In need of comfort, but working on a budget? Never fear, Linenspa is here! This bed-in-a-box retailer has been shaking up the market with its ultra-affordable line of sleep products geared toward kids, teens and college students.Today, I’ll be taking a look at one of the brand’s best-selling items: the 8 Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress.
Could this hybrid be the bed of your dreams? I won’t know until I put it through my series of rigorous tests to figure out how it feels, how it sleeps and whether or not it could be the perfect mattress for you.
Continue reading below for my full review of the Linenspa mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
Featuring just two layers of poly foam and tempered steel coils, this mattress has one of the simplest hybrid designs I’ve ever seen. This combination of materials is intended to create a sleeping experience that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive, while the no-fuss construction helps to keep prices low.
To see how this all comes together, let’s dive on into these different layers!
Cover – Crafted from a polyester blend, the Linenspa cover is pretty soft to the touch. It’s also quilted with a small amount of memory foam, which provides the sleeper with some immediate pressure relief.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is comprised of 1.5” of gentle poly foam. While you’re going to experience some satisfying sinkage with this material, it does have a quick response to pressure, so you’re not likely to feel stuck in the bed.
Support Layer – Directly below the comfort layer, you’ll find 6.5” of steel coils. This section brings some bounce to the structure, functioning as the main support system of the mattress. The spaces between the coils also encourage airflow, which helps with temperature regulation throughout the bed. While most hybrids I’ve tested employ a pocketed coil system, this open coil design is most similar to a traditional innerspring.
After taking a look at the construction of the Linenspa, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and found that I was immediately interacting with the quilted cover. This gentle layer produces a soft hand feel for some satisfying relief. Pushing in further, I encountered the buoyant coil system, which lifted me up and out of the structure.
Since folks of different sizes and body types are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to help me figure out the Linenspa’s unique feel. We each took a turn lying on the mattress and gave it a personal firmness rating, which we then compiled on the graph below.
While feel is always going to be an individualized thing, this will hopefully give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
As you can see in the graph above, my testers were mostly in agreement about the firmness of the Linenspa Hybrid, giving it an average rating of 5.75. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, this mattress appears to be a touch softer than medium firm.
I personally gave the bed a 6. While you do get some bouncy support from the steel coil layer, the spaces between these coils make for a softer feel than you’d get from a typical pocketed coil system. This simple construction makes for a bed whose firmness is pretty much guaranteed to change depending on a sleeper’s weight, with kids likely to find it firmer than your average sized adult.
When considering a bed’s feel, you’ll also want to to pay attention to where pressure points are going to form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tension spots might crop up, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, my weight was evenly distributed across the surface. As I pressed into the mattress, I could feel the quilted memory foam fill in the space at my lumbar region for some nice comfort. Given the bounce of the coil system, I never felt stuck and found it easy to change positions.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I began to feel pressure forming at my shoulders and hips as I pressed through the thin foam top layer and into the steel coils below. Since side sleepers tend to prefer the cushiony relief of softer mattresses, the firmness of these coils did cause a bit of discomfort for me in this position.
Stomach – On the other side of the coin, stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses as they keep their hips and shoulders in a nice, even alignment. That being said, I found this bed to be a touch below medium firm, so I did experience a bit of sinkage at my hips.
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Now that we’ve covered feel, let’s take a minute to chat about motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance you’re like to experience from one side of the bed to the other.
This section will be especially important if you’re planning to share your bed with a partner, as it’ll let you know whether or not you’re likely to be bothered by your bed mate moving around in the middle of the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
FYI: Each drop is meant to illustrate a different movement you’re bound to encounter in bed, from tossing and turning (4” drop) to getting out of bed (8”) to full on jumping (12”).
As you can see in the graphic above, there’s quite a bit of motion transferred across the surface of the bed. Considering how similar the Linenspa is to a traditional innerspring (read: super bouncy), these results really aren’t that surprising. However, they do mean that you’re likely to feel your partner’s every toss and turn.
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When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or laying “on top” of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
As far as sinkage results are concerned, these are fairly average rates consistent with other beds I’ve tested. What this tells me is that you’re likely to sink into the bed a bit, but won’t feel stuck in the mattress, thanks in large part to the springy coil support system.
I should note that since the bed is only 8” thick, the 100 lb. medicine ball did technically sink through most of the mattress, so heavier sleepers may find that the Linenspa won’t provide them with the support they’ll need to feel comfortable.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide.
Lying near the side of the bed on my back, I felt about as supported as I did in the center. As you can clearly see in the above photo, once I scooted closer to the edge, I began to experience some deep compression through both the foam top layer and the steel coils. That being said, I didn’t feel as though this compression would send me tumbling out of bed.
Rolling onto my side, I continued to notice intense contouring at my shoulders and hips. While I was definitely a little less secure in this position than on my back, I still felt fairly solid at the edge.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of mattresses experience severe compression in this position, and the Linenspa was no exception.
- Warranty: 10 years.
- Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Linenspa is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 8"||$139.99|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 8"||$139.99|
|Full||54" x 75" x 8"||$204.99|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 8"||$244.99|
|King||76" x 80" x 8"||$269.99|
|California King||72" x 84" x 8"||$269.99|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Linenspa, it’s high time for me to break down who I think would like it most:
- Kids or smaller sleepers – Since the Linenspa has a short profile and a fairly simple construction, most folks are going to sink through the layers quickly. That’s why I think it’d be a better fit for smaller sleepers or kids as they’ll experience a bit more support from the mattress.
- Anyone on a budget, especially college students – At $244.99 for a Queen size, this mattress is a great bargain and would make a solid addition to a new apartment or college dorm room.
- Anyone who wants an innerspring feel – With its open coil system, this hybrid really evokes the feel of a traditional innerspring, so would be a great pick for anyone with a preference for that bouncy vibe.
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