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Sealy Mattress Review & Comparisons

You hear “Sealy” and automatically you understand the company knows a thing or two about mattresses. If a great track record dating back to 1881 impresses you, go straight to a mattress giant—Sealy.

Sealy is always in the process of refining their mattress designs. Every year they deliver a tweak to upgrade previous styles. They don’t rest on past success, and they are continually improving their mattresses. Now with three collections—the Response, Conform and Hybrid collections—Sealy has a bed for everyone. 

The collections feature innerspring, full memory foam and hybrid models, with your choice of firmness level. Sealy also offers each mattress line with increasing levels of luxury (Essentials, Performance and Premium) and correspondingly higher prices. The performance and premium lines feature Sealy Posturepedic technology. All of the Sealy Posturepedic mattresses show Sealy’s concern for providing a good night’s sleep for any type of sleeper and a variety of shoppers. If you are looking for other mattress brands with many options, see the best customizable mattresses.

With all Sealy collections, you have so many options to address your specific needs, such as sleep position, firmness preference and budget. In this mattress review, we will help you decide which Sealy mattress is right for you! 

Response Collection Overview

  • Type: Mostly innerspring, with some foam right at the top. This bed comes in all six sizes and in four firmness options—ultra-firm, firm, cushion firm and plush. It also comes in three price levels that raise the luxury level and expense from step to step.
  • Price Range
    • Essentials $349 to $799
    • Performance $499 to $1049
    • Premium $1249 to $1799
  • Best for: Anyone who wants the durability of an innerspring support layer. The mattress will last. It’s also a better option for heavier people as well. Hence the tagline, “Support that holds you.” For other supportive mattresses, see the best mattress for heavy people.

Conform Collection Overview

  • Type: This memory foam mattress comes in five sizes (starting with Twin Long) and in four firmness options—firm, cushion firm, plush, ultra-plush. It also comes in three price levels.
  • Price Range:
    • Essentials $449 to $1199
    • Performance $1074 to $2099
    • Premium $1249 to $1799
  • Best for: Anyone who needs more contouring for wide-body parts like hips and shoulders. Also great for people with experience sleeping on memory foam, and anyone who isn’t scared of the price tag. Tagline: “Support that hugs you.” If you are looking to sink into your mattress layers, see the best memory foam mattresses.

Hybrid Collection Overview

  • Type: A combination of coils and foam, this bed is available in five sizes (starting with Twin Long) and in four firmness options—firm, cushion firm, plush and ultra-plush. Hybrids are always great options regardless of sleep position. There’s something for everyone here. These mattresses also come in three price levels
  • Price Range:
    • Essentials $999 to $1599
    • Performance $1474 to $2099
    • Premium $1974 to $2999
  • Best For: Anyone who wants the best of both worlds with a foam/coil hybrid. More durable than a memory foam–only bed; more conforming to the body than an innerspring-only. Tagline: “Support that hugs and holds you.” Yes, have your cake and eat it, too—then take a nice long nap.

Check out our review for Sealy’s newest Cocoon by Sealy Mattress


Which Model Is Best for Me? 

The Response Line Might Be Good For You If….

  • You need more support than contouring for your body, like back sleepers
  • You are on the heavier side

The Conform Line Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a side sleeper
  • You have back pain

The Hybrid Line Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a combination or stomach sleeper, given both foam and coils for added support
  • You have back pain, as the foam will relieve some pressure points

Best Sealy Mattress by Sleeping Position

Side Sleepers usually do well with memory foam mattresses like those in the Conform category since the memory foam layers curve most comfortably around the hips and shoulders. But you still need support. While lighter sleepers will likely be fine with the Conform line,  heavier side sleepers may like the hybrids in the Sealy stable more, because of the coil support layer alongside the comfort foam layer. For more mattresses that provide pressure relief, see the best mattresses for side sleepers.

