Sealy was founded in 1881 in Sealy, Texas. What started as cotton-filled beds handmade for the people of the small town near Houston, evolved into one of the biggest mattress companies in the industry. Surviving even the Great Depression, this brand has stood the test of time and remains one of the top-rated bedding brands to shop with, as they’ve had over a century to perfect their craft. In this guide, we’ll talk about the three things you need to know when shopping for a Sealy mattress and discuss the beds they carry in their Posturepedic line.
Besides looking for the best mattress to buy, it’s also important to look for the best brand to shop with. Buying with a brand that hasn’t been around long can be a risky move because it is harder to gauge how reliable their beds and customer service are over the years. Below, we’ll cover the main things to know about Sealy including their company background, where to buy their products, as well as the sleep trial & warranty their mattresses come with.
1. Company Background
Founded by Daniel Haynes in 1881, Sealy has an extensive history, starting with Haynes patenting an invention to compress cotton into the shape of a mattress in 1889. Haynes then sold the patent to other manufacturers in the mattress market to produce beds, as well. Any bed built with Haynes’ machine was referred to as a “Mattress from Sealy.” In 1906, Haynes passed the torch to advertising guru Earl Edwards in hopes he’d expand the Sealy brand to the national market. 14 years later, Sealy had 28 licensed patents and had established itself as the first mattress company to expand through a licensing program, rather than manufacturing.
The Great Depression came and went in the 30s, and though Sealy survived the tough times, they took a major hit, which resulted in them being sold to a larger mattress company a few years down the line— Ohio Mattress. In the 90s, Ohio Mattress changed their name to Sealy Inc. and moved their headquarters to High Point, North Carolina. Then, in 2012, Tempur-Pedic International purchased Sealy, in a deal valued at $1.3 billion.
Today, Sealy is still owned and operated by Tempur-Pedic International, which— as you can guess— owns the Tempur-Pedic® mattress brand, too. Now, Sealy operates under three subsidiary brands: Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Bassett. In this article, we’ll be focusing solely on the Sealy brand.
2. Where to Buy a Sealy Bed
It’s true a large variety of mattress brands sell their beds online, making the buying process more convenient for consumers. However, Sealy is a bit more traditional, and chooses to sell their beds at third party furniture stores such as Ethan Allen and Living Spaces. They’re also found at stores such as Macy’s, Sears, Big Lots, Costco, and Walmart. We should mention, Sealy does not sell their products through Mattress Firm, a relatively popular mattress retailer. To find the closest home furnishing stores with Sealy mattresses in your zip code, check out their website’s “Find a Retailer” tool.
On their website, they do not give each of their beds particular names, and instead let each retailer decide how they’d like to market them individually. This can make comparison shopping difficult— as one bed may have one name at a certain store, and have a different name at another. To make your search easier, we recommend starting on their website and reading about their various models, narrowing down the one you’re most interested in, and then asking the retailer to point you towards their comparable in-store model. Doing this saves you time guessing if the bed on the sales floor is the same one you saw online.
3. Sleep Trial & Warranty Information
Because Sealy does not sell their beds direct-to-consumer, they do not offer one standard sleep trial. Meaning, the in-store test run could be the only opportunity you have to try your bed out before committing to it— depending on where you buy from. After doing some research, we found stores such as Macy’s will accept returns on mattresses for up to 180 days after you purchase, whereas other stores such as Living Spaces, do not accept returns on mattresses at all.
If you want the option to return your mattress after you buy because you’re unsure if it’ll be a good fit for you, shop from a retailer who accepts returns. Also, read the return policy and have an understanding of the process before you make a purchase. Some stores offer free returns while others charge transportation and restocking fees, which can add up quickly. You can find this information on retailer’s websites by reading their “Return Policy” page.
Though the return policy varies by retailer, all Sealy mattresses are covered under one warranty. After you purchase your mattress, it’s covered by Sealy’s 10-year limited warranty against premature deterioration and sagging. If your latex, hybrid, or innerspring bed develops a visible indentation greater than 1.5 inches, Sealy will either repair or replace your mattress. When it comes to memory foam models, Sealy will replace or repair your bed if it develops a sag greater than ¾ inches.
There are two important things to mention about this warranty. One, it applies only to the original bed you purchased. If your bed is deemed defective and you’re issued a replacement, the warranty will not apply to your new model— even if you still have years of coverage left from your original warranty. Two, just because Sealy guarantees they’ll repair or replace your defective bed does not necessarily mean it’s free. If Sealy chooses to repair your bed, you are responsible for the transportation costs back and forth. On the other hand, if they decide they’d rather replace your bed all together, you are responsible for a fraction of the cost of the new bed. Visit Sealy’s website to read more in-depth information about how they break down the costs of their replacement beds.
