WinkBed Mattress Review

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The WinkBed is a very tall mattress (we measured 16") which is not common among online mattresses. It has a luxury look and feel, but how did it perform in our tests?

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Note: The WinkBed is a very tall 16" mattress sold exclusively online. It has a unique double layer of pocketed coils topped by gel foam under a heavily quilted pillow-top-like cover. Is the WinkBed right for you? Read our take on this luxury-style mattress.

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

Synopsis

Key Facts – WinkBed Mattress

Mattress Type

Micro-Coils over Pocketed Coils

Price (queen)

$1,299

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

120-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

Lifetime warranty. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

14.5 inches

Weight (Queen)

79 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a WinkBed Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Like a mattress with a traditional feel
  • Prefer a softer top
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Are a heavier person (over 200 lbs.)
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel

 

FEEL Classifications

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.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate response, with plenty of bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 8 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 9

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

OTHER GoodBed 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 Average
Stays 'Cool' 9 Excellent
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 6 Has some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 7 Good value compared to stores

 WinkBed Mattress

Overview: WinkBed Mattress

Last Updated: September 2018

The WinkBed is a really tall mattress. The manufacturer calls it a 14.5" or 15" mattress, but we measured it at more like 16" tall. That's a lot of mattress, especially given than it comes compressed and rolled in a box and delivered to your door via common carrier. (The shipped box for queen size measures about 84" x 18" x 18".)

The WinkBed is made of foam and pocketed coils, but differs from the competition in that  there are two layers of pocketed coils in this bed, the 8" base support layer, and a layer of 2.5" "microcoils" higher up, under two layers of foam and a deep pillowtop. That gives the mattress, in our opinion, an interesting feel that reminded us a lot of early pillowtop mattresses--very soft on the surface, yet quite firm right underneath.

When we did our video review of the WinkBed, it was available in just one version; the company has now added three additional models. We reviewed the Luxury Firm WinkBed, which is the most popular. Also available are Soft, Firm, and a Plus version intended for those who weigh more than about 300 pounds. (Note: We have not reviewed any of the other versions.)

In our testing, strengths of the WinkBed include edge support, which was exceptional, and temperature. The WinkBed mattress has a number of cooling features, and as a mattress that's mainly composed of steel coils, it has good airflow by default. If sleeping hot is an issue for you, the WinkBed is worth consideration.

In terms of back support, we felt the WinkBed would suit back sleepers very well. With the soft top combined with the firmer coils below, we thought it had a great feel for someone that primarily sleeps on their back. The mattress also performed well in our evaluation for side and stomach sleepers who like the pillowtop feel with firm support below.

Among our concerns: As with many mattresses that includes coils (and the WinkBed includes two layers of them), motion isolation can be a concern because the springs create bounce. If you (or your partner) are easily disturbed by a partner's movements, or other disturbances (kids or pets), then the WinkBed may not be the best choice.

Price-wise, the WinkBed is more costly than some competing online-only mattresses, but it's also a lot taller, and we do think it compares very well to the type of luxury coil beds you'll find in department stores.

You can place the WinkBed mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. WindBed sells its own bed frames, but they are not required purchases. Free shipping is included, though in-home setup costs extra.

Overall, the WinkBed mattress performed very well in our testing and evaluations. We judged construction to be of excellent quality.

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.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Micro-Coils over Pocketed Coils

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  15"

Mattress Weight:  79 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The WinkBed mattress is a 15″ thick mattress comprised of 6 total layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1" soft gel foam, 1.5 lb. density
  • 1" gel foam, 1.5 lb. density
  • 2.5" pocketed steel microcoils
  • Lumbar foam layer
  • 8" pocketed steel coils
  • 2" support foam, 1.5 lb. density

The WinkBed is a tall mattress. The company says it is 14.5" to 15" tall, while we measured it at more like 16." The top two layers are soft foam, under a heavy cushioned and tufted cover. Altogether, the top layers of the bed reminded us of when pillow top mattresses first became popular. Those top foam layers are gel-infused, intended to help channel heat from the body. Under the soft top layers is a 2.5" layer of pocketed steel coils, or microcoils. This coil layer is also fairly soft -- not nearly as firm as the lower support layer of coils further below. In between the two coil layers is a small layer of what the company calls lumbar foam. At the base is another 2" of standard polyurethane as a base for the coil unit.

WinkBed Mattress Materials

 

Cover

The layers of the WinkBed are wrapped in a sturdy feeling cover, with contrast fabric around the top two foam layers, and cording trim. The is quilted, and has quite a lot of loft to it.

WinkBed Mattress Cover

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 )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We found the WinkBed to be interesting in terms of softness. While the top is very soft and fluffy, the firmer support layers below are firm. So overall, we'd call the luxury firm version of the WinkBed a "medium" on our scale, balancing out the softer top and firmer bottom.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. Again, the WinkBed felt very interesting to us; while the top certainly feels soft, the firmer coils below prevent as much sinking in as you would expect. Overall, we again felt that the WinkBed (luxury firm version) was right around a medium on our scale.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning

 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The WinkBed does not include any memory foam, so there is none of that slow memory foam feel at all. The mattress springs right back after being compressed. Responsiveness also translates into bounce, and with most innerspring mattresses, you'll get a good bit of it. The WinkBed has two layers of pocketed coils, so it will certainly have some bounce.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate response, 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.

In our evaluations, the WinkBed mattress performed very well for our tester, particularly in the back sleeping position. But we also found it to be supportive and side and stomach sleeping positions, and felt that it would suit a wide range of individuals.

