Mattress Comparison

Stearns & Foster Mattress Reviews and Comparisons

By Jack Mitcham

Stearns & Foster offers four collections of high-end mattresses that increase in amenities and price, from lowest priced to highest they are—Estate, Lux Estate, Lux Estate Hybrid, and Reserve. 

Estate is the “affordable” line. Roughly an additional $800 puts you in the Lux Estate Collection, and then for an additional $500, you’d find yourself in the Lux Estate Hybrid collection, you get hybrids with similar construction and different pillow tops. The added cost comes from the amount and the high-quality materials used in each mattress.

The Reserve collection is the most expensive. You take another $1300 step up to get into this range. Reserve mattresses are thick and luxurious with cooling and support features, as well as luxurious fabrics. You can pay up to the equivalent for an OK used car (just south of $10,000) for the biggest, most tricked out Reserve mattress they offer.

The Stearns & Foster approach to mattresses also offers a wide selection of firmness levels. And every single mattress measures at least a thick 13.5 inches. 

Stearns & Foster mattresses, as a result, do a great job isolating motion for couples sharing a bed and the reinforced edges also allow couples to use the entire mattress surface as they sleep.


Stearns and Foster Mattress Models

Type
Best For..
Price Range
Firmness
Warranty

Estate

Type

Hybrid

Best For..

Entry-level mattress for people wanting to try a Tempur-Sealy-backed mattress

Price Range

$$

Firmness

Available in Firm, Ultra Firm, Cushion Firm, and Plush

Warranty

10-year Limited

Lux Estate

Type

Hybrid

Best For..

Average-sized sleepers seeking a hybrid at a comparable price to nice hybrids elsewhere

Price Range

$$

Firmness

Available in Firm, Ultra Firm, Cushion Firm, and Plush

Warranty

10-year Limited

Lux Estate Hybrid

Type

Hybrid

Best For..

Average-sized sleepers seeking a hybrid at an upgraded price to comparable to quality hybrids elsewhere

Price Range

$$$

Firmness

Available in Cushion Firm, Plush, and Ultra Plush

Warranty

10-year Limited

Reserve

Type

Hybrid

Best For..

People wanting to keep up with the Joneses on the mattress front. People who like thick, plush mattresses

Price Range

$$$$

Firmness

Available in Firm and Plush

Warranty

10-year Limited

Which Stearns & Foster Model Is Best for Me? 

Estate Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a side, back or stomach  sleeper who is lighter side or of an average weight
  • You enjoy tempur-pedic beds

Lux Estate Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a side or back sleeper and prefer a medium firm mattress
  • You have back pain

Lux Estate Hybrid  Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a side or back sleeper
  • You have back pain
  • You stick to the more firm versions

Reserve Might Be Good For You If….

  • You are a heavier side sleeper
  • You love a more plush mattress
  • The expense doesn’t send you running from the room

Best Stearns & Foster Mattress by Sleeping Position

Side Sleepers who are average-sized will like that there is plenty of foam and conforming for the hips and shoulders, in the top layers of all of these hybrids throughout the four collections.

Back Sleepers might find the Stearns & Foster Estate mattress set to their liking. Just so long as you’re not too heavy, you don’t need that much contouring around your booty.  Any of these mattresses with a medium-firm + feel should work.

Stomach Sleepers have it rough. You need a mattress type soft enough to cradle your tummy as you sleep face down, but not so much that your hips fail to align with the rest of your spine. The Reserve luxury plush mattress might be good for you.


Pros and Cons of Stearns & Foster Mattresses

PROS

  • Name-brand recognition with Sealy parent company
  • An additional feature to strengthen the edges; great for couples
  • Useful for all sleep positions if you’re an average-weight person
  • Very thick profiles

CONS

  • Customers say they’re not very durable
  • Not necessarily made for bigger people

Stearns & Foster Mattress Construction 

Estate Construction 

The comfort layers at the top have standard memory foam with a layer of gel foam (gel = cooling). The craftsmanship includes a support layer with innerspring pocket coils that are encircled with a polyfoam to enhance edge support and overall durability. They also have a cover made of Tencel® fabric.

