In this comparison, we’re sizing up two of the most popular memory foam mattress brands on the market: Amerisleep and Tempur-Pedic. These companies put the plush material front and center in all their products, imbuing their beds with plenty of cushiony goodness. But the question remains… which one uses memory foam the best?
To find out, I examined the brands side by side, comparing their respective mattress constructions and feels to determine which one is 100% right for you.
So, without further ado, let’s get into my full Amerisleep v. Tempur-Pedic comparison!
Before we get into the comparing and contrasting, let’s chat about the similarities between Amerisleep and Tempur-Pedic. To do this, I’m going to focus on the Amerisleep 3 and Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt models. Both brands have a ton of different mattresses, so we’ll use these two beds to comment on the companies throughout the comparison.
- Memory Foam – Memory foam is the star player in both mattresses. Though the degree to which it’s utilized differs between the brands, the material greatly influences (and defines) the feels of these beds.
- Sinkage – Both mattresses are built entirely of foam, so there’s not a lot of bounce going on in either. While the amount of sinkage will vary between the brands, these mattresses don’t feature as much lift as a hybrid or innerspring model would.
What are These Mattresses Made of?
Alright, now that we’ve got the similarities out of the way, it’s time to get into the main design differences between these two mattresses. Below, I’ll give you an overview of their unique constructions, but would also encourage you to check out my full mattress reviews of the Amerisleep AS3 and Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt.
Amerisleep sells five different mattresses: the AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4, and AS5. The beds get softer as the numbers increase, so the AS1 is the firmest in the bunch and the AS5 is the gentlest. Though the models have distinct designs, I’m only going to break down the AS3 below. But don’t worry — I’ll make sure to touch on the other beds as we go along.
Cover – Things kick off with a polyester cover blended with Celiant, a fiber that some research suggests could help with cooling and active recovery.
Comfort – Below the cover, you’ll land on a 3” section of the brand’s Bio-Pur Comfort Foam. This material is utilized in all Amerisleep mattresses, and is most similar to memory foam in how it hugs and contours the body. However, it differs slightly from traditional memory foam in that it’s built with an open cell structure to encourage airflow and breathability. This helps to mitigate some of the overheating tendencies of the material while still allowing for plenty of deep sinkage.
Transition – Up next, you’ll land on a transition layer of the brand’s Affinity Foam. This material is most similar to poly foam in that it has a quick response to pressure and is firmer than the memory foam above it. The main function of this section is to help ease the sleeper into the firm base below.
Support – The main support system of the AS3 is composed of 7” of Bio-Core Foam. Like high-density poly foam, this material is ultra sturdy and supportive, helping to bolster the layers above it to prevent too much sinkage into the mattress. Therefore, the AS3 could be a good pick for combo sleepers, as its material make-up strikes a pleasant balance between pressure relief and support.
As with Amerisleep, Tempur-Pedic sells a lot of different products, but I’m going to focus exclusively on the brand’s LuxeAdapt model below.
Cover – The cover is made of a polyester and Phase Change Material blend. Phase Change Material is woven with special fibers that make it literally cool to the touch, so helps to regulate temperatures throughout the night.
Comfort – Built with the brand’s special Tempur-ES foam, the comfort layer has a slow response to pressure that allows for deep sinkage. Like memory foam, the material here is incredibly gentle and is likely to conform to the unique curves of your body for pressure relief. I can already tell this mattress could be a great fit for side sleepers.
Contour – Directly below the comfort layer, you’ll find a contour layer comprised of the brand’s Tempur-APR+ foam. Featuring a slightly tighter cell construction than the ES foam, the memory foam in this section was designed for even more intense body-contouring. By doubling down on the memory foam in these top two layers, the LuxeAdapt sets a much plusher tone than we get in the AS3.
Support – To cushion the soft memory foam layers up top, Tempur-Pedic has slipped a layer of high-density poly foam into the base. This section is meant to give the mattress some shape and bolster the sleeper against the sinkage of the top layers. However, it doesn’t do too much to alter the bed’s soft feel.
Amerisleep v. Tempur-Pedic
Though the two mattresses employ similar materials throughout their constructions, it’s clear that they achieve distinct feels. Below, I’m going to highlight some of my biggest takeaways after peeking beneath these beds’ covers.
First and foremost, the LuxeAdapt has a much softer feel than the AS3. I’d attribute this mostly to the double layer of memory foam we get in the Tempur-Pedic model, which helps draw the body-contouring even deeper into the mattress. For this reason, I’d say the LuxeAdapt would be a better fit for strict side sleepers, or those after more intense pressure relief. However, it is worth noting that the AS5 Amerisleep model (built as it is with gentle top layers of foam) almost rivals the plushness of the LuxeAdapt.
