Innerspring mattresses are the classic design, something the developed world graduated to as we moved beyond mattresses that were little more than over-sized pillows.
Newer models of innerspring mattresses minimize or even eliminate problems like harsh pressure points, motion transfer and sagging. Pocketed coils in an inner spring mattress, for example, provide more isolated support and relatively good motion isolation.
However, these issues vary between brands and, sometimes, models by the same companies. Nor can you assume that quality goes up with price, since there are expensive mattresses that perform poorly compared to mid-priced rivals. Nor will a higher spring count necessarily make a bed more comfortable.
We’ll share the best innerspring mattress Consumer Reports recommends, too. Here are the best innerspring mattresses of 2020.
Top 14 Best Innerspring Reviews
02.Olee Sleep Euro Box Hybrid Mattress
A hybrid mattress is one that contains elements from two or more types of mattresses. In this case, the Olee mattress has a memory foam layer on top of its classic innerspring mattress.
You get the gentle, cushioned support of a memory foam mattress without paying for a full memory foam mattress. That makes this one of the most affordable mattresses on this list.
We’re recommending the full size to provide a comfortable night’s sleep to individual sleepers, though this particular model is available in queen and king sizes as well.
For those who are particularly heavy, they’ll sink through the memory foam to the innerspring mattress layer. For any user, the foam surrounds your body without retaining too much heat.
The hollow fibers and knit poly-fiber cover improve on this, making this mattress ideal to those who otherwise tend to overheat at night. Consumer Reports didn’t review any mattresses by this manufacturer in its 2018 buying guide.
03.Sealy Response Performance Tight Top Mattress, Queen Size
This queen sized mattress is the right size for a couple or a large individual, though you can find this model in everything from standard twin sizes to California King.
The Sealy Response mattress is thicker than average more than twelve inches. That doesn’t take into account the foundation that needs to be underneath it.
Note that you can get this exact size and style with a plush top instead of the “tight top”, but we are recommending this mattress for those who need support more than anything else.
It not only has responsive coils that minimize motion transfer while gently supporting your body, but an inch thick layer of foam prevents pressure points for those who would otherwise wake with aching joints.
04.Otis Brand Galaxy Innerspring Mattress
Beds in a box are popular right now. You can have it delivered to your home without having to hire a furniture mover. Unpack it in the room where you’ll use it, and it unfurls and expands to its final dimension.
This 8” innerspring mattress stands out as one of the cheaper, firm “bed in a box” options on the market today. At 65 pounds, it is something the average home owner can manage by themselves, critical for those who want to redecorate a bedroom by themselves.
This is a twin size mattress that manages to be firm and supportive at the same time. Its high grade coils provide support without being bouncy, though it won’t isolate motion. Then again, that isn’t an issue in the typical twin size bed.
It is superior to similarly priced futon mattresses, though this particular model can be used on futons, as well. It should last for years.
06.Classic Brands Decker Model Hybrid Innerspring Mattress
This is another affordable innerspring – memory foam hybrid mattress providing the best of both worlds. There is a classic box spring tempered by a thin layer of memory foam for a little more money than a cheap innerspring mattress.
It is also another brand that Consumer Reports didn’t get around to reviewing in the 2018 version of their annual buying guide.
This particular innerspring mattress is 10.5 inches thick. We recommend this version over the thinner, less comfortable 9” thick mattress by the same manufacturer.
The memory foam in this bed is superior, and it is more breathable than average. And unlike many innerspring mattresses, it can be rolled up and delivered to most customers’ door without paying special delivery charges above and beyond what you owe for heavy deliveries.
07.Sealy Kelburn Mattress
If you’re looking at the best innerspring mattress Consumer Reports ranked in 2018, this one came in second. It ranks lower on our list than others because of the high price tag. That high price is just for the mattress; you’ll pay more if you buy it with an adjustable base.
It was considered among the best innerspring mattress Consumer Reports saw because it literally fit everyone. It ranked perfect for heavy back sleepers and side sleepers, small back and side sleepers, and very tall users.
It had a very high score for durability. The only reason it didn’t rank higher with Consumer Reports was because it wasn’t very firm, but again, not everyone wants a firm mattress.
This mattress is comfortable for everyone who doesn’t need an ultra-firm mattress to solve posture and back problems. It offers excellent support for everyone else.
The coils are unusual in providing support all the way to the edge of the bed. The bed also wicks away moisture better that average as well as not retaining too much body heat.
9.Signature Sleep Brand Contour Eight Inch Mattress
This is an affordable inner spring mattress by Signature Sleep. The eight inch mattress is a better deal than the ten inch mattress, and it can be compressed and rolled for convenient (and cheaper) shipping. It is relatively firm for an innerspring mattress.
