium-firm—which is the level preferred by most sleepers because it works well for so many sleep positions. 

Unlike the i8, the Nectar won’t auto-respond to your movements and adjust firmness on each side of the bed. However, it’s a highly responsive bed that supports easy repositioning and a number of sleep positions, as well as a good option for back and side sleepers, as well as couples. 

Only when you add the Adjustable Bed Frame does the Nectar Original begin to resemble some of the smart features found in the i8. The base includes dual two-zone massage, USB plugs, and zero-gravity modes that allow you to raise your head and legs above your heart. It has a lot more independent customization than you’d get from just the Original mattress, much like the i8’s independently operating sides and massage settings.

Cooling

Due to an all-foam construction, the Nectar Original sleeps warmer than a mattress like the i8, which has temperature-balancing technology to absorb and release nighttime heat. That said, the Nectar has a cooling cover and a more breathable gel-infused foam build, so it should sleep a bit cooler than your standard memory foam mattress.

Price

  • Sleep Number i8 (Queen): $3,899
  • Nectar Original (Queen): $1,049
  • Nectar Adjustable Bed Frame: $1,498

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period 15-year warranty
Nectar Original 365-night trial period Lifetime warranty
Adjustable Bed Frame 50-night trial period 3-year warranty

Sleep Number c2 Smart Bed vs Saatva Solaire

Feel

The Sleep Number c2 Smart Bed is the entry level Sleep Number mattress. With only 2” of gel-infused foam over the air chamber, it delivers a medium-firm to firm feel with little give at pressure points.

In comparison, the Saatva Solaire is a luxury adjustable mattress with a plush but supportive feel. Atop its vulcanized air chambers are layers of gel-infused memory foam, zoned support Talalay latex, and an organic pillow top. Thanks to its 50 firmness settings and luxurious comfort layers, the Solaire is at once more cloud-like and supportive where you need it the most.

Related: Best Adjustable Bed Frames

The Saatva Solaire is a better fit for lightweight sleepers, side sleepers, and those with back pain. With a firmer feel, stomach sleepers may find the Sleep Number more comfortable.

Cooling

The Saatva Solaire and Sleep Number c2 are evenly matched in the cooling category, each having an 8.5/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score.

Price

  • Sleep Number c2 (Queen): $1,099
  • Saatva Solaire (Queen): $3,595

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial 15-year warranty
Saatva 365-night trial Lifetime warranty

Sleep Number pSE Special Edition Smart Bed vs DreamCloud Original + Adjustable Bed Frame

Feel

Both the DreamCloud and Sleep Number pSE Special Edition Smart Bed provide thick layers of pressure-relieving foam above a solid support layer. With the pSE, adjustable air pressure allows you to control this level of support, comfort, and firmness to align with your preferred settings. The DreamCloud has just one level of firmness—medium-firm—but it suits most body types for most sleep positions, and has a balanced feel with almost universal comfort.

The DreamCloud is one of our top hybrid mattresses and top mattresses for back pain in that it provides excellent spine alignment, and a pressure relief level akin to the pSE’s body-cradling support. We also found the mattress delivers high-level responsiveness, which makes it easy to switch up your sleep position—even though the bed won’t automatically adjust firmness to meet your movements, as the pSE would. 

The DreamCloud is not a smart bed, but when paired with the DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame it offers some of the same features, such as zero-gravity positions that allow you to raise your head and legs, built-in massage, and charging stations. 

Cooling

Both the DreamCloud and the Sleep Number pSE are decent options for hot sleepers—the DreamCloud has an innerspring system and cooling cashmere cover for good heat transfer (it earns an 8.5/10 Mattress Advisor score for cooling), and the pSE is designed with temperature-balancing materials that absorb excess heat.

Price

  • Sleep Number PSE Special Edition (Queen): $2,999
  • DreamCloud (Queen): $1,798
  • DreamCloud Adjustable Bed Frame: $1,498

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period   15-year warranty
DreamCloud 365-night trial period Lifetime warranty
Adjustable Bed Frame 50-night trial period 3-year warranty

Sleep Number p6 Smart Bed vs Saatva Solaire

Feel

The Sleep Number p6 Smart Bed was designed for sleepers who love a cloud-like feel. With 5” of cooling pressure relief foam, it readily cradles curves for an enveloping feel.

The Saatva Solaire adjustable bed offers a more supportive plush feel, with the five-zoned Talalay latex providing incredible lumbar support. With an organic pillow top and gel-infused memory foam, the Solaire hugs the body and relieves pain points.

The Sleep Number p6 ranges from medium-soft to medium-firm, while the Saatva achieves a wider range of comfort levels thanks to its greater firmness control. For those looking for lavish comfort and ample give, the Sleep Number p6 is a good fit. But for those who need greater back support, the Solaire is the best mattress.

Cooling

When it comes to temperature, the Saatva Solaire (8.5/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score) achieves slightly greater performance than the Sleep Number p6 Smart Bed.

