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Ikea Vatneström review

Pocket spring mattress. Priced at $799.

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Recommended View more details.

We recommend mattresses with a score of 75% or more. Our previous cutoff of 70% has been increased to 75% as of May 2021. This has been retroactively applied to all previously tested mattresses. Mattresses that score between 70% and 75% are still worth considering.

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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

Made up of brand new unused mattress comfort score (male and female average, 30%), comfort retention after eight years score (30%), stabilisation (15%), sagging (10%), sweat repellent (10%) and usage wear/damage (5%). Remaining smell scores don't contribute to the expert rating.

Unused mattress comfort score – male/female average View more details.

Average score of support assessments for men and women sleeping on their backs (dorsal) and on their sides (lateral) when the mattress is brand new.

Unused mattress comfort score – male View more details.

We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (back) and lateral (side) positions based on male body types only when the mattress is brand new.

Unused mattress comfort score – female View more details.

We conduct body support tests for both dorsal (back) and lateral (side) positions based on female body types only when the mattress is brand new.

Comfort retention score after eight years (overall) View more details.

We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years of use. Then, comfort is assessed based on sleeping assessment in dorsal (back) and lateral (side) positions. The higher the score, the closer the mattress will feel to how it did when it was brand new. Note that this score is not an average of the male and female results. It's a separate test that assesses combined male and female use of the mattress at the same time.

Comfort retention score after eight years – male View more details.

We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years of use based on male body types only. Then, comfort is assessed with the same body type based on sleeping assessment in dorsal (back) and lateral (side) positions. The higher the score, the closer the mattress will feel to how it did when it was brand new.

Comfort retention score after eight years – female View more details.

We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years of use based on female body types only. Then, comfort is assessed with the same body type based on sleeping assessment in dorsal (back) and lateral (side) positions. The higher the score, the closer the mattress will feel to how it did when it was brand new.

Stabilisation score View more details.

Using an oscilloscope we measure the movement of the mattress after a standard impact (17.5kg), simulating the turning body of a sleeping person. We also count the number of bounces up and down before the mattress is calm again. Higher-scoring mattresses exhibited fewer bounces and less movement during standard impact.

Sagging score View more details.

We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years of use. We measure height and firmness straight out of the box when the mattress is new, then again after this test to note any differences. Mattresses with a higher score show limited signs of sagging over time, while lower scoring mattresses show increased sagging over time.

Sweat repellent score View more details.

We assess permeability and water intake. Lower scoring mattresses absorb more fluids, which can cause damage and odour buildup over time.

Usage wear/damage score View more details.

We roll a cask-shaped roller over each mattress for 30,000 cycles to simulate approximately eight years of use. Visible damage such as cracking, broken springs or pilling contributes to the fatigue score. A higher score means less damage and vice versa.

Actual firmness - our test results View more details.

The level of firmness based on our tests.

Insulation (mattress warmth) View more details.

How warm the mattress feels during use.

Price (RRP) View more details.

The recommended retail or typical retail price for mattresses you'll find in-store and the RRP for bed-in-a-box mattresses.

$799
Price paid during sale/after bargaining View more details.

Mattresses sold at traditional retail stores are often on sale or steep discounts can be obtained by haggling. This data is designed to illustrate the steep markups that are applied to mattresses by retailers and the amount you can save by waiting for a sale and asking for a deal. Bed-in-a-box mattresses are often on sale, but they're typically sold at a lower price point so savings aren't as significant.

$799
Claimed firmness - retailer View more details.

The level of firmness claimed by the retailer.

Firm
Core type
Pocket spring
Springs per metre squared View more details.

Mattresses are cut open to count springs.

288
Number of layers View more details.

A corner of the mattress is cut to count layers and note layer types. A visual cross-section of each mattress is included in the gallery of each product page.

9
Weight (kg)
48
Thickness (cm)
26
Dimensions (cm) View more details.

Measured in centimetres.

201 x 152.5 x 26
Warranty (years)
25
Country of origin
China
Free pickup - rural areas View more details.

Some bed-in-a-box brands will charge a pickup fee in rural areas, if you wish to exchange the mattress. This varies based on location.

No
Free pickup - metro areas View more details.

Most bed-in-a-box brands will organise a free pickup in metro areas, if you wish to exchange the mattress.

No
Trial period (days) View more details.

If applicable. Bed-in-a-box brands offer home trial periods that range from 30 to more than 100 nights. If you're unhappy with your purchase, you can exchange the mattress for a different model (if available) or a full refund.

365
Free exchange View more details.

Occasionally, you'll encounter brands that charge an exchange fee, on top of the pickup costs, if you wish to exchange the mattress.

yes
Handles View more details.

A mattress with more handles is easier to rotate, flip and move.

4
Handle positions
Side
Memory foam layer View more details.

Many spring mattresses include a memory foam layer. This is often unadvertised.

No

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