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Open Coil vs Pocket Spring Mattresses

June 20, 2019  ·  3 min read

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Sleeping on the right mattress is crucial to so many things: To have a good night’s sleep, to be productive the next day, to ensure your spine is aligned correctly, to prevent aches and pains, and to avoid disturbing your significant other.

However, what makes a good mattress is highly subjective. Some people prefer firm surfaces, while others prefer that “melting into the mattress” feeling. In addition, there are those who get too hot while they’re sleeping and want a mattress that promotes airflow, or who prioritize fire retardant materials.

In a world with so many mattress options, it can become pretty confusing trying to decide which choice would work best for you. And one of the most common questions has to do with the basics: What’s the difference between open coil and pocket coil mattresses?

Open Coil Mattresses

Open coiled mattresses are also known as Bonnel mattresses or traditional coil innerspring mattresses. They have connected coils within a metal mesh inside of them which causes the unit to move as one. These mattresses often use springs shaped like hour-glasses to help distribute the weight evenly from top to bottom.


  • Promote airflow for a cooler sleep
  • Inexpensive


  • Are less durable and tend to dip in the middle
  • Some pressure point discomfort
  • Uncomfortable motion transfer because of the connected coils
  • “Roll together” feel – couples feel when the other person moves

Coil mattresses are a good option for children. These mattresses are on the less expensive side of the spectrum and do not last as long as mattresses made with other components.

Pocket Spring Mattresses

Pocket spring mattresses have hundreds, if not thousands (the higher spring count the better) of individual springs that are stitched into their own individual fabric pockets. Unlike coil mattresses, the pocket springs are not attached to one another. Instead, they move and react to pressure separately, which allows for much more pressure point relief, more support and flexibility within the mattress.


  • Superior comfort to traditional mattresses
  • Durable material
  • Allows couples to move freely without the other person noticing movement
  • Relief for pressure point pains


  • Can be extremely heavy and difficult to move
  • People with allergies may have trouble with many of the fillers

When a pocket spring mattress has a high spring count (which may vary between 500 to over 6,000) it can be extremely comfortable, especially for adults and couples. They have individual springs that allow for both parties to move separately without feeling their counterpart move. Though they are typically more expensive, they have a longer life expectancy of 7-10 years.

Texas Mattress Makers

We are excited to share the Texas Mattress Makers experience with you through our new website. If you have questions or concerns about open coil versus pocket spring mattresses we recommend visiting one of our showrooms (outside of Downtown Houston or in Katy), or call us 7-days a week. Call us at (713) 341-6252 or stop by one of our showrooms and we’d be happy to help!

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