One of the most popular mattress brands worldwide, Tempur-Pedic was the first company to take advantage of memory foam in mattresses. Today, the memory foam in their beds provides high levels of cushioning, pressure relief, and motion isolation.
Since their early days, Tempur-Pedic has constantly developed new offerings, and the TEMPUR-Cloud is another big step for the company. It is their first bed-in-a-box mattress designed to be bought online and shipped compressed to the customer’s front door.
With the rising popularity of online mattress sales, Tempur-Pedic has dipped their toes in these waters. While the company’s product line still trends toward higher-end pricing, the TEMPUR-Cloud is the most affordable option for sleepers who want a mattress made with TEMPUR memory foam.
As with any newer product, it’s natural for shoppers to wonder what to expect, and we’re here to help. Our in-depth review of the TEMPUR-Cloud covers all the details that you need to know about its construction, pricing, and performance.
The TEMPUR-Cloud is Tempur-Pedic’s first foray into the bed-in-a-box mattress style, but its design nevertheless reflects that of many other Tempur-Pedic beds. It has an all-foam construction made with three interior layers.
The top two layers of the TEMPUR-Cloud are the comfort system, and both of these layers are made with TEMPUR memory foam. The TEMPUR foam in this mattress is specially formulated so that it can be compressed for shipping, but its performance parallels that of the original TEMPUR foam. That means excellent contouring to promote spinal alignment as well as a strong ability to limit motion transfer from one side of the bed to the other. The second layer of TEMPUR foam shares these properties but is made to be slightly firmer to help protect against “bottoming out” of the comfort system.
The support core is a thick layer of dense polyfoam that provides a sturdy base for the bed. The cover is made with a stretchy fabric that is also relatively soft and smooth. The overall firmness is medium (5) although some customers find it to lean toward medium firm (6).
One important note about the construction of this mattress is that Tempur-Pedic does not disclose the full mattress specifications. For example, they don’t share the thickness of the layers, the density of the foams, or the material composition of the cover, as all of these details are treated as proprietary. However, given Tempur-Pedic’s track record with memory foam materials, many shoppers are comfortable purchasing the TEMPUR-Cloud without knowing all of the nitty-gritty details.
The TEMPUR-Cloud is a bed-in-a-box mattress made of layers of Tempur-Pedic’s proprietary TEMPUR material over a base of high-density polyfoam.
TEMPUR memory foam
TEMPUR memory foam
Tempur-Pedic is known for luxury mattresses that come with a higher price tag, and this holds true for the TEMPUR-Cloud, which costs more than most all-foam mattresses sold as a bed-in-a-box online. That said, because of the track record of Tempur-Pedic and its namesake memory foam, many customers find that the brand’s mattresses are a worthwhile investment. Among their product offerings, the TEMPUR-Cloud is the most affordable option.
The TEMPUR-Cloud measures in at 10 inches in height, and its weight is comparable to most other memory foam mattresses on the market. It is offered in all six of the standard mattress sizes.
Sizing and pricing details for the TEMPUR-Cloud are outlined in the following table. Be aware that the prices listed are the retail sticker price. In many cases, the company offers sales or promotions that provide customers a meaningful discount from this listed price.
|Twin||38" x 74"||10"||N/A.||$1699|
|Twin XL||38" x 80"||10"||N/A.||$1699|
|Full||53" x 75"||10"||N/A.||$1899|
|Queen||60" x 80"||10"||N/A.||$1999|
|King||76" x 80"||10"||N/A.||$2399|
|California King||72" x 84"||10"||N/A.||$2399|
A major strength of TEMPUR foam is its ability to isolate motion. This memory foam only reacts and compresses where weight is directly applied, so movement on one side of the mattress doesn’t cause vibration on the other side.
For couples, this can be a huge benefit. It’s particularly important if one of the sleepers is easily awoken and/or one of them moves during the night.. While the TEMPUR-Cloud won’t eliminate every last bit of motion transfer, it’s effective for almost all couples who want to protect against mid-sleep disturbances.
The TEMPUR-Cloud offers sleepers above-average pressure relief. Memory foam was built to contour to the body and cushion against the impact of a space shuttle launch, which means that it’s more than capable of accommodating sharp pressure points. In doing so, it can reduce pain in key zones of the body and support proper spinal alignment.
The only reason why the TEMPUR-Cloud doesn’t get a perfect score for pressure relief is that some sleepers, such as people over 230 pounds and many stomach sleepers, find the deep contouring to be excessive and even capable of generating strain on certain parts of the body.
A downside of memory foam materials like TEMPUR foam is their tendency to retain heat. The main reason that this happens is that the close contouring of the foam to the body means that air can’t flow freely around the skin. As the body warms up, so does the foam, which actually makes it softer and more conforming, leading to even further reductions in airflow.
While this problem becomes most pronounced on very soft memory foam mattresses, it is still an important issue to consider on the TEMPUR-Cloud. People who already tend to sleep hot or people who live in hot climates may find that the bed’s lack of temperature neutrality is a deal-breaker.
All-foam mattresses are susceptible to problems with edge support, and that holds true for the TEMPUR-Cloud. The deep sink of memory foam means that there’s a lot of compression around the perimeter, which is the weakest part of any mattress. That and memory foam’s limited bounce can make the edge feel even more unstable.
While this isn’t a huge problem for most people, it may be a turn off for those who typically sleep near the perimeter of their bed or often sit on the edge while they do other things.
