One of Australia’s most popular mattresses, the Noa Mattress, is coming head to head with some newcomers like the Emma Mattress that’s been designed to offer one of the most comfortable sleeping experiences yet.
With Noa being in Australia for a few years now, the arrival of the Emma Mattress in 2019 might have you asking some questions, and we’re sure that we will have the answers to at least a few of those below for you.
Both mattresses offer great firmness levels at around a medium-firm that welcome all sleeping styles and positions, however, the Emma touts its ability to conform and contour to all sleeper’s ideal firmness levels.
The cost of either of these mattresses is quite similar, along with the material quality used, however, the material makeup is where the biggest difference comes in.
That said, let’s take a look below at the Noa Mattress vs the Emma Mattress to help you decide which is best for you.
We’ll start off with the materials used in either mattress, as these will determine the level of comfort and type of experience you’ll find. Keep in mind that the materials used will have an effect on everything from ventilation, bounce, overall comfort and more.
- Hybrid Design
- Latex Foam Cooling Layer
- Open-cell Design
Right off the bat, the Noa mattress is a hybrid mattress, making it a more firm and responsive variant as it’s designed with both foam and pocket springs to offer the best of both worlds.
You’ll find upper comfort layers here though, with latex, memory and gel foams included there is some great pressure relief and sinkage for those side sleepers who need weight taken off their hips and shoulders.
However, below this open-cell latex layer is a multi-zone pocket spring set up which is where a majority of the lumbar support comes in.
Unlike the Emma Mattress, you’ll be supported by springs — which is ideal if you’re a back sleeper or anyone who likes the traditional firm and bouncy support found in springs.
- All-foam Design
- Breathable Internals
- Engineered Spring-like Responsiveness
With a material layout centred around foam only, the Emma mattress is the softer and more body-hugging mattress of the two.
There are multiple foam layers in here, with a breathable foam making an appearance for hotter climates and a pressure-relief foam to lift weight from the joints and get you a good night’s sleep when joints can become a little too painful.
A 7-zone foam also stands in place of pocket springs and ensures there’s plenty of responsiveness here, at least as far as foam goes. Along with this, there’s a point-elastic foam too, combating the lack of bounce you might find in all-foam mattresses.
Like most foam vs spring mattresses, there is a big difference when it comes to sleeping experience simply because of the way the internal materials act. A spring mattress will typically have a lot more bounce and responsiveness than a foam model, whereas the foam mattresses are often more tuned to pressure relief on the joints.
- A Firmer Sleep Surface
- Plenty of Bounce
- Partner Disturbance Isolation
As expected, the sleeping experience on the Noa Mattress is the firmer and more ‘traditional’ of the two, with that welcomed old-school bounce coming in here when you move about the bed or jump on to it for the first time.
There are support foam layers and a partner disturbance foam in here too, so the bounce of the springs is dampened just a little a bit.
On top of this, the Noa is a little a firmer than most hybrids and the better mattress when it comes to spinal alignment for heavier sleepers or anyone who sleepers on their back.
There’s not a whole lot of sinkage here when compared to all-foam designs, and that means it’s a great mattress for anyone who doesn’t like to be contoured into their mattress as they sleep.
- Cloud-like Firmness
- Ideal Blend of Bounce, Contour and Support
- Well-ventilated Materials
When it comes to a fine-tuned sleeping experience, the German-designed Emma Mattress might be the best for sleepers who demand the support of springs but want the cloud-like sensation that comes with foam.
As reviewers online and on morning breakfast shows have outlined, the Emma Mattress offers a near perfect blend of bounce, sinkage, support and ventilation for an all-foam bed.
Sleepers will instantly notice that they have weight taken off their hips when they sit on the Emma Mattress, and following this, the foam layers become more malleable with body heat — allowing you to become more comfortable as you sleep.
Perforated foams work here to help with body heat removal and support, and a 7-zone structure makes sure there’s plenty of support when and where you need it.
As we outlined above, there are a tonne of special features that sets these mattresses apart, though there is a feature or two that may even set these mattresses apart from the wider competition as well.
One of the more unique special features that comes with the Noa Mattress are the water-based adhesives that keep the mattress from heating up.
This feature becomes particularly useful for those sleeping in hotter climates or with arthritis or back pain. As we sleep, and when our joints are properly relaxed, there’s a chance a warm mattress will make this experience worse.
With a mattress that works to actively keep itself cool, you’ll be able to sleep without those painful ‘hot spots’ becoming noticeable in your joints.
The Emma Mattress’s ‘Point Elastic Motion Isolating Foam’ is a special feature we’d like to highlight in the Emma, as it’s one of the more curated foams for co-sleepers.
If you’re anyone who wakes up during the night when someone hops out of bed to get a glass of water, you’ll love this foam. Online reviewers have mentioned that they no longer wake during the night due to partner movements, and with almost all motion entirely cancelled out, it’s a great special feature to have in a mattress.
The Emma also integrates cooling foams too, to keep the mattress cool as you sleep.
Single — $799
Double — $999
Queen — $1,099
King — $1,199
Single — $599
Double — $699
Queen — $849
King — $949
Delivery and Warranty
Both mattresses come with free delivery and returns so you are able to fully make use of the 100-night free trials without worrying about returning the mattress if you’re not sure you like it.
The Noa mattress comes with an excellent 15-year warranty, a testament to the great material quality and design.
The Emma mattress comes with a shorter, but still great, 10-year warranty.
With a closer look into the Noa and the Emma Mattress, it’s easy to see that there are a few distinct differences between the two.
The Noa is your pocket spring hybrid mattress that offers a comfortable old-school feel of springs paired with the modern contouring feel of memory foam and pressure relief.
On the other hand, the Emma Mattress is an all-foam variant that comes with plenty of curated foam technology to suit all sleeping styles and to keep everyone cool as they sleep.
We would suggest the Noa Mattress for anyone who likes a firmer mattress and is willing to spend a little more, and the Emma Mattress for those sleepers who adore a good cloud-like and contouring experience.