Best Innerspring Mattresses of 2019: Reviews and Buyer's Guide

By Nicole Gleichmann

Innerspring mattresses are the traditional style of mattress that many people have spent their entire life sleeping on. These beds are built with a coil core support system that makes the bed durable, firm, and bouncy.

In this guide, we’ll share our top 9 best innerspring mattress reviews, and all the insider tips on what to look for in an innerspring mattress in our buyer’s guide.

Best Innerspring Mattresses

Below you can get a glimpse at our 9 top-rated innerspring mattresses. In the next section, you can learn more about each individual mattress.

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Saatva

Editor's Choice
  • It’s customizable, made with quality materials, and eco-friendly.
  • It’s known for having great edge and lumbar support.
  • You can customize the height, firmness and size of your mattress, as well as the height of your foundation (if you choose to buy one through Saatva).

No more aches and pains when we get up in the morning."

Carla R.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10

Trial Period

120 days

DreamCloud

Best Luxury
  • An 8-layer luxury hybrid mattress made with memory foam and coils.
  • Its patent-pending technology is designed to cradle your body on a plush surface while providing support and spine alignment.

DreamCloud is a must-have for anyone who thinks their back pain is insurmountable.”

Del R.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 days

The Aviya

Best Value
  • Combining foam and individually wrapped innerspring coils, it provides the perfect combination of comfort and support.
  • Customize your preferred comfort level by choosing one of three firmness levels: plush, luxury firm, firm.
  • The layer of 3” support foam, which encases pocket coils, makes the Aviya feels 15% larger.

We love the comfortable yet supportive feel of the mattress! No more springs in my back!”

Jen K.
Customer Rating
3 / 5
MA Score
8.4 / 10
Firmness

Three firmness levels: plush, luxury firm and firm

Trial Period

100 days

Alexander Signature Hybrid

Best for Side Sleepers
  • Made of four premium layers, including foam and pocket coils.
  • Offers great cooling properties, comfort, and edge support.

What a difference a mattress makes. We used to wake several times through the night but not anymore."

Michael L.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.2 / 10
Firmness

Choose between Plush, Medium, Luxury Firm

Trial Period

100 days

Brooklyn Signature

Best for Pain Relief
  • Known as the #BestMattressEver
  • A hybrid mattress made with foam and pocket coils.
  • Keeps you cool and adjusts to your body movements throughout the night.
  • You can choose between soft (4/10), medium (6/10) or firm (8/10) depending on your firmness preference. Brooklyn Bedding provides a guide to help you choose your firmness if you’re not sure.

What they say is true! It is the BEST mattress ever."

Laurie S.
Customer Rating
4.7 / 5
MA Score
9.1 / 10
Firmness

Choose your preference: Available in soft, medium or firm

Trial Period

120 days

Helix Midnight LUXE

Best for Couples
  • The LUXE mattresses offered by Helix are the brand’s premium line of mattresses. The mattresses featured in the LUXE collection are 4’’ taller in height compared to the original line and offer zoned lumbar support, as well as, a premium cooling pillow top.
  • The body zoning support offered by the Helix Midnight LUXE cradles your shoulders and provides added support around your hips to keep your body weight evenly distributed.

It does help my back alignment greatly.”

Shawn S.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Bowery Hybrid

Best Cooling
  • A budget-friendly hybrid mattress.
  • Combines the targeted pressure point relief of individually encased coils with the contouring comfort of quilted gel memory foam.
  • If you want to see the Brooklyn Bowery mattress for yourself (and live in Arizona, Utah, Michigan or Minnesota) you can visit one of their showroom locations.

The best mattress I’ve ever had. I can sleep in any position. I had a thousand dollar latex mattress that did not have this comfort."

Ted T.
Customer Rating
5 / 5
MA Score
9.0 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

120 days

Titan

Best Firm Mattress
  • Uses its unique hybrid design to give heavy sleepers great rest night after night.
  • The Titan has an extra lift and is more durable than the average mattress, ensuring its long life.
  • Brooklyn Bedding owns the manufacturing process from start to finish. They make the mattresses right here in the USA and sell them directly to customers.

