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Composition of the Tempur Sensation Elite
Tempur mattresses are made with viscoelastic foam originating from space technology. 🚀
There are 3 versions available in the Tempur Sensation collection:
- Tempur Sensation Supreme mattress: The entry-level version is made with the least amount of foam (21 cm / 8.26") and is the most affordable option.
- Tempur Sensation Elite mattress: The middle-of-the-road version measuring (25 cm / 9.8") with a balance between quality and affordability.
- Tempur Sensation Luxe mattress: A top-tier Sensation mattress with the most layers of Tempur material (30 cm / 11.8") and the most expensive option.
We tried and tested the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress for our review.
The Tempur Sensation Elite comprises 3 foam layers and a washable cover.
These layers include:
- 7 cm (2.7") Tempur Comfort material
- 4 cm (1.57") Dynamic Support technology
- 14 cm (5.5") Durabase technology
- QuickRefresh cover
But what makes each of these layers so special?
Tempur Comfort material
The Tempur Comfort material is the “comfy” bit.
The highly adaptable foam moulds around the body to relieve pressure on the joints.
Dynamic Support technology
The Dynamic Support technology is the “supportive” bit.
The support material makes moving around on a memory foam mattress easy.
This layer helps to keep the body aligned in a neutral position, encouraging a healthy spine.😌
The DuraBase technology is the “stable” bit.
This layer stabilises the layers of the mattress, encouraging it to last 10 years or longer. 💪
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress comfortable?
Lying on a Tempur mattress is like floating on a cloud. ☁️
It's a feeling you can only truly understand when you try it for yourself.
But we'll do our best to describe the experience of sleeping on the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress.
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite good for side sleepers?
The side sleeping position felt comfortable and supportive during testing.
The Tempur Sensation mattress conforms to the shape of the body and allows pressure point areas to sink more deeply.
But if you’re a lighter-than-average side sleeper, 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. 🤗
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite good for back sleepers?
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 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, who may sink too much.
Sinking too deep into the mattress will misalign the spine and create back and neck tension.
Is the Tempur Sensation Elite good for stomach sleepers?
Stomach sleepers require a firm mattress that lifts the spine and aligns it with the neck.
The Tempur Sensation Elite is the firmest mattress in the Tempur collection and suitable for lightweight stomach sleepers.
The Emma Luxe Cooling mattress is a good option for stomach sleepers.
Is the Tempur Sensation suitable for couples?
Tempur material promises 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%.
Testing motion transfer
We tested the suitability for couples by having one of our testers climb in and out of bed and the other lay still with their eyes closed.
Our testers felt no movement from the other person during this test.
During sleep, they were completely undisturbed from any movement.
How easy is it to move on the Tempur Sensation mattress?
Moving around on the Tempur Sensation is relatively easy because of the combination of the Tempur material and support layers inside the mattress.
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.
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!
Tempur Sensation Elite sizes
The Tempur Sensation Elite is available in the following UK sizes.
- Tempur Sensation Elite small single mattress - 75 x 190 cm (2'6 x 6'3")
- Tempur Sensation Elite single mattress - 90 x 190 cm (3' x 6'3")
- Tempur Sensation Elite small double mattress - 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
- Tempur Sensation Elite double mattress - 135 x 190 cm (4'6" x 6'3")
- Tempur Sensation Elite king size mattress - 150 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
- Tempur Sensation Elite super king size mattress - 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)
You can also get long single sizes if you have an extra-long bed frame.
Tempur manufactures some mattresses in EU sizes.
The main difference in these sizes is that the length of the mattress is an extra 10 cm (3.9").
How is the Tempur Sensation Elite delivered?
Tempur currently offers free home delivery to mainland UK, but there is a delivery charge to off-shore UK areas.
Overall, we found the delivery service to be fairly easy and efficient. 🚚
Unlike some other memory foam brands, such as Simba and Emma, the mattress is delivered unrolled.
We found this slightly inconvenient, and larger sizes 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 immediately!
Tempur might not be the best fit for those who require a mattress promptly.
But for those willing to wait for the craftsmanship that goes into a deluxe Tempur mattress, the delay may seem like a small price for luxury.
Should you buy the Tempur Sensation Elite?
The Tempur Sensation Elite is a luxury mattress with highly adaptable comfort to support your entire body.
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 wouldn't recommend the Tempur Sensation to hot sleepers or those on a budget. 🔥
But if you're looking for the highest quality memory foam mattress and budget is no issue, we think it's worth trying out the Tempur Sensation Elite mattress.
Remember, Tempur UK offers a 100-night risk-free trial, so you can sleep on it for a few weeks before making up your mind.