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THE GOOD: Often has luxurious material, advanced design, upscale appearance • initial comfort tends to be good to excellent • many models available to suit personal preference.
THE BAD: Below-average owner satisfaction due mainly to below-average longevity / durability • some models pricey • often difficult to handle and move due to heavy weight and thickness.
THE MATTRESS: Stearns & Foster is a mostly mid- to luxury level mattress that uses wrapped coils or latex for support. Regular gel foam, gel memory foam, latex, cotton, wool, cashmere, and silk may be used in the comfort layer and or cover.
THE COMPANY: Stearns & Foster is made by Sealy which has been in business since 1906.
THE COMPETITION: Mostly mid- to high-priced Simmons, Serta and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. See how Stearns & Foster compares to the competition in the Innerspring Mattress Reviews - Summary and Mattress Comparison.
The ratings – based on owner experience data collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Stearns & Foster overall compares to the average mattress.
|Owner satisfaction||d||Stearns & Foster mattresses overall have 59% owner satisfaction. Learn more.
|Durability / longevity||d||Sagging or development of body impressions is the main cause of owner dissatisfaction. At least 25% of Stearns & Foster owners report the problem occurring within three years of ownership. Thick pillow-top models tend to be most troublesome.|
|Price||C-||$1,050-$4,000+ depending on size and model, with the average queen costing about $2,100 not including a foundation. Thicker models tend to be pricier than thinner models.|
|Less (back) pain||C||Due mainly to sagging and loss of support, about 15% of owners report that their mattress causes pain, especially back pain.|
|Conforming potential||B||A conforming mattress is one that molds and contours to the sleeper's body resulting in a cradling, cloud-like, pressure-point-free sensation. Most models, namely those with at least two inches of memory foam, tend to rate above average on this issue.|
|Firmness options||a-||Soft, medium, and firm models are available.|
|Motion isolation||b||Stearns and Foster mattresses overall tend to perform better than average in absorbing movement made by one person so as not to disturb another person.|
|No initial odor / off gassing||c||Models with significant amounts of memory foam and or latex are more likely to off gas initially.|
|No sleeping hot||c-||About 7% of Stearns & Foster owners report significant heat retention. Softer models have a higher potential to trap heat than firmer ones.|
|Easy to get on / off||D||The mattresses (not including the foundation) are often 13 to 17.5 inches in height which is well above average (11.5 inches). Some shorter owners report needing a stool to get into and out of bed.|
|Good for sex||c+||Sagging of the bed and thick comfort layers may cause romantic activity to be somewhat difficult to perform. (See mattresses and sex).|
|No noise||b||Less than 4% of consumers report significant noise coming from their mattress.|
|Fast break in||C||Most owners report their mattress broken in within 2-3 weeks.|
|Easy to maintain||c-||The beds are no-flip, but owners sometimes rotate their mattresses in an attempt to minimize sagging and wear. This can be difficult to do given their weight.|
|Easy to lift, handle, move||d||Mattress weight can range from 65 to 180 pounds depending on model and size with the average queen weighing about 110 pounds.|
|Specs disclosed||B||Specifications for Stearns & Foster beds, including layer thickness and material composition, are mostly well disclosed. The disclosing of specs allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop.|
|Warranty||C||The warranty offers 10 years total, full non-prorated coverage. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)|
|BBB rating||A+||Sealy – maker of Stearns & Foster – currently has an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Sealy's rating has stabilized in recent years after being erratic.|
|SLTD Rating||C+||See the Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) company rating breakdown for Sealy, the manufacturer of Stearns & Foster.|
Stearns & Foster mattresses overall have 59% owner satisfaction. This rate is below that of innerspring mattresses overall (63%), latex mattresses overall (81%), and all mattresses overall (72%). The various Stearns & Foster models appear to rate similar.
Ratings are based on over 275 owner experiences for models Estate, Lux Estate, Signature, Hybrid as well as renamed and somewhat altered versions of these models sold by various retailers. Similar discontinued models may also be included in the ratings.
Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.
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