Based on 851 Owner Experiences Gathered From 227 Sources
THE GOOD: Often affordably priced • widely available • model variety.
THE BAD: Fair-at-best owner satisfaction and durability / lifespan (like innerspring beds in general) • off gassing possible.
THE MATTRESSES: Sealy's Response Lineup of models consists of Essentials, Performance, Premium, and Posturepedic. They cost $300-$1500+ and are 8.5-16 inches thick. They use innerspring coils for support and (gel) foam and gel memory foam (select models) for comfort.
THE COMPETITION: Mainly Simmons and Serta and other low- and mid- priced beds. See the spring mattress reviews – summary or the mattress comparison for how Sealy compares to competitors. Also see how Sealy and traditional mattress brands in general compare to newer brands.
Sealy Innerspring Mattress Ratings – Summary
Lifespan / Durability
(Back) Pain Relief Potential
Pressure Point Minimization
Motion Isolation / Couple Friendliness
Off Gassing Odor
Sleeping Hot Potential
Ease of Moving On, Getting Up Off
Ease of Lifting, Handling / Weight
Ease of Maintaining
Model Prices & Specifications
Sealy Essentials is Sealy's ultra-low priced brand of mattresses. Specs.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) is Sealy's brand of low-priced innerspring mattresses. Performance models offer better materials / design than Essentials. Specs.
Sealy Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus) is Sealy's brand of low- to mid-priced innerspring mattresses. Premium models offer better materials / design than both Essentials and Performance. Specs.
The following table shows how the Sealy innerspring models rate compared to the average mattress. Essentials, Performance, and Premium are new models; ratings below are based on the owner experiences for similar and recently discontinued Sealy innerspring models – namely Sealy brand, Posturepedic, and Posturepedic Plus.
|Sealy Essentials (Sealy Brand)||Sealy Performance (Posturepedic)||Sealy Premium (Posturepedic Plus)|
|Durability / longevity||D||D||D+|
|Less (back) pain||C-||c||c+|
|Easy to move on||C+||B||B-|
|No initial odor||B-||C||C-|
|Not a heat trap||B+||B-||c|
|Heavy person friendly||D||c||B|
|Light person friendly||C||B||B+|
|No topper needed||C-||C||B|
|Short break in||B||B-||C+|
|Easy to lift, move||B+||B||B-|
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-||Sealy Essentials warranty ranges 5-10 years. Sealy Performance, Premium, Posturepedic 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. (See mattress warranties: what to know.)|
|Customer service||C+||Sealy customer service overall is considered by consumers to be about fair (and inferior to that of most newer online mattress companies.) 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+||Aside from the use of hyperbole such as "exceptional support," Sealy claims and presentation are essentially fact based.|
|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 somewhat 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. 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).|
For everyday adult use, Sealy innerspring mattresses overall perform slightly better than the average innerspring mattress but below that of the average mattress overall.
Satisfaction tends to be somewhat higher for the more advanced and pricier Sealy models.
In 30%+ of cases, Sealy mattresses are used for temporary, occasional adult use or everyday child use. When used in these ways, the mattresses overall rate slightly worse than the average mattress overall.
*Partial estimate given model newness.
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 Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). When the mattress is used for occasional or temporary adult use or everyday child use, durability / longevity is often reported as being fair or better. When used by an adult on a regular and extended basis, fair-at-best durability / longevity is typically reported.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). At least 22% of owners – especially owners of pillow top models – report the development of sagging, body impressions or a center ridge occurring within three years of ownership. Various other problems are reported including protruding springs and bulging sides, but these tend to be less common.
On average, owners report keeping their Sealy about six years with regular use. Based on limited owner experience data, the inclusion of additional support in the center third of the mattress provides little improvement in durability / longevity.
* Among owners who use mattress regularly and long term.
** Partial estimate given model newness.
Learn more about innerspring mattress durability / longevity.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Prices tend to range $280-$860 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 Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Prices tend to range $400-$1,300+ depending on model and size. Those models with minimal padding / construction tend to be the most affordable.
* partial estimate.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Neither a clear strength nor weakness.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Pain reduction (especially reduction of back, hip and shoulder pain) is generally not a long-term strength. When the mattress is new (beyond the break-in period), owners often report having good comfort and reduced pain, including a minimization of pressure points. But as the mattress ages and perhaps sags, at least 15% of owners report pain.
