FUTON-Check Quality comparison

As the leading futon manufacturer with production experience dating back to 1988, we certainly know our products and materials down to the last detail and know what it takes to make a good futon mattress. And of course, we also know the market where you find a few other good manufacturers and unfortunately, a number of bad suppliers - mostly dealers selling imported goods.

In this test, we are talking aboutfour comparable products from those suppliers who shared the front page* of the leading search engines with us in 2020, under the search term "futon". *(Page 1, organic search only, not ads). You can watch the videos of the test in our media center. Details and results can be found here.

The reference model

futon-dx4
Our reference model - FUTON DX 4

We compare the test futons with our FUTON DX 4, a solid futon classic. The FUTON DX 4 belongs to the more simple products in our range. It contains virgin wool, cotton, horsehair, and natural latex - 100% natural. It is manufactured here in Dortmund and, like all our products, is certified by the ECO Institute, which refers to material purity as well as extensive testing for harmful substances.

Structure/Layers

1 x virgin wool

2 x cotton

1 x horsehair

1 x natural latex 5cm

1 x horsehair

2 x cotton

1 x virgin wool

The test futons

  • Vita-Line Futon Modell 9

    by Futon24

    According to the manufacturer's website

    with a composition of:

    Structure/Layers

    1 x virgin wool

    3 x cotton

    1 x horsehair

    1 x latex 4cm

    1 x horsehair

    3 x cotton

    1 x virgin wool

  • Comfort Extra

    by Edofuton

    According to the manufacturer's website

    with a composition of:

    Structure/Layers

    1 x virgin sheep wool

    3 x cotton

    1 x horsehair

    1 x latex 4cm

    1 x horsehair

    3 x cotton

    1 x virgin sheep wool

  • Rosshaar Futon '2SW+6BW+2RH+1LA'

    by Japanwelt

    According to the manufacturer's website

    with a composition of:

    Structure/Layers

    1 x virgin sheep wool

    3 x cotton

    1 x horsehair

    1 x Latex 4cm

    1 x horsehair

    3 x cotton

    1 x virign sheep wool

  • Futon Kasukabe

    by Futon-online

    According to the manufacturer's website

    with a composition of:

    Structure/Layers

    1 x virgin sheep wool

    3 x cotton

    1 x horsehair

    1 x Latex 4cm

    1 x horsehair

    3 x cotton

    1 x virign sheep wool

What was tested?

We tested the purity of the materials. In addition, we also looked at the product description, price, shipping and packaging, and lying comfort. The following materials were examined in the purity test:

  • Natural latex
  • virgin wool
  • cotton
  • horsehair

To test the wool, cotton, and horsehair fibers, we sent them to the Inspection Office Dr. K.-H. Phan and had both, a fiber count under the microscope, and a chemical analysis performed. We had the natural latex samples taken, tested for purity by the eco-INSTITUT  For this purpose, we opened the respective futon, took samples of the material, and sent them in air-tight bags to the above-mentioned institute.

We did not take samples from our comparison futon, the DX4, as part of this test, since all of our products and materials are regularly tested and certified (last test September 2020). In our video series, you can see the visual test and see the differences. You can find them at the bottom of this page.

Test result Futon 1

Results of the chemical analysis

- Natural latex content of the latex sample: 22% natural latex

- Wool content of the virgin wool sample: 97.8% virgin wool

- Cotton content of the cotton sample: 35% cotton

- Result of fiber counting: 25,4% cotton

- Horsehair proportion of the horsehair sample: 97% horsehair.

Other aspects:

Origin: Poland - was delivered by a forwarding company and cost 284,00 € including delivery in size 80x200cm. It was delivered in a cardboard box and foil.

The futon was not made according to the description. The horsehair is only on one side of the latex core but twice as much, so there are two different sides. The cover is made of satin fabric. The stitching of the futon is a loose thread stitching without a button.

Conclusion for futon no. 1

Futon no. 1 was the thickest and softest of all four futons tested. It was the only competing futon covered with a comfortable cloth. Unfortunately, the construction had not been made as the description indicated, causing the futon to have uneven firmness on the two sides.

Fiber testing revealed that the horsehair and also the virgin wool were of high purity. The "cotton" used is shoddy wool1, with a purity of only about 30% and which cannot be rated as cotton. The core is made of synthetic latex2. The manufacturer does not give any specific information about what the latex is made of, but the photo of a rubber tree shown on the website under „latex" suggests the use of natural latex3.

