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unbiased Sealy Innerspring Mattress (Posturepedic, Sealy Brand) Review, Ratings & Comparisons

Based on 898 Owner Experiences Gathered From 329 Sources

December 20, 2014

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Sealy innerspring mattresses have slightly above-average owner satisfaction compared to innerspring mattresses overall. Many firmness and comfort options are available.

THE BAD: Like innerspring mattresses in general, durability and longevity tend to be below average due to sagging and body impression development. Motion isolation on cheaper models is often fair at best.

THE MATTRESSES: Posturepedic and Sealy brand (innerspring series) are spring-based mattresses made by Sealy, Inc. – in business since 1906 and headquartered in Trinity, NC. The mattresses use an open coil, offset coil, or pocket coil design and have a total thickness of 8.5-16 inches. Comfort layer materials can include fiber, regular foam, memory foam, and gel-infused memory foam.

THE COMPETITION: Mainly Simmons and Serta. See the mattress comparisons or innerspring mattress reviews – summary for how Sealy compares to competitors.

THE SEALY ALTERNATIVES: Sealy Optimum (foam) and midrange-to-luxury brand Stearns & Foster (innerspring).

Contents

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Ratings – Summary
Owner Satisfaction
Lifespan / Durability
Prices / Affordability
Pain Relief Potential
Motion Isolation / Couple Friendliness
Off Gassing Odor
Sleeping Hot Potential
Love Making Suitability
Noise
Weight
Warranty
Company Reputation Ratings
Model Prices, Specifications & Comments
Sealy Top Complaints and Praises

About our unbiased Sealy Ratings and research

Ratings are based on the experiences of 895+ owners of the various Sealy Brand and Sealy Posturepedic mattress models, including but not limited to Classic, Gel and Hybrid. Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.

November 2014 Video Summary of Sealy Posturepedic Research

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Ratings – Summary & Comparison

Sealy Brand is Sealy's ultra-value priced, entry-level innerspring mattress brand. These mattresses often consist of a total of 1.5-4.5" of regular foam (and perhaps .5" of memory foam) over innerspring support. See specifications for more details.

Sealy Posturepedic is Sealy's mostly low- to mid-priced innerspring mattress brand. The mattresses often consist of one or more of the following materials over innerspring support: 2-6" of regular foam, 1-2" of gel-infused memory foam, 1" of regular memory foam. The Posturepedic is currently available in three basic models: Classic, Gel, and Hybrid. See specifications for more details.

SEALY BRAND SEALY POSTURE- PEDIC Classic SEALY POSTURE- PEDIC
Gel*
SEALY POSTURE- PEDIC Hybrid*
Sample size 143 654 39 61
Owner satis- faction C- D+ D+ D+
Lifespan D D+ D+ D+
Price b B- c+ c
Less (back) pain C- c- c C+
Motion isolation D c B- B
No initial odor B B- C+ C
Not a heat trap B B- c+ c-
Sex friendly B+ B- B- B-
Large person friendly D c+ c+ B-
No noise d c c+ C+
Confor- ming d+ c- c+ B
Light- weight B+ B- c+ c
Avail- ability d+ A C+ B+
Warranty D c c c
Firmness options B- B A- A

* This model currently has a fairly small, statistically insignificant sample size due mainly to model newness. Ratings are based on this sample and possibly the owner experiences of similar but discontinued models. Some ratings may also be based in part on the estimate of Sleep Like The Dead.


Owner Satisfaction

Sealy innerspring mattresses overall as a group have 65% owner satisfaction. (65 out of 100 based on 898 reviews.)

Sealy Brand. Owner satisfaction for Sealy Brand (69%) is higher than that of other Sealy spring-based models. This is mostly due to the fact that, like other low-priced mattresses, a significant number of Sealy Brand owners (at least 30%) use the mattress only temporarily / occasionally / lightly. Among those who use the mattress regularly / long term / heavily, owner satisfaction is no higher than 63% – similar to the Posturepedic models.

Sealy Posturepedic. While Posturepedic is one of the highest rated innerspring mattresses, it rates significantly lower than most non-innerspring mattresses (memory foam, latex, air). The various Posturepedic models tend to rate similar to one another.

sealy consumer satisfaction

* Satisfaction rate includes the 30%+ of owners who use the mattress only temporary / occasionally / lightly.
**Partial estimate given model newness.

