Tempur-Pedic is one of the most well-known names in the mattress industry and sells their products directly through their website as well as through many large mattress chains and other retail stores.
All of their models include their TEMPUR foam, but they divide their offerings into three different product lines. This review focuses on the TEMPUR-Contour mattresses, which are constructed with three separate foam layers and are designed to have a slightly firmer feel.
Some of the key strengths of the TEMPUR-Contour mattresses include:
- Track record: Tempur-Pedic has a history of innovation in the industry and has been producing large volumes of well-reviewed mattresses for many years. In an industry with many new players, Tempur-Pedic’s track record may hold a lot of weight for many shoppers.
- Quality materials: Tempur-Pedic was a pioneer in using viscoelastic foam, also known as memory foam, as a mattress comfort layer. The company continues to refine and develop their materials and has a reputation for not cutting corners on foam quality.
Potential drawbacks for the TEMPUR-Contour mattresses include:
- Premium price: the Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the TEMPUR-Contour, are among the most expensive in the industry for this type of composition and design. These are well outside the price range for many shoppers.
- Undisclosed mattress specifications: while these mattresses are generally considered to be well-constructed, the specifics of the mattress design are not disclosed by Tempur-Pedic. The company cites this as proprietary information, and as a result, we don’t know the density or thickness of different foam layers.
TEMPUR-Contour Mattress Pricing
Pricing for the TEMPUR-Contour line of memory foam mattresses varies significantly based on the model and the size. The table below gives the range of prices for each model.
|Mattress Model||Price Range
(varies by size, typical range twin to split king)
|TEMPUR-Contour Supreme||$2,049 – $4,098|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite||$2,649 – $5,298|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||$3,599 – $7,198|
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||$3,099 – $6,198|
Tempur-Pedic states that prices are the same whether purchasing online or from a third party retailer, but we encourage shoppers to carefully examine pricing and availability of different models if they are seriously considering a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
About the TEMPUR-Contour Mattresses
TEMPUR-Contour Mattresses Specifications
Tempur-Pedic manufacturers 4 different models as part of the TEMPUR-Contour line. Each of these models has a similar overall design, and the specifications — as far as Tempur-Pedic discloses — are included in the table below.
As you will notice, there is very limited information from Tempur-Pedic about the composition of these mattresses. They do not specify the thickness of each layer. They also do not list the densities of the foams that are used. Many of the Tempur-Pedic foams have trademarked names, but this offers no detail about the actual build or construction of those materials.
The company states that this information is not shared because it is proprietary. For many customers, the Tempur-Pedic brand carries enough weight that having this level of detail may be unnecessary. But for people who want to know the details of what they are buying or who want to comparison shop, not knowing these specifications is a major drawback.
|TEMPUR-Contour Supreme||Top: TEMPUR cover
Second: SmartClimate System
Third: TEMPUR comfort foam
Fourth: support foam
Bottom: base foam
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite||Top: TEMPUR cover
Second: SmartClimate System
Third: TEMPUR comfort foam
Fourth: support foam
Bottom: base foam
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||Cover: fabric
Top: TEMPUR comfort foam
Middle: transition foam
Bottom: Support foam
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||Cover: fabric
Second: memory foam
Third: transition support foam
Fourth: base support foam
Many of these mattresses are also advertised with specific features based on their composition. This is a brief overview of some of these that you may find in the product descriptions:
- TEMPUR material: In general, TEMPUR material is a type of memory foam. Tempur-Pedic was one of the first companies to market this material for bedding, and they have since designed slightly modified versions with different properties.
- SmartClimate® System: this is a two-layer material that is intended to improve moisture-wicking and cooling properties of the mattress. Because the specifics of the composition of this layer are not disclosed, it is hard to know how effective this material is in achieving these goals.
- Breeze or PureCool: a number of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses are listed as having specific cooling properties to the foam. These usually are denoted with “Breeze” in the title, and these are often the priciest of Tempur-Pedic mattresses. As with other branded materials in these mattresses, the lack of detail from the company reduces our ability to address how these layers may contribute to the overall performance of the mattress.
Where It’s Made
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are made in the USA.
Where to Buy
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are sold through several outlets including their website, a few Tempur-Pedic branded stores, some major mattress stores, and through large retailers like Macy’s.
Sleep Trial / Refunds
Tempur-Pedic offers a 90 day sleep trial for their mattresses. The company asks that you first try the mattress for 30 nights and then contact them if you are not satisfied. If they cannot make an adjustment to improve your comfort, you can return the mattress for a refund of the purchase price minus shipping charges.
It is important to be aware that this 90 night sleep trial does not apply to mattresses purchased from third party retailers. This could equate to much shorter trial periods depending on the retailer’s return policy.
