Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Pillow Top Mattress Review

Updated February 17, 2020

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

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

Comfort Scale Rating

The Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Pillow Top mattress is a soft-feeling mattress and we rate it 7 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 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
  • Added support to the center third for the lower back
  • Trusted brand
  • Tested especially well for back sleepers
  • Not recommended for a petite side sleeper
  • Too soft for some people, especially stomach sleepers

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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 Plush Pillow Top tested well especially for back sleepers where we rated those sleeper positions a very solid ‘Recommend’. For side sleepers, it was a mixed bag. Overall, there was great back support, which is helped by the gel foam layer in the center third of the bed. It keeps the spine better aligned. There's great pressure relief for most sleeper types as well, but this is the area that wasn't as great where we see poorer test results, such as the petite side sleeper.

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 Pillow Top Mattress Key Features

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

    This edge support makes the entire surface sleepable, improves durability of the bed, and makes the edge better for sitting on.

  2. 2. Sealy Response Coil System

    This coil design is exclusive from Sealy and balances comfort with deep down support.

  3. 3. SealyCool Gel Foam Center 3rd

    This durable layer of cushioning gel foam gives flexible support just in the middle section of the bed to help support the lower back.

  4. 4. Sealy Cushion Air Foam

    This cushioning foam allows better airflow thanks to its peaks and valleys, and it's very soft to add more pressure-relieving comfort.

Comfort Depth Video

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

Jed's Comfort View

Andrew's Comfort View

Warranty

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

Conclusion

The Santa Paula IV Plush Pillow Top mattress is a soft bed with a pillow top from Sealy's Response Performance Collection. There are five other comfort options for the Santa Paula IV. 

It has nice features, such as the edge support, which makes this bed more usable for couples who share a queen. And it has additional support in the center third of the bed for more lower back support, so it'll help keep the spine aligned. 

It tested well, especially for back sleepers. Based on our test results, we ‘Recommend’ the mattress for back sleepers with mixed ratings for side sleepers, so I'd say this bed is a great choice for back-sleepers who enjoy a soft-comfort bed. It's a pretty affordable option as well, so it's good for those looking to save. 

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Sealy Response Santa Paula IV Plush Pillow Top Specifications:

Product Name
Queen Price

$699

Brand
Sealy
Comfort Scale Number
7 (plush)
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.