Closest match : Emma

emma review

Pricing Range:
Emma - $549 - $1035
Koala - $750 - $1250


  • Won over 30 awards
  • 7 zones of support
  • OEKO-TEX® certification

Read: Emma Review

Emma is also a very popular mattress in Europe with over 400,000 people sleeping on them. They are also an all foam mattress so have a similar pressure relief however most sleepers find it slightly firmer than standard memory foam.

The Emma has 3 layers of foam, a breathable eco-friendly hyperfoam, supportive polyether foam, and pressure-relieving point-elastic foam. To put simply softer foam on the top and firmer foam on the base, produced to support your body and give you a great night's rest.

Australian made : Hugo

Hugo mattress

Pricing Range:
Hugo - $630 - $1030
Koala - $750 - $1250


  • Natural latex
  • Australian made
  • 4 layers of foam design

Read: Hugo Review

If you still want an Australian made mattress that isn’t Koala then Hugo is perfect for you. It’s an all foam again but instead of memory foam as the top layer it’s latex. This gives the mattress more airflow and bounce, plus latex is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial to reduce bacteria.

Then you have memory foam that matches your body’s natural contours, a premium transition layer (that most mattresses skip over), and a high-density foam rock solid base to add support and longevity.

Customisable : Macoda


Pricing Range:
Macoda - $650 - $1100
Koala - $750 - $1250


  • Hybrid bed
  • Change the firmness
  • Zoned support

Read: Macoda Review

We always loved the comfort level of the Macoda and recently they have taken it to the next level. Macoda now includes two foam inserts that can be flipped to adjust between a soft, medium and firm comfort setting in a couple of minutes.

The Macoda is made up of 4 layers. 3 layers of foam - latex, memory foam, high-density support foam, and then a base layer of pocket springs. I forget to mention, the cover is as comfortable as it looks in the pictures. Plus it's made from bamboo.

Best Budget : Zinus ICoil

zinus icoil

Pricing Range:
Zinus - $239 - $420
Koala - $750 - $1250


  • It’s an affordable mattress
  • Certi-PUR US certified
  • Hybrid

Read: Zinus Review

Zinus ICoil is on Amazon, it’s a budget friendly Koala alternative that comes with a 10 year warranty, two layers of foam and pocket springs. Plus the foams are even Certi-PUR US certified which means they are free from nasty chemicals, which is amazing for the price range.

So if you're looking to save a few dollars but want a new mattress then the Zinus ICoil could be the choice for you.

Final Verdict

Everyone is different, that's why we have a range of mattresses to fit everyone looking for a koala alternative. The mattress in a box market is a very competitive and confusing space with all the mattress marketing jargon being thrown around, we try and simplify it.

All of the comparisons mentioned are high quality mattresses available in Australia. We have done extensie single reviews on each of the mattresses and looked at thousands of real customer reviews to get an unbiased third party opinion on top of our reviews. Below you will find our top pick and the two runner ups and our reason why to pick them.

Best Alternative : Noa

We have picked the Noa as our best alternative because of the increased airflow, the quality, certified foams, happy customers, and many other areas. The mattress is made up of 4 layers in total, starting from the top going down. Open-cell latex, gel-infused memory foam, adaptive transition foam, and then the durable foundation of pocket springs.

The mattress has recently been redesigned to be even more comfortable and has recently expanded to the UK because of the continued support of happy customers in Australia and Canada. Plus it's very competitively priced, you’ll find it cheaper than most all-foam mattresses which is incredible. They currently have a deal to save $300 on the bed. So make sure you check out the current price while the deal is on.

Runner Ups

Closest match : Emma

This mattress is very similar to the Koala as previously mentioned, so if you're looking for a bed that’s close to the Koala then Emma would be an excellent choice for you. It’s the closest in terms of the foams used, and popularity. The pricing is very similar also however the Emma mattress does seem to be lighter on the wallet at the minute.

Australian made : Hugo

Hugo doesn't seem to get mentioned too much in the mattress in a box market. However, this mattress is very comfortable, has 4 layers of foam instead of the Koala’s 2, it has a latex top layer that's a nice change from memory foam. We would recommend Hugo if you're looking for a high quality Australian made alternative.