Last Updated: January 2019
Emma mattress is a relatively new company to enter the thriving direct to consumer, bed in a box mattress industry. Originally launching in Germany, the company has now expanded and launched the mattress in the UK where it is assembled in their Derby based factory.
We received the Emma Original mattress via UPS (free UK shipping) in an easy to handle box. Once unwrapped and left to air for a bit we then began to thoroughly test the mattress. The review will cover how the Emma Original mattress is built and from what materials, we also have a hands-on review with multiple photos and our in-depth video review.
- Extremely balanced for back, side & stomach sleepers
- Very little initial off-gassing
- Removable cover for washing
- Heavier users will find the Emma too soft
- Edge support is quite poor
Below we have compiled our scoring card for the Emma Original mattress.
2019 Update: Emma was awarded the ‘Best Buy 2018’ and Top Score on the comparison table by independent consumer organisation Which?, it was put to the test in various categories including performance, durability, and ease of use against some of its main competitors including Simba, Eve, Leesa, Casper and Hyde & Sleep.
The consumer market for bed in the box mattresses is becoming extremely popular with the early bird company Casper leading the market, others such as Eve, Tuft & Needle & Simba are picking up the pace and closing the gaps by offering a variety of similar mattresses at similar prices. However, with all of this noise in the industry, more and more companies are jumping on the band wagon to get a piece of the pie. Our job is to find out which of those companies are worth noticing and which need not be listened to.
At the same price range as the Emma mattress and offering a similar mattress, we have the following:
The Emma Mattress Review
What’s it made from
The Emma mattress consists of four different layers, these are:
- Hypersoft Foam – this is a 4cm /1.5-inch open-pore cell structure that helps regulate heat and circulate air throughout the mattress.
- Conical Pocket Springs – a 2cm /0.75-inch layer of pocket springs that are pressure relieving and help support and balance the weight.
- Visco-elastic Memory Foam – a 3cm /1.125-inch layer of memory foam helps provide pressure relief and molds to the shape of your body.
- Cold Foam (Polyurethane)?- a 16cm /6-inch layer of polyurethane (memory foam) provides the foundation for the Emma mattress.
The mattress cover
The mattress comes with an elasticated cover made from 98% polyester and 2% elastane, it is a soft and well-ventilated cover which is also removable and washable.
Next, we are going to run through hands-on review of the Emma mattress.
Firmness & Comfort
Having just finished our review of the Eve mattress, I initially found the Emma mattress to be very similar. However, after giving the mattress 24 hours to fully form, there was a noticeable difference. The Emma mattress did feel very firm (slightly firmer than the Eve mattress), yet when I lied on the mattress I felt a big difference in how the foam responded to my body weight and how it moulded and supported me.
I would say the Emma mattress comes in right in the middle with a medium firmness, it’s slightly less firm than the Eve mattress and it’s absolutely fantastic for stomach sleepers.
Pain Relief & Support
I’ve continued beginning my sleep on my stomach and then moving on to my side or back during the night and I’ve had no back pain whilst using the mattress. I must point out that I’ve not had back pain from sleeping for a few weeks if not a few months now.
The Emma mattress is fantastic at supporting you during the night though, it really does cradle you, without making you feel?claustrophobic. It’s one of the only memory foam mattresses I’ve come across yet that is very comfortable in all three sleeping positions.
Initially, I found the Emma mattress was failing to transfer the heat, however, I must confess I was also using a 250 thread count Egyptian cotton bed sheet on top of the mattress (which does come with a removable cover). Since then, I removed the bed sheet and this did help, I’ve not woken up hot, then again the weather is awfully cold at the moment!
The Emma mattress took me by surprise here. Generally speaking, every memory foam mattress will have off-gassing, usually its noticeable immediately after unboxing and unwrapping the mattress. With the Emma mattress, this was not the case – immediately after there was very little if any off-gassing.
Whilst the room was left unaffected, when lying on the mattress there was an evident smell which took 48 hours to properly? disperse. I would recommend that anyone who is looking at purchasing a memory foam mattress, unpack the mattress and leave it stood up in a well-ventilated room for 24-48 hours.
