Tempur-Pedic Vs. Contour-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic and Contour-Pedic both manufacture memory foam mattresses and pillows for consumers. Tempur-Pedic is the most widely known and has been around longer. But according to the consumer review website Sleep Like the Dead, the best memory foam mattress purchase is the one that meets the specific criteria of the consumer the best. When purchasing a mattress or a pillow, consumers should compare the price, firmness, longevity and temperature needs on several brands before purchasing.


While there are a variety of memory foam mattresses on the market, not all products are the same.
Contour-Pedic mattresses are generally less expensive than Tempur-Pedic.

Although there are more expensive memory foam products on the market than Tempur-Pedic, MemoryFoamMattress.org reports that the Tempur-Pedic is typically one of the more expensive products. SupremeComfort.com markets the Contour-Pedic warranty at 30 years while the Tempur-Pedic is 20 years. The website Sleep Like the Dead notes that mattress warranties against sagging only cover sagging after it reaches a certain severity. In memory foam, it's typically 3/4-inch.


Sleep comfort can be affected by mattress firmness and should be considered during a new mattress purchase.

SupremeComfort.com sells Contour-Pedic products and compares Tempur-Pedic to Contour-Pedic as part of its product marketing. While Contour-Pedic offers different firmness and thickness choices for its mattress, Tempur-Pedic has just one level of firmness and thickness. In addition, MemoryFoamMattress.org notes that to prevent voiding the Tempur-Pedic warranty, consumers are required to purchase the Tempur-Pedic foundation with the mattress which adds to the cost.


The chief complaint about memory foam mattresses is that they can make you feel warmer as you sleep.

Memory Foam Mattress lists Tempur-Pedic as a 3-inch visco-elastic foam with an ILD rating of 14 over a 5-inch non-visco elastic high-density polyurethane. Sleep Like the Dead notes it can hold body heat, making it sleep warm. Supreme Comfort characterizes the Contour-Pedic mattress as a 3- to 5-inch visco elastic foam over a medical grade high-resiliency foam designed with a patented air flow system to make it sleep cooler than Tempur-Pedic's polyurethane design.

Foam Benefits

Check your memory foam to ensure it's hypoallergenic and dust-mite free, for allergy-free sleep.

Memory foam benefits include an increase in blood flow, full-body pressure relief for maximum joint and back comfort, as well as promoting REM sleep, according to Supreme Sleep. Memory foam mattress toppers can provide the same benefits at a lower price if you are looking for added comfort and support for an existing mattress. Quality memory foam like Tempur-Pedic or Contour-Pedic typically surpasses latex foam in contouring capabilities.


Memory foam is known for relieving joint and back pain by contouring to the sleeper's specific needs.

Most memory foam products, including Tempur-Pedic and Contour Pedic will have a slight gassy odor when they are new, according to Memory Foam Mattress. However, both manufacturers use non-toxic ingredients so the smell isn't dangerous and will disperse in days. Also, both products are manufactured to relieve pressure points and contour to fit your specific body needs for better sleep. As Sleep Like the Dead notes, though, comfort is different for everyone so try before you buy.

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Kimberli Nalven has been writing for more than 15 years and freelancing for over 10 years. She's experienced in the fields of computer and cellular phone technology, integrated medicine and health and fitness. She writes a monthly column for a local paper and posts daily Internet content in the area of elementary-years parenting.