The Simba Hybrid and Emma Original mattresses are both very comfortable, but they're suited to very different types of people.
The mattresses have different levels of firmness and different compositions that highlight unique features.
Both, though, are excellent choices if you're looking for mattresses that are more environmentally friendly. 🌱
The Emma Original and the Simba Hybrid are free from harmful chemicals and toxins.
They're also both fire-retardant & adhere to UK fire regulation BS7177. 🔥
Simba Hybrid: superior support and breathability
The Simba Hybrid is firmer and offers better temperature regulation than the Emma Original.
We've rated it at 5.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
The Simba mattress offers excellent support, even pressure distribution, and optimal spinal alignment no matter which sleeping position you prefer.
It is particularly comfortable if you sleep on your back. 😴
This mattress also offers excellent edge support, meaning that you can make use of the full width of the mattress without ever feeling like you're falling off the sides.
It's also easy to move around on, making it suitable for restless sleepers. 🕺
Finally, the Simba Hybrid has been designed with breathability in mind, making it an excellent choice for heavier sweaters.
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Choose the Simba Hybrid if you:
- Are a light- or average-weight sleeper.
- Sleep on your side or back.
- Prefer mattresses with medium firmness.
- Sweat a little more heavily.
- Are a restless sleeper.
- Like the hybrid design.
- Want good edge support.
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The one downside of the Simba mattress is that the cover is not removable or washable. 😔
You can clean the grey base fabric with a soft, damp cloth, but we would strongly recommend using a waterproof mattress protector to safeguard your mattress.
We've linked to a few of our favourite mattress protectors at the bottom of this section.
Emma Original: soft, body-hugging comfort
The Emma mattress is softer than the Simba Hybrid.
We've rated it as 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 lighter- or average-weight people, particularly if they like to sleep on their side.
When sleeping on your side, your hips and shoulders need to sink in a little more deeply to keep your spine optimally aligned. 📐
The softer Emma mattress allows for this.
It is also often recommended as an orthopaedic mattress.
The one drawback of this body-hugging comfort is that moving around on the Emma mattress becomes a little more cumbersome. 💃
So, we wouldn't recommend memory foam mattresses like the Emma Original for restless sleepers.
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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 soft mattresses.
- Want a no-fuss mattress with a removable and machine-washable cover.
The Emma Original will be less suitable if you're of a larger build and a pure back or stomach sleeper, a heavier sweater, or a very restless sleeper.
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Our recommended mattress protectors: