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Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Back Sleepers – Top 4 Picks and Buyer’s Guide
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Tempur-Pedic is a well-regarded brand name within the mattress industry. Established in 1992, this Swedish company helped popularize memory foam beds among sleepers worldwide. A total of 11 mattresses are currently available from Tempur-Pedic. Ten of these models are sold as part of three exclusive collections – Cloud, Contour, and Adapt – while the last remaining mattress, the GrandBed, is a standalone luxury model. All 11 Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available as all-foam memory foam beds. Additionally, two models in the Adapt series are also available as memory foam hybrids.
Tempur-Pedic mattresses have several advantages over the brand’s main competitors. The beds are highly durable and have an expected lifespan of at least seven years, outlasting most similarly constructed beds. Tempur-Pedic mattresses also conform to the sleeper’s body to provide even support, improved spinal alignment, and targeted pain and pressure relief. Other advantages include great motion isolation and no noise when bearing weight. Tempur-Pedic offers Free White Glove delivery to customers in the contiguous U.S., as well. However, it should be noted that Tempur-Pedic beds have price-points that are significantly higher than those of the average memory foam bed.
Read on to learn more about each current Tempur-Pedic model. Below you will find our picks for the top four Tempur-Pedic beds. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Of Tempur-Pedic’s 11 current models, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt – one of the three models in the Adapt series – is a standout for several reasons. For one, it offers a wide selection of firmness and design options. The mattress is available as an all-foam mattress with ‘Soft’ (3 on the 1-10 firmness scale), ‘Medium’ (5), or ‘Firm’ settings, making it suitable for back sleepers in any weight group. Additionally, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt is also available as a memory foam hybrid with ‘Medium’ firmness. Both designs offer good body conforming and above-average pressure relief.
Temperature neutrality is another key strength. The all-foam TEMPUR-ProAdapt features a dual-layer cover designed to sleep fairly cool, while the hybrid maintains a comfortable temperature thanks to strong airflow throughout the pocketed coil layer. Both versions of the TEMPUR-ProAdapt also isolate motion very well and produce minimal noise when bearing weight, making the mattress a good pick for couples.
Like other Tempur-Pedic mattresses, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt is fairly expensive compared to other memory foam models – currently $3,599 in a Queen size. However, Tempur-Pedic offers free White Glove delivery throughout the contiguous U.S.; this includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal at no extra charge. The mattress is backed by a 90-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty; both of these offers apply to all Tempur-Pedic models.
Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
Like our Editor’s Pick, the Best Value Tempur-Pedic Mattress – the TEMPUR-Adapt – is part of the Adapt series and available in both all-foam and hybrid designs. Both versions of the TEMPUR-Adapt are ‘Medium’ (5) in terms of firmness, making the bed ideal for people who weigh 130 to 230 pounds. The all-foam model features the same dual-layer cooling cover as the TEMPUR-ProAdapt, allowing most sleepers to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night; the hybrid’s strong air circulation also offers great temperature neutrality.
The TEMPUR-Adapt offers moderate conforming that hugs the body without sinking excessively, offering great relief for sleepers who experience aches and pains in their neck, shoulders, and lower back. The mattress also absorbs and minimizes motion transfer to a significant extent; the all-foam version is virtually silent, while the hybrid produces minimal noise thanks to its pocketed coils (which tend to be much quieter than other spring types).
The TEMPUR-Adapt is our Best Value pick because its price-point is lower than other Tempur-Pedic models; it currently costs $2,199 in a Queen size. However, this is still more expensive than most competing all-foam models, making it a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets.
The Contour series from Tempur-Pedic features the brand’s firmest models. We’ve selected the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe as a standout due in part to its 13.5″ profile, making it the thickest Contour series model. It offers a thick, memory foam comfort layer that conforms without hugging too tightly to help improve spinal alignment and alleviate pressure points along the body. Due to its firmness and thickness, the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe is optimal for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, as well as lighter individuals who prefer firmer, thicker beds.
The mattress also maintains temperature neutrality thanks to its removable and washable SmartClimate cover, which uses dual cooling cover that offsets warmth generated from the all-foam core. The TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe is also a good choice for couples due to its strong motion isolation; it also produces no noise when bearing weight. Like most of its Tempur-Pedic counterparts, the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody’s expected lifespan exceeds that of the average memory foam bed.
For these reasons, the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe has a relatively high price-point: $4,299 in a Queen size.
Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
All Tempur-Pedic mattresses provide above-average levels of pressure relief, but we’ve selected the TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze as our top pick because it offers a balanced experience for most back sleepers. The bed is 12.5″ thick and ‘Firm’ (7), making it a good option for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, but its thick comfort system offers close conforming and targeted pressure relief for lighter back sleepers, as well. The foam conforms to the body to a moderate degree, aligning the spine and alleviating discomfort without excessive sinking or hugging.
The TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze also isolates motion very well and makes no noise when bearing weight. This can be beneficial to couples who awaken easily due to movement or noise. The mattress offers exceptionally durability, as well, with an expected lifespan of at least seven years.
The TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze is currently priced at $4,699 in a Queen size, making it one of Tempur-Pedic’s more expensive models.
Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
Tempur-Pedic’s current mattress offerings consist of 11 memory foam models, including two that are also available as hybrids. This selection includes a wide range of firmness ratings — from Soft to Firm — in order to accommodate back sleepers with varying comfort preferences. However, sleeper weight is an important factor to take into account; the sleep experience of someone who weighs less than 130 pounds, for instance, will be much different from that of someone who weighs more than 230 pounds.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of all current Tempur-Pedic models.
Types of Back Sleeper Positions
There are three general positions associated with back sleeping:
Savasana: Both arms and both legs are fully extended and straight.
Soldier:Both arms are fully extended, as is one leg; the other leg is bent at the knee.
Starfish:Arms are bent at the elbow with hands at head level; legs may be fully extended or bent at the knee.
None of these positions are considered ‘more correct’ or ‘better’ than the others; personal preference and comfort is the most important factor.
Considerations for Back Sleepers
When shopping for a new mattress, back sleepers should consider the following:
Firmness: Unlike side sleeping, back sleeping is a position that naturally aligns the spine. However, mattresses that are too firm may result in gaps between the lower back and the sleep surface, which can lead to aches and pains. Mattresses that are too soft, on the other hand, will sink too far down. The right balance of firmness and softness is needed to keep the spine straight and prevent aches and pains. For this reason, the majority of back sleepers prefer mattresses that are Medium or Medium Firm.
Mattress materials: Most back sleepers prefer memory foam or latex mattresses (as well as certain hybrid models) because they feature contouring surfaces that naturally conform to the curvature of their spine. Furthermore, these mattresses have longer lifespans, and will not sag in the middle as quickly; sagging can lead to spinal misalignment. Innerspring mattresses, on the other hand, offer little to no conforming and often begin to sag within three to four years. As a result, innersprings are considered less than ideal for back sleepers.
Body weight: Experience with a particular mattress will depend on the sleeper’s weight. Those who have below-average weights (less than 130 pounds) tend to prefer softer mattresses because firmer models don’t conform to their bodies as easily due to insufficient weight. People with above-average weights (more than 230 pounds) may experience uncomfortable sinking in mattresses that are too soft. In both cases, this can lead to pressure and discomfort
Tempur-Pedic Mattresses: Current Models
Next, let’s take a look at Tempur-Pedic’s current mattress selection.
Tempur-Pedic 10 memory foam mattresses that are sold as part of three collections: Cloud (four models), Contour (three models), and Adapt (three models). Two mattresses in the Adapt series, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt and the TEMPUR-Adapt, are also available as hybrids. Additionally, the company offers the GrandBed, a standalone memory foam model.
Tempur-Pedic does not disclose detailed specifications about any of their mattresses, but all 11 of the mattress models share the following basic structure:
Memory foam comfort layer. Each model varies in terms of foam thickness and density, but all have at least one layer of memory foam in the comfort system.
Varying support core. Most Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses have solid-polyfoam support cores. However, mattresses in the Adapt series with softer firmness settings may have convoluted foam cores; additionally, the hybrid ProAdapt and Adapt models have pocketed coils encased in polyfoam.
Varying cover composition. The GrandBed has a cover made from silk and cashmere; other Tempur-Pedic mattresses have covers made from polyester.
The table below compares the 11 current Tempur-Pedic mattresses in terms of price-point, available sizes, thickness, and firmness.
Please check out our Tempur-Pedic Mattress Reviewto learn more about Tempur-Pedic’s shipping and delivery policies, sleep trial, warranty terms, and other company information. To compare Tempur-Pedic with other memory foam and hybrid mattress brands in terms of price, performance, and other criteria, please visit our Sleep Product Database.