Overview

With well over 100 years in business, Sealy is one of the most-recognized names in mattresses. Sealy makes a huge number of mattress of varying types and models, and these are all sold through third party retailers.

The most traditional of the Sealy products is the Response line, which features innerspring mattresses. The Response line is broken down into three collections: Essentials, Performance, and Premium.

Some of the key strengths of the Sealy innerspring mattresses include:

  • Extensive mattress choices: with three collections and several models within those collections, Sealy mattresses are available in many heights, designs, firmness levels, and price points. Options are abundant for customers who want a Sealy mattress.
  • Established brand name: while many online mattress companies are less than a few years old, Sealy has a long history of designing and manufacturing mattresses.

Potential drawbacks for the Sealy innerspring mattress include:

  • Reliance on third party sales and support: Sealy does not sell mattresses directly and instead relies on independent retailers. As a result, both sales and support come primarily from the retailer. This can lead to significant variance in product availability, pricing, and return policies for Sealy mattresses.
  • Unknown mattress specifications: Sealy does not disclose information about things like the density or specific composition of its foam layers. Limited details on the specifications reduces our ability to fully evaluate the mattress materials and also circumvents effective comparison shopping.

In addition to the Response line, Sealy also offers memory foam and hybrid mattresses. You can follow these links to find our reviews for their other two other product lines — the Conform (memory foam) and Hybrid lines.

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Pricing

The Sealy Response Essentials, Performance, and Premium collections each have a different base price. The exact price for any Sealy mattress will depend on the model, the size, and the pricing from the retailer. You can see the base price for each model in the table below.

Mattress Collection Base Price (Queen)
Essentials $499
Performance $699
Premium $1,499

Sealy mattresses are typically available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, and California King sizes.

About the Sealy Innerspring Mattresses

Sealy Innerspring Mattress Specifications

The specifications for each Sealy innerspring mattress depends in large part on which collection it is a part of. The table below describes the main design characteristics for each collection.

Mattress Collection Standard Design
Essentials Cover: basic knit cover
Comfort layer: Textured polyfoam
Base layer: Bonnell coils
Performance Cover: Mid-loft knit cover
Comfort layer: Textured polyfoam with second gel-infused foam support layer
Base layer: Encased coils
Premium Cover: high-loft knit cover
Top layer: Textured polyfoam with second gel-infused memory foam support layer
Base layer: Encased coils

 

The Performance and Premium collections both include Sealy Posturepedic technology. This refers to the inclusion of additional foam to reinforce the center portion of the bed. The concept is to offer additional support to the part of the bed that is underneath the heaviest part of your body.

Sealy does not publish the density or other specifications for these foam layers. This can make it harder to comparison shop or to truly understand the composition of the mattress.

Where It’s Made

The Sealy innerspring mattresses are manufactured in the USA.

Buying Logistics

Where to Buy

The Sealy innerspring mattresses are sold primarily in brick-and-mortar mattress stores. Some of these brick-and-mortar stores may also offer Sealy innerspring mattresses on their websites; however, availability and pricing online can vary significantly.

Sleep Trial / Refunds

Sealy does not offer any specific sleep trial. Any return policy will be determined by the third party retailer from whom you buy the mattress. Some retailers may offer 30- or 60-day return policies while others may not offer returns at all. It is essential to ask about the return policy prior to purchase and to make sure that you have these details in writing.

Delivery

The cost, speed, and type of delivery of a Sealy innerspring mattresses depends on the retailer that it is purchased from. Some retailers may offer setup and installation as well as haul-away of an old mattress.

Warranty

Most Sealy innerspring mattresses come with a 10-year limited warranty that covers defects in materials and manufacturing. Full warranty details are available at http://www.sealy.com/warranty-service/between-2014-to-present, and you can ask the retailer for the specific warranty details for any individual mattress.

Customer Service

Because Sealy does not sell their mattresses directly, they are not the first line of support for customers. Instead, customers usually must deal with the retailer who they bought they mattress from. Because of this, it is important to only buy a Sealy mattress for a store that you trust and that has a quality reputation for customer service.

The Sealy company itself has been in business since the late 19th century and is one of the best-known brand names in the bedding industry. Sealy has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. In 2013, Sealy was acquired by Tempur-Pedic.

Mattress Performance

While there are several common features among the Essentials, Performance, and Premium lines of the Sealy Response mattresses, the differences are significant enough to have a major impact on their respective performance and durability.

Support

The Sealy innerspring mattresses all use a similar formula for providing support, starting with a base of coils with foam layers on top. None of these mattresses is designed to provide extensive contouring like that provided by memory foam mattresses. Contouring tends to be the most important for support for sleepers who have very pronounced pressure points.

The Essentials line has the lowest quality foam and coils and is least likely to be responsive to a customer’s weight and sleeping position. The Performance and Premium lines, with additional foam and with pocketed coils, can offer more response and support.

Durability

The durability of the Sealy innerspring models is a mixed bag. Customers report that the Essentials line, which, again, has the lowest-quality materials, has below-average durability for an innerspring mattress. The Performance line also does not have high marks for durability, but the Premium mattress is considered average to above-average.

Our ability to breakdown and analyze the possible explanations for the durability disparities in these mattresses is limited by the fact that Sealy does not disclose detailed specifications for their mattresses such as the thickness and density of the foams that are used.

Firmness

There are many firmness options available for each of the mattress lines. The Essential and Performance lines are available in three firmness options: Plush (3-4 on the typical firmness scale), Cushion Firm (5), and Firm (6-7) options.

The Premium line is available in Plush (3-4), Cushion Firm (5), and Ultra Firm (7-8).

Motion Transfer

Innerspring mattresses have a reputation for increased motion transfer relative to other mattress types, and the Sealy models do not deviate from this trend. Motion transfer is the most noticeable on the Essentials collection mattresses because they do not have individually-encased coils. But none of these mattresses has the type of contouring properties that can most dramatically isolate motion.

Offgassing

Most innerspring mattresses have only very limited smells, but customers report an above-average level of offgassing with the Sealy models. These smells are not harmful and should dissipate within a few weeks, but customers who are extremely smell-sensitive may want to consider other mattress options that do not have as much reported offgassing.

Sleeping Hot

Customers do not typically sink deeply into the Sealy innerspring mattresses, and consequently, it is rare for customers to report any serious issues with sleeping hot on the Sealy Response mattresses. Customers should keep in mind that the risk of sleeping hot may be higher on more plush mattress models that permit greater levels of sinking into the top layer.

Intimacy

These mattresses offer plenty of bounce without significant sink, and this helps to ensure that they are unlikely to interfere with sexual activity. Customers should keep in mind that the risk of disruption of sex may be higher on more plush mattress models that permit greater levels of sinking into the top layer.

Mattress Comparison

The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the Sealy innerspring mattresses in terms of construction and feel.

Brand Mattress Type Support Layer Comfort Layer Price (Queen) Where to Buy
Sealy Response Collection Innerspring Bonnell coils or Encased Coils Foam Varies Third Party Retailers
Brentwood Home Innerspring Zoned coils Foam Varies Online (direct), Costco, Amazon
Saatva Innerspring Hourglass coils Coils + Foam $999 Online only
WinkBed Hybrid Pocketed coils Coils + Foam $1,299 Online + 1 showroom
Sapira Hybrid Pocketed coils Memory Foam $1,475 Online only
Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Plush Innerspring Pocketed coils Memory Foam $449 Online + many retail outlets
Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000 Innerspring Pocketed coils Latex $1,799 Online + 2 showrooms

Additional Resources

Tempur-Sealy is a publicly-traded company, which means that extensive information about the organization is available online. Detailed information about the company can be obtained through company information portals such as the ones below: