Tempur-Pedic is the original visco-elastic mattress company. They recently discontinued their Original Bed, with three inches of 5.3lb. memory foam over a 5 inch base of high density and high resilient (HR) polyurethane and the Classic Bed, which added another half inch of the softer 5.3lb. 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 Tempur-pedic 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 5.3lb. density and 7.0lb. (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 Kool-Flow and Tri-Pedic reviews below) offer solutions to this once problematic situation, without compromising the support value that memory foam provides.
Tempur-Pedic divided 13 models into four series. Previously these were the Tempur-Contour™ Collection, the Tempur-Cloud™ Collection, the Tempur- Weightless™ Collection, and the Tempur-Simplicity Collection as described in these reviews. The number and grouping of models has changed with some models discontinued, some added, and the collections re-arranged.
The Tempur®-Contour Collection
(Original Memory Foam Material):
This collection uses the original 5.3lb. 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 Orignialbed 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 was. 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 this Tempur-Contour series that includes the extremely pricy Grand Bed, 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 Grand Bed 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).
Out of the Allura Bed and the Rhapsody Bed, the most popular Tempur-HD mattress is the Rhapsody bed. The Tempurpedic Rhapsody uses a very similar layering system as the Deluxe bed, 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 Deluxe bed, but 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 fair 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) would be a feature that the Tempur-Cloud mattresses would greatly benefit from.
Tempur-Pedic has discontinued the BellaSonn 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 of a choice as some of their other models. Also, it 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 attempted 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 feel 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 is 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 has recently discontinued this inferior mattress line 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.
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 allows the sleeper to choose 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 Tempur-pedic Choice collection offers a Tempur-Choice Luxe and a Tempur-Choice Supreme. At this time, 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), but we had hoped to have an answer and update in the very near future. However, in 2016, the Tempur-Choice Collection was discontinued.
Tempur-pedic has recently added their Breeze cooling technology to many of their models. Like iComfort (see the 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’s current lineup is three basic collections plus the GrandBed and an overlap collection. The basic collections are TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Cloud, and TEMPUR-Flex. The TEMPUR-Breeze Collection consists of Breeze models from the other three collections. GrandBed now stands alone, not as part of any collection.
TEMPUR-Flex is the second collection of hybrid mattresses by Tempur-Pedic – the first one was TEMPUR-Choice. Whereas the Choice models had air chambers for the support core, the Flex models have encased pocket coils. The advantage of the pocket coils is that they have more conformity, enhancing that of the memory foam, while the air support had three zones per side. However, this conformity is not as finely graded as that of foam.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection is, like the TEMPUR-Weightless models before it, an appeal to users who prefer the feel of an innerspring. So far, this collection has had better user satisfaction than TEMPUR-Choice.
Tempur-Pedic Adjustable Beds:
Tempur-Pedic now offers their own adjustable bed 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 foam 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.