Mattress Face-Off: AmazonBasics vs. Tempur-Pedic

Can a mattress that costs $250 go up against a pricey Tempur-Pedic?

The AmazonBasics Memory Foam 10-Inch mattress (left) and the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-LuxeBreeze Firm (right)

You may think that paying more for a mattress translates to better sleep. But based on our mattress tests, that’s not necessarily the case.

“We’ve found no correlation between price and performance in our tests,” says Chris Regan, the project leader at Consumer Reports who oversees our mattress testing.

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For this face-off, we’re pitting the cheapest foam mattress in our ratings, the AmazonBasics Memory Foam 10-Inch, against the most expensive one, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-LuxeBreeze Firm. (At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses because that’s the most widely sold size.)

Both the AmazonBasics and Tempur-Pedic perform above average in our ratings, but how do they match up in our individual tests? Read on to find out. For more on buying a mattress, see our mattress buying guide. CR members can access the test results, ratings, and reviews of more than 150 mattresses in our mattress ratings.

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AmazonBasics: Weighing just 53 pounds, the AmazonBasics is a bed-in-a-box foam mattress that’s vacuum-sealed and shipped directly to your door. It doesn’t come with any gels like some pricier mattresses—it’s made of three layers of polyurethane foam. In our tests, we found that this mattress retains warmth—so it might make you feel a little sweaty when you sleep. It’s also on the softer side of our firmness scale, rating just a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest. Our testers measured this mattress to be 81 inches long by 61 inches wide by 10 inches tall.

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AmazonBasics Memory Foam 10-Inch

Price: $245

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Tempur-Pedic: The Tempur-Pedic boasts several foam layers made of materials that the manufacturer claims keeps this foam mattress cool while you sleep. And in our tests, we did find that it sleeps pretty cool, unlike a number of other foam mattresses. It’s not a bed-in-a-box, so it needs to be delivered by truck to your home (though this is typically free). Like the AmazonBasics, this Tempur-Pedic is on the softer side, earning a 3 on our firmness scale. Our testers measured this mattress to be 79 inches long by 60 inches wide by 13 inches tall.

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Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-LuxeBREEZE Firm

Price: $4,500

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CR members can read on for the blow-by-blow details of how these two mattresses perform in our tests where we assess mattresses' support, stability, durability and features.

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Support: In this test, we assess how well a mattress supports people of all sizes, whether they are side or back sleepers. For side sleepers, we use a laser level to graph multiple points along the spine to chart its curve, then assess whether a mattress keeps the spine horizontal. For back-sleeper support, we map the subjects' spines while they are standing and see how closely their spines match that when they're lying on a mattress.

After our battery of crucial support tests, the AmazonBasics comes out with better-than-average and average ratings, supporting side and back sleepers of all sizes better than the Tempur-Pedic. It earns Very Good ratings for petites (we use a woman 4 feet, 11½ inches to 5 feet, 1½ inches tall and weighing 110 to 128 pounds) who are back or side sleepers, as well as for side sleepers who are average size (we consider someone of average size as being between our petite size and our large and tall size, which is a man 6 feet, 2 inches to 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 220 to 242 pounds). For large and tall back and side sleepers, and average back sleepers, it earns a Good rating.

The Tempur-Pedic offers only so-so support for all but petite sleepers. It earns Good ratings for people of average size who are side or back sleepers, and for side sleepers who are large or tall. For large and tall back sleepers, it earns just a Fair rating. For petites, however, the Tempur-Pedic scores an Excellent rating for support.

In this test, the AmazonBasics wins out over the Tempur-Pedic for offering better support to more types of sleepers.

Stabilization: No one wants to be jostled awake in the middle of the night. In this test, we rate how much bouncing or vibration transfers when there is movement on a mattress. We also note how easy it is to move around and change positions. The less bounce and the easier it is to shift positions, the better.

The Tempur-Pedic earns a Good rating in our stabilization tests, while the AmazonBasics receives a Fair rating. What does that mean exactly? Our data show slightly less vibration detected between sensors placed on the Tempur-Pedic than on the AmazonBasics. For both mattresses, though, we find that your body is likely to sink in somewhat, so changing positions might be a little harder than, say, on an innerspring mattress. The Tempur-Pedic edges out the AmazonBasics here.

Durability: To see how well a mattess holds up, we use a machine that pushes and pulls a 308-pound wood roller across the mattress 30,000 times to simulate eight to 10 years of use. For this test it's a wash: AmazonBasics and Tempur-Pedic both earn Excellent ratings.

Features: We look at added features of mattresses, such as grips on the sides to make it easier for you to move your mattress or rotate it for even wear. The bare-bones AmazonBasics mattress doesn’t have any grips, while the Tempur-Pedic has four. Of course, this doesn’t affect how well the mattress supports your body, but for convenience, the Tempur-Pedic is the victor.

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