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Tempur-Pedic Classic
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.

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

Breaking it down

Comfort

May help improve sleep quality. 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, users 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 complain that Tempur-Pedic mattresses tend to trap heat, which can make the memory foam uncomfortably warm to sleep on, and some say they give off a chemical odor when new -- though that's an issue with most memory foam mattresses.

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 $1,700 and goes up to $7,500 for a king-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.

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 over an 8-year period.

Our Sources

1. SleepLikeTheDead.com

Tempur-Pedic Bed Review, Ratings, Comparisons and Complaints, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, April 12, 2016

Editors at SleepLikeTheDead.com say "Tempur-Pedic is often the standard by which other memory foam mattresses are judged." 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.

2. ConsumerReports.org

Mattresses, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors analyze support (for both side and back sleepers), durability and stability in this test of several dozen innerspring and memory foam mattresses. Firmness is also considered, as is the credibility of manufacturer firmness claims. Tempur-Pedic, is among several dozen memory foam mattresses tested; elsewhere the Tempur-Pedic brand as a whole is rated.

3. MattressFirm.com

Tempur-Pedic, Contributors to MattressFirm.com, As of July 2016

A number of Tempur-Pedic models are rated and reviewed by customers of Mattress Firm, with several getting ratings. There are not a large number of reviews overall, but a couple of models get enough feedback to give a good snapshot of satisfaction.