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. The WinkBed has become a well-known luxury mattress, so I was excited to check it out.
This bad boy measures a mighty 14 inches from base to cover and contains a gel-infused cooling layer amidst its many coils — but can it offer just the right amount of comfort and support for you? Join me as I put it to the test to find out!
Note: The WinkBed is offered in a Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer model. I tested the Luxury Firm WinkBed.
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Is the WinkBed a Good Mattress for You?
WinkBeds aims to create high-quality mattresses using eco-friendly, American-sourced materials. For more on the brand’s history, take a peek at our interview with WinkBeds founder Dan Adler.
The Luxury Firm WinkBed has a medium support level that is great for a wide range of sleepers, but is this bed-in-a-box right for you? Take a look below to see who I’d recommend it to.
Who I recommend the WinkBed mattress for
- Combination sleepers rejoice! This bouncy bed should allow you to switch sleeping positions with ease, but it still offers some cushion at your pressure points.
- If you like the feel of a traditional innerspring mattress, the WinkBed could work for you. It’s actually one of the best mattresses for seniors because it has a traditional, supportive feel. I’d also recommend it to folks who suffer from back pain.
- If you tend to overheat at night, this bed’s cooling capabilities are sure to help you beat the heat on even the warmest nights.
Who I don’t recommend the WinkBed mattress for
- Strict side sleepers who need a super-plush feel might find the Luxury Firm WinkBed too firm. I’d recommend they consider the Softer firmness option or take a look at some of our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- The WinkBed’s sturdy support structure and coil layers mean this bed doesn’t provide as much contouring or sinkage as a memory foam mattress. Anyone looking for a slow-moving feel might want to check out our best memory foam mattresses.
- Budget shoppers might want to opt for a cheaper mattress. However, the WinkBed is often on sale and its durable construction makes it one of the best mattresses for the money on the online mattress market.
What Does the WinkBed Mattress Feel Like?
Since the way a mattress feels will vary depending on your body weight and preferred sleeping position, I had some friends help me rate the WinkBed’s firmness. We each took a turn lying on the mattress and gave it a personal rating, and I averaged our ratings on the graph below.
We gave this bed a 7 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. The industry standard for medium-firmness is a 6.5 out of 10, so this mattress is just a touch firmer than medium-firm. When I lay down on this bed I felt some initial sinkage and pressure relief from its quilted Tencel mattress cover. This cover also did a great job filling in my lumbar region, something back sleepers should like.
After sinking through the cover I felt firm, bouncy support from its pocketed coil support system. I definitely felt more “on top of” than “in” this mattress, something combination sleepers should appreciate. I also think this firmness level could work well for stomach sleepers. If you’re a stomach sleeper looking for an extra firm mattress you might want to opt for the Firm model of this bed.
Lightweight side sleepers could also like this bed. I’m on the lighter side and I felt that the WinkBed’s euro-pillow top offered enough pressure relief to keep me comfortable on my side. But if you’re over about 130 lbs you’ll probably need a softer mattress than the WinkBed to feel comfortable.
I also want to take a moment here to say that the WinkBed is a great choice for heavy people (over 250 lbs). It offers firm support that should keep these sleepers supported throughout the night. In fact, it’s made our best mattresses that won’t sag list. If you’re a heavy sleeper who likes an especially firm feel you might also want to check out the WinkBed Plus mattress review.
Testing the WinkBed Mattress
We’re all different sleepers with different ideas of what makes a bed truly great, so I always run a few tests on the mattresses I try out to give you an objective view of what it would be like to sleep on them. Below, you’ll find the WinkBed’s pressure relief, motion transfer, and edge support test results.
Pressure relief is a measure of how a bed will feel against various pressure points on your body while you sleep. Side sleepers, for example, typically experience pressure at the shoulders and hips, where they sink a little more into the mattress.
To measure the WinkBed’s pressure relief, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and tested out a few different sleeping positions. The map recorded the pressure points the mattress created. You’ll see low pressure areas recorded in blue to green and high pressure areas recorded in yellow to red.
