Bed to Bed: Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic
In this installment of Bed to Bed, we compare Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic, two leading memory foam mattress brands. This is the first edition of our new series, and we plan on comparing several different brands in head-to-head fashion to highlight differences and assist readers seeking comparisons. We will look at a range of factors shoppers often look at when choosing mattresses, from bed specifications to owner reviews and store policies. For each factor, we will provide a grade rating (A-F scale) and then explain details behind the ratings.
Comparison of Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic
In contrasting Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic, it is helpful to first have a little background information on the two brands. Tempurpedic is one of the largest mattress brands in the country, and the first to introduce memory foam in the early 1990s. They use what some refer to as “traditional memory foam”, meaning it represents the standard petroleum-based, temperature-sensitive viscoelastic polyurethane foam. Amerisleep introduced a plant-based memory foam in 2007 to provide a healthier and more eco-friendly option. Their memory foam differs in the formula, a larger cell structure and temperature neutral properties. Both brands make similar claims of comfort, which we will put to the test.
Here is the overview of our Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic comparison; below the chart we will go into detail and explain the ratings for each factor.
|Final Grade||A (4.6/5)||B (3.8/5)|
All ratings and pricing info for Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic was accurate as of 7/1/13, retrieved from respective brand websites.
Grading Scale to Rating Score Scale
- 0-.09 = F
- 1.0-1.9 = D
- 2.0-2.9 = C
- 3.0-3.9 = B
- 4.0-5.0 = A
Overall Owner Satisfaction
Owner satisfaction ratings for each brand were obtained by weighting the average stars out of five by number of reviews per bed, and then compiling the total average of all models. Amerisleep had a total of 388 mattress reviews, averaging out to 4.61 / 5. Tempurpedic had a total of 502 reviews averaging out to 3.56 / 5. Thus, Amerisleep scores an overall A in owner satisfaction and Tempurpedic a B.
Pricing & Costs.
Pricing varies significantly between Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic, despite having similar specifications. Amerisleep queen sized mattresses range from $849-$1899, whereas Tempurpedic queen sized mattresses range from $1099-$7499. The top sellers for each line, both 12″ beds, are the Amerisleep Revere at $1299 and the Tempurpedic Rhapsody at $3199. In every case, Tempurpedic beds are considerably more expensive. Even compared to other brands, Tempurpedic tends to cost 20-50% more than comparable lines on average. Amerisleep’s pricing is better than average for this type of bed. For either type, long-term cost of ownership is low due to limited replacement costs and 10 year full warranties. Overall, Amerisleep received a B for costs and Tempurpedic a D.
Perceived quality was measured by text mentions in reviews, either positive or negative. For the most part, reviewers of both brands had good things to say about quality living up to or exceeding their expectations. However, the Tempur models using lower density foams like Simplicity did have a few mentions of quality issues like impressions and excessive softening, bringing their score to a B.
Construction methods for most mattresses for both brands are very similar. Differences include the depths of each layer and foam densities, which can vary by model and brand. On both sides, layers of memory foam are placed atop a core of high-resilience foam, and then covered with a fire barrier and mattress cover. Neither brand seemed to have an complaints about how the mattresses were put together or issues in this area, so both received an A.
Response time refers to how quickly the memory foam is able to recover its shape and re-contour. Responsiveness can be an issue for some memory foam mattress owners who have reported feeling stuck or that the bed is hard to move on. Traditional memory foam such as that used by Tempurpedic averages 45-60 seconds, while the plant-based memory foam used by Amerisleep averages 6-8 seconds. Virtually no reviews complain about this issue with Amerisleep beds, though the denser Tempurpedic beds like Grand, Allura and Rhapsody do have some complaints. Overall, we gave Amerisleep an A and Tempurpedic a B.
Pressure relief is one of the key reasons people choose memory foam mattresses. The material’s ability to contour to the sleeper by transferring their weight across its surface prevents painful pressure points caused by spring beds. Owners of both brands seem to enjoy this aspect, and the comparisons of Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic showed few to no complaints of pressure points, so both receive an A.
Pain Reduction and Prevention
This is another highly praised attribute of memory foam mattresses. Very few owners have complaints regarding increased pain, and a majority express that their pain level has improved once they adjust to the memory foam. Some people did have issues with choosing a too-soft or too-firm bed however, there seemed to be higher frequency of these issues with Tempur models.
Motion reduction is mentioned time and again by couples who are used to being rousted by a partner who tosses and turns or gets in and out of bed during the night. Both companies received kudos from reviewers and did not have issues with motion transfer, so both received As.
