Does Coil Count Really Matter?
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
So, what’s the big deal about coil counts? Do they really matter? And what’s the gauge all about?
If you’re feeling determined to educate yourself before your next big mattress purchase, let us help by breaking down coil counts in a way that’s easy to digest.
What Exactly Is a Mattress Coil?
Mattress coils are traditionally made out of tightly-wound, high-density steel. Placing coils closely side by side forms the support system in a mattress. Though coils may look all the same at first glance, keep in mind that the best coils will easily flex to contour to your pressure points and will minimize motion transfer between you and your partner.
Many types of coils exist, but individually wrapped coils typically take the cake due to their superior flexibility and durability. At The Bed Boss, we are big fans of using pocketed coils in our hybrids and innerspring beds for their multi-directional movement, which enhances support and longevity.
And the Winner of Best (Highest) Coil Count Is…
Wait a second. Picking the best coil count isn’t that straightforward. While it may seem like a no-brainer that more coils would always be better than less coils, this isn’t necessarily the case. (Stronger wire gauges actually count more toward support and longevity than coil counts—but more on that later.)
While a proper coil count is important, more coils is not always better. In fact, there’s a sweet spot in coil counts that offers the ideal number of targeted points and the right amount of pressure relief. To hit that sweet spot, we recommend looking for mattresses with coil counts near these averages:
Full: 500 coils
Queen: 600 coils
King: 800 coils
Coil counts significantly higher than the averages above probably won’t make a noticeable difference in the comfort or feel of a mattress—though they could easily beef up the price. On the other hand, mattresses with 50% less coils than these averages will be noticeably way less comfortable.
The Gauge Makes the Difference
Coil counts matter, but do you know what else is equally as important? Coil gauge. Fewer coils with a strong wire gauge (e.g., 12 gauge) can be equally supportive as lots of coils with a thinner wire gauge (e.g., 15 gauge). 12 gauge coils offer a firmer “pushback,” whereas 15 gauge coils yield a softer feel.
While more coils might seem like a good thing, what matters is the gauge. More coils in a mattress can translate as smaller coils, which means thinner and weaker coils. And a mattress with thin wire gauges tends to wear out sooner. For instance, ever slept on an innerspring mattress with a sagging middle? We bet it's hard to forget. That dipping effect is the direct effect of thin coils that have softened over time.
We use 12.5 gauge individually pocketed coils at The Bed Boss. The lower the number, the thicker the coil. The thicker the coil, the greater the durability. And durability along with the ultimate contouring effect are what we are aiming for.
Even our “low-end” mattresses like Hybrid Sleep and Superb are exceptionally high quality with ideal coil counts and strong wire gauges. Why? Because we firmly believe that a first-rate mattress doesn’t have to be expensive. Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the truly transformative power of a great night’s sleep.
Ultimately, what matters is whether or not a particular mattress feels supportive and comfortable to YOU. Before getting caught up in coil counts, make sure that you actually like whatever mattresses you are researching in depth. Otherwise, you will know a lot about the technical side of mattresses, but not much else. And remember to consider your body type and sleep position when making a decision.
If you have more mattress-related questions or need some help along the way, give us a call at (423)681-1478 to speak with a friendly Bed Boss representative. You can also contact us online.