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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 persons. There is currently limited long-term consumer 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 consist of 2-4 inches of "natural memory foam" over a natural dunlop latex core (or denim core in the Jeanius 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 Essentia mattress report below is based on at least 40 consumer reviews of models Jeanius, Classic Skinny, Classic 8, Energie Opus, Beausommet, Dormeuse and Unity. 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 durability / 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. The Jeanius model, however, will likely have a shorter lifespan than the other Essentia models.|
|Price||D-||Prices are $1700-$6600 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 variety||c+||Firmness ranges from medium-soft to medium-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-||The Jeanius and Classic Skinny are only six inches thick, making them generally unsuitable for large / heavy persons. All the other models are eight inches thick; this thickness may be acceptable for large / heavy persons, 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 (except the Jeanius) is 20 years with the first 10 years non-prorated. The Jeanius has a 10-year warranty. (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 and 18% for the Jeanius model. This means that the cost to the consumer to return a mattress will be from $180 to $600 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, of course, 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||B||B+|
|Price / affordability||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||NR||A+|
Our Essentia mattress ratings are based on 40+ owner reviews of models Jeanius, Classic Skinny, Classic 8, Energie Opus, Beausommet, Dormeuse and Unity.
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 9 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 are at least twice that of the average mattress.
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