This bed is clearly made for big people. It provides great support and is soft enough for a very comfortable sleep."

Bradley A.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.2 / 10
Firmness

Firm: 7/10

Trial Period

120 days

Big Fig

Best for Heavy Sleepers
  • Designed specifically to meet the needs of sleepers with a bigger figure.
  • It can support up to 1000 lbs. of weight for couples or up to 500 lbs. for a single sleeper.
  • Comes complete with a custom-made foundation that is designed to support larger amounts of weight.
  • The top layer is treated with an innovative ThermoGel which converts moisture from perspiration into a refrigerant, immediately cooling the surface.

Any more of my big-boned brothers who are on the fence, I suggest you take the plunge, really a good, quality mattress.”

Robert
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial Period

120 days

In our next section, we’ll take an in-depth look at each mattress. We’ll go over what we love about them, why they won each award, how they performed in our testing, and any purchasing details you should know.

Make sure to watch out for key factors like who it’s good for, pricing, and materials to decide if a mattress is a good fit for you.


Saatva

Editor's Choice
Saatva mattress in a bedroom

Saatva Highlights

While there are a lot of great innerspring mattresses out there, the Saatva is our favorite because it excels across the board. The mattress is composed of 5 premium material layers, including coil on coil, memory foam, and a euro pillow-top. And all of these materials are eco-friendly (though the company notes that the bed is not 100% organic).

The Saatva is fully customizable, from the mattress height and firmness to the height of the optional foundation. You can choose between plush soft, luxury firm, and firm, making this mattress a great choice for a wide range of sleepers. The Saatva received an almost perfect Mattress Advisor score for spine alignment and has outstanding lumbar support, helping you to wake up without aches and pains.

On top of being an amazing mattress, the Saatva team really steps things up with their free white-glove delivery service, in-home setup, and old mattress removal. This paired with their generous 120-day trial period and 15-year limited warranty shows us that Saatva wants to make sure you end up with the right mattress for your needs. Perhaps most shockingly, this luxury product and service come at a bargain price of $1,099 for a queen.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


DreamCloud

Best Luxury
Dreamcloud mattress feature image

DreamCloud Highlights

If you are a luxury sleeper who longs for restful, rejuvenating sleep, then the DreamCloud may be right for you. The DreamCloud layers coils and memory foam for eight pristine layers that cradle your unique curves. Their top-tier materials are designed to give you the best rest of your life. In those eight layers, you will find a cashmere top (which provides breathability, softness, and is naturally resistant to bedbugs), five types of memory foam, latex, and coils, layered thoughtfully to provide a truly luxurious and deep sleep.

With almost perfect scores in our responsiveness (a measure of how your mattress moves with you) and spine alignment tests, this mattress helps sleepers by both conforming to their every move and preserving the straightness of their spine.

Another thing we appreciate about DreamCloud is that they understand that a luxury mattress purchase is a big decision. To make the choice a bit less stressful, they offer a full 365-day trial period, a lifetime warranty, and free returns.

Read our full DreamCloud mattress review.


Aviya

Best Value
Aviya mattress in a bedroom

Aviya Highlights

If you’re in the market for a less expensive mattress that will stand the test of time, the Aviya is a solid choice. This mattress combines individually wrapped innerspring coils with layers of memory foam for great durability, spine support, and comfort. The hearty structure of the Aviya is also clear in its outstanding edge support and its strong performance on our “side test,” (which judges how well the mattress supports someone sleeping along the very edge of the bed).

Thankfully, all of that durability doesn’t mean that comfort falls by the wayside. Aviya offers three comfort levels: plush, luxury firm, and firm. In our in-house testing, we found that spine alignment and responsiveness stood out in the Aviya, with pressure relief coming in around average. The lowest-performing area for the Aviya was motion transfer (meaning you might be able to feel your partner moving around), but for single sleepers or couples who don’t need complete motion isolation, Aviya offers a great deal on a mattress that will last a long time.

