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Originally created for astronauts in the 1960’s, Tempur-Pedic’s spongy foam has made the brand a household name. You’ll now find the ~out of this world~ material in its lineup of products — including its many pillows.
But if all of these pillows are made with the same material, then what’s the difference between all of them? And which one should you buy?! Why does choosing a pillow have to feel like rocket science? 😩
That’s where we come in. Read on to find our top 6 Tempur-Pedic pillow picks, plus some tips for choosing the best one for you.
Best value: Tempur-Cloud Pillow
- Price: $
- Height: 5 inches (overall size slightly smaller than a queen)
- Firmness options: extra soft
Tempur-Pedic calls this its most popular pillow and it’s also the cheapest on our list. It doesn’t have different size, height, or firmness options, but reviewers write glowing reviews about how comfy it is and how much it helps with neck pain.
We tried this pillow ourselves and def agree with reviewers. It’s one of Tempur-Pedic’s softer pillows — but it’s still a solid foam pillow, so it’s not squishy soft like you’d get with an extra-soft feather pillow.
It’s a great pick for anyone who wants to find a happy medium between adequate neck support and a marshmallowy feel.
Best for side sleepers: Tempur-Cloud Pro Pillow
- Price: $$
- Height: 5.75 (Lo) or 6.5 inches (Med, Hi)
- Firmness options: extra soft (Lo), soft (Med), medium (Hi)
Tempur-Pedic gives you hella options for this pillow. You can choose “Lo,” “Med,” or “Hi” — and each option is supposed to have a different feel and work best for different sleeping positions and body types.
We picked this for side sleepers because the “Med” and “Hi” options are 6.5 inches tall, which is tall enough to keep your head supported on your side.
People with smaller body frames will prob find the “Med” option comfier (it’s softer, so it’s a little shorter when you’re lying on it), and people with larger body frames will likely get more support from the “Hi.”
Best cooling: Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
- Price: $$$
- Height: 6.4 inches
- Firmness options: medium
Who here flips their pillow 42 times a night to get to the cooler side? 🙋♀️ This pillow has a gel layer on both sides that feels cold to the touch (seriously, when we tested it, it almost felt like it came out of the fridge??).
While we love the chilly feel of this one, it’s also pretty tall and firm. It’s a good pick for side and back sleepers, but stomach sleepers should (unfortunately) steer clear.
Best for neck pain: Tempur-Neck Pillow
- Price: $ (smaller than a queen)
- Height: 3.5, 4, or 4.75 inches
- Firmness options: firm
We picked this pillow for people with neck pain because it’s got that classic, contoured shape and is available in the right height options for neck support.
Evidence suggests that pillows 10 centimeters tall (about 4 inches) are best for maintaining the natural curve in the necks of back sleepers and reducing neck muscle activity in side sleepers — and the Tempur-Neck pillow’s medium size option is 4 inches tall (woot!).
Keep in mind that that’s not a hard and fast rule, though. It’s totally possible you find something shorter or taller to be a better fit for easing your neck pain.
Most unique: Tempur-Down Precise Support Pillow
- Price: $$
- Height: 7.88 inches
- Firmness options: medium
Struggling to decide between a firm, supportive pillow and a luxuriously soft down pillow? This pillow might be a good solve for you because it’s kinda both. Hear us out.
A solid foam core surrounded by down filling makes this pillow feel soft and supportive at the same time. Reviewers say this pillow is the perfect mix of comfy and supportive — with some even saying it’s heavenly.
Out of all of Tempur-Pedic’s pillows, this pillow would work best for stomach sleepers because its down filling gives it a softer, squishier feel.
Best for combination sleepers: Tempur-Symphony Pillow
- Price: $ (for smaller than a queen)
- Height: 5 inches
- Firmness options: soft
This pillow works for combo sleepers because it’s specifically designed to support different sleeping positions depending on what side you use. The brand says the rounded side is better for back sleepers and the flat side works best for stomach and side sleepers.
When we tried it, we thought the rounded side was actually comfier for side sleeping because the pillow nudges up into your shoulder, adding a little support. The good news is that you can flip it however you want and find the shape that feels comfiest to you.
Here are some pros and cons to consider before you decide to spring for a Tempur-Pedic pillow:
Tempur-Pedic pillows are best for back and side sleepers looking specifically for solid foam pillows with good pressure relief. They’re also best for folks that are willing to spend a pretty penny to upgrade their bedding.
But how to choose between all of the pillows Tempur-Pedic has to offer?! Here’s what you’ll need to consider.
Type and materials
Basically all of Tempur-Pedic’s pillows are made using their “Tempur Material” — which is that soft foam you prob remember from those old commercials with the glass of wine.
Most pillows are also solid foam (rather than shredded), which means they’re heavier, taller, and firmer than other types of pillows. This combo is typically a side or back sleeper’s paradise. But if it isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere.
You can still check out the Tempur-Down pillow that has a layer of down feathers surrounding a foam core, but just remember that Tempur-Pedic doesn’t accept returns if you end up not loving it.
Even Tempur-Pedic’s “extra soft” pillows are pretty firm, but there’s still some variation in firmness from pillow to pillow.
If you’re looking for something seriously hard, you should check out the Tempur-Neck pillow. If you want something with a little squish to it, consider the Tempur-Cloud and Tempur-Cloud Pro pillows.
Want something in between? The Tempur-Down pillow is supposed to give you the best of both worlds.
If you tend to sleep hot, you’ll def want to check out Tempur-Pedic’s cooling pillows. Foam in general has a tendency to trap body heat, so Tempur-Pedic’s regular pillows might make you feel even hotter than usual.
All of Tempur-Pedic’s pillows require a good amount of cash. If your budget is on the lower end, your options will be a little limited.
Heart set on a pricey pillow? Watch out for sales and deals on Tempur-Pedic’s and other retailers’ sites.
Try looking at a few retailers before buying — you might be able to find sales, deals, or better return policies than Tempur-Pedic offers.
Tempur-Pedic sells high quality solid foam pillows made from their famous “Tempur Material.” Reviewers are generally huge fans of the pillows — but they’re firmer, taller, and heavier than the average pillow, so they usually work best for side and back sleepers.
Tempur-Pedic doesn’t accept returns on any of their pillows, so it’s important to be extra sure of your decision before getting too temp-ted to purchase.