Buying a new mattress is a small science in itself. Stiftung Warentest and Öko-Test shed light on the darkness – and regularly test foam, latex and pocket spring mattresses. Here you can find out which mattresses are the best in 2023.
A good and suitable mattress has a positive effect on your night’s sleep and helps prevent health problems such as back or hip pain. The mattress’ job is to support the spine while you sleep, so that the spine is supported in its natural position while you sleep and your muscles are not active.
The mattress should not only suit your sleeping habits, your body type and your weight. Since you spend around a third of your life in bed and in direct contact with the mattress, it is important that it is free of harmful substances.
By the way: Experts advise not to wait too long before investing in a new mattress. If properly cared for, high-quality mattresses can last up to fourteen years, explains TÜV Rheinland. However, mattresses should not be used for longer periods of time for hygienic reasons.
Mattress test winner 2023: Which type of mattress has the best eco-balance?
Stiftung Warentest continually tests mattresses. The most current results are from September 2023. 13 new models were checked for their lying properties, durability, cover, health, environmental impact, handling and declaration.
The testers also compared the environmental impact of spring core, latex and foam mattresses. The conclusion of the consumer magazine: foam mattresses have the least impact on the environment. This is followed by latex mattresses, with spring mattresses bringing up the rear.
The energy-intensive production of spring cores and the high water consumption of conventional cotton covers have a negative ecological impact. Foam mattresses, on the other hand, usually have a synthetic cover, which, according to Stiftung Warentest, is more environmentally friendly. However, a comparison with covers made of organic cotton was apparently not carried out.
Below we list the 2023 mattress test winners sorted by product type. We always list the very best models currently available in their category. It doesn’t matter whether the data comes from the most recent test or from a previous test.
Foam mattress test winner 2023
Foam mattresses are light and are characterized by high elasticity. As soon as you move, they quickly return to their original shape. Its core consists of a specific mattress foam, such as visco foam, cold foam or comfort foam. Foam mattresses are rather unsuitable for people who sweat heavily at night. Since they are easy to clean and air out, they are a good choice for allergy sufferers.
In February 2023, Stiftung Warentest tested so-called “duo mattresses”. These are foam mattresses. However, with this type of mattress, one side is softer and one side is harder, so you can easily adjust the hardness depending on the sleeper by simply turning the mattress over.
This can be particularly helpful when buying a mattress online. If you are unsure about the hardness, you can “readjust” something after purchasing.
Duo mattress test winner 90 x 200 cm:
Emma 25 Flip: Grade 1.7 / Price: approx. 400 euros / tested 03/2023 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.2). Available directly from Emma mattresses.
Sun Garden Memovita V880: Grade 1.9 / Price: approx. 200 euros / tested 03/2023 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.2). Available from Möbel Boss, Lidl or Amazon
Duo mattress test winner 140 x 200 cm:
Dream night comfort 7-zone 2 in 1 duo cold foam mattress: grade 2.6 / price: approx. 250 euros / tested 02/2021 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.4). Available on Amazon or Aldi
Bett1.de Bodyguard: Grade 2.7 / Price: approx. 340 euros / tested 02/2021 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.4). Available at Bett1
For the models from Emma and Sun Garden, the examiners judged: “All body types lie well on them when lying on their backs and sides.”
The duo mattress test winners are currently the best choice in the foam mattress category. The only non-reversible foam mattress with a comparably good quality rating (grade 1.7) is currently the Emma One (from around 250 euros). All other foam mattresses without a reversible function are behind the duo mattress test winners in the Stiftung Warentest database.
Latex mattress test winner 2023
The advantage of a latex mattress is that the material is very elastic. This makes latex very adaptable and supports a comfortable, usually soft lying position. However, latex mattresses have one disadvantage: they are quite expensive to purchase.
