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Sealy Hybrid Mattress

Sealy Mattress Review​

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Review by Kieron
OUR EXPERT ANALYST UPDATED 14.10.2020
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When it comes to beds and other sleeping products, there is probably no name that has a greater household reputation than Sealy. The company itself has been running since 1882 and since then has become one of the giants of the mattress industry. They have a startling array of products on offer under the umbrella of their corporation. In this Sealy mattress review we will take a specific look at their Hybrid collection. This Sealy mattress review is going to help you find useful information about the Sealy hybrid mattress range to aid your quest for the perfect sleep. Let’s get tucked in.

Who is the Sealy mattress for?

  • People who enjoy the feel of memory foam – We would classify this mattress as a hybrid model according to its modern layering system, but the overall feel of the range is the same as a lot of traditional memory foam in its comfort layer. 
  • Anyone who enjoys a cooling cover –  The Hybrid mattress range from Sealy comes with a pretty sleek looking cooling which is cool to the touch. This cover uses phase-change technology to help draw heat away from the sleeper.
  • Light to heavyweight back and stomach sleepers – Sealy’s signature Posturepedic pocketed coil system gives the middle area of the mattress additional reinforcement. This means that back and stomach sleepers have great support around the hip and lower back area, which is usually where it’s most needed.
  • Couples where one partner is a restless sleeper – We think the entire range from Sealy showed great motion isolation. This is a great factor if you don’t want to be disturbed by your partner’s tossing and turning. 
  • People who want a reliable purchase – Because this mattress comes from one of the longest standing bed manufacturers, consumers know they’re more likely to purchase a product that has been properly designed and tested when they buy a Sealy hybrid.

Who won’t love the Sealy mattress?

  • Couples who need the extra edge support – For some reason these mattresses all have a peculiar roll off along the edges, which is a strange oversight considering the extra reinforcement in the middle area. Couples who need the entire surface area may need to buy as big a size as possible or look elsewhere. 
  • Heavyweight side sleepers – The Hybrid line by Sealy just does not seem to have enough pressure relief to suit the conforms of heavy frames that sleep on their sides.

Sealy company policy

10 Year
Warranty

120 Nights
Trial

Free
Shipping

Free
Returns

Made in
USA

Shipping:  Free shipping and delivery are available with the purchase of any Sealy Hybrid mattress. 

Old mattress removal:  Sealy will remove your old mattress for you at no extra charge, as part of their delivery package.  

Payment accepted, financing:  Financing options available through the online credit platform Wells Fargo or directly via the Sealy sleep website. 

Returns and refund:  Unsatisfied customers can arrange to have Sealy return their mattress at no cost, and will give them a full refund. 

Sleep trial period:  Any product purchased on the Sealy sleep website comes with a 120-night sleep trial. Returns will only apply after night 30 of the sleep trial. 

Warranties:  Sealy mattresses come with a standard 10-year warranty. 

Packaging and unpacking:  After purchase, your Sealy mattress will be shipped to you in a box. Unpacking is pretty easy and full setup can be accomplished by one or two people. 

Smell (off-gassing), harmful chemicals:  The Sealy mattress may have some minor off gassing upon unpackaging, but we did not experience anything that was overly pungent or deterring. 

Where are the mattresses made?  All Sealy products are manufactured in the USA.

Sealy mattress measurements and pricing

Sealy Hybrid Essential Mattress
TWIN LONG
38″ × 79″
FULL
53″ × 74″
QUEEN
60″ × 79″
KING
76″ × 79″
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
Sealy Hybrid Performance Mattress
TWIN LONG
38″ × 79″
FULL
53″ × 74″
QUEEN
60″ × 79″
KING
76″ × 79″
CAL KING
72″ × 84″
Sealy Hybrid Premium Mattress
TWIN LONG
38″ × 79″
FULL
53″ × 74″
QUEEN
60″ × 79″
KING
76″ × 79″
CAL KING
72″ × 84″

Sealy mattress performance review

The Sealy mattress series is subdivided into three major models. These are the standard Hybrid Essential, the Performance range and the more luxurious Premium models. Every model is available in a handful of firmness options (although the Essential comes in just Firm), and all have Sealy’s patented Posturepedic technology (Posturepedic mattresses by Sealy are the top-rated among customers), which basically incorporates a higher than average coil count in the middle third area of the support layer. They also all come with a cooling cover which is not removable for washing. There are minor, but notable differences in the design aspects and purpose of each model, so make sure you understand which one may best suit your needs before buying one.
 

Construction layers and materials used

The most integral part of the Hybrid range is their pocketed coil layering system. The support core boasts a much higher coil count than most pocketed coil systems. The coil count begins at just under 1000 with the hybrid range, and goes up to over 1500 with the Premium line. This is concentrated in the middle third of the bed and is patented as their Posturepedic technology. The comfort layer also increases slightly with each model. The Essential has around a 12’’ height profile, and the height gets up to about 15’’ with the Premium range. All mattresses come with a cooling cover, but it must be noted that the Premium has a model with added microfibre added into the cooling cover for extra luxury. Below is a brief breakdown of how Sealy layers their mattresses in their designs.

