Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt: Which is the best Tempur-Pedic mattress for you?

The Tempur-Pedic Tempur Cloud mattress on. blue fabric frame in a blue bedroom
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In this Tempur-Pedic mattress comparison, we're looking specifically at the Tempur-Cloud vs the Tempur-Adapt. These are two of the brand's most popular beds among sleepers with joint pain, yet they have different feels and levels of pressure relief. So how do you pick between them? We'll help you with this in-depth comparison that looks at each mattress across key areas including support, comfort and price.

Tempur-Pedic has been around for over 30 years and focuses mainly on mattresses designed to relieve pressure points during sleep and to help you sleep cooler. The medium-firm Tempur-Adapt is one of 2024's best mattresses for a range of sleepers thanks to astounding pressure relieve and deep full-body comfort. The Tempur-Cloud mattress is a little softer and slightly more affordable, and a good choice for side sleepers with hip pain.

A queen Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress costs $1,999 (MSRP) compared to $2,199 (MSRP) for a queen Tempur-Adapt and we're hoping to see discounts on both during the forthcoming Memorial Day mattress sales. Both are made using NASA-developed Tempur foam (originally designed to help cushion astronauts during take-off) and both have cooling covers designed to regulate heat. They each come on a 90-night sleep trial, with a 10 year warranty and free mattress installation and old bed removal. Let's take a closer look...

Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Tempur-CloudTempur-Adapt
Type:Foam (hybrid also available)Foam
Internal layers:44
Warranty:10 Years10 Years
Price (MSRP):From $1,699From $1,699

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Price & trials

  • Sale offers vary month on month, but up to 30% off is not uncommon
  • Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-day sleep trial on both of these mattresses 
  • You'll also get a 10-year warranty and free white glove delivery

We consider both the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud and Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt to be luxury mattresses, though the Tempur-Cloud is a few hundred dollars cheaper. You can expect to pay $1,999 for a queen size Tempur-Cloud mattress whilst the Tempur-Adapt is slightly more expensive coming in at $2,199 for a queen. That's still reasonable for one of the best memory foam mattresses money can buy.

It is worth noting that the Tempur-Adapt does have three models in its range including the Legendary Pressure Relief which is the base model, the Advanced Pressure Relief and the Ultimate Pressure Relief. The Advanced pressure relief starts at $2,899 for a twin and the the Ultimate Pressure relief starts from $3,799. You can normally find some good Tempur-Pedic mattress deals to lower the overall price.

As with all Tempur-Pedic mattresses, there is a 90-night trial on both of these beds. If you do decide to return your mattress within the 90 day period then you will receive a full refund minus the return shipping fee which is $175. Your 90 day period also starts from the day you have the mattress delivered not from the date you order it. 

Both Tempur-Pedic mattresses also come with free delivery. However, the Tempur-Adapt comes with free white glove delivery. This means you get in-home set-up as well as removal of your old mattress, so that is a perk for spending a little extra on the Tempur-Adapt. 

Both mattresses come with a 10 year warranty, so if your mattress has a manufacturer defect within 10 years from delivery Tempur-Pedic will either repair or replace it. It is worth checking the full terms and conditions of the warranty before you purchase as there are some limitations including liquid damage and stains.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress: from $1,699 at Tempur Pedic

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress: from $1,699 at Tempur Pedic
The Tempur-Cloud is a 10” mattress made with Tempur foam, and in our Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress review we rated it as a good choice for side sleepers with hip pain. We don't recommend it for heavier bodies or for hot sleepers (most of our testing panel slept warm on it), but otherwise this is a comfortable medium feel mattress for people who want a contouring bed to reduce painful pressure points. And crucially, at a relatively affordable price compared to Tempur-Pedic's more luxurious mattresses.  Monthly Tempur-Pedic mattress sales don't include every mattress and topper, so some months we see 30% off the Tempur-Cloud and other months there is no discount. A queen costs $1,999 MSRP, and you'll get a 90-night trial, 10 year warranty and free mattress installation with it.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress:| from $1,699 at Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress: was from $1,699 | from $1,699 at Tempur-Pedic
While the Tempur-Cloud is better suited to lighter weight sleepers and side sleepers, during testing we found that the Tempur-Adapt mattress is an excellent choice for back sleepers with back pain in particular. It's a medium-firm feel, with balanced support and excellent motion isolation. Our lead tester for our Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress review noted how the bed greatly reduced her back pain, yet noted how the mattress trapped heat. We therefore don't recommend it to people who suffer from night sweats or hot flashes (flushes). At the moment you can get $300 of free accessories with the Tempur-Adapt matterss when you use the code 300FREE at checkout. It comes with a 90-night trial, a 10-year warranty and free mattress installation. 

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Design

  • Both mattresses are made up of an all-foam construction
  • The Tempur-Adapt is slightly deeper at 11" vs Tempur-Cloud 10"
  • Both mattresses come boxed 

The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud and the Tempur-Adapt mattress both have similar design setups, with a couple of differences that justify why the Tempur-Adapt is the more expensive of the two.

The Tempur-Cloud mattress has four layers, the first being a 360-degree stretch cover. Whilst Tempur says this is breathable and supposed to encourage extra airflow, our tester found it slept warm during our review period. 