Back Sleepers will do well on any type of Sealy bed or any type of firm mattress that gives good back support depending on their comfort level. These beds all have zoned support, meaning heavier areas have more support and lighter areas have gentle support. The innerspring is the dominant feature in the Response category. There is some foam at the top, as well as in the hybrids, which are usually well-suited for back sleepers. If you fear you may sink too far into a memory foam mattress, just steer clear of the Conform collection, which carries the all-foam versions or check out the best mattress for back sleepers.

Stomach Sleepers have the biggest challenge when it comes to finding the right mattress to adapt to their sleep position. Sleeping on your stomach is the most unnatural of all the positions, and even a great mattress can’t necessarily prevent the aches and pains you may get from sleeping on your stomach. It’s specifically an unnatural position for your spine, and the goal is to keep your spine aligned when you sleep. Also, stomach sleepers need contouring around the tummy—which a more plush mattress can provide—as well as some elevation for the head and neck, and support along the hips. It’s a tall order best handled by a Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid, which has contouring with memory foam at the top and the tried-and-true support of coils in the support layer. For more options, check out the best mattress for stomach sleepers.


Pros and Cons of Sealy Mattresses

PROS

  • Mattress brand reputation
  • Quality materials
  • Choice—three different designs, several firmness levels, three price ranges for each category
  • CertiPUR-US Certified foams
  • Reinforced center (where most of your weight falls) on all mattresses
  • Thick profile

CONS

  • Durability
  • Heavy, not easy to move
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Sealy Mattress Pricing & Specs

Model Dimensions

  • Twin 38” W X 74” L
  • Twin Long 38” W X 79” L
  • Full 53” W X 74” L
  • Queen 60” W X 79” L
  • King 76” W X 79” L
  • CA King 72” W X 83” L

RESPONSE LINE PRICING 

Essential  Performance Premium Collection
Twin $349 $449 $1,249
Twin XL $374 $474 $1,274
Full $379 $479 $1,279
Queen $399 $499 $1,299
King $599 $799 $1,699
CA King $599 $799 $1,69

CONFORM LINE PRICING 

Essential Performance  Premium 
Twin $649
Twin XL $674 $1,274 $1,274
Full $679 $1,279 $1,279
Queen $699 $1,299 $1,999
King $999 $1,799 $2,499
CA King $999 $1,799 $2,499

HYBRID LINE PRICING 

Essential  Performance  Premium 
Twin
Twin XL $1,074 $1,574 $1,974
Full $1,079 $1,579 $1,979
Queen $1,099 $1,599 $1,999
King $1,599 $2,099 $2,499
CA King $1,599 $2,099 $2,499

Sealy Mattress Construction

Response Line Construction

Model  Type Firmness Thickness
Response Essential Innerspring w/ foam Cushion Firm 11”
Pillowtop Plush  11”
Response Performance Innerspring w/ foam Cushion Firm  12.5” 
Plush Pillowtop 12.5” 
Cushion Firm  14” 
Pillowtop Plush 14”
Response Premium Innerspring w/ foam Ultra Firm  12”
Cushion Firm 14.5”
Plush 14.5”
Pillowtop Cushion Firm 16” 
Pillowtop Plush  16” 

Conform Line Construction

Model  Type Firmness Thickness
Conform Essential  Memory Foam Firm 9”
Cushion Firm  10”
Plush 11” 
Conform Performance Memory Foam Firm 10”
Cushion Firm  11”
Plush  12” 
Conform Premium  Memory Foam Cushion Firm 12”
Plush  13” 

Hybrid Line Construction

Model  Type Firmness Thickness
Hybrid Essential  Foam & Coils Cushion Firm 12”
Firm  13”
Hybrid Performance  Foam & Coils Plush  13.5” 
Hybrid Premium Foam & Coils Firm 14”
Plush 14”
Ultra Plush  15” 

Breakdown of layers

All three Sealy collections have several firmness choices at each price level in the line—Essential collection (good), Performance collection (better) and Premium collection (best). Each mattress within each collection is constructed differently, so let’s take a look at each collection.

