18 Month Ecosa Mattress Update – What’s It Like After More Than A Year Of Daily Use?
We bought an Ecosa mattress in January 2019, just as I was planning bestmattressforyou.com. I hadn’t researched much into mattresses in boxes at that point, and the choice was my husband’s. So, knowing what I know now, and having slept on a mattress in a box for more than a year, this is what I’ll tell you in this Ecosa Mattress Update:
- How does it feel now?
- Am I happy with Ecosa?
- Would I buy one again?
- If I’d done more research at the time would we have bought something different?
- How’s the mattress holding up (photos of the foams included)?
All will be revealed!
How Does It Feel Now?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ecosa is a firm mattress! It still feels firm to me, but I’ve got used to it and don’t have any problems. My husband also finds it quite firm, and he was the one who wanted a firm mattress to start with. I rate the Ecosa as around a 7-8 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale, and that hasn’t changed with daily use.
One of the defining features of Ecosa is the fact that you can swap the internal foam layers around inside the mattress to change the feel. We’ve had ours set with the “softest” foam at the top. I’m now going to change it around to see how much firmer the firm side really is, as I think it’s pretty firm already!
The first few months I got a numb shoulder when lying on my side, but that went away some time ago.
I’m really happy with how our Ecosa is holding up: there are no signs of sagging. I sleep very comfortably on it, even though I’d really prefer something that is a touch softer.
Since winter has arrived in New Zealand, we’ve added a wool mattress pad and that has softened the feel through the top of the mattress a little. I’d really like to try the mattress out with a good quality memory foam or latex topper in a softer feel, but honestly, I just can’t find one here in the New Zealand market that I think is worth the money. Ecosa does make one, but honestly I think it’s quite expensive.
The foams have maintained their resilience, and I never feel like I’m sinking into the mattress, or that it won’t support me.
Am I Happy With Ecosa?
Overall, the answer is yes. I really liked the fact we could sleep on it for more than 3 months before we decided to keep it. Sure we find it a bit firm, but by that point we were used to it.
After taking the mattress apart to film the foams and swap them around, it’s great to see no signs of sagging anywhere. The mattress seems like it’s got good durability and will continue to be a good supportive mattress for some time yet. Since we sleep well and the mattress is holding up well, I can say I’m happy with it.
Unzipping the mattress and changing the foam layers around was easy enough for me to do by myself, so that’s a positive thing too.
Would I Buy One Again? (And If Not, What Would I Buy)
So I’m happy with Ecosa. Great! But if I was buying a mattress in a box today, would I buy it again? The answer is probably not. The reasons are:
- I’d still prefer something a little softer
- I’d like to buy NZ made if possible, or at least support a NZ owned company
- I’d like thicker comfort layers
That leaves Winkl and Napp. Napp gets my vote because it’s NZ made and contains some very high quality materials.
You can read more about how Ecosa fares against the other two memory foam mattresses in the NZ mattress in a box market:
Here’s The Foams After 18 Months Of Use
I took a short video of the foams inside Ecosa, if you want a tour of the mattress. Please excuse the very amateur video, I’m aiming to have better equipment and editing in the future. If you don’t want to put up with sea-sick inducing angles and a orientation change part way through, here are the highlights:
- I show you the external and internal covers
- I show you both layers of comfort foams and the polyfoam base layer
- I give you an indication of how responsive the foams are to pressure (the blue layer is more conforming and acts more like a memory foam while the white layer is more bouncy)
- I got mixed up with the comfort layers (oops!) the blue is the softer one, and was how we intended to have it set up all along. Now that I’ve switched them around to put the bouncier white foam on top, I’ll see how much firmer it really feels (and if the husband notices)