Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to our big innerspring mattress test 2021. Here we present all the innerspring mattresses that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best innerspring mattress for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an innerspring mattress.

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The most important facts

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

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an innerspring mattress

What are the advantages and disadvantages of innerspring over a cold foam or latex mattress?

The biggest advantage of innerspring mattresses is their high breathability. Nowadays, in terms of point elasticity, innerspring mattresses can also hold their own against cold foam and latex mattresses. An innerspring mattress is particularly suitable for you if you

  • sweat easily during sleep
  • like to sleep on firm ground
  • have a high weight

Due to the open mattress core, innerspring mattresses offer high air permeability compared to other types of mattresses, such as cold foam or latex mattresses. Even if you sweat a lot during the night, the moisture can easily escape.

Did you know that innerspring mattresses are especially suitable for people who sweat a lot during sleep? Because there is a lot of air between the springs in the interior of the mattress, excess moisture is specifically wicked away.

This prevents the formation of mould. Due to the high air circulation, the mattress feels cool. If you freeze easily at night, you should choose a different mattress model. High-quality pocket spring mattresses offer high point elasticity. This makes them suitable for stomach, back and side sleepers, as well as those with a high body weight.

However, they are a relatively hard sleeping surface (exception: Bonell spring core). If you prefer to sleep softly or have frequent back pain, a cold foam or latex mattress is more suitable for you.

Innerspring mattresses score particularly well for their very good breathability, as well as their high stability and durability. If you often find it too warm to sleep, or if you like to lie on a firm surface, an innerspring mattress is ideal for you.

The comparatively high weight (exception: Bonell innerspring) makes the innerspring mattress unsuitable as a guest mattress compared to the cold foam mattress, as transport is made more difficult. Inexpensive innerspring models can make noises when you turn around in your sleep because of the way the springs swing. However, the fabric pockets of a high-quality pocket spring mattress or barrel pocket spring mattress counteract this.

Property Impact
High air permeability If you sweat a lot at night, the moisture can escape easily. Mould formation is prevented and the mattress feels cool.
High point elasticity Suitable for stomach, back and side sleepers and for high body weight. The sleeping surface is relatively hard.
High dead weight innerspring mattresses are only suitable to a limited extent as guest beds because transport is more difficult.
Oscillation Inexpensive innerspring mattresses can oscillate at night when turned over, which causes noise. However, high-quality models of pocket spring core or barrel pocket spring core mattresses reduce this.

Mites can settle well in the cotton surface, making spring core mattresses 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 innerspring mattress is also recommended.

What are the quality features of an innerspring mattress?

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

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

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

An exception to this is the Bonell spring mattress. As this is not point-elastic, the number of springs has only a minor influence on the quality. A higher number of springs in the Bonell in nerspring mattress only leads to a higher firmness, which makes the mattress suitable for heavier people. Occasionally, an additional layer of so-called micro springs is installed on the actual spring core. This micro-springing must not be taken into accountwhen comparing barrel pocket springs or pocket springs.

On innerspring mattresses, the number of springs per 2 m² is usually stated. A mattress with 400+ springs per 2 m² therefore offers good support properties.

The spring quality also has an influence on the longevity of the innerspring mattress, but is difficult for the layperson to judge. The number of coils in the springs is one criterion. One coil corresponds to one turn. In connection with the height of the spring, the pitch of the coils can be calculated with the number of coils. 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. High-quality mattresses, however, prefer to vary here with the height or wire thickness of the spring. High-quality springs are also compressed several times during production. The loss of height of the spring is thus anticipated. The so-called post-hardening by applying electricity also increases the longevity 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 characteristic 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 staple connections in the middle of the pockets, the point elasticity remains optimal. The so-called volume weight, on the other hand, is not a quality criterion for innerspring mattresses. It indicates how much material in kilograms per cubic metre is used in foam or latex mattresses. The foam in the innerspring mattress only has a cushioning effect, the actual support is provided by the innerspring. Therefore, the density of the foam, which is indicated by the volume weight, does not play a significant role in innerspring mattresses.

What does an innerspring mattress cost?

Innerspring mattresses are available in all price ranges - from the very inexpensive, simple model with bonell springs to the high-tech barrel spring mattress, which is in the four-digit range. Simple Bonell spring mattresses are available online for as little as 40.00 euros and are therefore a really inexpensive way to purchase a mattress, for example for the guest room.

