Tempur-Pedic® – The original visco-elastic mattress company. They recently discontinued their Original Bed, with three inches of 5.3-lb. memory foam over a 5-inch base of high density and high resilient (HR) polyurethane foam and the Classic Bed, which added another half inch of the softer 5.3-lb. memory foam over the HR base (see the Tempur-Contour Select in the next paragraph below). Tempur-pedic® was the first to make popular the stretchable, thinner material cover that allowed for more of a memory foam feel to the mattress.
Our site editor Dr. Swartzburg personally used the Classic Bed for a number of years, as well as testing all the various models Tempurpedic offers. He found the Classic and Original beds to be very supportive of the spine, but a little too firm for side sleeping at times, especially on cold nights when the memory foam was not warmed up enough to be soft. The other problem with the 5.3-lb. density and 7.0-lb. (Tempur-HD™) memory foam is that it is so temperature sensitive that, when rolling over at night, the surface does not feel the same as the place your body was finally able to mold to. It actually takes quite a few minutes to get the area soft again, so he found that it would wake him out of sleep. Even so, he still believes that this mattress was far superior to any spring mattress that he has ever tried, as all good quality memory foam seems to allow a much higher degree of overall body contouring, and therefore reduced pinpoint pressure on your joints. In many of their models, Tempur-Pedic talks about their Dual Air Flow System™, but the convoluted foam they use on the base cannot transmit air to the surface of the bed, so this may be of little use as an airflow system. More specifically, it would seem from Tempur-Pedic‘s patent filing that they are using this convoluted layer to offer an ideal spring characteristic in supporting the overlying memory foam layer. Overheating is still the number one complaint heard from Tempur-Pedic® and memory foam mattress users, but new innovations in mattress cover technology and full airflow ventilation systems (see KoolFlow and Tri-Pedic reviews below) offer solutions to this once problematic situation, without compromising the support value that memory foam provides. In 2014, they divided their 13 models into four categories: The Tempur-Contour™ Collection, the Tempur-Cloud™ Collection, the Tempur- Weightless™ Collection, and the Tempur-Simplicity Collection as described in these reviews:
The Tempur®-Contour Collection
(Original Memory Foam Material)
This collection uses the original 5.3-lb. formulation of the Tempurpedic memory foam in both of their softer and more supportive versions. The softer Tempur® memory foam will reduce pressure points nicely, but will still have the problems with the hardening of the foam with cooler temperatures.
Since the Orignial Bed was discontinued, the Tempur-Contour Select (new version of the previous Classic Bed) is now the firmest of the bunch. It offers about an inch of the softer Tempur® memory foam on the surface, so it will be very similar in feel, with the Tempur-Contour bed being just a bit firmer than the Classic was and not quite as firm as the Original had been. It has 1.2 inches of the softer surface memory foam and 2.8 inches of the firmer memory foam, with a single 6-inch base contour layer, for a 9-inch thick mattress overall.
This model will still be firm overall and work well for back sleepers or side sleepers that have narrower shoulders and do not mind an overall firm feel. For those that want a more plush bed, there is the Tempur-Contour Signature bed (the new version of the previous DeluxeBed). The Tempur-Contour Signature offers more of the softer memory foam on the surface, as well as a double convoluted base (1.2 inches of the softer surface memory foam and 2.8 inches of the firmer memory foam, in addition to an 8-inch double contour base layer), so you will sink in much more on this design, making this a much better side sleeping mattress (with the exception of the firmness that is created when the temperature drops and firms up the mattress). As you sink further into these more plush designs, the back is less supported and the body is more enveloped. This can be a problem for some back pain sufferers, and it will cause more heat to build up around the body since there is no true outlet for airflow in the very dense surfaces of this type of mattress (for those that are more heat sensitive, see the Tri-Pedic and KoolFlow mattress reviews below).
