Mattress Match-Up: Serta Perfect Sleeper vs. Sealy Posturepedic

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Mattress Match-Up: Serta Perfect Sleeper vs. Sealy Posturepedic

A good night’s sleep is the key to a successful day, or so science tell us. But with so many mattresses to choose from (and so many varying prices), it’s hard to know which one is right for you.

We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of shopping for a new mattress, pitting two popular models (and brands) against each other: the Serta Perfect Sleeper vs. Sealy Posturepedic.

Read on to see how they match up.

The mattresses: at a glance

To be clear, Perfect Sleeper and Posturepedic are two types of mattresses within the Serta and Sealy brands. Within each type there are multiple models, so you’ll need to do some additional research once you’ve drilled down and decided between the Perfect Sleeper and Posturepedic.

Both the Perfect Sleeper and Posturepedic are innerspring mattresses, which are the most common type of mattress sold today. An innerspring mattress is “made with a steel coil innerspring support system, with various foams and fibers on top to provide comfort at the surface,” Serta’s website says.

If you’re looking for an all-around comfortable mattress at a reasonable price, an innerspring mattress might be right for you.

From firmness to overall thickness, let’s take a look at how these two mattress models stack up.

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 Serta Perfect SleeperSealy Posturepedic
PriceStarts at $599 (queen set)Starts at $599 (queen set)
InnerspringInnerspring
FirmnessMedium-soft to firmSoft to firm
Comfort layer materialRegular foam, regular gel foam, memory foam, gel memory foamRegular foam
Overall thickness9 to 14 inches5.5 to 14.5 inches
Comfort layer thickness2 to 6 inches2 to 7 inches
Adjustable foundation optionYesYes
Warranty10 years non-prorated10 years non-prorated
More infoSee SertaSee Sealy
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Serta Perfect Sleeper

The mattresses: up close and personal

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Serta sells two major types of mattresses: gel-infused memory foam and traditional innerspring, with the Serta Perfect Sleeper line of mattresses falling into the latter category. The range of prices is broad: You can purchase the the queen-size Harrowby Firm model for $599 or stretch to $1,449 for the queen-size ProEnergy Super Pillow Top Elite. So, what’s so special about the Perfect Sleeper? Let’s find out.

The Perfect Sleeper mattress was designed to address five common sleep complaints, as outlined by Serta. It:

  • Maintains a balanced sleep temperature
  • Minimizes tossing and turning
  • Provides proper back support and spine alignment
  • Reduces awareness of partner sleep movement
  • Fights mattress sagging
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There’s a Perfect Sleeper mattress for most any firmness preference; it’s available in a variety of models including a “luxuriously plush pillow top” and an extra-firm version.

In terms of durability and longevity, the Serta Perfect Sleeper performs well against the competition, at least within the first year of purchase. As with most mattresses, the older the mattress is, the more it tends to sag.

Good fit for: The Perfect Sleeper is good for those who want a durable mattress that offers all-around comfort and provides proper back support. Because it comes in a variety of models, you can choose varying degrees of firmness and have the option for an adjustable version.

Sealy Posturepedic

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Starting at $599, the Sealy Posturepedic Series delivers “superior all-over support, along with the comfort you need for relaxing sleep.” Equipped with Sealy Embrace Coil technology that provides full-body support and a CoreSupport Center that boasts an extra band of memory foam in the center of the mattress, where you need it most, this mattress will have you snoozing in no time.

Sealy’s Posturepedic brand is further broken out into three types: the basic Posturepedic Series, Posturepedic Plus Series and Posturepedic Premier Hybrid Series. The differences between the three types basically relates to the amount of innerspring coils and the thickness of the memory foam.

Posturepedic mattresses start at $599 for the queen-size traditional innerspring design and stretch to $1,299 for the queen-size model of the Premier Hybrid Series.

The Posturepedic performs well in terms of longevity and durability and includes a 10-year warranty.

Good fit for: For an all-around comfortable mattress that maximizes surface area with its unique SolidEdge HD System, choose the Sealy Posturepedic. You’ll benefit from the same features found in the Perfect Sleeper, but you can further customize coil volume and thickness for a comparable price.

A few tips when shopping for a mattress

Finding the perfect mattress can be hard, but it helps to have a game plan before going shopping.

To start, figure out what size and type of mattress you need. Innerspring mattresses are just one option, although they tend to be the most popular and the least expensive. You can also choose from memory foam or adjustable-air mattresses.

Next, compile a list of where you’re going to shop. It’s fine to buy online, but make sure you’ve tried the mattress before you buy it (or at least look at the return policy). It’s recommended that you lie on a mattress for at least 15 minutes to determine whether it’s the right fit. Sure, you might look silly, but if it saves you years of back pain, it’s worth it.

Finally, keep an eye out for sales and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Mattress prices aren’t set in stone, and many retailers list their inventory for more than the manufacturer price. If prices are firm, see if you can at least get free delivery.

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Kirsten VerHaar is an editor at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: kverhaar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kirstvh.


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