Spring Mattress: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big innerspring mattress test 2020, where we present you all the innerspring mattresses we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best spring mattress for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a spring mattress.

The most important facts in brief

  • Spring mattresses are very permeable to air and offer good support for the body due to the springs in the core. This allows you to regenerate in a pleasant sleeping climate.
  • A basic distinction is made between Bonell spring mattresses, pocket spring mattresses and barrel pocket spring mattresses. In the latter two, the springs are sewn into separate pockets in the core.
  • Bonell innerspring mattresses are comparatively light, but yield area-elastically. Pocket springs and barrel pocket springs yield to the body shape precisely, but are heavier.

Spring mattress test: Editors’ favourites

  • The best latex mattress at a good price
  • The best spring mattress with gel foam

The best latex mattress at a good price

Pocket spring mattress ProVita First Class
The 7-zone latex mattress from f.a.n offers solid quality at an attractive price.

from129,00 EUR

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The innerspring mattress, tested for durability and harmful substances, has a particularly high number of springs, which ensures a high level of comfort. The height of the mattress makes getting in and out of the bed very comfortable. The degree of hardness is two.

Back and side sleepers get their money’s worth. In addition, the mattress is particularly skin-friendly and suitable for people allergic to house dust. The cover is suitable for washing machines and washable up to 60°C. Customers are convinced of the quality of the mattress and especially the good price-performance ratio has convinced them.

The best spring mattress with gel foam

Pocket spring mattress Gel foam comfort-TFK
With this mattress, the special gel foam provides unique relief for your muscles.

from439,99 EUR

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The 7-zone pocket spring core mattress has a double-sided, approx. 4 cm high, temperature-neutral gel foam layer, which ensures adaptability and perfect pressure distribution. These effects are supported by the particularly high number of springs. The sleeping position does not matter, because the mattress adapts sensitively to your body. The height of the mattress is 23 cm.

The mattress is also very robust and has a long life span, as the gel foam cell structure is matched to it. A pleasant sleeping climate is guaranteed, because the open-pored structure and the springs ensure this. Customers are convinced and would buy the mattress again.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a spring mattress

What are the advantages and disadvantages of spring core compared to a mattress made of cold foam or latex?

The biggest advantage of spring mattresses is their high breathability. Even in the area of point elasticity, spring mattresses can nowadays keep up with cold foam and latex mattresses. Spring core is especially suitable for you if you

sweaty in one’s sleep
likes to sleep on firm ground
carry a lot of weight

Due to the open mattress core, spring core mattresses offer high air permeability compared to other mattress types, such as cold foam or latex mattresses. Even if you sweat a lot at night, the moisture can escape without any problems.

Did you know that innerspring mattresses are especially suitable for people who sweat a lot during sleep?
As there is a lot of air between the feathers inside the mattress, excess moisture is specifically removed.

This prevents mould formation. Due to the high air circulation the mattress feels cool. If you find yourself freezing slightly at night, you should choose a different mattress model. High-quality pocket spring mattresses offer high point elasticity.

This makes them suitable for abdominal, back and side sleepers, as well as for heavy body weight. However, it is a relatively hard sleeping surface (exception: Bonell spring core). If you prefer a soft sleep or if you often have back pain, a cold foam or latex mattress is more suitable for you.

Spring mattresses score points in particular for their very good breathability, as well as their high stability and durability. If you often feel too warm when sleeping or you like to lie down tightly, a spring mattress is ideal for you.

The comparatively high dead weight (exception: Bonell spring core) makes the spring core mattress unsuitable as a guest mattress compared to the cold foam mattress, as transport is more difficult.

Cheap spring core models can make a noise when you turn in your sleep due to the spring oscillation. The fabric pockets of a high-quality pocket spring mattress or barrel pocket spring mattress, however, counteract this.

Mites can easily nest in the cotton surface, which means that feathers are not ideal for allergy sufferers. However, a suitable encasing offers a remedy here. For children or people in need of care, a non-absorbent and washable cover for the spring mattress is also recommended.

What are the quality features of a spring mattress?

The quality of the spring mattress is particularly influenced by the following features:

Number of springs
Number of turns, height and wire thickness of the springs
Processing the springs during the manufacturing process
Connection of the pockets

The more springs a spring mattress contains, the higher its point elasticity. The steel springs can yield individually to the lying pressure and do not yield over a large area. A quality criterion of barrel pocket springs or pocket springs is therefore the number of springs used. A good barrel pocket spring core mattress and pocket spring core mattress therefore consists of approx. 400+ springs.

