Archive | December, 2016

Hastens – The Millonaire’s Mattress: Is It Worth the Hype?

Have a look at the most expensive mattress on the market today. It takes 320 hours to build, weighs 462 pounds, and can be yours for $149,900 (or just 7,499 payments of $19.99).

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What’s inside this marvel of bedtime technology, you ask? Let me summarize it for you…

Fabric, cotton, wool, and horsehair. Then some more fabric, more cotton, more wool, and more horsehair. Not terribly dissimilar from the beds used 2,000 years ago by Romans, consisting of feathers, straw and wool.

Toss in a layer of spring coils, and you have yourself a blue checkered mattress that you’ll be embarrassed to tell people you bought. Here’s a detailed photo from their website:

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Like many of you, I wondered what it would be like to rest upon one of these regal rectangles. Could sleeping on such an obscenely priced mattress really be worth it?

The importance of good posture, healthy sleep, and a quality mattress hasn’t been lost on me. I talk about this stuff on a daily basis with patients. So I embrace the notion that we shouldn’t pinch pennies when it comes to buying the right bed. After all, we spend nearly 1/3 of our life sleeping.

So I decided to stop by a Hastens store and experience it myself.

SPOILER ALERT: It lacked any appreciable degree of added comfort that would warrant such an obnoxious price.

In fact, it wasn’t any more comfortable than a standard Casper Mattress that consists of just four happy layers of foam for less than 1/149th the price… (No offense to the master craftsmen at Hastens who build those beauties in Köping, Sweden).

With that said, I can confidently say this bed felt like it was made with about $600 worth of materials, plus a $149,300 up-charge for a few layers of horsehair.

Speaking of horsehair, you can buy 60 real living horses for what you’d spend on this bed.