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Emma Original vs. Eve Original



Last updated: 15.07.2021 6 Min.

Two high-quality mattresses pitted against each other - how do they compare?

Which do you choose?

Emma Original or Eve Original?

Having to choose one of two exceptional mattresses isn't easy, which is why we've put together this Emma vs Eve comparison.

We'll take you through the design of the mattresses, highlight key differences, and give you some guidelines as to which mattress would be better suited to you.

Let's dive straight in 👇

Emma Vs Eve Mattress Comparison
  • Overview
  • Comparison
  • Emma Original
  • Eve Original
  • Suitability
  • Cost
  • Delivery
  • Ratings
  • Conclusion

Emma Original and Eve Original mattress comparison

Both the Emma Original and the Eve Original are among the best mattresses on the market, characterised by the use of high-density foams with high durability.

They're also both memory foam mattresses.

Yet, they are still remarkably different.

If you're interested in in-depth analyses of these mattresses, we'd suggest you turn to our designated mattress reviews:

Below, you'll find a side-by-side comparison of the two mattresses.


Emma Original Eve Original
Type of mattress Foam mattress Foam mattress
Turn mattress? No-flip mattress No-flip mattress
Mattress height 25 cm (10 inches) 24 cm (9 feet and 4 inches)
Mattress layers

3 foam layers:

  • Airgocell foam
  • Viscoelastic memory foam
  • HRX polyfoam

3 foam layers:

  • Open-celled Evecomfort® foam
  • New-generation memory foam
  • High-density base foam

The foams adapt well to the contours of your body, providing good pressure relief and support.

The upper comfort layers allow for good breathability, combined with body-hugging support.
Comfort zones Seven-zoned HRX cold foam base for superior support. Seven contour zones in the base layer to help relieve hip and shoulder pressure.
Manufacturing Made in the UK Made in the UK
Firmness rating 4 6.5
Firmness Soft Medium-firm
Comfort Gives you that sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling Incredibly comfortable
Stability & support An orthopaedic choice that offers good stability and support, especially for side sleepers An orthopaedic choice that offers good stability and support in all sleeping positions
Suitable for
  • Light- and average-weight sleepers
  • People who like a soft mattress
  • Side sleepers
  • Light- and average-weight sleepers
  • People who like a medium-firm mattress
  • All sleeping positions
Temperature Very good temperature regulation Very good temperature regulation
Motion isolation Very low motion transfer Very low motion transfer
Mattress cover Hypoallergenic cover that's removable & machine-washable at 60℃ with 4 side carrying handles Hypoallergenic cover that's removable & machine-washable at 40°C with 4 side carrying handles

The mattresses may have different characteristics, but they are actually quite similar in design:

  • They both have a breathable mattress cover.
  • They both feature a breathable top layer for enhanced temperature regulation.
  • They both feature viscoelastic memory foam for body-contouring support.
  • They both have a seven-zoned base layer for superior stability and support.

We'll take you through the specifics of each mattress in more detail in the next section.

Emma Original composition & characteristics

The Emma Original is a firm favourite.

It adapts perfectly to the contours of the body and distributes pressure evenly, largely due to the addition of memory foam.

The mattress also features a base layer of cold foam, which allows for optimal support and stability.

The three different layers of foam are:

  • A top layer of pressure-relieving Airgocell foam (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • A core of viscoelastic memory foam (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • A base layer of HRX polyfoam (19 cm / 7.4 inches)

The Emma Original has a total height of 25 cm (10 inches).

Emma Original mattress composition

Emma Original mattress

Emma Original side handles

Emma Original firmness

The distinctive feature of the Emma Original mattress is the soft cushioning.

It gives you that sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling ☁️

We've rated the Emma mattress at 4 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 the firmest.

Orthopaedic support

Despite being a soft mattress, the Emma Original still offers good support and stability.

The foams are soft enough to allow for the heavier parts of the body, like the hips and pelvis, to sink in more deeply.

Yet, they are also supportive enough to keep the lighter parts of your body lifted.

This is especially important for side sleepers.

The interaction between sinkage and support allows for optimal spinal alignment, making the Emma mattress a good orthopaedic choice.

