Last Updated: May 2017
The Emma mattress originated in Germany, but it has recently expanded to the United Kingdom, where it is made in Derby and shipped directly from the factory to consumers. The makers of Emma have done an extensive amount of scientific research and sleep tests to pinpoint exactly what exactly makes a high-quality mattress that will provide the most relaxing and restful night of sleep. The result is a hybrid mattress that combines four layers that consist of hypersoft foam, conical pocket springs, Visco elastic memory foam and cold foam that offers exceptional support and comfort for the majority of sleepers. Additionally, the layers of the mattress are wrapped in a cover that is made of specialized climate fiber that regulates heat and humidity, which makes the mattress breathable, prevents heat retention and allows it – and the sleeper – to remain a consistent and comfortable temperature.
All of the materials that are used in the Emma mattress are produced in the highest quality mills in Europe. Once ordered, the mattress is rolled up and vacuum packed, placed into a durable box and shipped out to the consumer. The result of this buying process eliminates having to deal with high-pressure sales tactics and also reduces the overall cost of the mattress. While this process certainly makes purchasing easier, there is one flaw: You can’t try the Emma mattress out before you buy it.
To help you determine if the Emma mattress is the right pick for you, we have tested it out and created this buyer’s guide based on the information that we gathered. In this guide, you will find out all of the information that you need to determine whether or not the Emma mattress will suit your needs.
- Great compression relief
- Minimal off gassing
- Durable construction
- Compatible with all bed frames
- 10 year warranty
- Full money back guarantee
- 100 day trial period
- Great support
- Only available in Europe
- Can’t try it before you buy it
- Heat retention may be high for those who sleep hot
Emma Unboxing Video
Below is our final score of the Emma mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.
What’s It Made From…
The Emma mattress consists of four different layers, which include hypersoft foam, conical pocket springs, Visco elastic memory foam and cold foam. Together, these layers add up to make a mattress that is a total of 9.5 inches high.
The Top Layer
The first layer of the Emma mattress is made of hypersoft foam. This foam has an open pore cell structure and helps to regulate the temperature of the mattress by circulating the air throughout it, thus minimizing heat retention. The top layer of the mattress not only helps to maintain a cool and consistent temperature, but it also adds a level of super softness that adds to the comfort it provides.
The Second Layer
The next layer of the Emma mattress is comprised of conical pocket springs. These springs help to provide pressure relief and support for the mattress. They are designed to evenly distribute weight throughout the entire mattress, and provide a level of bounce, which makes it easier to get in and out of the bed, makes moving while sleeping easier, and also allows for better intimacy than mattresses that are designed solely of foam.
The Third Layer
The next layer of the Emma mattress is made of Visco elastic memory foam. This material aids in pressure relief, preventing pain while sleeping. It also molds to the shape of the body, creating a comfortable hugging sensation. Because the Visco elastic memory foam is placed at the third layer, you don’t experience heat retention, as you normally would with mattresses that place the memory foam closer to the surface. Additionally, this layer acts as a transition layer between the hypersoft foam, the pocket springs and the base layer of the mattress.
The Fourth Layer
Finally, at the base of the Emma mattress is a layer of cold foam memory foam (polyurethane). This layer acts as the foundation of the mattress, supporting the top three layers and helping the entire mattress maintain its shape.
The four layers of the Emma mattress are wrapped in a cover that is made of a blend of polyester and elastane. The cover is stretchy and durable. We found that it bounced right back to its original shape when we tugged on it, which means that it will certainly help the mattress retain its shape for a long period of time. Additionally, the cover is thin, yet soft, and ventilates air rather well, helping to further aid in heat retention.
The cover is removable and washable, which means that when your mattress needs to be freshened up, just unzip it, toss it into the washing machine, and it will feel fresh and clean.
As far as aesthetics go, the top of the cover is white and the sides are gray in color. A thin piping of navy blue separates the top and the sides, adding a subtle pop of color. Overall, the mattress has a clean, modern look.
Hands on Review
In this section of our buyer’s guide, we highlight details of the important criterion that impact the overall quality of the Emma mattress and the type of sleep you expect it to offer. Because you can’t test out the mattress before you buy it, we think that this part of our guide is crucial, as it will give you a better understanding of what it feels like.
The criterion that we highlight in this section include the following:
On a firmness scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the firmest and 10 being the firmest, we give the Emma mattress a score of 5.5 to 6. Upon first laying down, the mattress did feel a bit firm; however, within no time, we could feel the hypersoft foam contouring to the body. We also quickly felt the conical pocket springs start working by delivering a wonderful level of support.
The Emma mattress is very comfortable, especially for stomach sleepers. There was some sinkage, but it wasn’t so much that we felt like we were being completely enveloped by the mattress, or stuck in the center of it. We were also pleased by the level of edge support, as we were able to lie close to the edge without noticing a significant amount of sinkage; a problem that occurs with many mattresses.