Bedroom activities can be significantly helped or hindered by a mattress. Memory foam mattresses are quiet, a feature that is praised by many owners. They are not as bouncy as a coil bed which can take some getting used to, however owners have stated they like the increased traction. The responsiveness issue can make it harder for some to move about on Tempurpedic beds however, so they receive a slightly lower score here.
Sleeping hot has long been a concern of people considering memory foam mattresses. This problem is reported more often with dense traditional memory foam, like that used in Tempur beds. Amerisleep owners average 5%, which is below average for foam beds and closer to the rate of spring beds. About 10-15% of Tempurpedic owners complain about heat and their mattresses. The difference is due to the plant-based memory foam and a larger cell structure that is able to dissipate heat quicker. Tempurpedic scored a C for its average complaint rate and Amerisleep an A for below average complaints, compared to memory foam in general.
Offgassing & Odor
Odor can be another concern of memory foam shoppers. This issue derives from the chemical components used in the foams, adhesives, and fire barriers, and can vary between brands depending on their formulas. . Comparing Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic on odor shows a sizable difference, with less than 5% of Amerisleep owners mentioning a smell and over 20% of Tempurpedic owners mentioning odor. These numbers yielded an A rating for Amerisleep and D for Tempurpedic, as this was slightly above average for the mattress type.
The affect any product has on health is a concern and consumers have begun researching this aspect of mattresses and bedding much more intently than in the past. For rating purposes we included information from each company’s website, reviews from owners, express claims from each company, and any outside testing or verification that has been done for verification purposes.
Amerisleep advertises their products as not containing dangerous VOCs and people who have purchased the mattresses have verified that they were for the most part able to use them the same day after airing out the new smell. Independent testing for Certipur certification showed the beds are free from the chemicals often associated with foam mattresses. These include formaldehyde, chlorofluorocarbons, PBDE’s (flame retardants that have raised concerns), heavy metals, and substances which have banned, as well as low VOCs. In combination with the low odor complaint rate, Amerisleep received an A rating for healthiness.
Tempurpedic advertises their products as also being free of harmful VOCs, formaldehyde, and CFCs. Consumers have mentioned that they are concerned with a strong chemical odor, with some returning their beds. There is no information available regarding certification or verification on purity or claims made by the company. This combined with the higher odor complaints yielded a grade of C.
Amerisleep uses plant-based memory foam in their mattresses, which reduces petroleum usage and environmental contaminants. Their beds are made in a zero emissions facility as well. Beds are shipped compressed to improve efficiency and reduce fuel usage as well. Compared to other memory foam lines, Amerisleep offers above average eco-friendliness and receives an A.
Due to the lack of information that is available regarding the composition of Tempurpedic’s patented memory foam it is almost impossible to determine whether it is eco-friendly or not. It is thought that the company uses a petroleum base in their products, as that is the standard for memory foam and they make no other claims and do not provide any information on manufacturing or steps to protect the environment. They ship beds without compression which is considered inefficient as it requires more space and fuel. These three factors yielded a grade of D.
The warranties for the two brands are similar, with both offering 10 years of full coverage, which kicks in with impressions over 0.75 inches deep. Amerisleep offers 10 additional years of prorated coverage, while Tempurpedic offers 15 years of prorated coverage, giving them a slight advantage in scoring. Both brands also offer a 90 night in home trial period to guarantee comfort and satisfaction.
The more durable a product is, the longer it tends to last. For memory foam in general, people report keeping their beds between 5-10 years. Both Amerisleep and Tempurpedic surpass the memory foam mattress industry standard of in this regard, with good reports of durability and expected lifespans of 10 or more years. One exception might be Tempurpedic’s newer Simplicity line, which seems to have garnered more complaints regarding durability than other lines from this manufacturer. Both brands score a B+ in this category for above average performance.
Amerisleep offers their products online and ships them nationwide for free. Tempurpedic beds are available both online and through dealers, thus Amerisleep receives a B and Tempurpedic an A.
A large part of consumer satisfaction can be attributed to customer service after the sale. Amerisleep reviews reported mostly good experiences. Some had encountered problems regarding delivery time but reported that the communication was good and experiences seem overall satisfactory. Tempurpedic reviews were also mostly positive, with some complaints regarding warranty service and issues with dealers. Overall, we gave Amerisleep a B+ and Tempurpedic a B- for service.
Final Score in Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic
The final scores for Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic were compiled using the grades for each factor averaged together. Amerisleep averaged a 4.6 or A, while Tempurpedic averaged a 3.8 or B. Interestingly enough, our in depth comparison yielded results that very closely mirror average owner review scores (4.6 vs 3.6). In the comparison of Amerisleep vs Tempurpedic, the Amerisleep mattresses performed better primarily due to differences in odor, heat, price and eco-friendliness.
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