Regular readers will know that our kids have been frequent wakers since birth and that I’m now thrilled that they are both pretty much sleeping through the night at 7 and 4. It’s amazing. So amazing I wanted to celebrate with a brand new mattress. I had previously bought a king size Silentnight Miracoil mattress a few years ago I was finding it increasingly uncomfortable to sleep on. I’m a side sleeper and was having hip pain and the mattress was just far too firm for me. We live in a town-house with narrow winding stairs and two floors so I really like ‘box mattresses’ as they are so much easier to get to the top floor where I sleep. A quick google search to see what the best box mattresses are quickly brings you to Emma (affiliate link).
Emma is the UK’s No.1 Most Awarded Mattress
We are big fans of Which? and always check their reviews when making a large purchase. In the UK, Emma share the top position in the Which? mattresses comparison table 2019 but they aren’t only endorsed by Which? they are also considered Best Mattress 2019 by T3, The Independent and i Newspaper as well as being endorsed by Ideal Home and Good Housekeeping for its extraordinary quality. Quite the set of accolades!
The lowdown on an Emma Mattress
The Emma Original is made from ‘next generation Airgocell foam’. It has an ‘advanced 3-layer zone profile’ to improve pressure distribution of the body so you can sleep well in any position. They combine different materials and structures to achieve optimal pressure distribution. The breathable Airgocell foam allows proper ventilation thanks to its open pores. In addition, a cover with climate control fibre provides for a fast moisture removal to ensure a completely pleasant sleeping environment (I bet that would be great for menopausal women or the early postpartum days).
Unboxing the Emma mattress
When you open the Emma mattress it is incredible how fast it springs out into a normal sized mattress. I did leave mine out to air for a few hours though as it had a slight chemical smell about it. I do have a very sensitive sense of smell though. It either went after a few days or I stopped smelling it. Either way, it’s a none issue now.
For those of you who are more visual, we also filmed a YouTube unboxing and review for you to watch where you can see how the mattress expands and our comments on it over time:
100 day risk-free trial
What I love about the Emma mattress is that you get a 100 day risk free trial. If you don’t like it for any reason you simply let them know and they will collect it and refund it all – no charges, no tricks. It is so hard to try a mattress in a shop and know whether you are actually going to like it once you get it home and actually start sleeping on it. This is exactly what led to me buying the Silentnight Miracoil mattress and then needing to change mattresses only a few years later. Emma removes that risk by allowing you to properly try their mattress for a few months and if its not working for you, just get it refunded. You’ve literally nothing to lose.
Emma Mattress comfort topper
I’m a side sleeper and whilst the bed was more comfortable than the Silentnight Miracoil I had previously. It was still a little firm for me. This isn’t the kind of ‘memory foam bed in a box’ type situation where you sink into the bed and then struggle to get back out of it. It’s a firm bed.
Within the 100 day guarantee, if you aren’t 100% satisfied the mattress is right for you there are other things they can try to see if they can improve it for your tastes. They sent me a comfort topper free of charge to make the bed a little softer for me.
It was very simple to add to the mattress you simply need to unzip the top half of the mattress cover (a great function that will make kid accidents way easier in the night even if you don’t go for the mattress protector) and then you lay the new foam layer on top (as pictured below) and then just zip the case back on.
It has made the bed more comfortable for me for sure. Even with the top layer though I would categorise the mattress as firm still. I’ve been sleeping much better in it than I was on the Silentnight Miracoil though. I imagine there will be some softening over time and if it got too soft I’d simply remove that top comfort layer again. So far I’ve been using it for over a month and it’s still firm.
Emma Mattress Protector SmartSleeve
As we have two young children who like to sleep with us on occasion we thought the Emma Mattress Protector SmartSleeve was essential. I’m so pleased that we got it as it’s by far the best mattress protector we’ve ever used, in part because it fits the mattress perfectly so is nice and smooth and easy to take on and off.
Thanks to its special fibres, the Emma SmartSleeve mattress protector shows 89% fewer dust mite allergens than conventional covers. It is therefore perfect for people who suffer from allergies, like my son.
In addition, the Emma SmartSleeve is probiotic (I know right?!). That means there are microorganisms in the material that prevent dampness in the mattress and the likelihood of developing allergies.
It’s waterproof but breathable. Often, the mattress protectors you get that are waterproof have a horrid plastic feel and sound to them but this has none of that.
You can also choose Emma bedding to go with your new mattress. I would thoroughly recommend the fitted sheet. The Emma Mattress is deep and you are going to need deep sheets to fit it properly. My standard sheets don’t go over the bottom of the bed. The Emma fitted sheet fits like a glove, no bunching or creasing or sagging. I’ve never had a sheet fit the bed and stay on so well before. It reminds me of boxer shorts as it has a lovely soft jersey-like feel to the sheet but then the edges have a branded elastic strip around them. It looks very cool and helps position and hold the sheet well.
You can also get matching sateen reversible grey and white duvet covers and pillowcases if you want to go all out and complete the sleep set.
10 year guarantee
One of the criticisms I have heard of the new ‘box type’ mattresses is ‘sure, these feel great now but a couple of years down the line and they’ll be no good’. Well, Emma minimises that risk by providing a 10-year guarantee.
The guarantee covers:
- cracks, dents or damage to the foam, which have arisen despite proper use and proper handling
- production damage to the zipper
If you have any of these issues within the first 10 years then you send Emma a photo of the fault and they will send out a brand new mattress. Terms and conditions do apply.
Emma has a great 0% finance offer where you can pay for your mattress over 1-12 months at 0% interest and no fees. We always take advantage of 0% interest deals where we can.
Discount code for my readers
I have a special discount code for any of my readers who want to try out the Emma Original mattress (affiliate link). The code Winter36 will get you 36% off all Emma products! Use the code, give it a try and if you don’t like it simply use the 100-day risk-free trial to return it, you’ve nothing to lose!
If you do try it, come back and let me know how you got on in the comments.
Disclaimer: This trip was a press trip and some of the experiences were provided free of charge for the purposes of the post (Beadnell Towers, Bamburgh Castle Inn and Bamburgh Castle. This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through an affiliate link you won’t pay any more but I will receive a small fee for referring you. For my full disclosure please see my about page.
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