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Replacement for a Stearns & Foster Dorrington (2001 Mattress)

Laurie and Bruce write:

Hi there,
In 2001, we bought a Stearns & Foster Dorrington Ltd, box spring/coil pillow-top set.  It is the best mattress we’ve ever had and now, almost 16 years later we need to replace the set.  It was the most comfortable, long lasting set and I want to replace it with another S & F set.  The reviews haven’t been very good, compared to when we bought ours in 2001.

My question — has the quality recuperated from the poor reviews about 10 years ago?  What would an equivalent set be to the Dorrington Ltd. we bought years ago?  Is there a comparable set today?
Thank you in advance,

Laurie and Bruce 

Hi Laurie, Bruce,

You were lucky to have needed a mattress at a time when you bought that one. It was one of the last great innerspring name brand mattresses.
Over the last 10 years, things have not improved. In fact, they’ve gotten worse.
In 2013, Sealy/S&F was purchased by Tempurpedic. Now, every S&F mattress is loaded with memory foam.
Memory foam is not only a poor wearing product, it’s also poses a health hazard, as it off gasses the toxic chemicals from which it’s made.
Your Dorrington has a stronger coil unit than the S&F mattresses made today. It has no memory foam. And, it was 2 sided. Today’s S&F mattresses are only one sided.
There is nothing from S&F today that is the same, or even close to comparable.
If you would like a 2 sided mattress that uses the same coil system, is two sided, and contains the same type of upholstery material as the one you have, that would be our two-sided Therapedic Medi-Coil Ultimate Permatuft. Add to that a 2′ soft Talalay Latex mattress topper, in lieu of your pillowtop.
Together, they will give you what you want and you won’t have to think about it again for the next 15 years.
Here are the links to those products.
Therapedic Medi-Coil Permatuft Plush with Latex Foam amttress

Therapedic Medi-Coil Permatuft 

Latex Foam Mattress Topper

Latex Mattress Topper

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Thanks, Pete

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  1. Hello

    We purchased a S&F mattress ( Dorrington LTD) cal-king about 19 years ago we moved it to the spare room and purchased a Ivy May Luxury Firm Pillow-top (cal-king) but we feel that this new cal-king is smaller compare to the one that we purchase 19 years ago has the sizing for Cal-king today have they changes in the last 19 years?

    Thank you,

  2. Hi Diana,

    Much has changed in 19 years.

    The stated size of a Cal. King is 72″ x 84″.

    And, like framing lumber that was once 2″ x 4″, and is now 1.5″ x 3.5″, so too, are mattresses cut smaller than their stated size.

    You may have also noticed that your new mattress has only one usable side, while your 19 year old mattress was 2 sided.

    Also, you might want to brace yourself for the life span of your new mattress. Despite the inflated length of warranty, your new mattress is likely to last only a few years.

    If you would like to make your old mattress comfortable, add a 2″ soft all natural Talalay Latex topper.

    shown here:


    Latex Mattress Toppers – All Natural Talalay Latex Toppers …

    Talalay Latex toppers are normally purchased as “Soft” for the purpose of softening a too firm mattress. However, both, the Vytex Dunlop & Talalay Latex Mattress …

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    Thanks, Pete

    An Important Note:

    Any kind of moisture, be it from spills, accidents or perspiration causes a mattress to wear prematurely.

    Protect your investment with high quality, Waterproof Mattress and Pillow Protectors that sleep cool and won’t shrink.


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