In the 19th century, Daniel Haynes began making cotton mattresses with his friends in Sealy, Texas. These mattresses became so popular, he patented his design and they became known as “Mattresses from Sealy”. Today, Sealy is the largest manufacturer of mattresses in the world.

The average human spends 1/3 of their lives sleeping so it’s important to find the perfect, individualized mattress for you. There are few things I love more than a good night’s sleep, however I never put much thought into the mattress I was sleeping on. My mattress growing up was a hand me down from my brother and I couldn’t have told you whether it was soft or firm and what materials it was made of. But when I graduated from University, moved into my own place and became a “real adult”, I decided to invest in my very own mattress. I decided on a Sealy and I will remember my first sleep on that mattress forever. When I lay down I could feel myself sink into the mattress and I quickly dozed off into a deep, beautiful sleep. Below is a breakdown of the wide range of mattress types and comfort levels that Sealy  has to offer.

The Sealy brand is actually split into three sub brands: Sealy Brand, Sealy Posturepedic and Optimum Sealy Posturepedic. Each of these sub-brands have various permutations and combinations of mattress types and comfort levels that they offer.

Comfort Levels

Comfort is different for everyone. There are two main mattress comfort types: plush and firm. Firm mattresses offer high support, but the thin layer of cushioning offers less “pillowy” comfort. This type of mattress is normally recommended for people that sleep on their back or stomach, because when an individual sleeps on their back on a soft mattress, their lower back can bend, causing chronic pain. However, firm mattresses are not recommended for people with arthritis or fibromyalgia, as it runs the risk of putting too much pressure on the limbs and joints. Plush mattresses are the opposite. By adding additional layers of foam, plush mattresses are able to obtain a higher level of softness. This style is recommended for people that sleep on their sides because the softness relieves pressure to the shoulder, hip and knees. In recent years, many retailers have also begun selling pillowtop and/or eurotop mattresses. As the name describes, pillowtop is a plush mattress with an added, soft “pillow” layer on top. Eurotop also has an extra layer of cushion on top of the mattress but it is sewn flush to the edges of the mattress, rather than sitting on top. Both these types are also recommend for individuals that sleep on their side. However, since comfort is such a subjective experience, in addition to eurotop, pillowtop, plush and firm, Sealy has expanded on the traditional comfort types to include ultra plush, cushion firm and ultra firm. Ultra plush and ultra firm sit on both ends of the spectrum, with either added cushion or extra firmness. Cushion firm is more of a middle ground, as it has the support of a firm mattress but the extra foam layers of a plush mattress.

Mattress Types

The foam and pillow layers that dictate the comfort level of a mattress is generally located on the outer layers of the mattress, whereas the materials in the inner layers dictate the mattress type. Sealy offers threemattress types: traditional innerspring, gel memory foam and latex.

1. Traditional Innerspring: This mattress type is what most people think of when they think of the inside of a mattress. The inner area of the mattress is filled with titanium alloy coils and surrounded by a wire and/or foam encasement. The wire border attaches to the coils, which maintains the mattress shape and stops it from sagging, which results in enhanced support and durability. This mattress is also a great option for anyone looking to buy a mattress on a budget as it is available at a wide range of price points. This mattress type is available with both Sealy brand and Sealy Posturepedic and is available in all six comfort levels. If you are looking to invest in a coil mattress, try the Sealy Posturepedic PROBACK Pinnacle Firm Euro Pillow Top Inner Spring Mattress. The ultra plush and eurotop gives you ultra soft comfort, but the pocket coil will ensure that your back remains supported.

2. Gel Memory Foam This mattress gives you the unique comfort experience of feeling as though you have truly fallen INTO bed. It is able to conform to both your body shape and body weight, which results in the mattress having a “body hugging” effect. The other benefit of memory foam is that because it conforms so much to the bodies in the bed, it decreases the amount of disturbance felt by your partner when you get up in the night. Unfortunately, when the foam conforms to the body, it tends to make the individual hot, however the gel in Sealy’s memory foam mattresses helps to decrease body temperature. Memory foam mattresses like the Sealy Posturepedic PROBACK Galleon Firm Mattress are infused with gel memory foam that relieves pressure, but still stays firm. Lastly, the synthetic foam reduces the risk of bacteria, mold and dust buildup. This mattress type is available with both Sealy brand and Sealy Optimum and is available in all six comfort levels.

3. Latex Foam: Similar to the gel memory foam mattresses, latex foam also has the ability to conform to the body for increased comfort. Latex mattresses also result in a consistent feel throughout the entire sleeping surface. This mattress also has an estimated durability of 20 years. A theory as to why these mattresses are so durable is because they have anti-microbial properties. This stops dust mites from entering the surface of the mattress, also making it a great option for individuals that suffer from asthma or other allergies.  Latex foam is also the most breathable mattress type on the market, making it less likely to make the individual hot or sweaty during the night. This mattress type is available with both Sealy Brand and Sealy Optimum and is available in firm, plush and cushion firm comfort types. The Sealy SpringFree Firm Mattress is a great option. It will provide comfort by contouring your body but still gain support from the firm comfort level.

Sealy has been making high quality mattresses for over a century. Finding the perfect mattress can be difficult as comfort is subjective, however Sealy offers six unique comfort levels ranging from ultra firm to ultra plush. The inside of Sealy mattresses also varies. Traditional innerspring offers enhanced support and durability, gel memory foam contours the body to offer high quality comfort and latex foam offers memory foam with hypoallergenic qualities for individuals with allergies. 

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Lucy Woodhead
My focus is to discuss tech products that are trendy and in demand amongst the younger generation. Over the years I have reviewed, compared and wrote about a wide variety of products, including headphones, speakers, sound docks, iPods and mp3 players. With Best Buy’s launch of VIVA and Home & Lifestyle, I have had the opportunity to expand my focus to include a younger person’s perspective on many of these great products as well!


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