Expert Tempurpedic Review 2021

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rating: 4.5
  • Options to purchase designs blended with down, cooling gel and micro cushions
  • Quiet pillow which remains largely silent when changing sleeping positions
  • Good quality contouring for pressure relief

Tempurpedic Pillows


With decades of expertise under their belt, it’s safe to say that Tempur-Pedic is a strong contender on the pillows market. As a brand, this company has played an important part in making memory foam a popular material for use in mattresses and pillows. The foams which are used in Tempur-Pedic products offer high levels of conforming and pressure relieving functionality, and their lifespans are also above average.

By Imogen Groome | 13th August 2019

There are several pillow models on offer with Tempur-Pedic. This means you will have an option whether you want a pillow with an even surface, an orthopedic model for head and neck support, or a travel-size pillow. In terms of construction, all of these models use a single piece of memory foam. Furthermore, all Tempur-Pedic pillows are covered by a five year warranty, and users can benefit from free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous US. However, there are not sleep trials on offer for any of the pillows in the range. Here’s a breakdown of the pillow models on offer:

  • Tempur-Essential Support Pillow – Support which aligns the head, neck and shoulders. Designed for back and stomach sleepers
  • Tempur-Cloud Pillow – An extra-soft pillow which provides adaptive support for the head, neck and shoulders
  • Tempur-Neck Pillow – A contoured pillow which offers support for side and back sleepers
  • Symphony Pillow – Designed with two sides – a gently arched one for back sleepers, and a flat side for other types of sleeper
  • Tempur-Adapt Pro – A pillow which adapts to you individually for the best level of support. Available in high (medium), medium (soft), and low (extra-soft).
  • Tempur-Ergo Cooling Neck Pillow – Designed to keep sleepers cool by utilising Tempur material and cooling gel
  • Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling – Makes use of layers of cooling gel to help hot sleepers sleep cool
  • Tempur-Down Precise Support Pillow – Offers a precise balance for soft and supportive comfort
  • Tempur-Adapt Pro Cloud + Cooling – Offers personalised support for sleepers which adapts to a high level
  • Tempur-Cloud Cooling Pro Pillow – With multiple options available for all kinds of sleeper, this pillow is made with cooling gel and Tempur material
  • Tempur-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow – Makes use of Tempur technology to adapt to the head, neck and shoulders
  • Breeze Neck + Advanced Cooling Pillow – Made with unique Tempur material, this pillow offers perfect contouring around the head, neck and shoulder areas
  • BodyPillow – A long, 48 inch design for supporting side sleepers and pregnant women
  • Breeze Pro + Advanced Cooling Pillow – Uses advanced dual cooling technology combined with the comfort of pressure relief
  • All-Purpose Pillow – Comes in a unique peanut shape, making it ideal for all kinds of uses – from travel pillow to neck roll or lumbar cushion
  • Travel Pillow – A horseshoe shaped pillow which allows total relaxation of the neck and shoulder muscles
  • ComfortPillow – Travel – A standard shaped pillow which is sized for travel, this pillow will cradle the head, offering pressure relief and support
  • NeckPillow – Travel – This pillow comes in a smaller size designed for easy packing, and features a ridged design to support the head, neck and shoulders
Firmness and Support

As it would be impossible to review all of the pillow models mentioned above, in this section we will focus on the Symphony. This pillow features a traditional memory foam feel which is firm to start with, before allowing for sinkage into it. Clearly designed for those who love the cradling support of memory foam, this pillow has a slow response time. Although this doesn’t make it ideal for moving around or combo sleepers, it does make it beneficial for deep compression and pressure relief. Stomach sleepers can make use of the flat side of the Symphony pillow for a low loft. Although unexpected, flipping over the pillow to this side renders the loft of the other side practically unnoticeable. Side and back sleepers will benefit more from the arched side of this pillow.

Materials and Down Quality

The Symphony pillow is made using Tempur-Pedic’s signature foam, and the cover is made of a 100% polyester knit. There are two differently designed sides with this pillow – the flat side is for stomach sleepers, while the arched side will provide additional support for back and side sleepers. Furthermore, the foam used by this brand is molded and lets the pillow keep its shape. It has a soft feel, which contours well around the head to provide pressure relief for the spine and neck. Overall, this pillow will work for all sleeping positions, and has a medium level of firmness.

The pillow cover used with the Symphony pillow is made of polyester knit which is resistant to dust and allergens. It can be removed using a zipper, making it machine washable. The foam underneath this layer is protected by a polyester netting.

Comfort Guarantee

There is plenty you can do to keep your Tempur-Pedic pillow feeling fresh and clean, although the brand has promoted its products as requiring virtually no maintenance. It’s recommended that you never wash the memory foam within the pillow, but you are able to remove and wash the cover. When you do so, ensure the cover is washed during a cold cycle. It’s better to air-dry this material, but if you’re running low on time, you can use a tumble dryer on a low setting. When washing the cover, don’t use chlorine products or stain removers, and be sure not to over-dry it. The pillow itself can be rolled and unrolled while the case is being washed. This will allow it to breathe and take in fresh air.

Returns are only accepted if the product has been damaged at delivery or if there is a product defect.


Tempur-Pedic pillows come with a 5-year limited warranty. According to this warranty, the company provides a guarantee that it will replace or repair the purchaser’s product if it’s found to be defective due to faulty materials or workmanship. The limitations in the warranty include a normal increase in softness of the material, which aren’t eligible under its terms. That being said, if there is a physical flaw in the pillow which has caused its material to crack or split despite being handled and used normally, or the structure has deteriorated to the extent that it can’t return to its original shape, you will be eligible to make a claim. When such a claim is made during the 5 year timeframe, Tempur-Pedic will repair or replace the product, and the purchaser will be required to cover the handling costs.

Key Features

The Tempur-Pedic Symphony pillow is suitable for many sleepers:

  • Good for multiple loft options – The low loft side works for stomach sleepers, and the higher side is suitable for back or side sleepers. Overall, the pillow works for those who want to have both high and low loft options without needing to remove foam themselves.
  • Good for a medium firmness option – The Symphony pillow is moderate in terms of feel, and is firm without being overly dense.
  • Good for pressure relief – This pillow conforms to the shape of the sleeper’s head, offering pressure relief around key areas.
  • Good for contouring – The memory foam used with this pillow offers individual support for the head and neck areas, adapting to your specific shape and weight.
  • Good for brand reputation – With decades of experience in the market, and a history as the first manufacturer of commercial foam, Tempur-Pedic is a trusted brand.
  • No trial period available
  • May be too high for stomach sleepers
  • Could be too firm for slender or petite sleepers
  • No option to wash the entire pillow

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on a Tempur-Pedic pillow. Whether you want a travel pillow, a neck pillow or one which will suit your particular sleeping position, there will be an option for you. The use of memory foam makes for a feel which is both cushioned and supportive, and the cover is machine washable, adding to convenience levels. Furthermore, the product comes with a five year warranty, providing customers with peace of mind. Although these pillows come with a larger price tag compared to other products on the market, the innovative designs and trusted brand reputation combined make them a worthwhile investment.


  • Dense material can reduce neck pain
  • High level of spinal alignment for refreshing sleep
  • Comes in a variety of designs, sizes and firmness levels


  • Some of the most expensive pillows on the market
  • Temperature regulation can be an issue, especially for hot sleepers
  • Memory foam deteriorates more quickly than other materials, decreasing the overall lifespan of this pillow

Reviewed by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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