The Tempur-HD (Higher Density, More Temperature Sensitive Memory Foam) is now found in the Tempur-Contour series that includes the extremely pricy GrandBed, which offers the most HD memory foam of all the models. While they do not state what HD stands for, it should simply stand for higher density, since this newer foam they introduced has an approximate density of 7 lbs. The GrandBed is the most unique bed they offer, as it has multiple layers and multiple densities of foam. Specifically, it uses the most 7-lb. HD memory foam of all the models they offer.
According to Dr. Swartzburg, the bed has a very contouring, yet more buoyant and supportive feel than the other models. However, don’t get too excited by it, unless you have an extra few thousand dollars to spend over the other designs. Also, it should be noted that the higher the density foam, the more viscous and temperature sensitive that foam will usually become (meaning more warm up time may be needed in cooler temperatures).
Of the Allura Bed and the Rhapsody Bed, the most popular Tempur-HD mattress is the Rhapsody. The Tempurpedic Rhapsody uses a very similar layering system as in the DeluxeBed, but in this case the top surface 5-lb. layer is replaced for the first inch with the newer 7-lb. memory foam. This will be a bit firmer from the get go and respond even more to temperature changes than the DeluxeBed, but will also be a bit more supportive overall. The Allura Bed has more of the supportive Tempur-HD memory foam on the surface, but it uses the same, almost 5 inches of combined memory foam as the discontinued Celebrity Bed (see below), so you sink in almost as much, but it is still firmer and more temperature sensitive overall.
The Tempur-Cloud Collection
(Softer Designs, Less Temperature Sensitive and More Reactive Memory Foam)
In 2003 we reported that Selectabed.com came out with the Tri-Pedic (see the review below), the first 3-layer memory foam mattress to use a 4-lb., less temperature sensitive memory foam surface, over a 5-lb., more temperature sensitive surface. This combines to give a less temperature and more pressure responsive memory foam mattress. Seven years later, Tempur-Pedic came out with their version called the Tempur-Cloud™ Select, Tempur-Cloud™ Supreme and Tempur-Cloud™ Luxe. The regular Tempurpedic Cloud has a combined memory foam total of approximately 3 inches, with both densities split almost evenly, as compared to the more plush Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme mattress, which has the 2 inches of 4-lb. density memory foam over 2 inches of the firmer 5-lb. memory foam.
The most recent addition, the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress, offers the softest and most pillow-top like feel in the collection with 2.75 inches of the 4-lb. memory foam over 2 inches of the firmer 5-lb. memory foam. The Cloud Luxe has rapidly become the most popular feel by prospective customers that test the various Tempur-Pedic models while shopping at their local mattress retailer. However, according to Dr. Swartzburg, the Cloud Luxe is lacking a bit on the support seen with some of the other, more firm Tempurpedic models. Therefore, he advises consumers to be cautious in choosing the most soft mattress based on feel alone, as this may lead to a loss of spinal support for those that would not fare as well with sinking in so much, even though the Cloud-Luxe still offers a better contouring support than a soft pillow-top mattress would.
Whichever Cloud model you choose, it should be noted that the Cloud collection will be less temperature sensitive on the surface, so they will be softer from the get go and more responsive, but firmer when you hit the more dense memory foam underneath. Therefore, the Cloud, Cloud Supreme and Cloud Luxe mattresses will respond quicker to your body, while retaining a firmer feel underneath for support. Since Dr. Swartzburg had a hand in helping to design the Tri-Pedic, he was proud to see the largest memory foam distributor take to the idea and happy to see that a wider audience can enjoy this design. While the the Tempur-Cloud™, Tempur-Cloud™ Supreme, and Tempur-Cloud™ Luxe do feel similar to the Tri-Pedic Gold, Platinum and Diamond mattresses, there is a very slight bit of more firmness with the Tri-Pedic series that was added to retain more support. The fact that the top layers of all three Cloud mattresses are very soft, also means that they will allow the body to be more enveloped and retain more heat. Therefore, the patented airflow transfer system optional to the Tri-Pedic (as discussed in the Tri-Pedic and KoolFlow mattresses below) is a feature that the Tempur-Cloud mattresses would greatly benefit from.
