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Tempur-Pedic Mattress Reviews

The original memory foam mattress – That’s what Tempur-Pedic is all about. They started the whole idea of memory foam mattresses in the early 1990’s and grew from nothing to become the largest mattress company in the world (They bought Sealy a few years ago and are now called Tempur-Sealy.) And unlike many smaller brands, Tempur-Pedic is vertically integrated and manufactures their mattresses.

Type of Construction

Tempur-Pedic is famously known for the memory foam mattresses they pioneered. All of their beds are made with different combinations of their proprietary foams they call Tempur material. Since they create their own foams, they keep their exact formulations secret and therefore don’t publish that information. Competitors attack that fact, but I understand why they don’t publish it – like the Coke formula, or the Colonial’s KFC recipe. They also offer a foam & traditional spring hybrid collection.

Tempur-Pedic’s Mattress Collections - An Overview

tempur contour Tempur-Pedic Contour: Firmer feeling, all-foam mattresses. The memory foams and supporting base foams used in these beds are harder than the other collections. This collection’s heritage goes back to when Tempur-Pedic originated the memory foam category and the mattresses were on the firmer side. Since they are firmer, they’re better for back or stomach sleepers or people who like firm feeling mattresses.
tempur cloud Tempur-Pedic Cloud: Softer, all-foam. The memory/base foam in Cloud beds is softer than the other collections. Since these mattresses are designed much softer, they’re good for side sleepers and back sleepers as well as those of you that enjoy softer cushioning beds.
tempur flex Tempur-Pedic Flex: Medium, foam/innerspring (Hybrid). These beds are made with memory foam on top of innersprings (commonly called “Hybrid”) so that you can enjoy the contouring of memory foam and still get the support of traditional innersprings. People who don’t like sinking all the way into traditional foam beds, or like the bounciness of spring beds choose these kinds of beds. Flex beds have a medium feel that’s basically in between the Contour and Cloud collections. They’re a good choice for all sleepers who like medium feeling mattresses.

One additional note, all of these collections offer models with the added “Breeze” option which is a cooling layer.

Top 5 Rated Tempur-Pedic Mattresses

Mattress Name Quick Overview Personal Recommendation  
Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Breeze photo
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Cloud Supreme Breeze
  • Collection: Cloud
  • Comfort: Medium
  • Comfort Scale: 6
  • Material: Memory Foam
  • Mattress Height: 11.8"
  • Price: $3,799
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Guarantee: 120 Days
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Flex Supreme
  • Collection: Flex
  • Comfort: Medium
  • Comfort Scale: 6
  • Material: Memory Foam on Coils
  • Mattress Height: 11.5"
  • Price: $2,799
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Guarantee: 120 Days
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Cloud Supreme
  • Collection: Cloud
  • Comfort: Medium
  • Comfort Scale: 6
  • Material: Memory Foam
  • Mattress Height: 11.5"
  • Price: $2,599
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Guarantee: 120 Days
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Tempur-Pedic Cloud Prima photo
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Cloud Prima
  • Collection: Cloud
  • Comfort: Firm
  • Comfort Scale: 3
  • Material: Memory Foam
  • Mattress Height: 10"
  • Price: $1,799
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Guarantee: 120 Days
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Contour Rhapsody Luxe
  • Collection: Contour
  • Comfort: Firm
  • Comfort Scale: 3
  • Material: Memory Foam
  • Mattress Height: 13.5"
  • Price: $3,799
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Guarantee: 120 Days
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Tempur-Pedic Mattress Collection Comparison & Key Features

  Contour collection
Contour
Cloud collection
Cloud
Flex collection
Flex
Special Solution collection
Special Solution
Queen Price $2599 to $4299 $1799 to $4799 $1999 to $3799 $7499
Models 4 6 4 1
Mattress Only Height 11.5” to 13.5” 10” to 13.5” 10” to 12.5” 15"
Featuring
  • Zip-off washable EasyRefresh top cover
  • Smart Climate moisture wicking layer
  • TEMPUR-HD / TEMPUR foam layers
  • Base support layer
  • Zip-off washable EasyRefresh top cover
  • Smart Climate moisture wicking layer
  • TEMPUR-HD / TEMPUR-ES / TEMPUR foam layers
  • Base support layer
  • Zip-off washable EasyRefresh top cover
  • Smart Climate moisture wicking layer
  • TEMPUR-HD / TEMPUR-ES / TEMPUR foam layers
  • Pocketed coil layer
  • Base support layer
  • Quilted silk-cashmere blend cover
  • TEMPUR-HD / TEMPUR-ES / TEMPUR foam layers
  • Grand AirFlow System
Featuring
  • Fabric cover infused with phase-change cooling material
  • TEMPUR-HD / infused with PureCool Technology
  • 2" TEMPUR-Climate Material
  • Fabric cover infused with phase-change cooling material
  • TEMPUR-HD / infused with PureCool Technology
  • 2" TEMPUR-Climate Material
  • Fabric cover infused with phase-change cooling material
  • TEMPUR-HD / infused with PureCool Technology
  • 2" TEMPUR-Climate Material
 
