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WinkBeds is a hybrid mattress (think foam and springs combined) that sells on their website only, following the new mattress model of cutting out the retailers and passing on some of the savings to the consumer.
Hybrid can be put together in a number of different ways – but I really liked the feeling of WinkBeds with the foam on top, providing a great plush feeling while still providing good support. I think it could be a good match for side sleepers, as it felt very pressure-relieving on my shoulders and hips when I was on my side.
Overall the mattress is great, but it’s not for everyone (see how WinkBeds compares HERE).
Who Will Love WinkBeds?
You want some of the perks of a foam mattress, but you’re a spring person at heart – with a top layer of hypersoft/gel foam, you will get some of the support and contouring of foam but still have that spring feeling in general.
You want an easy purchase and delivery process– WinkBeds is sold only online (with a good return policy) and delivered to your door ready to go.
You don’t mind buying online – you can buy anything online these days, so for some a mattress is no exception. They have a 101 night trial, so you can return it
You want a mattress good for sex– spring mattresses are just better in this department.
You and/or your spouse are heavyset – not exclusive to heavy people, but if you fall in this category, you want to choose a mattress that has the specs to properly support you. This mattress will do the trick.
You like a mattress with great value – this may not be your perfect fit (no mattress suits all), but the specs are definitely worthy of a mattress that would be priced at $2500+ in a normal retail store.
You want the foam feel– the mattress does have a layer of foam, but it still has a spring mattress feel as well. If you’re looking for that pure foam feel, you won’t find it here.
You need to try the mattress out beforehand – you can purchase this mattress online only. If you want to lay on whatever you buy first, try your local mattress store.
You want social proof – WinkBeds is a relatively new company in the mattress world, and certainly doesn’t have the brand or thousands of reviews like Simmons or Sealy. And though the specs look good on the mattress, you can’t find out how the mattress performs over a 10 year period.
Organic/Natural is a driving factor for you – WinkBeds foams are all CertiPUR certified, which means that no toxic chemicals are used in production (standard at this point). However, it is not 100% organic, so it doesn’t meet the standard for the eco-friendly obsessed (btw, few mattresses do, and are extremely expensive as a result). It is is made in America, which does cut down on on shipping and retail store emissions.
Firmness and Feel
WinkBeds has one firmness option, of pretty average firmness. It also has a nice sinking in feeling with the 2 inches of foam on top, making it suitable for all sleeping positions, especially side sleepers. See the mattress in action below:
UPDATE: WinkBeds offered a soft and firm version of the mattress after I did this review. The video above shows the “medium” firmness.
Motion Transfer Test
WinkBeds is an innerspring mattress, but also has memory foam (and pocket coils), so it should perform well in the motion transfer test. See how it performs in the video below:
As you can see, it does quite well. It’s not as good as a memory foam mattress for motion transfer, but performs very well for an innerspring mattress.
My Experience On WinkBeds
I had a great two weeks on WinkBeds. Most of the mattresses I’ve reviewed are foam mattresses (which I generally like), but it was refreshing to get back on the spring mattress, especially a high quality one. It was very comfortable, and didn’t sleep hot at all. The big upside is the springiness – very easy to shift around in bed to get comfortable. However the downside was that my girlfriend did the same, and there was a little bit of motion transfer there.
Generally I slept the whole night through, which is somewhat unusual for me. I think that the nice plush layer on top of the springs was the reason, you get the nice comfort but then the firm support. For a side sleeper like me it was a good match. I think especially compared to Beautyrest Black and Saatva WinkBeds performs well.
WinkBeds isn’t a “bed-in-a-box”, but it is compared to many in that category frequency due to the business model. I think compared to most DTC mattress companies WinkBed is significantly more upscale.
Another feature WinkBeds offers is the coolControl features (airflow that actually heats/cools the mattress). Check out my full WinkBeds coolControl review for my experience with that technology.
What are the important construction aspects?
If you want to really dig into the construction, check out the WinkBeds site (and if you have any follow-up questions, hit me up in the comments). The things that stand out in my mind though are the following (note exact construction varies for firm/soft versions):
It’s 15 inches thick in total – there’s a lot going on there! Many mattresses these days range from 10-12 inches, to give you an idea of the thickness. For this type of spring/foam combination it makes sense. Only downside might be for aesthetics – it could cover up too much of your beautiful headboard. Also make sure your fitted sheet is big enough to do the job.
2 inches of foam on top – providing almost a pillow-top feel. You don’t feel the springs directly at all, and you shouldn’t ever (sometimes you’ll start to feel the springs after a few years on a mattress). This section includes a gel layer as well, making sure the mattress doesn’t sleep hot (I had no issues with this).
Layer of foam-encased coils (2.5 inches) – lets the mattress breath and provides the first layer of good support. There are a lot of coils (1000+), and generally more coils means more granular support. This coil count is similar to many $3000+ mattresses you’ll find in stores.
Another layer of coils (8.5 inches) – This is where the big support and comfort tradeoff comes in, aka the money layer. This layer especially makes me recommend the mattress for larger folks, it can provide good comfort and support, even for larger persons.
WinkBeds is one of the few innerspring hybrids available to buy online-only. The mattress really targets the luxury market well, sparing no expense when it comes to the specs. If you're in the market for an innerspring mattress, I would definitely put WinkBeds towards the top of the list. Overall I had a very good experience sleeping on the mattress and do recommend it.
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.7
Buying a luxury spring mattress online – is that weird?
Yeah, it’s new, there aren’t too many Winkbed reviews out there. But WinkBeds offers a 101 day trial period where you can return it for a full refund, so no risk – and you stand to gain a lot in terms of value. And know this – laying on a bed in a store for 5 minutes isn’t the best way to know if it’s a good fit for you (and your partner). Trying it out for a few nights is really the only way to know if the mattress is going to be a good fit – which actually lines up better with the online-only model. See related article on getting the best innerspring mattress.
Do I recommend WinkBeds?
Overall I really liked the mattress and is one of the better mattresses I have reviewed. It was very comfortable and offered some great support. If you are in the market for a high-end innerspring mattress, this one can keep up with much more expensive models you’ll find in the standard mattress stores. If you’re up for trying a new mattress company, WinkBeds is one to look at for sure.