Preview: Embody Memory Foam by Sealy

A Year in Bed Project

Bed: Embody Memory Foam Stillness Plus Bed
Manufacturer: Sealy
Retail Price: $1,999

This past week we finally moved into our third bed, a much spongier Sealy Embody, which is a big step up from the Sealy Posturpedics that I used to swear by. This is bed #3, and I can tell you honestly that I don't recommend trying a project like this at home.

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We've been testing a lot of things lately. In the foreground are four non alcoholic beers that we were voting on during dinner.

While I am learning a ton about beds, the changing surfaces, endless deliveries and beds stacked in the hallway (and we're just getting started) have not pleased Sara Kate. We've reached a truce whereby she'll allow me to continue on, but I've got to cover everything better.

Why?

I consider Sealy one of the Big Names in the bedding business, and so we needed to test them. Without knowing a great deal, I'd always found I'd liked their Posturpedic Mattresses, so that is what I'd purchased in the past two decades. The Posturpedic is a classic innerspring mattress and pretty affordable, so I asked the Sealy folks to send me something they were really proud of AND which represented the latest in terms of technology.

They chose the Embody, which is their advanced memory foam mattress on top of a box spring foundation. It is special because it is made of a proprietary memory foam that allows for more air circulation and is wrapped in Polartec fabric which also increases breathability and wicks away moisture.

What Do We Think So Far?

Moving from a firm latex mattress to this was an immediate relief. You sleep "in" this bed as opposed to "on" it and we were both super thankful, as were our bones. We are sleeping pretty well, but have noticed that 1. the bed feels occasionally hot and 2. that there is a lingering odor from the memory foam, which is a bit off-putting.

The Prediction?

I think that we will like this bed, but we're not totally sold on the memory foam feeling of it. While I sort of like the feeling of the foam, I find myself wanting to find a perfect bed that doesn't use this artificial material, but I will reserve final judgement until the end of the year on that big question.

Do you sleep on an Sealy Embody? If yes, please let me know in the comments how it's going for you.

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Bed Rankings to Date - 12.13.10

1. Hastens Excelsior II
2. Embody Memory Foam Stillness Plus Bed by Sealy
3. IKEA Erfjord

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Hastens REVIEW
What is the Right Price for a Bed?
Some Things I've Learned So Far
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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.