Duxiana (Dux Bed) Mattress Review
Based on 52 Actual Consumer Experiences
What You Need To Know
THE GOOD:Prestigious вЂў above-average longevity вЂў adjustable firmness / support вЂў above-average pain relief вЂў appearance.
THE BAD:Expensive вЂў questionable return policy вЂў average warranty вЂў may require regular and pricey maintenance вЂў heavy вЂў limited availability.
THE BEDS:Duxiana вЂ“ in business since 1926 вЂ“ manufactures Swedish-made spring-based (continuous coil) mattresses that have a high spring count (1,200-3,300 in a queen). The beds also feature a replaceable cotton-covered latex top. Some models provide individualized comfort zones for each side of the bed.
THE COMPETITION:Mostly high-end mattresses including Tempur-Pedic and Hastens. Learn how Duxiana compares to other brands in the mattress comparison and mattress price comparison.
Duxiana Bed Ratings
The report below is based on over 50 actual consumer reviews and experiences of various models. The research data was collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.
|Owner satisfaction||c||Duxiana (Dux) Beds have74% owner satisfactionLearn more.|
|Durability||c+||Within five years of ownership, various durability problems, especially sagging of the topper and loss of support / comfort, are reported by at least 15% of Dux Bed owners. Owners generally say the bed has at least the appearance of good workmanship.|
|Longevity||b+||Unlike most other innerspring mattresses, Dux Beds can often be repaired with new parts, such as a new topper, which can extended lifespan considerably.|
|Affordable||d-||Duxiana is among the most expensive beds available and is typically priced between$3,700-$12,600depending on size and model. In addition, repairs / maintenance for the bed can be expensive once full warranty coverage ends.|
|Less pain / pressure||b||Comfort and pain relief, including back pain relief, are often good initially but can diminish as the bed ages often due to sagging / compression of the top. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Adjustable firmness||b-||DUX 818 has independent adjustable lumbar support for each side of the bed. DUX 818 and 515 have personal comfort zones which allow some adjustability for one’s shoulders, back and legs. Air beds, such as the Sleep Number Bed, often provide at least somewhat greater range of firmness adjustability and ease of adjustment.|
|Motion isolation||C+||Duxiana’s continuous coil system performs about average in regard to absorbing motion from one person so that the other person is not disturbed.|
|No initial odor / off gassing||b-||The latex top may have some initial odor.|
|No sleeping hot||b-||Duxiana may act as a heat trap for a small number of people.|
|No noise||c+||Squeaking / creaking is sometimes reported.|
|Lightweight||d-||Dux Beds are heavier than most beds. Moving them can be difficult.|
|No need to rotate / flip||B||Flipping is generally not reported to be necessary, but the occasional rotation may be beneficial in maintaining comfort.|
|Availability||D||Duxiana has retailers around the world and about 30 in North America. The beds are also used in some hotels. They are not available for sale online.|
|Specs disclosed||B+||This rating refers to what extent Duxiana discloses the specifications of its beds. Duxiana provides thickness and materials specifications, but some details are lacking. The disclosing of specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them comparison shop.|
|Warranty||c-||The beds come with a 20-year, 5-year non-prorated warranty. Many less expensive mattresses have better warranty coverage. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)|
|Return policy||d||Several Dux Bed owners report that no returns are accepted. Others report that a 10-day return window exists.|
|Customer service||c||Owner experience data shows customer service to be inconsistent. It is not uncommon for Dux Bed owners to say that service is good before the sale, but fair-poor afterwards.|
|Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating||NR||No Better Business Bureau rating for US Duxiana headquarters is available, but each store often has its own rating.|
|SLTD company rating||C+||SLTD rating is Sleep Like The Dead’s rating of a company. The rating of "C+" for Duxiana is based on a combination of factors including product ratings by consumers, years in business, customer service, return policy, transparency of specifications, and warranty.|
Owner Satisfaction Comparison
Dux Beds overall have 74% owner satisfaction. This rate is somewhat above average compared to innerspring mattresses overall (63%) and slightly above average compared to all mattresses overall (72%) which includes innerspring, memory foam, latex, air, futon.
Based on limited owner experience data, the higher-priced Dux Bed models donotappear to have better owner satisfaction than the cheaper models.
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About our unbiased Duxiana Bed review and research
The Dux Bed mattress ratings are based on over 50 actual owner / consumer reviews and experiences of several current and discontinued models.
Most Dux Bed owner experience data was gathered from online message boards and product review websites. Learn more about our research methodology and why you can trust our mattress reviews.
вЂ“ Duxiana (Dux Bed) is a luxury, Swedish-made innerspring-based mattress. It is one of the most expensive beds on the market and is often priced between $3,700-$12,700.
