In the latest edition of What Shoppers Say, we pit Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep in a battle of memory foam mattress reviews. We hit the open road on the internet superhighway to find out what owners had to say about different aspects associated with each. We compare and the two side by side for qualities that affect sleep, off-gassing concerns, and price differences and offer a graded scorecard so you can better see which might fit your needs.
Tempurpedic pioneered memory foam mattresses, introducing the first line to the industry in the early 90s. Through aggressive and successful branding strategies, they have risen to be one of the top 3 mattress companies. They currently offer their original line of memory foam in addition to four other lines that seek to cater to shoppers seeking cooler, softer, cheaper or less dense options. Tempurpedic operates both as a dealer and a retailer.
As new eco-friendly trends gain foothold with consumers, the mattress industry continues to undergo change. The memory foam mattress line from Amerisleep is differentiated by reduced reliance on petroleum and elimination of harmful chemicals. Their plant-based memory foam beds have grown rapidly in popularity over the last few years as a result. Amerisleep offers one line of five mattresses, and retails direct to consumers online.
Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep in Owner Reviews
Keep in mind that shoppers who are very happy or very dissatisfied with a purchase tend to write most reviews, and they can be somewhat subjective. They may be influenced by several individual factors, but when a large enough sample is gathered, we can observe trends that may offer potential shoppers insight. In this comparison we looked at data collected from hundreds of reviews on both brands’ websites. The comparison of Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep involved about 470 reviews from Tempurpedic.com and 370 reviews from Amerisleep.com. We compiled the data from reviews of all beds collectively to get a broad overview of how the brands stack up. The dimensions considered were diverse, but primarily focus on issues that impact comfort, specific concerns like heat and chemicals, and the cost of the products. We will first detail the results for the most important factors and then summarize them in a chart (so scroll down to the bottom of the page if you just want to short version).
Responsiveness is rated by the length of time it takes a memory foam mattress to compress or return to its original shape. Slower times tend to be rated as hard or firm initially, and may be described sinking in quicksand when the owner is trying to change position at night or get out of bed. Faster foams will readjust quicker and can make movements easier.
- Tempurpedic has an average 45-60 second response time. Many models seem hard at first, several complaints of feeling of sleeping in quicksand or mud (though this seems to be an issue for about 1/4 or less of reviewers).
- Amerisleep has an average response time of 6-8 seconds. Those who were familiar with visco-elastic foam were pleasantly surprised by how quickly it responded. No significant portion of reviewers expressing difficulty moving or feeling stuck.
Pain & Pressure Points
Pressure point and pain relief is a well-known benefit of all memory foam mattresses. Their unique ability to contour to the body to offer full-body support by equalizing weight distribution takes pressure of heavier areas and supports the entire back.
- Tempurpedic: Most owners were happy with this aspect of their purchase and reported sleeping better than they had in years. The main complaint in this regard was a particular bed being too firm or too soft.
- Amerisleep: Most owners of this brand were happy with the pressure point and pain relief they found. Again, the only complaints in this regard were on opinions of firmness.
Hot sleep is a commonly heard complaint regarding memory foam mattresses, however overall slightly less than 10% of all owners combined find the difference significant enough to mention in surveys.This would be of greatest concern to those who naturally sleep hot regardless of bed type.
- Tempurpedic and heat: In several models there are frequent complaints of heat and sweat. These tend to be most prevalent in the Contour and Simplicity lines, and with thicker options. Tempur has introduced an innovative cover with their Breeze line in an effort to reduce the problem; however customers still complain occasionally of heat on these models as well.
- Amerisleep and heat: The company advertises a 10X increase in breathability and that the product sleeps 25% cooler than gel. There are very few mentions of heat in reviews, outside of responses stating no complaints. This appears significantly minimized compared to averages for the mattress type.
Motion transfer reduction is a popular feature of memory foam as it reduces the problem of waking one partner when the other moves during the night.
- Tempurpedic: Reduces motion transference, few to no complaints of movement disturbances.
- Amerisleep: Reduces motion transference, few to no complaints of movement disturbances.
Odors and Chemicals
Off-gassing refers to the odors released by a product as volatile chemicals break down, also known as VOCs. All new products emit some odor at first; however it should dissipate over time. There are ongoing disputes about the actual danger offgassing poses, though those sensitive to smells may be most concerned about odors. Overall, about 15% of all memory foam mattress owners complain of odors, but only about 1-2% actually return their beds for this reason.
- Tempurpedic: Tempurpedic is a slightly better than average on offgassing, but still has about 10-15% of reviewers mentioning the issue. This tends to be most prevalent in higher-density models like the Rhapsody, Allura and Grand, compared to lower density collections like the Simplicity and Cloud.
- Amerisleep: About 5% or less of reviews for Amerisleep indicate an initial odor, and most who mention it describe it as milder than other memory foam and quick to dissipate.
Value and Affordability
Prices for memory foam can vary significantly based on the manufacturer and materials. This can be influenced by several factors including advertising costs, where the beds are manufactured, and how they are shipped. We looked both at the actual prices as well as whether consumers felt they got a good value for their money.
- Tempurpedic: Many people who bought Tempur beds were aware of the higher prices, but several complaints discount the value aspect of the mattress compared to other options on the market. The price range for Tempurpedic in queen size varies from $1199 to $7499, placing some models like the Simplicity in the mid-price range and others in the highend/luxury price range.
- Amerisleep: Most owners felt they had received a product with high value for the price, an aspect that was mentioned multiple times in reviews. Amerisleep’s beds fall into the mid-price category with queens ranging from $849 to $1899. They also tend to have more frequent sales and promotions.
Some of the other issues to consider include availability, longevity and warranty. In comparing Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep, both brands had similar good reviews of longevity. Both also offer similar warranty coverage, with 10 years full coverage on impressions over 0.75″ though Tempurpedic offers 5 years additional prorated coverage (20 vs 25). As far as availability, some reviewers reported hesitancy to buy online only from Amerisleep but many complimented the brand’s customer service. Tempurpedic reviewers like the ability to locate beds locally, though several complained about issues with dealer/retailer policy discrepancies and service issues.
Overview of Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Reviews
|Price/Cost of Ownership||B||D|
|Top Seller||Revere||Rhapsody Breeze|
While the comparison of Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep indicated many similarities in features and performance they provide, there were also several differences as demonstrated in the preceding chart. We compiled and averaged the overall scores:
- Tempurpedic: Overall satisfaction rating B. Adversely impacted most by price, heat, and odor/eco-friendliness. Positively affected most by comfort, warranty, and availability.
- Amerisleep: Overall satisfaction rating A. Adversely impacted most by availability. Postively affected most by comfort, eco-friendliness, heat, and price.
As consumers continue to demand high quality products at the lowest price, competition will continue to drive companies to deliver better values. Newer brands will always come in to challenge the hegemon by attempting to improve the product, as is the case with the memory foam revolution the market is currently seeing. In the case of Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep, the latter brand scored higher overall, but both have their pros and cons that consumers will need to consider when choosing.