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

Tempur-Pedic currently offers a total of 16 memory foam and hybrid mattress models. The company’s selection includes a wide range of firmness ratings and support levels in order to accommodate individuals with different sleep positions. According to our customer reports, the best Tempur-Pedic mattresses for side sleepers are the Contour Rhapsody Luxe (memory foam) and the Flex Prima (hybrid). However, sleeper weight affects individual experiences with different mattresses; someone who weighs less than 130 pounds, for example, will have a different experience on a mattress compared to someone who weighs more than 230 pounds.

Before we compare Tempur-Pedic mattress models, let’s look at some key definitions and considerations for side sleepers.

Types of Side Sleeper Positions

Generally speaking, the term ‘side sleeping’ usually refers to one of four positions:

  • Fetal: Both legs curl at the knees and the back is somewhat hunched to create a ‘curled up look’ similar to babies in the womb.
  • Log: Arms and legs are extended, and the back is straight.
  • Yearner: Arms are stretched out, and back and legs are straight.
  • Sprinter: Arms and back are straight, and one leg is curled at the knee while the other is fully extended.

None of these are technically ‘correct’ or ‘better’ than the others, though positions where the legs fully extend — such as the log and the yearner — minimize the chances of mid-sleep pelvic rotation, which can lead to spinal misalignment (see next section for more information).

Considerations for Side Sleepers

Side sleepers generally feel most comfortable on mattresses that feature the following:

  • Low to Medium firmness: Side sleepers require enhanced neck and back support for proper spinal alignment. Mattresses that are ‘Medium Firm’ or lower tend to be suitable for most sleepers, whereas mattresses that are too firm do not offer adequate neck and back support.
  • Pressure relief: Side sleeping creates pressure points in areas along the spine, including the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips. Mattresses that contour closely and align the spine will help alleviate these pressure points.
  • Mattress thickness: Thickness is often tied to firmness, since thicker mattresses tend to have more padding layers and, as a result, are less firm than relatively thin mattresses.
  • Pelvic rotation: Some side sleeping positions can lead to unnatural twisting at the midsection, which results in misalignment between the upper and lower body. This is known as pelvic rotation, and it can lead to unwanted pain and pressure. Some side sleepers remedy pelvic rotation by placing a pillow between their knees or maintaining sleep positions that limit nighttime shifting (such as the ‘log’ position). However, mattresses that offer adequate support and firmness will also minimize the risk of pelvic rotation.
  • Sleeper weight: People with below-average weights (130 pounds or less) may not weigh enough to experience contouring on exceptionally firm mattresses. Likewise, those with above-average weights (230 pounds or more) may be too heavy for exceptionally soft mattresses; this often results in added 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 10 memory foam mattresses that are sold as part of two collections: Cloud and Contour. Additionally, the company offers two standalone mattress models: the TEMPUR-Legacy and the GrandBed.

Tempur-Pedic does not disclose detailed specifications about any of their mattresses, but all 10 of their memory foam 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.  
  • Polyfoam support core. Most Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses have solid-polyfoam support cores. The TEMPUR-Legacy is the sole exception; this model has a convoluted polyfoam support core.

The GrandBed has a cover made from silk and cashmere, while all other Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses have polyester covers.  

The table below compares the 12 current Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses in terms of price-point, available sizes, thickness, and firmness. These mattresses are listed in order of collection and thickness, not price-point.

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

In addition, Tempur-Pedic offers four hybrid mattresses as part of the Flex collection. These models all share the following construction details

  • Memory foam comfort layer. Although they vary in terms of thickness and foam density, the four Flex hybrids all have at least one layer of memory foam that measures two inches or thicker. Firmness ranges from Medium Soft to Medium Firm.
  • Pocketed coil support core. A ‘true’ hybrid has at least two inches of memory foam (or latex) in the comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. The four Flex collection hybrids from Tempur-Pedic meet this criteria. 
  • Polyester cover.

Prices, heights, and firmness options for these four hybrids are found below. They are also listed by thickness.

Mattress SeriesMattress ModelPriceHeightFirmness
FlexPrima$1,499 (Twin/Twin XL)
$1,849 (Full)
$1,999 (Queen)
$2,699 (King/Cali King)
10″6 (Medium Firm)
Supreme$2,299 (Twin/Twin XL)
$2,649 (Full)
$2,799 (Queen)
$3,499 (King/Cali King)
11 1/2″5 (Medium)
Supreme Breeze$3,299 (Twin XL)
$3,649 (Full)
$3,799 (Queen(
$4,499 (King/Cali King)
11 1/2″5 (Medium)
Elite$2,999 (Twin XL)
$3,349 (Full)
$3,499 (Queen)
$4,199 (King/Cali King)
12 1/2″4 (Medium Soft)

Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Side Sleepers

Using the data above and special considerations for side sleeping, the next table rates each Tempur-Pedic mattress based on how well it performs with side sleepers. Each mattress has received a rating for three different weight groups, as well as an overall score for all side sleepers. The scores are calculated as follows:

  • Poor: 1 point
  • Fair: 2 points
  • Good: 3 points
  • Very Good: 4 points
  • Excellent: 5 points

Please note that all ratings are generated from authentic customer experiences with Tempur-Pedic.

Mattress SeriesMattress ModelLightweight Side Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs)Average Weight Side Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs)Heavyweight Side Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)Overall Side Sleeper Score (Out of 5)
Cloud (Memory Foam)PrimaGoodVery GoodFair3.0
SupremeVery GoodGoodPoor2.7
Supreme BreezeVery GoodGoodPoor2.7
EliteVery GoodFairPoor2.3
LuxeGoodFairPoor2.0
Luxe BreezeGoodFairPoor2.0
Contour (Memory Foam)SupremePoorFairGood2.0
EliteFairGoodVery Good3.0
Elite BreezeFairVery GoodVery Good3.3
Rhapsody LuxeGoodVery GoodVery Good3.7
TEMPUR-Legacy (Memory Foam)Very GoodGoodFair3.0
GrandBed (Memory Foam)Very GoodGoodFair3.0
Flex (Hybrid)PrimaGoodVery GoodVery Good3.7
SupremeVery GoodVery GoodFair3.3
Supreme BreezeVery GoodVery GoodFair3.3
EliteVery GoodGoodPoor2.7

According to the results listed above, the following Tempur-Pedic mattresses have earned the highest ratings among side-sleepers:

  1. (tie) Contour Rhapsody Deluxe and Flex Prima (3.7)
  2. (tie) Contour Elite Breeze, Flex Supreme, and Flex Supreme Breeze (3.3)
  3. (tie) Cloud Prima, Contour Elite, TEMPUR-Legacy, and GrandBed (3.0)

The Cloud Luxe, Cloud Luxe Breeze, and Contour Supreme all tied for the lowest score (2.0).

Conclusion

Based on our research, the Contour Rhapsody Luxe and Flex Prima mattresses are the most popular Tempur-Pedic models for side 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.

Do you prefer to sleep on your back? Check out our guide for the Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Back Sleepers.