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Essentia bionda mattress odor 05 Jun 2017 07:35 #11

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I just received my Bionda mattress from Essentia a few days ago, and I must report that there was zero chemical smell to the mattress when opening. It doesn't even have a strong latex smell. If you get up close to it, it does smell like latex, but nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing unbearable. The only thing is that despite my testing it out at the store in Paramus NJ and liking it in the store for a few minutes, I feel that it's too stiff for me. It's interesting that when you sit on it or press your hand down, it does feel like it's soft and the Essentia site states that it's on the slightly below middle range stiffness on the hardness to softness scale, but when laying down, I feel the pressure is too much on my lower back right below my waist, and a bit tough when on my side. It does have a nice bouyant feel, but feel like I may return it, but that's just my preference. Has anybody sat on the Spindle mattress that have tried the Bionda in comparison since they both are Dunlop latex mattresses?

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Essentia bionda mattress odor 05 Jun 2017 11:12 #12

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Hi DaninNJ,

I’m happy that there were no “offending” odors with your new mattress.

The only thing is that despite my testing it out at the store in Paramus NJ and liking it in the store for a few minutes, I feel that it's too stiff for me. It's interesting that when you sit on it or press your hand down, it does feel like it's soft and the Essentia site states that it's on the slightly below middle range stiffness on the hardness to softness scale, but when laying down, I feel the pressure is too much on my lower back right below my waist, and a bit tough when on my side.


The domed convolute will result in a bit of a softer hand-feel, as will the unique compression modulus of Dunlop latex, where it is softer initially and then firms up faster when moving past about 25% or so of compression, especially when taking the domed convolute into account.

Regarding “stiffness”, there will be a break in and adjustment period for any new mattress or sleeping system as the mattress loses any of it's "false firmness" and the cover stretches and loosens a little and your body gets used to a sleeping surface that is different from what it is used to (see post #3 here ). This would typically be a few weeks but it can be shorter or longer depending on the specifics of the person and the mattress. I’d give the mattress some time and see how it adjusts to you and how you adjust to it.

Has anybody sat on the Spindle mattress that have tried the Bionda in comparison since they both are Dunlop latex mattresses?


While both mattresses use Dunlop latex, they are different types of Dunlop (Spindle uses continuous pour) and different production processes (the Bionda uses a domed convolute on the top and bottom) and different mixes of thicknesses of layers, so “comparisons” (which would be subjective) would unfortunately only hold value if you personally were trying out each model next to the other.

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Essentia bionda mattress odor 15 Jun 2017 12:44 #13

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I got a response from Essentia on the density of the two foams used on the Bionda mattress after quite a few back and forths and claims that a domed foam couldn't be measured, but here are the layers they're claiming:

(2) 3" Domed convoluted Dunlop foam 15-19 ILD with Density of 4.36 lb/ft3

sandwiching the denser Center 2" Dunlop Foam 25-35 ILD with Density of 5.3 lb/ft3

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Essentia bionda mattress odor 15 Jun 2017 14:17 #14

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Hi DanInNJ,

Thanks for that information. They're stating the domed Dunlop is about a 70 g/M3, and the core is 85 kg/M3. And they are correct that with the domed piece you can't really compare the density/ILD to a solid piece of foam, as the contoured top surface will give at a "softer" rate initially than a piece without the domed contour.

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