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unbiased Sealy Optimum Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 72 Actual Consumer Experiences

March 21, 2014
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What You Need To Know

THE GOOD. Sealy Optimum has above-average owner satisfaction due mainly to its comfort and pressure-point relieving potential. Complaints for sleeping hot and off gassing are limited. The Optimum has more memory foam or latex content than much of the competition.

THE BAD. Optimum has somewhat limited owner experience data available, and its longevity may be no better than fair. Warranty length is below that of much of its competition.

THE MATTRESS. The Sealy Optimum (formerly Sealy Embody) consists of 3-7 inches of medium-density memory foam or latex over 6-7 inches of support foam. Its comfort layer includes 2 inches or more of gel- and Outlast®-infused memory foam or latex for the purpose of reducing heat and moisture.

THE COMPETITION. Optimum's main competition is Tempur-Pedic, Serta iComfort and Simmons ComforPedic and various latex-over-foam mattresses. See the comparison below as well as the memory foam mattress reviews – overview and side-by-side mattress comparison to learn how Optimum stacks up to other mattress brands.

Sealy Optimum Ratings

The ratings below are based on 70+ Sealy Optimum owner experiences / reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Owner satisfaction b The Sealy Optimum has 82% owner satisfaction. (82 out of 100 based on 72 reviews). The various Optimum models appear to rate similar to one another.

sealy optimum comparison
Durability / lifespan C+ Given that the Optimum is a fairly new model, limited longevity / durability information from owners is currently available. Available consumer feedback, however, shows that at least 5% of owners report a loss of support and or the development of a dip in the middle of the mattress occurring within two years of ownership. This rate is about average for a memory foam or latex mattress.
Price / affordability c- The Optimum is often priced $1,100-$4,200 depending on the model and size. Its price makes it mainly a mid-level mattress as opposed to an entry level or luxury mattress.
Less pain / pressure points b+ Due largely to its generous amount of memory foam or latex, the Optimum is generally effective in relieving pain, including back pain. The mattress also tends to minimize pressure points especially on the hips and shoulders.
Firmness options b Firmness levels range from soft to firm depending on the model. (See specs below.)
Motion isolation a Like memory foam mattresses in general, the Sealy Optimum is suitable for couples because it keeps movement isolated. One person can change positions, get into and out of bed without causing much if any disturbance to their partner.
No initial odor / off gassing c Off gassing is a chemical-like gas or odor that new mattresses sometimes release. The Optimum rates about average on this issue with about 8% of owners reporting a noteworthy problem. (See mattress off gassing for more info.)
Easy to move on / get up off c Optimum tends to give moderate resistance to changing positions and getting up off the bed. Consequently, it may not be ideally suited for the elderly and people who are disabled, sick or weak.
No heat retention c+ Given its use of a two-inch (or greater) gel-infused layer, the Optimum rates no worse than the average mattress on the issue of heat retention or sleeping hot. (See memory foam heat retention for general analysis.)
Sex friendly c The bed scores about similar to the typical memory foam bed on this issue. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis.)
Quiet a Like foam mattresses in general, the Sealy Optimum makes no noise when lied on or moved on.
Lightweight d+ Heavy weight can cause the mattress to be at least somewhat difficult to transport, move and handle. The thicker models are the heaviest.
Warranty C Like other Sealy products, the warranty has recently been reduced from 25 years with the first 10-15 years non-prorated to 10 years total, full non-prorated coverage. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Availability c- The bed currently is not widely available, but can usually be found in at least a few showrooms in most larger markets.
Return policy b Although Sealy does not publicize it, it appears all Optimums have a 120-day trial period. Terms may vary by retailer.
Customer service c Sealy customer service historically has been considered no better than fair mainly due to what consumers regard as a lack of help in regard to warranty resolution and product quality problems.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating A+ Sealy has an "A+" rating with the BBB as does its main competition, Serta and Simmons. Sealy's rating in the past, like Serta and Simmons, has been less than stable, reflecting perhaps a lack of consistency in its dedication to the consumer.
Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) Rating C+ Sealy's SLTD rating of "C+" is based on a combination of factors including product ratings by consumers, years in business, customer service, return policy, accuracy of marketing claims, warranty, Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and rating stability, number of BBB complaints / business size ratio.

Sealy Optimum Models: Prices, Specifications & Competitors

Prices below are an approximate average retail price. Prices do not include a foundation which can cost $100-$400 depending on size.