It also distributes your body weight well and allows your muscles to relax fully, melting away back pain and tension.

Emma Original firmness

Good breathability

Memory foam generally retains more heat than other types of foam 🥵

But, the Emma mattress allows for good breathability, which keeps the mattress more temperature neutral.

You shouldn't sleep too hot on it.

Low motion transfer

The Emma Original has exceptional low motion transfer and high point elasticity.

This makes it a great mattress for couples.

The memory foam layer effectively absorbs and dampens movements, ensuring that motion is not carried across the mattress.

We found the Emma Original to have even better motion isolation than the Nectar mattress, a more pure memory foam mattress.

Machine-washable cover

Visually, the Emma Original is an elegant model that features a white top cover and dark grey sides.

The cover is breathable, machine-washable at 60℃, and features four side carrying handles for easy transportation.

You can even buy a replacement cover if yours has been damaged or stained.

We would still recommend investing in the waterproof Emma mattress protector for additional protection.

Eve Original composition & characteristics

The Eve Original mattress consists of three different high-quality foam layers and a machine-washable cover.

It has a high level of elasticity and provides great support, promoting optimal spinal alignment and reducing pressure points.

The three different layers of foam are:

  • A top layer of open-celled Evecomfort® foam (2.5 cm / 0.9 inches)
  • A core of viscoelastic memory foam (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • A base layer with seven contour zones (18 cm / 17 inches)

The Eve Original has a total height of 24 cm (9 feet and 4 inches).


Eve Original mattress

Eve Original mattress firmness

Eve Original firmness

The Eve Original is a medium-firm mattress that’s well suited to most people and sleeping preferences.

We've rated it as 6.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 the firmest.

Good support

We found the Eve Original incredibly comfortable, regardless of sleeping position - which certainly isn't the case with all bed-in-a-box mattresses 📦

Like the Emma Original, the Eve Original provides body-contouring support, reducing pressure points and encouraging proper spinal alignment.

As a mattress with medium firmness, it also provides much better edge support than the Emma Original.

Eve Original firmness


Good breathability

The new-generation memory foam used in the Eve Original is up to 30x more breathable than traditional memory foam 💨

The porous top layer and breathable cover also aid in increased airflow, preventing overheating and allowing for a cooler, more comfortable sleep.

Low motion transfer

The Eve Original mattress has exceptionally low motion transfer, making it an excellent mattress for couples.

Breathable cover

Visually, the Eve Original mattress offers a classic feel with a white top cover and yellow sides.

They have more recently also launched a white-and-grey mattress cover, which is available for some mattress dimensions.

Like the Emma Original, the mattress cover also has four side handles for easy rotation.

The mattress cover is breathable, has a non-slip coating to keep your mattress firmly on your bed frame, and is machine-washable at 40°.

We would recommend investing in the Eve mattress topper for added protection.


Emma vs Eve: Which mattress is best suited to you?

Even though the Eve Original and the Emma Original mattresses are remarkably similar, both in terms of composition and characteristics, they are still better suited for different types of sleepers.

This is largely due to their difference in firmness levels.

We've rated the Eve Original as a 6.5 out of 10 and the Emma Original as a 4 out of 10 on our Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 the firmest.

This suggests that the Eve Original is a little firmer than the Emma Original mattress.

Choose the Eve Original if you like medium-firm mattresses

Since the Eve Original is firmer, it is better suited for a wider variety of people, especially heavier-weight sleepers, and can be recommended for all sleeping positions.

It will also be the right choice if you prefer medium-firm mattresses 🛌

In a nutshell, choose the Eve Original if you:

  • Are of average 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 an even firmer mattress.

Here, we'd recommend opting for a pocket sprung mattress instead.

Heavier-weight sleepers could also do well on a hybrid mattress, like the Simba Hybrid or Otty Hybrid.


Eve original sinkage

Eve original sleeper

Choose the Emma Original if you like to sleep on your side

The Emma Original is an excellent choice for lighter- or medium-weight people, particularly if they like to sleep on their side.

As a soft mattress, the Emma Original will allow the body to sink into the foams sufficiently in heavier parts and still provide enough support in the lighter areas, keeping your spine optimally aligned.