 

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.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the WinkBed mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 8 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 9

 

Back Sleepers:

Our tester really enjoyed the WinkBed in this position; the combination of the soft top foam and the firmer coils beneath felt extremely supportive; we thought this mattress had a great feel for those that sleep primarily on their backs. Our tester experienced excellent spinal alignment and felt that most others would have a similar good experience.

Side Sleepers:

In our evaluation, side sleepers would also be well supported by the WinkBed. Our 200 lb. tester’s hips and shoulders sank into the bed just enough to create a neutral spinal position (he wished his shoulders could sink just a bit more, but it wasn't problematic). We also felt, again, that most people, even those heavier than our tester, would be well supported.

Stomach Sleepers:

We also felt that stomach sleepers would enjoy this mattress. For stomach sleeping, a firmer mattress is generally needed to support the hips from sinking too far and creating arching in the back. The WinkBed, for our tester, had plenty of support, but still felt soft and cushioned thanks to the soft foam on top. We think this mattress would feel especially nice for stomach sleepers that prefer that softness up top.

 

Pressure Relief

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.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the WinkBed mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the WinkBed mattress to be excellent. The two top foam layers, plus the softer microcoils below made for very good pressure relief for our 200-lb. tester. And we felt that both lighter as well as heavier individuals would also do well in terms of pressure relief. For those with acute/chronic pressure relief needs, a memory foam or latex bed might be better overall, but for most others, we thought the WinkBed would be a good choice.

WinkBed Mattress Back Support

Other Characteristics

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 )

If you are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed, or perhaps you and your partner go to bed and get up at different times, then motion isolation may be a priority for you. Innerspring mattresses in general are not the best choice, and the WinkBed has two layers of springs. The springs are pocketed in the WinkBed, so the movement of each spring is somewhat isolated. So while a pocketed coil bed like the WinkBed will be a better choice than a traditional innerspring mattress, a foam bed will likely better suit your needs if motion isolation is a priority.

Motion Isolation
6 /10 Average

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the WinkBed mattress will feel hot. The top layers of foam are infused with gel, a known conductor of heat.

Spring and coil mattresses in general will naturally provide greater air flow than foam, and the WinkBed has two layers of steel coils, allowing for lots of air flow. Lastly, despite the fluffy top, this is not a deeply cushioned mattress, so most of your body is exposed to the air.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, we think the WinkBed would be a very good choice.

Stays "Cool" Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Edge support is important if you like to sit on the side of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. We found the WinkBed mattress to be excellent in this respect. Our tester felt exceptionally stable both sitting on the edge of the WinkBed and laying right on the edge. He didn't feel like he was rolling off at all.

If your pets or kids tend to push you towards the side of the bed, we think the WinkBed mattress is worth consideration.

Edge Support Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 WinkBed Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. The WinkBed mattress, despite its quilted and cushioning top, really shines in this area. Our tester had not trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position.

Repositioning Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 

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.

The WinkBed makes no claims to be a natural mattress, but the foams utilized are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

And steel coils are not known for issues with off-gassing at all.

Green Rating
6 /10 Has some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

While we did not test the WinkBed mattress on an adjustable base, but the company does say on its website that the bed can be used with an adjustable base.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
8 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

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


Size Dimensions Mattress Foundation GoodBed Discount
Twin 39" x 75" x 15" $749 $100 $50 off
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 15" $849 $150 $50 off
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 15" $999 $200 $50 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 15" $1,299 $250 $50 off
King 76" x 80" x 15" $1,499 $300 $50 off
California King 72" x 84" x 15" $1,549 $300 $50 off

 

What You’re Getting

The WinkBed is a very tall mattress (we measured it at 16"), where most sold-online mattress are typically 10" or 11". It has a luxury look; to us, it feels sturdy and well made. Our tester commented that it feels "majestic." Two layers of gel foam and a layer of microcoils form the bed's comfort layers, with a taller layer of support coils. That's an unusual configuration you don't see very often, either online or in stores.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we can use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the WinkBed Mattress density of all of the foams is 1.5 lbs. That is definitely on the low side of what we see in competing mattresses. With low-density foam, we wonder about body impressions. However, the microcoils are there for support underneath that top two inches of foam. Steel coils have long been used in mattresses and have a very good reputation for longevity and durability.

 

Overall Value

We thought that the WinkBed compares extremely well to similar mattresses you would see in a department store or high-end bedding store, but at a lower cost.

When compared to other online-only beds, it does cost a bit more than some of the competition, but it's also a very tall, luxury-look mattress. We feel the WinkBed is a good value compared to what you would find in stores, especially.

Value Rating
7 /10 Good value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

WinkdBeds includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Delivery is by common carrier like FedEx, who will deliver the box to your door. WinkBeds does offer an optional white-glove service; for $99, movers will bring the mattress into your home, set it up in the room of your choosing and dispose of the packaging. For another $60, they will remove your old bedding.

 

Returns

  • 120-day trial period
  • Full refund with pickup

WinkBeds offers buyers a 120-day trial period, and requires buyers to give the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Should you wish to exchange your bed for a different softness level, there's a $49 fee. See: WinkBeds returns policy.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty.

The industry standard for hybrid and innerspring mattresses is 1.5". WinkBeds has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1.5”--right about average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

This warranty extends to the original owner for as long as they own the mattress and assumes it has been placed upon an appropriate foundation. See: WinkBeds warranty policy

 

Summary: Is the WinkBed Mattress Right for You?

The WinkBed is a traditional-feeling mattress made with two layers of pocketed coils plus gel foam. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation.

BEST if you:

  • Like a mattress with a traditional feel
  • Prefer a very tall mattress
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel

 

Is the WinkBed 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 WinkBed mattress? Visit WinkBeds.com.

 

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