If you’ve been wondering what Tempur-Pedic pillows are all about, you’re in luck because I’m about to thoroughly test not one, not two, but four of the most popular Tempur-Pedic pillows on the market.
In this review, we’ll be getting up close and personal with the TEMPUR-Cloud, TEMPUR-Neck, TEMPUR-Symphony, and TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze pillows. So read on to learn what they’re all made of, what makes them unique, and which sleeping positions are most compatible with each one!
Since its debut in the early 90s, Tempur-Pedic has become one of the most recognizable names in the bedding game. We at Sleepopolis have already had the pleasure of testing quite a few of this brand’s beds, including the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt mattress. Tempur-Pedic offers a wide range of accessories, and this review is all about its pillows.
From neck pain to temperature regulation, Tempur-Pedic crafts its pillows to meet a variety of specific sleep needs (and wants!). So let’s take a close look at four of the company’s most popular pillows so you can determine which is the best fit for you.
What Are Tempur-Pedic Pillows Made Of?
The four Tempur-Pedic pillows we’re looking at here are all purposefully designed with certain sleeping positions in mind. However, they’re all filled with the same thing — TEMPUR material.
TEMPUR material is the brand’s proprietary memory foam, and can be found in all Tempur-Pedic mattresses. It offers a very slow response to pressure, a firmer feel, and it tightly conforms to your head and neck. In my experience, TEMPUR Material is a bit more dense and moldable than other memory foams I’ve tested. Folks who prefer to deeply sink into their pillow rather than rest on top of it are likely to be most compatible with Tempur-Pedic memory foam.
Additionally, three out of four of these Tempur-Pedic pillows are covered in polyester knit fabric which is super soft, stretchy, and breathable. But despite their material similarities, each pillow features a unique construction designed to meet the needs of different sleep styles.
So let’s take a closer look at each one, individually. I’ll fill you in their special features, which ones are most affordable, and with which sleeping positions each one is most compatible. But hey, if you ever feel overwhelmed by all this information, just scroll to each pillow’s “Bottom Line” for a straightforward recommendation.
This pillow is Tempur-Pedic’s original pillow, and it was designed specifically for back and side sleepers who need a little extra help maintaining healthy posture throughout the night.
The TEMPUR-Neck features a contoured design meant to adapt to the natural curve of your head, neck, and shoulders. Two sides of the pillow are curved and have higher lofts than the middle of the pillow, which kind of makes it look like the letter “U.” This construction is meant to cradle the head and hold it in line with the neck in order to promote neutral spine alignment.
Something I like about this pillow is its polyester knit cover fabric. Polyester is a naturally moisture-wicking material which makes it particularly compatible with hot sleepers, or those prone to night sweats. Plus, it’s got a soft, breathable feel that’s nice and soothing on the skin.
Now, let’s take a closer look at this pillow’s key features so you can better determine if it’s the right one for you:
- Back & Side Sleepers – Your head rests on the lower-lofted part of the pillow while the higher- lofted, contoured end of the pillow fills in the gap between your head and shoulders. Whether you’re snoozing on your back or your side, a contour pillow like this is meant to support the natural C-curve of your spine.
- Contoured Sides – One contour has a higher loft than the other in order to accommodate sleepers of different heights and body types. I’m 5’0” tall, so I prefer the shorter contoured side to support my neck. Sleepers who are heavier or have broad shoulders might find that the taller contoured side of the pillow offers better pressure relief.
- Extra-Firm – Regardless of which contour you sleep on, the whole pillow has an extra-firm feel. Some people may find that an extra firm pillow takes a little time to get used to, but firmer support will help the pillow maintain its shape, and prevent it from sinking beneath the weight of your head over the course of the night.
- Widest Price Range – This pillow comes in three sizes, and ranges from $89-$129, which is about average for Tempur-Pedic pillows. It is slightly pricier than other memory foam pillows I’ve tested, but it comes with a 5-year warranty which is not something I see often!
The Bottom Line: Back and side sleepers looking for a contour pillow with an extra-firm memory foam feel are going to be most compatible with this pillow.
Like the pillow we just looked at, the TEMPUR-Cloud is covered in 100% polyester knit, which feels soft, durable, and breathable. It’s filled with TEMPUR material, which offers a slow response to pressure and allows the pillow to comfortably conform to your head and neck, helping to keep your spine in neutral alignment.
However, this pillow is not contoured, and the folks at Tempur-Pedic say it’s intended for all sleeping positions (unlike the TEMPUR-Neck which is intended only for back and side sleepers).
But how does this pillow feel, and is it really suitable for all positions? Let’s take a closer look:
- Combination Sleepers – The TEMPUR-Cloud is traditionally shaped, which means it’s got an even loft on both sides. You can easily dress it with a pillowcase if you choose, and its flat surface lends itself well to combination sleepers (those who sleep in more than one position).
- Extra-Soft – This pillow has a firmness rating of extra-soft, which I found to be most compatible with back and stomach sleeping. Of course, everybody is different, and some side sleepers may find that this pillow is perfectly supportive. But in my experience, its extra-soft feel did not offer enough pressure relief at my shoulder.
- Low Loft – Because it’s soft and compressible into a low loft of 2 inches high, this pillow was particularly great for stomach sleeping. Its low profile prevented my head from being craned upward when I slept on my stomach, and its classic memory foam feel comfortably cradled my head and neck when I slept on my back.
- Least Expensive: This pillow comes in one size and is $79, which is the least expensive in this roundup, and a pretty great value for a high-quality memory foam pillow like this. Not to mention, it comes with a 5-year warranty!
The Bottom Line: Back and stomach sleepers looking for a soft memory foam pillow that’s under $100 should give the TEMPUR-Cloud a try!
FAQQ: Are Tempur-Pedic pillows washable? A: Tempur-Pedic pillows feature removable cover fabrics that can be washed in a cool, gentle cycle and dried on low heat. However, the memory foam itself must only be spot cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent.
Next up is the TEMPUR-Symphony, an all-position pillow that blends two designs in one.
This pillow features a dual construction wherein one side has a flat, even loft, and the other is what the folks at Tempur-Pedic call “gently arched.” Essentially, the flat side is meant for stomach and side sleepers, while the foam on the other side has been molded to meet the needs of back sleepers.
Which side of this dual-designed pillow will be most beneficial to you? Let’s examine the construction more closely:
- Back & Side Sleepers – Personally, I found both sides of the pillow to be great for side sleeping. The flat side promotes neutral spine alignment when in the lateral position, and the arched side provides some nice pressure relief at my shoulder. But ultimately, the arched side of this pillow is ideal for back sleeping, as the edges of the pillow perfectly fill in the gap between my neck and the mattress.
- Medium-Firm – Although this pillow is advertised as soft, I found it to be closer to medium or medium-firm. For me, it was a little too firm for stomach sleeping. However, its lofty build and medium-firm support is great for back and side sleepers.
- Stomach Sleepers – Some stomach sleepers may find that this pillow is too firm and lofty. However, if you do like this pillow for stomach sleeping, be sure to only sleep on the flat side.
- Best Value – This pillow comes in one size and costs $99, which is a good deal for a dual-design pillow because it’s like having two pillows in one. And as with all Tempur-pillows, shoppers can take comfort in knowing it’s covered by a 5-year warranty.
The Bottom Line: This pillow is perfect for back and side sleepers interested in a dual-design and a medium-firm memory foam feel.
FAQQ: What kind of pillow is best for stomach sleepers? A: While everybody is different, it’s generally best for stomach sleepers to use a pillow with a low loft and a soft feel. This helps the sleeper maintain neutral spine alignment, and prevents the head from being craned upward.
Lastly, let’s take a look at my personal favorite pillow in this lineup, the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze.
Unlike the other three pillows, this pillow is covered in 100% cotton, which feels lighter, thinner and more breathable than polyester knit. This is intended to enhance airflow within the pillow and boost the accessory’s primary purpose — to keep sleepers cool.
But how does this pillow keep you cool, and for which sleeping positions is it most compatible? Let’s dive deeper into the details:
- Cooling Gel Layers – The TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze is filled with brand’s proprietary memory foam, and features a cooling gel layer on both sides of the pillow. This makes the surface of the pillow feel cool to the touch, and helps dissipate the sleeper’s body heat.
- Lofty & Firm – I found this pillow to be ideal for side sleepers because it’s got a very lofty build of about 6.5 inches high, and it’s quite firm. Remember: side sleepers need a firm pillow with a high profile in order to promote neutral spine alignment, and keep healthy posture while they slumber.
- Back & Side Sleepers – That said, I think back sleepers who prefer a firmer feel might really enjoy this pillow too (especially those with broad shoulders). The foam does a great job of conforming to pressure, and back sleepers who need a little extra pressure relief at the shoulders might also be compatible with this pillow. Sorry stomach sleepers, but this pillow is too firm and lofty for you.
- Most Luxurious – This pillow ranges from $170-$200, which is definitely on the pricey side. But pillows with special cooling features do tend to come at a higher price point, and if you’re a hot sleeper, it might just be worth the dough.
The Bottom Line: This pillow’s lofty build is great for back sleepers and ideal for side sleepers (especially those looking to keep cool at night!)
More: Are you a hot sleeper? Check out my guide to the best cooling pillows on the market!
Okay sleepers, now we know what each Tempur-Pedic pillow is made of, and with which sleeping positions they’re most compatible. But before you decide which one is perfect for you, allow me to leave you with a few final thoughts to make your shopping experience a little easier.
- Wash Care – If easy wash care is a priority for you, it’s important to note that none of these pillows are completely machine washable. They each feature removable cover fabrics that can be washed and dried in the machine, but the TEMPUR material itself must only be spot cleaned. And even then, you should use a damp cloth (not dripping wet) and mild detergent to clean the foam. Then, allow it to air dry completely before putting the cover fabric back on.
- No Returns – Many bedding brands offer trial periods wherein shoppers can test a sleep accessory for a month or more in order to decide whether or not it’s the right fit. Unfortunately, no such trial exists for any of these pillows. In fact, there are no returns on Tempur-Pedic pillows at all. However, each pillow comes with a 5-year warranty that covers any material defects and, in my experience reviewing pillows, that’s a pretty generous warranty.
- Tempur-Experts – Because there are no trial periods offered with these pillows, you might want to consult with one of Tempur-Pedic’s experts while you’re browsing the website. You chat with someone online or call the number provided on the site at any time, and someone will help you decide which Tempur-Pedic pillow is best for you.
- Memory Foam – Memory foam has a reputation for heating up over the course of the night, and while I didn’t find that to be the case with these pillows, this is something to consider if you’re a very hot sleeper. If you’ve slept on a memory foam pillow and found that it trapped your body heat, it might not be a bad idea to go with the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze (which is built to keep you cool).
- Sleeping Positions – It’s important to select the pillow that promotes neutral spine alignment all night long. If you’re not sure what that means, I definitely recommend you check out my guide to picking the right pillow for your position. But let’s do a quick recap of which positions I, personally, found to be best for each Tempur-Pedic pillow:
- TEMPUR-Neck – This pillow was designed specifically for back and side sleepers, and I think it did a great job of supporting me in both styles! Just remember: the size pillow you choose should reflect your own body type, and I suggest you refer to the size chart on the brand’s website.
- TEMPUR-Cloud – This pillow is advertised as an all-position pillow, but I found it to be ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Don’t forget: side sleepers need a firmer pillow with a higher loft in order to relieve shoulder pressure and keep a neutral spine.
- TEMPUR-Symphony – Every body is different, and some sleepers might find that this is a great all-position pillow. However, I found it to be best for back and side sleepers. However, stomach sleepers who are taller and prefer a firm feel might enjoy the flat side of this pillow.
- TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze – This pillow is ideal for back and side sleepers who need help keeping cool. I wouldn’t recommend that stomach sleeper try this pillow, as it’s too lofty and firm.
Anything Else I Should Know?
- Made in the USA
- Free Shipping – within the U.S.
- No Returns – on any pillow
- 5-year Warranty – with every pillow
- Wash Care – all cover fabrics can be washed on a cold, gentle cycle with mild detergent, and tumble dried on low heat. TEMPUR Material must only be spot cleaned.
Well, that wraps up this review! By now, you’re probably well on your way to determining which Tempur-Pedic pillow is the perfect fit for you. In the meantime, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!