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Tempur Original Pillow Review

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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2 April 2024 6 min read

Most people make the mistake of not changing a pillow often enough because they are used to an old pillow and don’t think about buying a new one. This is a big mistake, because a pillow, along with a mattress, is the most important for the quality of our sleep. Here is your Tempur Original pillow review by The Sleep Advisors where we have analysed this potentially revolutionary pillow in detail.

Tempur Original Pillow review we're going to take a close look at this pillow from Tempur and see what it has to offer. From the pros and cons to its specific features, we'll leave no stone unturned! And if it's not to your liking, we'll also recommend a similar pillow that might suit your needs better.

So, if you're thinking of getting the Tempur Original Pillow, here's everything you need to know! And if you still have any questions after reading our review, feel free to ask us in the comment or get in touch with our sleep experts directly.

Advantages

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Great neck, shoulder & head support
Its ergonomic shape ensures aligned spine & eliminates neck/shoulder pain.
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Removable cover
Cover is removable & washable.
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3-year warranty
You get 3-year warranty for this pillow.

Disadvantages

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Not for stomach sleepers
The majority of stomach sleepers found it too firm.
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Not a standard size
It is only 50 x 31 cm, which can be small for some sleepers.

Who is this Tempur pillow for?

We use Tempur Original pillow for superb pressure relieving comfort and ergonomic support. It is very important that our head, neck and shoulders have support, in order to wake up rested and pain-free. 

Head, neck and shoulders support helps align your spine, which is something we should aim for when we sleep. It is designed to follow the natural curve of your body and this makes it very comfortable.

Since Tempur material differs from memory foam in some of its characteristics, we could say that this pillow is an ideal choice for:

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Features you should know about the Tempur Original pillow

Many customers do not know that Tempur material is actually a technology developed by NASA, so this is the main feature we will be talking about. We will also explain which sleeping positions it is ideal for, what shape it has and how you can maintain the cover.

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Tempur as NASA technology

The path of Tempur material to your pillow dates back to the 1960s and the efforts of NASA scientists to develop material that will make astronauts more comfortable in space by absorbing the huge G-force to which they are exposed.

This is how memory foam was created, but although Tempur material is a type of memory foam, no other type of memory foam has such a characteristic. Tempur company worked for decades to improve this viscoelastic material until they achieved what they wanted and now Tempur pillows and mattresses are different from other memory foam products, and the exact formula is not known to anyone outside the company. What we do know is that it is a material that gives us ultimate comfort and support.

Designed for back and side sleepers

As soon as you see this pillow, it will probably be clear to you that due to its shape, it will be perfect fit for side and back sleepers . It is designed with the goal that people who sleep in these two sleeping positions have neck support and comfort.

It is available in three different heights because we don’t all have the same frame. The three available heights are 10 cm, 11.5 cm and 13 cm. Your sleeping position as well as the frame will decide which model is ideal for you. Men and back sleepers generally choose 11.5 cm and 13 cm, while side sleepers and women opt for 10 cm or 11.5 cm.

Ergonomic design

Ergonomics is a science that combines anatomy, psychology and engineering and many other branches to make products that are as comfortable and functional as possible. This pillow is a great example of this because it support the natural curvature of the body.

Ergonomic shape plus Tempur material for superb pressure relief and also gives you perfect head and neck support, because the neck and shoulder muscles will not be tense, but completely relaxed in a natural position. In this way, it will not affect the incorrect position of the spine, but helps align your spine.

Washable pillow cover

When buying a pillow, always pay attention to the cover, because it is in contact with your face and that is why it is just as important as other parts of the pillow. Tempur Original pillow has a cover made of 99% polyester and 1% elastane.

The cover is removable and machine washable. Cover can become dirty in matter of just few days, so it needs to be washed often, and you can wash this cover at 60 C, which is fantastic, because it will be completely clean. Polyester covers can usually only be washed at 40 degrees C. Remember to wash it inside out with the zipper closed and avoid tumble dry.

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Review of the Tempur Original pillow

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Tempur Original pillow is a very supportive and comfortable pillow, designed for side and back sleepers. It follows the natural curves of the body, so it is ideal for these two sleeping positions offering them superb pressure relieving comfort. Tempur material differs from memory foam because it actively adapts to your body and thus does not allow it to sink into certain parts, and then you have difficulty turning over.

It is available in three different heights – 10 cm, 11.5 cm and 13 cm. The zip off cover is made of polyester, and it is machine washable at 60 C. The pillow is hypoallergenic and very durable.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Size: Queen pillow sizes – Medium, Large, X-Large
  • Weight: 1-2kg
  • Cover: Polyester
  • Core: Memory foam
  • Loft: Medium to high
  • Support: 8/10
  • Firmness: 7/10
  • Breathability: 7/10
  • Removable cover: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Trial: 30-night.

What we like about the Tempur the Original pillow

What we didn’t like about the Tempur Original pillow

Common problems with the Tempur Original pillow & how to solve them

One common problem is unsuitable loft for stomach sleepers and there is nothing you can do about it. If the loft does not suit you, you simply have to look for another product.

