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THE GOOD: Sealy Posturepedic mattresses have slightly above-average owner satisfaction for an innerspring mattress. Many firmness and comfort options are available. Motion isolation on some models is good.
THE BAD: Like innerspring beds in general, Posturepedics tend to have below average durability and longevity due to sagging and body impression development. They can be less than silent, and motion isolation on cheaper models is questionable.
Sample size: Over 880 consumers of the various Posturepedic models, including Classic, Gel and Hybrid.
|Owner satisfaction||d+||Sealy Posturepedic has 65% owner satisfaction ( ). The various Posturepedic models tend to rate similar to one another. While Posturepedic is one of the highest rated innerspring mattresses, it rates significantly lower than most non-innerspring mattresses (memory foam, latex, air).
Also see satisfaction by year of ownership.
|Durability / longevity||d+||At least 20% of Posturepedic owners report significant sagging or body impression development occurring within three years of ownership. This problem can occur with any Posturepedic but is somewhat more likely to occur with thicker, pillow top models (learn more.) On average, owners report keeping their Sealy about 6-7 years. 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.|
|Affordability / price||C+||Prices tend to range from $350-$2,700 depending on model and mattress size. Posturepedic models with minimal padding / construction tend to be the most affordable. Sealy is often priced in the same range as Serta and somewhat less than Simmons.|
|Less pain / pressure points||C||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.|
|Easy to move on||C+||Posturepedics are generally easy to move on except for when they sag or develop body impressions.|
|Firmness options||a||Like most innerspring mattresses, Posturepedic is often available in a wide range of firmnesses to suit nearly any preference.|
|Motion isolation||C+||Motion isolation refers to how well the mattress keeps movement by one person from being felt by another. Many low- and mid-priced Posturepedic models tend to perform no better than average on this issue; more expensive models can perform better.|
|No initial odor / off gassing||B-||At least 12% of owners of Posturepedics with a layer of memory foam report significant off gassing / initial odor. (See mattress off gassing for general analysis.)|
|No sleeping hot||C+||About 10% of owners of models with memory foam 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 not enough of the material is present to be beneficial. Learn more about gel foam.|
|Good for sex||b-||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. (See mattresses and sex comparison for general analysis.)|
|No noise||c-||Noise (creaking, squeaking, clunking) coming from the Posturepedic is reported by at least 5% of owners making it a significant complaint.|
|No rotating / flipping||B-||Nearly all Sealys are "no flip." They can, however, be rotated which owners often report doing in an attempt to combat sagging and body impressions.|
|Lightweight||C||Thicker, more expensive Posturepedic models tend to be heaviest.|
|Warranty||b-||Most Posturepedics come with a 10-25 year warranty with the first 10-15 years non-prorated. 1.5 inches of sagging depth is required for the bed to be eligible for replacement. More info: mattress warranties: what you should know.|
|Customer service||c||Sealy customer service overall is considered no better than fair by Posturepedic owners. Most complaints regarding Sealy customer service involve an inability to receive adequate help / compensation regarding sagging and warranty coverage.|
|Better Business Bureau rating||a+||Sealy, like Serta and Simmons, currently has an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Sealy had 132 complaints filed against it in the past three years which is about average for a mattress manufacturer of its size. Sealy's BBB rating, like those of Serta and Simmons, has been less than stable in the past.|
The table below provides an estimate of current prices as well as basic differences and similarities among the main lines of Posturepedic models.
|Price Twin||Price Full||Price Queen||Price King||Thickness||Coil Count1||Comfort Layer||Warranty||Comment|
|5.5-14.5"||660-760 (queen)||polyfiber, 2-6" of reg. foam||5-10 yrs non-
|memory foam limited to center support|
|12-14.5"||780 (queen)||polyfiber, 3-6" of reg. foam & gel memory foam||20-25 yrs, first 10 non-
|contains only .5" of gel memory foam2|
|11.5-14"||825 (queen)||polyfiber, 3-5" of reg. foam, memory foam & gel memory foam3||25 yrs, first 10 non-
|hybrid means there is about equal amount of foam and springs4|
1 A higher coil count may result in superior durability and supportiveness especially for heavier people.
2 Gel-infused memory foam can significantly reduce heat buildup but only if there is 2" or more of the material. In addition, some gel series models have gel memory foam in the center third of the mattress only.
3 Gel memory foam on most hybrid series models is limited to center-core support.
4 Foam can refer to both regular foam and memory foam; most hybrid models have as much regular foam as they do memory foam.
The graph below shows that after the first two years Sealy Posturepedic 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 Posturepedic (like innerspring beds in general) having somewhat worse longevity / durability than the average mattress.
Sealy Posturepedic Top Complaints
Mattress sagging, body impression development and pain (especially back pain) make up over half of the complaints from Sealy Posturepedic owners.
Sealy Posturepedic Top Praises
Good comfort, improved sleep and less pain make up the clear majority of praises from Sealy Posturepedic owners.
Our ratings are based on the experiences of 885+ owners of the various Sealy Posturepedic mattress models, including but not limited to Classic, Gel and Hybrid.
80% of our Sealy owner experience data was collected from online message boards and 20% from a combination of review sections on retailer websites and product review websites.
Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.
– Posturepedic models are not standardized, meaning that different retailers may sell basically the same models under different names. These retailers should be able to provide you with 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.
– About 20 percent or more of Sealy Posturepedic owners report sagging or body impression development. This problem can happen with any Posturepedic but is more likely to happen with thick pillow top models.
– Gel Series models tend to have only .5" of gel memory foam which is not enough to provide much, if any, cooling benefit.
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