Published on June 13th, 2013 | by The Sleepy Shopper0
Mattress Comparison Showdown: Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep
In this edition of Mattress Comparison Showdown, we will compare two top memory foam mattresses brands: Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep. If you’ve recently been looking into memory foam, chances are you have wondered about the differences between brands and types. While essential characteristics are the same, memory foam can vary significantly in performance and satisfaction. In this showdown we will look at traditional and plant-based types to see how they compare.
About the Brands
The Tempur brand of memory foam was the first to come out in the 1990s. Their formula and material is considered “traditional” and is well known for compressing and then slowly returning to its original shape, hence the term memory foam. Their primary material has remained relatively unchanged over time, though the line has expanded in recent years to include lower-density models like Cloud and lines meant to address complaints like Breeze (cooler) and Simplicity (cheaper). Overall, Tempurpedic remains one of the top major industry brands, recently absorbing the Sealy corporation.
Amerisleep memory foam mattresses were introduced in 2007, differentiated by their plant-based composition. The BioPur memory foam offers a larger cell structure and faster recovery time, designed to resolve consumer complaints of heat or “trapped” sensations. The other way Amerisleep seeks to differentiate itself is by excluding harmful chemicals common in other brands to reduce consumer concerns of toxins and off-gassing. The brand offers five models of various thickness, and is one of the fastest growing online retailers for memory foam beds.
Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Results
|Price/Cost of Ownership||B||D|
|Top Seller||Revere||Rhapsody Breeze|
Detailed Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Comparison
If you are curious about how we came to the ratings above, keep reading for a more detailed comparison and explanation.
Owner satisfaction was measured by overall review scores with average scores between 4-5 stars being an “A” and averages between 3-4 stars being a “B”. Weighted averages for Amerisleep reviews were 4.6 stars while Tempurpedic’s weighted averages were 3.6. Amerisleep had a total of 369 reviews across 5 products, while Tempurpedic had 472 reviews over 12 products. The weighted scores were compiled by calculating the average review for each bed times the number of reviews, adding scores together for all beds, and then dividing by the total number of reviews. Only reviews for mattresses were included in this average, compiled June 12, 2013.
Both brands use similar constructions with high-resiliency support cores and layers of memory foam in varying degrees. They also both utilize fire barriers and (mostly) zippered designer covers. Both brands produce their products in the United States.
The responsiveness of a foam refers to how quickly it springs back or re-contours. Materials that respond slowly can make movement difficult in the middle of the night or when exiting the bed. Some people mention a feeling of being stuck in a hole or quicksand. Foams that respond faster recontour as the sleeper moves and reduce this sensation. Tempurpedic’s standard material has a fairly slow response time of 45-60 seconds while Amerisleep’s material is considerably quicker at 5-8 seconds.
One of memory foam’s strongest benefits is the ability to reduce pressure points. This occurs because the material responds to pressure by transferring weight evenly across the surface, rather than locally (like springs). Both brands perform well in this regard.
Durability and Longevity
Memory foam is one of the most durable mattress types on the market, and both brands seem to live up to expectations. The average lifespan for a memory foam mattress is 7-9 years, and both brands to be slightly above average in reports. Consumer reviews also indicate few issues with longevity compared to other types of mattresses. Less than 10% of owners for both types report in issues of excessive impressions, sagging, or softening beyond expectations. With Tempurpedic, there are some variances between their lines, with the Simplicity having a higher rate of durability complaints.
For the most part, owners of both brands seem to feel that their mattress is of good or great quality, referring to the level of construction and materials. Again, Tempurpedic reviews exhibit greater variance.This is likely because their various lines include lower density ranges, from 2.5lb to 5.3lb, whereas Amerisleep beds utilize only mid-range densities of 4.5-5.3 lbs.
Price and Long Term Costs
We estimate the average cost of a good-quality mattress to be around $1000, for beds of all types. Memory foam is typically a little more expensive than an average innerspring bed, so we took this into consideration when rating. Queen mattresses at Amerisleep range from $849-1899. Tempurpedic’s price ranges are $1099-7499. Compare two models similar in specifications, the Amerisleep Revere costs $1299 and the Tempurpedic Rhapsody Breeze costs $3699. That is a price difference of about 65%.
As for cost of ownership, memory foam mattresses do not have any technical parts that would need to be replaced and both warranty against depressions.
