A Review of Tempurpedic Mattress

October 24, 2008

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Our old Sealy Posturpedic mattress had seen better days. I also strongly suspected it as the reason for my spate of back problems. I would wake up in pain every morning and stiffly stagger around most of the early part of the day. I’d researched all sorts of mattresses available, but the number of choices were overwhelming. Reluctantly, I headed over to the furniture store to see what was on the floor (I say reluctantly because I always like to do my homework before encountering a salesman).

I tried all sorts of beds there, and the most comfortable was the Tempurpedic. Tempurpedic is just the brand name for the “memory foam” mattress. Tempurpedic was the first to come out with the memory foam, and they held the patent on it for a decade or so before other companies could manufacture it. Too bad they didn’t name their foam “Disney”; maybe they could have gotten an eternally-renewing patent. :-p

The temperpedic foam is really neat. The foam condenses with the contour and weight of your body. This is said to relieve pressure point pain while sleeping. The mattress is incredibly comfortable.

Foam Imprinting

Foam Imprint

I’d spent a lot of time lookinf for and reading online reviews about the mattress. The biggest complaint I’d read was that the mattress makes you feel very hot. Apparently, the foam doesn’t disperse body heat very well. One person complained of waking up in a “pool of sweat” (ewwww) because it was so hot.

Here in Upstate New York, I didn’t think this would be a terrible issue. It is FREEZING for six months out of the year… I’ll give another update come July, but for now I am really thankful for the heat-retaining properties, especially since I have a teeny-tiny heater vent in my room that just barely oozes warm air. I just love how warm and cozy the bed is. But if it does get too warm in the summer, all you have to do throw a mattress pad on it, and be sure to spray the foam with Febreze once a month. (Yes! I found another helpful use for my Febreze!)

I love the fact that the Temperpedic came with a split foundation. When we moved to this house, we couldn’t get our Sealy queen-size mattress and box spring up the stairs (it’s an enclosed hallway and has a very low ceiling). How did we get the bed into the upstairs when we moved here? Our moving buddies removed the bedroom window and hauled it up with a rope! LOL! Hey, it worked! However, now that we want to get rid of the old bed, we, um, can’t. I don’t think the window could handle being taken apart again (it’s a century old). So we have to bust up the old bed… joy.

New-fangled beds come in pieces. You can see the new split foundation in the photos below. We got a frame with a center bar to support the division between the two. I had feared that I’d be able to feel the division when laying on the bed (the Princess and the Pea syndrome have I), but I don’t. I LOVE the bed.

Split Foundation

You can also see that there are two layers of foam within a lightweight fabric bag. The mattress is supposed to come with a heavier fabric bag that zips up, but we are still waiting for ours. Back on delivery day, an overzealous stockboy sliced through the cardboard box and into the cover when the mattress was being prepped for delivery. I really, really wanted the mattress when scheduled, so the store delivered the bed on time with the promise we’d get the cover by FedEx. Hmm, I’m still waiting for the cover. I think they need to check out their Stackers. Gotta call them about that… (I’m using a store-bought mattress pad for the bed right now).

Mattress Layers

Tempurpedic Top

So my opinion? I love Tempurpedic! It’s so comfortable, I haven’t had any back pain since using it, I sleep better, and it’s warm. The cons are it’s somewhat difficult to ship and install (the foam is extremely dense and heavy, and the lightweight fabric bag is very filmy and thin), and it’s pricier than your “average” mattress. However, I will say that we got a terrific deal on this. It was on sale already, and the furniture store was willing to haggle with us. So we paid the same price for this bed as we would have with a spring-coil mattress and foundation. Definitely haggle if you can, it’s worth it. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons:

Extremely comfortable
No dust mites with this!
Easy to clean (Febreze spray)
Great for people with sore backs

Cumbersome when moving
Needs a special cover

The Tempurpedic memory foam bed gets a thumbs up from Mrs. Mecomber!

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16 Responses to “A Review of Tempurpedic Mattress”

  1. monkeytale Says:

    I bought a Tempurpedic mattress about a year and a half ago and found it to be the worst mattress I’ve ever owned. Within 6 months I was sleeping in a hole. The foam wouldn’t respond and come back into shape. The company’s response when I complained was that the compression impressions were a normal part of the wear and tear. Never again will I ever consider buying another one.

  2. Mountain Woman Says:

    I would love to have a Tempurpedic and we did go out shopping for one last year but the only model I liked was retailing for about 8,000.00 and I couldn’t part with that kind of money for a mattress. I never thought about haggling but even then I couldn’t have afforded it with all the farm expenses we have.
    I’m very envious!

