Selectabed is a subsidiary of Relief-Mart which makes memory foam mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows. Dr. Rick Swartzburg, a chiropractor, is the chief designer of these sleep products. Significant Selectabed brands are Tri-Pedic, Soft-Pedic, Fibro-Pedic, and Air-Pedic. Related brands are TempFlow and Snuggle-Pedic.
The original Tri-pedic® memory foam mattress offers a variation on the traditional memory foam mattress, in that it has three different layers, with two different densities of memory foam. The memory foam structure is designed to avoid the problem that occurs when 5lb. memory foam hardens up on colder nights, due to its extreme temperature sensitivity. It uses a top-layer of the special 4lb. 10-ILD memory foam layer over a middle layer of the traditional 5lb. 16-ILD memory foam layer. This avoids the problem of rolling on to a surface that is too temperature sensitive, as 4lb. memory foam is more pressure sensitive.
Even though the 4lb. memory foam that is made in the USA is a very high quality, it is still not supportive enough to be the only memory foam layer in a mattress. Therefore, the Tri-Pedic uses the 5lb. memory foam underneath the 4lb. for support.
The bottom layer is composed of a HR (highly resilient) and high density polyurethane for support and stability. Like Tempur-Pedic, the quality HR foam used in the Tri-Pedic mattress offers a higher level of stability, durability and support and consequently, prevents the mattress from being able to ship in a cheaper, small box freight, through shippers like UPS, as this would damage the foam. The Tri-Pedic was the first three-layer, multiple density memory foam mattress and was recently selected by the U.S. State Department to be used in all the embassies around the world.
A recent addition to the Tri-Pedic is the optional add on feature called the Airflow Transfer System™. This patented technology, also used on the KoolFlow mattress as discussed below, is best used for those who run hot when they sleep, like a cooler bed environment or even have specific conditions that require them to avoid overheating when they sleep. The patented Airflow Transfer System™ allows the cooler air to flow in two directions, even when you are sleeping in the same position throughout the night. Cooler air will enter through the many small holes that go down through the surface of the memory foam and out through the cut airflow channels on the firmer base foam.
It also works in reverse, as air can enter through the sides and up through the surface holes. By combining the communicating holes and channels, the airflow transfer system fills the missing void found with memory foam mattresses that either have ventilation on the surface that cannot escape out the mattress, or mattresses that have airflow in the middle layer, but no way of ventilating that airflow up to the surface of the mattress (see the Tempur-Pedic® review)
The Tri-Pedic mattress line now features three different models, the Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The Tri-Pedic Platinum™ is based on the original design, with 2 inches of the softer 4lb. on the surface, over 2 inches of the firmer 5lb. memory foam underneath. This makes the Tri-Pedic Platinum™ a plush mattress that is best for all position sleeping, since more softness will work better for side sleepers, but it still retains enough spinal support for back sleepers as well. The Tri-Pedic Gold™ uses one inch less of the softer 4lb. memory foam, making it a bit firmer and more for back sleepers or those that do better with a medium-firm mattress. As the most luxurious and softest Tri-Pedic, the Tri-Pedic Diamond™ works best for side sleepers and those who want a much more plush feel, while still retaining the signature support that has made the Tri-Pedic so popular over the years. The Tri-Pedic Diamond model uses 3 inches of the 4lb.on the surface over 2 inches of the 5lb., followed by a 6 inch HR base, for a total of 11 inches.
The Soft-Pedic™ mattress offers a variation of the Tri-Pedic® in that it has the same first 2-layer composition, but also contains zoned latex foam underneath to add more softness, without allowing the hips and low back to sink in further and, thereby, avoiding any hammock-like effect of the body and spine. Dr. Swartzburg, who advised, helped design and tested these mattresses for the company believes that the Soft-Pedic mattress is the best side sleeper mattress available, as it has the highest degree of body contouring, with just enough spring to lend extra body support.
While the Soft-Pedic gives a softness that has a feel that is somewhere between the Cloud-Supreme™ and Cloud-Luxe™ mattress by Tempur-Pedic, its re-enforced middle zone gives it the advantage in low back support. He believes that the Tri-Pedic mattress models have the most consistent and plush, pure memory foam mattress feel and also supports the spine better than the traditional memory foam mattresses do, although three Tempur-Cloud models do have a very similar feel to the corresponding three Tri-Pedic models.
These mattresses are priced much less than Tempur-Pedic® mattresses, but the optional patented Airflow Transfer System™ will be an additional and worthwhile cost for those that tend to overheat during sleep.
Other mattresses SelectaBed has created include a specialty one for Arthritis and Fibromyalgia sufferers called the Fibro-Pedic™, one of three mattresses for Fibromyalgia recommended by ViewPoints, a leading consumer product review and discussion site. This mattress offers a softer surface feel to reduce pressure points on tender muscles and joints, but also uses a zoned latex support layer that is similar to the Soft-Pedic, to provide proper spinal support underneath.
For those on a low budget, be sure to inquire about their more generic Memory Zone™ 4lb. or 5lb. density , 2 inch memory foam over 2 inch high density Polyflex™, a more supple and springy high density polyurethane foam. With the ability to choose the firmer 5lb. surface foam or the softer 4lb. surface memory foam, this mattress offers a cost-savings over the other Selectabed models, but still retains enough of the quality and feel one would come to expect from a good memory foam mattress to make it a worthwhile value. The Memory Zone™ replaces the long standing Selectabed2000 and 5000 models
For those looking for a high-end adjustable airbed memory foam mattress, Selectabed now offers the Air-Pedic 6-zone adjustable system in 4 different memory foam firmness levels. Air-Pedic is the highest rated airbed on ViewPoints (the discontinued Sleep Number m7 is second). The memory foam used in the Air-Pedic mattress line is a 4lb. density in a similar configuration as a regular higher end memory foam mattress, only with a double compartment cover that contains a tri-zone air chamber system in the lower compartment.
The original purpose of choosing a memory foam adjustable airbed is to allow independent adjustability in the firmness of the support layer on each side of the mattress. However, reducing the air pressure will also allow the air to be displaced by the heavier mid-section of the body and transferred to the lighter legs and shoulder areas, thereby creating a hammock effect. In the case of the Air-Pedic mattress, the chambers are partitioned to prevent air from displacing from mid-section to the head and foot sections of the mattress, so it offers an unparalleled level of customization and the ability to choose how much lumbar support your back needs for your particular situation.
The Air-Pedic also offers Selectabed‘s optional patented Airflow Transfer System for reducing heat build-up in a mattress.
One very unique feature that Selectabed offers, is the ability to customize different configurations and shapes to fit the needs of the buyer. For this reason they ask more detailed information before their final mattress recommendation, as they may offer to substitute something a higher density or increased ILD (firmness) in a case where extra support and longevity is needed to compensate for increased user weight. Selectabed.com offers a 4-month sleep trial and 30-year limited warranty, with the first 10 year non-pro-rated and the second 20-years prorated. Selectabed.com has been certified for using 100%, U.S.A. manufactured memory foam and as a 100% U.S.A. manufactured product.
Branched off from Selectabed is TempFlow, also a Relief-Mart company. All of TempFlow’s models feature Selectabed’s Airflow Transfer System™, which channels vertical airflow through the top layers out to the side for more efficient cooling and ventilation. TempFlow memory foam mattresses are currently the highest rated brand on Beds.org.
Snuggle-Pedic is another Selectabed subsidiary. It has been making shredded memory foam pillows which have been top-ranked on Amazon. In 2016, it released the Snuggle-Pedic Mattress, a mattress-in-a-box model with only two layers which uses the Airflow Transfer System and has a removable-washable KoolFlow cover.