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Vispring Mattress Review

Last updated on July 10, 2019

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Vispring makes ultra-luxury mattresses. You can expect premium materials, impeccable attention to detail, and a company with a long and rich history in bedding. But is this ultra-luxury brand right for you and your needs?

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Note: The Vispring Signatory Superb mattress, reviewed here, is from a company with more than a century of history in luxury bedding. You'll find all-natural materials, hand stitching, impeccable construction, and a price tag to match. We discuss its materials and design, and put the Vispring mattress through our standard tests for priority and preference characteristics.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Vispring mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is Vispring a Good Mattress?

It is difficult to know where to begin with Vispring, a company so different and unique compared to other bedding companies. With more than a century-long legacy constructing handmade mattresses in England, the Vispring story is as much a part of its mattresses as the materials found inside.

Purchasing a Vispring mattress is also different compared to most brands. Buyers work with their Vispring representative to customize comfort levels on both sides of the bed (we call this dual comfort, and it comes standard with Vispring), choose fabrics, and select a corresponding foundation. Mattresses are made in a single factory in England -- where they have been since 1901 -- by highly trained craftspeople. Up to 40 hours of labor goes into a single mattress.

Of course, this type of customization, premium materials, and craftsmanship comes at a cost. We reviewed the Vispring Signatory Superb, along with the Statesman foundation. Together, the configuration we tested costs about $30,000 for a mattress that's meant to last a lifetime. This particular model sits in the middle of the Vispring range of mattresses. (The least expensive Vispring beds start at about $4,000, but have fewer customization and premium features.)

Natural materials and lack of chemicals is the first thing you'll notice about the Vispring mattress. Its comfort layers consist of Shetland wool, genuine horsehair (no horses are harmed), organic cotton, cashmere, and British fleece wool. The support layer consists of two sets of individually pocketed steel coils; in a king size mattress you'll find almost 3,500 coils plus another 3,400 in the foundation. Layers are stacked and stitched together with functional tufting that travels the width of the mattress, compressing materials into an 11-inch mattress (including doming) that weighs almost 200 pounds and is made using almost no chemicals.

Of the Vispring mattress's many notable characteristics, we found its bounce to be truly unique. With the foundations, you have four sets of steel coils stacked on top of each other. When you plop down on the mattress, you bounce -- but it's a very interesting, almost slow motion bounce. Your body collapses each coil column sequentially, and they spring back sequentially. It's hard to do this sensation justice unless you feel it, but the overall effect is that you are floating, while the bed instantly responds to your movements.

There are four comfort options for the Vispring Signatory Superb mattress: Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, and Soft, and you can choose the softness level for each side of the mattress. To accomplish the variations, Vispring varies the gauge (strength) of the steel coils on each side of the mattress. Customization doesn't stop there; choose between 90 fabrics to cover the foundation (called a divan).

From a performance perspective, we found the Vispring mattress to be supportive in whatever sleeping position we chose. Side sleepers will likely opt for the softer firmness levels, which those who sleep primarily on their stomach will probably want to select one of the firmer options. One surprise was pressure relief; standard mattresses typically achieve the best pressure relief using memory foam. Despite there being no foam in the Vispring mattress, pressure relief is remarkable.

Temperature is another area where the Vispring bed excels. The abundance of natural materials, plus airflow through the coils, creates excellent temperature control. Vents are included in the sides of the bed, and you can actually feel air flowing through the mattress as you move around.

Perhaps the only performance area we questioned was motion isolation. With 7,000 coils and a lot of bounce, you can certainly feel movements on the other side of the bed, making it perhaps not the best choice if you are highly sensitive to a partner's movements.

The other drawback, of course, is the price tag, which will simply be beyond the means of many mattress shoppers.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Vispring Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Value history and quality
  • Want the best-quality natural materials
  • Need excellent pressure relief
  • Have a tendency to sleep hot
  • Prioritize customization

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements
  • Prioritize price

 

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Slightly shallower than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Fast recovery, lots of bounce

 

Other Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 6 Good but not the best
Stays 'Cool' 10 Exceptional
Edge Support 9 Excellent
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 10 Natural mattress, no glues or chemical coatings

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Wool and Horsetail over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$21,100

Warranty

Lifetime.

