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Tempur Mattresses

TEMPUR MATTRESSES

Nancy K.

Last updated: 30.07.2020 14 Min.

Tempur mattresses are known as some of the best in the world, and manufacturer Tempur Sealy is one of the world's leading suppliers of sleep products.

The name "Tempur" is associated with high-quality sleep. The material used in Tempur mattresses, a very special Visco foam, is what makes the Tempur mattresses so well-loved. They are also often recommended as orthopaedic mattresses due to their high body adaptability and great pressure relief.

But this sleep experience also has its price. The latest collection of Tempur mattresses will set you back a minimum of £1,100. So the question is, how good are Tempur mattresses really? And are they worth the price?

Our review will tell you everything you need to know about Tempur mattresses.

Tempur Mattresses
  • Overview
  • High price but high quality
  • Composition
  • Comfort and firmness
  • Who is a Tempur mattress suitable for?
  • What else does Tempur offer?
  • Delivery & customer service
  • Conclusion

​​Advantages

  • Innovative Visco foam
  • Very good adaptability
  • Free shipping and return
  • Very high comfort
  • Good pressure distribution and pressure relief
  • Attractive design
  • 100-day trial period
  • Many payment options
  • High-quality premium mattress

Disadvantages

  • Tempur mattresses are very, very expensive
  • Large choice and many options can be confusing
  • Special lengths can take 6-8 weeks to deliver
  • Some people find sleeping on Visco mattresses too warm

High price but high quality

A Tempur mattress is made of high-quality memory foam (also called Visco foam). Tempur offers various models, all of which provide a different feel due to the way they are constructed. The Tempur mattresses certainly belong to the category of high-end mattresses. Unfortunately, they cost more than those of other mattress suppliers like Emma.

The price of Tempur mattresses depends on the model and size. Prices range from £1,100 - £3,700.

The history of memory foam begins back in 1966 when NASA commissioned the development of a material that would be temperature-sensitive and resilient. The aim was to protect astronauts from the high-pressure load during launch. This foam was further developed by Tempur and finally launched on the mattress market.

The Tempur mattresses have exceptional body adaptability, high breathability, and great pressure relief. In addition, the Tempur material lasts a long time. According to Tempur, they are still the only mattress manufacturer with an official NASA certification.

Composition

Finding the right mattress is not easy. Tempur, with their large selection of different models, doesn't make this any easier. Choosing the wrong mattress can negatively impact the quality of sleep. This makes choosing the right mattress incredibly important. The right mattress depends on several factors. Height, body weight, and unique body characteristics, as well as preferences and requirements all play a role in selecting the perfect mattress.

Tempur offers four basic models: Tempur Original, Tempur Hybrid, Tempur Cloud, and Tempur Sensation. Within these models, there are three further subcategories: Luxe, Elite, and Supreme. The individual models also differ from each other with regard to the structure and the feeling you have when lying down.

Although Tempur mattresses are quite expensive, it should also be noted that an investment in a quality mattress is always an investment in one’s quality of life. When we get up well-rested in the morning, we inevitably start our day better. Calculating the price of a Tempur mattress over 10 years and taking the quality of life into account, Tempur mattresses become much more affordable.

We'll give you an overview of each of the Tempur mattresses to aid your understanding.

Tempur Original mattress

The Tempur Original is the standard Tempur mattress. It provides a firm and supportive feeling and is the firmest mattress of the entire range. It is highly adaptable and offers outstanding comfort.

The Original mattresses use the special original Tempur material - the same material that was originally intended for astronauts going into space. With a top layer of Visco foam, the mattress feels comfortable and pleasant to lie on. But the underlying memory foam layers also offer sufficient stability so the body is well-supported.

Like with all Tempur mattresses, the Tempur Original has three subgroups: Luxe, Elite, and Supreme. The Luxe and Elite versions have a Quickrefresh cover, which can be quickly and easily removed and washed. Each Original mattress features the new CoolTouch technology, which keeps the fabric of the cover fresh and dry.

