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Winkbed Mattress Review: The Best of Both Worlds?

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I recently received a free queen size 2016 Winkbed for review.  This new Winkbed model is a significant improvement on previous model which was also a great mattress. This mattress is not delivered in a box and is a hybrid coil/foam mattress. Below is an overview of the company and the mattress.

Overview

Below is a video overview of the WinkBed. As you can see it is a very substantial mattress that has a beautiful tufted top.

Company

WinkBeds has a similar mission to other mattress companies that I have reviewed in that they are looking to provide more value and less smoke and mirrors in the mattress industry. I spoke with one of the founder of Winkbeds and we both agreed that the bed in a box model of mattress sales is starting to get crowded. This is even more true than when we first spoke a few months back. That also means that there’s plenty of opportunity to disrupt the traditional spring mattress space.

Construction / Specifications

Below are the sizes and weights of the WinkBed along with other detailed specifications:

What are the mattress dimensions and weights?
Twin: 14.5″ x 38″ x 75″ – 58 lbs
Twin XL: 14.5″ x 38″ x 80″ – 60 lbs
Full: 14.5″ x 54″ x 75″ – 70 lbs
Queen: 14.5″ x 60″ x 80″ – 79 lbs
King: 14.5″ x 76″ x 80″ – 93 lbs
California King : 14.5″ x 72″ x 84″ – 93 lbs

The WinkBed is fundamentally different from other e-commerce mattress brands because of its unique multi-layer construction style. The WinkBed is a true hybrid mattress, uniting two systems of encased inner-spring coils with three types of designer foams. It promises greater comfort and contouring, pushback support, better airflow throughout, and greater durability over time.
This mattress is crafted out of the following materials:
 
Cover: The cover is made with a Tencel fiber which is beneficial for the following reasons:
  1. Very quick drying and breathable, more breathable than cotton or linen
  2. Tencel is derived from Eucalyptus trees which are a renewable resource thus limiting the environmental impact.
  3. Tencel is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Class 1 certified – the highest standard that guarantees the material is safe enough for babies and children
winkbed cover 
Natural Fire Barrier: WinkBeds uses a fire barrier that is made from cotton and wood-pulp derived rayon. The barrier is made entirely from cellulose based raw materials with absolutely no chemicals or additives included.
 
Contour Box Top (2-inch thickness): The sleep surface is built using a contour box top, which contains a proprietary blend of HyperSoft foam and gel foam that’s U.S. CertiPure-certified and eco-friendly. The blend is useful for the following reasons:
  1. More buoyant than memory foam, so you don’t get unwanted body depressions or that “stuck feeling”
  2. Contours to your body, but is more responsive when you move
  3. Minimizes motion transfer so sleepers don’t get woken up by a restless partner
  4. Keeps its shape over time
  5. The gel promotes a cool sleep temperature
  6. The foam blend is stitched securely around the mattress perimeter top to create a box of padding instead of a pillow with loose edges. This knit pattern keeps the foam in the sleep surface evenly distributed, so it won’t ever sag, unlike a pillow top
  7. CertiPure certification means WinkBeds beds are made without any ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, mercury, lead, formaldehyde, prohibited phthalates, and it’s low in volatile organic compound emissions, at less than 0.5 parts per million.
 
Beneath that…
 
2.5 inch foam-encased pocketed Micro Air-Spring coils (1,358 coils/per Queen): The top layer of Micro Air-Springs are encased within 2.5 inches of medium density foam.
  1. This top layer of springs helps to optimize your bed and your body’s sleep temperature by encouraging airflow around the sleep surface, so the bed sleeps cool
  2. Naturally evaporates any moisture from sweat
  3. Creates a supportive, flexible, pressure-relieving effect
  4. Sleeps 28% cooler than all-foam products
 