With a 100-day trial period and a 10-year limited warranty, Aviya is our choice for a great mattress on a budget.

Read our full Aviya mattress review.


Alexander Signature Hybrid

Best for Side Sleepers
Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress

Alexander Signature Hybrid Highlights

We love this premium, customizable hybrid mattress by Nest Bedding because it’s a great choice for side sleepers. The Alexander Signature Hybrid received a near-perfect score in responsiveness in our in-house testing, meaning that it will feel seamless as you move throughout the night. As side sleepers tend to move around more than back or front sleepers, superior responsiveness is particularly beneficial for them.

The Alexander Signature Hybrid consists of four layers of foam and pocket coils, topped with gel-infused memory foam with soft-quilted THERMIC® phase change fabric to ensure you sleep cool. You can choose to order your mattress in plush, medium, or luxury firm, depending on your comfort preferences.

The company offers a lifetime warranty, which says quite a bit about their confidence in the quality and durability of this mattress. 

Read our full Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress review.


Brooklyn Signature

Best for Pain Relief
Brooklyn Signature mattress

Brooklyn Signature Highlights

Brooklyn Signature is one of our highest-rated mattresses on Mattress Advisor for a reason. Of course, one of the most important things a mattress can do for you is to help relieve back pain (and not make it worse). Brooklyn Signature does this by providing superior pressure relief. In fact, it scored 9.5 out of 10 in our in-house testing for pressure relief. The Brooklyn Signature also got great scores in spine alignment and responsiveness, making it a fantastic choice for side sleepers.

Not only side sleepers can benefit from this outstanding mattress, however. Brooklyn Signature offers firmness customization that makes this mattress a great choice for anyone with back pain (or anyone wanting to avoid it). The company recommends that side sleepers opt for soft, combination back/side/stomach sleepers choose medium, and back sleepers go with firm.

The Brooklyn Signature manages to wow us not only across its features, but also with its low price of $949 for a queen. With their 120-night trial, you’ll be able to determine whether the Brooklyn Signature is the mattress for you. The company does note that it may take 30 days to adjust to the mattress, so be sure to give yourself time before making your final decision.

Read our full Brooklyn Signature mattress review.


Helix Midnight Luxe

Best for Couples

Helix Midnight Luxe Highlights

The LUXE line of mattresses by Helix are the company’s premium line of mattresses. The Helix Midnight Luxe is a top choice for a number of reasons, but first and foremost is the mattress’s zoned lumbar support. Over 1,000 individually wrapped pocket coils provide zoned support, cradling you while you sleep and providing extra support to the hips so that you can avoid an arch in your lower back.

Another thing that makes this mattress great for couple is its exceptional cooling technology. This 14” mattress is wrapped in a cooling cover and topped with an ultra-cool premium pillow top, designed to absorb excess body heat. In fact, the Helix Midnight Luxe we ordered felt cool months after unboxing.

You can take advantage of the 100-night trial period to see whether this mattress is right for you and your partner. 

Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe mattress review.


Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid

Best Cooling
Bowery hybrid mattress in a bedroom with pillows

Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Highlights

We chose Bowery Hybrid as our “Best Cooling” mattress because its 1” gel foam memory topper and 2” comfort foam layer with open cell technology combine to create an amazingly cool sleeping experience. But the Bowery Hybrid truly excels across the board.

It scored high in everything from spine alignment to motion transfer in our in-house testing facility. This means this low-priced mattress is great for couples, and can accommodate side sleepers. On top of that, it is one of the most affordable mattresses out there because everything is made in house. Because Brooklyn Bowery eliminates the middle men, you are able to get all of the luxury and support of gel memory foam and pocket coils without breaking the bank.

You can decide whether you love the Bowery Hybrid as much as we do with their 120-day trial period, and return the mattress for free if you’re not completely satisfied. This all-around impressive mattress with great customer experience comes with a $799 price tag for a queen.

