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Tempur-Pedic

Est. $1,500 to $7,500, queen set
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Tempur-Pedic Classic

Best memory foam mattress

Pros
  • Contours to the body
  • Can reduce pain
  • Isolates motion
  • Durable
Cons
  • Retains body heat

Bottom line

If you want a mattress that molds to your body, Tempur-Pedic is an excellent choice. The brand gets top ratings from both professional testing sites and those that analyze user feedback. Most owners find this brand comfortable and supportive, and some maintain that Tempur-Pedic's unique material reduces pain and improves sleep. Compared to other memory-foam models, Tempur-Pedic costs more, but many find its durability superior.

Comfort

Improves sleep, owners say. Tempur-Pedic gets high overall ratings from thousands of owners, with many saying their mattress has improved their quality of sleep. It's also great at isolating motion, owners say, with many adding that it relieves pain. Nevertheless, reviews are mixed regarding how easy it is to move on the mattress, with SleepLikeTheDead.com reporting that at least 15 percent of owners find it difficult to change positions (which can affect sexual activity). In addition, some users also complain that Tempur-Pedic mattresses tend to trap heat, which can make them uncomfortably warm to sleep on, and some say they give off a chemical odor when new.

Value

Expensive. Most Tempur-Pedic owners say they like their mattress and would buy it again, although even satisfied customers complain about the cost. The line starts at an estimated $1,500 and goes up to $7,500 for a queen-sized mattress plus foundation. If you choose an adjustable foundation, the top price is even higher. Tempur-Pedic offers a 10-year full-replacement warranty on mattresses and flat foundations -- a time frame that was recently reduced from 25 years, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com. "Why this action was taken and what it means, if anything, in regard to the longevity of Tempur-Pedic mattresses is unclear at this time," editors say.

Durability

Lasts 10 years, on average. Owners tend to keep their Tempur-Pedic mattresses about 10 years -- a longer period than that for both other memory foam mattresses and other mattresses overall, according to editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com. In addition, this website reports that only about 11 percent of users find that their mattress sags or softens within four years of purchase. By contrast, more than 20 percent of innerspring owners complain of sagging in the first four years. In addition, in one professional, comparative evaluation of mattresses, a Tempur-Pedic model performs very well, earning a top score in a simulated lab test of durability.

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Our Sources

1. SleepLikeTheDead.com

The Tempur-Pedic brand gets an 81 percent satisfaction rating on this website, which compiles information about mattress satisfaction from a variety of owner-feedback sources. The site finds that owners like Tempur-Pedic's durability and resistance to sagging, but some complain about the line's high price and tendency to retain heat.

Review: Tempur-Pedic Bed Review, Ratings, Comparisons and Complaints, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, May 4, 2014

2. ConsumerReports.org

Editors analyze support (for both side and back sleepers), durability and stability in this test of 24 innerspring and memory foam mattresses. Firmness is also considered, as is the credibility of manufacturer firmness claims. Ten mattresses earn recommendations. The discontinued Tempur-Simplicity, by Tempur-Pedic, is among 12 memory foam mattresses tested.

Review: Mattresses, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

3. Choice magazine

In a poll of 3,500 readers by this Australian magazine, Tempur-Pedic (known there as Tempur) earns the highest ratings of any mattress brand. Specifically, 88 percent of owners report satisfaction with their purchase, and another 88 percent say the mattress has improved their sleep. However, some find the brand pricey.

Review: Mattress Survey, Tanya Fong, June 6, 2010

4. Which? magazine

Which?, the U.K. counterpart to ConsumerReports.org, tests mattresses according to several criteria, including support and spinal alignment, durability, bounciness, moisture absorption, ease of handling and stability. One Tempur-Pedic model is included in the latest round of testing. Most of the products tested aren't available in the U.S.

Review: Mattress Reviews, Editors of Which?, Not Dated

5. Which? magazine

To develop its list of the best mattress brands, editors ask nearly 6,500 mattress owners to rate their mattress in terms of comfort, value and durability. Of the 19 brands included, Tempur-Pedic (known as Tempur in the U.K.) is one of only three that are available in the U.S.

Review: Best Mattress Brands Revealed by Which?, Editors of Which?, March 15, 2014

6. Viewpoints.com

Viewpoints.com has more than 1,800 reviews for 16 Tempur-Pedic models. On a 10-point scale, the brand earns average ratings of 9.2 for comfort, 9.1 for durability and support, and 8.6 for firmness. The best-rated current model is the Tempur-Cloud Luxe, which earns a score of 93 out of 100.

Review: Tempur-Pedic Mattress Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2014

7. Buzzillions.com

Thirty Tempur-Pedic models appear on Buzzillions.com, although most get only a few reviews. Nevertheless, a handful receive 15 reviews or more. Most users give these mattresses upwards of 4 out of 5 stars, praising their comfort and pain-easing capability. Some complain of dips in the mattress.

Review: Tempur-Pedic Mattresses, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of May 2014

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