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|Thick, durable mattress that looks and feels as if it belongs in a luxury hotel. The bed comes in multiple firmness options.|
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|Premium innerspring mattress that comes in multiple comfort levels. The mattress is actually priced fairly affordably given its high-quality construction.|
If you’re in the market for a spring or hybrid mattress and you’re open to buying online, these are two of the best mattresses that you can get. Having said that, there are some notable differences between them and some real reasons that you’d get one over the other. Let’s jump into that for anyone that’s short on time.
Those are just the headline differences, though. There’s a lot more information that may be of interest to you. Keep reading to learn more about both of these online beds.
The Wink mattress is made in Wisconsin and measures in at 14.5” thick. It has two layers of coils and a plush, soft pillow top. The bed is also offered in multiple firmness levels (Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer) and therefore can handle any type of sleeper (back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers).
One thing that’s interesting with WinkBed is that they offer a plus size version for individuals that weight around 300 lb. It does cost a little more, but the bed is specifically designed to handle heavier people. Having said that, Saatva also offers a 14.5” model, but Saatva claims that the difference is mostly aesthetic (i.e. it’s not actually any better or worse for heavy people).
We actually think both beds are good options for anyone in the 250 lb range. They both made our list of the best mattresses for heavy people.
UPDATE: coolControl doesn’t seem to be available anymore.
Although this costs (quite a bit) more, it is neat that WinkBed also sells a cooling system for their mattress. The way the coolControl system works is that it sits underneath the mattress and circulates air within the mattress to help regulate temperature. Here’s a video about the system.
You can see the coolControl system on WinkBeds.com. We recommend this system for sleepers who tend to warm up at night (or if you live in an especially hot climate and don’t like to run up your AC bill).
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Saatva has a similar construction to WinkBed in that it has two layers of coils and a pillow top, only Saatva has an organic cotton cover and WinkBed has a Tencel cover. It also is available in three firmness levels (Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm) and will be suitable for pretty much any sleeper type.
The overall feel of this mattress is very similar to WinkBed: coil bed with a pillow top. It’s very comfortable and supportive.
One big advantage for Saatva is the fact that it’s more affordable than WinkBed, even if you select the 14.5” model as opposed to the default 11.5” one. Saatva almost never offers discounts since their mattress is highly affordable as is. The MSRP for a queen size Saatva mattress is around $1,100, whereas WinkBed is around $1,600.
However, WinkBed is typically more aggressive when it comes to deals and discounts. You can usually expect to receive a $100-$200 discount on their beds. We’d recommend checking WinkBeds.com to see what the current promotion is.
Given that we’re dealing with two spring mattresses, there’s a lot of overlap and therefore it’s hard to draw clear distinctions between them aside from in a few areas. In other words, they have more in common than they don’t.
There are a number of factors that play into how hot or cold a mattress sleeps. You have materials, firmness, room temperature, sleeper weight, and more. Taking into account all of that, our opinion is that both beds sleep more neutral. Of course, if you get the Firm option with Saatva and the Soft option with WinkBed, you’ll notice a difference in temperature. Why is that? Well, the more you sink into a mattress and are enveloped by the materials, the more you’ll heat up, generally speaking. If you sleep more on top of the mattress, you’ll end up sleeping cooler for the most part.
Both beds are actually fairly good at limiting cross-mattress motion. They’re not the best mattresses for motion isolation, but they’re no doubt better than your 11-year-old worn out bed. Saatva does use a traditional innerspring base, but on top is pocketed coils, which are typically much better at isolating motion.
WinkBed uses two layers of pocketed coils. Ultimately, memory foam mattresses, such as Nectar and Loom & Leaf, tend to be the best at stopping motion from reverberating through the bed. This is mostly important for couples, especially when one partner is keen on moving in their sleep or getting up in the middle of the night.
Like motion isolation, edge support is mostly important for couples. And this is really only key when you’re sharing a smaller bed where the sleeping surface is limited. If a bed has poor edge support we generally recommend that you consider going up a size (i.e. full to a queen or queen to a king).
Luckily, both Saatva and WinkBed have pretty good edge support. They’re not quite on the level of the Simmons Beautyrest Black or Stearns & Foster Estate Addison Grace, but we wouldn’t complain with either.
Anytime you have a coil mattress you should expect better responsiveness. Naturally, since both of these beds have not one layer of coils, but two, they are notably quick in terms of responsiveness.
Why is this important? It’s primarily important for combination sleepers that tend to rotate between sleeping positions during the night. A mattress with slower response times (such as Zinus) will make it more difficult to move around on the bed.
Neither Saatva nor WinkBed have removable covers and therefore they’re not machine washable, like the cover on the Marpac Yogabed, for example. This is the case with most covers on most mattresses, but we always prefer when you have the option to machine wash them. Instead, with both beds, you are encouraged to spot clean any stains with warm water and mild detergent. You can also look into mattress protectors.
As mentioned above, Saatva offers free white glove delivery, in-home setup, and old mattress removal, which means basically that you don’t have to do anything but schedule delivery and be there to open your door. The delivery folks bring the mattress by, remove all of its packaging, and set it up in whichever room you want. They’ll even take away your old mattress, which saves you the hassle of having to list it on Craigslist or cart it off to the dump.
WinkBed offers free delivery, but they essentially just bring the mattress to your doorstep. From there, it’s on you to drag the mattress into your house, unwrap it, set everything up, and dispose of your old bed. WinkBed does offer white glove delivery and in-home setup, but it costs $99. And if you want them to take away your old bed, the fee goes up to $159.
Both mattresses will show up full-size and uncompressed. Although you could technically call them bed-in-a-box mattresses since they’re still in the online shopping category, neither is rolled up, shrink-wrapped, and jammed into a box the way Bear or Cocoon is. This means that both of them are ready to be slept on the minute you get them situated. And speaking of sleeping on them, both companies give you 120 nights to try their respective beds for yourself. This basically replaces the time that you would have theoretically laid on them at a traditional mattress store. It’s just that at a brick-and-mortar retailer you’d have 20 minutes to test them out in-store and here you have about four months at your own home.
In the case of Saatva, if you decide you don’t want the bed during the trial period, you can return it, but Saatva does charge a $99 fee to cover some of the shipping costs (remember, they offer free white glove delivery from the get-go). WinkBed, on the other hand, offers completely free returns, which means they have a true “Risk Free” trial. If you keep your new bed, Saatva comes with a 15-year warranty, which is five years longer than Leesa, Purple, and many other mattresses we’ve reviewed. WinkBed offers a lifetime warranty. To give you some perspective, the average person replaces their bed about every 7-12 years, so you should be good to go with either.
One other thing that’s worth mentioning with WinkBed is that they have a lifetime comfort guarantee, which is a pretty creative idea. This program allows you to, after the initial trial period expires, purchase a new WinkBed at a discounted rate if you aren’t happy with your current bed. This mostly applies to people that end up wanting a firmer or softer bed or a different size bed (i.e. upgrade to a king when you get a new house). We’ve seen a similar program with the Nest Alexander Hybrid and other Nest Bedding mattresses, but that’s about the only other company we can think of that also offers a lifetime comfort guarantee.