Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top Mattress Review

Updated February 17, 2020

Sealy's Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress is part of their Response Performance Collection. We tested all of Sealy’s Response mattresses for a detailed and comprehensive review. Read on for our detailed assessment of Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top's pros and cons.

Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress on top of a box spring

Comfort Scale Rating

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress is a medium-soft mattress and we rate it 6.5 on our 10 point Comfort Scale (a 1 is hard, 10 is softest). This level of comfort will work for those who like a softer neutral feel.

Expert Video Review of the Santa Paula bed

Here’s our quick Video Review. It highlights the features, benefits and our impression.

Pros & Cons

PROS CONS
  • Edge support
    • Makes entire surface sleepable
    • Creates a better seating edge
    • Increases durability
  • Added support to the center third for the lower back
    • Keeps spine aligned
  • Trusted brand - Sealy's been around for a long time
  • Tested very well for all sleeper types
    • Good pressure relief
    • Good support
  • Motion transfer may be problematic for couples

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Pressure Test Results

We pressure tested the Santa Paula IV mattress with small/petite, average and big/large body size people on their sides and on their back sleeping positions to measure the support and comfort.

The Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top tested very well overall. It shows really good support, so the spine is held in alignment. This is essential for making sure you don't wake up with back pain. There was also enough pressure relief to keep you comfortable, reducing the need to toss and turn to relieve pressure. Just about anyone will find that this mattress performs well for them and gives them great sleep.

BACK SLEEPER SIDE SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Large side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Average side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Petite side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
BACK SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
SIDE SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2

Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top Mattress Key Features

Sealy Santa Paula IV cutaway
  1. 1. SolidEdge HD Foam Encasement

    This foam encasement provides edge support which makes the mattress more durable, improves the seating edge, and makes the entire surface comfortable all the way to the edge.

  2. 2. Sealy Response Coil System

    This exclusive coil design provides sturdy, deep-down support.

  3. 3. SealyCool Gel Foam Center 3rd

    This layer in the center third of the bed adds better support for the lower back with a flexible and cushioning gel foam that's very durable.

  4. 4. Sealy Cushion Air Foam

    This cushioning foam adds a layer of soft comfort and the peaks and valleys in it allow better airflow.

Comfort Depth Video

We measured how far your hips and shoulders sink into the Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress with different body types.

Jed's Comfort View

Andrew's Comfort View

Warranty

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress comes with a 10-year warranty for factory defects.

Conclusion

The Sealy Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top mattress will work for a lot of people. It tested very well for all sleeper types, it's affordable, and the soft-neutral comfort will feel right for many people. It has good support and pressure relief, so you'll be comfortable throughout the night and wake up without sleep-caused back pain. The layer of gel foam added to the center third really helps keep the spine aligned.

The edge support is helpful, it'll create a uniform comfort from edge to edge, and you won't feel like you'll roll off if you get close to the side. It also makes it easier to sit on the edge for getting out of bed. It helps with the durability of the mattress as well. The coil system is also very durable and gives sturdy support. A drawback of it though is that with a tied coil system, motion transfer is more apparent.

I'd recommend the Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top for anyone looking for an affordable mattress on the softer side that will perform well for years. 

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Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Cushion Firm Pillow Top Specifications:

Product Name
Queen Price

$699

Brand
Sealy
Comfort Scale Number
6.5 (medium)
Coil Count
638
Height
14"
Comfort Padding Layers
Warranty
  • Non-prorated
  • No Flip, No Rotate
  • 10-year warranty against manufacturer's defects
Back Support System
Quilt Top of Mattress
Edge Support

About The Author Juliana

Juliana is a digital content analyst who has taken a deep dive into the mattress industry. She spends her free time hanging out with her friends (read: her cats), and trying to get creative with some painting or sewing.