Emma Mattress Review – Hybrid Version
Disclaimer: This is my personal honest review of my Emma Hybrid Mattress. The mattress was supplied to me for free after I requested a mattress for review purposes. Emma made no requirements in any way and have had no input on my review at all. They have allowed me an affiliate link which means if you buy via my link I get small commission and you pay no extra.
Please note that this is the review for the Emma Hybrid (with springs). My review for the Emma Original (no springs) can be found here.
The company behind the Emma Mattress is Emma Matratzen GmbH, a German company but with a base in the UK. They are also connected to another German company called Just Right Mattress UG. Emma began selling mattresses in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2015 and came to the UK end of 2016 start of 2017. Founded by German born Max Laarmann with the name Emma being named after the name of his sister.
A Mattress for Everyone, 2000 Mini Pocket Springs, Airgocell top layer, Mattress in a box, 100 night trial. Free pickup if you don’t want to keep it. 10 year warranty.
Emma sell across Europe including Germany, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Netherland, Poland and France. The mattresses differ by country as well as there being several different versions. My review is for the Hybrid UK Emma mattress which is the one with the mini conical pocket springs. The one Emma call the original is the one without pocket springs. This is rather confusing since it was the pocket sprung mattress with which they came to the UK market originally.
A bed-in-a-box mattress means Emma comes in a big oblong box and is rolled and vacuum packed. You remove the mattress from the box and using the included safety blade you remove the plastic covering. Leave the mattress to expand for a few hours (48 hours is best) before sleeping on it.
This is the hybrid Emma mattress as sold in the UK, the one with the mini pocket springs. Don’t confuse the many different versions Emma have across Europe. At the time of this review Emma have two mattresses in the UK. They are the hybrid with the mini pocket springs (this mattress) while the other (original) is a firmer mattress with foam only, no springs. Emma have changed how they described these mattress in early 2018. At that time the original was the pocket sprung mattress and the non spring mattress which they now call the original was called the second gen. In the UK the original was actually the hybrid.
The hybrid Emma mattress features Airgocell on the top layer which is a trademark name for their version of a polyurethane foam. The micro springs work in conjunction with the comfort layers adding bounce and durability. Memory foam under this helps with contouring and the firm base provides the support. The standout feature is the mini pocket springs which are larger than those on Simba and thus give the mattress a different feel. Elastane in the top cover helps add elasticity. The cover is removable and washable.
Pocket springs are springs that move individually and are only connected by the material that covers them.
Emma although a German company state the mattress is assembled in the UK and they work with UK foam manufactures. However they also state
“The high quality foams used to create Emma are created right here in the United Kingdom and are later combined with the top-most support of the conical spring layer. The processed materials are all fine, durable and produced at top quality mills throughout Europe.“
So this seems to suggest some materials used are sourced outside of the UK. This most likely is the cover because they also say:
“Emma upholstery fabric is manufactured to the highest quality standards in one of the most respected knitting mills in Europe. It is removable and washable.“
Cover:What struck me was although Emma features blue throughout its branding the actual cover is once again the bland grey and white seen on so many mattresses. The good news is that while the cover is 100% polyester it does include 2% Elastane (according to Emma, this is not stated on the label) which gives the cover a stretchy feel. A nice feeling cover with a breathable surface. This top cover is fully removable from the rest of the sides and rear by way of a top zip and can then be machine washed. This is a big plus, not just removable but removable without having to lift the mattress. There are handles on the side of the mattress. It is more common to find handles on the underside but I personally prefer the side placement. Of course even better would be handles both sides and underneath. However many mattresses have no handles at all which makes moving the mattress very difficult without damaging the foam.