Back — Stretching out on my back, I felt the top layer was soft but very supportive. I 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 totally even pressure distribution 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, so I’d recommend the Softer WinkBed model to strict side sleepers.
Stomach — I found that lying on my stomach was much the same as lying on my back — my weight was evenly distributed and I felt very little tension in my lower back area. Average weight stomach sleepers should get all the support they need from this bed. Heavier folks might prefer the Firmer model or the WinkBed Plus mattress.
A Note for heavier sleepers: If you weigh more than 250 lbs you’re likely to experience a bit more pressure on this bed, especially on your side. But, I think the WinkBed should still feel comfortable to you! If you’re a heavy person who prefers to sleep on their stomach the WinkBed Plus mattress might be a better fit for you.
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 the amount of movement that travels through the mattress when it’s touched or disturbed.
To illustrate motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lbs 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.
I was pleasantly surprised by the WinkBed’s motion transfer results. Based on its bouncy feel and innerspring construction, I didn’t expect it to feature any motion isolation at all. But, as you can see above, the WinkBed did a great job isolating smaller disturbances. That means you’re unlikely to feel disturbed by a partner tossing and turning at night on the WinkBed. However, you may feel larger movements like a partner getting in and out of bed.
Edge support is a measure of whether or not you can lie all the way on the side of your mattress and still feel supported. This is a great feature for couples who like to spread out or heavier people who want to avoid premature sagging.
I was impressed by the edge support on this bed! The WinkBed’s edges are reinforced, so I felt super stable on the sides of this bed. This mattress’s great edge support and motion transfer test results make me think it’s one of the best mattresses for couples out there.
What is the WinkBed Mattress Made Of?
This 13.5-inch mattress is durable and cooling. It’s also made with CertiPUR-US® Certified foams, which means it’s free of harmful chemicals and heavy metals. Take a look below to see a layer-by-layer breakdown of this mattress!
Cover — The WinkBed uses a Tencel cover. Tencel is an all-natural, eco-friendly material made from eucalyptus wood cellulose. This material is known for being cooling and breathable, which is great news for hot sleepers. This cover is also quilted with WinkBeds’ Hypersoft foam for initial pressure relief.
Euro-Pillow Top — Next up is a pillow top comfort layer that’s infused with gel SupportCell foam. This gel foam layer provides some nice pressure relief to sleepers, and the gel infusion promotes airflow throughout the bed. This foam is made with shock-absorbing air capsules that help reduce motion transfer, which is a great perk for couples.
Support Layer — Last up is a pocketed coil support layer. These coils feature multiple support zones designed to offer the best possible back support. This layer consistently wins the WinkBed a spot in our best mattress for back pain roundup.
That brings me to the end of my WinkBed breakdown! Below, I’ll compare this mattress to a few other mattresses brands and a few other WinkBeds models. But before that, I want to leave you with a few final thoughts about the original WinkBeds mattress.
My favorite things about the WinkBeds mattress
One of my favorite things about the WinkBed is its durability. This is a high-quality mattress that should really stand the test of time. This is great news for any sleeper, but especially nice for heavy people and couples.
I also really like the bouncy support this mattress offers. It should be a hit with combination sleepers who need some mobility to change positions at night. Anyone who likes a more traditional innerspring feel should find a lot to love in the WinkBed.
My WinkBeds mattress complaints
My biggest complaint about this mattress is that it doesn’t isolate motion as well as an all-foam bed might. That’s par for the course with a hybrid mattress like this, but if you are an easily disturbed sleeper you may want to check out one of our best foam mattresses instead.
I’ll also note that a few customers have mentioned a strong off-gassing smell when they unbox their WinkBed. In my opinion, the WinkBed doesn’t smell any more strongly than the typical new bed-in-a-box mattress. I’d recommend leaving your new mattress in a well-ventilated room for 24-48 hours before sleeping on it if you’re especially concerned about odor.
