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|Brooklyn Bedding Signature is an American-made mattress that comes in multiple firmness levels and is surprisingly affordable. It has 6" pocketed coils and retails for far less than you'd expect.|
Best For Hot Sleepers
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|Purple 2, 3, and 4 use a combination of coils, poly foam, and their Hyper-Elastic Polymer to make supportive, comfortable mattresses with great airflow for hot sleepers.|
Firm Innerspring Mattress
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|DreamCloud is an extra thick and durable mattress with enough support for heavy folks, plus a year-long trial and lifetime warranty. We also really like that it's a firm mattress, but not too firm. Perfect for back and stomach sleepers, as well as combination sleepers.|
Best For Side Sleepers
|Nest Alexander Hybrid is insanely comfortable and very luxurious. It has pocketed coils, foam comfort layers, and a big pillow top. This is one of our favorite pillow top hybrid mattresses—it even comes with a lifetime warranty.|
Best For Heavy People
|Check Current Offers||Saatva is the quintessential luxury innerspring mattress. It comes in three firmness options and its organic cotton cover is a nice touch, too. WinkBed is tied with Saatva for this position.|
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|A supremely comfortable bed with supportive coils, a soft, plush pillow top, and a Celliant cover to promote restful sleep.|
Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress
|GhostBed Flex is a new hybrid mattress from a recognizable, big-name brand. It has supportive coils, as well as a bouncy, neutral-foam feel (even though it does use memory foam).|
Budget Coil Mattress
|Allswell is the best coil mattress that sells for under $500 (queen size). It's comfortable, supportive, and extra affordable—and, yet it's still made in the USA.|
Custom Hybrid Mattress
|Helix makes semi-custom coil mattresses that range in firmness and support level. We love their concept and we really like their beds, especially the Helix Luxe line. If you're having trouble finding the right innerspring mattress for you, you should definitely look into Helix.|
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So you’ve started the search for your next mattress. It’s overwhelming, isn’t it? Chances are, you haven’t done this for about seven years and things have really changed since your last trip to the local mattress store. Buying a mattress online is pretty much the way to go nowadays, but there are so many options and it’s hard to know where to start or what to choose when you can’t actually test a bed without buying it and having it shipped to your house.
And that’s where we come in. We do a lot of testing and research and then provide you with all the information you need to choose your new mattress. In this post, we’re focusing on mattresses with a hybrid or spring construction, meaning they incorporate both foam and coils. We’ll give you our top rated picks and a short breakdown of why we like them.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is an accommodating mattress that comes in multiple firmness levels, allowing shoppers to choose which one is best suited for their body type and sleep style. You get a soft foam feel (more neutral, not memory foam), as well as the support of coils.
Ultimately, the choice of firmness levels along with the hybrid construction make Brooklyn’s Signature mattress a good bed for a wide range of people. Plus, Brooklyn actually manufactures their own beds and the Signature isn’t going to break the bank.
While this is a hybrid mattress that’s quite nice, it retails for about the same price as a lot of these all-foam beds. Typically, you can get a queen size bed for under $800! You can click here to check current deals on BrooklynBedding.com. This is definitely one of the best values out there.
Purple mattresses have been somewhat of a game changer in the mattress industry because they’re unlike anything else out there. And since the new Purple mattresses added coils to the construction, they’re all-around accommodating beds for all sorts of people—assuming you like the unique feel (and not everyone does).
Purple uses the usual materials, like pocketed coils and poly foam, but they also have a grid layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer and that’s what makes their beds stand out. It’s a really responsive material that provides pressure relief and really great airflow. You can learn more about the material on Purple.com.
Plus, you still get plenty of support from the foam and coil layers. To figure out which model (Purple.2, Purple.3, or Purple.4) is right for you, you can check out our Purple Mattress Comparison where we break it all down.
DreamCloud makes a hefty mattress at 15” thick. It has seven layers of foam materials and a layer of foam-encased coils. The construction offers tons of support for even heavyweight sleepers.
The combination of coils for airflow, gel-infused memory foam (which is generally cooler than traditional memory foam), and the mattress being firm enough (medium-firm, to be specific) that you sleep more on top of it than down in it, means that you sleep cooler at night, which is a nice benefit if you tend to be a sweaty sleeper.
While we think this is a great mattress for heavy folks, and back, stomach, and combo sleepers, we’d caution very petite sleepers and those that sleep strictly on their side that this might not be right for them.
Overall, DreamCloud is a comfortable and durable mattress with lots of support that’s more than capable of handling heavier folks for a good, long time.
Pricing for DreamCloud isn’t crazy either. They set the MSRP a little high, but almost always cut it down when you’re at checkout. You can see the current deals on DreamCloudSleep.com.
The Nest Alexander Hybrid is a supremely comfortable mattress. It is available in three different firmness levels, and chances are one of them will work for you. They make a Plush version for anyone that wants a super soft bed. The Medium option is still on the softer end, but not too soft. The Luxury Firm version is best for back and stomach sleepers.
