What Happens When Your Sleep Number Bed Loses Air?

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Our former Sleep Number bed was a solid gem. We had that bed for almost 12 years before we decided to buy a new Sleep Number. But all the new gizmos and features enticed us.

Now, if you've never seen a Sleep Number bed assembled, you might be in for a shock. It is made up of a bunch of pieces, mostly plastic blocks and pads that zip.

The problem I have with good companies that make good products is eventually they search for a way to make more money. You would think that the obvious solution, sell more product, would satisfy profit desires but no. They also have to find a way to manufacture the product for less. Which can mean using inferior or cheaper materials / technology. Besides, you can't make a refrigerator that works into infinity or you'd sell fewer refrigerators and go bankrupt.

In our last century, when people stopped making products for themselves and began buying from vendors, they had certain expectations about the performance and life expectancy of the product. Fine craftsmanship and pride of work was evident way back when, not so today.

In fact, I would go so far as to say most companies don't really give a hoot about their customers, existing or new, much less a repeat customer. You can read more about this experience in my personal blog today at this link: When You Have to Sleep in a Collapsed Sleep Number Bed.

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi ahain Elizabeth. I have a sleep number bed that cost more than my first new car and then some. It is 6 years old and not what it was. Love the cats.

Jul 07, 2018 09:31 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson Yes, you expect more when you pay that much for a bed. I think we bought our SN bed 2 or 3 years ago. Already it deflated.

Our first Sleep Number lasted 12 years before we decided to switch. We might have been better off with our older bed. Our first bed was about $2K but I recall this second bed costing more than $6K, which is kinda outrageous for a stinkin bed that collapses.

Jul 07, 2018 09:36 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Elizabeth- we just have a regular bed but I do miss my feather bed we used to have on top of the mattress. Soooo comfortable. 

And did my old eyes see something about a lump in your breast?

Jul 07, 2018 02:04 PM #3
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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It seems a sad fact of life that manufacturers eventually seem to go the route of "Planned Obsolescence," as their business model.  I had an ole Kenmore dishwasher that lasted 27 years without a service call.  I replaced it with an LG a couple years ago, and I could tell from the start there was no way I'd get 27 years out of this one.  The Kenmore had a metal spring of substantial size that controlled the door.  This LG has a tiny nylon cord that will be lucky to manage more than a very few years.

Jul 07, 2018 02:44 PM #4
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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Hope you are ok.

Jul 07, 2018 10:26 PM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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By the way, I just followed through to your second page and read about the lump.  I hope follow up exams will find it not a threat!  Keep me informed!

Jul 08, 2018 01:42 AM #6
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, that is a lot to pay for a bed that collaspes!    Did you go back to the doctor?   Keep us posted.

Jul 08, 2018 05:00 AM #7
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Sheila Anderson Three times the last price was a bit over the top for me. But the cats loved the low pockets of the sunken bed. Liked it better than our regular infalted bed.

Jul 08, 2018 09:07 AM #8
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Kathy Streib Who knows? UC Davis needs to call me, and it's been 9 days and nothing. Their follow up procedures leave something to be desired.

Jul 08, 2018 09:07 AM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat Nothing seems to last as long as they used to; however, when it comes to dishwashers, two brands dominate the market: Bosch and KitchenAid. Bosch only recently, though. I have a KitchenAid, no problems ever.

Jul 08, 2018 09:10 AM #10
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Joan Cox I know, right? Crawling into a cave every night was not a lot of fun. Yes, I will let you know what happens after more tests, it is probably nothing.

Jul 08, 2018 09:12 AM #11
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Joan Cox
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Sure hope it is nothing, will say a prayer for you my friend! 

Jul 08, 2018 10:05 AM #12
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I have a friend agent that had a Sleep Member bed and a Temperpedic. She said she has spent a fortune on beds.

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