Mattress Comparison

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Alternatives

By Jack Mitcham

Tempur-Pedic is one of the biggest and most recognizable brands in the mattress industry. They were the company that invented the memory foam mattress in the early 90s, and they remain a large player in the industry still. In this article, I will give some alternatives to various Tempur-Pedic models that will feel similar to their Tempur-Pedic counterparts, but at a much lower price.

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Tempur-Pedics virtually never go on sale (and when they do, it’s generally something like $100 off of the foundation), so it’s difficult to get a good deal on them.  I explain my reasoning and some additional alternatives below the chart.  They feel similar and have comparable features and construction.

All of the comparison models have free trials, so if you don’t like it, you can always switch to the Tempur-Pedic later. Also, if you absolutely fell in love with a Tempur-Pedic at a store and you have enough money that you won’t notice the difference in your bank account, I’d recommend just buying the Tempur-Pedic.

You can find links to each model in the chart.  It’s a solid brand that gets great customer reviews. However, if the price of the Tempur-Pedic would sting, consider trying the alternative first and returning it if you aren’t impressed.

Read our full Tempurpedic mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Adapt vs. Tuft and Needle Mint

Editor’s Pick 

The Tempur-Adapt is the newest memory foam mattress from Tempurpedic boasting of a handful of new features and materials.  It comes in a few different firmness options, so it’s harder to compare apples to apples, but it seems like the feel most is similar to the Tuft and Needle Mint.  You’re going to save some serious dollars with the Mint as well.

Read our full Tempur-Adapt mattress review and Tuft and Needle Mint mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-ProAdapt Hybrid vs. Saatva

The Tempur-ProAdapt Hybrid, is the hybrid version of the new ProAdapt line.  It also comes in a few different firmness options, but not sure it lines up with some of the other brands that offer options.  The closest comparison would be Saatva, specifically their luxury-firm option, which is going to most align with the medium/firm versions.

Read our full Saatva mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Cloud Prima vs. Nectar 

Best Value 

The Cloud Prima is the entry-level model for Tempurpedic. It uses a thin softer layer of foam on top and then firmer foams underneath. Because of this, it is overall a very firm mattress. The Nectar Mattress also uses a fairly thin comfort layer over the support layers. This gives the Nectar a medium firm-firm feeling.  The Nectar is also very reasonably priced(actually ranked as our “Best Value Mattress”).

See our full Nectar mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Flex Prima vs. Helix Midnight

The Tempur-Flex lineup is made up of hybrid mattresses, meaning they use coils as the base layer rather than foam. Helix Midnight uses the same style. It’s a slower reaction memory foam on top with coils underneath. The Midnight is one of many models that Helix carries, so if this one isn’t quite right, you have some options.

Read our full Helix mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Contour Supreme vs. Alexander Signature Firm

The Contour Supreme is one of the firmest memory foam mattresses out there. It’s certainly the firmest in the Tempurpedic lineup. The firm version Alexander Signature by Nest Bedding is also very firm. If you liked how the Contour Supreme felt, you’re very likely to like the Alexander Signature and its lower price point.

Read our full Nest Bedding Alexander Signature review to learn more.

Tempur-Flex Supreme vs. Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid

The Flex Supreme is another hybrid mattress, but this one has more of the soft Tempurpedic foam in the top layer, which makes it feel softer overall. The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid Mattress has a few different firmness options.  The one that translates the most here is the “soft” option.

It is a pretty good match for the Tempur-Flex. The feeling is not identical, however. The Tempurpedic foam has a slightly different reaction time than the foam the Brooklyn uses. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how much you like that particular feature of Tempurpedic foam.

Read our full Brooklyn Signature mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Cloud Supreme vs. Puffy Lux

The Cloud Supreme is on the softer end. It’s a mid-range model in the Cloud lineup, which uses a softer memory foam on top of the support layers. The Puffy Lux feels quite similar to me. The specific layers of foam are a little different, but the overall result is very close, and the Puffy is better than half the price.