Country of Manufacture

England

Thickness

9" to 11" inches

Weight (Queen)

About 200 pounds


Materials & Construction

Overall, we classify the Vispring Signatory mattress as a "Natural Materials over Pocketed Coils" construction type.  

Materials

The Vispring Signatory Superb mattress is 9" thick measured on the sides, and 11" when you factor the puffiness of the top layers. It is a "bespoke" mattress, meaning that the bed is not made until you have specified and chosen all of the options and preference features. The company uses an array of natural materials in different combinations, depending on the options you choose and the model you select. Materials include:

Pocketed steel coils

Vispring makes its springs in-house, using vanadium steel, known for its durability and hardness. The company makes 9 different gauges of steel, and 52 types of springs, using combinations of spring type and gauge to customize support.

100% British fleece wool

The company uses authentic Shetland sheep's wool, certified from England, for cushioning, warmth, and to minimize carbon footprint (by using locally sourced wool). "Fleece" is the wool directly after it's been sheered; it's not woven or spun into threads. You can see the wool in the photographs below.

Cashmere

This fiber comes from a type of goat and is several times warmer than sheep's wool. Vispring sources its cashmere from China, using the soft cashmere fabric for upholstery, covers, and bedding.

Vicuna

The most expensive wool in the world, a vicuna is a South American relative of the llama and alpaca. Its wool is incredibly soft and smooth, and naturally hypoallergenic. Vispring sources its vicuna wool from Peru, where vicunas are found.

Mohair

Made from angora goats, mohair is naturally moisture-wicking and soft. Vispring sources its mohair wool from South Africa.

Bamboo

Sourced from China, bamboo fibers are spun into soft fabric that's absorbent and sustainably harvested.

Cotton

You'll be familiar with this one. Vispring procures its cotton from Turkey, using it in mattress covers, and for the coverings of its pocketed coils.

Horsehair

Made from the hairs of a horse's mane and tail (no horses are harmed since these hairs grow back), horsehair gives Vispring mattresses some of its signature cushioning and bounce. Higher end Vispring mattresses contain lots of horsehair, while the entry-level non-customized mattresses don't contain any.

The horsehair is boiled several times in oil, then dried, braided and baked. That gives the horsehair its kinky curls, which create loft and padding while being almost weightless.

Horsehair has been used in Vispring mattresses for a century, and is a key ingredient. When you compress the kinked horsehair fibers, they spring back immediately. We felt that the horsehair in our test mattress was partly responsible for its excellent pressure relief.

Horsehair is certainly a premium material, and the Vispring Signatory Superb uses a lot of it. For reference, it takes about $100 worth of horsehair to string a violin bow, and you can see there many violin bow's worth of horsehair in this mattress.

It's probably easier to show you than tell you about the materials in this mattress. Uncompressed, they puff up nearly a foot more than the ultimate mattress height. The layers of cushioning are cinched together by functional tufting. Essentially, the mattress is pre-compressed, nearly eliminating the possibility of significant sagging from body impressions.

As you can see from the list above, there are no petroleum products, no foam, and no glues included in this mattress. With the exception of the steel coils, it is made of all natural materials.

Below is a good look at the horsehair (the black fibers); you can see the natural wool fleece above and below the horsehair. In our mattress, horsehair was used in both the comfort and support layers of the bed, and used in the foundation as well.

Construction

All of the layers of the Vispring mattress are compressed with hand-stitched cords called functional tufting. These travel through the entire mattress, anchoring it together without the use of glues. You might see what looks like tufting on cheaper mainstream mattresses, but it is almost always merely decorative, and serves no practical purpose.

Almost every aspect of the Vispring mattress is constructed by hand to your specifications. Layers are stacked by hand, covers are sewn by hand. Workmen and women use long needles to puncture the layers and create the tufting. Huge sewing machines are use to stitch the sides and top together and enclose the mattress.

 

Stitching on the side of the mattress isn't decorative either; These stitches travel throughout the layers of the mattress as well, lending stability and structure to the edge. Craftspeople use nine-inch long needles to pierce the sides, anchor the progressive layers of material, and cinch everything together.

This mattress is heavy with so much steel and natural materials. Vispring includes sturdy handles to help move the mattress.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

The Vispring can be customized (on both sides of the mattress) in one of four firmness levels: extra firm, firm, medium, and soft. Customers work with their Vispring representative to find the right level for each side. The company achieves the variations by changing the gauge of the springs; comfort layers remain the same.

