So you’ve explored your options and decided a memory foam mattress is the right one for you. Good choice! People love memory foam for its pressure-relieving comfort and unique contouring ability. (And people who love it really love it: Memory foam mattress owners report the highest levels of satisfaction with their sleep surface.)
But not all memory foam mattresses are alike. Here’s a closer look at the key differences between Saatva’s Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress and the Tempur-Pedic Cloud® Luxe Breeze memory foam mattress. One important thing to note: Tempur-Pedic shares very little information about what goes into its mattresses. In fact, the independent mattress review site Sleep Like the Dead gives Tempur-Pedic a D+ for “specs disclosed.” (Loom & Leaf gets a B+ for the same metric.) So in some cases, we’ve had to rely on third-party sources for details. What follows is a point-by-point comparison, starting with how the mattresses feel.
Comfort is a tricky thing—what feels good to one person may not feel all that great to another. While some memory foam mattresses aim for a “universal” comfort level, others offer a range of firmness options, so you can tailor your sleep to your personal needs and preferences. Other factors that determine the comfort of a memory foam mattress: the number and type of layers, how it keeps you cool while you sleep, and whether it provides support where you need it most: in the all-important lumbar region.
Do I have a choice of comfort options?
Loom & Leaf: Yes
Loom & Leaf comes in two comfort levels: relaxed firm and firm. Relaxed firm is the most popular choice, as it offers a combination of cushioning for pressure relief and contouring support that works for back, side, and stomach sleepers. Firm is for anyone who likes the feel of a firm mattress, or for stomach sleepers who need added support.
The Tempur-Pedic Cloud® Luxe Breeze comes in one comfort level, designed for those who prefer a softer feel.
The bottom line: More comfort levels equals more chances for you to find your best mattress match. (Need help figuring out which comfort level is right for you? Here’s how to choose based on your sleep style and body type.)
How many layers of foam are in the mattress?
Loom & Leaf: Four
From the bottom up, the 12-inch Loom & Leaf mattress has four layers. (Here’s a detailed view):
- a 5.5-inch support base made of 1.5-lb. density polyurethane foam;
- a 2-inch transition layer of 1.8-lb. density polyurethane foam;
- a 2.5-inch layer of 5-lb. density viscoelastic memory foam;
- a 2-inch layer of 4-lb. density convoluted (wavy) memory foam infused with cooling gel.
The 13 -inch Tempur-Pedic Cloud® Luxe Breeze has three layers. Starting from the bottom, it has:
- a base layer of high-density memory foam (density not specified);
- a support layer made with proprietary “Tempur® material”;
- a comfort layer made from “extra soft Tempur-ES® material.”
The bottom line: The number of layers, and what’s in them, determine how a mattress feels, how well it performs, and how long it lasts. Tempur-Pedic does not disclose details of its layers or foam thickness and density. Mattress review site The Sleep Judge states that the Tempur-Pedic Cloud® Luxe Breeze features an 8.25-inch layer of base foam and a combined 4.75 inches of support and comfort foam, for a total of approximately 13 inches.
What kind of lumbar support does the mattress have?
Loom & Leaf: Loom & Leaf has a layer of spinal gel in the center third of the mattress, where body weight is concentrated, for added support in the lumbar region.
Tempur-Pedic: No additional lumbar zone support beyond the proprietary “adaptive” Tempur® foam material.
The bottom line: Lumbar support is crucial when it comes to picking a memory foam mattress—or any mattress for that matter, especially if you experience pain in your back, shoulders, or hips while you sleep. Adequate lumbar support assures that the spine stays in neutral alignment, which means you won’t wake up sore or stiff. (Here’s how to keep pain from ruining your sleep.)
What does the mattress do to keep you cool?
Loom & Leaf: The top layer of Loom & Leaf contains a nontoxic cooling gel swirled into the memory foam. A panel of the same gel is layered onto the foam in the center third of the mattress, where body heat is concentrated, for added cooling and spinal support. Then the whole mattress is wrapped in organic cotton for maximum breathability next to the skin.
Tempur-Pedic: Tempur-ES® foam is infused with PureCool™ technology, designed to sleep cooler than previous Termpur-Pedic models. The cover is made from a moisture-wicking material that features a Smart Climate treatment that, according to Tempur-Pedic’s website, “provides cool-to-the-touch comfort.”
The bottom line: The more cooling features a mattress has, the more comfortable you’ll sleep. Sleeping hot is a common concern when it comes to memory foam. That’s because memory foam responds to temperature, softening as it warms and molds to your body. While contouring is what many people love about memory foam, it can also trap and retain heat close to the body.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time—and money—on your mattress, so you want one that’s built to last. Beyond mere comfort, you’ll need to consider the factors that go into a quality product, such as eco-friendly materials, construction, foam density, and durability.
What is the density of the foam in the mattress?
Loom & Leaf: Loom & Leaf’s two memory foam layers are 5 lbs. per cubic foot and 4 lbs. per cubic foot, respectively. The high-density foam support layers are 1.5 lbs. and 1.8 lbs. per cubic foot.
