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Bonnell Springs: What Are the Benefits & Are They Better Than Pocket?

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Do you know what’s in your mattress? Chances are you’ve got some general idea – but really – what’s inside? And more importantly: what’s it doing for you sleep quality? Today we’re going to discuss bonnell springs. What are they? And what are the benefits of having a mattress that incorporates them?

We’ll also do some comparisons. For example Bonnell springs vs pocket springs. and Bonnell springs vs foam mattress. In the end there will be some good examples of mattresses that use them.

What are Bonnell springs?

Bonnell springs are the most commonly used springs in most entry-level mattresses. They’re the most traditional and have an hourglass shape. So they’re wider at the bottom and top – at their smallest in the middle. The connection is made with metal to create the spring.

It was very popular in the previous century, but now most mattress manufacturers have switched to making mattresses with either foam or different types of springs.

The springs work well for providing support, but the system is a bit outdated. And some people might experience discomfort and pain when sleeping for a long period of time on Bonnell springs.

Thel springs are manufactured by heating steel and bending it into the correct shape. After that, multiple springs are connected to create the entire Bonnell spring. This is than wrapped in the bedding, and there you’ve got the spring mattress.

It’s mostly used to make the lower layers of the mattress, since it’s not too comfortable on its own. However, it makes for a solid base if you then top the springs with foam, cotton or wool for more comfort.

Bonnell spring mattress benefits

There are several Bonnell spring mattress benefits. Here’s a list:

  • Durability – The springs are made from durable materials and will therefore last a long time.
  • Even support – If you like to sleep on a mattress that has an even feel everywhere, then this type of springs are offering you that.
  • Cheap – Because this type of springs is cheap to make, when you go for a mattress with Bonnell Springs, the price of the mattress will be low.

Bonnell springs vs pocket springs

Many springs might look the same, but there are differences between Bonnell springs vs pocket springs. Here are the main ones:

  • Independent – pocket springs are independent, and therefore they offer extra contour and pressure relief if you sleep on a mattress that has those.
  • Comfort – as a results, pocket springs are considered more comfortable by the majority of the population.
  • Softness – pocket springs are cooler than Bonnell. So if this is a problem for you during hot summer nights, it’s better to go with pocket.

So in general, even though there aren’t too many differences between Bonnell springs vs pocket springs, if you’ve got the choice. We recommend to take a mattress with pocket springs. They tend to be more comfortable and better quality.

Bonnell spring vs foam mattress

Another  interesting question is Bonnell spring vs foam mattress. Now, as you might have expected, this comparison is kind of the same as the previous one. However, there is one extra thing. Many mattresses are made with coils as the supporting later, with foam on top for extra comfort and support.

But in general, if you’re deciding between a Bonnell spring vs foam mattress, for overall quality we recommend you get a foam mattress.

You can also choose to get a bone out spring mattress with a form upper layer. This will be good for support, but also comfort.

If money is an issue, then it’s probably better to pick a mattress that’s completely made with springs. However, the comfort may suffer a bit if you do this.

Bonnell spring mattress price

Because the technology for Bonnell Springs is quite old, you can get a Bonnell spring mattress for a low price.  Most manufacturers have switch to pocket spring mattresses or foam mattresses. Bonnel springs are mainly used in cheaper entry-level mattresses.

Here are some good examples of mattresses that are made with Bonnell Springs:

Ikea Husvika mattress

This twin mattresses from IKEA and delivers a great value for money. The mattress is a good choice if you’re looking for a mattress for your child, or a mattress for your day bed.

You can read my full review about the IKEA husvika mattress here.

Furinno mattress

This mattress is 6 inches thick, which makes it thinner than most mattresses on the market nowadays. It’s made from high quality equals, which are very durable and the mattress also offers lasting comfort.

You can get more information about the Furinno mattress here

Knock off mattress with bonnell springs

This mattress is 5 inch thick, is available in full and twin. It has a 2 inch foam layer on top of the Bonnel coils, which provide more support and comfort than any of these on its own. The mattresses is medium firm and well ventilated. You also get 100 night trial if you purchase this mattress. So you can safely try it out in the comfort of your own home.

More information about the knock off mattress here.

Signature sleep bonnell coil base

Signature sleep is a mattress manufacturer that makes quality mattresses. They’re Bonnel coil mattress has a soft cover made from polyester and foam. The mattress is made without any heavy chemicals and has a CertiPUR certification.

More information about the Signature Sleep mattress.

Bonnel spring conclusion

Bonnell spring mattresses are a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable mattress. However, one problem with only these type of coil mattresses is that they can be uncomfortable. That’s why I recommend you get a mattress that has a foam layer. Otherwise, you’d need to get a specific mattress topper to make your mattress more comfortable to sleep on.

If you have any questions about mattresses, coils or anything else related to sleep but feel free to ask your question in the comments and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

P.S. looking for a quality mattress? Then think about the Lull mattress – a high quality mattress that will make you sleep well!

By Adrianus

Since childhood I've tried hundreds of little experiments to feel better, learn faster and perform higher (e.g. supplements, sports, psychological tricks, sleep and wacky diets).
After I graduated university in 2016, I basically found that sleep was the #1 factor to improve every aspect of life.
Bad sleep = bad life. I started SleepInvestor in 2017 to share my experiments and thoughts about sleep.

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