Intimacy (not with the mattress)
Without going into much detail, the Emma mattress proved to be a solid enough foundation for intimacy.
Sleeping Position Ratings, Sinkage Test & Edge Support
Before we get into this, it’s important to highlight how I sleep as this will, of course, dictate my thoughts on sleeping positions – I begin the night by sleeping on my stomach (as unhealthy as it is, I can’t get to sleep any other way). Once I am sleeping I then begin sleeping on my side or my back (mostly my side) for the rest of the night.
First off, let’s begin with the sinkage test results (I am 6ft / 1.8m tall and?I weigh approximately?80kg / 176lbs)
- Side Sleeping – whilst sleeping on my side, I felt compression of approximately 2 inches with most sinkage being around my waist. I felt significant support and hug around my waist and a lot of weight transfer from my shoulder which was great.
- Back Sleeping – whilst sleeping on my back, my weight felt evenly distributed with compression of approximately 1.5 inches.
- Stomach Sleeping – a compression of approximately 1.5 inches, most were focused around my stomach and hips.
- Standing in the middle – whilst standing in the middle of the mattress and all of my weight focused on one single point, I felt sinkage of approximately 5 inches.
- Edge Support?– whilst sat on the edge of the mattress there was significant sinkage of 4-5 inches. When compared to the Eve mattress, the Emma did crumble a little.
The Emma mattress was fantastic for side sleeping, the mattress contoured my body very comfortably and I was able to feel supported whilst not too much weight being focused on my shoulders or hips.
I am not a huge back sleeper, however, I did feel extremely comfortable on my back and my weight felt evenly distributed.
Unfortunately for me, I am a big stomach sleeper, especially when I am falling to sleep, I practically can’t fall to sleep unless I am on my stomach. Compared to the Eve mattress, when lying on my stomach I felt very comfortable, there was a good level of compression around my stomach and hips where most of my weight was focused, it didn’t feel too firm and the mattress did a fantastic job of conforming to my shape and weight.
Bed Frame Compatibility
The Emma mattress will fit any bed frame (assuming the bed frame size and mattress size is the same). However, if you are going to use the mattress on a slatted bed frame then ensure the distance between the slats is no greater than 3cm.
Warranty, Guarantee & Trial Period
The Emma mattress comes with a 100 day trial period and offers a 100% money back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the mattress during that trial period. The company does recommend testing the Emma mattress for at least 3 – 4 weeks before you decide its not for you and I completely agree.
Emma also offers a 10-year warranty which covers dimensional stability and the durability of the core materials.
The Emma mattress is competitively priced with its main competitors. Prices correct as of January 2019
I am a big fan of the Emma mattress, I think it’s very suited to a person of my weight and shape (80kg and 6ft). For me a hybrid mattress should include several layers of memory foam which mould around the body and conform to it’s shape, whilst not allowing the user to sink too much that it becomes difficult to change sleeping positions during the night. With the Emma mattress the thickness and firmness of each layer is well-designed and thought out. I’ve compared the Emma & Eve quite a lot throughout this review and there is a reason for that, I do feel the Emma is like the less firm hybrid twin of the Eve mattress. Overall, I believe the Emma is an excellent contender for those looking for a hybrid mattress that offers both the pros of memory foam and pocket spring with very few of the negatives.
Is this mattress right for you?
I would recommend the Emma mattress for anyone who fits into the following category:
- You want a medium mattress ? the Emma mattress is relatively soft on an initial test, once you are in your sleeping position, you will soon feel the mattress getting to work, moulding and contouring to your body.
- You are not too heavy?? I do think heavy people would have difficulty with this mattress, it would buckle under a heavier person, I’d definitely recommend either the Eve or Sleeping Duck for a heavier person.
- You don?t mind really poor edge support ??as you would assume with a medium firmness mattress, the edge support is quite poor, it buckles quite easily under medium weight.
For more information on the? Emma mattress visit Emma-mattress.co.uk.