вЂ“ Within five years of ownership, durability / quality issues, including topper sagging and loss of support / comfort, are reported by 15 percent or more of Dux Bed owners.
вЂ“ The Dux Bed is considerably heavier than most beds. Moving or transporting it can be difficult.
Hästens Mattress Review
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Swedish company Hästens has a 150-year-long history making luxury beds. Is this mattress, made with wool cotton, and horsehair over pocketed coils right for you?
Note: The Hästens 2000T mattress, reviewed here, is from a Swedish company that’s been making luxury beds for 150 years. You’ll find all-natural materials, hand stitching, impeccable construction, and a price tag to match. We discuss its materials and design, and put the Hastens mattress through our standard tests for priority and preference characteristics.
If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Hästens mattress video review above.
Table of Contents
Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there’sa lotof information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.
|Summary||Overview of GoodBed’s findings and conclusions about this product|
|Materials & Construction||Mattress Type, Layers, Cover, Natural Materials|
|Comfort & Feel||Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce|
|Back Support + Pressure Relief||Customization and dual-comfort features|
|Feature Ratings||Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals|
|Price, Value & Longevity||Cost, Durability, Overall Value|
|Other Factors to Consider||Delivery, Returns, Warranty|
|Bottom Line||Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?|
Summary: Is the Hästens a Good Mattress?
The Swedish Hästens company was founded in 1852 as a saddlemaker (the name ‘hastens’ comes from the Swedish word for horse), making saddles for horses, then upholstery and seating for buggies. After automobiles reduced the need for horses, the company shifted to making mattresses. What do those three products have in common? Horsehair.
Horsehair is cleaned, heated, braided and cured in much the same way today as it was in the 1800s for the company’s saddle padding. It’s an example of a family-owned company that pivoted when the market changed and is now a premier manufacturer of luxury bedding. The company’s innovations don’t stop with horsehair. Hästens also debuted the concept of a bed frame, invented pocketed coils, and was first to introduce a top mattress. They are the oldest manufacturer of mattresses in Sweden, and have been owned by the same family for five generations.
Purchasing a Hästens mattress is also different compared to most brands. Buyers work with their Hästens representative to customize comfort levels on both sides of the bed (we call this dual comfort, choose fabrics and accessories. Mattresses are made in a single factory in Sweden by highly trained craftspeople. Some of their mattresses take more than 300 man hours to construct.
Of course, this type of customization, premium materials, and craftsmanship comes at a cost. We reviewed the Hästens 2000T, which has three components: a box foundation, a mattress, and the top mattress. Together, the bed measures almost 22" tall. The configuration we tested costs about $35,000 for a mattress that’s meant to last a lifetime. This particular model is the company’s most popular bed. There is another mattress above it in the Hästens product line, and several below. Prices for the least expensive Hastens beds start at about $4,000 on up to six figures.
Natural materials and lack of chemicals is the first thing you’ll notice about the Hästens mattress’s construction. Its comfort layers consist of New Zealand wool blended with cotton and mohair, plus genuine horsehair (no horses are harmed), Egyptian cotton, flax and Swedish pine hardwood. The support layer consists of individually pocketed steel coils. Layers are stacked and stitched together with functional tufting that travels the width of the mattress, compressing materials into an 11-inch mattress made using almost no chemicals. Sitting on top of the mattress is the top mattress–a totally separate unit that looks like a lofty comforter or pillow top that’s not attached to the mattress. Inside the cotton jacquard cover of the top mattress is more horsehair, wool and cotton padding.
There are four comfort options for the Hästens mattress: Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, and Soft, and you can choose the softness level for each side of the mattress. To accomplish the variations, Hastens varies the gauge (strength) of the steel coils on each side of the mattress. Customization doesn’t stop there; choose between 16 fabrics to cover the mattress, top mattress and foundation. You can even opt for a monogrammed metal plate on the finished mattress.
From a performance perspective, we found the Hästens mattress to be supportive in whatever sleeping position we chose. Side sleepers will likely opt for the softer firmness levels, which those who sleep primarily on their stomach will probably want to select one of the firmer options. One surprise was pressure relief; standard mattresses typically achieve the best pressure relief using memory foam. Despite there being no foam in the Hastens mattress, pressure relief is remarkable.
Temperature is another area where the Hastens bed excels. The abundance of natural materials, plus airflow through the coils, creates excellent temperature control.
Perhaps the only performance area we questioned was motion isolation. With lots of steel coils and a lot of bounce, you can certainly feel movements on the other side of the bed, making it perhaps not the best choice if you are highly sensitive to a partner’s movements.