In terms of construction, the Nest Alexander uses individually wrapped coils and multiple layers of foam. While the pocketed coils make this a supportive mattress (remember, your mattress experience will depend on what firmness level you choose) the top layer still gives the bed a soft, pillowy feel.
We like this bed for a lot of reasons—it’s clearly a well-made product, it’s very accommodating, and it’s just straight up very comfortable, not to mention it comes with a lifetime warranty.
It’s not just their hybrid mattress that comes with a lifetime warranty either. All Nest Bedding mattresses carry the coveted lifetime warranty. You can see all of their beds and discounts on NestBedding.com.
The Saatva mattress is a luxurious version of a fairly traditional innerspring bed. Saatva has two layers of coils—a steel innerspring system for durability, and individually wrapped coils for more precise support that contours to your body.
With the organic cotton cover and Euro pillow top, the bed gets a bit of cushioning, too, though it’s still quite firm if you go with the Luxury Firm or Firm comfort level. The Saatva mattress is very supportive, very durable, and has a bit of bounce to it. It also sleeps pretty cool, which many sleepers count as a plus. You can learn more about the bed on Saatva.com.
A very close alternative to Saatva is WinkBed, which we consider also to be a great value and phenomenal mattress. It’s a little more expensive than Saatva, but it too has dual coil layers and is offered in numerous firmness profiles.
WinkBed also comes with a lifetime warranty and the free returns option, neither of which does Saatva have. WinkBed will also have more of a fluffy, puffy pillow top than Saatva. Again, we consider the beds to be equals, so we think you can really take your pick between Saatva and WinkBed. If you’re extremely heavy, though, you might want to look into WinkBed Plus, which is designed just for heavy people—that weigh up to 500 lb. You can check WinkBeds.com to see all the models and prices.
The Bear Hybrid mattress is an insanely comfortable bed—the kind of bed that makes you say “aaahhh” when you hit the sack at the end of the day. We actually think it’s Bear’s best bed.
The coils not only give the bed a little bit of a bounce, but they also provide plenty of support for all sleeper types—back, stomach, side, or combo. Because it’s such a thick, hefty mattress, it can handle all body types, heavier folks included, without bottoming out or withering away.
It also has a Celliant cover. Celliant technology has been tested and proven to promote healthy circulation, muscle recovery, and restful sleep (according to the manufacturers of Celliant).
Overall, if you’re looking for a comfortable, supportive, thick mattress, and Celliant technology sounds interesting, the Bear Hybrid might be right for you. The bed even has thicker coils and better edge support now that it was updated at the beginning of the year.
GhostBed Flex has some of that traditional innerspring bounce you may be used to, but also has a neutral-foam feel to it, despite the fact that it actually has memory foam in the comfort section. The pocketed coils provide plenty of support for all sleep styles as well. In other words, you can sleep on your stomach, back, or side on the GhostBed Flex mattress.
We also think GhostBed Flex could be a good pick for hot sleepers—the cover has special cooling fibers, which help to regulate heat. Even more, the pocketed coils allow for good airflow and the firmness means you sleep more on top of the bed as opposed to down in it.
Overall, if you want a somewhat cool-sleeping bed with a little bounce, but still prefer a foam feel, GhostBed Flex is definitely a nice option. We have no shortage of thumbs-up comments to make about this bed.
Allswell is a hybrid mattress (i.e. uses coils and foam) that’s best suited for back and stomach sleepers, though combination sleepers will fare just fine as well—and side sleepers will like the bed after it is broken in. Despite the fact that it’s perhaps the cheapest spring mattress, it’s still made in the USA and is supportive, durable, and surprisingly comfortable.
When we first got the mattress we were expecting it to retail in the $800 range, but in actuality the MSRP for a queen bed is under $400! And that’s before you apply promotions. Given that Allswell is owned by Walmart, this pricing strategy makes sense, but it’s still a shocker to see such a nice bed at a sub-$500 price point. You can check AllswellHome.com to see the current deals they’re running.
We saved Helix for the end of this review because if all else fails Helix probably won’t. The company makes over ten different models, but in an effort to avoid any confusion they created a special sleep quiz to line you up with the right mattress for your exact sleeping preferences, as well as those of your partner if you have one.
All Helix mattresses have innerspring constructions with 6″ or 8″ pocketed coils. The only difference between them will be in the comfort layers (i.e. density and firmness of the foams).
While Helix has the sleep quiz to make things easy for you, they also have different names and colorways for each of their beds. That way, if you know what you’re looking for you can go straight to it and select the bed. Their mattresses range from plush to firm and fairly supportive to highly supportive.
Helix even has a series of high end mattresses, which they call Helix Luxe. They add an extra pillow top, a new coil construction, and an active cooling cover.
The Slumber Yard team has tested dozens of mattresses. We’re no newbies to mattress reviews and we’re very familiar with the online mattress industry. Our aim here is to give you accurate information, so we test all our mattresses via practical methods and make sure to consider how different people will experience each bed. We also have complete control over our content. All of our opinions are 100% our own.
