The Best Innerspring Mattresses for Supportive Sleep

The Boll & Branch Mattress is our number one pick

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Boll & Branch Mattress

The Spruce / Cheyenne Elwell 

Tried-and-true innerspring mattresses feature a supportive coil system, often with a layer of fabric cushioning or foam on top. "Innersprings tend to be firmer and bouncier than other mattress types," says Logan Foley, Certified Sleep Science Coach and Managing Editor of SleepFoundation.org.

To help you find the perfect options, we spoke with Foley for buying tips, then researched and tested today's best-selling models. The Boll & Branch Mattress is our favorite pick based on our findings. It earned top marks from our home tester and stands out for its soft yet supportive design and eco-friendly construction.

Here are the best innerspring mattresses available today.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Boll & Branch The Mattress

4.8
Boll & Branch

Boll & Branch

What We Like
  • 2,000 micro-coils

  • Supportive yet soft

  • Temperature-regulating

  • Isolates movement

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Coils make some noise

Boll & Branch offers one mattress and one mattress only—because it's that good. The Mattress earned a 4.8 out of 5 overall score from our home tester, who liked the supportive yet soft design and luxuriously comfortable feel. She also appreciated that it has a cooling effect, thanks to multiple layers of naturally breathable, moisture-wicking, and temperature-regulating materials, like wool and graphite-infused latex.

Unlike the innerspring mattresses of decades past, this one boasts individually wrapped foundation coils, plus over 2,000 encased micro-coils to offer full-body support and isolate movement. While our tester said the springs do a great job preventing motion transfer, she mentioned that they make a little noise when climbing on.

The Mattress is hand-assembled from ethically sourced, sustainable materials and backed by a ten-year warranty. While the price is pretty steep, you can count on quality and long-lasting comfort.

Material: Steel coils, wool-poly blend, graphite-infused latex | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal. king | Thickness: 13.5 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Boll & Branch Mattress

The Spruce / Cheyenne Elwell 

What Our Testers Say

"As someone who deals with back problems, I have struggled to find a comfortable, yet supportive mattress. Most I’ve tried before are either too hard or too soft, both of which cause back pain. After trying the Boll & Branch Mattress for about a month, it seems to be that middle ground I’ve been looking for, offering both support and plenty of comfort."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

Best Budget: Swiss Ortho Sleep Encased Coil Pocket Spring Contour Mattress

Encased Coil Pocket Spring Contour Mattress

Amazon

What We Like
  • Isolates movement

  • Compressed packaging

  • Breathable

What We Don't Like
  • No twin XL or California king

Looking for something a little easier on your bank account? Check out the Swiss Ortho Sleep Encased Coil Pocket Spring Contour Mattress. It's 12 inches thick with a foundation of individually wrapped pocket springs, offering support and stability while isolating movement so you don't disturb your sleeping partner when you climb in.

The upper layers consist of a cotton pad, egg carton foam, high-density memory foam, and bamboo fabric. As an inherently breathable material with natural cooling abilities, the bamboo helps you stay at a comfy temperature throughout the night. While it's unavailable in twin XL or California king sizes, unlike many other innerspring models, this mattress comes in compressed packaging, making it easier to move into your room of choice.

Material: Coils, foam, cotton, memory foam, bamboo fabric | Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king | Thickness: 12 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best Splurge: Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Cassatt Mattress

Lux Estate Cassatt Mattress

Pottery Barn

What We Like
  • Ventilated coil system

  • Adaptive support

  • Moisture-wicking

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Calls for extra-deep fitted sheet

If you want the best of the best and have the budget for it, consider the Lux Estate Cassatt from Stearns & Foster. This mattress comes in three thicknesses (13.5, 14.5, and 15 inches) and has a ventilated coil system at the base to ensure breathability and temperature regulation. Then there are two layers of densely packed, individually wrapped coils that promise adaptive support for all types of sleepers.

Next, there's a layer of CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam, and on top, you've got quilted padding. Lastly, a stretchy knitted Tencel cover helps wick away sweat while you doze. Aside from the price, the only other potential downside of this mattress is that you'll need an extra-deep fitted sheet since it's thicker than average.

