Innerspring mattresses are the most common type of mattress on the market, and are by far the most popular. The great thing about innerspring mattresses is the sheer number of models available -- you can choose firmness levels from very soft to rock hard, and there are numerous styles from utilitarian to classic.
The mattress line that gets the best reviews from both owners and experts, and has plenty of options for any sleep style, is Sealy Posturepedic (Est. $600 and up). Basic models in this line feature coils that are positioned to provide extra support in the center third of the mattress, where the heavier parts of the body rest. Higher-end models feature pocketed coils and hybrid construction that also includes gel-infused foam to prevent heat retention.
Posturepedic models excel in professional testing, earning top scores for side sleeping, durability and stabilization. However, one professional test indicates that Posturepedic may be a better option of you prefer a softer mattress, as the measured firmness was softer than the claimed firmness.
Among all innerspring mattresses, Sealy earns an overall above-average rating at SleepLikeTheDead.com, with around 875 owner comments analyzed. In other input analyzed by SleepLikeTheDead.com, owners indicate that the mattress relieves pain initially and that the Posturepedic's coil system provides better-than-average support. Over time, however, some users find that the mattress begins to sag, which can make it uncomfortable, especially for those who suffer from back pain. The Posturepedic Hybrid line receives the highest ratings in the Posturepedic line at that site.
User reviews that we analyzed at retail sites report show a high level of satisfaction across a number of models of the Posturepedic mattress line. Even the less-expensive models of these mattresses tend to get rave reviews, with owners saying the mattress is extremely comfortable, that the claimed firmness was right on the money (in spite of what the professional testers found), and that the mattress seems very durable. Most say they feel they got a good value with the Sealy Posturepedic and we saw quite a few comments from owners who have bought several Posturepedic's for their home.
The Simmons Beautyrest line (Est. $400 and up) is a very close runner up to the Posturepedic line of innerspring mattresses. Beautyrest features individually pocketed coils, which help reduce motion transfer -- meaning that your partner's tossing and turning is less likely to affect your side of the bed. In addition, some models feature latex, memory, and/or gel foam (for greater cooling and comfort). Like Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest also features a new hybrid line that is a combination of memory foam and innerspring. These hybrid models are newer than the standard innerspring, so there is little feedback concerning long term durability, but it's thought that they may have better overall durability than a mattress that uses an innerspring alone.
The Beautyrest earns slightly above-average ratings on SleepLikeTheDead.com, compared with other innerspring mattresses, based on more than 700 user comments. Site editors note that users give the Beautyrest good ratings for support, especially the higher end models in the Beautyrest line, the Platinum, Hybrid and Black models (the Beautyrest Recharge is the company's basic model). Professional testing also gives high marks to a couple of models of the more expensive Beautyrest mattresses. Comments we saw from owners indicate that Beautyrest mattresses are very comfortable across the board. Users also report good initial back pain relief, although this tends to diminish with time as the mattress ages and loses some of its initial support or firmness, not uncommon with innerspring mattresses.
The highest rated innerspring mattress on SleepLikeTheDead.com is the Saatva (Est. $600 and up). However, that's based upon far fewer reviews, just about 275, than the Sealy Posturepedic or the Simmons Beautyrest. In our years of doing this mattress report, we have found that the fewer reviews a mattress has, the higher its ratings tend to be. Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com point out that part of the stronger-than-average ratings may be skewed by the Saatva's good customer service and price compared to other mattresses made from the same materials.
While ratings are high at SleepLikeTheDead.com, in professional testing the one Saatva mattress included in a roundup that we reviewed gave it just average scores for both side and back sleepers, below average scores for stabilization. That means if you're a light sleeper and sleep with a partner his or her movements may interrupt your sleep.
Still, we see some love for this mattress. At Sleepopolis.com, where Derek Hales and his wife, Samantha, personally test each mattress they review for at least a week, the Saatva is the sixth highest rated mattress on the site, out of 29. However, the Hales' tend to review lesser known brands, there are no Simmons, Sealy, Serta or other brands tested that are widely available at retail. In Hale's sleep test, he found the Saatva to be comfortable in all positions, side, back and stomach, with good support in spite of the soft pillow top. While he notes that the construction of the mattress helps to minimize motion transfer, he also notes that this mattress has enough bounce to make it a good choice for those to whom enjoyable sex is a priority in a mattress.
The biggest downside to the Saatva is that it's only sold online, which means you can't try them before you buy them, and most experts recommend that you try a mattress before buying. However, Saatva offers a 75 day home trial. If you find you don't like it after that time you can return it and pay only the original delivery fee. They will also exchange the mattress in that same time frame if you decide you want to change the size or comfort level of your mattress. As SleepLikeTheDead.com notes, Saatva's customer service is reported as excellent.