The other drawback, of course, is the price tag, which will simply be beyond the means of many mattress shoppers.
Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.
Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Hästens Mattress?
BEST if you:
- Value history and quality
- Want the best-quality natural materials
- Need excellent pressure relief
- Have a tendency to sleep hot
- Like feeling nestled/snuggled by your bed
NOT IDEAL if you:
- Are easily disturbed by a partner’s movements
- Prioritize price
Comfort & Feel
These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter ofyourpersonal preference.
|6||Slightly deeper than average|
|8||Fast recovery, lots of bounce|
These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely onyourpersonal priorities.
|Motion Isolation||6||Good but not the best|
|Ease of Repositioning||9||Excellent|
Natural Materials over Pocketed Coils
Country of Manufacture
21.6" including foundation
About 500 pounds with foundation
Materials & Construction
What’s in aHästens mattress?
Overall, we classify the Hästens mattress as a "Natural Materials over Pocketed Coils" construction type.
TheHästens mattresscomes in three pieces: A box spring foundation, a mattress, and what the company calls a "top mattress," a sort of puffy quilt or comforter that’s separate and not attached to the mattress. (The company says that most people only put a sheet on the top mattress.)
Altogether, the three components measure more than 21 inches tall.
The Hästens 2000T is a "bespoke" mattress, meaning that the bed is not made until you have specified and chosen all of the options and preference features. The company uses a menu of natural materials in different combinations, depending on the options you choose and the model you select (we tested the 2000T, and there are other mattresses both higher and lower priced).
Hästens is known for its horsehair, and it’s really why the whole company started making mattresses. In 1800s, Hastens (the name means ‘horse’ in Swedish) made saddles, which were padded using horsehair. The company evolved into making upholstery (for example the seats for buggies), then as the need for saddles and buggies declined due to the automobile, the company began using its horsehair to make mattresses.
Made from the hairs of a horse’s mane and tail (no horses are harmed since these hairs grow back), horsehair gives Hastens mattresses some of its springiness and cushioning. More expensive Hastens mattresses contain lots of horsehair, while the entry-level non-customized mattresses don’t contain any.
Hästens uses two types of horsehair in its mattresses. Its A-Lynx horsehair has the longest and strongest strands of hair while the J-Horsehair is a combination of horsetail and cattle tail hairs.
The horsehair is first cleaned by boiling it in oil, then dried, braided into a rope, and baked at 300 degrees F. Then the horsehair is allowed to cure in storage until needed. When the horsehair is unraveled, it’s left with kinky coils of springy curls. In a mattress, the horsehair creates loft and padding while being almost weightless and highly breathable.
The horsehair is hypoallergenic, and the company says it has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Harvesting the horsehair does not harm the animals; their hair grows back.
Horsehair is certainly a premium material, and the Hästens 2000T uses a lot of it. For reference, it takes about $100 worth of horsehair to string a violin bow, and you can see below that there many violin bow’s worth of horsehair in this mattress.
Pocketed steel coils
Hästens makes its springs in-house, using Swedish virgin steel that has not been recycled (the company says that virgin steel better retains its shape). Variations in mattress comfort levels (firmness) are created using different gauges, number, and heights of springs. Pocketed coils are used in the mattress and box foundation, meaning each spring is individually wrapped in fabric. In the box spring, Hästens also uses Bonnell spiral coils; these are hourglass-shaped interconnected coils.
Wool and Mohair
Hästens uses New Zealand lambswool in several layers of the mattress. The wool is combined with cotton and mohair, a wool that comes from angora goats.
Egyptian cotton is used in the comfort layers, and also for the fabric coverings; Hästens’ signature checked fabric is a custom-made and patented jacquard available in 14 colors and patterns.
Hästens uses flax (made from a plant) for corner padding and other parts. The company says flax has anti-static properties, and also absorbs vibration.
Feathers and down from geese is sustainably harvested, and certified not to harm the birds.
Below, you can see the huge amount of materials included in our Hästens 2000T test bed. Uncompressed, they puff up nearly a foot more than the ultimate mattress height. The layers of cushioning are cinched together by functional tufting. Essentially, the mattress is pre-compressed, nearly eliminating the possibility of significant sagging from body impressions.
Hästens was one of the first–if not the first–companies to use a bed frame (prior to this, beds were supported with ropes, which needed to be periodically tightened). Today, its foundations are made from Swedish pine, which due to the long Swedish winters, is a very hard wood. Wood is harvested from the company’s own sustainable forest.
As you can see from the list above, there are no petroleum products, no foam, and no glues included in this mattress. With the exception of the steel coils, it is made of all natural materials.