Motion transfer is an element that can really impact the overall comfort that a mattress delivers, and this is a problem that is particularly noticeable in mattresses that contain springs. Though the Emma mattress does contain a layer of spring coils, which adds a nice level of bounce back; however, the foam layers absorb the motion, preventing it from dispersing throughout the mattress.
Pain Relief and Support
The Emma mattress does a fantastic job of offering pain relief and support. The hypersoft foam does cradle the body nicely, which aids in pressure point relief. The conical pocket springs were extremely responsive and started to adjust to the pressure of the weight that was applied to the mattress almost immediately. We found that the mattress provided just the right amount of support where we needed it the most. Additionally, the mattress helps to keep the spine in proper alignment, which we definitely noticed helped to improve support and reduce pain.
Though the Emma mattress is designed to reduce heat retention, we do want to point out that it doesn’t do as well in this area as we would have hoped. There are definitely other mattresses that we have tested that do a better job. Though you certainly won’t be as hot on the Emma mattress as you would be on traditional foam mattresses, we do think that if you have high cooling needs (you sleep hot,) the Emma mattress may not live up to your expectations.
Off-gassing refers to the odor that a mattress emits, and it is a common problem with mattresses that are constructed of foam. There are certain chemicals that are used during the manufacturing of the foam, and those chemicals can have an odor, which can seep out of the mattress when it is brand new.
With the Emma mattress, we were fairly pleased with the level of off-gassing. Immediately after we unboxed and unwrapped it, we didn’t notice any strong odor. Upon lying on it, we did notice a slight smell; however, we left it in a room with the windows opened and the smell dissipated within a day.
Activities that are intimate in nature can be difficult on a mattress that is constructed of foam. That’s because foam tends to absorb movement, providing minimal bounce back. With the Emma mattress, this was not the case. There was a nice amount of bounce back, thanks to the conical spring coals. This not only made it easier to get out of the bed and move about during the night, but it will also make it a lot easier to engage in intimate activities on this mattress.
Sleeping Position Ratings
Whether you sleep on your back, your stomach or your side, you are going to want to have a mattress that provides you with the support and comfort that you need to get a good night of sleep. Some mattresses are not able to deliver the proper amount of comfort and support, which means that they are not suitable for people who sleep in various sleep positions.
We wanted to see what different sleepers could expect from the Emma mattress. Here’s what we found…
Most back sleepers will enjoy the Emma mattress. Body weight distributes evenly throughout the mattress, relieving pressure points, decreasing pain and improving comfort. Additionally, the Emma mattress compressed about 1.5 inches while lying on the back, so you won’t feel like you are being engulfed.
Back Sleeping score: 9.5/10
On the stomach, the Emma mattress also compressed approximately 1.5 inches. Again, this means that you won’t feel like you are stuck in the mattress. The majority of the compression was felt around the stomach and hips, which gave a nice level of hug that improved comfort. The spring coils also helped to keep the back in proper alignment while sleeping on the stomach, reducing pain.
Stomach Sleeping score: 9.25/10
On the side, there was a more noticeable compression in the Emma mattress – about 2 inches – and the majority of that compression was felt around the waist. This is to be expected, however, as more weight is applied to this portion of the body while sleeping on the side. Side sleepers will experience a nice level of support and hug around the waist, which helps to reduce pressure buildup, as well as pain.
Side Sleeping score: 9/10
Bed Frame Compatibility
The Emma mattress is designed to be compatible with any type of bed frame, so long as the bed frame is the same size as the mattress. If you are going to choose a slatted bed frame, we suggest you use one that doesn’t have too much distance between the slats, and that the slats are made of a durable material, such as high-quality wood or metal to avoid bowing.
Warranty, Guarantee and Trial Period
- Warranty: 10-year manufacturer warranty, which covers the dimensional stability, as well as the core materials of the mattress. If you have any issues with these elements, the manufacturer will repair or replace the mattress.
- Guarantee: Full money back guarantee
- Trial Period: 100 day trial period. If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the Emma mattress within that 100 day period, contact the manufacturer and they will refund your money and pick up your mattress for you.
The Emma is a hybrid mattress that combines conical spring coals with durable, high-quality foam layers. This mattress is designed to offer great support and comfort for the average sleeper, and overall, we found that it did just that. We were impressed by the way the memory foam contoured to the body and held its shape, and we were also impressed by the how responsive the support was.
Rating Box and Summary
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Emma Mattress Review
If you fall into any of the following categories, we think that the Emma mattress would be a great pick for you:
- You are looking for a mattress that has medium firmness
- You want a mattress that offers the benefits of memory foam and coils
- You want a mattress that provides pressure relief