For this reason, the Emma Original is often also recommended as an orthopaedic mattress.

Of course, the Emma Original is also the perfect choice if you prefer soft mattresses.

In a nutshell, choose the Emma Original if you:

  • Are of lighter or medium build
  • Sleep on your side
  • Prefer soft mattresses

You should steer clear of the Emma Original if you're of a larger build and a pure back sleeper or stomach sleeper, as the mattress will likely be too soft to offer adequate support.

Emma Original sinkage with ruler

Side sleeper on Emma Original mattress


Emma vs Eve mattress price & size comparison

Both the Emma Original and the Eve Original are well-priced mattresses.

Both brands also regularly offer promotions, which allow you to snag up these best buys at a much better price.

You'll find all the current discount codes listed on our discounts page.

The table below will give an overview of mattress dimensions and prices. These are the standard prices, and will not reflect any current discounts.

Dimensions Emma Original Eve Original Price difference
Single (90 x 190 cm) £449 £429 £20
Small double (120 x 190 cm) £639 £639 -
Double (135 x 190 cm) £699 £699 -
King-size (150 x 200 cm) £799 £799 -
Super-king (180 x 200 cm) £899 £899 -


UK Mattress Sizes

How do the Emma and Eve delivery conditions & trial periods compare?

Both the Emma Original and the Eve Original are bed-in-a-box mattresses that are delivered straight to your front door.

The table below will give you a brief overview of the delivery conditions.

Emma Original Eve Original
Delivery Bed-in-a-box principle Bed-in-a-box principle
Delivery time 1-3 working days 1-3 working days
Delivery cost Free within mainland UK Free within mainland UK
Trial period 200-day trial for a limited time only 100-night trial
Returns Free returns Free returns
Warranty 10-year guarantee 10-year guarantee

Free delivery

The Eve Original and the Emma Original are based on the mattress-in-a-box principle and are delivered straight to your home, rolled up, compressed, and vacuum-sealed in a compact box.

The boxes have been deliberately designed to fit through any narrow passageway and are easy to handle by one person.

Both the Eve Original and the Emma Original have a fast delivery time, and delivery is free of charge 🚛

Once unpacked, both the Eve Original and the Emma Original will slowly return to their original sizes.

Risk-free trial periods & free returns

Both mattresses also come with a risk-free trial period.

For the Eve Original, this trial period is set at 100 days, while the Emma Original is currently offering a 200-day trial period.

The trial period enables you to try the mattress in the comfort of your own home.

This gives your body the chance to adapt to the new mattress and gives you the chance to figure out if you really like it.

And if you don't, then you can simply return the mattress and receive a full refund 💰


10-year guarantee

Both mattresses also come with a 10-year guarantee.

Emma Original mattress rolled up in plastic

Eve Original in box

Eve vs Emma ratings

You'll find detailed ratings of each mattress in our Eve Original and Emma Original reviews.

Here is an overview:

Emma Original Eve Original
Value for money
Delivery & returns
Total rating


Which mattress is better, the Eve Original or the Emma Original?

Both mattresses are made of high-quality materials, offer good support and stability, and provide a high comfort level.

However, they are suitable for different types of sleepers.

The Eve Original will be perceived as firmer, while the Emma Original is among the softest models on the market.

The Emma Original is best suited to:

  • People of lighter or medium build.
  • Side sleepers.
  • People who prefer soft mattresses.

The Eve Original is best suited to:

  • People of average build.
  • Side sleepers, back sleepers, or stomach sleepers.
  • People who prefer medium-firm mattresses.


Regardless of your choice, you'll benefit from a risk-free trial period.

So if you're not entirely satisfied, you can return the mattress and receive a full refund.

After all, testing a mattress really is the only way to ascertain if it's perfect for you.

Frequently asked questions

  • Who is Emma Sleep?

    Emma is a German start-up company first established in 2015.

    Contrary to popular belief, the company wasn't started by an "Emma".

    Instead, the company is called Emma Mattress because Emma was one of the most popular names when the company was first set up. 

    The company's idea was to make the mattress market as transparent and consumer-oriented as the market in the United States.

