The innerspring is the oldest type of mattress still used today. Traditional innersprings feature thin cushioning layers of foam or fiber padding over thick steel coils, creating strong support systems and exceptionally bouncy surfaces. Newer hybrid innersprings are constructed with thicker foam or latex layers on top to promote deeper contouring, which may appeal to people who find traditional models too stiff.
A variety of sleepers can benefit from using an innerspring or hybrid instead of a different mattress type, such as an all-foam or all-latex model. Many back and stomach sleepers feel most comfortable on mattresses with coil systems because they maintain an even surface and won’t sink too much around the midsection, which is a common issue for people who use these positions. People who weigh more than 230 pounds may also sleep more comfortably with coil support. Since coil layers promote steady airflow, innersprings and hybrids are popular among hot sleepers as well.
Our testing team has personally evaluated hundreds of mattress models, including most leading innersprings and hybrids sold today. We use a comprehensive testing system to rate mattresses in different performance areas such as durability, support, cooling, pressure relief, and motion isolation. After tabulating results from these tests, the following five mattresses have earned a place among our list of the best innerspring mattresses. Read on to learn more about each model.