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Emma vs Eve: Which mattress is best suited to you?
The Eve Original and the Emma Original are both very comfortable and quite similar in terms of composition.
But, firmness levels are different, which makes these two mattresses suitable for different types of people.
Both are safe, fire-retardant choices, though, and adhere to UK fire regulation BS7177.🔥
Both the Eve mattress and the Emma mattress are also manufactured in the UK. 🇬🇧
Eve Original: well-balanced support
The Eve Original is a medium-firm mattress that suits most people and their sleeping preferences.
We've rated it as 6.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
We found the Eve Original incredibly comfortable, regardless of sleeping position - which certainly isn't the case with all bed-in-a-box mattresses. 📦
The Eve Original provides body-contouring support, reducing pressure points and encouraging proper spinal alignment.
It also provides much better edge support than the Emma Original.
Additionally, the memory foam used in the Eve mattress is up to 30x more breathable than traditional memory foam. 💨
The porous top layer and breathable cover also increase airflow, preventing overheating and allowing for a cooler, more comfortable sleep.
Choose the Eve Original if you:
- Want a well-balanced mattress that offers comfort and support.
- Are of average weight or build.
- Sleep on your side, back, or stomach.
- Prefer medium-firm to firm mattresses.
We would still be wary of recommending the Eve mattress to heavier-weight stomach or back sleepers, as these individuals might require a mattress that offers more support.
Here, we'd recommend opting for a pocket sprung mattress or a hybrid mattress instead.
The Simba Hybrid is a great option!
Emma Original: soft, orthopaedic comfort
The Emma mattress is softer than the Eve Original.
We've rated it at 6 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
This makes it an excellent mattress for lighter-weight or average-weight people, especially if they are side sleepers.
If you're a side sleeper, you'll require a mattress that's soft enough to allow your hips and shoulders to sink in a little more deeply.
But, it still needs to offer enough firmness to support the lighter parts of your body.
This will allow for optimal spinal alignment, which releases tension, prevents back pain, and guarantees orthopaedic support.
The Emma Original is perfect for this. 👌
That said, heavier-weight people or pure front/back sleepers will probably not get enough support and will likely consider the Emma Original too soft.
Choose the Emma Original if you:
- Want a mattress with body-hugging support and orthopaedic properties.
- Are of lighter or medium build.
- Sleep on your side.
- Prefer softer mattresses.
The Emma Original will be less suitable if you're of a larger build, a pure back or stomach sleeper, a heavier sweater, or a restless sleeper.
Emma vs Eve mattress price & size comparison
Both the Eve Original and the Emma Original are well-priced mattresses available in standard UK mattress sizes.
Both brands also regularly offer promotions, and you will likely find an Emma or Eve Sleep voucher code.
These allow you to snag up these best buys at much better prices. 🥳
If there are any discounts currently running, they'll be displayed on this page.
Advantages and disadvantages of the two mattresses
To summarise everything we've gone over, here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both mattresses.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Eve Original
High-quality, high-density foams.
Comfortable with a medium-firm feel.
Particularly suitable for average-weight sleepers.
Suitable for all sleeping positions.
Good temperature regulation.
1-year risk-free trial period.
Free delivery & returns.
It may be too soft for larger builds or those looking for a very firm mattress.
Off-gassing is common.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Emma Original
Soft & comfortable to give you that "sleeping-on-a-cloud" feeling.
Offers excellent adaptability & high point elasticity for orthopaedic support.
Exceptionally low motion transfer, making it a brilliant choice for couples.
Good temperature regulation.
Very well-suited to side sleepers.
Machine-washable top cover.
Free shipping & free returns.
200-day risk-free trial period.
It may be too soft for heavier-weight people, larger builds, or back sleepers.
The side handles are a little weak, especially for the larger mattress sizes.
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What about other Eve and Emma mattresses?
The Eve Original and the Emma Original are the flagship products of each brand - but that's not to say that the other mattresses aren't fantastic as well!
Both Eve and Emma also offer hybrid versions, which feature pocket springs in addition to the memory foam layers, as well as more premium mattresses.
We explore the full range of Eve and Emma mattresses in the FAQ section of this article.