PROS CONS
  • Premium quality foams and materials
  • Very good contouring and support
  • Excellent minimal motion transfer
  • Durable products with long track record
  • Trusted brand
  • Nice looking appearance
  • Premium pricing above most mattresses
  • No all-innerspring beds, if you want bouncy
  • Break-in period can take weeks
  • Can sleep hot
  • Takes time for foam smell to go away

More on Tempur-Pedic Mattress Features

Tempur-Pedic Contour and Cloud Collections Tempur-Pedic Flex Collection
  1. A. EasyRefresh Top Cover

    A very practical feature, the zip off removable cover comes right off for easy washing or replacing. It has a durable, wear-tested, dual zipper accessible from any side.

  2. B. Smart Climate System

    A dual layer construction combines fibers in the top cover to draw moisture away with what Tempur-Pedic calls “SmartClimate” treatment of the inner cover for cool to-the-touch comfort.

  3. C. Comfort Layers

    Tempur-Pedic uses a combination of their proprietary foams in differing combinations and thicknesses to tune the targeted feeling for each model. They have different foam formulations that are marketed with the names; TEMPUR, TEMPUR-ES, TEMPUR-HD and TEMPUR Response. Because they are the dominant leader in the foam category, they keep their specifications a trade secret to prevent competitors from copying their foams.

  4. D. Support Layer or Response Layer

    In the all-foam Contour and Cloud Collections, this is a Support Layer formulated from TEMPUR foam. This layer helps to distribute your body weight across the bed and also provides proper support. In the Flex Collection, this layer is called the Response Layer because it’s more “springy” so it works with the pocketed coil springs underneath it.

  5. E. Base Layer or Dynamic Support Layer

    With the all-foam Contour and Cloud Collections, the foam Base Layer helps to dissipate body heat and support all the layers above it. For the Flex Collection, this is called the Dynamic Support Layer that’s made of pocketed innerspring coils. These help the mattresses feel more like traditional mattresses with more bounce than all-foam beds.

  6. F. Base Layer

    On Flex models the Base Layer helps support all the material layers above. Since there are innerspring coils above it, this layer is not as thick as the other collections.

Motion Base Feature

There are 3 adjustable base models for Tempur-Pedic. Adjustable bases (also called Motion Bases) give you more options for using a mattress, from sitting in bed to reading or working, or sleeping with your head or legs up, etc. Some even have added features like massage. There are 3 models available with Tempur-Pedic mattresses:

TEMPUR-Up Foundation TEMPUR-Ergo Plus TEMPUR-Ergo Premier
tempur up tempur ergo plus tempur ergo premier
  • Adjusts the head of the mattress up to a 55 degrees for a sitting position
  • 30-second full lift response time and one-button function to return to a flat position
  • Retainer bars designed for easy access while changing sheets
  • “Wallhugger” design to maximize room space
  • Simple-to-use wired remote
  • Wireless remote
  • Memory buttons for 2 memory positions
  • Improved aesthetics
  • 70 degree upright angle makes it easy to read, watch TV, or use mobile devices
  • 30-second full lift response time and one-button function to return to a flat position
  • Retainer bars designed for easy access while changing sheets
  • “Wallhugger” design to maximize room space
  • Upgraded massage, with standard, wave, synchronized wave, and pulse settings
  • Simple-to-use LCD readout with motion-activated backlit buttons
  • WiFi remote control from mobile phone or tablet
  • Improved lift performance, with immediate remote control response
  • Ergo-Link keeps split bases completely in sync
  • 70 degree upright angle makes it easy to work, read, or watch TV
  • “Wallhugger” design to maximize room space
  • Platform bed and floor friendly

Delivery Method

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available in select stores and online retailers, and also directly from Tempur-Pedic. These are heavy mattresses usually delivered by a retailer’s in-home delivery crew. Being a premium brand, in-home delivery is typically offered for free, along with removal of an old existing mattress.

More about Tempurpedic Brand

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 even large enough to then buy the Sealy Mattress Company. They’re now a public company called Tempur-Sealy selling 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

Tempur-Pedic has long established itself as the leader in the memory foam mattress market. Because the prices of their mattresses are much higher than competitors, there are reasonable lower-priced alternatives available if cost is important to you. However, those mattresses are not exactly the same, as Tempur-Pedic has perfected their mattress designs over many decades and uses premium methods and materials to achieve the results their customers enjoy. This is why they‘ve continued to grow and remain the leader in the industry they created. The only negatives are the higher prices, and the characteristics shared by all memory foam beds; they’re not as bouncy as innerspring beds, have a foam smell during an initial break in period, and can sleep hot, etc. So if you’re looking for a higher-end memory foam or memory foam & innerspring hybrid mattress, Tempur-Pedic is one to seriously consider. They have a great reputation for contouring and support, along with a track record of longevity of their mattresses.

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.

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