Read our full Puffy Lux mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Adapt Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid

The Tempur-Adapt Hybrid is the hybrid version of the new Adapt line.  While it uses similar foam materials as the regular version, the fact that is has coils gives it a different feel.  Like the Signature, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid Mattress comes in a few different firmness levels.

The firm option might be slightly closer to the Adapt Pro, but some believe the medium is comparable as well.  Because the Medium is such a well-reviewed version of the Aurora, I’m inclined to make it the recommendation for a cheaper, comparable mattress to the Tempur-Adapt.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Contour Elite vs. Puffy

The Contour Elite is very firm, but still uses a rather thick layer of comfort foam. In Tempurpedic terms, it’s firm with a high “Tempur-Adapt level.” The Puffy uses a similar design philosophy. It uses a lot of layers of firm foam above the support layer, and gives a fairly similar feel to the Contour Elite.

Read our full Puffy mattress review to learn more.

Tempur-Cloud Elite vs. Amerisleep AS2

The Cloud Elite will be a little softer than the Cloud Supreme but still what I would consider medium firmness.  The AS2 offers a similar feel in my opinion.  Amerisleep did a nice job of making their mattress a bit of a catch-all, in terms of who it appeals to.

Read our full Amerisleep mattress review to learn more.

I hope this review has been informative and helps you find a new mattresses within the budget that’s right for you. There are a lot of good alternatives out there that are just as comfortable and provide similar features as Tempur-Pedic models, without breaking the bank.

Read our full Tempur-Pedic mattress review to learn about other models.


Comments (10)

  1. Disappointed to see Alexander Signature no longer has a soft option. What else is there? I’m petite and I like a very plush mattress. I’m very sensitive. Most feel like rocks to me.

  2. Actually there’s no one review out there where they talk about the new Alexander. They all tallk about different layers etc. Getting this bed blind. Hopefully I’m lucky

  3. Hi thanks for the article! I noticed that the article is almost a year old. I just ordered an Alexander Signature Firm. For my understanding this matress has been completely uosated. Do you think is best than the prior one, and how it compares with the tempurpedic?

    • This article was written just after the update, I believe. I just double-checked, and it looks like it’s still applicable.

  4. Ok so I tried the grand today and it was BY FARy favorite of every mattress foam or not in the store. He’s willing to give me the floor model for $2800…no warranty…is it worth it????

    (I realize this has nothing to do with your site but since you didn’t offer me a comparison, this one’s really on you.) :)

    • Yes, I’d say it’s worth it.

      ALSO, you might still have a warranty. When I worked on a sales floor, the STORE wouldn’t service the warranty, but Tempurpedic still warrantied their floor models from the date of manufacture printed on the law tag. As long as you have the law tag still attached, you might still have a warranty. (You should unless Tempurpedic’s policy on that has changed in the few years since I stopped working in a retail store)

      So yes, go for it.

  5. Thank you for your chart, very helpful! We are trying to decide between the loom and leaf relaxed firm versus firm. When we went to the Tempur-pedic store, we compared the contour elite versus the rhapsody luxe and we liked the rhapsody luxe because it felt more firm/felt like we sunk in less ( even though the charting indicated it was less firm then the contour elite.) That’s why we are confused as far as which loom and leaf to purchase. Based on your chart it looks like I should go with the relaxed firm since we overall like the rhapsody luxe feel? We don’t like the sensation of sinking into much which is why I wonder if we should get the loom and leaf firm?

    • Even the relaxed firm is pretty firm. You won’t sink in that much. (Or at least I didn’t, and I’m even heavier than average.)

      On the other hand, if there’s no risk at all of the mattress being too firm, you could always get the firm instead.

      The nice thing about Loom and Leaf is they have a free exchange policy. I think you just need to pay the delivery charge (if even that, I’m not certain).


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