Emma is a well-known mattress brand and it’s definitely one of my favourite ones. They entered the British market a few years ago with their hybrid mattress but they decided to develop a foam version too. In this Emma Original mattress review, I will share with you my thoughts on their latest product.
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I was really keen to try this out and it finally came last week. It arrived in a black carton box and it was delivered by UPS. They design their mattresses in Germany but they are built here in the UK. Just like most boxed mattresses, you will get a bad odour at the beginning but you shouldn’t worry as this will wear off completely in 2-3 days. It’s time now to move to the full review below.
My colleague Panos helped me to create the video review below:
What is an Emma Original mattress made of?
The Emma Original features a total of 3 foam layers plus the cover.
- Top Layer: An Airgocell foam layer that allows airflow and keeps the sleeping surface cool during the night. This is the best material I have seen in a mattress and it’s great to see it’s used here.
- Middle Layer: A memory foam layer that ensures that pressure relief and spine support are distributed properly.
- Bottom Layer: A supportive cold foam layer that provides your lower back and shoulders with the needed support. It also works as the base of this mattress.
In the picture below you can have a better understanding of how the different layers are positioned.
What is the cover made of?
The cover of the Emma Original is one of the best I have seen. They use climate fibres and pores to make it breathable and I must admit, it works very well. The recent heatwave in London allowed me to put this to the test and it performed great. The cover is made of 99% polyester and 1% elastane. The latter makes it quite elastic which is important as a good cover needs to stay in place. The sleeping surface feels soft but at the same time, it seems very durable.
The design of this cover features a white top part with a grey side and bottom part. Anti-slip elements are applied to the bottom part that helps the mattress stay in place. Moreover, they have added handles on the sides which are helpful if you want to move this mattress. The cover is removable and you can machine wash it at 40 degrees. This is great as I like to keep my mattress clean and fresh. Overall, I think that Emma did a fantastic job here and it’s definitely one of the best covers I have seen.
How firm is the Emma Original mattress?
The Emma Original has a medium-firm feel and it’s designed to suit the average sleeper. If I use my virtual scale, it would be a 6 with 10 being really firm. Personally, I found it slightly softer than the average boxed mattress. It’s time now to talk about the different sleeping positions and how this mattress performed.
Starting from the back position, the mattress felt really comfortable and I immediately felt the memory foam ‘hugging’ my body. It was really positive to see such a quick adaptation to my body. My hips and shoulders were supported and I felt that my spine was aligned correctly.
Turning to the side position, the mattress adapted again very quickly. The combination of Airgocell foam and memory foam worked really well. Sinkage increased to allow my shoulders and hips to get to the right position. The medium feel adds comfort but the impressive thing is that the mattress manages to provide the body with the needed support and pressure relief.
Finally, moving to the stomach position, my hips and shoulders were well-supported and in the right position. However, I felt that if the Emma Original was a bit firmer it would suit me better. Nothing wrong here, it’s more my taste and what I prefer. My girlfriend really loved the fact that this mattress is slightly softer compared to the others I have reviewed here. Overall, I think that Emma did a fantastic job with their Original mattress and it was really hard to find a position that didn’t work well.
The edge support of this mattress is not bad for a foam-only construction and you will get good performance across the sleeping surface. If you share your bed with a partner then this is a great option. Motion isolation is minimal so you won’t feel the annoying partner disturbance. Overall, it’s a very well-made mattress that works well in all sleeping positions.
What type of bed to use with this mattress?
You can put the Emma Original mattress on any flat surface. That means that you can use a slatted frame, a box frame or even your floor. Any choice will work equally well. Of course, make sure the surface you use is clean and dry. The mattress comes in many sizes, including some EU ones so you will definitely find the one that will fit your old base. I used my IKEA bed frame and it worked well.
How will it be delivered?
As I have already mentioned, the Emma Original is a rolled mattress. It will be delivered directly to your door in a carton box. They offer free delivery for all sizes but that’s only for weekdays. If you want a Saturday delivery this will cost you an extra £35. They also offer a mattress removal service if you want to get rid of your old mattress which costs £35. Your old mattress will be picked up by a third-party company only after your new Emma mattress is delivered. This is great, as it’s quite difficult to remove an old mattress.
Delivery took only 2 days for me and my mattress came with UPS. The couriers were really helpful and polite. The box is not too heavy so you might be able to transfer it by yourself. However, I suggest you have a second person there to help you, especially if you order one of the bigger sizes. Overall, they do really well here, so no complaints at all.
Does the Emma Original come with a trial period?
The Emma Original comes with a 200-night trial period which allows you to try the mattress before you decide to keep it. If you are not happy with it, you can return it and get a full refund. In this case, all you have to do is just talk to their customer service department and they will arrange everything for you.
The mattress also comes with a 10-year guarantee which means that you are covered for a long time. This is great to see and takes away all the stress of buying a mattress online. All the returned mattresses are donated to charity organisations. Emma works closely with two, in particular, Debra and the British Heart Foundation. Overall, their service is great and I love that they also give back to the community.
How much does it cost?
The Emma Original is available in 8 sizes so you will definitely find the one that suits your needs. The smallest size (Single) sells for £499 with the bigger one (Super King Size) going for £999. Before you buy any mattress, always check my voucher codes page for big savings.
|Single||90 x 190 x 25cm||£499|
|EU Single||90 x 200 x 25cm||£599|
|Small Double||120 x 190 x 25cm||£699|
|Double||135 x 190 x 25cm||£759|
|EU Double||140 x 200 x 25cm||£799|
|King||150 x 200 x 25cm||£849|
|EU Queen||160 x 200 x 25cm||£969|
|Super King||180 x 200 x 25cm||£999|
Is the Emma Original mattress any good?
After finishing this Emma Original mattress review, it’s a good time now to share my final thoughts with you. Emma managed to build a mattress that offers high levels of comfort and support. It’s a great choice for everyone looking for:
- A memory foam mattress that is designed for all sleeping positions.
- A mattress with a medium-firm feel that has an excellent cooling system.
- A mattress designed with practicality in mind that comes with excellent service and support.
- A fairly priced mattress built here in the UK with high-quality materials.
The Emma Original really impressed me. It’s obvious they took all the knowledge and experience from their first mattress to build an excellent memory foam mattress. I highly recommend it.