Morgongava Natural Latex Mattress
The Top IKEA Latex Mattress Reviews
Material: Synthetic Latex
Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): Polyurethane foam: 1.7 (in addition to synthetic latex)
Thickness: 7 1/8”
Sizes Available: Queen
Its comfort layer consists of a 2” layer of synthetic latex, which, while providing superior comfort and pressure relief compared to vanilla polyfoam, is simply not on par with natural latex foam. The base layer consists of 1.7 lb./cu.ft. polyfoam which serves as a buffer and absorbs the impact of your weight.
However, even this won’t be enough to prevent the rapid onset of deformation if this mattress is used by a bulky individual – at best, it will last you a few years if your BMI is under 25, before it starts showing signs of wear.
The mattress uses a standard cotton / polyester cover, with polyester / rayon padding under it to sustain some of the weight before it reaches the lower layers. However, the inferior quality synthetic latex truly is the Achilles’ heel of this offering, because its petroleum byproduct composition lacks the elastic strength to handle heavy stress for extended periods of time.
Keep in mind that synthetic latex carries the same health risks as exposure to petroleum compounds does in general.
- Simulated latex experience for budgeted consumers.
- 25 year limited warranty.
- Synthetic latex won’t last long.
- Health concerns.
The reasonably priced queen-sized Matrand is a basic synthetic latex mattress that provides a better-than-polyfoam sleeping solution for users craving responsive support on a budget.
Material: Synthetic Latex
Core Density (lb/cu.ft.): High-resilience polyurethane foam: 2.2 (in addition to synthetic latex)
Thickness: 9 ½”
Sizes Available: Queen
The comfort layer still comprises of synthetic latex, and therefore, it carries the same qualities and problems as the Matrand. However, it does add an extra inch to the thickness of the latex layer – bringing it up to 3”, which should extend its lifetime to some extent– provided it’s used by a normal weight person (since increasing the thickness of a weak comfort layer beyond 2” may actually accelerate sagging when the mattress is used by a heavy person).
The mattress also uses 2.2 lb./cu.ft. high resilience (or an approximation thereof) polyurethane foam in its base layer – which again improves its durability, especially considering the fact that it has a greater overall thickness too, at 9.5”, which should improve its prospects of weathering continual use by a bulky person (with a BMI slightly over 25) – not that I would recommend it.
Again, the weakness in this mattress lies in the synthetic latex, which will start breaking down sooner or later (depending on the degree of usage it is exposed to).
- Moderately priced.
- Thicker layers of latex and high-resilience polyfoam improve durability somewhat.
- 25 year limited warranty.
- Synthetic latex is still the weak spot.
- Not healthy.
Another queen-sized offering, the Myrbacka is an augmentation of the Matrand series which increases the quantity of core materials used, making it a more durable solution for consumers with similar needs.
Material: Natural latex
Core Density (lb/cu.ft.):
Thickness: 7 ⅞”
Sizes Available: Twin, Full, Queen, King
With an 85% natural latex / 15% synthetic latex blend (for purposes of economy, of course) in almost it entire 7.8” thickness, this mattress is a major improvement – in terms of conformity, durability and comfort – over the other two latex offerings.
This improvement, in turn, contributes towards better spinal alignment, and is what makes it so suitable for back pain relief and people with sore joints. Instead of the staple polyester / cotton, this mattress utilizes a natural wool and cotton padding, which, besides softening its surface feel, also serves to improve the airflow and temperature regulation of the mattress.
While it’s overall depth of 7.8” keeps me from recommending it to overweight individuals, I expect that this mattress will last a normal person for a healthy period of time with regular use before sag symptoms start to appear.
It is also worth mentioning that this mattress is available in sizes ranging from Twin to King, which makes it feasible for a larger segment of users. Note that while the health hazards associated with synthetic rubber are significantly reduced in Morgongava, they still exist because of 15% synthetic latex in the blend.
- Blended natural latex provides markedly superior musculoskeletal support and pain relief.
- Natural padding improves temperature regulation.
- Available in a multitude of sizes.
- 25 year limited warranty.
- Not for overweight consumers.
- Greatly reduced, but still existent health concerns.
- Not the cheapest IKEA offering.
