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How does Novosbed compare to Tempur-Pedic?

Mattresses, materials, policies, purchasing, and other important factors compared.

Last update: November 4, 2016

Comparison summary

Tempur-Pedic

  • Construction: Premium memory foam
  • Foam density: Unknown foam density
  • Selection: 14 mattress model options
  • Available: In stores and online
  • Sleep trial: 90 nights
  • Adjustable comfort: No
  • Cover: Removable, washable on some models only
  • Warranty: 10 year warranty
  • Price (Queen): $1699 USD (and up)

Novosbed

  • Construction: Premium memory foam
  • Foam density: High density foam
  • Selection: Three different firmness options
  • Available: Online only
  • Sleep trial: 120 nights
  • Adjustable comfort: Comfort+
  • Cover: Removable, washable
  • Warranty: 15 year warranty
  • Price (Queen): $999 USD

Highlights

  • Both Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic specialize in premium memory foam mattresses. Tempur-Pedic, however, doesn't disclose any details regarding the foam densities used in their mattresses.
  • Novosbed offers a simple selection of three mattress models. Tempur-Pedic has 14 models, not including retailer exclusive models.
  • By selling direct to customers without middlemen, Novosbed can offer a more affordable price. Tempur-Pedic mostly sells through third party retailers at significantly higher prices.
  • Novosbed offers the same product and service to everyone. Tempur-Pedic shoppers must consider each individual retailer's selection and policies.
  • Novosbed has an aggregate review score of 92% compared to Tempur-Pedic's 72%.

Mattress materials

Open cells help give memory foam contouring properties, pressure point relief, and better airflow. Open cells help give memory foam contouring properties, pressure point relief, and better airflow. - Mdiproducts (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic both make memory foam mattresses. Unlike most other foams, memory foam has strong motion isolation and body contouring abilities. These traits help produce a distinct low bounce, body hugging mattress. Both Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic mattresses are constructed with memory foam as a primary material to achieve this memory foam feel. Many other brands use memory foam in their mattresses too, but often bury them under other layers of latex or polyester foam. When memory foam is under other layers, the beneficial effects are greatly reduced.

Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic both promote the use and benefits of memory foam, but only Novosbed is open about the quality and composition of foam used in its mattresses. Novosbed publishes mattress foam densities online, but Tempur-Pedic doesn’t communicate their density information to their customers. Without Tempur-Pedic's foam densities, it's difficult to do a direct comparison of the materials. This is unfortunate for mattress shoppers since foam density is the greatest indicator of quality.

Foam density basics

In general, when comparing foam densities, a higher number means higher quality. The higher the density, the more foam material is used in the construction of the mattress. This higher density of foam results in a weightier, more durable mattress. This is important because the denser the mattress, the more foam material there is to support your body-weight, and to evenly distribute pressure. The end result is a robust mattress that maintains its shape and properties longer, providing you with long lasting, consistent comfort.

Above a certain threshold, foam density doesn’t have much effect on firmness. Even very low density foams can be constructed to feel very firm, and very high density foams can be made soft. A good way to see if a memory foam mattress is high density is to look at the weight. A queen size, 11" tall, high-density memory foam mattress should weigh around 90 lbs. High quality, high density foams, are created in the 3.5 to 5 lb/ft3 range.

Company Comfort layers Foam density Other layers Manufacturing
Tempur-Pedic Memory foam Unknown Premium support foam USA
Novosbed Memory foam 3.7 - 5 lbs/ft3 Premium support foam USA

Mattress selection

Both Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic sell premium quality memory foam mattresses, but neither brand sells a one-size-fits-all firmness.

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses

Tempur-Pedic's selection is large and more challenging to shop. Firmness options vary greatly from each of their model lines. Many models have similar names but can have quite different attributes. Some features, fabrics, and even sizes are not available on all mattress models, so those customers shopping for a specific size may not be able to find the model they want. Shopping at retail locations can cause some confusion as well, as the exact same Tempur-Pedic mattresses can carry a different name at two different stores. With all these choices and variance, choosing a mattress becomes more of a headache than it needs to be.

