Never judge a mattress by an in-store test. I’ve been sleeping on Ikea’s popular Haugesund mattress for close to a month now, and while it felt great in store, I’m sure many of you want to know how the mattresses fared once I got it home. Today, I’ll be reviewing this mattress to let you know if it’s worth the money or if you’ll lose sleep over your decision. Literally.
Let me first say that I did not initially set out to buy an Ikea mattress. I love the Ikea brand and have shopped there quite often over the years. I’m one of the few people who actually enjoys putting furniture together. I especially love how affordable the brand is. But, I never thought of the store for a mattress. Billy bookcases, yes. Mattresses, no.
Anyway, while in the store’s College Park location in Maryland I stumbled across the white and dark beige medium-firm Haugesund mattress. It’s not the thickest mattress on the market (it’s just under 10″ and weighs under 60 pounds), but with a price tag of $249, it was worth a second look and feel.
I spent close to 20 minutes bouncing on the mattress and lying on it in various positions. As if that’s the proper way to test a mattress.
What Makes The Haugesund Mattress So Special?
According to Ikea, the Haugesund mattress features 594 individually wrapped pocket springs that allow the unit to move independently and follow your body. The company says the soft filling allows you to get support and comfort all night.
The company also says response coils are individually wrapped to insulate movements so you don’t disturb your bed partner.
The mattress is covered by a 10-year limited warranty and Ikea has an incredibly liberal “Love It or Exchange It” policy that allows its customers to try a mattress for up to 365 days and exchange it for another one it if they’re not happy with their purchase, so long as it’s not dirty, marked or damaged.
First Impressions Of The Haugesund Mattress
The first thing I loved about the Haugesund mattress was its price point. I had been searching for a mattress for months only to find them overpriced and not the best quality.
Secondly, I love how the mattress felt in the store. It felt true to its claim of being medium firm.
Thirdly, I really loved that the mattress was roll packed, making it easier to transport from the store to my home.
What I Didn’t Love About The Mattress
This mattress is really stiff. It’s quite weird, actually. I don’t wake up in pain or stiffness, but I just know that the mattress itself isn’t the most comfortable.
My last bed, which I had slept on for years hugged my body and felt super comfy. Now, before you say that that’s because I had slept on it for years let me add this – my old mattress felt that way from the first day I slept in it. That’s right! From day one, I slept like a baby.
In the Haugesund, I slept like a baby with colic determined to keep its parents up all night. I never felt pain after waking up, I just never felt fully rested.
I’m a side and stomach sleeper mostly. And I found myself having to lie on my back in order to get some semblance of a peaceful night’s rest.
I returned to Ikea yesterday in a bid to try out their other mattresses. The selection isn’t that great, but I tried to have an open mind. Some of the other mattresses were just as hard. It felt like I was sleeping on bricks. I found one that felt comfortable, but it cost more than $600 and I’m on a budget.
What I Plan To Do
I hate the hassle involved with returning furniture unless I absolutely have to, so I will give this bed another month. If things don’t change or if they get worse, I will return the mattress.
Sleep is extremely important to me, so I have to enjoy my rest at night and if the mattress I’m sleeping on is making me miserable, it’s got to go. I plan to update this article later on to let you know how it all turns out.
I’m interested in hearing from any of you who bought the Haugesund. Let me know how you fared.
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