Beneath that…
 
4 inches of high ILD foam-encased perimeter support (around perimeter of mattress only): The edges of the mattress are reinforced using 4 inches of high ILD perimeter support foam. This feature accomplishes the following:
  1. You can sleep all the way to the edge of the bed without any sagging.
  2. You can sit on the edge of the bed with good support.
  3. The amount of useable sleep surface is greater due to the edge support. It actually makes your bed feel like its bigger.(I know this sounds crazy but you have to try it).
Beneath that…
 
Individually enclosed, high-profile 14.15 gauge tempered steel coil support system (858 coils/queen): Soft on first touch, firm on deep compression, the tempered steel coil support system provides localized pressure point relief and the push-back body support for optimal alignment of the spine and joints. Some of the finer points:
  1. High coil count is better for weight distribution and conformity to body shape
  2. Innovative coil design allows the coil to progressively firm as it’s compressed, ensuring support from the coil unit strengthens naturally with increased body weight
  3. 100% working wire – every part of surface flexes
  4. Coils are encased with an ultrasonically-welded cotton mesh which ensures noiseless performance and the elimination of friction
  5. Head-to-foot laced helicals stabilize to reduce motion transfer
 
Beneath that…
 
2 inches of support foam on bottom side: Adds to the overall stability of the mattress.
Other features of the mattress:
  1. All foam is CertiPure-certified
  2. The WinkBed owns a top durability score, meaning during tests stimulating a year of bed usage, there was less than a 1% change in the height and support of the sleep surface. This bests the poly-chemical foam used in most other mattresses (49% change), memory foam (17%) and latex (23%). 
 
Additional perks
  1. All mattresses are made in U.S.A. at their Wisconsin factory
  2. WinkBeds offer free shipping and in-home delivery
  3. They offer a 101-night free trial period, with free returns
  4. Their mattress comes with a 10-year warranty
  5. Every mattress is handcrafted and built-to-order

Findings

WinkBeds are easy to order, just name address and credit card number gets one delivered.  Once you place an order, your bed is made and shipped in a few days. That’s right, they’re made on demand so they aren’t suffocating in a plastic bag for months. There’s not much turnaround time at all. Unlike the Bed in a Box shipping experience, they don’t just leave it at your doorstep. Instead, they coordinate with a local delivery company to bring the mattress into your house and into the room of your choosing. It’s easy and convenient.

Here’s a picture of the 2016 Wink Bed still in the packaging.

winkbed

Upon opening the bed the first thing I noticed is that there’s very little smell. This is probably because the mattress is not vacuum packed and so can breathe a bit.  The only other time I came across this is when I reviewed the Love Bed and of course any natural latex bed.

The WinkBed has a little more motion transfer to it than the all foam beds that I have tested. This is due to the fact that it has springs so that should be expected. If you appreciate the bounciness of a spring mattress, you will get that with this bed with the bonus of the benefits of memory foam.

As I said before the WinkBed has some bounce to it. Which can be a good thing, “Wink, Wink”.

Conclusion

Not only did I like sleeping on the WinkBed, my wife did too, aka, the Sleep Sherpette? She prefers a softer mattress than I do however this mattress achieved the best of both worlds by providing a firm innerspring with a soft memory foam top. So, I would definitely recommend this to  couples that may have different comfort preferences.

Many people have been asking how the WinkBed compares to the Saatva Mattress. I found that the WinkBed is just plain more comfortable than the Saatva. It also has less motion transfer. A WinkBed Queen size costs, $1,299 and a Saatva Luxury Firm Queen costs, $899 however in my opinion think there’s more value with the WinkBed.

WinkBeds have gone through a significant amount of durability testing and are built to last. I think it’s worth the extra cost up front to pay for that instead of finding yourself mattress hunting again.

If you want to venture into memory foam but also want to keep some of the bounce of a traditional innerspring mattress, try the #bestmattressever from Brooklyn Bedding. It has a  top layer of latex that provides bounce but sinks in and cradles your body like a memory foam without feeling stuck in the mud or the sleeping on sand feeling like a traditional foam mattress.

If you are wondering how the Winkbed compares to Saatva check out my Winkbed vs Saatva comparison.

