Innerspring mattresses are one of the oldest (and the most reasonably priced) types of mattress on the market. They’re not the most comfortable, most supportive, or most enjoyable products, but if you’re on a budget, they get the job done.

However, just because innerspring mattresses use old technology doesn’t mean they don’t serve a purpose. With a little bit of research (and a good recommendation or two), it’s possible to have a premium quality night’s sleep without the premium price tag.

Today we are going to talk a little bit about the humble innerspring mattress and see how it has evolved from its historic beginnings. We’re going to discuss what you should look out for, what you should avoid, and provide 7 recommendations in our impartial innerspring mattress review.

Let’s get started.

What Makes Up An Innerspring Mattress

While the base technology is pretty much the same, the overall makeup of an innerspring mattress bares little resemblance to the products from 50 years ago. Modern innerspring mattresses are hybrids that use multiple layers of different materials to form a composite product that surpasses many peoples initial expectations.

The Innerspring

No prizes for guessing that the bottom layer of an innerspring mattress is the innerspring itself. Several individual springs are attached to an outer frame (and often each other) via a series of wires. It provides pressure relief and is incredibly durable. These days the rest of your mattress will almost always degrade before the innerspring does.

Composite Layers

Historically these composite layers were nothing more than a thin layer of a reasonably soft material that would simply obscure the feeling of the springs. However, these days innerspring mattresses have evolved and they oftentimes contain several layers of different kinds of foam for comfort and support.

These layers can be made up of everything and anything the mattress world has to offer including memory foam, latex, high-density foam and comfort foam. Using various materials in different sequences and quantities to form an upper layer (and then using an innerspring section as a base) is a surprisingly effective way to provide comfort on a budget.

Fabric Layer

The final layer on an innerspring mattress is the fabric layer. Its main purpose is to protect the bulk of the mattress and to provide a little comfort and softness on the top. Again this layer can be made from a number of materials, some of which (like rayon) have additional heat dissipation capabilities.

Why Pick An Innerspring Mattress?

There’s no getting around the fact that no one goes out with the intention of aiming to buy an innerspring product, there are obviously better options out there. Just the thought of a spring or two poking you in your back is enough to put most people off the idea (even if it basically never happens outside the movies).

However, despite the negative perception that many people unfairly have of innerspring mattresses – they’re really not that bad. Especially with the modern composite layered advances that have been made in recent years.

If you’re on a budget an Innerspring mattress is one of the best ways to get excellent levels of comfort and stability at an affordable price point.

And yeah, sure, an innerspring product isn’t going to be the absolute best mattress on the market…

But it doesn’t have to be the best to be good.

What To Look For In An Innerspring Mattress

There are few specific things you should be looking out for in any good innerspring mattress. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Layers

It may surprise you to learn that the most important thing to look out for in an innerspring mattress isn’t actually the springs themselves. Providing the springs are of an adequate quality (which they almost always are these days), then it’s the top layers that will provide you with the most noticeable difference in comfort and quality.

The very top layer is the most important. Ideally, you’ll want this to be at least 2 inches thick and made from a material like memory foam or latex. Comfort foam and other materials can occasionally be used as a top layer, but to be honest they are better suited as lower layers if at all possible.

The Innerspring

These days, most brands research and development departments have switched their focus from innerspring mattresses to coiled mattresses. So unless you go with a brand that’s unknown or has a bad reputation, all innersprings are going to do a reasonably similar job. There’s nothing “new” or advanced in the world of innersprings that separates one brand from another.

However, that being said try and pay attention to the following points.

Spring Count – The general rule of thumb here is that the more springs a mattress has, the better it is. More springs mean you’ve got less chance of two people rolling together in the middle of the mattress in the night and they also provide a more supportive base.

This isn’t so much of an issue these days as it once was. After a certain spring count adding more springs doesn’t really improve comfort anymore (and most brands today use more than enough springs to provide near optimum comfort).

Spring Material – Almost all innerspring mattresses these days are made from steel. If possible, find a product with tempered steel which is much more durable and slightly more supportive. Apart from that, they are very much the same.

Spring Gauge – Thicker springs provide a much firmer overall feel to the mattress compared to thinner springs. However, thinner springs degrade faster and the mattress will not last as long as it perhaps would have done if it had thicker springs.

A gauge of around 12 is going to be reasonably firm, and a gauge of around 15 will be quite soft. Don’t go much thicker or thinner than this (unless you know what you’re doing), things get very fragile or very firm outside this range.

Note: Heavier people should avoid thinner gauge springs as the additional pressure exerted on them can shorten the lifespan of the mattress.

Overall Best Innerspring Mattress – LinenSpa 8″ Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress

If you’re a regular reader of ours you’ll already know that we highly rate LinenSpa’s products. They offer exceptional quality at an unbeatable price point, and while their products don’t often get our #1 recommendation – they always make our shortlist.

However, today LinenSpa have been awarded the top spot with their brilliant 8-inch innerspring memory foam hybrid mattress.

The innerspring itself is made from high quality tempered steel that’s going to provide support and stand the test of time. The high spring count ensures that two people can sleep on it comfortably without ending up rolling together halfway through the night.

However, it’s not the spring that’s the star of the show with this product – it’s the foam.

The top layer of supremely comfortable quilted memory foam provides supportive luxuriousness throughout the night. Underneath that, you’ll find a generous 1.5-inch thick layer of comfort foam and a thin layer of felt padding to insulate springs.

It’s tough to get this much quality and comfort into a product that can be sold at this price point. But LinenSpa has managed it, and by doing so they have created one of the best innerspring mattresses the world has ever seen.

It’s more than worthy of your consideration.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Quilted memory foam layer
  • Pro – Comfort foam layer
  • Pro – Very reasonably priced
  • Pro – Tempered steel springs
  • Pro – Reputable brand
  • Pro – 10 Year warranty
  • Con – Memory foam layer could be a little thicker

6 Other Innerspring Mattresses We Recommend

10-inch Hybrid Innerspring and Memory Foam Pillow Top

We almost considered putting this product as our overall recommendation but it was just beaten to the top spot. It’s another tempered steel innerspring product that has a comfort section on top. It’s got a memory foam top layer, but unlike the LinenSpa, it’s got no secondary comfort foam layer. However, the soft pillow top section is covered with rayon which dissipates heat well and provides a cool night’s sleep.

Pros And Cons:

  • Pro – Memory foam layer
  • Pro – Comfort pillow top
  • Pro – Rayon covering
  • Pro – Tempered steel innerspring
  • Pro – Great brand
  • Con – No layer of comfort foam

Zinus 6 Inch Hybrid Foam and Spring Mattress

This product from Zinus is one of the thinnest mattresses on this list, but it’s also one of the cheapest. It’s not got the sense of luxury that some of the other products have, but if you’re on a budget it’s a great choice. The tempered steel innersprings are covered by very thin layers of high-density foam and comfort foam that get the job done (but they could be a little thicker). This is a very firm mattress that will not be to everyone’s tastes, so bear that in mind when making your decision.

Pros And Cons:

  • Pro – Very affordable
  • Pro – Tempered steel innersprings
  • Pro – 10 Year warranty
  • Pro – Respectable brand
  • Con – Very thin
  • Con – Very firm

LINENSPA 6 Inch Innerspring Mattress

If you liked the sound of the Zinus above, then we highly recommend you check this product out from LinenSpa too. It’s another 6-inch thick mattress that manages to provide quality at an excellent price point. It’s a reasonably firm mattress that only has a single layer of comfort foam and a thin layer of felt between you and the springs. It’s not luxurious, but it gets the job done.

Pros And Cons:

  • Pro – Reasonably priced
  • Pro – Tempered steel springs
  • Pro – Heavy gauge springs
  • Pro – Good brand
  • Con – Very thin
  • Con – Very firm

Englander Intrigue 7-Inch Quilted Innerspring Mattress

This medium firmness mattress from Englander is a great product from a well-respected brand. At 7 inches thick it’s not the thinnest product on this list (but it’s not the thickest either).

The 13.5 gauge tempered steel springs provide a great middle ground between durability and softness to provide comfort and firmness that will be agreeable to most people. There are several layers of quilted upholstery on the top (no foam) which provide a surprising amount of softness to the product.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Great brand
  • Pro – Tempered steel springs
  • Pro – Medium firmness
  • Pro – Soft feel
  • Con – Could be a little cheaper

Essential 6 Inch Coil Mattress by Signature Sleep

This product is very similar to the Englander above. It has a very similar amount of springs in the innerspring and they are also made from 13.5 gauge tempered steel. The main difference here is that this product has a respectable 1-inch thick layer of CentiPUR US certified foam separating the springs from the covering.

This adds a little extra luxury to the mattress and also makes it a little softer to sleep on. Its still a reasonably firm product (but it’s soft enough to be enjoyable by most people).

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Good brand
  • Pro – 1 inch of comfort foam
  • Pro – Medium-firm firmness
  • Pro – Very affordable
  • Con – Only 6 inches thick

Olee Sleep 10 IN Gel Infused Tight Top Hybrid Innerspring Mattress

Our final recommendation is one of our favorites. It’s got a 7.5-inch layer of tempered steel springs that form the base of the mattress. On top of that is a 1.5-inch thick layer of cooling gel infused memory foam. This gel infusion helps mitigate the thermal insulation properties of the memory foam and helps ensure a cool night’s sleep.

It’s one of the most luxurious and softest products on our list, but it’s also one of the most expensive.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – 1.5 Inch Thick Memory Foam
  • Pro – Cooling gel infused memory foam
  • Pro – 10 Inches thick overall
  • Pro – Tempered steel springs
  • Pro – 10 Year warranty
  • Con – Could be a little cheaper

Conclusion

So there you have it, all you ever needed to know about innerspring mattresses. There’s no getting around the fact that these mattresses are the last of a generation. These days manufacturers are deciding to opt for individually wrapped coils instead of complete innersprings.

However, while they may be one their way out, they’re not gone yet. And any one of the products we have recommended above will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep and they are all more than worthy of your consideration.

Sweet Dreams!

 

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