WinkBeds is an online retailer selling hybrid mattresses in 3 firmness levels, as well as a Plus option for heavier individuals, directly to the consumer. I took a look at the Luxury Firm version, their most popular model, and put it through our tests to give you an idea of what to expect out of this mattress.
Their online only business model has allowed WinkBeds to strip out overhead and the sea of middlemen, offering a high-quality mattress for a fraction of what you’d pay in a traditional retail mattress store. A mattress of this quality would easily go for $3K+ in a traditional retail store.
Continue reading for our full WinkBeds mattress review below or if you want the quick summary…click here to skip to the final conclusions at the bottom.
The WinkBeds mattress is a 15″ coil-on-coil hybrid mattress constructed from 5 different layers. Coil-on-coil is a high-quality construction technique for coil or other hybrid mattresses. It maximizes support, comfort, and long-term durability.
Cover – The cover contains TENCEL, which is an eco-friendly, plant based material. TENCEL is very soft and know for being extremely breathable. The cover also contains a memory foam layer quilted in as a pillowtop.
Euro Pillow Top Foam Layer – The first layer of the WinkBeds mattress is a 2 inch pillow top style combination of hypersoft and gel memory foams. The hypersoft foam is meant to provide pressure relief while the gel foam beneath it contours to your body and helps with motion transfer.
Foam Encased Pocketed Coils – This is a 2.5” coil layer that lends support to the foam layers above it. Coils such as these are also known to improve airflow through the mattress to keep the sleeper from overheating. Combined with the foam layers above it, this construction is meant to feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud.
Edge Support – The mattress is encased with a high density poly foam that allows you to sleep near the side of the bed without causing compression. It also adds some durability to the mattress.
Lumbar Support Layer – This is a 1” pad that is designed to add support to the lower back area.
Pocketed Coils – This is the support layer, and it consists of individually wrapped pocketed coils. Individually wrapping the coils allows them to conform to the body a bit better. The coils also allow for airflow through the mattress to help with temperature regulation.
I should note that the coils in the support layer are zoned to provide extra support where it is needed. The center third of the mattress has stronger coils in order to support what are generally the heavier parts of the body. This should help keep your spine aligned while lying in multiple positions.
Support Foam – This layer acts as the foundational support of the mattress. Not only do the support coils sit on top of this layer, but it also provides the shape of the mattress and lends some durability to the structure as a whole.
While the overall construction of the Softer and Firmer versions is similar to the Luxury Firm model I reviewed, there are slight changes in the materials used to produce the different feels.
In the Softer version WinkBed has used more flexible coils and added an inch of foam, compared to the Luxury Firm version, to the pillow top. This should provide extra pressure relief and allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress a bit more.
The Firmer WinkBed uses the same foam layering as the Luxury Firm but has a firmer coil system designed to have sleepers feel more on top of the mattress. The coil system is also zoned to provide more support through the midsection.
Firmness, Comfort, & Support
Due to differences in body types and weight distributions, people can feel the firmness of a mattress differently. Instead of just offering my opinion, I brought in three other testers to give their take on the overall firmness of the mattress. This should give you a better idea of the firmness range you can expect out of a Luxury Firm WinkBed.
All the testers found the WinkBed to have a medium firmness to it. With ratings going from 6-7 this is right in the range that WinkBeds had in mind when designing the luxury firm mattress. At this general level of firmness the mattress should be good for multiple sleeping positions, as long as your needs aren’t too specific.
The WinkBed is also available in soft and firm models. The soft WinkBed lands at a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale and the firm brings home an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
With regards to the feel of the mattress, when first pressing the top layer of the mattress the pillow top layer is quite soft to provide pressure relief. Once through that top layer of foam the coils below form a firmer support layer so you won’t fall too far into the mattress. The overall feel of the WinkBed is more along the lines of a traditional innerspring mattress than some other hybrids, which can often produce a more foam feel. The double coil construction creates a solid support system and you can feel how responsive the mattress is as you’re lying down and adjusting your position.’
Instead of just describing the feel of the mattress, we here at Sleepopolis wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on a WinkBed. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
On my back I can feel the initial soft top layer and the map shows low pressure across my entire body. This is what I expected after looking at the construction of the WinkBed as the pillow top layer is great for pressure relief. A nice part of having the springs beneath the pillow top is the support and quick response, as I didn’t feel as though I was stuck and could adjust my position pretty easily.
