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WinkBed Mattress Review

Last updated on April 13, 2021

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The WinkBed has a luxury look and feel, but how did it perform in our tests?

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Note: The WinkBed is sold exclusively online. We have also reviewed the WinkBed Plus, a variation with special features and construction to add support and durability for heavy people.

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.

Table of Contents

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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 Ratings 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, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is WinkBed a Good Mattress?

Update April 2021: Winkbeds has changed some construction features since we reviewed it. Notably, the company has replaced a layer of 2” microcoils that sat just below the quilt with a 2” layer of a proprietary “SupportCell” foam. We expect this change to mainly affect the level of bounce in the mattress, and do not expect major differences in comfort/feel or support compared to our initial assessment.

The Winkbed is a 13.5” tall hybrid mattress, with a support layer of individually pocketed coils and a main comfort layer of the proprietary foam. Additional features include stronger edge support coils, gel-foam quilted into the top cover, and what the company calls a “lumbar layer” intended to firm up support under the heaviest part of your body, your hips. The Winkbed comes in three comfort levels: Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer, along with a “Plus” version intended to heavier sleepers over about 300 pounds. Here we review the most popular model, the Luxury Firm. We have a separate review on the Winkbed Plus.

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 zoned 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.

When we first reviewed the Winkbed, we had some concerns about motion isolation -- a mattress' ability to minimize transfer motion to the other side of the bed. (If a mattress does not isolate motion very well, a person on the other side of the mattress may be disturbed by a partner's movements.) But with the elimination of the layer of microcoils, we expect this aspect to have improved compared to our initial assessment.

Price-wise, the WinkBed is more costly than some competing online-only mattresses, but 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.

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.

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

BEST if you:

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

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Don't like much bounce
  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel

 

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.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
1 None
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Medium bounce

 

Back Support (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 8 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 7

 

Pressure Relief (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 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

Other Features

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 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very Good
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 6 Pretty Good
Adjustable Base Compatibility 7 Good
Overall Value 8 Very Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price

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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

13.5 inches

Weight (Queen)

135 pounds


Materials & Construction

What's in a WinkBed Mattress?

Overall, we classify the WinkBed mattress as a "Foam over Pocketed Coils" construction type. It is a 13.5″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1" soft gel foam, 1.5 lb. density, quilted into the cover
  • 2.5" proprietary "SupportCell" foam, 2.5-lb. density
  • Lumbar foam layer
  • 8" pocketed steel coils
  • 2" support foam, 1.5 lb. density

The top two layers of the WinkBed mattress 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. In between the comfort foam and support coils is a small layer of what the company calls lumbar foam. At the base is a 2" layer of standard polyurethane as a base for the coil unit.

The main pocketed coil support unit is zoned; there are firmer coils in the central third of the bed where your hips will rest, but softer coils at the head and foot, and firmer coils around the edge.

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. The fabric is Tencel, which is a eucalyptus-based fiber that has some moisture-wicking properties.

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

 

Memory Feel

Memory feel or 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.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
1 None

Bounce

Responsiveness also translates into bounce, and with most innerspring mattresses, you'll get a good bit of it. Overall, it has a very traditional feel, with a healthy amount of bounce.

Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Medium 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.

If you are a bigger person, you may be wondering whether the WinkBed or the WinkBed Plus is the better choice. Overall, while both mattresses offered very good support for heavier sleepers, we did give the edge to the WinkBed Plus (here's our review).

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the WinkBed mattress (Luxury Firm version):

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 7

 

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 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the WinkBed mattress to be very good. And we felt that both lighter as well as heavier individuals would also be fine 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.

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 )

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, but the springs are pocketed in the WinkBed, so the movement of each spring is isolated. The 3.5" of gel foams on top of the springs, however, will also work to dampen motion. 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 top priority.

With a bowling pin standing upright on the bed, we pressed and pushed on the other side of the mattress to mimic a partner getting into bed. The bowling pin did not tip over.

Motion Isolation
9/10 Excellent

 

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 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
8 /10 Very good

 

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

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 cushioned top, really shines in this area. Our tester had no 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. This is a very common and standard certification among mainstream mattress brands.

Steel coils are not known for issues with off-gassing at all, and at least theoretically, they are recyclable down the road. The company says the springs are made from recycled steel.

The cover of the WinkBed is made from Tencel, a plant product made from eucalyptus trees, and it is certified by OEKO-Tex, which measures for harmful chemicals and deems the material safe for use by children.

Green Rating
7 /10 Good

 

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. Given its overall weight, height and construction, we would expect some minor conformance issues, such as the foot lifting up a bit at first, or the center popping up when you get off the bed. Both would be expected to improve over time. We might also expect a little bunching of the top quilt when the mattress is in a fully articulated (bent) position. But overall, we expect this mattress would be just fine on an adjustable base.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
7 /10 Good

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a WinkBed Mattress Cost?

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.

 

What Are You Getting?

The WinkBed is a tall mattress, 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 comprise the bed's comfort layers, with a taller layer of support coils wrapped in a snazzy white-and-blue polka dot cover.

 

How Long Will the WinkBed 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 the main comfort foam is 2.5 lbs. That is about average compared to other commonly used comfort foams. Winkbeds touts what they call "Duratech" as its design for preventing sagging, which includes the coil system and comfort foam, and says that third-party testing has been performed to ascertain durability.

If you or your spouse is a heavier person (over 300 pounds), you might want to see our review of the WinkBed Plus. This variation uses stronger coils, along with latex as the primary comfort material instead of the foam and microcoils for the regular WinkBed. It's our opinion that this combo (coils + latex) will better resist body impressions for those on the heavier end of the weight range.

 

Overall Value

We thought that the WinkBed compares well to similar mattresses you would see in a department store or high-end bedding store.

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

Value Rating
8/10 Very good value

 

Other Factors to Consider

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.

 

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

 

Bottom Line: Is the WinkBed Mattress Right for You?

The WinkBed is a traditional-feeling mattress made with a pocketed coil support unit topped by 3+ inches of gel-infused 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
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Are a heavier person (over 200 lbs.)
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Don't like much bounce
  • 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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