Tempur Mattress Reviews
Summer 2021 Updates:
Tempur mattresses are as popular as ever but the logistics challenges of the last year of covid has proved detrimental to shifting as many units as they would have liked. It looks like these logistical issues are beginning to soften, however, it is still fairly common to see lead times in excess of 28 days for delivery of many in the core line up across a number of different retailers. It looks as though the logistical issues are now beginning to be resolved, we are seeing stock in a number of places ready for delivery to your room and where there are still delays, they seem to have softened.
Tempur mattresses are the OG, the original crowd who got behind the memory foam mattress revolution that swept the nation. Throughout the years Tempur has adjusted its offering, varying in construction and base support layers but ultimately never wavering from its Tempur memory foam comfort layers. Make no mistake, these are a premium product and you can expect to pay a premium price for them. Regardless of cost however, these are one of the more popular premium mattresses and receive good customer sentiment due to their high quality and long term experience in the industry.
Tempur almost exclusively sells and is renowned for their memory foam mattresses. Most memory foam products that have come out over the years have suffered from heat build up accompanied by a deep memory foam layer which makes movement through the night difficult. However, Tempur has been able to address these concerns with advancements to it’s range that feature both hybrid and sensation product lines that have altered design profiles that help ensure maximum breathability.
Feedback for Tempur is generally very good, having been one of the original mattress manufacturers that are still about today. However, with an entire bed in a box industry rising over the last few years, competition has become more fierce, forcing Tempur to double down with their offering and focus further toward quality and cost. The result is that there has been no better time in the last few decades with which to buy a Tempur mattress.
Craftsmanship & Materials
Tempur has streamlined their collection in recent years, narrowing to a simple lineup of 4 core options in their lineup. All feature foam as a staple, but all target something a little bit different to ensure that the entire populace has a suitable option available to them. The 4 main ranges for Tempur are:
- 1. Tempur® Hybrid Mattress Range
- 2. Tempur® Sensation Mattress Range
- 3. Tempur® Cloud Mattress Range
- 4. Tempur® Original Mattress Range
Tempur® Hybrid Mattress Range
Probably the most suitable for the mass market of the lot, the Hybrid range does it all with three mattress options - The Hybrid Supreme, Hybrid Elite, and Hybrid Luxe. The differences between each in the lineup tends to be around the quantity of micro coils and the depth of the ‘Dynamic Support’ foam that sits underneath on the base layer.
Each mattress within this range comes with 30-40mm of Tempur® memory foam which is accompanied by a deep layer of dynamic support foam and microcoils in the base layer. The benefit for this is that springs have a great response rate that helps the memory foam rebound even faster but more than that, it provides better body contouring support than a traditional foam base layer on it’s own.
The only real complaints that we’ve come across with the Hybrid range is around delivery and lead times. Due to the premium nature of the product they are often made in smaller batches which combined with the pandemic caused a few delays and problems that would not be commonplace. The good news is that these issues are now being ironed out and we are seeing things start to return to normal.
Tempur® Sensation Mattress Range
Onto the sensation range and this again features three mattresses of varying depth. These are the Sensation Supreme, Elite and Luxe. These are the firmest within the lineup and feature a firm tension that will appeal to back and stomach sleepers, or, those with a heavier than average BMI. When it comes to the unique differences between these 3 mattresses, the real difference is simply in the thickness of each layer of foam. The top layer of foam is generally the one that has the highest degree of comfort and so adjusting the thickness of this can increase support but decrease comfort. It’s all a juggling act that is unique to each individual however, and there is no right or wrong product, only a more suitable and less suitable option within the lineup.
Each mattress in this range has the same Durabase™ layer which sits at the bottom of the mattress and provides contouring for the body for protective back and neck support. The entire lineup is generally tailored for those seeking a firmer mattress and while many customers find them suitable, it’s all down to preference when dealing with this sort of tension and the occasional customer may be caught out.
Tempur® Cloud Mattress Range
The Cloud range from Tempur is the reverse of the Sensation range. Where Sensation was firmer and more suitable for back and front sleepers or featured a higher BMI than average, the Cloud range comes in the opposite and is a softer mattress that will suit side sleepers and those with a lower BMI than average. The range once again features 3 mattresses of varying depth. These are once more, the Cloud Supreme, Elite and Luxe. The lineup is ideal for those of smaller body size and features generous layers of Tempur® extra soft memory foam with transitional layers of support material before reaching the Durabase foam.
Those that are set on a Cloud mattress should think carefully, a soft mattress is not necessarily a comfortable mattress depending on your needs. Many associate softness with comfort and that is simply not true. This range should only be considered if you match the suitability criteria I mentioned above.
Reviews, like the entire range appear to be very strong with the main disagreements coming in the form of those longer lead times and delayed shipments from earlier in the year. Now though, there looks to be little standing in your way between getting the great night's sleep that you need.
Tempur® Original Mattress Range
Following the same naming convention as everything else in the range, you once again get 3 mattresses and yes, once again they are all called the same thing. They are Original Supreme, Elite and Luxe. These are the medium firm range in the lineup which ultimately prove the most popular. The Original mattress range is our go-to recommendation for people as it’s the “goldilocks” of the entire lineup, proving to be suitable for back sleepers, for side sleepers and for those of average or heavier BMI. The lineup has the same great Tempur Comfort materials and the same support firm but the tension through these materials is more even and measured giving them that one-size-fits-all approach.
Reviews are strong with many happy with the product they receive. A few naysayers go on to mention that they do find the heat buildup to cause a few issues in their sleep but not to the extremes that you get with other full-foam mattresses.
The firmness of the Tempur lineup is variable, you have a few different ranges that come with enough tension changes to ensure that there really is a mattress suitable for everyone.
Back Pain Relief
When it comes to back pain relief it is more about choosing the correct tension than it is specifically choosing a Tempur mattress. Getting the right tension will mean that you get full body contouring with adequate neck and back support, this is vital in providing a good night's sleep to allow you to wake up feeling light and refreshed.
The Tempur mattresses are not specifically cooling. That is to say, memory foam layers like those on show throughout the entire range are not naturally cooling. In fact, memory foam historically has numerous problems when it comes to breathability which causes the sleeper to become too hot and end up uncomfortable. Many of these problems have been mitigated through the introduction of breathable covers across all lineups along with the unique Hybrid range which promotes further breathability through its support spring setup.That said, if you do find that you easily get too hot at night, you may want to consider mattresses made up of Gel or Latex, both of which have better heat prevention and will make for a better all-season product.
Who Are Tempur Brand Mattresses Right For?
Since the lineup covers differing levels of tension the easy answer would be to say that these mattresses will suit everyone. However, the high cost barrier and heat retention will realistically put many off and while I can sit here and talk to you about how you should be willing to drop a grand on a high priced luxury mattress, not everyone has the capability or resource. Same too for the heat retention, Tempur have made some spectacular products but at the end of the day, anything with memory foam will not breath as well as something without and that is going to cause an amount of heat buildup regardless of how many vents and cooling covers you stick on them. It’s not an inherently bad thing, heat retention can be a great thing as there’s plenty of people either not bothered by it or who actively get too cold at night, both of which will benefit immensely from this sort of mattress.