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

Based on 864 Owner Experiences Gathered From 231 Sources

December 15, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Often affordably priced • widely available • above-average company rating.

THE BAD: Fair-at-best owner satisfaction and durability / lifespan (like innerspring beds in general) • off gassing possible.

THE MATTRESSES: Posturepedic and Sealy Brand are made-in-USA spring- based mattresses made by Sealy. They are priced $310-$2400 and have a total thickness of 8.5-16 inches. They use open, offset, or pocket coils for support and regular (gel) foam and possibly (gel) memory foam for the comfort layer.

THE COMPETITION: Mainly Simmons and Serta and other low- and mid- priced beds. See the spring mattress reviews – summary or hybrid reviews – summary or the mattress comparison for how Sealy compares to competitors.

Sealy Posturepedic Research Video Summary


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

About our unbiased Sealy Ratings and research

Ratings are based on the experiences of 860+ 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 table below shows how Sealy innerspring beds rate compared to the average mattress.

Sample size 140 628 202 158
Owner satisfaction D D+ C- C*
Durability / longevity D D D+* C-*
Support C- C+ B- B
Less (back) pain C- c c+ B-
Conforming ability D C- C+ B
Easy to move on C+ B B- C+
Motion isolation D+ c B+ A-
Edge support C B B- B-
No initial odor B C C- D+
Not a heat trap A- B- c c-
Sex friendly B- B B B-
No noise d+ c+ B+ B+
Heavy person friendly D c B B
Light person friendly B B+ B- C-
No topper needed C- C B b
Short break in B B- C C-
Easy to lift, move B+ B- c c-
Low maintenance C- C- C- C-
* Partial estimate (given model newness) based on previous similar Sealy models.

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 at least fair. 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 "unsurpassed support" and perhaps the overemphasizing of the benefits of the .5" layer of gel memory foam, marketing accuracy is generally fact based and substantiated.
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 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. Sealy has had 109 complaints filed against it over the past three years. 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).

Owner Satisfaction

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.

sealy consumer satisfaction

In at least 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.

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. When the mattress is used for non-regular, 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 Posturepedic. At least 22% of Posturepedic 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.

sealy longevity lifespan

*Among owners who use mattress regularly and long term.
**Partial estimate given model newness.

Learn more about innerspring mattress durability / longevity.


Sealy Brand. Prices tend to range $320-$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

*Does not include innerspring hybrids; their average is $2065 for a queen.

(Back) Pain Relief

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 (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 Posturepedic owners report pain.

sealy back pain

See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.


Sealy Brand. The beds' relatively low coil count and little or no conforming material mean that support tends to be below average, especially for couples and 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 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.

sealy support

Conforming Ability

A conforming mattress is one that molds and contours to the sleeper's body. 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. (Learn more about the pros and cons of memory foam's conforming ability.)

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

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.

Sealy Posturepedic. Models with pocket coils tend to perform best.

sealy motion isolation

Off Gassing Initial Odor

Sealy Brand. Initial odor / off gassing tends to not be a significant complaint by owners.

Sealy Posturepedic. 12%+ of Posturepedic owners report significant off gassing initial odor, often described as being chemical-like or musty. The Plus and Hybrid have the most complaints due likely to their significant foam content.

sealy posturepedic off gassing

See mattress off gassing for general analysis.

Sleeping Hot / Heat Retention

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

Sealy Posturepedic. About 7% of owners overall report heat buildup occurring to an extent that undermines sleep quality. Posturepedic Plus and Hybrid Series models contain gel-infused memory foam to sleep cooler, but it is questionable whether models with less than two inches of the material provide meaningful cooling benefit. (Learn more about gel foam.)

sealy sleeping hot

*Does not include memory foam hybrids; 12% of hybrid owners overall report bothersome heat retention.

See mattress heat retention for general analysis.

Sex Friendly

Sealy Brand. Their main upside is that they tend to have more of a bounce than many Posturepedic models.

Sealy Posturepedic. Although they have good motion isolation, they tend to still provide some limited degree of bounce which is often preferred.

Complaints on this issue usually result from mattress sagging which can undermine the comfort and usability of the mattress.

sealy posturepedic comparison

See mattresses and sex for general analysis.

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. Taller models (11" thick and up) may be difficult to get onto or off, especially for shorter people.

sealy posturepedic 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 4% of owners.

sealy posturepedic noise

Topper Usage

Sealy Brand. Given that these mattresses are often more firm than soft, topper use is above average.

Sealy Posturepedic. The less expensive Posturepedic models tend to have greater topper needs than the pricier models.

sealy posturepedic topper usage

Easy To Lift, Handle, Move

Thicker, more expensive models tend to be heaviest. Handles are available on select models.

sealy mattress weight

*Does not include memory foam hybrids; on average they weigh about 115 lbs (queen).

Easy To Maintain

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.

sealy mattress maintain

Sealy Innerspring Model Prices, Specifications & Comments

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.

Sealy Brand Posturepedic Posturepedic Plus Posturepedic Hybrid
Not ideally suited for regular, everyday adult use. Memory foam use is limited to .5" in center third of mattress. Often has 15% higher coil count and more advanced coil system than Posturepedic. Has more memory foam and often about 7% greater coil count than Posturepedic Plus.
Price Twin      
$310-$440 $380-$610 $520-$990 $750-$1620
Price Full      
$320-$450 $390-$640 $530-$1030 $780-$1800
Price Queen      
$330-$500 $400-$650 $540-$1050 $1000-$2000
Price King      
$470-$640 $600-$940 $700-$1400 $1350-$2400
8.5-11.5" 9.75-14" 11-16" 10.5-14.5"
bonnell / open coil or pocket coil bonnell / open coil or pocket coil advanced pocket coil advanced pocket coil with about 20% more coils in center third
Comfort Layer      
1.5-4" regular foam

.5" regular gel foam (select models)

.5" memory foam (select models)
1.5-4" regular foam

.5" gel foam or gel memory foam in center third of mattress
3-5" regular foam

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress

.5" full layer gel memory foam (select models)
2-5" regular foam

0-4" full layer gel memory foam

.5" gel memory foam in center third of mattress

1" memory foam (select models)
mostly medium to firm mostly medium-soft to firm soft to firm mostly soft to med-firm
5-10 years (5 years non prorated on 10 year warranty) 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated 10 years non-prorated
Main Competition      
Simmons Beautysleep

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Other low-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Recharge

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Other low- to mid-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Recharge Platinum

Serta iComfort Hybrid

Other mid-priced mattresses
Beautyrest Hybrid

Serta iComfort Hybrid

Other hybrid mattresses

Other mid-priced mattresses

* Learn about these coil types and how they compare to others.
** Learn which firmness may be best for your size and sleep position.

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About our unbiased Sealy Ratings and research

Ratings are based on the experiences of 860+ owners of Sealy Brand and Sealy Posturepedic models. Learn more about our research methodology and why you can trust our mattress reviews.

Keep in Mind

– 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.

– Sealy innerspring mattresses (like innerspring mattresses in general) are overall about 45% less expensive than the average mattress.

– 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 adult use.

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

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