Novosbed Mattresses

Novosbed's selection is small and simple, selling three mattress models with straightforward names: Novosbed Soft, Medium, and Firm, named for their respective feel. All three models are made with the same high quality, high density foam and every Novosbed mattress model is available in all standard mattress sizes. With fewer differences between the models, choosing a mattress becomes a lot easier.

Tempur-Pedic mattresses

Name Price (Queen) Thickness Firmness All sizes Washable cover
TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe $3699 USD 13.5" Ultra Soft No Yes
TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze $4699 USD 13.5" Ultra Soft No No
TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme $2499 USD 11.5" Soft Yes Yes
TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze $3499 USD 11.5" Soft No No
TEMPUR-Cloud Elite $3199 USD 12.5" Ultra Soft No Yes
TEMPUR-Cloud Prima $1699 USD 10" Medium Soft Yes No
TEMPUR-Contour Elite $2999 USD 12.5" Medium Firm No Yes
TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze $3999 USD 12.5" Firm No No
TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe $3499 USD 13.5" Medium Firm No Yes
TEMPUR-Contour Supreme $2199 USD 11.5" Firm Yes Yes
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze $3699 USD 11.5" Medium No No
TEMPUR-Flex Elite $3299 USD 12.5" Medium Soft No Yes
TEMPUR-Flex Supreme $2699 USD 11.5" Medium Yes Yes
TEMPUR-Flex Prima $2099 USD 10" Medium Firm Yes No

Novosbed mattresses

Name Price (Queen) Thickness Firmness All sizes Washable cover
Novosbed Soft $999 USD 11" Soft Yes Yes
Novosbed Medium $999 USD 11" Medium Yes Yes
Novosbed Firm $999 USD 11" Firm Yes Yes

Comparable Models

Novosbed mattresses do not imitate Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic mattresses are built slightly differently and don’t feel identical. Each Novosbed is created to provide a unique soft, medium, or firm feel. The following comparables are provided as a rough reference point only. Also, the following Tempur-Pedic models may not be available in all areas, or may be sold under different names entirely.

USA

Novosbed Tempur-Pedic USA
Soft Tempur-Cloud Elite
Medium Tempur-Cloud Supreme
Firm Tempur-Cloud Prima

Note: Novosbed mattresses with Comfort+ installed will feel different than the comparable models listed above.

Canada

Novosbed Tempur-Pedic Canada
Soft Tempur-ES Profile 12.5"
Medium Tempur-ES Profile 11-11.5"
Firm Tempur-ES Profile 8-10"

Note: Novosbed mattresses with Comfort+ installed will feel different than the comparable models listed above.

Did you know?

Floor model mattresses that you try in stores are often already broken in and will feel softer than a brand new mattress. New mattresses, particularly ones made with high density foam, can take up to 30 days to break-in. The best way to get a feel for a Novosbed is to take advantage of the 120 night risk-free trial.

Purchasing options

Tempur-Pedic is a large international brand with numerous retail partners, making their products available both online and in retail stores. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available at American chains like Mattress Firm and Sleepy's. In Canada, their mattresses are at retailers like Sleep Country and Sears. Novosbed sells exclusively online, direct to Canadian and US customers, with no association to any retail stores or other middlemen.

In-store

Shopping for Tempur-Pedic mattresses in-store can be difficult and time-consuming. The same model mattress can have numerous different names at different stores. Sears Canada, for example, doesn't carry the "Tempur-Pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe" mattress. Instead, they sell a similar medium-firm model called the "Tempur-Pedic Venue."

Adding to the frustration of selecting a mattress, Tempur-Pedic also makes retailer-exclusive models. This means that a certain store will have its own unique mattress. For example, Mattress Firm sells a "Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Contour Supreme HD Exclusive” and Sleep Country has an exclusive "Tempur-Cloud ES" mattress. Neither retailer describes what makes their exclusive models different from the standard models. These practices make it almost impossible to comparison shop or price-match.

With this confusing landscape of in-store options, a good salesperson is almost a necessity when shopping for a new mattress. Like car salesmen, however, many mattress retailers are commission based. Is the salesperson being genuine in their recommendation? Are they pushing a specific model to earn a higher commission or to meet sales targets? It's often difficult to tell.

