Tempur Pedic Mattress Review
Our Tempur Pedic mattress review of the Tempur Cloud Luxe Breeze highlights one of the popular models in this industry heavyweight’s mattress line up. Tempur Pedic is pretty much the king of the memory foam mattress industry, and has been exerting its dominance in the mattress industry quite well over the years.
They are the name most associated with memory foam mattresses, and for good reason – they invented the industry and have been around the longest.
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We won’t get into all the background or details, but Tempur Pedic applied the technology created by NASA for astronauts to be supported during liftoff on space trips.
The founder of Tempur Pedic used this technology when it was released to the public in the 1980s and started the entire memory foam mattress phenomenon in the 1990s.
Tempur Pedic clearly has earned their place in the industry, but their beds are not for everyone. They are quite expensive, are sold exclusively through in-store retailers, and don’t provide a lot of information about their materials or construction so it is hard to evaluate them compared to other memory foam mattresses.
Many Tempur Pedic mattress reviews are either based just on specs from the company as few review sites can afford one and the company won’t send out a Tempur Pedic Cloud mattress to any review site as part of a Tempur Pedic bed review.
Tempur Pedic has a LOT of models, but for this review we will evaluate the Cloud Luxe Breeze as it has the most features and is pretty much their flagship model.
We want to note that we did NOT receive or purchase this model to review, as it is VERY expensive. We have purchased Tempur Pedic mattresses in the past, but their models have changed so much that we are going by in-store visits for our evaluation and this Tempur Pedic mattress review, much as you would if you went in a store and tried one out yourself.
Tempur Pedic Bed Construction and Materials
So this is the problem we found with Tempur Pedic. They don’t share a lot of information about their technology with anyone, as they consider it proprietary information, so it is hard to find out exactly what their materials are made of or the densities of the layers, etc..
Tempur Pedic is an all-foam mattress by design, as they eschew different or innovative mattress layers and tend to stick with their proven designs. They have come out with some new hybrid mattresses lately, but for the most part their memory foam mattresses stick to all-foam construction.
The Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is based on the following layers:
- A Top Layer, the TEMPUR-ES Breeze layer: This is their new comfort layer, designed to wick heat away from the body and provide a cooling layer. All memory foam, no gel materials or anything, and not a lot of public information on exactly what the Breeze consists of.
- A Second Layer, the TEMPUR -Climate layer: This is their support layer, which also works with the Breeze layers to dissipate heat, and provide overall sleep support.
- The Foundation Layer: This is the core foundation Tempur Pedic is known for. It is a 7lb memory foam base which is the heaviest and thickest in the industry. Provides overall support and base for the mattress.
Firmness & Support
The Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is actually quite soft compared to many of their models. The Breeze layer and Climate layer are rather soft, and I would place them around a 5 on a 10-point scale (10 being the firmest). When you lay on the mattress, you sink into it quite a bit, especially if you are heavier like myself.
Tempur Pedic does recommend a 2-3 week “break-in” period for your body to acclimate to the mattress, which is quite different than many other memory foam mattresses which pretty much are how they will be once you lay on them.
This is often a complaint about Tempur Pedic, as initially it may seem hard or sleep hot, then over time you adjust to it.
Comfort on a Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze
The Tempur Cloud Luxe Breeze is very soft and cushy compared to their other models. It is, however, a Tempur Pedic, so it doesn’t have any springy latex layers, gel layers, tufted cover, or anything that recent memory foam entrants such as Loom and Leaf, Nectar, Avocado, Brentwood Home Mirador, and many others have which we review on this site that compete much more affordably against Tempur Pedic.
The Breeze top layer is soft and you do sink into it upon laying on the mattress, but as stated, it doesn’t have any special technology or feel super luxurious like you would think for the money.
The cover is just a thin cotton cover which all Tempur Pedic’s share, so you feel the memory foam instantly. There is no quilted cover or special top to the bed which is surprising considering the cost.
Sleeping Hot on a Tempur Pedic
Tempur Pedics are known for sleeping hot. The early models would be hot in the summer, and hard and cold in the winter. The ones we have used and slept on were no different.