RESPONSE LINE

Cover: 

  • The Essential option has a stretch-knit cover.
  • The Performance option cover is made of ComfortLoft™ material, which means the fabric yarns are woven to give a little more lift than a flat fabric. It also adds MoistureProtect™ to the cover fabric to help draw moisture away from your body as you sleep.
  • The Premium uses a plusher SupremeLoft™ cover that includes both MoistureProtect™ and AllerganProtect™ additives that draw away moisture and keep allergens at bay.

Comfort layer:

  • The Essential options have SealyCushion™ Air Foam (cut through with peaks and valleys so air can flow through and carry heat away) right underneath the cover.
  • In the memory foam Performance options in the Response collection, the next two layers are 2 inches of SealyCushion™ Air Foam and 3 inches of SealySupport™ firm foam.
  • In the Response Premium category, the comfort foam layers are 2 inches of SealyCushion™ AirFoam and 3 inches of the SealyChill™ Gel Memory Foam. Keep in mind you’ll find a more plush feel with a gel that will help dissipate heat.

Support layer:

  • All three categories in the Sealy Response line have a 6″ layer of coils known as the Sealy Duraflex™ Coil Edge System. The coils give the mattress strong edge support and prolong the life of the mattress.

Other features in the Response mattress set:

  • The Essential mattresses also have a wedge of foam around the outside of the mattress so you can use the bed from edge to edge.
  • The Performance mattresses also add the Sealy Posturepedic technology, which reinforces the middle of the mattress where you carry most of your weight.
  • The Premium also features the Posturepedic technology and a higher density coil system that strongly reinforces the mattress edges so they don’t collapse if you sit or sleep on them. For other responsive mattresses, see the best mattress for combination sleepers.

CONFORM LINE

Cover:

  • In the Essential options, the cover is made of a stretchy ComfortLoft™ cover, which includes fabric spun in a way so the fabric isn’t super flat. There’s some cushioning there.
  • In the Performance options, the cover is made of the same sort of loft material as above but infused with MoistureProtect™ feature that helps wick away moisture as you sleep.
  • In the Premium options, you get the same cover, only with the Chill™ technology to help sleepers who find memory foam too hot.

Comfort layers:

  • The Essential options have Comfortsense™ Foam on the top layer to curve around your body.
  • The Performance and Premium options have Comfortsense™ Foam at the top to curve around your body, then a layer of ComfortSense™ Gel Memory Foam with material that will keep you cool.

Support layer:

  • At the base of all the memory foam mattresses in the Conform line, Sealy puts a firm, high-density foam they call SealySupport™ Gel Base Foam. It’s the slab that gives the whole mattress a strong base.

Other features in the Response mattresses

  • The Performance and Premium mattresses also add the Posturepedic technology, which reinforces the middle of the mattress where you carry most of your weight.

HYBRID LINE

Cover:

  • In the Essential options,  the cover is made of an ultra-stretch knit fabric with added Moisture Protect™. This material helps moisture evaporate.
  • In the Performance options,  the cover has a higher loft (i.e. thickness) infused with the Moisture Protect™.
  • In the Premium options, the cover is also made of a stretchy high-loft fabric with DuoChill™ technology, an enhanced way to keep the surface cool, and Allergen Protect™ to limit allergens.

Comfort layers:

  • The Essential options use Sealy ComfortSense™ Gel Foam that features cooling technology and conforms to each body’s shape.
  • The Performance and Premium options use Sealy Immersion™ Advanced Memory Foam that responds slower and conforms around you, thanks to its open-cell structure. It keeps that layer breathable. It also uses Chill™ technology, again for cooling. If you are a hot sleeper, check out the best cooling mattresses.

Support layer:

  • The Essential mattresses here get a layer of Sealy Response Pro™ coils that are wrapped individually.
  • The Performance and Premium mattresses get the newer Response Pro Zoned HD™ encased coils. These are barrel-shaped and move independently. That helps target the areas where you need support and reduces all the jostling when partners move or get out of bed.