Layering Breakdown

  • Cooling Cover – The cooling cover comes standard with every Hybrid model. It encompasses phase-change technology to help move heat away from the body of the sleeper and through the rest of the unit. It is cool to the touch and gives this line a unique luxurious look.
  • Comfort Layer – The comfort layer on these mattresses is made up of traditional memory foam. This layer varies slightly in thickness, with the thickest at the Premium line and the thinnest at the standard Hybrid.
  • Transitional Layer – This layer serves as a buffer between the comfort layer and the pocketed coil base. It provides some extra structural integrity and support.
  • Pocketed Coil Support Base – This is the key element in the Sealy range. These have a much higher coil count than most mattresses in their price range and give the mattress it’s primary overall feel and response times. 

Below is a basic breakdown of the layering system and construction of each model in the Sealy range. These are not definitive and may be subject to change by the manufacturer.

  1. Cooling Cover
  2. Memory Foam Comfort Layer
  3. Transitional Layer
  4. Posturepedic Coils Support Base
Sealy Hybrid Essential Mattress Layers
  1. Cooling Cover
  2. Advanced Memory Foam Comfort Layer
  3. Transitional Layer
  4. Posturepedic Coils Support Base (20% increase in coil count)
Sealy Hybrid Performance Mattress Layers
  1. Cooling Cover
  2. Advanced Memory Foam Comfort Layer
  3. Transitional Layer
  4. Posturepedic Coils Support Base (20% increase in coil count)
Sealy Hybrid Premium Mattress Layers

Sealy firmness and pressure relief

The Hybrid mattress line by Sealy all uses traditional memory foam in their comfort layer. This gives the mattress a very similar response time to that of a standard memory foam mattress. There are slight increases in the height of each respective model’s profile, and the more you spend on your Sealy mattress, the thicker your comfort layer will be. There is definite variance in the nature of these mattresses’ pressure relief feel. 

The pocketed coil count in the middle third of these models gives the center of the mattress some added tensile support for sleepers who may shift positions during slumber or for side sleepers, or couples who may need the added traction for sex. This extra tensility is similar in character to an innerspring mattress but by no means as elastic. Heavier sleepers will need to make use of the Premium range in order to get the most out of the Hybrid line’s Posturepedic pocketed coils. This range holds its own quite confidently in its support systems with the exception of heavier side sleepers, who may need to seek other options with more specialized pressure relief. 

Below is a relative chart of this model’s firmness level, based on a 180lbs sleeper at 12 – 15’’ thickness. These are not definitive and it’s best to test the mattresses out yourself to decide how firm they feel to you.

MATTRESS FIRMNESS SCALE

Soft Medium Soft Medium Medium Firm Firm

Essential

-
-
-
-

Performance

-
-
-

Premium

-
-

Sleep position and body type

In order for you to get the best possible sleep out of your mattress, you’ll need to understand what your sleeping habits are and to which type of mattress they best suit. Some mattresses will suit certain body weights and sleeping positions better than others.

While the Hybrid range may appear to suit a wide range of sleeping requirements, we felt that it really only performed best in the cases of stomach and back sleepers between 150 and 250lbs. Again this is due to the specialized support that the Posturepedic coil system provides to the hips and lower back areas. Stomach and back sleepers concentrate a large portion of their weight in this area. The combination of the coils with the memory foam makes for one really comfortable experience or back and stomach sleepers. 

We found the experience for side sleepers to be a bit more touch and go. Side sleepers disperse their weight into pressure points on the shoulders, neck, hips, sides and knees. Because they have more pressure points than back or stomach sleepers their mattresses will need to conform to the contours of their body to a greater degree. We feel the Posturepedic coils may actually hinder the mattress’s ability to do so as its primary design focus is frame support and not elasticity. Heavier side or combination sleepers will probably have a hard time settling into even the plushest version of these models.

Sealy edge support

This facet of the Sealy Hybrid range is not necessarily its most celebrated. While there isn’t any major sag along the perimeter of the bed, the edges do have a slightly awkward dip or roll-off when mounting or dismounting the mattress. We can only imagine this dip to be caused by the spacing between the sides of the mattress and the central pocketed coil region. Because the center feels sturdy, it gives the edges a somewhat sluggish feel in contrast. This may become an issue specifically for couples who need to make use of as much surface area of the mattress for sleep or sex.

Perfect for Thickness Edge Support Discount

Essential

Back or stomach sleepers between 150-250lbs, Couples

12"
Fair

Performance

Back, side or stomach sleepers between 150-250lbs, Couples

14"
Fair

Premium

Back, stomach sleepers between 150-400lbs, Couples

15"
Fair

Sealy temperature regulation

We found the Sealy Hybrid range to have some very comforting and well-controlled temperature regulation. The cooling covers across the entire line do a very good job of absorbing excess heat that could be caused by sleepers who warm up too much during slumber. They’re cool to the touch, but not to an uncomfortable level. 

The pocketed coil system also allows for some extra airflow throughout the body of the mattress, so there is no residual heat being contained throughout the layering system. These mattresses do a surprisingly great job of regulating heat despite their memory foam comfort layer. The Hybrid models sit somewhere around a flat neutral on the temperature scale, while the advanced foams in the Performance and Premium models sit at a Medium Cool.