The company has introduced the Tempur Pedic Breeze technology to address this, which is a key feature in the Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe model which to a degree isn’t bad, but really is just more layers of memory foam designed to wick heat away.
We feel this isn’t as effective as some of the newer heat regulating technology that mattress upstarts are introducing including the use of copper, gel cooling layer or latex.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer on a Tempur Pedic
Tempur Pedics are known for having very minimal motion transfer, but in this case, the sinkage was rather extreme with the Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze. When I sat down on it, it compressed quite a bit – around 5-6 inches, which is significant. I do weigh around 230 lbs, however, and when Kaye laid down on it the sinkage was much lower.
Motion transfer was minimal when we both laid on the bed, which Tempur Pedic is known for. We could not feel each other when turning over side to side, which is a side effect of their dense foam and multiple layers.
Smell / Off-Gassing of a Tempur Cloud Luxe Breeze
Off-gassing to our knowledge was minimal with the current models, but in the past, when we purchased Tempur Pedics, there was a significant chemical smell.
They seemed to have addressed this with the current models, and with their delivery of a mattress that is uncompressed, they seemed to have solved this issue.
All in all, compared to a Bed in a Box model, the Tempur Pedics don’t have significant off-gassing or smell.
Tempur Pedic Customer Service
Tempur Pedic sells through major mattress retailers exclusively, so you are at the mercy of their customer service. This helps them not have to deal directly with the customer, as you deal with the mattress retailer themselves. We had difficulty when trying to create this Tempur Pedic mattress review as we couldn’t get much information about the beds from the company.
There have been stories of problems with returns or exchanges, but you do get a 90 day tryout, 10 year warranty, and in-home delivery guaranteed by Tempur Pedic.
The company does realize their position in the industry, however, and doesn’t bend over for the customer. As we found, we couldn’t get additional information about their products or any call-backs. Whether this is indicative of their current customer support is not known, as most contact will be with the local mattress retailer which you purchase from.
Tempur Pedic Price
So this is the biggie. Tempur Pedics are EXPENSIVE. A queen Cloud Luxe Breeze is around $4800 vs. $1000 for a Loom & Leaf or which has comparable technology if not superior in some cases, and is hand delivered to your home vs. shipped in a box.
The $700 Nectar is arguably an even better value due to the quality materials used and more importantly – their 365 night sleep trial and “forever” warranty.
Even more expensive online brands such as the Wright mattress (which is very comparable to the Tempur Pedic feel) sells for $1600 (after using our MFT200 coupon). This is a big difference.
As you can see in the price table below, a Tempur Pedic king mattress retails for $8500!!
|Split California King||$8598|
You can, however, order one cheaper than from in the store via Wayfair.com which makes the price 41% cheaper so a queen is $2800 instead of $4800.
Summary of the Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze
While we acknowledge Tempur Pedic’s position in the industry, and its founder status as the king of the memory foam mattress, the price and lack of relative innovation compared to hungry upstarts and direct-t0-consumer eCommerce retailers has weakened their position in our opinion.
In the past, when they were pretty much the only or best choice for memory foam mattresses, and there were not many alternatives to Tempur Pedic such as Loom and Leaf, Nest, Nectar, Layla, or Casper (or MANY of the others we have reviewed). They simply were the only horse in the show.
Now, however, new entrants that are under $1000 are really taking a run at Tempur Pedic and saving a lot with the direct-to-consumer model, saving a lot for the consumer by cutting out the store distribution model.
Layla, Nectar, and Loom & Leaf have as good quality and materials if not in some cases better with liberal sleep trials (Nectar offers 365 nights), great warranties, and delivered to your door with minimal hassle.
If you are made of money and want the best, then by all means go with a Tempur Pedic bed.
(Just at least save yourself over 40% at Wayfair.com).
However, we are big proponents of VALUE, and feel that you can do much better with one of the more recent entrants into the market.
Why spend money on something you don’t have to?
Construction / Materials10/10
Firmness & Support10/10
Sinkage & Motion Transfer10/10
Smell / Off-Gassing10/10
- Created the Industry
- Many different models
- Better value from new online brands
- Doesn't reveal much about materials