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5 Best Pocketed Coil Mattresses
A thorough review of pocketed coils and the best pocketed coil mattresses on the market
The mattress industry continues to evolve and new technologies become more and more prevalent in the industry. If you have been looking into purchasing a new mattress you have probably heard of pocketed coil mattresses. You may be wondering what they are and how they are different from standard innerspring mattresses or how they feel compared to foam or memory foam mattresses. In this article we will teach you everything you need to know about pocketed coils and help you decide if they are the right choice for you.
What are pocketed coils?
Pocketed coils are individual springs that are each incased in their own fabric. Each spring compresses and expands individually and does not act as a unit. Pocketed coils were invented and patented in 1899 by an engineer by the name of James Marshall. The patent was granted in 1900 but pocketed coils didn’t catch on in the main steam market until the last 20 years or so.
Benefits of pocketed coils
Partner Disturbance: Seeing as each spring works individually, pocketed coil mattresses are great at isolating motion throughout the mattress. This is the same concept in the mattress commercial where you see the woman jumping on the mattress with a glass of wine and the glass of wine doesn’t spill. Motion transfer is great for couples who don’t want to disturb each other when getting up to go to the bathroom, moving during sleep or if one gets up earlier than the other.
Support: Pocketed coils work individually to support each section of your body. This means the springs under your hips can be providing different pressure than those under your legs. Pocketed coils are able to conform to the natural curves of your body and provide superior spinal alignment and pressure relief to other mattresses on the market.
Long lasting durability: Pocketed coils are each incased in their own protective fabric and most quality pocketed coil systems (all are not created equal) will last longer than other mattresses on the market.
Breathability and cooling benefits: Mattresses with pocketed coils have a lot of open air space in the core of the mattress allowing for airflow throughout your bed and ultimately breathability and a cooler sleeping environment for the sleeper.
Downsides of pocketed coils
Manufacturers will use “pocketed coils” as a buzz word to sell you a mattress that is low quality. While pocketed coils in themselves are a great support system you need to also look at the quality of the foam layers on top of the pocketed coils to be sure the mattress as a whole is well made and will be a comfortable choice.
What are pocketed coils made of?
Pocketed coils are made of metal springs and incased in a light breathable fabric to keep them protected.
How long does a pocketed coil mattress last?
A well made pocketed coil mattress should last around 10 years with proper care. This means you should be spinning the mattress if instructed and flipping it if it is double sided. Double sided mattresses will last even longer. Lighter weight sleepers and less active sleepers may be able to get more time out of their mattress whereas heavier individuals or couples may find themselves replacing their mattress more often. In general, innerspring mattresses should hold up longer and be more durable than their all-foam mattress competitors.
Pocketed coils vs traditional innersprings
Pocketed coils and traditional innerspring mattresses are the same in that they both utilize metal springs for support.
Traditional innerspring: A traditional innerspring unit is comprised of coils that are all interconnected and work together as a single unit to provide support. This means if you push down on one corner of the mattress the opposite corner will also react to that movement. Traditional innersprings have been used for years and are still a great option for support if you prefer the bounce and support of a spring mattress
Pocketed coils: Pocketed coils use the same spring design as a traditional innerspring mattress, but each spring is an individual unit wrapped in a single piece of fabric. This means each spring acts along when compressed. For example if you push down on the corner of a bed with individually pocketed coils only that single section will react while the opposite end of the bed stays unaffected.
Which one is better: Neither is necessarily better than the other but many mattress companies today are going with individually pocketed coils due to the fact that they are better at minimizing partner disturbance and conforming to the natural curves of the body.
Pocketed coils vs traditional innersprings
Memory foam and pocketed coils are the same in the fact that they both minimize motion transfer and partner disturbance by isolating pressure and movement to a single section of the mattress. Other than that they provide very different feels and sleep experiences.
What they both do well:
- Partner disturbance
- Spinal alignment
What do pocketed coils do better?:
Support: For the most part individually pocketed coils will have better support than that of an all foam mattress. The strength of metal springs is just no match for foam.
Sleeping cool: Pocketed coils have a lot of open air space and provide easy breathability and airflow for the mattress. This keeps your bed cooler and ultimately allows for you to sleep cooler, while mattresses made of all foam are notorious for sleeping hot.
Durability: An individually pocketed coil mattress usually will take longer to break down than a foam mattress.
Bounce: If you enjoy the subtle bounce from a traditional spring mattress then pocketed coils will give you that same feel. An all foam mattress feels more like a cradling/hugging sensation.
