One-minute Emma Original video review
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Check out our quick (just over) one-minute video review of the Emma Original. 👇
Who is the Emma Original most suitable for?
The Emma mattress is an award-winning choice and one of the UK's bestselling mattresses. 🛍
It's no surprise, then, that it would be suited to a wide range of sleepers.
We go into full detail on comfort and suitability in the sections below.
Here's a quick overview of who the Emma Original is best for. 🧐
The Emma mattress is most suitable for:
- Lighter-weight and average-weight sleepers.
- Side sleepers of any weight.
- People with orthopaedic concerns.
- Couples looking for exceptional motion isolation.
We explain our reasons for this further down in this article.
The Emma mattress is less suitable for:
- Heavier-weight back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
- Heavy sweaters or those who quickly feel hot at night.
- Restless sleepers who toss and turn frequently.
This doesn't mean that the mattress won't work for these groups of people. 🙅♂️
Individual preferences do differ. 🤷♀️
Luckily, the Emma mattress UK comes with a risk-free trial period, so you can still try it out and see if you like it.
And if it doesn't work for you, you can send it back for a full refund.
Emma mattress firmness
The Emma Original is rated as a medium-firm mattress.
But, after having tried it for our Emma Original review, we would say it's more on the softer end of the scale. 🧸
We're not usually fans of soft mattresses, but this one's surprisingly comfortable.
It offers that sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling but still provides sufficient support and stability, allowing you to enjoy your best night's sleep. 💤
We'd rate it at 4 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
Measuring sinkage depths
To test the Emma mattress firmness, we measured how deeply our test sleepers sank into the foams in various positions. 🧮
Sinkage is a good indicator of how supportive the mattress would be for different sleepers.
To test, we relied on three different sleepers and measured their sinkage depths.
We always measure at the same place:
- If sleeping on the stomach, we measure at the stomach.
- If sleeping on the back and sides, we measure at the shoulders and hips.
Our experiment gave the following results:
|Person A (165 cm / 62 kg)||Person B (179 cm / 70 kg)||Person C (195 cm / 85 kg)|
|Sleeping on the back||5 cm (1.9 inches)||6 cm (2.3 inches)||6.5 cm (2.5 inches)|
|Sleeping on the side||5.5 cm (2.1 inches)||6 cm (2.3 inches)||7.5 cm (2.9 inches)|
|Sleeping on the stomach||5 cm (1.9 inches)||6 cm (2.3 inches)||7 cm (2.7 inches)|
|Sitting on the edge||7.5 cm (2.9 inches)||8 cm (3.1 inches)||9 cm (3.5 inches)|
These values are typical of softer mattresses.
Our lightest and medium-weight test sleepers didn't sink in too deeply - or too little.
This means that the Emma Original gives just the right amount of support to lighter-weight people or those of smaller builds.
But, you'll notice that our heavier test sleeper sank into the mattress quite a bit. 😳
Even though the body's heavier parts remained well supported, promoting healthy spinal alignment, heavier-weight sleepers or those of larger builds will likely find the Emma Original too soft.
Conveniently, though, you can give the Emma Original a try to see if it's right for you.
If not, you can return it within the 200-day trial period and receive a full refund. 💵
Not the best edge support
Many bed-in-a-box mattresses have average edge support, and the Emma Original is no different.
But what exactly is edge support?
As the name suggests, this is the support you can experience at the very edge of the mattress.
In a mattress with bad edge support, you'll feel as if you're sliding off the mattress when sitting on the edge or sleeping very close to the edge of the mattress.
This is to be expected with softer mattresses, and not everyone minds bad edge support. 🏔
But, this is worth keeping in mind if you:
- Like to use the entire width of the mattress.
- Enjoy being on your mattress for other activities, like painting your nails or working on your laptop.
- Like sitting on the edge of your bed to read, browse your phone, or put on your shoes.
- Share your bed with a partner.
If you like sitting on the edge of your bed, it's best to look for a mattress with better edge support. 🧗♀️
The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid is a good alternative.
If you're sharing your bed with a partner, you can work around the inferior edge support by choosing a king-size mattress - or larger. 👩❤️👨
This ensures that you and your partner have enough space on the mattress to sleep comfortably.
Does the Emma mattress sleep hot?
You may have heard that memory foam sleeps hot. 🥵
This is true.
Memory foam mattresses are generally warmer and retain more heat than other mattresses.
But, the Emma Original mattress regulates body temperature surprisingly well. 🌡
This is because the Airgocell layer and the fine-meshed top cover increase breathability and airflow and reduce heat storage.
