For this Emma Hybrid review, I've been putting it to the test for the past six months, to help you decide whether it's the right mattress for you.
A welcome re-addition to the super-popular German brand's range of mattresses, memory foam-only mattresses are getting all the attention at the moment, but hybrids like this one aim to offer customers the best of both worlds by combining the support of foam with a layer of springs, to give the bouncy feel of a traditional mattress.
The Emma Hybrid mattress was actually the first product to come from Emma. A year after its launch, the memory foam Emma Original swooped in to steal the limelight, and for a while, the brand discontinued the Emma Hybrid. It only returned to the store in late February 2020, and it's still unavailable in the US.
Emma's memory foam Original ranks right at the top of T3's ranking of the best mattress right now (read the full Emma mattress review to find out why). So how does this re-addition to the Emma family fare? Read on for my in-depth Emma Hybrid review – and if you do decide to buy, head to our Emma mattress discount codes and deals page for the best prices (or our general cheap mattress deals page for savings on a range of brands).
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Emma Hybrid review: Design
The Emma Hybrid is made up of five layers, which combine to offer a dreamy night's sleep – or that's the theory anyway. Sitting at the top is the patented Airgocell foam – a layer of open-pored, breathable foam designed to absorb and wick away any moisture, so you don't wake up sweaty.
Below this are the pocket springs – the layer that differentiates the Emma Hybrid from the Original. These are designed to offer support as well as aiding air circulation to keep you cool.
Next come two layers of foam. There's layer of pressure-relieving memory foam that adapts to any sleeping position, designed to distribute the pressure evenly across the whole mattress, and ensure your spine stays aligned while you slumber. And there's a chunky layer of HRX foam, which is zoned to provide support in the places you need it most.
Finally, there's the two-part cover, which is removable and washable. On the top; breathable, elastic fabric to keep you cool while you sleep. On the bottom; a 3D mesh that wicks moisture away as well as having non-slip properties to stop the mattress from shifting around on your bed frame. All sizes are 25cm deep.
- Explore the competitors: here's our Otty Hybrid vs Simba Hybrid comparison
Emma Hybrid review: Firmness and comfort
There's no indication on the Emma website of how firm this mattress is meant to be, but I found it on the softer end of the spectrum, and would rate it around a 6.5 for firmness (with 10 being the firmest). There also isn't really the 'bounce' I'd expect from a hybrid mattress – I can't feel the springs when sleeping or when pressing down directly on the mattress. If you're looking for a truly 'hybrid' feel, I'd recommend checking out the luxe Eve Premium Hybrid or the great-value OTTY Hybrid.
Now let's focus on the most important thing – how comfortable is the Emma Hybrid? The answer is: depends on your sleeping style. The softer feel is good for side sleepers, as it won't put unnecessary pressure on your shoulder joints. The movement isolation is excellent: it stays put if you're prone to wriggling to try and get comfy, with no creaking or bouncing about (if you have a bedmate, they'll probably be grateful for this, too).
However, if you like to lie on your front or back, you might find the Emma Hybrid feels a little unsupportive under your back and hips. We found this became more of an issue after a few months sleeping on this mattress, and it's especially noticeable if you have sprung slats on your bed, which I do (you might get away with it if your bed has a fixed base). We found the Emma Original provided more support.
The top memory foam layer is about the perfect level of firmness for me; providing a cosy feel and moulding slightly around the body without giving that 'sinking' feeling. It's still easy enough to move around on, and while it does trap heat a little (a known issue with memory foam mattresses), it's not the worst in this area by any means.
Emma Hybrid review: Price
At full price, a single Emma Hybrid mattress costs £479; a small double is £649; a double £699; a king £749; and a super king £849. It's roughly £50 more than the same sized Emma Original, to account for additional layer included here.
Across most sizes, this puts it in the lower-middle of the price range for hybrid mattresses from leading brands – check out the comparison chart below for the full breakdown.
- Emma Hybrid: £479 (single); £699 (double); £749 (king); £849 (super king)
- Simba Hybrid: £549 (single); £749 (double); £849 (king); £949 (super king)
- OTTY Hybrid: £374.99 (single); £599.99 (double); £699.99 (king); £799.99 (super king)
However, it's worth being aware that if you keep your eyes peeled, it's relatively easy to pick up a cheap deal. Emma itself has offered some hefty discounts since it relaunched the Emma Hybrid, and there are also bargains to be had when buying via retailers such as John Lewis and Amazon.
Emma Hybrid review: Delivery and returns
Like many of the most popular mattresses right now, the Emma hybrid is delivered in a box – this one measuring 45x45x110cm. So even if, like me, you live in an awkward basement flat, it's relatively easy to maneuver into your bedroom for 'unfurling'. Delivery is free within the UK, and currently no-contact – you won't be asked to sign for delivery. With memory foam mattresses, some report an unpleasant chemical smell when first unboxed, but we didn't have any issues like this with the Emma Hybrid.
Emma usually offers a 100-night trial, but that's currently extended to 200 nights, from the day you receive your new mattress. This is to give you enough time to fully adjust to your new mattress, which can take up to six weeks. If, after that time, you find you're not getting on with your mattress, Emma will organise it to be picked up for free and you'll get a full refund. You'll be pleased to hear you don't have to try and get it back into the original box for this. Finally, there's a 10-year guarantee for added peace of mind.
Verdict: Should I buy the Emma Hybrid mattress?
The Emma Hybrid is a very welcome re-addition to Emma's range of quality mattresses. It's another great quality mattress from Emma, with a comfy top layer and great movement isolation. Being softer than some competitors, it's especially well suited to side sleepers.
There are a few caveats, though. It's not the most supportive under the hips, which might be an issue for back or front sleepers (although everyone is unique, of course) – if you fall into that camp, we'd recommend going for the Emma Original instead. This is also a hybrid that doesn't really feel like a hybrid, so if you're looking for a bit of bounce, there are better options around for that from the likes of OTTY and Eve.