Composition of the Tempur Sensation
There are 3 versions available in the Sensation collection:
The Sensation Supreme mattress is the entry-level of the 3 sensation mattresses, made with the least amount of foam (21cm) and the most affordable option available.
The Sensation Luxe mattress is the top-tier Sensation mattress made with the most foam layers (30cm) and the most expensive option.
We trialled the mid-range of the 3 Sensation mattresses, The Sensation Elite, measuring 25cm deep.
The Tempur Sensation Elite is composed of:
- 7cm Tempur Comfort Material.
- 4cm Dynamic Support Technology.
- 14cm Durabase Technology.
- Machine-washable QuickRefresh Cover.
Sounds very technical, doesn’t it? 🤷♀️
Let’s help to break it down a bit…
The Tempur Comfort Material is the “comfy” bit.
The highly adaptable foam moulds around the body and gives that cuddly feeling. 🤗
The Dynamic Support Technology is the “supportive” bit.
The support material makes moving around on a memory foam mattress easy and helps to support pressure points. 😌
The DuraBase Technology is the “stable” bit.
If a Tempur mattress had a spine - then that’s what the Durabase layer would be.
The Durabase gives the mattress its necessary stability, encouraging it to last as long as 10 years. 💪
The icing on the cake is the removable QuickRefresh cover.
This helps to protect the special Tempur material and can be washed up to 60°C. 🧼
We highly recommend the Dreams range of Tempur mattresses, which also come with an advanced CoolTouch cover.
The Tempur CoolTouch™ Sensation Elite Mattress is exclusive to Dreams and provides a cooler sleep.
Quality vs Price
Let’s be honest - Tempur mattresses aren’t exactly cheap…🤑
But how sleep affects your quality of life should be seriously considered when budgeting for a new mattress.
The average person spends 26 years of their life sleeping. 🤯
Why should all that time be spent on an uncomfortable and supportive mattress?
Especially when waking up well-rested can affect your productivity for the rest of the day. 😵
That being said, we kept the high price of the mattress in mind during our testing.
It was important for us to consider whether the expensive price could be justified by the overall quality and comfort of the mattress.
We were also happy to discover that Dreams offer interest-free payment plans for the Tempur Sensation Elite, making it a more affordable option.
But a bit more on that later...
Here’s what we found! 👇
We found this mattress worked great for most sleeping positions. 😍
It was firm enough for stomach sleepers, whilst the Tempur Material responded well to pressure points for back and side sleepers.
The side sleeping position felt comfortable and supportive.
In this side sleeping position, you can see how the Tempur mattress conforms to the shape of the body and allows pressure point areas (shoulders and hips) to sink more deeply. 😯
But if you’re lighter than average and you like to sleep on your side, you might consider a softer mattress option.
The Tempur Cloud Mattress is more suited to lighter people, as it is softer and will adapt better to light pressure. 🤗
Depending on your weight, shape and sleeping position, the firmness you need for the best support will be different.
However, for those lighter people who sleep on their front, this mattress could be ideal. 🥰
The Tempur Sensation Elite is on the firmest mattress in the Tempur collection 🧱
Stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress to help align the spine and neck in a neutral position (in other words, the less you sink, the better!)
If you’re a medium-weight and you sleep on your stomach, you might consider a firmer memory foam option.
The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress is a better choice for medium and heavier-weight stomach sleepers.
Combining pocket springs and supportive memory foam, the DreamCloud mattress will help to keep your spine straight when sleeping face-first.
We also think The Tempur Sensation Elite would be a great option for back sleeping. 😁
Even though the mattress is described as “firm” we found it was more somewhere just slightly above a medium-feel.
Our trial sleeper didn’t sink too deeply, but enough to contour around their heavier regions. ✅
But, we wouldn’t recommend this mattress for heavier-weight back sleepers.
Heavier people will sink more deeply in the mattress, creating a hammock effect. 😟
Sinking too deep into the mattress will misalign the spine and can create tension in the back and neck.
For heavier-weight sleepers, we highly recommend a mattress with pocket springs for extra support.
The higher the spring count, the more support and heavier people should opt for 2000 springs or more.
The Silentnight Geltex Ultra 3000 combines 3000 pocket springs with comfy gel foam.
The pocket springs offer a firmer feel for heavier people whilst the geltex layer is cushioning and cool.
Is the Tempur Sensation suitable for couples?
Tempur Material is supposed to offer low-motion transfer, meaning you shouldn’t feel your partner moving around during the night.
According to the manufacturer, the movement absorption of a Tempur mattress should be less than 3%.
Of course, we had to test this for ourselves…
Our testers climbed in and out of bed whilst the other person lay still with their eyes closed.
Our testers hardly felt the mattress move during all these tests. 😮
I think it’s safe to say their sleep would have gone completely undisturbed if their partner needed to get up to use the bathroom during the night.
We can’t say for sure whether the absorption is below 3%, but we were still very impressed with these results.
For couples, the Tempur Sensation Elite could be a game-changer! 👩❤️💋👨
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite good for restless sleepers?
