Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to our large roller mattress test 2021. Here we present all the mattresses we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best mattress for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a roll mattress.

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The most important facts

  • Roll mattresses are mattresses that have been rolled under machine pressure and can be purchased in this state.
  • Basically, roll mattresses can be differentiated according to the type of material. All materials have different advantages and disadvantages.
  • Foam mattresses tend to be light and anti-allergenic, innerspring mattresses are usually heavier but air-permeable. Latex mattresses are particularly suitable for people with back problems or allergy sufferers.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a roll mattress

Advantages of roll mattresses over conventional mattresses

The difference between roll mattresses and conventional mattresses is really only the format in which they are purchased. Roll mattresses are, as the name suggests, rolled mattresses. This means that they take up much less space and are easier to transport. So you don't need a van, but can easily store the mattress in the boot of your car. This has the huge advantage that when you go to a mattress outlet or discount store to try out different mattresses, you can just pack them up and take them home.

Did you know that roll mattresses are compressed under high pressure? They are compressed under high pressure and unroll when the packaging is opened. It is then almost impossible to return them to their rolled form.

In addition to being easy to handle, roll mattresses require less packaging material. Roll mattresses made of foam are also very light. Roll mattresses are not inferior to conventional mattresses in terms of quality. Just like any other mattress, there are lower and higher quality products.

Roll mattresses are particularly practical to transport. They are sold rolled up and therefore fit much better in a normal car. You save on delivery costs. (Photo: sensopur / pixabay.com)

Do I have to pay special attention to anything after buying a roll-up mattress?

After buying a mattress, although you can take it home right away, you should not use it immediately after rolling it up. After you have removed the packaging material and unrolled the mattress, you should give it about 24 to 72 hours to unfold. You should also air the room well. This will allow the mattress to return to the shape it had before compression. You can also counteract the smell.

How much does a roll mattress cost?

This depends very much on the material and the other characteristics of the mattress. Cheap models can be found from 30 euros. For high-quality brand mattresses, models can also be found in the four-digit range. If you are not sure which mattress material is right for you, take a look at the Decision section above. If you decide on a 7-zone cold foam mattress, you should expect to pay more than a hundred euros. For simple comfort foam mattresses without a zone profile, you can find mattresses in the lower two-digit range.

Which size is right for me?

There is a well-known rule of thumb regarding the right size. Take your size and add 20 centimetres. The width depends on your needs. For single beds, 90-140 cm is common, for a double bed it should be 160 cm or more. So if you are 170cm tall, you should buy at least a 190cm mattress. The most popular mattress sizes are 90×200, 140×200, as well as 160×200, however mattress sizes such as 180×200, 120×200 and 140×200 are also extremely popular.

When it comes to height, it is generally recommended to choose roll mattresses with a height of more than 11cm. Roll mattresses come in a wide variety of lengths, widths and heights. Finally, the most important criterion is whether the mattress will fit in your room at all. So it's better to measure and find the right size for your needs.

Which degree of firmness is right for my body?

The degree of firmness that a person finds comfortable depends very much on their preference. Nevertheless, there is a weight category for each degree of hardness that can be used as a guide. Many people find hard mattresses more comfortable than soft mattresses. Firmness levels are designated by manufacturers as H1 to H4, with H1 being the softest and H4 the hardest mattresses.

Certain manufacturers have also introduced other firmness levels. Nevertheless, H1 to H4 are the most common categories. To be orthopaedically correct, the spine should be optimally supported during sleep. The easiest way to do this is to seek advice from a specialist. However, there are rules of thumb here too. The following table shows which degree of firmness is optimal for which weight:

Hardness level Description Body weight
H1 Soft up to 60 kg
H2 Medium hard 60-80 kg
H3 Hard 80-110 kg
H4 Very hard over 110 kg

It should also be noted that if a heavier person chooses a soft mattress, it will wear out more quickly. The durability is thus reduced. What can also be somewhat irritating is that manufacturers do not have uniform degrees of firmness. So it is advisable to test mattresses before you make a definite decision.

What are zones and how many do I need?

There is no general answer to how many zones you really need. It also depends on how you sleep. Generally speaking, 5-zone and 7-zone mattresses are the most popular. They are suitable for most people.

Zone Bedding zones Features
3-Zones Head/neck, shoulder and hip/pelvis There is no deeper zoning. Cannot be used rotated.
5-zone head/neck, shoulder, hip/pelvis, calves and feet The extended zones are basically the same as for the head/neck and shoulder area, therefore it can also be used rotated.
7-zone head/neck, shoulder, lumbar, hip/pelvis, thighs, calves and feet This model is considered standard nowadays. The zoning is suitable for almost 90% of all adults.