Produkt: Vita-Line Futon Modell 9, by Futon24

Test result Futon 2

Results of chemical analysis

- Natural latex content of the latex sample: 20% natural latex

- Natural latex content of the latex sample: 20% natural latex

- Result of fiber counting: 68% virgin wool

- Cotton content of the cotton sample: 27% cotton

- Result of fiber count: 50% cotton

- Horsehair proportion of the horsehair sample: 97% horsehair

Other aspects:

Origin: Poland - was delivered by a forwarding company and cost 305,00€ with delivery in 80x200cm. It was delivered in a cardboard box and foil. The cover is made of a rough atlas fabric. The stitching of the futon is a tight thread stitching with a felt button.

Conclusion for futon no. 2

Futon no. 2, along with futon no. 4 (which is identical in construction), was the hardest futon, due to very tight stitching combined with a very coarse cloth. The description on the dealer's site had a few inconsistencies. Contrary to what was stated, the fiber analysis showed that it was not cotton, but shoddy wool1, and not pure virgin wool but one with a significant synthetic admixture. The core is not made of natural latex3, but of synthetic latex2. On its website, the manufacturer describes that the raw material for the latex comes from the rubber tree3.

Produkt: Comfort Extra by Edofuton

Test result Futon 3

Ergebnisse der chemischen Analyse

- Natural latex content of the latex sample: 23% natural latex

- Wool content of the virgin wool sample: 50% virgin wool

- Result of fiber counting: 32% virgin wool

- Cotton content of the cotton sample: 42% cotton

- Result of fiber count: 51% cotton

- Horsehair proportion of the horsehair sample: 97% horsehair

Other aspects:

Origin: Poland - came via a forwarding company and was delivered in a cardboard box and foil, on a pallet. The disposal of the packaging was extremely complicated and lengthy. Futon No. 3 cost 255,00€ including delivery in 80x200cm. The cover is made of simple twill fabric. The stitching of the futon is a thread stitching with a button

Conclusion for futon no. 3

Futon No. 3 has the most ambiguous firmness because on the one hand it was made with tight stitching and on the other hand with a very simple, unstable cover. The description on the dealer's website had some inconsistencies. Technical terms that didn't make sense were used, such as a "cover made of needled cotton" or "tumbled wool" (which is quite funny). Contrary to what was stated on the website, the fiber analysis revealed that it was not pure virgin wool and cotton, but shoddy wool1 and a synthetic wool blend. The core is made of synthetic latex2 and not natural latex3.

Product: Horsehair Futon '2SW+6BW+2RH+1LA' by Japanwelt

Test result Futon 4

Results of chemical analysis

- Natural latex content of the latex sample: 100% natural latex

- Wool content of the virgin wool sample: 66%.

- Virgin wool result of fiber counting: 72% virgin wool

- Cotton content of the cotton sample: 39% cotton

- Result of fiber count: 59% cotton

- Horsehair proportion of the horsehair sample: 97% horsehair

Other aspects:

Futon No. 4 - origin: Poland - came via a forwarding company and was delivered in a cardboard box and foil. It cost 312,00€ including delivery in 80x200cm. The cover is made of a rough atlas fabric. The stitching of the futon is thread stitching with a button.

Coclusion for futon no. 4

Futon no. 4, like futon no. 2 (which is identical in construction), is a hard futon, with tight stitching and a very thick and hard cloth. The dealer's firmness description was: medium firm. The description on the dealer's website had a few inconsistencies. Contrary to the information, the fiber analysis showed that it was not pure virgin wool and cotton, but shoddy wool1 or virgin wool with a synthetic admixture. The core was not made of natural latex3, but of synthetic latex2.

Product: Futon Kasukabe by Futon-online

References

1Shoddy wool is obtained by shredding old textiles. This can therefore be considered a recycled product, but it does not have the same characteristics as cotton.

2Synthetic latex does not have the same characteristics as natural latex. Neither the elasticity nor the durability of natural latex is exhibited by synthetic latex. Like foam, synthetic latex (also SBL) consists of butadiene and styrene, petroleum products.

3Natural latex is made from at least 95% of the juice of the rubber tree.

Videos on the Futon-Check

  • Video Futon-Check - Part 1 / 7:25min; (german language)
  • Video Futon-Check - Part 2 / 5:28min; (german language)
  • Video Futon-Check - Part 3 / 5:28min; (german language)