Ecosa Vs Napp – Which Is Best For You?
In this Ecosa Vs Napp showdown, I compare the biggest international brand in our New Zealand market with our only NZ made mattress-in-a-box brand. One has two design features that only their brand offers. The other is made in New Zealand and has one of the best quality comfort foams on the market. They will feel quite different to lie on because they have different firmness levels. Yet, they have similar construction and similar price points. Which is which? Which one was voted more durable by Consumer NZ? And which one is best for you?
All your questions are answered here, along with detailed comparisons of their construction, prices, and feel. Here’s a general overview to get started:
There are some similarities between Ecosa and Napp, but they’re fewer than you might expect:
- Both are around 25cm high
- Both contain three foam layers: two comfort layers and a firm support core
- Similar price points
- Similar cooling technologies in the comfort layers
- Both offer a 100 night sleep trial
There are more differences than similarities. On the surface, Ecosa and Napp look similar with their construction and prices, but they are actually very different. mattresses. Here’s how:
- Ecosa is Australian owned and Napp is New Zealand owned (by a family who have been part of our local furniture industry for many years)
- Ecosa is made in China, but Napp is made right here in New Zealand using materials from Australia. If you’re wanting to support local, Napp is going to be an easy choice for you
- Ecosa is an international brand, while Napp is only available in New Zealand
- Napp is rated a medium firmness, and has been designed to be universally comfortable. Ecosa is rated 7-8, and is definitely firmer. From sleeping on an Ecosa mattress myself for more than a year, I can say it’s comfortable enough, but definitely firmer than I would have chosen
- Ecosa has interchangeable layers inside it’s mattress to adjust the firmness (but they’re all pretty firm no matter what you do). Napp comes with one configuration
- The comfort layers inside Napp are thicker than Ecosa (in fact, you get more comfort foams in Napp than you do in many brands worldwide)
- Ecosa has two removable covers. As well as the breathable knit outer, there’s also a waterproof inner cover
- Napp has their own unique feature in their cover, with Outlast technology to mange body heat
- Ecosa is quite slow to respond to queries, from my experience. When you contact Napp, you’ll get a fast response, even on the weekend
Close-Up On Their Construction
Ecosa is a 25 cm high mattress with 3 internal layers. This is pretty much standard across many mattresses in boxes,both here and internationally. One of the things that really drew us to the Ecosa mattress when we were deciding what to purchase was the fact that you can adjust the firmness level by changing around the layers inside the mattress. This clever design allows Ecosa to make just the one mattress to suit different people. However, even with the softer layer at the top it’s still pretty firm.
As mentioned earlier, Ecosa has two covers on their mattress. Ecosa might be the only brand I’ve researched (both here at home and internationally) that has this.
- Removable outer cover made of breathable stretch knit
- The removable, waterproof and dust mite repelling inner cover (also removable so you can switch the mattress layers around as desired)
The first two layers are your comfort foams.The third layer is the support core layer. You can switch around all of the layers and have any one of them at the top of the mattress as your sleep surface. Again, Ecosa is the only mattress I’ve seen with this adjustable design.
- The blue layer is named “G-7”, and is a gel memory foam. Gel memory foam is known for its cooling properties. This layer is 3cm thick. Keep this layer on the top of the mattress for the “softest” feel this mattress can give you (remember, it’s not soft! It’s still very firm to me!). This is how we have our own Ecosa mattress configured.
- The white layer is a memory foam that Ecosa have designed themselves. Called Eco-Tex, this open cell foam is designed to mimic the feel of latex (which is known for it’s cooling, durability, and bounce). This layer is 4cm thick, which means the two comfort layers combined make up 7cm of the 25cm total. Put the white layer on the top of your mattress to give it an even firmer feel!
- The largest section of the mattress is the high density support foam, made from plant based polyurethane. It makes up about 18cm of the mattress height. This layer is what you would put at the top of the mattress if you wanted it to feel like a rock. Ecosa is actually the first company I’ve seen suggesting you sleep directly on this polyfoam layer, but the airflow convolutions make it feasible. The convolutions will also allow further contouring support. (If you want this layer on top, you can’t just flip your Ecosa, you need the convolutions facing up to get the airflow benefits)
Made from a breathable stretch knit. The cover packs some great features:
- Water resistant
- Removable for cleaning
- Cool to touch
- Created with Outlast© technology. This was originally developed for NASA, and uses phase change molecules to absorb, store, and release heat. Sound technical? All you really need to know is that this cover is going to work hard to help you feel comfortable. It’s not “moisture wicking”, it’s active temperature management
There are three foam layers inside, each with a very specific purpose:
1. 5 cm layer of Hygroflex foam. This is a foam specially formulated to have great pressure point relief and temperature control. It’s kind of like a hybrid foam: it acts like both a memory foam and a high resilience foam. This means you’ll get the pressure relief you need without feeling like you’re sinking into the mattress like a traditional memory foam. Its open cell structure is how it helps with temperature control.
