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The Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Side Sleepers – Top 4 Beds and Buying Guide
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Tempur-Pedic is one of the most prominent brand names in the mattress and bedding industry. Founded in 1992, the Swedish company helped popularize the use of memory foam in mattress comfort layers and has partnered with Sealy International since 2012. Tempur-Pedic currently offers 15 individual mattress models, most of which belong to one of three exclusive collections: the Cloud and Contour collections, which feature all-foam beds; and the Flex collection, which features hybrid models.
Several performance factors distinguish Tempur-Pedic mattresses. For one, they are highly durable compared to other beds with memory foam layers; most models perform for at least seven years before they need to be replaced. The mattresses also conform closely to alleviate pressure points in sleepers, isolate a significant amount of motion transfer, and produce virtually no noise when bearing weight. Tempur-Pedic offers free White Glove delivery to customers in the contiguous U.S.; this service includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal. In addition to mattresses, the company produces pillows, sheets, and other bedding products.
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.
The TEMPUR-Flex Prima earns our Editor’s Pick because we feel it best represents the qualities and attributes that have come to define the Tempur-Pedic brand. This hybrid is available as ‘Medium Firm’ (6 on the 1-10 firmness scale) in a 10″ profile. The TEMPUR-Flex Prima offers close conforming and above-average pressure relief, exceptional motion isolation, and great durability that typically leads to a long mattress lifespan (more than seven years on average).
The TEMPUR-Flex Prima also sleeps very cool due to good airflow within the pocketed coil support core, as well as the ‘SmartClimate’ cover that absorbs minimal body heat and wicks away moisture from the sleeper’s body. The bed offers strong support as well; a base layer of high-density polyfoam reinforces the coils and helps the mattress maintain an even surface with minimal sinkage around the edges.
Like other Tempur-Pedic mattresses, the TEMPUR-Flex Prima qualifies for free White Glove delivery in the contiguous U.S. It also comes with a 90-night sleep trial and a nonprorated 10-year warranty, which is standard for the brand’s models.
Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
Sleepers in every weight group (light, average, heavy)
The TEMPUR-Adapt, one of Tempur-Pedic’s newest beds, is available in all-foam and hybrid designs; both are ‘Medium’ (5). The all-foam model features two memory foam comfort layers and a high-density polyfoam support core. The hybrid also has a dual-layer memory foam comfort system, as well as pocketed coil encased in foam in the support core.
Both TEMPUR-Adapt designs sleep very cool, largely due to a knit cover that absorbs minimal body heat and regulates the bed’s temperature well. Support is another key strength of both TEMPUR-Adapt models – particularly the hybrid version, which reinforces the edges with its foam-encased support core. The thick comfort system also allows the bed to isolate motion transfer to a noticeable extent. The hybrid is also fairly quiet while the all-foam TEMPUR-Adapt is virtually silent. Both of these factors make the bed a good choice for couples who awaken easily due to movement and/or noise.
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are relatively expensive compared to other foam and hybrid models. The TEMPUR-Adapt is priced lower than most – $1,999 for a Queen-size of either version – making it a high-value choice for customers.
The Cloud series is Tempur-Pedic’s largest mattress collection, consisting of five different memory foam models. The TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze is one of the softest models in this series, with a thick memory foam comfort layer designed to accommodate side sleepers who are in the light weight group (less than 130 pounds) and average weight group (130 to 230 pounds).
The comfort layer is infused with TEMPUR-ES cooling material; this component helps the bed maintain great temperature neutrality. The TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze also has a single polyfoam transition layer and a dual-layer support core made of high-density polyfoam. This support system ensures the bed’s surface remains flat and even, despite its soft top layers. The mattress isolates motion and makes virtually no noise, as well.
The TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze is the most expensive model in the Cloud series, with a current price-point of $4,429 in a Queen-size. This makes the mattress a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets.
Tempur-Pedic’s Contour series includes three memory foam models. The TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe is the thickest model in this collection, as well as the only Contour model that is ‘Medium Firm’ (6), which is considered one of the most popular firmness options among all sleepers – particularly those in the heavy weight group (more than 230 pounds). Its thick memory foam comfort system and strong high-density polyfoam support core allow the bed to conform very closely and align the sleeper’s spine without excessive sagging or sinkage around the edges.
The TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe sleeps fairly cool due to its SmartClimate cover, which is removable and washable (unlike most covers from competing brands). The bed also isolates motion transfer very well and produces virtually no noise when bearing weight, making it suitable for most couples. And like other memory foam models from Tempur-Pedic, the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe has a much longer lifespan compared to similar beds from other manufacturers.
The price-point for the TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe is moderate by Tempur-Pedic standards; a Queen-size model is currently priced at $3,249.
Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
The Best Tempur-Pedic Mattresses for Side Sleepers Buying Guide
Tempur-Pedic currently offers a total of 15 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. 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.
Next, let’s look at some key definitions and considerations for side sleepers who are interested in Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
|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 eight memory foam mattresses that are sold as part of two collections: Cloud and Contour. 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 nine of these 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. All Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses have solid-polyfoam support cores.
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 nine 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.
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.
Prices, heights, and firmness options for these four hybrids are found below. They are also listed by thickness.
Lastly, Tempur-Pedic’s two newest models – the TEMPUR-Adapt and the TEMPUR-ProAdapt – are offered as either all-foam or hybrid models. Both mattresses are designed with cooling covers and memory foam comfort layers; the TEMPUR-ProAdapt’s cover is removable and machine washable. The all-foam versions have high-density polyfoam support cores, while the hybrid versions have pocketed coils. The TEMPUR-Adapt is offered in ‘Medium’ (5) firmness for both the foam and hybrid models; the TEMPUR-ProAdapt is available in three firmness settings as an all-foam bed and ‘Medium’ (5) as a hybrid.
The table below lists the current prices, thickness measurements, and firmness options for these two mattresses:
3 (Soft), 5 (Medium), and 7 (Firm) for Foam Design 5 (Medium) for Hybrid Design
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.