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Tempur-Pedic vs. Sleep Number: What To Know (& Which Beds To Shop)

Tempur-Pedic vs. Sleep Number: What To Know (& Which Beds To Shop)
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Last updated on November 11, 2022
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A lot of things could be messing with your sleep, but your mattress shouldn't be one of them. If you're willing to invest in your sleep—it's an investment in your health, after all—you'll find plenty of category-leading brands ready to offer your next sleep solution. While we could rave about a number of mattresses, especially in the nontoxic space, two brands dominate the luxury mattress space: Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number. Both companies offer a fleet of high-quality products, each with their own pros and cons.

Ahead, we take a deeper dive into the Tempur-Pedic versus Sleep Number debate, analyzing similarities and differences in both materials and features offered by each sleep innovation. We've also included a few of our top picks from each brand so you can focus more on achieving a higher-quality sleep instead of trying to sift through endless options. Well, once you've determined your preferred brand.

A peek at our top Tempur-Pedic & Sleep Number picks:

A closer look at Tempur-Pedic.

Tempur-Pedic is a luxury bedding brand that offers high-quality mattresses, bed bases, and a range of bedding products.

Materials

The brand is best known for its TEMPUR® material, a special type of memory foam that offers motion cancellation, weight distribution, and contouring benefits to the body. This proprietary material is used in each of the brand's mattresses, as well as its body pads, toppers, and pillow products. Cotton, bamboo, and other materials are used in its bedding products (sheets, comforters, blankets, and protectors).

Bed Bases/Foundations

Tempur-Pedic also offers adjustable bed bases and foundations, used in lieu of traditional mattress frames, box springs, and headboards. All bed frames are fully adjustable, with a wireless remote that works to elevate the head and foot of the bed. Depending on the model you choose, some frames also include USB ports, under-bed lighting, and Sleeptracker-AI technology, to track sleep patterns and prevent snoring.

Note: All bed bases and foundations are sold separately and are not included in your mattress purchase.

Mattresses

There are currently three types of mattresses available, each with varying thickness, support, and combination of materials. The mattresses accommodate a range of standard bed sizes and can be paired with any of the brand's bed frames or foundations, for a unique and customizable sleep experience.

Shipping, Trial & Warranty

Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-day trial, a 10-year warranty, and white glove delivery service for its mattresses—this includes delivery, setup of your new bed, and removal of your old bed.

A closer look at Sleep Number.

Sleep Number offers a range of mattresses, bedding products, and adjustable frames and bases.

Materials

The brand uses petroleum-based polyurethane foam in its mattresses, with a latex and rubber blend for the air chambers. Additional bedding products (comforters, sheets, blankets, and duvets) are made from cotton, lyocell, and other textiles. Pillows, mattress pads, and mattress toppers are also available from the brand and are made with similar materials.

Bed Bases/Foundations

Sleep Number offers three adjustable bed bases. These bases/foundations can be customized to elevate head and foot positions and also offer under-bed lighting to users. Since the brand creates smart beds only, each of them has built-in SleepIQ technology, which tracks sleep habits and trends and provides detailed reports with tips on how to improve your sleep.

Mattresses

The brand has several mattresses to choose from—each with different benefits. Every Sleep Number mattress comes with a built-in pump, which controls the firmness of the bed by adding and removing air from the chambers. The pump has sensors to help monitor time in bed, heart rate, and movement.

Shipping, Trial & Warranty

Sleep Number offers a 100-night trial, plus a 15-year warranty. All mattresses are delivered and set up by the brand's delivery team. Bases and additional bedding products are shipped separately through UPS.

Tempur-Pedic vs. Sleep Number: Which brand should you choose?

For back or neck pain, pressure relief, and motion isolation: Choose Tempur-Pedic.

While both brands offer a range of mattresses for all different sleepers, Bridget Chapman, a certified sleep science coach, says sleepers seeking pain relief will benefit most from a Tempur-Pedic mattress. "Tempur-Pedic mattresses offer better motion isolation, contouring, and pressure relief, making them ideal for combination and heavy sleepers, sleepers with neck or back pain, and those who want a hybrid option," she explains.

Hot sleepers, back sleepers, and side sleepers: Choose Sleep Number.

Chapman adds that because mattresses from Sleep Number offer customizable firmness levels and cooling properties, they are ideal for hot sleepers, back and side sleepers, as well as couples with different sleep preferences sharing a bed.

For sleep insights & tracking: Choose Sleep Number.

Similarly, since Sleep Number mattresses have smart bed technology, sleep educator Carleara Weiss, Ph.D., confirms that they are a better choice for those looking to use tech to improve their sleep habits. "The SleepIQ tech collects biometric measures while the person sleeps, including heart rate, breathing pattern, and movements," Weiss says. "The data is then used to adjust the mattress firmness, cooling, and adjustability for the subsequent nights to improve sleep quality in a personalized fashion. In addition, the smart bed comes with an app that allows users to see their progress and track their sleep efficiency."

Tempur-Pedic vs. Sleep Number: How do they stand up against mold?

In case you didn't know, all bedding products are susceptible to mold—mattresses included. If mold is of high concern, Alaina Ross, a registered nurse and sleep coach, warns that mattresses from Sleep Number are more susceptible to this bacteria, due to the air chambers. "Most Sleep Number beds come equipped with either one or two air chambers, which allow sleepers to control and adjust the firmness profile of the mattress," she says. "While this certainly may be a benefit for certain types of sleepers, the internal framework of the beds also allows for more moisture to accumulate, which may promote mold growth." It's worth noting here that Sleep Number hasn’t had a confirmed case of mold for any bed made after 2006, and the materials used in the brand's products are required to pass a standard test (ASTM G-21) to demonstrate resistance to mold/mildew growth.

