Mattress comparison shopping

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One MAJOR complaint people have about the mattress industry is how difficult it is to comparison shop for mattresses. Every retailer seems to have its own name and model number for what should be the exact same mattress. They may use a different ticking (the “skin” of the mattress), or add a quarter inch extra of foam, or add 5 more coils, or some other minor difference to call it a different mattress. Some people have even claimed it is “impossible to comparison shop for a mattress.” I disagree with this assessment. It can be difficult to comparison shop for a mattress, but it is not impossible. I will give you some tips to help compare mattresses among retailers.

Comparing name brands

Big name brand manufacturers are usually the easiest to comparison shop on, even if everything has a different name. There are often lineups of mattresses within the brand which can be directly compared. For example, consider Simmons. They have several lines of mattresses. They have the BeautySleep lineup and the Beautyrest lineup. Within the Beautyrest lineup, they have Silver models, Platinum models, and Black models.

To make sure you’re looking at the same mattress, you need to look at the specs of the mattress. Compare each layer between the retailers. As a shortcut, you can also look at the height of the mattress (although there are some rounding differences. One place might call it 13″ while another says 12.5″, for example). Once you find a mattress in the same lineup with the same height (and the same firmness), it’s just a matter of double-checking the layers of foam.

Once you’ve found the mattress in the same lineup, same height with the same foams as the mattress you liked, you have a match.

You can do two things with this information. You can just buy it online from the cheapest place (US Mattress is often good for this), or take that price into your local mattress store and see if they can match or beat the price. Buying online is usually a little more convenient up front, but brick-and-mortar retailers are sometimes easier to reach with customer service issues.

Comparing non-name brands

It can be a bit more difficult to compare mattresses from smaller brands, or brands that custom-make their mattresses for various retailers. You cannot go by a lineup name in these cases. You have to go by the specs. This takes a bit more digging around. It works the same as with the brand name ones, but you do not have the help of the lineup. You have to go just by the components.

The way I do this is doing a Google search for the coil system that it uses, and then finding ones with that coil system with similar layers of foam. There’s not always a match, so it’s tougher.

Other factors to consider between mattress retailers

Price is not the only thing to consider when comparison shopping. There are a few other factors to look for.

Exchange policy

Make sure the retailer has either an exchange or a return policy. This is doubly true for internet retailers, since you won’t have the chance to lie on that exact model of mattress before buying it. Expect at least a 30 day exchange policy from a retailer. Some charge a second delivery fee, some charge a flat exchange fee, some charge a percentage of the original price.

Delivery

There are several factors to consider when comparing delivery services. What is the price? How quickly can it be shipped? Do you get to pick your own time window, or do they call you the day of delivery? Will the drivers set up the merchandise, or do they drop it off at your front door? It might be worthwhile to spend a little extra money to get the service that best fits your schedule.

Reputation

If all else is equal, consider the reputation of the retailer. Is this some fly-by-night internet company that will be out of business in a year? Or is it a nationwide brand that has been around for decades?

Conclusion

I hope I have cleared up the process to compare mattresses between retailers. If you are able to comparison shop, you are able to pit one retailer against another and force them to drop their price to earn your business.

Thanks for reading.

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Questions & Comments

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Maninder Atwal Says

February 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm

I noticed that Costco now sells a "Kirkland by Stearns and Foster". Looks like it is part of the Estate lineup. Was wondering if you know if it was one of the Macy's lineup of beds, or something unique to Costco. Thanks.

Heather Martin Says

February 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

What's the independent retailer version of Macy's Stearns & Foster Estate Palace Luxury Plush mattress? I think it might be the Scarborough II Estate Plush. Thanks!

Tim Says

February 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Where would Art Van models match up here? Specifically the Oak Terrace EPT.

sharon spivey Says

February 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm

how do you compare sterns & foster hope bay that we saw at costco with sterns & foster estate ella luxury plush pillowtop that we saw at pennys? or, which s&f mattress is comparable to the costco hope bay? what else can you tell me about the costco bed versus buying s&f in department store? thank you for your assistance!

MattressNerd Says

January 31, 2018 at 8:02 am

The Kirkland Signature is a step below the Estate line. It's close, but the foams are a little more basic in the Costco version. The Nickeline is the same as the Addison Grace and ones in that row on my S&F comparison chart.

