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Best Innerspring Mattress

By: Kelly Burgess on June 19, 2018

Innerspring mattresses are popular options

There are many, many types of innerspring mattresses on the market -- including some online-only offerings -- and you can choose firmness levels from very soft to rock hard.

Almost any of the mattresses in this category could have risen to Best Reviewed status, but for this update we're sticking with Sealy's Response Line of innerspring mattresses, most notably the Sealy Performance Collection (Est. $400 and up). The Performance Collection is the first in the Response Line series to feature Sealy's enduring -- and popular - Posturepedic technology. In fact, the Performance line is merely a re-naming of what was formerly called the Sealy Posturepedic Collection.

The Sealy Performance Collection features coils that are positioned to provide extra support in the center third of the mattress, where the heavier parts of the body rest. Response Line models with Posturepedic technology, including the upgraded Premier Collection, earn an overall above-average rating at Sleep Like the Dead, with 856 owner comments analyzed. In other input analyzed by Sleep Like the Dead, owners indicate that the mattress relieves pain initially and that the Performance Line'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.

At Consumer Reports, one mattress in the Performance Line that's exclusive to Macy's the Sealy Posturepedic Performance Lawson Euro Pillowtop (Est. $800 and up), earns a Recommended. In testing, the Lawson gets scores of Excellent for petite back sleepers and durability, Very Good for average-sized and large/tall back sleepers, as well as for stabilization; and Good for all other types and sizes of sleepers.

User reviews that we analyzed at retail sites show a high level of satisfaction across a number of models of the Response mattress line. Even the Essentials Collection, (less-expensive models in the Response Line without Posturepedic technology) tend to get good 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 mattresses for their home.

Sealy Performance mattresses come with a 10-year warranty, but at least 1.5 inches of sagging depth must be demonstrated before that is honored. Sealy does not have a so-called "comfort warranty," which is a time frame in which you can return your mattress if you're not happy with it, but many retailers that sell Sealy mattresses do offer one. Sealy mattresses are widely available at brick-and-mortar stores for those who like to "lie" before they buy.

The Simmons Beautyrest Silver (Est. $500 and up) line of mattresses is a close runner up in this category by virtue of two different mattresses in that collection earning recommendations from Consumer Reports. The Beautyrest Silver Golden Gate Pillowtop (Est. $1,600 and up) gets scores of Excellent for durability; Very Good for stabilization, petite, average and large/tall side sleepers; and Good for petite, average and large/tall back sleepers. This mattress is exclusive to Macy's.

The other recommended Beautyrest is the Beautyrest Silver High Tide Luxury Firm Summit Pillowtop (Est. $995 and up). It also earns an Excellent score for durability; Very Good scores for stabilization and petite and average back sleepers; and good for petite, average and large/tall side and back sleepers. This mattress is exclusive to Sears. And don't be put off by the seemingly high prices of either of these mattresses -- you're likely to find them on sale at much lower prices.

At Macy's, the Golden Gate gets props from customers too, with a 4.6-star average rating in around 80 reviews, although many of those reviews include the mattress and foundation -- and often the salesperson the customer dealt with. The High Tide doesn't fare as well at Sears, with pretty dismal ratings in just a few reviews. However, we always see fewer reviews and lower ratings at Sears -- people just seem more apt to weigh in there to complain.

The Simmons brand in general earns ratings at Sleep Like the Dead that are very similar to Sealy's -- and, really, the brands are nearly indistinguishable when you examine their product line. While many experts ding these large mattress conglomerates for a variety of reasons (which we won't go into here because they aren't really relevant to finding a comfortable mattress), they still remain quite popular with the average person. And there are good reasons for that: These companies have been making mattresses for many years, the vast selection means there's a good chance you'll find something you like, and you can physically try the mattresses out in a store -- still a popular concept even in the internet age. If your priority is an in-store experience where you can lie on the bed and then haggle with a human, we can confidently recommend either of these brands.

There are online-only innerspring mattress companies

Usually when people think about online-only mattresses, they think of foam, which we cover it its own section, but both of the runners up in the innerspring category this year are online-only mattresses. Both are good values and are backed by good customer service and terrific return policies. The downside, of course, is that you can't test them before you buy.

First up is the Saatva (Est. $600 and up), which is sold only through their website. It's the highest-rated mattress at Sleep Like the Dead, although with fewer reviews than for the Sealy line, just 293 to Sealy's 856. In addition, while the Saatva is rated in the innerspring category, it's actually made with a multi-layer coil-on-coil system that incorporates some foam for cushioning the coils. Sleep Like the Dead defines a hybrid mattress as one that uses at least two inches of foam, so the Saatva doesn't quite qualify there as it uses 1.25 to 1.5 inches of foam, depending upon the firmness.

In addition to its high ratings at Sleep Like the Dead, the one Saatva mattress included in Consumer Report's roundup earns a Recommended nod, with Very Good scores for both side and back sleepers of all sizes except petite side sleepers and large/tall back sleepers -- that score is Good. It also gets a Good for stabilization. The one Excellent score in that roundup is for durability after eight years of simulated use, but Sleep Like the Dead editors beg to differ, saying the Saatva's "durability/longevity [is] likely no better than fair."

Although you can't try the Saatva before you buy, the company offers a 120 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 of $99. In an article for the New York Times, detailing his experiences in buying, and then returning, a variety of online-only mattresses, Ron Lieber writes, "Saatva sent a crew to pick up its mattress, so there was no trouble there," confirming Sleep Like the Dead's evaluation of Saatva's excellent customer service (Lieber does not review mattresses for sleep comfort, only ease of ordering and returning). Saatva 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. Delivery and set up are free and they will remove your old mattress.

Saatva markets itself as a luxury innerspring mattress that's available online and, while its price points are lower than comparable mattresses targeted at the "luxury" market (whatever that may mean), they're still fairly pricey. For a coil mattress that's easier on the wallet, look to Signature Sleep (Est. $125 to $350). Like the Saatva, Signature Sleep innerspring mattresses are a hybrid of coil and foam, but without enough foam to officially qualify as a hybrid. Signature Sleep mattresses come in a range of thicknesses and sizes.

Signature Sleep's innerspring line earns an average owner satisfaction rating of 74 percent based upon 1,309 reviews at Sleep Like the Dead. In breaking that down, we find that the thinner mattresses tend to get poorer grades than the thicker mattresses. Still, thousands of owners give their Signature Sleep mattress very high ratings, with most saying the bed is very comfortable and they're thrilled with the price. One very popular feature: this mattress can be flipped, which helps extend its lifespan -- that's becoming increasingly rare in innerspring mattresses as, not surprisingly, most manufactures prefer you buy a mattress more frequently. We did see complaints about edge support, and Sleep Like the Dead gives it a D+ in that category, so if you love to hug the side of the bed, or roll around a lot, this mattress might not be a good choice for you, especially if you're a bit heavier.

Mattresses from Signature Sleep are only available through Amazon and Walmart. However, Amazon allows money-back returns for up to 30 days, while Walmart allows returns for 90 days. Signature Sleep does not offer a "comfort" guarantee as Saatva does -- you can only return a Signature Sleep mattress for defect issues, just like most other mattresses. We saw mixed reviews on the return process. Some say it's "impossible," without any further elaboration, while others say Amazon made it very easy by sending a local pickup service, and Walmart buyers say they returned their mattress to their local Walmart.

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