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Emma Original Vs. Simba


Nancy K.

Last updated: 21.09.2020 7 Min.

The Emma Original and Simba mattresses have been developed according to the same concept and principles.

Both companies aim to make buying mattresses as easy as possible. This is also why the rely on selling their mattresses online directly to consumers. Both start-up companies offer universal mattresses that are suitable for all types of people, regardless of preferred sleeping position, body type, or weight.

Given the similarities, which mattress should you choose? We have outlined the main differences between the two mattresses below to help you make your purchasing decision.

Emma versus Simba
  • Overview
  • Main differences
  • Composition
  • Suitability
  • Price comparison
  • Delivery & customer service
  • Ratings
  • Conclusion

Main differences between the two mattresses

Both mattresses are made of quality materials that adapt well to the contours of the body while keeping a comfortable sleeping climate.

Features Emma Original Simba
Type of mattress Cold foam mattress Hybrid mattress
Mattress layers

3 layers:

  • Airgocell (patented)
  • Viscoelastic foam
  • Cold base foam

4 layers:

  • 4 cm of latex
  • 2 cm of springs
  • 3.5 cm of memory foam
  • 15.5 cm of base foam
Advantages of specific composition
  • Gentle sinkage
  • A unique combination of foam and pocket springs
  • Micro-perforated latex regulates temperature
  • Memory foam relieves pressure points
Comfort zones

Integrated zone in the shoulder area

No comfort zones

Composition of each mattress

While both mattresses are made of high-quality materials, the details do differ.

Emma Original mattress 3 layers of foam with Airgocell

The Emma Original mattress consists of three layers:

  • 4 cm Airgocell foam: This foam contains the patented Airgocell technology, which distributes pressure well and promises a high level of comfort. It is made up of approximately 50% air, which helps to keep the foam more breathable, provides good ventilation, and allows for ideal sleeping conditions.
  • 4 cm memory foam: This viscoelastic foam offers excellent pressure relief and adapts perfectly to the contours of the body, providing that cocooning effect. In combination with the Airgocell, this comfort layer allows for a soft and comfortable sleep.
  • 17 cm cold foam: The base of the mattress consists of a firmer cold foam, which helps to support the body and relieves your back and spine. It limits the sagging of the mattress in the long-term and ensures a good lifespan.

The Emma Original mattress is well-assembled and its cover has a good finish. We were really impressed by the quality of this mattress.

The grey-and-white Emma Original mattress cover is made of 98% polyester and 2% elastane (with 100% polyester for the sides). It offers excellent temperature control and features for side handles that make transportation of the mattress easier.

The cover can be easily removed and machine-washed at 60℃.


emma original mattress firmness

emma original layers

sleeper on emma original mattress

Simba mattress: 4 layers of foam and latex

The Simba mattress offers excellent quality. It is a hybrid mattress, which already sets it apart from other mattresses we have tested. It has four layers and featured a unique combination of foam and pocket springs.

The layers are as follows:

  • 4 cm latex foam: This is made of Simbatex foam, a synthetic latex. This layer feels soft and supple and is also very breathable, which prevents any overheating issues.
  • 2 cm pocket springs: These springs are integrated into the body of the mattress. There are several thousand conical springs (the exact number depends on the size of the mattress). They adapt well to the body and support the body weight, allowing for comfort and support. These also provide good relief from pressure points.
  • 3.5 cm memory foam: This viscoelastic foam and third layer of the Simba mattress is very malleable. It adapts perfectly to the body, offering excellent support. While memory foam mattresses often adapt too well and make movement difficult, this was not the case with the Simba mattress. The first two layers seem to balance this out well. Memory foam also retains body heat, leading to a warmer sleeping climate, but this is also balanced out by the springs.
  • 15.5 cm cold foam: The base layer is made of cold foam, divided into seven zones. This gives the mattress a firm base and sufficient stability.

The Simba mattress cover is blue-purple in colour and very soft, from 100% polyester.

The cover is removable and machine-washable at 30℃. It is also hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for people who suffer from allergies.

simba mattress

side view of the simba mattress

Who are the mattresses best suited for?

Characteristics Emma Original Simba
Firmness scale 4 5.5
Level of firmness Soft Medium-firm
Type of sleeper
  • Particularly suitable for light- and medium-weight people and those who like soft mattresses
  • Suitable for all sleeping positions
  • Particularly suitable for people who like to sleep on a softer mattress
  • Large builds may sink in too deeply

Excellent temperature management

Very good temperature management

Comfort zones

Particularly good for the back due to the shoulder area, which ensures healthy spinal alignment

Gives the impression of sleeping "on a cloud"

The Simba and Emma Original mattresses offer similar levels of firmness, providing a good compromise between firmness and softness that will suit most sleepers. That said, the Emma Original is slightly softer than the Simba.

Price comparison

Price differences vary a lot depending on the dimensions but the Simba mattress is definitely much more expensive than the Emma Original. Both brands offer regular discounts.

Dimensions Emma Original Simba Price difference
90 x 190 cm £299 £549 £250
90 x 200 cm - £599 -
120 x 190 cm £449 £749 £300
135 x 190 cm £499 £749 £250
140 x 200 cm - £799 -
150 x 200 cm £579 £849 £270
160 x 200 cm - £899 -
180 x 200 cm £649 £949 £300


Delivery & customer service

Emma Original Simba
Delivery Mattress-in-a-box Mattress-in-a-box
Delivery time 7-12 business days 1-2 business days
Trial period 200 days for a limited time only 100 days
Returns Returns are organised and paid for by the manufacturer Returns are organised and paid for by the manufacturer

Both mattresses offer free and fast delivery. They are also both delivered rolled up and vacuum-packed in a compact box that’s specifically designed to fit through narrow passageways.

Both mattresses also offer a risk-free trial period, which gives you the chance to try the mattress in the comfort of your own home. And if you’re not completely satisfied, you can simply return the mattresses and receive a full refund.

emma original mattress delivered rolled up in plastic
Th Emma Original mattress is delivered rolled up in a plastic wrapping


You’ll find our detailed review and ratings of each mattress in the Simba mattress and Emma Original mattress reviews. Here is an overview:

Emma Original Simba
Value for money
Total rating


Both of these mattresses are of high quality, offering a high degree of comfort. They have similar levels of firmness and are suitable for a wide range of people. That said, the Emma Original is slightly softer than the Simba mattress.

While we can recommend both brands, the Emma Original is an award-winning mattress and our first choice.


Nancy K.

Yoga-loving nature fan (when the sun shines) with a knack for all things health & wellness. Strangely obsessed with tacos. 

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