Hästens Mattress Review

Last updated on May 2, 2019

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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?

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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

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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


Hastens 2000T Mattress


Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper  than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Fast recovery, lots of bounce

 

Other Features

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 on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 6 Good but not the best
Stays 'Cool' 10 Exceptional
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 10 Natural mattress, no glues or chemical coatings

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Natural Materials over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$35,990

Warranty

25 years

Country of Manufacture

Sweden

Thickness

21.6" including foundation

Weight (King)

About 500 pounds with foundation


Materials & Construction

What's in a Hästens mattress?

Overall, we classify the Hästens mattress as a "Natural Materials over Pocketed Coils" construction type.

Materials

The Hästens mattress comes 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).

Horsehair

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.

Cotton

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.

Flax

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.

Down

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.

Swedish pine

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.

Hastens Mattress Layers

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.

Hastens Horsehair

Construction

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.

Hastens Mattress Corner View

 

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 by your personal 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.

The Hästens 2000T we tested was configured with Medium and Firm sides. Because the mattress isn't "one size fits all" we can't give it a classification as we typically do for mattresses available in a single "off the shelf" version.

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.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Deeper than average cushioning

 Hastens Mattress Cushioning Depth

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

This Hästens mattress and its foundation both include pocketed coils, plus the foundation unit also has a layer of connected innersprings. All those springs translates to bounce, and the Hästens mattress has a lot of it. There isn't a lot of bounce right on the surface of the 2000T, but when our tester dropped his weight on the bed, he engaged all those springs, which pushed him back up into the air.
So this is definitely a mattress with a lot of highly responsive bounce.
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
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.

Spinal Alignment

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 for your needs, 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.

Hastens Mattress Side Sleeping 

Other Features

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 mattress can be 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 of your own 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

 Hastens Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

Even though this mattress has deeper cushioning than average, our tester had no trouble repositioning or moving around.

Repositioning Rating 9/10 Excellent

 

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.

Green Rating 10 /10 Mostly nfatural materials, no glues or chemical coatings

 

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.

Size Dimensions

Mattress, Top Mattress, and Foundation

(price will vary depending on customization)

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.

 

Overall Value

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.

 Custom Hastens Name Plate

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.

Looking for more on the Hästens mattress? Click here to visit their website at Hastens.com.

 

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