Below is a good look at the horsehair (the curly black fibers); you can see the wool and cotton layers above and below the horsehair. In our mattress, horsehair was used in both the top mattress and main mattress, as well as in the box foundation.
All of the layers of the Hästens mattress are compressed with hand-stitched cords called functional tufting. These travel through the entire mattress, anchoring it together without the use of glues. You might see what looks like tufting on cheaper mainstream mattresses, but it is almost always merely decorative, and serves no practical purpose.
Almost every aspect of the Hastens mattress is constructed by hand. Layers are stacked by hand, covers are sewn by hand. Workmen and women use long needles to puncture the layers and create the tufting. Pocketed coils are fastened together by hand with metal hog ties.
Stitching on the side of the mattress isn’t decorative either; These stitches travel throughout the layers of the mattress as well, lending stability and structure. The company says that the grid pattern of the fabric assists craftspeople as an alignment tool when assembling and stitching the mattress.
Comfort & Feel
There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely byyourpersonal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.
Softness( what’s this )
The Hästens 2000T can be customized (on both sides of the mattress) to your preferred firmness, based on your consultations with your Hästens representative. The company achieves the variations by changing the gauge of the springs. Choose between Extra Firm, Firm Medium, and Soft.
Cushioning Depth( what’s this )
Just looking at the Hastens mattress, it appears soft and deeply cushioned, especially the top mattress. And our tester certainly felt hugged and cradled by the 2000T. He noted that he felt nestled into the mattress, but the feeling was nothing like memory foam, where the foam molds around your body. Rather, we found that the top mattress sort of fluffs up around you, but doesn’t feel confining at all.
Altogether, we found the cushioning depth to be a bit deeper than average.
|6||Deeper than average cushioning|
Responsiveness( what’s this )
|8||Fast recovery, lots of bounce|
Back Support & Pressure Relief
The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular,spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.
The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it’s in when you’re standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.
Because the Hästens 2000T mattress is custom ordered, buyers work closely with their representative so their support needs are met.
The bed we tested was configured with a Medium side and a Firm side. Our 200-pound tester, who is primarily a back sleeper, found the Medium side was a good match for him. His hips sunk into the mattress and created good spinal alignment. For a stomach sleeper, a Firm configuration will likely work best.
Because the Hästens bed can be configured in this way, and isn’t "one size fits all" it should suit the widest variety of sleepers of any size. Even those on the heavy end of the weight spectrum should do very well on this mattress due to its customized support and excellent construction.
Pressure Relief ( what’s this )
When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that’s the position in which your body’s weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress foryourneeds, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.
Mainstream mattresses typically achieve pressure relief through the use of latex foam or memory foam, which can have excellent pressure-relieving qualities. The Hästens mattress has no foam at all, but our tester found pressure relief to be excellent. The compressed layers of wool/cotton and particularly the horsehair, did an excellent job cushioning the pointy parts of our tester’s body–his shoulders and hips–while on his side.
Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattresscanbe better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter ofyourown personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.
Motion Isolation( what’s this )
With a bowling pin standing upright on the bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. With the bowling ball, the pin wiggled slightly but didn’t fall.
When our tester dropped his weight on the bed, however, the pin did fall. The coils are pocketed, meaning that they can compress individually. However, all the internal parts of the mattress are stitched and attached to each other, so the bed does move more as a unit.
We felt that the Hästens would be a good choice for those who don’t want to feel a partner’s movements, but if you are very sensitive to this or very easily disturbed, it could be a deal breaker.
|Motion Isolation Rating||6/10||Good but not the best|
Temperature( what’s this )
If you tend to "sleep hot" this aspect may be a priority for you. Innerspring mattress are usually a great choice for air flow and heat dissipation, and the Hastens mattress really excels. It’s many layers of natural materials–including wool, cotton, and horsehair–are highly breathable, and its pocketed coil layers are made mainly of air between the coils.
If you have a known issue of overheating on other mattresses, we think the Hästens would be an excellent solution.
|Stays “Cool” Rating||10/10||Exceptional|
Edge Support( what’s this )
If you find yourself often pushed to the very edge of your mattress, this could be a priority for you. Both sitting and laying on the edge, our tester felt stable and well supported. Hästens uses stronger springs on the corners of the bed to further enhance edge support.
|Edge Support Rating||10/10||Excellent|
Ease of Repositioning( what’s this )
Even though this mattress has deeper cushioning than average, our tester had no trouble repositioning or moving around.
Green Features( what’s this )
For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.
