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You only thought innerspring was a thing of the past. We had a few rough spots with this mattress style for sure. Squeaky springs. Lumpy surfaces. Poor motion isolation.

Trust us. No more.

Innerspring mattresses have evolved, and that’s good news for you. If you’ve been reluctant to upgrade your bed because you thought you’d have to settle for memory foam, it’s a different innerspring world out there.

We’ve put together a list of our top picks for the best innerspring mattress. We’ve also answered a few questions you might have about why innerspring deserves your attention again. Let’s take a look.

Why Should I Consider Innerspring?

The old days of innerspring included linked coils that made a lot of noise and didn’t consider how your body curved. The result? Your body was forced to conform to the surface of the mattress instead of the other way around. Every time you or your partner moved, you got jostled awake. If the movement didn’t wake you up, the squeak would.

Modern innerspring mattresses have designs in place to reduce the amount of motion transfer and noise you have to endure. They also use a variety of materials to make sure that the bed conforms to your body and not the other way around.

Modern innerspring has a layer (or two or three) of contouring materials. These materials are made of things like memory foam or latex. They give way underneath your broadest points so that you relieve pressure and don’t wake up in so much pain.

The coils are individually pocketed for motion isolation. Many companies sandwich these coils between layers of foam or latex to cut down on noise and to further reduce motion transfer. You get to keep your bouncy innerspring design, but you add in comfort materials and better motion isolation.

What Should I Look For?

Not all innerspring is created equal. Here are some things you need to consider.

Type Of Coil

Old innersprings were all connected together. This design made it hard if you had a partner because the weight of the heavier partner created a dip in the mattress and you both would roll together all night.

Old innersprings also created a lot of motion transfer. If your partner tossed and turned, forget about sleeping. You were constantly jiggled awake.

Individually pocketed coils help reduce the amount of motion transfer because the fabric helps reduce the amount of contact coils have with each other. Instead of acting like a giant slinky, they work together to support without interfering with each other.

Size Of Coil

Full innerspring mattresses have a full set of coils that act as the support layer. These are between six and eight inches tall at least and do the bulk of the lifting to support your weight.

Some hybrid mattresses have micro-coil layers that work together with dense support foam. The bed has the bounce of innerspring, but the cushion and hug of foam.

Some companies use these layers together to provide excellent support and response and make sure that the mattress has the most rebound.

Padding

You can’t go back to just coils. You need layers of contouring materials and padding materials to prevent your body from interacting with the coils and taking the full brunt of the pressure. Top layers of contouring should be memory foam or latex, for example, so that the layers give way under your broadest points. When your body reaches the support layer, the coils push back to keep your spine straight.

Sandwiching coils between layers of foam also helps reduce motion transfer. Foam isolates movement well, so the more foam you have between you and the coils, the less likely you are to feel your partner’s movements during the night. You’re also less likely to have a significant dip underneath the heavier partner.

Firmness

Innerspring tends to be on the firmer side of the spectrum but not always. Innersprings are often useful for stomach and back sleepers because the most common type falls in the medium firm to firm range.

Some innerspring mattresses use so much contouring material that it may feel softer than it actually is. If you prefer one style of a bed and your significant other prefers something different, the support layer of the mattress can be firm while contouring materials give it a softer feeling.

What Are The Benefits?

Innerspring is still the most common type of mattress available. If this is your choice, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a mattress in a store or online.

They can also be the most affordable. There’s a vast range of prices in this category. You could find budget mattresses all the way up to several thousand dollars.

They’re also the best for sex. The rebound provides a comfortable rhythm that many couples enjoy even if the mattress is also the noisiest of the bunch.

What Are The Downsides?

Innersprings often don’t last quite as long as new memory foam or latex. There’s a lot that can eventually go wrong, including springs that break. If the contouring materials break down, you’re more likely to feel the springs as lumpy or downright uncomfortable.

