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WinkBeds Mattress Review

Today I’ll be diving into the original WinkBeds mattress, a hybrid model that combines a plush pillow top with ultra-supportive coils for a super cozy sleeping experience. Aside from checking out its specs, I’m excited to scope out this model because it’s the brand’s very first bed-in-a-box.

This bad boy measures a mighty 14” from base to cover and contains a gel-infused cooling layer amidst its many coils — but can it offer just the right comfort and support you’re looking for? I won’t know until I peep the scene for myself. Join me as I put it to the test to find out if it could be the mattress of your dreams!

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BRAND SNAPSHOT

WinkBeds was founded in 2014 with a simple mission to create high-quality mattresses using eco-friendly, American-sourced materials. After perfecting its original mattress (which I’ll be assessing in this review), the brand moved onto the WinkBeds Plus, designed specifically for heavier individuals (my review of which you can check out here). For more on the brand’s history, take a peek at our interview with WinkBeds founder Dan Adler.

While WinkBeds stands out as one of the most popular hybrids on the market, it faces some pretty steep competition from Saatva and DreamCloud, both of whom produce luxurious hybrid models at affordable prices.

I’ll shed more light on these competitors later on in this review, but for now let’s zoom in on the construction of the WinkBeds mattress.

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The WinkBed Mattress

CONSTRUCTION

The original WinkBeds mattress is a fairly hefty bed featuring 4 layers of pressure-relieving foam, microcoils, and pocketed coils. This combination of materials results in a bouncy and highly supportive structure that also happens to sleep extremely cool. Customers can choose from a range of firmness levels, but for this review, I’ll be focusing on the Medium Firm version.

But enough talk for now — let’s dive in and explore what makes the construction of a WinkBeds mattress so unique!

COVER – The cover is made of Tencel, an all-natural, eco-friendly material made from eucalyptus wood cellulose (that’s right: eucalyptus wood cellulose). Lighter woods such as eucalyptus and bamboo are known for being light and breathable. Quilted detailing also provides pressure relief and a bit of soft sinkage right off the bat.

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Checking out the cover of the WinkBed mattress

EURO-PILLOW TOP – Comprised of gel-infused foam, this comfort layer is smooth and luxurious to the touch, but retains a fair amount of firmness and support. While regular foam has a tendency to overheat, the gel in this foam layer keeps things cool by lowering the temperature of trapped body heat. The gel-infused foam lies just beneath the Tencel cover, dispersing warmth from the top cover throughout the rest of the mattress. Think of the Tencel as the yin, and the Euro Pillow Top as the yang: the two layers work together to keep you cool and comfy as you snooze.

BOUNCE – This bed’s bouncy support layer consists of soft-but-sturdy microcoils, giving the mattress its uniquely cushy combination of softness and support. Microcoils are made from thinner and more flexible wire than, say, pocketed coils, and they provide a much greater feeling of pressure relief between the top and bottom lawyers. This microcoil support layer helps the sleeper avoid that pesky feeling of being “stuck” in bed or sinking too far into the mattress.

FOUNDATION LAYER – Lastly we come to the foundation or base layer, composed of a whopping 8” of pocketed coils. These pocketed coils are zoned into seven sections that provide different firmness and pressure relief at different contact points along the body as you sleep. Essentially, you’re getting more sinkage at the shoulders and hips, but more support and firmness to cradle your spine and lower body. Another feature of note here is that pocketed coils are individually wrapped, which provides a bouncier and more breathable feel than traditional steel coils.

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Showing the materials in the layers of the WinkBed

FEEL & FIRMNESS

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Now that we know how a WinkBed is made, let’s see how a WinkBed really feels.

Pressing my hand down into the mattress cover, one of the first things I noticed was how easily it sank into the quilted Tencel-cover and top foam layer. However, as I added more pressure, I felt the micro-coils pushing back and creating a bit of cushiony resistance against my fingers. (Quilted Tencel, by the way, is a pretty phenomenal tactile experience on its own. Even just brushing my hand over it was a satisfying experience.)

