Find out who came out on top in our side-by-side mattress comparison of the internationally-awarded Emma Original mattress and the Noa mattress.
With multiple international awards from independent testing agencies combined with its relatively lower prices, the Emma mattress has become synonymous with value for money the world over. But how does it compare with its Australian counterparts?
The Canadian-owned mattress in a box brand with its 15 year warranty provides an affordable hybrid mattress option in the Australian market. But how does the Noa mattress actually stack up against the competition?
The German-manufactured Emma and China-manufactured Noa mattress both provide a good degree of comfort, support and breathability at a reasonable price. However the support system employed by the Emma mattress with its 7 zoned scheme provides a more tailored approach to addressing the different needs of different pressure zones. While the Noa mattress does have a cover layer that might have anti-dust mite and antibacterial properties, it cannot be removed and washed like the Emma mattress. So a mattress protector is especially recommended for use with the Noa.
Similar to the Sleeping Duck mattress however, the Noa hybrid mattress also has a relatively longer inflation time (up to 3 days) than the Emma (less than 1 day) and is considerably HEAVIER. A King-size Noa weighs 61 kg and is not easily managed by a single person. So for those with pre-existing back/shoulder/muscular conditions it might be prudent to consider the ergonomics of handling the mattress as well as its actual performance.
Like the Ecosa mattress, the Noa offers a 15 year warranty. However as mentioned previously the benefit reaped from the 5 year extension could be nominal depending on the extent of normal wear and tear within the first 10 years (average lifespan of a mattress). As you’ll wind up needing to buy a new mattress before the warranty is up anyways.
An advantage of choosing Emma over most other mattress in a box brands is that it does not limit the 100 night trial to only one mattress per household, as with Noa. So if you have any intention of purchasing more than one mattress in the same household, then Emma is the better choice as the 100 night trial applies for all purchases made, not just the first one. So people of differing preferences within the same household can take advantage of the 100 night trial which is great!
Overall, our opinion is that the Emma mattress still provides the better value in light of these aspects and remains the Best Overall Mattress in a Box 2020. However, if you are partial to the feel of a spring mattress the Noa mattress is nevertheless worth a shot.