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A Review Of IKEA’s Foam Mattresses

Updated May 15, 2020

Being strapped for cash is no reason to be denied a sound sleep, and that’s the point IKEA sets out to prove with their foam lineup. With all its offerings priced under $600, this places IKEA’s foam lineup in the reach of frugal customers who want a temporary sleeping solution, or one to accommodate guests without breaking their wallets.

Rank Product Highlights
#1

Minnesund

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  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 3 7/8”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen
#2

Meistervik

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  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 4 ¾”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen
#3

Morgedal

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  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):High-resilience polyurethane foam: 2.2; Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 7 1/8”
  • Firmness: Firm, Medium-firm
  • Sizes Available: Queen
#4

Matrand

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  • Material: Memory foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):Polyurethane memory foam: 3.1;
    Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 7 1/8”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen, King
#5

Myrbacka

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  • Material: Memory foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):Polyurethane memory foam: 3.1;
    High-resilience polyurethane foam: 2.2;
    Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 9 ½”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Full, Queen, King

Consider comparable mattresses like Signature Sleep or the Zinus Green Tea.

Being strapped for cash is no reason to be denied a sound sleep, and that’s the point IKEA sets out to prove with their foam lineup. With all its offerings priced under $600, this places IKEA’s foam lineup in the reach of frugal customers who want a temporary sleeping solution, or one to accommodate guests without breaking their wallets.

As is the case with budget products though, you’ll be treading on thin ice as far as durability and support is concerned. It’s better to have an idea of what you’re getting into beforehand, and manufacturer descriptions may not always explain everything cut and dry – fortunately, you’ve got our informative IKEA foam mattress guide – backed by candid IKEA foam mattress reviews to help you make an informed decision.

Features Of IKEA Foam Mattresses

Comfort Materials

Polyurethane Foam

The cheaper products incorporate comfort layers made from polyurethane foam with densities ranging from 1.7 lb./cu.ft. (referred to as high density polyfoam in the market) to 2.2 lb./cu.ft. (IKEA likes to call it high resilience foam but I personally think is a compromise between price and resilience, since 2.5 lb./cu.ft. is the generally agreed upon minimum threshold for true high resilience).

Memory Foam

IKEA uses 3.1 lb./cu.ft. memory foam layers in a couple of its foam options (these are the most expensive obviously). While this does provide marginally better pressure relief and personalized comfort for sufferers of back pain – don’t expect it to be on par with what high end 5 lb./cu.ft. memory foam mattress offer.

Again the low density of this memory foam means compromised durability, with slight body impressions likely to form in as little as a couple of months – especially if you’re closer to a BMI of 25 (which is perfectly normal).

Support Materials

Some of these mattresses lack a dedicated foam support layer, and quite unsurprisingly, they are destined to sagging in a couple of years – even when used by those with a BMI under 20. The relatively costlier models have 1.7 lb./cu.ft. polyfoam support layers which slightly improve their durability, but again, I wouldn’t recommend them for those with a BMI of more than 25.

 

Durability

With lower quality foam materials, it is recommended that the thickness of the comfort layer not exceed more than an inch to ensure long lasting support (or as long lasting as it can get, in this case). On the other hand, the thicknesses of IKEA’s comfort layers are all greater than 2”, which is another reason for their rapid degeneration besides the low strength of the foam itself.

Firmness

These products are available in medium-firm and/or firm variants – if you’re OK with a slightly hard sleeping surface (usually back sleepers), then firm is the way to go. Medium firm mattresses will appeal better to side sleepers / back ache sufferers because of the greater degree of conformity they provide.

Economy

Perhaps the biggest attraction of IKEA’s foam mattresses (or indeed, their entire mattress lineup) is their low cost. The price range of the foam products goes from $90 to $600. Even at its most expensive, it is a huge bargain compared to market prices (from a financial perspective).

For someone on a tight budget who doesn’t want to sleep on an air mattress (keeping them topped off can become a chore after a while, speaking from experience), a proper mattress that doesn’t cost more than a hundred dollars can be a godsend.

Warranty

This is another positive aspect of these foam mattresses – all of them, in spite of their paltry price tags, come with long-term 25 year limited warranties that cover defects in workmanship and materials. This implies that IKEA still has a reasonable degree of confidence in their craftsmanship, and that they are at least following some quality assurance procedures and not just ripping people off.

