WinkBed Hybrid Luxury Mattress - Detailed Review
The Straight Scoop - Our Findings & Highlights
Whether you are an individual or a couple trying to find the perfect fit, the WinkBed has struck the perfect balance of comfort and superior support in their luxury mattress. Dubbed the “Hotel Bed”, there’s a reason Consumer Reports and Wirecutter named Winkbeds’s hybrid the #1 Mattress of 2021.
|Comfort Styles||Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, Plus (#1 for large sleepers)|
|Cover||Silky smooth Tencel|
|Comfort layers||2”-3” of gel foam, added latex for Plus size|
|Support System||7 zoned triple tempered individually pocketed steel coils|
|Good for Couples? / Motion Transfer||Very good|
|Budget||Twin to King $849 – $1,699, Queen $1,499 Plus Size add $200|
|Feeling when lying down||Softer Luxury Firm Firmer Plus|
|WinkBed is ideal for||Softer Luxury Firm Firmer Plus|
|WinkBed is not right for||Softer Luxury Firm Firmer Plus|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty||120 Night Trial, Lifetime Warranty|
|That one special thing||It’s called the “Hotel Bed” for a reason!|
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A family run business, Winkbeds began handcrafting high quality luxury mattresses in 2007, right here in the USA. All mattresses are made start-to-finish in Winkbeds’s Watertown Wisconsin factory, whose central location allows for one of the quickest delivery times. Winkbeds understands that the moment you choose a new mattress, you want it in your home as quickly as possible! Winkbeds has earned a reputation for not only making one of the highest quality mattresses in the industry, but for superior customer support and offering one of the best free trial periods and warranties in the industry.
Before we dive into the four comfort models to choose from, let’s have a look at the reason the WinkBed hybrids are consistently ranked as one of the most comfortable and supportive mattresses on the market.
WinkBed Construction & Materials
Winkbeds chose a Tencel cover for its luxury mattress. Tencel has a soft, luxurious feel designed to keep you cool and dry throughout the night. It’s a 100% natural, eucalyptus-based performance fabric – more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. No more tossing and turning because you are hot. Tencel is also naturally anti-microbial by resisting dust mites, bacteria and allergens. AND, Tencel uses 10-20x less water during production than cotton so it is better for the environment!
Depending upon the model, Winkbeds chose 2 or 3 inches of cooling gel infused foam to provide pressure relief. Cooling gel pulls heat away from the body, keeping a steady, pleasurable sleeping temperature all night long. It’s important to note that the gel foam comes as one solid piece as opposed to stacking multiple layers, because one piece provides more consistent pressure relief. Multiple layers compete with each other as surface friction interrupts the foam’s ability to contour.
The PLUS latex bonus layer! The Plus model (designed for larger sleepers) incorporates a 2 inch Dunlop latex layer on top of gel foam. Latex, made from rubber, is more responsive, giving a little bounce where memory foam absorbs energy as it contours. Winkbeds kept the cooling gel under the latex for two reasons. First, it pulls away the heat, and second, it provides greater pressure relief where it counts. The WinkBed comfort layer thicknesses are as follows:
Softer: 3″ of gel foam
Lux Firm: 2″ gel foam (same density as the softer)
Firmer: 2″ gel foam (15% denser for a firmer feal)
Plus: 3″ of the Firmer gel foam PLUS 2 additional inches of Dunlop Latex
The WinkBed hybrid’s support system employs triple tempered steel individually pocketed coils directly underneath the comfort layer. This high grade steel provides superior support throughout the life of the mattress. But for added spinal alignment, the WinkBed employs a zoning system.
5 zones on the soft and 7 zones on the Lux Firm, Firm and Plus. Why the difference? Why not 7 zones on all models? Greater comfort and support is the reason. The more zones, generally the greater the support. And, on the Softer, because it’s designed for side sleepers, the 5 zones work to cradle your body better. Additionally, the Lux Firm, Firmer and Plus are designed to support those of us greater than 200 pounds. Now, this doesn’t mean that lighter sleepers don’t also love them. However, the greater zones give additional support where it counts (the middle third of our body) to provide a relaxing, spine aligning, comfortable sleep all night long.
Finally, for even more support where it counts, Winkbeds reinforces the lower back lumbar region on all models.
Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn together to prevent slippage. In Winkbeds’s case, they chose top tufting, where the cover is sewn into the gel foam layer. Tufting helps keep everything nice and together. This is just another example of the little details Winkbeds takes care of so you can rest easy.
Does Winkbed Sleep Cool?
