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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 (made by Tempur-Sealy) is a mostly mid- to luxury level mattress that uses wrapped coils or latex for support. Regular foam, regular gel foam, latex, micro-coils, wool, cashmere, and silk may be used in the comfort layer and or cover.
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 60% 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. It should be noted that Stearns & Foster has recently made some changes to materials used in their mattresses which may improve durability / longevity somewhat.|
|Price||C-||$1,080-$3,500+ depending on size and model with the average queen costing about $1,700 not including a foundation. Thicker models tend to be pricier than thinner models.|
|General support||C||Support is often good initially but can be undermined by sagging.|
|Edge support||B+||Support for sitting or sleeping near the edge of the mattress tends to be effective.|
|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. (See mattresses and pain for general analysis.)|
|Conforming ability||B||A well-conforming mattress molds and contours to the sleeper's body resulting in a cradling, cloud-like, pressure-point-free sensation. Most Stearns & Foster models 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+||Less than 7% of owners report a noteworthy initial off gassing odor problem. (General analysis: mattress off gassing.)|
|No sleeping hot||c||About 6% of Stearns & Foster owners report significant heat retention. Covers contain a moisture-wicking material. Softer models may have greater heat-trap potential than firmer ones. (General analysis: mattress heat retention.)|
|Ease to move on||c-||Thicker and softer models especially may provide above average resistance to moving on the bed, changing positions.|
|Easy to get on / off||D||The mattresses (not including the foundation) are often 13-17.5 inches in height which is well above average (11 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 sex to be somewhat difficult to perform. (See mattresses and sex).|
|No noise||b||Less than 4% of consumers report noise coming from their mattress.|
|Topper usage||B||Less than 7% of owners report the need to use a topper to improve mattress comfort.|
|Fast break in||C||Most owners report their mattress broken in within 2-3 weeks.|
|Easy to maintain||C-||The beds are no-flip. Regular rotation may be needed to minimize sagging and wear. This can be difficult to do given their weight. Grips, however, are present to help position mattress.|
|Easy to lift, handle, move||d||Weight ranges 65 to 180 pounds depending on model and size with the average Stearns & Foster queen weighing about 130 pounds – at least 30% more than the average mattress.|
|Specs disclosed||B||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.)|
|SLTD Rating||B-||See the Sleep Like The Dead (SLTD) company rating breakdown for Sealy (Tempur-Sealy) – the manufacturer of Stearns & Foster.|
Stearns & Foster mattresses overall have 60% 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 270 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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