Sealy Posturepedic Reviews: “You Can Feel Every Spring”

With its top-ranked Posturepedic mattresses upgraded to different brand names, the Sealy Posturepedic line has little left to offer.

With its top-ranked Posturepedic mattresses upgraded to different names, the Sealy Posturepedic line has little left to offer.

Although Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are backed by a powerful brand name, the standard Posturepedic mattress holds a below average score of 71/100 (based on 300 reviews) on Viewpoints. While many other top mattress brands have updated entire mattress lines, Sealy moved its best-selling Posturepedic mattresses to its Optimum Collection, leaving its less impressive innerspring models behind. If you’re shopping for a Posturepedic mattress, use this guide to find out what you’re paying for before you make the plunge.

What makes a Posturepedic a Posturepedic?

Rather than update all the models in the Posturepedic line, Sealy moved the most popular Posturepedic mattresses to its very expensive Optimum line.

A standard Sealy Posturepedic innerspring mattress.

Currently, all Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are innerspring mattresses – mattresses supported by coils in their foundations. The Posturepedic mattress comes in three models: classic, gel and hybrid. The classic model ($599 for a queen set) is most affordable and the least advanced. The gel model ($899 for a queen set) has a combination memory foam and gel layer as well as an optional “massaging” base. The hybrid model ($1299 for a queen set) is a half foam/half spring combination.

Reviewers weigh in on innersprings

sealy posturepedic mattress srping

The coil on the left is used in the Posturepedic gel and hybrid mattresses. The coil on the right is used in Posturepedic classic mattresses and doesn’t come in its own special casing.

Aside from cost, the major difference between the three types of Posturepedic mattresses is the innerspring design. While the gel and hybrid models have special coils designed to contour to your body, the classic mattress has standard coils. Unfortunately, the springs that these three mattresses share are what most viewpoints reviewers find uncomfortable.

“Just slightly moving around on the bed makes it squeak. The springs don’t seem to be the best quality. It is mostly comfortable and I can usually fall asleep within fifteen minutes if I don’t move around since the squeaking drives me nuts! Imagine nails on a black board but ten times worse. Every time you move. Even just a little. Let’s face it, metal springs are old fashioned and have been around for too long. Foam is the future.” – therealjustin, Reviewer since 2010 

“This mattress is terrible. The springs squeak, it has now sunken in on both the mattress and boxspring, and it hurt my back. It hurt my back from day one, but now I can’t sleep in it at all because it’s so sunken in.” – jen1010, Reviewer since 2007

“I’ve owned my sealy posturepedic mattress for about a year.  It cost much less than other mattresses but there is a good reason for that.  I feel it was cheaply made and low quallity.  It is heavy.  There is no padding so you can feel every spring.” – SabrinaMBowen, Reviewer since 2008

Sealy Posturepedic mattresses no longer deliver

Extra layers of foam over the squeaky, painful innersprings in Sealy Posturepedic mattresses still doesn't make them a good option in today's mattress market.

Piling extra layers of foam over the squeaky, painful innersprings in Sealy Posturepedic mattresses  can’t disguise the fact that there are better, more affordable mattresses available.

While other mattress brands have kept all their models updated with the latest materials and sleep technology, Sealy hasn’t improved its Posturepedic line. Instead, it rebranded its top-selling Posturepedic models as Sealy Optimum mattresses. Despite this, Sealy is still a well-rated brand. If you’re pro-Sealy and pro-memory foam, a Sealy Comfort Series Memory Foam Mattress (85/100 based on 17 reviews) might be right for you.

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Amber Rambharose Amber Rambharose (50 Posts)

Amber Rambharose is a former writing intern at Viewpoints. She graduated from Hollins University with a B.A. in English Literature and is continuing her studies at the University of Cincinnati.


  • Mike

    Damn bed squeaks already had it a week