Tempur-Pedic has discontinued the BellaSonna and Bellafina beds, as well as the Celebrity Bed. While the Celebrity Bed was one of the most popular in their series for a time, they must have realized that the 5 inches of firmer and more temperature sensitive memory foam caused quite a bit of sinking in, but it was not as surface soft in comparison to their new Tempur-Cloud series, making this a less popular choice. With the BellaSonna and BellaFina beds, they attempted to be innovative and produce a hybrid model, but their use of the latex barrel system for the Bellafina, while unique, was too flimsy and just did not become as popular a choice as some of their other models. Also, it is unknown where they are getting their latex foam, so it may have been coming from China and not as high quality as what they are known for. For the record, Tempur-Pedic really does only manufacture their memory foam in high quality facilities in both the U.S. and Sweden. Despite the unpopularity of these models, the concept of a more buoyant support foam underneath the memory foam lives on with the introduction of the next series below called the Weightless Collection:
The Tempur-Weightless Collection
Tempur-Pedic’s newest attempt to attract non-memory foam customers by giving a much more buoyant and springy feel under the memory foam for a hybrid experience. The Tempur-Weightless collection marks Tempur-Pedic’s second attempt to target the consumer who is unsure about memory foam or who feels that they need more of a feedback response from their mattress. Unlike the discontinued BellaSonna and BellaFina, the Tempur-Weightless collection uses no specialized technology and has a more supple feeling. While Tempur-Pedic does not disclose what type of buoyant foam they utilize under the memory foam, if past experience is any indication, it is likely a latex or latex hybrid or highly resilient polyurethane type foam, with the same 4lb. memory foam seen on their Cloud mattress models on the surface. Therefore, with these two models, you will be getting the suppleness of a Tempur-Cloud mattress, without the same contouring and cradling effect. The two models are the Tempur-Weightless Select and Supreme. Both models have 3 inches of the buoyant hybrid material, but the Weightless Select only has 1.2 inches of the 4lb. memory foam and the Tempur-Weightless Supreme has 2 inches, so expect the Supreme to feel the most supple and be the best for side sleepers who want more pressure relief. According to Dr. Swartzburg who has been helping design these types of hybrid mattresses for over 11 years (see the Selectabed Fibro-Pedic and Soft-Pedic reviews below), these types of mattresses really fill a niche for consumers who have not taken to memory foam, but want the pressure relief that memory foam can provide.
The Tempur-Simplicity Collection
Tempurpedic discontinued this inferior mattress line in 2015, and the lowest entry model is now the Tempur-Cloud, followed by the Tempur-Prima. Tempur-Pedic used a lower density top layer memory foam and polyurethane base layer, so we figured that by informing our readers, they could at least expect to get what you pay for with those models and hopefully, they might not want to consider them if they need extra support that their higher models offer (we like to think that your health is worth the extra expense!).
The Tempur-Choice Collection
It was almost inevitable that TempurPedic would come out with hybrid memory foam and air mattress, and in the process drive themselves into a category thus far that has been the virtual sole domain of Select Comfort‘s very popular Sleep Number mattresses. In January 2013, they intoduced their TEMPUR-Choice Collection of memory foam/air support hybrid mattresses.
To Tempur-Pedic‘s credit, they have managed to also introduce a new innovation that only a few higher-end airbed companies offer. This innovation, used in Selectabed’s Air-Pedic mattresses, allows the sleeper to choose not only the firmness of the air bladder underneath the memory foam, but also the amount of support in three separate zones on each side. This offers the advantage of being able to change the lumbar support, much like you could in a car.
Of course, with moving parts, there will always be more maintenance required, so it would be advisable to consider this aspect when deciding on whether this is the correct purchase for your needs.
The Tempurpedic Choice Collection offers a Tempur-Choice Luxe and a Tempur-Choice Supreme. We have not been able to figure out what the air chambers are made of (Tempur-Pedic does not even mention that they are actually air chambers at all).
In 2016, TEMPUR-Pedic moved the two TEMPUR-Choice models into its Special Solutions Collection, which also contains the GrandBed.
Tempur-pedic has added their Breeze cooling technology to many of their models. All of the models in the Tempur-Breeze Collection are members of other collections. They are Breeze versions of other models: TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze, TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze, TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze, and TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze. Like iComfort (see the Serta iComfort review below), there is a gel component added, but in the case of Tempur-Pedic, the added gel was infused into the cover system. Considering the infusion of gel may weaken a memory foam structure, this is good news for Tempur-Pedic lovers. Unfortunately, like other gel-infused foam mattresses, gel only offers an initial coolness, as gel is a very conductive substance that will eventually warm up to the body temperature. With that said, Tempur-Pedic does make the memory foam used in their Breeze mattresses more breathable in the cell structure, but it should be noted that any good quality and dense memory foam will still not breathe very well unless more airflow is added beyond microscopic expansion of air cells within the memory foam’s tiny cell structure (see discussion of the Tri-Pedic and KoolFlow mattresses below). Tempur-pedic has also followed the lead of the Tri-Pedic design by perforating the memory foam layer to give Breeze mattress airflow. But without the air channel feature in the layer below, it only has 1/20 the flow of air as in the Tri-Pedic.
Tempur-Pedic has also added phase change materials (PCMs), which it names PureCool, to the Breeze memory foam. PCMs are designed to keep temperatures within a desired temperature range. They do this by changing their physical state at either end of this range, absorbing heat at the top and releasing it at the bottom. As with gel, there is a limit to how long this temperature regulation can last. Gel can only absorb so much heat, at which point it is no longer effective. PCMs have the same limitation. Take water/ice for example. It is a naturally occurring phase change material. At 32ºF, ice absorbs heat, using it to melt. It keeps itself and the water at 32ºF until all the ice is melted, then the temperature of the water rises. The same is true in the other direction, with the water not becoming colder than 32ºF until it is all frozen. For continued cooling, airflow is more reliable than temperature-absorbing substances, whether gel or PCMs.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection
(Bringing coils into memory foam mattresses)
In January 2016, Tempur-Pedic introduced its TEMPUR-Flex Collection. Like the TEMPUR-Choice Collection, this is a departure from Tempur-Pedic‘s reliance on memory foam mattresses. Both series are composed of hybrid mattresses. While Choice pairs the memory foam with adjustable air support (which they do not identify as air), Flex allies it with pocket coils (which they do name). While adjustability is the advertised advantage of TEMPUR-Choice mattresses, TEMPUR-Flex models offer springiness. This is an attempt by Tempurpedic to make mattresses more responsive to a sleeper’s movements, especially changes in position. The pocket coil section is even called the Dynamic Support Layer with Precision Coils. The use of coils is also an appeal to consumers who like the bouncy feel of an innerspring mattress.
The most contouring memory foam has too long a memory and does not adapt quickly when a user moves. This is especially true when room temperature is cool, since 5.3-lb. memory foam is temperature sensitive, even more so for higher-density 7-lb. foam. Coils rebound quickly when weight is lessened or removed, so this will somewhat offset the sluggishness of the memory foam. The choice of pocket coils for a TEMPUR-Pedic mattress is not surprising. They were introduced commercially some 91 years before memory foam to relieve pressure and provide evenly distributed support, the same reasons memory foam has become popular.
