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Hey this is Sean from sleepinglikealog.com, a site that shows you how to buy a mattress
and how to get better quality sleep, and in this video I'm gonna be reviewing the Stearns
& Foster Luxury Estate Marlyn Pillow-Top.
As far as the overall feel of the Marlyn, I would say this is definitely a softer pillow-top.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being super hard and a 10 being super soft, this is probably
about a 9, 9 and a half. But it is firm from within. It's just the pillow-top itself that's
very very soft and it creates an overall very soft feel.
As far as who this would be best for, I would say this would be best for people who want
to find that like, sleeping on a cloud type feel. They like to really be "in" the mattress
as opposed to being "on" it, and they really just like to sink in and kind of snuggle into
bed and enjoy like just a very soft, plush feel. This is also great for side sleepers
in particular because it is so much easier on the shoulders and the hips because it is
so soft, but it doesn't affect the support that you're getting from within.
So as far as construction goes on this mattress I'll start from the coil system itself. And
it's called the Intellicoil and it's a titanium alloy. So each coil is individually wrapped
in its own pocket. And the interesting thing about this is it's actually two innersprings
in one. So this is what it looks like on the inside, and they have this smaller, narrower
coil in the center which is more for deep down back support. And then they put another
one around the outer edge of the innerspring, which goes down a little bit easier and that's
more for contouring to the body. So it actually performs two different roles.
Alright so around the outside of the mattress you have a cashmere infused cover. Then underneath
that you have the FlameGuard fiber which is wrapped around the entire mattress. And you
also get some Eco Cotton and New Zealand wool blended in the pillowtop which is actually
becoming a little bit more rare these days with major manufacturers. And you also get
two layers of Sense Align Smart Latex and each one is .79" each thick. And you also
get two inches of CaressFlex High Density foam which is polyurethane foam, it's a high
density type of polyurethane foam designed to reduce motion transfer and to help conform
a little bit better to the body. And you also have an inch of HD SuperSoft Foam which is
really just polyurethane foam. And then you have another two inches of HD SuperSoft foam.
And you have one inch of Hypersoft foam which is a softer blend of polyurethane foam. The
you also get 1" of Ultra Soft foam. And then you have the foam encased edge. The entire
perimeter is wrapped with a 2 1/2" thick high density layer of foam that they wrap around
the entire perimeter of the mattress.
Stearns & Foster was founded in 1846 under George Stearns and Seth Foster. And prior
to 1983 they were considered like the premier luxury mattress brand. In 1983 Sealy acquired
Stearns & Foster. And just this year, Tempur-Pedic acquired Sealy.
As far as customer satisfaction goes, customer reviews for Stearns & Foster as a whole are
mixed. According to Nick over at sleep like the dead dot com, who compiles tons, like
hundreds of reviews from owners, Stearns & Foster has a customer satisfaction percentage of
58%, which is surprising because it's actually one of the lowest out of all of the national
brands. And I think the reason why is Stearns & Foster these days is very different from
Stearns & Foster used to be even just 10 years ago. When I first got into this industry about
12 years ago I remember the Stearns & Fosters back then. They were very different. They
used to use really thick, heavy duty innersprings in the mattresses. They were 12 3/4" gauge
which is a very thick innerspring, it's pretty much unheard of in this industry these days.
Even the box springs were really strong, they used real box springs. They were all hand-tied,
which is a very expensive process and its time consuming and its very rare these days
as well. Even the covers used really nice fancy like, uh imported Belgian Damask covers
and stuff so they were very luxurious. They were built like a tank. And I've sort of seen
Stearns & Foster kind of go down a little bit in the quality department over the past
decade. And, so if your parents had a Stearns & Foster or if your grandparents had a Stearns
& Foster, it's not the same as Stearns & Foster being produced today.
Some positives and negatives for this mattress. It's very comfortable. It really feels good,
it's great for side sleepers it's great for back sleepers. If you're a stomach sleeper
you might feel like your hammocking in just because it is a very soft pillow-top. Other
than that it's super comfortable.
The warranties are great on these, you get a 25-year warranty, however it is important
to note that it is a--it's a limited warranty and the first 10 years are non-prorated, then
the next 15 years are prorated.
Another positive about this mattress is, it actually has some natural materials in it.
So it's got wool, and it has cotton. And uh, that's pretty rare these days. Most national
brands are not using these natural materials in their mattresses. So it's good to see that
Stearns & Foster is using it for this one, even though it is a pretty small amount.
As far as negatives go for this mattress, at $2699 to $3099 for a queen set, it's pretty
expensive. And there are definitely better options out there, you definitely can get
much more mattress for much less money these days. Another negative about this mattress
is Stearns & Foster is still participating in the antiquated "different model name game."
So, I'm reviewing the Marlyn, however this may be called the Blue Moon somewhere else
or the uh, whatever whatever name they come up with. Each retailer has unique names generally.
So, it's a very annoying process. It's not consumer friendly, and it's disappointing
to see that they participate in that, in my opinion.
Another negative is durability is gonna be an issue with this mattress. And that's because
there is so much polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam just does not have very good resiliency.
Although the fact that this does have at least two layers of latex, not much, but the latex
does help. Because the latex does have a much longer lifespan than polyurethane foam does.
Alright so that's it for my review. Please subscribe to my channel. And if you have any
other questions about this mattress feel free to ask me in the comment section below or
on my site at www.sleepinglikealog.com
You can also get the full review by visiting the link below in the description. And thanks
for watching and good luck shopping for a mattress.