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.
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 to 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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