Smart Sleep Temperature with BedJet
Temperature can be one of the biggest challenges to falling and staying asleep. In the summer we kick off the covers and in the winter we hog them. Other than our Nest Thermostat, we never thought about a smart sleep temperature solution to this problem until we learned about BedJet.
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Think of BedJet as climate control for your bed. It is a small yet powerful machine that attaches to your bed and circulates either warm or cool air under the covers to keep you at your optimum sleeping temperature while reducing humidity, keeping you comfortable and dry.
We spent most of our installation time figuring out the logistics in our bedroom rather than actually installing the BedJet. We have two nightstands with two power outlets on each side, and all of them were taken with lamps, an alarm clock, and a CPAP machine. The BedJet requires its own dedicated outlet, with extension cords not recommended, since it is capable of putting out 1500 watts of power. We had to get an outlet splitter for our existing devices to free up an outlet.
Our bed frame does not have enough clearance for the BedJet to go underneath so our only choice was to use the vertical mount assembly and keep the BedJet on one side. With the short power cord provided (the longest one approved to use by UL), there was only one option, a smart outlet with a lamp connected to our Wink hub to talk to Alexa and follow a schedule. We had to change that lamp to a smart bulb instead and reprogram all of our scripts.
We don’t know if there are a lot of other smart home people like us who would have this problem, but we are sure most people have a lot of stuff plugged in near their beds which may have to be relocated or plugged into a separate power strip to accommodate their BedJet.
So far we have only been able to test the BedJet on one side. BedJet does offer an optional 4 foot extension hose for situations like ours and we look forward to trying it. Before you order yours, it is worth visiting the BedJet site and doing some measuring to figure out if you need the vertical mount and/or the air hose extension.
After spending 30 minutes or so figuring out where to put it, it took less than 10 minutes to get the BedJet up and running. Just connect the hose, the under mattress hose brace and put the nozzle under your top sheet and it is ready to go. The device comes with a very comprehensive user’s manual – one of the best we have ever seen. It makes sense that the BedJet team comes from NASA, it feels like a manual for a spacecraft.
The BedJet comes with its own simple remote to turn it on to cool or heat and increase the temperature, but we have mostly been using the included BedJet app.
The App installation was really easy – just download the app from the iOS or Google Play store and press Pair to connect to your BedJet via Bluetooth – no account required. The App looks exactly like the remote control with more powerful features. You can set timers, store settings in memory, and use the alarm function to wake you up after your comfortable night’s sleep. The App so far has worked well, our only issue is that sometimes the BedJet loses its Bluetooth connection to the app and we have to cycle power on the BedJet device for it to come back.
Our experience so far
We have had our BedJet for about a week now and we have tested it a few different ways on one side of our bed. The first two of nights we did not have their optional Air Comfort Cloud Sheet, so we just directed the air onto the bed under our existing top sheet.
It gets very warm here in the summer so we were excited to try the cooling feature. One thing to keep in mind is that the BedJet is not an air conditioner or a substitute for one. It circulates the air from the floor, which is generally cooler from the rest of the house, but if your bedroom is more than 79 degrees it is not going to be that effective. The first night we used our BedJet the temperature was on the upper end when we went to bed so we had to turn down our thermostat just a bit to get the air to be comfortable. Lucky for us we just asked Alexa to change the temperature on our Nest Thermostat from bed.
That first night we had the air streaming at 50 percent and it was nice at first, but became a bit too cool after about an hour. We used the app to lower the streaming to 30 percent. Even at 50 percent airflow, the machine was really quiet so we had no problem falling asleep.
The next night we tested the Biorhythm feature, which is accessed through a clock icon from the main app screen. This allows you to program the BedJet to go on and off during the night and suggests a cycle based on your gender and age. Our initial recommendation was obviously meant for the winter, because even though we noted we are a hot sleeper, it started off with ten minutes of turbo heat. You can customize the settings by using the red x to remove something or the green plus to add, and you can change all the settings in each row. You can then save these settings in the memory so you can start them again night after night.
When tried the biorhythm settings, we weren’t sure if it actually worked. It would be nice if the app gave you some kind of feedback that the cycle completed successfully, along with some recent history logs so we can better understand the cycles. It would also be helpful if you could add your feedback on your sleep so that the biorhythm data could take that into account and suggest changes. We will keep experimenting with these settings on our own to get the optimum sleep cycle.
Later in the week we received our dual-zone Air Comfort Cloud Sheet. This high-quality dual layer cotton sheet replaced our top sheet and includes an opening for the BedJet hose. This really improved the overall experience since it distributed the cool air more evenly instead of just at our feet. However, we had to crank up the fan speed to at least 50 percent to really feel a difference, at least at bedtime. As the room cools down later in the evening we can adjust it back down to 30 percent. The Air Comfort Cloud sheet comes in multiple bed sizes and single or dual zone, which allows separate temperature control with two BedJet units. Watch the video to see the Cloud Sheet in action.
During our test this week we happened to be in a hospital and discovered their heavy duty equivalent to our BedJet. This heating-only system rolls around the rooms and attaches to a plastic disposable blanket, essentially a clinical version of the Cloud Sheet. The nurses told us that the patients love these heaters and often ask where they can get their own. They were thrilled to learn about the BedJet.
Other BedJet options
The BedJet offers three different sleep configurations – Single Zone for one sleeper or two sleepers with the same preferences, Dual Zone for two sleepers with only one BedJet, and the Full Dual Zone system with two BedJets for two sleepers with different sleeping temperatures. We recommend you spend some time considering the options before ordering what is right for your situation.
While we both generally sleep well at the same temperature, we know many couples who do not – and BedJet estimates that more than 50 percent fall into this category. While two BedJets with the Dual Zone sheet may seem a bit pricey, it is a whole lot cheaper and more energy efficient than running the air conditioning or heater all night long. And more importantly, having a well-rested partner just makes everyone happier.
Conclusions and suggestions
After some initial skepticism, we are pleased with the BedJet. It makes sleeping in the summer much more comfortable and we wake up dry and refreshed. When winter comes we think it will make an even bigger difference since we have a foam mattress that feels like a block of ice when we first go to bed. The 1500W heater should get us warm in no time. The machine seems durable and high-quality and includes a two-year warranty.
While we love the BedJet itself, the app could use some improvements. It uses a very simplistic, dated user interface, basically a virtual copy of the remote with some boxes to access the features. It can get confusing how to access the different memory cycles, and the connectivity to Bluetooth is very unreliable.
The BedJet would be even more powerful if it could integrate with other devices in our home – for instance our Nest thermostat, our Haiku Fan, our Amazon Alexa, and/or other sleep trackers – so it could work collaboratively to adjust the temperature without us having to program it. It would also be great if we could schedule it to start automatically instead turning it on and off each night.
We are looking forward to many more nights of comfortable sleep with our BedJet. We encourage you to check it out and see the difference it can make for your sleep and your health. Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below, or start a conversation with us on Facebook or Twitter.