Contents of Article
- About the Brands
- Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest Comparison
- How are Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest Alike?
- How are Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest different?
- And The Winner Is…
These are two big names run by even bigger names. Tempur-Pedic acquired Stearns and Foster around 2012 while Simmons is the parent of Beautyrest. Both companies are in the game for higher end, luxury style mattresses, but can they pass the test? Let’s take a look.
About the Brands
BeautyRest Recap Full Review
What To Like
- variety of firmness options for different sleep positions
- created by Simmons, one of the oldest mattress companies in the US
- budget, midrange, and premium versions of all their mattress lines
- offers a mattress in a box
What Not To Like
- below average customer service
- warranty is difficult to follow
Stearns & Foster Recap Full Review
What To Like
- good edge support
- backed by a reputable company (Tempur-Sealy)
- variety of thickness and firmness options
- good motion isolation for a hybrid
What Not To Like
- more expensive overall
- questionable durability
Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest Comparison
There are certainly differences between the two companies, but can there be similarities, too? These two may be more similar than you think.
How are Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest Alike?
Let’s explore the similarities first.
Both companies take the idea of choice very seriously. They structure mattress styles around the idea that you don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles to get a good night sleep, but if you’re someone who does, you can find those mattresses too.
Both companies separate mattresses based on budget, midrange, and premium styles. This philosophy gives you a chance to shop within your budget while exploring the things you may need in your mattress.
The other common factor is the use of comfort materials or foams to contour the body. We know that traditional mattresses caused a lot of trouble for people by forcing the body to conform to the bed rather than the other way around. They caused you to toss and turn looking for a comfortable spot and gave you pain in your pressure points.
Comfort materials and foams conform to your body instead so that you toss less often and places like shoulders or hips sink in further to the mattress. The bottom layers are support layers made of denser foams or micro coils to keep your spine aligned.
Both companies produce mattresses with excellent edge support. Materials that reinforce the edges, or the use of pocketed coils, helps keep the sides of the mattress supportive enough for sitting or sleeping on the edge.
If a mattress has no edge support, you wouldn’t be able to sleep or sit at the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re going to topple off.
Most of the mattress models from both companies use foam and pocketed coils to reduce motion transference. Your partner’s nighttime gymnastics while trying to find a comfortable position won’t keep you awake anymore.
Both companies offer foundations specifically for their mattresses. You can choose adjustable bases or basic foundations through both.
Beautyrest offers foundations as well as pillows, sleep trackers, and pet beds. Their foundations come in adjustable styles as well as regular platform and metal frame bases.
Both companies manufacture their mattresses in the United States. In fact, both companies are some of the oldest in the United States, with Stearns and Foster going back to the mid-1800s and Beautyrest (Simmons) in the latter half of the 1800s. If you want to support companies that have been contributing to the US economy for the better part of several centuries, both of these companies hit that target.
How are Stearns and Foster and Beautyrest different?
Both companies use third-party retailers to distribute their mattresses. You get a lot of variation in things like delivery and price. Although we prefer the simple, direct-to-customer model of some of the newer mattress companies, the traditional way does give you the chance to get a good deal by shopping around.
So much of what makes these companies different is the fact that you can’t buy them directly through the company. Let’s look at a few things we can contrast.
Beautyrest’s divides their mattresses by luxury rather than specifically by mattress type.
The Silver line is Beautyrest’s budget option. It has pocketed micro-coils for the support layer. Some of the mattresses use gel touch memory foam for the comfort materials, and others use air-cooled memory foam. Both options help keep the mattress at the ambient temperature of the room rather than the much higher temperature of your body. They come in both a conventional innerspring model and a hybrid model.
The Platinum line is their mid-range option. These are more targeted for back support. The mattresses here are ultra supportive and use adaptive foams and comfort materials to fill in contours around your lumbar region and allow the spine to decompress. This line is available in a range of firmness options, so you can choose the best mattress based on things like sleep position.
The Black line is the premium option. The company worked hard on cooling options for the beds here, so you’ll get things like cooling, open-cell foams for contour layers (in the memory foam options) and heat wicking covers to keep your mattress the ambient temperature of the room.
The hybrid mattresses use pocketed micro coils, which are already excellent for air flow in the core of the bed, and comfort materials like adaptive foam to contour to the body. These two layers combine to provide support while releasing the spine and pressure points, so you don’t wake up with pain in the morning.
Beautyrest Bed in a Box
Beautyrest also offers a bed in a box option for those who want a comfortable, luxury style mattress, but don’t need all the frills and targeted support. It’s a memory foam mattress that uses a layer of cool foam for breathability and to wick away heat, plus a layer of support. It also uses a sleep tracker to send vital sleep statistics to an app on your smart device.
Stearns and Foster also offer mattresses along different luxury lines.
Stearns and Foster Estate Collection
The Estate collection is the budget line. It uses Prima cool performance fabric on the outside to wick away moisture and heat. Two kinds of foam, adaptive foam and PrimaSense gel foam, gently contour to the body and release pressure points.
