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Tempurpedic vs. Tempur mattresses

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Looking to buy a new mattress in Australia? Then you’ve probably heard about the fascinating Tempur mattress range! 

Made using a proprietary foam material that conforms to your body while you sleep, Tempur mattresses are completely different from your typical inner-spring mattress. Widely recognised for their therapeutic value in providing the ultimate support, pressure relief and reducing partner disturbance, there’s nothing quite like a Tempur mattress…or is there?

If you’re shopping around for a foam mattress alternative to your inner-spring mattress, you will likely also have come across the confusing term ‘Tempurpedic’. Sounds pretty similar, right? Almost like they could be exactly the same thing. 

If you’re scratching your head trying to work out if they're the same, or two different mattress brands, you’re not alone - but there’s no need to have a Tempur tantrum! 

The team here at Bedshed are here to clear up any confusion.

Breaking down the differences

The first thing you need to know is that Tempurpedic is not available in Australia, but you’re not missing out when it comes to Tempurpedic vs Tempur mattresses because they’re mostly the same thing.

That’s because Tempur is the globally marketed brand available in almost 100 countries worldwide, including Australia, whilst Tempurpedic is a U.S.-founded brand - not available outside of North America.

The brands share a common history and the same proprietary mattress technology, but there are some regional variations between product collections and availability in the two countries. Both brands are now owned by Tempur Sealy International, after the Kentucky-based Tempurpedic Inc. acquired Sealy Corporation back in 2012.

In order to better understand why this branding difference arose, a quick history lesson is needed!

Space technology goes global

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Tempur foam was first developed in the 1970s by NASA and later refined by Swedish researchers; it was originally called Temper foam. The visco-elastic foam material was investigated for many uses and eventually put into the public domain in the 1980s. A Swedish firm, Fagerdala World Foams developed and perfected their own take on the foam material which they named Tempur. They released a line of Tempurpedic mattresses in the 1990s to the Swedish market, and quickly sold more than 50,000 in the first year – an impressive feat for a country with such a small population!

Around the same time, Fagerdala awarded the distribution rights for North America to a Kentucky-based man who went on to found Tempurpedic Inc. An engineering centre and fabrication plant were quickly set up on US soil to keep up with demand. The Tempurpedic brand has grown from strength to strength in the U.S. ever since.

Tempur mattresses have since gone global, and are most commonly known and marketed by the name of the ground-breaking foam material that makes it so popular.

Tempur-Pedic and Tempur mattresses timeline

Tempurpedic in the U.S. distributes and sells Tempur-branded mattresses, and there is some crossover with the products available in Australia. 

At Bedshed, we stock Tempur’s most advanced and adaptive range ever, Tempur Adapt. Made with all-new Tempur Advanced Material, it cushions and adapts to every inch of your body, relieving 20%* more pressure. The range comes complete with Tempur’s most luxurious QuickRefresh mattress cover which features extra quilted layers and a zip for easy and convenient removability. 

Choose the Adapt Pro range for comfort and support, the Adapt Pro Plus range for extra cushioning or the Adapt Pro Luxe range for a truly luxurious experience.

Test out Tempur

If you want to feel the benefits of complete weightlessness and contour comfort for yourself, visit your local Bedshed store. Our mattress experts will be happy to show you the complete range and talk you through the amazing advantages of owning a Tempur mattress. 

Or, if you need help deciding on the perfect mattress for your personal comfort needs and price range, try out our handy Mattress Selector Tool.

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