The idea behind lying zones is to provide optimal support for parts of the body. For example, the head needs more support, which is why the mattress should be somewhat harder in this zone. Zones are therefore a subdivision of the mattress into different sectors with different supporting qualities. Roll mattresses in the lower price segment often have no zones, while more expensive products usually have 5- or 7-zones.

Do I need to pay special attention to mattress care?

In the decision section above you will find different types of mattresses with different care requirements. Basically, the same care tips apply to roll mattresses as to conventional mattresses. For example, mattresses should be aired often. This prevents unpleasant odours and mould growth and is good for the hygiene of the mattress.

Mattresses should also be turned and rotated several times a year. This prevents the mattress from wearing out too quickly and counteracts the formation of cavities, places where elasticity is lost. With latex mattresses, mattress care must be carried out somewhat differently. The surface should be wiped with a wet cloth from time to time and then a special agent for latex mattresses should be applied.

Most mattresses should be turned about four times a year. This is easier for light mattresses with several turning handles.

Decision: What types of roll mattresses are there and which is the right one for you?

There are three basic types of roll mattresses. These differ in terms of the material used:

  • Foam mattresses
  • Latex mattresses
  • Spring mattresses

Depending on the type of material, roll mattresses have different properties. Depending on your height and weight, as well as whether you have back problems or are allergic, a different roll mattress is suitable for you. To help you find the best roll mattress for your needs, we present the types of mattresses mentioned above and show you the advantages and disadvantages of each.

What properties do foam mattresses have and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Roll mattresses made of foam are characterised by the fact that they are cheap and light, as well as cover many individual needs. Both allergy sufferers and people with back problems can find the right foam mattress. Foam mattresses can be divided into comfort foam mattresses, cold foam mattresses and visco foam mattresses. The three types differ both in how they are made and in their properties. We show you exactly which is the best foam mattress for you.

Comfort foam mattresses

Comfort foam mattresses are made of polyurethane (PUR). That's why you might find them called PUR mattresses. Generally, they are not as durable as innerspring mattresses, for example. Because of the soft material, they deform more quickly and are therefore more suitable for light sleepers. One advantage of comfort foam mattresses is that they are inexpensive mattresses. So they are perfect for the camper, caravan or guest bed. They are also excellent as children's mattresses or for teenagers. They are often found in firmness level 1 or firmness level 2, which means that sleepers weighing up to 80 kilograms are well served with such a mattress.

In principle, different zone profiles can also be found, but this is more the case with cold foam mattresses. Unlike other types of mattresses, comfort foam mattresses are very light. In addition, the air circulation is good, which makes it easier to ventilate the mattress often and well. This also makes it an optimal mattress for allergy sufferers, especially if it is complemented with an allergy mattress cover.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to transport
  • Allergy friendly
  • Deep mite infestation with regular airing &
  • turning
Disadvantages
  • Shorter life span
  • Not suitable for higher body weight
  • Uncomfortable for heavy sweaters
  • Slatted frame required

Cold foam mattresses

In contrast to comfort foam mattresses, cold foam mattresses are more point-elastic. This means that cold foam mattresses adapt better to the shape of the body, which is often perceived as more comfortable. The material tends to yield to heavier parts of the body, such as the shoulders or pelvis. Lighter parts, however, are supported. The explanation for this lies in the manufacturing process. The polyurethane is processed differently than in comfort foam mattresses. This results in the slightly better properties of the cold foam mattress. Thus, cold foam mattresses are excellently suited as mattresses for back problems.

Many good, inexpensive mattresses of this type can also be found for people with higher weights. Numerous zone profiles and degrees of firmness are offered. The advantages of a comfort foam mattress remain the same. For example, the mattresses are light, with good air circulation, and easy to turn. The cold foam mattress also scores points in terms of durability compared to the comfort foam mattress. However, the costs are somewhat higher. Moreover, this type of mattress is also suitable for allergy sufferers.

Advantages
  • Better support than comfort foam mattress
  • Lightweight
  • More zone options
  • Longer life
  • Easy to air, easy to keep hygienic
Disadvantages
  • No permanent adaptation to body shape
  • Slatted frame required
  • More expensive than comfort foam mattresses

Roll mattresses are mainly comfort and cold foam mattresses. Because they are made in blocks and roll up easily, foam roll mattresses are very inexpensive and lightweight mattresses. They are also great for allergy sufferers. They come in all sizes, including the popular 90 x 200 and 140 x 200 mattress sizes.

