Best Reviewed Innerspring Mattresses 2017 - Ultimate Guide

Best Reviewed Innerspring Mattresses

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Though innerspring mattresses account for about half of the mattress market, there are fewer quality options available because they are more difficult to manufacture and ship.  Because of these constraints, very few of the online-only companies end up with an innerspring option.  That will probably change over time, but it is just much easier logistically to have a foam mattress if you are selling online.

Fortunately, the online-only companies that do choose innerspring tend to be more advanced in their mattress knowledge, and deliver a quality product (generally) at a really good value. You can really get a great product at a great price with these mattresses that should last a long time.

These reviews cover my personal experience with a number of the leading innerspring brands.  I plan on reviewing a lot more over time, including a lot of the ones that you can’t buy online.  If you have any questions about the mattress, feel, or alternatives, please feel free to message me at joe@mattressclarity.com.  I’d love to hear from you.

Innerspring Mattress Reviews

My Top 4 Reviewed Innerspring Mattresses

Everyone is looking for something a little different with their innerspring mattresses, but I’ve chosen my four favorites across some general categories: overall, side-sleeper, budget, and high-end.

These are not only some of my favorite innerspring mattresses, but they hold top spots in my overall mattress reviews list.

Top Innerspring Mattresses Compared

WinkBeds

WinkBeds Mattress ReviewWinkBeds is a relatively new company, but it comes with a great design and specs.  This tops the comfort list because even the medium-firm option has an extra 2 inches of foam on top, making it a bit more cushiony than other options (and very pressure relieving).  WinkBeds has a soft, medium, and firm option, so it can cater to all sleeping positions.

The mattress is not as well known as Saatva, but it has a cult following that loves it.  See more details about the mattress on their website.

To learn more about my personal experience with WinkBeds check out my full WinkBeds review.

Saatva

Saatva Mattress ReviewsSaatva is a quality online-only  mattress that (in my opinion) offers great value (learn more HERE).  The specs will compare to a higher-end Beautyrest, but the price tag is significantly less (Saatva tops the best mattress under $1000 list as well).

The mattress has a layer of memory foam on top, and comes in three firmness settings.  The company has been around for a number of years, and thus has many more reviews than the average online mattress company.

Saatva is an innerspring mattress I often recommend, but see what type of sleeper I recommend it for most frequently in my Saatva mattress review.

Aviya

Aviya Mattress ReviewAviya is a small company, but they have managed to deliver a solid innerspring option at a pretty phenomenal price (get best deal HERE).  This is by far the lowest priced option on the list, though the dropoff from WinkBeds and Saatva is only a slight one.

Good specs and good durability, but again the story with Aviya is it’s just a great value.  Read about my experience with the mattress in my full Aviya review.

Brentwood Home

Brentwood Home Innerspring Mattress ReviewsBrentwood Home has a number of different types of mattresses, but for me their innerspring line really impresses. They have three mattresses that vary in price and construction, the Oceano, Del Mar, and the Avalon (Oceano is my favorite, though it is the priciest as well).

Brentwood Home has a really quality brand and team, and even has their own factory located in Los Angeles.

The mattress also has great specs, I predict the mattress will be very durable and last a long time.  If you go with Brentwood Home, make sure to use my exclusive Brentwood Home coupon ($75 off).

Best for Back Pain

If you have back pain, you’re going to really want to focus on great support.  All of these options can address the issue, and it might depend most on your sleeping position – but personally I would head for Saatva if I was having lower or mid back pain.

Best for Stomach Sleepers

If you are a stomach sleeper, you should go with a firmer mattress to get the right feel and support.  Of these options, Saatva and Aviya offer firm options.  You may consider some of the firmer Simmons Beautyrest options as well.

Read our best mattresses for side sleepers options for other mattress types.

Best for Side Sleepers

If you are a side sleeper, you are going to want a slightly softer mattress to deal well with the pressure points on your hips and shoulders.  I would start with WinkBeds, but maybe consider the soft Saatva as well.

What Makes A Good Innerspring Mattress?

Comparison Shopping Can Be Difficult

One big frustration with the mattress industry is how hard it is to objectively compare different models and brands.  That is especially true with innerspring mattresses.  For one, certain brands will be called different things at different stores, even if they are the exact same mattress.  That alone creates a ton of confusion.

Similarly, even if you can compare across more objective measures, like coil count or gauge, there are many other factors that will affect the quality of the mattress.  For example, there are plenty of mattresses with a higher coil count that are less quality than those with a lower coil count.  As a result, you have to take these levels of comparison with a grain of salt.