Tempur Original Luxe Tempur Original Elite Tempur Original Supreme
Composition
  • 5 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 9 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 8 cm Durabase Technology
  • 8 cm Durabase Technology
  • 3 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 9 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 6.5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 6.5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 2 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 8 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 11 cm Durabase Technology
Cover Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch technology Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch technology CoolTouch technology
Firmness Firm Firm Firm
Price £2,149 £1,729 £1,575

Differences between the individual Tempur Original mattresses are particularly noticeable in terms of depth and composition. The Original Supreme, with a depth of 21 cm, is the lowest mattress. and features only one layer of Durabase technology. It also uses the least amount of Tempur material. You could call the Supreme the most basic of the Tempur mattresses.

With a depth of 30 cm, the Original Luxe is the perfect mattress for a box spring bed. Deep mattresses are also often recommended for elderly people with joint and back pain or hip problems as this makes it easier for them to get in and out of bed.

Tempur Hybrid mattress

Tempur Hybrid mattresses are especially interesting as they combine both spring and foam. This means that the Hybrid model has the advantages of both mattress types.

Tempur Hybrid mattresses feature high-quality and adaptable Tempur foam, but they also have built-in springs, which offer elasticity and stability.

This is advantageous for people who miss the springy resilience of a normal foam mattress. Spring mattresses also often have better temperature control. People tend to sleep more warmly on memory foam since it stores more body heat.

Because the Hybrid mattress provides medium to firm support, slightly heavier people might prefer the dynamic adaptability of this mattress. The combination of the innovative Tempur material and the Precision MicroCoils (dimensionally stable springs made of cold-formed steel) ensure optimum adjustment and support. This support makes turning on the mattress easier. Some people often find this cumbersome on a pure Visco mattress.

For this reason, Hybrid mattresses are particularly suitable for restless sleepers for whom a pure foam mattress would be less than ideal. As with the Original mattress, the Tempur Hybrid is divided into the subgroups Luxe, Elite, and Supreme.

Tempur Hybrid Luxe Tempur Hybrid Elite Tempur Hybrid Supreme
Composition
  • 4 cm Advanced Tempur material
  • 3 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 10 cm Precision MicroCoils
  • 10 cm Precision MicroCoils
  • 3 cm Durabase Technology
  • 4 cm Advanced Tempur Material
  • 8 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 10 cm Precision MicroCoils
  • 3 cm Durabase Technology
  • 3 cm Advanced Tempur Material
  • 5 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 10 cm Precision MicroCoils
  • 3 cm Durabase Technology
Cover Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch technology Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch technology CoolTouch Technology
Firmness Medium Medium Medium
Price £2,149 £1,729 £1,575

Tempur Cloud mattress

Those who prefer a softer mattress will be well served with the Tempur Cloud. This collection offers the perfect medium between a soft feel and sufficient support. The extra-soft material adapts well to the body and also offers a pleasantly comfortable material to lie on. This creates the sensation of sleeping on a cloud, after which the mattress is named.

The Tempur Cloud is best suited for lighter- and medium-weight people. Restless and heavier-weight sleepers should rather choose a firmer mattress with a little more elasticity (e.g. the Tempur Hybrid).

Although the mattress supports you well (largely due to the base layers), the softer upper layers allow your body to sink in more deeply. For lighter-weight people, the combination of the soft and relieving Tempur foam with a hard-wearing foam provides a pleasantly soft sensation when lying down.

As with the other Tempur models, the Cloud collection is divided into three subcategories: Luxe, Elite, and Supreme. Again, the mattresses are divided into the usual price categories, so that the Cloud Luxe is the most expensive and the Cloud Supreme the cheapest mattress.