Sealy Mattress Collection
Sealy carries three mattress collections: The Response Line, The Conform Line, and The Hybrid Line. These collections contain innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid beds, respectively. Sealy also just released its first ever online bed-in-a-box, the Cocoon™ mattress. The Cocoon™ is a memory foam bed sold as either the Cocoon™ Classic or the Chill™; the only difference is the Chill™ has more cooling technologies, making it a great option for people who sleep hot.
Within each of the collections are three different mattresses. Sealy designs these beds under a “Good,” “Better,” and “Best” model, and lists them on charts on their website labeled as so. The prices of these beds also range accordingly.
As we mentioned earlier, Sealy does not give these beds names and instead refers to them generically on their website. Their “Good” beds are referred to as “The Sealy Essential” within each mattress collection. Meaning, the “Good” memory foam mattress is called the “Sealy Essential™ Collection Memory Foam” while the “Good” hybrid bed is named the “Sealy Essential™ Collection Hybrid.” To continue, their “Better” beds are titled “Sealy Performance™” and their “Best” beds are called “Sealy Premium™”.
In their “Sealy Performance™” and “Sealy Premium™” beds, they use their proprietary Posturepedic technology.
What is Posturepedic?
Posturepedic is Sealy’s enhanced zoned support technology, and is a dense foam section integrated into the middle of the mattress. It’s been engineered to offer more support to your body’s heaviest points, specifically your torso, to foster healthy spinal alignment and relieve pressure points. Not everybody needs additional support from their mattress, but it’s a great feature for heavier sleepers, or those who suffer from chronic back aches or muscle pain. That said, it can feel too firm and possibly feel uncomfortable to sleepers who do not bring a lot of weight to the mattress and those who want a more “cradling” feel from their mattress.
Who Are These Beds Best Suited For?
Sealy has a mattress for just about every sleeper out there, regardless of how particular your sleep needs are. When it comes to feels, Sealy has both conforming and bouncy options. If you like the more traditional, bouncy response from your bed, then an innerspring model is probably your best fit. Alternatively, if you like a plusher bed, choose one of their memory foam options. If you’re somebody who prefers the cushioning feeling of foam, but still want your bed to feel bouncy and lifting, a hybrid mattress is most likely best for you.
When it comes to choosing which firmness to go with, consider how you sleep. Typically, back and stomach sleepers are most comfortable on firmer mattresses because they offer enough support to hold their body in line. Stomach sleepers should look for beds that will allow their shoulders and hips to compress into the bed, to prevent pressure points, and are usually best suited on medium to soft mattresses.
In the next section, we’ll discuss the materials in each of these models.
In the tables below, we’ll break down the materials used layer by layer. The Comfort Layer refers to the first layer of the bed, or what you feel when you lay down on the mattress. The Support layer distributes your body weight across the bed, promotes a healthy spine, and functions as the base of the mattress. Lastly, edge support can be found on the sides of the mattress.
You’ll notice Sealy uses a lot of their unique proprietary materials in the construction of their bed, and does not disclose more specifics. Look for Sealy’s “Good, Better, Best” trend when reviewing these charts, as their Premium™ beds have more bells and whistles than their more affordable options. If you’re shopping on a budget, you’re able to find a high-quality bed from Sealy at a competitive price; however, it may not have all the sleep-promoting technologies.
The Response Collection
|Model||Sealy Essential Innerspring||Sealy Performance™ Innerspring||Sealy Premium™ Innerspring|
The Conform Collection
|Model||Sealy Essential Memory Foam||Sealy Performance™ Memory Foam||Sealy Premium™ Memory Foam|
The Hybrid Collection
|Model||Sealy Essential Hybrid||Sealy Performance™ Hybrid||Sealy Premium™ Hybrid|
The Cocoon™ Bed-in-a-Box Collection
Firmness & Sizing
Not all of these mattresses are carried in every standard size, or even made in a range of firmnesses. Instead, certain models are available as Plush, Medium, and Extra Firm, while some only come in Plush and others in only Firm.
To shop by size, you can visit Sealy’s website and sort through the mattresses they have available in the size you’re looking to buy.
The prices of these beds vary by tier, below we provide a range based on Queen sizes.
- The Innerspring Collection ranges from $499 to $1,499 in cost.
- The Conform Collection ranges in price between $699 to $2,099
- The Hybrid Collection ranges in price from $1,099 to $1,999.
Is a Sealy for You?
We hope this guide has helped break down the Sealy brand and some of the beds they carry. Shopping with an established brand like Sealy has it’s benefits, as customers continue to give their beds high ratings in online mattress reviews. During your search, it’s important to reflect on what you personally need from a mattress, as well as your budget limitations, to find a bed comfortable for both you and your wallet.