An exception is the Bonell spring mattress. As this is not point-elastic, the number of springs used has only a minor influence on the quality. A higher number of springs in the Bonell innerspring mattress only leads to greater firmness, making the mattress suitable for heavier people.

An additional layer of so-called microsprings is occasionally installed on the actual spring core. This micro springing must not be taken into account when comparing barrel pocket springs or pocket springs.

The number of springs per 2 m² is usually indicated on the spring mattresses. A mattress with 400+ springs per 2 m² therefore offers good support.

The spring quality also has an influence on the durability of the innerspring mattress, but is difficult for the layperson to judge. The rate of the springs is one criterion. One gear corresponds to one coil. In conjunction with the height of the spring, the number of turns can be used to calculate the pitch of the coils.

Matrazen.infoBlog about mattresses
For the quality of the pocket spring mattress, you should pay attention to the so-called “number of paces”. The springs are arranged in coils – each coil is called a gait. A rule of thumb for the quality of your mattress is: if the springs are small and have many turns, the mattress is of a particularly high quality.
(Source: matratzen.info)

The flatter the rise of the coils, the more elastic a spring is. The more elastic a spring is, the softer the innerspring mattress feels, which may well be desirable. However, high-quality mattresses prefer to vary with the height or wire thickness of the spring.

High-quality springs are also repeatedly compressed during production. The loss of height of the spring is thus anticipated. The so-called post-hardening by the application of current also increases the durability of the springs. Spring breakage is thus avoided.

The connection of the pockets in a pocket spring mattress or barrel pocket spring mattress is also a feature of the high quality of the mattress. The connection by applying a fleece is the simplest method. However, this has a negative effect on the point elasticity. With adhesive or clamp connections in the middle of the pockets, the point elasticity remains optimal.

The so-called volume weight, however, is not a quality criterion for spring mattresses. It indicates how much material in kilograms per cubic meter is used in foam or latex mattresses.

The foam in the spring mattress only has a cushioning effect, the actual supporting force is generated by the spring core. Therefore, the density of the foam, which is given by the volume weight, does not play a significant role in spring mattresses.

What does a spring mattress cost?

Where can you buy spring mattresses (online)?

Spring mattresses can be bought in specialist bed dealers, but also in many larger department stores and as a special sale at discounters such as Lidl or Aldi. In addition, spring mattresses have increasingly been offered on the Internet in recent years. The choice and comparison possibilities are greatest here, the price is often lower and the innerspring mattress is delivered directly to your home.

According to our research, most innerspring mattresses in Germany are currently sold on the Internet – in addition to Amazon and Ikea – via the following shops

  • Mattresses Concord
  • Bettenriese
  • Bettenritter
  • Betten.de
  • world of sleep
  • Lidl shop
  • Tchibo
  • Otto

All spring mattresses that we present here are provided with a link so that you can easily buy them online if a model appeals to you. You are also welcome to take a look at the bestsellers among the innerspring mattresses, which are currently the most purchased on Amazon and therefore have the most experience reports.

Which slatted frame fits to a spring mattress?

Simple slatted frames are sufficient for spring mattresses. Expensive slatted frames with body supporting properties are not necessary. A spring mattress does not require a special slatted frame, as it already has its own spring system. If you do not need an adjustable head or foot section, it is best to choose a simple, rigid slatted frame.
Its most important function is to ensure that the mattress is adequately ventilated. If you need an adjustable slatted frame, a Bonell spring mattress is not suitable for you. Then choose a pocket spring mattress or a barrel pocket spring mattress.

Decision: What types of spring mattresses are there and which one is right for you?

There are basically three different types of spring mattresses:

  • Bonell spring mattress
  • Pocket spring mattress
  • barrel pocket spring core mattress

These three different spring mattresses differ only in the springs used in the core. This results in specific properties that lead to different advantages and disadvantages.

Did you know that a spring mattress is ideal for all types of sleep?
Both back, side and stomach sleepers can benefit from a spring mattress.

Depending on how you like to lie down and which things you value most, one type of spring mattress is best for you. In the following section we would like to help you find out which type of innerspring mattress is best for you.