There is then a soft, comfort layer which is a new take on the classic Tempur memory foam, followed a comfort layer and a firmer support layer that helps offer the pressure-relieving qualities we expect from a Tempur-Pedic. You can also buy the Tempur-Cloud in a hybrid version – see our best hybrid mattresses guide for our top recommendations.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress on a platform bed

The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress is an excellent choice for back sleepers with back pain (Image credit: Tempur-Pedic)

The Tempur-Adapt is an inch higher than the Tempur-Cloud at 11” and also has four layers but it’s better news for hot sleepers as the first layer is a cool-to-touch cover that has a cooling yarn woven in to the fabric. 

There is then a layer of soft Tempur-ES material which has an open-cell construction meaning that it will wick away any moisture during and keep your temperature stable so you stay cool and get a good night’s sleep. This is then followed by a dense layer of Original Tempur material and a base layer of Polyfoam for extra stability and motion absorption. 

THe Tempur-Cloud doesn't have a removable cover and it's spot-only cleaning so keeping in mind what we mentioned about the warranty conditions, you may want to invest in one of the best mattress protectors if purchasing this model of mattresses so you protect the surface and your investment. 

We'd recommend using a mattress protector on the Tempur-Adapt also, but this does have a removable and washable cover so you'll be able to keep it clean and hygenic with ease. 

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Support & Comfort

  • The Tempur-Cloud mattress comes in an all-foam or hybrid design
  • The Tempur-Cloud has a medium feel, the Tempur-Adapt medium-firm
  • The Tempur-Adapt offers superior pressure relief

When it comes to judging both firmness and comfort of a mattress the matter is often subjective. But the Tempur-Cloud and Tempur-Adapt both have a medium-firm rating so around 7.5 out of 10. This makes both mattresses a great choice for back sleepers as there’s plenty of pressure relief with the support needed to keep the spine in perfect alignment. 

During our Tempur-Adapt mattress review our testers found this wasn’t the best choice for side sleepers as it didn’t quite give enough support in the knee and hip area. The Tempur-Cloud offers similar support but if you’re a combination sleeper you may not enjoy how much the top softer foam layer pulls the body in a little too deep making it difficult to move around on.  

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Both the Tempur-Cloud and the Tempur-Adapt offer excellent motion isolation, this is great news for couples or anyone sharing their bed with pets and means no more disturbed nights. 

All foam beds are not known for the their good edge support but the Tempur-Adapt offers significantly better edge support than the Tempur-Cloud. So if you like to sleep on the edge of the bed or enjoy sitting and relaxing on your bed you may want to go for the Tempur-Adapt over the Tempur-Cloud.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Temperature control

  • Both all foam beds which are known for getting hot
  • The Tempur-Adapt offers a cooler sleep than the Tempur-Cloud
  • The Tempur-Adapt also has an open-cell construction for extra cooling

When it comes to all foam beds you have to accept that they are going to sleep hot. Neither of these mattresses have any cooling gel-foam layers but the Tempur-Adapt does sleep cooler than the Tempur-Cloud. 

When we tested the Tempur-Cloud our testers tried it out in a cooler part of their home and noted that while they didn't feel hot when they first got in to bed, they did wake up feeling hot and bothered. 

Testers trying out the Tempur-Adapt didn't quite have the same experience. The Tempur-Adapt has a cool to touch cover and the Tempur material used within the layers has an open-cell structure which not only helps to dissipate excess heat but also promotes extra air flow. 

Whilst this does a good job of keeping things a little cooler, if you’re a very hot sleeper you may not find this a good fit and instead would benefit from a specific cooling mattress such as the Cocoon by Sealy Chill mattress

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Tempur-Adapt mattress: Which should you buy?

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Buy the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress if...

You have a smaller budget: Whilst the Tempur-Cloud isn’t a budget mattress, it is one of the cheapest mattresses that Tempur-Pedic makes. Plus, if you wait for the sales when there’s a substantial discount on the MSRP’s, you could save 30%.

You have back pain: If you’re waking up in the morning with back pain it’s likely your mattress is the culprit. The Tempur-Cloud conforms to your natural shape, keeping your spine in a neutral position to reduce aches and pains.

You don’t want to feel your partner moving around: Our reviewers stated that the Tempur-Cloud has great motion isolation, so if you’re sharing your bed with a restless partner you should start sleeping more soundly.

Buy the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt mattress if...

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Mattress

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You want the best pressure relief: The Tempur-Adapt scored very highly for pressure relief in our in-house tests, especially among the back sleepers with back pain on our panel. 

You like sleeping on the edge of your bed: If you like to sleep close to the edge of the mattress or you sit on the bed to get your shoes on, the edge support on the Tempur-Adapt is fantastic. 

You want overall support: If you’re a back sleeper who wants overall support then look no further. This mattress will offer exceptional relief on all your pressure points to get rid of any back or joint pain you may experience in the mornings. 

Rachael Penn

Rachael is a freelance journalist based in South Wales who writes about lifestyle, travel, home and technology. She also reviews a variety of products for various publications including Tom’s Guide, CreativeBloq, IdealHome and Woman&Home. When she’s not writing and reviewing products she can be found walking her Sealyham and West Highland terrier dogs or catching up on some cringe-worthy reality tv.