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The Sealy Optimum Inspiration Gold Mattress is by far the most popular models in the Optimum mattress line, and it’s quite easy to see why after just a few minutes of laying down on one. The Inspiration has a nice support base that provides improved support over the Destiny or Radiance and a nice middle ground for someone who may be on a budget or prefer a softer bed. Keep in mind we will update this review as the seasons change to ensure you get the most accurate information about varying weather conditions and temperatures. Also, your sleeping preferences might vary from mine as well, let me tell you about my experience with this mattress.
Due to the high demand with the first series of Optimum mattresses, the Inspiration Gold was made in two different comfort levels, firm and plush. We have the plush option within our showroom right now, so that is primarily what the review will be regarding, but know that if you like what you hear there is a Firm option available for the same price.
I am very much a side sleeper, so finding out whether or not a new mattress provides a comfortable side sleeping experience is high on my priority list. To start, when you first lay down the Inspiration Gold mattress feels very soft and plush, and as you get comfortable the gel memory foam starts to kick in and slowly conform to your shape. I know the sinking feeling can put some people off of memory foam, but this was very gradual. The bed felt very supportive and didn’t have the enveloping feeling that some memory foam mattresses have.
Changing positions in this mattress was slightly awkward, though not nearly as much as some of the lower optimum mattresses. I could feel the gel memory foam respond to my movements very quickly, so once I had turned over, it wasn’t long before I was very comfortable again. Very nice sleeping experience for the side sleeper and a very nice value for what you pay for this particular model.
As stated previously we have a Plush version of the Inspiration gold here and that is what I am basing this review off of. As with most mattresses, I do not recommend the plush version for anyone who sleeps on their stomach. It was comfortable at first, but as I started to sink in it slowly got less and less comfortable. I definitely recommend the firm version for those who prefer to sleep on their stomach, the foam is a higher density, so it provides a much firmer comfort feel.
If you are a plush mattress lover, then the Sealy Optimum Inspiration Gold has exactly what you are looking for. The Inspiration is very supportive, and it shows when you first lay down and it contours to your body. Your whole back feels supported and comfortable. One of the bigger claims to the Optimum mattress line is that you sleep cooler, due to the combination of gel memory foam and outlast working to keep you in an optimal sleeping temperature range. The Inspiration Gold does feel cooler than the ambient room temperature when you touch it, but its February at the time of this writing and it's pretty cool outside, so I had no heat problems as I was lying on this mattress. This will be updated in July when its 100+ outside, and we can really put this mattress to the test.
Update: The Inspiration stayed cooler than the ambient temperature of our showroom throughout the summer. It was quite nice on some of the hotter days actually.
Overall it is easy to see why the Sealy Optimum Inspiration Gold is a best seller within the Optimum mattress line, it offers an impressive combination of support, comfort, and longevity without breaking your bank. The support system on an optimum mattress is second to none and really shines within this mattress, especially since it’s a more affordable than its higher end counterparts.