Christina Stark Says

January 30, 2018 at 11:58 pm

What is the Costco Kirkland Stearns and Foster "Hope Bay" Luxury Cushion Firm Pillowtop equivalent to?? It looks like a Lux Estate line (colors). Also, Ashley Furniture S&F Estate "Nickeline" Firm Pillowtop equivalent to???? I know they use different names for different places.

Shannon Says

January 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

looking for review on sterns and foster lux estate hybrid calder elite

MattressNerd Says

January 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm

On my S&F Comparison Chart, it's the same as the ones in the row that begins with Mary Leigh.

Meagan Says

January 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I am looking for the comparison for Stearns and Foster Lux Estate Hybrid Caldera.

Sharon Ramirez Says

January 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Saw a Stearns and Foster mattress and box spring set at J.C.Penney...Gabriella Leigh Lux Cushion Firm European Pillow Top in Cal King. What model does this equate to at other retailers? Thanks for your help.

Wendy Says

January 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm

We purchased the Sterns and Foster La Castello plush (with the regular top, not the pillow top) at Raymour and Flanigan, but had a delivery issue, and it never arrived. We would prefer to shop elsewhere, but we would like to find the same mattress. Not an easy task, as you know. We want to be sure that we are getting the same mattress when we order online. Thanks for the great information you provide. It makes mattress shopping a little less of a nightmare!

MattressNerd Says

December 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm

The Kirkland Signature collection is a slight step below the Estate collection. The foams are a little cheaper, but it's very similar otherwise.

Steph B Says

December 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

How would this Costco offering compare to S&F mattresses offered by Macy’s. Thanks so much for your help! “Kirkland Signature by Stearns and Foster Hope Bay Queen Mattress with Foundation”

Stephanie Butler Says

December 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

A serious insomniac, I’m desperate for a great mattress and am even considering buying one of the beds from the Four Seasons hotels. Is there a retail comparison I could more easily, and maybe more inexpensively, but? Thanks in advance!

Pat Says

December 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Art Van Furniture Luxury Estate Lake Hybrid TT

MattressNerd Says

December 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

It's the same as the Bella Claire Luxury Firm Pillowtop and ones in that row on the Stearns and Foster comparison chart.

terra Says

December 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm

can you please match s&f La fiorentini IV tried it out at room to go and cant find it listed anywhere

Jessica Says

December 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Can you please match S&F Oak Terrace to the list? I guess it is the most entry level? or slightly below regular mattress? Do you have any comment on it? We purchased one in a local store, and thought it should just be the same entry level S&F we've tried in other stores. We bought there just as there was a decent promotion. However, when we got our mattress, we feel very uncomfortable when lie down, probably because the knots are so dense (we have the firm) and the surface is not flat. It wasn't that bad when we tried at the store with jackets on. We are not big enough to even it out and feel weird I guess. then I found a lot of website offer this series at similar low price and started to wondering is this series just created to offer at lower price (aka cheaply made?) or is it just maybe not suitable for us? Thank you Thank you

Jeff howe Says

December 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

trying to compare Mattress Warehouse and Mattress express Estate collection names

MattressNerd Says

December 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

It's the Addison Grace Luxury Plush and ones in that row on my S&F Comparison chart.

Brian Says

December 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

I am looking at Stearns and Foster mattress at Mattress warehouse in southern NJ. We are looking at the Reservoir iii. Can you map it to your S&F reviews?

MattressNerd Says

December 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

The Oak Terrace Plush is the same as the one on my Stearns and Foster comparison chart as the ones in the row that begins with Addison Grace Luxury Plush.

Laura Says

December 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

Thank you for this wonderful Website! I was wondering if you could help us make a comparison for the stearns and foster® estate oak terrace luxury plush mattress queen at Elder-Beerman‘s. we are stuck exchanging a previous mattress with them but they have almost no sales advice so we are trying to cross reference the same model at other stores that cannot be sure what is comparative. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to offer us. Greatly appreciated!

MattressNerd Says

November 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

The ones in the row with Addison Grace Luxury Firm on my Stearns comparison chart would be most similar.

Jacqueline OConnor Says

November 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

JCPenney Stearns & Foster, King, Ella Grace Luxury Firm Mattress. What is the equivalent of this mattress on your comparison list?

