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TEMPUR-Flex Elite Review

The TEMPUR-Flex Elite mattress is the 3rd model in Tempurpedic’s 4 bed Flex line up. The Flex models combine innersprings & foam into a “hybrid” mattress. We’ve done the in-depth testing and analysis for you; and here are the results:

Comfort Scale Rating

The Flex Elite has a medium feel that’s acceptable to most people; we rate it 4.5 on our 10 point Comfort Scale (a 1 is hard, 10 is softest.)

Expert Video Review

Here’s our quick Flex Elite Video Review. It highlights the features, benefits and our impression.

Pros & Cons

PROS CONS
  • Medium feel is acceptable to most people
  • Balance of contouring foam and innerspring support
  • Minimal motion transfer
  • Trusted brand with long track record
  • Expensive at $3,499 for a queen size, and $4,199 for a king (mattress only)
  • It may take a week to “break-in”, and the foam smell may take a few days to go away

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Pressure Test Results

We’ve pressure tested the Flex Elite mattress with petite, average and large size people in both the side and back sleeping positions to see what kind of support and comfort you can expect. (Learn how we test.) The TEMPUR-Flex Elite was “Not Recommended” on 3 of the 6 tests seen below. To elaborate a bit, the side positions for average and petite sleepers had excessive pressure points that are uncomfortable and cause tossing and turning, reducing the quality of sleep. The average size back sleeper also had that problem as well, so we do “not recommend” those beds if you fit into those groups.

However, in the case of large people in either position, or petite back sleepers, the mattress did fine and we rated it “good”. The weight distribution was adequate and the mattress demonstrated support in the lower back and legs. These are not the tippy top results we sometimes see, but certainly good and therefore you can purchase with confidence. The Flex Elite mattress will provide the proper support and contouring for these sleepers.

BACK SLEEPER SIDE SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2

The Main Flex Elite Features in Detail

tempur flex elite cutaway
  1. A. EasyRefresh Top Cover

    This is a zip-off removable cover that comes off for washing. A nice feature to help keep your mattress clean.

  2. B. Smart Climate System

    This is a two layer construction that combines breathable fibers on the top cover to wick moisture away and a Smart Climate treatment in the inner cover for cool comfort.

  3. C. Comfort Layer

    The Flex Elite mattress uses super soft TEMPUR-ES material to create the conforming top that you nestle into when lying down to sleep.

  4. D. Response Layer

    Tempur-Pedic includes their TEMPUR-Response foam to promote the springy feeling while also supporting and spreading your weight.

  5. E. Support Layer

    The pocketed coil springs give quick response like a traditional mattresses, and in this case, under the memory foam layer.

  6. F. Base Layer

    A final layer supports everything else.

Comfort Depth Video

We measured how far your hips and shoulders sink into the Flex Elite mattress with different body types.

Jed's Comfort View

Donna's Comfort View

Patrick's Comfort View

Warranty

The Flex Elite mattress has an industry standard 10 year warranty against factory defects.

More about Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic created the memory foam mattress category here in the U.S. Founded in 1992, they continually grew until they became a household name and large enough to buy the Sealy Mattress Company. They’re now a public company called Tempur-Sealy and sell mattresses worldwide.

There are 2 important points of differentiation vs other foam mattresses. First, Tempur-Pedic actually designs and manufactures their foam components and mattresses. This speaks to their degree of expertise (most foam mattress brands buy components from suppliers).

Secondly, Tempur-Pedic has always created premium products. As in any industry, there are companies that make cheaper priced, lower quality products, and those that make higher quality, higher priced products. Tempur-Pedic has always made higher quality mattresses using premium materials and manufacturing standards. The success of their mattresses, and long running reputation for quality, propelled their company to be the largest in the world.

Conclusion

The Flex Elite is a mattress that is suitable for some people, but there are situations where we do not recommend it. As we outlined in more detail above, for large people, or petite back sleepers we felt the mattress was good. It has good performance in terms of contouring comfort and proper support. And since the mattress feels like 4.5 out of 10 on our Comfort Scale, it’s a medium feeling mattress, although leaning a bit toward the firm side. This is generally acceptable to most people.

But for average size people (a lot of us), or petite side sleepers, the mattress didn’t provide sufficient pressure relief so we do not recommend the mattress. In addition, the mattress is expensive and there are other models that offer better serving options.

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Tempurpedic Flex Elite Specifications:

Product Name
TEMPUR-Flex Elite Mattress
Price

$3,299.00

Brand
Tempur-Pedic
Mattress Comfort
Hybrid
Comfort Scale Number
4.5
Height
12.5
Comfort Padding Layers
  • TEMPUR-ES material
  • TEMPUR-Response material
  • Warranty
  • No Flip, No Rotate
  • 10 Year non-prorated warranty against manufacturer's defects
  • Back Support System
  • Coil System: Dynamic Support Coil System
  • Base Layer
  • Quilt Top of Mattress
  • SmartClimate System
  • EasyRefresh Top Cover
  • Premium Fabric Cover
  • Antimicrobial Treatment
  • Recommended For Side Sleepers Who Weigh
  • 210-273 lbs
  • Recommended For Back Sleepers Who Weigh
  • 210-273 lbs
  • 111-135 lbs
  • About The Author Joe Nashif

    A jack of all trades in the mattress industry, Joe is a merchandiser who’s seen the changes in the products and trends for many years. Active in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, along with related injuries, he enjoys resting at home with family, too.