Stearns & Foster was founded in 1846 by the two partners George S. Stearns and Seth C. Foster. At the time the company was located in Cincinnati, Ohio and was involved in manufacturing upholstery for horse drawn carriages. They are now providers of luxury mattresses. [REF Stearns & Foster Mattress Reviews 2010]
It was Seth Foster who involved the company in the development of mattresses using George Stearns newly invented process for cotton bunting. Over the years the company became well known in the US for manufacturing quality mattresses. These were sold through high-end retailers such as Bloomingdale’s in New York and Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago.
In the early 1900’s (and in a step the mattress industry had not seen before) Stearns & Foster brought in renowned artists and stylists to help with the design of the Stearns & Foster mattresses. This “out of the box” thinking proved successful and helped the company develop and maintain its reputation as a maker of fine mattresses.
In 1983 the Stearns & Foster Company was bought by Sealy. They are presently Sealy’s luxury brand of mattress (the Sealy website states that these mattresses use Mongolian horsehair, high-grade wool, cashmere and silk).
Stearns & Foster presently offer three different sleep sets:
- Silver Dream
- Golden Elegance
The Traditional starts at about 1200USD (Queen) and depending on the options can go up to about 1500USD. The Silver Dream is a significant step up, starting at about 3000USD while their top of the line mattress, the Golden Elegance, starts at approximately 4000USD. All prices are based on a Queen size bed. According to the Canadian version of the Stearns & Foster site (much of the information on the US sites seems to have recently disappeared), the mattresses also come in Twin, Full, Queen, King, California King.
There are a large number of Stearns and Foster mattresses on Amazon and you can view them here: Stearns and Foster on Amazon. Remember that retailers use different mattress names/models so it is difficult to comparison shop. You have to do your due diligence.
If you are looking for the nearest place (in the US) to view or buy a Stearns & Foster mattress you may wish to use this outlet locator. It provides the ability to search either by zip code or retailer name.
You can also find more details about each Stearns & Foster mattress in writeup: Stearns & Foster Mattresses.
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