Read our full Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid mattress review.


Titan by Brooklyn Bedding

Best Firm Mattress
Titan mattress in bedroom

Titan Highlights

If you’re looking for a durable, firm mattress, look no further than the Titan by Brooklyn Bedding. This mattress was designed specifically with plus-sized sleepers in mind, but it has a plethora of features that can help sleepers of all sizes get the quality rest they need.

The Titan mattress uses a unique innerspring and foam design to provide optimal support. In addition to great support, this mattress received high scores for both responsiveness and spine alignment in our in-house testing. It is designed to provide extra lift and durability, avoiding sag and keeping edge support strong for longer than most mattresses.

Another selling point for this mattress is that it sleeps cool thanks to its 1” layer of cooling gel memory foam. And for those looking for an even cooler night’s sleep, a cooling top is available for an extra fee.

Brooklyn Bedding offers a 100-night trial, 10-year warranty, and free returns and shipping on their Titan model.

Read our full Titan mattress review.


Big Fig

Best for Heavy Sleepers
Big Fig mattress

Big Fig Highlights

The Big Fig mattress is designed to help plus-sized sleepers get the best night’s sleep possible, supporting up to 1,000 pounds of weight. In addition, the mattress comes with a foundation specially crafted to support more weight than a typical bed. With a 9.5 out of 10 in our in-house motion transfer test, couples of all sizes can get in and out of bed without waking one another up.

One of our favorite parts of this mattress is its ability to help people stay cool at night. The Big Fig tackles the problem of overheating in a unique and exciting way. They use an innovative ThermoGel that converts the moisture from perspiration into a refrigerant which then cools the surface.

The Big Fig can be delivered for free to your doorstep, and comes full size, rather than in a box. They offer 120 days to try your new mattress and a 20-year warranty, during which repairs or replacements are free. 

Read our full Big Fig mattress review.


Innerspring Mattress Buyer’s Guide

Tons of people have been sleeping on an innerspring mattress all their lives without knowing the difference. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll go over all the important considerations you should make when evaluating an innerspring mattress so you can become a more informed shopper.

In this guide, we’ll go over:

What is an Innerspring Mattress?

The simple definition of an innerspring mattress is found in its name—it is a mattress with an inner core of springs. These springs are called coils, and they make up the supportive core of the mattress.

Inside coils of an innerspring mattress

Innerspring mattresses were invented in the late 1800s and have remained the most popular mattress type since the 1930s. The steel coils offer a springy, supportive bounciness that remains unique and sought-after to this day.

Dissect an innerspring mattress and you will find other materials that improve its longevity and comfort. Surrounding the coils is sturdy polyurethane foam. This foam keeps the springs in place and provides firm edge support for when you get in and out of bed.

Above the bed of coils are multiple comfort layers, typically one or more varieties of foam wrapped in a quilted cover. The three main types of foam that you will find are:

  • Polyurethane foam, which is cost-effective, soft, and gently springy.
  • Memory foam, which is both soft and supportive while offering superior contouring abilities.
  • Latex foam, which is a more springy, responsive foam that can range from relatively soft to firm.

Innerspring mattresses run the range of budget-friendly to luxuriously costly. And thanks to the variety of materials used in their construction, they are a solid option for any type of sleeper.

Type of Coils

One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for an innerspring mattress is the type of coils found within. Coil type influences what a mattress feels like, how long it lasts, and how much it costs.

