Overview

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-Flex mattresses, which are built with foams that have more spring or bounce than the traditional Tempur-Pedic material.

Some of the key strengths of the TEMPUR-Flex 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.
  • Hybrid construction: the addition of innerspring coils and a foam layer with more bounce gives the TEMPUR-Flex line a different feel than what TEMPUR-Pedic is known for. For people worried about the downsides of memory foam — such as sleeping hot or feeling stuck in the mattress — the TEMPUR-Flex may be an intriguing option.
  • 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-Flex mattresses include:

  • Premium price: the Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the TEMPUR-Flex, 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 or the details of the composition of the innerspring layer.

We also have a review for the TEMPUR-Contour and TEMPUR-Cloud mattress lines if you want to learn more about Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

TempurFlex

 

TEMPUR-Flex Mattress Pricing

Pricing for the TEMPUR-Flex 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-Flex Prima $1,449 – $2,898
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme $2,249 – $4,498
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze $3,099 – $6,198
TEMPUR-Flex Elite $2,849 – $5,698

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-Flex Mattresses

 

TEMPUR-Flex Mattresses Specifications

Tempur-Pedic manufactures four different models as part of the TEMPUR-Flex line. Each follows a similar formula in terms of its materials and layering. These models are described 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 or the coil details for the innerspring layer. 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.

Mattress Model Specifications
TEMPUR-Flex Prima Cover: fabric
Top: SmartClimate layer
Second: soft memory foam
Third: bounce/transition layer
Fourth: innerspring coils
Bottom: support foam
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Cover: fabric
Top: SmartClimate layer
Second: soft memory foam
Third: bounce/transition layer
Fourth: innerspring coils
Bottom: support foam
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze Cover: fabric
Top: SmartClimate layer
Second: soft memory foam
Third: bounce/transition layer
Fourth: innerspring coils
Bottom: support foam
TEMPUR-Flex Elite Cover: fabric
Top: SmartClimate layer
Second: soft memory foam
Third: bounce/transition layer
Fourth: innerspring coils
Bottom: 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.

TempurFlex cutaway

 

Where It’s Made

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are made in the USA.

 

Buying Logistics

 

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.

Delivery

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.

Warranty

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/.

Customer Service

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.

TempurFlex 1

 

Mattress Performance

The key driver of the performance of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses 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-Flex line includes a layer with traditional TEMPUR material but also includes the company’s newer foam with more springiness as well as a layer of innerspring coils.

Support

The TEMPUR-Flex has a memory foam comfort layer, and this helps to create a sleeping surface that eliminates pressure points and supports correct spinal alignment. Memory foam achieves this goal by changing its shape based on where pressure from the body is applied. The addition of innerspring coils and a more resilient foam may help to add extra support for the memory foam comfort layer.

Durability

The Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the original TEMPUR material used in the TEMPUR-Flex 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. It is more difficult to assess the durability of the innerspring coils because we do not have details about how they are constructed.

Firmness

Each mattress model from the TEMPUR-Flex line is available in only one firmness option. The different firmness choices — as they fall on the typical firmness scale — are described in the table below.

Mattress Model Firmness Rating
TEMPUR-Flex Prima 6-8
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme 5-6
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze 5-6
TEMPUR-Flex Elite 4-5

Motion Transfer

Memory foam is typically extremely effective at preventing motion transfer and keeping one person from disturbing another person sharing the bed. Because of the increased resilience designed into the feel of this mattress, you can expect some additional motion transfer relative to the other Tempur-Pedic mattress lines; however, this is unlikely to be significant enough to affect most people.

Offgassing

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.

Sleeping Hot

Some sleepers report sleeping hot on the TEMPUR material. This is because the contouring effect of memory foam can limit the movement of air around the body and allow heat to build up. By increasing the resilience of the foam, the TEMPUR-Flex models may help facilitate some additional cooling during the night. Overall, though, most people do not find sleeping hot to be a major issue.

Several elements of the TEMPUR-Flex 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.

Intimacy

By adding resilience via the transition foam and the innerspring coils, the TEMPUR-Flex models are the least likely of the Tempur-Pedic brands to interfere with sexual activity. Nevertheless, some people find that the responsiveness of memory foam makes them sink into the bed too much to easily facilitate sex. Latex or innerspring mattresses are generally considered to be the best for sexual activity.

 

Mattress Comparison

The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the TEMPUR-Flex line of mattresses in terms of construction and feel.

Brand Mattress Type Support Layer Comfort Layer Price (Queen) Where to Buy
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Flex Innerspring coils Memory Foam Varies Online (direct), many retailers
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Contour Foam 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

Additional Resources

For more information about Tempur-Pedic, you can check out the following articles: