Innerspring Mattresses – Are Steel Springs Still A Key Ingredient In A Really Comfortable Mattress? Surprisingly, Maybe So...

Innerspring, or coil, type mattresses are the most common version of mattress sold in the U.S. And while innerspring mattresses have been around since the early 1900's, they have changed radically in the last 10 - 15 years. Where innerspring mattresses used to be fairly simple beds, 6" - 8" thick with a continuous layer of coiled wire surrounded by a bit of foam or batted cotton - today they are clocking in at 11" - 15" thick and they often sport a substantial "pillow top" layer offering the latest innovation in mattress technology (memory foam, latex, etc.).

The Case For The Old School Innerspring Mattress-Why It Just Might Not Be So Bad-

Have you ever noticed how cranky you can get if you didn’t have enough sleep the night before? Without ample rest, not only will you be in a bad mood the next day, but not being able to rest properly actually affects your body in many negative ways. A good night’s sleep is usually just what you need in order to gain strength to face the next day. Sleeping is the time that the body recuperates from the demands of the day, and it is when the body’s many systems recover and repair damages.

There are so many things that affect sleep. Factors, such as temperatures and noise, have an effect on sleep. Your bed will also have a lot to do with how well you sleep. So, choosing the right mattress is important and it should not be made hastily. It’s important to research about the different types available so that you’ll be able to pick the type that’s best for you.

These days, many kinds of mattresses exist. One of the most well-known and also the oldest type is the innerspring mattress. Two vital components make up an innerspring mattress – the cushion or foam, and the springs. Springs allow a mattress to keep its good shape, and these are also the elements that provide support. The cushion adds the comfort factor.

Innerspring mattresses are also known as coil mattresses, and many consumers prefer this over others because these are affordable, highly recognizable, generally comfortable and responsive when couples are sharing a bed, and there are so many varieties to choose from. When it comes to innerspring mattresses, there are mainly 4 general options, and these are – open or bonnell; continuous; offset; and wrapped or Marshall coil mattresses, also known as pocketed coils.

Benefits to Health

1. Provides Better Support

A good mattress should not be too soft or too hard. If you get something that’s too soft, you’ll feel yourself being swallowed up by the entire bed and your body won’t get the support it needs. Conversely, a mattress that is too hard will hinder proper blood circulation. When you opt for either of the two, you won’t be able to have a good night’s rest. You’ll find yourself tossing about just to find a good position.

The innerspring mattress, on the other hand, continues to be a top choice because it offers sufficient support. The individual springs underneath its comfortable cushion will hold up different parts of the body properly. The pressure exerted by the inner springs is just right; so, you won’t have to suffer from poor circulation or inadequate support. If you opt for a coil mattress, you’re less likely to suffer from aching backs or cramped muscles.

2. Cools the Body

Because there is air in between each inner spring, coil mattresses are not that hot to sleep on; unlike those that are entirely made of foam. Therefore, the mattress’ structure actually has a cooling effect, which makes it a good option if you’re living in an area that can get quite warm. Remember, comfort is vital in being able to sleep soundly.

Why the move towards these high altitude mattresses? The fact is that old school mattress makers have realized that sleeping on a slab of steel wire is just not very comfortable, and outdated, when you consider all of the hybrid mattress options out there.

And as the mattress industry has seen new technologies enter the market, such as beds made using memory foam, latex, gel foams, even the popularity of digital air beds on the rise, conventional innerspring manufacturers have had to scramble to reinvent their product to try to compete. As a result, a new generation of far more comfortable coil type mattresses employing a unique technology has been created.

This technology enables the components to reduce pressure points far more efficiently, distribute weight evenly, and universally supports almost every body type, a kind of “one size fits” all mattress.

This technology, called a “pocketed coil” system, is actually pretty amazing. Rather than weaving all of the coils together in one big slab, unconnected coils are inserted one by one, each reacting differently to weight and movement, like a piston.

Pocketed coil mattresses are becoming hugely popular. However, it can be a bit of a challenge for many people to determine exactly why that is. We made this handy list of top 5 ways in which pocketed coils help you get quality sleep to help you select the best mattress type for your best night’s sleep.

3. Reduced Partner Disturbance

Pocketed coils are individually encased so they each respond independently to pressure. Any movement you or your partner make during the night will be greatly reduced!

4. Complete Support

Each coil responds individually to the contours of the body, enabling them to fill into the gaps of your sleeping form.

5. Optimal Comfort

Another benefit of the fabric encased coils is their ability to minimize pressure points for premium comfort.

6. Enhanced Durability

The fabric encased coils are more durable than simple innerspring designs.

Also, on the outer edge of pocketed coil mattresses, where you tend to sit, put your shoes on, or simply transfer to a standing position, the first few lines of coils may be stiffer, while as you get into particular zones of the bed, the coils may be slightly softer and cushier in feel. In one mattress, especially a high quality unit, you can get as many as 1,200 coils in a king size mattress, and around 1,000 in a queen!

Each single coil is wrapped in a fabric encasement, and the top and bottom of the entire array is attached to a flexible fabric that allows your body to operate each coil independently- an ingenious reinvention of a system that is more than a hundred years old.

Forward thinking manufacturers of coil or innerspring mattresses kept the innerspring core, but layered around it these new comfort layers. I’ve tried many of these mattresses, and since I am a latex fan, I tried to find a pocketed coil model that had some latex above it, since the floating and buoyant sensation that you get from latex would seem to enhance the effect of the coils. They feel springy, soft and supportive, but not too bouncy.

One thing I did notice about all of the pocketed coil type mattresses was one common feature - minimal motion transfer. I think this is because the coils are not all woven together, so you don’t get that springy, bouncy transfer from one coil to the next.

I also tried memory foam, and other kinds of layers, like wool, and although they had a nice feel, the memory foam kind of sank into the coil layers and did not keep me supported. If you have back and neck issues, a pocketed coil system with latex might be one solution, at least in my opinion.

You can buy a decent innerspring mattress at any brick and mortar retailer, but recently, manufacturers have been able to mattress the art of rolling and compressing a coil type bed, making them easy to order from e-commerce sites as well. The bed in a box concept also makes it much easier to get the mattress to your door, and into your bedroom.

Also,  mattresses don’t get damaged very often when shipped like this, and it makes it easy to deploy and unfurl on top of your foundation piece. 

Check out our Trusted Dealer page and check out our list of vetted dealers that we recommend. Many of our mattresses are hybrid beds built with a combination of coils and specialized foams like latex, memory foam, and gel foams.