Emma Mattress Review
An affordable memory foam mattress designed to meet the needs of most types of sleepers.
A great choice for: Anyone looking for a high-quality memory foam mattress with a medium-firm feel and sleeps cool.
Avoid if: You are not a fan of memory foam mattresses. Also, not the best mattress for heavy sleepers weighing over 230lbs.
The Emma mattress combines a breathable open-cell foam, memory foam, and support polyfoam to provide a comfortable sleeping experience.
It sleeps cooler than many foam mattresses, has adequate pressure relief for most sleepers, and offers plenty of support.
The Emma mattress costs slightly more than similar memory foam mattresses but still lies in an affordable price range. And given how well designed and constructed it is and that it comes with a 10-year warranty to guarantee longevity, its price can be easily justified.
What’s In This Mattress Review?
Table of Contents
- What’s In This Mattress Review?
- About Emma Mattress
- Social Impact
- Delivery and Unboxing
- Mattress Construction
- Sleeping Experience
- Pressure Relief
- Hot/Cold Issues
- Motion Transfer
- Trial & Returns
- Emma Mattress Pros and Cons
- The Emma Mattress Is Perfect For You If…
- Where To Buy?
In this mattress review, we take a detailed look at the Emma mattress. We examine how it’s constructed and what that means for a user’s sleeping experience, especially when it comes to support, pressure relief, and cooling.
About Emma Mattress
Unlike most online mattresses that are sold only in the United States, Emma mattress is an international product. It’s sold in 26 countries.
The manufacturer, Emma Matratzen, is based in Frankfurt, Germany. The company has been around since 2015.
In the United States, Emma sells two mattresses – the Emma original memory foam mattress and the Emma ACT Hybrid mattress. They also sell a foam pillow and a mattress protector.
Currently, Emma is offering a 10% discount to frontline workers during the Covid19 Pandemic. This includes health, warehouse, transportation, and grocery store workers, as well as first responders.
They also offer a 10% military discount.
As we mentioned, the Emma mattress is a bit pricier than comparable memory foam mattresses like the Nectar mattress. But it still falls within an affordable range. It’s undoubtedly cheaper than hybrid and latex mattresses.
Here are the current prices. Visit the official website for the latest prices and offers.
Twin – $649
Twin XL – $699
Full – $899
Queen – $1,099
King – $1,299
Cal King – $1,299
Note that Emma mattress offers financing through Affirm. If you qualify, you can pay for your new mattress in easy installments.
Emma offers free shipping throughout the continental United States. The Emma mattress is vacuum-sealed in a compact box and delivered via UPS or FedEx.
Delivery and Unboxing
Once your new Emma mattress has left the warehouse, it’ll arrive at your home in 3-10 working days, depending on your location.
At the moment, Emma only offers contactless delivery up to your front door. They do not have in-home delivery or setup.
But because the Emma mattress comes in a box, it’s easy to carry it inside and set it up. The mattress is not too heavy (a Queen size weighs about 60 pounds), so 1 or 2 people can handle it.
Once you unbox the mattress and lay it on the bed, give it a few hours to off-gas and expand.
You can set up the Emma mattress on any foundation or platform, whether it’s a slatted platform, a box spring, or even on the floor. The most important thing is to make sure it has plenty of support from underneath.
The Emma mattress has a beautiful two-tone design, with a white top and grey bottom. The top cover has a textured finish that adds a nice touch to the mattress (though we think tufted mattress covers look more luxurious).
At 10” thick, the Emma mattress is not among the thickest in the market. If you love the chunky look of tall mattresses, this is not it.
The Emma mattress has a couple of innovative features that significantly improve comfort.
The first is the Airgocell® foam used in the top layer. This is a highly open-celled type of foam that contains up to 50% air.
This makes it breathable. It also adapts to your temperature needs, cooling you when it’s hot and insulating you when it’s chilly.
The gel-like foam also feels ultra-soft and easily contours your body to relieve pressure and align your spine.
The other notable features are in the base layer. The bottom layer has an egg-crate like surface that further improves breathability and cooling.
It also contains perforations at the top and middle of the mattress to provide targeted support and pressure relief to your shoulders and back.
The Emma mattress cover is made from polyester and a bit of elastane to make it stretchy. The cover is not as breathable as cotton or bamboo, but it feels cool enough for most people.
The Emma mattress has a simple 3-layer construction.
1.5” Airgocell® foam
The top layer provides both cooling (thanks to its open cell construction) and pressure-point relief.