The intellicoil system is a collection of individually wrapped coils that provide support and structural integrity to the mattress. They also use a precision edge system to improve edge support.
Stearns and Foster Lux Estate Collection
Next is the Lux Estate collection. These beds use everything seen above, but they use hand tufting to improve the durability of the mattress and to increase airflow. It’s a more personal style of mattress. The Lux Estate also uses a pillow top support layer, for those who like a little more hug and sink to their bed, combined with the PrimaCool performance fabric.
Stearns and Foster Lux Estate Hybrid
The hybrid model is just like the above mattress but uses nearly half foam and half spring to produce a bed that’s more responsive and has even better edge support. It still has all the same cooling and comfort materials as the Lux Estate and the regular Estate collections.
Stearns and Foster Reserve
The Reserve collection is the premium line. It contains all the elements from the above mattresses but adds in hand tufting and two different kinds of targeted foams (or in some cases an even more premium material, Latex) for more support and durability.
The gel touch foam wicks moisture away and helps prevent heat from building up in the core of the mattress. The hybrid pillowtop technology keeps the soft comfort of a pillowtop mattress but increases edge support and the usability of every inch of the bed.
Warranties will depend a lot on where you buy the mattress. Individual retailers have warranty coverage that covers defects and wear-and-tear. With Stearns and Foster, you should shop around to find warranty coverage that suits your needs.
Beautyrest offers a varied warranty that depends on when you bought your product and what product you purchased. You can get full information about how to identify and claim a warranty on their website here.
Because both companies offer mattresses exclusively through third-party sellers, the price can vary a lot as well. Stearns and Foster provide a minimum pricing structure, so you won’t be as flexible negotiating the price with the individual retailer as you will with Beautyrest products.
The average Beautyrest mattress starts around $700 for a budget queen but goes up to around $3500 for one of their premium mattresses. This average will vary based on whether you purchase online or in store and what authorized retailer gets your business.
Stearns and Foster starts at about $1500 and goes up to about $3500 for their reserve collection. You can try to shop around or negotiate, but this price should be more constant throughout authorized retailers.
Although they end up in the same place, you’re going to find more budget options with Beautyrest than you will with Stearns and Foster, whose target audience is mid-range to premium budgets.
Stearns and Foster’s mattresses aren’t scored very high by customers in regard to durability. Many customers report that they have noticeable sagging within just a few months. Honestly, this is pretty common with any mattress that uses a pillow top comfort material, but the price of the Stearns and Foster mattresses outpaces other mattresses with the same types of reports.
Beautyrest does a little better with durability but because the price is somewhat lower the value of the Beautyrest is a bit better.
Beautyrest doesn’t have great customer service. It’s consistently rated as average to below average particularly in terms of warranty information and claims. Stearns and Foster does significantly better because they are now owned by Tempur-Pedic, a company with excellent customer service ratings.
However, with Stearns and Foster, you’re going to have to deal more with the third-party retailer than the mattress company itself, so that has the potential to be very positive or very negative. We prefer knowing who to talk to for our mattresses, but we’ll admit that if you have a company you like, chances are they carry these mattresses and you’ll have a good experience.
And The Winner Is…
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We’re confident in recommending Beautyrest as the best choice based on our analysis of key factors that an average, discerning mattress shopper would care most about. Both companies are very similar, but Beautyrest has a slight edge in price and durability. Plus, we’re a little clearer on warranty information.
- Quality – Tie
- Price – Beautyrest
- Reputation – Beautyrest
- Sleep Trial – Tie
- Warranty – Beautyrest
- Customer Support – Stearns and Foster
- Product Selection – Tie
For sleepers with specific needs…
Side Sleepers: Choose Beautyrest
Here’s why. Beautyrest has plenty of softer options for side sleepers at a wider variety of price ranges. There’s no need to spend more for the Stearns and Foster pillow tops.
Stomach Sleepers: Choose Beautyrest
Here’s why. Beautyrest’s hybrid options are great firm choices for stomach sleepers. They have good edge support and the encourage proper alignment.
Back Pain: Choose Beautyrest
Here’s why. Beautyrest’s firm choices, particularly the hybrids, offer contouring support at a variety of price ranges.
Heavy People: Choose Neither
Here’s why. Neither of these companies offers beds that consider the unique needs of heavier sleepers. For most models, you’re going to interact with the support layers much more quickly than average sleepers. You’re also going to lose a lot of the contouring because it isn’t made for heavier weights. We recommend a bed rated for more weight such as Winkbeds Plus.
Couples: Choose Beautyrest
Here’s why. Beautyrest has plenty of hybrid and innerspring models at a variety of budgets. Couples frequently choose these because of the responsiveness.
It’s a close one, but Beautyrest gets our vote because of bigger flexibility with budgets and a more specific warranty guide. Their mattresses also rate slightly higher in the durability department. When it comes down to it, Beautyrest has a somewhat higher value to cost ratio.
Did you know that both of these companies have operated in the US since the mid-1800s? What else have you discovered about mattresses that surprised you? Let us know in the comments below.