At roughly forty pounds, it is something many individuals can manage and manipulate themselves. It fits in trundle beds or you can use it as half of a standard king sized bed frame.
It is reversible, so you can flip it over if the top layer starts sagging, extending its life. It is covered with foam to protect you from any single pressure point. Note however that it is only going to last a few years, even if you flip it over.
One problem this brand has is that if the mattress ends up bent or compressed after shipment, you’re not able to get support from the company.
10.Classic Brands Advantage Innerspring Mattress
This innerspring mattress by Classic Brands is another eight inch mattress suitable for twin beds. It costs about as much as the Signature Sleep brand mattress.
Each coil is wrapped, helping create a responsive surface that minimizes the disturbance of anyone else on the bed when you get up. This mattress comes with a layer of foam on top, so that it minimizes the pressure points you feel with other innerspring mattresses. You really don’t feel the coils.
This mattress can be shipped compressed and rolled, but the company provides very good customer service if there are problems with the mattress. You cannot flip this mattress over to extend its usable life.
Note that the surface of this mattress is not water-proof, while the wrapping around the coils is another surface that can wick and absorb liquid.
Put a mattress cover on this mattress if the user may pee, poop or get sick on it.One benefit of mattress like this, especially with the quilt top layer, is that they don’t cause you to overheat.
11.Zinus Ten Inch Extra Firm Mattress
We realize that some people searching for an affordable inner spring mattress need an ultra-firm surface. The Zinus brand innerspring mattress is a good compromise between expensive adjustable beds and innerspring mattresses.
It has more coils than comparably sized mattresses, and each mattress coil is individually wrapped so that one person tossing and turning doesn’t disturb the other person. However, the mattress itself is heavy.
The high quality foam layer on top of the coils ensures that you never feel the coils, while the foam itself is so durable that it won’t fall apart after a few years of tossing and turning on the surface. Surprisingly, the mattress can be compressed and rolled up to ship it in a conveniently sized box.
It decompresses within two days of opening, unlike the three or more days some foam mattresses require, but it doesn’t have the nasty chemical smell that foam mattresses have.
The manufacturer offers a ten year limited warranty.
12.Beautyrest Plush Innerspring Mattress
This Beautyrest innerspring mattress has “plush” in the title because it comes with a soft, pillowy top layer. There are versions of this mattress that are cheaper because they don’t have that plush layer intended to eliminate the need for extra padding on top of the firm mattress.
This mattress offers excellent support, providing twice as many coils as the minimum coil count we mentioned above. (600 versus 300 for this full sized mattress).
One benefit of this mattress is that the mattress has open cell foam under the surface to maximize air flow; this is the best innerspring mattress for those who need a comfortable, supportive mattress without it trapping their body heat. The thin layer of memory foam provides pressure relief, relieving the problem many innerspring mattresses failing to relieve pressure points that aggravate those with joint problems.
This product comes with a ten year limited warranty. One benefit of the mattress’ design is that the model is stable right to the edge; it doesn’t start to sag after a few months of you sitting on the side as you get dressed in the morning.
13.Serta Perfect Sleeper Ultimate XFirm Mattress
This is an expensive, upscale innerspring mattress. It comes with more than twice as many coils as our minimum acceptable coil count. Conversely, if you’re heavy or need a firm mattress, this is it.
Each coil is individually wrapped to minimize the disruption anyone else on the bed feels when one person gets up or tosses and turns. The mattress won’t sag for decades. Its inner layer foam distributes body heat so that you remain comfortable at night.
You get excellent support for your back while it maintains the natural curvature of your spine. If you can afford this innerspring mattress, it will eliminate the common problems many with back problems, joint pain and muscle pain have with innerspring mattresses.
One thing you need to know before you buy this mattress is that you need either two king foundations to go beneath this mattress or a platform bed. Conversely, the foam around the outside rim of the mattress prevents it from becoming saggy at the edges.
01.Sertapedic Firm 200 Innerspring Mattress
This innerspring mattress is designed for those who need full, firm support. The higher coil count than the cheaper 100 coil mattresses allows it to conform better to your body, ideal for those who are heavy or dealing with back problems.
It is middle of the pack in terms of prices. It costs about as much as a cheap foam mattress but without the issues like excessive heat retention. Each coil is individually wrapped to provide targeted support without undue pressure points.
The foam encasement of the coils prevents edge “roll off”, though you don’t want to sit on the edge of the bed regularly, since this can wear the coils down over time.
The mattress is 75” long by 54” wide. It is 10.5” thick. You need to use a foundation with this mattress.
