Cheaper Tempurpedic Alternatives

One thing that I learned a long time ago, it is that you do not need to get a Tempurpedic mattress if you are looking for a good memory foam bed. Tempurpedic is a name brand and uses that name brand to charge a premium.

You can actually get a similar quality memory foam mattress for half the price if you go to the right places.  Most American made memory foam mattresses are comparable, and a fraction of the price.

Why is Tempurpedic more expensive?

Tempurpedic was the first company to come out with memory foam mattresses.  They took the technology that was developed by NASA and made a bed out of it.  At the time the mattresses originally came out, they were able to charge a lot of money as they were the only ones in the industry.

As time went on, competitors showed up.  Tempurpedic did have to drop prices a bit to compete, but they kept their prices up higher because they were the name brand.  It is like buying Nike shoes over another pair of more comfortable sneakers just because it has the “swoosh” on it.

What to look for in your Tempurpedic alternative

I feel that shopping for a mattress online is a great option.  This applies to buying a mattress online and buying one in a store.

If you buy a mattress online, make sure there is free shipping (both ways).  This way you can return the mattress without a major problem.  It can be expensive for a normal person without a frieght shipping account to ship a mattress anywhere.

Regardless of where you buy the mattress, you have to be sure you are getting at least a 30 day sleep trial.  You never know how well you will sleep on a bed from just laying on it in a store for a few minutes, or even for a week at your home.  It takes a couple weeks to adjust to a new mattress, even if its the best mattress ever.

Different Types of Mattresses

When I was growing up, there was only one kind of mattress available.  It was the bouncy one that you can jump up and down on, the one that you had to flip over to avoid having it sag in the middle, the one that might get coils popping out of it after a few years.  God, I hated those old coil mattresses.  Today, there is a slew of different kinds that you can choose from.

Memory Foam Mattresses

This is the kind of mattress that got popular after you saw those Tempurpedic commercials.  You remember them right?  The commercials with somebody jumping up and down on a bed, a bed that had a glass of wine on it, and the glass didn’t spill!

Well these mattresses are a little more than just something that you can jump around in with a glass of wine.  Memory foam beds were actually created using a NASA engineered product, “visco-elastic” polyurethane foam.  NASA tried to make a new material that would work well in space, but they wound up introducing the foam to the public in the 1980s without a set use for it.  In comes Tempurpedic to figure out that this would make for a nice bedding material.  Since then, Tempurpedic has become a household name that most people associate with memory foam while there are still so many more alternatives to Tempurpedic that can save you a boat load of money.

Latex Foam Mattresses

Latex is one of the newer compounds being used to create bedding.  Latex offers some of the same benefits as memory foam, plus it is much lighter and doesn’t hold in the heat like memory foam.  The cost of a latex foam mattress vs memory foam mattresses is usually a bit higher.

Latex mattresses aren’t all created equally, by the way.  There are natural latex beds, then there are synthetic latex mattresses. You’ll also find a synthetic blend.  Then, you also have both Talalay and Dunlop methods for creating the beds.  We go more into those differences in the Latex Foam Mattress Buying Guide.

Luxury Air Mattresses

I could have just said “air mattresses”, but people immediately start thinking about those Coleman air mattresses designed for camping or for your guests that would rather sleep on these beds than on your couch.

Air mattresses have come a long way over the years, finding themselves in the luxury mattress category.  A popular kind would be the Sleep Number air mattresses that allow you to personalize the softness/hardness (firmness) of your bed. Higher end models even allow you to adjust the air on 2 different sides of the beds so that each person can sleep in their own comfort level.

Water Mattresses (Toppers)

I’m not going to talk about the old waterbeds from the 1970′s.  Those beds have earned themselves a bad name by being uncomfortable, expensive, flimsy and bad for your joints.  I think I actually used to get seasick sleeping on those.  These still exist, but I refuse to recommend any of them for any reason other than a 1975 themed party.

Modern waterbeds, however, can be given a recommendation.  The old waterbeds used to just have one giant “bladder” that you would fill with water.  Today there are two advanced luxury waterbeds that use systems to keep the water moving throughout the mattress system in a controlled manner rather than free flowing around the bladder.  The new waterbeds are made with hydraulic or coil based technologies to provide better sleep and comfort.

The Best Mattress

I really can’t say what “the best mattress” you can buy is.  There are different things that you need to take into consideration that are individual to each person.  Some people have a lower budget and focus on that while other have medical conditions like fibromyalgia that might look for a mattress to treat that.

About Zzz’s Mattresses

Welcome to the 2nd to last place you will ever have to look before buying a mattress ever again.  Why not the last place?  Well, because we are just trying to help you get you to that last place with our mattress buying guides.

I’m not trying to run a business, because that is a headache in so many ways.  What I am trying to do is provide as much information to this site’s visitors as possible so that they can read through all of the nonsense of mattress shopping, and choose the best bed for them.

Today we have more options than soft or hard.  We now have other choices like memory foam, latex, water, air, adjustable and the list continues to go on.  Premium mattresses are extremely expensive, or you can also find inexpensive premium mattresses.

I’m also here to help you find the cheapest mattresses, not in terms of cheap quality, but in terms of low prices.  You don’t necessarily have to shell out a ton of money for a name brand mattress when I can show you how to find a lower priced alternative to something like Tempurpedic, Sealy or Simmons.  There are more options that you can take advantage of so you can save some money up for other important purchases.

Luxury mattresses can find their way into your bedroom now without as much hassle or price.  There is an arsenal of information provided in the posts that you can find by clicking the links on the right hand side of the page.

Please feel free to click on the Contact button at the top of the page if you have any questions you think I can help with.

-Z