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Pressing into the WinkBed mattress

Since we’re all different sleepers with different ideas of what makes a bed truly great, I sought out some friends to help give the fullest picture possible of the WinkBeds experience. I decided to bring in three other testers to check out the WinkBeds mattress. We each took a turn lying on the mattress and gave it a personal rating, and finally I compiled the ratings on the graph below.

While the way a mattress feels will inevitably vary from person to person, our responses can provide you with an approximate idea of the firmness range you can expect from this bed.

(As I mentioned earlier, this WinkBeds model is available in a range of firmness levels, including Plush, Medium and Firm, as well as a Plus model for heavier folks. For this test I chose the medium).

As you can see from the graph above, this medium firm mattress is aptly named, falling just on the higher end of the medium firm range with an average rating of 7. Compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, this bed is a tad on the firmer side.

I personally rated the bed a 7 as as I found the cushion of its top layers to be relatively thin compared to the dense coil-on-coil layers below. While the Tencel cover and Euro-pillow top foam do lend the bed some initial sinkage and softness, the bounce from the coils will likely make it feel as though you’re sleeping more “on” the mattress than “in” it.

That being said, I think the cushiony resistance of the microcoils combined with the light, airy bounce of the top cover would make this a perfect mattress for combo and stomach sleepers, or anyone who needs to change positions frequently throughout the night. On the flip side, side sleepers may find the bed too firm for their specific needs (i.e. pressure relief at the shoulders and hips).

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Side sleeping on the WinkBed Luxury Firm

PRESSURE MAP

One feature that should always be considered when buying a new mattress is pressure, or how the bed will feel against various pressure points of your body as you sleep. Side sleepers, for example, typically experience pressure at the shoulders and hips, where they sink a little more into the mattress.

To help get a better grasp on this model’s potential pressure points, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and measured the pressure on my body while lying on my back, stomach and side. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).

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Pressure map results for the WinkBed

Back – Stretching out on my back, I felt the top layer was soft but very supportive. Unlike a memory foam mattress, I didn’t feel enveloped in the bed, and found it easy to move around and switch positions. My weight was evenly distributed, and as you can see from the graph, I experienced almost no pressure in this position.

Side – Rolling onto my side, I could feel some slight pressure forming at my shoulders and hips. Pressure at these contact points is typical with firmer mattresses, and the WinkBeds is a fairly firm structure (again, scoring about a 7/10 on the firmness scale). This particular model is probably not the best mattress for side sleepers, who generally need deep body contouring and sinkage to stay comfy through the night. I recommend the WinkBeds Soft model for side-sleepers who need a little extra support.

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Sinking into the WinkBed mattress

Stomach – Switching to a prone position, I found that lying on my stomach was much the same as lying on my back — my weight was evenly distributed with very little tension. I felt well-supported at the hips, a necessity for stomach sleepers to prevent the lower body sinking out of alignment and creating tension in the spine. It’s worth noting that heavier folks may want to look to the firm or plush version of his mattress, depending on preference.

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WinkBeds Mattress
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Built with a plush pillow top and a buoyant coil-on-coil structure, the WinkBeds is a great option for a wide range of sleepers! Enjoy $200 off your order with the code SLEEPOPOLIS200!

WINKBEDS VS. COMPETITORS

Since every mattress is unique, comparing mattresses from different brands can sometimes feel like comparing apples to oranges. But the WinkBeds mattress has a couple of noteworthy competitors who offer similar models, so I thought we’d take a look at those competitors and see how the WinkBed differs. Knowing what does (or doesn’t) set the WinkBeds brand apart can help you as you navigate the mattress-buying process.

The WinkBeds closest competitors include Saatva and DreamCloud, two brands offering luxurious hybrid mattresses at similarly affordable prices.

Saatva

Like WinkBeds, the Saatva model features a coil-on-coil structure for strong support and an organic cotton cover for breathability. However, the Saatva is not a bed-in-a-box model.

  • If you like having a lot of options for back support, you can still have your pick of three firmness levels with Saatva: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm.
  • Environmentally conscious shoppers should note that Saatva is even more eco-friendly than WinkBeds, with innersprings made from recycled steel, and plant-based renewable foam layers.
  • For those looking to save a few bucks, the Saatva is more budget-friendly than either the WinkBeds or the DreamCloud, priced at just $1,099 for a Queen.