It’s hard to find mattresses much more natural than a Hastens mattress. As discussed in the Construction section above. all material except the steel springs are natural and biodegradable. Furthermore, most of the materials are certified as sustainably and humanely sourced from animals (sheep, geese, horses), or from plants (flax, cotton, Swedish pine).
Natural materials are chosen for their ability to reduce static, dissipate heat, wick away moisture, and for breathability without the use of chemicals or glues.
Steel may not be natural, but the company does use Swedish steel, so shipping distance and carbon footprint is minimized for the bulkiest of materials. Similarly, the pine used in the beds is also from Sweden.
In terms off off-gassing and potential allergens, the beds use of natural materials and steel minimize or eliminate this. Even the horsehair is hypoallergenic.
No glues or chemical coatings are used in the materials or fabrics; the mattress is held together with functional tufting and metal hogties.
Hästens is a 150-year old company that takes pride in its human resources practices, fair wages, and employee benefits. And the company is 5th generation family-owned, with a long history of the best quality materials, construction, and company policies.
If natural materials, sustainable environmental policies, humane animal treatment, and a stated environmental policy are priorities for you, Hästens excels in all of these. It’s worth noting that the mattress is not certified organic, though many of its materials are.
Adjustable Base Compatibility( what’s this )
We did not test the Hastens mattress with an adjustable base. However, the company does have a model that includes an adjustable foundation.
Price, Value & Longevity
How Much Does A Hästens Mattress Cost?
Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 21.6"||$21,145|
|Full (Double)||54" x 75" x 21.6"||$31,395|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 21.6"||$35,990|
|King||76" x 80" x 21.6"||$42,290|
|California King||72" x 84" x 21.6"||$42,290|
What Are You Getting?
The history and legacy of the 150-year-old Hästens company is as much a part of your purchase as the bed itself. From its beginnings in the early 1800s as a master saddlemaker and upholsterer, the fifth-generation family-owned business today manufactures luxury beds in much the same way as it did a century ago. Mattresses and foundations are crafted by hand, and made to order. Your Hastens representative is your partner in helping you customize and perfect your choices and preferences.
The company stands out for its environmental and sustainability policies, as well as for the caliber of its highly trained workforce in a single factory in Sweden.
You are getting a mattress that’s customized entirely for you and your partner, from several types of springs, to 16 fabric and upholstery choices. A Hästens bed is as much a piece of furniture as a mattress, and the company says that most customers love to see the exclusive checked upholstery rather than covering it with shirts and sheets.
Aside from the steel springs, almost all of the materials in the bed are natural, from New Zealand wool, to Egyptian cotton, and horsehair and wood from Sweden. The layers of the mattress are hand-stitched and hog-tied together without the use of glues or chemical coatings. Altogether, the mattress, top mattress, and foundation measure close to 22 inches tall.
How Long Will the Hästens Mattress Last?
The Hästens mattress is meant to be your last mattress purchase. There are no materials in this bed that are going to break down significantly. Many of the beds we review are using newer materials like petroleum-based foams, that just don’t have a long track record. But that’s not the case with this bed, whose materials have been tried and tested for more than a century.
It’s hard to assess the value of a Hästens mattress, as it simply exists in a class almost by itself. Assuming that a $35,000 mattress and foundation is in your price range, we do think you are purchasing a mattress that will truly last a lifetime, and one that’s tailored from the start for your specific needs. If you value the history and legacy of a company that’s been around for 150 years, and will likely be around for another century, and value a company with highly trained and specialized craftsmen, then a Hastens mattress may be worth consideration. A Hästens bed is a serious and significant piece of furniture that would be at home in a custom designer home.
So, in many ways including value, it’s simply difficult to compare with Hastens mattress with mainstream beds at all. For that reason, we are not giving it a GoodBed Value Rating, as we do for pre-made mattresses you might order online.
Other Factors to Consider
Hästens includes a 25-year warranty that covers breakage of the springs or wood. The top mattress is not covered by a warranty at all. Part of the reason for this is that Sweden’s government includes significant consumer protections on purchases, making the types of warranties we see in the United States unnecessary.
Whie the Hästens company has been in business since the mid-1800s, they have only been sold in the United States in the 15 or 20 years, and a potential drawback is availability; Hästens mattresses are only available in about 30 showrooms in North America.
Shipping and delivery will depend on the store where you purchase the mattress. A store locator is available to help.
Bottom Line: Is the Hästens Mattress Right for You?
The Hästens mattress sits in a class by itself, in terms of construction, materials, customization, and performance.Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Hastens mattress.
BEST if you:
- Value history and quality
- Want the best-quality natural materials
- Need excellent pressure relief
- Have a tendency to sleep hot
- Like feeling nestled/snuggled by your bed
NOT IDEAL if you:
- Are easily disturbed by a partner’s movements
- Prioritize price
Is the Hästens 2000T mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.
