When it comes to selecting a mattress, we often find ourselves in a ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ stand-off. These three top mattress brands – Sealy, Serta, and Beautyrest – are battling it out for customers, each with unique features that make them the best in the industry.
So, how do you pick?
Usually, you’d need to spend a good hour at least to research each brand… and then you’d need to spend even more time selecting just one mattress from the ranges available.
Pssh. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, we’ve done some of the hard work for you, comparing Sealy, Serta, and Beautyrest comprehensively so you can jump straight to the fun bit – ordering your new mattress.
Quick Summary – Which Mattress to Pick
In a rush? No worries. All three mattress brands are reputable and great options, but to help you narrow down the selection, this is the bottom line.
Choose Sealy if you are on a budget but still need extra orthopedic support for your back, muscles, bones or joints, and a good selection of mattress types to choose from.
Choose Serta if you want a wide selection of good quality mattresses to select from with upgrades available but not essential for a good night’s sleep.
Choose Beautyrest if you yearn for something comfortable and very luxurious, have a sizable budget, and no serious orthopedic conditions.
If you need to know a little more about each brand before you buy, we’ve made short summaries to help you out. Keep reading!
Sealy has been in the mattress making game for over half a century and they’re not messing around with their range. Available internationally and renowned in the USA, they’re probably one of the first brands that springs to mind when you think of mattresses. Pun intended.
The Sealy mattress range includes:
- Cocoon Chill – premium memory foam mattress.
- Response Line – traditional innerspring mattress.
- Conform Line – multi-layer foam and gel mattress.
- Hybrid Line – innerspring and foam mattress.
Sealy has expanded its range to include other products as well, so you can buy bedding for your Sealy mattress, a dog bed, and a crib mattress all in one place. They are aiming to be the mattress brand for your whole home.
When we compare Sealy to other mattress companies in terms of their policies, they’re not that special. Their free delivery isn’t a white-glove service (you’ll need to pay extra for the delivery men to install the mattress and remove your old one) and their warranty is 5 or 10 years depending on the mattress model.
What Makes Sealy Different from Serta and Beautyrest?
Sealy has coined the term “Posturepedic Technology” which is what separates them from other mattress brands around. All their mattresses were designed and built with orthopedic input, which simply means that they’ve been built with your body’s health in mind.
If you have aching bones, muscle problems, arthritic joints, or any other bodily problem that results in uncomfortable nights, then Sealy mattresses are for you.
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Shopping with Sealy is also different from other mattress brands. Instead of selecting a mattress that has the right density for you, e.g. extra-firm, you select the mattress type you like and then choose what density you’d like. This way of organizing their mattress range gives customers much more flexibility to select the mattress they like with the comfort level they need.
- Great mattresses for orthopedic problems
- Most affordable prices of the three brands
- Easy to find the right comfort level for your chosen mattress
- Prices aren’t straight forward with ‘Essentials’, ‘Performance’, and ‘Premium’ options
- Some mattresses have shorter warranty periods
Serta has a deceptively large range of mattresses that can rival Sealy! If you’re shopping online, make sure you check out the full Serta catalog, as there are more mattress models hidden than the first one you come across. You might need to hunt down a Serta retailer to find some of these.
The Serta mattress range includes:
- Perfect Sleeper – budget prices available in innerspring, foam or hybrid.
- iComfort Foam – foam mattresses with cooling tech and enhanced support.
- iComfort Hybrid – cooling foam tech with added firm support.
- iSeries – classic hybrid mattresses of memory foam and innerspring layers.
- Mattress in a Box – ultra-budget mattresses available at retailers only.
- Hotel Beds – the same mattress models you’ll find in hotel rooms.
Serta also sells adjustable bases that are compatible with some of their mattresses.
In terms of warranty, delivery, and returns, Serta is standard. The 10-year warranty is good. A scheduled delivery slot for a time that’s convenient for you is even better. And don’t forget you’ve got 120 nights to test it, rather than 100.
What Makes Serta Different to Sealy and Beautyrest?
Serta is currently pushing its iComfort mattress model, which is midrange when comparing the price to Sealy and Beautyrest. The features it has are what you’d expect for the price – quite good but you’ll need to pay extra to get the best of the best.
Compared to Sealy and Beautyrest, Serta also offers a wider range of different mattress types to suit all buyers. You’ve got the ultra-affordable ‘Mattress in a Box’ range as well as Hotel Beds. So, if you have the best night’s sleep on a Serta mattress in a hotel, you can easily buy it to sleep on at home too.
Ultimately, Serta is the mattress brand you should choose if you want the widest range of mattresses to select from. While Beautyrest is about luxury and Sealy is about orthopedic support, Serta is much simpler.
They offer good mattresses that are easy to choose from and well-made. Note that a handful of customers have had durability problems in the long run – but the 10-year warranty should cover any immediate issues.
- Good delivery, warranty, and trial period policies
- Designed and built in the USA
- Great range of mattresses to select from
- Some models only available at retailers
- Durability problems in the long run
Owned by Simmons Bedding Company, the Beautyrest mattresses are focused on luxury. In fact, there are only two models in the range. Beautyrest focuses more on quality than quantity, packing in a lot of features and high-quality materials in their mattresses.
