The 12" high Optimum Inspiration Gold is the second highest model in the Optimum Collection of specialty sleep mattresses by Sealy. Like the other models in this collection, Inspiration Gold features gel in every layer, from the top to the bottom. It has the same features as the other memory foam mattresses in this series, the chief difference being the height of OptiSense in the middle layer. The Inspiration Gold is an upgrade of the Optimum Inspiration.
Except for the surface pattern, the cover fabric of the Optimum Inspiration Gold is the same circular knit as in the other Optimum models.
The "Gold" in the name Inspiration Gold comes from the Outlast 2.0 Gold temperature-regulating fabric fused to the OptiCool Gel Memory Foam top layer of the mattress. OptiCool is open-cell memory foam infused with gel to carry heat away. The Outlast Gold fused to the top side of the layer is, according to Sealy, 12 times more effective than the gel in removing heat. Outlast is made of fibers with embedded PCMs (Phase Change Materials). PCMs absorb or release heat by changing their physical state to keep the temperature within a designated range.
The gel in the 3" OptiSense Gel Memory Foam layer is not only for cooling, but for support enhancement. This memory foam contours itself to the shape and weight of a sleeper for a "body hugging" effect. The purpose of this and the other memory foam is to relieve the shoulders, hips and othe sizable portions of the body from pressure, at the same time fully supporting the lesser portions, such as the lumbar. The goal is uninterrupted quality sleep without morning backaches.
The OptiSense in the Inspiration Gold is 2" higher than in the Destiny Gold and 1" higher than in the Radiance Gold, and is 1" less than in the Elation Gold. The density of this layer also determines the overall firmness of the mattress. Inspiration Gold is really two models, one Plush and the other Firm.
The support core of the Optimum Inspiration, Firm or Plush, is a 7" high layer of OptiCore, gel-infused polyurethane foam. This high-density foam is very firm to provide underlying support for the whole mattress and for the sleeper(s), an inch higher than in the previous version.
The recommended foundations for the Optimum Inspiration Gold mattress include a box platform (Optimum Foundation) and two adjustable beds from Sealy (Reflexion Up Foundation and Reflexion 4 Adjustable Base). With the Reflexion Up only the head can be elevated, while with the Reflexion 4 both head and feet are fully adjustable. The Optimum Foundation is called a "box spring" by several retailers, but it is not a traditional box spring with coils.
Available through several retailers, in both Firm and Plush versions, the Optimum Inspiration Gold carries a 10-year non-prorated limited warranty from Sealy.
Optimum Inspiration Gold (Firm & Plush)
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Memory Foam with gel
Gel in each layer: 2 inches of OptiCool Gel MF with Outlast Gold, 3 inches of OptiSense Gel MF, 7-inch support core of OpitCore Gel PU
Provided by the support core
Platform or adjustable bed
Outlast Gold fused to gel memory foam in top layer
Keep in sanitary condition, and provide proper foundation