Below is a detailed review of how I found the Emma mattress, as well as an in depth look at its positives and negatives. First though, a short history of the Emma brand.
The idea for Emma was created by Max, their founder, who found himself searching tirelessly for not only a mattress which would suit him, but himself and his girlfriend’s unique requirements. In the past, they had fallen victim to the salesman who sold them a ‘dream mattress’ and service at a ‘good’ price which then failed to deliver. Max was convinced that there was an opportunity to create something new in the market, and so Emma the brand was born.
I was delighted to get the chance to review an Emma mattress, and below are my thoughts on the various aspects of it (if you want to skip straight to the summary and score, please click here).
Emma is a hybrid mattress and is made from a blend of different foams (including memory foam) and microcoils. Split across 4 layers, these include hypersoft foam, conical pocket springs, Visco elastic memory foam and cold foam.
The Emma Mattress is 25cm in depth – let’s take a closer look inside it below:
- Hypersoft Foam– 4cm – The top layer contains a foam with an open pore cell structure, which helps regulate heat by dispersing it throughout the mattress. The foam is a responsive poly-foam, with similar properties to latex.
- Conical Pocket Springs – 2cm – This layer is compromised of small conical springs which are ideal for pressure relief and support. Designed to evenly distribute your body weight, they help provide less bounce, reducing sleep disturbance when sleeping.
- Visco-elastic Memory Foam – 3cm – The third layer is memory foam and is placed under the spring layer to help contour your body. This acts as a buffer between the firm foam base and the coiled springs.
- Cold Foam (Polyurethane)– 16cm – The base layer is a simple cold foam (polyurethane). Acting purely as a base for the mattress, it absorbs the pressure on the top three layers and offers rigid support on the base.
Usually I wouldn’t go too much into the cover of a mattress, but I felt I had to share the Emma one with you, as it considerably better than others I’ve tried.
The elasticated cover of the Emma mattress is built from 98% polyester and 2% elastane, a soft and well ventilated material which can easily be removed and washed. I would recommend that you follow the instruction for washing as you don’t want this to lose its shape.
The cover is very thin which offers perfect cooling properties against the foams and allows the mattress to breathe. One thing that really impressed me about the cover was the craftsmanship and how it can be easily removed through a zipper running around the border, most other mattress companies request customers don’t remove the cover.
All in all, the layering of the Emma mattress helps provide a good level of contouring to your body whilst you sleep, as well as sleeping cool better than most. The cover contributes to this a fair amount, and is something other mattress companies could learn from!
Firmness and Comfort
If you like your mattress to be a medium firmness then the Emma mattress is a good choice for you, ranking a 5.5/10 on the firmness scale. I can tell that they have done their research on a universal sleeper and created a mattress to suit most.
When you first lay down on the mattress you can feel the hypersoft foam working with the conical springs to help support your body and offer rigid support to your pressure points. Equally though, there was good bounce from the mattress – making it a bit easier to (literally) spring out of bed in the morning.
I tried all three main sleeping positions (I am a back sleeper myself) for sleeping on the Emma mattress – below is how I found each one:
Back Sleeper – I feel that this mattress is ideal for those who have the same preferred sleeping position as me. My bodyweight was evenly distributed through the layers and gave solid support to both upper and lower back. For those who have aches and pains on a regular basis, this firmness and support is perfect – providing good contouring and relief.
Side Sleeper – Sleeping on my side, I noticed an increased amount of compression compared to the other sleeping positions, especially around my hips and waist. I would expect this from a hybrid mattress with substantial bounce.
Stomach Sleeper – There was minimal compression when I tried sleeping on my stomach, and I would say that the medium level of firmness works just right for this sleeping position. The introduction of the spring coils no doubt helped to keep the back in proper alignment.
One thing that disappointed me about the Emma mattress was the edge support that it provided. I noticed some relatively deep sinkage when sitting on the edges. If you are above average bodyweight, or have a partner share the bed with you, this is something to consider.
In terms of overall comfort though, I really enjoyed sleeping on the Emma mattress and feel that it offers cooling comfort for all types of sleepers.
Emma mattress are another company who cut out the middle man allowing you to purchase directly from their website.
That said, their prices aren’t as cheap as other hybrids such as the OTTY mattress.
Their pricing starts at £399 for a single and finishes at £799 for a Super King. For a hybrid this is still fairly reasonable, and puts them in direct competition with Simba who offer a similar pricing structure. See below for a table of all the Emma mattress sizes available:
|EU King Size||£749|
|Super King Size||£799|
Delivery, Unboxing, Trial, & Warranty
The Emma mattress arrives at your door vacuum packed and rolled into a very simply designed box – but one that nonetheless accentuates the playful nature of the brand. They offer, like most mattress in a box companies, free delivery anywhere in the UK.
They offer a 100 night trial so you can return the mattress if you are not 100% satisfied with it, a quick chat with their customer service and you can get this process started with minimal effort. Emma do recommend that customers try their mattress for at least 3 to 4 weeks as it might be different to anything they have experienced before – so give it that long before making a judgement! Also, as is now standard, they also offer 10 years as standard for a warranty.
I did not notice any off-gassing from the mattress when I got it out the box into a well ventilated room (I had my bedroom window open for 10 hours).
Is the Emma mattress right for you?
I am a big fan of the Emma Mattress and think that is a very well designed product suitable for a person of my body shape (6’ 0’’) and weight (90kg). I like how firm the mattress is and the support that the coils and memory offer when combined. Compared to most other mattresses, I felt that the Emma was quicker to bounce back into shape whilst quickly contouring to my body position when lying down.
The big question though, who is the Emma mattress best for?
I would recommend the Emma to sleepers if:
- You like medium firm – This hit the scale at 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale so is borderline in the middle, I would classify it a mattress fit for most sleepers.
- You like a quick response – The hybrid combination of coils and memory foam offer a very quick response time for contouring and adapting of your body shape.
- You don’t mind less edge support – I found that the edges of the Emma mattress were quite soft compared to some other hybrids, I don’t see this is a big problem but something to consider if you are looking to purchase one
If you are looking for an alternative to a traditional memory foam mattress, but still like sleeping fairly soft, then I would recommend investing in an Emma mattress. The only negative I have is the relative lack of edge support, which might be an issue for heavier individuals.
However, overall, the quality of the Emma mattress is very high, resulting in the production of a good mattress at an end of the firmness scale where there is slightly less competition – but a big market. You can buy the Emma mattress here.