For this purpose, we introduce you to the characteristics of the above-mentioned spring mattresses and explain the respective advantages and disadvantages.

What are the characteristics of a Bonell spring mattress and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The feeling of lying on a Bonell spring mattress is very soft and comfortable. Bonell springs are particularly suitable for you if you weigh little and are looking for a cheap innerspring mattress.

Inside the Bonell spring mattress there are waisted spiral springs, which are connected to each other by wires. This distributes the body weight of Bonell springs over a larger area and you lie soft and comfortable. This spring mattress is ideal for people with a low weight (up to approx. 100 kg).

A Bonell spring mattress offers less support than a pocket spring mattress, for example. The spring core is not point-elastic, i.e. shoulders and pelvis do not sink in optimally. Since the springs give way over the entire surface, disturbing noises can occur when you move around during sleep.

Advantages

reasonable price
low deadweight

Disadvantages

no point elasticity
Noise due to resonance
not suitable for adjustable slatted frames

Bonell is often used for hotel beds. These mattresses can also score points due to their comparatively low weight and their favourable price.

What are the special features of a pocket spring mattress and what are the advantages and disadvantages of pocket springs?

Pocket spring mattresses offer a high point elasticity and a good price-performance ratio. This mattress is suitable for you if you like to sleep firmer. In comparison to the Bonell spring mattress, the steel springs of a pocket spring mattress are cylindrical in shape and individually sewn into fabric pockets. The pockets are sewn or glued together.

As the spring core can yield individually, pocket spring core ensures a specific adaptation of the mattress to the body shape (point elasticity). This way you benefit from improved sleeping comfort.

The degree of hardness of the individual springs can vary, so that pocket spring mattresses can also be purchased as so-called 3-, 5-, 7- or 9-zone pocket springs. An orthopaedically healthy body position during sleep is guaranteed.

Advantages

good value for money
good point elasticity
no oscillation
suitable for adjustable slatted frames

Disadvantages

large tare weight

The separately sewn steel springs prevent the springs from oscillating. So when you turn in your sleep, there are no disturbing noises. As the steel springs are not connected to each other, the pocket spring mattress is flexible and also suitable for adjustable slatted frames.

A disadvantage of the pocket spring mattress is its comparatively high weight. This makes it more difficult to transport or turn the mattress with pocket spring core compared to other types of mattresses.

What distinguishes a barrel pocket spring mattress and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The barrel pocket spring mattress is a very high quality spring mattress, which offers a very high point elasticity. The feeling of lying on it is very firm. As with the pocket spring core, the steel springs of the barrel pocket spring core are enclosed by fabric pockets. However, the steel springs have a bulbous shape.

This special structure enables a very high point elasticity of the mattress. In the so-called 3-zone, 5-zone, 7-zone or 9-zone barrel pocket spring core mattresses, different numbers and strengths of springs are used in the individual zones. This ensures an optimal adaptation of the mattress to the body.

In contrast to the Bonell spring mattresses, barrel pocket spring mattresses prevent the springs from swinging back through the fabric pockets. Nothing stands in the way of a quiet, restful sleep.

Advantages

high point elasticity
no oscillation
suitable for adjustable slatted frames

Disadvantages

expensive
large tare weight

Like the pocket spring mattress, barrel pocket spring mattresses are also suitable for adjustable slatted frames. Of the three designs, the barrel pocket spring core is the highest quality version of a spring core mattress. However, this is due to the comparatively high weight and the very high price.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate the spring mattress based on these factors

In the following we will show you the criteria you can use to compare and evaluate spring mattresses. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular innerspring mattress is suitable for you or not.

The distinguishing features are as follows:

  • the spring type of the mattress
  • Number of springs per 2 m²
  • Liegezonen
  • Hardness grade
  • Size of the mattress
  • Total height of the mattress
  • Cover material
  • Cover removable and washable at 60°C
  • suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Oeko-Tex Standard
  • Product weight
  • Verkehr

Mattress spring type

We have already gone into detail above about the different spring types of spring mattresses – i.e. bonell, pocket spring and barrel pocket spring. Nevertheless, we would like to point out again that the type of spring is an important quality feature of a spring mattress and has a significant influence on the lying characteristics.

If you prefer to lie softly, then Bonell spring mattresses are most suitable for you. Especially if you are a lightweight and weigh less than 100kg. If you are looking for a mattress on which you lie rather tightly, we recommend pocket springs or barrel springs. Because the springs are sewn individually into pockets, the mattress adapts precisely to your body shape.