Eugene Kuchner Says

November 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

I am trying to replace a Stearns & Foster Newgate LXF; what is the closest name available now. My closest stores are Raymour & Flannigan, and also Macys

MattressNerd Says

November 21, 2017 at 8:55 am

The Canadian models are different from the US models, so I can't really comment on those, sorry.

L Walsh Says

November 21, 2017 at 12:09 am

Please comment on The Brick SF Albert Park firm queen set in Alberta Canada. Black Friday on sale & wonder if you can compare to other SF names. Does gel foam keep you slightly cooler?

John Says

November 5, 2017 at 7:51 am

Which mattress would compare to the Sleep Number I8 California King Adjustable.

MattressNerd Says

October 31, 2017 at 9:07 am

The BeautySleep models are a step below the Beautyrest models, and are more suited for guest rooms or temporary use. A google search didn't come up with anything called the Woodfield. I don't even know if it's a plush, firm, or pillowtop model. Here are the BeautySleep mattresses at US Mattress. You can see if you find one that looks like the Woodfield there and compare prices.

Suneeta Holtkamp Says

October 28, 2017 at 9:37 pm

I have ordered a Simmons Woodfield from a group that sells mattresses to raise funds for our high school band, called Custom or Ultimate Fundraising solutions. I think the mattress is a Beautysleep Woodfield. Do you know what I can compare this to. I am getting the box spring ad mattress for $769, it has 5 year warranty.

Johnny Says

October 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

We're looking at Stearns and Foster Lux Estate Hybrid La Cortona Firm (Queen set) at Nebraska Furniture Mart. Which mattress on your site would match this one?

Yvonne Says

October 4, 2017 at 10:35 am

What is a comparison for Stearns & Foster Hybrid Lakelet King

Ruth jennings Says

September 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Hi- I like Macy's Gotland and Bloomingdales Welsh Hills - they feel very similar- but Bloomies had zero info about the mattress (only the name). And the Welsh Hills was 2x the price (but I liked it a bit better). Macys told me the Gotland has micro springs in the pillow top- any truth to this? Thanks so much!!

Jean Willner Says

September 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

What is a comparison to the Stearns & Foster Estate Lux Everwood 14" Firm Mattress Set - King? Thanks so much.

Brad Sabin Says

September 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

Shopping at Art Van Furniture in Michigan. What would their name for a stearns and fosterAddison Grace Luxury Firm Mattress or Stearns and Foster Lux Estate Gabriella Marie Luxury firm Mattress which I saw at US Mattress. King size. Thank you

Jill Campbell Says

September 23, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Hello Mattress Nerd - Today we looked at a Stearns & Foster Estate Oak Terrace Plush at Bed Pros in Clearwater, Florida. I don't see the name "Oak Terrace" on your Stearns & Foster comparison page. Do you know anything about this model? (We were offered a price of $1,600)

Ken Says

September 8, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Hi - is the S & F Scarborough III Estate Ultra Firm (Mancini Sleepworks) similar to the Belleville sold at Macy's?

MattressNerd Says

August 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm

The Kirkland Signature collection is exclusive to Costco and is a small a step below the Estate Collection sold everywhere else.

Jordan Says

August 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm

I'm looking at the Stearns and Foster "Hope Bay" Mattress that's sold under the Kirkland signature brand from Costco, can you tell me which one it matches up to? Thanks!

Steve Garrett Says

August 31, 2017 at 9:43 am

I am trying to compare the :STEARNS & FOSTER RESERVOIR V PLUSH PILLOWTOP MATTRESS https://sleephappens.com/products/reservoir-v-plush-pillowtop-mattress-by-stearns-foster?variant=37501227532

MattressNerd Says

August 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

No, the Kirkland Signature collection is a step below the Estate collection. The Kirkland Signature collection uses thicker layers of the more basic foams compared to the Estate collection to save money and reduce the price.

Donna Piazze Says

August 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Is the Hope (Stearns and Foster) mattress sold at Costco the same as the Estate (S&F) at the (S&F site) Or which is the equivalent? Thanks

MattressNerd Says

August 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

That's the same as the Addison Grace Plush Euro Pillowtop and the ones in that row on the chart.

Elizabeth Says

August 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Looking for a comparison to Ashley Home Store's Almandine Estate Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top Stearns & Foster. Thank you!