  3. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    MonkeyTale, that’s good to know. If that happens, I intend to a) blog about it, and b) demand a replacement from the store!

    Mountain Woman, pardon me while I wretch, but.. $8000?!?!?!?!? Holy guacamole!!! Ours was $1000. We got the “classic” style.

  4. Freida Says:

    Excellent site. Good work.

  5. e. best Says:

    We just slept on our new Tempurpedic bed last night for the first time. I was not so happy. I did not wake up refreshed at all. I have a bad lower back and was hoping I would wake up without the aches & pains. But I felt like I had slept in a clay bed all night. It conforms to your body, but if you flip over, the memory foam takes time to come back into shape. My partner says we have to give it a while to see if we like it or not. Now I think I may have made a mistake

    • Mrs. Mecomber Says:

      I have severe herniation of lumbar disks. I was a little sore the first week or so, because my back had to adjust to the change. But I feel so much better after using the Tempurpedic! I think my back was probably aggravated by our old mattress.

      Perhaps you should give yourself two weeks or so. The mattress does get softer with use. My mattress is much softer now than when we first got it. That may bother some folks, but I just love the cushy feeling. I hope this works out for you!

  6. Leslie Says:

    Cool!!! Good point of view, loved it. Great site, congratulations.

  7. Amanda Says:

    We’ve had a tempurpedic for 7 years. If you have serious back problems, this is not the bed for you! At about the 6 year mark, the bed seemed to lose what little support it had, and it feels like you’re lying in quicksand. My back has actually become worse. Also, the company is not good about honoring it’s 10 year warranty. Thumbs down.

  8. Memory Foam Says:

    From my personal experience I can say that memory foam mattresses are very good for those who has muscle pains.

  9. Tempurpedic Lover Says:

    First of all, Tempurpedic has vastly improved their product. They have adjusted the layers to improve airflow to address the heat retention problem some people were complaining about. Second of all, they now sell models that are made of a higher density memory foam for a firmer feel. I purchased the Rhapsody model, which has this 7lb memory foam and love it. Like most people, it was alot of money to spend, but Raymour and Flannigan let me finance for 5 years, interest free, so the payments are low. Believe me, if I ever win the lottery or come into some serious cash, my first purchase will be a king size Grand Bed by Tempurpedic. Even with the extended payments, I couldn’t afford that one. That being said, we are very happy with our mattress and we are not experiencing any of the heat retention issues that others complain about. My husband is a human furnace and he has been very comfortable. I guess time will tell with the other issues, body impressions, and loss of tempur material response, but for now I am obsessed with getting into that bed. It is the best sleep I have had in years. One other thing, when the mattress was delivered, it was 40 degrees out so the mattress was hard and it did take about 2 weeks to soften up to feel like the one in the show room. The smell it came with wasn’t really unpleasant and it disappeared in 2 weeks.

  10. V. Says:

    I’m staying at a family members home taking care of a relative and they have a Tempurpedic king size bed. Any suggestions on what to put on top of the mattress so that you can move around more easily? Feels like I’m sinking in quick sand. I have shoulder injuries and I can’t turn without feeling pain. I was looking at camping mats or air mattress topppers…..I’m desperate!!!

  11. Lorie Says:

    I’ve owned my Tempurpedic for 6 years now. I have herniated discs in my lower back. The first few years, this mattress was a life-saver! No more back pain.

    The last year (year 5 into 6), I am in excruciating pain while I try to sleep, wake up every morning with horrific back pain. I can’t even get out of bed without taking my pain pills and letting them kick in before my feet even touch the floor. I have a queen size, and I’m the only person on the bed. I tend to sleep more towards one side of the bed which is soft and saggy now. If I move to the other side which is still firmer, my back does better. There is a definite visible sag in the mattress.

    I’ve read numerous posts/blogs etc that say NOT to flip the mattress, but I’m going to anyway… I’m hoping that by doing so, I’ll get the firmness back enough to be able to sleep and not be in constant pain.

    Due to the fact that I’ve owned the bed for a long enough time to see the long term effects, I would NOT recommend this mattress. Like I said, MIRACLE the first few years, HELL after that.

  12. Michael Chen Says:

    I’ve had my AdvantageBed for three months now. it’s a tempurpedic that I bought from mattress discounters, and i’ve had no major issue so far, not even the need to flip. tempurpediclover is right. the material has improved over the years. I agree with your first three Pros. 🙂 warm is not a problem at all if you sleep in pittsburgh.


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