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How Does the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed Hold Up Against the Koala Sofa Bed?

April 11, 2022
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When you wish to watch a movie, play a video game, or binge a Netflix series in the comfort of your living room; when you’re too tired to sleep in the bedroom; or when you have a guest over, what do you do? Pull out the sofa bed! Koala and Ecosa both have sofa bed offerings; they go head-to-head below to help you choose.

Koala vs Ecosa: Whose is the best sofa bed?

Koala has proven to be a formidable Australian mattress in a box brand, and so has Ecosa with its ever-popular Ecosa mattress. Sleepers love the ergonomic support, reduced partner disturbance, breathability, long warranties (10-year for the Koala; 15-year warranty for the Ecosa) from these memory foam mattresses, and Ecosa’s adjustable firmness. They may love the new sofa beds too.

The Koala Sofa Bed and Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed provide anyone with a flexible piece of furniture in the living room. There are a few key details found in the Rio Sofa Bed that are absent in the Koala Sofa Bed. At the same time, the Koala Sofa Bed has shortcomings in some areas. Ecosa’s Rio Sofa Bed aims to remedy those flaws, providing a well-rounded experience for buyers. The Koala Sofa Bed may be a wonderful product, yet the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed can be the perfect alternative.

The choice materials for premium furniture

The Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed provides comfort and support with a CertiPUR-US® certified polyurethane foam layer. This means that it’s made without harmful chemicals and is low in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.

Add to that a Forest Certification Council® certified wooden frame that holds the polyurethane foam. This certification guarantees that the timber used for the Rio Sofa Bed comes from a responsibly-managed forest. This way, you can be sure that both the foam and wooden frames used in the Rio Sofa bed are sustainable and eco-friendly.

By comparison, the Koala Sofa Bed has two polyurethane layers. The first is a support foam layer, and the second’s a comfort layer. They are also CertiPUR-US® certified. In addition, they use poplar plywood and MDF for their frame. It comes with FSC® certification too. Lastly, the wood and the foam are covered with a polyester-nylon fabric blend.

How Ecosa goes further with recycled plastic bottles

Now, the fabric for the Rio Sofa Bed is where Ecosa goes a step further. Instead of regular polyester, Ecosa uses 100% recycled polyester from OceanCycle™.

Plastic bottles polluting the ocean are taken and broken down to make polyester threads and fabric. Ecosa uses this recycled polyester to cover the Rio Sofa Bed. Around 400 plastic bottles are used for the 3-seater Rio and around 300 for the 2.5-seater Rio. This way, ocean pollution is reduced and plastic bottles are given a second life.

In addition, the Rio Sofa Bed also has zippers made from recycled materials. The compostable tape used for the two boxes that the Rio arrives in is free from plastic and sustainably degrades. With these additional details, you get completely eco-friendly and high-quality furniture in the Rio Sofa Bed.

The level of comfort for sleepers and loungers

Everyone wants a comfy sofa to sit on and a cozy bed to lie in, but comfort is subjective. Reddit users have reported how comfortable the medium-firm Koala Sofa Bed is, but some have also shared less than stellar reviews. Based on reviews of actual users, they brought up common issues with the cushions, edge support, and the non-skid surface of the sofa in bed form.

Meanwhile, the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed has the same firmness level as the Koala. Buyers report finding the Rio sofa bed (in both sofa and bed mode) as comfortable. So far, there have been no user reviews of sagging or unevenness to the Rio Sofa Bed when sitting down. Sleepers have been happy with their Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed, which is great!

The ease of assembly for one or two persons

When the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed is delivered to you, it comes in two boxes, regardless of the size. One box houses the arms, while the other contains the main body. Simply take them out, then screw on the four feet of the main body. Next, take the armrests, align the slats of the armrests to the main body, and slide them down. That’s it! We also have a 32-second video about the assembly on our Youtube channel, Ecosa Sleep.

On the other hand, the Koala Sofa Bed comes in four or five boxes depending on the size you pick. To assemble it, you can follow its manual which takes you through several steps without the need for tools. Assembly time can take 15 minutes or less, but assembling the largest version may require a partner.

Now, with the simplicity and intentional design of the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed, its assembly will only take you around five minutes. You can do it by yourself even if you’re assembling the 3-seater. Ecosa designed the Rio Sofa Bed to make the assembly hassle-free.

The cost of a quality sofa bed

The Koala Sofa Bed comes at three prices based on its three sizes: $1,090 for its 1.5-seater, $1,550 for the 2.5-seater, and $1,690 for its 3-seater. You can choose from four colours: Flat White, Trackie Dack, Bass Strait, and Lunar Grey. The cover is not washable though.

The Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed and all its features come in at $1,560 and $1,700 for the 2.5- and 3-seater, respectively. You can get the bed in beige, light grey, and dark grey which can easily match any home design. Like koala’s, the Rio’s cover is not washable.

The sizes of the Koala Sofa Bed fold out into single, double and queen size beds. The 2.5-seater of the Rio Sofa Bed becomes a double too. However, the Rio 3-seater unfolds into something between a queen and a king. We recommend that you use king-sized beddings for our 3-seater.

The discounts and offers you can expect

If you’re looking for a discount or promo, Koala takes the price down for the Koala Sofa Bed during the occasional big sales. You can time your purchase during those sales to enjoy discounts.

For Ecosa’s Rio Sofa Bed, you can get a 20% discount right now. In fact, we have an ongoing 20% sale that applies to all Ecosa products. The discount is already applied when you visit Ecosa’s website. Just add the items to your shopping cart and check out your purchase.

Ecosa is also giving away one or two free memory foam pillows worth $150 each depending on your purchase amount. You get one free pillow if you buy items worth a total of at least $450. You get two if your purchase exceeds $700. Get on this offer now if you want free pillows since the offer will end on the 19th!

Along with the discounts above, you receive a 5-year warranty for both the Ecosa and Koala Sofa Bed. You can also get any of them quickly through a four-hour delivery service for free. The free delivery of Koala and Ecosa covers most metro areas of Australia, namely, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. However, Ecosa’s free delivery service extends to rural and regional areas as well. For Koala, you will have to pay a fee to deliver the sofa bed to your rural address.

Finally, you can also take advantage of the 120-night trial for Koala or the 100-night trial for Ecosa. If you don’t like the product, you can send it back to Koala or Ecosa for a full refund. Despite the 20-night deficit of the Ecosa trial period, however, with the excellent quality of the Rio Sofa Bed, you won’t need the extra 20 days to fall in love with it.

Try out Ecosa and feel the difference yourself!

When you’re looking for a sofa bed for house guests, your kids, or yourself, you have a choice between the Ecosa Rio Sofa Bed and the Koala Sofa Bed. With all the details you’ve read above, you can get an idea of what to expect from each product. As long as you prioritise your comfort, your convenience during assembly, and other factors such as sustainability, you’ll find a pick that will be perfect for you.


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