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Best Tempurpedic Mattress for Back Pain 2020

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Do you know Tempurpedic founded by Bobby Trussell started as a pillow company? In 1994 when Tempurpedic started selling mattresses, they quickly built up a reputation of being the best mattress for back pain.

Currently, Tempur-pedic is selling 5 models of Tempur-pedic mattresses and the most important question is 

What’s the best Tempurpedic mattress for back pain?

All Tempur-Pedic mattresses are expensive luxurious mattresses and cater to specific needs. Back pain can quickly become a part of your life if the issue is not addressed properly.

There are many reasons for a bad back or lower back pain. A mattress lacking ample support or not designed to support your back and lower back pain will not give an adequate recovery for the next day’s grind.

One has to consider his body weight and shape before considering any mattress for back pain. This is one of the reasons why a certain mattress may work for a few people but completely miss out on providing any relief to their bad back.

Tempurpedic beds are the best beds the money can buy. They are expensive but buying any Tempurpedic mattress for some specific need is not recommended. It is the top reason among those small number of disappointed Tempur buyers.

Many old Tempur-Pedic mattresses have been discontinued and many websites are advising them to buy. A demand from a general-purpose mattress has changed to a mattress that suits individual needs. The current lineup of Tempur-Pedic mattresses is designed to cater to a specific segment of buyers. Below are the latest mattresses from Tempur-Pedic.

  1. Adapt™
  2. ProAdapt™
  3. LuxeAdapt™
  4. Breeze°
  5. Cloud

Today’s article is addressed to help you find the best Tempurpedic mattress for back and lower back pain. For readers with back pain, they need a medium-firm mattress with good pressure conforming and support to the lower back region. 

We did our extended research among Tempur-Pedic buyers who were initially suffering from back pain and were looking for better lumbar support.

Things to Consider in a Mattress for Back Pain Relief

  1. Avoid using a mattress too soft or too firm. Go for a medium-firm mattress to be on the safe side if you are feeling confused.
  2. Medium-firm mattress ranging from the scale of 4-6 is recommended depending upon body weight.
  3. Check your spine alignment when you lie on your mattress. The muscles holding on to your spine and back need proper recovery time. 
  4. Understand your body type. A pear-shaped body will require a little softer mattress to relax the lower back properly. And if you are heavier in weight, you will need a firmer mattress.
  5. Value trial period to your advantage. Humans do not adapt to a new mattress easily. And this becomes more important if you are changing mattress type eg: full memory foam mattress to hybrid mattress. Use the mattress for a few days and see if you back adapts to the new mattress. Return the mattress if you wake up with the tired back.
  6. Don’t ignore the importance of the right pillow. The wrong pillow can lead to neck and shoulder pain.

We have two recommendations for Tempurpedic mattress based on body type with back pain. Please go through both our recommendations to understand why we have listed two mattresses for a bad back.

[Editor’s Pick] for

Best Tempurpedic Mattress for Back Pain

TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ for Bad Back & Lower Back Pain

TEMPUR-ProAdapt Medium Hybrid Queen, 12 inch Memory Foam Hybrid10-year limited warranty

  • 12-inch thick mattress.
  • Available in firm, medium, and soft firmness levels.
  • Hybrid mattress option available.
  • Suited for all types of sleepers with back problems.
  • Pressure-relieving and conforming.
  • EasyRefresh™ washable cooling cover with SmartClimate Dual Cover System.
  • 90 days trial period and 10-year limited warranty.

Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt works for all kinds of body type sleepers with back pain. It is available for three firmness levels. A lightweight body will prefer a softer mattress for better conforming. A heavy person should opt for a firm mattress to avoid sinking into the bed.

The below table will help you with the indicative firmness level that will help you get close to your ideal mattress.

Body TypeFirmness
Lightweight Sleeper (< 150lbs)Soft Firmness
Average-weight Sleeper (140-250lbs)Soft to Medium-Firm
Heavyweight Sleeper (>250lbs)Medium-Firm to Firm

For an average-weight sleeper, we will recommend a hybrid mattress with a medium-firm feel. It has the right balance to support and keep the spine aligned throughout the night. 

The much-needed support is provided by TEMPUR-APR™ support layer followed by premium spring coils. There is an additional layer of TEMPUR-ES™ comfort layer above the support layer. This combination provides an ideal conforming body needs without compromising on support.

For heavyweight sleepers, a firm mattress is more comfortable. A person below 200lbs generally prefers Medium-firm to Firm mattress. A firm mattress can hold on to extra weight and avoid the body or lower back from sinking. Go for a hybrid mattress for better pressure relief.

Lightweight sleepers will get better pressure relief in a soft firmness model. The Pro-Adapt is a goto option for people weighing less than 120lbs. A lightweight sleeper with heavy midsection can opt for a medium-firm all-foam mattress for better support to the lower back. 

The Pro-Adapt provides good body-conforming support and keeps the spine aligned for restful sleep. No more waking up with the bad back.

Motion Isolation

The ProAdapt scores well on motion isolation. All-foam mattresses are less responsive and help to isolate any motion generated by tossing or turning by your partner. The hybrid model also works effectively to keep motion isolation at bay. Hence motion isolation in Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt is good.

Edge Support

The edge support is above average and holds up well when you sit or sleep on the edge. We did not see any noticeable difference in edge support in the Tempur all-foam and Tempur hybrid model.

Hot Sleepers

The sensitive hot sleepers may find the bed warm as the foam tends to trap the body heat. Although hybrid mattress was marginally better due to good airflow in between foam layers and coils.

The dual cover construction designed to keep the body cool is effective for a couple of hours. But some section of hot sleepers does complain about Tempur-Pedic ProAdapt being warm.


We noticed some off-gassing issues in the new generation Pro-Adapt. The issue gets sorted out in a week or two but it can be a problem for people sensitive to odors. We recommend placing the mattress in a well-ventilated room for the first couple of weeks.


Value for money for Average & Over Weight Sleepers
TEMPUR-Adapt 11-Inch Hybrid Mattress, Queen

  • 11-inch thick mattress.
  • Medium-firm.
  • Available in All foam and Hybrid construction.
  • Cool and soft premium cover.
  • Cheapest Tempur-Pedic Mattress.
  • 90-days trial period and a 10-year warranty.

We recommend Tempur-Adapt™ for overweight people weighing more than 180lbs if they are looking to save some money without much compromise. They are a few key differences between both the mattresses which we have highlighted in the next section.

Tempur-Adapt is available only in a medium-firm firmness (all-foam & hybrid). If you are a heavy person and looking for a relatively firm mattress, you can opt for all-foam Tempur-Pedic Adapt. It will cost you around 40% cheaper than Pro-Adapt.

An average-weighted person can choose Adapt hybrid mattress.

TEMPUR-Adapt™ vs. TEMPUR-ProAdapt™

11-inch in thickness.12-inch in thickness.
Premium knit cool cover.Washable cool cover with the SmartClimate Dual Cover System.
Uses Original TEMPUR™ support layer and TEMPUR-ES™ comfort layerUses new age TEMPUR-APR™ support layer and TEMPUR-ES™ comfort layer.
Available only in medium firmness.Available in soft, medium and firm firmness.
40% cheaper than ProAdapt.Expensive than the Adapt.

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  3. Best Mattress Topper for Back Pain.

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