Visco foam mattresses

Visco foam mattresses, unlike the other foam mattress types, do not consist mainly of polyurethane. The main material is the so-called "memory foam", loosely translated as "memory foam". What distinguishes this special material is that it does not immediately spring back into a smooth surface when stressed and then relieved. In this way, the foam adapts optimally to the sleeping person's lying position.

The core of the mattress often contains a layer of PUR cold foam. This also ensures a certain stability inside this type of mattress. The mattress can either have a Visco foam layer on only one side of the core, or on both sides. One-sided coatings are suitable for restful sleepers, two-sided coatings for restless sleepers who often change their sleeping position. Visco-foam mattresses, like cold foam mattresses, are characterised by high point elasticity.

This is an advantage for orthopaedic problems. So if you are wondering which mattress is the right one for back problems, you are certainly well served with a visco mattress. Similar to the other foam mattresses, the Visco foam mattress is also a good choice as a mattress for allergy sufferers. One disadvantage is that the visco foam mattress is rather expensive due to the material.

Advantages
  • Material adapts to the shape of the body
  • Long life
  • Excellent for allergy sufferers
  • Recommended for back problems
Disadvantages
  • Unfavourable for sweaty persons
  • Expensive
  • For restless sleepers, be sure to choose a two-sided coating

What are the advantages and disadvantages of latex mattresses and for whom are they suitable?

Latex mattresses as roll mattresses are rather rare. However, there are more and more manufacturers who want to combine the advantages of a roll mattress with the advantages of a latex mattress. Latex mattresses are especially suitable for allergy sufferers. They also adapt very well to the position of the body for restless sleepers, as well as stomach and side sleepers. Latex mattresses, unlike foam mattresses, are made of latex. A distinction can be made between two types: Natural latex and synthetic latex.

The difference in comfort is that natural latex has a higher point elasticity, i.e. it adapts to the shape of the body of the person lying on it. Natural latex mattresses are also more suitable as roll mattresses. However, the material makes the mattresses rather heavy, which makes the rolling process more difficult. Latex mattresses are very moisture-repellent and have antibacterial properties. This makes them excellent mattresses for allergy sufferers. In addition to these properties, non-allergy sufferers appreciate the other benefits of the latex mattress.

Due to the high adaptability of the mattress to the body and the slatted frame, it is very suitable for restless sleepers. Latex mattresses are also characterised by a long service life. Unlike other types of mattresses, latex mattresses require special care. However, if the manufacturer's care tips are followed, nothing will stand in the way of the mattress's long life. The biggest disadvantage of the latex mattress is its price. You have to be prepared to invest several hundred euros in such a mattress. Nevertheless, the lifespan is not much longer than, for example, a usually cheaper cold foam mattress. Another thing to consider is that some people are allergic to latex itself. In such a case, the purchase of a latex mattress is not recommended.

Advantages
  • Very comfortable
  • Material very movement-friendly
  • Long life
  • Fantastic for allergy sufferers
  • Recommended for back problems
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for heavy sweaters
  • Very expensive
  • Requires certain care

What are innerspring mattresses and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Innerspring mattresses are less common than foam mattresses. However, they offer clear advantages to people who weigh more and people who sweat a lot. Allergy sufferers, side sleepers and light persons are not advised to use innerspring mattresses. Innerspring mattresses consist of metallic springs on the inside. These provide the elasticity of the surface. There are basically three different types of innerspring mattresses: the Bonnell, pocket and barrel pocket innerspring mattress.

Bonnell innerspring mattresses are the simplest, while pocket and barrel pocket mattresses are the more elaborate variants. The simple Bonnell spring mattress has many steel springs in the mattress core. There is usually a layer of foam on top of these. In pocket spring mattresses, the individual springs are sewn into a fabric pocket. This increases the point elasticity of the mattress. In addition, the springs of pocket spring mattresses have a slightly different shape, which makes the mattress core more adaptable. If you want to use an adjustable slatted frame, you should choose a barrel pocket spring mattress. This is not advisable for the other spring types.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Optimal for frequent sleepers
  • Long life
  • Higher degrees of hardness also available
Disadvantages
  • Heavy
  • Not suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Simple innerspring mattress not suitable for adjustable slatted frame

Innerspring mattresses in general are very air-permeable, which is advantageous for people who sweat a lot. The mattress always stays nice and cool. In terms of firmness, innerspring mattresses are usually harder. They are often found in firmness levels 3 or 4. This makes them the ideal mattresses for overweight people. However, hard mattresses are not particularly suitable for children.

