Thinking of buying a new memory foam mattress and just don’t know which brand is best for you? Say hello to the Tempurpedic Legacy. Tempurpedic is a veteran in the mattress industry and has recently released the Legacy mattress. Just as its name suggests, the Legacy is Tempurpedic’s mattress built to show sleepers what their luxurious legacy is all about.
Is the Legacy going to be as impressive as Tempurpedic claims? Continue reading below to find out!
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The Tempurpedic Legacy mattress is an all foam, 10″ mattress built from four separate layers of foam.
- Top layer – 2.5″ of memory foam. The top layer works to provide the initial softness for the sleeper. As a softer layer, it creates much of the hug and contour for the mattress.
- Second layer – 1.5″ of memory foam. This layer has a slightly firmer feel to it and will work simultaneously with the top layer to provide support for the sleeper as the foams begin to transition into the base layers.
- Third layer – 3″ of poly foam. The Third layer acts as a transitional layer between the memory foam and foundation and provides the necessary support for the two memory foams levels above.
- Bottom layer – 3″ of poly foam. This bottom layer acts as the foundational support and provides a level of responsiveness to the deeper levels of compression.
The cover of the Tempurpedic Legacy mattress is constructed from a blend of polyester (98%) and elastane (2%). Elastane is also known as spandex.This combination of materials creates a thin, soft, and stretchable cover. The thin design allows for less of a barrier between the sleeper and the actual layers of memory foam. Therefore, sleepers are able to sink directly into the foam layers below as compared to a quilted cover.
In terms of aesthetics, the cover of the Tempurpedic Legacy is modern, yet simple. A clean black stripe separates the all white top and a dark grey bottom. Additionally, the Tempurpedic logo is stitched at the foot of the mattress in black lettering.
It should also be noted that Tempurpedic does a nice job at adding intricate details to the white portion of this cover. Small circles cover the top and sides for added appeal.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
|Firmness: 4 out of 10||Type: Memory Foam||Cooling: Average||Motion: Very Low|
|Contour: Deep Hug||Response: Slow||Sinkage: 3.25-4.25"||Bounce: Low|
The Tempurpedic Legacy offers a medium-soft feel, landing at a 4 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.
As a medium-soft memory foam mattress, the Legacy creates a deeper level of sinkage and hug around the sleeper.
The support of the Legacy was impressive. Initially, I was sleeping on my stomach, as I primarily do. While on my stomach, the support was good, but not as good as when I slept on my sides. Due to the memory foam construction and medium feel, I was experiencing a bit more sinkage around my lower back.
Although the lighter areas of my body were also able to sink in without much pressure applied, I did feel as if the angle created along the small of my back was not as comfortable as I would prefer.
That said, as I rolled over onto my sides, the support was great. From head-to-toe my body was sinking in balanced manner, creating consistent spinal alignment. Sleeping on my back was similar to my sides, but in my opinion, side sleeping on the Tempurpedic Legacy mattress is the most appropriate position, with regards to support and pressure relief.
Heavier sleepers are also going to sink into the mattress deeper, putting them in closer contact to the firmer foams located at the base of the mattress. This can lead to a little more firmness overall, as the deep compression support of this Tempurpedic mattress is not as good as some of their thicker mattresses, such as the Rhapsody Luxe and Flex Supreme.
|Small - 150 lbs or less||Great||Average|
|Average - 151-225 lbs||Great||Average|
|Large - 226-300 lbs||Great||Below Average|
|Very Large - 301-375||Good||Below Average|
Hug & Contour
Designed with a medium-soft feel and built with memory foam comfort layers, the Legacy creates a pronounced level of hug and contour. The softer top layers allow the sleeper to sink in almost immediately. While this sinkage occurs quite quickly, the sleeper does tend to gradually sink more and more after lying on the mattress for several seconds. After lying on the mattress a few seconds, I was experiencing about 3.25″ of sinkage while lying on my back.
All mattress reviews on Sleepopolis go through a short series of sinkage tests. These tests are designed to provide you with insight on how the mattress will perform under various conditions, pressures, and positions.
- Lying on back – While lying on my back with all of my weight spread evenly across the mattress, I saw 3.25″ of sinkage.
- Lying on side – While lying on my side, I saw 4.25″ of sinkage.
- Sitting on the edge (conservative) – While sitting slightly back from the edge of the mattress, I saw 5.25″ of sinkage.
