Tempurpedic Mattress Prices – Do They Vary?
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If you’ve ever been in the market for a memory foam mattress then you may be familiar with the Tempur-Pedic® brand of mattresses. They’re the ones in the corner of the store with the big price tag on them that many people try out but few can afford to buy. But seeing as Tempur-Pedic beds were the original memory foam beds, it’s worth knowing more about them. Here we take a brief look at the history, the range and the tempurpedic mattress prices.
Tempurpedic Swedish/Danaish mattresses were introduced to the US in the early 1990′s after many years of research had produced a heat-regulating and body hugging foam that was suitable for use in bedding. This foam had actually been used by NASA since the 1960′s – to cushion the extreme pressures on astronauts’ bodies during take-off – as well as in the medical industry (beds for long-term patients not able to move) and sporting goods (such as the insides of helmets.) Production of memory foam was expensive back then, but in subsequent years, the methods developed, gradually brought costs down so that today there are many memory foam mattresses out there that are a third of the price of the original Tempur-Pedic mattress. So why do they still retain their good name and market share?
The answer to this is in the quality of the materials used and the manufacturing of the bed itself. Memory foam is a polyurethane based material that has other chemicals added to it in the manufacturing process, producing a foam that can vary greatly in density, heat-regulating properties and overall comfort levels. Some high quality memory foam mattresses will react well to the body temperature and envelop the body to give that hugging feel that cheaper ones cannot provide. IDF and density are two measures of memory form that you can to look out for and another variable is the cell structure of the foam which, if too tight, may not allow for good airflow through the mattress. Check labels carefully and also double-check how much memory foam is used in your mattress. The best makers like Tempur-Pedic know that less than 2 inches of memory foam will have little impact and more than 6 inches may make it too soft.
The single biggest complaint about Tempurpedic mattresses is their price. They certainly don’t come cheap and, unlike other manufacturers, there prices tend to be pretty fixed. Tempurpedic are careful to maintain the integrity of their brand so even on their web site there are firm pricing guidelines that their retailers don’t seem to deviate from.
When we look at their range we see they have about 13 beds spanning 3 main collections – the Tempur®, the Tempur Cloud® and the Tempur-HD® ranges. The Original bed – available only in Single, Twin or Double – is the most reasonably priced at $1000 for a Double mattress (not including base, frame or protector.) Most of the other mattresses are available in a large range of size including the California King and gradually increase in price until you arrive at the Tempur-HD Grand Bed® which will weigh in at over $8000 for a King Size bed including a base and protector.
You can see why people are keen to shave a bit off the price, but even online you will have a hard job finding discounted Tempurpedic mattresses. If you are lucky enough to be offered a discount by a store owner or online, be sure to check that you are getting a genuine Tempurpedic model.