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January 22, 2006

Tempur–Pedic® Neck Pillow — The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


The good: it's superbly comfortable for reading while lying down.

The bad: its shape made it (for me, at least) very uncomfortable for sleeping.

The ugly: see above.

I bought one a couple years ago after lying down for a while on one of Tempur–Pedic's quite expensive mattress pads.

I didn't see that it could possibly make me sleep any better than I already was so I passed on the pad but decided to take a flyer on a pillow.

It didn't make it through our first night together: I tossed it over the side of the bed and snuggled into my familiar old pillows.

Then I put the Tempur–Pedic pillow in a closet and forgot about it.

Last week I was poking around that closet looking for something and happened to glance at the pillow and figured hey, why not give it a shot for reading in the world's best reading spot™ (below)?


Turns out it's great — you can lie there for hours and your head doesn't get sore like with a regular pillow.

So now it's my default reading pillow.

But it does have that huge downside, to wit: it looks like it belongs in a rehab center or hospital, what with that bland and institutional–looking (albeit quite comfortable) ivory–colored cover.

Well, looks aren't everything....

$99 here.

Like you, I've been bombarded by their advertising since forever and assumed that of course their products were made in Sweden, what with the logo (below)


and all.

Guess what?

Inside the pillow cover the tag says, "Made in Denmark."

True, it's not China but it still isn't Sweden.

If you don't believe there's a difference, just mistake a Dane for a Swede and see what happens.

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We purchased our Tempurpedic two months ago. We got the newer Rhapsody. I wasn't sure for the first 2 days, but now my wife and I absolutely love it. We wake up so refreshed. It has even helped my bad shoulder while sleeping. I used to move all night long. I would definately recommend looking into it. Also a friend of mine helped me get a good deal from a small store. If you call Mattress America they can give you extras like free shipping and pillows. Also out of state you save the sales tax so it's even better to buy this way. We did this and they were very helpful. Ask for the manager Keith. Their number is 1-888-375-3379. Also I wouldn't suggest the new Original Tempurpedic bed. My cousin got this one and it's very hard. He exchanged it for the Deluxed Tempurpedic and now he loves it.

Posted by: James Strickland | Aug 28, 2006 11:52:49 PM

I have the same problem as some of the people above. I bought the medium sized Swedish neck pillow, which was great for about a week. After that it became so squishy that if I sleep on my side, I feel like me ear is resting on my shoulder and my neck gets very sore. I feel like I've paid $100 to give myself worse sleep than I was getting before. I've had the pillow about 3 weeks, and it is now worthless to me.

Posted by: Ian | Jun 14, 2006 7:21:30 AM

Yeap! I´ve thrown my tempurpedic pillow away like you did - but I gave it a second and third try... now I take it every other night - especially if I have neck problems.

By the way: danish language is very like to swedish and danemark has been several hundred years ocupied by the swedish empire (long ago...). Perhaps they have them to manufacture there pillows... :-)

Posted by: Rene - Tempurpedic Fan | Jan 23, 2006 2:18:19 PM

OK, all this talk of cool pillows made me remember something I blogged about in September of last year. The Chillow "turns an ordinary, heat-trapping pillow into a cool comfort zone": http://www.alsto.com/product.asp?product=8721100zz&dept%5Fid=1030&cm_ven=emailbyr&cm_cat=092605&cm_ite=ChillowPillow&code=macs=MA5APERSCOMF

I don't much care if my pillow is cool or not as long as it's soft and plump and fluffy and full of down feathers, but the entry gave me an excuse to use one of my favorite Prince songs as a blog entry title, "Cool as the Other Side of the Pillow."

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Jan 22, 2006 6:31:17 PM

I too bought one after thinking long and hard about getting a mattress. A friend with one of the mattresses said it gets really hot as does the pillow--I agree with Al. But I find the pillow comfortable, back, side or stomach, just shifting it around if it gets hot. For reading in bed, I put another pillow on top of it. Works well for me.

Posted by: riannan | Jan 22, 2006 5:18:51 PM

I've been a fan of foam pillows for decades, but I don't like Tempur-Pedic stuff because holds body heat. Heaven is a cool pillow.

As for the looks of your TP pillow, there's this thing called a "pillow case."

And as someone of Danish extraction, I think you should feel honored to have a Danish product. ;^)

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jan 22, 2006 2:21:04 PM

I've got one of these and a more traditional form memory foam pillow.

I can't stand either. My head sinks to the bottom leaving only a few milimeters of cushion between it and the bed...sure, the head doesn't move much as I've got a lot of side to side support but I've never really tossed or turned either way, so this means nothing.

It isn't so bad if I stuff another pillow under it...but that sort of defeats the purpose.

I haven't seen any at the Brookstone (though I rarely stop there), but I've often wondered if they have anything stiffer for us bigheaded individuals (I can only assume this doesn't work because I have an abnormally large head because otherwise, I'd have to assume the product just sucks).

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 22, 2006 9:45:01 AM

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