- 90 X 200 X 25 cm = 20 kg (EU single)
- 140 X 200 X 25 cm = 28 kg (EU double)
- 160 X 200 X 25 cm = 35 kg (EU king)
- 180 X 200 X 25 cm = 40 kg (super king)
|UK single||17.5 kg|
|EU single||18.5 kg|
|UK double||26.5 kg|
|EU double||29 kg|
|UK king||31 kg|
|EU king||33 kg|
|UK super king||37 kg|
Emma Hybrid Mattress Overview
I found the online support to be very typical of the online companies. They are very helpful, very friendly, but technical knowledge is lacking. I was impressed by the lack of pushy sales talk so companies will subject you too which is very annoying. I got my Emma mattress for free and it came via Parcelforce (it was only a single), however the website states all mattresses come via UPS. Mine was sent from Horsham near Gatwick. In the box it is vacuum packed into was a welcome pack and a safety blade for cutting the plastic wrapping. Some of the wrapping on my mattress was already ripped meaning it had lost its vacuum. The website states you only need to wait a few minutes before sleeping on the mattress which seems rather optimistic. The welcome booklet says wait a few hours which is more realistic. In reality it is best practice to let the mattress air for 48 hours. This allows the mattress to fully expand before undergoing any compression decompression and also allows time for the off-gassing. This is the release of the chemicals that will turn to vapor in the early days of unwrapping. This is totally normal for all foam mattresses, even natural latex.
So what does Emma bring to the table to differentiate itself from the huge options when it comes to a new mattress. They start with Airgocell layer. This at heart is a polyurethane foam layer. The real usp is the 2000 conical pocket springs below this layer. While not unique by any means the combination of polyfoam over micro springs over memory foam is a little different. Simba for example have synthetic latex on top. A zoned base layer, handles on the side and a low smell mattress all add up to a different package from the crowd. The company while German based does assemble and deliver the UK mattress from within the UK.
Tests and Analysis:
Edge support is not great generally on foam mattresses. Even worse is having pocket springs right at the edge. Emma, as does Simba and Otty, box the springs for reinforcement at the edge. However softer mattresses are always at a disadvantage when it comes to edge support and Emma has the same edge support as the likes of Simba and Leesa placing it behind the firmer mattresses such as Bruno, Eve and Casper. However the differences are not that great and they all dip significantly the closer to the edge you get when sitting on it. Sleeping and rolling to the edge is not really a problem as your weight is spread out over the whole mattress.
Emma Hybrid is one of the softest mattresses I have tried along with the HÜGGE
mattress, just a bit softer than Casper. However while I can still sleep happily on the Casper while getting enough support on my back with the Emma Hybrid I find I do not get enough contouring under my lumber region. The same with HÜGGE, although I do dip in the hips more than is optimal for me it still remains supportive overall due to it’s highly contouring nature. Remember this is just my personal experience at my own weight with own preferences. Although very soft Emmma Hybrid is only just behind Simba too. Emma Hybrid has more bounce than Simba and HÜGGE so you must take all factors into account.
The biggest factor in how hot or cool a mattress will sleep is the top layer and cover. The cover here should be no problem as its a stretchy breathable cover as used on many mattresses. The top layer is the Airgocell polyfoam which Emma say has larger than normal pores in the open cells meaning more air and better cooling. There is no real way for me to test this out and as a polyfoam I would have to rate it inline with say Casper which also has a polyfoam top layer. Leesa is also a polyfoam top layer but has holes throughout so the benefit is more obvious and undeniable here for cool sleeping. You also have the benefit of the mini pocket springs just below the top layer which will help with added air flow for better cooling.
They are all behind the latex top layers such as Simba and Bruno but also all better than the memory foam top layer on Otty for example.
Spot Relief (point elasticity):
This surprised me a little. Having slept on the Emma Mattress for a while now I did find it reasonably supportive for a softer mattress, those springs doing a good job of pushing back on you giving a feeling of support even though you are sinking in significantly. I expected this to translate into good point elasticity as that’s how it feels to sleep on. However in my testing using a variety of weights the amount of foam affected outside of the area of contact was among the low end of mattresses I have tried. It was just a bit behind Leesa and Casper and way behind many of the others. The good news as a back sleeper is this did not translate into backache during a nights sleep. Emma is a little too soft for my personal taste as a back sleeper because of the low point elasticity taken together with the softness. Please remember this is totally my own experience for my weight and height and body shape. This does not mean one mattress is better than the other. It is a good option for side sleepers with shoulder problems.
