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Emma Mattress Review

Updated May 2024
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Summary

  • The Emma Original is a 10-inch, three-layer memory foam mattress.
  • This is a medium-firm mattress with a firmness rating of 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
  • Given its medium-firm feel, the Emma aims to accommodate various sleeping positions across all body shapes.
  • Its construction features a moisture-wicking cover and breathable comfort layer, making it a good candidate for people who sleep hot at night.
  • The Emma Original mattress cover is removable and washable in the machine.
  • As a bed-in-a-box mattress, the Emma Original will be shipped to your door rolled and packed in a box.
  • The Emma Original mattress has a 365-night trial followed by a 10-year warranty.
  • This original Emma mattress review will break down its construction and firmness to help you understand whether it’s the best mattress for your sleep needs.

Firmness & Feel

Emma says their original memory foam mattress is a medium-firm mattress- and we think they are right. Thanks to the two layers of memory foam at the top, this mattress lets you sink at first before pushing you back gently.

On the 10-point mattress firmness scale, where 10 is firmest, we’d place the Emma Original mattress at 6. In general, if you have an average body type, the Emma mattress hugs you just enough to relieve pressure but doesn’t mold too much around you. 

But keep in mind that mattress firmness is relative. While most lightweight and average-weight individuals are likely to appreciate it, people with larger bodies may find it too soft.

Performance

Construction & Design

Cover The Emma Original mattress is fitted with this manufacturer’s UltraDry Original Cover. This cover is designed with temperature management in mind, so it’s moisture-wicking and breathable. The polyester and elastane blend fabric is soft to the touch, stretchy and durable. This cover is removable and machine washable, making keeping it clean easy. 
Comfort Layer The comfort zone is a layer of foam that Emma calls Cool Point Elastic Airgocell. Relatively new technology in the mattress industry, Airgocell behaves like gel-infused memory foam. This foam will respond to your body heat and weight to adapt to your body shape. Its temperature regulation properties also mean that heat retention won’t be a major issue, as it’s the case with most all-foam mattresses. 
Support Layer The middle layer is a 3-zoned layer of Halo memory foam. This multipurpose layer is meant to offer more contouring to complement the pressure-relieving properties of the comfort layer. Its zoned design delivers targeted spinal support to promote good sleep posture and better sleep. This transition layer also functions as a buffer to cushion you from the firm support core. 
Base Layer Most all-foam mattresses use polyurethane foam as the standard material for the support layer. But the Emma mattress takes a different route and employs the High Resiliency Extra (HRX) Supreme foam. This new type of foam is lauded for its excellent resiliency (ability to bounce back up). Also, compared to PU and other types of foam, this foam seems more durable, meaning it’s able to hold firm and prevent sagging for years.

Sleeping Positions

Back Sleepers

When it comes to back sleeping, it’s necessary to go for a mattress that supports the spine’s natural alignment. The mattress needs to have a good balance of contouring and support to ensure that the hip area doesn’t sink too far into the mattress. 

Because the Emma Original mattress has two memory foam layers, one of which is zoned, we expect most back sleepers to find it adequately supportive. However, we think only back sleepers weighing 230 pounds and below will enjoy this mattress. 

Side Sleepers

If you sleep on your side, you know you need a mattress that’s friendly to your pressure points (ankle, knee, hip and shoulder). With its twin memory foam layers and medium-firm feel, the Emma Original mattress is a fantastic choice for side sleepers. We expect side sleepers weighing up to 230 lbs to experience good support and pressure relief from the Emma Original mattress. Heavier side sleepers who enjoy sleeping on a soft bed may love it, but they are likely to sink excessively around the shoulders and hips. 

Stomach Sleepers 

The Emma Original mattress has a firmer reinforcement around the center. This design will most likely favor stomach sleepers because most of their weight is in the middle of their body. However, we think the Emma memory foam mattress is best suited to stomach sleepers below 200 lbs when it comes down to weight. If you weigh more than this, your midsection may dig deep into the mattress increasing the risk of misaligning the spine.

Value for your Money

You’re probably wondering what we think: is the Emma mattress any good? Yes. In our opinion, the Emma mattress is a good bet if you’re looking for a great memory foam mattress at an affordable price tag.

It’s not 100% perfect. For instance, it lacks edge support and may not be the best mattress for folks who sleep super hot. But compared to others in its price range, the Emma original mattress is surprisingly comfortable and supportive. The fact that it can accommodate all sleeping styles and absorb motion makes it a particularly fantastic choice for couples. Its temperature-regulating properties and removable cover may be of great value for some buyers.

Our Mattress Verdict

The Emma Original is a popular award-winning mattress currently available in several countries, including Canada, the USA, Germany, the Philippines, New Zealand and the UK. This mattress is designed and manufactured in Germany and shipped to the buyer’s doorstep, rolled and packed in a box. After unpacking, the Emma mattress takes 2-6 hours to expand. However, like other all-foam mattresses, the Emma Original mattress may take up to 48 hours to inflate to its full size and for the new mattress smell to dissipate. Its medium-firm feel makes it a bed that most people will appreciate regardless of their sleeping position and body shape. Top off its temperature-regulating properties with its competitive pricing, and you get one of the best memory foam mattresses you can buy today.

Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fantastic motion isolation
  • Removable cover is a big plus
Cons
  • Lacks edge support

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