Sealy Posturepedic Mattress — Is the Best Selling Bed also the Best Mattress On the Market?

The Sealy Posturepedic mattress combines quality of materials with comfort and durable construction. The Sealy brand has been tested over time, and it holds up well compared to similar models by other big-name brands.

The Posturepedic encompasses an entire line of innerspring-type beds, offering different types of construction, varying levels of firmness, and multiple types of padding and other features. It is nice for consumers to have these multiple choices so they can find the one that’s just right for their bodies and their budgets. But it makes shopping much more difficult.

Added to the number of choices is the fact that the exact model you are looking for goes by a dozen different names depending on which retail outlet you’re shopping at. No wonder most people dread mattress shopping more than any other large-ticket household item. No one makes it easy to buy a mattress.

The Hierarchy

Sealy is upfront about its “Good, Better, Best” system, so there are no surprises — you know that each category will have more features than the one below it, and a higher price to go with it.

And with mattresses, the thickness of the mattress also goes up with the price and added features, so you can often tell if you’re looking at the more luxurious line.

If you feel you might need a stepping stool to hop into bed, you can bet you’re going to be paying big bucks for that mattress.

So as price goes up, there are more goodies inside the bed. But they might not be at all necessary to your actual comfort. For example, if you are not fond of gel memory foam, you will be able to save money on that expensive padding feature. If you prefer a firm mattress, and are neither very overweight nor very slender or petite, you will also be able to save some money.

But what if thick, plush padding on top of a high-coil-count mattress (with “pressure-relief zones” built into it) gives you a night of blissful, solid slumber instead of uncomfortable tossing and turning? Then that top-of-the-line “best” mattress is worth every penny as long as the comfort holds up over time. Remember comfort AND durability together makes an outstanding bed.

Classic Coil Series

This series is the least expensive and best-selling of the Posturepedic line, but is large enough in itself to contain different categories. This category sells for $600-$1200 for a queen, with price variations due to special discounts, inflated prices or just the whim of the retailer. No doubt you will find different names for these beds according to the retailer you visit. Here is a short list from just one online retailer, USMattress.com:

  • Solon
  • Cooper Mountain
  • Beresan
  • American Trail
  • Gervalis
  • Bookwalter

…And this is just the beginning.

Because of the naming fiasco in the mattress industry, your best bet, as always, is to know what features and what firmness you want and then shop those features, regardless of the name.

Coil Options

The Classic Coil series offer two different coils, the PostureTech Titanium SS or the PostureTech Titanium DSx. Which one is better? Since most of the models containing the DSx coils are slightly higher in price than comparable models with the SS coils, I’m going to venture to guess that the DSx is slightly better, but exact specifications that distinguish the two are unknown.

The SS and DSx are nothing to complain about—they are made with heat tempered 14-gauge steel wire, and designed to provide customized support for people of various weights. Both types are use a tied-spring unit rather than pocket or wrapped spring construction. If you want a wrapped or pocket coil, you will need to go up a notch to the “better” models in the Posturepedic line, such as the Gel Memory or Hybrid beds. You can also set your dreamy eyes on the Stearns and Foster brand or jump the Sealy ship and choose a Simmons Beautyrest.

Mattress manufacturers are constantly upgrading and redesigning their spring units to make them perform better under various conditions, so no one has anything to worry about with the Sealy construction, as it is as good as, if not better than, any innerspring bed out there.

NOTE: Double-check each of the features below for each mattress you are thinking of purchasing, as they may vary from what is listed here. For example because a mattress is listed as “Gel Memory Series” doesn’t mean it will contain these exact specifications. The caveat for all mattress shopping–never assume anything.

Classic Coil Features for a Queen Size:

  • Coil Count: 759
  • Coil Type: PostureTech–Titanium Coil SS or Titanium Coil DSx
  • Coil Gauge: 14
  • Tempered Coil: Yes
  • Firmness Options: Firm, Cushion Firm, Plush, Ultra Plush
  • Top Padding Options: Pillowtop, Eurotop, Euro Pillowtop, and Regular
  • Padding Materials List: Sealy foam, Supersoft Sealy foam, Marvelux, High Performance Sealy foam, Smart Latex (in varying thicknesses depending on firmness levels)
  • Mattress Thickness: 10.5-14 inches
  • Boxspring Options: 9 or 5.5 inches
  • Adjustable Base Option: Yes
  • Warranty: 10 year non-prorated (20 year warranty on select models)

Gel Memory Series

The Gel Memory Series is the next step up the Posturepedic ladder in terms of price. The range is about $800 to $1500. The improvements over the Classic line include a higher coil count, pocket coils in some models, and extra, thicker layers in the padding and gel memory foam support, which gives a more luxurious feel.

Features of the Gel Memory series

  • Coil Count: 782
  • Coil Type: Apex Coil Design (wrapped) or PostureTech Titanium DS coil or Titanium DSx coils (not wrapped)
  • Coil Gauge: 14
  • Tempered Coil: Yes
  • Firmness Options: Firm, Cushion Firm, Plush, Ultra Plush
  • Top Padding Options: Eurotop, Pillowtop, Euro Pillowtop, Regular
  • Padding Materials: Core Support Center with Gel Memory Foam, Supersoft Active Flex, Sealy foam, SuperSealy foam, Active Flex, High Performance Active Flex, (in varying thicknesses depending on firmness levels)
  • Mattress Thickness: 12-14.5 inches
  • Boxspring Options: 9 or 5.25 inches
  • Adjustable Base Option: Yes
  • Warranty: 20 Years

Hybrid Series

The Hybrid Series is the top or “best” category of the Posturepedic collection. It starts at $1200 and goes up to the $2000s . It has a higher coil count, plus extra layers in the the top padding and uses memory foam in the core support system.

Features of the Hybrid series:

  • Coil Count: 825
  • Coil Type: Apex Coil (wrapped)
  • Coil Gauge: 14
  • Tempered Coil: Yes
  • Firmness Options: Firm, Cushion Firm, Plush, Ultra Plush
  • Top Padding Options: Pillowtop, Eurotop, Euro Pillowtop, Regular
  • Padding Materials: OptiCool Gel Memory Foam CoreSupport Center, OptiPro Memory Foam, Active Flex, SuperSoft ActiveFlex, Gel Memory Foam (in varying thicknesses depending on firmness levels)
  • Mattress Thickness: 12-14 inches
  • Boxspring Options: 9 or 5.25 inches
  • Warranty: 25 years

Bottom Line

The Sealy Posturepedic mattress collection of innerspring beds offers quality at reasonable prices and plenty of options. Sealy uses tempered steel coils and a generous coil count, which offers long-lasting durability. Durability gives you the best long-term value, so if you can keep your mattress 10 years rather than five years, you have just doubled your return on investment.

The so-called comfort features — the Core Support system and top padding — might not be as luxurious as other mattress brands, and Sealy does not go out of their way to offer natural choices in fabrics or padding or latex foam.

Reviews of Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are typical for innerspring beds, with complaints centered on premature sagging, caving, and body impressions. Overall customer satisfaction is still as high or higher than comparable mattresses from main competitors.

One Response to “Sealy Posturepedic Mattress — Is the Best Selling Bed also the Best Mattress On the Market?”

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  1. ron says:

    what is the weight capacity,size gauge,and coil count of a palatial crest by sealy royal ascot cushion firm queen mattress and price? thanks

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