What Are the Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Back Sleepers?

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Tempur-Pedic’s current mattress offerings include 16 memory foam and hybrid models. This selection includes a wide range of firmness ratings — from ultra firm to exceptionally soft — in order to accommodate customers with varying sleep preferences. Our research indicates that the best Tempur-pedic mattresses for back sleepers include the Contour Rhapsody Luxe, the GrandBed, the Cloud Prima, and three mattresses in the Flex hybrid collection. Read on for a detailed breakdown of all current Tempur-Pedic models.

First, let’s discuss the mechanics of back sleeping and some special considerations for individuals who prefer this position.


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 Rating: Unlike side sleeping, back sleeping is a position that naturally aligns the spine. However, mattresses that are too firm can 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 offers a total of 11 memory foam mattresses, which are sold as part of two exclusive collections: Cloud and Contour. The company recently introduced the Tempur-LEGACY mattress, as well; this model does not belong to a larger collection. Tempur-Pedic does not disclose detailed specifications about any of their mattresses, but all 12 of their memory foam models share the following basic structure:

  • Memory foam comfort layer
  • Polyfoam support core
  • Polyester cover

The comparison table features prices, available sizes, heights and other details about these 12 memory foam mattresses. Please note that ‘Split’ sizes refer to prices for both Split King and California models.

Mattress SeriesMattress ModelPriceHeightFirmness Rating
CloudPrima$1,299 (Twin)
$1,649 (Full)
$1,799 (Queen)
$2,499 (King)
$6,598 (Split)
10″5 (Medium)
Supreme$2,099 (Twin)
$2,449 (Full)
$2,599 (Queen)
$3,299 (King)
$4,198 (Split)
11 1/2″4 (Medium Soft)
Supreme Breeze$3,499 (Full)
$3,599 (Queen)
$4,299 (King)
$6,198 (Split)
11 1/2″4 (Medium Soft)
Elite$3,149 (Full)
$3,299 (Queen)
$3,999 (King)
$5,598 (Split)
12 1/2″3 (Soft)
Luxe$3,799 (Queen)
$4,499 (King)
$6,598 (Split)
13 1/2″2 (Very Soft)
Luxe Breeze$4,799 (Queen)
$5,499 (King)
$8,598 (Split)
13 1/2″2 (Very Soft)
ContourSupreme$2,099 (Twin)
$2,449 (Full)
$2,599 (Queen)
$3,299 (King)
$4,198 (Split)
11 1/2″8 (Firm)
Elite$3,149 (Queen)
$3,999 (King)
$5,598 (Split)
12 1/2″7 (Firm)
Elite Breeze$4,299 (Queen)
$4,999 (King)
$7,598 (Split)
12 1/2″7 (Firm)
Rhapsody Luxe$3,799 (Queen)
$4,499 (King)
$6,598 (Split)
13 1/2″6 (Medium Firm)
GrandBed$8,599 (King)15″4 (Medium Soft)
NoneTEMPUR-Legacy$2,299 (Queen)
$2,999 (King)
$3,598 (Split)
10″3 (Soft)

Now let’s look at the hybrid mattress selection from Tempur-Pedic. Four hybrid models are currently available as part of the Flex collection. These models share the same basic construction:

  • Memory foam comfort layer
  • Pocketed coil support core
  • Polyester cover

Prices, heights, and firmness ratings for these four hybrids are found below.

Mattress SeriesMattress ModelPriceHeightFirmness
FlexPrima$1,499 (Twin)
$1,849 (Full)
$1,999 (Queen)
$2,699 (King)
$2,998 (Split)
10″6 (Medium Firm)
Supreme$2,299 (Twin)
$2,649 (Full)
$2,799 (Queen)
$3,499 (King)
$4,598 (Split)
11 1/2″5 (Medium)
Supreme Breeze$3,649 (Full)
$3,799 (Queen)
$4,499 (King)
$6,598 (Split)
11 1/2″5 (Medium)
Elite$3,349 (Full)
$3,499 (Queen)
$4,149 (King)
$5,998 (Split)
12 1/2″4 (Medium Soft)

Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Using the data above and special considerations for back sleeping, the next table rates each Tempur-Pedic mattress based on how well it performs with back sleepers. Each mattress has received a rating for three different weight groups, as well as an overall score for all back sleepers. Please note that all ratings are generated from authentic customer experiences with Tempur-Pedic.

Mattress SeriesMattress ModelLightweight Back Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs)Average Weight Back Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs)Heavyweight Back Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)Overall Back Sleeper Score (Out of 5)
Cloud (Memory Foam)PrimaVery GoodVery GoodGood3.7
SupremeVery GoodGoodFair3.0
Supreme BreezeVery GoodGoodFair3.0
EliteVery GoodFairPoor2.3
Luxe BreezeGoodFairPoor2.0
Contour (Memory Foam)SupremePoorFairGood2.0
Elite BreezeFairGoodGood2.7
Rhapsody LuxeGoodExcellentVery Good4.0
GrandBedExcellentVery GoodGood4.0
NoneTEMPUR-LegacyVery GoodGoodFair3.0
Flex (Hybrid)PrimaGoodGoodGood3.0
Supreme BreezeGoodGoodGood3.0

As shown above, the following Tempur-Pedic mattresses earned the best overall ratings from back-sleeping customers:

  1. Contour Rhapsody Luxe and Grandbed (tie)
  2. Cloud Prima
  3. Cloud Supreme, Cloud Supreme Breeze, TEMPUR-Legacy, Flex Prima, Flex Supreme, and Flex Supreme Breeze (tie)


Based on our research, the Contour Rhapsody Luxe, Grandbed, and Cloud Prima are the three most popular options among back sleepers. However, individual experience will vary significantly from sleeper to sleeper — and testing out mattresses in person may be the best way to determine which model is best for you and your partner.

Please check out our Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress Review and Tempur-Pedic Hybrid Mattress Review pages to 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.

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