For mattresses purchased directly from Tempur-Pedic, free shipping with white glove delivery is included for customers in the continental U.S. Delivery typically occurs within 1 to 3 weeks after an order is placed. This delivery includes setup and haul-away of your old mattress and box spring (if requested).
People purchasing from third party retailers will want to confirm the shipping details before placing an order as shipping costs or policies may vary depending on the retailer.
Tempur-Pedic offers a 10-year limited warranty on mattress purchases. This warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship, and during this time, the company will repair or replace a defective mattress. Transportation or shipping costs associated with a warranty return are the responsibility of the customer. Full warranty details are available at https://www.tempurpedic.com/mattresses-and-flat-foundations-10-year-warranty/.
Tempur-Pedic is part of the Tempur Sealy mattress company. As an extremely large mattress retailer, this company has a mixed record for customer service. Given the volume of mattresses sold, it should come as no surprise that a number of customers report negative experiences from post-sales service. The Tempur Sealy company does have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Also keep in mind that depending on where the mattress is purchased, Tempur-Pedic may not provide direct customer service. Instead, service needs may be handled through the retailer who sells the mattress. Because of this, customers should purchase this mattress from a retailer that they are familiar with and that has a good reputation for customer service.
The key driver of the performance of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the TEMPUR-Contour, is the TEMPUR memory foam. This material is regarded as among the highest-quality memory foam in the industry and reflects all of the most well-known properties of this material. The TEMPUR-Contour material is the original TEMPUR material and provides a slightly firmer feel than the other Tempur-Pedic mattress lines.
Memory foam, especially high-quality memory foam, is very sensitive to how weight and pressure is applied. Because different parts of the body have different support needs, this characteristic of memory foam allows it to contour to the body and help achieve healthy spinal alignment. Most sleepers find that Tempur-Pedic mattresses achieve this type of support.
The Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the original TEMPUR material used in the TEMPUR-Contour models, is considered to have long-term durability. Even over many years of regular use, the memory foam typically maintains its ability to respond to pressure and then resume its full shape when the pressure is removed.
All of the TEMPUR-Contour models are designed to be more firm than Tempur-Pedic’s other offerings. Each mattress is only available in one firmness option, and all of these mattresses would be considered at least medium-firm. You can see a listing of these mattresses on the typical firmness scale in the table below.
|Mattress Model||Firmness Rating|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||6-8|
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||6-7|
Memory foam is the most effective material for preventing motion transfer. This is because of how the foam only moves or responds to the areas in which pressure is directly applied. Shoppers for whom motion isolation is a key priority are likely to be best served by memory foam mattresses such as these.
The Tempur-Pedic mattresses are not delivered compressed, and this can help to reduce the amount of odor from the mattress. However, in some cases, the mattress may still have a smell, which comes from the memory foam itself. Most people find this is only a minor annoyance and one that goes away within a week or two. But for people who are very smell-sensitive, a mattress made of material other than memory foam may be a better option.
Though it is not a major issue for most people, the TEMPUR-Contour mattresses can sleep hot. This is because the memory foam hugs the body in a way that can reduce airflow and cause a buildup of body heat. The more plush the mattress and the less bounce, the more likely it is that someone would sleep hot.
Several elements of the TEMPUR-Contour mattress construction are described by the company as technologies designed to improve temperature regulation, but it is hard to judge the reliability of these materials because the company does not provide much detail about their actual composition.
The responsiveness of memory foam causes some people to feel as if they are sinking into the mattress to an extent that they feel stuck or that movement is impeded. Some customers complain that this interferes with sexual activity. This isn’t a dealbreaker for most people, but innerspring or latex mattresses may be a better choice for people looking for a mattress optimized for sex.
The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the TEMPUR-Contour line of mattresses in terms of construction and feel.
|Brand||Mattress Type||Support Layer||Comfort Layer||Price (Queen)||Where to Buy|
|Tempur-Pedic||TEMPUR-Contour||Foam||Memory Foam||Varies||Online (direct), many retailers|
|Tempur-Pedic||TEMPUR-Flex||Innerspring Coiils||Memory Foam||Varies||Online (direct), many retailers|
|Tempur-Pedic||TEMPUR-Cloud||Foam||Memory Foam||Varies||Online (direct), many retailers|
|Sleep Science||Foam||Foam||Memory Foam||Varies||Costco (including online)|
|Purple||Foam||Foam||Hyper-Elastic Polymer||$999||Online only|
|GhostBed||Latex Hybrid||Foam||Memory Foam + Latex||$795||Online only|
|Leesa||Foam||Foam||Avena Foam||$940||Online + 1 showroom|