Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress review: optimal relief for back sleepers

Find out why the Tempur-Adapt mattress is a back sleeper's dream

Tempur-Adapt Mattress
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TechRadar Verdict

The Tempur-Adapt mattress will suit most back sleepers who are seeking balanced support and exceptional pressure relief. Low motion transfer makes it an appealing choice for couples but hot sleepers will find it traps too much heat.


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    Great for back sleepers

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    Exceptional motion isolation

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    Loads of pressure relief

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    In-home set-up included


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    Sleeps hot

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    Won't suit side sleepers

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    Short trial and no free returns

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Tempur-Adapt mattress review: two-minute review

The Tempur-Adapt mattress is Tempur-Pedic's mid-range model, albeit it's still quite pricey relative to many of the best mattresses on the market. (It has a starting MSRP of $1,699 for a twin.)  After three weeks of sleeping on a twin-sized Tempur-Adapt, here's what I (and my 5-person testing panel) discovered about this popular memory foam mattress...

My fellow testers and I aren't habitual back sleepers, but all of us felt the most comfortable lying on our backs. In this position, we experienced the "legendary pressure relief" Tempur-Pedic promises, along with all-over support that kept us well-aligned. It was a similar experience when we slept on our stomachs, but side sleeping was a mixed bag. I found it too firm along my shoulders, while another side sleeper said it was too soft along her hips (head to our best mattress for side sleepers roundup for some alternatives).

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress against a white background

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Motion isolation is incredible. Tempur Material absorbs almost every movement with ease so couples will benefit from it. Edge support is sufficient — there was some noticeable give when we sat along the edges but none of us feared falling off the bed. Unfortunately, temperature regulation is where the Tempur-Adapt faltered. Despite measures to make my sleeping environment as pleasant as possible, I woke up warm or downright sweaty while sleeping on the Tempur-Adapt mattress.

White-glove delivery is standard, which will be a welcome perk for anyone who can't maneuver their mattress solo. The Tempur-Adapt arrives flat, ready to sleep on as soon as it's placed on your bed frame. Mattress removal is also included if you need it. Since I had no way to dispose of my previous mattress, I took advantage of this convenience.

Keep scrolling to learn more about how the Tempur-Adapt fared when it came to pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, and temperature regulation — following TechRadar's mattress testing methodology. There are also general considerations regarding cost and value, plus ease of set-up.

In the UK? This model is only sold in the US. Get a taste of what to expect from the UK range in our Tempur Hybrid Elite mattress review.

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Comfort7.5/10 firmness, soft 'hug' feel, most comfortable for back or stomach sleepers.N/A
ValuePremium price bracket; paying more for those exclusive Tempur foams.3.5/5
Design11" tall, all-foam mattress. Three different foams, some exclusive to Tempur.4/5
TemperatureRuns warm; not a good choice for hot sleepers. 2/5
Motion isolation Absorbs movements exceptionally well; great for bed-sharers.4.5/5
Edge supportFine but not amazing. 3.5/5
Customer serviceA mixed bag – free white glove delivery, but trial and warranty are short, plus fee for returns. 4/5

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: price & value for money

  • Tempur-Pedic's mid-range model, but premium priced overall
  • Save up to $300 during occasional Tempur-Pedic sales
  • Short trial and warranty, but in-home delivery is included

The Tempur-Adapt is the second cheapest Tempur mattress (you can read about the most affordable option in our Tempur-Cloud mattress review). The MSRP for a Tempur-Adapt is $1,669 for a twin and $2,199 for a queen, which sits in the premium price bracket and is expensive for a bed-in-a-box mattress. 

It's worth noting that these are lower ticket prices than we've recently seen from Tempur-Pedic — the retail price for a twin was previously $1,949 while a queen was $2,749.

