Memory Foam Mattress NZ – Let’s Examine All Your Options
Memory Foam Mattress NZ – there are more options out there than you probably realise. There are more out there than even I realised, with a new mattress appearing on our market just a couple of weeks ago! In this article, I’ll take you through your options for buying online (AKA the “mattress in a box” – memory foam mattresses that are extremely popular and come with in home sleep trials to more than compensate for not being able to see them in a store) and what you can expect to find at your local bed shop.
Online Options With In-Home Sleep Trials – 4 Options
There are four great memory foam “mattress in a box” options available in New Zealand. Between them, they cover a range of firmness levels and memory foam types, and all come with in home sleep trials of longer than 3 months. Some are sold only in New Zealand, one is a massively successful international brand that has just arrived here. There’s something here to suit everyone, I’ll give you all the details of each.
Ecosa – One Of Two Firm Options
Ecosa is an Australian brand that has made quite the name for itself around the world with their firm foam mattress with interchangeable inner layers. One of the first “mattress in a box” companies to sell their product in New Zealand, Ecosa is also the most widely known. Ecosa is made in China.
Ecosa has a firm feel, and while it uses memory foam the foams do not conform much to body weight. This is great if you’re looking for a flatter and firmer sleep surface, and also makes it my top recommendation for stomach sleepers. But if you’re looking for a true memory foam feel you won’t find it with Ecosa.
- 100 Night sleep trial and 15 year warranty
- Stretch knit cover that zips off for easy washing
- Three internal foam layers which you can switch around to change the feel of the mattress (in my opinion the options are “firm” and “very firm”)
- High density support foam
EXTRA: I have owned an Ecosa mattress for more than a year and a half. You can read more about my experiences with it here. It’s been fine, though slightly firmer than I’d like as a side sleeper. We’ve recently purchased a Napp instead, which still has great support but much better pressure relief. My shoulder is looking forward to the change!
Napp: Made In New Zealand, Best All-Rounder
Napp has been in the market for as long as Ecosa, and is exclusively made and sold in New Zealand. In fact, it’s our only memory foam mattress in a box that is made right here in NZ. Napp is manufactured by A.H. Beard in Auckland: you will be familiar with their big name mattresses such as King Koil which you see on the floor at Harvey Norman.
Napp has a true medium feel, and perfectly strikes the tricky balance between comfort and support. The first time I lay down on a Napp mattress I knew I had to have one to replace my Ecosa!
- 100 Night sleep trial and 10 year warranty
- Stretch knit cover that zips off for easy washing. The cover of Napp is also embedded with Outlast: a phase change technology developed by NASA to help keep you cool. This is a really high end feature.
- Three internal foam layers featuring exclusive hygroflex gel, gel infused memory foam, and a very high density support foam.
- Napp holds the record for responsive customer service: you’ll deal directly with the owner when you buy from Napp, and what I’ve heard from real customers is that any issue is sorted within 5 minutes.
EXTRA: Napp is my favourite mattress in New Zealand at the moment. In fact, my husband and I like it so much we have gone ahead and bought one ourselves. My parents bought one too, and they are really enjoying it. I’m turning everyone around me into Napp sleepers! Watch us unboxing my parents’ Napp mattress to get a closer look at it here.
Winkl: New Zealand Owned, Help Save A Kiwi
Winkl is the only other New Zealand owned mattress in a box you can buy here at the moment. They make two mattresses: their standard Winkl and the Winkl Lux (which in my opinion is one of the nicest memory foam mattresses in our market). Winkl are hugely popular mattresses and often sell out fast. Winkl have recently partnered with The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, so you can feel great about purchasing Winkl and helping look after national bird. Winkl is NZ owned, but the mattresses are made in China.
I have not tried the Winkl, but my understanding is that it is also a medium feel mattress. The Winkl Lux is a touch softer than medium in my opinion, and I think Winkl describe it best on their website when they say it’s like sleeping on a marshmallow!
- 120 Night sleep trial (the longest in NZ) and 10 year warranty on Winkl, 15 year warranty on Winkl Lux
- Stretch knit cover that zips off for easy washing (the Lux cover is a more premium knit)
- Three internal foam layers including exclusive WinklFlex foam, gel memory foam, and high density polyfoam.
- The Lux costs more, and along with the upgraded cover,you get the following extras for your money: higher density foams, deeper comfort layers, charcoal infusion in the foam (the only mattress I’ve seen in NZ featuring this temperature regulating and antimicrobial technology), and zoning in the support core. It’s my pick of the two Winkl mattresses.
EXTRA: Winkl is the only “mattress in a box” brand you can go and see in a store in New Zealand. Winkl have partnered with Citta design and have their mattresses dressed on the floor in their stores. I highly recommend you take yourself along to try one out if you can, I tried the Winkl Lux in the Christchurch Citta store and it was nice.
Emma: Brand New To New Zealand, Made In Germany (Your Other Firm Option)
At the time of writing this article (September 2020), Emma had only been in New Zealand for two weeks! A hugely popular brand originating in Germany, Emma has a massive international presence and many happy customers all over the world. They’ve been rated one of the best mattresses by Choice Australia (one of their most trusted consumer advocacy groups). The Emma mattresses that are going to be sold here in NZ are made in Germany.