What foam mattresses do better
Pressure relief: all foam mattresses are usually slightly softer and have more give/sink to them. This is great for side sleepers who need additional pressure relief to their muscles and joints
Things to consider when purchasing a pocketed coil mattress:
Comfort Preference: The pocketed coil act as a support system but the top layers act as your comfort layers. Do you like the feel of memory foam? The natural elements of latex? Do you want your mattress firm or soft? All of these questions should be asked to ensure you choose the correct pocketed coil mattress for your specific needs.
Price: How much are you willing to spend? There are very basic pocketed coil options and expensive high end versions. Decide what your budget is and look at the mattresses that are available to you. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars to get a great night sleep but you also can’t expect a quality product from a mattress that costs $200 on amazon.
What foundation to use with a pocketed coil mattress
A pocketed coil mattress can be put on just about and base or foundation on the market. From platform beds, to adjustable bases, bed slats and box springs. Choose a support system that you prefer and as long as it is sturdy and properly set up, then your mattress will work great with it.
Best Pocketed Coil Mattresses
EDITOR'S CHOICE - BEST VALUE
What Customers love: High quality hybrid mattress at an affordable price.
The Brooklyn Signature is a hybrid style mattress that utilizes pocketed coils as well as foam comfort layers in order to give sleepers the best of both worlds. Brooklyn Bedding makes all of their mattresses in their own factory and ships them directly to their customers. This means customers can get higher quality mattresses at lower prices than the competition. The Brooklyn signature is a great all around hybrid pocketed coil mattress for an affordable price.
BEST ORGANIC OPTION
What Customers love: 100% Certified Organic
Pillow top Starting at $1,199
Avocado is know in the industry for their luxury organic mattresses. All of their mattresses are 100% certified organic and are made here in the USA. Compared to a lot of other latex mattress options, Avocado is actually much more affordable. They provide a pillow top option to their mattress that you can choose to add at checkout if you prefer.
- 100% Certified Organic. The mattress utilizes organic cotton, organic wool and organic latex.
- Pocketed coil support system for luxurious support and decreased motion disturbance
- 1 Year free trial with free shipping and free returns
- 25 year warranty
- Made in the USA
- Great product for the money
BEST FOR BACK PAIN
What Customers love: Unbeatable pressure relief. Available in multiple firmnesses.
Starting at $1,049
The wink mattress is a hybrid mattress (spring and foam layers) that utilizes 2 separate layers of pocketed coils for ultimate pressure relief and support. The wink is one of the highest rated mattresses for back pain and pressure relief on the market today. It is available in 4 different firmnesses to cater to any sleeping type. We recommend a slightly less firm option for side and stomach sleepers and a firmer option or back sleepers.
- 120 day free trial with free shipping and free returns
- Patented 3-step back relief system
- Proprietary “lumbar layers” for additional support to your lumbar region.
- Sleeps cool with temperature regulating gel foam, a breathable cover and open-flow air spring units.
- Made in the USA
BEST FOR SLEEPING "COOL"
What customers love: The coolest sleeping pillow-top on the market.
Starting at $999
The Aurora mattress is Brooklyn Bedding’s most popular mattress. It utilizes a proprietary TitanCool technology that helps pull heat away from the body and help you sleep cooler. Many customers complain that foam in mattresses sleeps too hot, but this mattress solves that problem. A variety of of reviewers and customers say that this is the “coolest” sleeping mattress they have ever tried.
- Proprietary cooling technology
- Multiple firmnesses available
- Hybrid use of pocketed coil springs and foam for support and comfort
- Made in the USA
- 10-year warranty
- 100 day free trial with free shipping and free returns
BEST LUXURY OPTION
What Customers love: Multiple review awards for best luxury mattress.
The Oceano provides the ultimate in luxury pillow top mattresses. The hybrid design utilizes 2 layers of pocketed coils with foam and organic wool, all topped with a plant based Tencel infused cover. The 2-layers of pocketed coils give maximum support while also cradling the body. This mattress is made in a medium-firm feel to fit the majority of sleepers.
- GOTS Certified Organic Wool
- Plant based Tencel infused cover
- 2 layers of pocketed coils for support and alignment
- 1 year free trial with free shipping and free returns
- Made in the USA
Getting rid of your old mattress
After purchasing a new mattress you may be wondering how to get rid of your old one. The online companies do not offer mattress disposal services so you are on your own finding a way to get rid of it. Luckily, A Bedder World offers mattress disposal and recycling throughout the country. We have recycle dover 500K mattresses to date. Simply book a pick up online, put your items outside and POOF let us come take them off your hands. A pillow top mattress is considered 1 piece and costs around $80 to dispose of.
Overall, choosing a pillow top mattress that is right for you boils down to your preferences and personal needs. All of the companies in this list are trusted in the industry and provide a great product that you will be happy with.