What is the difference between Tempur-pedic memory foam and other Memory foam Mattresses?
A Tempur-Pedic mattress is generally eight inches thick and has two layers. The top layer is composed of three inches of a 5.3 lb. visco-elastic foam that has a listed ILD rating of 14. The bottom layer of the mattress is composed of 5 inches of 3.5lb., non-visco elastic, High density polyurathane. It has a cover that is composed of a soft, cotton-like material over a plastic-like material. The advantage of the plastic-like material under the cotton material is that it offers a water proofing for the foam below; the disadvantage would be less breathability and more difficulty washing it. You can purchase an additional platform base if you do not already have a solid enough one.
Other companies are now offering a two layer 4lb.- 6lb. visco-elastic material and some even offer other types of materials that are layered throughout the mattress. They also offer a wide variety of ILD ratings, but the most common are 8-20. They are using everything from the thinner cotton-type cover, to a more bulky wool or quilted cover. While these bulkier covers will feel softer to the touch, the disadvantages are that they will take away form the memory foam feel and contouring of the body. Wool covers will be warmer in the winter and hotter in the summer. The cotton type of covers can wick away moisture, but you may want to get an easily removable one, so you can wash it every so often. They offer thinner and thicker sizes, but eight inches usually suffices. If you have a solid platform base already, then it is not necessary to order one at the time you make your purchase. However, you may need to order one if you loose integrety in your base down the line.
With all of this said, perhaps the biggest reason many consumers choose to go with a different mattress company would be price. While Tempur-Pedic is not the most expensive out there, there are companies offering memory foam mattresses at significant price reductions.
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