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 provides 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 provides 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.
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 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 allows 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 promotes greater airflow through the mattress and 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 provides 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 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.
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, but this wasn’t the case with the Emma mattress.
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. Both Kaye and I felt that the Emma initially did a great job of providing excellent support in all sleeping positions.
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 mattress has it all. It’s top comfort layers gently cradled our hips and shoulders and eliminated any possibility of the appearance of pressure points, while the firmer base layer below provided just the right amount of support needed to keep our spines properly aligned and provide us with a comfortable and pain-free night’s sleep.
The Emma mattress is quite 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.
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.
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 and makes this mattress perfect for sex.
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.
This mattress sleeps incredibly cool due to the breathable Airgocell foam whose open cell structure allows greater airflow through the mattress.
The design of the cover on the Emma mattress aids in cooling. Being constructed with climate regulating fibers, it allows the mattress to breathe, prevents the build-up of heat and helps regulate humidity, while the 3D-mesh on the grey part of its design promotes breathability even further.
The Emma mattress does an excellent job of sleeping cool, and this is a big deal for us as a couple living in Texas.
The design of this bed prevented the build-up of heat and sweating during the night and eliminated that sticky feeling that is often present with many all foam mattresses and this was something we really were thankful for.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
The Emma mattress did a good job with minimizing sinkage, especially when compared to most other all foam mattresses we have reviewed.
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.
However, this wasn’t 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.
Edge support was great 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, prevented excessive sinkage and provided even support throughout the entire mattress, including the edges.
I didn’t compress the mattress too much when sitting on the edge and didn’t experience any of the “rolling off” the edge sensation.
As for motion transfer, there wasn’t too much of it with this mattress. The various foams used in its construction absorbed our movements and reduced excessive motion transfer. We didn’t feel much disruption and shaking of the mattress when we changed positions or got in and out of the bed during the night.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Emma mattress also gets excellent marks for not having too much of a noticeable smell upon opening the box.
Any smell that was present was 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. However, it was noting too serious and dissipated quickly, within a few hours.
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.
The Emma mattress is an average medium firm all foam mattress capable of meeting all 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.
The Emma also sleeps pretty cool due to the use of the breathable Airgocell foam and special cover that together allow greater airflow through the mattress, prevent the build up of heat, wick away moisture and keep things cool and comfortable all night long.
If you are looking for a great memory foam mattress that provides nice, pressure relieving comfort, support, reduces sinkage and motion transfer, sleeps cool and comes at a more than a reasonable price, then the Emma mattress will be the right choice for you.
Construction / Materials9.4/10
Firmness & Support9.2/10
Sinkage & Motion Transfer9.2/10
Smell / Off-Gassing9.0/10
- Thick 12" profile and quality materials
- Sleeps Cool
- Great bounce
- Great edge support