Material: Encased coils, memory foam, Tencel | Sizes: Twin long, full, queen, king, Cal. king, split king, split Cal. king | Thickness: 13, 14.5, and 15 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best Firm: Allswell The Brick Mattress

The Brick Mattress

Allswell

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Isolates movement

  • Edge support

What We Don't Like
  • Takes 24 hours to expand

Partial to firm mattresses? The Allswell Brick Mattress might be your best bet. In a nod to its name, this mattress offers firmness without being overly hard. It has a base of individually wrapped springs, plus edge support on all sides to minimize motion transfer and prevent you from sinking in when you sit down.

Then there's a 2-inch layer of high-density foam for additional support, followed by 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam for a cooling effect. The minimally padded top layer is also firm. This hybrid mattress comes in a compressed box, which makes it easy to carry to your bedroom, but it takes about a day to expand.

Material: Coils, high-density foam, copper-infused memory foam | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal. king | Thickness: 12 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best Pillow-Top: Saatva Classic Mattress

4.8
Saatva Classic Mattress

Saatva

What We Like
  • Luxurious comfort

  • Responsive coils

  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Return fee

  • Doesn't isolate movement

For those interested in a pillow-top model, we recommend Saatva. The brand's Classic Mattress clocked a 4.8 out of 5 overall score from our tester, who liked the luxurious comfort of the plush surface. She also appreciated that you can choose from two thicknesses (11.5 or 14.5 inches) and three firmness levels: plush soft, luxury firm, and firm.

The layers include a dual-coil base with high-density foam rails to prevent sagging and responsive pocketed coils designed to contour to your curves. Just above, there's CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam, followed by a quilted pillow top with an organic cotton cover. Though this mattress doesn't isolate movement, and there's a fee if you return it, you can't beat the lifetime warranty.

Material: Steel pocketed coils, memory foam, organic cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, split king, Cal. king, split Cal. king | Thickness: 11.5 or 14.5 inches | Warranty: Lifetime

Saatva Classic Mattress

The Spruce / Lindsay Boyers

What Our Testers Say

"Another thing that really stood out was the exceptional edge-to-edge support provided by the foam encasement that’s wrapped around the entire mattress—a feature only found in high-end mattresses. I could roll onto the edge of the bed or sit up with my legs hanging off of it, and the mattress barely gave under my weight and didn’t sag at all. As a really-close-to-the-edge sleeper, this made me feel safe and secure."—Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best for Back Sleepers: Serta Perfect Sleeper Firm Innerspring Mattress

Perfect Sleeper Firm Innerspring Mattress

Amazon

What We Like
  • Supports natural alignment

  • Isolates movement

  • Edge support

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for side sleepers

  • Could be too firm for some

Attention, back sleepers: Serta's Perfect Sleeper Mattress could be the perfect choice for you. This firm hybrid mattress features nearly 800 densely packed, individually wrapped metal coils to minimize motion transfer and ensure support from head to heel.

Above the base, a thin layer of gel-infused memory foam provides a cooling effect while conforming to the shape of your spine to encourage natural alignment and reduce discomfort at your pressure points. The top is thinly quilted, with sturdy edge support all around. Though this mattress might be too firm for folks who sleep on their sides, it's ideal for those who doze on their backs with minimal tossing and turning.

Material: Coils, gel-infused memory foam | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal. king | Thickness: 13 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best for Side Sleepers: Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress

Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress

Parachute

What We Like
  • Zoned support

  • Conforms to body shape

  • Isolates movement

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Requires two people to unbox

If you're part of the 60-percent majority of people who sleep on their sides, Parachute's Eco Comfort Mattress has your name on it. The medium-firm design consists of several layers, starting with an insulating wool pad on the bottom. Then you've got pocketed innerspring coils with different levels of support for your upper body, hips, and feet.

Following these layers is a slightly thicker wool pad for more breathable insulation and another layer of individually wrapped micro-coils designed to isolate movement and conform to the shape of your body. Atop these layers is one more wool pad and quilted organic cotton. There's a lot to love about this thoughtfully designed mattress—we only wish it were more affordable.

Material: Coils, organic cotton, wool | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal. king | Thickness: 13 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best for Stomach Sleepers: Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado

What We Like
  • Ergonomic zones

  • Edge support

  • Eco-friendly materials

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Not ideal for side sleepers

Avocado's Green Mattress is a supportive mattress to consider if you sleep on your stomach. It has over 1,400 fabric-wrapped tempered steel coils, and the springs are arranged in five different zones to provide ergonomic support in all the right places. There's also sturdy edge support by way of a reinforced steel perimeter, meaning you won't sink down when you sit on the side or corner.