Learn more in my full Saatva review!

DreamCloud

The DreamCloud model, meanwhile, is a bed-in-a-box that opts for memory foam layers instead of coils, but is a bit firmer overall.

  • Measuring a whopping 14” from base to cover and containing twice as many layers, the DreamCloud is better suited for those seeking a more luxurious experience. However, unlike WinkBeds, not all of those luxurious layers are eco-friendly.
  • The DreamCloud features additional edge-support, which is great for sleepers who gravitate away from the center of the bed — no need to worry about falling off the bed!
  • If budget is a concern, you might find the DreamCloud a little easier on the wallet, clocking in at $1,199 for a Queen.

Check out my full review of the DreamCloud for a deeper dive.

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Queen size version of the WinkBed mattress

SINKAGE TEST

Sinkage is a great measure of a bed’s overall softness and pressure-point relief. A good sinkage test can give you an idea of the bed’s support in different sleeping scenarios, and how the bed might feel for different body sizes and types. To demonstrate this bed’s 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.

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Sinkage test results for the WinkBed Mattress
  • 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inch of sinkage.
  • 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.

The six, ten and fifty pound medicine balls produced a bit more sinkage than I would have expected, given the sturdy support layers. This is largely due to the softness and flexible material of the pillow-top comfort layer. The 100-pound ball, however, produced average results compared to other mattresses, which makes sense considering the bed’s firm foundation layer of pocketed coils.

MOTION TRANSFER

If you’ve ever shared a bed with a partner or a pooch, you know how important motion transfer can be in a mattress. Motion transfer is essentially the amount of movement that travels through the mattress when touched or disturbed. No mattress review would be complete without a good motion transfer test, so read on to see how this bed measures up.

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 on the graph, the bigger the disturbance.

FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a different movement you’re likely to experience in bed, from light tossing and turning (4”), to getting out of bed (8”), to full-on jumping (12”).

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Motion transfer results for the WinkBed mattress

Because this bed is comprised almost exclusively of bouncy, breathable coil layers (with plenty of airflow between coils), it is highly sensitive to motion. Small disturbances aren’t likely to disrupt your slumber with this bed, but big movements like jumping are easily felt. If you’re a light sleeper looking for a bed that absorbs motion, you might want to check out a bed with less bounce and more sinkage, such as a memory foam or dense foam model.

SHOULD YOU BUY A WINKBEDS MATTRESS?

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So now that we’ve fully explored the WinkBeds mattress, you might still be wondering if this is the bed for you. Trust me, I know all this information can be overwhelming! To help you out, I thought I’d give a quick down-and-dirty summary of the bed’s pros and cons, and highlight the kind of sleeper who might find this mattress ideal.

Recommendations

  • Combo sleepers rejoice! The bounce of the coil-on-coil construction should allow you to switch sleeping positions with ease, while still providing a little bit of cushion to support pressure points.
  • For fans of a more traditional innerspring feel, this mattress definitely evokes that classic, bouncy vibe.
  • If you tend to sweat while you sleep or overheat at night, this bed’s cooling capabilities, breathable comfort layers, and coil-on-coil design are sure to help you beat the heat on even the warmest nights.

WinkBeds Complaints

  • This bed’s bounciness and buoyancy do make it super susceptible to motion transfer, so you may want to consider a less bouyant mattress if you sleep with a partner or pet.
  • Likewise, the sturdy support structure and coil layers mean this bed doesn’t provide as much contouring or sinkage as a memory foam or foam-based mattress.

Other WinkBed Reviews

WINKBEDS REVIEWS: SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION

Wondering if the WinkBeds will fit in your bedroom and/or your budget? Check out this handy-dandy size and pricing chart, which lists the size, dimensions, weight and price for each WinkBeds model. Please note that this table reflects standard pricing, but you can use the code SLEEPOPOLIS200 to save $200

SizeDimensionsPrice
Twin39” x 75”$1,049
Twin XL39” x 80”$1,149
Full54” x 75”$1,299
Queen60” x 80”$1,599
King76” x 80”$1,799
California King72” x 84”$1,849

WinkBeds Purchasing Information

  • Sleep Trial: 120 nights
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.

