Ecosa NZ: Read This Before You Buy
Ecosa NZ: Ecosa is probably the best known online mattress retailer in New Zealand. The Australian based company is well known for its firm memory foam mattress in a box, and they have reported a huge increase in sales since lockdown. If you’re considering buying an Ecosa, read this first. There are other options that might be a better fit for you.
I actually own an Ecosa mattress myself. We bought it at the start of last year, right before I launched this website. Do I like it? Yes. I sleep well. Is there another NZ based “mattress in a box” I’d rather be sleeping on? Yes. There are two, actually.
In this Ecosa NZ article I want to explain my experiences with Ecosa to you, and show you the alternatives so you have all the facts before you dive in and buy.
Ecosa: Mattress Overview + My Experiences With It
Ecosa is a nice mattress. I’ve been sleeping on it daily for the last year and a half, and it’s holding up well. It looks like it’s going to be a durable mattress that will last for years more.
Features of the Ecosa mattress:
- High quality cover which zips off for easy washing
- Three foam layers inside: these are interchangeable, and each has a different firmness. The fact you can swap the foam layers around inside your Ecosa are what set it apart from others. However, I think that it’s firm no matter which layer you have at the top
- All foam layers have been engineered for cooling: one is open cell, one is gel infused, and the base layer has zoned grooves for airflow and spinal support
My personal experience:
Here’s my sleep info to give you some context: I’m female, average weight and height. Sleep positions: fall asleep on my side, wake up on my back. My husband is also of average weight, is slightly tall height, and has a niggly lower back which makes him fussy about mattresses. He usually sleeps on his side.
To be honest, I left the buying decision of our Ecosa solely in the hands of my husband because he’s the one who is more fussy about mattresses, and wanted something firm for his back because he thought that’s what you need. Ecosa has a ton of good reviews, and we weren’t really aware of any other brands at that time, so we bought it.
The buying process was simple, delivery was great, and the whole transaction was incredibly smooth.
It took me a while to adjust to the feel of Ecosa, but I do find it reasonably comfortable. It’s firmer than I would choose… we have our mattress configured in the softest setting, and it’s still on the maximum of my tolerance. I switched the layers around to see how much difference there was, and it felt rock hard. I didn’t tell my husband I was doing this, and he wondered what on earth had happened!
The thing I feel disappointed about, and that makes me want to change mattresses, is that the foams inside Ecosa offer very little pressure relief for your shoulder when you lie on your side, and I find there is virtually no conforming to your body shape. I wouldn’t want a mattress that sinks in so much you get stuck, but a little bit of supportive “hug” would be nice. I’ve just finished reviewing a very firm overseas mattress, which has the unique point of being flat as a board. I feel like Ecosa is very much like this.
The “flat as a board” feel wasn’t what I want, and while Ecosa does the job (I can’t deny I’m sleeping well, but I sleep well anyway, luckily) and is a quality mattress, I do wish I had something else.
Ecosa make a memory foam topper which looks like a softer and more conforming foam, but I think it is very expensive and there is no sleep trial period. These factors put me off buying it. I actually asked Ecosa for one to try out (cheeky I know) but they declined unfortunately.
So What Are The Alternatives?
Here in New Zealand there are three other companies offering memory foam mattresses in boxes. Better still, two are New Zealand owned. Better again, one of them even makes their mattresses right here in New Zealand. At a time where supporting local is more important than ever, it’s important to note this.
Want to compare Ecosa with these other brands?
Click here for Ecosa Vs Emma (a new comer with a similar firm feel)
Click here for Ecosa Vs Napp (the only NZ made option)
Click here for Ecosa Vs Winkl (the NZ owned luxury option)
1. The Mattress I’m Thinking Of Replacing My Ecosa With: Napp
Napp is the only mattress in a box company here in NZ that actually makes their mattresses here at home. Using high quality foams from Joyce in Australia, Napp makes their mattresses at the AH Beard facility in Auckland (this is also where many of your “big name” mattresses you can pay thousands for in stores are made). Napp has been in the NZ market about the same amount of time as Ecosa. Want a comparison of Napp and Ecosa? Click here.
I convinced my parents to buy a Napp mattress when they needed to replace their old one, and after seeing one and trying it, I can unequivocally say this is the mattress I’m seriously thinking of buying. Here’s why:
- The cover is next level. Napp don’t make a big enough deal about it on their website in my opinion, but it’s actually a real luxury feature of their mattress. The cover is a stretch knit like Ecosa, but it’s been created with Outlast Technology, which actually feels cold to touch. As far as I’m aware, only Tempur also has a layer like this (if you want to spend around $8000) in New Zealand. I see overseas brands charging hundreds of dollars to add similar materials as an extra feature.
