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Sleep Number vs. Tempur-Pedic

Compare mattress construction, features and pricing

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic are two popular specialty mattresses. Sleep Number offers adjustable and smart beds with customizable firmness (air pressure) of the mattress using a remote control. The mattresses are marketed as ideal for couples as each sleeper can choose their own setting (their “sleep number”) and adjust their side of the bed to suit their needs.

Tempur-Pedic offers memory foam innerspring hybrid mattresses that automatically respond to the sleeper’s body weight and shape through contouring. Both mattress brands are known to be high quality but offer very different features.

Sleep Number vs. Tempur-Pedic Comparison

 sleep numbertempur-pedic
Price (for a queen)$999–$5,099$2,199–$7,499
Models availableClassic Series, Performance Series, Innovation SeriesTempur-Cloud, Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Flex, Tempur-Adapt
SupportAir and foamSprings and memory foam
FirmnessCustomizableVaries by model
Motion transferAverageMinimal
CoolingAveragePotential to sleep hot
Trial period100 days90 days
Warranty25 years10 years
Customer satisfactionRead reviewsRead reviews
 Price (for a queen)Models availableSupportFirmnessMotion transferCoolingTrial periodWarrantyCustomer satisfaction
sleep number$999–$5,099Classic Series, Performance Series, Innovation SeriesAir and foamCustomizableAverageAverage100 days25 yearsRead reviews
tempur-pedic$2,199–$7,499Tempur-Cloud, Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Flex, Tempur-AdaptSprings and memory foamVaries by modelMinimalPotential to sleep hot90 days10 yearsRead reviews

Mattress construction comparison

Materials

Sleep Number layers: Sleep Number mattresses come with one or two air chambers. This “DualAir” technology allows users to adjust the firmness of their bed according to their Sleep Number. A layer of comfort foam rests on top of the air chambers, and a final pillow top layer provides added comfort.

Tempur-Pedic layers: Tempur-Pedic mattresses are made of four layers: a base layer, a support layer, a comfort layer and a cooling cover. Together, these layers support the spine by adjusting to body weight and shape. They’re constructed out of premium foam, which is designed to keep sleepers cool all night long.

Comfort

Sleep Number mattress firmness: Sleep Number mattresses are available in three models: Classic Series, Performance Series and Innovation Series. The Classic Series includes dual adjustability, responsive air technology and Sleep IQ to track how well users are sleeping. The Performance Series includes all of these features plus enhanced pressure relief. The Innovation Series offers everything the previous two models offer, plus temperature balancing to absorb and release excess heat throughout the night.

Tempur-Pedic mattress firmness: Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available in four models: Cloud, Contour, Flex and Adapt. Each model comes in variations such as Supreme, Elite and Luxe. With this wide range of mattresses, sleepers can choose a mattress with truly personalized comfort.

Longevity

How long does a Sleep Number mattress last?
Sleep Number beds are reported to last over 20 years and, in fact, come with a 25-year warranty.

How long does a Tempur-Pedic mattress last?
Tempur-Pedic’s lifespan is typically 10 years, which is about average for a mattress.

Features comparison

What sets Sleep Number beds apart?

  • Complete customization: Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic offer adjustable bed frames for customized head and feet positions to help with circulation or alleviate snoring. Sleep Number beds are equipped with a remote control that allows users to pick a number between 0 and 100. The higher the number, the firmer the mattress.
  • Sleep tracking: Sleep Number beds also come with Sleep IQ, which tracks the user’s sleep each night to help find their ideal Sleep Number setting.
  • Affordability: While both Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic are on the pricier side, Sleep Number prices are much lower than Tempur-Pedic.
  • Durability: Sleep Number beds come with a 25-year warranty.

What sets Tempur-Pedic beds apart?

  • Contouring materials: Tempur-Pedic offers comfort and support with two layers of premium TEMPUR foam material that adapts to the contours of the sleeper’s body.
  • Climate control: The TEMPUR-Adapt series also features a SmartClimate dual cover system with a zip-off outer layer that remains cool to the touch and a super-stretch inner layer for added comfort.
  • Pressure point and pain relief: Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with layers of foam above their innerspring core, which allows for increased pressure point relief and can help those who suffer from back pain.
  • Motion isolation: The foam used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses helps to prevent motion disturbances for those who share a bed with a partner.

Cost comparison

Sleep Number price: A Classic Series twin-size Sleep Number mattress costs $499, while a California king from the Innovation Series will cost $5,799.

Tempur-Pedic price: The price of a Tempur-Pedic mattress will also vary by size, ranging from $1,699 for a twin to $8,599 for a California king.

 sleep numbertempur-pedic
Twin$599+$1,699+
Twin XL$699+$1,699+
Full$799+$2,149+
Queen$999+$2,199+
King$1,499+$2,899+
California King$1,499+$2,899+
Split KingN/A$3,398+
Customer satisfactionRead reviewsRead reviews
 TwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia KingSplit KingCustomer satisfaction
sleep number$599+$699+$799+$999+$1,499+$1,499+N/ARead reviews
tempur-pedic$1,699+$1,699+$2,149+$2,199+$2,899+$2,899+$3,398+Read reviews
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Best for Couples Visit website
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Best for SupportRead Reviews

Bottom line: Sleep Number or Tempur-Pedic?

Both the Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic mattresses are great for different reasons. It’s important to analyze your own sleeping preferences in order to find the perfect mattress for you.

Sleep Number beds are great for couples that want different firmness levels in one mattress, or any sleeper who desires flexibility in their sleep options.

Tempur-Pedic beds are best for sleepers who need extra support, relief on pressure points or are concerned about back pain and proper alignment.

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.