Tempur Cloud Luxe Tempur Cloud Elite Tempur Cloud Supreme
Composition
  • 7 cm Tempur Extra-Soft Material
  • 9 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 6,5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 7,5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 7 cm Tempur Extra-Soft Material
  • 7 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 11 cm Durabase Technology
  • 5 cm Tempur Extra-Soft Material
  • 5 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 11 cm Durabase Technology
Cover Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch Technology Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch Technology CoolTouch Technology
Firmness Soft Soft Soft
Price £2,149 £1,729 £1,575

Tempur Sensation mattress

The Tempur Sensation has a medium-firm feel, but also offers the sleeper more freedom of movement. This is due to the special Dynamic Support layer. Tempur describes the feeling of lying on the Sensation as "weightless".

This is an allusion to the fact that movement on a Visco mattress is often more difficult for many people. This is not the case with the Tempur Sensation. The pressure-relieving memory foam is complemented by a Dynamic Support Layer that has a similar function to latex foam. The Tempur Sensation reminds us of the much more affordable Emma mattress.

Again, there are three subcategories within the Sensation collection (Luxe, Elite, and Supreme).

Tempur Sensation Luxe Tempur Sensation Elite Tempur Sensation Supreme
Composition
  • 7 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 8 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 7,5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 7,5 cm Durabase Technology
  • 3 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 4 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 4 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 14 cm Durabase Technology
  • 2 cm Tempur Comfort Material
  • 4 cm Tempur Support Material
  • 4 cm Dynamic Support Technology
  • 11 cm Durabase Technology
Cover Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch Technology Quickrefresh cover with CoolTouch Technology CoolTouch Technology
Firmness Medium Medium Medium
Price £2,149 £1,729 £1,575

The difference to the Tempur Original mattress is not directly visible but lies in the base layers of the mattress. While the Sensation has that extra support layer, the Original mattress is based solely on Durabase technology and support foam. The Sensation is slightly softer and more flexible.

Comfort and firmness

Tempur does not classify firmness in the classical sense. Because Tempur offers several different mattresses, the degree of firmness and the feeling of sleeping on it vary between the different models. The resulting differences in comfort are better for some sleep types and worse for others. Tempur states the firmness of the different mattresses in its online shop as follows:

  • Tempur Original = firm
  • Tempur Hybrid = medium
  • Tempur Cloud = soft
  • Tempur Sensation = medium

Ultimately, the firmness of a mattress depends on multiple factors. These include the density of the foams used, the depth of the foam layers, and the quality of the foam types. Altogether, however, it can be said that the Tempur mattresses range between 4 and 7.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale.

The Tempur Original mattresses are a bit firmer and the Tempur Cloud mattresses a bit softer. The Hybrid and Sensation are more medium-firm models.

Who is a Tempur mattress suitable for?

Tempur is suitable for ...

People who like the feeling of lying on Visco foam

Visco mattresses are perceived as pleasant by most people. However, they are not for everyone. Some people just don't like memory foam. If you belong to this group, it doesn't matter how good the memory foam mattress is, you will not like it. We recommend Tempur mattresses to people who are looking for Visco mattresses.

People with back or neck pain

One of the reasons people like Tempur so much is because the models are well-suited to relieve pain. The high-quality Tempur material can reduce pressure points in the hip area, shoulders, and neck. In addition, the high-density foams adapt well to the contours of the body. This promotes optimal alignment of the spine and ensures that the back remains in a healthy, natural position during sleep. Tempur, therefore, is a good option for people looking for a mattress that relieves pain.

Couples

Tempur scores high in the area of motion transfer because the memory foam has a very high density. Memory foam reduces the vibrations of the mattress and you will be much less disturbed by our partner moving at night. This can greatly improve your quality of sleep.

People who feel cold at night

Visco foams absorb body heat much more than conventional foams. This is partly the reason why they adapt so well to the body. If you get up, the foam becomes colder again and will slowly return to its original shape. Due to the heat absorption, however, the mattress feels a little softer.

