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

Based on 918 Owner Experiences Gathered From 335 Sources

February 8, 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 (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.

Sealy Posturepedic Research Video Summary

Contents

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

About our unbiased Sealy Ratings and research

Ratings are based on the experiences of 910+ 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 mattress brand. See specs.

Sealy Posturepedic is Sealy's low- to mid-priced innerspring mattress brand. It offers more sophisticated materials / design than Sealy brand. Posturepedic is available in three model lines: Posturepedic, Posturepedic Plus and Posturepedic Hybrid. See specs.

The ratings – based on 900+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Sealy mattresses rate in comparison to the average mattress.

SEALY BRAND POSTURE- PEDIC POSTURE- PEDIC
Plus*
POSTURE- PEDIC Hybrid*
Sample size 144 658 47 69
Owner satisfaction - everyday adult use D D+ C- C
Owner satisfaction - limited adult use or everyday child use C C C C
Durability / longevity D D D+ D+
Price A- B+ B c
General support D+ C B- B+
Edge support C+ B B A-
Conforming ability D C- C+ B
Less (back) pain C- c- c C+
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
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 consumer satisfaction

sealy consumer satisfaction

*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


Prices

Sealy Brand. Prices tend to range $300-$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-$2,400 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


Support

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 (230 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


Noise

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. Handles are available on select models.

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


Sealy Company Ratings

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 Brand warranty can range from 5-10 years. Models with 10-year warranties have 5-years non prorated coverage. Sealy 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 which is similar to that of Serta and Simmons. Most complaints for Sealy customer service involve an inability to receive adequate help / compensation regarding sagging and warranty coverage.
Marketing accuracy B This rating refers to what extent Sealy's claims about its products reasonably reflect the experience of their consumers. Aside from perhaps overemphasizing the benefits of the .5" layer of gel memory foam in the Posturepedic Plus, Sealy sets mostly realistic expectations.
Specs disclosed C 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.
Time in business under current ownership B 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. Sealy has had 129 complaints filed against it over the past three years (35 in past year). This number is somewhat lower than average for a mattress manufacturer of Sealy's size.
SLTD rating C+ SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating of "C+" for Sealy is determined by averaging the above company ratings. This rating is similar to that of Serta and Simmons.

Sealy Innerspring Model Prices, Specifications & Comments

Keep in mind

– Sealy mattresses are not standardized which means that different retailers may sell basically the same models under different names. Regardless of the name, however, a model that retailers sell usually falls under one of the four categories below.

- Prices below are for a mattress only, not a foundation which is often priced $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.

Sealy Brand Posturepedic Posturepedic Plus Posturepedic Hybrid
Comment      
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 15% 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      
$320-$450 $400-$610 $600-$990 $850-$1800
Price Full      
$350-$475 $450-$670 $650-$1050 $950-$1800
Price Queen      
$350-$520 $500-$670 $700-$1050 $1100-$1950
Price King      
$480-$640 $720-$910 $900-$1300 $1550-$2400
Thickness      
8.5-11.5" 9.5-13.5" 10.5-16" 14.5-15.5"
Support*      
bonnell / open coil or pocket coil pocket coil advanced pocket coil advanced pocket coil with about 20% more coils in center third
Comfort Layer      
1.75-4" regular foam

.5" regular gel foam (select models)

.5" memory foam (select models)
1.5-5" regular foam

.5" gel foam or gel memory foam in center third of mattress
2-6.5" regular foam

.5" gel memory foam**

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

1-2" gel memory foam

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress

1" memory foam (select models)
Firmness***      
mostly medium to firm mostly medium-soft to firm soft to firm soft to firm
Warranty      
5-10 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

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.

– 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 innerspring mattress 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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