The bed we tested was configured with Medium and Soft sides. Because the mattress isn't "one size fits all" we can't give it a classification as we typically do for mattresses available in a single version.

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

Although the mattress appears thick and squishy to the eye, we found cushioning depth to be shallower than average, imparting a more floaty feeling. This definitely is not a mattress that swallows you. It's soft on top, but our tester never felt trapped or stuck in the mattress. Shallower cushioning depth also translates into good ease of movement (see repositioning below).

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average cushioning

 

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

This Vispring mattress, along with its foundation (called a divan) has four rows of coils. That gives the mattress a "Vispring bounce" (as we tended to call it during testing) and it's unlike any other mattress we've tested. Because the coils are stacked on top of each other, when depressed they collapse sequentially -- and recover sequentially. It gives you an unusual slow-motion feeling. When you sit on the bed, the mattress pushes you back up, but it does so in way that makes you feel like you are floating back up rather than being pushed back up.
So this is definitely a mattress with a lot of highly responsive bounce.
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Fast recovery, lots of bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Because the Vispring mattress is custom ordered, buyers work closely with their representative so their support needs are met.

The Vispring Signatory Superb we tested was configured with a Medium side and a Soft side. For our 200-pound tester, he preferred the Medium side as a back sleeper. He found his hips sinking perfectly into the bed, while the mattress reached up to support his lumbar area. If you are primarily a side sleeper, we felt the Soft configuration would work best. All of this will depend on your preferred sleep style, your weight, and the shape of your body.

Because the Vispring can be configured in this way, and isn't "one size fits all" it should suit the widest variety of sleepers of any size. Even those on the heavy end of the weight spectrum should do very well on this mattress due to its customized support and excellent construction.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Mainstream mattresses typically achieve pressure relief through the use of latex foam or memory foam, which can have excellent pressure-relieving qualities. The Vispring mattress has no foam at all, but our tester found pressure relief to be remarkable. The compressed layers of wool and particularly the horsetail, did an excellent job cushioning the pointy parts of our tester's body--his shoulders and hips--while on his side. He did find he preferred the Soft side for pressure relief/side sleeping.


 

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Vispring Signatory Superb bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. With the bowling ball, the pin wiggled slightly but didn't fall.

When our tester dropped his weight on the bed, however, the pin did fall. This isn't too surprising, given that there are 7,000 coils in this mattress plus its foundation. The coils are pocketed, meaning that they can compress individually. However, all the internal parts of the mattress are stitched and attached to each other, so the bed does move more as a unit.

We felt that the Vispring would be a good choice for those who don't want to feel a partner's movements, but if you are very sensitive to this or very easily disturbed, it could be a deal breaker.

Motion Isolation Rating 6 /10 Good but not the best

 

Temperature what’s this )

If you tend to "sleep hot" this aspect may be a priority for you. Innerspring mattress are usually a great choice for air flow and heat dissipation, and the Vispring mattress really excels. It's many layers of natural materials are highly breathable, and its pocketed coil layers are made mainly of air between the coils.

We found air flow to be exceptional. Vents are built into the side of the mattress, allowing warm air to exit, and cooler air to flow in. You can feel air puffing out as you sit and move around on the mattress.

If you have a known issue of overheating on other mattresses, we think the Vispring would be an excellent solution.

Stays “Cool” Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Edge Support what’s this )

If you find yourself often pushed to the very edge of your mattress, this could be a priority for you. Both sitting and laying on the edge, our tester felt stable and supported. Because the Vispring mattress has a significant "crown" -- that is, the middle of the mattress puffs up higher than the edge -- our tester did feel a bit of that angle, but the edge holds up well. Note that these images are from sitting and laying on the Soft side. On the Medium side, edge support was even better.

Edge Support Rating 9 /10 Excellent

 

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

Ease of movement was very good on the Vispring Signatory Superb mattress according to our tester, owing to the firm support and shallower than average cushioning of the bed. Our tester had no trouble at all changing sleeping positions, moving around, or getting in and out of the bed.

Repositioning Rating 9/10 Excellent

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.

