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13p per sleep based on average mattress lifespan
Single3' x 6'3
Small Double4' x 6'3
Double4'3 x 6'3
King Size5'0 x 6'6
Super King6'0 x 6'6
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Why Our Sleep Experts Loved It

becky says

Most people these days are struggling to make ends meet, and this is reflected in the way we spend our money. We’re all looking for ways to save some cash without compromising on the things that are most important to us. For many of us this means buying cheaper versions of the things we need but can’t really afford right now. But is cutting costs always a smart move? In the case of a mattress, probably not. After all, you spend one-third of your life on it! 

A bad night’s sleep has been shown to have negative effects on brain function and general well-being. And since mattresses are so expensive, it doesn’t make sense to cut costs here unless you know exactly what you’re getting into from the get-go. Luckily for you, the team at Emma has done extensive research into the world of mattresses (and its associated pitfalls) and developed a new product for those on a budget who still want to get a good night's sleep. There are many great options out there that won’t break the bank but still provide excellent value for your money – one such mattress is the Emma Essential Mattress.

Who is the Emma Essential Mattress for?

The Emma Essential Mattress is designed for people who are looking for a great night’s sleep at a very affordable price. This is not the type of mattress you’d buy if you’re a very heavy person or looking for enhanced orthopaedic support and should instead be considered for those on a budget and of typical weight and build (also great for children). The Essential mattress is best suited for people who want to save some money without sacrificing too much on quality.

The Emma Essentials still has a lot going for it though, with the same temperature-regulating and breathable hybrid foam seen in the Emma Original mattress. Furthermore you are also getting the same durable HRX foam used as a base layer which will help offer comparable support to that of other, more premium mattresses that typically utilise spring systems.

While the premium version of Emma mattresses feature upper memory foam layers, the Essential saves money by utilising hybrid open pored foam. It remains comfortable and has great breathable properties but does not have the same bounce back of traditional memory foam, that said, the compromise is not too noticeable and proves you can get good quality at a lower price point.

Why should you buy an Emma Essential Mattress?

The Emma Essential Mattress is one of the very few mattresses in the entry-level category that is actually worth the money. It’s made of fairly high-quality materials and is designed to last for years to come. This mattress is designed with sufficient support to your lower back and hips while providing enough firmness to keep you on your side, and has just the right amount of softness to keep you sleeping soundly all night. Overall, the Emma Essential Mattress is an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy a low-priced mattress that doesn’t sacrifice on quality.

Important features and benefits

The Emma Essential Mattress is made from 2 foam layers. The top layer is made from a breathable hybrid foam that gives your body the comfort it needs, with enough depth to help side sleepers sink while being plush enough to feel premium while on your back. The second layer is made from a HRX responsive foam that conforms to your body shape and provides just the right amount of softness while offering excellent value for your money. It’s a cheaper option to spring support, but helps ensure the product stays on budget.

The Emma Essential Mattress is a no-frills type of mattress that doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles, but it does its job well.

How does it feel?

Firmness of The Emma Essential Mattress depends on bodyweight. Adjust your weight below to get an indication of how it may feel. Remember though that firmness is entirely subjective.
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Reasons to Buy

Hybrid mattress at a very reasonable price point.

Strong 5 year guarantee that beats out others in the industry.

Medium firm tension will suit side sleepers and back sleepers alike.

Reasons to Avoid

No sleep trial offered on this Essential product.

No euro sizing available outside of the small-double.

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Our Key Performance Indicators are produced using a combination of specification-heavy algoritmic data points and user reviews.

Key Performance Indicators KPI question mark

Our Key Performance Indicators are produced using a combination of specification-heavy algoritmic data points and user reviews. For example, a firm pocket spring support layer is more breathable and offers better back support but may prove unsuitable for side sleepers, the reverse is true for a soft-medium tension reflex foam support layer. This is one of 100+ datapoints considered when generating the below ratings.


