Here I’m taking a look at four Tempur-Pedic pillows. They’ve all been designed to meet different sleep needs. I’ll show you what they’re all made of, how they feel, and help you decide which Tempur-Pedic pillow is the right pick for you.
The Tempur-Pedic pillows I’m looking at are the TEMPUR-Neck pillow, the TEMPUR-Cloud, the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze, and the TEMPUR-Symphony.
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These pillows actually have some things in common.
First of all, they’re all filled with the brand’s proprietary TEMPUR material, which, in my opinion, is the epitome of memory foam. It gives you that classic memory foam feel.
By that, I mean it offers a very deep sink into the material, a super slow response to pressure, and it’s very moldable.
The details of each pillow’s construction vary from pillow to pillow in order to meet the specific needs of different styles of sleepers.
Let’s take a look at each one, one by one.
The first pillow I want to look at is the TEMPUR-Neck pillow, which features a contoured design specifically intended to help back and side sleepers maintain healthy sleeping posture and neutral spine alignment.
Essentially, you’ll see that it features shallow contour in the middle and then two curves on the end. This is intended to adapt to the natural curve of your head, neck, and shoulders so that essentially your head, neck, and spine are being cradled and held in neutral alignment.
One side of the pillow’s contour has a larger curve, and the other one is smaller. The larger one is going to be better for folks with broader shoulders, perhaps a bit taller. The smaller side is better for those of us who are a little more petite and have more narrow shoulders.
When you’re testing a pillow, it’s always best to play around with it and experiment, especially when it’s a contour pillow, which side is going to meet the needs of your unique body best.
If you are on the petite side, when using the pillow on your side, you will find it to be more comfortable with the smaller part of the contour under your neck. It allows enough pressure relief for your shoulder but it will not crane your head upward out of alignment with your neck.
However, when you use this pillow on your back, you will enjoy the larger side of the contour under your neck as it will keep your whole body feeling comfortably cradled.
Speaking of which, like I said, this pillow is filled with one solid piece of the brand’s proprietary TEMPUR material, which does offer that nice, deep sink into the material.
This particular pillow offers an extra firm feel, which is going to come in particularly handy for the side sleeping position, because side sleepers do need a firmer pillow in order to maintain healthy posture.
This pillow does come in small, medium, and large. You should pick which size you’d get according to your body type. Depending on the size you get, price varies from $89 to about $129.
Next up, we have the TEMPUR-Cloud.
Like the TEMPUR-Neck pillow we just looked at, it features the same cover fabric, 100 percent polyester knit. It’s filled with the same TEMPUR material.
However, there’s some different things going on.
First of all, it’s advertised as an extra soft feel, as opposed to extra firm, so this is definitely going to be softer. In my opinion, after testing this pillow, I do find the firmness to be a little bit closer to medium.
That’s something worth noting.
This pillow is categorized by TEMPUR-Pedic as an all-position pillow, which means that back, side, stomach sleepers can all benefit from it.
However, I will say that with my experience with this pillow, I found it to be most beneficial for back and stomach sleeping, because it does have a low to medium loft of about three and a half inches.
When you’re on your side, you do need a loftier pillow with a firmer feel in order to maintain neutral spine alignment.
That said, I found this to be great for back and stomach sleeping, especially if you’re a back and stomach sleeper who loves that nice memory foam feel.
This pillow does come in one size only, and it’s about $75.
Next up is the TEMPUR-Symphony. We’re working with the same materials, same TEMPUR material fill and the polyester knit cover.
This one’s pretty unique, because it blends two designs in one.
One side of the pillow has a traditional loft, meaning a flat surface. The other side is gently arched, and it’s intended for back sleepers. I have to say, it’s a pretty clever design for back sleepers.
Essentially, when you’re sleeping on the arch side, that contour fills in the gap between your neck and the pillow, and makes you feel completely supported.
Meanwhile, the flat side of the pillow is intended for stomach and side sleepers. However, because it’s got a profile of about four inches high and a medium firm feel, I’m definitely finding it to be better for side sleepers than stomach sleepers.
Stomach sleepers do need a very low lofted pillow, preferably of three inches or fewer and a soft compressible fill.
While this is softer in firmness as compared to the TEMPUR-Neck pillow, for example, it’s still got a soft medium to medium level of firmness. That, frankly, is too firm for stomach sleeping, in my opinion.
Of course, those things that made it not so great for stomach sleeping made it great for side sleeping. That firmness kept my head held in neutral alignment with my spine, relieved some pressure in my shoulder.
I enjoyed it for side sleeping, but my favorite part about this pillow is the arched side for back sleeping.
It comes in one size only, and it’s about $99.
Last but certainly not least is the TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze, which is my personal favorite of these four pillows.
Again, you’re working with one piece of TEMPUR material, but the cover fabric is 100 percent cotton. It’s much thinner and lighter, more breathable than the polyester knit covers.
That’s because this pillow is all about keeping sleepers cool. How does it do that?
On both sides of the pillow is a cooling gel layer that actually makes the pillow feel cool to the touch. No matter which side you’re sleeping on, it’s going to keep your face feeling cool and start to dissipate that body heat.
That said, this pillow does offer a medium firm feel and a very lofty profile of about six inches high. I’m finding it to be most beneficial for side sleepers.
That said, I did enjoy using this pillow on my back, too, but it’s worth noting that stomach sleepers, I wouldn’t even try it. It’s way too lofty and way too firm.
Depending on the size you choose, it ranges from about $170 to $200.
We’ve just taken a close look at all four Tempur-Pedic pillows, but let’s talk about a few details.
First of all, there are no returns for any of these pillows. It is kind of an investment, and you have to be pretty sure that you want this pillow before you make your purchase.
That said, a limited five-year warranty does come with each of these pillows, which I have to say is pretty impressive, and I don’t see that often.
The next thing to consider is wash care. Fortunately, all four of these pillows feature removable, washable cover fabrics. However, the foam itself is spot clean only.
Even then, you should avoid getting it wet as much as possible. If you do need to clean it, spot clean it with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Then allow it to air dry before you dress it with any bedding.
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.