Coil Count and Gauge

If you are in a store or on a website, you might see a lot of talk about how a certain innerspring mattress has a certain number of coils, a certain gauge (thickness of the steel wire), etc.  These types of stats have the potential to be pretty misleading for a couple of reasons.  For example, a lot of people think more coil equals a better quality mattress.  However, you can have a higher coil count but use lower quality steel.  There are many different factors that go into the quality of the innerspring unit.  I would therefore recommend being a little cautious in thinking more coils equals a better mattress.

An innerspring mattress can be made more or less firm in a number of different ways, and a lot of it depends on what the top layer above the coils is.  Therefore, saying a blanket statement like “thicker gauge means firmer mattress” isn’t always true, because it depends on a few other factors too.

The overall piece of advice is to use these stats as a point of reference, but don’t put too much stock in statements like “because it has a higher coil count, it….” or “because it has a higher gauge, it…”

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Coil Type

You will also probably hear a lot about the type of coil being used in a mattress’s construction.  There are differences between the types.  “Pocket” coils are individually wrapped and tend to be better overall at contouring to your body, all things else being equal.  However, the type of coil matters more or less depending on the rest of the components of the mattress, so I would take statements like “it has pocket coils, so it’s better” with a grain of salt.  If you have a thick layer of memory foam on top of the mattress, the fact that the innerspring unit has pocket coils doesn’t really matter as much, because the memory foam does the contouring.  Overall, the type of coil does matter, but its importance is dependent on the rest of the mattress.

Top Layer Above The Springs

Not all innerspring mattresses are made equal, and a big reason why is the comfort layer used on top of the springs.  There is a wide range that can be used to add comfort to the springs, and that makes the feel of the mattress different.  For example, an innerspring with a thin layer of latex on top will feel much different from one with a very thick layer of memory foam.

As a result, you need to understand the differences between the different types of comfort layers.  Know the difference between poly foam, memory foam, and latex foam, and decide which feel you like better.  Also, understand that the thickness of the comfort layer matters a lot too.  If the mattress has a thick layer of memory foam, then it is more of a hybrid and will feel more like a memory foam mattress, which tends to be quite a different feel from the traditional feel associated with innerspring mattresses.

Getting Good Value

I’m a big fan of getting the best value possible.  If you are going to shop at a chain store, then I would wait until they have a sale to get the best value.  Sales happen somewhat frequently and predictably, so just be on the lookout for them.  You can also occasionally find a gem through local manufacturers, depending on where you live.  Lastly, buying online represents a create value because you cut out the middleman of the business model.  Currently, that way of doing business is generally filled more with “bed in a box” foam mattress providers, although I have reviewed two, Saatva and Winkbeds, which I like a lot and think provide a great value given their very reasonable price.

Final Recommendation

Finding the best innerspring mattress can be tough, because there are so many different models and brands, and the characteristics that might make them good or bad are tough to understand and compare.  As you narrow down your choices, read as many reviews as possible, because ultimately owner experiences will help you get a clearer idea of how good a mattress will end up being.  Keep in mind, however, that just because some people like a mattress doesn’t mean you will definitely like it too.

The important thing to know about a spring mattress is that a bad one is really bad.  With a memory foam mattress, you can only do so much to mess up a piece of foam.  But a bad innerspring mattress can wreak havoc on your back and sleep experience in general.

However on the upside, I think that a quality innerspring mattress offers tremendous support, and is certainly preferred by many sleepers for its unique feel.

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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RICHARD MASON says May 20, 2016

Please review the Queen size Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid mattress and compare/contrast it to the Queen size Winkbeds mattress especially (and also the equivalent Saatva mattress). My wife and I are side sleepers. Thanks much for your efforts and for your wonderful site!!

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Heather says August 28, 2016

Hi Joe,
I know the Saatva and Zenhaven are very different types of mattresses. Which one would you go with if you had severe mid and low back pain? Thank you!

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    Joe Auer says August 29, 2016

    It really comes down to your preference, both can be a good solution for spinal alignment!

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SJ says September 13, 2016

What is your opinion on the Beautyrest recharge hybrid mattress ?