Side sleepers can often see pressure points form in the hip and shoulder areas, due to increased weight concentration, on firmer mattresses. On this mattress I did feel as though I was pushing through the pillow top layer a bit while on my side, and the pressure map shows increased pressure in both my hips and shoulders. If you are a side sleeper you may want to have a look at the softer version of the WinkBeds mattress.
Once on my stomach I found that it was easy to breath thanks to the low pressure on my chest. Also, I felt more like I was lying on top of the mattress than in it so my hips weren’t sinking in and putting my back in a bad position.
If you share your bed with a partner, the ability to isolate motion can be an extremely important attribute of the mattress. The next test in the review is meant to simulate what it would feel like on one side of the bed if someone was getting into and out of bed or tossing and turning in the night on the other side of the mattress.
For the Motion Transfer Test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The initial drop is from 4 inches, and it appears as though the foam layers up top do a good job dampening the motion. This drop is to simulate someone adjusting their sleep position on the other side of the bed, and with a result like the one above I would not worry too much about being disturbed in your sleep.
The 8 and 12 inch drops show high spikes of disturbance, which is to be expected as the higher drops get a little deeper into the mattress. These spikes are generally bigger than pure foam mattress options, but perform above average for other mattresses with similar construction. I should note that this review is performed on a Queen size mattress, so I would expect to see lower spikes on a King.
It will be important to many people buying a mattress to know if they can expect to feel more as though they are lying more on top of or sinking into it. In order to get a better idea of how far into the WinkBed people can expect to sink, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, an 8 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, and a 50 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 8 lb medicine ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 3 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
If you share your bed and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Often innerspring mattresses will have better edge support than strictly foam mattresses, so I was interested to see if this hybrid gained that advantage with its construction. We saw earlier in the review that WinkBeds included an edge support casing designed to allow sleepers to get closer to the side of the mattress without feeling like they are going to slide out of bed.
While lying near the edge of the WinkBed I felt evenly supported from the center of the mattress to the end. I also didn’t see any problems with compression while rolling around and adjusting my position near the side of the bed. The bed even performed well while I was hanging off the side of the bed a little.
When I sat up over the side of the bed (think maybe putting your shoes on in the morning or going to bed at night), I felt really good support. Even though my weight is concentrated over one area the mattress holds up and as you can see in the image above, doesn’t compress much.
Winkbeds coolControl Mattress Base
The following section discusses Winkbed’s coolControl cooling base addon. This is an optional addon. If you are not interested and/or just want the standard Winkbed click here to continue below.
In 2017, WinkBeds released their new Winkbeds coolControl mattress base. The coolControl is a specialized base addon for your Winkbed, allowing sleeper’s to dramatically cool or heat their mattress.
The Winkbed mattress that comes with the coolControl base is virtually the same as the standard Winkbed (discussed above), with the exception of four channels located on the bottom of the mattress, which allow for airflow from the coolControl base. This new technology gives sleepers the ability to choose their cooling or heating level, increasing the mattress temperature by up to +30 degrees Fahrenheit or decreasing the temperature by -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The WinkBeds coolControl system includes both the base—which pumps the air—and a special WinkBeds mattress. The system is broken down into three main parts:
- For starters, there’s a coolControl base that acts as the foundation and sits on your frame or bed slats
- Next up, there are airflow tubes, which help direct and funnel the conditioned air going from the base into the mattress.
- Finally, there’s the special edition WinkBed. This WinkBed is similar to the original WinkBed, but this version has slots for the tubes (from the base) to enter and blow air. Additionally, the foams used in this WinkBed are slightly less dense, allowing for optimal airflow from the base through the mattress.
- The slightly less dense foams also change the feel a bit compared to the original Winked. It has a touch less of a plush feeling. The original (medium) Winkbed mattress is around a 6 firmness, this special version of the Winkbed is more of a 6.5 out of 10, where 10 is the most firm.
Performance & Feel
The coolControl system by WinkBeds certainly sits in a unique space. I have not tested another mattress that has the ability to heat up and cool down in this fashion. To put it into perspective, imagine you’re sitting in a car that has the option of heating or cooling the seats. This is essentially how the WinkBeds coolControl technology functions.
Overall, I found the coolControl to be quite nice. Although there are a few small cons (see below), the performance of this cooling base is very solid.