Just getting started? Begin your mattress search with my mattress reviews breakdown.

For more information on the WinkBeds mattress, visit its website here!

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  • Materials
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  • Support
  • Value
  • Cooling
  • Edge Support
  • Sex
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  • Company
  • Refunds
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4.8

Summary

WinkBeds combines a classic innerspring construction with a European-style pillow top with both memory foam and soft poly foam. This makes for a very pressure relieving construction that still has the support of pocketed coil springs. WinkBeds also features an additional layer of edge support to help maximize usable space on the bed. This mattress has a medium feel that combines elements of pressure relief and noticeable support.

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Logan Block
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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31 thoughts on “WinkBeds Mattress Review”

  1. We have been studying all kinds of beds my husband like an medium soft I prefer a medium sturdy bed. I am a plus sz woman. And I need a bed that will give me a good night sleep. And I don’t care for the coils at they break alot. And I don’t like a bed that you feel like you sink down in it either where you are lay in one spot all night. I do like change spots.. I have been watching the videos and still have decided which bed would be prefect for my hubby and I.. Thank you for your time. We will keep watching and reading tDianehe reviews.

  2. Logan,
    Your site is awesome. I am having a difficult time deciding between three mattress’ & I was hoping to get your input. My wife is 5’2″, 125# & is a back /side sleeper. I am 5’11”, 205# & am a side/stomach sleeper. The three I am looking at are the 1) Avocado w/pillow top 2) Winkbed Lux/firm & 3) Brentwood Oceano. With the discrepancies between our sizes & sleeping patterns, which mattress do you think would work best for us? Thanks for your help.
    Pat

  3. I love your reviews, but having difficulty finding the right mattress. I first replaced an old, sinking mattress with the Nest Alexander Hybrid in Firm (thinking I wanted firm because I was sinking in the old bed), however it was way too firm and exchanged for the Nest Alexander Hybrid in Plush. After 6 months, I feel it didn’t offer the support or alignment I needed, was waking up with lower back pain, but I did like the plush feeling. I recently ordered a Nectar, which I thought would give me the cradled feeling of foam, but with the support, and I’m now waking up with neck and shoulder pain and it’s just too firm. I feel like I sleep on top of the bed vs. in it, I do not sink in it at all. Can you help? I am petite, 41, 5’2, 120 lbs, sleep half the time alone and half the time with a partner. I like the plush, pillow top, cloud feeling of a bed, where I am cradled, and sink into it, and not feeling like I’m sleeping on top of the bed. But also something that offers support and alignment that I need. Do you think WinkBed in Soft is an option for me? Are there other brands/beds you recommend, such as Helix Sunset Luxe? At this point, I don’t care about the material, I just want a good nights rest, like I’m sleeping in a cloud and not feeling beat up when I wake up. I really appreciate your input and feedback!

  4. Hey Logan,

    I am definitely a side sleeper primarily, but I do occasionally switch to my back as well. I was wondering if the Purple Mattress or the Wink Bed would be a better fit. I don’t like to sink too much and if I have company I would prefer something with moderate bounce. I also tend to sleep hot.

    Please advise,

    Ethan

    • Really depends, the Purple doesn’t really feel like anything else out there and people either love it or hate it. I like it for side sleepers a little more than the WinkBed, but I would say the WinkBed provides a bit better support.

  5. Logan, I hate a foam mattress and I tend to sleep hot. My husband is always cold so we have a heated mattress pad on the bed which he uses frequently (I do not turn my side on). We are both side sleepers altho we spend a bit of time at night or early morning reading in bed on our backs. Do you think the Winkbed is our best choice? I’m so confused looking at all the possibilities!!!

    • I really like the the WinkBed for couples. It’s got great support and does well on the motion transfer test. The pillowtop will help when you’re sleeping on your side.

