Select Comfort Beds: The Drawbacks of Beds from Select Comfort

Select Comfort beds are aggressively advertised and marketed as the best way to create a comfortable sleeping surface for both you and your spouse. Unfortunately, what these glamorous ad campaigns don’t tell you is that these beds are prone to leaks, valve malfunctions, sagging and more.

To learn about the drawbacks of buying Select Comfort beds and frequent customer complaints, keep reading.

Slow Air Leaks

Despite company claims that the internal air bladders are protected from wear and tear or possible damage, they’re remarkably prone to material degradation and eventual air leaks. Slowly, but surely, the internal latex materials will break down and air will begin to escape. This causes a bed that sags, drags and simply doesn’t stay inflated.

Sometimes Simpler is Better

The more technology you strap on to something, the more likely it is to break down. So, instead of investing in a complicated, computerized bed inflation system that won’t work in the event of a power outage or could break down, why not spend your money on a high-quality, traditional mattress? It’s a lot harder to break a basic mattress.

Valve and Pump Malfunctions

The main source of air leaks on a Select Comfort bed actually isn’t the air bladder, but rather the valve and pump system. This entry and exit point provides the perfect opportunity for air to escape, meaning your bed will need to be constantly re-inflated.

An Unbalanced Bed

The biggest consumer complaint about Select Comfort beds is the slanted bed effect. When one side is firm and filled to capacity and the other side is soft and deflated, the bed becomes slanted, causing couples to roll into one another. The other problem is what’s often called the “trench bed.” When both sides are inflated, there is a dip in the middle of the bed, between the two air chambers, creating a “trench.”

Another negative feature is the common t-bar support running down the middle of the bed. This divisor can often be felt, particularly when one side of the bed is significantly deflated.

Mold Problems

Because the Sleep Number beds suck outside air inside the actual mattress, they’re also sucking in atmospheric moisture. That moisture can get inside the fabric, foam and interior of the mattress. Over time, that moisture will become mold.

Mold can be extremely dangerous to sleepers, causing illness and serious breathing problems. The mold issue is so serious that Sleep Number is currently fighting a class action suit brought against it by consumers whose health was seriously affected by the mold inside their Select Comfort beds.

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