- The comfort foams are much more generous than Ecosa. Napp uses hygroflex in the top layer, a beautiful quality breathable foam. This sits on top of a layer of gel infused memory foam. These foams work together to create a comfort layer that has enough conforming for me to really like it, and enough support to prevent you feeling like you’re sinking in (this is my big issue with Tempur, you sink in quite far).
- The base foam feels really resilient and strong, I’d say it’s comparable to the feel of the base in my Ecosa, and it actually felt better than the base foam I saw in the $8000 Tempur at Harvey Norman.
- Napp made in New Zealand, that’s a big factor for me: Ecosa is made in China and is an overseas company.
So how are my parents finding their Napp? Here’s the info on them: in their 60’s. Mum is light body weight, likes a soft mattress. Dad is average weight, has a niggly back and was adamant he wanted a firm mattress. I knew Ecosa would be too firm for mum, and thought the mattress I’m going to talk about below might be just a bit too squishy for dad. I hoped Napp would strike the right balance for both of them. They are absolutely loving their Napp mattress. Both of them are extremely happy with it and are finding it very comfortable. Watch this space for footage of Napp unboxing and a look inside the mattress.
I’ve had comments from my readers that say nothing but great things about Napp and their service. I’ve had readers reporting to me that their Napp mattresses are holding up well after 2 years of use, and heard from a recent customer who needed a refund: she had her money back within minutes of contacting the Napp team.
Why didn’t we buy a Napp to start with ourselves? I think it was just that Ecosa was better known, it came down to brand awareness unfortunately! I hadn’t heard of Napp at that time. That’s why I’m writing this article, to help inform you of the other choices you may not be aware of that could actually be better for you. I honestly feel that Napp is the best mattress in a box we have on the New Zealand market.
2. The Other Great Alternative
I said at the start of this article that there were TWO great alternatives to Ecosa. The other one is Winkl. Winkl is also a New Zealand owned company, but their mattresses are made in China. They’re relatively new to the market (launched 2019) but their mattresses have proven extremely popular and often sell out. You’ve got to get in quick if you want to buy Winkl!
Winkl offer two mattresses, the Winkl and the Winkl Lux. Want a comparison of Winkl and Ecosa? Click here.
- Winkl mattresses also have a three foam layer design. The standard Winkl is the same height as Ecosa and Napp, and has about the same amount of comfort foams as Napp (again, more than Ecosa). The Lux has 33% more comfort foams, and charcoal infusion in one of the layers (charcoal is popular mattress infusion for its antimicrobial properties and cooling: as far as I’m aware, Winkl Lux is the only mattress in a box in NZ that has it).
- The Winkl Lux has zoning in the support core and a longer warranty.
- A cool new initiative Winkl launched in August 2020 is their partnership with the National Kiwi Hatchery and Department of Conservation. For every Winkl mattress sold, a portion of the profits goes towards protecting our national bird.
If you live in a city area and have a Citta design store near you, you can try Winkl out in their stores. I’m based in Christchurch and our Citta store has a Winkl Lux on the floor so I went and tried it out. I absolutely LOVED the Winkl Lux mattress. Winkl describe it as feeling like lying on a marshmallow, and that sums it up pretty well.
I think I’m naturally drawn to softer mattresses, and the Winkl Lux just felt really plush, soft (but supportive), and… lux. If it was just me I would consider buying this, but I sent my husband along to try it out and he felt it was too soft for him. So if you’re looking for a mattress in a box with a touch of luxury softness, Winkl is going to be the best choice for you.
So now you know your Ecosa NZ alternatives. All of them come with at least a 100 night sleep trial and are all in the same price bracket, the differences are in the feel of the mattress and where the companies are based. Here’s a basic summary.
- Buy Ecosa if you want a very firm mattress with little contouring. If you like the sound of the customizable foam layers, keep in mind they are either “Firm” or “Very Firm” in my opinion.
- Buy Napp if you want to strike that perfect balance of comforting and support. Napp is also the only option that’s made in New Zealand and has the best cover. This is a true medium mattress that I feel will work the best for most people.
- Buy Winkl Lux if you want plush luxury and a mattress that sits on the softer side of medium but still has good support. If you like the idea of helping kiwi chicks thrive, you’ll enjoy Winkl’s new kiwi recovery initiative.