The better pocket spring mattresses can be ordered online from around 80.00 euros. High-quality pocket spring mattresses can usually be purchased online for around 150 euros. With discount offers, you may be able to get a bargain here if you are flexible in your choice of innerspring mattress.

However, there are no upper limits to the prices here either. If the innerspring mattresses offer additional comfort, e.g. if they are suitable for allergy sufferers, have a winter or summer side or are divided into zones, you will quickly find yourself in a price range from 150.00 euros to 800.00 euros. Of course, the size of the mattress also has an influence on its price. If you need an innerspring mattress for two people and do not have such a large space requirement, you can save money with a 140×200 innerspring mattress instead of a 180×200 innerspring mattress, for example.

Type Price
Bonell spring core from 40 euros
Pocket spring core from 80 euros
Barrel pocket spring core from 150 euros

Which slatted frame goes with an innerspring mattress?

Simple slatted frames are sufficient for spring mattresses. Expensive slatted frames with body-supporting properties are not necessary. An innerspring mattress does not need a special slatted frame because it already has its own springing. If you do not need an adjustable head or foot section, it is best to choose a simple, preferably rigid slatted frame.

Its most important function is to provide sufficient ventilation for the mattress. If you need an adjustable slatted frame, a bonell spring mattress is not suitable for you. In this case, choose a pocket spring mattress or barrel pocket spring mattress.

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

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types of innerspring mattresses:

  • Bonell innerspring mattress
  • Pocket spring mattress
  • Barrel pocket spring mattress

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

Did you know that an innerspring mattress is best suited for all sleep types? Both back, side and stomach sleepers can benefit from an innerspring mattress.

Depending on how you like to lie and what you value most, a type of innerspring mattress is best for you. In the following section, we would like to help you find out which model of innerspring mattress is best for you. To do this, we will introduce you to the features of the above-mentioned innerspring mattresses and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What are the features of a Bonell innerspring mattress and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A Bonell innerspring mattress feels very soft and comfortable. Bonell springs are especially suitable for you if you weigh little and are looking for an inexpensive innerspring mattress. Inside the Bonell innerspring mattress are waisted spiral springs, which are connected to each other by wires. This means that the body weight is distributed over a larger area and you lie softly and comfortably. This innerspring mattress is ideal for people with a low weight (up to approx. 100 kg).

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

Advantages
  • favourable price
  • low own weight
Disadvantages
  • no point elasticity
  • noises due to rebounding
  • not suitable for adjustable slatted frames

Bonell is often used for hotel beds. These mattresses can also score points in particular due to their comparatively low dead weight as well as their favourable price.

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

Pocket spring mattresses offer high point elasticity and good value for money. This mattress is suitable for you if you like to sleep more soundly. Compared to a Bonell innerspring mattress, the steel springs in a pocket innerspring mattress are cylindrically shaped and individually sewn into fabric pockets. The pockets are sewn or glued together.

Because the spring core can yield individually, pocket spring core ensures a targeted adaptation of the mattress to the body shape(point elasticity). This means you benefit from improved sleeping comfort. The hardness of the individual springs can vary, so that pocket spring mattresses can also be bought as so-called 3-, 5-, 7- or 9-zone pocket spring cores. An orthopaedically healthy body position during sleep is guaranteed.

Advantages
  • good price-performance ratio
  • good point elasticity
  • no after-swinging
  • suitable for adjustable slatted frames
Disadvantages
  • high own weight

The separately sewn-in steel springs prevent the springs from bouncing. So when you turn in your sleep, there are no annoying noises. Since the steel springs are not connected to each other, the pocket spring mattress is flexible and also suitable for adjustable slatted frames. One disadvantage of the pocket spring mattress is its comparatively high weight. This makes it more difficult to transport or turn the mattress with pocket springs compared to other types of mattresses.

Choosing the right mattress largely determines the quality of your sleep. (Photo: Congerdesign / pixabay.com)

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

A barrel pocket spring mattress is a high-quality innerspring mattress that offers very high point elasticity. It feels very firm when you lie on it. As with the pocket spring core, the steel springs in the barrel pocket spring core are enclosed in 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 mattresses, different numbers and strengths of springs are installed in the individual zones. This ensures optimal adaptation of the mattress to the body. In contrast to the Bonell spring mattresses, the fabric pockets of the barrel pocket spring mattresses prevent the springs from bouncing. Nothing stands in the way of a quiet, restful sleep.