*Assuming average weight, suitability will vary dependant on body type, use the quiz above for a more tailored guide.
  • Back Sleepers
  • The amount of support offered from a mattress will vary depending on the firmness of the tension and the type of support layer used. Based on a person of average build.
  • Side Sleepers
  • If you sleep on your side you typically need a supportive tension that is not too firm, nor too soft. This is because your hips and shoulders need adequate sinkage.
  • Stomach Sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers need a reasonable amount of tension in the base support layer to adequately offer body contouring and help prevent aches and pains. Results will vary based on your build.


  • Stability
  • Depending on the type of support layer in place can have an impact on stability, edge to edge support and roll together prevention. Pocket springs of a firmer tension will have better stability than open coil soft tension, for example.

Ease of Use

  • Turning handles
  • Mattresses typically need to be rotated frequently and having turning handles can be massively beneficial, particularly in larger sizes which can become fairly heavy.


  • Initial Odour
  • Materials in mattresses, particularly memory foam and rolled bed-in-a-box mattresses can have an initial odour, this is typically short term and reduces considerably within 24 hours.
  • Long Standing Odour
  • Certain materials inside different mattresses can produce a small odour. Typically this is short term rather than long standing but there are minor exceptions.

Brand Rating

  • Overall Brand Rating
  • This is based on community driven customer reviews tied to product reviews and grouped together at a brand level to produce a score.
Of The Emma Essential Mattress
Brand: Emma
Retailer: Mattress Online
Delivery Time: Excellent
Delivery Charge: Excellent
Customer Sentiment: Excellent
Guarantee: Good

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What Makes The Emma Essential Mattress Great?

Perfect for all body types!

Made from plush, supportive memory foam

Memory foam is one of the most desirable and in demand comfort layers around, outperforming others when it comes to sheer desire. This foam was first developed with NASA and was first used for commercial applications shortly after. The soft and body moulding properties of this layer makes it very appealing to those looking for a weightless nights sleep. Be aware however that temperature regulation continues to be an issue with this layer, though there has been improvement in recent years with additional cooling solutions offered through select ranges.

Expertly aligns your spine

Soothing pressure relief

There's a "goldilocks" effect that can see certain materials all work together hand-in-hand to result in pressure relief. The core contribute to this is often found in the type of support layer which is then paired with a deep and soft comfort layer giving comfort and pressure relief at the same time.

Features innovatively designed cutouts that support shoulders and hips

A sumptuous open-pored layer that regulates your temperature

Open cell structures allow additional breathability through the pores in the materials utilised in the makeup of this mattress, The result is you get better temperature regulation that keeps the product suitable for all seasons while being not too hot nor too cold. 

Actively cools you down during the night

Super soft and cosy micro-quilted cover

A quilted mattress cover provides an extra, albeit limited layer of padding and comfort to your mattress. It also helps to protect your mattress from wear and tear, and can extend its lifespan. Quilted covers have a good degree of breathability which can help promoted airflow when paired with other materials, resulting in a cooler nights sleep.

Removable and washable cover - wash up to 40°C

A mattress with a removable and washable cover can be a great way to keep your mattress clean and fresh. This type of mattress usually has a zipper or other type of closure system that allows you to easily remove the cover and wash it as needed. Many mattress covers are also machine-washable, making it even easier to keep your mattress clean.

Firmness rating of medium to firm

Medium tension mattresses are suitable for the vast majority of people as they are not too soft, nor too firm. This firmness can offer a good amount of back and neck support while still being soft enough to prove suitable for side sleepers. The key benefit for this type of layer is that it's sort of a "one size fits all" approach that gives your body the contouring and support necessary while remaining soft and squishy.

Single-sided - rotate easily with the built-in turning handles!

Single sided mattresses typically offer great value at a slightly lower price point than their double sided alternatives. The benefit for you is that you won't need to flip your mattress although you will still need to rotate in line with manufacturer guidelines. 