The Beautyrest mattress range includes:
- Beautyrest Hybrid – flexible coil support and comforting foam.
- Beautyrest Black – mixed foam mattress with cool and comfort upgrades.
And that’s it!
Both mattresses have a medium-firm feel, with the Beautyrest Black model having extra cool and comfort layer extras for added plushness… if you feel like adding up to $1,000 to the price tag.
The trial period and warranty are industry-standard, but they do offer a free white glove delivery service to deliver and install your new Beautyrest mattress without charge.
According to their returns policy, you can only return one Beautyrest mattress per year, per household. They’re confident that their customers won’t be returning many mattresses.
What Makes Beautyrest Different to Serta and Sealy?
In one word? Luxury. Compared to Serta and Sealy, Beautyrest by Simmons is all about luxury.
Rather than offering many customizable features and a hundred different models, Beautyrest is saying ‘we have developed two mattresses that are so luxurious that every type of sleeper will love them.’
Key features unique to Beautyrest include pocketed coil technology, cool-to-the-touch fiber fabric surfaces, and Technoluxe memory foam – a higher quality memory foam than standard.
Rather than have multiple options (e.g. firm, medium, plush) for each mattress type like Serta and Sealy, Beautyrest offers little choice in the way of customization.
But you can “upgrade” the Black Original mattress to add extra memory foam (great for side sleepers) and cooling carbon fiber layers (great for hot sleepers).
- Very comfortable and luxurious
- Well-made with high-quality materials
- Free white-glove delivery
- Only medium-firm feel available unless you upgrade
- Notably higher prices than Serta and Sealy
Sealy vs. Serta vs. Beautyrest
|Approx. Price Range||$350 – $3,000||$400 – $3,500||$1,200 – $3,600|
|Mattress Types||Innerspring, memory foam, hybrid||Innerspring, memory foam, hybrid||Foam, hybrid|
|Best for…||Mattresses for all sleep positions||Mattresses for all sleep positions||Back and side sleepers|
|Comfort Types||Ultra-plush to ultra-firm||Plush to firm||Plush to medium-firm|
|Trial Period||100 nights||120 nights||100 nights|
|Delivery||Free standard shipping||Scheduled delivery time with XPO logistics||Free white glove delivery|
|Returns||No-charge pick-up service||Email Serta for pick-up service||Contact Beautyrest for 1 mattress return per year|
|Warranty||5 or 10 years||10 years||10 years|
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Sealy vs Serta vs Beautyrest: More FAQs
Like a comfy mattress, we’ve got your back. Find answers to commonly asked questions here.
What is the biggest difference between Sealy, Serta, and Beautyrest mattresses?
It comes down to price and materials, mostly. Nearly all mattresses are built the same – layers of foam, latex, and/or springs to provide support, wrapped in comfortable fabric.
If you compare the hybrid Sealy option with hybrid mattresses from Serta and Beautyrest, you’ll see that they’re all roughly the same. The difference is the number of layers, the quality of materials used, and the price tag attached.
Which is better, Serta or Sealy?
If you have back problems, aching joints, or just need extra support when you sleep, then Sealy is going to be better.
Serta is better if you want more choices when it comes to mattress shopping. In terms of price, they’re both very similar so that’s not a deciding factor when comparing the brands.
Sealy has a 100 night trial period and Serta has a 120 night trial period, so if you find yourself torn between mattresses from both brands, there’s no reason why you can’t try them out and return them if you decide they’re not for you.
Which is better, Serta or Beautyrest?
Serta is best if you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money, but still care about choosing a high-quality mattress. Beautyrest is best if want luxury and aren’t afraid to pay for it.
We’d recommend looking at Beautyrest first, simply because there are only two mattresses in the range, and you’ll know very quickly if they’re going to be right for you!
Serta has a much wider selection of mattresses to choose from, however, so you’re more likely to find a mattress that suits you by shopping there.
Which is better, Sealy or Beautyrest?
These brands focus in very different areas – but both deliver very high-quality well-made mattresses. Sealy is better for you if you need extra support and have orthopedic problems, like backache or muscle soreness.
Beautyrest is better if you value luxury and comfort above all else – just bear in mind that Beautyrest offers less choice.
Which Beautyrest mattress is best?
The Black Mattress is the best Beautyrest mattress. At the time of writing, it has more reviews than the Hybrid Mattress and a higher score (4.5 out of 5).
It’s also the more expensive mattress of the two and has upgrades available to add extra plushness (essential for side sleeper hip and shoulder support) and cooling technology to make the mattress up to 20% cooler than the Black Original.
Which Serta mattress is best?
The latest model with the newest technology is the iComfort Mattress from Serta. To make it the best mattress, you’d need to buy it with extra cooling and pressure point relief upgrades.
This mattress model is currently rated 4.8 on Serta’s website – higher than the 3.5 Consumer Affairs rating for the brand themselves, which is mostly down to durability problems in the long run. Buying the latest model and registering your product for warranty will negate that.
Which Sealy mattress is best?
The Hybrid line is the best mattress from Sealy, which is why it’s also the most expensive. Hybrid mattresses combine the firm support of an innerspring with that comfortable hugging sensation from memory foam.
This mattress is, therefore, best for most sleepers. Luckily, Sealy also has excellent foam-only and innerspring-only mattresses in case you feel otherwise.