If you are not sure whether an innerspring or cold foam mattress is the best mattress for you, you should note that cold foam mattresses are better mattresses for back problems. Because they are so easy to make, innerspring-based mattresses are good and cheap. However, they tend to be heavy. As mattresses for allergy sufferers, innerspring mattresses are not very suitable. Mites infest them quite quickly.

If you are allergic and still want to use an innerspring mattress, it is recommended to use an allergy-friendly mattress cover.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate mattresses on the basis of these factors

In the following paragraphs you will find the most important criteria for comparing and evaluating mattresses. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a roll mattress is right for you. The criteria are summarised as follows:

  • Size of mattress
  • Weight of mattress
  • Mattress height
  • Firmness level
  • Reclining zones
  • Volume weight
  • Mattress cover
  • Allergy suitability
  • Oeko-Tex-Standard

Below you can read about how these criteria can help you make your decision.

Mattress size

A fairly obvious purchase criterion that you need to consider is the size of the mattress. To find the optimal mattress size for you, you can check the guide. Basically, you can't do much wrong here. The size itself has no significant influence on the quality of the mattress. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable when you lie down.

The best thing to do is to go to a mattress shop near you and try out different sizes. Some people don't need a very wide mattress. Others need 1.40 metres to be able to relax properly. The same applies to double beds. These start at 140 centimetres wide, and are usually found up to over two metres.

What size your roll mattress should be is mainly a matter of taste. Size has no effect on quality. (Photo: sensopur / pixabay.com)

Weight of the mattress

An enormous advantage of roll mattresses is the form factor. This makes it much easier to transport. However, since you usually have to transport a roll mattress alone, it is important to know how heavy it is. Light mattresses can be found in the single-digit kilo range. Heavier mattresses can weigh up to more than 20 kilograms. The weight is especially important if you want to take the mattress with you in a caravan or camper. However, heavy mattresses are often of higher quality. In this respect, you should think about what you need the roll mattress for and how important ease of transport is to you.

Mattress height

An often neglected criterion for mattresses is the height. Not only does a mattress have to fit in terms of width and length, the height also plays an important role. In order for the body to be properly supported, the mattress must have a certain thickness. Otherwise, orthopaedically poor lying positions and tense muscles will quickly result. Light persons need a mattress that is less high, as they do not need as much space to be cushioned. However, if the body weight is somewhat higher, a mattress should have good support properties and be thicker accordingly.

Heavier people are therefore recommended to choose a height of at least 20cm. The minimum height recommended for mattresses is 11 centimetres. Many people also appreciate a slightly higher bed when getting up. This makes it easier to get out of bed, which can be an important criterion, especially for older people. If you want to raise your mattress, you can also buy a mattress topper as an accessory. These can be found in different materials. The same applies here as for mattresses in terms of hardness, size and material. It should be noted that the lying characteristics of a bed change when a mattress topper is used.

Hardness level

One criterion that can always lead to confusion is the degree of hardness. To find the right firmness level for your body weight, you can look in the guide. The degree of hardness basically indicates how hard a mattress is. This also depends on the materials used to make it. Foam mattresses tend to be soft, innerspring mattresses tend to be hard. An incorrectly chosen degree of firmness can be uncomfortable for the back. In addition, the life span of a mattress is reduced if the firmness level is chosen too low.

Reclining zones

When buying a mattress, it is important to consider how many zones you want it to have. Depending on how you sleep, different zone profiles are optimal for you. To find out which zone profile is right for you, you can look in the guide. Once you know how many zones you need, you should also consider that some mattresses are not symmetrical.

A symmetrical mattress can be turned and twisted without affecting the supportive properties. This means that there is no side that has to be on the head or feet. This has the advantage that you can turn the mattress more often, which in turn promotes good mattress hygiene. If you buy an asymmetrical mattress, you should pay close attention to which end should be at the top and which at the bottom. If this is done incorrectly, lying comfort and durability will suffer considerably.

Many people find mattresses with seven lying zones very comfortable. If you want a mattress like this, you have to be prepared to pay a little more, as this feature is usually only found on mattresses over 100 euros.

Volume weight

The volume weight, also abbreviated as RG, is a helpful quality feature to look for when buying a mattress. It indicates how much material per volume has been processed in the mattress. This has a strong influence on the lifespan of your mattress. If a mattress has a high density, this is often a sign of a durable mattress. Mattresses with a high RG have less air in the mattress core. This helps to minimise the formation of cavities.

