Tempur vs Sleeping Duck

Tempur have long been the 'go-to' name when it comes to memory foam mattresses, but now there are a whole host of new kids on the block producing advanced budget conscious alternatives. One of these is Sleeping Duck and in this guide we'll be comparing the two brands, and seeing which is more suitable for your needs. In this article, we'll be comparing the Tempur Original series to the Sleeping Duck.

Tempur Mattress Sleeping Duck Mattress

Prices and sizes

Sleeping Duck mattresses come in standard UK sizes, up to a super king. Tempur's standard range comes in both UK and EU sizes and also goes up to a super king size, but there is the option of custom mattresses made to whatever size you want. As with most of the new breed of foam mattresses, Sleeping Duck's big selling point is that they are far cheaper than the traditional Tempur mattresses but, as we all know, price isn't everything!

Layers

Sleeping Duck mattresses have five layers. Tempur's Original range has three, four or five layers; depending on which model you go for. However, the Sleeping Duck mattress is unique in that it offers an interchangeable top layer. This can be set to either a medium or hard firmness rating, or even half and half. Let's take a look at the layers in more detail:

Tempur

Original 21

  • Top Layer – A 2cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling.
  • Middle Layer – An 8cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support.
  • Bottom Layer – An 11cm high-density support foam base layer, providing the shape and support of the mattress.

Original Deluxe 22

  • Cover – A quilted cover, containing Tempur's 'Soft Touch' technology.
  • Top Layer – A 3cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling.
  • Middle Layer – A 6.5cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support.
  • Bottom Layer – An 11cm high-density support foam base layer, providing the shape and support of the mattress.

Original Deluxe 27

  • Cover - A quilted cover, containing Tempur's 'Soft Touch' technology.
  • Top Layer – A 4cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling.
  • Middle Layer – A 6.5cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support.
  • Bottom Layer – Two base layers of 7.5cm each to provide shape and support to the mattress.

Sleeping Duck

  • Cover – A two-tone white and grey cover, made from a blend of rayon from bamboo on the top and polyester side panels. The cover is also completely removable.
  • Top Layer – A 1.9cm latex foam layer, designed to provide most of the cooling, bounce and comfort.
  • Second Layer – A 1.9cm memory foam layer, which works with the top layer to create pressure relief and contouring.
  • Third Layer – A 6.4cm of polyfoam, to aid pressure relief and provide support. The polyfoam also acts as a transitional layer.
  • Bottom Layer – A 21.6cm of pocketed coils, providing deep compression support and the foundation for the mattress as a whole.

The Tempur mattresses are 21cm, 22cm and 27cm respectively, whilst the Sleeping Duck is a whopping 30.5cm in depth. As you can see, they are constructed in a very different fashion.

Firmness, Comfort and Support

The Tempur mattresses have a medium firmness rating. As discussed previously, the Sleeping Duck mattress can have either a medium or hard firmness, or half and half. Let's look at the pros and cons of each mattress in this department.

Tempur

  • Due to Tempur's Soft Touch technology, mattresses keep the sleeper cool, whilst providing optimum levels of comfort.
  • Tempur material was developed originally by NASA, to relieve the pressure experienced by astronauts during lift off, meaning that the mattresses provide great support and pressure relief.
  • Memory foam that moulds around you means that you will be kept in position all night, but this might be too constricting for some people.
  • Tempur mattresses are made from material composed of billions of visco-elastic open cells, which respond to your body temperature and mould to the exact contours of your body.

Sleeping Duck

  • The Sleeping Duck is notable for its ability to keep sleepers cool and does not retain any heat.
  • The layer of microcoils help to create a good level of sinkage without any pressure points being created, and the 5-zone system means that the mattress adapts quickly to any sleeping position.
  • The hybrid design of the mattress means that the mattress has a good level of bounce, as well as good motion transfer.
  • The contour and hug of the Sleeping Duck provides a great mix of sinkage, contour and support.

Other factors

Both companies come with a 10-year guarantee and a 100 night trial period. If you're not satisfied, both will offer a full refund. Do note that Tempur charge £70 to pick the mattress back up.

Which mattress is best for me?

Both mattresses offer appealing factors, but here are some points to consider when deciding which best meets your requirements.

Tempur

We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • Money is no object, and you want the premium mattress on the market, with the longest history.
  • You want a slightly softer overall feel to your memory foam, whereby you sink further into the mattress.
  • You want a mattress that responds to your body temperature.
  • You want more than one choice of mattress style.

Sleeping Duck

We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • You want to be able to choose between medium and firm mattresses, as well as having the chance to trial both options.
  • You want a hybrid mattress. The hybrid design provides great support, cooling, edge support, response and bounce and is still very reasonably priced.
  • You want a cooler mattress that stays cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  • You want a supportive mattress that adapts quickly and doesn't allow any pressure spots to form.

You can view more information about these mattresses below.