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WinkBeds

Queen $,1,299
WinkBeds
9.04

Motion Transfer

9/10

    Affordability

    9/10

      Softness

      9/10

        Off Gassing

        10/10

          Sleeps Cool

          9/10

            Pros

            • Well built
            • Little off gassing
            • Soft but supportive
            • Good bounce
            • Tencel Cover

            Cons

              Ben • May 30, 2015


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              1. John June 2, 2015 - 2:39 pm Reply

                I absolutely love my Wink Bed. I wanted a substantial mattress and all of the internet bed in a box products just didn’t seem to be worth it – they just seem to be a few pieces of foam glued together. When my Wink Bed arrived I couldn’t believe how luxurious it was – this mattress would fit right in to a four seasons hotel – its amazing!

              2. MS July 10, 2015 - 8:23 am Reply

                John, I definitely agree with you. After owning my Winkbed for four weeks I am very happy with my decision. I never thought I would buy a mattress online “you have to test it first” but after going to Sleepy’s and dealing with a sleazy salesman who made me and my wife equally uncomfortable, I decided I needed another plan. I read a few reviews online (Sleep Sherpa being one of them) and decided that a “hybrid” model was a better fit for us than the foam mattress “in a box”. I thought the detail on Winkbeds site (see sections “the concept”, “the sleep surface”, “the core”, “the green certificate”, and “the durability”) was a sign that they had really given a ton of thought to developing a premium brand and their customer service was fantastic. I emailed them a list of questions my wife and I had and they responded back within an hour with very thoughtful detailed responses. I figured with their 101 day guarantee I had to give it a shot. I’m very happy with my purchase and would recommend this mattress to anyone. Thank you again for this review, MS

              3. John July 10, 2015 - 12:46 pm Reply

                I tried one of the “bed-in-a-box” brands hoping for the best, but after a couple of weeks I decided it wasn’t the right fit, it just didn’t seem like it was that well made. I ended up returning it and trying WinkBeds because the concept of a hybrid sounded interesting to me and I read that a mattress with springs is more durable than all foam. I’m glad I spent the extra couple hundred dollars because it was obvious from arrival that this mattress is really well made. Really happy with my purchase.

              4. Elliot Scharf July 11, 2015 - 9:50 am Reply

                As a person who slept on memory foam for years, I am really happy I gave this mattress a try. It sleeps SO MUCH cooler than my old mattress, which is very important to me especially during the summer time.

              5. KTO July 14, 2015 - 9:39 am Reply

                I agree with these reviews. I have to admit I was a little weary of buying a mattress online. But when I called WinkBeds customer service the gentleman who answered the phone was so helpful, he answered all of my questions and even took an order over the phone for me when I called back a few days later (which I don’t think they normally do). I now have my mattress and I am loving it. Great product and excellent customer service.

              6. Kate S July 14, 2015 - 9:42 am Reply

                I heard about this company through a friend who was raving on twitter about her new mattress. With so many mattresses available online now, its hard to differentiate one from the other. WinkBeds’ mattress was interesting to me because they build it totally different than all of the other brands. Their combination of foam and springs has a great feel and is clearly very well made.

              7. Jenn A August 5, 2015 - 11:25 pm Reply

                Can anyone comment on comparing the Winkbed to the Love Bed? We are debating between the two for our platform bed. The height of Wink is appealing… but which is firmer? As side and back sleepers, we prefer a firmer mattress with some give. Not sure which to pick!