YES! We found The WinkBed to offer a cool to neutral temperature control. Being cool at night is all about being dry. The WinkBed accomplishes the cool factor through a 3 step process they call Triple Layer Heat Disperse:
- The Tencel cover wicks away moisture
- The gel infused comfort layer pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
- As the mattress is a hybrid, air is able to flow and circulate in-between the coil system
Final result – The WinkBed Hybrid will keep you cool and dry throughout the night allowing your body to get the rest it deserves.
How about Edge Support?
Winkbeds is one of the best in the business when it comes to edge support. They surround the outer edge of each mattress with stronger springs ensuring a “sag free” experience. Robust edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if one partner is a bed hog, the other partner can rest soundly out to the edge. No chance of sliding off, just sayin’. Finally, when you get out of bed in the morning, the reinforced springs help you get out!
Endurance Testing – Will WinkBed Stand the Test of Time?
Winkbeds believes so much in the durability of its mattresses that it hired an independent testing firm to simulate lifetime performance. During a 20,000 sleep hour simulation, the WinkBeds hybrid sleep solution (the whole mattress, not just the springs) lost a mere 2% of support.
Four Distinct Comfort Styles (Softer, Lux Firm, Firmer and Plus)
No matter which style you choose, just by the solid look of the WinkBed Hybrid, you know you’ll be sleeping on a comfortable yet very supportive luxury mattress for many years to come. There’s a reason the WinkBed is nicknamed the “Hotel Bed”. It looks (and feels) like it belongs in a four star hotel. Let’s take a closer look at the four different styles.
The WinkBed Softer
From the moment you lay on the WinkBed Softer, it is obvious by the luxurious pressure relief of the cooling gel and silky Tencel cover that you’ve arrived on the plush version. The gel top will envelop and contour to your body more than its firmer cousins such as the Lux Firm. That said, after a few minutes, as you settle into the mattress, you can begin to feel the superior support from the pocketed coils that has made the Winkbed a household name. You will feel that support system very slightly underneath to help with spinal alignment to give you enough resistance to fill the space in-between your body and the mattress. You will feel a little more “in-the-mattress” (as opposed to “on top of it”), but you won’t be sacrificing support.
With the Softer, exclusive side sleepers get the best of both worlds as they will get the most pressure and spinal alignment due to the sinking of the hip and shoulder regions. Because the bed envelops you more, some think it might make the bed sleep warmer or even hot. This is not the case with WinkBeds. The cooling gel combined with the air flow design and the Tencel cover keep this plush bed cool all evening long.
The sweet spot for weight is up to 190 lbs (especially for side sleepers). Above that weight, you’ll start to lose the benefit of the pressure relief from the gel as your body rests more on the springs. At that size, you might consider the Lux Firm model as the comfort layer provides additional support and comfort relief.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Softer a 5 out of 10.
- Primarily designed for side sleepers. Side/stomach or side/back sleepers might feel more support on the Lux Firm.
- Even though you sink into the comfort layer, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
- Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
The WinkBed Lux Firm
Looking for the perfect blend of comfort and support? Look no further than Wink’s most popular hybrid – the Lux Firm. It is a true MULTI SLEEPER, designed to support all sleeping styles, even combo sleepers. At first, the cooling gel take you in but you quickly feel the substantial support of the spring system cradling your body. There is just enough pressure relief and contouring on the top of the mattress but the support system will keep you feeling “on” the mattress rather than “in” the mattress (as in the soft).
No matter your sleeping style, you cannot go wrong with the Lux Firm. The “Luxury” comes in the top comfort layer. The 2″ comfort layer gives it a slightly firmer feel. There is a little less pressure relief than the soft, a little more pressure relief than the firm – but with the same support to keep your body aligned correctly. Finally, it packs in all the cooling factors minus the deep enveloping sensation.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Lux Firm a 7 out of 10.
- This is a MultiSleeper, designed for all sleeping styles.
- The luxurious comfort layer provides a little bit of sink for side sleepers, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
- Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
The WinkBed Firmer
As the name denotes, this bed is pretty firm, some say it feels hard. The comfort layer is 15-20% denser than the Lux Firm. Back and stomach sleepers will get the most comfort from the Firmer. Side sleepers may get away with it but you lose the softer luxury feel found in the Softer and Lux Firm models. You will definitely not sink as you sleep “on top” of this mattress. The bed still packs in all of the same cooling features as its cousins so you will sleep cool and dry throughout the night.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Firmer a 8.5 out of 10.
- Stomach and back sleepers will get the most benefit out of the Firmer version. Any side sleepers should look more toward the Lux Firm,, or possibly the Plus could make the grade.
