To some, it may seem like the concept of the spring mattress is rather old fashioned, in a space that now seems full of gel, memory foam and latex options that seem ‘newer’ than the concept of the innerspring. However, the spring mattress is far from dead and still makes a great choice – often the best choice – for many folks of all ages (and all sizes).
But given that there are still a lot of choices out there, which innerspring mattress is the best choice? While there is no definitive answer to that question, because everyone has different needs and sleeping preferences, here is a look at some of the most popular and best reviewed spring mattress choices on the market right now.
1. Best Value: Nest Bedding
What You’ll Love It: If you thought it wasn’t possible to get a high quality Queen innerspring mattress for under $400 think again. And because this is an Amazon exclusive offering you’ll enjoy their great free, fast shipping, whether you are a Prime member or not, and so could be sleeping on a new mattress in as little as 24 hours.
The Nest Bedding FLIP takes the ‘old’, spring technology, combines it with the new, foam and offers a hybrid mattress that makes the most of the what both have to offer.
As its name suggests. the mattress is designed to be flipped so that you can try both sides to determine which works best for you. One side offers medium support, while the other offers a firmer feel that can often be the best choice for those who need a little more support.
Within the mattress itself is a layer of visco Gel support foam that surrounds strong, sturdy, coils. Unlike standard memory foams the gel offers a cooling component that helps you stay comfortable while you sleep and those who have tried the bed – which does come with a 30 day trial – have seemed pretty happy with it. Since it’s an Amazon exclusive offering, Nest FLIP is also priced lower than our average mattresses. Yet, the five-star reviews it receives keep rolling in.
Pros: The price is right and the Nest FLIP offers flexible support choices that will suit most people, 10-Year Warranty and it’s made in the USA.
Cons: Some people noted that they did have to let the bed ‘sit’ for 24 hours to allow it to off gas, although no one stated that the ‘new mattress’ smell was overly pungent.
2. Best Hybrid: Aviya
What You’ll Love It: Three firmness options offer a more personalized ‘fit’ and a plush top layer offers some cushy comfort you should really enjoy.
The Aviya Mattress combines wrapped coil innerspring and foam to offer a better than you thought you’d get for an innerspring mattress that is designed to offer tons of comfort and support while also being eco-friendly. This mattress is ideal for folks who can’t choose between a foam or spring design.
Three layers of 1.8 pcf foams surround a layer of compact, wrapped innersprings and the edges of the mattress are wrapped in foam too, which makes it look and feel a little larger. There are three support levels on offer – Plush/Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm – but according to the company more than 80% of their customers opt for the luxury firm, as it offers a nice balance between firm and soft that suits most people, although those with chronic back pain may prefer the firm.
Whatever level of firmness you choose the top layer, and the mattress cover itself, claims to offer ‘hotel level’ comfort and the off gassing is, those who have purchased the bed say, minimal, something that is definitely a plus for those who want to try out their purchase as soon as possible, without an outrageous price tag. The mattress also boasts a ‘cooling layer, that is designed to help regulate body temperature as you sleep.
Pros: Great price, 10 year warranty, 100-nights trial period, eco-friendly and available in several firmness options to suit your individual needs.
Cons: Shipping is a little slower, but the mattress is set up by delivery staff, so that convenience may be worth the wait anyway.
3. Best for Sleepers over 250 lbs: Saatva HD
Why You’ll Love It: Saatva HD is a luxury hybrid innerspring mattress customized to support people weighing 300 to 500 pounds. It has a plush upper layer and a high-durability coil base for sleeping support, delivering luxury comfort with a medium firm comfort level suited for sleepers of every type!
The Saatva HD Mattress is a durable mattress engineered to support sleepers over 250 lbs. offering heavy duty springs, a 2.5″ firm Talalay latex and 5 lb. memory foam. As you lie down, it slowly contours to support you in all the right places. Memory foam excels at easing joint pain and the 9-gauge active wire provides maximum spinal alignment. The Saatva HD is a good choice if you’re searching for an innerspring mattress with a medium firm feel specifically designed to support heavier folks using high-quality materials. The 5-zone Talalay latex offers firmer upper body support and more subtle support elsewhere.
Other than helping relieve joint pain, the Saatva HD has a unique construction to keep the mattress from sagging and increase its durability. Hand tufted mattresses like this are known for their strength and handcraftsmanship. A tuft is a stitch that goes through the entire mattress, keeping the filling in place and ensuring superior support throughout the mattress. The benefits of hand-tufting is that it keeps the mattress from shifting and sagging over time and helps to improve the overall longevity of the mattress.