Number of feathers per 2 m²

As explained in the guide, the number of springs used in the mattress is a quality feature of the innerspring mattress. The higher the number of springs contained in the mattress, the more point-elastic a pocket spring mattress usually is. The mattress becomes harder overall. However, you will not notice whether a mattress contains 400 or 405 springs.

A good barrel pocket spring mattress or pocket spring mattress contains from 400 springs per 2 m². Some manufacturers also state the total number of springs contained in the mattress. Be careful not to compare apples with pears.

Since the springs are directly connected to each other in Bonell spring cores, the number of springs here has less effect on the adaptability of the mattress. Bonell spring core reacts to the body in a generally area-elastic and not point-elastic manner.

Liegezonen

Tone pocket spring core or pocket spring core is also offered as multi-zone mattresses, mostly 7-zone spring core mattresses. If you are a side sleeper, we recommend this extra investment in such a mattress. In this way the body is optimally supported during sleep.

The different zones are created by springs of different strengths in high-quality pocket springs or barrel pocket springs. The steel springs in the shoulder or hip area are softer and yield more easily to the pressure of the body.

These areas can thus sink in optimally, while the rest of the body continues to be supported. This is especially important for side sleepers. If you sleep on your side and the mattress does not adapt to your body shape enough, your body will twist during sleep and you will not be able to regenerate.

Bonell spring mattresses are area-elastic and cannot give way to individual body parts. If these mattresses are offered as 7-zone Bonell innerspring mattresses, the foam layer here is of varying firmness.

This does not optimally promote the targeted sinking of the body parts. If you are a heavyweight and sink down accordingly, a barrel pocket spring mattress or pocket spring mattress is more suitable for you.

Hardness grade

In general, spring mattresses are perceived as a rather firm sleeping surface. The appropriate degree of hardness should be tested in advance by means of test beds. Spring mattresses are available in different degrees of hardness, which are based on the body weight of the user.

Both hardness grade H2 and hardness grade H3 are among the most sold hardness grades for spring mattresses. They generally offer a medium or firm lying sensation. Hardness grades H1 and H5, on the other hand, are only very rarely offered.

However, there is no standard that is prescribed by law. Every supplier marks his mattresses as he wants. The same designation can mark differently hard mattresses with two manufacturers. Also the number of hardness levels can vary from three to five. The following table should give you a first orientation help:

An extensive test lying is recommended by us in any case. A hard mattress is not at the same time a good mattress. Everyone should choose the degree of firmness that they find most comfortable in the long term.

Size of the mattress

Spring mattresses are available in all common standard sizes. Of course, selected specialist dealers also offer overlength or overwidth sizes. The most important standard sizes for innerspring mattresses are 80×200 cm, 90×200 cm, 100×200 cm, 140×200 cm, 160×200 cm, 180×200 cm, 200×200 cm.

Spring mattresses for babies and toddlers have a standard size of 70×140 cm or 60×120 cm. If a size of the spring mattress up to 140×200 cm is recommended for singles, couples should choose a spring mattress from 140×200 cm.

If the difference in weight between the partners is very large, two separate mattresses are recommended, as the supporting suspension can then be individually adjusted.

Total height of the mattress

The mattress height is often neglected when buying a mattress. At the same time it influences your lying comfort. In principle, the higher the more comfortable. While the length and width of innerspring mattresses are determined by the bed frame, you can choose the mattress height freely.

For the mattress to give way to your body shape without you feeling the slatted frame, it must be at least 11 cm high. If you have broad shoulders or are very heavy, we recommend a mattress height of 20+ cm. For older people, a high mattress also has the advantage of making it easier to get in and out of bed.

Cover material

You never thought about the mattress cover? Well, you should. It influences bed hygiene and the sleeping climate and thus also contributes to your lying comfort. Drell is a woven, classic cover fabric that is very durable and is used in low-priced mattresses.

The high-quality double cloth consists of several different fabric layers – a 100% cotton outer thread, a filling thread and the stabilizing PE back thread. The cotton feels pleasant on the skin; the synthetic climate fibre supports the air circulation. As polyester does not absorb moisture and this fibre is hollow inside, sweat is quickly wicked away.

