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How comfortable is the Emma Hybrid?
We weren't sure what to expect when we first started our Emma Hybrid mattress review, but it turns out this is a very comfortable mattress.
We slept like a dream. 😴
We look at the composition and firmness levels of the Emma Hybrid in more detail further down, but it's importnat to know that this is a pocket sprung memory foam hybrid mattress with a medium firmness.
Even though the pocket spring layer adds more support, the upper comfort layers of memory foam give the Emma Hybrid a soft and pleasant feeling.
Memory foam is known for its high degree of comfort.
It moulds to the contours of your body, supporting you where needed, allowing your muscles to relax sufficiently, and relieving any pressure points.
This gives you the most comfy level of body support.
Is the Emma Hybrid suited to restless sleepers?
Memory foam can sometimes be a little difficult to move around on.🕺
This is because of the characteristic memory imprint, where the foam holds the shape of your body for a little longer.
The images below demonstrate this memory imprint well:
The mattress pictured above is the Tempur Sensation Elite, a pure memory foam mattress, where you'll find a very high degree of body contouring.
The Emma Hybrid only has a thinner layer of viscoelastic foam to still give you that memory foam comfort but without the trouble of moving.
We found the mattress very easy to turn around on.
This makes it a great choice for more restless sleepers. 💃
Does the Emma Hybrid sleep hot?
The combination of materials in the Emma Hybrid allows for great breathability.
Memory foam mattresses generally offer a warmer sleep as memory foam retains more heat. 🥵
But, the patented Airgocell foam layer and the pocket springs counteract this, allowing for greater air circulation and preventing heat from being trapped in the mattress.
The space between the pocket springs in the mattress's core is especially important in enhancing airflow.
In addition to these factors, the Hybrid also features a 3D mesh cover, which further enhances breathability. ❄️
This is great news for people who prefer a more temperature-neutral sleep.
What if you're a heavy sweater?
If you're a hot sleeper, you may still notice that you sweat heavily with the Emma Hybrid.
As long as you're comfortable, this isn't a train smash.
After all, the mattress cover is removable and machine-washable, so it's easy to get rid of any sweat stains. 😅
But if you want something a little cooler, you'd probably do better on a pure spring mattress.
Alternatively, check out our best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers to get the perfect match.
Emma Hybrid mattress composition
The Emma Hybrid is a high-quality hybrid mattress. 👽
As the name suggests, this type of mattress combines different materials to create one superior product.
The mattress features five different layers, including the UltraDry Original top cover.
The layers are:
- Ultra-breathable viscoelastic memory foam
- Steel micro-coils
- Patented Airgocell memory foam
- Supportive HRX cold foam
It also features a fully removable and washable top cover. 🧼
Emma Hybrid mattress layers
Let's look at the layers of the Emma Hybrid in a tad more detail.
1. A top layer of memory foam
This top comfort layer is made of open-pored, breathable memory foam. 💨
It provides a comfortable sleeping surface but also limits motion transfer, so you'll feel more comfortable in bed with a partner.
2. Supportive steel micro pocket springs
The second layer of the mattress features an average of 2000 individually wrapped pocket springs, placed deep between two layers of foam.
The pocket springs provide support by responding to your body and allowing for enhanced pressure relief.
3. Airgocell viscoelastic memory foam
The third part of the mattress is a pressure-relieving memory foam layer.
This gives the mattress orthopaedic qualities, adapting perfectly to your shape for that body-hugging comfort. 🤗
4. A base layer of supportive HRX foam
This cold foam base layer of Emma's High Resiliency Extra foam adds overall stability and support to the mattress.
It also features unique contour zones, enhancing the mattress's ability to keep your body perfectly aligned for that orthopaedic feel.