Sleepers can rest easy and sleep cool at night on the Saatva HD. Memory foam is known for retaining heat. But this mattress uses a unique combination of natural Talaly latex and open air coils to pull warmth away from sleepers, increasing airflow and regulating temperature. The mattress cover also contributes to a cool sleep. Made of organic cotton, it’s a naturally soft, breathable fabric. All of these features create a luxury hybrid innerspring mattress exclusively designed for the bigger body.. Plus, the Saatva HD is an incredible value, and you can test it at home for 120-night trial to see if it eases your joint and back pain.
Pros: Designed for overweight people, 20-year warranty, replacement and repairs costs covered for first 2 years, white glove delivery & setup, free mattress removal,
Cons: Pricier than other hybrids.
4. Best for Athletes: Bear Hybrid
Why You’ll Love It: Whether you are an athlete or just a very busy person (aren’t we all) the patented Celliant technology offers you a more restorative night’s sleep.
The idea of sleep is it the chance for the body to recover after a challenging day. That can be a challenge however if you are sleeping on an unsupported, uncomfortable mattress. The Bear Hybrid is designed to provide a comfortable night’s sleep while also making use of a patent pending technology that is designed to recycle the body’s energy and increase tissue oxygen levels. Sounds complex, but it is an FDA approved technology that demonstrated good clinical results.
The Bear Hybrid makes use of both wrapped spring coils and Celliant infused foam to provide a medium level of support and there is also a thin layer of cooling gel between the two. It should be noted that the coils used in the bed have recently changed, with the company replacing microcoils with 8″ coils that give the Bear Hybrid a little more bounce without decreasing the amount of support offered.
Those who have tried the bed seem to have been impressed by the quality of the sleep they got, and by the lack of off-gassing that occurred when the bed arrived.
Does the Celliant work? That might be a matter for debate, but it the number of positive reviews the bed has garnered is a good sign, and it may be an excellent choice for growing active teens who really need their sleep!
Pros: Patent pending technology offers a more restorative night’s sleep, 100 night trial, 20 year warranty, free shipping.
Cons: If you are looking for very firm support, this bed does not provide it.
5. Best for Lightweight Sleepers: Classic Brands
Why You’ll Like It: If you‘re prone to joint pain, you‘ll want to opt for a mattress that offers good body support but that doesn’t break the bank. If you like to sleep on the edge, this pillow top innerspring mattress is the one for you and comes with a fluffy, pillowy top for extra softness.
The mattress looks a lot like the traditional spring mattress that you probably grew up sleeping on. It does indeed rely on a wrapped coil system to offer a fairly firm level of support, but the coils are covered by a layer of softer memory foam as well as a layer of cooling gel, so it’s not quite your Grandmother’s old spring mattress at all. There is also a pillow top comfort topper so you do get that hint of softness that most people like even though the mattress itself is fairly firm.
The fact that it comes in a box, given how robust it is, may be a surprise to some but those who have tried the bed out report it was easy to unpack and easy to set up, although it does need to sit for 24 hours to allow it to expand to its final ten inch height. Off-gassing, however, is reported to be minimal.
Pros: Offers firm support for those looking for it, pillow topper adds a hint of ‘luxury’, a very affordable choice.
Cons: May not offer the ‘give’ some people are looking for in a mattress.
6. Best Firm Innerspring Mattress: DreamCloud
Why You’ll Like It: DreamCloud is a top hybrid mattress, with a stable construction designed for bounce and body-shaping contour. Its plush comfort layer will help eliminate ANY pressure on the hips, shoulder, neck, or spine that other regular or poorly constructed mattresses tend to cause.
Some people like the ‘sinking’ bouncy feel of a memory foam mattress – a feeling that is also replicated by a number of hybrid mattresses, but there are those who need a firm mattress to support them a little more in order to get a good night’s sleep. The eight layer – yes, eight layers – DreamCloud mattress offers that.
A hybrid design, the DreamCloud mattress uses foam and springs for a supportive, bouncy feel. Side sleepers enjoy the strong spring support and cushioned top layer while back sleepers have the luxury firm top layer that keeps their spines aligned.
The eight layers that the DreamCloud is made up of begins at the bottom with memory foam and then also includes wrapped microcoils, latex, more memory foam, a cooling gel layer and finally a cashmere polyester mattress cover that offers the ‘pillow soft’ feel some people crave.
All of this sounds very complex, especially as the bed contains all of the most commonly used mattress technologies that are popular today – springs, memory foam and latex -but the question is how well does all of this work? According to those who have tried it as long as you are looking for a firm support mattress then it works very well.
Pros: Great firm support, reported to be very durable, great firm support for overweight people, 365-night trial.
