Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Contour Supreme Vs Elite

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The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Contour Supreme and Elite are two very similar mattresses that both can be a great choice for the right type of person.  Given how similar they appear to be, I wanted to do a full-scale investigation into why someone should choose one over the other.  It was very difficult to get a lot of good concrete information, but here are my thoughts.

Key Similarities

  • Both are very firm
  • Both have generally the same feel
  • Both can potentially be good with those with back pain (as reported by many owners)

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Key Differences

  • The comfort layer of the Elite is .2” thicker than the Supreme
  • The Elite uses Tempur-HD material, while the Supreme uses just Tempur material
  • The Elite is 1” thicker than the Supreme overall
  • The Supreme is slightly firmer
  • The Elite costs $800 more

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What I Found From Several Live Chat Sessions

I did multiple live chat sessions with the company and with Mattress Firm in an attempt to get their take on the differences between the two.  The most I could get out of this effort was that the Supreme is firmer and costs $800.  I couldn’t get any more info than that.

I followed up to ask why the Elite is $800 more.  The only answer I got was that the mattress is 1” thicker.  The big question for me, therefore, is whether getting one more inch is really that different/much better where you need to pay $800 more.

Which Should You Pick?

  • Pick the Supreme if you are extra budget-conscious
  • Pick the Supreme if you want the firmest mattress possible
  • Pick the Elite if you can afford the extra $800
  • Pick the Elite if you want something very firm but not all the way to rock-hard firm

My Personal Opinion?

If you know you want a really firm mattress, then these are two good choices.  I can’t quite figure out why the Elite needs to cost $800 more.  The differences are so small that the price difference isn’t quite justified in my opinion.  However, if you want a firm mattress that isn’t a 10/10 firmness, then the Elite could be a better choice.  Otherwise, I think the value of the Supreme is higher given it’s $800 less.

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Joe Auer

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3 thoughts on “Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Contour Supreme Vs Elite”

  1. I sell Tempur-pedics at a furniture store I work for. I just wanted to clarify that the Contour Supreme, and the Contour Elite, do not both use the Tempur HD foam. The Contour Supreme is a cheaper mattress explicitly because it does not use any Tempur HD foam. It’s all the standard Tempur foam, that’s how it becomes firmer than the Elite. You can verify on their website by looking at each of their comfort layers. Thanks for the comparison though, useful to get other peoples take on mattresses, for instance I didn’t realize the Supreme was 11.5″ instead of 12.5″, thought they were similar depths. So 1″ less foam, as well as having a lower cost foam in it’s comfort layer.

  2. Hello Joe,
    I am returning a tempur pedic mattress on Monday- don’t know name of mattress but it was a medium firm-2 1/2 years old, because I sink into it and can’t get out. I’m getting the control elite at $4000 just fir the matress. I desperately need back support and I don’t want to cave in so theta I can’t move around or try to get out of bed. Would the supreme be a better choice because it’s firmer?? I don’t know what to do.

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