5 year guarantee

A 5 year guarantee is quite rare in the industry and is a great indicator of the retailer beleiving in their product. Anything go wrong in the next 5 years, no drama, get it replaced.

Made in the UK

These are made and manufactured in the UK, meaning that they all meet the same exceptional quality and durability that we expect from genuine UK manufacturing.

Memory Foam

memory foam is one of the most well known materials used in the upper layer of mattresses. Memory foam basically contours to your entire body with moulding properties. Designed by NASA, this material rebounds to your touch and feels like you are floating on a cloud. Memory foam does not necesserily mean soft either, you can still have firm mattresses for those that want them with a bit of memory foam.


Rolled up mattresses are ideal for anyone looking at trying to get a mattress up a tight staircase or in a car to bring home from the shops. Do not missunderstand just how troublesome getting a mattress up stairs can be. Heavy and cumbersome, sometimes a rolled up mattress that expands to the side of a full mattress anyway, may be the better option

Pressure Relief

One of the big complaints when settling into a new mattress is that it does not feel as comfortable as they hoped, where this mattress shines is in the enhanced pressure relief that it offers. Each part of your body exerts different amounts of pressure against the mattress and through the use of springs and foams, these products are able to offer significant pressure relief as a result across the entire body.

Knitted Cover

It is common in the industry to have a knitted cover, these covers can come in a variety of patterns but are typically hard wearing and do not present problems for consumers.

Removable cover

Removable covers are great. We don't typically replace mattresses for 7-8 years. That's a lot of body fluids and protectors and sheets can only do so much. To that end getting that extra layer of cleanliness goes a huge way toward ensuring you get longevity out of your product.

Washable cover

Keep your mattress fresh and hygienic with a removable washable cover. Prevent moisture from building up over time. Wash your mattress cover at least once a year to remove all bacteria, dust-mites and odours and alleviate allergies by discouraging future dust mites and bed bugs from nesting.

Includes turning handles

Oh turning handles are pointless I hear you say. Just try flipping and turning this product without handles. It can be a pain. Remember that mattresses should be both rotated and flipped frequently, not a problem if you are opting for a sinle, but those doubles and kings can get heavy. Handles are very good.


Single sided means only one side is comfy. Positives are you only need to rotate the mattress occassionaly rather than the more cumbersome rotate and flip. Downside is the lifespan of the product may suffer as a result, only marginal, but worth mentioning.

Medium to Firm

Firmer than the average mattress, a medium to firm mattress is ideally suited to those that are looking for extra back support but still require and amount of comfort from their mattress. Ideally suited for a large range of the populus and becoming much more common, deviating away from the previous medium-for-everyone model.

18cm deep

18cm is a fair depth for a mattress. Not too deep to require specialist deep sheets, not too thin to make you question the quality of the materials within. Just about right.

Handcrafted in the UK

Handcrafted in the UK means that the product is built here, by people being paid a fair and honest wage using certified and safe products of good quality and construction. UK manufacturing is some of th best in the world and all of that is reflected in this product

Fire Resistant

Fire resistant does not mean the product will never catch fire, rather, it will not go up in flames quite so quickly. Resistant to fire in the same way that I am resistant to kisses, sooner or later you end up giving in.

Approved by the National Bed Federation

The NBF is one of the most prestigious awarding federations in the industry, helped slightly by the fact that it is one of the only, however, it is still a great source of comfort knowing that this product holds approval by the team

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Customer Reviews For The Emma Essential Mattress

Based on 12 reviews

None, I ordered medium to firm and its way too soft. Me and my husband are rolling together


Excellent mattress very comfortable highly recommend very happy with my purchase


This has been the best mattress I have ever bought.all the best Sheila Goode


It is so comfortable, not soft and yet adapts to the body in no time


A good mattress for a spare bedroom or childrens room


So comfartble and supporting in all lying positions


Very comfortable and great value.


Good quality and well presented


Just sank into it - magic!


Its just so cosy!




Not too high.

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