Made In The USA, Sorta: Tempur-Pedic Dual Cooling Pillow

Six years ago, I paid nearly two thousand dollars to buy a foam mattress from The Original Mattress Factory. I can honestly say that it changed my life. Any X-ray of my body would look like a cheap jigsaw puzzle with a bunch of stuff from the hardware store laid across it, and as a result I find sleep both painful and unlikely. The foam mattress was a game-changer.

A couple of weeks ago, Mrs. Baruth demanded that I retire said long-suffering mattress and replace it with a proper name-brand Tempur-Pedic, which cost more than a Ducati Monster S2R in excellent condition. But — wonder of wonders — my life is once again improved. There are now actual nights where I go to sleep and wake up seven hours later, something that hasn’t happened in years.

I was so enthused by this development that I decided to get a new foam pillow to replace my old foam pillow. Tempur-Pedic has one that contains cooling gel. It’s brilliant. I can feel my habitual ill temper slipping away like ice on the roof of my house under the assault of the March sun. But if you know me, then you know that I can’t just be satisfied with a product being life-changing and delightful.

Tempur-Pedic explicitly states that its mattresses are made in the United States. In the case of the pillow, as you can see, things are a bit more complicated. I think it’s safe to say, however, that the vast majority of the value added occurs here in the States. Sometimes, this is all you can hope for — there are “American-made” laptop computers out there, but stuff like the memory and the video hardware is always made overseas, for example. And I appreciate the forthright detailing of the pillow’s provenance. This is a purchase about which I can feel pretty good.

Which is lucky, because not only did I buy one for myself, I got one for my son as well, because he tried one out and really dug the idea that it was cool to the touch. The mattress salesman was a bit discomfited by this; “Getting your little boy a Tempur-Pedic pillow? That’s, ah, really something… well now, young man, what do you say to that!” I will admit that I thought briefly about the fact that Spartan children had to sleep on the rocky ground from the time they were four years old or whatever. But I bet you that Max Verstappen never had to sleep on anything but the finest pillow available, and he’s turned out just fine.

13 Replies to “Made In The USA, Sorta: Tempur-Pedic Dual Cooling Pillow”

  1. Tomko

    Been sleeping on a Swedish Hästens bed for almost a decade now. Made from all natural materials including sustainably cultivated horse hair the bed cost more than most new Hondas. But the difference it made in my sleep was worth it.

    The bed is so heavy the company even offers a bed turning service, where a pair of off-duty firemen or linebackers come to flip the thing every couple of months.

    Unlike foam beds that don’t breathe very well, this one is always dry and comfy even on the steamiest days. Same goes with pillows. I use eiderdown that are also a natural product that doesn’t heat up.

    Quality linens are another key, but often overlooked, element of sleep. Look to the Italian company Sferra for the best.

  2. -Nate

    Wow ~
    Sounds very cool to me! .
    A pillow that doesn’t get hot and a good mattress too, life must be very sweet indeed .
    I have an ancient made right here in Los Angeles ‘Quevas’ (brand) something-pedic mattress that’s firm and hard, I love it ’cause it eases my back aches but it really helps .
    I keep asking in stores if they sell them to no avail .

  3. Ronnie Schreiber

    Do to an unfortunate encounter with a toilet seat as a toddler, I had my first cystoscopy (of four or five, I forget) to remove scar tissue at age seven and that is now joined by a 62 year old prostate. What’s sleeping through the night?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      No pillow could have that kind of power, sadly.

      I left the word “good” off the end of that sentence.

  4. link3721

    The pillow tag makes me think of the tags on my collection of Bison Designs belts: “Made in USA of USA and imported materials.” I suspect the textile parts are the ones that are imported.

  5. Bigtruckseriesreview

    So many people are so quick to argue with me that “the factory jobs can’t come back to America”.

    Yet they are busy shopping for cheap shit made in China and shipped back to us – while waiting for their next welfare check.

  6. Nostrathomas

    If you want to improving life after dark, the next step is a quality goose/duck down duvet. There is lots of quality down from Hungary, Germany, Canada. As usual, make sure to avoid anything China. The one we have is German made using, down from Canadian Hutterite farms (our version of the Amish). You’ll easily spend hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars, but highly recommended.

    If you ever want to sell your Boxster and spend the money on a bed, look up Vispring. Made in the UK with all-natural materials. The Hastens stuff Tombo mentioned is great too.

  7. DirtRoads

    We just spent $2K on a Sleep Number and love it. We actually sleep through the night and wake up NOT hurting in odd parts of our bodies. A good bed is worth the expense.


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