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Emma Original vs Emma Hybrid: Which mattress is best suited to you?
The Emma Original and the Emma Hybrid mattresses are both very comfortable, high-quality mattresses.
But, with unique compositions, they’re better suited to very different types of people.
No matter your choice, though, you can rest assured that these are environmentally-friendly mattresses that are perfectly safe to sleep on. 🌱
Both the Emma Original and the Emma Hybrid are 100% vegan and guaranteed to be free from toxins, chemicals, and harmful substances.
They’re also both fire-retardant & adhere to UK fire regulation BS7177. 🔥
And, of course, they’re both manufactured in the UK.
Emma Original: Soft body-hugging comfort
The Emma Original is one of the best softer memory foam mattresses on the market.
We’ve rated it at 4 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
This makes it an excellent choice for people who enjoy the soft and cuddly feel of sleeping in their mattress rather than on top of their mattress.
Memory foam adapts to your body perfectly, offering good relief of pressure points and allowing your muscles to relax fully.
This is why memory foam mattresses like the Emma Original are often recommended for orthopaedic purposes. 🤗
The Emma Original is also an excellent choice for lighter- and average-weight sleepers, particularly if they enjoy sleeping on their side.
If you're looking for a slightly firmer memory foam mattress, you could try the Nectar mattress as an alternative.
Side sleepers will often benefit from a slightly softer mattress as hips and shoulders need to sink in a little more deeply.
However: there should still be enough support to keep the lighter parts of the body lifted and allow the spine to remain straight. 📏
The Emma Original does this perfectly.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of the Emma Original’s soft contouring is that it can make moving around on the mattress a little more challenging. 🕺
This is why we wouldn’t recommend the mattress to very restless sleepers.
The foam also tends to absorb more heat. 🥵
While the Emma mattress regulates temperature well, and you shouldn’t feel too hot or clammy, it won’t be a good choice for very heavy sweaters.
Choose the Emma Original if you:
- Prefer soft mattresses.
- Want an orthopaedic mattress with body-contouring support.
- Are of lighter or medium build.
- Sleep on your side.
- Want a no-fuss mattress with a removable & machine-washable cover.
The Emma Original will be less suitable if you need more support (i.e. if you’re of a larger build and a stomach or back sleeper) or if you’re a heavier sweater or very restless sleeper.
Emma Hybrid: Breathable support
The Emma Hybrid is slightly firmer than the Emma Original.
This makes the Emma Hybrid much more suitable for those who prefer a medium-firm feel - but still with the same comfort of memory foam and support of pocket springs!
We've placed it at a 6.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
In contrast to the Original, the Emma Hybrid is far more comfortable to turn around on and has better edge support.⛰
It's also more suitable for restless sleepers.
It is still best suited to people of lighter or average builds with any sleeping position preference.
People of larger builds who need more overall support or pure back/front sleepers may prefer choosing a pocket sprung mattress.
The Emma Hybrid does fare well in terms of temperature regulation, and it’s better suited to people who feel hot more easily.
This is because the spaces between the pocket springs in the mattress’s core allow for greater airflow and breathability, wicking away heat and moisture. ❄️
Very heavy sweaters may still find it too warm, though.
Choose the Emma Hybrid if you:
- Enjoy a medium-firm sleeping surface.
- Are of lighter or medium build.
- Any sleep position preferences.
- Toss and turn regularly.
- Share your bed with a partner.
- Easily feel hot at night.
The mattress is less suitable for very heavy back and stomach sleepers.
Emma Hybrid vs Emma Original price & size comparison
Hybrids are generally more expensive than all-foam mattresses.
This is also the case with the Emma Hybrid and the Emma Original.
|Emma Original (prices for different sizes)||Emma Hybrid (prices for different sizes)|
|Single (90 x 190 cm):||£499||£589|
|EU single (90 x 200 cm):||£599||/|
|Small double (120 x 190 cm):||£699||£789|
|Double (135 x 190 cm):||£759||£809|
|EU double (140 x 200 cm):||£799||/|
|King-size (150 x 200 cm):||£849||£919|
|EU queen (160 x 200 cm):||£969||/|
|Super-king (180 x 200 cm):||£999||£1029|
Emma UK has very competitive pricing but also offers some of the best discounts and promotions.
You’re very likely to find an Emma mattress discount code. 🥳
The prices above are the standard prices, without discounts.
If there are any discounts currently running, they’ll be included throughout this article.
We also collect a whole range of mattress discounts on our discounts page.
What else does Emma Sleep offer?
You may need more than just a new mattress.
Luckily, Emma UK offers a few amazing sleep accessories to brighten up your sleeping experience.
- Quality pillows
- Duvets, mattress toppers, and mattress protectors
- Bed frames
We’ve included a few of our favourites below. 👇
Our favourite Emma sleep accessories:
Emma Original vs Emma Premium - how does the latest Emma mattress compare?
Emma UK has also introduced a third mattress, the Emma Premium.
The company best describes this as a mattress with a composition most similar to the Emma Hybrid but the firmness of the Emma Original.
Ironically, it was originally called the Emma Original Hybrid.
Like the Emma Original and the Emma Hybrid, this mattress features upper comfort layers of Airgocell foam and memory foam, resulting in the same sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling. ⛅️
But, the Emma Premium also features full-size pocket springs in a foam wall encasing and additional cold foam layers.
This results in:
- Exceptional point elasticity
- Edge-to-edge support
- Enhanced stability
- Greater breathability
The Emma Premium offers more stability and breathability than the Emma Original and the Emma Hybrid.
This makes it more suitable for heavier-weight sleepers, people of larger builds, and heavier sweaters.
The Emma Premium also contains full-size pocket springs, not only mini pocket springs like the Emma Hybrid.
We go into full details on this in our Emma Original vs Emma Premium mattress comparison.
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