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Tempurpedic Mattress Pads Consumer Reviews

You'll be hard pressed to find any Tempurpedic Mattress Pads consumer reviews. Memory foam mattress pad reviews are rare too, but specific reviews about Tempurpedic are shy. This is a review of my research efforts.

The Tempurpedic mattress pads are made by Tempur-Pedic International, Inc., of Lexington, Kentucky. These are the same folks who make the Tempurpedic Swedish Sleep System, otherwise known as a memory foam mattress. Tempurpedic mattress pads are the same substance, only thinner.

At one time, the company made one-inch thick Tempurpedic mattress pads. However, these proved to be a bit too thin to provide the benefits of memory foam: even, firm support. Those who lay upon the one-inch Tempurpedic mattress pads tended to "bottom out" against the mattress underneath. And so, today Tempur-Pedic sells three-inch thick Tempurpedic mattress pads, which it calls mattress overlays.

Tempurpedic mattress pads consumer reviews are hard to find. Amazon.com does not have any Tempur-Pedic products, although it has a great many imitators' memory foam mattresses and mattress pads. ePinions.com has over three dozen items listed under the "Tempur" brand, but only one of them is a Tempur-Pedic. The rest are SleepEze brand products that sneak into the Tempur category by claiming to be "less than Tempur" in their product listing titles. This is a problem with the ePinions.com listing system. There are not even any consumer reviews of the SleepEze products. Consumersearch.com has comprehensive mattress reviews, including high marks for the Tempur-Pedic, but no consumer reviews of the Tempurpedic mattress pads specifically.

Consumer Reports tested seven mattress pads using a panel of six ordinary consumers. "One panelist said lying on the Tempur-Pedic memory-foam, $890, was like sinking into quicksand," the magazine reported. What could cause this unflattering assessment? Well, the memory foam of which Tempur-Pedic mattress pads are made is of a particularly dense variety. It is slower to mold itself to the shape of the body lying upon it. This gradual molding could give one the sensation of slowly sinking into Tempurpedic mattress pads.

The high price of Tempurpedic mattress pads is one reason there are not more consumer reviews online. The product is simply too expensive to have attracted a wide audience of potential reviewers. When the Consumer Reports panel learned that the Tempu-Pedic mattress pads cost nearly $900 (2007 report), they said they might as well buy a new mattress instead.

As mentioned above, there are many competing memory foam mattress pads besides Tempurpedic mattress pads. They range from one-inch, $79 items found at Target to some costing over $300 and measuring three to four inches thick. Indeed, the Consumer Reports test panel of consumers picked the $70 Spa Sensations Memory Foam Mattress Topper from WalMart as their favorite. It seemed to strike the right balance between price and performance.

In conclusion, it appears that Tempurpedic mattress pads are not exactly flying off the shelves. Consumer reviews do not rate them highly for comfort. Their prices rival those of high-end mattresses and foundations. There is a host of competition at much lower prices and equal or better comfort levels. All in all, it appears that Tempurpedic mattress pads are not a good buy.


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