Before we get into the meat and potatoes, here’s a quick review of the main points of this entire article:
- Firmness — You can choose three different firmness levels with WinkBed, while DreamCloud Premier offers one.
- Price – DreamCloud Premier is typically the more affordable mattress, but both brands offer discounts.
- Construction — Two layers of coils with a European pillow top vs a combination of pocketed coils, gel memory foam and a quilted euro top.
- Feel — WinkBed has more of a traditional pillow top feel, while DreamCloud Premier throws a little memory foam in the mix.
Now let’s dig into the nitty gritty details on why you might choose one mattress over the other. Fire it up!
Introduction To WinkBed vs DreamCloud
WinkBed and DreamCloud are two mattresses you could leave the sheets off of, and you’d get away with it because they honestly look just as good without them. For up-keep purposes we definitely recommend you don’t do this, but hypothetically speaking you could if you wanted to. They’re both hybrid mattresses offered for around the same price, but their feel, firmness, and construction differ. We’ll get into those points shortly, but for right now we’re going to dive into their background so you can get a brief overview of each bed and brand.
WinkBed is a thick and incredibly durable mattress constructed in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, so it’s a good choice for somebody who prefers to purchase American made products. They sell their flagship mattress, WinkBed, which is perfectly fine for all body types, but they also made a mattress especially for heavy-set individuals called WinkBed Plus. To ensure WinkBed Plus was durable and long-lasting enough, they put it through a simulation that was the equivalent to a 350 lb person sleeping on the mattress for 20 years. The results? It retained 98% of firmness, and 99.2% of its loft. You can see the Plus model on WinkBeds.com.
DreamCloud is somewhat of a newcomer, but that doesn’t mean they’re the underdog by any means. They’re actually one of the fastest growing bed-in-a-box mattress brands on the market right now. Dillon from The Slumber Yard team actually sleeps on a DreamCloud mattress, and he claims to sleep like a baby on it every night. Coming in at 15” tall, DreamCloud Premier is just as thick as a WinkBed mattress is, which means it’s also particularly durable, supportive, and well-constructed.
What’s On The Inside Of A WinkBed Mattress?
Underneath the luxurious Tencel (plant-based fiber) cover is five layers of material including support foam, two layers of coils, a transition layer, and a European pillow top. The first layer is 2” of dense support foam and on top of it are 7” pocketed coils which acts as the main support layer for the mattress.
Next comes the transition layer, made to be a base for the 2.5” micro-coils above it. Not many mattresses have two rows of coils, so you can bet your bottom dollar this mattress is incredibly supportive. Many hybrid mattresses we’ve tested out contain more foam, but the micro-coils allow for better airflow and add more support than most foam does. So we really don’t mind WinkBed’s decision to omit more foam layers.
The final layer of WinkBed is a 2” European pillow top with “Hypersoft Foam” on the inside. Like the name implies, it’s extremely soft and it provides the bulk of the mattress’ comfort. If you aren’t sure what the difference between a European pillow top and a normal pillow top is, we posted a blog that has a quick explanation. You can also read more about the cover on WinkBeds.com.
Feel And Firmness Of A WinkBed Mattress
When you lay on WinkBed, right away you can tell it’s a durable and supportive mattress. The pocketed coils provide bi-directional support, and the micro-coils offer localized support. This way, you can ensure your mattress will stay intact after years of sleeping and possibly a little jumping. Since you have two layers of coils, you can definitely feel it’s an innerspring mattress, but we aren’t saying that as a bad thing. It’s bouncy and comfortable, then the plush Euro pillow top makes the mattress feel extra soft and cozy.
WinkBed is one of the bed-in-a-box mattress brands who offer several different firmness levels to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. We called their “Softer” mattress a medium-soft, their “Luxury Firm” mattress a medium, and their “Firmer” model a medium-firm. If you’re a strict side sleeper, you should consider the Softer model so your body gets enough pressure relief.
Let’s say you’re a back or stomach sleeper, you might want to consider the Firmer mattress. If a mattress is too soft, your trunk will sink into the mattress and you could fall asleep with an improperly aligned spine. We doubt that you’ll have that issue with any of these beds, though, given the support level.
If you’re a combo sleeper or if you sleep with a loved one, the Luxury Firm might be a good choice since the firmness level lands at the sweet spot between supportive, but also pressure relieving.
DreamCloud Premier Is More Affordable
Since pricing is often a major factor for consumers, we thought we’d discuss it first. To cut to the chase, DreamCloud Premier is more affordable compared to WinkBed. A queen size DreamCloud mattress goes for around $1,400, while a queen size WinkBed costs around $1,600.
The figures above are in reference to MSRP, though. Both companies regularly offer discounts and coupon codes to make their beds more affordable. For example, DreamCloud likes to offer a $200 discount on their beds. On the other hand, WinkBed typically offers $200-$300 off, depending on the time of the year. We’d recommend checking the table at the top of this post to see the exact promotions both companies are currently offering.
