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How to Break in an Adjustable Air Bed

As anyone who’s ever slipped on a new pair of Italian leather loafers knows, good shoes aren’t always comfortable right away; it takes a few wearings until they begin to soften and conform to your unique shape. The same is true of a quality mattress. When it arrives from the factory, components like fabrics and foam can be stiff. That’s why, when a customer occasionally calls us to say they didn’t get a great night’s sleep on their new Solaire, we ask that they give it some time to break in—and with a 180-day home trial, there’s no pressure to make up your mind quickly.

Here’s what you need to know about breaking in your new Solaire mattress.

Your body needs time to adjust

Most likely you’ve been sleeping on your current mattress for years (in some cases even decades!). So while your old bed may no longer be giving you the support or comfort you need, your body is used to it. Adapting to something else is like standing up straight after having been hunched over for a long time: It’s better for your back, but it might not feel great at first.

A luxury mattress needs to be broken in

It’s normal for a luxury mattress like Solaire to take time to break in. The memory foam and latex comfort layers will soften and mold to your body over time. Here’s what customers of our other luxury mattresses have said about the break-in period:

Saatva Classic: I didn’t fall in love with it in the first 5 minutes, which was disappointing because falling into my waterbed was always the best part of my day…The first couple of nights were “okay” and with the trial I was committed to giving it a good chance. Somewhere around the end of the first or second week, even though I was still wishing for a cushier feel, I realized I was sleeping better than I had in years… It seems that what you THINK you want and what you actually NEED are two different things.

(Read the full review here.)

Loom & Leaf: Is it possible for a mattress to get better with time? I must admit on my first night of sleeping on this mattress I was thinking of sending it back. It was just too firm for me. My husband was in heaven after day one thus my hesitation for not sending it back. Day 4 was it—I just didn’t think it was going to work for me so I made the call to exchange for a different mattress. The representative was very nice and explained that I should give the mattress more time and if after a few weeks of sleeping on it if I felt the same way they would gladly exchange or refund our money. It’s been over a month and I’m now in heaven. I can’t believe it! It’s like the mattress feels better each night. We are so happy with our purchase!

(Read the full review here.)

Zenhaven: I love this mattress now, but it took about 3 weeks before I, and it, adjusted. I’m the “princess and the pea” kind of person and this mattress is perfect for me now. So glad I gave it more time before jumping to a hasty and wrong conclusion.

(Read the full review here.)

Finding your ideal comfort level takes time

Solaire features 50 firmness settings you can individually control with the touch of the remote. With so many options, it can take some time to find the setting that feels best to you. We recommend choosing a setting and sleeping on it for a week. If, after a week, you decide that particular comfort level isn’t right for you, then experiment with different settings.

The air chambers have an initial expansion period

Solaire’s air chambers will continue to expand slightly for 24 to 48 hours after they’ve been inflated for the first time. So you may notice that your sheets are a little loose for the first night or two. During the first few days, while the chambers and other components relax and stabilize, the comfort level readout may fluctuate from what you originally set. Simply tap the memory button on your remote to bring it back to your preferred comfort setting. This will resolve within the first week.

Related: The definitive guide to adjustable air beds

There is some sound associated with the air chambers

You may hear a clicking sound when you soften the mattress and a gentle vibration when you inflate it. That’s a function of the air flowing into and out of the chambers and is a normal feature of adjustable air mattresses. Solaire’s in-rail pump uses whisper-quiet technology that shouldn’t disturb all but the lightest sleeper. We designed the Solaire with an integrated inflator to keep noise to a minimum.

We’re always here to help

We’d never ask anyone to sleep on a mattress they don’t love, which is why we offer a comfort guarantee. If you’re not happy at any point during your 180-day home trial, call us. Our customer service staff is available 24/7 to answer questions and address concerns.

Bottom line: Your satisfaction is our top priority, even if it means that Solaire is not the right mattress for you. But backed by thousands of five-star reviews and one of the lowest return rates in the industry, we’re pretty confident it will be.

Call us to let us know at 1-877-672-2882.

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Christina Heiser is the content manager at Saatva. She has held previous positions at Everyday Health, Women's Health, and L'Oréal. When she's not working, you can find Christina checking out the latest boutique fitness classes in New York City, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and trying new beauty and wellness trends.