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.
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. Among all innerspring mattresses, Sealy is one of the highest-rated lines on SleepLikeTheDead.com, with more than 900 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.
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, 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 (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 Posturepedic, Simmons also features a new hybrid line that is a combination of memory foam and innerspring. Although these hybrid models are too new to garner many reviews, 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. This figure is based on more than 630 user comments. Site editors note that users give the Beautyrest high ratings for support and value, and many report that the mattresses are very comfortable -- comments we saw reiterated in the user reviews we evaluated. Owners 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.
A relatively new innerspring line that is garnering comparable reviews to the Posturepedic is the Serta iSeries (Est. $1,500 and up). This line, which starts at a much higher price point than the basic, innerspring Beautyrest or Posturepedic mattresses, features pocketed coils topped with memory foam, which gets very good reviews for both comfort and motion isolation. Users say it offers excellent support, yet, unlike mattresses that use memory foam alone, does not feel too warm after lying on it for a few hours. Feedback from more than 275 users, analyzed by SleepLikeTheDead.com, indicates that the iSeries gets better ratings overall than most innerspring mattresses, but the line is relatively new, so historical information regarding durability is not yet widely available. In addition, Serta, as a company, gets good feedback for quality products and customer service.
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