Mattress for Sex/Bounce:
Another highly subjective rating. My criteria for a decent mattress for sex would be good bounce without being like a trampoline and still being reasonably comfortable. Bounce however is the overriding number one factor. Emma has a little more bounce than similar feeling mattresses such as Leesa and Simba thanks to its pocket springs. Something of the middle ground between a softer mattress but with decent bounce.
The recommended weight capacity of the Emma mattress is above average at 130 kg (20.5 stones). This is per person on a double or one person on a single.
This is normally the flip side of the bounce score, the more bounce the the more motion gets transferred generally. This is how much motion you will feel if your partner moves heavily while you are laying still. Again Emma Hybrid is pretty much middle ground here, on a par with Leesa but behind Simba while better than Casper.
Type of Sleepers this mattress suits:
Most foam mattresses are suitable for back sleepers as long as the individual ensures they choose a firmness level that suits their weight and maintains their spine in alignment. Emma will suit average individuals looking for a softer feel but with lots of push-back from the springs. The push back will be less suited to side sleepers with sensitive shoulders but will be fine for heavier individuals. Lighter individuals may find the push back less than optimal. Don’t get me wrong here, the firmness is still around the same level as Simba and Leesa and suitable for side sleeping but I just want to put over how Emma differs from Simba and Leesa in terms of push back. It will still be a better option than the firmer mattresses such as Eve and Bruno for average to lighter individuals. Again the push back may make Emma a better option for stomach sleepers than Simba or Leesa for heavier individuals. Just remember stomach sleeping requires a flatter profile which is why firmer mattresses are often the way to gof or stomach sleepers to keep the back from sinking in.
Like the new car industry advertised prices often do not tally with the actual price you will pay. The online mattress industry almost runs on the promise of a discount to that advertised although it is harder to find the discounts with some than others. Emma is one of the companies that seem to have a permanent discount running. You do not need to seek it out, the website always shows a code at the top of the homepage. The amount does vary a little but it is always a significant amount and always on show. My price rating is based on advertised retail prices taking no deals into account. The Emma Hybrid mattress was once of the cheaper options but price rises now make it the most expensive based on average retail prices.
There is definitely some nice design aspects here. Most noticeable for me is the machine washable cover which is fully removable with a top zip so no need to lift the mattress. Handles on the side are another big plus for me. Not to be sniffed at is the almost total lack of initial smell (see what I did there?). The foams are of decent enough density for this price level and in line with most rivals and better than some. Mini pocket springs are also an interesting feature. I am still unsure if this is a new spring or the same as always because mine are 3 cm high while everyone else is saying they are 2 cm high.
The Emma mattress is one of the least smelly mattresses I have tried. I thought it was excellent considering it isn’t even CertiPur certified. On first unwrapping there was a slight smell with my nose close up to the foam but to be honest after the first 48 hours of airing I didn’t notice a smell at all.
Again a highly subjective criteria and one for which giving a score would be very misleading in my opinion. Comfort will differ greatly simply as a personal preference and I can only relay how I personally found it. I have general lower back pain on a softer mattress normally because I need a good degree of support as found on a firmer mattress. I do like a soft mattress but by morning I will have a lower backache which makes the point about comfort alone without support a little pointless. I certainly like my first hour on Simba and Leesa with their soft cradling feel, but my hips simply sink in too far putting my lumbar region in a strained position. Emma on the other hand while not as cradling as those two while still being as soft does have the support that lessens that problem. So while Emma is a little on the soft side for me it is far more forgiving when it comes to back sleeping. Side sleeping and my shoulders are not quite so happy because of the springs push back. It is still comfortable to me though, it is a pleasant sleep. For front sleepers the push back will be a good thing as you need a firmer surface to keep your back aligned. So even for me as someone who finds this level of firmness just too soft I still find Emma comfortable.
6 zones. There are channels cut into the base layer at the hip and shoulder areas for more give.
|Item||out of 10|
|Price||av: £682 (rank 9th of 9)|
|Zoning:||yes, 6 zones in base layer|