EMMA MATTRESS REVIEW
This is our Emma Mattress review (aka. Emma Original Mattress on the website), the German vegan mattress that now sells in over 30 countries on 5 continents, and present in over 4 million homes. From German engineering to local manufacturing, and a design adapted to the preferences of each region, the Emma mattress sounds promising.
We have put it through the Non-Biased sleep tests and are ready to share our thoughts on who we think the Emma Original Mattress is a good mattress for!
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Emma Sleep Company Policies
- Free shipping and returns
- 365-night trial
- 10-year warranty
What's Inside The Emma Mattress
In a nutshell:
- Washable Emma UltraDry cover
- ERGOCELL memory foam
- HALO memory foam
- Emma HRX Supreme foam
- Reinforced edge support
- No fiberglass
In more detail...
Emma UltraDry Cover
The Emma Mattress is designed with most sleepers in mind, including those who get hot at night. Its UltraDry cover is engineered to be extra moisture-wicking, making it easier for your body to remain temperature neutral during the night. The Emma cover helps your body regulate its own temperature, so you sleep comfortably, no matter the weather.
We love that it comes with a zipper and can be fully removed to be washed in the washing machine on warm.
ERGOCELL Memory Foam
The first layer of foam further supports the cool sleeping mission. It is a thin layer of open-cell foam, whose purpose is to channel your excess body heat down into the layer and away from your body, ensuring that you do not overheat on the Emma Mattress.
HALO Memory Foam
The second layer of foam provides further pressure relief. It is a fairly soft foam, which allows the heavier parts of your body to sink in, but also acts as a barrier to motion, to ensure you are never woken up by your partner’s movement.
Emma HRX Supreme Foam
The fourth layer in the Emma Mattress is a thick layer of high-density foam, which purpose is to provide support to your spine, as well as those high-pressure points. It also provides stability and durability to the mattress. Emma’s very own research led to a design that includes 5 cut-outs and over 1,000 supportive points, to ensure your body’s weight is evenly distributed, providing support while reducing pressure in your body.
Reinforced Edge Support
We love mattress with reinforced edges. The Emma Mattress’ perimeter is made of harder foam, which gives a feeling of a wider sleeping area, allowing you to sleep from side to side, and making it easier to get out of bed for those who sit on the side of their bed.
Fiberglass can be a dangerous material, unfortunately found in many mattresses and used as fire retardant. The Emma mattresses are guaranteed free of fiberglasss.
Emma Mattress Sleep Tests
Everything we felt in one box
We ranked the Emma Mattress a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, placing it right around average firmness. This is achieved by two layers of softer pressure-relieving foams, built above a thick layer of high-density foam, providing the firmness your body and spine need to lay aligned.
The Emma Mattress is engineered with hot sleepers in mind. While we wouldn't say that it slept cool, it definitely slept temperature-neutral, as most cool-sleeping mattresses do. The cover and first layer of foam are designed to pull away your excess body heat and wick away your body's moisture, dissipating it down the mattress, ensuring that you neither sleep hot nor cold. The Emma Mattress is a great mattress year-round, no matter the weather or whether you sleep hot or cold. It works with your body to achieve the most comfortable sleep temperature.
The Emma Mattress is very easy to keep clean. With a zipper all around, it is easy to remove the mattress cover for washing. You can throw it in the washing machine on hot (140 F / 60 C) and let it air dry. In case of smaller stains, simply blot with a clean cloth, water, and a mild detergent.
We recommend the Emma Mattress for side-sleepers under 200 lbs (heavier side sleepers might need a little more pressure relief). All back sleepers would do really well on the Emma Mattress. Only light-weight stomach sleepers and those who favor a soft and contouring mattress who fare well on the Emma Mattress. Most stomach sleepers would prefer the firmness of the Emma CliMax Hubrid Mattress.
The Emma Mattress can be installed on any hard base, as well as adjustable bases. As long as your Emma Mattress lays on a platform bed, slats, box spring, or any other firm bed base, including the floor, you will be fine. The recommended base for the Emma Mattress is a slatted base, with slats spread no further than 3 inches.
