Ikea's latex mattresses are among the few latex models to garner a significant number of positive reviews, which makes them an appealing option for those who like the feel or environmentally friendly nature of latex. Users find them comfortable, and many say prices are good, compared with those from competing brands. The line carries a generous 25-year warranty against manufacturer defects, although the mattresses tend not to last this long, due to normal wear and tear.
A comfortable choice. Ikea's latex mattress line earns an overall satisfaction rating of 80 percent on SleepLikeTheDead.com, based on its analysis of user feedback. According to this website, owners find them comfortable, virtually silent and reasonably easy to move on, which can make them good choices for lovemaking. In addition, 77 percent of owners responding to a survey by Choice magazine say their Ikea purchase (of a model called Sultan) has improved their sleep. Nevertheless, some owners find that latex models trap body heat, which can make the mattress uncomfortably warm; and some -- particularly those who sleep on their side -- find latex too firm.
Very reasonably priced. Ikea's latex mattresses are, simply put, a great bargain, according to reviews. Queen-size latex models cost an estimated $1,000 or less -- while competing products can run several thousand dollars. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com, the main reason for this difference is that "less expensive dunlop-processed latex and synthetic latex are often used as opposed to more expensive talalay-processed and natural latex." Site editors say the cheaper latex tends to be firmer and doesn't conform to the body as much. Ikea backs its latex mattresses with a generous 25-year warranty, although it covers defects in the latex core, and doesn't provide specific coverage for sagging.
Regular flipping can lengthen life span. SleepLikeTheDead.com doesn't estimate the average lifetime of an Ikea latex mattress, presumably because there aren't enough reviews to calculate it. However, editors note that over time, these mattresses may compress or form body impressions, reducing support and comfort. About 15 percent of Ikea latex owners report this problem, according to this website. On the plus side, Ikea's latex mattresses are reversible, so rotating and flipping them regularly may prolong their life. Ikea recommends turning the mattress every three months, and notes that "even the best mattresses become less comfortable with age." The company recommends replacing mattresses every eight to 10 years.
Nearly 190 user comments are factored into the review of Ikea mattresses on SleepLikeTheDead.com, although it's unclear how many of these users own latex styles. Nevertheless, the site reports that 80 percent of Ikea latex mattress owners are satisfied with their purchase -- with about 15 percent reporting body impressions.
Review: Ikea Mattress Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, May 4, 2014
Australia's Choice magazine polls 3,500 readers regarding mattress satisfaction, and finds that 80 percent of Ikea Sultan owners are satisfied with their purchase. It's unclear, however, whether they own a natural latex, synthetic latex or latex-plus-innerspring style. Price is the most commonly cited reason for choosing an Ikea model.
Review: Mattress Survey, Tanya Fong, June 6, 2010
Editors survey almost 6,500 U.K. mattress owners, asking them to rate their mattresses on comfort, value and durability. Of the 19 brands included, Ikea is one of only three that are available in the U.S. The brand gets an average satisfaction rating of 73 percent.
Review: Best Mattress Brands Revealed by Which?, Editors of Which?, March 15, 2014
4. New York Magazine
Bernard tests an Ikea Sultan latex mattress, calling it "quite satisfactory and -- in this time of gargantuan, 21-inch-deep pillow-top giants -- appealingly slim." She doesn't name the specific model she tests and because this article is fairly old, it may be discontinued. She quotes the price as $899.
Review: I Slept on 100 Mattresses, Sarah Bernard, Feb. 8, 2009
Four Ikea latex models earn reviews on this website, although all are discontinued (the current Ikea offerings are similar enough, with different names, to make them comparable). The mattresses get very few user comments, although those that appear are highly favorable regarding the model's comfort and price.
Review: Ikea Latex Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2014
This older article lists a discontinued Ikea Sultan mattress, which contains natural and synthetic latex along with other natural materials, as a top-three pick among eco-mattresses. The writer bases her recommendation on a review from her sister, who says it's resilient and doesn't have a "new mattress" smell.
Review: Good, Better, Best: Green Mattresses, Editors of CasaSugar.com, Sept. 24, 2007