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Barb in Canada says November 3, 2016

I’ve had the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Firm for a month now. Like night & day compared to my 8-year old pillow top that came with a useless 10-year warranty. My advice would be to stay away from pillow/eurotop mattresses. Buy a plain top and add the memory/gel foam topper of your choice. It’s only a matter of time before pillowtops sag in the middle no matter how often you rotate them. I only weigh 125# and sleep on a full-size bed. I’ve put a 2″ memory foam topper that I had on a spare bed on top of my new mattress and sleep heaven! Although the plush version is recommended for side-sleepers, I find the firm top plus topper does the job and no hip divot or climbing uphill out of bed in the morning.

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steve Olson says January 11, 2017

Hello,
I have been following these reviews and comments.
I am looking for (2) Twin Extra Long Beds to go on adjustable frames. To Replace a King.
I am Retired/Disabled 56 y.o.a. With a large frame at 6′-2″ 275 lbs. I have severe spinal issues. Wife has medical issues as well. We both like a VERY FIRM mattress. We have been going crazy searching for months, Looking for the best one for us. We have ruled out many for various reasons.
Presently, I am leaning towards the WinkBed. As I do like the idea of the Hybrid system. Our main concern is that we presently have a pillow which we cannot stand. This purchase was a total mistake. Previously I purchased a Memory Foam (when they had first came out) which I returned.
Do you think the WinkBed will be to soft? We are also considering the Saatva “Firm” Bed .
Can you advise? Or suggest another mattress that we may be missing that may work?
Thank you!

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    Joe Auer says January 11, 2017

    Hi Steve – I do think that WinkBeds would be a good fit for you, though it may be a little soft for your taste. WinkBeds will make a firmer/softer version (at no extra cost) if you call in, I would suggest starting there. If not, Saatva Firm is probably best.

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Mel says January 17, 2017

I’m a side sleeper and husband sleeps on stomach and side. Returning the Beautyrest Black Mariela Plush because it is way too firm for me giving me all different pains even after more than 2 weeks. Looking at Beautyrest Platinum Gabriella Plush Pillowtop (14″ one). It felt nice and soft at the store. I’ve never had a pillowtop before and am concerned about the longevity of it. Any advice about pillowtops and this particular mattress? I also like the Black Katarina Plush pillowtop but I am scared to try another Black mattress.

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Carrie says January 20, 2017

Hi,
Trying to decide on a mattress for my husband and I. We currently have an old inner spring mattress. I do suffer from some back pain and sciatica. My husband is about 240 and I am 150, in weight. We are both side/back sleepers. We would like to go up from a queen to a king size. I am leaning towards the Saatva luxury firm or the Loom & Leaf relaxed firm. I did try a beauty rest black in a store and that felt nice, but was crazy expensive. We have also slept on a foam mattress which was ok but I felt too warm. I would appreciate your thoughts or recommendations.
Thanks!

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Rocky Scott says January 21, 2017

I just read the review on the queen Winkbed and was wondering if when you read my earlier comments about the Saatva luxury foam and theLoom & leaf relax firm which i returned after trying them for at least 2 months each. Would the Winkbed maybe be a choice over the Amerisleep Liberty/Colonial . As i mentioned in my earlier comments I wake up with lower back pain every day. I”m 145-150lbs. 5′ 9in and she is 5′ 105lbs both mostly side sleepers. Would really like your input, I enjoy your reviews they seem very accurate. and are based on actual experiance. Thank You R Scott

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Jim Vance says January 31, 2017

Hi Joe,

I like your article. Looking to get a new bed. Sleeping on a 5 YOA Sterns & Foster – King GS Luxury Cushion Firm Euro Pillow-top, which has body impressions under 1 1/2″ on area where the wife and I sleep and a hump in center of bed, so warranty not covered for this. This mattress was a replacement for a 7 YOA King mattress with a hump in center of bed.

I am interested to know your thoughts about King size mattresses which tend to have this “hump” in the middle after a few years of use. Is this common and if so why? How to avoid?

Would you recommend a hybrid over a full foam for persons with back/shoulder/neck problems. And would yo recommend a pillow-top over a standard top?

Thanks,
Jim

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    Joe Auer says January 31, 2017

    Hi Jim – this isn’t uncommon for pillow tops, just a lot of foam (that will eventually compress), so it will happen with every mattress over time. To avoid, you can try sleeping in different spots in the mattress (I know, sounds uncomfortable).

    Generally I think hybrid is best for support over the long haul (assuming high quality). I don’t generally recommend a pillow top, but some people really like that “sinking in” feeling.

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      JIm Vance says January 31, 2017

      Joe,
      Thanks for the reply and info. So would you recommend the Saatva Luxury Firm or some other brand for my situation?

