For centuries humans have strived for better sleep. The technological advancements brought on during the 21st century helped us make groundbreaking advancements in sleep science, with temperature regulated sleep at the forefront.
We’ve already discussed how cooler sleep leads to better sleep, and better sleep can be transformative, affecting your overall quality of life. With so many temperature regulated sleep system options available to us, how do we choose which sleep-temperature system best suits our individual needs?
Competing Sleep Systems: A General Overview
For those unfamiliar with thermal sleep systems, here’s a quick primer:
The OOLER®, Cube, and Eight Sleep™ are hydronic sleep systems, which means water flows through channels in the polyester-fill pad and is heated or cooled to your settings. The BedJet® sleep system uses air to regulate the temperature under the covers. It’s well known that air holds less thermal conductivity than water, which makes a difference in this arena. All two-person sleep systems come equipped with “dual zone” settings for each side of the bed, meaning you and your significant other have the ability to control over the level of warmth or coolness you feel on your side of the bed throughout the night. Additionally, all systems are simple to set up, requiring no tools or complicated instructions to follow and all claim to save electricity, negating the need for extra heat or air conditioning to be used.
All systems also come with control units, which is what effectively regulates the temperature of the bed. The OOLER®, Cube, and Eight Sleep™ units pump water through attached hoses into the pad channels from water reservoirs within the control units. The BedJet® delivers air from your room throughout your bed through a nozzle. Then, using smartphone apps (excluding the Cube), you have the ability to program sleep schedules, pre-cool/preheat your bed, and more.
Comparisons & Advantages of the OOLER & Cube Sleep Systems
With over a decade of clinical research under our belts, the team at ChiliSleep has worked tirelessly to deliver thermal sleep systems that truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of people with all different professional, athletic and health backgrounds. To this end, we’ve developed sleep systems that fit the needs of all, with designs and functionality that work across the board to make the welcome addition to any sleep routine.
We will be comparing the price for Queen sized dual-zone sleep systems for each brand. Without factoring in any promo codes, the OOLER® sleep system costs $1,399, while the Cube costs $999. The Eight Sleep™ Pod Pro (the most popular option) weighs in at $2,995. While technically the least expensive thermal system is the BedJet® at $929, the comparisons below will prove that the price does not match the product when compared to the competing sleep systems.
The OOLER® and Cube represent significant cost savings, especially for those who want to give temperature-regulated sleep a try.In addition, Eight Sleep™ Pod requires a mandatory one-year subscription to have access to analytics on the accompanying app.
The Priming Process
When you first set up a thermal sleep system there is a priming phase that must first take place. The OOLER® and Cube requires just a few minutes for the hydronic pad to fill with water before it can be turned on, compared to the over thirty minutes for the Eight Sleep™ system.
Although it’s setup is easy, the design of the BedJet® leaves your bed with a big, noticeable lump where the blower portion of the system sits on the top of your mattress and under your top sheet. To effectively utilize the dual zones, you must buy the BedJet® air comforter to separate the air being pushed in through the air nozzles.
Buying an Eight Sleep™ Pod means you’re basically buying an entirely new bed; their kit comes with a full mattress, plus the cooling pad and the control unit. Most people already have a bed they love out of a desire to get the best night’s sleep possible. If that’s the case, then the OOLER® and Cube fit seamlessly since its design allows you to strap it firmly to your existing mattress, no matter the size. The Eight Sleep™ Pod does not sell its pad separately. What’s more, any Chili sleep system is machine washable, whereas the Eight Sleep™ system is not!
Control Unit Design
While the Eight Sleep™ system comes in one unit for two, its taller height makes it more difficult to tuck away in your bedroom. The OOLER®, however, is only six inches tall, allowing it to hide inconspicuously beneath your bed or bedside table. Like the Chili systems, BedJet® will fit under most beds, depending on the model purchased.
The OOLER® system also offers manual controls for those who don’t want to fuss with the app. The OOLER® control unit also comes equipped with a UV light for self-cleaning.
If you want to have both people use the Eight Sleep™ (each person controls the side) the account sharing functionality is not intuitive. It also means one person effectively owns the unit and the other person is allowed to use it.
Let’s say you don’t want to use your phone to control your bed. With the OOLER® and Cube , you can control the temperature directly on the control unit. Eight Sleep™ and BedJet® require the use of a wireless remote or bluetooth app to change temperatures.
Quicker Temperature Adjustments
Need to quickly adjust your temperature? The OOLER® is equipped with “boost mode” so you can quickly turn the temperature of your bed up or down for those late nights you want to get to bed as soon as you walk in the door. The BedJet® clearly states that they use room temperature air to wick out body heat under the covers, but many reviews say they hardly feel a difference between the temperature in their room versus the temperature blowing through their bed. In fact, rather than delivering your desired temperature evenly over your body, the BedJet® forced air system pushes air from the nozzle into one general spot, which can be too hot or cold on your feet and legs, not equally distributing the air to your whole body.
White Noise Control
Unlike the Eight Sleep™ and BedJet®, the OOLER® sleep system comes with three white noise settings for personalized noise control. Choose from silent, regular or boost mode depending on how much noise you like to sleep with.
Like most products, finding the best temperature-regulating sleep solution will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. Hopefully this quick rundown of the ChiliSleep systems’ advantages will help you make a sound decision. If you’re cost-conscious, don’t want to part with your existing bed, want an effective heating and cooling system that works quickly and don’t mind a few extra bells and whistles on your control unit, we think a ChiliSleep system will get the job done (and well).
In the end, what matters most to us is that you’re aware of how these are game-changing products for your overall health. By taking the leap into the latest sleep technology, you can ensure that you and your partner wake up each morning ready to seize the day after a truly refreshing night’s sleep.