Owner Satisfaction Rate by Year of Ownership

The graph below shows that after the first two years Sealy innerspring bed owner satisfaction is and remains somewhat lower than that of all mattresses overall (innerspring, memory foam, latex and air). This is largely due to Sealy (like innerspring beds in general) having somewhat worse longevity / durability than the average mattress.

sealy satisfaction


Durability / Longevity

Sealy Brand. Owners who use the Sealy for non-regular, occasional or temporary use tend to report fair or better durability / longevity. Owners, however, who use the bed on a regular and extended basis usually report fair-at-best durability / longevity.

Sealy Posturepedic. At least 20% of Posturepedic owners report significant sagging or body impression development occurring within three years of ownership. On average, owners report keeping their Sealy about 6-7 years with regular use. Based on limited owner experience data, the recent inclusion of additional support in the center third of the mattress provides only little improvement in durability / longevity.

sealy longevity lifespan

* among owners who use mattress regularly and long term
**partial estimate given model newness


Affordability / Price

Sealy Brand. The price range is $270-$1100 depending on model and size. The relatively low price is due mainly to the fact that the mattresses tend to be thin and use fairly unsophisticated materials and designs.

Sealy Posturepedic. Prices tend to range from $350-$2,400 depending on model and size. Posturepedic models with minimal padding / construction tend to be the most affordable.

sealy posturepedic prices


Pain Relief

See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.

Sealy Brand. Neither a clear strength nor weakness.

Sealy Posturepedic. Pain reduction (especially reduction of back, hip and shoulder pain) is generally not a long-term strength of Sealy Posturepedic. When the mattress is new, owners often report having good comfort and reduced pain, including a minimization of pressure points. But as the mattress ages and sags, at least 15% of Posturepedic owners report pain.

sealy back pain
*partial estimate given model newness


Motion Isolation / Couple Friendliness

Motion isolation refers to how well the mattress keeps movement made by one person from being felt by another.

Sealy Brand. Motion isolation is often below average. In addition, at least 20% of couples say that their Sealy Brand mattress lacks the support needed for two people.

Sealy Posturepedic. Many low- and mid-priced Posturepedic models tend to perform no better than average on this issue. More expensive models, especially those with pocket coils, perform better.

sealy motion isolation
*partial estimate given model newness


Off Gassing Initial Odor

See mattress off gassing for general analysis.

Sealy Brand. Initial odor / off gassing is not a significant complaint by owners.

Sealy Posturepedic. At least 12% of owners of Posturepedics with a layer of memory foam report significant off gassing / initial odor.

sealy posturepedic off gassing
*partial estimate given model newness


Sleeping Hot / Heat Retention

Sealy Brand. Sealy Brand mattress owners tend to not report a heat retention problem.

Sealy Posturepedic. About 5% of owners report heat buildup to an extent that makes the mattress uncomfortable. Sealy Gel Series and Hybrid Series models contain gel-infused memory foam to sleep cooler, but it is questionable whether enough of the material is present to be beneficial. Learn more about gel foam.

sealy sleeping hot
*partial estimate given model newness


Love Making Friendly

See mattresses and sex for general analysis.

Sealy Brand. Based on limited owner experience data, the mattresses tend to perform at least fair. Their main upside is that they have more of a bounce effect than many Posturepedic models.

Sealy Posturepedic. Posturepedics receive somewhat above-average ratings on this issue. Complaints usually result from mattress sagging which can undermine the comfort and usability of the mattress.

sealy posturepedic comparison
*partial estimate given model newness


Noise

Sealy Brand. At least 10% of owners complain that their Sealy mattress makes noise, namely squeaking and creaking, when sat or lied upon.

Sealy Posturepedic. Noise (creaking, squeaking, clunking) coming from a Posturepedic is reported by about 5% of owners.

sealy posturepedic noise
*partial estimate given model newness


Weight

Thicker, more expensive models tend to be heaviest.

sealy mattress weight


Warranty

See mattress warranties: what you should know.

Sealy Brand. The warranty can range from 1-10 years, with most models having a 5- or 10-year non-prorated warranty. This is comparable to that of most other mattresses in this price range.