              8. Barbara August 15, 2015 - 7:31 pm Reply

                Great mattress. Mine arrived 2 days ago with white glove and old mattress removal

                I ordered the Winkbed for the following reasons:

                1) Innerspring with foam which provides support and comfort. I can sleep in all positions comfortably. The Winkbed is more comfortable for me without a pillow. My pets love this bed as well.
                2) Made in the USA of CertiPur materials. The bed is made in a Wisconsin factory by American workers. My sister had recommended Ikea mattresses but after researching them I realized they are made in China by oppressed and underpaid workers. The non toxic fire layer was a big draw for me as well.
                3) Offered exactly what I needed- an inexpensive, low profile foundation, white glove delivery and old mattress removal. Winkbeds has done its research and offers the convenience that customers need with a lean and mean style of business. I considered other online mattresses like Yoga bed which inexplicably sells sheets but doesn’t provide a foundation or old mattress removal but then it also costs less. Bed in a box when you add up everything was 400 dollars more than everything I got in the winkbed including delivery. I thought about testing out the Alexander in nearby Studio City but realized I wanted an innerspring.
                4) Easy no pressure ordering and prompt replies to my questions. Winkbed recommended the Luna waterproof mattress cover which I needed because of my pets. Low cost on Amazon

                I am extremely pleased with the Winkbed but would encourage them to expand their marketing beyond super skinny millenials. There is a huge, bigger market out there for this durable bed made in America,
                4)

              9. Rob M December 9, 2015 - 10:37 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9.6

                Affordability

                9.7

                Softness

                9.7

                Off Gassing

                10

                Sleeps Cool

                10

                Great bed!! The only issue we had was with the delivery. Mattress was made and shipped on-time. It arrived in the linehaul terminal and according to tracking info, was lost in the warehouse for 10 days! Coupled with the Thanksgiving holiday, our Mattress was finally delivered about 3 weeks from time of order. Not the fault of WinkBeds at all. In fact we contacted WinkBeds and they got on the shipping snafu right away and made things right! Miraculously they found our mattress and it was delivered the next day!

                As far as the mattress… this has to be the best bed we’ve ever slept on! As soon as we got it onto our slatted platform bed, we tried it out. Wow! So amazing and comfortable. No off-gassing whatsoever. We made the bed and had our first nights sleep. We awoke rested and ready to start the day. What more do you want in a mattress?! We’ve had almost a week now and the sleep has been fantastic. We ordered a King size and we are getting use to sleeping on a bigger bed (old mattress from Costco was a Queen…now about 12 years old.) There’s no motion transfer with either of us moving around.

                Ordering was as simple as it gets. Figure out what size, determine if a platform is needed. Place in Cart. Add Credit Card. And click buy. Easy. No middle man or pressured sales at all. Loved the experience and SO much better than going to our local mattress retailer, feeling like you need a shower after dealing with the sales staff.

                Like I mentioned before, only snafu was in shipping and I don’t blame WinkBeds at all. Other than that, we continue to look forward to many great nights of sleep for years to come. Thanks WinkBeds for a well made, very comfortable, easily ordered mattress experience!

              10. Matt December 29, 2015 - 11:29 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9

                Affordability

                10

                Softness

                10

                Off Gassing

                9

                Sleeps Cool

                10

                First, thank you to Sleep Sherpa for this review, it was extremely helpful when making my choice and it’s worked out really well. A month in, I’m very satisfied.

                After perusing the reviews and comparison articles here, I confirmed that I wanted a hybrid construction. For me, I was looking for 1) a mattress with support that might alleviate some lingering back pain, 2) something forgiving enough so that as a side sleeper my shoulders and hips didn’t experience a crunch, and something that’s built for durability, after all, I’m 6’4″ and over 200 lbs.

                One month in, I can happily say that I chose well. My back pain is virtually gone (just the right amount of firmness) and the comfort provided by the upper foam layers is a pleasure to enjoy at the end of a long day. I’d say that there’s an X-factor at work here. I hadn’t been sleeping through the night (I attributed this to back pain causing me to wake when I moved around, or the mere fact that I was getting older), now, not only do I sleep through the night, I feel generally more rested. The X-factor is some sort of balance between comfort, support, and temperature management.

                Thank you to WinkBeds and Sleepsherpa!

              11. Jon January 27, 2016 - 12:42 pm Reply

                What about a comparison between the Winkbed and the Alexander Hybrid? They seem to be very comparable as well and would appreciate any feedback. I have narrowed my search going with Hybrids to those two beds. Thanks!

