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unbiased Sealy Optimum Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 140 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 23 Sources

January 4, 2017

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD. Comes in many models and firmness levels to suit personal preference • above-average conforming ability • 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. Sealy Optimum (made in USA) is priced $650-$3100 and consists of 3-6 inches of gel-infused memory foam (or latex) over 7 inches of gel-infused support foam.

THE COMPETITION. Mostly Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort. See memory foam bed reviews – summary and side-by-side mattress comparison to learn how Optimum compares.

Contents

Sealy Optimum Ratings – Overview
Key Comparisons
Optimum Model Ratings & Comparison
Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability
Sealy Company Ratings

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.
Affordable c $650-$3,100 depending on model and size with the average queen costing about $1,460. More.
Support C Support may be inadequate for large people (230+ lbs) especially over the long term or for anyone seeking a highly supportive mattress.
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.)
Conforming ability B+ Optimum tends to conform and mold strongly to one's body, often resulting in well distributed support and pressure-point relief.
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.
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.
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.
No initial off gassing C Sealy Optimum tends to off gas considerably less often and less strongly than the average memory foam mattress. Details.
No heat retention D+ About 11% of owners report sleeping hot. Details.
Sex friendly c- Memory foam mattress owners have mixed opinions on this issue. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis.)
No Noise a Like foam mattresses in general, Sealy Optimum makes no noise when lied on or moved on.
No topper needed B- About 7% of owners need to add a topper to the mattress to improve softness and comfort.
Short break in C- Like many foam mattresses, break-in time can be considerable especially for firm models.
Easy to lift, handle, move B- Weight is 40 to 130 lbs depending on model and size with the average queen Optimum weighing about 82 lbs. There are no handles.

Analysis of Key Issues

Owner Satisfaction

Sealy Optimum has 76% owner satisfaction. This rate is lower than the rate for memory foam beds overall (80%) but higher than the rate for all beds overall (74%) 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.

optimum sagging chart
*within three years of ownership.

Price

Sealy Optimum is similar in price to both the average mattress and those mattresses with generally similar specifications.

optimum price compare

Initial Odor / Off Gassing

Off gassing is a chemical-like or musty odor that new mattresses sometimes release. Sealy Optimum tends to off gas somewhat 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

Despite extensive use of gel-infused foam, about 11% of Optimum owners report sleeping hot at least some of the time. (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 Thickness Comfort/ Support Layers Base Layer Firmness
Destiny Gold memory foam $650 tw
$700 full
$875 qn
$1400 kg
10" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

1" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam firm
Radiance Gold memory foam $900 tw
$925 full
$1100 qn
$1600 kg
11" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

2" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med- firm
Inspiration Gold FIRM memory foam $1200 tw
$1225 full
$1400 qn
$1900 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med- firm
Inspiration Gold PLUSH memory foam $1200 tw
$1225 full
$1400 qn
$1900 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med
Elation Gold memory foam $1700 tw
$1725 full
$1900 qn
$2400 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

4" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med
Dreams latex hybrid $1175 tw
$1200 full
$1375 qn
$1850 kg
10" 2" gel latex, 1" latex 7" support foam firm
Meadow Crest latex hybrid $1400 tw
$1450 full
$1625 qn
$2100 kg
11" 2" gel latex, 2" latex 7" support foam med
Brasswood latex hybrid $1900 tw
$1950 full
$2125 qn
$2600 kg
12" 2" gel latex, 3" latex 7" support foam med- firm
Newness latex hybrid $2400 tw
$2450 full
$2625 qn
$3100 kg
13" 2" gel latex, 4" latex 7" support foam med- soft


Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability For Sealy Optimum

The table below evaluates Optimum models for person size and sleep position. It shows what tends to be true for owners; your personal evaluation may differ. See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type. And people of below- and above-average weight, see the mattress guide for large and small people.

  Average-Sized People
(130-230 lbs)
Large People
(230+ lbs)
Small People
(under 130 lbs)
Destiny Gold Back Sleep Friendly B- B C-
Side Sleep Friendly C- C D
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B C-
Radiance Gold Back Sleep Friendly B B C
Side Sleep Friendly C+ C+ D+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B- C
Inspiration Gold FIRM Back Sleep Friendly B B C
Side Sleep Friendly C+ C+ D+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B- C
Inspiration Gold PLUSH Back Sleep Friendly B- C B
Side Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Elation Gold Back Sleep Friendly B- C B
Side Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Dreams Back Sleep Friendly B- B C-
Side Sleep Friendly C- C D
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B C-
Meadow Crest Back Sleep Friendly B- C B
Side Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Brasswood Back Sleep Friendly B B B-
Side Sleep Friendly B B C
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B B-
Newness Back Sleep Friendly B- C B
Side Sleep Friendly B- C- B
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C- B


Sealy Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Sealy compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty coverage C Like other Sealy products, the warranty is 10 years total, non-prorated. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Customer service C+ Sealy customer service overall is considered by consumers to be at least fair. Like most mattress companies, most complaints for Sealy customer service involve an inability to receive adequate help / compensation regarding sagging and warranty coverage.
Marketing accuracy B+ Sealy marketing claims and presentations are generally fact based and substantiated.
Specs disclosed C Sealy may provide thickness specifications for the various layers of its mattresses, but other details including the makeup of materials is limited. As a result, comparison shopping and making an informed buying decision can be impeded.
Time in business A Tempur-Pedic – in business since 1992 – purchased Sealy in 2012 and Sealy is now a subsidiary of Tempur Sealy International Inc. (The Sealy brand started in 1881.)
BBB rating A+ Sealy, like Serta and Simmons, currently has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Sealy has had 109 complaints filed against it over the past three years. Learn more about BBB ratings.
SLTD rating B- SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating of "B-" for Sealy is determined by averaging the above company ratings. This rating is better than that of Serta (C+) and Simmons (C).

 


About our unbiased Sealy Optimum review and research

Ratings are based on 140 reviews of various Sealy Optimum mattress models. Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.

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.

– Despite extensive use of gel-infused foam, about 11% of Optimum owners report sleeping hot at least some of the time.

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