Simba vs Emma Mattress

Both Simba and Emma are part of the 'bed in a box' revolution – producing advanced mattresses for reasonable prices. All of these mattresses have similar features, but in this guide we'll look at which one is best suited to your requirements and compare the two.

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Price and sizes

Both manufacturers make their mattresses in a range of UK and EU sizes. However, the Emma mattress stops at a super king whereas the Simba goes up to an Emperor mattress at 200cm by 200cm. Emma mattresses are around £50 cheaper across the board in comparison to the Simba.

Layers

Both mattresses have five layers, including a layer of microcoils. The biggest difference is that Simba's mattress has a top layer of latex foam, whereas the Emma's top layer is made from responsive poly foam.

Simba

  • Cover – 100% polyester cover.
  • Top Layer – A 5cm latex foam layer, designed to provide most of the cooling, bounce and comfort.
  • Second Layer – A 2cm layer of foam encased microcoils, working to provide contour to the sleeper.
  • Third Layer – A 3cm memory foam layer, which acts as a transitional layer between the foundation and microcoils.
  • Bottom Layer – A 15cm layer of support foam, providing most of the shape for the mattress.

Emma

  • Cover – A two-tone white and grey 100% polyester cover, designed to allow the mattress to breathe.
  • Top Layer – A 4cm layer of responsive poly foam, designed to provide pressure relief, bounce and cooling.
  • Second Layer – A 2cm layer of microcoils, designed to relieve pressure and add more bounce and breathability. They also provide additional softness to the sleeper.
  • Third Layer – A 3cm layer of memory foam, providing a soft transition layer from the coils to the base foam, as well as contouring to the sleeper's body shape.
  • Bottom Layer – A 16cm layer of support foam that acts as the deep compression support for the mattress.

Both mattresses are 25cm deep.

Firmness, Comfort and Support

Both mattresses have a medium firmness rating so are easily comparable. Let's look at the pros and cons of each mattress in this department.

Simba

  • Due to its top layer of latex, the Simba is both responsive and comfortable, and is highly breathable.
  • The layer of microcoils help to create a good level of sinkage without any pressure points being created.
  • The microcoils also help to add a little more bounce than you would normally get from a foam mattress.
  • The contour and hug of the Simba provides a great mix of sinkage, contour and support.
  • However, if you're a stomach sleeper you may find that the mattress tries to contour around you too much.

Emma

  • The combination of microcoils, poly foam and a thin cover mean that the Emma mattress is extremely good at keeping sleepers cool at night.
  • Has a higher level of bounce than most foam mattresses.
  • Does have some motion transfer but the build of the mattress absorbs energy well and helps to dissipate the motion.
  • Balanced level of sinkage means that you never feel stuck in the mattress.
  • As with the Simba mattress, you may find that the Emma isn't the best choice for a stomach sleeper.

Other Factors

Both companies offer a trial period of 100 nights, with a full refund if you're not satisfied and come with a 10-year guarantee. You can also apply for up to 12 months interest free credit to pay for the mattress, and there's free one-day delivery to most of the UK.

Do bear in mind that as these mattresses come delivered in sealed boxes they will have a rubbery smell when first extracted. They need a good few hours in a room with the windows open before you sleep on them.

Which mattress is best for me?

Both mattresses offer appealing factors, but here are some factors to help you decide which mattress will best fit your requirements.

Simba

We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • You want a hybrid mattress. The Simba uses latex, microcoils, memory foam and a 7-zoned support foam. All this makes for a responsive mattress with good support.
  • You sleep on your side or back and want a mattress that responds to pressure in a faster manner than most foam mattresses.
  • You want good edge support. Because of the extra layer of foam around the perimeter of the coils, the Simba maintains its support around the edges.

Emma

We'd recommend this mattress if:

  • You want a mattress that responds quickly to pressure points, due to its combination of responsive poly foam and microcoils.
  • You want a cooler mattress with a high level of breathability.
  • You sleep on your side or your back.

You can view more information about these mattresses below.

Are you interested to learn more about Simba? Read our Simba Mattress review here.

Mattress brand comparison

Want to compare more mattress brands? View our Mattress brand comparison chart.

Emma Original
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Eve
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Simba
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Leesa
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Casper
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Bruno
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Hyde & Sleep Pocket Sprung
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Hyde & Sleep Next Gen Memory Foam
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Hyde & Sleep Pocket Sprung Hybrid Plus
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Tempur Original 21
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Tempur Original Deluxe 22
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Tempur Original Deluxe 27
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Emma Mattress Eve Mattress Simba Mattress Leesa Mattress Casper Mattress Bruno Mattress Hyde & Sleep Mattress Hyde & Sleep Mattress Hyde & Sleep Mattress Tempur Mattress Tempur Mattress Tempur Mattress
Price(s)
UK Single (90cm x 190cm) £429 £349 £399 £450 £375 £385 £299 £399 £499 £815 ‐ £999 £915 ‐ £1,099 £1,245 ‐ £1,399
EU Single (90cm x 200cm) £449 £399 £449 £470 £400 £425 £815 ‐ £999 £915 ‐ £1,099 £1,245 ‐ £1,399
UK Small Double (120cm x 190cm) £599 £499 £599 £600 £525 £1,152 ‐ £1,469
UK Double (135cm x 190cm) £649 £599 £599 £650 £575 £550 £399 £499 £599 £1,249 ‐ £1,349 £1,345 ‐ £1,539 £1,640 ‐ £1,999
EU Double (140cm x 200cm) £699 £649 £649 £670 £625 £575
UK King (150cm x 200cm) £699 £699 £699 £750 £650 £675 £499 £599 £699 £1,320 ‐ £1,599 £1,440 ‐ £1,749 £1,832 ‐ £2,239
EU King (160cm x 200cm) £749 £749 £770 £700 £725 £1,320 ‐ £1,599 £1,440 ‐ £1,749 £1,832 ‐ £2,239
Super King (180cm x 200cm) £799 £799 £799 £850 £750 £775 £599 £699 £799 £1,596 ‐ £1,799 £1,640 ‐ £1,999 £2,056 ‐ £2,519
Emperor (200cm x 200cm) £849 £899
Depth 25cm 24.5cm 25cm 25cm 24cm 24cm 20cm 22cm 25cm 21cm 22cm 27cm
Layers 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 4
Materials - Overview
Cover Removable and washable top cover out of 100% polyester. Plush fabric cover. Hypoallergenic air flow sleep surface. Polyester Lycra blend cover. Polyester / Polypropylene zipper cover. Luxurious removable cover. Superior sleep surface. Superior sleep surface. Superior sleep surface. A quilted cover, containing Tempur's 'Soft Touch' technology. A quilted cover, containing Tempur's 'Soft Touch' technology.
Top layer Special climate fiber. 4cm Contouring Memory Foam. 5cm 'Simbatex' layer. Latex based. Cooling Avena® Foam. High Elasticity Comfort Foam. 3cm Sustainable Natural Latex. Next-Gen memory foam. Next-Gen memory foam. Next-Gen memory foam. A 2cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling. A 3cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling. A 4cm comfort layer designed for comfort and cooling.
Layer 2 Breathable Point-elastic Airgocell® foam. 3.5cm Breathable Cooling Layer. 2cm Conical pocket springs. Pressure Relieving Memory Foam. Visco Elastic Memory Foam. 7-zone BrunoXTM Support Foam Base. Spring loaded. Spring loaded. Spring loaded. An 8cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support. A 6.5cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support. A 6.5cm support layer to provide pressure relief and support.
Layer 3 Pressure Relieving Visco-Elastic Memory Foam. 16.5cm Supportive Base Layer. 3cm Visco memory foam. Dense Core Support. Proprietary Transition Foam. Support base. Support base. An 11cm high-density support foam base layer, providing the shape and support of the mattress. An 11cm high-density support foam base layer, providing the shape and support of the mattress. Two base layers of 7.5cm each to provide shape and support to the mattress.
Layer 4 Supportive Cold Foam 15cm - Support base. Polyurethane Support Foam.
Materials - Details
Cover The top cover consists of special climate fiber that regulates humidity. It’s so elastic that it always covers your mattress, perfectly, in addition to which it’s removable and machine washable. The eve's knitted cover is made of two-way stretch polyester and dorlastan, which gives you a highly elastic, resilient and soft surface to lie on, accentuating the effects of the memory foam beneath. Why polyester? Because it's breathable and tough – meaning it won't make you sneeze and it won't lose its sparkle. The top is zippable and can be washed at 40℃ so you can keep your eve fresh. Our own hypoallergenic air flow sleep surface provides freshness and temperature control (*cover is not removeable but can be cleaned witha damp cloth). Polyester Lycra blend cover with seamless edge. Knit Cover - Made from premium textiles, the zip-off cover is breathable and easy to clean. The Bruno Mattress is wrapped in a soft quilted cover, which has been handsewn to include a cleverly concealed zipper, making it easy to remove and wash the cover.

