Ding ding ding, today the two heavy weights of the mattress in a box industry go head to head.
Who will be victorious in our Ecosa vs Koala review?
(Queue the Rocky theme track)
Ladies and gentlemen…
In the BLUE corner we have Ecosa and in the RED corner we have Koala.
Sit back and grab your popcorn folks…
Cause it’s on!
When to Use The Ecosa Mattress
Established in 2015, Melbourne’s Ecosa had early success selling mattresses and have since expanded their range to include other bedding items.
For those of you who are looking for a budget friendly option, which at the same time alleviates back pain, Ecosa could be your option.
Also, rated as the best firm feel mattress, many users have been quite pleased with the level of support it provides.
When to Use Koala
One of Australia’s most popular mattress brands, the Sydney based Koala mattress also started in 2015.
Whilst many other mattresses are quite feature heavy, what makes Koala stand out is its simplicity.
Comprising of 2 foam layers, a top comfort layer and bottom support layer, the company has maintained this design since first launching their mattress.
Suitable for shoppers who are looking to shop a trusted, well known Australian brand.
If the feature heavy options have you unsure on which mattress to choose, the Koala is also a sound simple option.
Ecosa Vs Koala at a Glance
If you don’t want to read through the entire comparison:
After much research and consideration, we’ve selected Ecosa as being the better option overall.
Overall, the quality and key features of the Eocsa mattress made it stand out.
Although Ecosa was selected as the top pick, doesn’t mean Koala isn’t suitable either.
For those who want to make a more considered choice:
Make sure to continue reading!
How We Evaluated: Ecosa Vs Koala
This is how we scored the two heavy weights against one another:
We ensured to review the core features that mattress shoppers consider most when making a decision.
In saying so, we hope the comparison makes clear which option is best.
Ecosa Vs Koala Feature Comparison
1. Size, Price and Value
Let’s jump right in by starting with one of the greatest purchase considerations, price and value.
The Ecosa mattress comprises of 3 layers and 3 firmness options:
It also has the largest range of available mattress sizes:
Meaning it caters to most sleep types and requirements.
Offered at the following prices:
- Single: $799
- Long Single: $849
- King Single: $899
- Double: $999
- Queen: $1,099
- King: $1,199
- Super King: $1,499
On the other hand:
The Koala mattress is not too firm or soft, comprising of 2 foam layers and 1 firmness option of a mediumish feel, making it a sound value choice.
The mattress is available in the following sizes and prices:
- Single: $750
- King Single: $850
- Double: $950
- Queen: $1,050
- King: $1,250
Although both competitively priced:
Ecosa has various firmness options and a few more sizes than Koala.
Giving it the W for this section.
2. Mattress Layers and Care
What exactly are you getting with either mattress and how do you care for it ongoing?
This is where we explore mattress layers and care.
Comprising of three layers, from the top down, we have:
1. G-7 gel memory foam: Supports and contours to your body, alleviating pain and providing a comfort, customise sleeping feel and experience
2. Eco-Tex memory foam: Comparable to latex, this layer is designed to provide bounce and resilience. The added benefit of memory foam over latex is durable and breathable build
3. High-density ergonomic support foam: Featuring zero partner disturbance, groove-based design, this layer enhances the mattresses breathability, sleeper spinal alignment and pressure point relief
Overall, well designed and considered, providing levels of support and comfort with its foam build.
Simply built, the Koala has 2 layers:
1. Kloudcell comfort layer: 6cm polyurethane foam, designed to absorb pressure, promote airflow and minimise partner disturbance
2. Ecofoam support layer: 16cm ultra-resilient foam, designed to provide additional support and ensure the longevity of the mattress
Less doesn’t necessarily mean less, many customers compliment the Koala for a good night's sleep.
Both the Ecosa and Koala mattress come with a removable machine washable cover which is great.
However, the Ecosa mattress has a waterproof inner cover that makes caring for the mattress easier and provides great protection against dust mites.
Although both mattresses are quality options, the Ecosa came out as favourable in this round.
The waterproof inner cover plus additional layer of support gives it the edge of Koala.
3. Comfort, Firmness and Durability
When you lay on your mattress for the first time and many times to follow, this is what you should expect from both mattresses.
As mentioned earlier, the Ecosa mattress is available in three firmness options:
- Medium firmness: Rating of 7.5/10
- Medium-firm: Rating of 8/10
- Firm: Rating of 8.5/10
Many sleepers have highlighted that the mattress across all options has a firm feel when resting on it.
If you prefer a more supportive sleep, the three firmness options allow you to pick the level of firm that suits you best.
The Koala mattress offers customers one firmness option:
- Medium firmness: 6.5/10
More of a softer feel compared to the Ecosa, but still offering a level of support.
Some customers have noted that the Koala mattress can start to sag after 12 months or so.
The Ecosa mattress is quite durable and has proven to last for years to come.
Offering multiple firmness options, Ecosa would be one to consider for those looking for a firm feel mattress.
However, if you’re after a mattress which is softer, the Koala may be the one for you.