Price

  • Sleep Number p6 Smart Bed (Queen): $3,099
  • Saatva Solaire (Queen): $3,595

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period  15-year warranty
Saatva 365-night trial period Lifetime warranty

Sleep Number i10 Smart Bed vs Puffy Royal Hybrid + Adjustable Base

Feel

The Sleep Number i10 Smart Bed and the Puffy Royal Hybrid are good options for couples looking for a softer mattress. The Sleep Number i10 has two different types of foam, creating a plush feel, and its dual air chambers allow partners to adjust their own firmness level. With the purchase of an adjustable base, the Puffy Royal Hybrid also allows couples to adjust their own sides of the bed with wireless remotes.

Even with its overall plush feel, the Sleep Number i10 has sleep technology that senses movement and auto-adjusts the firmness level to the sleeper’s needs. The Puffy Royal Hybrid does not have this feature, and though it’s a durable mattress that’s good for pressure relief, it might feel too soft for sleepers who don’t want a bit of sinkage.

Cooling

With a 7″ foam layer designed for temperature regulation, the Sleep Number i10 cooling should impress hot sleepers. The Puffy Royal Hybrid, on the other hand, has average cooling abilities (7/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score).

Price

  • Sleep Number i10 Smart Bed (Queen): $5,299
  • Puffy Royal Hybrid (Queen): $3,149
  • Puffy Adjustable Base (Queen): $1,399

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period   15-year warranty
Puffy Royal Hybrid 101-night trial period Lifetime warranty
Puffy Adjustable Base 101-night trial period Lifetime warranty

Sleep Number m7 Smart Bed vs Titan Plus + Ascension Adjustable Base

Feel

The major difference between the Sleep Number m7 Smart Bed and Brooklyn Bedding’s Titan Plus is that the Titan mattress is designed specifically for heavier people (230 lbs and up). It’s also a hybrid mattress. While the all-foam Sleep Number m7 boasts a 4″ memory foam layer, the Titan Plus combines memory foam and polyfoam layers with a layer of pocket coils.

The Titan Plus offers exceptional spine alignment, with a 9.5/10 spine alignment score in Mattress Advisor testing. Purchasing the Ascension Ultra Adjustable Base allows sleepers to lift their heads and feet for maximum comfort.

The Sleep Number m7 has a softer feel as an all-foam mattress, but sleepers can adjust the firmness on each side. The Titan Plus is a solid 8/10 on the firmness scale. As a smart bed, the Sleep Number m7 has Sleep IQ technology that allows you to track your sleep patterns.

Cooling

The Titan Plus earns a very respectable 8.5/10 cooling score in our testing. The Sleep Number m7 boasts CoolFit memory foam technology, along with breathable rayon and polyester material.

Price

  • Sleep Number m7 Smart Bed (Queen): $3,899
  • Titan Plus (Queen): $1,249
  • Ascension Ultra Adjustable Base (Queen): $1,349

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period  15-year warranty
Titan Plus 120-night trial period 10-year warranty
Ascension Ultra Adjustable Base No trial period 10-year warranty

Sleep Number iLE Limited Edition Smart Bed vs Nolah Signature 12″ + Nolah Adjustable Base

Feel

The Sleep Number iLE Smart Bed and the Nolah Signature 12″ differ most in their firmness. Whereas the Sleep Number iLE automatically adjusts to your firmness needs with its smart technology, the Nolah mattress has a medium-soft feel (4.5/10).

Since the firmness is adjustable, the Sleep Number iLE can accommodate just about any sleeping position. The mattress is also good for couples, because each side of the bed can be adjusted separately. Because of its medium-soft feel, the Nolah Signature 12″ is best for side sleepers and combination sleepers of average or below-average weight. Adding Nolah’s top-level adjustable base means you get features including head and foot massage, Zero-G, and programmable positions.

Cooling

The Sleep Number iLE has a breathable comfort layer to help airflow to balance body temperature. The Nolah Signature 12″ does well in cooling for an all-foam mattress, with an 8/10 Mattress Advisor score. According to Nolah, its AirFoam dissipates heat 20% faster than memory foam (and offers four times the pressure relief).

Price

  • Sleep Number iLE Limited Edition (Queen): $5,299
  • Nolah Signature 12″ (Queen): $1,599
  • Nolah Adjustable Base w/massage (Queen): $1,099

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period   15-year warranty
Nolah Signature 12″ 120-night trial period Limited lifetime warranty
Nolah Adjustable Base No trial period 10-year warranty

Sleep Number p5 Smart Bed vs Purple Mattress + Ascent Adjustable Base

Feel

The Purple mattress is not an adjustable smart mattress like the Sleep Number p5, but its unique technology deserves consideration. Purple’s mattress has a feel and design unlike any other mattress. Purple’s comfort grid technology performs exceptionally well in both spine alignment and pressure relief.

Purple offers the Ascent Adjustable Base that elevates the sleeping experience. With full-body massage and adjustable positions for the upper and lower body, the Purple mattress + Ascent Adjustable Base work together to promote a restful night’s sleep.

