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Stearns and Foster Mattress Comparison and Review

By Jack Mitcham

As you may have noticed, it’s difficult to comparison shop for mattresses between retailers because they often have different names for what seems to be the same exact mattress. Or, the retailer will claim their mattress is an exclusive, or their model has some feature that nobody else has that makes it different. How then will you take advantage of the price match guarantees that so many places offer?  We’re here to help!

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Stearns & Foster is a luxury brand of mattresses made by the same company that does Tempurpedic and Sealy. It functions as the “high end” of the Sealy brand. They tend to be more expensive than the average mattress, and it’s somewhat unclear whether it’s worth the price. In this article, I’ll help comparison shop for Stearns and Foster (since they’re sold under different names at different retailers) and give an overall review of the brand.

We’ll start by comparing the base models and then later we’ll explore how to shop for them across different stores.

 

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

Have you considered an online brand?  Here are some of our favorites, or if you’d prefer, scroll down to view the comparison chart.

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Stearns & 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.

Below is the comparison chart at several major retailers.

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

If you saw a Stearns & Foster at a retailer not on the above list, contact me through the form on my comparison shopping page and I’ll match it to one of the rows on the above chart.

Stearns & Foster Review

Previously, I was not a big fan of Stearns and Foster. They made some changes to this year’s lineup which I think bodes well for the lineup. Previously, S&F mattresses focused on using “fancy-sounding” material, like “silk-infused” fabric, which isn’t actually any better than any other type of fabric. It just ends up being more expensive for the sake of “sounding luxurious.” This year (2017 as I’m writing this), they’re using more quality materials. For example, using a Tencel fabric rather than a “silk infused” fabric, and not using “Mongolian Horse Hair” like older models had.

The thing that hasn’t changed is their price. They’re still a “MAP” product, as mentioned above, so it’s difficult to get a good deal on S&F. On the high end of the lineup, you’re paying a lot of extra money for features which are somewhat redundant. There’s only so much stuff you can pack into a mattress before you hit the point of diminishing returns. The higher end Stearns & Foster mattresses have definitely hit that limit.

Conclusion

If of all the mattresses you tried out in the showroom, a Stearns & Foster was the most comfortable and kept you most supported, and it’s in your price range, it’s a decent mattress. It’s a little on the expensive side for what you get in my opinion, but it’s not too far out of the ballpark. Use my comparison chart to make sure you’re getting the lowest price, and pick the best overall offer (after factoring in tax, delivery, etc).


Comments (153)

  1. Charlie says:
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    Hi, looking at the Sleep Outfitter’s Stearns and Foster Cassatt Lux Estate pillowtop size king. Is this the same as Costco’s Stearns and Foster’s Hope Bay Euro Pillowtop? Can Costco’s be put on an adjustable base?
    Thanks!
    Charlie

  2. Debbie says:
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    Hi, looking at the Sleep Outfitter’s Stearns and Foster Lux Estate pillowtop mattress king. Saw the Stearns and Foster Hope Bay Euro pillowtop at Costco. Are these the same mattress?

  3. Ginny says:
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    Which Sterns & Foster mattress does the Sterns & Foster Ella Grace Luxury Firm from JC Penney compare to?

  4. caroline stern says:
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    Hello. I am looking for the most firmest mattress, without any pillow top. I saw the Rockwell luxery ultra firm. It is rated #2 so I wanted to know which mattress Sterns and Foster rates # 1 or if that is their most firm, without pillow top, mattress

    Thank you

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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


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