What is the best box spring? And which one has the best value for money? The Consumers’ Association answers.
A box spring consists of a bed base (the box spring frame), a mattress and usually a topper (top mattress). The box spring is a complete bed and is also called a ‘box spring combination’. A box spring looks nice, but often offers less good support than a regular bed base, mattress and topper.
The Consumers’ Association tests box springs for, among other things, support, lying properties and longevity. A total of fifteen reasonable to readily available box springs were tested.
There will be two box springs as Best in the Test: one from Emma and the other from Avek. Emma’s box springs have the lowest target price.
There is no Best Buy. The cheaper box springs from the test do not score well enough to be recommended. In addition, prices of box springs are difficult to compare anyway. You can often compose a box spring completely according to your own wishes, so that the price differs per composition.
Best in Test: Emma Deluxe
This box spring from Emma has a Bonell spring bottom with a layer of cold foam on top. The mattress is made of pocket springs with a layer of cold foam underneath and two layers of cold foam above. The topper is also made of two layers of cold foam.
This combination provides the best support for side sleepers. The support for back and stomach sleepers is less, but still sufficient.
The resilience of the bed is excellent. The pressure distribution is less good. On that point, the bed scores just barely enough. This box spring scores very well on longevity. The support and hardness remain good, even after prolonged use.
The bed also has some negatives. This way you cannot turn the mattress. In addition, the bed is not good at permeating moisture.
Best in Test: Avek Ninety
This box spring from Avek scores just as high as the Emma, but is a bit more expensive. The difference is mainly in the chassis.
With the Avek, the chassis has pocket springs instead of simpler Bonell springs. Furthermore, the chassis has two layers of polyether foam on top of the pocket springs. The mattress also has pocket springs with a layer of cold foam above and below. The topper also consists of a layer of cold foam.
The bed offers good support for stomach and side sleepers. The support for back sleepers is a lot less good. If you are a back sleeper, it is better to choose a different bed.
As with the Emma, the resilience of this box spring is excellent. The pressure distribution is also more than adequate. The Avek also scores very well on longevity. As with the Emma, the body support and hardness remain good over a longer period of time. A positive difference with the Emma is that you can turn the mattress.
A downside is the moisture permeability. It is also not good with the Emma, but even worse with the Avek.
In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers’ Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of this site and the Consumers’ Association.
The Consumers’ Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products being tested are store bought so they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.
New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is varies per product. The Best in Test is the product with the best test rating, which is readily available. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.
The stated price of a product is the lowest retail price currently known to the Consumers’ Association. But prices can vary per day. If no recent retail price is known, the target price is quoted.