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Simba was one of the first companies that started the ‘mattress in a box’ trend. However, unlike other mattress startups, they have more than 40 years of experience in the industry. In this Simba Hybrid Original mattress review, I will talk about their first product that started it all.
The Simba Original is a hybrid mattress which means that it combines memory foam and pocket springs to create a versatile mattress. It’s a very interesting approach and I was really keen to try this out! Simba design and manufacture their mattresses here in the UK using high-quality materials. Like any rolled mattress you should give it a few days for the mattress to fully decompress. Mine arrived a month ago which means it’s a good time now to write this review.
What is a Simba Hybrid Original mattress made of?
The Simba Hybrid Original is made of 4 layers plus the sleeping surface. In detail, these are:
- Top Layer: A 5cm Simbatex foam layer which is their signature material. It ensures that the sleeping surface stays cool during sleep.
- Middle Layer: A conical pocket springs layer that is there to provide your body with the needed support. The number of springs can go up to 2,500 and they adjust individually as you sleep.
- Middle Layer: A 2cm memory foam layer which moulds around your body’s shape and provides your body with the needed pressure relief.
- Bottom Layer: A 15cm supportive base layer which holds the whole mattress altogether. It also helps with support.
What is the cover made of?
The cover of the Simba mattress is made of 100% polyester. They chose this material for two main reasons. It’s very breathable and it’s quite strong. The design of the cover allows airflow which helps the mattress to stay cool even during the warmest nights. The cover feels soft and it seems of high-quality. The design is contemporary and I really loved it. If you want to clean it, you can remove it and machine-wash it at 40 degrees. On the sides, they have placed 4 handles which help with moving the mattress. I love when makers add practical features like this one. Overall, it’s a well-made cover that does the job.
How firm is the Simba Hybrid Original mattress?
The Simba Hybrid mattress has a medium-firm feel which is expected from a boxed mattress. If I put this on my virtual scale, I would say it’s a 6.5 with 10 being very firm. This is slightly less firm compared to the Eve mattress. I would like now to talk about the different sleeping positions and how this mattress performed.
Starting from the back position, I felt that the mattress reacted quickly and it felt quite comfortable in this position. The foam layers did a good job of providing my body with adequate support and pressure relief.
Turning to the side position, the conical springs adjusted quickly to my body’s weigh and sinkage increased. This helped with my spine’s form which was aligned properly. The mattress did a good job and overall I felt well supported.
Finally, turning to the stomach position, I felt that the mattress was a bit softer than I would prefer. My hips were not properly supported and I think that other mattresses did a better job in this position. Overall, I think that the Simba Hybrid Original would be best suited to back and side sleepers.
Regarding the edge support, the Edge Lift system they use here does a fantastic job and you will get the same performance across the four corners. If you share your bed with a partner, the motion transfer is minimal due to the use of tiny springs. For a hybrid mattress, this is unusual and Simba did great here.
What type of bed to use with this mattress?
The Simba Hybrid is designed to work on any firm, flat surface. That means that you can put it on your floor, a slatted bed frame or a box spring. This type of surfaces allows the conical pocket springs to work well and efficiently. The maker suggests that you do not use this mattress with an orthopaedic that has multiple movement positions. If you use a slatted frame, make sure that you have as many slats as you can so you can give the mattress the flat surface that it needs to work well. You can buy spare slats from lots of places so don’t worry too much about it.
How will it be delivered?
The Simba Hybrid Original comes with free standard delivery for all sizes. It will be delivered by either AO or UPS. Simba give you the option to choose the weekday that suits you better and delivery usually takes 3-5 days. I got my mattress 3 days after I had placed my order but I live in London. If you want to have your old mattress removed, you can choose this option at checkout and it will cost you an extra £30. This is great as it’s a very useful add-on. The mattress will be delivered to your room of choice and you will receive an email with all the needed information. My delivery was great and I was really happy with their service.
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Does the Simba Hybrid Original come with a trial period?
It’s quite common for boxed mattresses to come with a long trial period. This allows customers to try this mattress and decide later whether they like it or not. Simba, in particular, comes with a 100-night trial period which is the norm these days. If you are not happy with it, you can return it for free and get a full refund. You don’t have to keep the original packaging to be able to do so but don’t forget to recycle it. The mattress also comes with a 10-year guarantee which is another great feature of this mattress. As always, make sure you read the T&C’s carefully so you know what you are getting from the guarantee. Overall, I think that Simba does a really good job here.
How much does it cost?
Simba sell their mattresses directly to their consumers and they don’t use middlemen which means that you get a better value for your money. The mattress is available in 9 sizes so you will probably find the one that suits your needs. The smaller (Single) mattress sells for £549 with the bigger (Super King) going for £949. The table below has pricing information for all available sizes.
|EU Double L||£799|
Is the Simba Hybrid Original mattress any good?
Finishing this Simba Hybrid Original mattress review, I have to answer to this difficult question. After trying this mattress for more than a month, I would say that it would be a good choice for anyone looking for:
- A hybrid mattress that has a medium-firm feel and is built with high-quality materials.
- A mattress that will provide your body with plenty of support that is ideal for back and side sleepers.
- A mattress that is built here in the UK and comes with a 100-night trial period. A risk-free buy!
If you look for all these features, then the Simba Hybrid Original should be high on your list. It might not be the cheapest out there but it’s a mattress from a maker you can trust. I highly recommend it!