Emma describes their mattress as being on the firmer side, but with contouring foams. I’ll be able to share more with you about whether I agree with this description over the coming weeks. If so, it could be in the perfect sweet spot for those looking for a firmer mattress like Ecosa, but with foams that offer more individualized pressure relief (at the moment your only other option for this is an $8000 Tempur mattress)
- 100 Night sleep trial and 10 year warranty
- Stretch knit cover. The Emma cover has a cool feature I’ve only seen on Tempur in the NZ market: the top part of the cover zips off around the sides, so you can just wash the top! This makes it much easier to zip on and off than if the zip is on the bottom, and makes it much easier to put back on the mattress.
- Three internal foam layers, but the composition is different to the others I described above. The middle layer of the Emma mattress is the thickest, rather than the bottom layer. It’s layered like this: 3cm of breathable foam, 15cm of zoned high resiliency foam, then 2cm of high density foam on the base.
EXTRA: Emma have actually gifted me a mattress to try out, which I have now written two detailed articles about. Click here to read about my unboxing and first impressions, or click here for my full review (spoiler alert: this is a firm mattress with the most bounce of all the others)
This is the first and only mattress I’ve been gifted. Any other mattresses you’ve heard me talking about owning have been bought for the same $$ you would pay. I’ve only accepted it because I’m genuinely curious about it and have a real world use for it after I’ve tested it (it wouldn’t be good to clutter up my house OR the planet with lots of spare mattresses).
Are There Others?
You’ll often see memory foam mattresses pop up on websites like ContainerDoor or OnceIt, but they tend to be very cheap and only have short warranties and no sleep trials. However, if you’re looking for a bargain for your guest room you may want to keep an eye out for these deals as they’re often about half the price of the mattresses I’ve detailed above.
If you try a mattress in store, you of course get to see and feel the mattress you are going to buy, which is how we’re used to buying mattresses. However, you won’t get an in home sleep trial period, which in my opinion is a much better way to test a mattress than perching on one in a shop. However, the options I’m going to show you below have more of that conforming memory foam “hug” than any of the online brands (this will be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your personal preference).
There were two in store options that really stand out to me, so here they are if you want to make a trip to the shops:
Tempur: The Original Memory Foam, With The Highest Density Materials
Tempur is the most famous memory foam mattress brand in the world. They were the first to take the technology from NASA (who developed it for extra cushioning safety for astronauts during mission launches) and put it in a bed. Tempur has that really slow, conforming, hugging, feel you first think of when you think about memory foam. They’ve stayed true to the technology while continuing to develop it. I personally don’t like it because to me, it feels like you’re sinking in too much and it’s a bit hard to move around on it, but you may love it.
If you want to try Tempur, you can find them stocked in Harvey Norman and BedPost. Tempur have a range of firmness options, all with that true memory foam feel. The Tempur mattresses sold in New Zealand are made in Denmark.
- 10 Year warranty
- Stretch knit cover, the top portion zips off like the Emma for easy washing. Tempur actually has the best quality zip I’ve seen in any mattress (but that’s probably not enough to spend $8000 on it).
- Under the cover is a layer of cool touch fabric for temperature regulation. This is similar to the Outlast technology found in Napp which I described above.
- Several internal foam layers, the most famous of which is the “Tempur Material”. This is Tempur’s signature memory foam. It’s very high density (= durable and high quality), in fact I think it’s the highest density I’ve come across. This is a big part of why it’s such a slow conforming foam.
Sleep Systems: Mazon Virtali Range
Sleep Systems are the creators of the Mazon Virtali (MV) memory foam mattress range, which is sold at various independent retailers around the country. There are three mattresses in the range: MV200 (medium feel), MV225 (plush feel), and MV250 (features gel infused foam to help with cooling).
I went down to my local independent bed store to test the MV range out, and I have to say they felt extremely nice. They have that similar slow sink that Tempur has, but without the big price tag (you’ll pay up to $3000 for a king size with gel foam). I tried out all of them and my favourite was the MV250 with the gel foam – it had a similar feel to the medium Tempur model I’d tried at Harvey Norman.
If you’re looking for an in store memory foam mattress, I highly recommend these to you. I think they are very nice mattresses. They are made in New Zealand and come with a 15 year warranty. Also, Christchurch people: take yourself down to BedWorld on Ferry Road to check out the MV range. It’s a nice independently owned shop with knowledgeable and friendly staff. It almost wasn’t even awkward to try the beds out in there. They have the full MV range on the floor.
So, What To Buy?
If you’ve read the rest of the article, you’ll know what I’ve personally spent money on, and what I think of them.
I’ve bought Napp because I think it has the best balance of comfort and support. I like the fact that it’s NZ made and the cover is the best of all the online options.
Ecosa is fine, but I just want more pressure relief for my shoulder. If you’re looking for a foam mattress that feels flat to lie on, you’ll like it. It’s holding up really well after 18 months of use so it seems to be durable.
Winkl: I loved the Lux, but my husband thought it was a bit too soft. If I were just purchasing for myself, I would have a very difficult time deciding between Napp and the Winkl Lux.
Emma: watch this space: I’ll let you know if it’s worth buying. I think it’s got a lot of potential.
Tempur: the foams too slow conforming for me, and I don’t think the massive jump in price is worth it. If you’re wanting to buy a memory foam mattress from a bricks and mortar store, take yourself down to your local independent bed retailer and try out the NZ made MV range instead.
Which one would you buy? Let me know in the comments!