Temperpedic Mattress - $7.5k - Worth it?

Did a board search and found several threads from 2007-09, and then a few mentions 2-3 years ago. Curious to know if Dopers that responded back then feel the same way.

Wife and I are in the market for a new mattress. Went to a local Temperpedic retailer and was amazed at the support and “cradling” of the ProAdapt model in Firm, well, firmness. We wanted this bed to include an adjustable frame, so we’re looking at about $7500, tax, title and license out the door. I also understand the Temperpedic is firm on pricing, so I would expect the same pricing regardless of retailer?

We’re both convinced this is probably our next mattress, but I haven’t yet come to terms with a mattress that will cost half what I spent in July to put a roof on the house. Dopers. . .convince me with your experiences, especially after you’ve had it for several years.

A couple concerns beyond the price. . .

I’m a big guy, 350 pounds (but dropping). I sit on the edge of the bed to dress and put on socks/shoes. Over time will the edge of the bed break down as there is no real supporting structure like in a traditional innerspring mattress.

Will the memory foam hold up and be similar firmness as today in 2, 5, 8+ years?

Some previous comments indicated that Temperpedics sleep hot. If so, are my only options to kick off the covers, turn the ceiling fan up and lay in a puddle of my own sweat til morning?

I’ve no problems putting out the cash if it’s everything it’s supposed to be.

All foam mattresses will sleep hot. They are after all 15" thick pieces of foam insulation. All your in contact with the mattress body heat will soak into the foam below you and slowly heat that big piece of foam till it reaches your body temp. No where else but to go down and the foam is too thick to allow any of it to make it to the bottom side of the mattress. The only way for it to get out is to slowly go sideways through the foam and then go up into the air space between the mattress and the covers you’re under. Trapping more heat next to your body. That means you very well might be sleeping without any covers so as not to trap this escaping heat combined with all the heat your body above the mattress is trying to reject.

A spring mattress is mostly air with a relatively thin layer of insulation on the top and bottom. After your body heat penetrates the insulation layer it disperses into the air space with the help of the spring heat sinks. Every time you move the air inside the mattress gets pumped out and cooler air comes in via those little screen button things along the sides. Without the added load of the heat trapped in the foam mattress to reject, the spring mattress makes you need to have more covers on you to keep you warm and it’s likely what you are used to.

I don’t know if I explained that very well.

I’ve got a foam mattress and I either sleep under nothing or a just a sheet over my torso with my arms and legs uncovered. Sometime just PJ’s. I’ve got a thin blanket for just in case. Sweating is still an issue.

You might consider a 4" memory foam topper on top of a decent traditional mattress.

I have 4 beds in my house with that combination, and all are the most comfortable that I and my family/guests have tried.

I just looked at the Tempur-Pedic website to see how you got to $7,500. Looks like they charge $2-3000 for their adjustable base, while others are available at Amazon for about a thousand. So I’d recommend either shopping elsewhere or seeing if they’ll discount. (And to be honest, you can probably shop around for foam mattresses that are just as good but a whole lot less.)

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Good god, there’s no way I’d pay that much for a bed. That’s 6-9 months of rent.

Get a futon and sleep on the floor.

A year ago or so, I was thinking of buying a new car and had my heart set on one that would cost about $40,000. But then I thought about how much time I spend in the car each week and it’s only a couple of hours total (mostly due to a really short commute) and dividing the two resulted in a crazy high cost per minute or hour of use. So I gave up the idea. But using the same math, I ought to think about spending a whole lot more in my bed, which I’m on perhaps eight hours of every 24.

are you getting a split king? it’s closer to $3000 for the queen without an adjustable base.

on another note I’ve got a foam mattress that turns 10 years old soon and it’s still fine. I don’t think I sleep hot on it. different brand though, I think beautyrest

Yeah but you’re unconscious during that time. You can be unconscious anywhere.

Sure, but I’m also unconscious while driving.

Remind me to stay off the road when you’re driving, lol

Damn I could see that set-up from a mile away…

It’s a Sunday, bruh/sista. My mind’s taking the day off

If you do get a $7500 mattress that you think might be compromised by your sitting on its edge daily, I recommend spending an extra few bucks to get yourself a chair on which to sit instead.

Just an anecdote about Temperpedic mattresses…my friend just had hip surgery and is confined to her bed for a month. She couldn’t shift herself or get up out the bed (with help) at all. She had to ditch her king mattress and put the non-Temperpedic guest room mattress on her box spring for the rest of her convalescence. Now her mattress might not be as firm as what you’re looking to get but if you see any back or hip surgeries in your future, beware.

One question I have; is there the remotessed possibility that you will be moving during the projected life time of the bed? It is becoming more and more common for moving companies to have a “crating” policy for purple and tempurpedic (thats rapidly becoming a kleenex name) mattresses. tempurpedics are a pita to move and pirple mats a stone bich. If you think you might move and you’re paying for it, that memory foam could cost you another $500 to $1000.

Why would a mattress incur an extra charge, if you’re already paying a moving company to move all your other stuff?

Mattresses are usually loaded on the truck standing upright. Memory foam mattesses, with tempurpedic being considered the worst as they are usualky more expensive, tend to develop a slump in the memory foam part that usually doesn’t level back out. Many moving companies (not all) are going to a “ship it flat” policy. This in turn means the mat is either going on the top of the load, or the bottom. Nobody wants to lift a very heavy and large item up to the top of a load, let alone load the rest of the contents of the house to make the space. Therefore it’s most likely going to go on the bottom. This necessitates the need for a wooden crate. A crate for a large mirror or tv can run as much as $500, for a king or queen size mattress it will be at least that much or more depending on who is doing the crating (we utilize a 3rd party service for this sort of thing)Not all customers want to pay this. It’s pretty normal for them to sign a waiver for the mattress to be shipped standing upright and sometimes, if the originating agent doesn’t want to pay for a crate, they will get shipped upright with a waiver also attached which puts all the responsibility for the mattress on that agent.

That hasn’t been my experience at all. I’ve moved my Tempurpedic 5 times in the 10 years we’ve owned it including from Colorado to California and back. There has never been an additional charge or damage to the mattress. Maybe that’s a benefit of buying tempurpedic rather than from the bed in a box companies.

We bought ours for like $2,500 back then and it’s the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. We’ve bought three of the other brands over the years for guest beds and our kids and none of them have been nearly as comfortable. It does sleep a bit warm in the summer so I rarely sleep with a blanket in the summer.

I’m a big guy and I sit on the edge of the bed and haven’t seen any permanent deformation of course I don’t use the same spot or do it every day. My side of the bed has a divot that doesn’t come back during the day but we have swapped sides of the bed as we moved over the years and my body divot seems to pump back after two weeks or so of my wife sleeping in it.

If you like the feel of foam mattresses but are worried about sleeping hot, you may want to check out a latex foam mattress option - they feel a bit different than memory foam, but are generally more durable and my understanding is that they don’t retain heat as much as memory foams such as Tempurpedic. They also tend to be fairly expensive but I think most will be less costly than Tempurpedic which is on the high end of memory foam mattresses. A lot of the boutique mattress makers around me seem to be using natural latex foams either as the prime component of the bed or as part of a hybrid design with inner springs.

yeah it doesn’t happen every time one is shipped upright, but when you have to pay for 2 or 3 of them in a year, it’s enough to make you rethink how you load and ship them.