Emma Mattress Review
In this Emma mattress review we take a look at this 12″ all foam mattress that features a combination of different foams to create a balanced feel and that is supposed to provide the perfect amount of comfort and support necessary for a better and healthier night’s sleep.
The Emma mattress company, founded in Frankfurt, Germany, has been designing and manufacturing mattresses since 2015. It has managed to expand to 17 countries on 3 continents winning many awards for best mattress and it has been named as the fastest growing start-up in Germany and Europe. Emma mattress is now available for purchase in the US, which we review here.
The company has created a mattress that is designed to provide optimal spinal alignment through its patented technology. It is supposed to provide you with the perfect balance of comfort and support you need for a pain-free and healthy night’s sleep regardless of the position in which you choose to sleep. Whether it does, remains to be seen.
This in-depth review of the Emma mattress evaluates all of the criteria we use to determine what constitutes a good mattress, which includes firmness / support, comfort, sleeping hot, and other features as outlined below.
In this review we will share our UPDATED impressions of the Emma mattress based on our experience sleeping on this all foam mattress the last few months and explain why it may (or may NOT) benot be the right pick for you. (Review updated)
Construction and Materials
The Emma mattress is a 12″ all foam mattress made up of 3 layers of various types of foam:
- 1.5″ Adaptive Airgocell Foam Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of breathable and adaptable Airgocell foam that quickly responds to pressure and has an open cell structure which dissipates excessive body heat and helps keep things cool throughout the night by allowing the air to circulate freely through the mattress.
- 2″ Pressure Relieving Visco-Elastic Memory Foam Layer – This layer is 2″ of adaptive memory foam which provides the right amount of support and pressure relief necessary for proper spinal alignment and a comfortable sleep. This layer has a somewhat slower response to pressure which means that it will allow you to sink into the mattress to a certain degree to cradle your body and make you feel cushioned.
- 8″ Supportive Base Layer – This layer is 8″ of high-density supportive base foam which acts as a solid and durable foundation for the layers above and boosts the overall support of this mattress. It features innovative German Cut-out Technology which helps keep your spine properly aligned by allowing the mattress to adapt to your body while providing support to those areas of your body where it is needed most
The 1/2″ cover of the Emma mattress combines a premium design with climate regulating fibers which is supposed to allow the mattress to breathe, prevent the build-up of heat and help regulate humidity throughout the mattress.
The cover is elastic and allows the mattress to adapt perfectly to your body. It can also be removed by using a zipper that goes all the way around the mattress and washed in machine if it gets dirty.
The grey part of the cover of the Emma mattress features a 3D-mesh which is supposed to promote greater airflow through the mattress – but as you will see below, did not accomplish that as much as expected. It also gives it a stylish look and has non-slip elements and durable handles.
All in all the cover of this mattress is soft, flexible and durable with a nice pattern that is smooth and pleasant to the touch and that contributes to the overall look and feel of this mattress.
Firmness & Support
The Emma mattress is a universal comfort model, which means that it is designed to appeal to a wide range of sleepers with different sleep preferences. We personally felt it to be around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the firmest), so it is more of a medium-firm mattress.
The top comfort layer of the Emma combined with the memory foam layer below is supposed to provide you with a cradling, pressure relieving feel while the base support layer underneath provides you with the firmer support base necessary to keep your spine properly aligned.
The various special foams used in its construction are supposed to work together to create a pressure relieving surface that evenly distributes your weight across the bed and that is soft enough to cradle your body in any sleeping position while also having the firmness necessary to keep you from sinking too much into the mattress.
While initially this seemed to be the case, over time (like 2-3 months), these layers seemed to degrade significantly and lose the support we initially liked from this mattress and caused us a lot of discomfort.
With many mattresses, since I’m a heavier sleeper (230lbs), I tend to press through the top comfort layers and feel more of the support and base layers beneath which are often harder and not as comfortable. This was the same with the Emma.
Special channels that go through the base layer allow the mattress to adapt to your body better and provide the support to those areas of your body where it is needed most, but really seemed to be more of a marketing feature than an actual design element that worked in our case.
Both Kaye and I felt that the Emma initially did a decent job of providing excellent support in all sleeping positions, but after sleeping on it for a few months, felt much less so.
Since Kaye and myself are primarily side sleepers, we like mattresses that provide enough give in the top comfort layer to support our shoulders and hips, while also having the firmness if we switch to our stomachs and backs. The Emma unfortunately caused us some hip and shoulder pain after a few months of sleeping on it.
The Emma started out feeling comfortable with its 12″ thickness and various high-quality foam layers which mold and hug your body to provide a comfortable sleeping surface while also having enough firmness to provide you with the right amount of support and keep your spine properly aligned.
Over time, however, this comfort seemed to erode as we slept on the mattress, and caused us both lower back and some hip pain after a few months. Something to take into consideration given the sleep trial is 100 days!
The top comfort layer made of Airgocell foam and the memory foam layer beneath it are designed to both conform to your body, provide a pressure relieving, comfortable and cool sleeping surface, and to offer enough responsiveness and bounce.
While the Airgocell layer combined with the stretchy cover works to provide a nice amount of bounce and responsiveness needed to switch positions during the night without causing too much motion transfer, it actually does cause more movement and motion than desired for a couple sharing a mattress.
The three layers of various special foams combine together in this mattress to provide excellent pressure relief, good temperature regulation and responsiveness without causing the feeling of “sinking into a hole” or being stuck in foam typical of most all foam mattresses.
The Emma mattress is a great choice if you are looking for a mattress that will be comfortable regardless of the position you choose to sleep in.
