For all the travel that I do, I still spend more time in my bed than anywhere else on Earth. I’ve long been a fan of beds made by Hästens, the Swedish company that offers the most comfortable–and expensive–beds in the world. But can a Hästens bed that costs significantly more than the median home in the USA or Europe really be worth the price?
Hästens Bed – Worth $660,000?!
Considering how much time we spend in bed (about 1/4 to 1/3 of our lives) and how sound sleep is critical to both physical and mental health, I do wonder sometimes why I do not invest more in my bedding.
Hästens offers a range of beds, but the Grand Vividus is its premier model. The mattress runs about $400K, but when you add on all the extras, it can come to over $600K ($660K according to the UK Daily Mail).
In 2019 I almost bought a Hästens bed (for $25K, not $660K…) and somewhat regret not doing so. My wife thinks the blue and white stripes are ugly, but I love them. Instead, we still sleep on our old mattress which is nearly a decade old.
The client list for the Grand Vividus is small (each bed allegedly takes hundreds of hours to make) and I would never buy one, even if I could afford one. There is too much need in the world and I do not think I could enjoy a bed like that knowing how much was spent to acquire it and the opportunity cost for doing so.
That’s a tricky issue and I do not make personal judgments concerning that (except when it comes to televangelists), except to say that to whom much is given, much is required and I think we often underestimate the difference even a little time or money can make in helping the world to be a better place.
So how much is too much for a mattress? That is something I am trying to figure out…
I raved about Hästens beds after experiencing an unparalleled rest in the SWISS First Class lounge in Zurich. Since then (five years), these beds have been on my mind. I had no idea that inflationary pressures, however, have pushed up the top-tier bed to more than most houses. I’m not about to buy one of those, but for all the travel I do there is still no place I spend more time than in my bed and my mattress is past its prime.