Last Updated: August 2017
The makers of the Simba mattress began their journey in 1979, when they supplied their first spool of thread to a mattress factory in Derbyshire. Their thread became so popular that it started being used by mattress manufacturers around the globe; it has been used in 50 million mattresses in more than 35 countries. Their thread was so popular that in 2002, they decided to use it to create their own mattress, and hence, the Simba mattress was born.
Simba have crafted a mattress that would meet the needs of most sleepers by providing exceptional comfort and support for all sizes and sleep positions, all at an affordable price. A hybrid mattress, Simba contains both high quality foam materials and innerspring coils, creating a mattress that truly conforms to your body, offers just the right firmness, and remains cool while you’re sleeping.
The Simba mattress hails from the UK, though it can be purchased in several countries, thanks to the online ordering process. While buying online certainly does make buying easier, it does present certain challenges; namely, you can’t try the mattress out before you buy it. This means that it can be difficult to determine if it will actually suit your needs. In order to give you as much insight into this mattress as possible, we tested the Simba mattress out ourselves, and we share our findings with you in this comprehensive review.
- Sleeps cool
- No off gassing
- Highly supportive
- Can’t try before you buy
- May be a bit too firm for some sleepers
Simba – Unboxing Video
Below we have compiled our scoring card for the Simba mattress.
Awaiting final review
We think that the Sapira mattress by Leesa is a fair competitor for the Simba mattress. Both are considered hybrid mattresses in that they are made of layers of foam and also contain innerspring coils. Both mattresses are 10 inches thick, but the Sapira contains five layers and the Simba only contains four; however, we think that the Simba mattress is a bit more durable and a touch firmer than the Sapira mattress.
The Casper mattress is also similar to the Simba mattress. Again, both are considered hybrid mattresses, as both are made of a combination of foam and innerspring coils. Both also offer four separate layers. Where they differ, however, is in their thickness: The Simba mattress is 10 inches thick, while the Casper mattress is 9.5 inches thick; a slight difference, but a difference that is worth noting.
At the same price range as the Emma mattress and offering a similar mattress, we have the following:
The Simba Mattress Review
What’s It Made From
The Simba mattress is comprised of four separate layers of the highest quality materials, which include latex foam, poly foam, memory foam and innerspring coils. Together, these four separate layers combine to make a mattress that is a total of 10 inches thick. Below is a more detailed look at each of these layers…
The Top Layer
The first layer of the Simba mattress is made of latex foam. This is the layer that is responsible for making this mattress so comfortable. The latex foam has a nice bounce to it and is quite soft to the touch. It is also highly breathable, which means minimal heat retention, so the mattress barely heats up while you are sleeping, which definitely improves comfort.
The Second Layer
Next up in the Simba mattress is a layer of conical pocket innerspring coils. There are a total of 2,500 coils, to be exact. These coils allow the mattress to contour to the body, minimizing pressure buildup and preventing you from developing pain while you sleep. Additionally, the innerspring coils provide wonderful amount of bounce for the mattress, which means that you won’t struggle to get in and out of the bed, and you won’t have a hard time moving about while you are lying on it, either.
The Third Layer
Underneath the pocketed conical innerspring coils is a layer of memory foam. The memory foam not only acts as a transition layer between the coils and the foundation, but it also provides a great amount of support. The memory foam adapts to your body, providing you with more support where you need it and less where you don’t. It also provides deep compression support, easing strain on your body and further reducing pain.
The Bottom Layer
Lastly, a layer of support foam makes up the bottom layer of the Simba mattress. This layer supports the upper layers of the mattress and provides it with its shape. Because it is so dense, the support foam provides the support that is needed for you to experience the comfort that the upper layers deliver, and it also provides additional deep compression support.
Encasing all of the layers of the Simba mattress is a cover that is made of 100 percent polyester. The cover is thin, which makes it very breathable and extremely responsive; however, though it may be thin, it is also extremely stretchy and durable. When we pulled on the cover from various angles, we were impressed by how quickly it bounces back into its original shape.
As far as aesthetics go, the cover of the Simba mattress is very basic. The top is all white and the sides are a gray. A thin gray piping connects the top and the sides and a bright blue Simba tag is attached to one of the sides. Though the cover has a simple design, it is also very sleek and modern in appearance.
Hands On Review
The Simba mattress is shipped directly from the manufacturer to the buyer, which simplifies the buying process and cuts costs; however, the downside of this is that you can’t try it out before you buy it. As such, it can be difficult to determine whether or not it is the best choice for you.
