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

Based on 921 Owner Experiences Gathered From 335 Sources

September 15, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Sealy innerspring mattresses have slightly above-average owner satisfaction compared to innerspring mattresses overall. Many firmness, comfort and price options are available. Initial odor and heat trap complaints are limited.

THE BAD: Like innerspring mattresses in general, durability and longevity tend to be below average due mainly to sagging. 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 – in business since 1906, headquartered in Trinity, NC. The mattresses use an open coil, offset coil, or pocket coil design and have a total thickness of 8.5-15 inches. Comfort layer materials can include regular foam and (gel) 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 Sealy's midrange-to-luxury brand Stearns & Foster (innerspring).

Sealy Posturepedic Research Video Summary


Sealy Innerspring Mattress Ratings – Summary
Owner Satisfaction
Lifespan / Durability
(Back) Pain Relief Potential
Conforming Ability
Motion Isolation / Couple Friendliness
Off Gassing Odor
Sleeping Hot Potential
Love Making Suitability
Ease of Moving On, Getting Up Off
Ease of Lifting, Handling / Weight
Ease of Maintaining
Company Reputation Ratings
      Customer Service
      Specifications Transparency
      Marketing Accuracy
      BBB ratings
      SLTD Company Rating
Model Prices, Specifications & Comments
Sealy Top Complaints and Praises

About our unbiased Sealy Ratings and research

Ratings are based on the experiences of 920+ owners of Sealy Brand and Sealy Posturepedic models. Learn more about our research methodology and sources.

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 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, .5-4" of gel-infused memory foam, 1" of regular memory foam. See specifications for more details. Posturepedic is available in three basic model lines: Posturepedic, Posturepedic Plus and Posturepedic Hybrid.

Sample size 145 661 44 68
Owner satisfaction C- D+ C- C
Durability / longevity D D D+ D+
Price b B- c+ c
General support D+ C B- B+
Conforming ability D C- C+ B
Less (back) pain C- c- c C+
Edge support C+ B B A-
Motion isolation D+ c B B
No initial odor A- B- C+ C
Not a heat trap A- B- c+ c-
Sex friendly B+ B B- C+
Easy to move on B B C D+
Large person friendly D c c+ B-
No noise d+ c+ B+ B+
Easy to lift, handle, move B+ B- c c-
Short break in B+ B- C+ D+
Easy to maintain C- C C C
Availability d+ A C+ B+
Warranty D c c c
Firmness options C+ 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 921 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, satisfaction is no higher than 63% – similar to that of Posturepedic.

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, body impression development, or protruding springs occurring within three years of ownership. On average, owners report keeping their Sealy about 6.3 years with regular use. Based on limited owner experience data, the 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


Sealy Brand. Prices tend to range $270-$700 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 $400-$2,200 depending on model and size. Posturepedic models with minimal padding / construction tend to be the most affordable.

sealy posturepedic prices

(Back) 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


Sealy Brand. The beds' relatively low coil count and little or no conforming material mean that support tends to be below average, especially for larger people (220 lbs+).

Sealy Posturepedic. The beds' higher coil count, superior coil system, and the presence of at least some conforming material allows support to be average or better. A loss of support, however, is reported by at least 20% of owners in the first three years due mainly to sagging.

sealy support
*partial estimate given model newness

Conforming Ability

A conforming mattress is one that molds and contours to the sleeper's body. Such a mattress, owner experience data suggests, supports one's body weight more equally and has more of a cradling, cloud-like, pressure-point-free feel than a non-conforming mattress.

Memory foam, especially if at least two inches of the material is present, tends to provide a mattress with the most noticeable conforming support among available materials.

Sealy Brand. These models have little if any memory foam content, meaning they offer minimal conforming ability.

Sealy Posturepedic. Depending on the model, Posturepedic may have fairly significant memory foam content and therefore significant conforming ability as well.

sealy conforming support

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 for models with the Sealy classic coil. In addition, at least 20% of couples say that their Sealy Brand mattress lacks the support needed for two people.

Sealy Posturepedic. Models with pocket coils and at least two inches of memory foam tend to perform best.

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 11% of owners of Posturepedics with a full 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. Posturepedic Plus 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

Easy To Move On, Get Up Off

Sealy Brand. Given the thin, non-conforming comfort layer of the beds, they provide little resistance to movement. Larger people (220+ lbs), however, may find that a lack of support makes movement difficult.

