There is much to love about this classic mattress style, especially with all the improvements that have been made in recent years. The spring mattresses are constructed with a core of steel springs made a sandwich between layers of foam or other cushioning material.
The steel springs work together to support the weight of the body and maintain an appropriate position, while the cushioning ensures that the springs do not sit down when lying down. These days it is common to see that spring mattresses have a foam layer with memory or latex on top for extra comfort, movement isolation, support, and body contouring. This type of mattress is called a hybrid mattress.
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What are the benefits of spring mattresses?
Spring mattresses have been the most popular type of mattress for decades, and have multiple advantages over some memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses, including:
- Excellent cooling: Unlike memory foam, spring mattresses are a great option if you have trouble falling asleep or staying awake due to overheating because the cores of springs allow excellent airflow.
- Many options to choose from across all budgets: There are many brands, models, and features to choose from. (However, because there are many options, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you!).
- Excellent rebound: Spring mattresses respond quickly to movement and offer more rebound than any type of mattress. If you like your mattress to bounce a bit, spring mattresses are your best option.
- Limited gas release: spring mattresses typically do not contain much foam, meaning they release less potentially toxic vapors and volatile organic compounds compared to memory foam and latex mattresses.
These are some of the biggest cons regarding spring mattresses:
- Poor insulation of movement: Depending on the type of springs and number of springs (which we will explain later in this guide, spring mattresses have a reputation for doing a poor job stopping movement, meaning that, if your partner rotates or moves, You are probably going to feel its movement.The
individual springs, also called pocket springs, are the best to prevent the transfer of movement.
- Limited body contouring: Some mattresses-especially those with open springs or low springs-do a poor job of contouring body curves, which can make the bed uncomfortable or create pressure points. Pocket springs also called individual springs, offer the best contour of spring types.
- Noise and squeals: While this is not a problem with every manufacturer or model – especially those with pocket springs – some spring mattresses may start to ring over time due to metal springs rubbing against themselves.
- Sinking: Spring mattresses, especially with open springs, have a tendency to sink or submerge due to the wear of the springs and lose the ability to support the weight of the body. This sinking can occur in the middle of the mattress or where you and/or your partner sleep, causing discomfort and the tendency to slip during the night.
Springs vs. Foam with Memory: Which is better?
A common question of mattress buyers is what type of mattress to buy. With so many styles, materials, brands, and options to choose from, it can be so confusing (and the reason we built this mattress purchase guide)!
While there is no perfect mattress for everyone, there are some cases where spring mattresses are the clear winner:
- Heat when sleeping: If you get very hot at night, you live in a warm climate and do not use air conditioning at night, spring mattresses are fantastic because they breathe well and tend not to overheat.
- Extra rebound: If you and/or your partner like the mattress to have a little extra bounce-unlike memory foam that slowly contours to the body and does not bounce-spring mattresses are a good choice.
For more information about memory foam mattresses, review our purchase guide and recommendations for the best memory foam mattresses.
Construction of spring mattresses:
Over the decades, manufacturers have developed different types of springs in their quest to create the most comfortable mattress possible. The most common types of springs you will see advertised are:
- Open springs (also called Bonnell springs or ‘Open Coil’ in English): $
Open spring mattresses are usually very firm. The open springs are the least expensive and lightest (making them easier to rotate and rotate), but they tend to sink in the middle and do a poor job of isolating the movement.
- Compensation Springs (Offset Coils in English): $$ – $$$
Compensation springs are extremely similar to open springs but have square top and bottom that are articulated together. By articulating the springs together, the springs are able to move more independently, resulting in better body contouring compared to open springs.
- Continuous Springs (Continuous Coils in English): $ – $$
The continuous springs are formed by a single steel cable bent in the shape of the springs. This type of springs does a poor job of isolating the movement and is often found in low-quality mattresses.
- Pocket Springs (also called Marshall Springs or Pocket Coils in English): $$$
Pocket springs do a fantastic job isolating the movement because they are not linked together by a central frame. This is especially important if you share a bed.
If the budget allows, we highly recommend investing in a mattress with pocket springs, since they offer a much more comfortable sleep.
What is the caliber of the spring?
Spring gauge is a term that refers to the thickness of the steel cable used to make the spring and is an important factor that impacts the firmness, comfort, and durability of spring mattresses.
Mattresses made of thicker gauge wires (approximately 12 gauge) tend to be firmer and with less bounce, while mattresses made with thinner gauge wire (approximately 13 gauge up) are softer and more bouncy.
Should I rotate my mattress? How often should I rotate it?
Many spring mattresses are designed to be rotated to ensure that they wear evenly and minimize the risk of developing subsidence or lows.
Most manufacturers recommend turning your mattress every three or six months. In our house, we rotate our mattresses twice a year when we change the clocks for summer time (we also use these occasions to change the batteries of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check our fire extinguishers).