Heat can effectively escape the mattress, reducing overall temperature and keeping you cooler and more comfortable. ❄️
We did not sweat more than usual during our test sleep for our UK Emma Original mattress review, despite testing in 25-degree summer weather and sharing the bed with a partner. ⛱
That said, if you are a very heavy sweater or feel hot quickly, we could steer clear of pure memory foam mattresses.
Pocket sprung mattresses or hybrids, which combine springs with foam, allow for better breathability and sleep much cooler. 🧊
You could try the Emma Premium instead.
This hybrid mattress combines the body-contouring abilities of memory foam with the cooling properties of full-size pocket springs.
Testing heat retention in the Emma Original
You'll see a heat map of our Emma Original review temperature test on the right.
The mattress only retains heat where the test sleeper lies. 🔥
The rest of the mattress remains completely temperature neutral.
As soon as the sleeper moves, the heated areas cool down effectively.
This is due to the top mesh cover and the foams' enhanced breathability. ❄️
The test proves that the Emma Original effectively regulates temperature.
Emma mattress cover
The Emma mattress features a simple yet elegantly designed cover.
It has the following features:
- A white, fine-meshed top cover with polyester fibres to regulate humidity.
- A robust grey side cover that supports air circulation.
- Non-slip elements at the base of the cover.
- Carrying handles for easy transportation.
The Emma mattress cover is predominantly made of polyester.
We really liked the top cover of the mattress.
It's thick and luxurious, incredibly soft, and pleasant to lie on.
Side carrying handles
While the Emma is a no-flip mattress, you do have to rotate it head-to-toe every couple of months.
This ensures the sides wear evenly.
The Emma mattress cover has four side carrying handles, which make moving the mattress or turning it around much more manageable.
Unfortunately, the handles are relatively weak and can tear quickly.
This is especially true if you're handling the mattress more roughly or dealing with one of the larger mattress sizes.
Can you wash the Emma mattress cover?
Conveniently, you can wash the Emma mattress cover.
It has a zipper on the side, allowing you to easily remove it,
Simply zip it off and machine-wash at 60℃. 🛀
Machine-washable covers are great for people with hygiene concerns.
It also makes the Emma Original a hypoallergenic choice suitable for people prone to allergies. 🤧
That said, we always recommend investing in a mattress protector.
Mattress protectors safeguard your mattress against stains, spills, dirt, and bacteria. 💦
They also elongate the lifespan of your mattress.
You can try the Emma mattress protector, which is fantastic.
Grab the Emma mattress protector:
Emma mattress prices
The Emma Original offers incredible value for money. 💷
And, it'll come in at a fraction of the price of more luxury products like the Tempur memory foam mattresses.
The quality of these mattresses is definitely comparable.
(Note: prices listed below are standard prices excluding any current coupons & discounts)
What else does Emma Sleep UK offer?
A good mattress is essential, but Emma UK also offers other sleeping accessories. 😴
Let's take a closer look at some of our favourites.
Emma Original pillow
The Emma Pillow is a great memory foam pillow that's fully customisable. 🤩
It features three interchangeable layers of foam:
- A top layer of supportive HRX cold foam
- A middle layer of breathable Airgocell foam
- A bottom layer of viscoelastic memory foam
You can sleep on one, two, or all three layers and choose whether you prefer the more supportive HRX side or the more comfortable memory foam side.
The Emma Original Pillow has been designed to relieve pressure points and reduce neck pain. 👱♀️
It's also thermoregulated and features an extra-breathable cover, which allows you to enjoy a cooler sleep.
Emma Premium microfibre pillow
The Emma Premium pillow is a fluffy microfibre pillow that gives you that down-alternative feel. 🦆
It contains two layers, a thicker and denser microfibre layer and a thinner and softer microfibre layer.
You can choose which layer you sleep on - or how many layers - to fully customise the pillow for your preferred feel and chosen sleeping position.
The pillow is completely washable, from cover to filling, and is guaranteed to stay fluffy without clumping. 🧼
Emma mattress topper
The Emma Flip Topper is a convenient dual-sided mattress topper that allows you to customise your comfort. 😲
Choose one of two layers to sleep on:
- Extra-support ZeroGravity foam
- Extra-comfort breathable Airgocell foam
The topper comes with an UltraDry cover to wick away moisture and keep you cool and comfortable. 🌬
Like the mattresses, it even comes with a 100-night trial and a 10-year guarantee!
Emma mattress protector
The Emma mattress protector is an additional layer that you place over your mattress.
It protects your mattress from spills, stains, bacteria, and dirt.
The Emma mattress protector is waterproof, breathable, and anti-bacterial. 💦
It is also hypoallergenic and can be machine-washed at 40℃.
Emma Cloud duvet
The Emma Cloud duvet is a microfibre duvet made of temperature-regulating fibres to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the night. 🍂
The breathable structure also limits the reproduction of bacteria, making this a hypoallergenic choice.
