Ever wondered what the hell makes mattresses so expensive today? The major reason is that this market is dominated by a few companies that can do all sorts of crazy things.
However, the increased demand for affordable yet comfortable mattresses has led to the rise of a bunch of companies to bridge the gap.
Ikea- a Sweden-based company is among the most recommendable mattress manufacturers that most budget-minded homeowners always turn to.
The question is,’’ are Ikea mattresses worth considering? Which models are the best?’’
Who should consider Ikea memory foam mattresses?
Ikea tends to offer a wide range of memory foam mattresses that vary in terms of density (soft, medium, and firm) and thicknesses. (I’ve discussed these terms and how they relate to your sleep in this article).
This means that virtually everyone is catered for regardless of their sleeping postures.
However, it’s worth noting here that Ikea mainly aims at offering budget-friendly mattresses for homeowners on tight budgets.
Sure, this manufacturer has lots of options in the $80-$600 ballpark which is not commonplace in memory foam mattresses.
That being said, most of this company’s mattresses are not of premium quality. That’s the reason why most of their products are bombarded with lots of durability complaints.
Basically, Ikea memory foam mattress will fit the bill the following categories of sleepers;
- Students who are looking are looking for an affordable and temporary solution that will take them through college life
- If you want an inexpensive temporary mattress while on a visit elsewhere
- You couples who are constantly changing jobs and houses- high-end memory foam mattresses can be quite heavy and daunting to deal with if you move a lot
- Kids- while Ikea mattresses won’t support heavy-weight sleepers for long without sagging, they make great options for lightweight kids. They could last them upwards of 10 years and thereby save you a good chunk of money in the long run.
- For an infrequently used guest bedroom- I bet this is the best use for these mattresses. Owing to the low-quality construction materials used, regular usage by average-to-heavy adults will lead to speedy deterioration and sagging.
However, these mattresses might last for quite some years if they are used, let’s say, for utmost two weeks in a year.
What makes Ikea Memory foam mattresses different?
The simplest answer here is affordability. Ikea uses low-density memory foam for its mattress with the main aim of keeping the price down.
The compromise, however, is on durability. Most of its mattresses have a density of 3.1 lb/cu.ft which is not so bad for sleepers with a BMI of 25.
These mattresses will still offer quite a good degree of conformability and support for your bad back and aching shoulders and joints.
However, they are bound to sag and form body impressions within a few months especially with regular use owing to their lack of a dedicated support layer.
This manufacturer also offers the longest trial period; 365 days! You read that right. Most manufacturers offer 30-100 days or 120 days utmost.
So, getting the opportunity to try out the mattress for a full year and decide either to keep it or not is quite unimaginable.
What are previous buyers saying?
As with other models from other brands, Ikea memory foam mattresses have attracted both positive and negative feedback from its previous buyers.
Starting with the highlights, these mattresses have received a high rating for their noise reduction. Most people also report that they have incredible motion isolation.
This is good report especially if you have a partner who sleeps fitfully or makes several bathroom trips during the night.
In addition, these mattresses receive lots of appreciation for their ease of lifting, handling, and moving. They also seem to perform averagely in regard to back pain and pressure point relief and support.
On the other hand, and as expected, these mattresses have been rated poorly at almost all other fronts. Most people report that these mattresses sleep hot and have a stinking and musty chemical-like initial odor that takes some days to dissipate.
Ikea Product Lines
While Ikea foam and memory foam mattresses are probably the most popular, this manufacturer has several other mattress models.
Actually, this brand offers all the known mattress types; memory foam, innerspring, foam, hybrid, and latex.
Now, Ikea offers both inexpensive and slightly pricier models. But even with the expensive mattresses (including latex), their price tags remain way below the standard price for similar products from other manufacturers.
Here is a glimpse of some of its memory foam mattresses;
This mattress is crafted from a 2.2 PCF high-resilience polyurethane foam support layer. Its support core is a 1.7 PCF polyfoam.
This mattress is available in twin, full, queen, and twin sizes and has been crafted to offer precise support and pressure relief. It also comes with a removable cover and is backed by a 25-year warranty.
The Myrbacka is among the priciest Ikea memory foam mattresses but it’s still quite affordable compared to other alternative models. Unlike the Morgedal above, this model has 3 construction layers.
This mattress features a 3.1 PCF memory foam comfort system, a 2.2 PCF Polyfoam transition layer, and a 1.7 PCF support core.
Its cover has lamb wool filling that gives you a soft sleeping surface besides minimizing heat buildup. It is also removable and machine washable.
This model is a little bit different from the Myrbacka above in that it utilizes 2 layers. It brings a 1.7 PCF support core and a 3.1 PCF comfort layer made of memory foam. It also has a removable and easy to clean cover with soft filling for comfort and support.
The Minnesund is not a memory foam mattress per se. It is an inexpensive polyfoam model featuring a single 1.7 PCF support core.
This mattress comes in full, twin, and queen sizes. It has a removable and machine-washable cover with a child-safe zipper. Similar to other mattresses, you also get a 25-year warranty on it.