Tempur-Pedic: The company does not disclose foam density.
The bottom line: The higher the foam density, the more supportive and durable the mattress. Both Loom & Leaf and Tempur-Pedic use high-density memory foam. The difference is that Tempur-Pedic does not provide details of its proprietary materials.
Does the mattress off-gas in your home?
Loom & Leaf: No
The bottom line: Off-gassing is the term for the chemical smell emitted when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) leak out of mattress foams into the air you breathe. Most conventional mattress foams off-gas to some degree; the issue is whether they do so in your bedroom or at the factory. Loom & Leaf foams do a small amount of off-gassing at the facility where the foam is made but are stable before they’re shipped to our manufacturing partners, meaning a Loom & Leaf mattress will never off-gas in your home. In addition, Loom & Leaf uses eco-friendly Certi-PUR certified foam, which is made without harmful chemicals and guaranteed to be low-VOC. (Learn more about mattress off-gassing here.)
Tempur-Pedic doesn’t disclose the ingredients in its foams. According to the independent mattress review site Sleep Like the Dead, “about 17% of Tempur-Pedic bed owners report significant off-gassing, which is higher than the rate for both mattresses in general and most other main competitors.”
What flame retardant material is in the mattress?
Loom & Leaf: Eco-friendly natural thistle
Tempur-Pedic: The company does not disclose the flame retardant.
The bottom line: When it comes to mattresses, toxic ingredients are most likely to turn up in fabrics and components treated with fire retardants, such as covers and foam padding. Loom & Leaf’s fire barrier is made from all-natural material—thistle pulp woven into a mesh—without the use of harmful chemicals. Tempur-Pedic does not disclose material specifications.
What is the mattress cover made from?
Loom & Leaf: 100% organic cotton
Tempur-Pedic: The company does not disclose the material of its mattress cover.
The bottom line: The mattress cover is the component closest to your skin. Ideally, you want a cover that is soft, breathable, and durable. That’s why cotton is the most popular bedding material. Organic cotton has the added benefit of being produced without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, which means it’s hypoallergenic and unlikely to irritate skin. Loom & Leaf’s fabrics are certified by Oeko-Tex to be free of harmful chemicals.
Tempur-Pedic does not disclose material specifications, though according to the Sleep Judge the cover is microsuede, a polyester microfiber fabric. (Here’s what you need to know about organic mattress components.)
Last but certainly not least, we come to value. When you’re buying a new mattress, cost is often one of the biggest factors. But to decide whether you’re getting the most for your money, consider comfort guarantees, delivery policies, warranty terms, and customer service.
How much does the mattress cost?
Loom & Leaf: $749 for a twin, $849 for a twin XL, $1,199 for a full, $1,299 for a queen, $1,699 for a king or Cal king
Tempur-Pedic: $4,299 for a twin long, $4,799 for a queen, $5,499 for a king or Cal king, $8,598 for a split king or split Cal king
The bottom line: The Loom & Leaf mattress costs significantly less than the Tempur-Pedic Cloud® Luxe Breeze. Tempur-Pedic offers a quality mattress, but there’s no way to truly know if you’re getting a good deal since the company does not disclose its product specifications. Unlike Tempur-Pedic (which is sold online and in stores), Loom & Leaf is sold exclusively online, so there is no typical retail markup.
How is the mattress delivered?
Loom & Leaf: Free white-glove delivery
Tempur-Pedic: Free white-glove delivery
The bottom line: Both mattresses are luxury products, hand-delivered and set up in your home. That said, if you buy a Tempur-Pedic through a third-party retailer, delivery costs will vary. For example, Raymour & Flanigan, which sells Tempur-Pedic mattresses, may charge $200 or more (depending on your location) for mattress purchases of $4,000 or more.
How long is the at-home trial period?
Loom & Leaf: 120 days
Tempur-Pedic: 90 days
The bottom line: With Loom & Leaf, you get an extra 30 days to decide whether or not you’re happy with your mattress. If not, we will exchange it for another mattress or take it away for donation or recycling. In the case of a return, you are responsible only for a $99 transportation fee.
When purchased directly through the company online, Tempur-Pedic offers returns and full refunds, minus shipping costs. When purchased through a third-party retailer, returns and refunds vary.
How long is the warranty?
Loom & Leaf: 15 years
Tempur-Pedic: 10 years
The bottom line: The Loom & Leaf non-prorated warranty period is five years longer. Here’s how it works: If your Loom & Leaf mattress is deemed defective during the first two years, Saatva will replace it with a brand new mattress, free of charge. After that, we’ll repair and recover your mattress for the cost of transportation ($99) for the remainder of the warranty period.
Tempur-Pedic’s warranty is 10 years. The company will repair or replace the mattress for free, but transportation costs are the purchaser’s responsibility. If you didn’t purchase your mattress directly from Tempur-Pedic, you will need to show proof that you bought the mattress from an authorized retailer.