Below is the official 2024 pricing for the Tempur-Adapt Mattress:

  • Twin MSRP: $1,699
  • Twin XL MSRP: $1,699
  • Full MSRP: $2,049
  • Queen MSRP: $2,199
  • King MSRP: $2,899
  • Split King MSRP: $3,398
  • Cal king MSRP: $2,899
  • Split Cal king MSRP: $3,398

The Tempur-Adapt is among the priciest memory foam mattresses on the market. Tempur-Pedic mattress sales only run during major holidays such as the 4th of July mattress sales (but you may be able to save when there's not a sale on with Tempur-Pedic promo codes). In fact, we saw $300 off the Tempur-Adapt during Tempur-Pedic's Presidents' Day sale. That's one of the more substantial savings we've seen as Tempur-Pedic usually takes $100 to $200 off.

However, Tempur-Pedic mattresses are sold at a number of third-party retailers like Amazon, Raymour & Flanigan and Mattress Firm. You can browse their respective mattress sales for possible savings outside of shopping events, although these stores generally follow Tempur-Pedic's pricing conventions at the time. (Also, we'd recommend buying straight from the manufacturer for easier aftercare.)

For the amount of money you pay, Tempur-Pedic doesn't offer much in terms of its trial and warranty periods at 90 days and 10 years, respectively. (Plus, it costs $175 to return it.) On the other hand, in-home delivery and mattress setup are included, which is a perk most brands don't include for free, if at all.

  • Value for money score: 3.5 out of 5

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: materials & design

  • An 11-inch mattress with three layers
  • Cover has a cool-to-the-touch feeling
  • Tempur Material adapts to your weight and temperature

The 11-inch Tempur-Adapt mattress contains three layers — an 8-inch polyfoam base layer, a 1.5-inch support layer of dense Original Tempur Material in the middle, and a 1.5-inch comfort layer of softer TEMPUR-ES Material on top. Together, these layers are designed to provide adequate pressure relief, support, and response time.  A hybrid upgrade is available, which adds a layer of individually-wrapped coils for more bounce.

Tempur-Adapt mattress review featuring a close-up of the knit cover

A close-up of the Tempur-Adapt's knit cooling cover (Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

Tempur Material features an open-cell construction to help disperse heat, along with a knit cover made from specialized yarn that gives it a cool-to-the-touch feeling. These work in tandem to regulate temperature and prevent overheating.

The cover is spot-clean only so you'll want to invest in the best mattress protector to safeguard it from spills, bed bugs, and other unpleasantries. Note that Tempur-Pedic recommends using its own-brand mattress protector to enhance the contouring properties of the Tempur Material.

The Tempur-Adapt is available in three versions: the standard Adapt (the one we reviewed and the one we're focusing on here) followed by the ProAdapt and then the LuxeAdapt. Those are in a 'good > better > best' structure... although Tempur-Pedic seems to be confused about the rules of superlative use, because it has gone for 'better > best > ultimate' labeling instead.

They have roughly the same design, but with slightly more advanced foams as you move up the range, and a slightly taller profile too (11 inches for the standard, 12 inches for the ProAdapt and 13 inches for the LuxeAdapt. Within each of those, you can pick from various different sleep feels. Honestly, it feels slightly more complicated than it needs to be, but the gist here is that you have lots of options to choose from.

  • Design score: 4 out of 5

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: comfort & support

  • Rated 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale
  • Exceptional for back sleepers
  • Won't suit all side sleepers

For three weeks, I (an average-sized side/stomach sleeper) slept on a twin Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress – but since comfort is subjective, I recruited a panel of five individuals to provide their perspectives by napping on it for at least 15 minutes. My group included men and women of varying heights, weights, and sleep preferences.

The Tempur-Adapt mattress comes in one firmness, which we collectively rate a 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Although one person in our group said it was soft (especially along her hips while side sleeping), the majority of us found it close to Tempur-Pedic's self-assessment of medium.

A cat helps out with the Tempur-Adapt mattress review

Note: Alex the Cat was not an official part of the testing panel. (Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

It took me a couple of weeks to break in the Tempur-Adapt when sleeping on my side. (It was particularly firm around my shoulders.) However, I liked resting on my stomach since the mattress gently cradled my hips level while keeping them level with the rest of my body.

My testing group and I agree that the Tempur-Adapt is most comfortable for back sleeping. All of us felt immediate pressure relief in our backs, and regardless of our stature, our body weight was evenly distributed so we were well supported. (Interestingly enough, nobody in our group is a natural back sleeper.)