During my sleep test, I tested both the heating and cooling features. Both were quick to jump to the level I set them at and provided a consistent feel. It only took a couple of minutes for the base to heat or cool once it was on. The coolControl base puts out an impressive level of heating and cooling. During my tests I tried both the maximum level of cooling and heating and found both to be so cool and hot, respectively, that I had to turn the base down to a lower level.
For sleepers with serious cooling or heating needs the coolControl base packs tremendous performance.
The coolControl base includes two remotes (see below), which can control each side of the mattress individually or together as unit. Additionally, the coolControl base can be controlled by the power unit that sits on the floor.
My favorite part about the remote is its simplicity. The remote is easy to use and intuitive. In addition to the remote control, WinkBeds has released an app for iOS (Android coming later this year) that allows sleepers to control the system from their phone or tablet. This app is equally intuitive, and like the remote, allows full control of temperature, sleep timer, and scheduler.
That said, there were a couple of cons I found with the coolControl technology: noise level and vibrations. For starters, the motors used in the base of the system create a level of noise that some sleepers may find annoying. It’s about as loud as standard AC unit or a modular fan. If you’re comfortable with a certain level of white noise you may be fine. However, if you need absolute quiet you’ll likely be disappointed with the level of noise created.
Next up, vibrations. The vibrations are not overly dramatic, but they are noticeable. Once again, this may not be an issue for every sleeper, but if you find yourself easily awoken by slight motion / vibrations you may find it disrupting to your sleep.
WinkBeds recommends using a slatted foundation with their coolControl system. Platform beds will prevent the base of the system from breathing, making it difficult for air to flow smoothly through the mattress.
All things considered, this technology is definitely something to be aware of. If you’re a profound hot or cold sleeper, this system should not be overlooked. That said, WinkBeds coolControl is not cheap. At $3,499 for the Queen mattress and coolControl base, it is an expensive investment. However, if money is no object or you simply want the coolest / warmest sleep environment, I would highly recommend taking a serious look into the WinkBeds coolControl technology.
|Twin||39” x 75”||$749|
|Twin XL||39” x 80”||$849|
|Full||54” x 75”||$999|
|Queen||60” x 80”||$1,299|
|King||76” x 80”||$1,499|
|California King||72” x 84”||$1,549|
|Split King||76” x 80”||$1,698|
Winkbeds Plus Review
WinkBeds not only offers a range of firmness options for their mattress but also Plus model for individuals over 300 lbs. This version of the mattress was designed specifically with heavier individuals in mind and aims to maximize pressure relief while also providing the support necessary for bigger bodies. The Plus is also meant to be a bit more durable so the mattress shouldn’t break down as quickly from the wear and tear caused by heavier weights.
The Plus has the same TENCEL cover as can be found in the other WinkBed versions but has some differences in the construction to help support bigger sleepers. To start there is only 1” of foam in the pillow top as opposed to 2” in the luxury firm version I reviewed. Beneath that WinkBeds uses 2.5 inches of latex as opposed to the microcoils found in other constructions to ensure a solid combination of comfort and support. Finally, the pocket coil system is reinforced to provide greater stability and zoned for more support through the hips and midsection.
Please note that this version of the mattress was designed for heavier individuals to experience a medium firmness. Because of this, if you are lighter than the target market for the Plus mattress you will probably feel it as a bit firmer than intended.
- Trial Period – WinkBeds offers a 101 night trial period.
- Warranty – There is a 10 year warranty for WinkBeds.
- Shipping – Shipping is free and you can expect to receive the mattress in 7-14 business days. WinkBeds currently ships only to the continental United States.
- Made in USA – WinkBeds are produced outside Milwaukee WI.
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the WinkBed it’s time to discuss who it would be a good fit for.
- Like pillow top mattresses – The combination of the quilted foam layer with the springs beneath really take the Euro top feel to the next level.
- Interested in extra support – The coil on coil structure of the hybrid mattress delivers better support than those strictly made of foam.
- Worried about sleeping too hot – The coil structure of the WinkBed allows for increased airflow through the mattress. Along with that, WinkBeds offers accessory options for temperature regulation.
- If you are on the heavier side – Aside from the firmness options of Soft, Medium and Firm, WinkBeds offers a Plus version of their mattress that offers some added support.
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