I Slept In A $27,500 Bed For A Month
I’ll never forget the first mattress I purchased for myself. It was $350 and sold to me by a slick salesman in Cranston, Rhode Island. It was a good mattress, assuredly built by a bunch of advanced machines in some far away land, each stitch programmed, each coil designed by a computer for maximum profitability.
When Hästens dropped off their queen-size 2000T bed at my apartment, it immediately became apparent that the only thing it had in common with my old mattress was the designated area in my room where it would live. Everything else was. well, let me explain.
Before you purchase a Hästens bed, you’re encouraged to stop by one of their lofty showrooms. I picked the one in SoHo, on Grand street between Wooster and Greene. It’s a typical, vaulted downtown space, but in it are 15 or so beds—some blue Gingham (what they call Bluecheck), some white. To the right of the entrance, there’s a wall of pillows, a selection of sheets, and a smattering of duvets. Behind the counter sits a handsome man who’ll shake your hand and graciously invite you into the world of Swedish handmade beds. Follow him.
For a product line that dips its toes well into six figures, I have to say the entire process of being fitted for the 2000T was little more pretentious than going to a lovely espresso bar—which is to say that my friends and I never once felt unwelcome in their space. What was curious, however, was that the stores typically don’t advertise their prices. They have prices, certainly, but they don’t have those cards you’d see at Sleepy’s with big red markdowns or markups. “We want you to come in without bias, to try out each product we offer and genuinely see which one feels right for you.” the sales associate explained. My backside, as it turns out, chose the 2000T. “A wise choice; it’s our most popular model,” he remarked.
The most popular model is subsequently a $27,500 stunner that came in three separate pieces:
- 1: The Box Spring – This is what most people would call a mattress. It’s essentially what I’d been sleeping on for close to a decade.
- 2: The Mattress – This. this is where I started to have my mind blown. It’s simultaneously softer and more supportive than anything I’d put my weight on before.
- 3: The Top Mattress – The cherry on top. This layer appeared to be stuffed with cotton candy and birdsong. I’d never felt unrivaled softness like this before.
Now there’s nothing terribly revolutionary here, thousands of mattresses in 3 pieces are sold every year, and many for significantly less than a Hästens. But that’s about where the similarities end.
Born in 1852
Hästens has been putting Swedes to sleep since the late 19th century, a time when beds were fashioned from horsehair & hand tied twine and the phrase “Sleep tight!” was a thing that people actually said in earnest (it refers to the support rope that went underneath the mattress, which routinely slackened, requiring tightening now and again with special tools). They’ve had a heck of a long time to figure out how to do what they do, but strangely, a lot of the materials they use haven’t changed much.
For instance, the special horsehair that fills each and every mattress has been groomed and bred for use by Hästens since Pehr Adolf Jansen received his Royal Certificate from the King Of Sweden, declaring him a Master Saddlemaker. Saddlemakers, as it turns out, were the only people who were certified to build mattresses, as horsetail hair was integral to the construction of the pads that protected royal bottoms in their royal carriages, and when you think about it, mattresses are really just kind of overgrown cushions for your whole body.
Fit for a king
In 1952, 35 years or so after the company received their official royal warrant from the Swedish Royal Family, it was decreed Hästens’ mattresses were to be the only mattresses the Royal Family would use. I can’t promise you that every partner you bring back to your Hästens bed is going to be impressed by this fact, but it definitely won’t hurt.
If you do your homework you’ll also find an endless list of celebrity clients, professional athletes and more who swear by Hastens. “We’re generally private about our clientele," explains Bob Cooper, VP of North American Sales for Hästens, “There are several hotels that carry our line in their high-end rooms, and it’s really not that uncommon to see a musician or athlete on tour order a bed after spending a night on one.”
Everyone I talk to about the purebred mattress currently stabled at my place has the same question: “Well? Is it worth it? Do you actually sleep better?” I reply bluntly that I, in fact, do.
For the first time in my life, I awake in the same position I fell asleep in. Although this doesn’t sound like much, it is a huuuuge development for me. Anyone who’s ever shared a bed with me knows that I’m a chronic tosser and turner. not quite a flailer, but in no way, shape, or form do I sleep like a log. The 2000T has—through either engineering or placebo—actually changed the way that I go to sleep.The good folks at Hästens explain this phenomenon as a result of the astoundingly even support that their approach to mattress making provides. And although I’m a convert, a true believer, I still can’t help but feel a bit skeptical.