Other features in the Hybrid mattresses:

  • The Performance and Premium options all come with the Posturepedic Technology that packs in 20 percent more coils around the middle of the mattress, where you carry most of your weight and need the most support.
  • Also, all of the mattresses have a coil layer around the edge that strengthens the edges for couples and anyone who sits a lot on the edge of their bed. This layer also minimizes motion transfer and creates a better mattress for couples.

Sealy Essentials 

Historically, Sealy has lacked a “budget option,” but they now have an “Essentials” version of each collection. Per usual, different mattress retailers have different names for the same mattress. This can make it difficult to find the best mattress for the best price. In this guide, we compare these Sealy mattresses between retailers. Whether you saw a mattress in a store and want to find a lower price online, or saw a mattress online and want to try it in a store first, this chart can help. 

Since these are lower-end mattresses, I don’t recommend them for every night use for the next 10 years (except maybe the higher-end pillowtop one). These are best for temporary use (three to five years) or for guest rooms. As always, I recommend going into a showroom and trying out the mattress before purchasing. For greater detail on how to select the proper mattress, visit our mattress buying guide.

Sealy Essentials Comparison Chart 

Style1800 Mattress and Sleepy'sUS-Mattress.comTarget
Basic foam Emmett Creek FirmBale Firm-
InnerspringBrookwater Firm-Overcrest Firm
Watertrace PlushSeward PlushOvercrest Plush
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-Sarin EurotopMadison Cafe Plush EPT
Norewood Firm--
Poplar Springs Plush Euro Pillowtop-Sand Cove Plush Euro Pillowtop

Comparison Shopping

As you may have noticed, it’s difficult to comparison shop for mattresses between retailers because they often have different names for what seems to be the same exact mattress. Sealy mattresses from past years are sold alongside the current options, so it can become overwhelming. Some retailers will claim their mattress is “exclusive,” or their model has some feature that nobody else has that makes it different. How then will you take advantage of the price match guarantees that so many places offer? We’re here to help!

Sealy has a few different lineups. In the past, they had the “Sealy brand” lineup and then the “Posturepedic” lineup. This year, they seem to be moving away from that. Now the mattresses are all “Sealy,” but the higher-end ones (in the Performance and Premier collections) state “with Posturepedic technology.”

This chart outlines some Sealy mattresses sold under different names. 

Sealy Comparison Chart

LineupUS MattressAmazonMacy'sSears
EssentialBale Firm-Blue Arbor Firm-
Castra FirmEssentials 8.5 inch firm--
Seward FirmEssentials 10" firmRustic Pass Firm-
Seward PlushEssentials 10.5" Plush--
Townhouse Cushion FirmEssentials 11" Cushion Firm-Cavell Cushion Firm
Townhouse Plush EurotopEssentials 11.5" Plush Eurotop--
Townhouse Plush PillowtopEssentials 13" Plush Pillowtop--
PerformanceSanta Paula Cushion FirmPerformance 12" Cushion FirmChase PointeKenney Firm
Santa Paula PlushPerformance 12" Plush--
Santa Paula Cushion Firm Eurotop--Kenney Cushion Firm Eurotop
Santa Paula Plush EurotopPerformance 13" Plush Eurotop--
Santa Paula Cushion Firm Pillowtop---
Santa Paula Plush Pillowtop---
Mountain Ridge Firm-Lawson Cushion FirmBenish Firm
Mountain Ridge Plush-Lawson Plush-
Mountain Ridge Cushion Firm Eurotop--Benish Cushion Firm Eurotop
Mountain Ridge Plush Eurotop---
Mountain Ridge Cushion Firm Pillowtop-Lawson Cushion Firm PillowtopMcCann Firm Pillowtop
Mountain Ridge Plush Pillowtop-Lawson Plush PillowtopMcCann Plush Pillowtop
Cooper Mountain FirmPerformance 12.5" FirmShore Drive Extra FirmDolby Ultra Firm
Cooper Mountain Cushion Firm--Dolby Cushion Firm
Cooper Mountain Plush--Dolby Plush
Cooper Mountain Cushion Firm Pillowtop-Shore Drive Cushion Firm PillowtopDolby Cushion Firm Pillowtop
Cooper Mountain Plush PillowtopPerformance 13.5" Plush pillowtopShore Drive Plush PillowtopDolby Plush Pillowtop
PremiumWarrenville Cushion Firm--Goldrick Cushion Firm
Warrenville Plush---
Warrenville Cushion Firm Pillowtop--Goldrick Firm Pillowtop
Warrenville Plush PillowtopPremium 14" Plush Pillowtop-Goldrick Cushion Firm Pillowtop
Barrett Court Ultra Firm--Rosati Ultra Firm
Barrett Court Cushion Firm---
Barrett Court Plush--Rosati Plush
Barrett Court Cushion Firm Pillowtop---
Barrett Court Plush Pillowtop--Rosati Plush Pillowtop

