Tips & Guides

How to Pick a Mattress

What should you look for in a mattress?
Three things: comfort, support, durability, provided by a brand you trust. It’s that simple.




Comfort, how the mattress feels, is a matter of personal preference.


What feels comfortable to one person may feel uncomfortable to another person. Therefore, whoever is going to use the bed should try several different models before making a purchase. Surface comfort is determined by the UPHOLSTERY of the bed. Upholstery refers to the various layers of material between your body and the innerspring. Both the type and thickness of these materials will produce different levels of feel and therefore different degrees of comfort.


So you’ll need to determine your comfort preference. Sealy Posturepedic mattresses are available in the following comfort levels: firm, cushion firm, plush, and ultra plush. It’s important to note, however, that all Sealy Posturepedic sleep systems offer correct back support regardless of firmness.


Definition of Firm

Firm mattresses offer the least surface “give” and would be considered harder in feel to the other surface comforts.


Definition of Plush

Plush mattresses offer more surface “give” and provide a softer surface comfort.


Why Sealy is the best in Comfort

  • For more than half a century, Sealy scientists have been engaged in active research and development focused on the needs of the human body at rest.
  • This R & D programme has identified and defined the role of conformability (comfort) in the elimination of pressure points, and has resulted in the introduction of patented comfort components.
  • Sealy works closely with its upholstery suppliers to ensure only the finest quality foams, fibres, and ticking that meet Sealy’s strict standards are used.



Sealy Posturepedic sleep systems offer correct back support regardless of firmness


This is the Sealy Posturepedic heritage, designed in cooperation with orthopedic surgeons and patented in 1950.


The myth “firmer is better” is not necessarily true. Your body type determines what comfort is better for you.


A mattress that’s too firm for your body will not support all parts of the body evenly, and may cause discomfort at the body’s heaviest parts, the shoulders and hips. The increased pressure on these points reduces blood circulation and will cause tossing and turning. This may result in a poor night’s sleep and a far less productive day.


A mattress that’s too soft for your body will not keep the spine in proper alignment. This will cause your muscles to work through the night leaving you tired and aching in the morning resulting in a less effective day. We invite you to take the Sealy Comfort Test in our Sleep Boutique to discover the uniform comfort and support only the new Sealy Posturepedic provides. The best test for proper support is to lie down on the mattress and experience its support by lying the way you do while asleep. If you feel your body sagging, the mattress is not giving you enough support. Also, if you feel excessive pressure, the mattress is probably giving you too much support.


Support is a function of the Spring Unit in the bed. The innerspring is located in the center of the mattress. The type of support it provides depends on its coil configuration and design. Our premium mattresses use premium quality Titanium Alloy coils that are hinged together for conformance and stability. Solid edge support means you won’t feel as though you’re going to slide off the mattress when lying or sitting near the edge.


Why Sealy is the best in Uniform Support

  • Sealy’s patented, industry-leading PostureTech Coils senses an individual’s body weight and responds with the appropriate support.
  • Sealy manufactures its own PostureTech Coils to ensure that they meet our exacting high performance standards.
  • Sealy uses twice-tempered spring steel so the coils will return to their original height repeatedly over time for a consistent surface feel.
  • The Sealy R & D programme has identified and defined support criteria to ensure correct skeletal alignment. In fact, consumers rate Sealy Posturepedic ahead of the competition in terms of back support.



No doubt you want a sleep system that is going to last; therefore, durability is very important.


The type of upholstery materials, and the type of steel, and the design of the spring unit impact the durability of the mattress. For example, our coil systems are heat tempered twice, which helps maintain their shape so they last longer. The Sprung Foundation, however, provides the greatest measure of durability in a sleep set. The purpose of the Sprung Foundation is to extend the life of the sleep system.


It absorbs the major portion of stress and weight placed on the sleep surface. It works much like a “shock absorber” in a car’s suspension to eliminate stress in the mattress unit and prolong the mattress comfort life. A worn-out Sprung Foundation can significantly shorten the life of a mattress. Not using a Sprung Foundation with your mattress can also shorten the life of the mattress. A properly designed Sprung Foundation provides strong support along with some flex.


Why Sealy is the best in Durability

  • The Sealy Shock Abzzorber Sprung Foundation is specifically designed to work with the Sealy mattresses to deliver the maximum comfort life.
  • The Sealy R & D programme has identified and defined the durability criteria to ensure that your Sealy Ensemble continues to deliver the “Showroom” performance year after year.