You cannot find a much more natural mattress than the Vispring bed. As discussed in the Construction section above, its comfort materials include Shetland wool fleece from British-raised sheep, genuine horsehair, cashmere, bamboo, and organic cotton. The company details the sourcing behind each material, and aims to use locally produced materials to reduce carbon footprint. The wool comes from 100% certified British sheep, so shipping distance is minimized. The company makes their own steel coils in its Plymouth, England factory.

The steel in the coils is not a 'natural' material in that it is mined and refined, however it is free of chemicals that smell or off-gas. No glues or chemical coatings are used in the materials or fabrics; the mattress is held together with functional tufting and metal hogties. The foundation support is made of wood sourced from sustainable forests, steel, and horsehair.

Those working at the company's factory are highly trained and specialized craftspeople, and the company says that often, generations of families will work for Vispring. If fair-wage work is a priority to you, Vispring excels in this area, using as much local labor as possible.

If the use of natural materials and chemical-free construction is a priority for you, the Vispring mattress is certainly an excellent choice.

Green Rating 10 /10 Unique array of natural materials, no glues or chemical coatings

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

We did not test the Vispring mattress with an adjustable base. However, the company does offer an adjustable version of its divan foundations, made to support the heavy weight of its mattresses.

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Vispring Signatory Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions

Mattress only

(price will vary depending on customization)

Twin 39" x 75" x 11" $13,700
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 11"  $14,600
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 11" $17,400
Queen 60" x 80" x 11" $21,100
King 76" x 80" x 11" $27,500
California King 72" x 84" x 11" $27,500

 

What Are You Getting?

The history and legacy of the Vispring company is as much a part of your purchase as the mattress itself. This is a company that's been making luxury mattresses in much the same way since 1901, a company that outfitted all of the first class cabins on the Titanic, a company that pioneered the use of pocketed steel coils in mattresses.

You are getting a mattress that's customized entirely for you and your partner, from 58 types of spring coils, to 90 fabric and upholstery choices. You work with your Vispring representative to specify the right support and comfort levels for you, and only then is the mattress made for you in a factory in England.

Aside from the steel springs, almost all of the materials in the bed are natural, from Shetland wool and fleece, to Turkish cotton, Chinese silk and horsetail from Austria. The layers of the mattress are hand-stitched and hog-tied together without the use of glues or chemical coatings. The mattress itself is 9" tall on the sides, but domes an extra 2" in the middle, owing to the compressed layers of wool batting and curled horsehair.


How Long Will the Vispring Mattress Last?

The Vispring mattress is meant to be your last mattress purchase. There are no materials in this bed that are going to break down significantly. Many of the beds we review are using newer materials like petroleum-based foams, that just don't have a long track record. But that's not the case with the Vispring mattress, whose materials have been tried and tested for more than a century.

 

Overall Value

It's hard to assess the value of the Vispring Signatory Superb mattress, as it simply exists in a class almost by itself. Assuming that a $30,000 mattress and foundation is in your price range, we do think you are purchasing a mattress that will truly last a lifetime, and one that's tailored from the start for your specific needs. If you value the history and legacy of a company that's been around for a century, and will likely be around for another century, and value a company with highly trained and specialized craftsmen, then the Vispring mattress may be worth consideration. Each mattress takes up to 40 hours to construct, with impeccable attention to detail through the entire process.

So, in many ways including value, it's simply difficult to compare with Vispring mattress with mainstream beds at all. For that reason, we are not giving it a GoodBed Value Rating, as we do for pre-made mattresses you might order online.

 

Other Factors to Consider

The Vispring mattress includes a 30-year warranty that goes beyond warranting the mattress against defects. Your Vispring representative will provide personalized service to make sure you are always happy with your bed.

Shipping and delivery will depend on the store where you purchase the mattress. Vispring mattresses are available in department stores and luxury bedding shops. A store locator will guide you to a showroom near you.

Bottom Line: Is the Vispring Mattress Right for You?

The Vispring mattress sits in a class by itself, in terms of construction, materials, customization, and performance. Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Vispring mattress:

BEST if you:

  • Value history and quality
  • Want the best-quality natural materials
  • Need excellent pressure relief
  • Have a tendency to sleep hot
  • Prioritize customization

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements
  • Prioritize price

Is the Vispring Signatory Superb Mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Vispring mattress? Click here to visit their website at Vispring.com.

 

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