People who are looking for a premium mattress

Tempur is definitely a premium mattress. This has its price, of course, which is why any purchase should be well considered.

Tempur is not suitable for ...

People who are used to the comfort of a spring mattress

The traditional, slightly jumpy feel of a spring mattress is quite different from what a Tempur feels like. If you like spring mattresses, then Tempur is probably not the right choice for you. The Tempur Hybrid model would be a compromise, but it's not a real spring mattress either.

People who only want to use the mattress for a shorter period of time

Tempur mattresses are expensive. They are also very durable and designed to be used for about 10 years. The value of a good quality mattress lies in the fact that it is a long-term investment. If you change your mattress every few years, then investing in a Tempur makes little sense.

People who want to save money when buying a mattress

Tempur mattresses, as already mentioned, are quite expensive. If you want to get a bargain when buying your next mattress, you should look for cheaper mattresses. You can find good mattress offers on our discounts page.

What else does Tempur offer?

Tempur offers several other products in addition to mattresses. You could theoretically furnish your entire bedroom with Tempur, but this may be expensive.

Tempur beds

Tempur offers various beds, all of which are customisable in terms of headboards, height, colour, and material. Basically, you can configure your bed to suit your wishes.

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Tempur pillow

You can choose from the following pillows:

  • Tempur Ergonomic Sleeping Pillows: This Tempur pillow has been specially developed to relieve the pressure of the head, neck, and shoulder area. Like the mattresses, the ergonomic sleeping pillow from Tempur also has the CoolTouch cover. This ensures a pleasant sleeping temperature and good breathability. You can choose between different shapes, sizes, and comfort levels.
  • Tempur Classic Sleeping Pillows: The all-rounder pillow from Tempur has a classic rectangular shape and provides neck-supporting comfort. The Classic pillow is also available in different models, finishes, and sizes.

You can also order Tempur Original Pillowcases that fit both Tempur pillow types and can be machine-washed at 60°C.

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Tempur accessories

You can order many more Tempur products, such as the Tempur Quilts, which regulate sleeping temperature and can be washed at 60°.

If you have a box spring bed and need an additional top layer, one of the Tempur Mattress Toppers could be a good choice. These are available in different types.

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Travel accessories

Even travellers can fully equip themselves with Tempur. You can buy a Tempur Neck Pillow for air travel. A Tempur sleep mask is also available and is made of the high-quality Tempur material. To benefit from Tempur support while travelling, a whole Tempur travel set (including a roll-up travel topper and ergonomic mini pillow in a bag) is offered as well.

VIEW TEMPUR TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

Delivery & customer service

With such an expensive mattress, you have the right to expect good customer service. This would mean not only customer care or answering questions, but also extra services such as trial phases and a guarantee. Tempur offers all of these. Here is a summary of our experience.

In case of queries

The customer service was good. They were always able to answer simple questions sufficiently and quickly (within a few days). The contact address can be found at the bottom of the Tempur page. There is an email address for general questions and another for questions about online orders.

Guarantee

All Tempur mattresses have a 10-year warranty, which is in line with other manufacturers. The warranty covers physical defects or changes. However, issues relating to changes in firmness caused by liquids, like sweat, or due to heat build-up are excluded. It is important that you keep your sales receipt as you would need it for any issues covered by the warranty. We also recommend that you take a look at the full warranty conditions.

Delivery time

Tempur mattresses are shipped free of charge. This would be expected, considering the price of Tempur. If you order beds, mattresses, slatted frames, or toppers with a width of 140 cm or more, Tempur will also dispose of your old mattress free of charge. This can be requested during the order process under shipping options or via e-mail to customer support.

Delivery time is dependent on the product ordered. Pillows, duvets, accessories, and topper 3.5s will be shipped to your home within 1-2 business days. Larger items such as mattresses, slatted frames, beds and topper 7s will be sent to you within 14-28 business days. Made-to-order bed bases and headboards can take 6-12 weeks.