Allow me to explain, as the analogy in my mind is pretty simple: when you have a beautiful suit tailored for you, it undoubtedly costs more than if you purchased one off the rack. Even if those two suits end up being the EXACT same measurements, 9/10 people will say that the suit which they had tailored is the suit that they’d prefer to be wearing. Although there is zero difference between the suits, they’ll report feeling more confident in the one they’ve had tailored. Is this purely psychological? Yes. Does it really work? Absolutely.
Buying a Hästens bed represents a significant (read: financial) change in the way that you think about sleep. It takes what is for many a piece of furniture, and turns it into an expertly crafted tool with which to execute the act of snoozing. It quite literally shifts your perception of sleep as a requisite practice to a major priority in your life. Throughout the month of sleeping on the 2000T I found myself getting visibly excited to go to bed. It became an event, an activity worth celebrating, an occasion.
Going to bed before the 2000T was just going to bed. Now? It’s something I rush towards.
Could you have a great night’s sleep on a $350 mattress from Rhode Island? Sure. I did pretty well with it for years, and I’ll do pretty well when it comes back in a few weeks. But knowing that the Hästens mattress is in my house tonight, for the last few days of the loan, makes me inherently confident that tomorrow I am going to wake up feeling fantastic.
Ted Gushueis the Executive Editor of Supercompressor, and his new puppy has only tried to sleep in the Hästens mattress twice. Watch his criminially luxurious tale unfold on instagram @TedGushue.
Frequently asked questions
Does Hästens have Certifications for quality?
– Are any animals horsehair/feathers harmed in the making of a Hästens?
All of our materials, including the horsetail hair and down, are ethically sourced. We take this responsibility quite seriously.
– What are the washing instructions for Hästens beds/top mattresses?
Your Hästens bed is made using the highest quality, 100% natural materials. As such, it is not machine washable, either in water or by dry cleaning. But accidents do happen and textile cleaner or furniture foam should be sufficient to clean any stains. However, there is a small chance the cleaner could damage the fire retardant or discolor the fabric. To prevent this, we suggest testing a small portion on an unobtrusive section of the mattress. For ultimate mattress protection, we recommend using a Hästens bed skirt and mattress cover.
– What is covered by your 25 year guarantee?
Further to the rights awarded the consumer by Swedish law, all Hästens Beds are covered by a 25 year guarantee against breakage of the bed’s springs or frame. For more information about our warranty, please contact your nearest Hästens store.
– I am allergic to horses. can I sleep in a Hästens bed?
Of course you can, without any effects. Anyone who suffers from allergies, can enjoy a wonderful sleep in a Hästens bed. The horsehair we use in the upholstery of the beds is prepared for several months without adding any foreign substances. The horsehair is washed and then rinsed thoroughly before it is spun, sanitized and heated to 140 C. The horsehair is then stored as twisted rope before it is torn up and embedded into a Hästens bed. Hästens has commissioned rigorous testing to ensure that there are no allergens in the horsehair. The samples were analyzed using an ELISA technique at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and all the tests show negative results.
How long does a mattress last? And Things You Should Know before Buying a New Mattress
Mattresses can get expensive more so if durability is your main concern. Of course, we are all looking for value for our money with every purchase, and we expect the mattress to pay for itself whether we spent less than a hundred bucks or a few thousand dollars for it.
Although most people don’t view it this way, a durable mattress also saves you from the hassle of having to break in a new mattress after every few years.
So, how long does a mattress last?
The durability of a mattress is a combination of several factors including the construction materials, the weight and sleeping styles of the intended users, and usage. This is to say that it all boils down to how well you’ll do your homework in choosing the best mattress for your needs plus how good you take care of it.
Generally, high-end mattresses have a lifespan of between 7 and ten years. Coincidentally, this also happens to be the recommended time for a replacement according to the mattress and sleep experts. Opinions vary though, and some studies show that well-constructed mattresses can last much longer than this.
To that end, let’s see how different types of mattresses perform regarding durability and factors that may affect the lifespan of these products.
I chose to begin with these mattresses because they are the most durable with the best blends offering up to 15 years. Compared to memory foam, latex is denser and has been found to perform better in resisting body impressions and early wear.
Some latex mattresses again feature a modular construction design that allows you to swap a worn out layer with a new one thereby extending the lifespan of the mattress. Such models also allow you to flip the layers individually leading even to wear.
It’s worth mentioning that latex comes in 2 major varieties depending on the materials used; Natural and Synthetic. While the 2 are generally durable, natural latex mattresses will outdo synthetic mattresses by several years.
Memory foam mattresses
Memory foam mattresses come second regarding durability after latex. Although most mid-range memory foam mattresses average 6 ½ to 7 years regarding lifespan, high-end models can last you well over ten years.