If you’re the kind of sleeper that moves around all night - we have great news!
Moving around on the Tempur Sensation is relatively easy because of the combination of the Tempur Material and support layers inside the mattress.
Some people are concerned about the feeling of getting "stuck" in a memory foam mattress. ⚓
However, the firmness of the Tempur Sensation meant that ease of movement was not a challenge.
We also found the mattress prevented tossing and turning during the night.
If you move around a lot during sleep, this is a sign of an uncomfortable and unsupportive mattress. 😰
Your body tries to find a comfortable position throughout the night, which is why you find yourself waking up in different positions.
The Tempur Sensation Elite adapts to your body, instead of your body trying to adapt itself to the mattress. 🥰
So you’ll probably find you wake up in the same position you fell asleep in!
Does the Tempur Sensation Elite get hot?
Memory foam retains heat in the material, which can make some people hot. 🥵
As you can see on the temperature regulation scale, memory foam is one of the warmest types of fillings for a mattress.
However, Tempur Material is made with an open-cell structure.
This increases ventilation in the material and helps to disperse heat.
The highly advanced Tempur Material makes this one of the most breathable types of memory foam.
The Tempur Sensation Elite is made with CoolTouch technology when bought from Dreams.
The CoolTouch cover is exclusive to Dreams.
This advanced cooling technology helps to keep you cool by absorbing excess heat during the night.
In our experience, the Tempur Sensation Elite didn’t get too hot. 😅
However, the temperature map shows the mattress doesn’t dissipate heat as quickly as some other mattress types.
Tempur Sensation Elite prices
You're probably wondering how much a NASA-developed, top-of-the-range mattress actually costs?
The Tempur Sensation Elite ranges between £1400-£2500 when bought from Dreams.
We understand that The Tempur Sensation Elite is a lot more expensive than your typical mattress!
However, this is a mattress that will last a minimum of 10 years. ⏲️
Look at it this way - for a double mattress, this works out at just £200 a year.
It’s worth considering whether £200 per year is a fair price to pay for a premium decade-long sleeping experience? 🤔
Tempur mattresses aren't the most affordable on the market.
So, we were happy that Dreams offer interest-free monthly payment options to help those on a budget. 🙌
As long as you spend a minimum of £500, the total amount can be spread over 6, 10, or 20 months in interest-free credit.
No deposit needed!
For a £2000 Tempur mattress, this works out as a payment of £100 a month for 20 months.
This helps to make Tempur more economical for those who need to save the pennies. 🤑
Delivery and returns
Overall, we found the delivery service to be fairly easy and efficient. 🚚
Dreams provide free home delivery to mainland UK addresses.
Unlike some other memory foam brands, such as Simba and Emma, the mattress is delivered unrolled.
We found this a little inconvenient, and it wouldn’t be ideal for narrow stairwells or loft rooms. 😬
However, we accept that this is because of the high-quality material which cannot be compressed like some cheaper alternatives.
It also meant the mattress was ready to be tried straight away - hooray! 😆
Dreams offer a 'white glove' delivery service and will take your mattress to your room of choice.
The delivery time of 14-21 days is longer than some competitors.
For example, Simba mattresses can be delivered in as little as 3 days. 😮
We appreciate that perfection takes time and the long delivery dates are likely because of the high-quality standards and workmanship. 🧵
However, we think Tempur could definitely improve on these times to keep up with their fast-paced competitors.
Dreams also offer a recycling service for those looking to get rid of their old mattress. ♻️
Prices vary between £30-£50 depending on your mattress size.
Dreams will remove your old mattress the same day they deliver your new Tempur mattress.
This makes the entire delivery process easy and efficient.
The Tempur Sensation Elite and other Tempur mattresses also come with a 10-year quality guarantee.
This means you are fully covered for up to 10 years after receiving the mattress. 😲
This includes defects in the mattress caused by faulty workmanship, as well as indentations of more than 2cm in the Tempur Material.
This does not include accidental damage that you have caused yourself, for example tearing the cover or spilling a drink on the mattress. ☕
If the product is deemed faulty within 10 years, you will be offered a choice between your mattress being repaired or replaced free of charge.
Should you buy the Tempur Sensation Elite?
Tempur mattresses are a high-end product and one of the most luxurious memory foam brands on the market.
However, that’s not to say that you will immediately fall in love with the Tempur Sensation Elite. 😕
Everybody has different needs and preferences for buying a new mattress.
We think this will make a fantastic mattress for lighter-weight stomach sleepers who need a firmer feel. 🥰
It’s also a great choice for medium-weight side or back sleepers who are looking for a mattress to mould around their pressure points. 😍
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite worth it?
Okay, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty - is the Tempur Sensation Elite worth the high cost? 🧐
The Tempur Sensation Elite is expensive (around £2000 for a double), but we say go for it if you can afford it!
No other manufacturer can match Tempur in terms of quality and it is the only NASA-certified mattress brand that exists.👍
In exchange for the high cost, you’ll get an out-of-this-world sleeping experience for a minimum of 10 years. 🌠
What we rated the Tempur Sensation Elite:
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