IKEA Mattresses Review: False Frugality? (2023)

IKEA is one of the largest furniture retail stores in Ireland and even in the world. A day at IKEA always results in coming home with more mugs, plates and storage containers than planned/needed! It's super affordable and offers a wide range of interior design ideas, you can walk through the showroom and see all the different creative spaces to inspire your own home.

We walk around, sit on the sofas, lie on thebeds, but do we actually know what's in the sofas and mattresses or do we just like the way the room looks? Are IKEA mattresses good? Are they comparable to other traditional mattress brands?

We sent some of our top sleep experts to answer the question. They set out to test and rate the IKEA mattresses available in the IKEA store.

How is the shopping experience at IKEA mattresses?

One thing most people are guilty of is judging a mattress by simply lying on the mattress for a few minutes at the store. Saying this is a bad way of picking amattressis an understatement! Lying on a mattress for a few minutes will not determine whether it is suitable for a person with a bad back, side sleeper, stomach sleeper, etc. In summary: this is NOT a good way to tell if an IKEA mattress is good (or any other mattress for that matter)

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When we visited, there was no bedding consultant on hand to help the customer or explain which mattress would actually best suit their needs.

Here at DFI we offer full customer support, we have advice for every type of sleeper and have live chat on our website or if you would like to chat with a sleep expert call our phone line from 9am to 10pm, just call 01513 4760 and we will help you with any questions you may have. We want you to get the best out of your mattress and enjoy it for the next 8 years.

Our Honest IKEA Mattress Reviews: Are IKEA Mattresses Any Good?

It's time to say what we really think in our honest reviews, we're going to look at the pros and cons of IKEA mattresses and determine if IKEA mattresses offer great value or false economy.

IKEA mattress professionals

  • Rollable mattress option
  • Lots of cheap and happy prizes
  • Test them in the showroom
  • Marked mattresses for medium / firm

IKEA mattress cons

  • No premium mattresses available
  • Non soft feel options
  • Low number of pocket springs
  • No specific specifications for customers with preferences, e.g. Back pain / higher body weight
  • European sizes for which it is difficult to find a suitable base

Ikea pocket spring mattresses

It's always hit or miss with IKEA pocket spring mattresses. As IKEA mattresses are competitively priced because they are very cheap, there are reasons for this, such as the minimal pocket springs in the mattress itself.

With at least 600 pocket springs in one of their top mattresses themselves, it's hard for our sleep experts to find someone on the heavier side or in need of a little support not finding this reliable at all. DFI itself has at least 800-4000 pockets in our mattresses and even with 800 pockets we only recommend them for a child or a guest room.

Although some IKEA mattresses have minimal springs, they make up for this with other types of mattresses like memory foam and latex mattresses, which seem to have the most positive reviews and won't break the bank either. Speaking of breaking the bank, let's talk pricing.

IKEA mattress prices

We were a bit confused about the pricing as while some of the mattresses appear to be of basic quality including fabrics such as cotton, linen and feathers, they appear to be priced not so basic. Some of the prizes are around £700 and we're trying to figure out why.

We could accept this price if the mattress itself had lots of pockets and was full of support but for basic mattresses we don't think it's an ideal price, we personally would recommend a much better mattress quality and structure for this price point such as our Gelflex 3000 -Pocket spring mattress which is way cheaper than that 700 euro price mark!

But if you're looking for something cheaper, IKEA has cheaper options that still help you get a good night's sleep.

There are many affordable prices that maintain the same quality as the more expensive mattresses, but you need to make sure you know what you're looking for.

Here are a few of the mattresses we took a closer look at and our honest reviews. Read on to discover our thoughts on the best IKEA mattresses


IKEA Vatnestrom mattress review

One of the more expensive mattresses but worth it. The Vatnestrom is a pocket spring mattress with natural fillings, has a layer of memory foam for a bit of both worlds, which I find perfect as it gives you comfort with medium firmness, not too soft or too hard, just perfect.I've tried trying to find out how many springs are in the Vatnestrom as they have stated it is a pocket spring mattress but can't seem to find any information to indicate how many are in the mattress.

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I would be willing to pay the price for it knowing it will last for years to come and not give up like the others.

IKEA Vatnestrom-Alternative: DFI Gelflex 3000

The medium firm DFI Gelflex 3000 hybrid mattress is similar to the IKEA Vatnestrom in that both maintain an excellent, even temperature in your sleeping environment. The Gelflex also has 3000 pocketed springs in the mattress to help with more support and a better night's sleep along with a longer lifespan - as mentioned we can't find a spring count for the Vatnestrom but suspect it may be a lower count .

IKEA Vesteroy mattress review

The Vesteroy mattress is 7 inches thick. It would be classified as firm but has two options to choose firm or extra firm. With individual pocket springs in the mattress, it adds more support and isolates movements. The Vesteroy has extra foam in the mattress to ensure comfort. With soft-touch fabric on top, this mattress is single-sided and non-rotating.