WinkBeds are in an interesting position, and that’s not just because it is a relative newcomer to the market. If you’re looking at online reviews, you’ll see everything from glowing praise to hot coals of hate among the reviews. That’s why checking sources like Consumer Reports is invaluable. They perform unbiased testing of all types of mattresses and give reviews, including those cases when a mattress is ideal for one user demographic but a literal poor fit for others.
WinkBeds mattresses are hybrid mattresses. There is an innerspring core. There’s a gel infused foam mattress layer to prevent pressure points or excessive disturbances when one person gets out of bed or tosses and turns.
An added bonus is that the memory foam won’t trigger anyone’s latex allergies.Consumer Reports rated this bed a 5 on its firmness scale, exactly in the middle.
Consumer Reports said it was less than ideal for heavy or tall side sleepers, though the bed rated better than average with every other customer demographic. That’s why this bed was ranked fifth out of more than fifty innerspring mattresses tested. In short, it is a better than average bed as long as you’re not tall or heavy and sleep on your side.
The only reason we didn’t rank it higher in our list is the significant price tag, and that’s aside from the fact that they say they save money by selling directly to consumers through online sales.
A twin size of this mattress costs as much as a queen size of some of the more affordable mattresses on our list. This mattress is available in twin, full, queen and king sizes.
08.Beauty Rest Brand Recharge Mattress
While not the best innerspring mattress Consumer Reports reviewed, it came in number six of their list of innerspring mattresses. Not that this is out of 50 different contenders.
Consumer Reports ranked it high on their list because was better than average for sleepers as varied as a petite woman sleeping on her back and a heavy adult sleeping on their side. The better ranked mattresses were a little better across those categories, but this mattress is not that much less effective.
Where this mattress stood out in Consumer Reports’ tests was in durability. And it did so despite having air cooled, gel-infused memory foam, something that tends to wear out over time.
The mattress had slightly better than average stabilization, in part due to its solid edge support that doesn’t wear down as quickly as its rivals. It was given a 4 for firmness.
This mattress stands out for being more fire resistant than average, a plus if you smoke in or near your bed.
To find the best innerspring mattress for your needs, first understand your normal sleeping position. Then compare this to your preferences regarding firmness, since a mattress that is highly rated but too hard simply won’t be comfortable regardless of its price. Then you can look for a mattress that suits you and your budget.
What Is an Innerspring Mattress?
Innerspring mattresses consist of dozens or hundreds of springs encased in a stitched cloth cover. These mattresses became popular in the 1930s as industrialization made springs themselves affordable enough to be mass produced and used in this way. They provided significant support for the users without the hassle of tightening bed ropes. That’s the origin of the saying good night, sleep tight, by the way.
A higher coil count typically equals a firmer mattress. However, if you want a softer surface after buying an innerspring mattress, you can add soft foam layers on top of it. Or you can combine the two by buying a mattress that has a soft pillow-top layer sewn into the top of the innerspring mattress.
The Pros of Innerspring Mattresses
Innerspring mattresses now make up around 80% of the mattress market. This makes them quite affordable and you can find them for every size bed, including twin XL and Texas King sizes. In contrast, you may have trouble finding a bed size, much less one that isn’t an innerspring mattress.
Pocketed coil mattresses let one partner get out of bed without disturbing another, since each coil is wrapped individually. And these mattresses are cheaper than split beds.
Micro-coil mattresses provide excellent pressure relief while being cheaper than foam and latex beds, though they are more expensive than standard innerspring mattresses. They have better than average durability.
The Cons of Innerspring Mattresses
Innerspring mattresses are more durable than their predecessors, but you still get mattresses that sag over time.
The cheaper the mattress, the weaker the exterior cover. And the more likely it is that you’ll start feeling individual springs press against you or even poke out.
If you have joint pain or back problems, you’re less likely to get the support you need with any innerspring mattress. The cheap Bonnell coil gives you choices in the firmness level of the mattress, but it only lasts five years. Continuous coils provide good support but cannot contour to your body very well since the coils are connected to each other.
However, you cannot get a combination of firmness control and support with an innerspring mattress. The offset coil mattress allows you to alter the firmness of the mattress, but it costs as much or more than an adjustable air bed.
Observations about Innerspring Mattresses
A good general rule of thumb regarding innerspring mattresses is to stick to a minimum coil count. For full sized mattresses, don’t buy it if it has less than 300 coils.
If you’re looking at a queen sized mattress, it needs to have at least 400 coils. King mattresses should have at least 480 coils. Anything less than this reduces the support the mattress can provide, and no, connected springs don’t make up for an insufficient coil count.