  6. We have a Med Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid that we are going to return. We find it sleeps hot and does not offer the pressure relief we need as light (115 and 140lbs) sleepers. We tried the soft layer and it was no better at relief and very hot sleeping. We generally do not like memory foam and more spring like with a latex.
    Priorities in order:
    Pressure relief for side sleeping
    Cool
    Little motion transfer
    Moderate edge support

    I’m considering:
    -Wink in the Softer bed
    -Nolah 12 in
    -Add a 3 in 20ILD topper to a soft all latex Brooklyn bed we bought in May 2017.

    Suggestions?

    • I guess that depends on a few things, one being the size mattress you’re going to get and two being if she is a super light sleeper. If you’re getting a king size bed I think it will give you enough space to adjust without affecting her. Now in terms of motion transfer, I do think the WinkBeds pillow top and pocketed coils do a pretty good job of isolating that disturbance, but it is bouncier than a memory foam mattress. So if you get up frequently throughout the night and she is a light sleeper, the bounce may jostle her a little.

  7. One thing these reviews do not cover about Wink Beds is the fact that they are extremely noisy. It’s not the springs in the mattress but whatever material the use for the pillow top makes a rustling noise. I’ve been through 4 bed in boxes for over a year and this thing made the most noise. Oh yeah this thing off gases too. Took about a week or two for the smell to dissipate.

    • Great feedback but I have to say I had an opposite experience. I took it out of the plastic wrap slept on it same day and my bedroom is 11×12 rather small and i had no odor or just so faint i didnt smell it. I do know they changed their product and revamped the mattress to provide better edge support so im wondering if that may be the difference

    • Good note about the noise Brandon – I didn’t notice much myself, but generally innerspring/hybrids will make a bit more, I’ll start taking note for future reviews!

  8. Last year I bought a Wink mattress for my son. I was very pleased. This year I order one for myself and my husband. What a disaster. The mattress came rolled up. No mattress that can be rolled can be any good when it comes to support. I haven’t even put it on the bed frame. It is going back as soon as they can send me the necessary paperwork. I am so disappointed. They need to let people know that they are now rolling their mattresses or they are going to have a lot of returns.

    • the mattress came compressed and rolled up but when i opened the bed i did not find that shipping method to affect the performance of the bed. The bed is actually firmer than my old mattress which was the Simmons beauty rest areca palm Medium firm.
      Did you ever open the mattress and try it out? i know they redid the bed to provide better edge support?

  9. The title says your review was updated on Jan 29, 2019 but there have been some MAJOR changes coming into 2019 that you do not mention. I’ll call it WinkBed 2.0.

    1- The support coils are no longer encased with foam, the steel coils go right to the edge. I don’t know if it’s the same coil on the edge as in the support area and I don’t know if this is good or bad, I need to see a demonstration.
    2- The mattress is now roll packed and shipped. This is a major change as it goes against their original philosophy of NOT compressing and roll packing their mattresses “in order to preserve the integrity of the materials we use”.
    3- Trial period is now 120 days not 101.
    4- They now offer a Lifetime Warranty replacement, it used to be 10 years. Incredible!
    5- They now offer a Lifetime comfort guarantee.
    6- The fabric on the sidewalls is different. From the limited number of images online, I cannot tell if this is an improvement or not.

    Do you think you can do an updated review of the new WinkBed soon?

  10. Reviewers of Winkbeds are not being honest about the smell of the mattress.

    I received my Winkbed Soft King Size about 4 days ago. The smell is awful. After one day, I removed all the sheets, opened up all the windows, and let it sit for 24 hours. No noticeable improvement.

    If I don’t keep the windows open, the entire bedroom has this awful odor. Not sure how long it is going to take for this to go away – but buyers should be aware of it.

    The mattress itself is quite comfortable.

  11. Can you tell the difference between an all-foam and a coil-hybrid style for comfort? I seem to recall that during my last mattress buying experience, I did prefer the mixed feel. This was one of the TemperPedic models. My wife insisted on the pure foam version, but the hybrid felt like a nice compromise. The pillow top appears to be an attractive option for added comfort too.

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