5 things I wish I'd known before buying an Emma mattress

Rest easy with everything you need to know before investing in an Emma mattress

5 things I wish I'd known before buying an Emma mattress, wellness tips
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With so many mattress brands all promising ultimate cosiness at the best price, it can be hard to choose the best mattress (opens in new tab) for you. Emma (opens in new tab) is one of T3's favourite brands with a choice of different mattresses at a variety of price points.

After trying out many Emma mattresses, I've learnt a few things about Emma mattresses so before you invest, I wanted to give shoppers a better idea of what to expect from the Emma brand.

Whether you want to know what mattress is best for side sleepers or just the differences between the different Emma offerings, here are the 5 essential things you need to know before buying an Emma mattress.

1. There are three styles of Emma mattress

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First things first: Emma mattresses are not all created equal. There are actually three different price points to choose from. First off is the Emma Original Mattress (opens in new tab) which starts at an RRP of £499, the Emma Hybrid Premium (opens in new tab) which starts at £799, and then the slightly confusingly titled Emma Premium Mattress (opens in new tab) which also starts at £799. The Emma Premium is the newest addition to the range and not included in as many discounts as the other two.

Where the Emma Original is entirely memory foam based, the Emma Hybrid Premium has a layer of metal coils. The Emma Premium though has hundreds of 12.5cm springs that Emma calls 5 Zone CarbonFlex Springs. These tall springs deliver a significantly more solid sleep experience that while still in the medium range, does err on the firmer side of things. If you're not sure what mattress style is for you, check out our guide to memory foam vs springs (opens in new tab).

2. Side sleepers are welcome

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Which leads me to my next point. All three Emma mattresses are suitable for a variety of sleep positions but given that the Emma Original is the softest, it’s definitely one of the best mattresses for side sleepers. (opens in new tab)

The memory foam is ideal for the pressure points created by your hip and shoulder and has the bonus of movement isolation, so you won’t feel it if your sleeping partner is restless or gets into bed a little later. It’s a complex balance to find just the right firmness for side sleepers.

Personally, I found that once I had broken in the Emma Premium, it was equally comfortable for side sleeping but it’s an extra element to take into account. It’s also possible to ask for a free soft or firm topper from Emma so you can rest even easier.

3. Warmth can be an issue

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Despite all kinds of temperature-based promises in their layer breakdowns, all three Emma mattresses aren’t for those who run hot. If you’re a particularly warm sleeper, you might want to go elsewhere as all three retain heat which is ideal if you’re a cold snoozer and need all the heat you can get in winter, but it’s not for everyone.

For temperature regulation you’d definitely be best going for the Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress (opens in new tab) which has inventive tech to keep you cool all night.

4. Unwrapping is easy

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The nice thing about taking delivery of an Emma mattress is just how fast it is to get it out of the box and onto your bed. Emma says it can take a few days to fully inflate but you can sleep on the mattress within two hours of unboxing. All you need to do is unwrap the plastic and unroll. You can even leave it on the bed to inflate and there’s no strange smell that so often comes with a new bed in a box mattress (opens in new tab). I was personally exceptionally impressed by just how easy it all is.

5. Look out for sales

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Finally, just like all the other mattress brands out there, it’s definitely best to wait for a big discount day before investing in an Emma mattress. You won’t even have to wait until Black Friday (opens in new tab) or Amazon Prime Day (opens in new tab)

These big ticket days do tend to guarantee bigger deals but there are always Emma discount codes (opens in new tab) to make sure you can be cosy for a lot less than the RRP. Check out our Emma sales and deals (opens in new tab) page to stay up to date with the current offers.

P.S. If you're interested in another mattress brand, check out 5 things I wish I'd known before buying a Simba mattress (opens in new tab) for more advice.

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in technology, gaming, and entertainment.  She has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland and is the presenter of BBC Radio 3's monthly Sound of Gaming show. She can also regularly be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, and The Evolution of Horror podcast as well as writing for GamesRadar and NME. Louise loves finding ways that tech can make our lives better every day and no, she doesn't have enough smart lighting yet.