Advantages
  • high point elasticity
  • no after-swinging
  • suitable for adjustable slatted frames
Disadvantages
  • expensive
  • high own weight

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

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate innerspring mattresses

In the following we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate innerspring 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:

  • the spring type of the mattress
  • Number of springs per 2 m²
  • Reclining zones
  • Degree of firmness
  • 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
  • Transport

Spring type of the mattress

We have already gone into detail about the different spring types of innerspring mattresses - i.e. Bonell, pocket spring core and barrel pocket spring core. Nevertheless, we would like to point out once again that the type of spring is an important quality feature of an innerspring mattress and has a significant influence on its lying properties.

If you prefer a soft mattress, Bonell innerspring mattresses are the 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 can lie more firmly, we recommend pocket spring core or barrel pocket spring core. The springs are individually sewn into pockets, so it adapts precisely to your body shape.

Number of springs per 2 m²

As explained in the guide, the number of springs in the mattress is a quality feature of the innerspring mattress. The higher the number of springs, the more point-elastic a pocket spring mattress is. The mattress becomes harder overall. However, you will not feel whether a mattress contains 400 or 405 springs. A good barrel pocket spring mattress or pocket spring mattress contains 400 springs per 2 m² or more.

Some manufacturers also state the total number of springs in the mattress. Make sure that you are not comparing apples and oranges. Since the springs in a bonell spring core are directly connected to each other, the number of springs has less effect on the adaptability of the mattress. Bonell spring core reacts to the body in an overall area-elastic way and not in a point-elastic way.

Reclining zones

Barrel pocket spring core or pocket spring core is also offered as multi-zone mattresses, usually 7-zone spring core mattresses. If you are a side sleeper, we recommend this extra investment in such a mattress. This way, your body is optimally supported during sleep. The different zones are created by springs of different strengths in high-quality pocket spring cores or barrel pocket cores.

The steel springs in the shoulder or hip area are softer and yield more easily to the pressure of the body. This allows these areas to 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 enough to your body shape, your body will twist during sleep and you will not be able to regenerate. Bonell innerspring mattresses are elastic over the entire surface and cannot give way to individual parts of the body.

If these mattresses are offered as 7-zone bonell innerspring mattresses, the foam layer is of different firmness. This does not optimally promote the targeted sinking in of the body parts. If you are a heavyweight and sink into your mattresses, a pocket spring mattress or barrel pocket spring mattress is more suitable for you.

Firmness level

In general, innerspring mattresses are perceived as a rather firm sleeping surface. You should test the right firmness level in advance by lying on it. Innerspring mattresses are available in different degrees of firmness, depending on the user's body weight. Both the H2 and H3 firmness levels are among the most commonly sold hardness levels for innerspring mattresses.

As a rule, they offer a medium-firm or firm lying sensation. The hardness grade H1 and the hardness grade H5, on the other hand, are very rarely offered. However, there is no standard that is prescribed by law. Each supplier labels his mattresses as he wishes. Two manufacturers may use the same designation to identify mattresses of different hardness. The number of hardness levels can also vary from three to five. The following table should provide you with an initial guide:

Hardness level recommendation Body weight
H1 up to 80 kg
H2 60-110 kg
H3 85-130 kg
H4 110-150 kg
H5 from 120 kg

We always recommend that you try out the mattress thoroughly. A hard mattress is not always a good mattress. Everyone should choose the degree of firmness that they find most comfortable in the long term.

Mattress size

Innerspring mattresses are available in all common standard sizes. Of course, overlength or extra-wide sizes are also available from selected specialist retailers. The most important standard sizes for innerspring mattresses include 80×200 cm, 90×200 cm, 100×200 cm, 140×200 cm, 160×200 cm, 180×200 cm, 200×200 cm.

Target group Standard sizes
Children 70 x 140 cm, 60 x 120 cm
Singles 80 x 200 cm, 90 x 200 cm, 100 x 200 cm, 140 x 200 cm
Couples 140 x 200 cm, 160 x 200 cm, 180 x 200 cm, 200 x 200 cm

Innerspring mattresses for babies and toddlers have a standard size of 70×140 cm or 60×120 cm. If an innerspring mattress size of up to 140×200 cm is recommended for singles, couples should opt for an innerspring mattress of 140×200 cm or larger. If the weight difference between the partners is very large, two separate mattresses are recommended, as this allows the supportive springing to be adjusted individually.

