We’ve reviewed most of Tempur-pedic mattresses available on the market(read about our accurate unbiased method), compared side-by-side, and scored according to a range of factors including comfort, pain relief potential, durability, initial odor and heat retention ability.
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|No bad odor|
|No sleeping hot|
|Easy to move on|
|Suitable for sex|
- Provides support for back, shoulders, and neck
- Above average comfort
- Reduces snoring for back sleepers
- More restful sleep
- Good for side sleepers
- High durability
- Chemical smell
- Feels hot during use
- Susceptible to dust mite infestation
Tempur-pedic mattresses are mattresses made from viscoelastic foam. Also known as “memory foam”, this type of material is made from a polyurethane mix that reacts to body heat to soften and mold to the contours of the human form.
They are called memory foam mattresses because once the weight is removed, the foam reverts back to its original shape. They are made by the company Tempur-Pedic International, Inc., which is based at the Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington, Kentucky.
The difference of Tempur-pedic mattresses from other memory foam mattress is the quality of the foam used. The usual density of memory foam ranges from 2.5 to 2.9 pounds per cubic foot, but the Tempur mattress contains foam with a density of 5.34 pounds per cubic foot.
These mattresses does not require box springs to be used, and indeed, most box springs from major manufacturers will not fit the Tempur-pedic mattress and may void the warranty.
It is highly recommended that the mattress be used on a flat surface, and even the floor can be preferable to box springs.
The use of electric blankets while using the Tempur-pedic is not recommended, as the additional heat from the blanket may alter the performance of the memory foam in relation to body heat. If the usage of electric blankets cannot be avoided, it is best to limit the usage time of the use to 30 minutes.
The Tempur-pedic mattresses are made from flame-retardant materials. These materials have chemicals that may give off toxic gases and residue. People who are sensitive to these chemicals may develop an allergic reaction, or otherwise have adverse reactions to them while using the mattress.
These mattresses might not be the best mattress for toddlers, because the majority of those who experience adverse reactions are people who have weak or compromised immune systems. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to the mattress includes, but are not limited to, headaches, joint pains, nosebleeds, rashes, and nausea.
Good for people who experience back, hip, and neck pain because the contours of the memory foam molds to the exact proportions of the user. Unlike normal mattresses where one shape and size fits all, the Tempur-pedic mattress adjusts to the specific contour of the user, so that the strain and pressure is relieved from key areas.
Temperature and Off Gassing
One of the problems of is that it can be quite hot and uncomfortable to sleep on these mattresses during summer months. Because the properties of the viscoelastic foam is activated by body heat, the material strives to retain heat. Over time, the heat can accumulate, and the material can no longer “breathe”. The dense material means that air cannot circulate through the mattress, so the longer the user sleeps on top, the hotter it becomes.
Off-gassing refers to a phenomenon where the chemicals used in the material of the mattresses releases chemical fumes. Because the material is made from flame-retardant substances (the same substances that can be found in pesticides), there is a chance that this same substance can be released in the form of a gas. There can be a strong, chemical smell coming from the mattress, and these gases are toxic when there is prolonged exposure.
As with all mattresses made from viscoelastic foam, Tempur-pedic mattresses do have a chance of off-gassing.
Bed bugs and dust mites
While these mattresses are advertised to be dust mite resistant, most dust mites actually start because of the dead skin sloughed off from people using the mattress. These skin cells accumulate in the Tempur-pedic mattress, causing a dust mite infestation.
Because of the higher density of the foam, there is actually a chance that a higher dust mite infestation can occur, which leads to a more severe allergic reaction in some people.
However, the high density is also a blessing, because it lessens the chance of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs usually take shelter in the cracks and crevices of a mattress, and the high density foam of the Tempur-pedic mattress does not allow for cracks or crevices on the surface of the mattress.
Lifespan and warranty
If given the proper care and cleaning, the mattress can last twenty years or more. The product also has a warranty that covers it for the same period of time.
The cover of the mattress can be removed and washed, however, care must be taken so that the foam itself does not become wet because it can affect the color and smell of the mattress. The foam material should never be washed, nor should it become wet.
If liquid is spilled on the material, make sure to remove as much excess liquid as possible using towels. Air-dry the mattress as quickly as possible, using a fan to hasten the process.