Soft —————- Firm
Hot —————- Cool
Non-Washable – Washable
Emma Mattress Prices & Discounts
With a global supply chain and all R&D initiatives done in-house, Emma Sleep is able to offer its technologically-advanced mattresses to budget sleepers. Depending on the sale you are able to grab, you may find all Emma Mattress sizes well under the $1,000 mark.
That is incredible value for a mattress made of 10 inches of CertiPUR-US certified foams, that sleeps cool, wide, quiet, and nearly motion-free. Remember that you are getting a whole year of sleep trial in the comfort of your own home, as well as a 10-year warranty!
Price List updated: February 2023 – PRE-DISCOUNTED PRICES
Detailed Emma Mattress Review Conclusion
Emma Sleep is an impressive company that has established itself in markets around the world, offering slightly different mattresses in each country, to meet the demand and expectations of the people they serve. In this review, we sleep tested the Emma Original Mattress, one of currently 2 Emma mattresses on the U.S. market.
We were very impressed with the value offered by Emma. For lack of information on the American website, we spent some time exploring their German website to learn more about the brand and the materials used in their mattresses. Emma Sleep uses only CertiPUR-US certified foams, making the Emma Mattress a safe mattress to bring into your home and to sleep and breathe on. Because of their size and global, they are able to offer a good quality mattress at a very reasonable price.
Let’s take a deeper look at everything we felt while testing the Emma Mattress.
Find all of our Emma Sleep reviews HERE.
Who Is Emma Sleep?
Emma Sleep is a German mattress company, established in 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Still headquartered in Germany, it currently sells mattresses in over 30 countries on 5 continents. It is probably the most widely-available mattress brand around the world, is known as the “European mattress” in the bedding industry, and can be found in over 4 million bedrooms across the planet!
In Germany, Emma Sleep offers 4 mattresses, several toppers, bed furniture, pillows, bed foundations, bed sheets, and many more sleeping and bedding accessories. In the Emma U.S. store, you will find the all-foam Emma Original Mattress and its premium hybrid counterpart, the Emma CliMax Hybrid Mattress, as well as a wide range of bed frames, a pillow and a mattress protector.
With over 200 employees, Emma engineers its mattresses in Germany and in the local markets, with an in-house R&D department that develops foam that work together to provide the sleeping experience they’re working towards. Each international market sells its own version of the Emma mattress – fitting each country’s preferences and size requirements. A few constants across the board, is the use of Certi-PUR US certified foams, a strive for spinal alignment, and a passion to develop proprietary foams that fit the Emma requirements for comfort, health, and a lower price for its sleepers.
What Is Inside The Emma Mattress?
The Emma Mattress is 10 inches of CertiPUR-US certified foams, which certifies that they are engineered without any ozone-depleting chemicals and safe from VOCs, formaldehyde, and phthalates. Emma Sleep also certifies that their mattresses are free of fiberglass, which can be a danger when the mattress cover is damaged and fiberglass flies into the air before being breathed in.
Let’s look at each Emma Mattress layer in more detail.
Emma UltraDry Cover
The Emma UltraDry mattress cover is a polyester blend engineered to be breathable and wick away your body’s moisture. It allows your body to remain cool and dry through the night by thermo-regulating its own temperature, giving you a comfortable night of sleep no matter the ambient temperature.
We love that it comes with a zipper and can be fully removed to be washed on hot (140F / 60C) in the washing machine. You can let it air dry before re-zipping it. This allows for a clean sleeping surface, also minimizing the build up of dust mites, mold, and mildew, making it a safer mattress for those with allergies, asthma, and/or skin conditions.
ERGOCELL Memory Foam
The first layer of foam is made of Emma’s own ERGOCELL memory foam. It is about 2 inches thick and provides the first layer of pressure-relief to your body.
An open-cell foam, it is pierced by millions of tiny air bubbles, which help further draw your body heat from the mattress cover, down into the Emma Mattress’ lower foam layers, furthering the cool sleep properties of the mattress.
HALO Memory Foam
The second foam layer is about an inch thick and provides another layer of pressure relief, though a bit firmer than the ERGOCELL foam, giving your high-pressure areas (hips and shoulders) a total of three inches to find comfort before any pressure is applied.
The HALO memory foam acts as transition foam, gently transitioning your body into the firmer foam below.