Sealy Posturepedic. Recently, Posturepedic's warranty has changed from 25 years total (first 10 years non-prorated, last 15 years prorated) to 10 years total, full non-prorated coverage. At least 1.5 inches of sagging depth is required for the bed to be eligible for replacement.

sealy warranty


Company Reputation Ratings

Customer Service

Sealy customer service overall is considered by consumers to be about fair. Most complaints for Sealy customer service involve an inability to receive adequate help / compensation regarding sagging and warranty coverage.

sealy customer service

Specifications Transparency

This rating refers to what extent Sealy discloses the specifications of its mattresses. 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. As a result, comparison shopping and making an informed buying decision can be somewhat impeded.

sealy transparency

SLTD Rating

SLTD Rating (Sleep Like The Dead's rating) for Sealy is a "C+". The rating is based on a combination of factors including product ratings by consumers, years in business, customer service, return policy, accuracy of marketing claims, transparency of specifications, warranty, Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and rating stability, number of BBB complaints / business size ratio.

sltd rating sealy

Sealy Better Business Bureau Rating

Sealy, like Serta and Simmons, currently has an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau.

sealy bbb rating

Better Business Bureau Rating Stability

BBB rating stability can be an indicator of a company's consistency and long-term commitment to the customer. Sealy's rating has been more stable that its main competitors, Serta and Simmons, over the past two years.

sealy bbb rating stability

Number of BBB Complaints

Sealy has had 133 complaints filed against it over the past three years (51 in the past year). This number is lower than average for a mattress manufacturer of Sealy's size. Virtually all complaints against the company are for warranty and product quality issues (as is the case with Simmons and Serta).

sealy complaints


Sealy Innerspring Mattress Prices, Specifications & Comments

Keep in mind

- Prices below are for a mattress only, not a foundation which is often priced $100-$300 depending on size.

- The price ranges below are due to the availability of different models within each line. Models in the higher end of a price range tend to be thicker and / or have better material.

- The prices below are an estimate of what is actually paid by consumers, not the asking / retail price. Negotiation is often possible with those retailers that charge more than the prices below.

Sealy Brand Posturepedic Classic Posturepedic Gel Posturepedic Hybrid
Comments      
Not ideally suited for regular / permanent use, especially models with warranties of 5 years or less. Availability can be limited. Sometimes referred to as simply "Posturepedic". Memory foam is limited to center support. Gel memory foam is used mainly to minimize heat buildup. Only .5" of the material is used which is likely insufficient to provide much if any cooling benefit. Its use may also be limited to center third of mattress. Although called a "hybrid," the mattress does not consist 50% of memory foam. Memory foam thickness ranges from just 1" to 4" (7% to 35% depending on model) including memory foam in center third of mattress.
Price Twin      
$270-$650 $350-$700 $550-$1050 $850-$1800
Price Full      
$300-$670 $450-$800 $575-$1100 $950-$1900
Price Queen      
$300-$750 $500-$850 $600-$1150 $1100-$2100
Price King      
$400-$1100 $700-$1100 $800-$1700 $1550-$2400
Thickness      
8.5-13" 9.5-14" 11-15.5" 11.5-16"
Support*      
bonnell / open coil bonnell / open coil pocket coil or offset coil pocket coil
Comfort Layer      
1.5-4.5" regular foam

.5" memory foam (select models)
2.5-7" regular foam

gel memory foam in center third of mattress
3-6" regular foam

.5" gel memory foam

gel memory foam in center third of mattress
2-5" regular foam

1-2" gel memory foam

1" memory foam

gel memory foam (or latex) in center third of mattress
Firmness      
mostly medium to firm mostly medium to firm soft to firm soft to firm
Warranty      
1-10 years, about 50% of length non-prorated 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated
Main Compe- tition      
Simmons Beautysleep

Serta Perfect Sleeper
Beautyrest Recharge

Serta Perfect Sleeper
Beautyrest Recharge Worldclass

Serta iSeries
Beautyrest Hybrid

Serta iSeries

* Learn about these coil types and how they compare to others.

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Top Complaints and Praises

Complaints

Mattress sagging, body impression development and pain (especially back pain) make up over half of the complaints from Sealy Posturepedic owners.

posturepedic complaints

Praises

Good comfort, improved sleep and less pain make up the clear majority of praises from Sealy Posturepedic owners.

sealy praises


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Keep in Mind

– Sealy mattresses, including Posturepedic models, are not standardized which means that different retailers may sell basically the same models under different names. These retailers should be able to provide you with at least some of the specifications of these mattresses to help you comparison shop.

– Owner experience data suggests that all Posturepedic models (regardless of price or retailer) tend to rate similar at around 65% owner satisfaction.

– At least 30% of Sealy Brand mattress owners use the bed on a less-than-regular and long-term basis. The construction of the bed is likely not well suited for long-term, regular use.

– 20% or more of Sealy Posturepedic owners report sagging or body impression development occurring within three years of ownership – a rate similar to that of innerspring beds overall.

– Posturepedic Gel Series models tend to have only .5" of gel memory foam which is probably not enough to provide much cooling benefit.

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