Two carry straps on each side of the mattress enable effortless repositioning of the Bruno.
Every Hyde & Sleep mattress is wrapped in a luxurious breathable cover. Our unique sleep surface adds an extra layer of comfort to ensure deep and peaceful sleep. Every Hyde & Sleep mattress is wrapped in a luxurious breathable cover. Our unique sleep surface adds an extra layer of comfort to ensure deep and peaceful sleep. Every Hyde & Sleep mattress is wrapped in a luxurious breathable cover. Our unique sleep surface adds an extra layer of comfort to ensure deep and peaceful sleep.
Top layer The Airgocell® foam provides you with ideal comfort thanks to exceptional point-elasticity that allows one area to compress without affecting the rest of the matress. In addtion, Emma's open-pored highly breathable material won’t make you sweat. Directly under that lovely cover are four glorious centimetres of responsive memory foam. It may not sound like much, but we found through our extensive research that it's exactly the right amount to keep you supported and comfortable. The foam's elasticity is designed to contour to your body, to relieve pressure points and encourage ease of movement while you sleep.

This layer has high motion isolation and absorbs disturbances, so you can sleep soundly even while your partner tosses and turns.
We've developed a super comfort layer of what we like to call 'Simbatex' to give cool, gentle support. The 5cm top layer allows air-flow for a cooler night's sleep. The Avena foam also provides enough bounce for freedom of movement. Open-Cell Foam - Our proprietary foam keeps you cool and adds bounce. The mattress has a natural latex top layer, which ensures air is able to circulate, keeping the mattress cool in summer and warm in winter. The sustainably farmed latex is naturally hypoallergenic and the mattress has earned the coveted OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label, certifying it is free from harmful substances. We've created a superior comfort layer using the most advanced technologies in memory foam. Each layer of Hyde & Sleep memory foam uses technology to protect the mattress from dust mites and bacteria. We've created a superior comfort layer using the most advanced technologies in memory foam. Each layer of Hyde & Sleep memory foam uses technology to protect the mattress from dust mites and bacteria. We've created a superior comfort layer using the most advanced technologies in memory foam. Each layer of Hyde & Sleep memory foam uses technology to protect the mattress from dust mites and bacteria.
Layer 2 The visco-elastic memory foam in the intermediate layer distributes pressure in an optimal fashion. This material is a modern marvel, because it keeps you comfortable in any sleep position. The 3.5cm, cooling layer at the core of the mattress ensures you wake up feeling refreshed. The material it's made of is 30 times more breathable than regular old memory foam, which means you'll wake up smiling, not perspiring. It's scientifically proven to wick moisture and dissipate heat from the body and has enhanced durability through improved cell-structure. Our mattress features 2,500* unique conical pocket springs. They individually adjust as you sleep, so you wake up with a spring in your step for the whole day. *Spring count is calculated to be the equivalent number of springs in a Simba King Size. The 5cm memory foam layer provides the body contouring and pressure relief you've come to expect from memory foam. Responsive Memory Foam - Supportive memory foam provides pressure relief. We've designed our exclusive BrunoXTM high density foam to ensure the Bruno Mattress provides optimal support and comfort as you sleep.