Online

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are available online through several third party retail websites across North America, and sells direct to US customers via their website. Despite selling direct, they do not currently sell direct to Canadians online, and don’t offer a price advantage over other retailers. This variety of retailers means there is no consistent set of policies or guarantees. Each retail website will have their own sleep trial, shipping guidelines, and return policies. Each web retailer also has their own standard of customer service, making it difficult to determine who to call if you need service or help.

Novosbed mattresses are currently available online to customers in the US and Canada. By selling online, direct to customers, Novosbed eliminates middlemen and their respective costs. Selling direct also enables Novosbed to offer the same service and policies to everyone. This includes an industry best sleep trial, free shipping, and centralized customer service.

Many shoppers enjoy the convenience and no-pressure experience of shopping for a mattress online. Many enjoy the convenience and no-pressure shopping experience of buying a mattress online.
Company Availability Middle-men Policies
Tempur-Pedic Online and in stores Yes Varies by retailer
Novosbed Online only No Same for everyone

Policies

By selling direct, Novosbed offers centralized service and consistent policies for all customers. Tempur-Pedic customers can buy through a variety of different retailers, each with different policies for shipping, returns, and customer support. This variety can result in drastic differences in experience from one store to the next. For the purposes of this comparison, we'll use the policies offered through Tempur-Pedic's website.

Shipping and returns

Tempur-Pedic currently offers free White Glove Delivery for all mattresses sold online to US customers. Canadians have to buy from retail locations or third party websites as Tempur-Pedic does not sell or ship direct to Canada.

Novosbed offers free shipping and free returns to both Canada and the USA. By not charging a fee for shipping or returns, there is no risk in buying a mattress online. Novosbed offers optional White Glove Delivery to customers in the USA for an added fee.

If a return is needed, Novosbed issues a 100% refund and arranges pick-up of the mattress. The White Glove Delivery fee, however, is non-refundable. Returned mattresses get donated to a local charity or recycled whenever possible.

Tempur-Pedic charges a return shipping fee for all returns. It's not clear whether returned mattresses get donated to charities, or are dumped.

Neither company re-sells returned mattresses.

Sleep trial

Tempur-Pedic offers a sleep trial that is 90 nights. Their sleep trial does not include an option to adjust the firmness. If it's not quite right, the only options are to keep something you don't love, or return it.

Novosbed’s sleep trial gives customers 120 nights to decide if the mattress is right. It's the only sleep trial available with a Perfect Firmness Guarantee. During the trial, customers are entitled to a free Comfort+ kit. Using Comfort+, customers can fine-tune the firmness of their Novosbed mattress, giving customers an option to tweak their mattress to get it just right.

Policy comparison

Company Sleep trial White glove Firmness guarantee Returns
Tempur-Pedic 90 nights* Free* No* Return fees*
Novosbed 120 nights $99 (US only) Yes No return fees
* www.tempurpedic.com (other retailer policies may vary)

Customer satisfaction

Both Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic have been reviewed on numerous websites. As of the last update date of this article, Novosbed’s aggregate review score is 92% compared to Tempur-Pedic’s 72%.

Note: Review scores below are current as of last update.
Company On site Reseller Ratings Amazon Sleepopolis Sleep Sherpa Sleep Like the Dead
Tempur-Pedic 4.5/5 n/a 2.6/5 n/a 6.4/10 81%
Novosbed 4.8/5 9.8/10 4.4/5 4.7/5 9.1/10 84%

Novosbed third party review quotes

"With the general feel and quality of materials being pretty close (depending on the Tempur-Pedic model, of course), I personally just think you get a better value from Novosbed because it costs so much less. The perfect firmness guarantee is also a unique innovation that should assuage any concerns from buying it online." - mattressclarity.com

“You’ll see that both Novosbed and Tempurpedic have dense quality foams but the Novosbed is much more affordable and includes the Comfort+ option” - sleepsherpa.com

Tempur-Pedic third party review quotes

“In short, this is a great mattress but you can get something that in my opinion is similar for about a third the price.” - sleepsherpa.com

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