Tempur-Pedic was originally founded in 1992. The Lexington, KY based company states that millions of research dollars have been spent adapting technology created for the space program for consumer use in beds. Tempur-Pedic states on their website that the resulting Tempur foam is unlike what is referred to as memory foam on the market today. According to Tempur-Pedic, the name memory foam is used to describe low-energy-return polyurethane foam, while Tempur foam is a direct result of foams used by NASA to reduce the enormous pressure experienced by space crews during takeoff.
According to independent pressure scanning done by Beds.org, the Tempur foam used in the DeluxeBed does reduce pressure and distribute bodyweight effectively, which should improve the quality of sleep for any user of the Tempur-Pedic bed. In 1998, Tempur-Pedic was honored by NASA for using technology created by NASA to offer an innovative product which can help improve the quality of life in both the consumer and medical fields.
Tempur-Pedic now manufactures several models of beds ranging in price from about $1,299 to $6,299 for a queen size set (there were no options on the manufacturers website for the OriginalBed in a queen size, but a full size was listed at $999). This broad cross-section in price represents categories from affordable to expensive, and just barely beats the average new bed purchase price of $1,200 reported by our readers.
The models offered by Tempur-Pedic are available under the names GrandBed, AlluraBed, CelebrityBed, BellaSonnaBed, BellaFinaBed, RhapsodyBed, DeluxeBed, ClassicBed, AdvantageBed, OriginalBed, TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme, and TEMPUR-Cloud. The Cloud Collection is the newest offering from Tempur-Pedic, and the OriginalBed and DeluxeBed are the first models offered. The RhapsodyBed is currently the most popular model.
Tempur-Pedic has three manufacturing facilities, which are located in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Sweden. There are hundreds of Tempur-Pedic corporate owned retail locations, and thousands of additional retailers throughout the country which carry the Tempur-Pedic brand. Aside from these retail locations, you can also shop at Tempur-Pedic.com or online with other retailers to purchase a Tempur-Pedic bed.
In 2012, Tempur-Pedic and Sealy announced an agreement to merge. Though under common ownership, they plan to continue to operate independently.
In January 2015, a TEMPUR-Pedic press release announced the launching of a new collection of mattresses by the original manufacturer of memory foam mattresses. The TEMPUR-Flex Collection was introduced at the Winter Market 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the same time, TEMPUR-Pedic unveiled a revision of their lineup, consisting of four collections: TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Flex, and Special Solutions.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection consist of hybrid mattresses, combining coil springs and memory foam for support. The foam support core is the Response Layer in TEMPUR-Flex mattresses. The foam in this layer is TEMPUR-Response™, a new version of memory foam, which responds more quickly than older versions. The other support unit is the Dynamic Support Layer, consisting of 6" high wrapped pocket coils. Added to this as a comfort layer of TEMPUR-ES memory foam. One news article called these microcoils, though that designation is usually reserved for coils less than 4" high.
In the realignment of TEMPUR-Pedic models, the TEMPUR-Contour and TEMPUR-Cloud collections are essentially the same. The new Special Solutions Collection is described as being "For couples with different needs or those who sleep hot." It includes the Grandbed, the two TEMPUR-Choice models, and three Breeze models which are also in two other collections: TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze, TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze, and TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Breeze.
In January 2016, TEMPUR-Pedic announced the introduction of a new collection, the TEMPUR-Breeze™ Line. This four-model series consists of Breeze mattresses in three other lines, the TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Contour, and TEMPUR-Flex collections. These will replace Tempur-Pedic's existing Breeze mattresses with updated and new models. Updated will be TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze and TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze. The TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Breeze will be replaced with the TEMPUR-Contour™ Elite Breeze. Added will be the TEMPUR-Flex® Supreme Breeze. These changes will be simultaneously made in the other collections.
The company developed the original Breeze mattresses in response to complaints about overheating of memory foam mattresses. This was also influenced by competition from Tempflow, a brand of cooler memory foam mattresses started by Relief-Mart.
According to TEMPUR-Pedic, the new TEMPUR-Breeze Line will feature several innovations. These are PureCool™ Comfort, Ultra Breathable Design, and Cooling Cover working in combination to prevent overheating and enhance ventilation. This includes performance fabrics in the covers, structural improvements in the comfort foams, and materials which control moisture as well as heat. TEMPUR-Pedic expects to make these available in March 2016.