Does More Coil Springs In A Mattress Make It a Better Bed?
Ah yes the old coil spring count myth one of my favorites. I read on one website a description that I really got a chuckle over and they said “ Mattress coil spring counts are the bed industry’s equivalent to Jedi-mind tricks.” Higher coil counts don’t necessarily mean you are getting a better mattress. To get more coils in the mattresses they have to make the coils smaller.
I like what one very well respected sales representative told me about coil count. If more is better then why not put millions of springs say like an ink pen spring in them. Wouldn’t that make for a far stronger, more supportive, comfy bed?
The fact is the more coils we add the smaller they get and the wire used to make the springs gets thinner and weaker. Don’t get me wrong these beds can feel marvelous, which is my point it really just changes the beds feel rather increasing the beds strength. Think of more coils as an easy way for a mattress manufacturer to raise the price of a bed. Making the situation worse is the fact that while shopping you really cannot see the inside of these mattresses making it very confusing.
Our advice, do not judge a mattress on coil count by itself,
they can be misleading and quite frankly are designed to be that way. Mattress manufacturers base their coil counts on various sizes. One may base their 522-coil count on a full size, while another bases theirs on a queen size coil count at 652 coils. The same mattress with 2 different coil counts and the average shopper would miss the small detail of the two different bed sizes. Sometimes retailers intentionally don’t discuss what the number is based on to impress you while diverting your attention from the fact the number is not based on the same size. There are many many other confusing misleading comparisons.
There are so many different kinds of springs made a salesperson could spend an hour explaining them all. Marshall Coil (pocketed coil) Verti Coil, Bonnel or Bonnell Coil, Continuous Coil and it goes on and on. This only ads to the confusion.
Finally 2 mattresses having an equal number of coils can have a completely different feel by simply tweaking the quilting pattern or the layers of upholstery on top of the coil spring unit. Consumer Reports said it best coil count doesn’t matter. So go with your gut (or your back) and purchase your new mattress based on its comfort.