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IKEA Sultan

MSRP $500-$980
Reviewed
April 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Ikea sultan

Pros
  • Comfortable for most users
  • Good value with long warranty
  • Environmentally friendly
Cons
  • May retain body heat
  • Return policy allows exchanges only
  • Warranty doesn't cover sagging

Bottom Line

Ikea Sultan mattresses are the only latex models that earn a significant number of positive reviews. They have many of the benefits of memory foam but with fewer drawbacks: They conform to the body without impeding motion, isolate motion well and are less likely to have a new-mattress smell. However, they may still retain body heat and are only moderately durable despite their 25-year warranty.

Comfort

Not plush, but generally comfortable. Latex mattresses from Ikea are on the firm side, and definitely not as plush as a squishy memory foam mattress such as Tempur-Pedic or Bed in a Box. A reviewer at CasaSugar.com says her Ikea model is "resilient, but conforms to my body." Most owners find these mattresses comfortable. At SleepLikeTheDead.com, a site that analyzes data from thousands of individual mattress reviews, latex models from Ikea have an overall satisfaction rating of 80 percent from about 25 owners. People who sleep on their backs or stomachs tend to like these mattresses, but side sleepers often find them too firm.

Owners agree that the Sultan does a very good job of isolating motion. One user review at Viewpoints.com says, "We've been sleeping straight through the [night] as this natural latex mattress absorbs the energy that would have gone into bouncing everyone around." Compared to memory foam mattresses, Ikea's latex models are somewhat less likely to trap body heat, although this can still be a problem for some users. They're also much easier to move on, which makes them better for lovemaking. And compared to memory foam, they're less likely to produce an unpleasant odor when first purchased.

Value

Very reasonably priced. While other brands of latex mattresses cost $1,200 to $5,000 for a queen size, Ikea's two latex models are both priced under $1,000. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com, the main 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 more supportive, and doesn't conform to the body as much. It also may not hold up as well over time. However, both kinds of latex are resistant to mold and dust mites and natural latex is biodegradable, making this material a popular choice with eco-conscious shoppers.

Ikea backs all of its Sultan mattresses with a 25-year warranty, but it's limited to "defects in material and workmanship" in the latex core only. There's no specific coverage for sagging, the most common problem with mattresses. While Ikea offers a 90-day "love or exchange" trial period, those are the only two options; users who don't love their mattresses can exchange them, but can't return them for a refund.

Durability

On par. 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 an impression of the sleeper's body, reducing support and comfort. About 15 percent of Ikea mattress owners report this problem.

These latex mattresses are reversible, so rotating and flipping them regularly may help prevent this issue and prolong their life. Ikea recommends turning the mattress every three months, but notes: "Even the best mattresses become less comfortable with age, and all mattresses accumulate dust and mites over the years…we still recommend that you change your mattress every 8–10 years." This figure is on par with SleepLikeTheDead.com's eight- to 12-year estimated lifespan for latex mattresses in general.

Our Sources

1. SleepLikeTheDead.com

Review Credibility: Very Good This site compiles information about mattress satisfaction from more than 16,000 owner posts. Editors analyze mattress reviews in great detail, comparing customer ratings for each brand on criteria such as comfort, affordability and durability. More than 160 users comment on Ikea mattresses here, 25 of which are for latex models. While the brand gets an 80 percent overall approval rating and particularly high marks for value, durability is called only mediocre. Ratings on comfort are mixed, with side sleepers most likely to find Ikea mattresses too firm.

Review: Ikea Mattress Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, March 4, 2013

2. Choice magazine

Review Credibility: Very Good Australia's Choice magazine polls 3,500 readers to see how satisfied they are with their mattresses. Some of the brands covered, including Ikea, are also sold in the U.S. The Ikea Sultan line gets an overall rating of 80 percent, but there's no distinction made between latex, memory foam and innerspring mattresses. Price is the most commonly cited reason for choosing an Ikea model. More than 75 percent of owners say their Ikea mattress has improved their sleep, although less than half say they'd definitely buy it again.

Review: Mattress Survey, Tanya Fong, June 6, 2010

3. Which? magazine

Review Credibility: Good In addition to its tests of specific mattress models, Which? magazine reports on the best brands in the U.K. Editors survey more than 7,000 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.

Review: Mattress Reviews, Editors of Which? magazine, As of April 2013

4. New York Magazine

Review Credibility: Good Bernard describes her experiences testing 100 memory foam, latex and hybrid mattresses, but only a handful of models are discussed in detail. She finds a latex mattress from Ikea Sultan "quite satisfactory and -- in this time of gargantuan, 21-inch-deep pillow-top giants -- appealingly slim." Although Bernard doesn't name the specific model she tested, the $899 price she quotes for a queen size suggests it was the 8-inch Sultan Edsele or an earlier equivalent.

Review: I Slept on 100 Mattresses, Sarah Bernard, Feb. 8, 2009

5. Viewpoints.com

Review Credibility: Fair This site hosts only a few reviews for Ikea latex mattresses. The Sultan Erfjord shown here is no longer available, but it's similar in features and price to the existing Sultan Edsele. All user posts give the mattress a thumbs-up for both comfort and value. Only one review mentions durability, saying the mattress has held up well after a year of use.

Review: Ikea Sultan Erfjord Natural Latex Mattress Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of April 2013

6. CasaSugar.com

Review Credibility: Fair This older article from the home section of PopSugar.com, a combination online magazine and shopping site, focuses on environmentally friendly mattresses. The writer lists an Ikea Sultan mattress as a top-three pick among eco-mattresses on the market. She bases her recommendation on a review from her sister, who owns one and says it's "resilient, but conforms to my body." It doesn't have the "new mattress smell" often associated with memory foam mattresses, she adds, but she doesn't explain why this mattress is chosen over others.

Review: Good, Better, Best: Green Mattresses, Editors of CasaSugar.com, Sept. 24, 2007

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