Napp Vs Winkl – How To Choose Between Them
Here we have two mattresses that are very similar. Similar construction, similar feel, similar price. How are you going to choose? In this Napp Vs Winkl comparison, I’ll give you a detailed breakdown of every little similarity and every little difference to help you make your choice. I have a favourite, which I explain at the end.
Here’s an overview of Napp Vs Winkl to get you started:
These mattresses have quite a lot in common. They’ll probably even feel the same to lie on. Here’s a list of all the similarities between Napp and Winkl:
- Both are New Zealand owned companies
- Both offer generous sleep trials (100 nights for Napp, 120 nights for Winkl) with hassle free returns
- Both offer 10 year guarantees on their mattresses (exception is Winkl Lux, which has a 15 year guarantee)
- Similar prices (detailed price breakdown below)
- All are composed of three foam layers encased in a removable cover
- The foams have a similar feel and similar cooling properties
- All are rated around a medium firm: this is a comfort level that will feel comfortable and supportive for most people
- Both have really efficient customer service that is based in NZ
If you’ve read my comparisons of these mattresses with Ecosa, you’ll see that these two mattresses are a lot more similar to each other than either is to Ecosa. Click here to see how Winkl compares with Ecosa, and here to see how Napp compares with Ecosa.
While the mattresses are similar, there are some key differences. They are reasons that could lead to you choosing one over the other, despite them having a similar feel and construction:
- Napp is made in New Zealand (from Australian materials), Winkl is made in China
- Napp make one mattress, Winkl make two
- Napp uses Hygroflex foam, which has been proven in laboratory tests to be a very high quality comfort foam (read more about that here)
Close-Up On Their Construction
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 Winkl Flex comfort foam you’ll find inside the two Winkl mattresses, but my research suggests to me that Hygroflex will be better quality and potentially more durable.
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 middle layer of the standard Winkl mattress.
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. You get the same in Winkl.
The standard Winkl mattress 25cm high, which is pretty much the same as Napp. The composition of the mattress is also similar:
Removable and breathable – but does not have the Outlast technology that Napp does.
Like Napp, there are three internal foam layers. The two comfort foam layers at the top make up a total of 10cm.
- The light purple layer is a foam exclusive to Winkl. It’s been designed to have a bit of bounce like a latex foam. This helps you to feel supported on the mattress without feeling like you’re sinking into it or getting stuck in it. This will have a similar feel to the Hygroflex foam used in Napp.
- The dark purple layer is a high density gel foam. I really like this layer because I see so many overseas companies using a lower density (read: lower durability) foam for this layer which leads to sagging. The fact that it’s high density means the inclusion of the gel infusion is important to help keep you cool (gel beads draw heat out of the foam) because high density foams are not as good at letting air flow through them as their lower density, open cell counterparts.
- High density support foam, of the same depth as you get in Napp. Pretty standard, there’s not much more to say here.
The Winkl Lux is also a 3 layer foam construction, lbut it’s 30cm high. The two foam comfort layers make up 13cm of the total mattress height so it has more comfort foams than Napp or the standard Winkl mattress.
As the name suggests, the Lux has some upgrades over the Winkl. For your extra $$ you get a thicker mattress that has more foam in the comfort layers, charcoal infused into the memory foam and zoning in the support foam. Basically, the Lux lives up to its name: it’s a high performing mattress with lots of great features and technology whereas the standard Winkl is a decent mattress with less bling.
This is one of the upgrades over the standard Winkl mattress. It’s still removable and easy to clean, but it’s softer and more durable.
- The top layer is the same proprietary Winkl-flex foam you find in the standard model, but there’s more of it in the Lux.
- The transition layer has been infused with charcoal instead of gel. This is a less common feature, but a really good one because not only will it help with temerature regulation, it’s also antimicrobial.
- The base foam in the Winkl Lux is the same polyfoam you’ll find inside the Winkl, but it has been divided into zones for targeted support. This is a really nice luxury touch, and something I see overseas brands charge a fortune for. The zones are designed to be more forgiving for your shoulders and hips and firmer through the centre to help support your spine. This layer is 17cm thick, so has 2cm more than either Napp or the standard Winkl mattress.
To sum it up: Napp and the standard Winkl mattress have extremely similar features and construction, and are engineered to feel about the same when you lie on them. Napp has the advantage of the superior cover and is made in New Zealand.
The Winkl Lux features upgrades only found in this one mattress. If you’re after deeper comfort foam layers and a zoned support core, this will be the right choice for you.
If you want a more detailed comparison of the Winkl vs Winkl Lux, you’ll find that information here.
|Single||92 x 188 x 25.5||92 x 188 x 25
92 x 188 x 30 (Lux)
|Long Single||92 x 203 x 25.5||-|
|King Single||107 x 203 x 25.5||107 x 203 x 25
107 x 203 x 30 (Lux)
|Double||138 x 188 x 25.5||138 x 188 x 25
138 x 188 x 30 (Lux)
|Queen||153 x 203 x 25.5||152 x 203 x 25
152 x 203 x 30 (Lux)
|King||168 x 203 x 25.5||168 x 203 x 25
168 x 203 x 30
|Super King||183 x 203 x 25.5||183 x 203 x 25
183 x 203 x 30 (Lux)
The prices listed below are RRP. You should note that mattress-in-box companies always have a deal going. My links will take you to the deal, never pay full retail!
Feel And Firmness
I think these mattresses are going to feel pretty similar. All three have a similar firmness rating of around 6-6,5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale, giving them a medium feel that will suit a wide range of people. In particular, I think these mattresses will suit:
- Anyone who’s not sure what mattress firmness to choose
- Anyone who shares a bed with someone who prefers a different firmness level: these mattresses are a great compromise
- Anyone who likes to lie on their side in bed either for reading or side sleeping: these mattresses will all give good pressure relief though your shoulder (nothing worse than that pins and needles feeling from a mattress that’s too firm)
On the other hand, if you are adamant you want a really firm mattress or you mainly sleep on your stomach, you might want to consider Ecosa, which is definitely the firmest mattress in a box option we have here in New Zealand.
Which Is Better?
Winkl and Napp are going to feel very similar, so how can you say which is better? Both are NZ companies, but only Napp is made in NZ. If you want to support local, Napp is going to be the easy choice. I also think Napp has an edge with the cover materials and the Hygroflex foam. Out of the two, Napp would be my choice.
If you want a more luxurious mattress with deeper comfort layers and other lush upgrades, then the Winkl Lux is going to be the best option. It’s more expensive than the other two, but it packs a ton of features that the big brand mattress stores would demand about twice the price for. It’s my favourite of the two Winkl mattresses and a great option.