By now, most of you are probably at least a little familiar with the Tempur-Pedic brand and the many mattresses it has to offer.
Did you know that Tempur-Pedic also makes pillows?
It’s true and here I’ll be taking a close look at one of the brands most popular pillows, the TEMPUR-Cloud. It is considered by many as the best pillow for stomach and back sleepers.
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My first impressions when I first unpackaged this pillow was that the cover fabric is very soft to the touch. It’s got this really cozy quilted pattern that’s nice to rub your hands over.
I was thinking that while it is a traditional shape so you do have the option to dress it with a pillow case if you want, I might not dress it with a pillow case because it’s very, very soft to the touch.
The second thing I noticed was that the feel of it definitely reminds me of some of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses I’ve rolled around in.
What I mean by that is getting this really slow, deep sink into the pillow that is pretty signature for the brand. I’m not surprised by that.
The thing I am a little bit surprised about is the folks at Tempur-Pedic described the support of this pillow as extra soft and pressing into it, I’m really not so sure I’d describe it that way.
Let’s take a closer examination of what exactly this pillow is made of.
Starting with the cover fabric, this cover fabric is made from 100 percent polyester knit. Like I said, it feels very soft to the touch.
Because it’s a traditional shape, you should totally feel free to cover it with a pillow case if you choose.
However, something great about polyester is its naturally moisture wicking. If you are prone to night sweats, you heat up during the night, that’s a little perk there. The polyester is working to keep you fresh and dry.
On one side of the pillow’s cover is a zipper, which allows you to easily remove the cover fabric when it’s time to be washed.
Yes, the cover fabric is totally machine-washable, which I love.
On the inside is one solid piece of the company’s proprietary foam known as Tempur material, which is also featured in all Tempur-Pedic mattresses, which makes sense that it reminded me of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
It’s giving you this really slow response to pressure. This great moldability that I know is going to really tightly conform to my head and neck, and really conform to pressure.
Folks who love the feel of memory foam are probably going to be particularly compatible with this because it’s not giving you that bouncy response to pressure like you might get with latex for example. You’re getting a very slow sink into the material.
That said, Tempur-Cloud pillow does have a very pretty lofty build, at about five inches, maybe a little less like four-and-a-half inches tall. My initial thought was that this would be great for side sleepers.
After rolling around in it, I realized that because this foam compresses down into such a low loft, I really wasn’t getting enough support when I was in the lateral position.
I ultimately found that this wasn’t lofty enough because it compresses so much for supporting me in the side sleeping position.
That said, when I rolled onto my back, I was in heaven. This, in my opinion, is a great pillow for back sleepers. It gently cradles your head and neck, keeps your posture really healthy, keeps your spine neutral.
Surprisingly, I liked it for stomach sleeping too because this loft does compress to about two inches or less.
The only thing I warn you against, though, is sleeping directly in the middle of the pillow. If you’re going to sleep on your stomach, stick to the outer banks. Stick to the edges of the pillow so that the foam is not conforming to your nose and mouth and obstructing your breathing.
Pros and Cons
Let’s talk about who’s going to be most compatible with Tempur-Cloud pillow.
There’s a lot that I’m loving about this pillow.
First of all, if you are a memory foam fan, there’s a good chance you’re going to love this pillow. It offers this really slow sink into the material. It’s got a really slow response to pressure. It really conforms to pressure in this way that cradles your head and neck. Keeps you very comfortable, particularly in the back sleeping position.
Speaking of which, if you love memory foam and you are also a back sleeper, this really might be your perfect pillow.
When I was testing it in the supine position, like I said, it really gently cradled my head and neck, provided some nice pressure relief for my neck and my shoulders, and also kept my posture in healthy neutral alignment.
Another thing that I love about this pillow is its cover fabric. It’s, like I said, super soft, but it’s also naturally moisture wicking, which is great for hot sleepers, like myself. Also, it’s machine washable.
Literally just unzip, throw it in the wash on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, and you’re good to go.
There are a couple of things that you might want to consider before committing to this pillow. First of all, like I said, it is advertised that this pillow offers an extra soft level of support. For me, that was not my experience.
It is worth noting that everybody is different so oftentimes, the feel of a pillow can be subjective. However, I definitely found this pillow to offer more of a soft-medium to medium level of firmness.
It’s definitely something that you want to know. Not really extra soft in my opinion.
That said, I did find that the foam really compresses down into a very low loft under the weight of my head.
Because of that, I really didn’t feel supported enough in the side sleeping position.
Side-sleepers do need a pillow with a lofty build and a firmer level of support.
It’s between the soft-medium, medium firmness and the very low loft of about two inches or smaller that is achieved when I’m actually lying on this pillow in a side sleeping position, I felt like my neck was falling a little bit and I didn’t feel supported enough.
Lastly, Tempur-Cloud pillow is about $75 and it doesn’t come with any trial period, so you have to be pretty positive that this is the pillow that you want.
Oftentimes, bedding brands will extend a trial period wherein sleepers can test a pillow out for a month or so, see how they like it.
Unfortunately, like I said, no trial period is offered with this pillow. However, there is a limited five-year warranty that comes with this pillow. If it comes damaged or anything like that, you can return it for a refund.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.