As we already mentioned, we’ve tested a lot of beds. To put this list together, we considered our past reviews and comparisons and picked out our favorite hybrid and spring beds.
We also tried to include a variety of mattresses when it comes to feel and firmness. Although these are all going to have similar constructions, sleeper types and preferences still vary within the group of people looking for coil mattresses. So in trying to cater to everyone’s best comfort, we provided information on the firmness level of each mattress and some notes on what kind of sleepers will likely get a good night’s sleep on each bed.
The bed-in-a-box industry has some fairly standard policies regarding shipping, returns, trials periods, and warranties. Generally, they include free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns within that trial period, and a 10-year warranty should you keep the mattress.
While that’s all standard, it’s still important to check the company’s site to be sure about their policies. Some companies actually step it up from what’s standard and will give you even longer trial periods (we’ve seen up to a whole year) and much longer warranties (we’ve seen up to forever).
That trial period is key to successfully buying a mattress online because, as we mentioned before, you don’t get to try out the mattress before you buy it. But with that trial period, you have the option of returning the bed if it isn’t right for you and you have plenty of time to figure that out. If you decide to return it, all you have to do is call up the company to have it picked up and refunded.
There are two basic construction types for mattresses nowadays: all-foam and hybrid (foam and coils).
All-foam beds are exactly what they sound like—made with all foam. The specific layers and types of foams used vary from company to company. We’ll talk about the different types of foam materials a bit later in this post.
Hybrid beds are made with a combination of foam layers and coils. They have more of that traditional innerspring, bouncy bed feel that you might be used to.
Mattresses are made with a variety of different materials and what goes into the construction determines the feel and firmness of the bed.
Memory Foam — Memory foam is a denser foam that softens over time and when heat is applied. You’ll get that sink-in feeling if you lay in one spot. For some people, this feels like being comfortably cradled, but for others it’s like being stuck.
Polyurethane Foam — Poly foam is usually used as the support for all-foam mattresses because it’s affordable and comes in many different densities. As a general rule, the denser it is, the firmer it feels. It’s just slightly cooler than memory foam, but this depends on the density, as well. It generally has a lower point elasticity than memory foam, so when you press on one area, it affects a larger area.
Gel Memory Foam — Gel memory foam is a newer technology that incorporates gel into the foam to boost temperature regulation. Basically, it helps cool people down. It’s not a perfect solution, though, because the bed can still warm up a bit.
Latex Foam — Latex foam has more of a sponge-like feeling. It’s very bouncy and airy and stays cooler than memory foam. Here’s our list of the best latex mattresses.
Pocketed Coils — These are individually encased coils that are only woven together with the fabric. They have really good airflow, support, bounce, and responsiveness. They’re also fairly good in terms of motion transfer control since the coils are individual. You get much more precise support with pocketed coils than with non-pocketed coils.
Innersprings — Innersprings are more than likely what’s in your 12-year-old mattress. These are larger coils all connected together. This is the traditional system. They’re great for airflow, bounce, and support, but terrible with motion transfer since the whole system sort of moves as one. Very low point elasticity.
Gel/Hyper-Elastic Polymer — This material is heavy and feels odd, but is great for airflow, responsiveness, pressure relief, and support. It also tends to have high point elasticity (i.e. press on one area and it doesn’t spread too much to the other side of the mattress), which makes for low cross-bed motion.
“Sleeper type” refers to the position you sleep in—on your back or stomach, on your side, or a combination of all of them. And your sleeper type plays a pretty significant role in what kind of bed you should be sleeping on.
Back and stomach sleepers generally need a mattress that’s on the firmer side. They need support so that their hips and shoulders don’t sag and cause alignment issues for their spine. Here are two related best lists: Best Mattress for Back Sleepers and Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers.
Side sleepers generally want to look for a bed between soft and medium on the firmness scale. When you sleep on your side, you need plenty of pressure relief in their shoulders and hips. If the bed is too firm, they’ll have issues with their shoulders, scapula, and hips. Here’s our list of the best mattress for side sleepers.
Combo sleepers generally want a medium-soft up to a medium-firm bed. They still need support and pressure relief, so somewhere in the middle of the firmness scale is ideal. How far you lean which way varies person to person. Our selections for the best mattress for combo sleepers.
Every mattress is going to feel different to every person. One person may think a certain hybrid bed is exactly the right firmness, while their much heavier partner may find that same bed to be way too soft for them.
So remember this mattress rule of thumb: If you’re a heavier person, a mattress may feel quite soft to you, but that same mattress will feel a lot firmer to someone who’s petite. It’s not a complicated thing to understand, it’s just something that can easily be forgotten when you’re reading comments or descriptions, or watching a video review.
Be sure to always keep your own body in mind when considering feel and firmness descriptions. And with our content in particular, we do our best to include disclaimers about how a bed will feel for different body types.