Above the coils is 3 inches of certified-organic latex rubber to provide full-body support with medium firmness. The top layer is ethically sourced tufted wool that's not only organic but also Oeko-Tex certified to ensure it's safe for you and the planet. While the standard version is likely too firm for most side sleepers, there's also a pillow-top option that should be more comfortable for the hips.

Material: Coils, natural latex, organic wool, organic cotton | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal. king | Thickness: 11 or 13 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Best for Hot Sleepers: Beautyrest Emerald Bay Series Harmony Mattress

Emerald Bay Series Harmony Mattress

Pottery Barn

What We Like
  • Cooling technology

  • Moisture-wicking

  • Edge support

What We Don't Like
  • Calls for extra-deep fitted sheet

Hot sleepers should consider the Beautyrest Emerald Bay Series Harmony Mattress. This hybrid innerspring mattress has a foundation of pocketed coils to provide support and prevent sagging. Then there's a layer of charcoal-infused memory foam to help regulate your body temperature while wicking away moisture.

Next, you've got gel-infused foam, which offers a cooling effect, then open-cell foam that encourages breathability by allowing air to pass through. On top is a naturally sourced Tencel fabric with Beautyrest's cool-to-the-touch technology, plus edge support all around. One drawback is that since this mattress is 15 inches thick (or 16 inches with a pillowtop), you'll need a fitted sheet with extra-deep pockets. Otherwise, this mattress could offer the ideal blend of cooling and support for more comfortable sleep.

Material: Coils, gel-infused memory foam, Tencel | Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king | Thickness: 15 or 16 inches | Warranty: 10 years

Final Verdict

Our favorite innerspring mattress is the Boll & Branch Mattress. It was a hit with our home tester, thanks to the supportive micro-coils, temperature-regulating design, and luxurious comfort. But if you're on a budget, the supportive, breathable, movement-isolating Swiss Ortho Sleep Encased Coil Contour Mattress is a solid choice.

What to Look For in an Innerspring Mattress

Material

When shopping around for an innerspring mattress, pay attention to the materials. The coils are typically steel and individually wrapped with fabric to isolate motion and provide more adaptive support.

Most of today's models are hybrid mattresses, meaning they feature additional layers above the coils, such as memory foam, latex, wool, or a pillow-top fabric. These materials can offer extra support, enhanced plushness, or a cooling effect.

Firmness

While Foley says innerspring mattresses tend to be firmer generally, she says that "choosing the right [one] is personal to the buyer."

Firm models are considered ideal for those who sleep on their backs, and medium-firm options work well for most sleeping positions. Softer mattresses are often preferred by side sleepers, as they help alleviate pressure on the hips.

Thickness

You also want to consider the thickness. Innerspring mattresses range from about ten inches to 15 inches deep. Thicker options aren't necessarily more comfortable, plus they're usually pricier and call for an extra-deep fitted sheet. However, they often consist of more layers to provide benefits like temperature regulation or pressure-point relief.

FAQ
  • What's the difference between an innerspring mattress and a coiled mattress?

    According to Foley, people often use the terms innerspring and coiled interchangeably to describe mattresses. "A true innerspring mattress is constructed with steel springs that are fused together into one sheet," she tells The Spruce. "This results in that old-school feel of a very bouncy mattress, but these are rarely made anymore."

    Foley explains that modern innerspring mattresses typically feature individually wrapped springs (also known as pocketed coils). "These coils are not connected, which results in more motion isolation and airflow," she notes.

  • Does an innerspring mattress need a box spring?

    "Box springs are designed for use in conjunction with older models of innerspring mattresses," says Foley. "Most mattresses made today do not need a box spring but may require a platform bed frame for proper use."

  • Can you use an innerspring mattress on an adjustable bed?

    That depends. Newer innerspring mattress models often have more flexible coils, which is why many of them can be compressed and packaged in a box, like their memory foam counterparts. Some work with adjustable bed frames, but check with the manufacturer of both the mattress and the bed before buying anything.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Theresa Holland is a freelance writer specializing in home design within the commerce space. A contributor at The Spruce since 2019, Theresa covers furniture, bedding, and sleep products.

For this story, she interviewed Logan Foley, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and Managing Editor at Sleepfoundation.org, who provided expertise on the features and benefits of innerspring mattresses. She also looked at insights from home-tested and lab-tested models, then researched today's best-sellers, considering the material, firmness, thickness, and overall value of dozens of options before narrowing down the top picks.

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