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.
Entry-level mattress for people wanting to try a Tempur-Sealy-backed mattress
Available in Firm, Ultra Firm, Cushion Firm, and Plush
Average-sized sleepers seeking a hybrid at a comparable price to nice hybrids elsewhere
Available in Firm, Ultra Firm, Cushion Firm, and Plush
Average-sized sleepers seeking a hybrid at an upgraded price to comparable to quality hybrids elsewhere
Available in Cushion Firm, Plush, and Ultra Plush
People wanting to keep up with the Joneses on the mattress front. People who like thick, plush mattresses
Available in Firm and Plush
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.
|Estate||Addison Grace Luxury Firm||Candidate I Firm||Garrick Luxury Firm||Hutsonville Luxury Firm||Aronoff Luxury Firm|
|Addison Grace Luxury Cushion Firm||Candidate II Cushion Firm||Garrick Luxury Cushion Firm||Hutsonville Luxury Cushion Firm||Aronoff Luxury Cushion Firm|
|Addison Grace Luxury Plush||Candidate III Plush||-||Hutsonville Luxury Plush||Aronoff Luxury Plush|
|Addison Grace Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop||Candidate IV Firm Pillowtop||Garrick Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop||Hutsonville Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop||Aronoff Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop|
|Addison Grace Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Candidate V Plush Pillowotp||Garrick Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Hutsonville Luxury Plush Pillowtop||Aronoff Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop|
|Bella Claire Ultra Firm||Bridle III Extra Firm||Palace Luxury Ultra Firm||McKee Luxury Ultra Firm||Bridlegate Luxury Ultra Firm|
|Bella Claire Luxury Firm||Bridle I Firm||Palace Luxury Firm||McKee Luxury Firm||Bridlegate Luxury Firm|
|Bella Claire Plush||Bridle II Plush||Palace Luxury Plush||McKee Luxury Plush||Bridlegate Luxury Plush|
|Bella Claire Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Bridle IV Firm Pillowtop||Palace Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||McKee Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Bridlegate Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop|
|Bella Claire Plush Euro Pillowtop||-||Palace Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||McKee Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Bridlegate Luxury Plush Pillowtop|
|Lux Estate||-||-||Belleville Luxury Ultra Firm||Eastwood Ultra Firm||-|
|Gabriella Marie Luxury Firm||McAlpin Firm||Everwood Luxury Firm||Middletown Luxury Firm||Rookwood Luxury Firm|
|Fiona Rose Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop||Gallium Firm Pillowtop||Gotland Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Pineville Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Cincinnatian Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop|
|Eileen Leigh Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Pompano Plush Pillowtop||Salzburg Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Owentown Luxury Plush||Welsh Hills Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop|
|Lux Estate Hybrid||Lola Marie Luxury Firm||Shylah Firm||-||Richlawn Luxury Firm||-|
|Kenna Rose Luxury Cushion Firm||Alwyn Cushion Firm||-||Shivley Luxury Cushion Firm||Lakelet Luxury Firm|
|Mary Leigh Luxury Plush||Magnes Plush||-||Whitesburg Luxury Plush||-|
|Reserve||Reserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||-||Reserve No. 03 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Reserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop||Reserve No. 3 Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtop|
|Reserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||-||Reserve No. 02 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Reserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop||Reserve No. 2 Luxury Plush Euro Pillowto|
|Reserve No. 1 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop||-||Reserve No. 01 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop||Reserve No. 1 Luxury Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop||Reserve 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.
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.
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).
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