4. Sleeping Position Suitability
Depending on your sleeping position will determine which mattress is most suitable for you.
- Medium firmness: Side sleeper suitable
- Medium-firm: Back or side sleeper suitable
- Firm: Back sleeper suitable
With a medium firmness feel of 6.5/10, the Koala is most suitable for side sleepers.
More versatile and catering to a range of sleep types.
5. Night Trial, Returns and Warranty
If you decide to purchase either mattress, in this section we outline what you need to across trial periods, return and warranty.
Ecosa Vs Koala
Both companies have a minimum trial period of 14 nights.
Koala offers a 120 night trial period.
Ecosa offers a 100 night trial period.
If you decide to return your mattress:
- Ecosa will give you a full refund regardless of where you live in Australia
- Koala will only give a full refund to customers who live in metropolitan areas. For those who live outside these areas, you may have to pay the cost of the return
Koala’s extra 20 nights of trial on Ecosa is great.
However, their refund policy isn’t as open as Ecosa’s.
Both companies have similar warranty policies.
However, Ecosa provides a 15 year warranty whilst Koala offers a 10 year warranty.
With a longer warranty period and flexible refund policy, we’ve given this round to Ecosa.
6. Environmentally Friendly
For customers concerned about the environmental practices of the companies which they purchase products from, be sure to read on.
Ecosa Vs Koala
The Ecosa mattress is:
- OEKO-Tex Standard 100
Whilst Koala’s mattresses are:
GECA (Good Environment Choice Australia) certified
In summary, these certificate types ensure they are compliant with environmentally safe manufacturing processes.
You can shop with confidence knowing their products follow environmental responsible practices.
7. Payment Options
Probably a good one to consider when it comes time to open up your wallet and decide to splash some cash
Ecosa Vs Koala
Both Ecosa and Koala accept Mastercard and Visa.
Additional Payment Options
Ecosa: American Express
Flexible Payment Options
Both Afterpay and Zip offer customers flexible, monthly interest free payments.
With both companies offering standard, unique and flexible payment options, we’re calling this one a draw.
How do both compare when it comes to catering to customer delivery?
Ecosa Vs Koala
Ecosa and Koala offer same day delivery in metropolitan areas.
They both also offer weekday evening deliveries.
Super great stuff!
However, Koala also offers Saturday morning deliveries and has partnered with Soft Landing.
This partnership really benefits Sydneysiders as they will pick up your old mattress free of charge.
Melburnians can also benefit from this partnership but for a small fee.
Due to their further commitment to customer delivery, this on goes to Koala.
9. Charity Involvement
Both Ecosa and Koala like to give back.
And for those of you who have considerations beyond the product itself, you may be interested in this section.
Ecosa Vs Koala
Ecosa have partnered with the Salvation Army and any returned mattress or pillow gets donated to those in need.
To date, they have donated 3,500+ mattresses and 300+ pillows across Australia and New Zealand.
With Koalas at risk of extinction in NSW, Koala decided to do their part to help our cute cuddly friends.
They have partnered with WWF Australia and for every mattress sold, they donate some of the money to assist with Koala preservation.
Great Stuff Koala!
For going above and beyond and showing lots of our love to our furry friends.
When To Shop For An Alternative Product
If you’re still undecided and want to compare to other favourable but similar options on the market, then you might want to consider an alternative mattress.
Ergoflex Mattress - Ecosa Alternative
Ergoflex Mattress - Ecosa Alternative
Similar to the Ecosa.
However, the Ergoflex mattress is specifically known to alleviate back pain.
Being recommended by back doctor, Dr Mark Craig and used by a range of Australian athletics, it is a favourable memory foam alternative to that of Ecosa.
Orthopaedic design that provides pressure-relief:
This is a suitable option for those who suffer from or wake up with aches and pains.
Here’s how their prices compare:
Emma Sleep Original - Koala Alternative
Emma Sleep - Koala Alternative
Although the Koala’s simplistic mattress design makes it unique, it does allow others to compare well against it.
The Emma Sleep Original being a higher quality memory foam option compared to that of Koala.
With 4 layers ranging from:
- Climate-regulating cover,
- Eco-friendly hyper foam,
- Comfort layer and
- Pressure-relieving point-elastic foam layer
It has become a favourable option for Australian shoppers
It’s also priced more competitively than the Koala mattress:
Ecosa Vs Koala: The Winner
Both heavy weights fought fiercely.
As they sit in their corners and recover…
The results are in and have been tallied:
After many long rounds, our Ecosa vs Koala review victor for 2021 is:
Go for Ecosa if you:
Suffer from back pain
Prefer a firmer feel
Would like a level of mattress customisation
Would benefit from its waterproof inner cover
Go for Koala if you:
Want to shop a well known brand
Prefer a medium mattress feel compared to that of Ecosa
Require fast delivery of your mattress
The Main Event Has Come To An End
There you have it ladies and gentlemen.
How was our Ecosa vs Koala review, what round was your favourite?
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