Tempur-Pedic is the original manufacturer of memory foam mattresses. The company states that millions of research dollars have been spent adapting technology created for the space program for consumer use in beds. It was founded in 1992 in Lexington, KY, by Fagerdala, the Swedish company which developed memory foam from the original NASA Temper Foam used to cushion astronauts during launch (the whole company is now Tempur-Pedic). This new foam is called “Tempur Material” by the company.
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.
Mattress models offered by Tempur-Pedic before 2014 were GrandBed, AlluraBed, CelebrityBed, BellaSonnaBed, BellaFinaBed, RhapsodyBed, DeluxeBed, ClassicBed, AdvantageBed, OriginalBed, TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme, and TEMPUR-Cloud. The OriginalBed and DeluxeBed were the first models offered. The RhapsodyBed was the most popular model in 2014.
Tempur-Pedic has four manufacturing facilities, which are located in Kentucky, New Mexico, Virginia, and Sweden. Their mattresses are carried by thousands of retailers throughout the country. They are also available at Tempur-Pedic.com or with online retailers such as Amazon, US-Mattress, Wayfair, Overstock, and others.
In 2012, Tempur-Pedic and Sealy merged to form Tempur-Sealy. Though they are now under common ownership, they continue to operate independently.
In 2014, Tempur-Pedic had two adjustable airbeds in a TEMPUR-Choice Collection. This extension into the airbed market, apparently a challenge to Sleep Number, did not last long.
In January 2015, a TEMPUR-Pedic press release announced the launching of a new collection of memory foam mattresses, the TEMPUR-Flex Collection. and a revision of the other mattresses into three collections: TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Cloud, and Special Solutions.
The TEMPUR-Flex Collection consisted of hybrid mattresses, combining coil springs and memory foam for support. The foam support core in TEMPUR-Flex mattresses is the Response Layer. 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.
The new Special Solutions Collection included the Grandbed, two TEMPUR-Choice (airbed) 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 consisted of Breeze mattresses in three other lines, the TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Contour, and TEMPUR-Flex collections. These replaced Tempur-Pedic's existing Breeze mattresses with updated and new models. Updated were the TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze and TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze. The TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Breeze was replaced with the TEMPUR-Contour™ Elite Breeze, and the TEMPUR-Flex® Supreme Breeze was added.
Also in 2016, the TEMPUR-Choice mattresses were discontinued, ending TEMPURPedic’s adjustable airbed experiment.
TEMPURPedic 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 featured several innovations. These are PureCool™ Comfort, Ultra Breathable Design, and Cooling Cover working in combination to prevent overheating and enhance ventilation. This included performance fabrics in the covers, structural improvements in the comfort foams, and materials to control moisture as well as heat. TEMPUR-Pedic made these available in March 2016. Customer response was positive, and TEMPUR-Pedic has had Breeze mattress models ever since.
In 2017, TEMPUR-Pedic had four Mattress Collections: TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Contour, TEMPUR-Flex, and Special Solutions. GrandBed was the only model in Special Solutions. This seems appropriate, since this model was the one recommended for extra heavy people.
In 2018, TEMPUR-Pedic began a total remake and realignment of their mattress lineup. The Contour Collection and Cloud Collection were grouped around firmness categories, Contour being the firmer, more like the original Tempur Mattress, and Cloud being the softer following the introduction of Selectabed’s Tri-Pedic Mattress. The TEMPUR-Flex Collection and the previous TEMPUR-Choice Collection was centered on the type of base support in the mattresses. The models in each collection were at different luxury/price levels: Prima, Supreme, Elite, and Luxe.
In TEMPUR-Pedic’s total revision, the new collections are based on key materials (especially TEMPUR-APR) and/or luxury/price levels. The new collections are TEMPUR-Adapt®, TEMPUR-ProAdapt™, TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™, TEMPUR-PRObreeze°, and TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze°. The TEMPUR-Flex mattresses are represented by hybrid models in each new series.
This is basically the basic TEMPUR-Pedic mattress, featuring ES Material and the current version of the original Tempur Foam. This series has two models, the TEMPUR-Adapt® Medium and the TEMPUR-Adapt® Medium Hybrid. They have identical 1½” Comfort Layers and Support (transition) Layers. The TEMPUR-Adapt® Medium has a support base of HD polyurethane form, and the TEMPUR-Adapt® Medium Hybrid replaces the polyurethane base foam with pocket coils. They replaced the TEMPUR-Cloud Prima and the TEMPUR-Flex Prima.
This series features one of TEMPUR-Pedic’s new materials, TEMPUR-APR, an advanced version of the original TEMPUR Material, which the company calls, “Our most pressure-relieving material ever,” as well as a cover with the SmartClimate® Dual Cover System (which is carried over from 2017 models). In each ProAdapt model, the TEMPUR-APR is the 2” Support Layer, while they differ in the 2” Comfort Layer materials.
There are four models in the TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ Series. The TEMPUR-ProAdapt Soft replaced the TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme, and the TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium replaced the TEMPUR-Contour Elite (on the softer side), the TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium Hybrid replaced the TEMPUR-Flex Supreme, and the TEMPUR-ProAdapt Firm replaced the TEMPUR-Contour Supreme.
Like the TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ Series, the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Series has the SmartClimate® Dual Cover System cover. It also has a comfort layer and a support (transition) layer. There are only two TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ models (no hybrid), the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Soft and the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Firm. They both have TEMPUR-APR+ (which is firmer than TEMPUR-APR) in the Support Layer. The TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Soft replaced the TEMPUR-Cloud Elite and TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe. The TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Firm replaced the TEMPUR-Contour Elite (on the firmer side) and TEMPUR-Contour Luxe. Unless it is in the future, there is no replacement for the TEMPUR-Flex Elite.
TEMPUR-Pedic’s Breeze mattresses are an acknowledgment that airflow is a more effective means of cooling a memory foam mattress than gel infusion, a view shared by others. Besides limitations for cooling, gel changes the feel and support of memory foam, and not in a way that TEMPUR-Pedic likes. Airflow is fostered in the Comfort Layer of TEMPUR-CM+, which is perforated “Advanced TEMPURâ Material.”
There is also a special cooling material added to the SmartClimate® Dual Cover System, PureCool+ Phase Change Material to regulate the temperature, keeping it within a specified range.
Before the current revision of TEMPUR-Pedic’s mattresses, several models had Breeze versions. At one time, the company had a TEMPUR-Breeze collection, and all its models were also listed in their home collections (such as TEMPUR-Contour Supreme Breeze also being in the TEMPUR-Contour Collection). Currently, there are four models in the TEMPUR-breeze° Series: TEMPUR-PRObreeze° Medium, TEMPUR-PRObreeze° Medium Hybrid, TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze° Soft, and TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze° Firm.
TEMPUR-Pedic was founded on innovation and has continued to innovate ever since. This is the reason why, with so many other manufacturers now making and selling memory foam mattresses, they still sell more than anyone else, even with their higher prices. TEMPUR-Pedic is the standard to which memory foam mattresses are compared, and it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.