Brand Analysis: Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Memory Foam

Brand Analysis: Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Memory Foam

See how Tempurpedic and Amerisleep compare.

Comparing features of two mattress brands directly can be helpful when trying to understand differences and determine which might be the best mattress for your situation. Although memory foam is often generalized, different brands can show significant variation. It is important to understand the characteristics that set brands apart and how this may affect owner satisfaction. In this post, we will analyze and contrast Tempurpedic and Amerisleep, two competing brands of memory foam mattresses, along several dimensions.

Brand Overview

Tempurpedic was the first company to introduce the idea of a memory foam mattress, back in the 1990’s after NASA released the formula. While offering a patented formula, they remain the brand representative of traditional memory foam. Their recent acquisition of Sealy has made Tempurpedic one of the largest mattress companies in the industry. In addition to their core line, the brand has also recently introduced lower density foams to address cooling issues, cost, and excessive firmness.

Amerisleep memory foam mattresses emerged in 2007 with a plant-based formula and a focus on a healthier more environmentally friendly option. Their BioPur material has a larger cell structure for greater breathability, and also offers with a faster response time that eliminates the feeling of being trapped. The increasingly popular line differentiates itself with a more transparent model and competitive pricing.

Brand Analysis: Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Memory Foam

Our comparison involved assessing consumer reviews on both companies’ websites and averaging the results across the spectrum of products(mattresses only). The results of the brand analyses can be seen at a glance in the following chart; however people who are unfamiliar with terms commonly used in the industry will benefit from reading through the in-depth comparisons below. There are some similarities between the two companies, such as comfort levels, construction and warranties, although notable difference in performance features stands out.

Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep Comparison Chart

 AmerisleepTempurpedic
Owner SatisfactionAB
ResponsivenessAB
Pain ReductionAB+
Pressure ReliefAA
Sleeping HotAC
Motion TransferAA
Love FriendlyBC
ConstructionAA
LongevityB+B+
Perceived QualityAB
Price/Cost of OwnershipBD
HealthAC
Offgassing/OdorA-C
Eco-FriendlinessBD
AvailabilityBA
WarrantyAA+
Customer ServiceB+B-
Top SellerRevereRhapsody Breeze

Responsiveness measures the length of time required for memory foam to recover to its original shape. When it is too slow, this feature creates a trapped feeling that is often referred to as sinking in quick sand. It can make it difficult to move during the night and when exiting bed.  Tempurpedic memory foam has typically had a 45-60 second response time, compared to Amerisleep memory foam with a 6-8 second response. The instantaneous response allows the foam to contour quicker and adjust to changes faster. This also plays a role in the ratings for “love friendliness”, since slow, denser foam can take more energy to move around on.

Pressure relief and pain reduction are often the main reasons people choose a memory foam mattress in the first place, but these qualities differ according to composition. Traditional memory foam, such as Tempurpedic, requires heat to soften and activate the material, and in a cool room the hard surface can detract from some of the comfort benefits. Amerisleep memory foam contours in response to pressure alone and remains consistent in temperature ranges found within the home. Despite the variation, both brands seemed well below average in pain relief and pressure according to reviews.

Heat has long been cited as a complaint of memory foam mattress owners, though in the majority of surveys, only about 10-15% of people mention the issue. Tempurpedic reviews are no stranger to the issue, with heat complaints that match the average for memory foam, and with denser models, may even tend toward above-average. In an effort to address it, they have developed a line called Breeze with a few changes, though reviews on the site don’t appear to indicate significant cooling compared to their other lines.  Amerisleep memory foam is created with a larger cell structure that they say is proven to increase breathability by 10 times over conventional foams. In reviews, very few mention excessive heat, considerably lower than the average for this type of bed.

Construction of the two brands is similar and considered to be in the high-quality range (identified by few to no complaints regarding manufacturing errors or poor assembly). Both brands combine memory foam layers over a supporting core that is made of a highly-resilient foam. Both use fire barriers are used to protect the consumer and designer covers as well. It is important to note that both manufacturers are located in the U.S. which eliminates concerns associated with imported mattresses. Motion transfer and longevity are two other fields in which the brands score similarly. Motion transfer refers to ability to isolate movement, rather than inferring it across the surface and disrupting the other person. Longevity refers to the durability and expected lifespan of the bed, and their seem to few complaints with either brand in this regard (Tempurpedic’s Simplicity model might be an exception, however).

Perceived quality looks at whether or not reviewers feel like the got what they paid for. While several people mentioned the good value of Amerisleep products, reviewers of Tempurpedic were about equally likely to complain about the price they paid. Tempurpedic vs Amerisleep prices differ significantly, which is likely the reason for this disparity in reviews. The average size for a Tempurpedic queen is $3089 versus the Amerisleep queen size average of $859. In direct model comparisons, Amerisleep pricing tends to be 40-50% less than Tempur beds, significantly increasing cost of ownership, as both are expected to last for similar spans of time.

The differences between traditional memory foam and plant-based lie in the chemicals used in production. Amerisleep beds are much more transparent about chemical exclusions and are CertiPur certified. Tempurpedic mentions on their website that they include no toxic components, but remain tight-lipped on specifics. Off-gassing is commonly found with all new foam products, but especially those with higher levels of petro products and VOCs. Few people complain of noxious odors with Amerisleep (some mention a slight new smell which dissipated in 1-2 weeks). A greater proportion of reviewers mentioned strong odors with new Tempur beds, requiring extensive airing out, and a few people reporting headaches. These factors also affect eco-friendliness ratings. The plant-based formula, sustainable fabrics, zero emissions manufacturing, and eco-friendly shipping methods give Amerisleep an advantage here.

The last group of variables looks more at the business aspect of the brands. Both brands ship nationally via online shopping, though Tempurpedic also sells through a dealer network. The warranties are similar in their full coverage periods and terms – both have 10 years full coverage, which kicks in with depressions over 3/4 inch. However, Tempur beds have an additional 15 years prorated, while Amerisleep offers an additional 10.  Customer service also seemed fairly consistent across brands. The Tempur site did seem to have more negative reports, however many of these were attributed to experiences with third party dealers. And finally, the top sellers for each brand were the Amerisleep Revere and Tempur Rhapsody, both medium-firm beds with similar specs.

Overall, as you can see, these two memory foam mattress brands both offer top-performing mattresses that meet or exceed industry standards. In average ratings across the websites, Amerisleep fares better with a 4.6 out of 5 in 370+ reviews, while Tempurpedic shows an average of 3.9 in 470+ reviews.  Comparing and averaging all of the other scores, Amerisleep earns an overall A- and Tempurpedic earns a B, both respectable scores with important differences to consider in your research.

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