Ikea scores an A on BBB Rating. It has created a name for itself among homeowners who are looking for affordable mattresses not only in the memory foam category but also in other departments.
Among other things, most people appreciate their low asking prices. However, as I told you, these mattresses’ low price tags reflect their poor performance and poor durability as most of the complaints affirm.
This brand’s mattresses are readily available in 400+ stores worldwide and 45 of them being in the USA. You could also order for your mattress from Amazon or from Ikea.com.
Trial Period, Refund, and Warranty
As I told you before, Ikea offers the longest trial period among all mattress manufacturers at the moment.
Your body has a full year to adjust to this mattress. You could also return it within this period for a full refund.
Ikea also has a ‘Love it or Exchange’ program that allows you to exchange your mattress with another one at a brick-and-mortar store near you.
This manufacturer also offers you a 25-year limited warranty on all its mattresses. If you decide to utilize the warranty, do know that Ikea will decide whether to repair or replace the mattress at their own discretion.
Best Ikea Memory Foam mattresses
Ikea Matrand Memory Foam Mattress- best for back and spine pains
The Matrand is an averagely priced memory foam mattress. It might offer a good solution to budget-conscious homeowners who are looking for a good blend of comfort and pressure relief without spending much or falling for a polyfoam mattress.
This mattress comes in all the standard sizes; queen, firm, full, and king. It has a thickness of 7 1/8’’ and a firm feel.
That being said, this mattress may fit the bill for stomach and back sleepers who like sleeping on firm surfaces.
The best part about this mattress is that it is easy to keep clean thanks to its removable and machine washable cover.
Worth noting, however, is that this mattress’s thickness will ideally support people with a BMI of below 25.
- Has been fairly priced (at Ikea’s website)
- Comes in all standard sizes
- Has a removable and easily washable cover
- Reports of heat retention
Myrbacka Memory foam mattress- best for heavy people
Unlike the Matrand mattress that has a 7.5-inch thickness, the Myrbacka is a 9.5-inch model. Needless to mention, this mattress might hold up quite well for a longer period.
It might also be a good option for sleepers within 20 and 25 BMI range.
This mattress features a 3- lb/cu.ft memory foam for its support layer and a 1.7 lb./cu.ft base made from polyfoam.
This memory foam- polyfoam combination gives this mattress a firm feel that makes it ideal for people struggling with backache.
- Supports heavy weight comfortably
- Might last longer than low-priced Ikea polyfoam mattresses
- You get a choice of firm and medium firm mattress
- Some find it way too firm
- Only one size is available – Queen
Ikea Morgedal Foam Mattress- best for side-sleeping
Unlike the mattresses above, the Ikea Morgedal uses traditional polyfoam rather than memory foam. This mattress comes in full, queen, firm, and king sizes.
It also offers 2 density options; medium-firm and firm. Considering that this is not memory foam, the medium-firm model might work well for back sleepers and side sleepers who prefer a firm bed. Previous buyers report that the Firm model is way too stiff.
This mattress comes with a removable cover that has been crafted from a blend of cotton and polyester. It also has a generous top filling that adds a degree of comfort and contouring to your body curves and pressure points.
- Uses high-resilience layers for support
- Has incredible motion isolation
- It’s relatively affordable
- May not last long
- Does not offer excellent contouring
Ikea Meistervik Foam Mattress- best for affordability
If you are not looking forward to spending over two hundred bucks on a mattress, then the Ikea Meistervik might be what you are looking for.
Right off the bat, this mattress has a thickness of 4.75 inches. It’s, therefore, way too thin than most of its siblings that range between 7 inches and 9 inches.
This mattress might make a good choice if you are looking for an affordable mattress for your kids. It might also suffice if you are looking for a mattress to use in camps.
Similar to other mattresses from this brand, the Ikea Meistervik has a removable and easy to care cover. This cover is zipped and has been made from a blend of cotton and polyester.
- It’s very affordable
- Has enough firmness for those who like firm beds
- It’s lightweight for easy handling
- Not ideal for heavy sleepers
Minnesund Foam Mattress- best for ease of moving
The Minnesund is what I had in mind when I told you that this manufacturer has some mattresses way below the 100-dollar mark.
This mattress uses a single layer of 1.7 lb./cu.ft and has a thickness of 3.78 inches. It has a removable cover with a child-safe zipper.
Honestly speaking, the Minnesund foam mattress has not been engineered with durability in mind. Albeit being one of the cheapest mattresses here, I would highly advise you to look elsewhere if you are looking for a permanent solution for your master bed.
On the other hand, you might consider it if you are looking for a mattress for your kids or an infrequently used guest’s room.
- Comes in multiple sizes
- It’s very affordable
- Too thin for heavy sleepers
While Ikea memory foam mattresses are not designed for durability, they make incredible options for shoppers on a shoestring budget.
Most of these mattresses are perhaps better for use in guest rooms and kids’ beds. You could also get a temporary solution for your master including the Matrand and the Myrbacka.
One thing that we like about this manufacturer is that it acknowledges that its products have low-end quality and does not use hype to attract its buyers.
We also like that Ikea has no problem taking back their mattresses within the trial period for an exchange.