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With the ability to choose the level of firmness, I think this benefits the customer and can add a personal touch. Sometimes you find a fantastic mattress but want to tweak it a bit with firmness and this mattress did just that. Again, the only downside I found was the thickness, 7 inches to me feels more like a child's mattress on a bed rather than an adult support mattress.

IKEA Vagstranda mattress review

The Vagstranda mattress would count among IKEA's extra firm mattresses. The IKEA Vagstranda mattress is a pocket spring mattress designed to support specific pressure points such as the shoulders and hips. It comes rolled, which some customers find a bonus as it makes it easier to climb narrow stairs. This mattress is an average size of 11 inches deep and offers a layer of foam on top which increases comfort but also keeps the mattress extra firm.

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I think the Vagstranda would be ideal for customers who want a rock hard mattress. It's a good thick mattress, but the extra firm mattress may not fit different bodies. I think if you suffer from a bad back and are advised to go for a firm mattress, this one might be a better fit and offers that extra bit of foam top which adds to the comfort of customers.

IKEA ABYGDA mattress review

The Abygda mattress is a firm 6 inch mattress. Pressure relief foam provides full body support, targeting your body's comfort zones. The cover is washable, which is very convenient when washing bed sheets and pillowcases, and you can also just throw the cover inside. This mattress is also roll packed making it easier to move around.

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Many customers ask for a thin mattress as they have been used to thinner mattresses over the years. The problem I have with this type of mattress is that I find it very flimsy and not very supportive compared to a thicker mattress. I found the machine washable cover very easy to take off and clean and put back on.

IKEA Morgedal review

Inexpensive and cheerful describes the Morgedal mattress perfectly. The Morgedal mattress is packed full of memory foam, which means it comes in a box! Yay for the easy assembly.

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As much as it's a joy when you open it up, lie on it and sink into it, it might not be a joy on your back down the line. Memory foam only mattresses are a big NO for people with back pain as there isn't much support to help the back. For a child or a guest room that sleeps in occasionally I would recommend this mattress, a bit like our luxury mattress.

IKEA Morgedal alternative: DFI luxury mattress

The DFI Luxury Mattress is an open spring mattress also in the same price range as the Morgedal, it could be seen as DFI's cheap and cheerful mattress and we believe it is a superior alternative to the IKEA Morgedal. Although our sleep experts recommend it for a guest room or child, many of our customers choose this mattress as their primary mattress and we've had absolutely no complaints so far.

IKEA Vadso mattress review

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One of IKEA's traditional mattresses. The mattress consists of Bonnell springs and foam, which makes it a firm mattress. The problem with bonnell springs is that it would not be a customer's favourite, we find with bonnell springs that when one person moves in the bed, the whole bed moves as well. A pocket spring mattress is always a much better mattress and for the price I don't think it's worth it as it's one of the more expensive mattresses.

IKEA Vadso Alternative: DFI Posture Plus

In terms of firmness, the most popular firm mattress among our customers is the DFI Posture Plus mattress. In contrast to the Bonell springs used in the Vadso, the Posture Plus is a pocket spring mattress with the same degree of firmness, which offers a much more comfortable and movement-isolating sleeping experience. This makes it Firm DFI's favorite mattress and a superior option for the IKEA Vadso.

IKEA Malfors mattress review

One of the things I liked about the Malfor mattress was the removable cover, which is handy for throwing it in the washing machine and cleaning it. What I didn't like is that I could see exactly what I was sleeping on and a foam mattress just isn't for me.

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A lot of people seem to love a full foam mattress and this one gives you a choice of two firmness levels, medium and firm, which I think is a great option for people who like memory foam but also want a very firm mattress. As convenient as it is, for most people it would not be suitable for everyday use and is better suited for a guest room or vacation rental.

IKEA Malfors Alternative: DFI-Inspiration

At DFI we like to offer a little more comfort than just a full foam mattress.Die Inspirationis the perfect combination of memory foam and pocket springs. It is described as a "sinking feeling". It would be rated as one of our softest mattresses. This means that the Inspiration not only has memory foam to make it a very plush mattress, it also has the right amount of pocket springs to be a supportive mattress every night.

IKEA Hovag mattress review

The Havog mattress is a cheaper alternative to the other mattresses with similar specifications, the mattress has pocket springs with a soft filling. IKEA also offers customers a 90-day trial and gives them the option to exchange the product if they are not satisfied with it.

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You always hear the saying, "You get what you pay for." I find the cheaper alternatives never last as long as promised. The positive thing about this mattress is the 90-day free trial, which customers are happy to opt out of, but there's always a catch - you can only trade it in for another product, which means your cheap alternative mattress ended up costing you and the mattress more hat They will end up being more expensive.

IKEA mattress guarantees

We've found that many IKEA mattresses come with a 25-year guarantee, but some I wouldn't even go beyond a year. The average mattress should also be changed every 8 years, so the 25-year guarantee seems like false hope. I would like to remind customers that when searching for a deal, customers seem to forget that comfort should come first for you, along with the lifespan of the mattress. Our advice is to do some thorough research and know what you are looking for before heading out and don't get caught by the cheaper price tags as you will be repeating the same price tag over and over again in a year or two!

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