The contouring and pressure relieving qualities of memory foam mattresses work to reduce and prevent pain by supporting alignment and eliminating pressure points. A very small number of reviewers report pain with either brand. Usually complaints of pain were related to an overly firm or soft bed that did not match the reviewer’s preferences.
Motion / Couple Friendliness
Another key benefit retailers tout for memory foam is its ability to prevent motion transfer between partners. Many people find it bothersome when their partner moves or gets of bed, which can disrupt sleep. Both brands have few complaints of motion transfer and score well in this dimension.
One of the most popular complaints attributed to memory foam is that the material sleeps warmer than spring beds. With Tempurpedic, about 12-15% of reviews mention the issue of heat which seems to be more prevalent on the denser models and those with thicker layers of memory foam. Amerisleep claims their plant-based material sleeps cooler and is more breathable than average memory foam, and their reviews show very few complaints of heat, about 5%, which is on par with averages for spring mattresses.
When looking at the healthiness of a mattress, we considered what is known to be in the bed’s materials, any express claims they make, complaints of chemical odors, and any third party certifications the products hold.
Amerisleep’s BioPur material is CertiPur certified, meaning that it was tested and found to be free of chemicals of concern in foams like formaldehyde, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), PBDEs (a type of flame retardant), banned phthalates, heavy metals, and to have low VOC levels. They also expressly state that their beds contain no toxic VOCs, and there are very few complaints of chemical odors in reviews. Some mention a new odor, but mild to enough to use the product the same day with adverse issues.
Tempurpedic offers a line on their page about Tempur science stating that their material is free of harmful VOCs, CFCs and formaldehyde. About 20% of reviewers complain of strong chemical odors, and several mention having to let the bed air out several days or returning it out of concern.
Eco-Friendly can be a somewhat grey term, but in this rating we compare the known information about each company’s practices. Amerisleep beds replace a significant proportion of petroleum products with plant-based oils and extracts to reduce the chemical and environmental impact. They manufacture in a zero-emissions facility and ship beds compressed to save fuel. Tempurpedic does not make any express claims about eco-friendliness and remains relatively guarded about their products’ materials and which ingredients are or aren’t in their beds. It is believed that they use petroleum products as the primary polyurethane ingredient due to the nature of the foam and odor. Little information is available about manufacturing practices and beds ship full size which takes more space and fuel.
Satisfaction in the bedroom can be affected by mattresses. If the bed is hard to move on or a source of pain, than this can reduce enjoyment. The slow response nature of Tempur foam has led some to complain that they feel more limited when it comes romance, whereas we could find few mentions of issues with Amerisleep beds. With both brands, and memory foam in general, people appreciate that memory foam is not noisy (greater discretion) and generally find it be more comfortable, reporting an increase in traction but some dislike the lack of bounciness.
Tempurpedic has wider availability, as they sell through a nationwide dealer network as well as online. Amerisleep sells exclusively online, but ships their bed nationwide for free.
Both brands have relatively good warranties.. Tempurpedic offers a 25-year limited warranty with 10 years of full coverage which kicks in with impressions over 0.75” deep. Amerisleep offers a 20-year limited warranty with 10 years of full coverage which kicks in with impressions over 0.75” deep.
When looking at customer service, we considered return and exchange policies and looked through reviews for mentions of issues with service or support. As far as service, numerous Amerisleep reviews specifically mention good service experiences and communication. Reviews that mentioned issues with delivery or products reported satisfactory resolutions.Tempurpedic has somewhat more mixed reviews on service, with some people complaining about warranty or exchange issues, or problems with a specific dealer. Overall reports of issues were still good compared to industry averages.
Both brands offer similar return policies, allowing 90 days for owners to try out the mattresses. Both ask customers to try the beds for at least 30 days and do not cover return shipping, outside of special promotions. (Tempurpedic beds purchased from dealers are subject to store return policies however).
Top Selling Models
We also looked up information on the most popular beds from each brand, and both were fairly similar in features. The Revere is Amerisleep’s most popular model and the Rhapsody is Tempurpedic’s top seller (also comes in a Breeze variation). They are both medium firm beds with about 4” of memory foam.
Averaging all of the scores together (using a 5-point scale to correspond for letter grades), Amerisleep comes out with a A and Tempurpedic with a B. The biggest differences were seen in price, response time, and health/eco-friendliness due to the differences in materials and transparency. Thus in the showdown of Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep, the higher overall rating goes to the plant-based memory foam mattress from Amerisleep.