Construction Of DreamCloud Premier
Like we mentioned earlier, the DreamCloud Premier mattress is 15” thick. It’s stacked with layers made out of three different materials: pocketed coils, memory foam, and poly foam.
The first layer of the mattress is a thin slab of dense foam that sits underneath a system of 8″ pocketed coils. The foam acts as a foundation for the coils where most of the bed’s support comes from. Next is a foam transition layer followed by a layer of gel memory foam, which provides deep comfort for sleepers.
Next is a 1.5″ quilted Euro-top that is made up of two different comfort foams. This 15” beast is then wrapped up in a soft-to-the-touch polyester/cashmere blend cover for a premium look and feel.
What Does DreamCloud Premier Feel Like?
Thanks to the thick layer of gel memory foam near the top of the mattress, the bed does in fact have a memory foam feel, however, there is a big asterisk attached to that statement. To be specific, the euro top on the bed balances out the memory foam feel quite a bit. All in all, you could say the DreamCloud Premier mattress has a pillow top feel but with a tinge of memory foam underneath.
Bottom line, you don’t get that deep viscous feel sleeping on a DreamCloud Premier mattress, which is a plus to some people who don’t necessarily love traditional memory foam. Plus, the DreamCloud Premier mattress is actually much more responsive than other memory foam beds thanks to the pocketed coils and euro top.
Overall, we give the DreamCloud Premier mattress a medium to medium-firm rating in terms of firmness. The bed offers ample support yet the memory foam and pillow top combination are also fairly forgiving.
As such, we think the bed is a good choice for all types of sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers receive the necessary support under their lower back and trunk and side sleepers will find the top layers soft and pressure relieving. Though, if you want a softer mattress from the brand, you can also opt for the standard DreamCloud model.
Final Verdict: DreamCloud vs WinkBed
You might be a fan of the finer things in life, or you just want to invest in a good night’s sleep. Either way, WinkBed and DreamCloud are great options that look and feel like luxury mattress you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for. If you’re still having trouble making a decision, here are the main things for you to consider.
- Do you want the option to choose a soft mattress or firm mattress—or something in the middle? WinkBed offers a range of firmness levels.
- What is your budget? If price is one of your main concerns, DreamCloud Pemier is the clear winner.
- Do you like the feeling of memory foam? DreamCloud Premier incorporates a thick layer of gel memory foam that pairs nicely with its quilted euro top.
- Do you prefer to purchase products made in the USA? WinkBed is proud to say their products are manufactured in Wisconsin.
- Do you have trouble making decisions, or do you value a long trial period? DreamCloud Premier will let you test your mattress for an entire year.
Hopefully we were able to get you a step closer to finding a mattress that’s right for you, and we appreciate you coming to the Slumber Yard for all your nighttime needs. If you want to get a little more information about WinkBed or DreamCloud, please feel free to read our full-length reviews where we get more in-depth with each mattress.
Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, And Warranties
After you click the purchase button on WinkBed or DreamCloud’s website, you can usually expect your mattress to arrive outside your front door in 3-7 business days. If you ordered WinkBed, it’ll be inside a box about the size of an average 10-year-old. If you ordered a DreamCloud, it’ll be waiting for you outside your door wrapped in a plastic bag. Either way, you might want some help unboxing these mattresses and setting them up. They’re filled with metal coils and thick materials, so they’re much heavier than the average bed-in-a-box mattress. To make matters a little more difficult, WinkBed doesn’t have handles. You can probably do it by yourself, but the process will be easier and more fun with a loved one helping.
With DreamCloud, you also have the option to pay for White Glove Delivery, which means two professionals will deliver your mattress to you and set it up in your home. There are some areas this service isn’t available, so check DreamCloud’s website to get more information.
Per usual, WinkBed and DreamCloud will give you a free trial period, so you have time to decide if your mattress is right for you. It’s probably one of our favorite perks about buying an online mattress, because you aren’t obligated to keep it if you decide you don’t like it. WinkBed will give you 120 nights to test out your bed, but DreamCloud will give you an entire year. We think it’s great you can purchase your DreamCloud in Summer, and give it back the next Spring for 100% of your money back.
If you’re a part of the approximately 80-90% of folks who end up keeping their bed-in-a-box, you’ll either get a “lifetime warranty” with WinkBed, or you’ll get an “Everlong” warranty with DreamCloud. That means if you’re 70 years old and still use your WinkBed or DreamCloud (please don’t actually sleep on the same mattress for 50 years, we’re just trying to make a point here) it should still be covered under the company’s warranty. Most bed-in-a-box companies will give you 5-15 years. Nothing says a company is confident in their product like a lifetime warranty does.