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unbiased Sealy Optimum Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 142 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 28 Sources

March 8, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD. Sealy Optimum uses more memory foam (or latex) than many competitors. Reports of significant off gassing are limited.

THE BAD. Durability / longevity and support are likely no better than fair. The mattress has an above average potential to trap heat.

THE MATTRESS. The Optimum consists of 3-6 inches of memory foam (or latex) over 7 inches of support foam. Its comfort layer includes 2 inches or more of gel- and Outlast-infused memory foam (or latex).

THE COMPETITION. Optimum's main competition is Tempur-Pedic, Serta iComfort and Beautyrest Memory Foam Plus and various latex-hybrid mattresses. See the memory foam mattress reviews – overview and side-by-side mattress comparison to learn how Optimum compares to similar mattresses.

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 / lifespan D+ At least 18% of owners report sagging, support loss and or the development of body impressions occurring within three years of ownership. Learn more.
Price c $900-$3,200 depending on model and size with the average queen costing $1,703. Its price makes it mainly a mid-level as opposed to entry level or luxury mattress.
Value C+ Compared to Tempur-Pedic, Optimum owners often praise the bed for its value. However, less pricey mattresses than Optimum are available that have similar or better specifications and satisfaction.
Support C Support may be inadequate for large people (240+ lbs) over the long term or for anyone seeking a highly supportive mattress.
Conforming potential B Optimum moderately conforms and molds to one's body, resulting in well distributed support and pressure-point relief.
Less (back) pain C+ Mattress sagging especially 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 odor / off gassing C Off gassing is a chemical-like odor that new mattresses sometimes release. Optimum rates average as about 10% of owners report a noteworthy problem. Get details.
Easy to move on / get up off D+ Optimum tends to give moderate 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+ Despite extensive use of gel-infused foam, 10% of owners report sleeping hot at least some of the time. Get 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 over the 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.
Specs disclosed C Sealy tends to do a fair job of providing thickness measurements for the various layers of its mattresses, but details on the makeup of the materials is limited. Comparison shopping and making an informed buying decision therefore can be somewhat impeded.
Marketing accuracy B This rating refers to what extent Sealy's claims about Optimum reasonably reflect the experience of their average customer.
Warranty 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 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.
BBB rating A+ Sealy has an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Its rating has become more stable in recent years.
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 (73%) which includes innerspring, foam, air, latex and futon.

The various Optimum models (see next section) 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 a bed may emit when new. 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 bed that "sleeps hot" acts as a heat trap. This problem can result in poor sleep quality. The Sealy Optimum sleeps hot more often than both the average mattress and the average memory foam mattress. Optimum's generous use of memory foam may be the cause of this as the more memory foam a mattress has, the higher the likelihood it will retain heat. (See memory foam heat retention for general analysis.)

OPTIMUM heat comparison chart

Sealy Optimum Model Prices, Specs, Competitors

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- ness Sleep Position Rating3 Main Compe- tition
Destiny Gold memory foam $900 tw
$940 full
$1140 qn
$1600 kg
10" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

1" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam firm back: good to fair

side: fair to poor

front: fair
Tempur- pedic Contour Supreme

iComfort Genius
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 back: good to fair

side: fair

front: good to fair
Tempur- pedic Cloud Prima

iComfort Savant Firm
Inspiration Gold FIRM memory foam $1600 tw
$1650 full
$1800 qn
$2240 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med- firm back: good to fair

side: fair

front: good to fair
Tempur- pedic Contour Elite

iComfort Savant Firm
Inspiration Gold PLUSH memory foam $1600 tw
$1650 full
$1800 qn
$2240 kg
12" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

3" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med back: good

side: good to fair

front: good to fair
Tempur- pedic Cloud Prima

iComfort Prodigy
Elation Gold memory foam $2100 tw
$2150 full
$2350 qn
$2900 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam w/ Outlast

4" gel memory foam
7" gel support foam med back: good

side: good to fair

front: good to fair
Tempur- pedic Cloud Supreme

iComfort Epic
Dreams latex hybrid $1250 tw
$1300 full
$1400 qn
$1800 kg
10" 2" gel latex, 1" latex 7" support foam firm back: good to fair

side: fair to poor

front: fair
latex hybrids
Meadow Crest latex hybrid $1400 tw
$1500 full
$1800 qn
$2100 kg
11" 2" gel latex, 2" latex 7" support foam med back: good

side: good to fair

front: good to fair
latex hybrids
Brasswood latex hybrid $2000 tw
$2100 full
$2200 qn
$2700 kg
12" 2" gel latex, 3" latex 7" support foam med- firm back: good to fair

side: fair

front: good to fair
latex hybrids
Newness latex hybrid $2550 tw
$2600 full
$2700 qn
$3200 kg
13" 2" gel latex, 4" latex 7" support foam med- soft back: good to fair

side: good to fair

front: good to fair
latex hybrids

1 Thicker mattresses are generally for heavier people or anyone seeking a tall profile. People 240 lbs+ should likely avoid mattresses less than 10-inches thick.

2 1) Both the gel memory foam and the regular memory foam used are estimated to have medium (4.0 lbs/ft) 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 1.8 lbs/ft.

3 Medium to firm tends to be best for back sleep; medium-soft to medium-firm for front / stomach sleep; medium to soft for side sleep. Learn more.

Comparison: Sealy Optimum vs Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic is often a main competitor to Optimum. The table below shows how the two compare overall based on consumer experiences. Compare specific models in the side-by-side mattress comparison.

  Sealy Optimum Tempur-
Pedic
comment
Owner satisfaction C+ B Tempur-Pedic has 81% owner satisfaction vs 76% for Optimum.
Longevity D+ B Tempur-Pedic likely has 30%+ longer lifespan.
Price C D Avg price for Tempur-Pedic $3,339; Optimum $1,700.
Less pain C+ B+ --
Supportive C B --
Firmness options B- A Tempur-Pedic has more models and firmness choices.
Motion isolation A- A --
Easy to move on C- D+ Can vary by model, but overall Optimum performs somewhat better.
Edge support B- C- --
No initial off gassing odor C- D+ --
No heat retention D+ D+ For Tempur-Pedic especially, heat retention can vary by model.
Sex friendly C C --
Short break in C- D For Tempur-Pedic especially, break-in length can vary somewhat by model.
No noise A A --
Lightweight D+ D- Both tend to be heavy and difficult to move / handle.
Specs disclosed C D- Sealy does a somewhat better job of disclosing important facts.
Warranty C C Warranties are similar.
Availability C- A Tempur-Pedic is more available in stores and online.
Customer service C C+ --
BBB rating A+ A+ --
Sleep Like The Dead company rating C+ C --


About our unbiased Sealy Optimum review and research

Ratings are based on 140+ 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

– 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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