The durability of a memory foam mattresses largely depends on the density and thickness of its layers. For starters, density in mattresses refers to the amount of material used per cubic foot. These mattresses range from 1.5lbs/ft3 to upwards of 6lbs/ft3.
If you are planning to make a long-term investment, consider a medium-to-high density mattress that is at least 4lbs/ft3. A 6lbs/ft3-mattress takes the durability aspect even higher.
You don’t necessarily need to go for the densest memory foam mattress available though if the mattress isn’t used on a daily basis. For instance, if you are buying a memory foam mattress for a guests’ room, boat, or RV, a medium-density model might impress.
However, I would not recommend going with low-density memory foam mattresses since that only translates to lower durability.
Gel memory foam mattresses
These mattresses debuted around 2011 and have helped solve the major issue that plagues memory foam mattresses; heat retention. It’s still a bit early to conclude on their durability though. There are a lot of conflicting thoughts regarding this issue. A section of mattress experts claims that the addition of beads in memory foam increases its density thereby boosting durability. Others are of a contrary opinion and argue that these beads increase the rate of disintegration.
These mattresses have been around since the 1930s. They feature steel coil springs inside and a layer of foam or fiber at the top to keep you off the system of springs.
While the durability of memory foam and latex mattresses heavily depends on the density, that of innerspring mattresses is dependent on the types of springs used as well as the gauge and spring count.
Allow me to explain this;
- Bonnell coils are the most common and widely available. They feature an hourglass shape reinforced with helicals for added support. Bonnel coils are often crafted using thick, low-gauge wire that enables them to withstand heavy weights besides giving them excellent durability.
- Offset coils are more or less an upgraded version of Bonnell coils in that they feature an hourglass shape and are also reinforced with helicals. The only difference is that they hinge when compressed- a construction design that helps curb stiffness. However, they are still very durable and a little pricier too.
- Pocket coils are commonly known as encased coils and are the current craze. The best part about these coils is their ability to minimize motion transfer and noise. This is actually what makes them the priciest of the bunch. However, the fact that they are made of thin, non-tempered wire makes them less durable than the rest.
As I told you earlier, gauge and coil count also have a great impact on the durability of an innerspring mattress. Gauge refers to the thickness of the wire used, and it ranges from 18 which is the thinnest to 12 (the thickest).
Innerspring mattresses have anywhere between 300 and 1000+ springs. A higher spring count and gauge correlates with the durability and contour-ability of the mattress. This is a really important consideration that you’ll need to give some thought especially if the mattress is intended for a large and overweight person.
All in all, the best you can get from an innerspring is 7-8 years with good care.
Most of these mattresses employ a spring system and a layer of memory foam or latex on top. Although they offer the best of these two varieties, hybrid mattresses tend to disintegrate faster and don’t last so long. In most instances, you’ll need a replacement in utmost six years with regular usage. You could get a few additional years if the mattress were used irregularly though.
An air mattress might be your go-to guy if you want an affordable mattress for your guests and one that offers customized comfort. This type of mattresses is meant for temporal use although manufacturers are now offering high-end models for permanent use.
These inflatable mattresses rely on tubes and seams that are susceptible to leaks over the years. Also, they rely on pumping mechanisms that are also prone to malfunctioning.
The saving grace is that a DIY person can self-repair almost any air mattress easily at home. Again, most of them use pumps that can be swapped with another one in case of a malfunction.
This means that although an inflatable bed can fail you within the first year, it can also last you quite a long time with a simple repair here and there. Generally, these mattresses offer an average of 5-7 years with utmost care.
Tips for Prolonging your Mattress’ Durability
- Always use a mattress protector- it goes a long way in protecting it from spills and stains. Water, juice, and milk spills easily penetrate the mattress leading to a quick degradation of materials
- Clean and vacuum the surface of the mattress regularly
- Having your meals and snacks on the bed? It’s cool, but it could easily mess your mattress
- Consider a brand that offers the longest warranty- there’s always something good about manufacturers that extend at least ten years of warranty
- Check and understand what the fine details in the warranty
- Regularly inspect your bed frame to ensure that there are no weak or broken slats or abnormally large gaps between the slats
Wrapping it up
The bed is the most important piece of furniture around the home: after all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping. Considering the price of mattresses, it pays to get a model that offers not only comfort and support but excellent durability too.
However, as I have just told you, keep in mind that how long a mattress lasts also depends on whether or not you chose an ideal model putting into consideration the number of people who’ll be using it, plus their total weight and sleeping positions, versus the material used for the mattress and density/thickness of coils.