This bed offers a perfect balance of comfort and support and is designed to suit all types of sleepers and all their specific needs and sleep preferences and provide them with both great comfort and support necessary for a healthy, painless and restful night’s sleep.
This mattress initially slept cool due to the breathable Airgocell foam whose open cell structure is supposed to allow greater airflow through the mattress. While in the beginning this seemed to be true, over the time we tested the Emma it seemed to get hotter and hotter with the increase in temperature of our room and house in general. Something that won’t work for us living in a hot climate like Texas.
The design of the cover on the Emma mattress is supposed to aid in cooling. Being constructed with climate regulating fibers, it is desgned to allow the mattress to breathe, prevent the build-up of heat and help regulate humidity, while the 3D-mesh on the grey part of its design promotes breathability even further. In reality, however, all these features still did not prevent the sticky hot feel that memory foam mattresses tend to feel like.
The Emma mattress does a mediocre job of sleeping cool after sleeping on it a few months, and this is a big deal for us as a couple living in Texas.
The design of this bed did not prevent the build-up of heat and sweating during the night or eliminat that sticky feeling that is often present with many all foam mattresses and this was something we really were hoping for but that we were let down on during the recent months.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
The Emma mattress initially did a good job with minimizing sinkage, especially when compared to most other all foam mattresses we have reviewed, but once it broke in after a few months, got worse.
As we always preach, (and yes, if you read our reviews you may hear this a lot!), sinkage and motion transfer are largely weight dependent. The fact that I weigh around 230lbs tends to have a rather large bearing on the degree of sinkage I experience when sitting and lying on a mattress.
Kaye, who is half my weight, experiences much less sinkage than I do usually, as this is to be expected due to her lighter weight and with some mattresses we often have issues because of the difference in our weight (and many couples with a similar weight differential may also experience this problem.)
I often tend to compress many mattresses quite a bit under my weight and come to rest on their firmer support and base layers which are often hard and not so comfortable.
Initially this didn’t seem to be the case with the Emma mattress. I did compress the top comfort layers to a certain degree, but the elasticity of the cover, the bouncy and responsive nature of the Airgocell foam, and the firmer base layer prevented me from sinking all the way down through the mattress and reaching the foundation of our bed.
However, over the last few months, the mattress seemed to break down and caused my heavier weight to cause an indention in the bed and make Kaye “roll into me” much more than expected, and causing us problems during the night.
Edge support wan’t that great in the end with this mattress as well. The foam used in the base of this mattress, combined with the bouncy and responsive Airgocell foam and the stretchy and durable cover, eventually caused excessive sinkage and a loss of support at the edges of the bed and uneven support throughout the entire mattress, including the edges.
I compressed the mattress quite a bit when sitting on the edge and experienced the “rolling off” the edge sensation andrhaving them compressed under my weight when sleeping near them, as I attempted to stop Kaye from rolling into me in the middle of the bed.
Over time, there was a significant amount of motion transfer with this mattress. The various foams used in its construction absorbed our movements not as well as they did initially and promoted excessive motion transfer to a significant degree. Thus, we felt much more disruption and shaking of the mattress when we changed positions or got in and out of the bed during the night (which is a big minus, given it often causes late-night arguments!) 🙂
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Emma mattress also gets average marks for having a noticeable smell upon opening the box. It gave off some smell due to the nature of its packaging (it comes tightly compressed and packed in a plastic package), and this is entirely normal for an all-foam mattress that ships in a box.
Compared to many all foam mattresses which we receive and test, the Emma has a little more than average off-gassing and the smell you notice takes a little while to dissipate after opening the mattress.
Emma offers pretty much the standard services that you can expect from most bed-in-a-box online mattress companies these days, and this includes the following:
- 100-Night Trial Period
- 10-Year Warranty
- Free Shipping
- 100% money back guarantee for Returns / Refunds
The Emma is reasonably priced, coming in at $999 for a Queen, which is a decent price given the materials used in the construction of this mattress and its design. Given some of the issue we had over time right close to the sleep trial, this isn’t the greatest price, even with their aggressive discounting.
The Emma mattress is an average medium firm all foam mattress capable of meeting some sleeper’s needs and sleep preferences. It combines three layers of various foams and a stretchy cover to create a foam mattress that is designed to be pressure relieving and supportive sleeping surface suitable for all types of sleepers and all sleeping styles.
This mattress provides the classic memory foam feel of body hug and contouring while the responsive Airgocell foam layer above combined with the firmer base that they designed to prevent you from sinking too much into a mattress and bottoming out.
However, after sleeping on the Emma for a few months, things started to break down and cause excessive sinkage, loss of edge support, a decline in edge support, and a mattress that started out great but within a short amount of time got worse.
The Emma actually sleeps a bit warm like many other all foam mattresses even with the use of the breathable Airgocell foam and special cover that together are supposed to allow greater airflow through the mattress, prevent the build up of heat, wick away moisture and keep things cool and comfortable all night long. Sounds good in design, but in practice not so much so.
If you are looking for an average memory foam mattress as it relates to comfort, support, sinkage, and sleeping cool – that comes at a reasonable price, then the Emma mattress may be the right choice for you.
While we had high hopes for the Emma initially, this mattress honestly let us down quickly after a short amount of time. For the money, there are many more mattresses that provide much better features for the same (or better) price.
Construction / Materials8.6 /10
Firmness & Support8.7 /10
Mattress Comfort8.8 /10
Sleeping Hot8.6 /10
Sinkage & Motion Transfer8.5 /10
Smell / Off-Gassing8.7 /10
Customer Service8.6 /10
- Thick 12" profile
- Cheap price
- Breaks down rather rapidly
- Sleeps hotter over time
- Excessive sinkage over time