Emma HRX Supreme Foam
The bottom layer in the Emma Mattress is 7 inches of firm, high-density foam. This layer is the foundation to the mattress and its purpose is to align your spine and bones in a healthy position. Emma has developed a zoned design, which provides a targeted support to ensure proper bone and spine alignment down the entire body.
It also provides support to the high-pressure areas after they have sunk into the upper foam layers.
How Does The Emma Mattress Sleep?
We rated the Emma Mattress a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. That is average firmness, or just a little softer. If you are someone who enjoys pressure relief with gentle contouring, without sacrificing a firm base that aligns your spine, you will surely enjoy the Emma Original Mattress.
We recommend the Emma Mattress to all back sleepers. Back sleepers will find that they receive the right amount of targeted support down the entire body, and will enjoy a comfortable sink in the first three inches of the mattress, before hitting the more supportive foam. The comfort will be gently cradling and supportive at the same time, making the Emma Mattress a good mattress for back sleepers of all weights.
Most side sleepers under 200 lbs will really enjoy the balance of pressure relief and support. Those 180 lbs and above may find that their hip and shoulder areas are under too much pressure, however. This is going to be a personal preference call, but side sleepers who prefer a slightly firmer mattress will do very well on the Emma Mattress.
Lastly, only light weight stomach sleepers, or those who have a preference for plusher mattresses, should choose the Emma Mattress. We typically recommend mattresses of at least 7.5/10 on the firmness scale to stomach sleepers. We recommend the Emma CliMax Hybrid Mattress for stomach sleepers.
The Emma Mattress is engineered with hot sleepers in mind. The mattress cover is made to wick extra body moisture away and to help your body auto-regulate its own temperature. The first layer of ERGOCELL memory foam is open cell (pierced with millions of air bubbles), allowing your body’s excess heat to travel down the layer and into the lower layers in the mattress, furthering the thermo-regulation properties of the Emma Mattress.
We found the Emma Mattress to sleep very temperature neutral. It is a good option for hot and cold sleepers alike and we did not experience sweating or the feeling of trapped heat, which is often a concern in all-foam mattresses.
With only 3 inches of softer foam, the Emma Mattress did fairly well on the motion transfer test. While it does not isolate all motion, most sleepers would not be disturbed by a partner’s movement at night.
How Do I Care For The Emma Mattress?
The Emma Mattress is very easy to care for. Its UltraDry mattress cover can be fully removed by unzipping it first. Once removed, you can machine wash the cover on warm (140 F / 60 C) and we recommend letting to air dry.
In case of smaller stains, simply blot with a clean cloth, water, and a mild detergent. Never rub a stain, as to not spread it further.
We love seeing mattresses with removable and washable covers. They are especially useful to those suffering from allergies, asthma, and/or skin conditions. Mattresses attracts the development of dust mites, mold, and mildew, especially is wet and warm environments, and being able to thoroughly wash a mattress cover can make a world of difference to someone suffering from those ailments.
Emma Sleep sent us an Emma Original Mattress for testing purposes. This review is not sponsored and all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
No, at this time Emma Sleep only sells its mattresses online. They are shipped in a box but come with a 365-night at-home trial so you know you love it before committing.
The Emma Mattress sold in the U.S. and Canada is made in North America.
Emma Sleep currently offer a hybrid mattress called Emma CliMax Hybrid Mattress. It comes with a thick layer of coils and is little firmer than the Emma Original Mattress.
Yes, Emma offers several bed frames and foundations, as well as a pillow and a mattress protector.
Emma Sleep FAQ
What is the Emma mattress made of?
The Emma mattress is made of CertiPUR-US certified foams, engineered in Germany to provide heat relief, pressure relief, and a good dose of support for proper spinal alignment.
Is the Emma mattress comfortable?
The Emma Mattress is most comfortable for back sleepers, as well as side sleepers under 200 lbs. Stomach sleepers who prefer plush mattresses may also enjoy the Emma Mattress if lighter weight.
What are the different sizes available for the Emma mattress?
The Emma Mattress is available in all U.S. sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
How firm is the Emma mattress?
We rated the Emma Mattress a 6/10 on the firmness scale, which is just a tiny bit softer than the average mattress.