Sealy Posturepedic. Models with thicker comfort layers, especially those with at least two inches of memory foam, may provide some difficulty of movement – especially for people who are large, elderly, weak, or injured. Taller models (10" thick and up) may be difficult to get onto or off, especially for shorter people.

sealy posturepedic noise
*partial estimate given model newness


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

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

Easy To Lift, Handle, Move

Thicker, more expensive models tend to be heaviest.

sealy mattress weight

Easy To Maintain

All Sealy models have one-sided, no-flip designs. Given their below average durability / longevity, however, owners often report the need to rotate them head to foot to prevent or combat wear, sagging and compression.

sealy mattress weight


See mattress warranties: what you should know.

Sealy Brand. The warranty can range from 3-10 years. Models with 10-year warranties have 5-years non prorated coverage. This is generally comparable to that of most other mattresses in its price range.

Sealy Posturepedic. Posturepedic's warranty provides 10 years total, full non-prorated coverage. As is true for nearly all other innerspring mattresses, at least 1.5 inches of sagging depth is required to be eligible for mattress 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 other details including the makeup of the materials is limited. As a result, comparison shopping and making an informed buying decision can be somewhat impeded.

sealy transparency

Marketing Accuracy

This rating refers to what extent Sealy's claims, statements and presentation of its products reasonably reflect the experience of their average consumer. Aside from perhaps overemphasizing the benefits of the .5" layer of gel memory foam in the Posturepedic Plus, Sealy sets mostly realistic expectations.

sealy accuracy

Sealy Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating

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

sealy bbb rating

BBB 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 127 complaints filed against it over the past three years (35 in the past year). This number is lower than average for a mattress manufacturer of Sealy's size. Nearly all complaints against the company are for warranty and product quality issues (as is the case with Simmons and Serta).

sealy complaints

SLTD Company Rating

SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) rating for Sealy is a "C+" based on the following evaluation (1 = poor, 10 = excellent).

Product Ratings 5
Customer Service 5
Return Policy 5
Time in Business 9
Warranty 5
Specs Disclosed 5
Marketing Accuracy 7
BBB Rating 9
BBB Rating Stability 5
Number of BBB Complaints / Business Size Ratio 7

86-100 = A+ • 81-85 = A • 77-80 = A- • 73-76 = B+ • 69-72 = B • 65-68 = B- • 61-64 = C+ • 57-60 = C • 53-56 = C- • 49-52 = D+ • 45-48 = D

sltd rating sealy

Sealy Innerspring Model 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.

Sealy Brand Posturepedic Posturepedic Plus Posturepedic Hybrid
Not ideally suited for regular, everyday adult use. Availability can be limited. Memory foam use is limited to .5" center support. May not be ideally suited (soft enough) for some side sleepers. Often has 20% higher coil count than Posturepedic. Also has (thin) full memory foam layer. Has more memory foam and about 7% greater coil count than Posturepedic Plus.
Price Twin      
$270-$500 $400-$775 $775-$1050 $850-$1400
Price Full      
$300-$525 $420-$900 $820-$1100 $950-$1500
Price Queen      
$300-$550 $520-$850 $850-$1150 $1100-$1650
Price King      
$400-$650 $730-$1100 $1100-$1350 $1550-$2100
8.5-13" 9.5-14" 13-15" 13-15"
bonnell / open coil or pocket coil pocket coil or bonnell / open coil usually pocket coil pocket coil
Comfort Layer      
1.5-4.5" regular foam

.5" regular gel foam (select models)

.5" memory foam (select models)
2-6" regular foam

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress
1.5-5.5" regular foam

.5" gel memory foam**

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress
1-5" regular foam

1-4" gel memory foam

1" memory foam (select models)

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress
mostly medium to firm mostly medium-soft to firm soft to firm soft to firm
3-10 years (5 years non prorated on 10 year warranty) 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated
Main Compe- tition      
Simmons Beautysleep

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Other low-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Recharge

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Other low- to mid-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Recharge Worldclass

Serta iSeries

Other mid-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Hybrid

Serta iSeries

Other hybrid mattresses

Other mid-priced mattresses

* Learn about these coil types and how they compare to others.
** Gel memory foam is used in part to minimize heat buildup. Only .5" of the material is used which is likely insufficient to provide much if any cooling benefit.
*** Back sleepers tend to prefer medium to firm; side sleepers medium to soft; stomach sleepers medium.

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Top Complaints and Praises


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

posturepedic complaints


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.

– 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 Plus models with gel memory foam tend to have only .5" of the material which is probably not enough to provide much conforming or cooling benefit.

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