See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). The beds' relatively low coil count and little or no conforming material mean that support tends to be below average for couples and people weighing 230+ pounds.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). The beds' higher coil count, superior coil system, and the presence of at least some conforming material allows support to be average or better for most owners. At least 10% of owners, however, report that the mattress slopes toward the middle especially for couples. Mattress sagging also contributes to poor support.
Softer mattresses and or those with memory foam tend to more equally distribute a person's weight thereby reducing pressure points and the discomfort they can cause.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). These models tend to be firmer with little or no memory foam content, meaning they usually offer only fair-at-best pressure point relief.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). The availability of softer models along with the presence of memory foam (although often limited to .5 inch in lumbar area) tends to result in fair or better pressure point relief.
Motion isolation refers to how well the mattress keeps movement made by one person from being felt by another.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Motion isolation is often below average.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Models with pocket coils – which appears to be most models – tend to perform best.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Initial odor / off gassing tends to not be a significant complaint by owners.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). 12%+ of owners report significant off gassing initial odor, often described as being chemical-like or musty. Thicker models tend to have the most complaints due likely to their significant foam content.
See mattress off gassing for general analysis.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Owners tend to not report a significant heat problem.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). About 7% of owners overall report heat buildup occurring to an extent that undermines sleep quality. Thicker, softer models tend to have the most heat retention potential.
See mattress heat retention for general analysis.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). They tend to have more bounce than many Performance and Premium models but often less cushion. Their relatively low weight may cause them to not stay in place.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Although they have at least fair motion isolation, they tend to still provide some limited degree of bounce which is often preferred. Their relatively low weight may cause them to not stay in place.
See mattresses and sex for general analysis.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Given the thin, non-conforming comfort layer of the beds, they provide little resistance to movement. Couples and larger people (220+ lbs), however, may find that a lack of support makes movement difficult.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Softer models with thick comfort layers may provide some difficulty of movement. Taller models (11" thick and up) may be difficult to get onto or off, especially for shorter people.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). At least 10% of owners complain that their Sealy mattress makes noise, namely squeaking and creaking.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). Mattress noise (creaking, squeaking, clunking) is reported by about 4% of owners.
A topper is a product that can be placed on a mattress to improve its comfort / softness.
Sealy Essentials (formerly Sealy Brand). Given that these mattresses are often more firm than soft, topper use by owners is greater than average.
Sealy Performance (formerly Posturepedic) and Premium (formerly Posturepedic Plus). The less expensive models tend to have greater topper needs than the pricier models.
Thicker, more expensive models tend to be heaviest. Performance and Premium models often have handles for maneuvering the mattress.
All Sealy models have one-sided, no-flip designs. Given their below average durability / longevity, however, at least 20% of owners report rotating them head to foot several times a year to prevent or combat wear, sagging and compression.
Prices below are for a mattress only, not a foundation which is often $100-$300 depending on size. The price ranges 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 / design.
|Essentials (Sealy Brand)||Performance (Posturepedic)||Premium (Posturepedic Plus)|
|bonnell / open coil or pocket coil
525-638 coil count (queen)
|bonnell / open coil or pocket coil
638-915 coil count (queen)
|advanced pocket coil
960 coil count (queen)
|1.5-5" regular foam||4-6" regular foam
.5" gel foam or gel memory foam in center third of mattress
|3.5-6.5" regular foam
.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress
.5" full layer gel memory foam (select models)
|mostly medium to firm||mostly medium-soft to firm||medium-soft to x-firm|
|5-10 years||10 years non-prorated||10 years non-prorated|
Serta Perfect Sleeper & Sertapedic
Other low-priced mattresses
|Beautyrest Silver / Recharge
Serta Perfect Sleeper
Other low- to mid-priced mattresses
Serta Perfect Sleeper
Other mid-priced mattresses
Ratings are based on the experiences of 850+ owners of Sealy Essentials, Posturepedic, Performance, and Premium models (including similar discontinued models).
– 20% or more of Sealy innerspring mattress owners report substantial sagging or body impression development occurring within three years of ownership – a rate similar to that of innerspring beds overall.
– Sealy innerspring mattresses (like innerspring mattresses in general) are overall about 45% less expensive than the average mattress.
– At least 30% of Sealy Essentials 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 adult use.
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