The Sealy Company and Sealy Beds
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The Sealy Corporation, based in North Carolina, is the largest manufacturer of mattresses in the world and they presently operate 25 bedding plants in the US. They take their name from Sealy, Texas, where they started out in the late 1800′s in the cotton industry. Through the years they have seen many booms and dips and still survived to tell the tale – more than that, in fact; they have flourished. This says something about the strength of the brand and the reputation they have built for affordable quality mattresses that use great materials and great know-how in their design. What are the main types of Sealy beds available today?
Sealy sell most of their mattresses under the brand names Posturepedic, Stearns and Foster (which they acquired in 1983) and Bassett, as well as Sealy. You may also be familiar with the Embody brand name which is their most recent addition.
The Posturepedic remains the flagship product of the Sealy brand and it has had many incarnations in the 65 years it’s been on the market. The Posturepedic has a great reputation for quality because of its longevity, yet a queen size is available from around $600. There are, of course, many options available that add to the cost if you take them, but for a famous household name mattress Sealy beds prices are very reasonable.
The Posturepedic is an innerspring mattress that comes in two basic choices of continuous coil: single stage and dual stage coils. The latter is the more advanced design, affording deeper comfort and support to the sleeper right through the mattress. It starts at around $900 for a queen size. Virtually all Posturepedic mattresses come with LiftRight Handles that make movement and turning of the mattress easier, as well as changing the sheets. The more advanced the model, the more advanced and extensive the handles will be.
Other common features to all Posturepedic mattresses include the CoreSupport system which reinforces the central one third of the mattress which supports most of the body weight, reinforced foam edges that reduce bounce and add support to the mattress as well as helping it to stand the test of time, plus a rubberized foundation cover that prevents the mattress from slipping.
When you buy your Posturepedic mattress you have the choice of bases, some of which are adjustable. You also have the choice of adding memory foam or latex to the comfort layers of the mattress.
We have concentrated here on the Posturepedic as it is their most famous inner-spring bed, but there are cheap Sealy beds available in their Sealy range. These start at $400 for a queen size. There are also the luxury inner-spring beds from the well established Stearns and Foster range which start at $1200for a queen size and come with a full 10-year warranty.
If you are considering a luxury foam Sealy model then you will look at the Embody mattresses, which use progressive latex and memory foams in their design and start at around $2000 for a queen. They have a 20-year limited warranty.