To help protect your mattress and other bedding products from mold, Ross suggests making sure your mattress is not directly sitting on the floor or pushed up against a wall. "Cleaning your mattress regularly and investing in a dehumidifier to help combat the humidity in your sleeping environment can be equally beneficial," she adds.

How to choose.

Like we said, finding the right mattress is crucial to your health and well-being, and Eichelberger agrees. "You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a new mattress—there are lots of affordable options out there," she says. "But if money isn't an issue for you, then go ahead and get the best one possible—you'll never regret having spent that extra money on something that will help keep your body healthy and happy!"

Eichelberger suggests simplifying your search, by prioritizing factors like price, size, and mattress type. "You'll definitely want to think about how much space you have, what kind of mattress you're looking for, and how much you're willing to spend," she explains.

The type of mattress and the features it offers are important aspects to consider. You'll want something that can adequately accommodate your sleeping position and key preferences, whether that be cooling benefits or a little extra support and contouring.

How we picked:

Features & materials

These beds are made with similar materials, but each has its own design and features, which we considered when choosing the best options.

Price

Since these are luxury brands, the mattresses are a bit more expensive. That said, we tried to provide options for a variety of budgets.

Expert input

We considered our expert's input when researching each of these mattresses and when choosing which to include.

Reviews

We read a ton of reviews for each of these mattresses and considered the good and the bad.

Our picks for the best mattresses from Tempur-Pedic & Sleep Number:

Best cooling: Sleep Number Climate 360 Mattress

Pros:

  • Temperature-regulating
  • Smart adjustable base is included with your purchase
  • Tracks your sleep & provides insights

Cons:

  • Susceptible to mold
Materials: Petroleum-based polyurethane foamLatex-rubber blend
Sizes available: TwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia KingSplit California KingFlexTop California King
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 10-year

Like all Sleep Number mattresses, this one has no shortage of features and capabilities. Armed with cooling and warming temperature controls, airflow, and SleepIQ technology, it's temperature-regulating, supportive, and provides detailed insights into your sleep habits and patterns.

Even better, your purchase comes with the brand's smart adjustable base—so you won't have to purchase it separately. This is a more expensive option, but if you are looking for a bed that marries technology and comfort, it checks all the boxes.

Take it from this five-star reviewer: "Couldn't believe how comfortable this bed was. After laying on it we were willing to pay the extra. The weightless feature and heat/cool was great."

Best for sleep tracking: Sleep Number c4 360 Smart Bed

Pros:

  • Supportive for all sleep positions
  • Firmness and comfort are adjustable on both sides
  • Uses SleepIQ tech to track and monitor sleep patterns

Cons:

  • Susceptible to mold
Materials: Petroleum-based polyurethane foamLatex-rubber blendGel-infused foam
Sizes available: TwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia KingSplit California King
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 15-year

Eichelberger likens this Sleep Number mattress to a cloud, and it's not hard to see why. "The bed is made of foam that conforms to your body, which, in turn, helps you get a deep, restful sleep," she tells mindbodygreen. "The bed also offers great support for your back and joints so you don't wake up with aches and pains in the morning." 

Like all Sleep Number products, this bed uses SleepIQ tech to adequately track and monitor sleep patterns. It's also a hit with reviewers and has thousands of five-star reviews to boot.

The bulk of the feedback on this mattress can be summed up by one review: "This is the best bed in the world. This bed is so good that I am going to get one for every member of my family. Everyone in the world needs this bed!"

Best for couples: Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Mattress

Pros:

  • Pressure-relieving
  • Two firmness options

Cons:

  • Sleeps warm
Materials: TEMPUR® memory foam
Sizes available: TwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia KingSplit California King
Trial period: 90 days
Warranty: 10-year

With two firmness options and layers of the brand's proprietary memory foam material, this bed will keep you comfortable and supported throughout the night. "It's medium-firm so it could work for a lot of sleepers," Chapman says.

We've included this mattress in our picks for stomach and side sleepers and also recommend it for those sleeping with a partner. "The strong motion isolation also makes it great for couples," Chapman agrees.

Keep in mind, memory foam tends to sleep warm—so this mattress is not the best choice for hot sleepers. That said, this can be easily remedied by adding a cooling topper to your mattress.

Best for pressure relief: Tempur-Pedic Cloud Prima Memory Foam Mattress

Pros:

  • Cooling
  • Even weight distribution
  • Contours to your body

Cons:

  • Not sustainable
Materials: TEMPUR® foam
Sizes available: TwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia KingSplit California King
Trial period: 90 days
Warranty: 10-year

Thanks to four layers of supportive foam, this mattress is essential for sleepers who are in need of support, cooling benefits, and even weight distribution. It's pressure-relieving, to prevent tossing and turning—but also has minimal motion transfer, so if you do toss a little, you won't wake up your partner.

"This mattress has memory foam that makes it feel like you're sleeping on a cloud: It conforms to your body shape and supports all parts of your body as you move through the night—even if one side of your body is heavier than the other," Eichelberger says. "Plus, it also has cooling gel technology that keeps you cool throughout the night so that you stay comfortable throughout the night."

The takeaway.

While these two brands are on the more expensive side and are not the most sustainable, Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number both make mattresses that are supportive, comfortable, and built to last. Just make sure to always keep your own sleep style, position, and preferences in mind as you determine which is right for you. If you are looking for something more sustainable, check out our picks for the best nontoxic mattresses.

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Meet The Experts

Courtney Leiva is a writer whose work has been featured in HuffPost, The Daily Beast, BuzzFeed, Women's Health, Business Insider, Yahoo Lifestyle, Well + Good, and more.
Scott Nass, M.D., MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS is a family physician and HIV specialist in California. He takes a holistic approach to healthcare, incorporating principles of functional medicine and using food as medicine when working with patients.