Another benefit of pairing these conforming springs with memory foam is the openness of the coils. This allows more air to circulate against the bottom side of the foam. Air filters through open-cell memory foam, partly countering the foam’s tendency to accumulate heat, but this airflow is not as much as in ventilated foams. When the memory foam rests on another foam layer, there is not much heat relief without some means of circulating air immediately beneath the memory foam. At this time we do not know how effective the coils are for airflow. A pocket coil mattress with foam comfort layers has an insulator (separator) layer between the coils and the foam. For the coils to participate in an airflow system, this insulator must be ventilated to allow the free flow of air.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection has four models: TEMPUR-Flex Elite (12½” high), TEMPUR-Flex Supreme (11½”), TEMPUR-Flex Prima (10”), and the new TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze (11½”). The 6” pocket coils are shorter than most individually wrapped coils, which are usually 8” to 9” tall, some even 10” high. This allows for a significant amount of memory foam without making the mattress excessively high. As it is, mattress heights in the Tempur-Flex Collection range from 10 to 12½ inches. Accounting for a 1” base pad under the coils, this means the memory foam comfort layer varies from 3” to 5½” in thickness.
In the original members of the TEMPUR-Flex Collection – TEMPUR-Flex Elite, TEMPUR-Flex Supreme and TEMPUR-Flex Prima – the top layer is TEMPUR-ES™, the same 4-lb. memory foam as in the top level of TEMPUR-Cloud Collection models. This is less temperature sensitive than the higher density 5.3-lb. TEMPUR-HD used in TEMPUR-Contour mattresses. It remains to be seen how well this lighter memory foam holds up atop flexing coils without heavier foam between it and the pocket spring layer. This is why box springs (with real coils) are generally discouraged for use with foam core mattresses.
While the TEMPUR-Breeze Collection is new, Tempur-Pedic has been making Breeze variations of some models for a bit longer. With the same support level and height, the cover and top layer are modified to make the mattress cooler. This means cooling materials infused into the cover’s performance fabric and larger open cells in the top foam. The newest member of the Tempur-Flex Collection is the TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze. It is the Breeze version of the 11½” high TEMPUR-Flex Supreme.
The top memory foam in the T-Flex Supreme Breeze is tagged PureCool. TEMPUR-Pedic describes it as “TEMPUR® material infused with PureCool™ .” Though not specified on their product page, these are phase change materials (PCMs); another description of PureCool infusion claims “precision” for temperature control, and Mattress Firm actually calls it “PureCool™ PCM” in its description of this model. However, TEMPUR-Pedic claims that PureCool is an updated version with twice the cooling effect of its original PCM infusion, but details are proprietary, which may simply mean that they don’t want to give others clues to how they do it. The limits effectiveness of PCMs in temperature control are discussed in the review of the Tempur-Breeze Collection.
A cutaway illustration by TempurPedic of its Breeze mattress technology shows what appear to be perforations in the top of its foam. Arrows show air flowing down through the layers and angling out. But the drawing does not show a structure which channels the airflow out to the sides.
By contrast, the Airflow Transfer System in TempFlow mattresses has air channels in the lower foam layers which allow air to flow to and from the breathable side panels of their mattresses. The same configuration is an option in the Tri-Pedic mattresses by Relief-Mart. In this brand, the airflow is two-way, with fresh air coming in from the sides and moving up through the comfort layers to the sleeping surface.
Tempur-Pedic Adjustable Beds
Tempur-Pedic now offers their own adjustable beds called the Advanced Ergo System. Adjustable bases will work with all normally flexible memory foam mattresses. It has many of the same features available from other competitors, but it is backed by Tempur-Pedic‘s full 3-year full, 5 year parts and 25-year frame warranty plan. For their mattresses, Tempur-Pedic has severely decreased their warranty from 25-years to only 10-years on all new products sold after March 1st, 2014. They have had a great track record of selling mattresses that really last with their original 5lb. density foam, so one can only wonder if the new foams being offered do not hold up as well or if this was just a decision strictly based on financial numbers. Fortunately, any mattresses sold before this date fall under the old plan of either a 25 or 20-year limited warranty, with the first 10 years non-prorated and the 2nd 10 years prorated. They also offer a 3-month sleep trial on all purchases. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are always sent in a large size box that is the size of the mattress to prevent damaging the high quality HR foam used for proper stability, durability and support.
