emma original mattress review

Emma Original Mattress Review

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Emma is a quite popular brand in Europe and they became quickly successful here in the UK. In this Emma Original mattress review, I will talk about their best seller and whether it’s worth your money.

The Emma Original follows a different design approach when compared to the Emma Hybrid and it’s a foam-only mattress. That means that you won’t find any springs in this version. It’s a rolled mattress so you should expect it packed inside a carton box. Mine arrived almost three weeks ago so it’s a good time to write this review.

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Materials & Construction

The Emma Original has a straightforward construction and is made of a total of 3 layers. These are:

  • An Airgocell foam layer which is their signature material. It’s breathable and allows airflow during sleep. It also provides some pressure relief.
  • A memory foam layer that can provide your body with the needed support and pressure relief. It also adds comfort and ensures that the spine stays well-aligned.
  • An HRX foam layer that is the base of the mattress. It’s also designed to provide your hips and shoulders with extra support.

The image below shows the position of each layer. The Emma Original mattress measures 25cm in height so you should expect a medium profile.

emma original mattress layers


The cover of the Emma original is a really nice one. It has a number of features that I personally seek. They use pores and climate fibres to ensure that the mattress remains cool during sleep. The cover is made of 2 materials, 99% polyester and 1% elastane. The latter is very useful as it allows the cover to fit properly to the mattress. The cover also features handles on the sides that allow you to move it with ease.

At the bottom of the mattress, Emma has applied some anti-slip elements which help the mattress stay in place. This is very practical and useful and I really liked the fact there is so much thinking behind the design. The cover is removable and you can machine wash it at low temperature. That means you can keep your cover clean and fresh with minimal effort. Overall, I think this is one of the best covers I have seen!

emma original mattress cover

Comfort & Support

I want to continue writing this Emma Original mattress review and talk about its firmness. This mattress comes with a medium-firm feel that will suit most people’s needs. If I use my virtual scale, I would say it’s a 6 with 10 being really firm. That puts it on the softer side of things so it’s great for comfort seekers. It’s time to talk now about my experience with it in the past weeks.

goodness scale 6

Starting from the back position, the memory foam layer immediately hugged my shoulders and hips and I felt very comfortable. At the same time, the mattress provided me with the needed support and my spine alignment was the correct one. I also noticed that the foam layers adapted quickly and that was impressive.

Turning to the side position, sinkage increased to allow my hips to get to the right position. I felt both comfortable and supported and my spine was aligned properly. The fact that Emma Original is slightly softer than other medium-firm mattresses makes it more comfortable for this position.

Finally, turning to the stomach position, I felt that the mattress was slightly softer than I would have liked. In general, I prefer firmer mattresses for this position so I found the Emma Original to be just ok here. It wasn’t bad but I would prefer a bit more support in the hips area. That means that stomach sleepers should probably look elsewhere.

The edge support of the Emma Original is quite good and overall it is a sturdy construction. Moreover, thanks to the lack of springs, motion transfer is minimal which means that this is a good choice for couples. Of course, it’s not as bouncy as the Hybrid one but this is normal for all foam mattresses. Overall, I think this is a really good mattress for back and side sleepers and an ok one for stomach sleepers.


I have already mentioned that the Emma Original is a rolled mattress. It is shipped in a carton box and it’s delivered directly to your door. Mine arrived with UPS and the delivery experience was great. Emma offers a free delivery service for all sizes so you won’t have to pay anything.

Deliveries take between 1-3 working days which is quite fast. Mine arrived 2 days after I placed my order on their website. The mattress is available in 8 sizes, including some EU ones and that is great, especially for those having an IKEA bed frame. Overall, the service was good so no complaints at all.

emma original mattress

Trial period & Guarantee

The Emma Original comes with a 10-year guarantee which is pretty much the rule for all boxed mattresses these days. This is great to see as you know that you will be covered for a long time. Additionally, you will also get a 200-night trial period which allows you to try the mattress and decide whether you want to keep it or not. If you are not happy with it, you can return it for free and get a full refund. The return process is a simple one and all you have to do is contact them and arrange a collection. I need to mention here that you don’t have to keep the original packaging to return your mattress.

All returned mattresses are offered to charities which is great to see! In particular, Emma works closely with the British Heart Foundation and Debra. Overall, Emma offers a really good service here which of course is in line with the competition. However, it is great to see that they work with charities and they care about the local community.

Emma Original Mattress Review – The Verdict

It’s time to complete this Emma Original mattress review and share my final thoughts with you. Emma managed to produce another great mattress here and overall I really liked it. The Airgocell technology is definitely one of my favourite ones and it’s a mattress that will serve you well both in the summer and the winter.

It’s a slightly softer medium-firm mattress that is excellent for back and side sleepers. If you are a stomach sleeper though there are better options out there. The Emma Original is also good for couples who want minimal motion transfer and a peaceful sleep. Finally, it comes with a great service that is one of the best in the market. If you are looking for all these then the Emma Original could be a good option for you.

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Emma Original Mattress Review
Very comfortable
Excellent mattress cover
Great service and guarantee
Can be soft for some sleepers