I had just completed my Saatva Loom & Leaf mattress review so I was used to sleeping on a slightly softer mattress. The Tempur-Adapt felt a touch too firm for me at first, but I gradually eased into it. Meanwhile, most of my fellow testers usually sleep on a firm mattress at home and found it plusher than they're used to but still comfortable.

Testing pressure relief for the Tempur-Adapt mattress review

(Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

I tested the Tempur-Adapt's "legendary pressure relief" by placing a 56lb kettlebell in the middle of the mattress to simulate someone sinking into it. The weight compressed the mattress by around 2.5 inches, and it took 20 seconds for the Tempur Material to snap back into place. 

What did we human testers think? We liked the responsiveness and soft hug of the top TEMPUR-ES layer, especially those of us who experience regular aches and pains. As someone who's dealt with a recent lower back injury, I appreciated how the Tempur Material relieved pressure from my hips and lumbar.

Final verdict? The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress provides the best pressure relief and all-around support for back sleepers. Stomach sleepers should also get on with it, but if you favor your side you might not find that keen balance of comfort and support. Check out any of the best mattresses for side sleepers instead.

  • Comfort score: 4 out of 5

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: performance

  • Sleeps hot, despite its cool-to-the-touch cover
  • Outstanding motion isolation – absorbs nearly every movement
  • Adequate edge support, although Top cover bunches up a bit

Comfort and support are super important, but they're not the only things that can affect how a mattress performs. In this section of the review, I'll take a closer look at how well this mattress regulates temperature, how effectively it isolates movements on the surface, and how sturdy the edges are. 

Temperature regulation

I'm prone to overheating at night yet can't help cocooning myself in covers. Thus, I was excited to put the Tempur-Adapt through its paces here, given the Tempur Material's response to temperature and the cool-to-the-touch surface.

Despite wearing lightweight pajamas and using cotton-polyester bed linens, I woke up warm to sweaty most mornings. I even transitioned from a mid-weight comforter to a lightweight crocheted blanket and still couldn't cool off.

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: feeling the cooling cover of the mattress

(Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

There are a couple of things to note here. First. Tempur-Pedic says its Tempur Material could lead to an increase in blood circulation, which could result in needing fewer covers. (That didn't make a difference to me, unfortunately.)

Second, Tempur-Pedic warns that mattress protectors may impede the Tempur Material from doing its thing, which is why the brand recommends using a Tempur-Pedic mattress protector. My polyester mattress protector is quite thin but it possibly affected how well the Tempur-Adapt could regulate temperature.

Still, I was not expecting this level of discomfort, especially for a premium mattress with a cooling cover.

  • Temperature regulation score: 2 out of 5

Motion isolation

The Tempur-Adapt may have failed the temperature regulation segment of the review, but it passed its motion isolation tests with flying colors.

A twin bed is meant to comfortably accommodate one person so to measure motion isolation I dropped a 10lb weight next to an empty wine glass from six inches high and varying distances away. This is meant to simulate a partner's movements as they shift positions or get in and out of bed.

Testing motion isolation with a wine glass and kettlebell for the Tempur-Adapt mattress review.

(Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

When I dropped the weight 25 inches away, the wine glass remained firmly in place. I counted one jiggle when I performed the same test from 12 inches away. When I released the weight from four inches away, the wine glass briefly wobbled back and forth before returning to its original position.

What does this mean? If you share a bed with a fidgety co-sleeper or someone who has a different schedule than you do, you'll barely notice a thing because the Tempur-Adapt absorbs nearly every movement. Plus, plenty of happy couples have left glowing reviews praising its low motion transfer.

  • Motion isolation score: 4.5 of 5

Edge support

Regardless of whether you sleep on a twin or a king, edge support is a key feature to consider. Not only do strong edges prevent sagging, but they can aid sleepers with mobility issues who need to sit before getting in or out of bed. (Not to mention, it lessens the fear of possibly rolling overboard while you sleep.)

Testing the edge support for the Tempur-Adapt mattress review using a kettlebell.

(Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

I placed my 56lb kettlebell along the Tempur-Adapt's edges along the middle perimeter and at the bottom. The weight compressed the mattress two inches at either edge. It did create a slight bulge in the top layer, but the edges returned to form once I removed the kettlebell.

My fellow testers and I also sat on the center edge plus along the corners. Some of us felt more sinkage than others, but none of us felt like we were in danger of falling off. We didn't experience any issues with getting up from the mattress, either.

Based on these assessments, the Tempur-Adapt mattress has average edge support. However, like standard foam, Tempur Material has a lot of give to it so this is to be expected. Hybrid mattresses are generally a better option if you need exceptional edge support since they combine foam with reinforced coils. (The Tempur-Adapt is available as a hybrid, as well.)

  • Edge support score: 3.5 out of 5

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: customer experience

  • Arrives flat, and delivered right to your room of choice
  • Mattress removal is also included free of charge
  • No obvious off-gassing smell

There was little I had to do to set up the Tempur-Adapt mattress. Since it arrives flat, Tempur-Pedic includes free in-home delivery straight into your room of choice. All I had to do was confirm a delivery date and time.

About a week after my initial contact with a local logistics company, a couple of crew members placed a fully-formed Tempur-Adapt mattress on my platform bed. I could have slept on it right away if I wanted to but since my delivery was nice and early at 9 am on a Monday morning, I opted to wait anyway.

Tempur-Adapt mattress review, featuring the mattress on a platform bed right after setup

(Image credit: Future / Alison Barretta)

The complimentary white glove delivery is a nice perk if you live alone, are recovering from an injury, or sleep on a larger bed. (Depending on the size, the Tempur-Adapt weighs between 44lbs and 96lbs.)

Optional mattress removal is also available. I took advantage of this service since I had no way to dispose of my previous mattress. Note that you'll have to include this in your delivery notes when you make your appointment.

I didn't detect an obvious off-gassing smell from the Tempur-Adapt mattress. Tempur-Pedic uses CertiPUR-US-certified foams low in the volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that could make your new mattress stink. (Avoiding the whole process of unfurling a vacuum-sealed foam bed may have aided in an odorless experience, too.)

Where Tempur-Pedic's customer experience falls down a bit is with its extras. The trial is only 90 nights – which is about the shortest trial I've seen from any major bed brand – and the warranty is 10 years. Neither is very generous, and I'd expect more given the price. For comparison, Saatva gives customers a full 365 night trial period and lifetime warranty. 

  • Customer experience score: 4 out of 5

Tempur-Adapt mattress specs

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TypeAll foam
MaterialsTempur Material, other foams
CoverKnit material, not removable
Firmness (1-10)7.5 (medium-firm)
Height11 inches
Trial period90 days
Warranty10 years
Price bracketPremium
Queen price$2,199
SizesTwin, twin long, full, queen, king, split king, Cal king, split Cal king
DeliveryFree white glove delivery
Returns$175 shipping fee

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: customer reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5-star rating on Tempur-Pedic's site
  • Praised for its contouring properties and pain relief
  • Many complain about overheating

To supplement my experience and that of my testing panel, I combed through hundreds of user reviews to provide an even greater perspective of how well this mattress performs. The Tempur-Adapt Medium mattress has a 4.5-star rating out of 5 from nearly 1,000 reviews on Tempur-Pedic's website as of March 2023. 

Those who like the Tempur-Adapt mattress say that it's helped alleviate issues like snoring and back pain. Plus, many sleepers praise its contouring properties and low motion transfer. On the other hand, some reviewers say it sleeps too hot, while several side sleepers claim it's too firm. You can filter reviews by keyword and star rating so you can find exactly what you'd like to know about this mattress.

The Tempur-Adapt mattress is sold at a selection of third-party sellers, with an average rating of at least 4 stars. However, most of those reviews appear to be sourced from Tempur-Pedic's website, so it's best to just look there.

Should you buy the Tempur-Adapt mattress?

I recommend the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress for back sleepers who are seeking exceptional pressure relief and all-over support. Despite not being natural back sleepers ourselves, my testing panel and I felt the most comfortable resting in this position, followed by sleeping prone (on our stomachs). Side sleepers, on the other hand, may not get on as well with it. Although I gradually settled into the Tempur-Adapt after a couple of weeks, side sleeping wasn't the most comfortable for me on this mattress.

