If you’ve ever been mattress shopping, chances are you’ve come across the Sealy brand. Sealy has been in the mattress business since 1881 and is a huge presence in the industry.

For much of the company’s history, they have focused on innerspring mattresses, but over time, their product line has regularly been updated and diversified. Sealy mattresses now include models that fall within a wide range of designs and price points. Specifically, Sealy has three primary product lines: Response (innerspring), Conform (memory foam), and Hybrid.

Some of the potential strengths of Sealy mattresses include:

  • Company with proven history: with so many new names in the mattress industry, some customers worry about buying from a fly-by-night company. There’s no risk of that with Sealy, which has well over 100 years in the industry and which is part of a publicly-traded company.
  • Huge product catalog: the sheer number of Sealy mattresses that are available means that there are choices galore for customers.

Some of the potential drawbacks of the Sealy mattresses include:

  • We don’t know what’s really inside: Sealy uses branded names for internal components — such as Posturepedic or ComfortSense Foam — without actually providing specific details about how those components are built. People who want to know fine-tuned mattress specifications won’t find them to be available for Sealy mattresses.
  • You can’t buy direct: Sealy is a mattress manufacturer and not a retailer. As a result, Sealy’s mattresses have to be purchased through a third party. For customers, this means that all of the key buying logistics — pricing, delivery, and returns — are all handled by whoever actually sells the mattress.

The Sealy Mattress Lineup

Sealy offers innerspring, foam, and hybrid mattress options. Many Sealy mattress models include the company’s Posturepedic design, which means that additional padding is included toward the center portion of the bed where the most pressure is usually applied by the body.

The Sealy mattresses are broken down into these 3 categories:

Response (Innerspring)

The Response line includes all of Sealy’s mattresses that are built using coils as the support core. The Response line is further divided into three categories — Essentials, Performance, and Premium. You can see an overview of the Response line and these 3 sub-categories in the table below:

Essentials Performance Premium
Cover Stretch knit Lofted, knit cover with anti-moisture properties Lofted knit cover with hypoallergenic properties
Comfort Layer Polyfoam Posturepedic; polyfoam and gel-infused memory foam Posturepedic; polyfoam and gel-infused memory foam
Support Core Innerspring coils Pocketed innerspring coils Pocketed innerspring coils
Edge Support Normal Enhanced Enhanced
Sizes Available Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King
Pricing $499 and up $699 and up $1,499 and up

Conform (Memory Foam)

Sealy’s memory foam offerings are grouped into the Conform product line, which is also divided into the Essentials, Performance, and Premium categories.

Essentials Performance Premium
Cover Lofted / quilted cover Lofted / quilted cover with anti-moisture properties Lofted / quilted cover with cooling properties
Comfort Layer Gel-infused memory foam Posturepedic; 2 types of gel-infused memory foam Posturepedic; 2 types of gel-infused memory foam
Support Core  Gel-infused polyfoam Gel-infused polyfoam Gel-infused polyfoam
Edge Support Normal Enhanced Enhanced
Sizes Available Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, California King
Pricing $699 and up $1,249 and up $2,099 and up

Hybrid

The Hybrid collection is the least robust of the product lines available from Sealy. It is not subdivided into further categories and has the following characteristics:

Cover: Quilted stretch material
Comfort layer: memory foam
Support core: innerspring coils
Edge support: varies
Sizes available: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Split Queen, King, Split King, and California King
Pricing: $1,499 and up

Buying Logistics

Where to Buy

Sealy mattresses are most easily-found in brick-and-mortar locations like department stores or mattress stores. Some of these retailers may also offer Sealy mattresses through their web shopping portals, but be aware that the available models and their prices may be different online and in-store.

Sleep Trial / Refunds

There is no standard sleep trial available with Sealy mattresses. Any sleep trial or return period is offered only by the retailer and not by Sealy. Certain retailers may offer return periods of 30 or 60 days, but before making a purchase, it is important to clarify the return policy with the retailer that you are working with. We suggest that you make sure to have the details of this return policy in writing.

Delivery

Delivery of Sealy mattresses is determined by the retailer. Sellers of Sealy mattresses may offer a range of delivery methods and shipping speeds at different price points. Installation or white-glove delivery may also be offered by some mattress sellers.

Warranty

Sealy mattresses typically come with a 10-year limited warranty. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship. You can find the full text of the warranty at http://www.sealy.com/warranty-service/between-2014-to-present. Any questions about the warranty included with the mattress should be directed to the retailer that you are buying the mattress from.

Customer Service

Customer support for Sealy mattresses is usually provided by the third party retailer who sells the mattress. The retailer is normally the first point of contact if any issues come up. As a result, you’ll want to carefully vet any retailer that you plan to buy a Sealy mattress from and make sure that they make a practice of taking care of their customers.

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

Overall Recommendation

Many customers gravitate toward Sealy because of their well-recognized brand name and diverse product offerings. Because Sealy has so many different mattresses available through numerous retail outlets, if you look hard enough, you can find a Sealy mattress option that will probably deliver a quality night’s sleep. Our concern, though, is with how little we know about what’s inside the Sealy mattresses.

While Sealy markets their components with trademarked terms that sound innovative, there’s no way to verify the actual quality of these components without more transparency from the company. Even Posturepedic, a design that Sealy aggressively promotes, is vaguely defined by the company in terms of how it applies in specific mattress models.

Without detailed specifications — including information about things like foam thickness and density — it is challenging to provide robust reviews of the Sealy product lines. And this type of lack of transparency rarely benefits customers — it can be confusing, limits comparison shopping, and typically indicates that the company has a significant price markup to boost margins. This is especially true for Sealy mattresses purchased in-store.

For these reasons, we do not feel comfortable giving a general recommendation for purchasing Sealy mattresses. Instead, we’d recommend that customers look at the following mattresses in each category:

Innerspring

Saatva Luxury Firm: the Saatva is constructed with a high-performance coil-on-coil design by a company with a strong reputation for customer service.

Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate: for a more luxurious pick, the Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate has been well-reviewed by customers and by independent evaluators.

Foam

Leesa: Leesa has become an established name in the online, direct-to-consumer mattress industry with a mattress that features responsive pressure relief without the issues of sinking too deeply into the mattress.

Loom and Leaf: this mattress, from the makers of the Saatva innerspring mattress, includes thick layers of high-quality, high-density memory foam to help promote spinal alignment.

Hybrid

Helix: this hybrid is made of high-quality traditional and proprietary materials customized to your preferences based on a sleep quiz. The lengthy sleep trial is another plus. Read our Helix mattress review to find out more about components and customization.

Nest Alexander Hybrid: this model from Nest includes innerspring coils and several layers of memory foam with a quilted top that gives more of a pillowtop type of comfort feel.


by: Eric Seger