Returns

The purchase of a Tempur mattress is expensive, but also completely risk-free. The manufacturer offers you a 100-day trial period on select mattresses and toppers, as well as a 30-day trial period for full-sized pillows. During this period, you can test the mattress under real conditions in your home and see if it is suitable for your needs. If you don't like it, you can simply have the manufacturer pick it up again. Your money will be refunded to you. The return shipment is free of charge.

To initiate the return, you simply have to send a declaration of revocation to customer support. You can even return products that you have purchased in-store via the online shop.

Conclusion

Tempur mattresses are high-quality mattresses, but they are also extremely expensive. As with many things, you are paying for the brand. Tempur is definitely a good sleeping option that will provide you with a good and restful night's sleep. The high-quality Tempur material is also a big plus.

Nevertheless, we believe that there are mattresses with a similar structure on which you can sleep just as well. And these are usually much cheaper.

If you want to enjoy a high level of sleeping comfort with high-quality materials and are willing to invest a lot of money in a really good mattress, choose the Tempur mattress.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for an inexpensive mattress that is still very good and on which you can still sleep well, you can find very good alternatives. Take a look at our other reviews for options.

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Additional information

  • Composition

    All Tempur mattresses have a few differences in their respective structures. However, they all consist of two supporting base layers (mostly made of polyether) and two comfort layers (mostly Tempura = memory foam).

    The Tempura foam (TEMPUR® material) provides the mattresses with high-quality memory foam. Some other mattress manufacturers use little to none of this material. Some only use low-quality memory foam or foam with a lower density.

    High-quality memory foam is usually characterised by the fact that it can adapt particularly well to the respective body and so provides for a pleasant and relaxed sleep and feel. In the ideal case, a mattress can be used universally as far as possible, so that many different body types - whether large or small - can sleep on that mattress. Unfortunately, this isn't always so easy. It is very rare for one mattress to be universal enough to adapt to all body types.

    According to the manufacturer, the Tempur material is unique: nothing is as adaptable and comfortable as the Tempur material. The Visco foam reacts to the temperature, weight, and shape of the body. In addition, the material can adapt repeatedly, and offers optimum comfort without pressure points, irrelevant of sleeping position. 

    The Tempur material is easy to clean and durable. Due to their special construction, the mattresses also never have to be turned. There is a 10-year guarantee on the mattresses. However, the advice on how to care for your mattress should be strictly followed. Under no circumstance should Tempur material be washed or dry-cleaned. To maintain the condition of the foam, the manufacturer recommends that you remove the cover, ventilate the Tempur material for a bit, and dab lightly with a damp cloth if there is dirt on the surface.  

  • Confusing descriptions

    When researching, you will come across terms such as "DuraBase technology", as Tempur calls its base layer, or "Tempur comfort layers". As a normal consumer, it's likely that you'd be confused and wouldn't really know what to do with these terms. You wouldn't know how the Tempur mattress is constructed and what kind of layers it consists of.

    A possible disadvantage - which is also noticeable with other manufacturers - is that the foam layers are covered by an additional, thin cover. Although this protects the foam layers, it is not possible to take a closer look at the respective layers. Lucky for you, we have examined the mattresses more closely so that you don't have to cut your mattress open!

    Technical jargon Our  explanation
    TEMPURA® Comfort Material This refers to the special Tempur material that we have explained above - i.e. the particularly high-quality and adaptable memory foam.
    TEMPURA® Support Material This is an additional layer that has been installed to support the uppermost layers. It acts as a further comfort layer and adapts to the respective sleeper, but also ensures a good and stable position. It also supports the base layer.
    DuraBase™ Technology The DuraBase™ technology is the base of many Tempur mattresses and is intended to give the respective sleeping surface the necessary stability. It provides for a long life span of the mattress.
    TEMPURA® Climate Material™ This refers to a type of material from Tempur that, in addition to its exceptional adaptability, is also intended to ensure good temperature regulation and a pleasant sleeping environment. This prevents a too hot night on a memory foam mattress.
    Hard-wearing Base Layer This refers to a base layer that is integrated into some of the Tempur mattresses. It also ensures a long life span and stability of the mattress.
    Dynamic Support Technology This technology is designed to give you a comfortable and elastic top layer. It is also made of high-quality Tempur material but provides a little resilience.
    Precision™ MicroCoils These are the pocket springs in the Tempur Hybrid collection. The springs are encased in fabric and should react precisely to your movements. The advantages of foam and spring mattresses are combined in the hybrid version.
    TEMPUR® Extra Soft Material A foam made of Tempur material, which is a little bit softer and, therefore, provides an even softer feeling when lying down. This is especially useful for people who like to lie on a soft mattress.
    TEMPUR® Comfort Layer ES (Extra-Soft) An extra-soft fabric that gives you a comfortable soft feeling when lying down. 

    As you can see, many terms sound much more complicated than they actually are. Although the material used by Tempur really is of very high quality, this does not mean that foams used by other mattress manufacturers are not of similar quality. For example, the integrated memory foam in the Casper mattress is also fantastic - and much cheaper! 

  • Tempur mattress cover

    Most covers of Tempur mattresses are identical. At Tempur, these are called Quickrefresh covers with CoolTouch technology, which sounds slightly more impressive than it actually is.

    Quickrefresh only means that you can easily and quickly remove the cover from the mattress due to an integrated zipper. You can then machine wash it at 60°C. After it has dried, you can put it back on the mattress relatively quickly.

    Only the Luxe and Elite models within the collections (i.e. Cloud Luxe and Cloud Elite or the Original Luxe and Original Elite, etc.) feature this Quickrefresh cover. The respective Supreme versions do not have this cover.

    The Quickrefresh cover is composed of 99% polyester and  1% elastane, while the grey fabric is composed of  70% polyester, 19% modal acrylic, 10% viscose, and 1% elastane.

    CoolTouch describes the special fabric structure of the covers. They keep the mattress cool and regulate temperature. This ensures good heat dissipation. This CoolTouch fabric is integrated into every Tempur mattress, including the Supreme model. With these Tempur mattresses, the cover consists of 99% polyester and 1% elastane, while the white side fabric consists of 98% polyester and  2% elastane.

    Unfortunately, Tempur mattresses do not have carrying handles on their covers. This is somewhat impractical for carrying and moving the mattresses.

  • In which sizes are Tempur mattresses available?

    A mattress should be at least 15 cm longer than the body. This is the only way to ensure that there is enough space on the mattress. It is especially important to ensure that mattresses are big enough if you share your bed with a partner. If you really want comfort, you should choose a wider bed.  

    Couples can test the correct width relatively easily. For this, you and your partner have to lie on your backs next to each other on the bed. If your elbows do not touch and no parts protrude beyond the outer edges of the mattress, you and your partner have found the right mattress size.  

    Every Tempur mattress is available in the most common mattress sizes: 

    • 75 x 200 cm 
    • 90 x 190 cm
    • 90 x 200 cm
    • 135 x 190 cm
    • 150 x 200 cm
    • 180 x 200 cm

    Mattresses are also available in certain special sizes:

    • 120 x 190 cm
    • 120 x 200 cm
    • 135 x 190 cm
    • 160 x 200 cm

    The depth of the Tempur mattress always depends on the model. However, depths tend to be between 21 cm and 30 cm. The latter is ideal for a box spring bed.  

    • Luxe: 30 cm deep
    • Elite: 25 cm deep
    • Supreme: 21 cm deep

Nancy K.

Yoga-loving nature fan (when the sun shines) with a knack for all things health & wellness. Strangely obsessed with tacos. 

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