Cons: A pricey option not suited for those who are looking for a medium level of support.
How to Choose the Best Pocket Spring Mattress For You
The mattresses we have looked at so far are some of the best rated and most popular available today, but they are far from the only choices you will encounter, as you will discover as you begin to shop.
So what should you be looking for in the best innerspring mattress for you, especially if you are shopping online and cannot test out the mattress in person as people have traditionally done in the past?
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you shop that should help you do just that.
Innerspring Mattress Basics
As memory foam mattresses began to gain popularity the innerspring mattress came in for more than a few criticisms in comparisons. Critics said that spring mattresses were harder to sleep on comfortably with a partner as the springs transferred too much movement. Others said that the coils created uncomfortable pressure points that could lead to nagging pain in the morning.
However, the spring mattresses available today are very different to those of the past and have addressed all of these criticisms. They still have that familiar ‘springy’ feeling that only coils can provide, but the addition of layers of memory foam, cooling gels and cushioned pillow toppers means that mattresses based on the innerspring system can be customized and adjusted to offer great sleeping support and comfort to suit almost anyone.
And it does seem to be working. According to statistics from Statista, the innerspring mattress still outsells memory foam or latex and remains the choice – even if it is in hybrid form – of more than 60% of US mattress buyers.
Given however how many different types of hybrid spring mattress are on offer, asking yourself a serious set of questions – and answering them as accurately as possible – is a great way to help determine which of these many spring mattress offerings you should try out:
How Much Room Do You Really Have?
Traditional spring mattresses are usually rather ‘tall’ – somewhere between 8 and 14 inches – and when a box spring is factored into the equation that can lead to a rather large bed, even in the case of a queen. Some of the newer spring mattresses however are designed to offer great support and comfort in a more compact form – thanks to the use of microcoils – and these can be a good choice for those with less bedroom space.
How Much Firmness Do You Like?
Everyone has a certain level of firmness that feels just right in a mattress,and it is not a one size fits all thing. Most innerspring mattresses do tend to be on the firmer side, but if you prefer a little more give you can find spring mattresses that offer a more ‘foam like’ experience as that is just what tops that layer of springs.
Many of the leading hybrid mattress manufacturers offer customizations, creating mattresses based on the answers to a series of questions about your body, sleeping habits and personal preferences. If you are not sure what level of firmness is right for you working with one of these companies may be very helpful.
Do You Suffer From Chronic Pain?
A great mattress can make a huge difference for those who suffer from chronic back or joint pain. Sleeping with this pain can be hard at times even on the best mattress in the world, but if the mattress does not offer enough support, or has uneven spots that create pressure points not only can the pain persist all night but the mattress can also contribute to it getting worse.
Because, according to the American Chiropractic Association more than 80% of the adult US population suffer from at least occasional back pain, and the fact that back pain is leading cause of disability claims, a number of mattress manufacturers concentrate on back pain relief and prevention when creating their products. Most experts do say that a firm support – like that provided by an innerspring mattress – is the best mattress for back pain.
Are You a Hot Sleeper?
Some people – lots of people actually – do tend to sleep hot, waking up sweaty and sticky almost everyday. For these people an innerspring mattress is already often a better choice as the coils themselves allow for greater air movement but for those who are hot sleepers a spring mattress that features a layer of cooling gel can provide even greater temperature control and relief.
Are You Prone to Allergies?
If you are prone to allergies you will need to look carefully at the composition of the spring mattress you are considering before you buy it. For example, latex allergies are fairly common, and although you might not think about it at first a number of hybrid spring mattresses do contain a layer of latex. You should also read reviews and comments about the amount of off gassing your choice creates, as for those with allergies these gases, although harmless for most people, can be a real problem for them.
How Much Do You Want To Pay?
A mattress of any kind is rarely what could be termed an inexpensive purchase. There are now actually some more affordable options – we’ve covered a couple of great ones here – that come inbut as they are harder to customize they may not be right for everyone.
Many of the makers of more expensive mattresses do offer financing, but before you get into that kind of arrangement you will need to make sure you understand the terms – and the final price you’ll pay – completely and that the amount of money you will be paying is something you can live with.
Is There a Trial Offer?
Because you can’t try a mattress out in person if you buy online if it ends up being the wrong choice you need to be able to return it quickly and efficiently. But it does take more than one night to figure out if a mattress is suitable for you or not, so looking for a spring mattress that comes with a reasonable trial period is a must. You should also note how the mattress would be returned or what you will need to do to get your money back, as many manufacturers actually don’t ask for the used mattress back, but require that you prove you donated it instead.