  Prices Overall Thickness1 Comfort Layer2 Base Layer Firmness3 Main Competitors
Dreams $1500 tw
$1600 full
$1800 qn
$2300 kg
10" 2" gel latex,
1" latex
7" regular foam firm latex-over-foam beds
Comment: Not well suited for side sleepers due to high firmness.
Meadow Crest $1800 tw
$1900 full
$2100 qn
$2600 kg
11" 2" gel latex,
2" latex
7" regular foam medium latex-over-foam beds
Comment: Likely suited for all sleeping positions.
Brasswood $2300 tw
$2400 full
$2600 qn
$3200 kg
12" 2" gel latex,
3" latex
7" regular foam firm latex-over-foam beds
Comment: Not well suited for side sleepers due to high firmness.
Newness $2800 tw
$2900 full
$3100 qn
$3600 kg
13" 2" gel latex,
4" latex
7" regular foam soft latex-over-foam beds
Comment: Fairly tall-profile mattress that is likely suited for side sleepers.
Destiny $1100 tw
$1200 full
$1400 qn
$1900 kg
9" 2" gel memory foam,
1" memory foam
6" regular foam firm Tempurpedic Simplicity;
iComfort Insight;
Comforpedic Alive
Comment: Not well suited for side sleepers or 200 lbs+ people.
Radiance $1300 tw
$1400 full
$1600 qn
$2100 kg
10" 2" gel memory foam,
2" memory foam
6" regular foam firm-
Tempurpedic Weightless Select;
iComfort Genius;
Comforpedic New Life
Comment: Not ideally suited for side sleepers due to fairly high firmness.
Inspiration $1300 tw
$1400 full
$1600 qn
$2100 kg
11" 2" gel memory foam,
3" memory foam
6" regular foam medium Tempurpedic Weightless Supreme;
iComfort Inception;
Comforpedic New Life
Comment: Likely suited for all sleeping positions.
Vibrant $1800 tw
$1900 full
$2100 qn
$2600 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam,
4 " memory foam
6" regular foam firm-
Tempurpedic Contour Elite;
iComfort Acumen Firm;
Comforpedic Nourishing Comfort
Comment: Not ideally suited for side sleepers due to fairly high firmness.
Elation $2200 tw
$2500 full
$2600 qn
$3200 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam,
5" memory foam
6" regular foam medium-
Tempurpedic Weightless Supreme;
iComfort Epic;
Comforpedic Relaxed Nights
Comment: Fairly tall-profile mattress that is likely suited for side sleepers.
Desire $3200 tw
$3300 full
$3500 qn
$4000 kg
13" 3" gel memory foam,
4 " memory foam
6" regular foam soft Tempurpedic Cloud Elite;
iComfort Epic;
Comforpedic Sophisticated Rest
Comment: Contains the most gel memory foam of any Optimum model. Likely well suited for side sleepers.

1 Thicker mattresses are generally for heavier people or anyone seeking a tall profile. Persons of above-average size (200 lbs+) should likely avoid mattresses less than 9-inches thick.
2 Both the gel memory foam and the regular memory foam are estimated to have medium (4.0 lbs/ft) density. Gel foam tends to sleep cooler longer than non-gel foam. In addition, 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 Medium to firm tends to be suitable for back sleepers; medium for stomach sleepers; medium to soft for side sleepers.

Comparison: Sealy Optimum vs Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-pedic is often the standard by which other memory foam mattresses are judged. The table below shows how Optimum memory foam models compare to Tempur-Pedic mattresses based on actual owner experiences.

  Optimum Tempur-Pedic comment
Owner satisfaction B B Both overall have similar owner satisfaction.
Longevity C+ B Tempur-Pedic likely has 25% longer lifespan.
Affordability C- D Avg price for Tempur-Pedic is $3,238; Optimum $2,136.
Less pain / pressure B+ B+ --
Firmness options B A Tempur-Pedic has more models and firmness choices.
Motion isolation A A --
Easy to move on C C- Can vary by model, but overall Optimum performs somewhat better here.
No off gassing odor C D+ Advantage to Optimum.
No heat retention C+ C- Optimum tends to have the advantage here likely due to its generous use of gel memory foam.
Sex friendly C+ C --
No noise A A --
Lightweight D D- Both tend to be heavy and difficult to move / handle.
Warranty C C Warranties are similar.
Availability C A Tempur-Pedic is more available in stores and online.
Customer service C+ B --
Better Business Bureau rating A+ A+ --
BBB rating stability C A Tempur-Pedic's rating historically has been consistent, unlike Sealy's.
Memory foam density medium (estimate) low to high See memory foam density comparison.

Sleep Like The Dead Editor Discusses Sealy Optimum Research Findings

About our unbiased Sealy Optimum review and research

Our ratings are based on 70+ reviews of various Sealy Optimum mattress models including Desire, Elation, Vibrant, Inspiration, Radiance and Destiny.

Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.

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Keep in Mind

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

– The Sealy Optimum is not as widely available currently in showrooms as some of its competition, namely Tempur-Pedic.

– Likely largely due to its use of at least two inches of gel-infused memory foam or latex (which tends to sleep at least slightly cooler longer than regular memory foam / latex), heat trap complaints for the Optimum are limited.

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