Emma Mattress Review

In this Emma mattress review we take a look at this unique 12″ all foam mattress that features a combination of different foams to create a balanced feel and that provides just the perfect amount of comfort and support necessary for a better and healthier night’s sleep.

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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 EuropeEmma mattress is now available for purchase in the US, which we review here. 

Emma mattress review

Emma mattress, king size

The company has created a mattress that provides optimal spinal alignment through its patented technology. It provides 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. 

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 initial impressions based on our experience sleeping on this luxury all foam mattress and explain why it may be the right pick for you, as it has quickly become one our our favorites! (Review updated Jan 11, 2019 @ 11:32 pm)

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


    Emma mattress layers

    Emma mattress layers

The 1/2″ cover of the Emma mattress combines a premium design with climate regulating fibers which 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.

Emma mattress cover

Emma mattress cover

The grey part of the cover of the Emma mattress features a 3D-mesh which promotes greater airflow through the mattress and gives it a stylish look. It also has excellent 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 luxurious 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.

Emma mattress, king size corner view

Emma mattress, king size corner view

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.

I did compress the top comfort layer and memory foam layer to a certain degree, but the firmer base layer bellow worked perfectly with the responsive Airgocell layer and elastic cover, stopped me from sinking too much into the mattress and provided me with a good degree of lift and support.

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 does 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.

Back sleepers and stomach sleepers will also find the Emma sleeps good for those styles as well, as it is firm enough to provide support and comfort for those sleeping styles without being too soft and causing excessive sinkage, something that some softer mattresses often will cause..

And lastly, given how heavy I personally am (at 230+ lbs), the Emma, at 12″ with an excellent support layer, does a GREAT job at providing a supportive and comfortable mattress for heavier sleepers.


The Emma is extremely 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.

Emma mattress, close up corner view

Emma mattress, close up corner view

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.

Sleeping Hot

This new luxury mattress sleeps incredibly cool due to the breathable Airgocell foam whose open cell structure allows greater airflow through the mattress, dissipates excessive body heat and helps keep things cool and comfortable throughout the whole night.

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 totally 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 does 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, but 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.

Emma mattress profile view

Emma mattress profile view

Thankfully, 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.

These layers all worked together to lift and support my heavy weight and our combined weight with ease and distribute it evenly across the bed.

Edge support is also rather good with this mattress too. The high-density foam used in the base of this mattress, combined with the bouncy and responsive Airgocell foam and the stretchy and durable cover, combined do a great job at preventing excessive sinkage and providing even support throughout the entire mattress, including the edges.

I did not compress the mattress much at all when sitting on the edge and did not experience any of the “rolling off” the edges or having them compressed under my weight when sleeping near them.

There is a minimal amount of motion transfer with this mattress. The various foams used in its construction absorbed our movements rather well and limited excessive motion transfer to a large degree. Thus, we didn’t feel much disruption or shaking of the mattress when we changed positions or got in and out of the bed during the night (which is a plus, given it often causes late-night arguments!) 🙂

Smell / Off-Gassing

The Emma mattress also gets high marks for not having much of a noticeable smell upon opening the box. It may give off some slight smell due to the nature of its packaging (it comes tightly compressed and packed in a plastic package), but this is entirely normal and is nothing to be afraid of.

Compared to many all foam mattresses which we receive and test, the Emma has much less off-gassing and any smell you notice will be minimal and it will dissipate within a few hours after opening the mattress.

Customer Service

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:


The Emma is more than reasonably priced, coming in at $999 for a Queen, which is an excellent price given the quality materials used in the construction of this mattress and its unique design. But with our exclusive 32% off coupon (MFT32) – you can get a queen for $680!! Which is a crazy low price for such a  great mattress.

Twin XL$699
Cal King$1199


The Emma mattress is a great medium firm all foam mattress capable of meeting everyone’s needs and sleep preferences. It combines three layers of various high-quality foams and a stretchy and durable cover to create a cool, comfortable, pressure relieving and supportive sleeping surface suitable for all types of sleepers and all sleeping styles.

This excellent mattress provides you with that classic memory foam feel of body hug and contouring while the responsive Airgocell foam layer above combined with the firmer base will prevent you from sinking too much into a mattress and bottoming out.

In addition, this bed has excellent edge support and doesn’t cause excessive motion transfer when changing positions or getting in and out of bed during the night.

The Emma doesn’t sleep warm like many other all foam mattresses do thanks to its 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.

It also has a nice degree of bounce and responsiveness coming from its top comfort layer made of Airgocell foam and elastic cover which facilitate moving around in bed and make this mattress ideal for couples and their late night activities.

So, if you are looking for a comfortable, supportive and cool sleeping mattress that will cradle your body to relieve your pressure points, keep your spine properly aligned and that comes at more than a reasonable price, then the Emma mattress may be the right choice for you.

We hope this review of the Emma mattress helps you out in your next mattress purchase decision – and it is one of our new favorite mattresses and will be on our Top 10 list for 2019 for sure!



Emma Mattress

Emma Mattress

Construction / Materials

9.4 /10

Firmness & Support

9.4 /10

Mattress Comfort

9.6 /10

Sleeping Hot

9.3 /10

Sinkage & Motion Transfer

9.3 /10

Smell / Off-Gassing

9.2 /10

Customer Service

9.2 /10


9.5 /10


  • Supportive and Comfortable
  • Sleeps Cool
  • Great edge support
  • Quality Materials
  • Excellent Price


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