If you’re exclusively a side sleeper, you may find that innerspring isn’t as contouring as you’d like. You’ll have to be vigilant for your contouring materials to make sure that you have enough give to reduce pressure on your shoulder and hip joint.

You’ll also never quite get rid of the noise or motion transfer. There’s only so much you can do in these areas. You definitely have a lot more protection than when old style, Bonnell coils were your only option, but you should still plan for a little bit of motion transfer.

The List

Saatva – Best Overall

Saatva’s mattress is a really comfortable innerspring and foam hybrid that uses natural materials and comfort layers to balance bounce with motion transfer.

Saatva’s pillowtop layer provides contouring so that your broadest points sink further in. The next layer is a high-quality memory foam explicitly designed for lumbar support. It provides contouring and eases your body to the support layer. The coils underneath are individually pocketed, so they respond to your body and keep your spine aligned.

The structural integrity of the mattress is provided by another coil layer below to prevent sagging, and a foam reinforced edge system that provides edge support and allows you to use the entire mattress for sleep.

The cover materials are organic cotton and stretch with the contouring materials. It comes in three different firmness levels. The plush soft is rated about a three on a ten point firmness scale and is suitable for side sleepers. The luxury firm is about a six and provides medium-firm support for combination sleepers. The firm rates an eight, perfect for stomach sleepers or back pain.

You have 120 days to try out the mattress before you have to decide officially. Make sure you sleep on it for at least few weeks to break the mattress in. You’re covered by a 15-year warranty against mattress defects, but make sure you adequately support your mattress (or you could void the warranty).

Saatva offers free white glove delivery, so your transition is smooth. The delivery person will bring the mattress at a specific time and help you set everything up. Your old mattress is hauled off, and you get a good night’s sleep.

Crave – Runner-Up

Crave makes a variety of beds including all memory foam, but their innerspring mattresses are excellent. They use a variety of eco-friendly materials in their layers, including soy-based foams.

Their hybrid mattresses use open cell memory foam to contour to the curves of your body and to keep the material around your skin cool. The materials are breathable and allow heat to dissipate throughout the mattress, so it returns to ambient room temperature.

The transitional layer is dense memory foam that provides response as you move and eases your body to the coil support layer. The pocketed coil system conforms but pushes back so that your spine stays aligned and your lower lumbar region decompresses. Underneath is another layer of foam to help with structural integrity.

The hybrid mattress comes in two different firmness levels. The soft one uses a layer of latex as the first layer so that there’s even more cushion. It’s the softest of all Crave’s mattresses whether innerspring or all foam.

You can try out the Crave mattress for 100 nights to decide if it’s right for you. Give it at least 30 nights before you officially decide so that it has time to break in and your body has time to adjust. You can return it before the trial period is over for a refund.

Crave mattresses are covered by a ten-year warranty against mattress defects. Make sure you adequately support your bed so that you don’t cause abnormal wear and tear and void the warranty.

Crave comes compressed in a box and arrives right at your door. When you’re ready, just unpack the box and tear the plastic away to allow it to inflate. It should be ready in only a few hours.

Honorable Mention

There are a few different situations where you may want a particular mattress. Let’s take a look at those.

Winkbeds – Best For Heavy People

Winkbeds Plus is specially designed for heavier people (individual weights of over 300 pounds). Their Plus model is designed just like the regular models, but it offers a higher weight limit for sleepers who might be heavier than the average person.

Winkbed’s cover is Tencel, which is softer and cooler than cotton. Underneath, a pillowtop made of hypersoft foam provides contouring and cradles your curves. It also actively pulls heat away from the body and redistributes it throughout the mattress.

Micro-air springs give you response and bounce. More air flows through this layer to keep things cool. It sits on top of full springs sandwiched between layers of memory foam. These springs are the dense support system. They give the mattress structural integrity and keep your spine aligned properly.

The regular Winkbeds is made the same as the Winkbeds Plus, so if you like this option, you’re good to go. The Winkbeds Plus reinforces the bed with denser foams that might feel too firm for someone of average weight but will provide support without too much compression if your body type is heavier than average.