By swapping out the second layer of memory foam for a more responsive one of poly foam, the AS3 establishes a slightly buoyant vibe that could be good for combo sleepers. In general, the AS3 features a balanced feel of pressure relief and support that could satisfy a wide range of sleepers, especially those who want to feel more “on top” of their mattress.
But mattress design is only half of the equation. To keep the conversation going, let’s ditch the construction specs and get into how these mattresses feel!
What do These Mattresses Feel Like?
In this section, I’m going to go over each bed’s unique feel, assessing its firmness, pressure relief, bounce, and any other characteristics that seem particularly pertinent. I’ll also expand my assessment of the Amerisleep line to include bits about all five AS models.
Before I get into my thoughts, though, I want to acknowledge that feel factors of any variety are highly subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. Therefore, the way I respond to these mattresses may be different from how you would. For reference, I’m about 5’10”, 190 lbs. and sleep primarily on my stomach.
AS1 – This is the firmest Amerisleep mattress, and got a whopping 8/10 for me. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this model is quite supportive and firm. That being said, I’d recommend it for stomach or back sleepers who need to feel squarely on top of their structure.
AS2 – The AS2 is only slightly less firm than the AS1, garnering a 7.5/10. Again, I’d recommend it for stomach sleepers or other folks who want an ultra-firm feel.
AS3 – A thicker top layer of memory foam gives the AS3 more of a medium firm 7/10 feel. It’s got a pleasant balanced vibe, which allows it to strike a satisfying one-two punch of pressure relief and support. Of the Amerisleep models, this one is likely the most accessible to the widest range of sleep styles.
AS4 – The AS4 lands at a 6.5/10 for me, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness. While it’s got a similar feel to the AS3, it’s top section of memory foam is an inch thicker, so allows for a slightly deeper sink.
AS5 – And finally, the AS5, the softest Amerisleep mattress. In my opinion, this bed falls at around a 5.5/10, which definitely denotes it as a gentle structure. Of the Amerisleep mattresses, this one is likely the closest in feel to the LuxeAdapt as it provides plenty of room for sinkage and body-contouring.
Overall, I gave the LuxeAdapt a 5/10 on the firmness scale. When you size up that rating against the industry standard for medium firmness, it’s clear that this bed is super gentle; in fact, it’s one of the softest I’ve ever tested!
I’d attribute this luxurious plush vibe to the massive amount of memory foam you get in the top two layers, As I stretched out on the mattress, I could feel my entire body sinking deeply into these sections, resulting in an intense amount of body-contouring. While this did leave me feeling a bit stuck in the bed, the accompanying pressure relief was quite satisfying, especially at my shoulders, hips, and lower back. So, while this vibe might be a tad too gentle for back or stomach sleepers, it might be a nice fit for those who doze primarily (or strictly) on their sides.
Amerisleep v. Tempur-Pedic
Well folks, we’ve officially arrived at the end of this comparison, and I’ve gotta say, it’s been quite an interesting one! What intrigued me most as I was analyzing these mattresses was just how different they are, in spite of the fact that they use such similar materials.
The line of Amerisleep mattresses, for example, is surprisingly firm considering the fact that all the beds feature memory foam. But once you dig into the materials, it actually makes sense — in most cases, the top layer of memory foam is buffeted by firm support layers that work to curb the material’s deep sinkage. That way, you get the hug of memory foam without feeling too “stuck” in the mattress. This could be a big plus for combo sleepers, or folks who need to spring up and out of bed in the morning.
However, if you do want to feel more “in” your mattress than “on top” of it, you can always go with the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt. This bed embodies the classic vibe of memory foam in that it features a ton of body-contouring and sinkage. Strict side sleepers (or anyone else after deep pressure relief at the shoulders, hips, or lower back) could find a lot to love in this mattress.
Construction and feel differences aside, perhaps the biggest distinction between Amerisleep and Tempur-Pedic comes down to price. Where a Queen-sized AS3 goes for $1,199, a LuxeAdapt of the same size costs $3,999. For a full price breakdown, see my table below.
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list some of my favorite aspects of each mattress.
- The Celiant cover and open-cell memory foam help the Amerisleep to sleep cooler than the LuxeAdapt, which could be a big plus for sleepers who overheat at night.
- I also like that Amerisleep has a wide range of firmness options, making it a solid option for an array of different customers.
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- What I like most about the LuxeAdapt is that it has a really nice luxurious feel to it, thanks to the thick layers of memory foam up top.
- Not only is this memory foam supremely comfortable, but it also helps to dissipate motion across the structure, which could make this bed a good fit for couples.
Thick layers of memory foam softly cradle the shoulders and hips, offering great pressure relief for side sleepers!
And that does it for this Amerisleep v. Tempur-Pedic comparison! Still have questions? Feel free to leave a comment on the video above or shoot me a DM on Twitter or Facebook. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the Sleepopolis YouTube channel for more sleep-related content.