Hastens, the best beds in the world? … is it worth the price?
Tonight will be my last night testing a Hastens bed. I have had a 2000T II bed on trial for the last 10 days, this bed is second only to the top of the range Vividus in their product range.
The Vividus bed is the ultimate Hastens bed you can buy. It retails for £60,000 and Hastens sell around 100 of these beds every year. Each of these beds takes between 140-160 hours to make and is built entirely by hand.
I have been sleeping on the 2000T II which retails for £21,500. This may seem a huge amount of money but what price can you put on a good night’s sleep? Most people have had off days due to lack of sleep – just how productive would we be if every night we had perfect sleep?
The argument about the cost can’t purely be about the sleep quality – so just what makes the beds so expensive? The construction of Hastens beds hasn’t changed since the days of the companies founder, Pehr Adolf. The company doesn’t believe in comprising the quality of the materials and you won’t find any large scale machinery in the Hastens factory.
The materials used to make a Hastens bed are all natural. The 2000T II contains 7 individual layers of horsehair which is ideal for making mattresses due to its quick drying properties. If you wet horsehair the moisture just shakes out of it so its use in mattresses always ensures complete dryness. Cotton is another natural material with similar qualities that wicks away perspiration. Hastens beds are always upholstered in the finest cotton.
Pine from northern Sweden is used in the construction of the beds. The beams and slats are nailed into place making a Hastens bed incredibly strong – and also providing a very quiet bed. Other natural materials include Wool, Flax and Down. The use of all natural materials helps to explain the high cost – no cheaper synthetic products are every used.
Hastens give a 25 year guarantee to cover spring or frame breakage. Given their history you can be sure Hastens will be around if you ever have any problems. Their beds are generally expected to last 30 years – if you bought a car today for £21,500 would you expect it to still be running 30 years later?
So is it worth it? I honestly still don’t know. I understand how important good sleep is and know from experience how much more productive I am after good sleep. And I understand the quality aspect of Hastens beds and the long guarantee. But is this enough?
I think that it will only be when my 2000T II has returned to Hastens that I will really be able to form a proper opinion. Maybe I will start saving for my own Hastens – or maybe I’ll stick with my existing bed and still sleep like a baby? Watch out for the final review this weekend.