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IKEA Hövåg

IKEA HÖVÅG MATTRESS REVIEW

Nancy K.

Last updated: 30.07.2020 5 Min.

The IKEA Hövåg is one of 7 innerspring mattresses in the IKEA range. The Swedish furniture giant offers a total of 15 mattresses and 18 models (some mattresses come in two versions).

The IKEA Hövåg mattress is a pocket spring mattress. With integrated springs, it is designed to adapt to the contours of the body and create a balanced and restful sleep experience. The IKEA Hövåg mattress falls into the lower price range and is quite inexpensive in comparison to other mattresses.

That said, there are better alternatives that will offer better sleeping comfort and customer service. Read our full review on the IKEA Hövåg mattress below.

IKEA Hövåg
  • Overview
  • Composition
  • IKEA Hövåg mattress cover
  • Firmness
  • Delivery & customer service
  • Top alternative
  • Conclusion

Composition

The IKEA Hövåg mattress is a pocket spring mattress, combined with extra foam elements. This means that it consists of both steel springs (sewn into small pockets) and a layer of foam surrounding the springs. This provides extra protection for the built-in springs.

The mattress has a rather low spring density of 190 springs/m² but the outer foam layer provides a softer feel to the mattress overall.

IKEA Hövåg Composition
The IKEA Hövåg combines springs with PUR foam

The foam elements of the Hövåg are made of polyether foam (PUR foam). This provides a firmer lying sensation if it is not combined with other types of foam, such as Visco, cold foam, or latex.

In high-quality mattresses, polyether is only used as the base layer. This provides stability and makes the mattress more durable.

The IKEA Hövåg uses low-quality polyether foam. This is immediately evident when you look at the foam and its density, which is quite low at 28 kg/m3.

IKEA Hövåg mattress cover

The cover of the IKEA Hövåg is dark grey on the sides and white on the surface. It is made exclusively of cotton and polyester. The manufacturer states that the cover is not washable, a quality we’re not fans of due to hygienic reasons. This also doesn’t make this mattress ideal for those suffering from allergies.

IKEA Hövåg Cover
The IKEA Hövåg is made of cotton and polyester

IKEA recommends cleaning the mattress with furniture shampoo. This is much more complicated than simply popping the cover into the washing machine, as is the norm with many other mattresses.

Which mattress has the best quality? We’ve tested various mattresses, including the Emma Original. Read all our mattress reviews.

Firmness

The IKEA Hövåg is available in two different firmness levels: medium-firm and firm. We would rate the mattresses at 5 and 7 out of 10 respectively on our Sleep Hero firmness scale.

IKEA Hovag Firmness

The mattress is indeed very firm and does not provide for much sinkage - the body lies firmly on the surface and doesn’t sink into the mattress. One of the reasons for this is because the upper layer of the mattress is made of polyether foam, which is usually reserved for the firmer base layers.

Due to its firmness, the mattress does not provide adequate pressure relief and lying down on it can be somewhat uncomfortable and cause pressure points, especially if you’re lying down on your side.

If you like sleeping on your side, then you should definitely look for a slightly softer mattress that adapts better to the contours of your body. This is necessary for your spine to remain in healthy alignment. We would recommend the Otty mattress.

If you like sleeping on your back or stomach, then the IKEA Hövåg does offer sufficient stability and support.

IKEA Hövåg Mattress

Some positive features of the IKEA Hövåg: It does have very good elasticity due to its integrated springs. And it is firm enough to support even heavier-weight sleepers. The mattress also has very good breathability. As a spring mattress, it is a good choice for people who sweat heavily or prefer a cooler sleeping climate.

The medium-firm version of the IKEA Hövåg has similar features, though it does allow for better sinkage when sleeping on the side. This makes this version of the mattress much more comfortable. However, heavier-weight sleepers may prefer the firmer version and perceive the medium-firm version as too soft.

Delivery & customer service

We bought the IKEA Hövåg directly from the store. You’ll find it rolled up in a plastic box. One disadvantage of purchasing in-store is that you have to transport the box yourself, which isn’t always very practical.

You can also get the mattress delivered by IKEA. In this case, you can expect the mattress to be delivered within 5 - 7 business days. You do have to pay extra for the delivery but it is well worth it, considering you’re avoiding the hassle of transporting the mattress yourself.

Top alternative

There are many alternative mattresses that you can choose but the Ribeco 1000 is one of the best in a similar range.

Ribeco 1000

A cheap alternative to the IKEA Hövåg is the Ribeco 1000. Like the IKEA Hövåg, this is also a spring mattress. It is characterised by its good body adaptability and comfort.

Ribeco mattresses are delivered to your home free of charge. The mattress is also available in several sizes and multiple degrees of firmness.

Conclusion

Overall, our experience with the IKEA Hövåg was average.

It is a very firm mattress. We slept comfortably on our backs and on our stomachs but the mattress definitely felt too firm when sleeping on the side. That said, that mattress can be comfortably used by heavier-weight sleepers who may find other mattresses too soft.

IKEA also offers a fantastic risk-free trial period of 365 days, where you can test the mattress in the comfort of your own home. And if you’re not happy with the mattress, then you can simply return it.

The IKEA Hövåg is also available at an exceptionally low price, and you definitely get a decent product for the price. However, the mattress cannot compete with higher-quality and slightly more expensive mattresses.

Material
Material

Not very high quality

Comfort
Comfort

Rather firm. Not recommended for side sleepers

New mattress smell
New mattress smell

Minimal

Breathability
Breathability

Great breathability

Motion transfer & support
Motion transfer & support

Average

Delivery & returns
Delivery & returns

Delivery costs extra

Value for money
Value for money

Average product but not very expensive

Material
Material

Not very high quality

Comfort
Comfort

Rather firm. Not recommended for side sleepers

New mattress smell
New mattress smell

Minimal

Breathability
Breathability

Great breathability

Motion transfer & support
Motion transfer & support

Average

Delivery & returns
Delivery & returns

Delivery costs extra

Value for money
Value for money

Average product but not very expensive

Nancy K.

Yoga-loving nature fan (when the sun shines) with a knack for all things health & wellness. Strangely obsessed with tacos. 

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