Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Mattress Review

Updated February 12, 2020

Sealy's Santa Paula IV Plush 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 Plush's pros and cons.

Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush mattress on top of a box spring

Comfort Scale Rating

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush mattress is a firm-feeling mattress and we rate it 5.5 on our 10 point Comfort Scale (a 1 is hard, 10 is softest). This level of comfort will work for a lot of people, as it has a pretty 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
  • Good contouring and support
  • Edge support
    • Makes entire surface sleepable
    • Increases durability
    • Creates better seating edge
  • Added support to the center third for the lower back
  • Sealy is a trusted brand
  • Did well in our pressure tests
  • Medium feel will appeal to most people
  • Not great at minimizing motion transfer

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 Plush tested well especially for back sleepers where we saw ratings of ‘Recommended’ for every body type. For side sleepers, the bed was rated 'Good' for each body type, so still performing effectively. It has lots of good foams for pressure relief, so it'll keep you comfortable all night, reducing any tossing and turning. The tests also showed that the Santa Paula IV Plush provided good back support, so we see that the SealyCool Gel Foam in the center 1/3 is effective at enhancing back support.

If you like the features of this bed but prefer a different comfort level, there are other comfort levels.

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 Plush Mattress Key Features

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

    This foam encasement gives the edge support, improving the seating edge and expanding the sleepable surface. It also adds to the durability, protecting the coils.

  2. 2. Sealy Response Coil System

    This is Sealy's exclusive coil design that balances comfort with deep down support.

  3. 3. SealyCool Gel Foam Center 3rd

    This layer gives flexible, durable support for the lower back with a layer of gel foam that is only in the center third of the bed.

  4. 4. Sealy Cushion Air Foam

    This cushioning foam has good airflow thanks to its peaks and valleys. It adds a layer of soft comfort for pressure relief.

Comfort Depth Video

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

Jed's Comfort View

Andrew's Comfort View

Warranty

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush mattress comes with a 10-year warranty for factory defects.

Conclusion

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush mattress is an affordable, soft mattress from Sealy's Response Performance collection. It performed exceptionally well for back sleepers and did a good job for side sleepers as well. Due to its softness level, it probably wouldn't work well for stomach sleepers, who would need a firmer version. The layers of high-quality foams did a good job of relieving pressure. And there's good back support, enhanced by the gel foam added only to the center third of the bed to give extra support to the lower back.

It has edge support, which makes the entire surface sleepable, better for those who share a queen-size with someone. The foam encasement also helps make the edge better for sitting on and increases the durability of the mattress. I'd recommend the Santa Paula IV as an affordable option to someone who wants something soft, comfortable, supportive, and durable. This analysis and the tests we did back up the many positive customer reviews.

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Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Specifications:

Product Name
Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Mattress
Queen Price

$529

Brand
Sealy
Comfort Scale Number
5.5 (Medium)
Coil Count
638
Height
12"
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.

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