  • Pocket spring coils: Also known as wrapped coils and Marshall coils, the pocket spring coil is the nicest type of coil. Each spring is individually wrapped in a fabric. The result is a mattress with enhanced motion isolation and body contouring properties.
  • Bonnell coils: Sometimes called open coils, Bonnell coils are the oldest and least comfortable coil type. These springs, which resemble an hourglass, are wired together. The structure yields a durable and supportive mattress with multiple negatives when it comes to sleep quality. Movement is felt throughout the mattress, it can be noisy, and it does not conform to the body’s curves.
  • Offset coils: Offset coils are similar to Bonnell coils, but with improvements that make it a more comfortable mattress type. The hourglass shape is slightly altered to create a hinging effect, resulting in enhanced body contouring and motion isolation. In comfort and cost, the offset coil falls between the Pocket spring and Bonnell coil.
  • Continuous coils: This type of mattress is the only one that contains a single, continuous wire instead of individual coils. This wire is constructed into rows that resemble a series of S-shapes. It’s incredibly durable and affordable, but not very comfortable. It is firm, doesn’t conform well to the body, and is quite noisy.

What Does an Innerspring Mattress Feel Like?

Most of us grew up sleeping on an innerspring mattress, and many continue to do so to this day. The firm, springy support is something that you are probably very familiar with. But outside of this bounciness and stable support, every coil mattress is different.

You have probably noticed how different these mattresses can feel. Take an innerspring pillowtop mattress with a comfort layer of conforming memory foam. You will feel the soft give and pressure point relief that comes from these comfort layer materials.

On the flip side, if you lay down on a cheap, minimalistic innerspring bed, there is often only a very thin layer of polyurethane foam. This type of mattress may feel overly firm and bouncy, without much comfort.

The best way to know what to expect from an innerspring mattress is to do your research. Learn about how the mattress is made and what materials are used. Read both customer reviews and third-party mattress reviews to learn about the pros, cons, and user experience.

The Pros of an Innerspring Mattress

  • Sleeps cool: The coil center allows plenty of air circulation, resulting in a mattress that sleeps cooler than most other mattresses.
  • Good for sex and movement: Thanks to the springiness and responsiveness of steel coils, this type of mattress is very bouncy and good for sex and moving around at night.
  • Affordable: While there are a wide range of innerspring mattress costs, you can find inexpensive options.
  • Familiar: Most people have spent many years sleeping on these mattresses and therefore know what to expect.
  • Supportive: The pushback provided by the springs offers impeccable support great for those who like a medium-to-firm mattress.
  • Solid edge support: The edge of coil mattresses is normally fairly supportive. A firm edge is helpful for people who sleep near or sit on the edge of their bed.

The Cons of an Innerspring Mattress

  • Noisy: Springs can become creaky over time or during adult activities.
  • Transfers motion: Springs easily transmit movement from one side of the bed to the others, which can be disruptive for people who share their bed.
  • Durability: On average, innerspring mattresses do not have as long of a lifespan as other mattresses, largely due to sagging over time. Spring quality will largely determine longevity.
  • Non-conforming: In comparison to other mattress types, innerspring mattresses are not as good at contouring to a sleeper’s unique body shape. This is particularly troublesome for side sleepers.

Who is an Innerspring Mattress Good For?

The benefits of the innerspring mattress make it a solid option for many different types of people.

People who like a firm mattress tend to find innerspring mattresses comfortable. Back sleepers and front sleepers, in particular, require a firm mattress to maintain proper spine alignment. Some side sleepers will also find an innerspring mattress comfortable, but only if it has a thick comfort layer and, potentially, a pillow-top.

Many people who sleep hot find that innerspring mattresses are the best option for their needs. Because of the abundant air circulation allowed by the space between the coils, this is the most breathable mattress material. This also makes the coil mattress good for those who live in a warm climate without air conditioning.

Another group who can benefit from a spring mattress are people who have trouble getting into or out of bed. The bouncy support and firm edges make it easy to get on and off of the mattress and to move around at night. This can benefit the elderly or others who have mobility challenges.

That same bounciness results in a bed that is good for those who move around a lot at night—so long as they do not share their bed. Otherwise, that motion will be shared with their partner.

Who is an innerspring mattress not good for?

Thanks to the many types of coils and comfort materials, most people can find a suitable innerspring mattress. However, some people would prefer to sleep on memory foam or latex mattresses thanks to their unique attributes.