Co-sleepers who want a mattress that absorbs nearly every movement should also be satisfied with the Tempur-Adapt based on my testing plus the glowing reviews from content couples. Hot sleepers, meanwhile, will want to avoid sinking money into this mattress unless they're willing to pay extra for Tempur-approved bedding. (Personally, I don't know how much of a difference this would make so go for a dedicated cooling mattress instead.) 

The most important thing I took from my testing is that brand reputation alone should not dictate your mattress purchase. My expectations were admittedly quite high due to it being a premium mattress from a renowned company. Despite my issues with it, I still believe it's a well-made mattress that'll perfectly suit a certain type of sleeper. It's quite an investment, though, so try to take advantage of the rare Tempur-Pedic sale when you can.

Alternatively, for a more affordable way to bring Tempur-Pedic's signature comfort into your home, check out our Tempur-Adapt mattress topper review.

Tempur-Adapt mattress review: also consider

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Header Cell - Column 0 Tempur-Pedic Tempur-BreezeSaatva Loom & LeafHelix Midnight
Price (queen)MSRP: From $4,499MSRP: $1,399MSRP: $1,373
TypeMemory FoamMemory foamHybrid
MaterialsTempur Material Memory foam, regular foamMemory foam, polyfoam, wrapped coils
FirmnessSoft, medium, medium hybrid, firmRelaxed firm (5-7), firm (8)Medium (5-6)
Depth12" - 13"12"12"
DeliveryFree white-glove deliveryFree white-glove deliveryFree
Trial90 nights365 nights100 nights
Warranty10 yearsForever10 years
Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Breeze Mattress

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Breeze Mattress
If you want to enjoy the cradling comfort of Tempur Material without overheating, you'll want the Tempur-Breeze, which sleeps between 3 and 8 degrees cooler, depending on the version you choose. It's loaded with cooling tech such as Tempur-CM Material (which cycles out heat and humidity) and a layer of PureCool+ Phase Change Material. The downside: it's Tempur-Pedic's priciest mattress.

Saatva Loom & Leaf MattressRead our Saatva Loom & Leaf review

Saatva Loom & Leaf Mattress
This memory foam mattress is comparable to the Tempur-Adapt in price and construction. Notable here is a gel-infused foam lumbar crown, a boon for anyone with lower back pain. Motion isolation is also excellent, but it does tend to sleep warm. White glove delivery is included, as are a one-year trial and a lifetime warranty — arguably making it a better value than the Tempur-Adapt.
Read our Saatva Loom & Leaf review

Helix Midnight MattressRead our Helix Midnight review

Helix Midnight Mattress
Side sleepers, this is made just for you. Despite being a hybrid, the Helix Midnight has a plusher feel than the Tempur-Adapt and provides exceptional pressure relief along the shoulders and hips. It also has impressive temperature regulation and very good motion isolation, but edge support could be better.
Read our Helix Midnight review

How I tested the Tempur-Adapt mattress

I slept on a twin Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Medium mattress for three weeks between January and February 2023. Although it's officially winter in my part of the world at this time, overnight temperatures ranged from below-freezing to unseasonably mild. I used cotton-polyester linens and alternated between a mid-weight polyester comforter and a lightweight crocheted blanket.

In addition to my own experience, I asked a 5-person panel to sleep on the Tempur-Adapt mattress in multiple positions for at least 15 minutes and sit on the edges. Participants ranged in height and weight, with our smallest tester being 5ft4in and 125lbs, and our biggest tester being 6ft and 190lbs.  

To objectively evaluate the Tempur-Adapt's firmness, edge support, and motion isolation, I performed standardized tests to gauge these features beyond my preferences and potential biases.

First reviewed: February 2023

Alison Barretta

Alison is a freelance writer and editor from Philadelphia, USA. She is an expert mattress tester and sleep product reviewer, and has been sharing trusted buying advice and retail news for over a decade. When she isn't reviewing mattresses or hunting for deals, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, fawning over skincare, and indulging in her quarantine-borne hobby: cooking.