Emma Hybrid mattress sizes
Emma Hybrid mattresses are available in most standard UK mattress sizes. 🇬🇧
- Emma Hybrid single mattresses: 90 x 190 cm (3’ x 6’3”)
- Emma Hybrid small double mattresses: 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
- Emma Hybrid double mattresses: 135 x 190 cm (4’6” x 6’3”)
- Emma Hybrid king-size mattresses: 150 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
- Emma Hybrid super-king-size mattresses: 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)
The right size for you depends on your personal requirements, budget, and the size of your bedroom.
That said, we'd recommend that couples opt for a double mattress as an absolute minimum, though the Emma Hybrid mattress king size will sleep more comfortably. 👑
Emma Hybrid mattress depth
All Emma Hybrid mattresses have a height of 25 cm (9.8 inches).
This is on par with most bed-in-a-box mattresses, meaning all your standard bedding should fit quite comfortably.
It's also a great height for box spring beds and divan bases, like the much-loved Emma divan bed. 🛌
Deeper mattresses look better on a divan base and make it easier to get in and out of bed.
This is especially important if you have orthopaedic concerns or are elderly.
Emma mattress weight limit
The Emma Hybrid mattress has been designed to support a maximum weight of 130 kg (286 lbs) per person.
People heavier than this will not get enough support and are likely to sink into the mattress too deeply.
This can lead to lower back pain and orthopaedic problems in the long term.
We'd recommend that larger builds opt for pocket spring mattresses.
Emma Hybrid mattress discount codes
Emma UK regularly offers discount vouchers, promotions, and sales. 🥳
These ensure that you can get the best price on your Emma Hybrid mattress.
Discount codes can get you over 50% off. 🎉
Luckily, you don't have to browse the internet to find discount codes - we collect all of the best ones for you on our discounts page.
We'll also advertise any Emma Hybrid discounts on this page.
As an added bonus: If you use our "SLEEPHEROUK5" code, you'll get an extra 5% off your purchase!
It really is a win-win-win all the way.
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Emma Hybrid mattress delivery conditions
As a standard, Emma Sleep UK products are dispatched within 2 - 7 working days.
Delivery is free within mainland UK.
The mattress is delivered rolled up and vacuum-sealed in a compact box. 📦
Emma ships with UPS, DPD, and Rhenus in the UK and no-contact delivery is available. 🇬🇧
How do you unpack the Emma Hybrid?
Bed-in-a-box mattresses seem confusing to those who've never tried them.
But, unpacking a bed-in-a-box mattress is actually really simple.
Here's a step-by-step guide:
- Place the mattress box on your bed frame.
- Cut open the box and roll the mattress onto your bed frame.
- Remove the plastic wrapping and unroll the mattress.
- Let it expand.
Your mattress should start expanding immediately after unpacking, but it may take 4 - 6 hours to reach full expansion. ⏰
Off-gassing is completely normal
You may notice a slight odour when you first unpack your mattress.
This is entirely normal and a side effect of the manufacturing process.
The smell is not toxic, but can be a little unpleasant.
We recommend you unpack your Emma Hybrid in a well-ventilated room and allow the smell to disappear fully before use. 🏠
This shouldn't take more than a few days at most.
What do you do with your old mattress?
Of course, you can dispose of your old mattress yourself.
We give you tips on how to do this in our article on mattress disposal.
But, conveniently, Emma also offers an old mattress removal service.
At a small additional cost, they will pick up your old mattress when they deliver your new one, so you don't have to deal with the hassle of it at all.
Should you buy the Emma Hybrid mattress?
As our Emma Hybrid mattress review has hopefully shown, this mattress is definitely a best-buy option. 🏅
It's comfortable and offers a good night's sleep with adequate support, pressure relief, and optimal spinal alignment.
We can recommend the Emma Hybrid mattress to:
- People of light or average weights.
- People who enjoy a medium-firm sleeping surface.
- Side sleepers.
- Restless sleepers.
If you're not sure, we recommend using the trial period.
After all, it's only by sleeping on a mattress for a few weeks that you'll know if it's really right for you.