                • admin January 27, 2016 - 12:55 pm Reply

                  The Alexander Hybrid will be slightly softer than the WinkBed. They are both well made mattresses. The Advantage of the WinkBed is that you can also get a foundation plus you get in house delivery of the new mattress and it won’t come compressed.

              12. Sidney February 10, 2016 - 6:35 am Reply

                WinkBed is amazing i love it

              13. Kalyn February 16, 2016 - 12:54 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                10

                Affordability

                10

                Softness

                10

                Off Gassing

                10

                Sleeps Cool

                10

                I have had great night’s sleep ever since purchasing the WinkBed. I totally recommend this product!

              14. Jap February 20, 2016 - 5:41 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                10

                Affordability

                10

                Softness

                10

                Off Gassing

                10

                Sleeps Cool

                10

                This is great.

              15. Irene February 29, 2016 - 10:45 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9.8

                Affordability

                9.8

                Softness

                9.7

                Off Gassing

                9.9

                Sleeps Cool

                9.7

                Are these mattress memory foam? They seem really reliable and comfy.

              16. Craig March 4, 2016 - 6:27 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                10

                Affordability

                9

                Softness

                8

                Off Gassing

                10

                Sleeps Cool

                10

                3/4/16 – It appears to be a very well built mattress. I find it comfortable and supportive. The only improvement I would suggest considering, as a “side sleeper,” would be adding another inch of Hyper-Foam™ to the top and possibly reducing one of the other layers by a similar dimension. Recognizing that it is a very “tall” mattress one may need to invest in new long sided mattress pads, covers and sheets.
                The queen size that I bought is heavy so it is not easy to move around or carry up steps. When asked, the driver responded the shipping detail lists it at 100 lbs. in the box and wrapped. This said white glove delivery may be the prudent choice

              17. Mike November 15, 2016 - 4:43 am Reply

                What are your thoughts on the Winkbed vs. the Brentano Oceano? Is one noticeably better for motion transfer than the other? We don’t like the pure memory foam feel, but would still like to minimize this.

                • Ben November 16, 2016 - 8:24 am Reply

                  Both handle motion transfer very well. The Brentwood has a layer of microcoils above the pocket coil system so you will sink in a bit more as compared to the Winkbed.

              18. Kimbrough December 1, 2016 - 12:24 am Reply

                Hi Ben,
                I’m hoping you can help. I purchased the Saatva luxury firm a month ago and have been plagued with in between and under shoulder blade pain and neck pain. I’m finding it way too firm/unyielding, so I’m sending it back. Now I have to start over. I am trying to decide between the Winkbed soft, possibly medium and the Alexander Hybrid. I predominantly sleep on my side, every once in awhile on my stomach. I also pretty much do everything in bed; sleep/read/watch TV, so I’m in the reclining position a lot as well. I am 5’6″, 137 lbs. All said, which would you recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

                • Ben December 12, 2016 - 8:57 pm Reply

                  I think the Alexander Hybrid might be a good second choice. It will feel much softer than the Saatva and still give you good support.

              19. Sailgolf@yahoo.com January 7, 2017 - 10:12 am Reply

                Hi Ben, needs some advice on a new mattress. I tried the Loom and Leaf luxury firm and it was just a bit too firm, so now looking for new mattress and thinking about wink. I’m primarily a back, sometimes side sleeper. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

                • Ben January 7, 2017 - 11:33 am Reply

                  The Wink will also be a little on the firmer side. Another option would be the Alexander medium firm or the Oceano from Brentwood Home

              20. Bridgette January 7, 2017 - 5:15 pm Reply

                Hi Ben,
                We are in the market for a new mattress but I’m overwhelmed with research. Each time I think I’ve decided, I run across something that changes my mind. We currently have a Tempurpedic, cal King….about 8 years old, we are both side or stomach sleepers and I sleep hot. We liked the memory foam after we got used to it and until it started to feel like we were like sleeping on wet sand. We have a spring in our guest room that we both like, which makes me wonder if a hybrid is the right choice? So far, I think we like the Alexander Signature (but I’m a bit leery on all foam because of our current discomfort), the Alexander Hybrid (but the reviews from buyers didn’t seem great), or the Winkbed. Please help us sort out what’s best. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

                • Ben January 11, 2017 - 8:09 am Reply

                  The Winkbed would be an excellent choice considering you said that you like the feel of the spring mattress in your guest room. Also the Winkbed will have some foam on the top layer but it is not very dense so more breathable. Also the cover is made of Tencel which is a very breathable material. I think you will really like this mattress.