With laser precision, the foam is cut into 7 zones - each reflecting specific pressure points on the body - and evenly distributes your weight while aligning your spine.

Our BrunoXTM foam is manufactured for durability and is certified to be free from harmful substances or chemicals.
Our high density polyurethane foam base, houses ventilation channels to create 7 zones of air flow, keeping you cool and comfortable while you sleep. The mattress is loaded with 1,200* Micro Pocket Springs, which individually adjust to the contours of your body while you sleep. Our springs help to distribute body weight and reduce the build up of pressure points. *1,200 spring count relates to King Size mattress. The mattress is loaded with 2,000* HD Pocket Springs, which individually adjust to the contours of your body while you sleep. Our springs help to distribute body weight and reduce the build up of pressure points. *2,000 spring count relates to King Size mattress.
Layer 3 Our cold foam supports you where it matters. The firm, bottom layer provides the necessary counter pressure, whatever your sleeping position, and offers comprehensive support for your lower back. The eve is built on a thick layer of ultra-resilient base foam. It may not sound sexy, but this high density layer provides the mattress with its foundation, fortifying the layers above. It's so supportive you can do acroyoga on it. No, really, we tested it. The Visco memory foam moulds expertly to your body shape. It's like a mattress tailor made for you. The 15cm dense core support foam adds strength, durability and structure to support sleepers of all sizes, without feeling too firm on top. Adaptive Transition Foam - Transition layer provides deep comfort through consistent weight distribution. Our high density polyurethane foam base, houses ventilation channels to create 7 zones of air flow, keeping you cool and comfortable while you sleep. Our high density polyurethane foam base, houses ventilation channels to create 7 zones of air flow, keeping you cool and comfortable while you sleep.
Layer 4 Our perfectly engineered support base has 7 different zones to ensure a perfect night's sleep for all. Durable Support Foam - Support foam strengthens the comfort layers and adds long-lasting durability.
Delivery Free delivery with UPS with an additional option for Saturday delivery for an extra cost. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free Standard UK Delivery, paid options for faster/specific time deliveries. Free UK mainland delivery if brought from Tempur UK website. Free UK mainland delivery if brought from Tempur UK website. Free UK mainland delivery if brought from Tempur UK website.
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Guarantee / Warranty 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 10 years
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Other Available to exclusively try in-store at Debenhams and Fenwick across the UK You'll find Simba in select John Lewis stores around the UK, so pop in and try us out. We donate one mattress for every ten we sell.
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Firmness Level Medium / Firm. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified. Medium / Firm. Medium / Firm. Slightly firmer than our memory foam mattress. slightly firmer than our memory foam mattress. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified.
Sleeping Positions Not specified. The mattress provides just the right comfort and support for all sleeping positions, whether you snooze on your side, nap on your back, or slumber on your stomach.

The contouring memory foam allows the mattress to adjust to your body position and relieve pressure points - no matter how you sleep.
We've created the most advanced mattress. Our engineered support base, along with our unique combination of conical pocket springs and memory foam, allows two people with different sleeping patterns and body types to enjoy the perfect night's sleep - without being interrupted by each other. Designed from the inside out with a universal adaptive feel to provide the cooling, contouring and core support everybody needs to sleep better. Our research led us to the discovery that a single, well-balanced sleep surface could cater to the vast majority of sleeping positions, body types, and slumber eccentricities. A sustainably farmed, hypoallergenic natural latex top layer gives the mattress a little supple bounce and provides perfect comfort, no matter how you sleep. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified.
Bed Types The eve mattress can function on any bed base. We recommend you use it with slatted bases to really benefit from its amazing properties. Your Simba mattress will fit snugly on most bases - all you need to do is make sure the slats are evenly spaced so you get a smooth and even sleep surface - the ideal foundation for a perfect night's sleep. Works with any standard bed frame. Designed to rest on any firm, flat surface, includes all bed type. The Bruno fits standard bed frames with slatted or solid bases, and spring bed frames. Not specified. Not specified. Not specified. Platform top base or slatted bed bases. Platform top base or slatted bed bases. Platform top base or slatted bed bases.
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