This sounds pretty similar to the ECO-Tex foam used in the Ecosa mattress, but I believe Hygroflex is a better quality foam and you’re getting more of it (5cm vs 4cm). The Hygroflex inside Napp is also softer (without sacrificing support).
2. 5 cm layer of gel infused high density memory foam. This foam layer acts as both a second comfort layer and a transition layer supporting the firm base foam below. The memory foam properties of this layer promote the pressure relief you need from the comfort layers while the high density rating of it keeps you from feeling the hard base foam below. Since this is a high density memory foam, the gel infusion plays an important role. The gel particles draw body heat away and out of the mattress. It’s crucial to have a heat controlling mechanism in this layer as there is no way for heat to escape the polyfoam base (this is true for pretty much all memory foam mattresses).
Again, this is pretty similar to the G-7 foam inside Ecosa, but again you’re getting more of it at 5cm vs 3cm.
3. 15 cm layer of high density polyfoam. This is pretty standard for a memory foam mattress so there’s not much comment to make here, except to say it’s a bit thinner than Ecosa (15cm vs 18cm). This is not an issue though, 15cm is plenty to allow this support layer to do its job of supporting the comfort layers above.
|Single||91 x 188 x 25||92 x 188 x 25.5|
|Long Single||91 x 203 x 25||92 x 203 x 25.5|
|King Single||107 x 203 x 25||107 x 203 x 25.5|
|Double||137 x 188 x 25||138 x 188 x 25.5|
|Queen||153 x 203 x 25||153 x 203 x 25.5|
|King||167 x 203 x 25||168 x 203 x 25.5|
|Super King||183 x 203 x 25||183 x 203 x 25.5|
|California King||203 x 203 x 25||-|
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|Ecosa RRP||Napp RRP|
Feel And Firmness
Napp has a medium feel, and I would give it a rating of 6 – 6.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. This is a touch softer than Ecosa, and is more universally appealing. It’s a firmness level carefully engineered to feel plush and comfortable without sacrificing anything in support.
Ecosa is a firmer mattress, and I would rate it at least a 7 (if not 7.5) out of 10, even in its softest configuration. If you’re looking for a really firm mattress, Ecosa is going to appeal more to you.
Here are some situations where I recommend you choose one over the other:
- You’re not sure what firmness you want
- You share a bed with someone who likes a different firmness than you. Napp will be a better compromise
- You like to sleep on your side: Napp will give you more pressure relief through your shoulder
- You want to support local
- You want a firm mattress (this was my husband. This is why we ended up with Ecosa)
- You like to sleep on your stomach: a firmer mattress will be better for your spine because it will have more support through your hips
- You weigh more than 150kg: you need a firm mattress to give you adequate support. Interestingly, if you buy a softer mattress, it can end up feeling too hard because you sink through the comfort layers and feel the support core of the mattress – this isn’t what you want, you want to feel well supported
The good news is that I think both work well for people who mainly sleep on their back, it will come down to personal firmness preference and other factors (like if you want to buy NZ owned/made or warranty length). Remember, whichever one you choose, you’ve got more than 3 months to try it out at home.
Ecosa Vs Napp – Which Is Better?
The big things in Napp’s favour are that they are a NZ owned company who make their mattresses right here in NZ. If supporting local is important for you, then Napp is the obvious choice. Napp also uses some pretty amazing foams in their mattress and should be comfortable for lots of people. Consumer NZ voted Napp most durable when it tested three brands, (Ecosa, Napp, and Koala – an Australian brand), which vouches for the quality of the foams inside.
Ecosa’s big selling point is that you can change around the internal layers of the mattress to adjust the firmness level but after owning and sleeping on an Ecosa for a year and a half myself, I think that it’s pretty firm no matter what way you set it up. If you’re looking for a really firm mattress, choose Ecosa.
Which one do I personally prefer? The easy answer is Napp. I love the fact that its NZ made, has a softer feel and the high rating from Consumer NZ. I think it’s pretty hard to top Napp for me, it’s my favourite of all the mattress-in-box brands we have here.