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unbiased Sealy Optimum Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 144 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 27 Sources

August 5, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD. Above-average conforming ability • limited off gassing odor potential • fairly wide availability in stores.

THE BAD. Durability / longevity no better than fair • questionable support • above-average heat trap potential • may be difficult to move on.

THE MATTRESS. The Optimum consists of 3-6 inches of gel-infused memory foam (or latex) over 7 inches of gel-infused support foam.

THE COMPETITION. Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort mostly as well as latex-hybrids. See the memory foam bed reviews – summary and side-by-side mattress comparison to learn how Optimum compares to others.

Sealy Optimum Ratings

The ratings – based on 140+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Sealy Optimum compares to the average mattress.

Owner satisfaction C+ The Sealy Optimum has 76% owner satisfaction. Learn more.
Durability / longevity D+ 18%+ of owners report sagging, support loss and or the development of body impressions occurring within three years of ownership. More.
Price c $650-$3,300 depending on model and size with the average queen costing about $1,600. Its price makes it mainly a mid-level as opposed to entry level or luxury mattress.
Value C Less pricey mattresses than Optimum are available that have similar or better specifications and owner satisfaction.
Support C Support may be inadequate for large people (240+ lbs) especially over the long term or for anyone seeking a highly supportive mattress.
Conforming potential A- Optimum tends to conform and mold strongly to one's body, often resulting in well distributed support and pressure-point relief.
Less (back) pain C+ Mattress sagging or loss of support can cause at least some discomfort and back pain, report about 15% of owners. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Firmness options b- Most models are medium-ish to firm. Those looking for a highly soft mattress will need to look elsewhere.
Motion isolation a- Like memory foam mattresses in general, Sealy Optimum is suitable for couples because it keeps movement mostly isolated. One person can change positions, get into and out of bed without causing much if any disturbance to their partner.
No initial off gassing C Details.
Easy to move on D Optimum tends to give significant resistance to changing positions and getting up off the bed. It may not, therefore, be ideally suited for the elderly or those disabled, sick, weak.
No heat retention D+ Details.
Sex friendly c- Memory foam mattress owners have mixed opinions on this issue. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis.)
Quiet a Like foam mattresses in general, Sealy Optimum makes no noise when lied on or moved on.
Edge support b- A mattress with good edge support allows a person to sit or sleep near the edge without sliding or rolling off. About 3% of Optimum owners report poor or deteriorating edge support.
Avg- sized person friendly C+ Optimum is best suited for people of average size, those 130-240 lbs.
Heavy person friendly C- The support / base foam may lack the thickness and or density needed to properly support a large person (240+ lbs) especially long term.
Light person friendly c- Given the weight sensitivity of memory foam, people who weigh under 120 lbs tend to benefit the least from the foam's conforming ability especially if the mattress is firm.
Short break in C- Like many foam mattresses, break-in time can be considerable especially for firm models.
Easy to lift, handle, move d+ Weight is 40 to 130 lbs depending on model and size with thicker, more expensive models being heaviest. There are no handles.
Warranty C Like other Sealy products, the warranty is 10 years total, non-prorated. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
SLTD Company Rating C+ See the Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) company rating breakdown for Sealy.

Analysis of Key Issues

Owner Satisfaction

Sealy Optimum has 76% owner satisfaction. This rate is lower than the rate for memory foam beds overall (81%) but higher than the rate for all beds overall (72%) which includes innerspring, foam, air, latex and futon.

The various Optimum models appear to rate similar to one another (76%).

sealy optimum comparison

Longevity / Durability

At least 18% of owners report sagging, support loss, and or the development of significant body impressions occurring within three years. This rate is higher than the rate for both the average mattress and the average memory foam mattress. All Optimum models likely have similar durability / longevity.

optimum sagging chart
*within three years of ownership.

Initial Odor / Off Gassing

Off gassing is a chemical-like odor that new mattresses sometimes release. Sealy Optimum tends to off gas considerably less often and less strongly than the average memory foam mattress. (See mattress off gassing for general analysis.)

OPTIMUM off gassing comparison chart

Sleeping Hot / Heat Retention

A mattress that "sleeps hot" acts as a heat trap – a problem that often results in poor sleep quality. Despite extensive use of gel-infused foam, 10% of owners report sleeping hot at least some of the time. This means that Optimum sleeps hot more often than both the average mattress and the average memory foam mattress. (See memory foam heat retention for general analysis.)

OPTIMUM heat comparison chart

Sealy Optimum Model Prices, Specs, Ratings

Prices below do not include a foundation which can cost $100-$400 depending on size. Also, some retailers may sell the following models under different names.

  Mattress Type Price Thick- ness1 Comfort/ Support Layers2 Base Layer2 Firm-ness3
Destiny Gold memory foam $650 tw
$700 full
$800 qn
$1400 kg
10" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

1" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam firm
Radiance Gold memory foam $1300 tw
$1350 full
$1500 qn
$2000 kg
11" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

2" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med- firm
Inspiration Gold FIRM memory foam $1250 tw
$1300 full
$1500 qn
$2000 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med- firm
Inspiration Gold PLUSH memory foam $1250 tw
$1300 full
$1500 qn
$2000 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med
Elation Gold memory foam $1750 tw
$1800 full
$2000 qn
$2500 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

4" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med
Dreams latex hybrid $1250 tw
$1300 full
$1500 qn
$2000 kg
10" 2" gel latex, 1" latex 7" support foam firm
Meadow Crest latex hybrid $1600 tw
$1600 full
$1800 qn
$2300 kg
11" 2" gel latex, 2" latex 7" support foam med
Brasswood latex hybrid $2100 tw
$2200 full
$2300 qn
$2800 kg
12" 2" gel latex, 3" latex 7" support foam med- firm
Newness latex hybrid $2550 tw
$2600 full
$2800 qn
$3300 kg
13" 2" gel latex, 4" latex 7" support foam med- soft

1 Thicker mattresses are generally for heavier people or anyone seeking a tall profile. People 240 lbs+ should likely avoid mattresses less than 9-inches thick.

2 1) Both the gel memory foam and the regular memory foam used are estimated to have medium to high density. 2) Gel foam tends to sleep cooler longer than non-gel foam. Also, Optimum's gel memory foam and latex are infused with Outlast®, a material that according to our research tends to be at least partially effective in regulating body temperature, reducing sweating, and improving thermal compatibility for couples. 3) Density for the base foam layer is estimated to be 1.5 lbs/ft.

3 Learn which firmness may be best for you and your sleeping position.


About our unbiased Sealy Optimum review and research

Ratings are based on 140+ reviews of various Sealy Optimum mattress models including Destiny, Radiance, Inspiration, and Elation.

Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.

Sleep Like The Dead receives NO compensation of any kind from any company, organization or individual to affect in any way or degree the content of our website including our mattress research.

Keep in Mind

– Like memory foam beds in general, the Optimum is generally couple friendly in that it minimizes motion transfer and disturbance.

– Sealy Optimum is not as widely available as its main competition but can usually be found in most larger markets as well as online.

– Optimum rates about average in regard to off gassing as about 10% of owners report a noteworthy initial odor.

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