- 1 Similarities
- 2 Differences
- 3 Construction Comparison
- 4 DreamCloud Construction
- 5 Pros And Cons
- 6 Tempur-Pedic Construction
- 7 Pros And Cons
- 8 Firmness Comparison
- 9 Price Comparison
- 10 Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- 11 Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- 12 Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or Tempur-Pedic bed?
- 13 Conclusion
Brands in the mattress industry don’t come much bigger than Tempur-Pedic . They’re one of the first mattresses that became a household name, and they’ve been one of the most well known and respected brands for quite some time now.
DreamCloud, on the other hand, hasn’t been around anywhere near as long as Tempur-Pedic . In comparison, they’re a newcomer to the space, but they’re already making waves in the industry with their mattress’s incredible luxury and depth combined with some pretty advanced design patterns.
Today we’re going to put old against new in our DreamCloud vs Tempur-Pedic mattress review. We’re going to look at each product and the materials inside of them to see what we like (and don’t like) about the layers of materials used. We’ll cover some important points like pricing and cooling capability before concluding with our overall recommendation as we announce the winner.
Let’s get started
- Both are hybrid products
- Both sleep cool
- Both are very supportive
- Tempur-Pedic’s products cost much more
- The DreamCloud has a zoned support system
- DreamCloud only makes one mattress
Let’s take a look at the layers that these brands use to build their products. All of Tempur-Pedic’s products and the DreamCloud are hybrid mattresses. This means they’ve got lots of different layers inside of them (made from different materials) that all do different jobs. This gives the mattress a variety of useful properties and compensates for weaknesses of some of the materials inside.
The DreamCloud is a super luxurious product that’s 15 inches thick and has 8 layers of inside. This is much thicker than most other products in this price bracket, which is a great start.
The top section of the DreamCloud is actually kind of similar to a pillow that’s been stitched on to the top of the mattress – it’s called a eurotop. This eurotop has been stuffed generously with cashmere wool to give you a sense of opulence and luxury that you’re going to be hard pressed to beat at this price range.
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
This layer is the first proper foam layer that you’re going to be in contact with when you lie down on the DreamCloud, and as such it’s important that its got thermal regulation properties that can handle direct body heat.
Memory foam is traditionally one of the worst materials used in mattress design for this, which is unfortunate as it’s also one of the most comfortable and contouring materials too. To make matters worse the reason memory foam has these excellent contouring properties is the same reason it overheats – it uses a cell-based design on the microscopic level.
The countless little cells of air inside memory foam are completely enclosed, and when body heat enters the mattress the air inside these cells heats up – and it cannot escape. This means no ventilation can occur and hot spots form underneath the sleeper.
There are two ways to solve this issue, one of which is by adding a cooling gel into the memory foam mix before it has cured into a solid foam.
Due to its name you may think that cooling gel actually cools the mattress down, but it doesn’t – it just spreads the heat out.
Cooling gel is a material that is very good at transferring heat, and when the heat enters the mattress the gel absorbs it before it has chance to get inside the cells. The gel then shares the heat with the other gel in the mattress which ensures that hotspots don’t form and the sleeper gets a cooler sleeping surface.
It’s a super efficient system that works very well, and it’s what has allowed DreamCloud to use memory foam in the top layer of their product without it suffering from overheating.
Quilted Memory Foam
The next layer down is made from a special kind of super comfortable memory foam called quilted memory foam. This is very similar to traditional memory foam, but there’s a couple of differences. It’s much softer than normal, and as such it provides less support, it’s a pure comfort layer.
However, it’s also super luxurious and adds a little bit of loft to the mattress thanks to the quilting that has been added to the layer. It makes this product feel like a mattress you’d find in a fancy hotel, we love it (and customers do too judging from the DreamCloud’s reviews).
One of the biggest issues with pure foam mattresses is that they don’t have a great deal of responsiveness to them. You’ll have probably experienced this already if you’re coming from a product that’s mainly made from memory foam. When you get into bed you sink into it a little bit like quicksand, there’s no pushback from the mattress whatsoever.
While this isn’t the end of the world, it’s not the nicest feeling, and it’s one of the biggest complaints people have about lower quality memory foam products.
Latex foam is an all natural material, and it also has a level of responsiveness that other foams don’t have. By adding this layer to the mattress the DreamCloud has a little bit of a reassuring bounce to it that gently nudges you back when you move around on it or first get into bed.
Latex is also good at thermal regulation as it’s a naturally well-ventilated material. If any heat makes it past the cooling gel at the top, this layer will help distribute the hot air out the sides of the mattress.
This layer is a normal layer of memory foam that’s a little bit boring compared to the layers above. It’s the first layer that provides decent amounts of support and it’s a medium firm foam without any cooling gel technology inside. It starts a gradient from the softer layers above to the firmer layers below to ensure there’s no sudden change in density that would otherwise be noticeable.
Firmer Memory Foam
This layer is almost identical to the layer above, it’s just made from a slightly firmer foam. Again it provides some more support, and it continues the gentle gradient of firmness a little further.
This section regularly gets confused by some people with an old school innerspring mattress, but it’s a completely different beast.
In an innerspring mattress, all of the coils are connected to one another, which means that pressure on one coil will affect the other coils that are close to it – even if they have no direct pressure applied to them. The shape that this effect makes in the layer is very general and is more like a dip than a representation of your body shape.
As the name suggests, independent coils work differently, they’re not connected and they will only compress when you directly apply pressure to them. This makes the shape in the layer much more representative of your body shape and as such, it provides much more support.
DreamCloud has done something else in this layer however, that’s extra special.
The coils have been divided up into 5 different sections, each of which has a different type of coil with a different firmness level. They have tailored the support throughout the surface of the mattress to give you more support where you need it, and less where you don’t – instead of the “one size fits all” approach most other products use.
It’s a reasonably unusual design pattern that’s becoming more and more popular with manufacturers as time goes on – because it’s super effective.
It makes this one of the most supportive products on the market.
This is a standard layer of high-density foam that’s uninteresting but does its job well. It provides a base for the rest of the stuff above to rest on, but that’s about it.
Pros And Cons
- Zoned support system
- Cooling gel memory foam
- Independent coils
- Latex cooling
- Soft eurotop
- Good value for money
Tempur-Pedic have a range of products on the market that use a variety of different materials. We’ll list some notable ones below, but remember that not all of their products will have all of the materials we’re about to talk about.
Tempur is the material that made Tempur-Pedic a household name, it’s the original “memory foam killer” that was designed to have the contouring benefits of the material without the downsides.
The biggest improvement that Tempur has over memory foam is in terms of thermal regulation. Tempur achieves its contouring properties without the need for cells of air like we talked about above, this means it’s much better at staying cool.
Tempur also contours a little better than memory foam too, it will provide you with more support and has a little bit of responsiveness to it. This means that it is better at dealing with pressure points and will spread the load of your body more evenly, promoting proper spinal alignment.
It’s also much quicker to fully activate than memory foam, if you’ve ever used a memory foam bed you’ll have noticed it takes a little while for the contouring to complete – this is especially obvious when you change positions throughout the night. With Tempur the contouring is almost instant, and it’s a lovely benefit that you’re going to really appreciate if you’re currently using a memory foam product at the moment.
This material is very similar to normal Tempur, it’s just a little more adaptive. It has a bit more of a bounce back and a spring to it and contours a little more compared to the original stuff. It’s usually found underneath a layer of normal Tempur, as it’s not optimal for use as a top layer in most situations.
Some of Tempur-Pedic’s mattresses have an independent coiled section like the DreamCloud above. They work in exactly the same way and as such, they have the exact same benefits, so we’re not going to bother repeating ourselves.
The only difference is that they don’t have a zoned system and all of the coils are the same firmness across the entire surface of the mattress. This is a little bit of a disappointment, but the quality of Tempur more than makes up for it.
Pros And Cons
- Tempur material
- Highly adaptive
- Almost instantly conforms
- Very cool sleeping surface
- Huge reputable brand
- Incredibly supportive
- They’re some of the of the most expensive mattresses on the market.
Tempur-Pedic make products in 3 different firmness levels, soft, medium, and hard – so regardless of your personal preference, they’re going to have something that’s right for you.
The DreamCloud is only available in medium firm (which is 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale). This is the most popular level of firmness and is similar to the medium Tempur-Pedic . Unless you know that you’ve got a particular preference for a soft or firm product, it’s going to be just what you’re looking for.
All of Tempur-Pedic’s products are much more expensive than the DreamCloud.
Tempur Cloud Pricing (which is the cheapest Tempur-Pedic mattress)
- Twin – $3,099
- Twin XL – $2,749
- Full – $3,099
- Queen – $3,249
- King – $3,949
- California King – $3,949
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $799
- Full $799
- Queen $1,199
- King $1,299
- California king $1,299
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
Tempur-Pedic’s products sleep cooler than the DreamCloud.
The DreamCloud has excellent cooling technology inside of it, and it’s a very cool sleeping surface – but most of this tech is compensating for the issues of memory foam.
Tempur-Pedic’s products don’t use memory foam, and as such, they don’t have this problem in the first place – which makes them cooler.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
Both are excellent.
The DreamCloud has the zoned support system which usually wins this section in other comparisons easily. However, Tempur is an extremely adaptive material and their products are much more supportive than most other mattresses on the market.
It’s a tie. Both win.
Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or Tempur-Pedic bed?
You should buy the DreamCloud.
Tempur-Pedic’s products may be slightly better than the DreamCloud in several ways, but in all honesty, the improvements are small, and not all that noticeable.
If these products were more similarly priced, we’d probably end up recommending the Tempur-Pedic.
But the additional performance is not even close to being worth at least $2,000 more. You’re mainly paying for the brand name with a Tempur-Pedic , there are other mattresses on the market that are as good as (or close to) their products that cost less than half the price.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about Tempur-Pedic and DreamCloud.
Two excellent brands with brilliant products. It’s a shame that Tempur-Pedic haven’t adjusted their pricing to the new reality of the mattress market, but we’re not holding our breath for it to happen.
The DreamCloud wins on value for money alone today, it’s more than worthy of your consideration.