Furthermore, each mattress can be refunded over a period of 365 days. Alternatively, you can get it replaced with a brand new mattress of the same model (but this is a one-time deal).

All return / refund / warranty requests require the original receipt of purchase, as well as a valid photo ID to be processed. Furthermore, they should not have been harmed in any way for the claim to be held valid. I suggest getting a mattress protector to ensure you get your warranty.

Potential Uses

For regular use by lightweight sleepers on a strict budget

With the explicit understanding that they will starting losing shape after a couple of years, you can use these mattresses for everyday sleep if you’ve got a BMI of under 25 (or under 20 for the really cheap ones). You may also use these mattresses for your kids’ bedrooms (under 13) because of the lesser punishment their lower masses will exert.

For infrequent use by guest bedrooms or at a summer cabin

In my opinion, this is the ideal use for these mattresses – using them for a week or two collectively each year at most, while allowing them to rest and recover their shape for the rest of the duration will enable them to last you for five years or more (provided you keep them clean and otherwise well maintained).

Tip:

Rotating the mattress may help extend its life by a few months, by allowing some of the sagged regions to regain their shape. Alternately, you could try this homemade quick-fix to get the most use out of your cheap sagging mattress.

IKEA Foam Mattress Reviews

Minnesund

OVERVIEW

  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 3 7/8”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen

The polyfoam used in the comfort layer is the same density – 1.7 lb./cu.ft. – but with a thickness of 4.75”, which is likely intended to extend the useful lifetime of this product (i.e. the period in which it can offer tolerable support and comfort).

The padding is polyester mixed with rayon, the cover is cotton / polyester, and the mattress is classified as firm by the manufacturer. Like Minnesund, it is also available in Twin, Full and Queen sizes – a small silver lining for budget bound consumers.

In spite of the increased thickness, I won’t recommend this for purposes other than furnishing your kids’ bed, or entertaining sparse guests.

Pros

  • Ultra-cheap.
  • Available in multiple sizes.

Cons

  • Not durable in the least.

This is IKEA’s cheapest foam offering, indeed, it is little more than a slab of polyfoam that you can sleep on while you (hopefully) save up for a better option in the near future.

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Meistervik

OVERVIEW

  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 4 ¾”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen

The polyfoam used in the comfort layer is the same density – 1.7 lb./cu.ft. – but with a thickness of 4.75”, which is likely intended to extend the useful lifetime of this product (i.e. the period in which it can offer tolerable support and comfort).

The padding is polyester mixed with rayon, the cover is cotton / polyester, and the mattress is classified as firm by the manufacturer. Like Minnesund, it is also available in Twin, Full and Queen sizes – a small silver lining for budget bound consumers.

In spite of the increased thickness, I won’t recommend this for purposes other than furnishing your kids’ bed, or entertaining sparse guests.

Pros

  • Cheap.
  • Thicker than Minnesund.

Cons

  • Still won’t offer much support / durability.

Meistervik is only a slight upgrade over Minnesund – in that it uses a thicker slab of polyfoam to offer very slightly improved comfort and support for an individual with a BMI under 25.

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Morgedal

OVERVIEW

  • Material: Foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):High-resilience polyurethane foam: 2.2; Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 7 1/8”
  • Firmness: Firm, Medium-firm
  • Sizes Available: Queen

By using 2.2 lb./cu.ft. ‘high resilience’ foam in its 2.4” comfort layer, and a base layer of 1.7 lb./cu.ft. polyfoam, the manufacturer is able achieve a better overall durability as compared to using the 1.7 lb. foam alone (which is the case with their super-cheap offerings).

Nonetheless, given that even the 2.2 lb. layer is but a compromise, you can expect the product to sag fairly quickly (2 years tops if a person with a BMI between 20 and 25 uses it regularly). That said, judging from consumer feedback, this product does perform reasonably well for its price point.

A cotton / polyester blend cover, and polypropylene lining, complete this mattress’s thickness of 7 1/8”- nothing out of the ordinary there. It is worth noting that Morgedal is available in both medium-firm and firm varieties, to appeal to a wider segment of consumers.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Both medium-firm and firm options available.
  • High-resilience foam layer somewhat improves durability.