2” Memory foam
A transition layer of memory foam provides deeper contouring. It allows the mattress to mold to your body, providing spinal alignment and pressure relief no matter your sleeping position.
A high-density layer of poly foam provides compression support, ensuring you don't bottom out in the mattress.
For improved support to your shoulders and back, the base layer has perforations at the top and near the middle of the mattress.
The Emma mattress has a classic memory foam feel – it hugs your body without being too soft and mushy.
With its medium-firm feel, it’s comfortable for most types of sleepers.
We are going to look at five specific areas of sleeping experience: firmness, pressure relief, support, cooling, and motion transfer.
The Emma mattress has a medium-firm feel – about 6-7 out of 10 on a firmness scale, 10 being the firmest.
It’s comfortable for a wide range of sleepers, including back, stomach, and side sleepers weighing 230 lbs and under.
Back sleepers will appreciate the mix of firm support and a soft hug, while lighter stomach sleepers will find the Emma mattress to be firm enough to keep their spine aligned.
For side sleeping, the Emma mattress is only ideal for average-weight side sleepers (130lbs to 230lbs). You’ll be able to sink into the mattress enough to feel it mold around your shoulder and hip.
Note that Emma offers only one firmness option. If you want to make the Emma mattress firmer or softer, consider getting a mattress topper.
Memory foam mattresses typically have very good pressure relief, and the Emma mattress is not an exception.
The top open-cell foam layer and the transition memory foam layer easily contour around your shoulders, back, and other pressure points to ensure a good sleeping experience.
The Emma mattress is especially good for side sleepers, and people with back pain and other aches. The mattress supports you without causing any pressure or pain.
The Emma mattress has enough support for light and average-weight sleepers – anyone weighing less than 230lbs.
The mattress has higher than average sinkage because of the two plush layers on top, but the 8” high-density base keeps you from bottoming out.
Because of its all-foam construction and 10” thickness, we do not recommend it for heavier sleepers. A thicker mattress with a latex or hybrid construction will be more supportive.
The all-foam construction also reduces edge support in the Emma mattress. If you tend to sleep near the edge of the mattress, this one won’t feel comfortable.
The Emma mattress sleeps cooler than many memory foam mattresses. It’s not quite as cool as a latex or hybrid mattress, but most people, including mild hot sleepers, will find it comfortable.
The polyester cover is breathable, and the top open-cell layer ensures heat quickly dissipates away from the mattress.
Memory foam, which is notorious for trapping heat, is hidden away in the second layer, so it doesn’t cause overheating.
The bottom layer also helps with temperature regulation. Its egg crate-like surface improves airflow, which prevents heat build up deep in the mattress.
That said, some hot sleepers and people with night sweats may want to opt for a cooler mattress. If you really want the Emma mattress, you may need to buy a cooling topper/pad or a bed cooling system.
Foam mattresses have almost zero motion transfer. The foam layers of the Emma mattress absorb any disturbance created when you turn or move.
It’s an excellent mattress for couples where one or both partners move a lot at night.
Similar to other foam mattresses, the Emma mattress has very little responsiveness. Foam, and especially memory foam, recovers slowly when compressed, so it doesn't have any bounce.
That makes the Emma mattress less than ideal for sex. The lack of edge support can also be an issue.
On the upside, foam is silent. As long as the foundation or platform is also silent, you don't have to worry about awkward creaking noises.
The Emma mattress will have a bit of a smell when it’s new – this is the case for most foam mattresses. But it goes away in a few hours or a couple of days.
Trial & Returns
Emma offers a 100-night in-home trial. After sleeping on the mattress for at least 30 nights, you can return it for free if you don't like it.
If you decide to keep the mattress, Emma offers a 10-year warranty. You can read all the warranty Ts and Cs on Emma’s official website.
Emma Mattress Pros and Cons
- One of the most comfortable memory foam mattresses – good support and pressure relief.
- Meets the needs of most sleepers.
- No motion transfer.
- Sleeps cooler than most foam mattresses.
- Not suitable for sleepers weighing over 230lbs.
- Not good for sex.
The Emma Mattress Is Perfect For You If…
- You are looking for a memory foam mattress with a nice balance of firm support and soft contouring.
- You want a memory foam mattress that sleeps cool.
- You or your partner moves a lot while in bed.
Though simple in design, the Emma mattress is one of the most comfortable foam mattresses available in the market. It’s also on one of the few mattresses that’s comfortable for most different kinds of sleepers and sleeping positions.
Where To Buy?
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