    According to its founder, Max Laarmann, consumers should not have to buy mattresses at extravagant prices from local stores.

    Instead, they should be able to buy a reasonably priced mattress online and benefit from a long and risk-free trial period.

    Today, the Emma mattress is one of the most popular online beds, selling all over Europe, the UK, and India.

    The brand has also expanded and now offers a selection of mattresses as well as mattress accessories. 

    All Emma mattresses sold in the UK are also manufactured in the UK

  • Who is Eve Sleep?

    Eve Sleep is a high-end mattress brand that has been very successful in the UK and mainland Europe.

    Their mattresses distinguish themselves by the quality of their materials and innovative designs.

    They are deemed universal mattresses, making them suitable for most people and sleeping positions.

    Eve offers good value for money.

    The brand's signature is a little touch of yellow, found on its logo and in the design of its mattresses.

    This makes the Eve brand instantly recognisable. 

  • What are the different types of Emma mattresses?

    Emma UK offers three primary mattresses, the Emma Original, Emma Hybrid and the Emma Original Hybrid.

    Emma Original

    The Emma Original mattress is the brand's flagship product.

    It's both a best-selling and an award-winning mattress that has been recommended in the UK by associations such as Which, Ideal Home, Real Homes, T3, The Independent, Good Housekeeping, The Mattress Guide, and Best Mattress UK.

    As a three-layered memory foam mattress, the Emma Original has been designed for body-contouring comfort, pressure relief, and optimal support.

    While it is rated as a medium-firm mattress, we think the Emma Original qualifies more as a soft mattress. We have given it a 4 out of 10 on our Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 the firmest.

    Despite its softness, though, it's an excellent mattress that's exceptionally comfortable. 

    It offers optimal spinal alignment in every sleeping position, but it is particularly suitable for side sleepers. 

    The Emma Original is often recommended as an orthopaedic mattress to alleviate lower back pain due to its superior adaptability and relief of pressure points.

    Read our full Emma Original review.


    Emma Original mattress

    Emma Original mattress



    Emma Hybrid

    The Emma Mattress Hybrid offers a unique hybrid design that combines pressure-relieving memory foam with a pocket spring mattress's superior stability and breathability.

    It features four layers, including a comfort layer of the patented Airgocell foam, supportive steel micro-coils, viscoelastic memory foam, and a base layer of supportive HRX foam.

    The Emma Hybrid is a much firmer mattress than the Emma Original.

    We've rated it at 7 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale.

    While still comfortable and cosy, the mattress is more suited to those who prefer a firmer sleeping surface and can better support slightly heavier weights.

    With the added airflow provided by the springs, the mattress also allows for a much cooler sleep

    Read our full Emma Hybrid review.


    Emma Hybrid

    Emma Hybrid mattress


    Emma Original Hybrid

    The Emma Original Hybrid combines the composition of the Emma Hybrid with the firmness of the Emma Original. 

    The result?

    A hybrid mattress with a soft and comfortable feel.

    This mattress also features four layers: Breathable Airgocell foam, pressure-relieving memory foam, extra-tall zoned pocket springs, and a stabilising cold foam layer.

    The Emma Original Hybrid is Emma's most advanced mattress for exceptional comfort and stability.

    The zoned pocket springs allow for optimal hip and shoulder support, resulting in spinal alignment, and increased breathability. 

    The mattress also offers excellent motion isolation, making it a good choice for couples. 


    Emma Original Hybrid mattress

    Emma Original Hybrid


  • Eve mattresses available in the UK

    Eve Sleep features a wide range of different mattresses, which can be a little confusing for customers.

    Basically, their mattresses are divided into their Lighter, Original, and Premium ranges as both foam-only and hybrid versions, which feature pocket springs in addition to foam.

    Eve Lighter mattresses

    The "Lighter" mattresses are low-depth mattresses at more affordable prices.

    The range includes:

    Eve Original mattresses

    The "Original" mattresses are the brand's flagship products. 

     The range includes:

    Eve Premium mattresses

    The "Premium" mattresses are thicker, more luxurious version at premium prices.

    The range includes:

    Eve cot mattress

    Eve also has an excellent cot mattress, specifically designed for babies and small children under 6.


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