Cons

  • Will sag in a couple years, even when used by a normal weight individual.
  • Limited to Queen size.

This is one of IKEA most affordable foam mattresses that offers a little more durability than a barebones budget offering will have.

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Read our full review here.

Matrand

OVERVIEW

  • Material: Memory foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):Polyurethane memory foam: 3.1;
    Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 7 1/8”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen, King

This mattress utilizes 2 inches of 3.1 lb./cu.ft. memory foam for the comfort layer, bolstered by a support layer of 1.7 lb./cu.ft. polyurethane foam. The memory foam density isn’t generous – you’d need at least 4 lb./cu.ft. to get the true conformity for which memory foam is known, but for side sleepers and back pain sufferers, it is still considerably better than having to sleep on tough, springy polyfoam.

Based on user feedback, this mattress seems to justify its price in terms of comfort and support. That said, given the reduced density and greater thickness of the comfort layer, you are advised to get this only if your BMI is well under 25 – higher than this, and you’ll need a mattress with greater overall thickness.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced.
  • Memory foam yields firm, personalized comfort.
  • Available in multiple sizes.

Cons

  • Potential heat retention issues.
  • Develops impressions relatively quickly.

The moderately priced Matrand provides a memory foam sleeping solution to mainstream consumers who are looking for superior pressure relief and comfort compared to what cheap polyfoam has to offer.

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Read our full review here.

Myrbacka

OVERVIEW

  • Material: Memory foam
  • Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):Polyurethane memory foam: 3.1;
    High-resilience polyurethane foam: 2.2;
    Polyurethane foam: 1.7
  • Thickness: 9 ½”
  • Firmness: Firm
  • Sizes Available: Full, Queen, King

Besides a thicker 3” layer of 3.1 lb./cu.ft. memory foam in the comfort layer, the mattress has an augmented base support layer that incorporates both 2.2 lb./cu.ft. high resilience foam in addition to the 1.7 lb./cu.ft. regular polyurethane foam seen in Matrand.

The inclusion of the extra dense polyfoam layers improves the weight handling capability of the mattress, so people with a borderline overweight BMI (i.e. 25) can expect to experience enhanced comfort and support.

A frequent complaint with cheap memory foam mattresses (such as this one) is heat retention, and IKEA has addressed this problem by using a pure lamb wool filling to promote thermal ventilation. The filling also lends the otherwise firm mattress a soft feel on the surface.
Going through IKEA memory foam mattress reviews left by users, this product enjoys consumer satisfaction in a much greater proportion than is the norm for IKEA mattresses, but you should still be prepared to see noticeable deformation after a few years. It is available in Full, Queen and King sizes.

Pros

  • Balanced price tag.
  • Memory foam layer supported by high resilience foam to improve durability and support.
  • Lamb wool filling ensures comfortable sleeping temperature, and gives soft feel.
  • Higher than average consumer satisfaction.
  • Available in multiple sizes.

Cons

  • Expect some loss of shape after a few years.

This mattress line builds upon the memory foam architecture of Matrand, providing improved durability and thermal regulation, making it a more suitable regular sleeping solution for sensitive sleepers on a budget.

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You may want to read: Best IKEA Comforter for Your Bed

Conclusion

Objectively speaking, none of IKEA’s mattresses are what I normally consider long term solutions (and overweight individuals will do well to look elsewhere) – but considering that they’re explicitly geared towards budget consumers (you’ll realize that if you read the manufacturer’s company overview), these products do offer a great deal of choice.

From the ultra-cheap Minnesund to the moderately priced Myrbacka, you’ve got an array of sizes, both firm and medium-firm feels, and comfort / support materials of different densities and types: plenty of options to find an affordable product that approximately matches your sleep preferences.

I prioritize long lasting support and comfort in a sleeping solution so Myrbacka has my nod for being the best IKEA foam mattress right now: while its memory foam layer is arguably cheap, it is as thick as it gets for IKEA – and it’s backed by an extra layer of high resilience polyfoam – this means it won’t turn into a saggy mess after a few months of use (a major risk with IKEA’s ultra-cheap offerings).

Furthermore, it uses pure lamb wool for its comfort filling – which besides giving it a softer surface feel, also improves its thermal regulation. In short, it is a pretty solid attempt by the manufacturer at covering all bases while keeping the price tag at $600.