MATTRESS TEMPERATURE SCALE

Cool Medium Cool Medium Medium Warm Warm

Essential

-
-
-
-

Performance

-
-
-
-

Premium

-
-
-
-

Motion isolation and noise

If you’re part of a couple where one of you is prone to a generally restless sleep cycle, then motion isolation is a pretty important factor when it comes to buying a mattress. Thankfully the memory foam layering in these Hybrid models does a great job of absorbing the motions caused by shifting positions or partners entering and exiting the bed. 

The pocketed coil support layer also has a higher than normal coil count, so the support for pressure change is more meticulous than in other conventional innerspring models. These individual coils also diffuse any noise generated by motion, so partners are a lot less likely to disturb each other’s sleep if they move around a lot.

Is Sealy suitable for couples and sex?

Absolutely. The Posturepedic coil technology in the hybrid gives these mattresses just the extra bit of pressure response that a lot of memory foam models generally lack for couples. This lack of elasticity can offer to make sex a bit sluggish as the couple’s movements can be a bit stunted if the mattress has no bounce. 

Thankfully couples seem to be quite well supported by the Hybrid’s memory foam layering and get a decent amount of traction out of the rest of the mattress. We also think the cool to the touch covers are a bonus for sexually active couples as well. The one downside may be these mattresses don’t have the best edge support, so couples who want to invest in a Sealy Hybrid will want to buy something bigger than a Queen size if they can afford it.

Durability and longevity

We predict that these mattresses will reach well into their 10-year warranty. Memory foam can have a tendency to sag in spots over time, but the Hybrid lines seem to have enough reinforcement from the coils to help prevent this. Moisture retention can also be a large factor in the material wear and tear of a mattress, but the pocketed coils and cooling cover surround the memory foam in the comfort layer, which can tend to hold moisture. 

There may be some general sagging along the sides over time as the edge support is not the greatest. But other than that we cannot really foresee any major durability issues arising out of these mattresses. It’s important to rotate these models every few months or so to help keep the layering level, and you can also have a look at Sealy’s site for some mattress care tips.

Bed base

Sealy has introduced a pretty flashy adjustable bed base on their website to add to their product line. The base itself is available in 3 different tiers of luxury (Ease, Ergo, and Ergo Extend). The Ergo and Ergo Extend come with massage units in the base itself and all are remote controlled. If adjustable bases do not suit your tastes we would recommend either making use of a wooden frame with slats or a solid platform as your bed base. These should complement the pocketed coil support base nicely without hindering the mattresses’ performance levels in any way.

COMPATIBLE WITH THESE BED BASES

Solid Platform

Adjustable

Slats

Other mattresses by Sealy

The Hybrid line by Sealy is one of their premium sellers, but there are a few other options for consumers who may want to try a different firmness or feel altogether. Here is a brief breakdown of each respective range and their basic design outline.

  • Cocoon Range – These are focused on giving sleepers added temperature regulation. People who overheat during sleep will really enjoy this product line.
  • Innerspring –  Also known as the Sealy response line. This range is made up of fast responding layering systems to give users some extra pressure relief and elasticity in their frame support. A big preference for those who don’t like the feel of standard memory foam mattresses.
  • Memory Foam – This is the more traditional range by Sealy but still has a few options that modern users may enjoy. They use a gel memory foam to keep your body cool at night.  The feeling of these is similar to the feeling in the Hybrid range, with a notably slower response time to pressure and less support in the middle third of the mattress.

Sealy mattress complaints

  • The memory foam layering in the Sealy mattress range can sometimes create an odd sag around the body, making it tricky to move around or shift positions on the mattress. Be sure to rotate this mattress once every few months to help avoid this.
  • There are consumers and reviewers that feel that the Hybrid collection may be a bit overpriced compared to some of its competitors.

Our final verdict: Do we recommend the Sealy mattress brand?

OUR RATING

4/5

4/5
  • Sealy has produced a mattress line that is both aesthetically appealing and gives its users pretty great value for money. 
  • They offer a relatively diverse set of options for a wide variety of consumers, ranging from basic and accessible to more luxurious and high end in their price range.
  • Their Posturepedic technology is key to providing relief to sleepers who experience back pain during or outside of their sleep cycles. 
  • They also offer some pretty enticing customer services, including free delivery and returns as well as a generous 120-night sleep trial.

FAQ

Which Sealy mattress is best for me?

This will be highly dependent on your sleeping requirements, weight and body type. If you are not sure how these apply to you, but you still want to buy one, we recommend trying something in the Performance range.

Is Sealy Posturepedic good for back pain?

Yes, this is very much a mattress line that specializes in providing primary support and relief to sleepers who experience back pain. 

How much does a Sealy mattress cost?

Sealy Hybrids start off at around $1,099 and get up to around $1,999 for their Queen sizes.

Which mattress is better: Simmons or Sealy?

We feel that Sealy may outperform the Simmons mattress in a variety of areas, and we will lay those out in-depth in another review.