- 1 A billowy crowd-pleaser
- 2 Plush, with bounce
- 3 Super durability in a box
- 4 An under-$1,000 innerspring for side-sleepers
- 5 A medium-firm bed with a fluffy top
- 6 Extra support with pressure relief
- 7 A plush, substantial bed
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WinkBed (Luxury Firm)
A billowy crowd-pleaser
The WinkBed is the fluffiest-feeling medium-firm mattress we’ve tested, yet it doesn’t compromise on edge support or motion isolation. But delivery can take about two weeks.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,600.
The 13½-inch-thick WinkBed (Luxury Firm) was one of the best-liked mattresses when we group-tested it in 2019, winning over sleepers of all positions with its medium-firm feel and pillowy, pressure-relieving top. The company made some changes to the mattress in early 2021, replacing the microcoils in the bed’s upper layer with foam, and adding more pocketed coils to the base layer, which may enhance its already supportive feel. We plan to try the new WinkBed soon, but based on the quality of the components and our experience group-testing and sleeping on the original version, we think it’s still a great choice if you want a fluffy-topped, medium-firm mattress. The new WinkBed still uses firmer coils around the perimeter instead of a foam encasement, which means you’re less likely to deal with saggy, slumpy edges years from now. Because WinkBeds are made by a single factory, receiving your mattress may take about two weeks. You have 120 nights to try it.
Saatva Classic (Luxury Firm)
Plush, with bounce
Offering a classic innerspring bounce paired with a cushy but understated Euro top, the Saatva appeals to those who want to nestle in as opposed to feeling engulfed. But it doesn’t have the best motion isolation.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,200.
The Saatva Classic is the most affordable innerspring mattress we’ve found that still looks and feels luxurious. The Luxury Firm version’s 3-inch Euro top (a layer of padding sewn under the fabric cover) feels more plush than pillowy, and as a result it’s the kind of bed you feel nestled in. The Saatva Classic has fewer micro-coils than the WinkBed, but thanks to its memory-foam and cotton-blend padding, it relieves pressure just as well. In addition, the Saatva has fewer support coils and transfers a bit more motion compared with the WinkBed, which could be problematic if you sleep with a partner or a pet. The Saatva comes in thicknesses of 11½ and 14½ inches, and you have 180 nights to try it.
Charles P. Rogers Estate SE
Super durability in a box
This flippable two-piece mattress is made with high-quality, durable materials—such as latex and extra-sturdy coils—that are rare even in more expensive mattresses. But it’s heavy, and if you want help setting it up you’ll likely have to pay extra.
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The 13-inch-thick Charles P. Rogers Estate SE combines high-quality materials, such as extra-strong coils and durable, breathable latex, in an unusual two-piece design. The top comfort piece, made from Talalay latex (a supple and breathable type of foam) along with other fibers, cushions and conforms to your body with a slight springiness that doesn’t feel sinky or poufy. The bottom piece has a coil count similar to those of more expensive mattresses, along with firmer latex, which makes the mattress particularly supportive. Because the bottom piece is flippable, you can choose between medium firm or slightly firmer levels of support. The mattress ships in two boxes, but it’s heavy, and setup is likely to be a two-person job (the company offers white-glove delivery for an extra $200). Due to the quality of the components, this mattress should last a long time, even for those who weigh more than 200 pounds. You can try the bed for 100 days and return it for a refund if you don’t like it (minus transportation costs).
Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II Pillow Top Plush
An under-$1,000 innerspring for side-sleepers
This fluffy, sink-right-in mattress is the softest under-$1,000 bed we tried that also offers decent edge support. Side-sleepers will find good pressure relief for shoulders and hips, but it’s probably too soft for most back- or stomach-sleepers and may be prone to body indentations over time.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $800.
The Serta Perfect Sleeper Select Kleinmon II (Pillow Top Plush) is one of the most affordable mattresses we tested, yet it offers plush comfort. The Kleinmon II caters to people who want a soft surface but also appreciate good edge support. Memory foam and polyfoam make for a cushy top that will especially appeal to side-sleepers. Although the Kleinmon II has fewer coils than our more expensive picks, they provide decent support, especially around the edge, along with some bounce and good motion isolation. Back- and stomach-sleepers will probably find this mattress too soft, and as is common with less expensive innerspring mattresses, we found some complaints online of sagging or body indentations over time.
IKEA Hesstun (Medium Firm)
A medium-firm bed with a fluffy top
Far from flimsy, this inexpensive mattress has features such as curve-confirming micro-coils and a plush Euro top normally found in more expensive mattresses. But if you don’t like it, you have to drive it back to IKEA for an exchange.
It’s hard to find a decent innerspring for $500 or less (for a queen), but the IKEA Hesstun in Medium Firm wowed our testers with its combination of comfort and affordability. Back- and stomach-sleepers are likeliest to enjoy it due to its relatively firm support. At just under 13 inches, it looks and feels more substantial than the price tag suggests: Micro-coils and quilted foams in its Euro top create a plush pressure-relieving surface, while coils in the lower layers provide medium-firm support. The white cotton-rayon cover isn’t fancy but feels sturdy and looks sleek. We also love that the Hesstun is available to try out at IKEA locations. (Check on the site to make sure it’s available at one near you.) You have 90 days to exchange the mattress if you don’t like it, but in that case you forfeit a percentage of the price and may have to haul it back to the store yourself.
Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm)
Extra support with pressure relief
This lofty, upscale-looking bed updates the strong support you might expect from a classic innerspring with a memory-foam cushioning. Its prominent quilting style isn’t for everyone, though.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,800.
The 15-inch Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell (Pillow Top Firm) is the most supportive-feeling mattress we tested, and its extra thickness and its quilted, pressure-relieving surface evoke a five-star hotel bed (thanks to memory foam created by Tempur-Pedic). The mattress’s overall medium-firm feel will serve back- and stomach-sleepers best. Some of our testers didn’t care for the “bumpy” texture created by the deep quilting on the surface, however. The Stearns & Foster Estate Rockwell usually costs around $2,000 for a queen, but we’ve seen the price drop considerably during sales. Return policies depend on where you purchase it.
Asteria Beth (Pillow Top)
A plush, substantial bed
This treat-yourself tufted mattress gets its plushness from quilted foam plus silk and wool (materials that are more luxe than those of our other picks), as well as Talalay latex and 520 micro-coils. More than 1,000 pocketed coils at the bottom provide pleasing support for all sleep positions. Wait for a sale so you don’t break the bank.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,473.
Side-sleepers are the most likely to fall in love with the Asteria Beth (Pillow Top), a plush 13-inch mattress sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s. But the abundant pocketed coils and solid construction provide support that back- and stomach-sleepers can appreciate as well. Curve-conforming micro-coils and supple, breathable latex foam buoy you up. A damask cover, along with quilted foam and a layer of cotton and wool fibers, adds to this bed’s cushiness—creating a sensation that feels more smooth and nuanced than the billowiness found in less expensive models. Tufting (instead of the typical glue) ties the Asteria’s layers together, which increases durability and prevents the materials from shifting over time. The $5,000 regular price is cost-prohibitive for most people, but the Asteria Beth is often on sale for half as much (we suggest waiting for a sale). You have a year to exchange the mattress if you don’t like it, but if you do so, you have to pay a pickup fee and a portion of the mattress’s price.
Source: The NY Times
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