In this portion of our guide, we offer an in-depth look at the various elements that impact the overall quality and comfort of the Simba mattress. These elements include the following:
- The firmness
- The comfort
- The pain relief and support
- The heat retention (how hot it sleeps)
- The level of off gassing (any odor that it emits)
- The intimacy level (how bouncy it is)
Each of these elements directly impacts the overall experience the mattress will provide. Here is a look at what we found regarding each of these elements of the Simba mattress.
On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest, we give the Simba mattress a score of 6. In other words, it is slightly higher than a mattress that is neutral in firmness, yet it isn’t too firm. We think that the firmness of the Simba will please the majority of sleepers.
We were impressed by the overall comfort that the Simba mattress delivered. Upon first lying on the mattress, we instantly noticed how soft and breathable the polyester cover was. We also felt how plush and inviting the top layer of latex foam was. This mattress is highly responsive, creating just the right amount of hug for the body. You definitely feel a cradling feeling, but not so much that you feel as if you are trapped in the mattress and can’t get out – an issue that is not uncommon to mattresses that are made of foam. That is thanks to the layer of innerspring coils.
Additionally, we were impressed by the minimal amount of motion transfer. Often in mattresses that contain coils, too much motion transfer is an issue, as movement is picked up by the coils and spread throughout the mattress; this was not the case with the Simba mattress. We think that is largely due to the fact that the coils are individually encased, and because of the layers of foam, which absorb motion.
Pain Relief and Comfort
The Simba mattress offers a wonderful amount of comfort. All of the layers work together to contour to the body and create just the right amount of support where it is needed the most. The innerspring coils are highly responsive and help to minimize strain on the body, while the memory foam is also incredibly responsive and contours to the body to provide deep compression support, thereby reducing the buildup of pressure in the body and preventing aches and pains that often occurs when sleeping on mattresses that don’t provide the proper amount of support.
We noticed little heat retention with the Simba mattress. The top layer of latex and the second layer of innerspring coils are both highly breathable, and both layer work in conjunction with one another to create a truly breathable mattress and a sleeping surface that remains cool throughout the night. We did not ever experience a moment where we felt hot while sleeping on the Simba mattress.
Off gassing refers to the odor that a new mattress emits. It’s often a problem with mattresses that are made of foam, thanks to the chemicals that are used during the manufacturing of the foam. With the Simba mattress, we did notice a very slight odor when we first received it. To combat the odor, we simply left it in a room with the windows open to let it air out. After a few hours, the odor was gone and the mattress was ready to use.
Thanks to the layer of innerspring coils and the latex foam, the Simba mattress does have a nice amount of bounce. This bounce means that you will be able to enjoy intimate activities without having to put in any extra effort, which is often the case with mattresses that are made of foam.
Sleep Position Ratings
Each sleep position requires a different level of support, and you want to make sure that the mattress you choose offers the right support for the position that you sleep in the most.
Side sleepers, too, will enjoy the Simba mattress. It provides a deep layer of compression support, which is something that side sleepers really need, as their body weight is concentrated on one portion of their body.
Back sleepers will enjoy the level of support and the firmness that the Simba mattress delivers. It distributes body weight evenly throughout the mattress, which means that you won’t have extra weight building up on your spine, so you won’t have to contend with lower back pain.
Stomach sleepers will also enjoy this mattress. It cradles just enough to adjust to the unique contours of your body; however, the cradling isn’t so much that you will feel as if you are being swallowed by the mattress when you are lying on your stomach.
The Simba mattress is designed to be used with all types of foundations, including:
- Box springs
- Slatted foundations
- Platform foundations
- Adjustable beds
Thanks to the bottom layer of dense foundational foam, this mattress easily adapts to any foundation and delivers the same amount of comfort and support. Because of its versatility, you can use the foundation that you already have with the Simba mattress.
Warranty, Guarantee and Trial Period
- Warranty: 10 year manufacturer warranty. If you experience any issues with the Simba mattress as a result of manufacturing defects, contact the manufacturer and they will repair or replace it for you.
- Guarantee: Full money back guarantee
- Trial Period: 100 night trial period. If you are unsatisfied with the Simba mattress for any reason with 100 days of purchasing it, simply contact the manufacturer and they will arrange to pick it up, at no charge to you. Your money will be fully reimbursed, no questions asked.
A true hybrid mattress, the Simba mattress is made up of a combination of foam materials and innerspring coils. This mattress offers just the right amount of bounce, yet restricts motion transfer. It also offers pressure point relief, deep compression support, sleeps cool and is comfortable for all sleep positions.
Rating Box and Summary
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Is This Mattress Right For You?
If you are looking for a mattress that creates a pressure relieving hugging feeling, yet still offers a bit of bounce, and also sleeps cool, than yes, we think that you will enjoy a solid night of sleep on the Simba mattress.