How does Novosbed compare to Tempur-Pedic?
Mattresses, materials, policies, purchasing, and other important factors compared.
- Construction: Premium memory foam
- Foam density: Unknown foam density
- Selection: 16 mattress model options
- Available: In stores and online
- Sleep trial: 90 nights
- Cover: Removable, washable on some models only
- Warranty: 10 year warranty
- Price (Queen): $1799 USD (and up)
- Construction: Premium memory foam
- Foam density: High density foam
- Selection: Three different firmness options
- Available: Online only
- Sleep trial: 120 nights
- Cover: Removable, washable
- Warranty: 15 year warranty
- Price (Queen): $999 USD
- 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 16 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 80%.
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 4 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 - 4 lbs/ft3||Premium support foam||USA|
Both Novosbed and Tempur-Pedic sell premium quality memory foam mattresses, but neither brand sells a one-size-fits-all firmness.
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'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.
|Name||Price (Queen)||Thickness||Firmness||All sizes||Washable cover|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe||$3799 USD||13.5"||Ultra Soft||No||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze||$4799 USD||13.5"||Ultra Soft||No||No|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme||$2599 USD||11.5"||Soft||Yes||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze||$3799 USD||11.5"||Soft||No||No|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Elite||$3299 USD||12.5"||Ultra Soft||No||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Cloud Prima||$1799 USD||10"||Medium Soft||Yes||No|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite||$3299 USD||12.5"||Medium Firm||No||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Contour Elite Breeze||$4299 USD||12.5"||Medium Firm||No||No|
|TEMPUR-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||$3799 USD||13.5"||Medium Firm||No||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Contour Supreme||$2599 USD||11.5"||Firm||Yes||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Flex Supreme Breeze||$3799 USD||11.5"||Medium||No||No|
|TEMPUR-Flex Elite||$3499 USD||12.5"||Medium Soft||No||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Flex Supreme||$2799 USD||11.5"||Medium||Yes||Yes|
|TEMPUR-Flex Prima||$1999 USD||10"||Medium Firm||Yes||No|
|GrandBed||$7499 USD||15"||Medium Soft||No||No|
|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|
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.
|Soft||Tempur-ES Profile 12.5"|
|Medium||Tempur-ES Profile 11-11.5"|
|Firm||Tempur-ES Profile 8-10"|
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.
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 retail stores across the country as well as in flagship Tempur-Pedic stores. In Canada, their mattresses are at retailers like Sleep Country and Hudson's Bay. Novosbed sells exclusively online, direct to Canadian and US customers, with no association to any retail stores or other middlemen.
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. Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay, for example, doesn't carry the "Tempur-Pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe" mattress. Instead, they sell a model called the "Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Contour Venue Tight Top Firm" which may not be comparable in firmness or features.
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, Sleep Country in Canada has an exclusive "Tempur-Cloud ES" mattress and does not describe what makes their exclusive model 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.
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 a no-risk sleep trial, free shipping, and centralized customer service.
|Tempur-Pedic||Online and in stores||Yes||Varies by retailer|
|Novosbed||Online only||No||Same for everyone|
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.
If a return is needed, Novosbed issues a 100% refund and arranges pick-up of the mattress. 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.
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.
|Company||Sleep trial||White glove||Firmness guarantee||Returns|
|Tempur-Pedic||90 nights*||Free*||No*||Return fees*|
|Novosbed||120 nights||No||Yes||No return fees|
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 80%.Note: Review scores below are current as of last update.
|Company||On site||Reseller Ratings||Amazon||Sleep Sherpa||Sleep Like the Dead|
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 ...” - 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