Lux Estate Construction

The Lux in this iteration comes from an extra portion within the comfort layer. The comfort layers at the top have standard memory foam at the top, a pillow top layer in the middle with a layer of gel memory foam (gel = cooling) at the bottom. See: Best Pillow Top MattressesThe support layer, again, is made of pocket coils that are encased with a polyfoam to enhance edge support and overall durability. This luxury mattress includes a cover with side air vents to help with circulation and a stretch-knit fabric called Tencel® lyocell blend.

Lux Estate Hybrid Construction

The Lux Hybrid has two layers of memory foam at the top of the comfort section. And then there is a layer of gel memory foam (gel = cooling) at the bottom. The support layer, again, is made of pocket coils that are encased with a polyfoam to enhance edge support and overall durability. Master craftsmen made sure to include a cover with side vents to help with air circulation and a stretch-knit fabric called Tencel® lyocell blend.

Reserve Construction

There are four sections in the Reserve comfort layers a “hybrid, pillow-top layer” on top of gel memory foam, another pillow top layer, and standard memory foam at the very bottom. Again the coil system that makes up the support layer is wrapped in polyform. The cover has side vents to help with air circulation and a stretch-knit fabric called Tencel® lyocell blend.


The Stearns and Foster Mattress Buying Experience

Stearns & Foster Trial-Period 

Please check with the store from which you purchase your mattress as to whether or not they offer a trial period. A rule of thumb for new mattresses is to sleep on them for at least 30 days before you make a decision about returning it. It takes that long for your body to adjust to a new sleep surface.

Stearns & Foster Mattress Warranty

Stearns & Foster has a 10-year limited warranty on their Sealy-backed mattresses (if you buy it at a Sealy Store).

If you receive a mattress with some sort of manufacturing defect, bad materials or workmanship, Sealy will decide whether it’s enough to warrant a repair or replacement for the 10 years of the warranty. 

You have to use it on a firm, solid or adjustable base. (No box springs!) If you don’t, you void the warranty. Also, the warranty doesn’t cover a change in your comfort preference, physical damage you cause, or any damage that results from you using the wrong foundation.

If you buy from a third-party retailer, you should ask about their warranty before your purchase.

Shipping and Delivery

Varies by the seller. 

Availability

You can find Stearns & Foster mattresses at retail stores throughout the country and online through Amazon, US-mattress.com, Macy’s, etc. The mattress company is a Tempur-Sealy subsidiary so you won’t have trouble finding these models.


Stearns and Foster Store Comparison

It’s somewhat difficult to compare Stearns & Foster, not just because they’re sold under different names everywhere, but because they’re a “MAP” product, meaning there is a Minimum Advertised Price retailers are allowed to sell them at. So, you’ll generally find them at that minimum price. Some retailers have that as roughly the normal retail price, and others will have a “list” price that is double the MAP price, and perpetually have it on a “50% off sale.” Regardless, you’re unlikely to do better than the minimum price.

So, as you’re comparison shopping, consider things like the delivery charge, how quickly they can deliver, the exchange policy and sales tax (US Mattress doesn’t charge it in most of the country, for example) to help break the tie.

