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Best Innerspring Mattress

By: Kelly Burgess on July 24, 2017

Innerspring mattresses are popular options

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's Response Line of innerspring mattresses, most notably the Sealy Performance Collection (Est. $400 and up). Formerly called Sealy Posturepedic, 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 SleepLiketheDead.com, with around 850 owner comments analyzed. In other input analyzed by SleepLiketheDead.com, 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.

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 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 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. 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 line (Est. $400 and up) is a very close runner up to Sealy's Performance Collection 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). 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 innerspring technology alone.

The Beautyrest earns slightly above-average ratings on SleepLiketheDead.com, compared with other innerspring mattresses that are widely available at retail, 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 Silver, formerly the Recharge is the company's basic model). At ConsumerReports.org, editors give 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.

Saatva sells a quality innerspring mattress online

While most mattresses purchased over the internet (as we discuss in more detail in the introduction to this report) are of the foam variety, the highest rated innerspring mattress at SleepLiketheDead.com is the Saatva (Est. $600 and up), which is sold only through their website.

There also needs to be some perspective regarding Saatva's high rating at SleepLiketheDead.com: it's based upon far fewer reviews, just about 290, 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 also point out that part of the stronger-than-average ratings may be skewed by Saatva's good customer service and low price compared to other mattresses made from the same materials. 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. SleepLiketheDead.com 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 SleepLiketheDead.com, the one Saatva mattress included in ConsumerReport.org's roundup earns Very Good scores for both side and back sleepers of all sizes except large/tall back sleepers -- that score is Good. However, the mattress gets just a Fair score for stabilization. That means if you're a light sleeper and sleep with a partner his or her movements may interrupt your sleep. It does not earn a Recommended nod there, either, although it's ratings are middle-of-the-pack for all mattresses classified as innerspring.

We see some love for this mattress from other reviewers, too. 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 highest rated hybrid mattress on the site, with an A+ rating. However, the Hales' tend to review lesser known and higher-end brands; Simmons, Sealy, Serta and other brands that are widely available at retail are not tested. 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.

Although you can't try the Saatva before you buy, the company 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 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 SleepLiketheDead.com'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.

An online-only innerspring mattress at a bargain price

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. $90 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 more than 1,315 reviews at SleepLiketheDead.com. 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 most manufactures prefer you buy a mattress more frequently. We did see complaints about edge support, and SleepLiketheDead.com 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.com and Walmart.com. However, Amazon allows money-back returns for up to 30 days, while Walmart allows returns for 90 days. We saw mixed reviews on the return process. Some say it's "impossible," without any further elaboration, while others say Amazon.com made it very easy by sending a local pickup service, and Walmart.com buyers say they returned their mattress to their local Walmart. 

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