Tempur-Pedic vs. SelectComfort

For people who have tried both, which do you prefer? Both, obviously, claim their product to be better than the other, and better than a traditional mattress. But I have no idea how to determine which is better.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each one?

I think there is a bonus. We have a tempur=pedic and my wife says I do not snore anymore. I don’t know I never heard it. Extra bonus no bed mites. I like the comfort. My wife likes it less than I do. She wants to sink into feathers .

I’ve got a Select Comfort.


  1. The bigger beds (Queen, King, possibly Full as well) have dual air chambers, so if your Significant Other prefers a harder/softer bed then you do neither of you has to compromise.
  2. The mattress and foundation dissassemble pretty easily (which saved me from a huge pain-in-the-arse when I moved into my new house with a narrow stairway). If I had the need, I could easily dissassemble my Queen-size bed and fit it inside my mid-size car.
  3. No springs in the mattress… This may not seem like a big deal, but after sleeping on my bed for awhile when I try to sleep on a standard mattress I can feel the springs.

The only real disadvantage I can think of is that the dual air chambers makes it rather difficult to set to a single consistent firmness if you’re the only one sleeping in the bed (as is the case for me currently).

Personally, if I was you, I’d take the trip to the local mall… find the Select Comfort store, and try out a couple of the beds. If you can find some place that has a tempur-pedic demo, give it a try as well. Then make your decision based on whichever one you prefer.

I have the inflatable. My wife sets hers to 35, I set mine to 85. They don’t sell any other bed in that range. She liked the Tempur. I would have hated it. The air bed had both of us happy.

I have a “memory foam” mattress on top of a Select Comfort mattress. I think of it as the best of both worlds, but with a couple of caveats:

1- The Select Comfort mattress has a foam divider between the two air bladders, and that piece of foam is much denser than the rest of the mattress - not too comfortable for lying in the middle, except when I top it with another mattress.

2- The memory foam mattress, after about two years of use, is collapsing and needs to be replaced already, despite having been rotated regularly. I hear that this is a common problem with TempurPedics. A little Googling will readily confirm this.

3- Some people find that a foam mattress traps too much body heat to sleep comfortably on.
Obviously, YMMV.

Hmm. I’m glad I read this. I bought one of the 1.5 inch thick mattress toppers made of memory foam at Wal-Mart. I found it so awesome I thought of going back and buying the 4-inch thick one. (I would layer both of them on top of my cheap (non-memory) foam mattress, which is too thin.) But if the thing is going to break down, maybe I should re-think it. These mattress toppers are cheap, but I can’t see how Tempur-Pedic can get away with the incredible prices I’ve seen on the full-sized mattresses; i.e., a grand or more.

I like Tempur-Pedic for sleeping–very comfy. For reading, though, I prefer SelectComfort, which I set very high.