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Mattress Coil Counts: Pocket Sprung vs Open Coil

When looking for a new mattress, you've probably wondered, do mattress coil counts actually make a difference? Today we're diving into everything you need to know about coil counts, the difference between pocket sprung and open coil and how to choose the best mattress for you.

What is a pocket sprung mattress?

If you've done any kind of mattress shopping before, chances are you've heard of pocket sprung. But what does it actually mean? Pocket springs are individually wrapped in their own pockets. This means that they can move independently from one another and this typically gives better support than traditional springs. Because the springs can move independently, this prevents the transfer of movement. Making it an ideal choice for couples that don't want to disturb their partner when moving in the night.

What is an open coil mattress?

Open coil mattresses are what we more commonly know as standard sprung mattresses. The springs in an open coil style are interlinked and move as a unit. They're simpler to produce which means they are less expensive than a pocket sprung style. They can be a comfortable option depending on the mattress coil count, but are usually less supportive than a pocket sprung style.

Do mattress coil counts matter?

In short, yes. Mattress coil count makes a big difference in terms of comfort. But more coils doesn't necessarily mean more comfort. Occasionally, coil counts can be taken to the extreme and become too firm, making them uncomfortable. But usually, the higher the coil count, the better the support of the mattress. Coil count also depends on the size of the mattress. A single mattress, for example, will require far fewer coils than a king-size. So when shopping for your next mattress, be sure to take into account the number of springs, the size of the mattress and how firm you'd like it to be.

What is the best mattress coil count?

Mattress coil count entirely depends on the size and style of the mattress. In terms of style, pocket sprung mattresses usually have more springs than an open coil. This is usually because open coil mattresses are more affordable and therefore fewer materials are used to manufacture them. You can also expect to find that a kingsize will have far more coils than a single mattress. The larger the mattress, the more springs it needs for support. Mattress coil counts can range anywhere between 600 to 2000. Usually, anything under 1000 is considered low quality and the average coil count for a good mattress is 1400.

Pocket sprung vs open coil: which is best?

Generally, pocket sprung mattresses are of higher-quality and offer better support. Although a premium open coil mattress may be more comfortable than a low-quality pocket sprung. When mattress shopping, you should always choose what the best option within your budget is. So if a good quality open coil fits your budget best, opt for that. Whereas if you have more to spend, a premium pocket spring style might suit you better. The key difference between the two is the durability. A pocket sprung mattress should last longer than an open coil. Because of this, you spend less money in the long run replacing but more money initially. Pocket sprung styles have added benefits like no transfer of movement. Making them a great choice for couples. Although, if you sleep alone, this may not be a feature you need. Ultimately, you should choose whatever style best suits your budget a sleeping needs.

If you need any help when choosing your new mattress, feel free to contact one of our friendly sleep experts. They will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. We have plenty of helpful buying guides on our advice hub to help you decide what mattress or bed is right for you. You can shop our full range of mattresses, here.

Author: Lucie

Lucie is a copywriter, trend spotter, and our resident sleep expert! Lucie has been with the team since 2018 and her articles cover a sweeping array of subjects from general product care, the latest bedroom design trends, ways to promote healthier sleep and jargon-busting explanations to help you understand what goes into our products. Do you have questions for Lucie & the team? Call one of our sleep experts today!

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