              21. Mark January 12, 2017 - 2:29 pm Reply

                Hello,

                I currently have a Leesa bed and I feel it maybe a bit too firm for me. I also feel it sleeps a bit warm for me even in the winter so summer time scares me with it getting too hot. I’m 215 and my wife is 145 with both of us are side sleepers mostly but sometimes we do seep on our stomachs. I like to stay very cool when I sleep.
                The hybrid mattress interest me so I wanted to get recommendation from you.

                Thanks,
                Mark

                • Ben January 12, 2017 - 5:12 pm Reply

                  The Winkbed will be about the same firmness as the Leesa but since it has coils you may sink in a little more. I think a better choice for you would be the Brentwood Home Oceano.

              22. Steve January 12, 2017 - 9:47 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9.6

                Affordability

                9.1

                Softness

                8.6

                Off Gassing

                10

                Sleeps Cool

                9.8

                Hi Ben,
                Have you been able to look at the Windbed “Soft/Plush” version yet? I have their medium firmness (or standard issue) bed and am nearing the end of my 101 day trial period and I feel like it might be just a bit too firm for me. I am predominantly a back sleeper, but also sleep on my sides some. I was under the impression that the medium firmness bed would be a little softer on top then it is and provide more contouring. I emailed Winkbeds about it and Doug from Winkbeds emailed me back and recommended I try their Soft/Plush version. This is how he described it:

                “We do build a Soft/Plush version of the WinkBed. It’s built using an additional inch of foam on the sleep surface, and a softer/more flexible coil configuration. Your current WinkBed is designed to feel like a 6 or 6.5 out of 10, the Soft model is designed to feel more like a 4.5 out of 10. The Soft bed provides more of a “deep contour” feeling compared to the Medium firmness bed, you will “sink deeper” into the soft while you’ll “float on top” of the medium. Between the two models, the main construction difference is additional plush foam in the sleep surface, and the more flexible coil system. These two modifications enable mattress to have a softer feel. If you desire a higher degree of body contour and and would like to sink deeper into the mattress, the WinkBed Soft will be a good fit for you.”

                This sounds great, however my main concern is whether it will still provide enough back support and springiness for my back sleeping. I’m thinking maybe it will since Saatva’s soft is rated at 3 out of 10 and too soft for back sleepers, so maybe this strikes a balance for the back sleeper who wants a plush top? What are your thoughts?

                I will say that the company and the mattress lives up to all my other expectations from reviews I’ve read, though. Delivered on time and in excellent condition and the quality is first rate. I even received a hand written thank you card from the company CEO soon after receiving the mattress! Very nice.

                Thank you!
                Steve

                • Ben January 12, 2017 - 10:11 pm Reply

                  I think it would definitely be worth a try. They do make amazing mattresses. Keep me posted on if you decide to go for it. If you do, it would be great to get your feedback.

              23. Steve January 13, 2017 - 7:39 pm Reply

                Will do. I think I’m going to try their Soft/Plush. I woke up feeling somewhat stiif this morning and realized that I’m definitely floating on top of the mattress, rather than sinking down in. I agree that it’s worth a try and I’ll let you know what I think about the new one once I get it. I’ll post a progress report after sleeping on it for a while, too. Pretty amazing, but they’re only going to charge me $49 to exchange it! Thanks again!

                • Ben January 13, 2017 - 8:19 pm Reply

                  My Pleasure. Glad to hear they were willing to work with you on the exchange!

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