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Ecosa Mattress Review – Do You Need an Adjustable Mattress?

Logan: What’s up, everybody? It’s Logan from sleepopolis.com and, today,I’m going to be reviewing the Ecosa mattress. The Ecosa is an adjustable mattress meaningyou can change the foam layers to better fit your firmness preferences. I’m going to talk about what makes up theEcosa, talk about the firmness of it, run some tests, give some recommendations. If there’s anything I don’t cover during thevideo, just leave a note in the comments section below.If you are looking for other mattress reviews,you can just google Sleepopolis and mattress reviews to see our full listing there. For right now, let’s jump in and talk aboutthe construction of the Ecosa mattress. [music] Logan: Now taking a look at the materialsof the Ecosa mattress. Speaking briefly on the cover, I do want topoint out it is removable and machine washable. It’s polyester. That’s really all you have to know about thatcover. Underneath that, there’s this second coverwhich is waterproof, which could be a nice feature if you are interested in that.Underneath the cover, we get to the foam layersof the Ecosa. There’s three layers. You can rearrange them into different positionsdepending on what firmness you’re looking for. This is how it actually comes out of the box. They call it medium, but it is the softestarrangement of foam layers for the Ecosa. On top, in this arrangement, is the memoryfoam layer. It’s maybe about an inch of memory foam there,classic memory foam feel. You can see that really slow response to pressure,gives you that contouring feeling around your hand. You sink into it. It’s nice for pressure relief. Something to look out for, though, is thatmemory foam can trap heat a bit at times. If you are someone who’s a little bit nervousabout overheating in the middle of the night, memory foam mattresses are something thatyou should be wary of a little bit. Underneath that, in this arrangement, it’sset up as a transition layer, but this poly foam layer you actually flip over this piecehere.You can see these are glued together. If you want it to be a little bit firmer thanthe medium arrangement with the memory foam on top, you just flip this over after youunzip the mattress and put this on top. It’s got a quicker response to pressure. In my opinion, it is a little bit firmer thanthe memory foam on top of it. It gives you a little bit more mobility, thingslike that. About the same firmness, in my opinion, maybea little bit firmer. In this arrangement here, it basically transitionsyou from the soft memory foam on top through to the transition layer here and, finally,into the high density poly foam base.It is a really firm material, as you can see. Quick response to pressure supports the layersof foam on top of it. If you do put the Ecosa in the firmest arrangementof all of them, you actually drop these two pieces to the bottom and move this to thetop and actually lay directly on this piece. In my opinion, it is much firmer in that arrangement. We’ll get a little bit more into the feelingthere, but those are the three foam layers of the Ecosa mattress. Now that we’ve seen what makes up the Ecosamattress, I want to talk a little bit about what it feels like to actually lie on topof one.Like I said before, the Ecosa is an adjustablemattress. There’s three different firmness levels. I’m going to talk briefly about each of them. The way that it set up first was the softestway that you can arrange the Ecosa’s layers. They call it the medium firmness. I’d agree with that. It’s about a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. A few other testers test out the mattressas well. They all had it in that same kind of 5.5,6.5 out of 10 range, somewhere in there with the memory foam on top of the mattress. It’s fine for back sleepers, the little bitof sinkage, definitely some contouring around the body because of the memory foam. If you’re a side sleeper and you buy the Ecosa,I think that’s the arrangement you’re going to want to have it in in general because itis, in my opinion, the softest setup out of the three.Finally, if you’re a stomach sleeper, I wouldsay that the softest arrangement of the Ecosa is probably not the one for you because itwill have that memory foam on top. Your hips definitely will feel like they sinkin a little bit. I definitely experienced that when I was lyingon that portion of the Ecosa mattress. Next setup, I want to talk about the mediumfirmness of the Ecosa. They call it medium firm firmness. Basically, this is with the white middle layeractually spun over and put on top of the mattress. In my opinion, it’s about the same firmnessas if the memory foam’s on top. It’s just got a little quicker response toit. There’s a little bit extra firmness to it,maybe like a half point or something there. Overall, about the same level of support,in my opinion, as well as the other testers that tested out the Ecosa for me. If you are more of a combo sleeper and rollaround from your back to your side, this might be more in line with what you’re looking forbecause you feel more on top of this arrangement than you will if the memory foam’s on top.In general, I don’t think that the feel, otherthan that sinkage in contour, is much different between the medium and soft arrangements onthe Ecosa. Finally, the firmest arrangement of the Ecosajust takes that high density poly foam base and places it on top, so you lie directlyon top of that. In my opinion, it is noticeably firmer thanthe other arrangements. A few of my testers disagreed and didn’t thinkthere was much difference in that feel at all. In my opinion, if you’re a stomach sleeper,this is definitely the way to go with the Ecosa mattress.Definitely felt more on top of the mattress. It’s a firmer feel. There’s not much give to that at all. If you’re a side sleeper, I think you’re goingto feel a little jammed up if you lie directly onto that high density poly foam. Again, if you’re a side sleeper, go with thesoftest version of this or with the memory foam on top. More of a combo sleeper, I think you’re goingto want to turn that layer over so that you get a little bit quicker bounce to the mattress,a little bit more mobility. About the same level of support. Finally, if your stomach sleeper, I wouldsay put the firm arrangement up so that you’re going to be able to have your hips supportedso you don’t sink too far into the mattress. Instead of just describing the feel of