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unbiased Futon Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 3,900+ Owner Experiences Gathered From 188 Sources

May 18, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Often inexpensive • above average owner satisfaction when used occasionally / temporarily or by children • can often be both bed and sofa when placed on futon frame • popular among college students, small-apartment dwellers or anyone wanting a convertible or storable bed.

THE BAD: Average-at-best durability / longevity overall • initial odor potential • many models too thin / firm for some.

THE MATTRESSES: "Futon" is the word Americans use to refer to the traditional Japanese bed. A traditional futon is a thin mat filled with textile batting that is laid directly onto the floor. The American futon is thicker and can contain cotton, foam, springs or a combination thereof.

A futon mattress can be placed on a mattress foundation, directly onto the floor, or onto a futon frame. When on a futon frame, the mattress can be converted from a sitting to lying position thereby serving as both sofa and bed.

THE COMPETITION: Main competitors to futon mattresses are temporary-use air beds as well as other low-priced mattresses. See the mattress type comparison to learn how futon beds stack up to alternatives.

THE RETAILERS: Popular futon mattress retailers include but are not limited to amazon, walmart.com, thefutonshop.com, futonland.com and futonplanet.com.

Contents

Futon Mattress Ratings: Overall by Type
Top-Rated Futon Mattresses: Comparison and Ratings
Futon Mattress Thickness
Futon Mattress Uses

Futon Mattress Ratings: Overall By Type

The comparison below – based on at least 3,900 futon consumer reviews gathered from diverse, credible sources – rates several popular futon mattress types including:

• Innerspring – contain cotton (or polyester) and foam along with springs for support.
• Foam / cotton – contain regular foam (or latex) and cotton (and or polyester).
• Foam – consist of regular foam from top to bottom.
• Cotton – consist largely or entirely of cotton from top to bottom.

  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Owner satisfaction b- c+ B C
  Futon mattresses overall have 75% owner satisfaction. Spring and foam varieties tend to rate highest. The mattresses rate higher among owners who use them occasionally / temporarily as opposed to regularly / long term.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Lifespan c- d+ C D
  Durability overall is worse than average compared to other mattress types. Spring and foam futons may last somewhat longer than other varieties. Expect on average a 2-5 year lifespan with regular adult use.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Price a- a B+ A+
  $90-$900 is the range for a full-size futon mattress (not including frame). The average price paid is about $155.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Reduced pressure points c- d+ c+ d
  Usually not a strength of futons. 15%+ of owners report discomfort often due to excessive firmness, thinness, lumpiness.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Less back pain c+ c+ B- C+
  Reduced back pain is reported by about 10% of owners. Support tends to be regarded as fair or better.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Thickness options C+ c C- D
  Futon mattresses are often available in thickness of 3-10 inches. Cotton or foam models tend to be thin.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Firmness options c+ c- C- D
  Futons tend to be more firm than soft. Thicker varieties are somewhat softer.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
No initial odor d d d+ D
  12%+ of owners report an initial smell of a chemical or musty nature. The odor often largely dissipates within days.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Not a heat trap b b- C+ A
  Heat issues are generally not a problem, but all-foam models may be an exception.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Back sleep friendly A- A- A- A-
  Futons mattresses are often well suited for many back sleepers.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Side sleep friendly c- c- C+ D
  About 20% of side sleepers are dissatisfied due to excessive firmness. Thicker futons likely provide more side-sleep comfort.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Front sleep friendly b- c+ B- C-
  The beds tend to perform about average for stomach sleepers.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
No noise c- a- a A
  Models with springs may creak, squeak and pop. Other types are largely silent.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Large person friendly C- D+ d+ D
  Futon mattresses are best suited for small to average sized people. Less-than-8" thick models especially may lack comfort, support and durability for people 200+ lbs.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Good for sex b- c C+ D
  Spring futons rate highest due to their bounce effect and overall comfort. Cotton futons may lack adequate thickness which can limit comfort and position variety.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Easy to maintain c- d C D
  Futons benefit from being turned and or flipped to avoid uneven wear / sagging. Cotton futons may benefit from being aired on occasion to prevent moisture and mold.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Easy to lift, handle, move c+ b- B A-
  The mattresses on average weigh about 50 lbs – less than other bed types.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Easily folded for sitting c- c+ C A-
  About 7% of owners, especially owners of spring-based futons, report difficulty putting the mattress into a seated position on a futon frame. As the mattress breaks in, however, this task tends to become easier.
  spring Foam / Cotton Foam Cotton
Warranty d+ d C- D-
  Warranty length is often a weakness, usually ranging from 1-10 years with 2.5 years being average.

Top-Rated Futon Mattresses

The table below rates and compares futon mattress models that have 80% or better owner satisfaction based on 100+ consumer experiences. Information below regarding firmness is based on what tends to be true for most owners. Your personal evaluation may differ.

DHP Tuft & Needle 8 inch loft cotton foam Microfiber Traditional Japanese Floor Futon Shiki- buton Tri fold Blazing Needles Futon Mattress
Owner Satisfaction* (Sample)          
85% (2696) 83% (117) 81% (321) 81% (581) 80% (874) 80% (439)
Price          
$110-$150 $350-$750 $161-$269 $79-$114
$69-$195 $114-$315
Futon Type          
spring foam foam / cotton cotton, fiber, foam foam foam / cotton or spring
Size          
full twin, full, queen, king full, queen sub-twin, full, queen sub-twin, full, queen full
Thickness          
6", 8" 5", 10" 8" 3" 3", 4" 6", 8", 9", 10"
Firmness          
med - firm med- firm to firm med - firm firm firm med - firm
Colors Available          
brown, black, tan beige brown, grey 18 choices 10 choices 7 choices (at overstock .com)
Owners using regularly vs temporarily          
40% / 60% 70% / 30% 40% / 60% 20% / 80% 20% / 80% 40% / 60%
Main Complaints
(% of owners)
         
initial odor (16%),
8" too difficult to fold (5%), splitting cover (3%)
too firm (6%), initial odor (5%), not easily foldable (4%) initial odor (11%), thinner than 8" (10%) initial odor (11%),
too small (7%)
too firm (10%), too thin (9%), too narrow (7%) thinner than stated dimen- sions (11%),
initial odor (10%)
Main Retailer          
amazon

walmart .com
amazon

tuftand needle .com
overstock .com amazon amazon amazon

overstock .com
Comments          
Sold at walmart .com under name "6 inch futon innerspring mattress" and "8 inch futon coil mattress".
Customer service well above average. 10 yr warranty. 5 yr warranty. Can be easily rolled and stored. Not well suited for people 180+ lbs. Folds easily for storage. May need regular flipping.

* Owner satisfaction tends to increase 5% for every additional inch of futon mattress thickness. See next section for more info.

Futon Mattress Thickness

Owner satisfaction tends to increase as futon mattress thickness increases. A lack of thickness can result in 1) excessive firmness, 2) the ability to feel the futon frame under the mattress, and 3) any springs inside the mattress.

Thicker models, however, are more expensive and can be more difficult to fold for storage or to use on a convertible futon frame.

An average-sized adult, owner experience data suggests, is more satisfied with 5-inch or greater thickness, while a heavier adult is more satisfied with 8-inch or greater thickness. Children, given their lower weight, or anyone who prefers a firm mattress can be satisfied with less than 5-inch thickness.

Futon Mattress Uses

Futon mattresses overall are used less often by their owners than other mattress types. As the chart below shows, only about 45% of owners overall use their futon mattress regularly over an extended period.

In addition, only about half of owners use their mattress with a futon frame (a frame that can convert from a sleeping position to a sitting position). The other half place their mattress on a foundation, platform, or directly onto the floor.

futon mattress uses

At Amazon: Top-Rated Futon Mattress

Video: Sleep Like The Dead Editor discusses Futon Research


About Our Unbiased Futon Mattress Reviews and Research

Our futon mattress ratings are based on at least 3,900 futon consumer reviews gather from diverse, credible sources including review sections on retailer websites. Learn more about our research methodology.

Remember

– Futon mattresses are often used only on a temporary or occasional basis.

– They tend to be best suited for small- and average-sized adults or children.

– They are often best suited for back sleep.

– Futon mattresses on average weigh about 50 lbs making them relatively easy to handle, lift and transport.

– Warranty length is often a weakness, usually ranging from 1-10 years with 2.5 years being average.

At Amazon:
A Top-Rated Futon Mattress

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