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Emma Original vs Emma Premium: Which mattress is best suited to you?
The Emma Original and the Emma Premium are both high-quality and durable mattresses that are safe to use.
Both are environmentally friendly, free from harmful chemicals and toxins, and fully fire-retardant, adhering to UK fire regulation BS7177. 🔥
But, they are actually suited to very different types of sleepers.
Emma Original: Body-hugging comfort
The Emma Original is a soft memory foam mattress - and one of the UK's bestsellers. 🧸
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.
The soft feel combined with body-hugging memory foam makes the Original an excellent choice for people who like to sleep in their mattress instead of on top of their mattress - like sleeping on a cloud. ☁️
Sleepers can expect perfect body-hugging comfort, good relief of pressure points, and orthopaedic support to relieve back pain.
The soft feel of the Emma Original makes the mattress a great option for side sleepers.
This is because the foams allow the hips and shoulders to sink in more deeply while still providing enough support for the lighter body parts, creating optimal spinal alignment. 📏
Spinal alignment is important for all sleeping positions, but more difficult to achieve for side sleepers.
This is why the right mattress is so important!
One of the drawbacks of the Emma's soft contouring is that it makes moving around on the mattress more challenging. 💃
We wouldn't recommend it to very restless sleepers.
Memory foam also tends to store more heat. 🥵
Even though the Emma Original regulates temperature well, we wouldn't recommend it to very hot sleepers or heavy sweaters.
Choose the Emma Original if you:
- Want a soft mattress.
- Need an orthopaedic mattress with body-hugging support.
- Are of light or medium build.
- Sleep on your side.
- Want an easy-to-care-for mattress with a machine-washable cover.
The Emma Original won't be the best choice if you're of a heavier build, a stomach or back sleeper, a heavier sweater, or a restless sleeper.
Emma Premium: A perfectly cool sleep
The Emma Premium - originally called the Emma Original Hybrid - aims to combine the top features of the Emma Original and the Emma Hybrid mattresses.
While still rated as a medium-firm mattress, we’d say it’s slightly firmer than the Emma Original.
We've placed it at 7 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
This mattress still feels comfortable to sleep on and offers that full body-hugging contouring you'll experience with the Emma Original.
But, at its core, this mattress offers slightly firmer support with more bounce and high point elasticity. 🧱
This makes it better suited to a wider variety of sleeping positions and body types, as well as restless sleepers.
Since the mattress's core consists of full-length pocket springs, the Emma Premium also offers enhanced breathability. 🌀
This is because the space between the springs allows for better air circulation.
This airflow carries away excess heat and moisture, keeping you cooler and more comfortable all night long.
This makes the Emma Premium a better choice for hot sleepers.
However, we found other hybrid options, such as the Simba Hybrid, significantly cooler when compared with the Emma Premium.
Choose the Emma Premium if you:
- Are an average-weight combination sleeper.
- Want a medium-firm mattress.
- Need body-hugging comfort but also enjoy more support and stability.
- Are a restless sleeper.
- Share your bed with a partner but enjoy a bit more bounce.
The Emma Premium is more expensive than the Emma Original, though, so this isn't a good budget mattress.
Emma Premium vs Emma Original price & size comparison
The Emma Premium is a hybrid mattress and thus more expensive than the all-foam Emma Original. 💰
Here is a quick size and price comparison (when there aren’t any discounts running):
|Emma Original (prices for different sizes)||Emma Premium (prices for different sizes)|
|Single (90 x 190 cm):||£499||£799|
|EU single (90 x 200 cm):||£599||£869|
|Small double (120 x 190 cm):||£699||£949|
|Double (135 x 190 cm):||£759||£1099|
|EU double (140 x 200 cm):||£799||£1159|
|King-size (150 x 200 cm):||£849||£1299|
|EU queen (160 x 200 cm):||£969||£1409|
|Super-king (180 x 200 cm):||£999||£1449|
Conveniently, Emma UK has very competitive pricing and offers frequent Emma mattress discount codes and promotions. 🏷
You can easily get up to 50% off your mattress!
If there are any promotions currently running, we’ll be sure to include them throughout this article.
We also collect a wide range of the best UK discounts on our discounts page.
What else does Emma Sleep offer?
Sleeping isn’t much fun without the right sleep accessories.
Luckily, Emma UK offers a few great accessories to kit out your bedroom. 🛌
- The adjustable Emma Original pillow
- The snuggly Emma Cloud duvet
- The dual-sided Emma Flip mattress topper
- The waterproof Emma mattress protector
Emma also offers a variety of Emma bed frames, under-bed storage containers, other pillows, and a weighted blanket.
We’ve included links to a few of our favourite Emma sleep accessories below.
Our favourite Emma sleep accessories:
Which Emma mattress is best, the Emma Original or the Emma Premium?
The Emma Original and the Emma Premium are both excellent mattresses.
One isn’t better than the other, but one will be better suited to you. 👌
The Emma Original is best suited to:
- People who like softer mattresses.
- Those needing orthopaedic support.
- People of light, average, or medium build.
- Side sleepers.
The Emma Premium is best suited to:
- Those who like medium-firm mattresses.
- People who need orthopaedic comfort but more support and stability.
- Average-weight sleepers of all sleep preferences.
- Heavier sweaters or restless sleepers.
If you’re not sure, you can still enjoy a risk-free purchase by using Emma Sleep UK’s 200-day trial period.
After all, it’s only by trying a mattress that you’ll know if it’d be right for you or not. 🥰