Testfaktas laboratory tests of beds and mattresses include some 50 different test parameters to evaluate and verify the most important consumer aspects such as ergonomics, microclimate, durability, strength and the non-existence of harmful substances.
The laboratory tests that form the basis of Testfakta’s quality labels are carried out by EIM Ergonomie Institut München, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and the Swedish IVF Institute for Industrial Engineering Research.
The tests cover the main aspects of ergonomics, microclimate, endurance, strength, as well as textile quality and purity from harmful chemicals.
Categories of beds and mattresses:
Benchmark tests are performed on medium-hard beds. The tests are made on beds with and without topper mattress, with the exception of free-standing mattresses that are tested with and without cover fabric.
1. Resilient properties (elastic properties)
2. Pressure distribution properties (contact pressure)
3. Elasticity of the bed and support for the shoulder portion
4. Elasticity and support of the bed for the body
5. Breathability (moisture conduction properties)
6. Heat-insulating properties
All parts except the A5 and A6 are carried out both with and without a mattress pad. Tests A3 and A4 are performed on three different body types: Smaller / lighter person corresponding to about 155 cm / 50-55 kg, medium / medium person corresponding to about 175 cm / 70-75 kg and larger / heavier person corresponding to about 185 cm / 85-90 kg.
Elastic properties indicate how hard or soft the bed’s suspension is and how the bed adapts to the body’s most powerful (heaviest) contact points. The measurement is made in the bed’s zones for shoulders, hip, lumbar spine and heels at three different pressures (100 N, 200 N and 300 N) and is given as an average value in mm flex.
Pressure distribution properties indicate how the mattress surface reduces the pressure of a certain body part. This value can be attributed more to the mattress surface and the material directly below the surface than the bed springs. Measurements are taken in the bed’s zones for shoulders, hips, lower back and heels and are given as an average in Newton per cm2.
Elasticity and support for the shoulder portion indicate how much the bed flexes in the shoulder area. At lateral position, the suspension should flex enough so that the shoulder is allowed to sink into the mattress and thereby contribute to the spine retaining a straight line between the lumbar spine and the neck. In the back position, the bed should provide sufficient support to prevent the shoulder portion / upper part of the back from sinking too far, thereby causing a bending of the upper part of the spine (neck).
The test is performed with two different test stamps. One for back position with surface 400 x 200 mm and one for side position with surface 200 x 100 mm. The stamps are loaded with different pressures to simulate three different body types. 100 N for smaller / lighter person, 200 N for medium / medium person and 250 N for larger / heavier person. The measurement value is stated in mm flex.
Elasticity and support for the body indicates the ability of the elastic to support the spine’s natural s-shaped structure. In the back position, the pressure from the elastic should provide adequate support for the different parts of the body (support for the lumbar, flexibility / support for the pelvis / buttocks and shoulder portion) with the purpose of preserving the spine’s natural contour. The test is performed with a test stamp designed as the body’s contour from the bottom up to the neck (length 600 mm and width about 250 mm with a lumbar depth of about 25 mm). The stamp is loaded with different pressures to simulate three different body types. 350 N for smaller / lighter person, 450 N for medium / medium person and 500 N for larger / heavier person. The measured value shows the support in the lumbar region and is indicated in Newton.
The bed’s breathability indicates the bed’s ability to dissipate moisture / sweat from the body. Breathability is tested using a mannequin that secretes moisture / sweat like a normal person at sleep. The mannequin is placed under a standard cover and the measurements are made continuously for 7 hours at a room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. The breathability is based on the measured value after 7 hours and is stated in percent relative humidity.
The heat-insulating ability of the bed indicates the ability of the bed to retain heat from the body. The insulation ability is tested using a mannequin that maintains a body temperature corresponding to a normal person at sleep. The mannequin is placed under a standard cover and the measurements are made continuously for 7 hours at a room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. The insulation capacity is based on the measured value after 7 hours and is given in degrees Celsius.
1. Endurance testing of suspension properties
2. Endurance testing of frame and bottom section
3. Endurance testing of the bedside
4. Impact testing of bed surface, frame and bottom section
5. Endurance testing of adjustable mechanism and motors
6. Static load in raised position
7. Impact testing in raised position
Endurance and impact testing (B1 – B4) is performed with the same load and with the same number of cycles regardless of the type of bed. Test B5 – B7 refers only to adjustable beds. Freestanding mattresses undergo only the endurance tests (B1 – B3).
Endurance of the suspension properties is tested by exposing the beds to 30,000 rolls of 140 kg drum. The endurance test corresponds to the wear from 10 – 12 years of normal use.
Endurance of bed surface, frame and bottom section is tested by exposing the beds to 20,000 pressures with a force of 1000 Newton. The pressure load is made in the middle of the bed and at the bed’s short and long side.
After endurance testing measurements of the height loss (set in mm) and changes in bed hardness index (suspension properties on a 10-degree scale) are made.
Bed side endurance is tested by exposing the two long sides of the bed to 25,000 pressures with a load of 1,000 Newton. The test simulates the stress that the bed is exposed to when sitting on the edge. After endurance testing of the bed side, measurements of height loss (setting) are made on the sides of the bed.
Impact testing of bed surface, frame and bottom section simulates higher stresses that occur when, for example, children jump in bed. In the test, a weight of 35 kg is released from 30 cm height in 6 different places in the bed and 10 times in each place.
After completion of the endurance and strength test, the beds are opened and inspected for possible damage to springs, pockets, intermediate layers (foam layers over spring packs), bed frames or bottom ribs.
B5 – B7 (adjustable beds)
Note that the test method for adjustable beds will be updated in 2023. The purpose is to add a measuring method for ergonomics in upright position. More information to follow.
1. Compression test in humid environment of the topper core (foam)
2. Durability of the cover fabric (peeling and linting)
3. Hazardous chemicals (relevant parameters from Öko-tex 100)
The elasticity of the bed mattress core (foam) is tested according to the same method regardless of type (latex, cold foam or memory foam). The bed mattress core (foam material) is compressed in a humid and warm environment to simulate the pressure of a person lying in bed in warm conditions. The resilience and endurance testing is carried out on a 10 x 10 cm test pieces of the bed mattress core. The test pieces are pressed together in the middle with a load of 7 kg, which corresponds to the hip bone pressure on a surface of 5 x 5 cm. The compressed specimens are placed in a climate chamber with a relative humidity of 90% (+/- 2%) for 24 hours. After compression, the material is allowed to recover for 30 minutes. The difference in height before and after compression shows the material’s endurance / resilience. Inferior foam material gets a permanent set after the compression test and loses its resilience. The test is based on test standard ISO 1856 (Wet Compression Set).
The durability of the cover fabric (peeling and linting). The cover fabric is exposed to abrasion testing up to 5,000 cycles to evaluate resistance to peeling and linting.
Analysis of hazardous chemicals. Chemical analysis for hazardous substances based on relevant parts from OEKO-Tex 100.
The results from the various parts of the test are graded on a scale of 1 – 10 where 10.0 is best and 6.0 approved/ acceptable. Grading and weighting of the various sub-results is done in consultation with the performing laboratories. The grades for the various parts of the test are weighted together to form a total grade as follows:
Beds and mattresses that perform consistently well in Testfakta’s bed test get the right to use Testfakta’s quality label. The purpose of the quality label is to highlight beds with good comfort characteristics and high quality.
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