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

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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 research, the best Tempur-Pedic mattresses for side sleepers include Contour Rhapsody Luxe, Grandbed, and Cloud Supreme/Supreme Breeze models. A detailed breakdown of all Tempur-Pedic models can be found below.

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’, though positions where the legs fully extend — such as the log and the yearner — minimize the chances of pelvic rotation, or mid-sleep position shifting that causes 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 Rating: Side sleepers require enhanced neck and back support for proper spinal alignment. Mattresses rated as ‘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.

Additionally, it’s important to note that body weight plays a signficant role in side sleeping. 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 pressure and discomfort.

 

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses: Current Models

Now that we’ve gone over the mechanics of side sleeping, let’s look at Tempur-Pedic’s current mattress inventory.

Tempur-Pedic offers a total of 12 memory foam mattresses sold as part of two exclusive collections: Cloud and Contour. Additionally, the company recently introduced the Tempur-LEGACY mattress, which does technically not belong to either collection. Although Tempur-Pedic does not disclose detailed composition and measurement specifications for their mattresses, all 12 of these mattress models share the following basic construction:

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

The table below lists pricing, available sizes, dimensions, and other key specifications for these 12 memory foam models. Please note that ‘Split’ refers to both Split King and Split California King 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)

Next, let’s look at Tempur-Pedic’s current hybrid selection. The company offers four hybrid models as part of the exclusive Flex collection. All four mattresses share the same basic construction:

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

The next table lists pricing, thickness, and firmness details for Tempur-Pedic’s current hybrid models.

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 Side Sleepers

Now that we’ve gone over the pricing, composition, height, and firmness of Tempur-Pedic’s 16 current mattresses, let’s take a look at how each model performs with side sleepers. The table below rates each mattress for side sleepers in three different weight groups. 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)PrimaGoodGoodFair2.7
SupremeVery GoodGoodGood3.3
Supreme BreezeVery GoodGoodGood3.3
EliteVery GoodGoodFair3.0
LuxeGoodFairPoor2.0
Luxe BreezeGoodFairPoor2.0
Contour (Memory Foam)SupremePoorFairGood2.0
EliteFairFairGood2.3
Elite BreezeFairFairGood2.3
Rhapsody LuxeGoodVery GoodVery Good3.7
GrandBedVery GoodVery GoodGood3.7
None (Memory Foam)TEMPUR-LegacyGoodFairPoor2.0
Flex (Hybrid)PrimaFairGoodGood2.7
SupremeGoodGoodFair2.7
Supreme BreezeGoodGoodFair2.7
EliteGoodGoodFair2.7

As indicated in the table above, the following Tempur-Pedic mattresses earned the best overall ratings from side-sleeping customers:

  1. Contour Rhapsody Luxe and Grandbed (tie)
  2. Cloud Supreme and Supreme Breeze (tie)
  3. Cloud Elite
 

Conclusion

Although mattress firmness preferences will vary from sleeper to sleeper, our research suggests that the Contour Rhapsody Luxe, Grandbed, Cloud Supreme, Cloud Supreme Breeze, and Cloud Elite mattresses from Tempur-Pedic are the most popular options among side sleepers.

Please visit our Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress Review and Tempur-Pedic Hybrid Mattress Review pages for more information about the company’s shipping and delivery policies, sleep trial, warranty terms, and other important details. 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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