Total height of the mattress

The mattress height is often neglected when buying a mattress. However, it does influence your lying comfort. In principle, the higher the mattress, the more comfortable it is. While the length and width of innerspring mattresses are determined by the bed frame, you are free to choose the mattress height.

For the mattress to be able to follow 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 have never thought about the mattress cover? You should. It influences bed hygiene and the sleeping climate and thus also contributes to your lying comfort. Drell is a woven, classic cover material that is very durable and is used for low-priced mattresses. The high-quality double cloth consists of several different layers of fabric - a 100% cotton outer thread, a filling thread and the stabilising PE back thread. The cotton feels pleasant on the skin; the synthetic climate fibre supports air circulation. Since polyester does not absorb moisture and this fibre is hollow on the inside, sweat is quickly transported away.

The duvet cover ensures a restful and healthy sleep. You can choose between Tencel, fleece or cotton. (Image source: 123rf.com / belchonock)

Tencel (also called lyocell) is an industrially produced fibre from eucalyptus trees. This fibre warms and cools at the same time and is very absorbent. The covers are often 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 during the 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 in order to increase the service life of your mattress.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

The cotton covers of innerspring mattresses contain dander, which is an ideal breeding ground for house dust mites. The mattress covers should therefore be removable and washable. A 60°C wash cycle kills the mites, but does not completely remove their remains. But it is precisely to these that house dust mite allergy sufferers react. Mattress covers that are boil-proof at 95°C are therefore ideal if you are allergic to mites. Many manufacturers of innerspring mattresses also offer special covers for allergy sufferers that are made of special fibres.

ÖKO-Tex Standard 100

The ÖKO-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system that tests materials for harmful substances. For innerspring mattresses, the seal only applies to the mattress covers, not to the mattress core. The criteria catalogue of the Oeko-Tex seal contains over 100 test parameters. The Standard 100 certifies that yarns, fabrics and textiles are 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 aforementioned quality seals.

Product weight

If you want to turn your innerspring mattress regularly or transport it in another way, the weight of the mattress is a feature that should not be neglected and should be taken into account before buying. Compared to mattresses made of cold foam, innerspring mattresses have a very high weight. Depending on the size, they usually weigh between 15 - 20 kg. As the mattresses are also very unwieldy due to their size, you should ask friends or family for help if you want to move them.

Transport

Because of their weight and size, innerspring mattresses are often rolled and vacuum-packed 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 ordering a mattress online or buying one in a department store. It cannot be used immediately. On mattresses that are only shrink-wrapped, you can still sleep on the same day. However, you should always get support when the mattress is delivered.

Facts worth knowing about innerspring mattresses

What is an innerspring mattress and how is it constructed?

An innerspring mattress is made up of three layers - the core, the padding and the outer cover. The base of the innerspring mattress is the innerspring 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 layer of foam. This foam padding serves as a protective layer. In addition, the springs are separated from the foam by means of a fleece or felt layer to prevent damage to the upholstery. The outer cover is the mattress cover. This consists of a mixture of different materials such as polyester, cotton, horsehair or shearing 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. Innerspring mattresses are often advertised with the height of the innerspring core. However, the height of the spring core alone is of little significance. What really matters is the position and number of springs.

What is the lifespan of an innerspring mattress?

For reasons of hygiene, a mattress should be replaced every 5-8 years, in the case of high-quality models every 10-14 years. If you start to have cavities or wake up with back pain in the morning, this is an indication to replace the mattress sooner.

How do you properly care for an innerspring mattress?

To enjoy your mattress for a long time, you should air it regularly, turn it over and wash the cover. The innerspring mattress optimally absorbs the sweat 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 of innerspring mattresses results in a long service life with a low risk of mould formation. If a mattress is subjected to one-sided stress, it will wear out more quickly.

Therefore, an innerspring mattress should be turned every one to three months. It is also best to alternate the head and foot sides. As a rule, mattress models with lying zones are cut symmetrically, so this is not a problem. Washable covers should be removed regularly and washed at 60°C. Special detergents are not necessary. Special detergents are not necessary for this. However, depending on the quality, a mattress cover can only withstand about 10 washes. Make sure that the cover is not damaged by excessive friction in a washing drum that is too small. When hung flat on a clothes horse, the mattress cover dries optimally without distorting its shape.

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