theEcosa mattress to you, I want to give you a visual representation of where pressurepoints might form while lying on the mattress.My first test here is what the pressure map. I’ve laid a pressure map on top of the mattress. I tried it in all three arrangements for theEcosa. You’ll see the results ranging from blue forlow pressure to red for high pressure. A few interesting things come up when takinga look at the pressure map for the Ecosa. One is that it stays pretty much blue, lowpressure, across the board on my back regardless of the firmness of this mattress. That means pretty much my weight’s in an evenlydistributed situation, so I don’t push too far in the mattress either way.I agree. I don’t think there’s much difference in termsof pressure points forming when I’m in this position. The bigger differences come when I roll ontomy side. You can see, on the firmer version or thefirmer arrangement of the Ecosa mattress, there’s definitely higher pressure in theshoulders and the hips, which are two problem areas for a lot of side sleepers. With a firmer mattress, side sleepers aregoing to start interacting with the support of a mattress a lot quicker. You’re going to have higher pressure in thosepositions, get a little jammed up, especially at the shoulders. That’s why a lot of side sleepers prefer softermattresses that you can sink deep into for a lot of pressure relief. Looking at the medium and the soft arrangementsof the Ecosa, you don’t see too much difference there. Like I said, in my opinion, the support levelof those arrangements is pretty similar. The only difference really is that contouringfeel with memory foam up or more of a quick response with the poly foam on top.Rolling onto my stomach. Again, weight’s pretty evenly distributed. You don’t see too much difference here interms of pressure across the body. I would, however, recommend that if you area stomach sleeper that I would say you should go with the firm support arrangement justbecause I think it does a better job of supporting your hips and keeping your spine aligned ina good position. My next test up is the sinkage test. This is for those people that want to knowwhether they’re going to feel like they’re sitting on top of or sinking into bed. I used four balls of varying sizes, weightsand densities — so, many different body parts — and see how far into the mattress theysink. We have a 6-pound ball, a 10-pound ball, 50-poundball, and 100-pound ball to simulate that center mass of your body if you’re a bit bigger. Honestly, in terms of sinkage, I think theEcosa is on the average, so somewhere between one and six inches of sinkage depending onwhich ball we’re talking about.There is a bit of difference depending onwhich arrangement you have the mattress in. If you are in the firm arrangement, I wouldsay there’s about an inch less sinkage across the board in terms of how far in these ballsare sinking as compared to the medium and soft arrangements, which come in at the sameamount of sinkage. Really, the difference between the soft andmedium arrangements isn’t that much. It’s just the difference in feel between thememory foam or poly foam on top, which is you’ll feel a little bit more stuck in thememory foam because that’s slow response. In general, there’s about the same level ofsinkage for those two as opposed to the firm, which is going to keep you up out of the mattressa little bit more. Another test we ran is the motion transfertest or bounce test. We drop a ball from 4, 8, and 12 inches tosimulate someone getting into bed in the middle of night or rolling around, that kind of thing,on the other side of the bed.We track the disturbance across the mattress. Depending on the arrangement you have themattress in, you’re going to get a little bit more bounce out of the poly foam, a littlebit more disturbance transferred across the mattress in those situations because they’rea little bit bouncier, have a little bit quicker response. Memory foam is going to be better to dullthat disturbance. It’s transferred across the mattress becauseit doesn’t have that quick response to pressure and not as much bounce. Before we go, I want to give a few recommendationsand complaints that I have about the Ecosa mattress.First, one of the reasons I think you mightlike the Ecosa or want to buy it is if you’re going to use it in a guest room, people withdifferent preferences in terms of firmness coming through that you might want to changeit. That could be an option. Two, another reason you might like the Ecosais if it’s for a kid’s room. As kids grow, their preferences in terms offirmness change. Also, there is the waterproof second coverunderneath the top cover which is removable and machine washable for any accidents orspills kids might have, so could be a good choice for a kid’s room as well. Some of the complaints I have about the Ecosais that changing around or adjusting the layers for different firmness arrangements is a pain. Definitely, it took two people here in theSleepopolis room to change it around to the different firmness layers as we were testingit out. Two, there’s not really any bounce to thismattress. It is an all-foam mattress so that’s not thatweird, but changing positions is a little bit tougher when there’s not much bounce toa mattress.Those are just a few of my general recommendationsand complaints. If you have any other questions, please leavea note in the comments section below. If you are interested in purchasing an Ecosamattress, I want to give you a little bit of information on that process. First, there is a 100-night trial period,so you get the mattress in home for a little over three months before you have to decidewhether or not you want to send it back. Two, there is a 15-year warranty. Of course, you want to check online on theirwebsite for exactly what that warranty covers. That’s definitely above the average of whatI would say is usually a 10-year warranty for the foam bed-in-a-box market. Shipping is free, and it will arrive compressedin a box.When you take it out of the box and let itexpand, you’re going to want to let it sit for at least a couple of hours, if not overnight,before anyone sleeps on it so it gets to its full potential there. Finally, in terms of price, the queen sizeversion of the Ecosa mattress comes in at $850. That’s it for my review of the Ecosa mattress. Again, if there is anything I didn’t cover,just leave a note in the comments section below. 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