The Sleep Number p5 Smart Bed is softer than the Purple mattress. Its 4” of comfort layers with PlushFit foam and a pillow top dissipate pressure from the hips and shoulders. With a medium feel and plush comfort layer, the Sleep Number p5 is a well-suited mattress for side sleepers of all weights.

Cooling

Despite an above-average 8/10 cooling score, the Purple mattress isn’t one of our best mattresses for hot sleepers. The Sleep Number p5 is one of the warmest Sleep Number beds.

Price

  • Sleep Number p5 (Queen): $2,599
  • Purple Mattress (Queen): $1,399
  • Purple Ascent Adjustable Base (Queen): $1,499

Trial Period & Warranty

Trial Period Warranty
Sleep Number 100-night trial period   15-year warranty
Purple Mattress 100-night trial period 10-year warranty

What Is a Smart Bed?

Smart mattresses are any bed equipped with technology that tracks sleep or sensors that improve your sleep experience. Some potential smart bed capabilities include:

  • Automatic firmness adjustments. Air beds have come a long way. Rather than simply choosing your select comfort level and leaving it at that, smart air pumps monitor and adjust mattress firmness to encourage uninterrupted sleep.
  • Sleep tracking
  • Climate control
  • Connection to smart devices

Adjustable bases are smart bed frames. Most adjustable bases allow you to raise the head or foot of the bed. You can pair adjustable bed frames with smart mattresses or most traditional mattresses. If you’re interested in smart bases, check out our top picks for the best adjustable beds.

Sleep Number Mattress vs Alternative Mattresses

Sleep Number Mattresses are a popular choice for shoppers looking for customized comfort. With firmness adjustability and 11 mattress models, there is a fit for every person and sleep position.

But there are reasons that some consumers are looking elsewhere, such as:

  • Cost savings: Sleep Number mattresses range in price from $999-$5,099 for a queen-size mattress. There are many less expensive alternatives, especially for couples who don’t need different firmness levels on each side of the bed. See our Sleep Number Bed Coupons page to find out how to save money with exclusive deals and discounts.
  • Features: While Sleep Number Beds come with many useful features, there are features out there that they do not have. For instance, couples might want a bed with dual temperature control.
  • Trial period and return policy: Sleep Number offers a 100-night sleep trial. If you decide to return your mattress, you will be charged an additional fee. Some mattress companies have longer trial periods and free returns.
  • Shipping cost: Sleep Number charges $199 in shipping. Many companies ship for free.

Recap: Best Sleep Number Bed Alternatives

Once again, here’s our list of best alternatives to a Sleep Number Bed. You can check the price of each alternative by clicking the links below.

SLEEP NUMBER BED BEST SLEEP NUMBER ALTERNATIVE
Sleep Number c4 Helix Sunset Luxe + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number i8 Nectar Original + Adjustable Bed Frame
Sleep Number c2 Saatva Solaire
Sleep Number pSE Special Edition DreamCloud Original + Adjustable Bed Frame
Sleep Number p6 Saatva Solaire
Sleep Number i10 Puffy Royal Hybrid + Adjustable Base
Sleep Number m7 Titan Plus + Ascension Adjustable Base
Sleep Number iLE Limited Edition Nolah Signature 12″ + Nolah Adjustable Base
Sleep Number p5 Purple Mattress + Ascent Adjustable Base

If you’d like more information before checking prices, you can use our Compare Mattresses tool to see how each Sleep Number Bed and its alternative stack up head-to-head.

Sleep Number Alternatives FAQs

The most comparable bed to Sleep Number is the Saatva Solaire. While other mattresses offer a similar feel or an adjustable base, the Saatva Solaire actually has adjustable air chambers. This makes the experience very similar to what you expect from a Sleep Number bed. Suppose you want to be able to adjust your firmness regularly or have different firmness levels on each side of the bed. In that case, the Saatva Solaire is the best alternative to a Sleep Number mattress.

The Saatva Solaire costs $3,595—right in the middle of Sleep Number’s price range. If you don’t want to spend quite that much but still want an adjustable bed, something less expensive like the Sleep Number c2 Smart Bed might be best for you. But if you’re in the market for a luxury adjustable mattress, Saatva Solaire is a fantastic alternative to Sleep Number.

Sleep Number beds can absolutely be worth it for the right customer. Sleep Number mattresses are known for their adjustability, and specific models are especially unique because their smart-bed technology operates throughout the night. So if you want a fully adjustable bed, or if you and your partner prefer different firmness levels, then Sleep Number could undoubtedly be worth it for you.

If you don’t care that much about being able to adjust firmness, however, a Sleep Number bed probably isn’t worth it. They’re great beds, but you’re paying for their air chamber technology. So if you don’t need that, it makes sense to put those same dollars toward other features offered by different mattresses.

A few of the main Sleep Number competitors include Saatva, Tempur-pedic, Helix, Puffy, and Beautyrest.