Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ways to get a good night sleep — including the metal bed frames, platform beds, even the best mattresses — here, we’ve rounded up the best box springs, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. To even the playing field a bit, we focused on queen-size box springs, but most of these box springs and mattress foundations are available in other sizes as well.
Best-rated (and least expensive) box spring
Hundreds of five-star reviewers use the phrase “sturdy” to describe this mattress, including one reviewer who says, “Both my boyfriend and I are a little bit on the heavier side so we definitely went through a few wooden box springs. However, this holds up our weight no issue. No squeaking, no noises.” There are other advantages to the metal slats, especially over a traditional wooden box spring. After trying many other types, one reviewer shares, ”The box support fit perfectly, the exact height we wanted. I know I sound like the Three Bears, but we slept like we haven’t slept in a long time. This truly deserves 10 stars.” Several reviewers note that this box spring a great complement to foam mattresses as well. “We used this with our Tuft & Needle mattress and it works perfect,” one reviewer attests, adding, “There is no noise and it is built like a rock. You can not beat the price for the quality of this box spring.”
Best metal box spring
The thick steel foundation of this Zinus box spring wins high praise among reviewers. “Let me start off by saying the product is STURDY. Heavy weight steel. Nothing flimsy. I was amazed at how easy it was to put together,” writes one. Dozens note that it doesn’t squeak, and many also describe it as “quiet.” One couple writes, “We’re both overweight and it’s so sturdy. I was always worried about the slats breaking on our old bed — a few of them had cracked! This one is all metal and the slats are very close together, making it super supportive and strong.” This box spring also sits a full 7 1/2 inches tall — nearly twice the height of other models. A delighted customer writes, “My bed went from normal to full-on king status in a matter of minutes. As I type this, I’m sitting up high in my bed and loving every single minute of it. This bad boy snapped together in moments and was between my mattress and squeaky slats in no time flat. Now I sit up high and laugh at the little kids and pets who can’t reach me while I roll around in peace and quiet.”
Best folding box spring
Dozens of satisfied customers marvel at this box spring’s convenient, foldable design. “It comes in what appears to be a way too small box, but then it just folds out and it’s ready to put on the bed. Impressive,” writes one. While it’s easy to assemble, its steel metal structure is quite strong too. “It is very portable and innovative (because is folds right in half). It is also every bit as sturdy as I would expect a box spring to be,” writes a pleased reviewer. Another raves, “I slept like a baby the first night. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good box spring on a budget.”
Best low-profile box spring
“No more climbing in bed,” cheers one reviewer of this low-profile box spring. Its engineering, which customers describe as both lightweight and sturdy, is something reviewers marvel at. “It’s super thin and lets your bed sit nice and low,” writes one reviewer, who adds, “I feel no budge from my shifting at night while it sits under me/mattress, so I’d say it’s pretty sturdy. Me and a friend ‘’tested’ it the other night held up perfect fine.” Another reviewer purchased this box spring for an antique four-poster bed. “I was leery of purchasing one we had to assemble, and was a little skeptical about the quality for such a low price. I shouldn’t have worried, because it is perfect,” they admit, adding, “It fit into the bed frame perfectly, and I am so happy we don’t need an extension ladder to get into the bed anymore. Very happy with this purchase.”
Best box spring with wood slats
“Easy” is a word that comes up in over 700 reviews of this mattress, and ease of assembly is one of the highlights. “Assembling the product was so much fun,” one reviewer writes, adding, “I literally finished it in less than 15 mins without the help of my husband. YES! This can be done by one person.” Another says, “If you have difficulty assembling this, you probably shouldn’t have a driver’s licence.” Other reviewers appreciate that the slats are attached with Velcro, which, according to one reviewer, means “The slats are already spaced so that you don’t have to stress over arranging them.” Many reviewers also prefer the natural bend that these flexible, yet sturdy wood boards provide, especially when compared to metal slats. The former owner of a hard box spring shares, “The difference between what I had and this is like night and day! I am so much more comfortable now.”
Best box spring for memory foam mattress
Reviewers with memory foam mattresses adore this easy to assemble box spring. “We had previously purchased a memory foam mattress in hopes that we wouldn’t need a box springs but the mattress sat too low to the ground by itself. This frame was exactly what we needed,” one reviewer writes. And many find it gives their mattresses more firmness and stability. “It’s lightweight yet extremely sturdy and the support feels great under my memory foam mattress,” another reviewer explains. And many were impressed with the box spring’s easy assembly, like one who says, our of the box, “It was metal and folded up all origami-like. I unfolded, snapped a bit here, snapped a bit there, and VOILA! A box spring shape. Then I just slid on the giant pillowcase like a box spring cover, and that was it. Took me under 10 minutes. I wanted to buy another one just so I could show my husband my amazing origami box spring skills are.”
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