One more common problem is heat retention. This is a characteristic problem of practically all pillows whose core consists of a single block of memory foam. This one is moulded from Tempur material, which is memory foam. Again it is very difficult to solve this problem. We believe that most people won't even notice it, but hot sleepers definitely will. They should try a cotton pillowcase that is breathable and cooling. This will make night's sleep more pleasant and you will always be able to turn the cold side of the pillow.

Check the best alternative to the Tempur Original pillow

If the Tempur Original pillow does not work for you or you are a stomach sleeper, for example, you will want to look for alternatives. We highly recommend OTTY Pure Deluxe Pillow as it is very similar version of the model we reviewed.

OTTY Deluxe pillow

Product image of OTTY Deluxe Pure pillow.

If you want a pillow that's similar to the Tempur Original Pillow but a bit better suited for hot sleepers, the OTTY Deluxe Pillow should be the right choice for you!

For one, just like the Tempur Original Pillow, the OTTY Deluxe Pillow is ideal for side sleepers. This is because it has a high loft that can keep your spinal allignement straight and healthy! However, this does also mean that stomach sleepers need to look for a pillow elsewhere.

The pillow covers are also more than decent. They're removable and machine washable, so, maintenance is rather simple. They're also hypoallergenic, so, no allergy issues should arrise. And they even have a nice texture for some added comfort!

But the main selling point here is the memory foam. This is because it has been treated with a special cooling gel. This means that unlike the Tempur Original Pillow, hot sleepers can enjoy a peaceful night of sleep without fear of waking up covered in sweat.

Click here to read our full review of the OTTY Deluxe Pillow.

Advantages

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Hypoallergenic
Great pick for people with allergies.
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Free delivery
The delivery is free of charge.
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Cooling
The memory foam is infused with a cooling gel.

Disadvantages

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1-year warranty
Only 1-year warranty plan.
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Not ideal for stomach sleepers
The loft is a bit too high for most stomach sleepers.

What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

Support, pressure relief and anatomical shape rank the Tempur Original pillow among the best pillows on the market in the United Kingdom for all side and back sleepers. Durability and overall quality are also great.

How did we test the product?

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Since the Tempur pillow is a very popular pillow, it is often the case that it is not in stock and that you will then have to wait longer than the scheduled 3 to 5 days for it to be delivered to you. But you can reserve it, and then it will be delivered to you in 2 to 3 weeks after it is back in stock. Standard delivery is free, as well as return to mainland UK. You have a 30-night free trial which is great because you can’t try most pillows.

Tempur Original pillow arrives nicely packed in a branded box. The box has a hole in it, which means that the pillow is ventilated all the time, so the off-gassing is barely noticeable.

Although it is completely clear that it is not suitable for stomach sleepers, the stomach sleeper from our test team tried it, just to make sure that it is completely unsuitable for that sleeping position. Overnight test was conducted by side and back sleeper, who after testing said all the best about this pillow. They were very satisfied with the performance, and the only small complaint was breathability.

We removed the cover and washed in the washing machine at 60 degrees C. We were unsure whether it would really come out of the washing machine in the same shape or size, as it is rather hot for a polyester cover. However everything went great and we easily put the cover back on the pillow. We can’t say it’s uncomfortably hot, but it certainly retains heat more than hot sleepers would like.

Is Tempur Original pillow eco-friendly or sustainable?

In terms of eco-friendliness and sustainability, Tempur Original pillow is far from perfect. It is made of memory foam and encased in polyester cover. Both materials are very low on the sustainability scale. There is no information on whether polyester is virgin, which would make the situation even worse.

Since it is made in Denmark, we have no doubt that they followed all the laws and regulations, which certainly reduced the harmful effect. You can also buy TEMPUR-FIT™ Ergonomic pillowcase which is 100% cotton and thus sustainable and eco-friendly.

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

In our opinion, if you are a side or back sleeper looking for an ergonomic pillow, you won't find much better than this one. Tempur is a legendary company that has maintained its reputation for decades. The pillow is high quality and durable, you can even see it with the naked eye.

Top notch support and pressure relief can help you get rid of stubborn neck pain. It is only important that you choose the appropriate size. It is hypoallergenic and comes with a machine washable cover, which are also advantages. We believe that all these positive features will outweigh the problems with breathability and heat retention. Especially since Tempur Original pillow is not worst memory foam pillow in terms of heat retention, it is actually better than many. Our rating is 8.5 out of 10.

Conclusion

And that concludes our Tempur Original Pillow review! We hope that you now have a clear idea of whether this is the ideal pillow for you or if a different pillow might be better. If you have any further questions, you can check out the FAQ section below or leave us a comment!

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FAQs about your Tempur Original Pillow

As promised, we're going to answer some of the FAQs that we've run into regarding the Tempur Original Pillow.

Is the Tempur Original pillow good for side sleepers?

The Tempur Original pillow has a very high loft which makes it an ideal pick for most side sleepers.

How do I maintain my Tempur Original pillow?

You maintain it by washing zip off cover at 60 degrees C.

How long will my Tempur Original pillow last?

There is no precise answer to this question, but if you maintain it properly, we believe it will last you 3 to 5 years, maybe even more.

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About the author

Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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