The duvet carries a tog rating of 6.7 - the perfect choice for any season.
The Emma Cloud microfiber duvet is fully machine-washable up to 60°C. 🛀
Emma Hug weighted blanket
The Emma weighted blanket has 7 layers to reduce stress through pressure stimulation. 😅
It features microfibre pads, polyester pads, exrta fine glass beads, and breathable cotton fabric.
You even get a removable bamboo cover for extra breathability and quick washing. 🧼
The Hug weighted blanket comes with a 30-night trial.
Emma mattress delivery & unpacking
Your new Emma mattress will be delivered free of charge.
You can expect it on your doorstep within 1 - 3 working days anywhere within the UK. 🇬🇧
Your new mattress is delivered rolled up, vacuum-sealed, and protected in a compact box specifically designed to fit through narrow passageways.
One person can easily carry the box. 📦
You don't have to unpack your new Emma mattress immediately - it can be stored in the box for up to 4 weeks after delivery.
Can Emma remove your old mattress?
Emma UK also offers an old mattress removal service at an additional cost.
You will need to select this option upon checkout. 🛒
The relevant delivery company will remove your old mattress when delivering the new one.
How does the Emma mattress expand?
If you're new to bed-in-a-box mattresses, you may be wondering how you'll get a full-size comfortable mattress out of the delivery box. 🤯
It's pretty simple:
- Place the box on your bed frame.
- Take out the still-rolled-up mattress.
- Cut open the plastic wrapping.
- Unfold your mattress.
- Take away all the excess wrapping.
Expansion happens all on its own. 🥳
How long does it take the Emma mattress to inflate?
Luckily, the Emma mattress expands almost instantly as soon as you break the vacuum seal and start removing the packaging.
We were quite surprised by how fast it was for our Emma Original mattress review UK!
Full expansion can take up to 6 hours. ⏰
Rarely, when the mattress is vacuum packed a bit more tightly, mattresses can take up to 48 hours to expand fully.
You can sleep on your Emma mattress as soon as it has reached its full size. 😴
Off-gassing is completely normal
When you first unpack the mattress, you may notice a slight odour, referred to as off-gassing.
Off-gassing is neither toxic nor harmful. 🧪
But it can be a little uncomfortable.
We recommend unpacking your new mattress in a well-ventilated room and letting it air out. 🏡
The smell should dissipate quickly - within a matter of hours or a few days at most.
The mattress we received only had a slight chemical smell, which disappeared within a few hours.
Emma mattress comparisons
You may be more familiar with a different mattress and would like to find out how the Emma Original mattress compares. 🤔
The following mattress comparisons should be helpful.
Which is better, the Eve mattress or the Emma mattress?
Both the Eve mattress and the Emma mattress are made of high-quality materials, offer good support and stability, and provide a high comfort level.
However, they are suitable for different sleepers.
The Eve Original will be perceived as slightly firmer, while the Emma Original is among the softest models on the market.
We would recommend the Eve Original to side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers who like a medium-firm mattress.
We would recommend the Emma Original to side sleepers who like a soft mattress.
You can also read our full Emma vs Eve comparison for more information.
How do the Emma Original and the Simba Hybrid compare?
The Emma mattress and the Simba mattress are very different.
While both are high-quality mattresses, they are suited to vastly different profiles.
The Emma mattress is a soft memory foam mattress, making it most suitable for light- or average-weight side sleepers who enjoy that sleeping-on-a-cloud feel. ⛅️
The Simba mattress is a hybrid mattress and features Aerocoil pocket springs and multiple layers of high-density foam.
This means that you get the advantages of both coils and foam. 🌀
It is better suited to heavier sweaters and restless sleepers than the Emma Original.
You can also read our full Emma vs Simba comparison for more information.
Is Emma better than Tempur?
Both the Emma mattress and Tempur mattresses are made of high-quality memory foam.
Tempur is currently the only mattress brand that uses NASA-certified memory foam, and it is renowned for its superior quality. 🌎
However, Tempur mattresses are exceptionally expensive - often triple the price of the Emma mattress!
If you have an endless budget, Tempur is an excellent choice. 💸
But we would recommend the Emma mattress as the quality is just as good and it offers much better value for money.
Emma mattress vs Nectar mattress
Both the Emma mattress and the Nectar mattress are high-quality memory foam mattresses.
But, the Nectar mattress is a little firmer and easier to move around on. 💃
We would recommend this one to restless sleepers and people who prefer a firmer feel.
The Emma is best for people who like soft mattresses.
Contact Emma UK
Customer service: To contact Emma UK directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at email@example.com, visit their live online chat, or complete their online contact form.
Registered office: Emma Matratzen GmbH, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 78, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany