WinkBed Plus Mattress Review (2019)

Last updated on May 2, 2019

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The WinkBed Plus is a variation on the company's flagship model intended for heavier individuals, or those looking for a super durable mattress.

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Note: The WinkBed Plus is a variation on the company's flagship model, with extra features intended to boost performance for heavier individuals. You may also want to check our review of the original WinkBed, which shares many of the features of the Plus version.

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

Summary: Is the WinkBed Plus a Good Mattress?

The WinkBed Plus is a variation on the company's flagship mattress; when ordering a WinkBed, you select the "Plus" as an option. While we found the feel and support of the WinkBed Plus to be similar to the regular WinkBed, and from the outside they look the same, the Plus has a number of features intended to accommodate higher weights and enhanced durability. It's worth noting that in our testing of the original model, we thought it would be very supportive for heavier people as well, so you might want to also see our review of the original WinkBed, and we'll also make some comparisons between the models here.

The WinkBed Plus is made of foam, latex foam and pocketed coils, but differs in a few ways from the original WinkBed. Instead of the WinkBed's comfort layer of micro-coils, the WinkBed Plus substitutes foam and blended latex foam (a natural/synthetic blend). Both beds feature a support core of pocketed coils, but the Plus version features heavier gauge steel coils, with the firmest coils in the central third of the mattress to support the heaviest parts of your body.

While the company touts the WinkBed Plus as a solution for those who weigh more than 300 pounds, our testing revealed it to be supportive for a wide range of sleepers, not just for those on the higher end of the weight scale.

Strengths of the both the original WinkBed and the WinkBed Plus include edge support, which was exceptional on both, and temperature. With number of cooling features, and as mattresses composed mainly of steel coils, they have good airflow by default. If sleeping hot is an issue for you, the WinkBed models are worth consideration.

In terms of back support, we felt the WinkBed Plus would suit back sleepers very well, for both lighter and heavier sleepers. 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. We had some concerns for very heavy stomach sleepers, as well as for very light side sleepers, which we'll dive into further below.

Edge support was terrific, making the WinkBed Plus a great choice for those who tend to sit and/or sleep right on the edge of the bed; edge support was also excellent with the original WinkBed.

One area where the two mattresses differ: motion isolation. In our tests of the original WinkBed, the two layers of pocketed coils resulted in some motion transfer, so not the best choice if you are sensitive to a partner's movements. The WinkBed Plus, however, performed much better; it's missing the top layer of coils and instead has motion-absorbing latex and foam.

Price-wise, the WinkBed Plus is more costly than some competing online-only mattresses, but it's also a lot taller, with specific features for heavier sleepers, so we do think it's a good value if you particularly need a mattress that can accommodate heavier weight.

You can place the WinkBed Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Like a mattress with a traditional feel
  • Prefer a softer top
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Are a heavier back or side sleeper
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
  • Are a lightweight side sleeper
  • Are a very heavy stomach sleeper

 WinkBed Mattress

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
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Immediate response, with plenty of 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 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 (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 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 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

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Blended Latex and Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (queen)

$1,799

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 inches

Weight (Queen)

85 pounds

Materials & Construction

What's in a WinkBed Plus Mattress?

Overall, we classify the WinkBed Plus mattress as a "Blended Latex and Foam over Pocketed Coils" construction type. It  is a 14″ thick mattress comprised of 6 total layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • Two, 1" layers of 1.8 lb. density polyurethane foam sewn into quilt
  • 2.5" blended Dunlop latex
  • 1" 1.8 lb. density transition foam
  • 8" pocketed steel coils
  • 1" polyurethane foam, 1.8 lb. density

The Plus version of the WinkBed starts with two one-inch layers of poly foam quilted right into the cover. This gives it the surface softness and cushioning we noticed on top of the mattress. Next is a 2.5" layer of latex, made of a synthetic/natural latex blend. (Note that in the original WinkBed, this layer is replaced by a layer of microcoils.)

Following a layer of transition foam is the main support core: an 8" tall pocketed coil unit. Two types of steel coils are used. In the central third of the bed, the company has used 13-gauge coils; this is just about the thickest steel we've seen used in mattresses, and it's intended to support the heaviest parts of your body--your hips and midsection. At the foot and head of the mattress, 15-gauge springs are used. These are softer and bouncier. We could really feel the difference between the middle of the bed compared to the head and foot; each bounced a bit differently, and felt different.

Note that the original WinkBed also uses a zoned pocketed coil unit, but utilizes different coil types: 15-guage in the center, and 17-gauge at the head and foot, so overall lighter than the WinkBed Plus.

Finally, at the bottom of the mattress is a small layer of foam, serving as a base for the coil unit.

WinkBed Plus Mattress Materials

 

Cover

The layers of the WinkBed Plua are wrapped in a sturdy feeling cover, with contrast fabric around the top two foam layers, and cording trim. The top two layers of foam are quilted right into the cover, which gives it a lot of surface softness and loft, which you can see below.

WinkBed Plus 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 Plus to be interesting in terms of softness. While the top is very soft and fluffy, the firmer support layers below even out the total effect. So overall, we'd call the WinkBed Plus a "medium" on our scale.

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 Plus felt very interesting to us; while the top certainly feels soft and deeply cushioned, the firmer coils below prevent sinking in too much. Overall, we again felt that the WinkBed Plus was right around a medium on our scale, but certainly with a lot of soft billows on the quilt layer.

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 Plus, like 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. We tried flopping down on the firmer central spring section, as well as on the foot, and we did note some difference in the amount of bounce; there's more at the head and foot than the middle.

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 Plus 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 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 9 8

 

Back Sleepers:

Our tester really enjoyed the WinkBed Plus in this position; the combination of the soft top foams 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. For lighter weight individuals, there's plenty of softness and conformance to balance the firm coils below. And even for those significantly heavier than our tester, any potential hammocking effect is taken care of by the firm support coils.

Side Sleepers:

In our evaluation, side sleepers would also be well supported by the WinkBed Plus. Our 200 lb. tester’s hips and shoulders sank into the bed just enough to create a neutral spinal position. We also felt, again, that most people, even those heavier than our tester, would be well supported. If we had any concerns, it would be for very light side sleepers, who might need more conformance and softness.

Stomach Sleepers:

We also felt that stomach sleepers would enjoy this mattress, and our tester was surprised how comfortable he was. 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 Plus, for our tester, had plenty of support, but still felt soft and cushioned thanks to the soft foam on top. We did have a slight question about stomach sleepers who are much heavier than our tester, who might find the surface softness of this bed could cause some over-arching. But for occasional stomach sleepers, even those significantly heavier than our tester, would feel supported.

 

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 Plus mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
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 Plus mattress to be excellent. The two top foam layers quilted into the top, plus the latex layer right underneath, 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, with the same concern we had above for very light side sleepers, who might need more conformance/cushioning.

WinkBed Plus Mattress Back Support

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 Plus, so the movement of each spring is isolated.

We test for motion isolation by positioning a bowling pin upright on one side of the bed, then dropping a bowling ball on the other side and observing what happens with the pin. Next, our tester drops his whole weight on the bed. In both tests, our pin wiggled a tiny bit but never fell. Interestingly, motion isolation for the WinkBed Plus was better than it was for the original WinkBed (which has two layers of coils).

Motion Isolation
9 /10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the WinkBed Plus 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, 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. While some mattresses use a foam edge support around the perimeter of the bed, the WinkBed Plus uses coils, allowing air to more easily escape the bed.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, we think the WinkBed Plus 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 Plus mattress to be excellent in this respect. Our tester felt exceptionally stable both sitting on the edge of the 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 Plus, as well as the original WinkBed mattress, are worth consideration.

Edge Support Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 WinkBed Plus 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 Plus mattress, despite its quilted and cushioning top, posed no hindrance to movement. Our tester had no trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position.

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.

WinkBed makes no claims that its mattresses are natural, 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.

The cover of the mattress has been certified to the OKEO-Tex standard, which means that the fabric has been tested for more than 100 harmful substances including formaldehyde, lead, and petrochemicals and is deemed safe.

Green Rating
6 /10 Has some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We typically test mattresses on top of our queen-size adjustable base. However, the test mattress we received from WinkBeds was king size, so we were unable to evaluate adjustable base compatibility first-hand. The company does say that the WinkBed and WinkBed Plus can both be used on an adjustable base, however.

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a WinkBed Plus 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.


Size Dimensions Mattress Foundation GoodBed Discount
Twin 39" x 75" x 14" $1,249 $100 $200 off
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 14" $1,349 $150 $200 off
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 14" $1,499 $200 $200 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 14" $1,799 $250 $200 off
King 76" x 80" x 14" $1,999 $300 $200 off
California King 72" x 84" x 14" $1,999 $300 $200 off

 

What Are You Getting?

The WinkBed Plus is a 14" tall mattress with firm, zoned support below topped by soft, pressure-relieving foams above. As a mattress that claims to be extra durable and suitable for users of higher weights over 300 pounds, the mattress uses firmer than average steel coils and a coil edge support.

 

How Long Will the WinkBed Plus Last?

In our evaluation of the WinkBed Plus, we saw no red flags that might indicate premature breakdown. The steel used for the coils is heavier and stronger than average. The blended Dunlop latex used in the comfort layer is a material with proven durability. The cover stood up to our tugging and pulling. Overall, this mattress has no apparent weak links in terms of durability.

 

Overall Value

The WinkBed Plus lives is a fairly small part of the mattress market, aimed to support plus-size people and offer enhanced durability. As such, it's harder to compare it to mattress that don't offer these characteristics.

It's a very tall, luxurious looking bed, and based on its materials, construction and features, we do think it compares very well to beds you would find in a traditional mattress store or department store. Certainly if you are a heavier person or couple, or just someone that wants a very durable and long-lasting bed, we do think the WinkBed Plus is an excellent value.

Value Rating
9/10 Excellent 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. 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

 WindBed Plus Mattress Unboxing

Bottom Line: Is the WinkBed Plus Mattress Right for You?

The WinkBed Plus features heavy-duty materials and construction for durability and to accommodate higher weight individuals. 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 softer top
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Are a heavier back or side sleeper
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
  • Are a lightweight side sleeper
  • Are a very heavy stomach sleeper

Is the WinkBed Plus 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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