LineupUS MattressWayfairMacy'sSearsBloomingdales
EstateAddison Grace Luxury FirmCandidate I FirmGarrick Luxury FirmHutsonville Luxury FirmAronoff Luxury Firm
Addison Grace Luxury Cushion FirmCandidate II Cushion FirmGarrick Luxury Cushion FirmHutsonville Luxury Cushion FirmAronoff Luxury Cushion Firm
Addison Grace Luxury PlushCandidate III Plush-Hutsonville Luxury PlushAronoff Luxury Plush
Addison Grace Luxury Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopCandidate IV Firm PillowtopGarrick Luxury Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopHutsonville Luxury Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopAronoff Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop
Addison Grace Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopCandidate V Plush PillowotpGarrick Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopHutsonville Luxury Plush PillowtopAronoff Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop
Bella Claire Ultra FirmBridle III Extra FirmPalace Luxury Ultra FirmMcKee Luxury Ultra FirmBridlegate Luxury Ultra Firm
Bella Claire Luxury FirmBridle I FirmPalace Luxury FirmMcKee Luxury FirmBridlegate Luxury Firm
Bella Claire PlushBridle II PlushPalace Luxury PlushMcKee Luxury PlushBridlegate Luxury Plush
Bella Claire Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopBridle IV Firm PillowtopPalace Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopMcKee Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopBridlegate Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop
Bella Claire Plush Euro Pillowtop-Palace Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopMcKee Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopBridlegate Luxury Plush Pillowtop
Lux Estate--Belleville Luxury Ultra FirmEastwood Ultra Firm-
Gabriella Marie Luxury FirmMcAlpin FirmEverwood Luxury FirmMiddletown Luxury FirmRookwood Luxury Firm
Fiona Rose Luxury Cushion Firm Euro PillowtopGallium Firm PillowtopGotland Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopPineville Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopCincinnatian Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop
Eileen Leigh Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopPompano Plush PillowtopSalzburg Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopOwentown Luxury PlushWelsh Hills Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop
Lux Estate HybridLola Marie Luxury FirmShylah Firm-Richlawn Luxury Firm-
Kenna Rose Luxury Cushion FirmAlwyn Cushion Firm-Shivley Luxury Cushion FirmLakelet Luxury Firm
Mary Leigh Luxury PlushMagnes Plush-Whitesburg Luxury Plush-
ReserveReserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop-Reserve No. 03 Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopReserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro PillowtopReserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop
Reserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop-Reserve No. 02 Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopReserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro PillowtopReserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowto
Reserve No. 1 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop-Reserve No. 01 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro PillowtopReserve No. 1 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro PillowtopReserve No. 1 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop

Conclusion

The Stearns & Foster line is a hybrid mattress line from the mattress experts at Sealy. There is no doubt that the S&F line does all it can to build luxurious options. In fact, the Reserve in the largest size (Split CA King) costs nearly $10,000.

You’ll find glowing reviews about the mattress’s comfort from newer customers. And it would be human to assume that means you will get a mattress with a good shot to last well over 10 years. But there is no trial period for these mattresses and the warranty is only 10-years long. Dig a little deeper and you will also find customers reviews that voice misgivings about how long these mattresses can and do last without developing indentations. 

And that’s when you start thinking, “Do I need a new mattress? Didn’t I just spend thousands of dollars on this one?”

With Stearns & Foster, just be very clear about how much you’re spending and what you expect to get in return for that price.


Comments (149)

  1. hi Mattress Nerd,
    I like the S&F Estate U.S. Mattress Hurston Lux cush firm mattress – is there an equivalent at other stores?
    $1,199 quoted with support platform seems line a great deal. Are all retailers holding to MAP, but giving VISA cards?
    other question what do you think of Costco S&F Hope Bay /
    Thank you
    Howard

  2. I have a 25 year old stearns and foster mattress called Cherbury. I cant seem to find this anywhere to purchase a new one. Can you tell me the closest match to purchase. Thank you

  3. Which Stearns and Foster is equivalent to the Stearns and Foster Kirkland edition Hope Bay at Costco?

    Do you have a recommendation for a 220 pound stomach sleeper?

    Do you have a preference between the Sealy Response Premium Ridge Crest Firm Queen Mattress and the Kirkland Signature by Stearns and Foster Hope Bay Queen Mattress? (again for the 220 pound stomach sleeper)

    • The Costco Kirkland Stearns & Foster Hope Bay is a Stearns & Foster Estate Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop.

  4. Hi I was just wondering what mattress would be comparable to a Stearns and foster kenna rose? I slept on my niece `s bed and loved her mattress. However, I cant afford that one and was wondering if you could please recommend something similar. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
    Stacey

  5. Hi Mattress nerd,
    A realative wants to give me a mattress called Stearns and foster highlands collection. They told me it’s 3 months old, but I can’t find the collection anywhere… can you help?

  6. We have the same question….. We are looking at the costco Kirkland Stearns and Foster mattress and we are wondering which bed it is equivalent to in the line up of mattresses on your list AND is it the exact same mattress as a regular S&F just priced with Costco’s buying volume or is it a lesser quality version of a S&F mattress. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for your review. We are looking at the costco Kirkland Stearns and Foster mattress and we are wondering which bed it is equivalent to in the other Stearns and Foster mattresses sold in other stores?

  8. hello, looking at the stearns and fosters “ella grace luxury cushion firm euro pillowtop” sold at Jc Penneys. Can you please tell me what other names this mattress goes by?

    Thank you,
    Natasha


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