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Best way/place to get Tempur-Pedic mattress?

post #1 of 19
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I'm looking into getting a tempur pedic mattress and am just wondering where are some good (ie cheaper price) places to buy them?
post #2 of 19
Me to, hope someone posts some discount store.
post #3 of 19
Costco has a different brand of tempur foam mattress for $500ish for a king that is super comfortable. I doubt the real brand is any different, and you get costco's return policy backing it up.
post #4 of 19
from my experience the different brands are not even close to memory foam, make sure you try both before you buy. i dont know anyone that discounts the authentic tempur pedic
post #5 of 19
In my experience, none of the imitation brands are anything at all like genuine Tempur material. Not even close.
post #6 of 19
Have you guys considered a sleep number bed with a "tempur-pedic" top?

It is the best of all worlds as far as I'm concerned. Besides, actual Tempur-Pedic mattresses are actually temperature sensitive foam only on the top 3 or 4 inches of the mattress anyway. Therefore it makes more sense to me to have an infinitely adjustable foundation like sleep number under the thermal foam anyway. It won't break down over time like the all foam core of a tempur pedic mattress will.

There also cost effective alternatives to Tempur Pedic brand mattresses as well.

http://www.healthyfoundations.com/te...omparison.html

I personally prefer the feeling of the actual tempur foam material (visco-elastic closed cell memory foam) to that of the non temperature sensitive alternatives so what we did was to buy the sleep number 5000 series with a pillow top and then add our own viscoelastic memory foam topper right inside the pillow top of the 5000, and then an additional pad on top (http://www.selectcomfort.com/pillows...=&recordNum=5). Works like a charm, less expensive than either 7000 or 9000 series Sleep Number beds and less expensive than the Tempur-Pedic beds. YMMV BTW, Sleep Number (selectcomfort.com) has periodic sales on their mattresses and that's the time to buy at almost half price!

A good article from Consumer Reports:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/h...edic/index.htm
Here's a brief synopsis of the CR article:
Months of shopping, testing, and investigation revealed the following:
• Despite the claims, there is no best bed for everyone. You'll need to spend time finding the mattress that's most comfortable and supportive for you.
• Trying a mattress for 15 minutes in a store can predict long-term satisfaction.
• Although Duxiana, Select Comfort, and Tempur-Pedic beds cost $1,500-plus and promise great comfort, our real-world tests showed they aren't to everyone's liking.
• The cheap mattresses featured in flyers are apt to be less durable than others; their padding may be so thin that you feel the springs.
• Sales are frequent, discounts are steep, and no one should pay list price for a conventional innerspring mattress. If you wait for a sale, you can save hundreds or more.

Best of luck!
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by PiccoloNamek View Post
In my experience, none of the imitation brands are anything at all like genuine Tempur material. Not even close.
i bought a knock-off tempur pillow for my bed, which i did not car for. i ended up giving it to my iguana for a bed, and he loves it.

somewhat on topic, i use a laytex foam cushion, and it is like resting my head on a cloud, or a big soft bosom.

was not the original tempur foam developed for nasa astronauts' seats? what exactly are the differences between tempur and knockoffs?
post #8 of 19
Get a prescription from a doctor for one, that way you don't have to pay tax. If you say it's for your back, you can probably get your local quack to go along with it. It's several hundred dollars off.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by redshifter View Post
i bought a knock-off tempur pillow for my bed, which i did not car for. i ended up giving it to my iguana for a bed, and he loves it.

somewhat on topic, i use a laytex foam cushion, and it is like resting my head on a cloud, or a big soft bosom.

was not the original tempur foam developed for nasa astronauts' seats? what exactly are the differences between tempur and knockoffs?
From the research I did, the biggest difference I found other than price was that of density. Tempur-Pedic material is around 5lb/cu ft. whereas most knock offs are 4lb/cu ft or less. This makes a huge difference in the feel and support of the mattress.
post #10 of 19
love my sealy true form mattress .. sleep much better on it compared to my old spring mattress.

listening to some music on it is heaven .. although other things it's not too good for ... not " bouncy " enough ....
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by mtkversion View Post
love my sealy true form mattress .. sleep much better on it compared to my old spring mattress.

listening to some music on it is heaven .. although other things it's not too good for ... not " bouncy " enough ....
i understand what you're saying, its no fun jumping on a mattress like that....
post #12 of 19
The one at costco seems like it's as firm, I dunno
post #13 of 19
The knock-offs get squished down and eventually conform to your body, so that there develops an impression that doesn't go away when you get out of the bed. Then you have to flip the mattress over or flip it around and eventually buy another one. It happened to my parents and they got their money back. Apparently the Tempur Pedic doesn't do that.
post #14 of 19
I bought a Tempurpedic Solutions bed and never looked back. The foam seems higher quality -- denser, more conforming. The knock offs may be fine, I don't know, but I don't regret buying the Tempurpedic product.
post #15 of 19
That's also my impression from the pillows at least. I bought a knockoff pillow that is certainly foam but not really memory. It's lighter, less dense, doesn't conform as well, and isn't really temperature responsive as compared to real Tempurpedic pillows I've examined in stores. I imagine mattresses are the same way and I don't think I'd buy a knockoff without spending a good amount of time laying on it and the real thing to compare.

I have a Sleep Number bed (the 5000 model, like kwkarth mentioned) and I like it quite a bit, although I haven't put a memory foam topper on it yet. It's nice being able to change the firmness whenever you want. My only complaint is that I got the kind with two airbags and there's sort of a sag or valley in the middle if both sides are set medium or softer. Easily fixed though with some better foam or adding a 2x4 or two to the "stock" foam between the airbags.
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