How Much Does the WinkBed Cost?
Wondering if the WinkBed will fit your budget? Check out this handy-dandy size and pricing chart, which lists the dimensions and price point of each WinkBed. This table reflects standard pricing, but you can use our WinkBed mattress coupon to save on your purchase.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13.5"||$1,049|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13.5"||$1,149|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13.5"||$1,299|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13.5"||$1,599|
|King||76” x 80” x 13.5"||$1,799|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13.5"||$1,849|
WinkBeds Mattress Policies and FAQs
Does the WinkBed come with a sleep trial period?
Yes, WinkBeds offers a 120-night trial with this mattress.
How does the WinkBed ship?
The WinkBed will ship for free and arrive compressed in a box. You should allow a few hours for off-gassing and decompression after you unbox your new mattress.
Does the WinkBed come with a mattress warranty?
Yes, all WinkBeds mattresses are covered by a lifetime warranty. If you’re replacing your old WinkBed for a reason not covered under the warranty, WinkBeds will give you 50% off a new WinkBed of the same size.
Where are WinkBeds mattresses made?
WinkBeds are manufactured in the USA. WinkBeds has a factory in Watertown, Wisconsin.
Does the WinkBed need a box spring?
No, you don’t need a box spring with this bed, any hard flat surface will work to support it. You can also use a slatted bed frame or adjustable base. Any frame you use does need to include a rigid center support.
Can I test out a WinkBed in person?
Yes, WinkBeds has opened seven mattress showrooms throughout the USA. Cities like New York, Miami, and Austin all have showrooms. You can find more locations on the WinkBeds website.
WinkBed Mattress Vs
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 WinkBed’s closest competitors include Saatva and DreamCloud, two brands offering luxurious hybrid mattresses at similar prices.
WinkBed vs Saatva
- Like the WinkBed, the Saatva Classic is a hybrid mattress that’s offered in three different firmness levels.
- The Saatva offers firm, bouncy support. I’d say its Luxury Firm model feels a bit firmer than the WinkBed’s does.
- Environmentally conscious shoppers should note that the Saatva is even more eco-friendly than the WinkBed thanks to its recycled steel coils.
- Learn more in the full Saatva mattress review!
WinkBed vs DreamCloud
- The DreamCloud is a bed-in-a-box hybrid that features memory foam layers for a more pressure-relieving feel.
- The DreamCloud also sleeps cool, so hot sleepers could like this bed as well.
- Heavier sleepers might want to stick to the WinkBed, which is a little more durable than the DreamCloud.
- Check out the full DreamCloud mattress review for a deeper dive.
Other Models from WinkBeds
WinkBeds does offer a few other mattress models. Learn more about them below.
WinkBed vs GravityLux
- The GravityLux is WinkBeds’ memory foam mattress option.
- The GravityLux is offered in three different firmness options, so most different sleepers should be able to find a feel that works for them.
- Side sleepers could appreciate this bed’s body-contouring foams.
- Find out more in the full WinkBeds GravityLux mattress review.
WinkBed vs EcoCloud
- The EcoCloud is a latex hybrid mattress with a bouncy feel.
- Eco-friendly shoppers should appreciate that this mattress is made of all-natural and organic materials.
- This bed’s bouncy feel is great for combination sleepers.
- Learn more in the full WinkBeds EcoCloud mattress review.
WinkBed vs WinkBed Plus
- The WinkBed Plus was designed specifically for heavy people.
- This bed feels very similar to the original WinkBed, but offers much firmer support.
- If you’re a heavy person or heavy couple looking for extra durability, the WinkBed Plus could be the way to go.
- Find out more in the WinkBed Plus Mattress review.
Still not positive the WinkBed is for you? Take a look at how we rated it below for even more info on how it compares to other mattresses.
- Edge Support
WinkBeds combines a classic innerspring construction with a European-style pillow top. 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.