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As popular as they’ve gotten in recent years, memory foam mattresses and bed-in-a-box models aren’t for everyone. If you count yourself among the crowd where this statement rings true, it’s time to start looking at innerspring mattresses. Unboxing may not be as convenient, but the best innerspring mattresses come with several other perks including a plusher top and a more supportive surface without the sinking feeling that often comes with memory foam and hybrid mattresses
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Traditionally, mattresses with coils are known for having a bit more bounce than other mattress types, but thanks to advanced technology, the best innerspring mattresses can isolate motion almost as well as memory foam — or at least a lot better than the old spring mattress in the spare bedroom of your grandparents’ house. 

I’ve personally tested more than three dozen mattresses and can attest to the fact that there’s nothing quite like a really great innerspring mattress for a good night’s sleep, but it does take some work to separate the good from the way-too-bouncy. That’s why I did it for you. Here are my favorites.

Note that all prices are for the queen size model of the mattress at the time of publishing. If you’re interested in other mattress sizes, check out our lists for the best twin, king and California king mattresses.

Best innerspring mattresses

Macy’s

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

6 or Medium to Medium-Firm

Trial

120 nights

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 6 or Medium to Medium-Firm
  • Trial: 120 nights 
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price (queen): $3,699

The Beautyrest Black is a fan-favorite and the best innerspring mattress overall. There are different models, but with its plush pillow top, 16-inch profile and advanced cooling technology, the C-Class is one of the most luxurious. Technically a hybrid, it’s made with a couple layers of pressure-relieving cooling and gel memory foams. This pocketed coil mattress has a base layer with an 850 pocket coil count.

The coils are constructed with a proprietary technique, called T3 Pocketed Coil Technology, that’s found only in the Beautyrest Black models — which is a fancy way of saying that each coil has three strands of steel that are wound into one. This solves some of the typical problems associated with innerspring mattresses by reducing motion transfer, absorbing bounce and the innerspring coils provide extra support so the mattress doesn’t sag over time. This mattress has five comfort levels and is compatible with an adjustable bed.

Saatva

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm

Trial

360 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm 
  • Trial: 365 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty
  • Price (Queen): $1,696

The Saatva Classic hybrid mattress is where the traditional innerspring mattress meets the modern need for increased comfort. It has two layers of springs. The first is a dual coil base layer that provides advanced support, prevents sagging, allows for increased airflow so the mattress doesn’t trap heat, and is recommended for hot sleepers. 

The middle layer consists of individually wrapped coils made from durable coil gauge that relieve pressure points and quickly respond to your body’s movement to prevent motion transfer. On top of those steel coils sits high-density memory foam and a 3-inch Euro pillow top that really gives it some extra oomph, if that’s what you’re looking for.

It comes in two mattress heights, 11.5 and 14.5 inches, and three comfort levels, Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm. The Plush Soft is ideal for all types of sleepers, but the Luxury Firm is most popular (what 82% of customers ultimately end up choosing, according to Saatva). Firm is best for spinal alignment and back support, especially if you’re a heavier sleeper. This Saatva mattress is compatible with an adjustable base. Read more in our Saatva mattress review

Mattress Firm

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

Plush: Medium or 5 | Firm: Firm or 9/10

Trial

90 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: Multiple firmness levels
  • Trial: 120 nights
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price (queen): $2,399

Stearns & Foster mattresses are on the pricier side, but they’re still a great value, especially when you consider the quality. The Estate Rockwell 15-inch Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress, which was designed by scientists from Tempur-Pedic, is made with an exclusive type of coil system called IntelliCoil. This memory-foam mattress has an individually wrapped pocket and has two coils — one that rests inside the other — for added durability, advanced contouring and even weight distribution. 

A layer of memory foam sits on top of the coils to help relieve pressure and optimize comfort. This specific model is classified as a Luxury Firm, which means it offers that initial plush feel when you first climb onto it, but with an under layer of firm support, no matter your sleeping position. If Luxury Firm isn’t for you, the mattress also comes in a Luxury Plush model. It has a similar construction, but with the addition of extra pressure-relieving memory foam. Read more in our Stearns & Foster mattress review

Avocado

Type

Organic latex hybrid mattress

Firmness

2 firmness levels | Standard: medium or 5 | Plush: medium-soft or 3

Trial

365 nights

Warranty

25-year warranty

  • Type: Latex hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 2 firmness levels | Standard: 5 or Medium | Plush: 3 or Medium-Soft
  • Trial: 180 nights
  • Warranty: 25-year warranty
  • Price (queen): $3,899

The Luxury Plush Mattress is the newest model in Avocado’s already impressive line. This extra deep mattress has a total of 21 layers of premium materials like natural latex, wool, silk and cotton (all organic and/or natural) combined with 3,136 individually pocketed coils. Everything is strategically arranged into five ergonomic comfort zones that relieve pressure where you need it and provide extra support where you don’t. 