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James Day says February 18, 2017

wife has bad neck that will send pain down r arm when side sleeping I have arthritis and sleep mostly side but also back Is spring or only foam best. Also sleep hot

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Donna Scott says February 28, 2017

After a LOT of research I chose a Powercore Nano 2 from Charles P. Rogers out of New York. Innerspring with cushy latex top. Best mattress I’ve EVER slept on and I’m 71. Free delivery to California. No tax. A FANTASTIC price. Better and less expensive than anything I could have bought locally. A comparable would have cost me at least $4,000. Highly recommend.

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Donald S says March 2, 2017

I have had a winkbed mattress for a few months now. It’s a great bed. I’m one of the few that is a back sleeper, I’ve tried many beds, but winkbeds has been my favorite thus far.

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Dottie Hamblin says March 2, 2017

Joe I M still looking for help on the best mattress for obese sleepers

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    Joe Auer says March 2, 2017

    Hi Dottie – check out best mattress for heavy people post, let me know if you have questions on my recommendations there!

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      Katt Lewis says March 3, 2017

      Yes, after reading about all those new latex mattress’s they will mail in a box, the big factor not mentioned is weight. I’m pushing 200 lbs, 57 and the pain is getting worse most of the time. I sleep on the best mattress I have ever had, it’s a spring,, Serta I believe, but not the kind you have to or can turn over. I love it, want to keep it forever. My brothers are both pushing nearly 300….so those latex would not work for either of them.

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Ian weiss says March 4, 2017

My winkbed is super comfortable. I tried a saatva before I got the winkbed and the difference in quality is very obvious.

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Pamela says March 7, 2017

I have to agree that the WinkBeds is the ultimate comfort mattress. I used to be a fidgety sleeper, but turns out I was just sleeping on the wrong mattress. I got my WinkBed when the company first launched (maybe just under 2 years ago?) and I’ve been sleeping great ever since! No more tossing and turning for me!

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Jc p says March 10, 2017

Can you tell anything about the Orion or the Primo galaxy -I’d appreciate it

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Pam says March 12, 2017

I’m stumped. I’ve had a winkbed for a month. I’m a side sleeper. I have been p8ning for a comfortable bed for years. Do not like memory foam. Not sure about latex. Bottom line – I can’t get comfortable. Working w pillows (including between legs). Lower back pain. Shoulders, arms, hand still go to sleep/go numb. Probably need to lose 30 lbs, but not sure what comes first – feeling refreshed to workout or work out to get a good night’s sleep. Always tired. Think I’m snoring sometimes, too (sore throat). I lay horizontal and diagonally across the bed, too. Any thoughts greatly welcomed. Hopefully in not writing in someone’s question or response? Thank you!

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    Joe Auer says March 13, 2017

    Hi Pam – if you’re going numb on your shoulders/arms, you probably need a more contouring mattress. Either go for a softer version of WinkBeds (or add a topper), or try another brand. I’d figure out the snoring too, that’s a huge cause of fatigue!

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Christina says March 31, 2017

Hi Joe,

Tried the saatva luxury firm and don’t like the comfort top at all. Looking for very firm bed..is aviya a firmer choice or what else do u recommend?

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    Joe Auer says March 31, 2017

    Was the only issue it wasn’t firm enough? In that case I’d recommend the Saatva firm.

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Theresa says April 2, 2017

Serra icomfot II applause Ii plush. What are your thoughts on this mattress?f

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Phyllis says April 23, 2017

Hi, I did tons of research and finally decided the Saatva extra firm king size bed was the best option. However, I have had it for two weeks and I can already see clear sunken impressions where my spouse and I sleep on the bed. Talked to Saatva (great customer service) and they said if it was more than 1 1/2 inches, then the mattress was defective. They said that impressions less than that are normal. Problem is, the current impressions look just like the 10 year old mattress I just got rid of. Saatva is perfectly willing to either refund money or send another mattress. Have you heard of others having a similar problem with this bed? I just think it is weird that there are permanent impressions after just a week or two.

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Michael Selleck says April 26, 2017

Help please down to two mattresses. Winkbeds and Saatva, Full size 14.5″, medium firm, I am 71 sleep alone and sidesleep with some backsleep. The mattress will be on a full wood base with slats 3″ wide spaced 3″ apart and metal center rail with 3 support legs. $ not a factor. Warranty return policy maybe. Based on this can you help make the best decision for me.

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