Latex mattress test winner 90 x 200 cm:
Allnatura Sanastar-Comfort: Grade 2.2 / Price: approx. 760 euros / tested 02/2022 / “Health and Environment” rating: good (1.7). Available from Allnatura.
Allnatura Supra-Comfort Allergy: Grade 2.2 / Price: approx. 730 euros / tested 02/2017 / “Health and Environment” rating: good (1.7). Available from Allnatura
Raccoon natural mattress latex 1: grade 2.3 / price approx. 990 euros / tested 02/2017 / rating “Health and Environment”: good (1.6). Available from Raccoon
Latex mattress test winner 140 x 200 cm:
- There are currently no tests of latex mattresses at Stiftung Warentest for this mattress size (as of September 2023).
Good to know: The test-winning mattresses from Allnatura are manufactured in Germany. The latex comes from sustainable forestry and meets the FSC criteria.
Spring mattresses test winner
Spring mattresses are so called because they contain steel springs inside that give way where they are loaded (point elasticity). If you sweat a lot, a spring mattress is a good choice. However, spring mattresses have the disadvantage that they are heavy and therefore difficult to transport.
In addition, spring mattresses bring up the rear in terms of ecological balance. Among other things, this is due to the energy-intensive production of the steel spring core. According to Stiftung Warentest, a spring core mattress has five times the environmental impact of a foam mattress.
The best spring mattresses 90 x 200 cm:
Schlaraffia Mynap TFK: Grade 1.6 / Price: approx. 350 euros / tested 10/2022 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.4) Available from Otto
Beco Maxima Plus: Grade 1.8 / Price approx. 250 euros / tested 10/2022 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.3). Available from Otto
Emma 25 Hybrid: Grade 1.8 / Price approx. 540 euros / tested 10/2022 / “Health and Environment” rating: satisfactory (2.6). Available from Emma
The best spring mattresses 140 x 200 cm:
Emma Dynamic: Grade 1.8 / Price: approx. 370 euros / tested 09/2021 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.4). The mattress is now on sale under the name “Emma One Spring Core”. Available from Emma, Lidl or Amazon
Badenia Trendline BT1000 Classic: Grade 2.3 / Price: approx. 380 euros / tested 09/2021 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.4). Available at Lidl or Amazon.
Mattresses Concord The mattress TFK (= pocket spring core): grade 2.5 / price: approx. 270 euros / tested 09/2021 / “Health and Environment” rating: very good (1.2). Available from Mattresses Concord or Amazon
Mattresses at Öko-Test: These are the test winners (not)
Unfortunately, the Öko-Test magazine has no longer tested (adult) mattresses in recent years, but rather those for children and babies. That’s why you won’t find any mattress winners from Öko-Test here at the moment: after all, we don’t want to recommend any outdated products to you. However, if you are interested in all the test winners for children’s mattresses (Öko-Test and Stiftung Warentest), just click here:
Tips for buying a mattress
- The test result is an important guide – but your personal preferences also count. The best way to find out which material the mattress of your choice should be is to test it in the store.
- If you sweat easily at night, a spring mattress is a good choice; if you are more likely to shiver, a foam or latex mattress is a good choice.
- The tests by Stiftung Warentest show that the manufacturers’ hardness specifications are often incorrect. In the laboratory, the testers sometimes determined different values. Stiftung Warentest advises: “The hardness of a mattress does not affect its support properties. A soft mattress can support the spine just as well as a hard one.” This means: You can choose the firmness you want to lie on according to your preference and comfort level.
- The tests show: expensive does not automatically mean good. Some good mattresses, as you can see above, are available for under 200 euros.
Care tips for your mattress
- In order to be able to use your mattress for as long as possible, you should take good care of it. You can prevent mold growth by turning or airing the mattress regularly. Then you don’t have to throw away your mattress too early.
- We’ll tell you in another article what you need to pay attention to if you suffer from a house dust mite allergy.
By the way: On our voucher platform you can find current discount codes for Allnatura and many other online shops.
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