There are two models, standard or one with a pillow top. The pillow top comes at an additional cost of $800 to $1,200 depending on the size of the mattress, but it adds 3 inches of plushness, extra contouring and advanced motion isolation. The only catch is that, because the mattress is so tall, it requires deep pocket sheets even without the pillow top, so keep that in mind. 

Macy’s

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

5 or Medium

Warranty

10-year warranty

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 5 or Medium 
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Price (queen): $1,199

Sealy may be one of the most recognizable names in the world of innerspring mattresses. Over the past 65 years, the company has been working on perfecting its mattresses and the Posturepedic Silver Pine 15-inch Medium Euro Top Mattress is one of the most recent, and high-quality, models. It has heavy-duty coils that are designed to reduce movement and provide extra reinforcement to the mattress’ edges, so there’s no sinking or sagging no matter where you’re positioned on the mattress.

A couple layers of memory foam and a Euro plush pillow top sit on top of the coils, adding some extra softness that contours your body while also providing adequate support. It’s classified as a “Cushion Firm,” which means it has a bit more give than typical firm mattresses, but with a little extra padding in areas you need it most, like your hips and shoulders.

Wayfair

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

4 or Medium to Medium-Soft

Trial

100 nights

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 4 or Medium to Medium-Soft
  • Trial: 100 nights
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price (queen): $889

Another model from Beautyrest, the Silver 12-inch Plush Innerspring Mattress is a budget-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on comfort. Its base layer is made with what the brand calls “Plush Pocketed Coils” — a specialized system of individually pocketed springs that move independently to adapt to your body shape while also eliminating motion transfer. 

Gel memory foam, which offers advanced lumbar support and breathability to keep you cool, sits on top of the innersprings, while a thin layer of memory foam underneath the coils provides extra support for your body and the mattress. This under-layer of memory foam adds a little bit in terms of comfort, but it mostly prevents the springs from sagging in one spot and eliminates the need to have to regularly flip the mattress — a common complaint with older innerspring models.

Other mattresses we’ve tested

Our CNET Sleep editors collectively write our best mattress lists based on their experience with over 100 different mattresses. The beds listed above are all top picks, but with so many to choose from, there are a few great beds that deserve an honorable mention. 

Leesa Legend mattress: The Leesa Legend mattress is a thick, premium bed that boasts two layers of coils. One layer is made with pocketed coils, while there is also a microcoil layer in the top layers. This is pretty unique for a mattress, and it offers a ton of back support. Especially if you’re somebody who weighs over 230 pounds. As far as comfort goes, it has a medium firmness level that’s really accommodating and a fluffy, soft foam feel that is more responsive than traditional memory foam. 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature: Value shoppers should keep Brooklyn Bedding Signature on their list of ideal options. It’s a premium hybrid mattress that costs the same price as popular foam mattresses like Casper or Purple. It also is available in three different firmness levels, so any sleeping position can find a comfortable option.  

How we test

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Innerspring mattress FAQs

Do people still buy innerspring mattresses?

Yes and no. People don’t buy the traditional type of innerspring mattresses your mom or grandma had as a kid. However, modern mattresses do utilize coils or innersprings to provide ample support and durability. However, there are usually layers of foam materials, cotton, or wool for added comfort. 

How many springs in a mattress is good?

The best innerspring mattresses have 1,000 springs or more. However, smaller mattresses like twin or twin XL beds may have slightly less because they aren’t as large and require less springs in their constructions. 

Is an innerspring or coil mattress better?

“Innersprings” and “coils” are terms that can almost be used interchangeably, and they often offer the same benefits of support and durability. However, pocketed coils are all individually cased in fabric, and move independently from one another. This makes it better at isolating motion than traditional innerspring systems which all moved as one cohesive unit. Most innerspring beds these days are made with “pocketed coils” rather than regular innersprings. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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