Winkbeds lets you try the bed out for 120 nights so you can decide if it’s the right one. Just return it before the trial period is up for a full refund. Make sure you give it a few weeks before returning it so you can see if it’s truly working.

You’re covered by a lifetime warranty against mattress defects. Make sure your mattress is supported correctly, or you may accidentally void the warranty.

Winkbeds doesn’t offer white glove delivery so you’ll have to get things set up yourself. The mattress arrives compressed in a box, so ask for help if you aren’t able to unpack it and set it up.

DreamCloud – Best Sleep Trial And Warranty

We just love the DreamCloud. It uses eight layers of materials for contouring and support. The cover materials use a cashmere blend that’s ultra soft and breathable.

The first two layers are memory foam, one gel and one quilted. Your broadest points can sink further into the mattress while it keeps you cool. The next layer is latex for better response.

The coil layer provides support and pushes back against your body. It’s sandwiched between layers of foam to help reduce noise and motion transfer. It has excellent edge support.

The best part about DreamCloud is that you have a full year to try the mattress out. Yes, really. You have 365 nights to try it out before deciding if it’s the right one for you. Make sure you give it at least 30 nights so that your body has time to adjust.

You’re also covered by a lifetime warranty against defects. During the first ten years, they’ll replace a defective mattress. After ten years, the company will decide if it’s more appropriate to replace it or to repair and recover it.

You have the option of both standard delivery and white glove delivery. Standard delivery mattresses arrived compressed in a box, and you open it yourself. White Glove delivery brings your mattress through a delivery service and helps you get everything set up.

Beautyrest – Best Showroom Mattress

You hate the idea of ordering a mattress online, and that’s ok. Beautyrest is located in many showrooms across the country, so you’ll be able to try out several options before you decide.

Beautyrest makes hybrid mattresses with varying layers of contouring materials. Their Black line is the best materials, including ice memory foam that’s highly breathable and triple strand coils for durability. The materials actively move heat away from your body and keep you from putting too much pressure on places like shoulders or hips.

The Platinum line uses pocketed coil technology and a trio of cooling foams. It supports your body even if you’re a combination sleeper and encourages restorative rest.

The Silver line has a lot of customization for your sleep preferences. Their hybrids use the same types of pocketed coils and blends of temperature regulating foam, but you’ve got a wide range of firmness choices.

One interesting feature about Beautyrest is their mattresses are tech compatible. You can add health trackers to the mattress, and these send essential vitals to an app. You can make better, more informed decisions about your sleep and overall health.

There’s no sleep trial offered directly from Beautyrest so check with your dealer to see what the return policy is. You might be able to negotiate something to your liking.

Beautyrest offers a limited warranty on most of their mattresses. The average length is ten years. You should check the label of your mattress against the info here to see what your terms are. Your dealer may also offer a warranty so be sure to check.

Delivery will also depend on your dealer, but many showrooms offer delivery deals. If you can get the mattress yourself, you’ll probably save some money. Delivery likely includes set up and removal of your old bed, which makes transitioning from your old mattress so much easier.

Final Thoughts

Innerspring mattresses aren’t your grandmother’s mattresses anymore. They’re better made, better supported, and better for your sleep. You don’t have to suffer through a lumpy, noise innerspring mattress to get that same bounce and response. Using other materials for contouring helps create a mattress that’s both responsive but still encourages you to find a comfortable position and stay there (instead of tossing and turning).

If you haven’t shopped for a mattress in a while (or ever), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what innerspring models have to offer now. Just make sure you check all the specifics for your sleep preference, and you should be headed to an excellent night of sleep.

Be honest. Had you already made up your mind that innerspring was a think of the past? Let us know in the comments below.

Tim

Remember how your parents told you that you were going to sleep your life away? Well that would be perfectly fine with Tim. He's been in search of the most comfortable nights sleep for years and shares his findings with any willing ear.

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