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Sealy Performance Collection Review

By: Kelly Burgess on June 19, 2018

Bottom Line

The Sealy Performance Collection is the first in the Response Line series to feature Sealy's popular Posturepedic technology. Posturepedic mattresses have historically gotten good reviews for comfort and support.

Pros

  • Good support
  • Good for both side and back sleepers
  • Widely available to try in person
  • 10-year warranty

Cons

  • May be too soft for some
  • Can sag in the middle over time
Our Analysis

Breaking it down

Comfort

Good for "hot" sleepers. The Sealy Performance Line gets good reviews for not trapping heat as you sleep; something those who have to kick off the covers many times a night will appreciate. The Performance Line is about average when it comes to isolating motion, while the Premium Collection, which is a step up in price, is above average, according to Sleep Like the Dead. At Consumer Reports, the Sealy Posturepedic Performance Lawson Euro Pillowtop (Est. $750 and up), which is exclusive to Macy's, earns a Recommended nod and scores of Good, Very Good, or Excellent in all categories. In addition, owners largely find these innerspring mattresses extremely comfortable, with several saying it provides good support and relieves pain. However, innerspring-only mattresses may be a better choice for those who like a softer mattress; the majority of customer complaints we spotted for Sealy's innerspring-only mattress were because the owner thought the mattress was too soft.

Sealy does not offer a "comfort return" policy for its innerspring mattresses, but the retailer you purchase it from might. And Sealy mattresses are widely available through many retailers, so it's easy to go and try a Sealy mattress in person and to shop around for the best return policies.

Value

May cost less than some comparable mattresses. Suggested retail prices for the Sealy Response Line range from about $300 for a twin mattress in the basic Essentials Line (which does not feature Posturepedic technology) to about $2,100 for a king-sized mattress in the Hybrid Line. However, mattresses are often on sale and it's unlikely that you'll ever pay full retail. Experts say Sealy mattresses, particularly those featuring Posturepedic technology, are a good, mid-priced innerspring mattresses.

Durability

Mixed assessments from reviewers. Innerspring-only mattresses tend to get the worst ratings for durability of all other types of mattresses, mostly because of issues related to sagging (especially pillow top models). According to Sleep Like the Dead, 22 percent of Sealy Performance owners report significant sagging or body impressions within three years of ownership. Editors there also find that owners tend to replace their Sealy innerspring mattress after about six years of regular use. While that may seem like a negative assessment, that longevity figure is equal to or higher than the average longevity reported for comparable innerspring mattresses. Consumer Reports conducted professional tests that simulated durability over an eight year period, and the Performance mattress that was included in that test earned a score of Excellent. The warranty on the Performance Line is 10 years and covers sagging, but only if the depth of the indentation is at least 1.5 inches.

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