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THE GOOD: In addition to their comfort potential, Essentia mattresses have no rubbery feel, are fairly easy to move on, and have few if any off gassing reports.
THE BAD: Most models cost at least 30% more than many competing latex mattresses with similar specifications and owner satisfaction. Thickness may not be ideally suited for large / heavy people. There is currently only limited long-term owner experience data available.
THE MATTRESS: Essentia (in business since 2006 and headquartered in Quebec, Canada) makes mid- to luxury-level latex mattresses. The seven Essentia models are eight-inches thick and consist of 1-5 inches of "natural memory foam" over a natural dunlop latex core (or denim core in the Grateful model). "Natural memory foam" is, in fact, a latex foam that is touted to combine the naturalness of latex with the comfort of memory foam.
THE COMPETITION: Essentia often competes with latex mattresses and mid- to high-priced memory foam beds, namely Tempur-Pedic. See the side-by-side mattress comparison for how Essentia compares to other brands.
The Essentia mattress report below is based on at least 40 consumer reviews of models Grateful, Tatami, Classic 8, Energie Opus, Beausommet, Dormeuse, Dormeuse Fior and discontinued models. The data was gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology.
|Owner satisfaction||B||Essentia mattresses overall have 83% owner satisfaction. ( ) This rating is slightly better than average compared to latex mattresses overall and is well above average compared to all mattresses overall.
|Durability / longevity||NA||Essentia was founded in 2006 and, as a result, long-term longevity data for the mattress is not plentiful. What data is available shows Essentia to have about an average lifespan compared to latex and memory foam mattresses overall and an above-average lifespan compared to all mattresses overall.|
|Price / affordable||D||Prices are $1275-$7160 depending on the model and size. This is more than double the price of the average mattress and 30%+ more than the price of many competing latex mattresses with similar specifications and owner satisfaction.|
|Less pain / pressure points||B||Essentia performs well overall on the issue of pain relief, including back pain relief. It also tends to perform well on the issue of minimizing pressure points. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Firmness options||b+||Firmness ranges from soft-medium to firm depending on the model.|
|Motion isolation||B||Due to their latex content, Essentia mattresses generally keep movement localized which makes them couple friendly.|
|No initial odor / off gassing||c+||Reports of the mattresses having an initial rubber-like or musty smell are somewhat common. But there are few if any complaints regarding off gassing which is the release of a chemical-like odor.|
|Easy to move on||B-||Essentia beds are generally considered easier to move on and get up off than high-density memory foam beds, such as certain Tempurpedic models.|
|No sleeping hot||c||About 5% of owners report that their mattress acts as a heat trap.|
|No noise||A||Essentia mattresses are silent.|
|Large person friendly||c||All models are eight-inches thick; this thickness may be acceptable for large people (200 lbs+), but it is not ideal. Bottoming out, excessive firmness and pressure points may be experienced.|
|Lightweight||D+||Like most latex mattresses, the beds have substantial weight making them difficult to transport and maneuver.|
|Warranty||b+||The warranty length for all models is 20 years with the first 10 years non-prorated. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)|
|Return policy||C+||60 days. All returns or exchanges require a transportation and recycling fee which is 9% of the listed retail price. This means that the cost to the consumer to return a mattress will be from $115 to $645 depending on size and model. (See returning a mattress: what you should know.)|
|Customer service||b-||Customer service is generally good with some inconsistencies, owner experience data suggests.|
|Availability in stores||d||There are a total of about a dozen retailers in the US and Canada. The mattresses are also available online. (See buying a mattress online: what you should know.)|
|Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating||nr||Essentia does not have a BBB rating currently.|
Tempur-Pedic (a memory foam mattress) and Essentia (a latex mattress) often compete for the same customers. The table below shows how Essentia mattresses overall compare to Tempur-Pedic mattresses overall based on actual owner experiences.
|Durability / longevity||NA||B|
|Price / affordable||d||D|
|Easy to move on||b-||C-|
|No initial odor||c+||D|
|No sleeping hot||C||C-|
|No rotating / flipping||B+||B+|
|Large person friendly||c||a-|
|Availability in stores||d||a|
|Better Business Bureau rating||no rating||A+|
Our Essentia mattress ratings are based on 40+ owner reviews of Grateful, Tatami, Classic 8, Energie Opus, Beausommet, Dormeuse, Dormeuse Fior and discontinued models.
The owner experience data was gathered from diverse, credible sources, namely online message boards.
– The return policy for an Essentia mattress is 60 days. All returns or exchanges require a transportation and recycling fee which is at least nine percent of the retail price.
– Although Essentia says their beds are memory foam, they are in fact latex mattresses that have memory foam-like properties.
– High price is the top complaint of Essentia mattress owners. Prices overall are at least twice that of the average mattress.
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