Tencel (also known as Lyocell) is an industrially produced fibre from eucalyptus trees. This fibre warms and cools simultaneously and is very absorbent. Often the covers are additionally quilted with a moisture-regulating fleece. This supports a dry, warm sleeping climate. In addition, the lying comfort is increased by the cushioning effect.

Cover removable and washable at 60°C

Even if you are not prone to night sweats, you should make sure that your mattress cover is removable and washable. Everyone loses sweat at night, which is absorbed by the mattress cover.

Skin flakes and other particles also adhere to the cover over time. Therefore it is recommended to wash the cover at regular intervals to increase the service life of your mattress.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

Skin scales settle in the cotton covers of the innerspring mattresses, which serve as an ideal breeding ground for house dust mites. The mattress covers should therefore be removable and washable.

A 60°C wash kills the mites but does not completely remove their remnants. But this is exactly what house dust mite allergy sufferers react to. Mattress covers that are boil-proof at 95 are therefore ideal if you are allergic to mites.

Many manufacturers of spring mattresses also offer special covers for allergy sufferers, which are made of special fibres.

ÖKO-Tex Standard 100

The ÖKO-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system which tests materials for harmful substances. For spring mattresses, the seal only refers to the mattress covers, not to the mattress core.

The criteria catalogue of the ÖKO-Tex seal contains over 100 test parameters. The Standard 100 certifies yarns, fabrics and textiles free of harmful substances. In addition, there is also a 1000 seal, which verifies ecological production and social standards in manufacturing. The 100plus seal is a combination of the two quality seals mentioned above.

Product weight

If you want to turn your innerspring mattress regularly or transport it in some other way, the weight of the mattress is a not negligible characteristic that you should consider before buying.

Compared to mattresses made of cold foam, spring mattresses have a very high overall weight. Depending on the size, they usually weigh between 15 – 20 kg. Since the mattresses are also very unwieldy due to their size, you should ask friends or family for help if you want to move them.

Verkehr

Due to their weight and size, spring mattresses are often rolled and vacuum-packed by manufacturers after production. This makes them easier to transport to their destination. Depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, these rolled mattresses must be left open for 24 – 72 hours before use in order to regain their correct shape.

You must bear this in mind before you order a mattress on the Internet or buy it in a department store. It cannot be used immediately. On mattresses that are only shrink-wrapped in foil, you can still sleep on the same day. However, you should always get support when the mattress is delivered.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about spring mattresses

What is a spring mattress and how is it constructed?

A spring mattress consists of three layers – the core, the upholstery and the outer cover. The base of the innerspring mattress is the spring core that gives it its name. This consists of interconnected steel springs.

The special feature of the integrated metal springs is that they immediately return to their original shape after a load. These so-called compression springs support the body and thus ensure an optimal lying surface.

The springs are surrounded by a foam layer. This foam padding serves as a protective layer. In addition, the springs are separated from the foam by a fleece or felt layer to prevent damage to the padding.

The outer cover is the mattress cover. This consists of a mixture of different materials such as polyester, cotton, horsehair or virgin wool. However, the outer material is always cotton.

What is the core height of the spring core?

The core height, indicates the height of the mattress core.  Spring mattresses are often advertised with the height of the spring core. However, the height of the spring core alone is of little significance. Rather, it depends on the position and number of the springs.

What is the service life of a spring mattress?

For reasons of hygiene, a mattress should be replaced every 5-8 years, or every 10-14 years for high-quality models. If you wake up with backache or if you have a cold or a cold lying down, this is a good advice to change the mattress earlier.

How to care for a spring mattress properly?

In order to enjoy your mattress for a long time, you should air it regularly, turn it over and wash the cover. The innerspring mattress absorbs the sweat that is secreted during the night. Therefore, it is best not to cover the mattress during the day and let it air out optimally. The optimal air circulation results in a long life span with a low risk of mould formation.

If a mattress is stressed on one side, wear and tear will occur more quickly. Therefore, a spring mattress should be turned every one to three months. It is also best to change the side of the head to the side of the foot. As a rule, the mattress models with lying zones are cut symmetrically so that this is not a problem.

Washable covers should be removed regularly and washed at 60°C. Special detergents are not necessary. Depending on the quality, however, a mattress cover can only survive about 10 washes. Make sure that the cover will not be damaged by excessive friction if the washing drum is too small. The mattress cover is hung flat over a clothes horse and dries optimally without distorting its shape.

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