- The firm comfort layer provides very little sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
- Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
The WinkBed Plus
The Plus is designed to support those of us greater than 250 lbs, however the lighter fare have also found the Plus to be quite comfortable. When you first lay down on the Plus you feel a bit of a push back. That’s because Winkbeds added 2 inches of Dunlop Latex to the comfort layer. To counter the additional “bounce” Winkbeds added an inch of gel foam. That’s right, the comfort layer is 5 inches on top of the coil system! The latex makes it more responsive, so when you push on it, it pushes back. This feature definitely makes it easier to get in and out of bed, especially with the 7 zoned support system.
The Plus is a multi-sleeper for larger individuals, however, it will feel most comfortable for lighter stomach/back sleepers. For average weight side sleepers, the Plus will not provide enough pressure relief. Larger individuals that do sleep on their sides, however, will achieve the pressure relief benefits through both the latex and the gel foam.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Firmer a 8 out of 10.
- The Plus was specifically designed to support larger sleepers of any sleeping style. Those lighter sleepers will find most comfort on either their stomach or back.
- The Plus comfort layer combo of latex and gel foam provides a little sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
- Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
All WinkBed Hybrid mattresses have superior motion isolation. Simply put, you will not feel your partner move at night. Whether they are a toss and turner, an early riser or using the facilities, it’s not the bed that will wake you. However, there are differences among the styles due to their construction. Softer, Lux Firm and Firmer will have the least amount of motion transfer because the gel foam, by its very nature, does not transfer motion. Rather, it absorbs energy. Any motion might come from the springs below, but the pocket coil system separates the springs further isolating any motion transfer. Now, the Plus adds latex which is a more responsive material. However, to counter the additional motion possibility, Winkbeds used a 3 inch gel foam to provide the extra absorption, mitigating motion transfer as much as possible. If you need total motion isolation, then look more towards the all foam mattresses (of which Winkbeds has 3). However, the superior design and attention to detail get the hybrids as close to no motion as
How does the WinkBed luxury mattress arrive?
The WinkBed comes in a box. It’s crazy to think that a king size Plus model with its powerful springs, dense foams and latex can be compressed, but it can. And, with no sacrifice to quality and durability. Some people ask if compressing springs hurts their integrity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Springs are actually shipped compressed all over the world (to save space). A spring’s integrity is damaged if it is pulled excessively or bent out of position. But, the way Winkbeds compresses its mattresses, they keep their shape and strength. The box arrives via Fedex or White Glove Delivery if you choose. Simply unbox the mattress. Rest it on the bed frame, remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes. You can begin sleeping on it and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.
What is Winkbeds's Free Trial & Return Policy? Can I exchange a WinkBed for a different model?
Winkbeds offers a 120 night trial period, one of the best in the industry. You can either return it for a 100% refund, or you can Exchange it for either a firmer or softer version during the trial period. It truly is hassle free as Winkbeds does all the heavy lifting. Here’s how both systems work:
- The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the Fedex delivery day).
- You can sleep on it for 120 nights. As there can be a slight break-in period, Winkbeds asks that you not initiate a return during the first 30 days.
- If it’s not the mattress of your dreams, reach out to Winkbeds via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN or EXCHANGE. Either way, there are no questions asked!
- Returns: Winkbed coordinates a donation or recycling pickup on a day of your choosing. They handle everything and there’s nothing you have to do besides letting them know the best pickup date.
- Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 5 days of the pick-up.
- Exchanges: For an exchange, Winkbeds will send the new mattress to your home BEFORE the old one is removed so you’ll never be without a bed to sleep on. And they offer a 60 day trial on the new mattress to make sure it’s perfect for you.
- Exchanges do have a $49 charge to cover state and/or local mattress recycling fees.
Winkbeds doesn’t stop there!
As part of the lifetime warranty, they offer a 50% off Any Reason replacement guarantee. Winkbeds stands by its product so much that even years after the trial period ends, they will replace a mattress for 50% off! Welcome to the family!
How Heavy is the WinkBed Mattress?
The dimensions of the Softer, Lux Firm, Firmer and Plus Winkbed Hybrids are as follows:
|Twin||13.6″ x 38″ x 75″||75 lbs|
|Twin XL||13.5″ x 38″ x 80″||85 lbs|
|Full||13.5″ x 54″ x 75″||120 lbs|
|Queen||13.5″ x 60″ x 80″||135 lbs|
|King||13.5″x 76″ x 80″||145 lbs|
|California King||13.5″ x 72″ x 84″||145 lbs|
How Do I order a WinkBed? Does Winkbeds Offer Financing?
Yes, Winkbeds offers Pay Over Time financing through Bread and Lease to Own through Katapult.
Where Can I Try a WinkBed Luxury Mattress Near Me?
WinkBeds are sold exclusively online. However, to Try-Before-You-Buy AND to save money using our Sandman Coupons, come visit our Sandman Sleep Online Mattress Showrooms in Chicago & Columbus: