Winkl vs Ecosa: how their mattresses compare and which is best.

Winkl Lux - happy couple
In most countries, ‘Bed Shop’ is synonymous with large warehouse-style stores, endless rows of mattresses and hyperactive salespeople waiting to ambush you the moment your eyes lock.

All are eager to inform you of greatly reduced prices, NASA space-grade technology that “helps you sleep better” and “cheap” – but all too painful - delivery services. It’s a familiar story in New Zealand, a market dominated for decades by a handful of companies (Sleepyhead, Bedpost, BedsRus) and their particular versions of this horrible truth.

The good news? Times are changing. The last ten years has seen an influx of ‘bed-in-a-box’ players worldwide improving the way people buy mattresses. And virtually eliminating the need to visit bed shops.

Today, you can order a quality mattress online and have it quickly delivered to try in-home on an extended sleep trial. The trend is still new in New Zealand but a number of notable brands have already emerged: Koala, Ecosa, Napp, MyBed and Winkl.

Two of these ‘new school’ mattress up-starts clearly stand out from the rest. Winkl, a dynamic eCommerce company launched by two New Zealanders on a mission to bring Kiwi’s better sleep. And Ecosa, an Australian based company importing into New Zealand.
In this blog, we review their core products to see which company comes out on top and who has the best-rated mattress.

Ecosa vs Winkl: Feature comparison

Each mattress is reviewed looking at the following key features:

1. Materials
2. Pricing
3. Comfort & firmness
4. Partner disturbance
5. Breathability & cooling
6. Trial period
7. Shipping and returns
8. Availability

1. Materials

The Ecosa mattress is a three-layer mattress made from memory foam and open-cell polyurethane foam. These are dependable foams that have been around for a long time. They’re comfortable but nothing new.

On the other hand, Winkl takes things up a notch. Their proprietary mattresses are made with an exciting, revolutionary and exclusive foam called Winkl-flex. This is specifically formulated to provide the perfect balance of softness, bounce and pressure relief for your joints.

People have said sleeping on Winkl-flex is like sleeping on a giant, velvety soft, marshmallow. We couldn’t agree more. But that’s not all. Winkl mattresses also utilise high-density memory foams beneath the top layer to provide your body with deep contouring support.

In addition, all materials used in the manufacture of Winkl products are certified safe. This means they meet strict international health standards including CertiPUR-US for foams and OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 for fabrics. Importantly, Winkl mattresses are free from all chemical-based glues and chemical-based fire retardants. Winkl keeps you safe while sleeping without making you sick.

2. Pricing

Ecosa has a single model ‘The Ecosa’ which is 25cm’s thick and retails at $650 for a single and $1,250 for a king.

By comparison, Winkl offers two mattress models at different price points: the ‘Winkl’ and the ‘Winkl Lux’. Like the Ecosa, the Winkl is also 25cm’s thick and designed for those seeking serious comfort and support without breaking the bank. Starting at $650 for a single through to $1,250 for a king, the Winkl is exactly the same price as the Ecosa but gives you more bang for your buck. The mattress has everything you need and nothing you don’t need.

However, if you’re willing to outlay a little more for a perfect night’s sleep, then seriously consider the Winkl Lux. The 30cm mattress is packed with extra features including an additional 5cms of luxurious comfort, spinal support zones, and charcoal-infused memory foam to really improve the quality of your sleep. The Winkl Lux starts at $1,500 for a single while the king retails for only $1,900. Every Lux comes with an additional 5 years’ warranty.

Notably, Winkl and Ecosa have both partnered with ZIP, Afterpay, Oxipay and Laybuy to offer finance, which means you can own the mattress right away and pay later.

3. Comfort & firmness

When it comes to comfort, Ecosa and Winkl have taken two very different approaches. Ecosa mattresses have interchangeable layers for those who want to change the firmness of their mattress. The question is, who decides which layer is on top: you or your partner? Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to firmness and this can make for a tough choice.

Winkl opted to design universally firm mattresses that meet the sleeping preferences of the majority of people - around 6/10 on the firmness scale. If you like a super soft or super hard mattress then Winkl may not be for you. But if you like the Goldilocks zone in-between, then both the Winkl and Wink Lux provide incredible comfort and support.

The main difference in comfort between Winkl models is that the Lux has an extra thick layer of Winkl-flex foam and an ultra-soft high GSM outer cover. This gives it a plush, more luxurious feel. Whichever model you choose, you’ll be amazed how quickly your body adjusts to its new sleep surface.

4. Partner disturbance

One of the biggest contributors to poor sleep is the person beside you tossing and turning all night. Just ask any couple. After snoring, it’s one of their biggest complaints.

Both Winkl and Ecosa mattresses are springless to isolate and greatly reduce disturbance from your partner. Each has a high-density memory foam layer which contours individual body shapes and sleeping positions. You have your half of the bed and they have theirs, unlike old-style spring mattresses that are ridged and transfer motion. This way everyone gets a better night’s sleep. Check out the no partner disturbance wine glass test here.

5. Breathability & cooling

Both Winkl and Ecosa have invested in technology designed to keep you cool during the night. Ecosa claims to have a built-in “air circulation system” that enables air to flow away from the body through perforations in one of the foam layers.

The downside is that Ecosa’s interchangeable layers mean anyone can compromise the system. There is also no way to avoid sleeping directly on top of their memory foam unless you want to sleep on the mattress upside down. Unfortunately, sleeping directly on top of memory foam has issues: it can heat up when in direct contact with the body.

On the other hand, Winkl has brilliantly solved this dilemma. They’ve cleverly positioned their memory foam under the top layer of Winkl-flex to eliminate direct contact and minimise the chances of overheating.

In addition, Winkl memory foam has GEL-infused particles which help to dissipate heat. The Winkl Lux has by far the best cooling technology. Charcoal-infused memory foam is used to draw heat away from the body to improve cooling and minimising heat retention. The charcoal particles also improve antimicrobial performance keeping your mattress fresher for longer.

6. Trial period

Winkl mattresses and pillows come with a 120-night comfort trial. That’s right: you can sleep on a Winkl for four whole months in the comfort of your own home to be 100% certain it’s the mattress for you. Forget about a quick in-store test.

If at any time after 30 nights you decide to return the mattress, Winkl will pick it up and provide a full refund. All pre-loved Winkl mattresses are donated to charity, giving someone in need an opportunity to experience a great night’s sleep.

The Aussie-brand Ecosa only offers a 100-night trial at which point, if you are not happy, they will also pick it up and refund your money. We think Kiwi-owned Winkl wins hands-down on the trial period.

7. Shipping and returns

Like all great mattress-in-a-box companies, Winkl shipping and returns are free. Even to rural addresses. If you order before 1:30pm in Auckland you'll receive your Winkl mattress the same day. For the North Island, it's 1 - 5 working days and the South Island is 3 - 5 working days.

Ecosa also offer free shipping within similar times frames. However, the added benefit with Winkl is they are locally owned and operated with teams here in New Zealand who can help if any issues arise.

8. Availability

While both companies offer in-home trials, spending thousands online without seeing a product can be daunting for some people. Therefore, Winkl mattresses are also available in Citta furniture stores nationwide. If you’re the type that likes to try before you buy, then Winkl have got you sorted.

With Citta stores in every main centre and twelve stores nationwide, you’re never far away from a quick comfort test. Just drop into your local Citta store and ask to try a Winkl mattress. The amazing in-store team will point you in the right direction and even help with an in-store purchase.

Unfortunately, Ecosa mattresses do not offer this handy in-store service and are only available online

The Verdict - which mattress is better?

So, which mattress comes out on top? Both brands boast special features and perks built into their mattresses and service.

But Winkl mattresses clearly come out ahead for their universally comfortable feel, superior cooling technology, exclusive Winkl-flex foam and added thickness. They are also more aesthetically pleasing with machine-washable designer outer covers in either LUX White or Marl Grey.

Both the ‘Winkl’ and the ‘Winkl Lux’ mattress would make an outstanding addition to any bedroom. Moreover, Winkl simply offers more choices in terms of pricing and comfort levels, giving you the ability to upgrade to a premium mattress at little extra cost.

We also liked the option of testing a Winkl mattress in-store at Citta if you’re a person that likes to try before you buy. Finally, Winkl is a Kiwi company able to provide outstanding service and support around the clock. The company is owned and run by two New Zealanders who are dedicated to bringing Kiwis better sleep.

Hopefully, this mattress comparison has helped you plan the next addition to your bedroom. The six to eight hours you spend sleeping is one of the most important parts of your day.