Pie Says

July 31, 2017 at 4:44 am

What is the Scarborough II ULTRA FIRM compared to? PC Richards is selling it. Thank you

Barbara B Anderson Says

July 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

I am considering swapping out my Tempurpedic Legacy that I purchased only 30 days ago and unequivocally HATE, for a Stearns and Foster Villa Turin Luxury Cushion Firm. It is a hybrid and in the showroom was extremely comfortable. I will have to spend about $650 extra to do my "comfort swap." Any reviews on this particular one?

MattressNerd Says

July 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

The Hope Bay is in the "Kirkland Signature" lineup at Costco, which is exclusive to them. It's a step below the "Estate" collection sold elsewhere, because it uses thinner layers of the better foam (and thicker layers of the more basic foam) in comparison to the Estate collection. The closest comparison would be the Addison Grace, but the Addison Grace is a step up.

lester lee Says

July 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm

what is the closest comparison to S and F "Hope Bay" and at what price? Thank you, Lester

MattressNerd Says

July 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

It's the same as the Addison Grace Luxury Cushion Firm (and the ones in that row) on my Stearns comparison chart.

Joakim Says

July 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Hi, I found a Stearns & Foster Nickeline - Firm Tight Top at Ashley furniture. Trying to find the comparable model name at other stores. I think it might be the McKee Luxury Firm, but not sure. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

MattressNerd Says

July 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm

The Kirkland Signature models use thinner layers of the higher quality foams than the "national" models of Stearns and Foster, but otherwise they're similar to the lower priced ones on my chart.

Jackie Says

July 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Hello, I am looking for review of the new Costco Kirkland Signature by Stearns & Foster--Hope Bay model. Can you help me?

MattressNerd Says

June 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Eh, kinda. They've always had those models, but they're not the same lineup as everybody else. The Kirkland Signature lineup is just made for Costco as far as I'm aware, and they don't use the same materials as the other ones.

Harry Says

June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Costco now carries Stearns & Foster: https://www.costco.com/mattress-collections.html?brand=kirkland-signature-by-sf&refine=30666+767967

MattressNerd Says

May 30, 2017 at 5:54 am

On my comparison chart in my Stearns and Foster Review, it's the same as the ones in the row that begins with Fiona Rose.

Bob Zanger Says

May 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Hello-- I'd like to take you up on your offer to help out with a non-listed retailer for a Stearns and Foster mattress. We found the "Nighthawk Luxury Cushion" at Haverty's here in northern Virginia. Here are some of the specs that might help with naming an equivalent if the name is not sufficient: Mattress Height 16.5 " King Coil #: 2656 Queen Coil #: 2044 2" Prima Sense Gel Foam Hope that is enough. Thanks for your site and assistance.

Ralph Tremaglio Says

May 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Trying to compare a Scarborough V Lux to a McKee Pillow Top

DaveMike11 Says

December 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Hello, First of all thanks for the all the information you have shared. It was so much useful for my mattress shopping. Hats of to you. I'm in the market to buy a new mattress. I've decided to buy the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Park Ridge Luxury Firm Pillow top mattress from Raymour & Flanigan. In one of your posting you had mentioned that the Worldclass models are phased out and replaced by the Plantinum models. But i went to most of the big retailers, I found the platinum model only at sears but the others dont even know about it. Is the world class models still good to buy now ? Pls suggest me. Thanks in advance,

MattressNerd Says

January 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm

That's a decent mattress, but since it's exclusive to Sleepy's it tends to be rather expensive and you can't comparison shop it (not that you were comparison shopping anyway, since it's an exchange).

Monique Griffin Says

January 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Hi, can you please provide me with feedback on the Simmons Beautyrest Luxury Plush Legend Pillowtop. In the store (Sleepy's) I prefered it over the plush version. I liked the conforming softness, it also felt more supportive. I currently have the SBR World Class Recharge Shakespeare Plush model which is wreaking havoc on my back and I want o exchange it. Its extremely unsupportive,uncomfortable and is too firm with pressure point pain. My concern and fear with Simmons would be sagging and more back issues. We have to do the comfort exchange with Sleepy's, what do you recommend/views. Thanks, Monique

meredith Says

August 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

Please please please advice on legend king plush. I have heard so many things about sinking and dips .

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