Mattresses with cavities are considered worn out and should be replaced. However, a higher proportion of air in the mattress core, i.e. a lower density, favours the breathability of the mattress. Nevertheless, you should choose a mattress with a high volume weight. This is because the shape of the mattress is better preserved. Also, no cavities are formed and the life span of the mattress is longer. A very good density is over 40 kilograms per cubic metre.

Since children do not weigh as much as adults, a lower volume weight is OK for children's mattresses. However, an RG of less than 30 tends not to be recommended. The level of RG is reflected quite quickly in the price. You have to be prepared to pay more for mattresses with a high RG. However, the mattresses have better properties and are more durable. With a low RG, you will find many mattresses in the double-digit euro range. However, you may have to replace them sooner.

Mattress cover

Almost every mattress comes with a mattress cover. The most important distinguishing feature is the material. You can distinguish between cotton covers, mixed fabric covers and polyester covers. Cotton covers are particularly suitable for allergy sufferers. This is because mattress covers made of cotton can be washed at high temperatures. While the other types may be washed at a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius, most cotton covers can be washed at up to 95 degrees Celsius.

Mattress covers made of mixed fabrics usually have comfort-related advantages. There are often combinations of polyester and cotton, or models with viscose and spandex content. These mattress covers are very soft and warm, which makes them ideal for people who tend to be cold during sleep. Unlike pure cotton covers, blended covers can usually only be washed at 60 degrees Celsius. However, this is enough to get mites and their droppings, as well as most stains, out of the material.

Polyester mattress covers are very easy to care for. They also often have dirt-repellent properties. They can also usually be washed at 60 degrees Celsius, which makes them suitable mattress covers for allergy sufferers. Other materials and properties can also be found. For example, specially combined fibres that are also allergy-friendly. There are also special mattress covers for incontinence that are water-repellent. When buying a mattress, it is also important to consider how easy it is to remove the cover from the mattress. For example, a good positioning of the zipper is advantageous. Models with spandex make the process of covering the mattress even more comfortable.

Suitability for allergy sufferers

Many manufacturers today take the needs of allergy sufferers into account. This is reflected, for example, in the properties of the mattress covers. For example, most mattresses are equipped with a mattress cover that is easily removable and washable at high temperatures.

In addition, there are mattress materials that are more suitable for allergy sufferers, such as latex mattresses. If you are interested in the different types of mattresses and their properties, you can check out the decision section to find out which mattress is right for you. When buying a mattress, you should also check whether the manufacturer specifically draws attention to allergy-friendly properties. This can be in the form of labels, for example.

Oeko-Tex standard

Wherever you see the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label, you can be sure that no legally prohibited or otherwise harmful substances have been used in the mattress covers. The covers are tested for carcinogenic dyes, formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides and colour fastness. There are strict controls to check whether specified limit values have been exceeded or not. The certificate only applies to the mattress covers. But it applies to all parts, including zips and yarns.

Facts worth knowing on the subject of roll mattresses

How are mattresses actually rolled?

It takes enormous pressure to roll a roll mattress. Normally, roll mattresses are compressed and rolled up under four to 20 tons of weight pressure. Exactly how much pressure needs to be applied depends on the material.

Can roll-up mattresses actually be rolled up again?

Because of the high pressure, it is impossible to roll up mattresses again. As explained in the previous part, you would need to be able to apply more than four tonnes of pressure to the mattress for it to compress. If you are looking for a mattress that you can shrink down after use, you should read up on folding mattresses.

What are mites and what do I need to be aware of?

When mites are mentioned in the context of mattresses, it refers to the house dust mite. House dust mites are about 0.3 mm in size and cannot be seen by the naked eye. The small animals love damp, warm environments and therefore also your mattress. Skin flakes are particularly popular on the dust mite's menu. Basically, it is almost impossible not to come into contact with mites. In fact, most people carry some on them. One teaspoon of dust from your bedroom contains about 1,000 mites.

Allergy sufferers are not allergic to the mites themselves, but to their droppings. In the same teaspoon there would be about 250,000 pieces of faeces. Therefore, it is very important for allergy sufferers to expose themselves to as little mite excrement as possible. There are special mattress covers for this purpose. Foam mattresses or latex mattresses are also much better than innerspring mattresses. For more information, and to find out if you are allergic, you can contact your local allergy centre.

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