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.
The Best Innerspring Mattresses on the Market
Here are the five best innerspring mattresses on the market.
01.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.
02.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.
03.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.
04.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.
05.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.