Let’s start with side sleepers. When you sleep on your side, you need more give at your shoulders, hips, and ankles. Without enough give, improper spine alignment and pain at these pressure points is common. Memory foam mattresses are the best option for optimal pressure point relief.

Next, many couples find that they sleep best on either latex or memory foam mattresses. When you share a spring mattress, you are likely to be woken up when your partner moves. Plus, the springs are noisy, which can disturb your sleep and make sex a bit awkward if you live with other people. Latex mattresses are a popular option for couples because they are a responsive foam that offers adequate support for adult activities without the downfalls of the coil mattress.

Lastly, innerspring mattresses may not be the best option if you are someone who has chronic pain or wakes up with aches and pains in the morning. While the springs can offer good support for people who sleep on their back or front, the lack of contouring often leads to poor spine alignment. If you experience pain when you sleep on a spring mattress, a latex or memory foam mattress may offer some relief.

Shopping Considerations

When you begin to start shopping for an innerspring mattress, there are a handful of factors that you should take into consideration to ensure that you find a quality mattress that works for you.

Sleeping Position Considerations

How you sleep influences what type of mattress will be best for you.

Back and side sleepers have similar needs: a firm mattress that offers enough support to keep their spine properly aligned. If you fall into either of these categories, avoid an innerspring mattress with an overly thick comfort layer. Pillow tops, too, can be too soft.

Side sleepers need a bed that sinks in at their pressure points. Without the right contouring, a side sleeper will experience poor spine alignment and pressure and pain at their joints. For this reason, opt for a coil mattress with a thick and conforming comfort layer. A pillow top may also help to cushion your body.

Budget

You can find budget-friendly and luxury innerspring mattresses. A good-quality coil mattress will usually cost upwards of $700 for a queen. There are cheaper options, but keep in mind that an inexpensive model is unlikely to provide a mattress that is both comfortable and durable. This does not mean that every expensive mattress will be worth it. Do you research to ensure that you are getting the quality that you pay for.

Coil Counts and Gauge

Coil count and coil gauge are two factors that tell you about the quality of the mattress and the springs found within.

Coil count influences the feel and longevity of a mattress. As a general rule, the more coils, the better it will feel and the longer it will last. Look for a mattress that has a minimum of 800 coils. Once you exceed 1,000 coils, you are unlikely to feel a difference.

Coil gauge is a measure of how thick the coils are. A coil gauge normally measures between 12 and 15. Counterintuitively, a higher gauge means a thinner coil. A high-gauge, thin coil is going to be more flexible, with a bit of a softer feel. A low-gauge, thick coil is going to be very firm and durable.

If you like a firm mattress, look for a coil gauge of 13 or lower. For those who like a bit more give to a mattress, 14 is a good coil gauge.

Trial Period and Warranty

Always look for a mattress that offers a generous trial period and a long-lasting warranty. Most quality mattresses will come with a 90-100 day trial period. During this time, you can return or exchange the mattress for little-to-no cost. Some will even extend this offer for a full year, allowing you to thoroughly test out your new mattress.

Warranties typically cover manufacturing issues only. A good warranty should last a minimum of 10 years. Be wary of short warranties. They often signal a poor-quality product.

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing

Asking the right questions can help you find a mattress that you will enjoy for years to come. Here are a handful of questions that you should ask before you commit to buying a new mattress.

  • How long is the trial period and what are its terms?
  • What are the terms and conditions of the warranty?
  • What types of coils are used, what is their gauge, and what is the coil count?
  • Will this bed provide the right type of support for my sleep position?
  • What materials are used in the comfort layer?
  • Is this bed the right mix of durability, comfort, and value for me?

With the answers to these questions, you should have what you need to determine if this is the right new mattress to set you up for a good night’s sleep.

Summary

We understand how hard mattress shopping can be. We hope our top picks for the best innerspring mattresses and our comprehensive buyer’s guide have helped you along your journey to finding a mattress that you will look forward to sleeping in for many years to come.

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