In December 2017, the lineup of TEMPUR-Pedic mattresses, adjustable bases, and pillows is as follows:
At this time, TEMPUR-Pedic has four Mattress Collections: TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Flex, and Special Solutions.
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Prima
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Supreme
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Supreme Breeze (new)
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Elite
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Luxe
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Luxe Breeze (new)
- TEMPUR-Contour™ Supreme
- TEMPUR-Contour™ Elite
- TEMPUR-Contour Elite™ Breeze (new)
- TEMPUR-Contour™ Rhapsody Luxe
- TEMPUR-Flex® Prima
- TEMPUR-Flex® Supreme
- TEMPUR-Flex® Supreme Breeze (new)
- TEMPUR-Flex® Elite
- Special Solutions
The TEMPUR-Cloud Collection is the plushest, with 4-lb. TEMPUR–ES as the top layer in each of its six models.
Firmer is the TEMPUR-Contour Collection with four models. The top layer is 5.3-lb. TEMPUR-HD, firmer, yet more temperature-sensitive than the TEMPUR–ES.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection is the second departure by TEMPUR-Pedic, the originators of memory foam mattresses, from all-foam mattresses. Their first hybrid mattress collection was TEMPUR-Choice, which paired memory foam comfort layers with 3-zoned air support. While the advantage of the Choice models was the adjustability of both overall and lumbar support, the advantage of Flex mattresses is the resilient conformity of pocket coils.
In 2017, the Special Solutions Collection consist of only the one model which the collection always had, the GrandBed. Before the last realignment, this collection also had all the Breeze models, folding in the former Breeze Collection. One reason for taking them out of Special Solutions may be that having each of these models in two collections at once was confusing to many consumers.
TEMPUR-Pedic sells not only mattresses, but pillows. This is to be expected – most mattress manufacturers, also sell pillows. For some, such as Serta, the pillows have become a major item. A few others, such as Snuggle-Pedic, began with pillows, then added mattresses.
Currently, TEMPUR-Pedic lists 13 bed pillows (plus four travel pillows) –
- TEMPUR-Neck™ Pillow
- TEMPUR-Essential Support Pillow
- TEMPUR-Cloud® Pillow
TEMPUR-Cloud Soft and Conforming
TEMPUR-Cloud Soft and Lofty
TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling
- TEMPUR-Symphony™ Pillow
- TEMPUR-Embrace Pillow
- TEMPUR-Contour Side-to-Back Pillow
TEMPUR-Contour Side-to-Side Pillow
TEMPUR-Contour Breeze Side-to-Side Pillow
- Grand Pillow
TEMPUR-Pedic sells bases they have designed for their mattresses. In 2017, they have three adjustable bases, down from the earlier five models, and three flat foundations:
- Adjustable Bases
- TEMPUR-Up Foundation
- TEMPUR-Ergo Plus
- TEMPUR-Ergo Premier
- Flat Foundations
- TEMPUR-Flat™ High
- TEMPUR-Flat Low
- TEMPUR-Flat Ultra-low
Footnote to 2017
As of mid-December 2017, TEMPUR-Pedic posted five mattress models as closeouts. These are TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme HD, TEMPUR-Contour Supreme HD, TEMPUR-Flex Supreme HD, TEMPUR-Cloud® Luxe Breeze, and TEMPUR-Contour® Rhapsody Breeze. The first three of these are “more adaptive” versions of regular models, with the denser (7.0-lb) TEMPUR–HD material (memory foam) in the comfort layer taking the place of the less dense 4.0-lb. TEMPUR-ES in the Cloud model, and the 5.3-lb. TEMPUR Material in the Countour models.
The fourth is a currently-listed model in its collection. The TEMPUR-Cloud® Luxe Breeze is one of two Breeze mattresses in the TEMPUR-Cloud Collection. The fith one, the TEMPUR-Contour® Rhapsody Breeze, is the Breeze version of the TEMPUR-Contour™ Rhapsody Luxe.
We will have to wait for a news release from TEMPUR-Pedic to see what mattresses will be in their 2018 lineup.