2016 Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews

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2016 Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews
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If you are looking for information on Tempurpedic mattress reviews, take a few minutes to browse our 2016 report and analysis. You’ve no doubt heard of the nearly ubiquitous mattress company. In this guide, we’ll take a look at their current lines and how the products are faring across several categories.

Tempur-pedic, for the most part, lead with way in initiating the memory foam bed market. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, the company launched in 1992 under the name Fagerdala World Foams. Following a name change, and a buy out of Sealy in 2012, Tempur-pedic transformed itself into one of the largest bedding companies in the world.

Their target market is the mid- to luxury range of mattresses, sorted primarily into three lines: Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Cloud, and Tempur-Flex. Tempur-Contour is firm and contouring, Tempur-Cloud is soft and supportive, and Tempur-Flex is adaptive and responsive with a springier feel. In addition to memory foam, some of their mattresses now include air and springs. This comes as a response to competition from other hybrid brands.

Tempurpedic has sold many of mattresses over the years, transforming itself into a household name in no small part due to their extensive marketing campaign. Their higher prices, in the $2000 – $5000+ range, put them in competition with other mid- to luxury brands such as Serta iComfort as well lines like Duxiana or Hastens. However, in customer satisfaction, less expensive brands such as Amerisleep and BedInABox fair quite well against the mattress giant in terms of comfort, cooling, and especially value.  

In this guide, we will take a look at the pros and cons of Tempurpedic mattress reviews in 2016, and see how they stack up against each other.  Read on to explore customer reviews, specifications, longevity and other aspects.

Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews by The Best Mattress

The high price tag of Tempurpedic mattresses proves prohibitive for some shoppers. This company has always offered mid-luxury to luxury level mattresses, charging 20%-50% more than mattresses from other retailers with similar owner satisfaction and specifications.

Memory foam mattresses in general have customer satisfaction rates of 80%, and Tempurpedic is just slightly above that at 81% according to independent review website Sleep Like The Dead. The brand reports higher average reviews closer to 88% on their own website.

For the most part, Tempurpedic mattress reviews rate above average in lifespan, owner satisfaction and support. The company’s reputation is good overall. Where people tend to knock Tempurpedic is on price, off-gassing, heat retention and ease of movement on the beds.

They also do not disclose some pretty important specifications on their mattresses such as the composition of the fire barrier and foams. Information on foam density and layer thicknesses, or the specifics of what makes “Breeze” materials different from regular also prove scarce. Thus, customers looking to avoid harmful chemicals or wishing to cross-compare value with other brands may find it difficult to make fully informed decisions.

Positives from Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews

Owners prove as pleased with their purchases as most memory foam mattress owners. These mattresses rate higher in some categories than others. In this section we’ll highlight the positives of Tempurpedic mattresses.

Lifespan

The brand has been changing their mattresses a little every year recently, so information on long-term use isn’t widely available for the newest lines. Available information suggests the beds have a lifespan similar to their older models, which is about seven to eight years. The average mattress lasts about 7 years, so there are no significant problems here other than some reports of premature sagging (about 1 in 10 owners, versus 1 in 5 for innersprings).

Availability

Availability is no issue within Tempurpedic mattress reviews as you can find them in their many retail partners or from their website. In the showrooms, you might find a higher pressure sales situation, as the salespeople typically receive commissions for sales, however pricing in standardized so you’ll likely pay the same no matter where you buy.

Guarantees

Tempurpedic beds come with a 10-year warranty and a 90-day trial period, although there is a $175 shipping cost tacked onto returned mattresses. These could terms vary by distributor, so it is best to check the specifics when shopping. 

Overall Satisfaction

On average this brand rates on par with other memory foam mattresses in owner satisfaction with above-average reports of pain reduction and better sleep. If price weren’t in issue for many consumers, satisfaction rates could be higher since price is tied closely to satisfaction.

Negatives from Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews

We’ve heard the good things, now let’s take a look at the not-so-good things. Affordability seems like the biggest negative for Tempurpedic mattresses, But, reviews also reveal higher than average complaints of heat trapping, off gassing, mattress weight, and the duration of the initial break in period.

High Price

Tempurpedic mattress reviews include the highest rate of price complaints of any other mainstream mattress brand. Having a high price creates big expectations in customers, and if unmet, people feel less satisfied. The high price is also not an automatic guarantee of quality or satisfaction, either.

For example, Tempurpedic beds average between $2500 and $4000 for middle of the line models and get around 80-85% satisfaction. Mattresses with similar specifications and sometimes even better reviews can be found for much less, such as the Amerisleep memory foam mattress line which averages between $1000 and $2000 and has 90-95% satisfaction rates in reviews.

Difficulty Moving

Tempurpedic mattresses hold above average rates of difficulty in moving or getting off the bed. Essentially, thick layers of dense, temperature sensitive memory foam creates a stuck sensation in which the memory foam near your body softens, while the surrounding foam stays firmer. People who switch positions frequently or are weaker report the most difficulty moving. Lower density foams or temperature-neutral foams receive fewer complaints here as would the Flex collection due to the underlying springs.

Heat Retention

10% to 14% of Tempurpedic owners report uncomfortable heat retention with the worst being the Contour and Cloud lines. This is the highest of most other mattress brands, with women reporting the problem about twice as often as men.