Comparison to last year’s models

If you’re comparing to models that came out more than five years ago, keep a few things in mind.

  • The Essentials collection was what they used to call “Sealy Brand” or the “Non-Posturepedic” Sealys.
  • The Performance collection is roughly equivalent in quality to the previous year’s “Posturepedic Plus” lineup.
  • The Premium collection is replacing the “Posturepedic Select” lineup from before.

They also recently changed the coil system in the mattresses. They’re using more coils than before, but they’re shaped differently, so it’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.


The Sealy Buying Experience

Sealy Trial Period 

Sealy mattresses come with a 100-night trial. Sealy asks that you sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights before deciding whether to return it. If after 30 days and before 100 days you decide it really doesn’t work for you, call Sealy to work with you to find a different mattress that might work better, and/or start the return process. They’ll help you figure out where to donate or how to recycle or dispose of the mattress. You’ll receive a full refund within one to two business days.

Sealy Mattress Warranty

Sealy mattresses thicker than 8 inches come with a 10-year warranty. It applies to the original mattress owner only. You need to use a firm, solid foundation, one that can hold you and the mattress, to stay compliant with the warranty. The limited warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, a change in firmness preference, damages you caused, or damage you allowed by using the wrong frame or foundation. It does cover manufacturing defects and indentations deeper than 1 inch.

Shipping and Delivery

Your Sealy should arrive between five to seven days. Standard shipping is free. You can pay an extra bit, depending on the weight of the mattress and where you live, for expedited shipping. Sealy doesn’t ship outside of the United States.

Availability

You can buy Sealy mattresses on the Sealy website, and you can find them in retail stores from one end of this country to the other. Use this locator application on Sealy.com. You can also buy Sealy beds online at US-Mattress.


Conclusion

Honestly, one of the great things about diving into the Sealy mattress pool is finding so many options to explore. You can shop strictly by price level, firmness level or mattress thickness. You can choose by mattress style, by materials and by innovation. When you have been in business since 1881, you know how to impress customers in so many ways. It is part of Sealy’s charm.

But often these choices come with different names depending on where you’re shopping. I’ve given you a look at what is available at Sealy.com. If you’re going elsewhere, only you can say whether you have the patience to sort it out. Plus, some customers are concerned about how long both affordable and higher-scale options hold up over time. Overall, the Response (mostly innerspring mattresses), Conform (memory foam) and Hybrid (foam/coils) collections are thoughtfully designed, with price levels ranging from affordable to luxury options. 

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Sealy Posturepedic 2014 Comparison Chart

ModelUS-MattressSleepy's1800 MattressMacy'sMattress Firm
Classic Series
L1 FirmInland Greens FirmAlpenglow firmClassic Cushion Firm-Laurinburg
L1 EurotopInland Greens Plush Eurotop-
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L2 FirmWebster City Firm----
L2 Cushion FirmWebster City Cushion Firm--Colebrook Cushion FirmCrystal City Firm
L2 PlushWebster City Plush---Diamond Bar Plush
L2 Plush EurotopWebster City Plush Eurotop---Crystal City Pillow Top
L2 Firm EurotopWebster City Cushion FIrm Eurotop----
L3 Ultra FirmSanta Paula Ultra Firm----
L3 FirmSanta Paula FirmSanta Ana Cushion FirmClassic Firm--
L3 Cushion FirmSanta Paula Cushion Firm----
L3 PlushSanta Paula PlushSanta Ana PlushClassic Series Plush--
L3 Plush EurotopSanta Paula Plush Eurotop----
L3 Firm EurotopSanta Paula Cushion Firm EurotopSanta Ana Firm EurotopClassic Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop--
Gel Series
L1 FirmCooper Mountain Firm----
L1 Cushion FirmCooper Mountain Cushion Firm--Bay Lane Cushion FirmLakehurst Cushion Firm
L1 PlushCooper Mountain Plush--Bay Lane PlushLakehurst Plush
L1 Firm EurotopCooper Mountain Cushion Firm Eurotop--Bay Lane Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop-
L1 Plush EurotopCooper Mountain Plush Eurotop--Bay Lane Plush Euro PillowtopLakehurst Plush Pillowtop
L2 FirmArcher Glen Firm----
L2 Cushion FirmArcher Glen Cushion Firm----
L2 PlushArcher Glen Plush----
L2 Firm EurotopArcher Glen Cushion Firm Eurotop----
L2 Plush EurotopArcher Glen Plush Eurotop----
L3 Ultra FirmWarrenville Ultra Firm--Larkin Lane Ultra Firm-
L3 FirmWarrenville Firm----
L3 Cushion FirmWarrenville Cushion FirmPort Cartier Luxury FirmApex Series Luxury Firm--
L3 PlushWarrenville PlushPort Cartier Luxury PlushApex Series Luxury Plush--
L3 Firm EurotopWarrenville Firm Eurotop--Larkin Lane Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop-
L3 Plush EurotopWarrenville Plush Eurotop--Larkin Lane Plush Euro Pillowtop-

Sealy Posturepedic 2016 Comparison Guide

 US MattressSearsMattress FirmMacy'sCostco
638 Classic CoilsInland Greens-Ashlin FirmKirby Hill Firm-
Posturepedic 704 CoilsSanta Paula Firm-Caversham Firm--
Santa Paula Plush----
Paula Firm Eurotop--Clearbrook Cushion Firm Eurotop-
Santa Paula Plush Eurotop-Caversham Eurotop--
Cooper Mountain Firm---Aldercrest Firm
Cooper Mountain Cushion FirmChargrove Cushion Firm-Grant Park Cushion Firm-
Cooper Mountain PlushChargrove PlushChaleigh PlushGrant Park Plush-
Cooper Mountain Cushion Firm EurotopChargrove Cushion Firm Pillowtop-Grant Park Cushion Firm Pillowtop-
Cooper Mountain Plush EurotopChargrove Plush Pillowtop-Grant Park Plush PillowtopAldercrest Plush Eurotop
Posturepedic Plus (825 coils)Archer Glen FirmHearst Firm---
Archer Glen Cushion Firm-Deveraux Cushion Firm--
Archer Glen Plush----
Archer Glen Cushion Firm Eurotop---Meadowdale Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop
Archer Glen Plush Eurotop-Deveraux Plush Pillowtop-Meadowdale Plush Euro Pillowtop
Warrenville Ultra FirmLeola Ultra Firm-Market Street Ultra Firm-
Warrenville FirmLeola Firm-Knotty Pines Firm-
Warrenville Cushion FirmLeola Cushion Firm--Ashton Cushion Firm
Warrenville Plush--Market Street Plush-
Warrenville Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopLeola Cushion Firm Pillowtop-Knotty Pines Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop-
Warrenville Plush Euro Pillowtop--Knotty Pines Plush Euro Pillowtop-
-Glenborough Firm---
Barrett Court Cushion FirmGlenborough Cushion FirmSedgebrooke Cushion Firm--
Barrett Court Plush----
Barrett Court Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopGlenborough Cushion Firm Pillowtop--Charter Pointe Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop
Barrett Court Plush Euro Pillowtop-Sedgebrooke Plush Pillowtop--

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