- Sitting on the edge (aggressive) – In a more aggressive sitting position with all of my weight directly on the edge, I saw 5.5″ of sinkage.
- Standing in the middle – With all of my weight standing at one point on the mattress, I saw 6.25″ of sinkage.
Keep in mind, sinkage results may vary based on body weight and body type. As mentioned above, I weigh 140 pounds.
Response, Bounce, & Motion Transfer
The response of the Tempurpedic Legacy was about average for memory foam mattresses. By no means was the mattress snapping right back to its original shape, but it did not take long for the foams to completely restore themselves. After placing all of my weight on the mattress, I saw an average response time of ~3 seconds.
Bounce, as expected, was quite low. The memory foam and relative softness of the Tempurpedic Legacy mattress means that much of the energy is absorbed and dissipated without creating much of a bounce rebound.
Finally, motion transfer. Once again, the memory foam build and medium-soft firmness level created a lower level of bounce, meaning less motion transfer. The top two layers of memory foam were able to absorb almost all of the energy being transferred across the mattress. By dissipating the motion before it made its way across the mattress, partners are able to remain undisturbed if one or the other gets in and out of bed.
Beyond my personal feelings on the motion transfer, I also use an accelerometer to objectively measure motion transfer. The following graphic shows the testing data. For these tests I drop a 12 pound medicine ball from heights of 6″, 18″, and 24″, and use an accelerometer placed on the other side of the mattress to measure movement.
As a mattress built from memory foam, the cooling capability of the Legacy is a bit of average, in my opinion. Memory foam has the tendency to hold heat, leading to a warmer sleeping environment. That said, Tempurpedic added layers of convoluted foam to the bottom of this mattress, which certainly helps improve airflow within the mattress.
While I am not a naturally warm sleeper, I did feel as if I slept a touch warmer than usual on the Legacy. As a medium to slightly softer mattress, I was sinking deeper into the memory foam top layers, therefore leading to the foams wrapping more around my body and creating a slightly warm feeling. The warmth was not overly dramatic, but it was certainly warmer than other mattresses, including Tempurpedic’s Flex Supreme Breeze.
Heavier sleepers and naturally warm sleepers will need to take this into account if interested in this Tempurpedic mattress. Heavier sleepers will sink even deeper into the mattress, potentially experiencing more heat than I did. In addition, naturally warm sleepers could find that the memory foam simply holds too much heat for their liking.
|Split California King||$3,598|
- Height – 10″
- Shipping – Free, white-glove, arrives in 5-7 days
- Mattress Weight – 116 pounds (Queen size)
- Smell – Moderate smell for the first several days, but it does dissipate fairly quickly
- Trial – 90 days
- Returns – The mattress can be returned and you will be refunded, minus the shipping costs
- Warranty – 10 years; does not cover transportation costs
- Manufacturing – Foam made in the USA, cover made in Mexico, filled and finished in the USA
- Discounts – None currently available on Sleepopolis
The Tempurpedic Legacy mattress is intended to create the classic memory foam feel, hug, and contour of Tempurpedic’s earlier mattress models. The Legacy offers a true medium feel, notable hug and contour, a slower response time, good support, and excellent pressure relief.
I would recommend the Tempurpedic Legacy mattress to sleepers who:
- You want a medium-soft mattress – The Tempurpedic Legacy brings home a medium to slightly soft feel, landing at a 4 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.
- You want a memory foam mattress – As a memory foam mattress, the Legacy is going to have a sharper contour, deeper hug, slower response times, potentially warmer sleeping surface, and good pressure relief.
- You don’t mind slower response times – With a memory foam build, this mattress is going to offer slower response times. These slower response times can often create a stuck or enveloped feel for some sleepers.
- You love the original Tempurpedic mattress – if you remember sleeping on the original Tempurpedic mattress (or perhaps you still have one) and you’re looking for that feel again, the Legacy is a great fit. It is designed to create a similar feel to Tempurpedic’s original memory foam mattress.
- Budget is not an issue – At $2,300 for a Queen size, the Legacy is not the most expensive Tempurpedic mattress, but it is not cheap either. If you’re concerned about budget, this is probably not the right mattress for you. On the other hand, those that do not have any reservations about their budget may find that the Legacy is a good choice.
For more information or to buy the Tempurpedic Legacy mattress check out Tempurpedic.com.
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