Tempurpedic has introduced a Breeze line with more breathable covers, but there doesn’t seem to be a significant difference in reviews. And, the Breeze features also come with significant price increases over the standard non-Breeze models.

Offgassing Odors

Offgassing is reported by nearly one in five Tempurpedic owners. This proves higher than average for both memory foam and other types of beds. Some mattresses produce a chemical odor as a result of the manufacturing and packaging processes. These chemicals can be a problem for people with sensitivities. Tempurpedic beds tend to have higher than average complaints here.

Lack of Specific Details

Tempurpedic does not disclose important information about the contents of their mattresses. Fire barriers may contain toxic chemicals to meet industry regulations or use safer methods. However, this is undisclosed by the brand. Breathing some chemicals found in these barriers or more chemical-laden foams might harm your health. With no information on what these mattresses contain, ingredients in the foams, or ingredients in the fire barrier, researching proves difficult if you are sensitive or worried about exposure.

The lack of details in foam thickness and density prevent accurate comparisons as well. Since density is a significant measure of quality for foam beds, there is no way to tell how the value compares. Not having these details also makes it difficult to predict things like durability and potential comfort, since ideal thickness and firmness of layers varies for different sleep positions and body weights.

Tempurpedic’s 2016 Mattresses

This table shows a list of the mattress lines currently offered by Tempurpedic arranged by price in in ascending order. Mattresses ratings come from both independent site Sleep Like The Dead (S) and the Tempur website reviews (T) for two perspectives. For very new models, rating information appears limited and may not be entirely accurate.

ModelPrice (Queen)Rating
(Tempurpedic.com/SLTD)
Profile Height / Firmness
Flex Prima$2,099T: 4.5 / 5
S: 79%
10” / firm
Flex Supreme$2,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 79%
11.5” / med
Flex Supreme Breeze$3,699T: 3.5 / 5
S: 82%
11.5” / med
Flex Elite$3,299T: 4.5 / 5
S: 80%
12.5” / med-plush
Contour Supreme$2,199T: 4.2 / 5
S: 77%
11.5” / firm
Contour Elite$2,999T: 4.5 / 5
S: 78%
12.5" / med-firm
Contour Elite Breeze$3,999T: 3.9 / 5
S: 80%
12.5” / firm
Contour Rhapsody Luxe$3,499T: 4.2 / 5
S: 81%
13.5” / med-firm
Grandbed$7,499T: 3.9 / 5
S: 80%
15” / med-plush
Cloud Prima$1,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 83%
10” / med-plush
Cloud Supreme$2,499T: 4.2 / 5
S: 77%
11.5” / plush
Cloud Supreme Breeze$3,499T: 4.0 / 5
S: 80%
11.5” / plush
Cloud Elite$3,199T: 4.2 / 5
S: 81%
12.5” / plush
Cloud Luxe$3,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 80%
13.5” / ultra plush
Cloud Luxe Breeze$4,699T: 5.0 / 5
S: 83%
13.5” / ultra plush

How the Tempurpedic Mattresses Stack Up

These beds all received pretty similar ratings, coming in around 3.5 to 4.5 out of 5 on Tempurpedic mattress reviews on their website. Some do stand out above the rest however.  The Tempur-Flex Elite ($3599), Temper-Cloud Lux ($3999) and Tempur-Contour Rhapsody Lux ($3799) achieved the highest average scores. (The Breeze models are newly redisgned, so they lack the quantity of reviews required to make an accurate assessment.)

Top-Rated Models

Despite a significant departure from Tempurpedic’s core line, the innerspring hybrid Flex collection is rated the highest as a group. The Flex Prima is the cheapest of the top finishers which makes it arguably the best value Tempurpedic has to offer.

Among the memory foam beds, the Cloud Prima seems to offer the best mix of value and satisfaction. The Contour Elite and Cloud Luxe came in second and third, respectively. Many cheaper mattresses from other brands rate as good or better, however.

Many beds in the line receive complaints about being too firm. The higher rated models tend to be plush or med-plush mattresses. This is something to consider when picking a bed.

Also, note that the more expensive “Breeze” models tend to rate worse than the standard models. This could be due to limited comfort difference in contrast with with the large $1,000 price difference. The brand does not detail what justifies the massive increase, either.

Overview

The majority of consumers seem satisfied with Tempur-pedic, as the mattresses offer many positive attributes. However, the price can be prohibitive. Higher than average durability and lifespan can justify some of the additional cost. But, overall comfort is on par with other more affordable brands, such as Amerisleep and BedInABox.

The Tempur-Cloud collection contains the softest mattresses. Tempur-Contour is where you should look if you prefer a firmer sleeping surface. Tempur-Flex is adaptive and responsive with slightly springy movements similar to traditional mattresses. Several of the models in the various collections now include Tempur-Breeze® technology which promotes a more cooling sleep.

When buying a mattress, price is important, but it isn’t the everything. Make sure you know your limits, but spend enough to get a lasting product. Tempurpedic has spent many years and a lot of money to be a recognizable name. Advertising costs pass onto consumers, one reason why these mattresses cost considerably more than less-advertised brands.

In the end, the majority of consumers are satisfied in Tempurpedic mattress reviews. The beds have many positive attributes, however there are other comparable mattresses that cost much less out there. Be sure to look beyond the brand name. Make sure you are getting a mattress you will be comfortable with (both in terms of sleep and budget).

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