Since fall 2017, there has been a standard for children’s mattresses that defines the standards by which safety can be measured. For example, DIN EN 16890 regulates “Safety requirements and test methods” for children’s mattresses. Stiftung Warentest has tested children’s mattresses according to this standard. Result: Every second mattress is defective.

Stiftung Warentest tested a total of fourteen children’s mattresses, seven children’s mattresses failed the standard test, two achieved “sufficient” and five mattresses “very good”. The standard Din EN 16890 is intended to protect children from swallowing small parts, getting trapped or suffocating when the external respiratory tract, mouth and nose are blocked at the same time.

The tested children’s mattresses ranged from 110 to 179 euros. Six of the mattresses tested failed the ball test. Stiftung Warentest advises children younger than one year not to sleep on one of the failed mattresses as a precaution.  Pediatricians advise that the baby should always sleep on its back. A total of five out of fourteen mattresses were rated “good”. Two finished the test with “satisfactory” and seven with “inadequate”.

The children’s mattress test in percentage terms

Stiftung Warentest tested fourteen children’s mattresses. The lying properties accounted for 35 percent of the overall grade, durability 25 percent, safety 10 percent, the cover was also rated with 10 percent, handling 10 percent and declaration and advertising 10 percent. The aspect of health and environment had no influence on the final score.

The ball test reveals

The so-called ball test is the focus of the established standard. It tests the hardness of the child’s mattress and shows what can happen if the child turns on its stomach while sleeping. The child’s head sinks into the mattress. In the ball test, the ball lies on a template with a circular hole. The mattress is too soft when the ball ends with the edge of the template. Consequently, the baby’s head would sink too deeply into the mattress. If the ball rests on the mattress and does not touch the edge of the template, it is hard enough for the baby.

Six of the tested models can be used on both sides. With the other mattresses, the manufacturers state that each side is suitable for all age groups. Stiftung Warentest tested the hardness of both sides. All the mattresses had to pass the test even after they had been subjected to an endurance test specified by the standard.

Stiftung Warentest tests important properties

In addition to safety, Stiftung Warentest also tested the lying properties, durability and handling of children’s mattresses. In order to simulate wear over several years, robust rollers were rolled over the mattress 15,000 times.

In order to simulate contact with sleeping and sweating bodies, the mattresses were tested in the laboratory at 80 percent relative humidity and 37 degrees Celsius overnight. Result: The mattresses have shrunk. Correspondingly, in terms of durability, two of them scored “very good”, five “good”, six “satisfactory” and one “poor”. With the exception of one brand, all models were softer by about 20 percent due to permanent load and the influence of humidity and temperature, and a few mattresses by more than 30 percent. With the exception of a mattress that became about 20 percent harder.

Regarding the lying characteristics, all fourteen tested mattresses scored “good“ The comfort characteristics of the respective mattress were tested and the lying characteristics of the baby in supine position. With regard to the washability of the mattress cover and its processing, two models scored “very good”, ten “good” and only two “satisfactory”. Eleven mattresses received a grade of 1 and three a grade of 2 for handling. Health and the environment seem to play an important role for all mattress manufacturers, six models achieved a grade of 1 and eight a grade of 2.

Stiftung Warentest selects test winner among children’s mattresses

The test winner among the tested children’s mattress manufacturers is the Jonas model from Dänisches Bettenlager for 99 euros. With a grade of 1.8, the model convinced in the mattress test of Stiftung Warentest. The Jonas children’s mattress is a hard foam mattress that can be used on both sides for the baby. In addition, it has a lateral border wire, which was positively emphasized by Stiftung Warentest. However, Stiftung Warentest draws attention to the contradictory information on the washing temperature.

Stiftung Warentest concludes: “A good children’s mattress does not have to be expensive”.

Good quality for little money

The price-performance winner is the Skönast children’s mattress from Ikea, which scored 2.0.  The model is a medium-hard foam mattress without a border wire, the price is 70 euros. In the case of the Ikea Skönast, the examiners from Stiftung Warentest state that the core of the mattress is softer under the influence of moisture and temperature.
Hessnatur  took third place with a score of 2.2 with the Lena mattress. The model is at 179 Euro and is the heaviest mattress in the test, according to Stiftung Warentest, with approx. 7 kilograms. The children’s mattress has a medium-hard coconut side and a soft latex side, but no border wire. The result of Stiftung Warentest after the endurance test is very good durability. Hessnatur shares the third place with Prolana. The Kati Plus model from Prolana costs 159 euros and also scored 2.2 in the test.  According to Stiftung Warentest, the 8.3 cm mattress is the flattest mattress in the test. It consists of a hard coconut side and a medium-hard latex side and has no step edge. It was criticized that the cover of the mattress has clearly shrunk after washing. The mattress scored best in the durability category: Grade 1.4.

The fourth place, with a score of 2.3, went to the children’s mattress Sara from Paradies. With its 3 kilograms, it is considered the lightest of the tested models. Sara from Paradies is a foam mattress with a soft core which, thanks to its firm cover, does not pose a risk to the baby. It also has a circumferential border wire.

Suppliers are accommodating with mattresses that have not been well tested

The suppliers of mattresses considered “inadequate” show themselves to be fair and offer the buyers of the models in question a refund of the purchase price, or an exchange for a new mattress. The mattress manufacturers, which do not offer this, are ready to revise their models and to supply the optimized version as fast as possible to the trade. If customers have any questions, they are asked to contact the relevant hotline.

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Link: Here you can have a look at the complete children’s mattress test of Stiftung Warentest.

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