The TEMPUR-Cloud gets a below-average rating for ease of movement because of the low level of responsiveness in the TEMPUR foam comfort system.
Part of the reason memory foam has its name is that the foam is slow to retake its original shape; it seems to briefly retain a “memory,” an impression in the foam, of the weight you applied. This slow rebound means that there is a risk of feeling “stuck” in the mattress, making it harder to switch your sleeping position or get out of bed.
Of the most common mattress materials, memory foam has the least amount of bounce. As it lacks a springy feel, using memory foam in a mattress can create barriers to sex. Not being able to quickly and easily move on top of the bed may be a hindrance to some sexual activities, and that issue can be exacerbated by the weaker edges of the mattress.
The TEMPUR-Cloud’s close-conforming memory foam layers make it perform below average when it comes to facilitating intimate activity.
The bed’s foam materials can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when the TEMPUR-Cloud is first removed from its packaging. These VOCs are not harmful, but they can give off a distinct odor that some call a “new mattress smell.”
For most people, this is only a minor annoyance, but it may be more problematic for people with strong allergies or sensitivities to smells. In almost all cases, the smell goes away within a few days of setting up the mattress. Allowing the bed to sit uncovered in a well-ventilated room will help to speed up the off-gassing process.
Finding the optimal mattress can mean taking account of a number of different factors. Among those, two of the most important are sleeping position and body weight.
Side sleepers: In this position, there’s a tendency to place extra stress on the hips and shoulders because those are typically the widest parts of the body. If those joints press hard against a too-firm mattress, it can be painful, but if they sink too deeply into an extremely soft mattress, the spine can get thrown out of alignment. As such, side sleepers usually need a medium soft (4) to medium firm (6) mattress with mild to significant contouring. The higher a person’s body weight, generally the firmer the mattress needs to be in order to hedge against excess sinking into the comfort layers. Given these considerations, the TEMPUR-Cloud is a good match for most side sleepers, although some over 230 pounds may find it a touch too plush.
Back sleepers: Back sleepers have very different needs from side sleepers. In this position, the highest risk zone is the lumbar area of the spine. Pressure in this area can arise if the midsection pushes into the bed either too much or not enough, creating a “U” or “reverse U” shape in the back. For most back sleepers, avoiding this means using a medium (5) to firm (7) mattress with light or moderate contouring. Because of the softer feel of memory foam and its significant contouring, the TEMPUR-Cloud is best for back sleepers under 130 pounds who won’t sink into the mattress as deeply. It will likely feel too soft to back sleepers over 130 pounds.
Stomach sleepers: For stomach sleepers, the lower back is their main problem area. Like back sleepers, their lumbar spine can be uncomfortably pulled into either a U or upside-down U shape. To avoid this, they typically need a medium firm (6) to firm (8) mattress with only very light contouring. Deep sink can be especially problematic for stomach sleepers since it can feel suffocating to them when they are in a face-down position. Because of this, the TEMPUR-Cloud is not a good fit for most stomach sleepers; however, for people under 130 pounds who put minimal pressure on their mattress, it may be supportive and comfortable.
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Above 230 lbs.|
The TEMPUR-Cloud is a relatively new product from Tempur-Pedic, so it has fewer total reviews than many other Tempur-Pedic mattress models. Reviewers so far have expressed generally high levels of satisfaction.
Customers who like this mattress the most are those who were seeking the considerable contouring effects of memory foam. Many of these people are side sleepers who may have a hard time getting enough cushioning for their pressure points on other mattresses.
Some users of the TEMPUR-Cloud mattress described its firmness as taking a bit of getting adjusted to. For example, in the first few minutes of lying on the mattress, they may feel as though the mattress is medium firm or firm, but within a short period of time, the TEMPUR foam conforms more to their body and creates a softer feel that is closer to medium. That said, some customers didn’t experience this gradual shift in mattress feel and found the TEMPUR-Cloud to be firmer than their expectations.
On the plus side, many couples report that the mattress offers solid motion isolation and generates virtually no noise, both of which help to avoid unwanted sleep disruptions during the night.
The TEMPUR-Cloud is sold online on the Tempur-Pedic website. That said, Tempur-Pedic has its own stores and partner retailers, so customers can contact local retailers to find out if a model is available to be seen in their showroom.
When purchasing online, shipping is available to all 50 U.S. states.
Tempur-Pedic offers free standard shipping of the TEMPUR-Cloud to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Additional charges apply for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii.
Standard shipping includes the mattress being compressed and packaged inside a large, reusable canvas bag. That package is brought to your home with ground shipping services. To set up the mattress, you need to bring the canvas bag to your bedroom, remove the mattress from its packaging, and allow it to decompress until it reaches its full size.
Tempur-Pedic does not offer any installation or old mattress removal services with the TEMPUR-Cloud. Customers looking for White Glove delivery may prefer other Tempur-Pedic models that come with this service included.
The TEMPUR-Cloud has a 90-night sleep trial. Customers are required to keep the mattress for 30 nights before initiating a return. Tempur-Pedic will pick up the mattress if you decide to return it, but a $175 return shipping fee is subtracted from your refund.
The warranty for the TEMPUR-Cloud lasts for 10 years and covers defects in materials and manufacturing. The warranty stipulates that Tempur-Pedic will repair or replace a defective mattress. The customer is responsible for shipping charges associated with the warranty claim.