An IKEA Latex Mattress Buyers Guide
I have a friend who frequently suffered from sciatica and complained about it quite vocally – upon my asking, it turned out she was a side sleeper who used a regular open coil spring mattress for her bed. I advised her to switch to latex and it did take her a while (latex is expensive of course), but the back ache complaints went down to almost zero within a few weeks. This anecdote should make two things clear: one, latex foam provides excellent comfort and support, and two, it isn’t affordable for mainstream consumers. However, there are manufacturers who attempt to break this trend, and IKEA, with its considerably affordable (if brief) latex lineup, is one of them.
Here’s a guide, substantiated with honest IKEA latex mattress reviews by yours truly, to help you decide if their offerings are worth your investment.
What Kind Of Latex Is IKEA Using?
I’ll say it from the outset, you can’t get high end at a low price (especially in the mattresses department), which should explain why the manufacturer has taken some liberties with the ‘latex’ label.
For starters, their basic and mid-tier latex mattresses respectively, Matrand and Myrbacka, utilize synthetic latex which is a derivative of petroleum based compounds and is inferior to true natural latex. So if you’re in it for the health factor or luxurious comfort, you’ll be disappointed. Nonetheless, they will appeal to budget minded individuals who want personalized comfort without the price tag that usually accompanies it.
IKEA’s ‘high end’ latex offering – Morgongava, uses natural latex but that’s not the whole story. It is, in fact, a blend of 85% natural and 15% synthetic latex, no doubt to cut the costs. Still, the manufacturer has provided an excellent offering for the mainstream that offers the springy, personalized comfort of natural latex at a markedly reduced price – just don’t expect it to be exactly on par with 100% natural latex products.
See related article: Latex Mattress Buying Guide
What Process Does IKEA Employ To Derive Its Latex?
IKEA uses the Dunlop process which is a tried and tested method for converting the sap collected from latex trees into the foam you can sleep on. While it lakes the consistency of the more enhanced Talalay process (which involves an extra step), it is more affordable too – probably why the manufacturer uses it in the first place.
Neither process is superior over the other universally – it all comes down to preference. With Dunlop, you get a springier, more supportive feel which still delivers in terms of conforming to the shape of your body. Incidentally, for those concerned about the environment, this method is also more eco-friendly.
Note that even though Dunlop isn’t as good at thermal dissipation as Talalay, it is still quite a bit better than other types of foams, so all but the most temperature sensitive sleepers will be OK with using it. In any case, you won’t get a cooler alternative from IKEA.
What Options Do You Have In Terms Of Size?
While the synthetic latex offerings are both limited to Queen size, the high end natural latex version is available in Twin, Full, Queen and King sizes. Perhaps this is an indication of what the manufacturer expects to sell the most, because of the obvious preference people have for natural latex over synthetic, given the health issues associated with the latter.
Suitable BMI range
The overall thickness of these mattresses ranges from 7 1/8” to 9 1/2”. Even at their deepest, the most these mattresses will be able to sustain for a period which might be considered long term , is a BMI under 25.
They’re medium-firm mattresses in general; combine this with the fact that latex conforms well to individual parts of the body, and it seems likely that these mattresses will accommodate all kinds of sleepers (who have a normal BMI).
365 Day Refund / Exchange Policy
Like all other mattresses from IKEA, the latex line comes with a yearlong policy which lets you get a full refund if you’re unsatisfied with its performance. You can also opt to exchange it for a brand new mattress of the same model instead, but this is only possible once. This policy requires the mattress to be free from any kind of damage or abuse.
25 Year Limited Warranty Policy
Just as any other offering from IKEA, these mattresses all come with 25 year limited warranties that cover them against defects in materials and craftsmanship. Keep in mind that for both the refund / exchange policy and the warranty, you’ll need to have the original receipt and a photo ID.
Given that the criteria for judging latex consists of responsiveness, conformity, support and durability – the question of which is the best IKEA latex mattress has a pretty straightforward answer – the Morgongava series.
It may not be 100% natural, but getting 85% at the price it’s asking is still a pretty fine bargain – you’ll be getting a degree of support and comfort that isn’t normally seen in this price bracket, and this is the main agenda that IKEA is gunning for with their whole lineup: to provide the mainstream some semblance of luxury at a fraction of the usual cost. Furthermore, it is the only latex offering from the manufacturer that is available in multiple sizes – so it is relevant to a larger number of consumers.
Of course, my personal choice would be to save up for a true high end latex product, but your needs may be more drastic, and if that’s the case, this is a fine choice on a budget – especially considering the long term 25 year limited warranty it ships with.