Emma Mattress Review – A Side Sleeper’s Dream?

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Mattress Clarity is going international. We received the Emma mattress, a wildly popular mattress from Europe. The mattress has been selling very well internationally, and I was really excited to try it out for myself.

The Emma is an all-foam mattress that contains proprietary, responsive foam as well as memory foam. It even features a very interesting zoned construction that has started to pop up in the market recently.

This review will cover everything people should know about this mattress, including a full breakdown of the construction, pros and cons, firmness and feel, breathability, durability, edge support, motion isolation, comfort, support, and much more.

Emma Mattress Deals

The Emma is a very popular mattress that offers fantastic pressure relief. It should be a great match for side sleepers. 

Who Might Want To Pick The Emma…

  • Those who like a medium-soft or soft mattress- The Emma is a softer mattress and does have a fair amount of give where it is easy to press into the mattress. If people like the feeling of a soft mattress or want something very comfortable, the Emma could work quite well for them.
  • Side sleepers- Side sleepers usually want to find a mattress with some soft comfort, and the Emma definitely provides that. With its soft top layers and zoned construction, people should be comfortable and feel very little pressure on their shoulders and hips.
  • Light- or medium-weight back sleepers- As long as someone is not too heavy, they should find the Emma to be supportive enough for back sleeping. The zoning provides good lumbar support, and the top layers provide some contouring in addition.
  • Hot sleepers- One of the drawbacks of memory foam is that it can have people sleeping hot throughout the night. However, the Emma features open-celled foam and some air channels, so the mattress shouldn’t trap too much heat.

The inside of the Emma mattress.

Who Might Not Want To Pick The Emma…

  • People who prefer a firmer mattress- The Emma is on the softer side and might not be the right choice for those who like a firm mattress. Whether people like a firm mattress or have more support needs, they might need to look elsewhere most likely.
  • Stomach sleepers- If people sleep primarily on their stomach, they might not get enough support on the Emma. Again, it is a softer mattress and even with its zoned construction, it might not give people that extra support needed for stomach sleeping.
  • Heavier people- If someone is a much larger person, the Emma might not be the right fit for them. Larger people are usually going to want to find a mattress with coils, or they might drop through the mattress.

Pushing into the Emma mattress

Construction Overview

  • The Emma is 12” tall and features a complex construction with three foam layers.
  • On top, there is a Climate Regulating Cover, which is thin, soft, and promotes airflow.
  • The first layer is a proprietary Airgocell foam, which relieves pressure very well.
  • Next, there is a layer of soft memory foam, which provides great pressure relief and body contouring.
  • Finally, there is a base support foam with Adaptive Cut-out technology to create different zones of support.

Side sleeping on the Emma mattress.

Construction Takeaways

  • The Airgocell foam layer is soft but also very responsive. It has some latex-like qualities, so it bounces back into place very quickly.
  • The second layer of memory foam has that slow-moving, quicksandy feel, which adds some more pressure relief to the mattress and should help side sleepers feel more comfortable.
  • The construction of the mattress gives it a soft feel, but people shouldn’t get stuck. Sleepers will get some soft pressure relief from the memory foam, but the Airgocell foam should ensure they can move around easily and switch positions.
  • The support layer is zoned so that it is firmer in the center of the mattress and the mattress is softer near the hip and shoulder areas. This means if people lie on their back, they should feel nice support, but if they lie on your stomach, they will feel good pressure relief.
  • The Emma should be a breathable mattress. The Airgocell foam is open-celled, while the zoned channels in the support layer will also allow for a good amount of airflow.

How It Compares To Other Memory Foam Mattresses

If you’re in the market for a new memory foam mattress, there are a ton of options out there for you. If you do a simple search for memory foam mattresses, you are going to have many results.

So, why should you get the Emma over these other mattresses, and what does it have to offer that they don’t? Here are a few distinguishing features:

  • The Emma is a great value that features a complex zoned construction and some premium materials. For a Queen-size Emma, people are going to spend less than $1,000, which is a very good deal.
  • The Emma is a fantastic option for side sleepers, because it is a softer mattress that should provide great pressure relief. The zoned construction ensures even the support layer is softer under the shoulders and hips.
  • At the same time, the Emma will be supportive when people are on their back and stomach. The Emma is a great mattress for combination sleepers because of this.
  • The Emma is going to sleep cooler than many memory foam mattresses. Memory foam is known to trap heat, but the Emma contains open-celled foams and air channels for airflow. The mattress shouldn’t trap heat and should help people sleep cool throughout the night.
Emma Mattress Deals

The Emma is a very popular mattress that offers fantastic pressure relief. It should be a great match for side sleepers. 

Firmness And Feel

For me, the Emma felt like a 6/10 in terms of firmness, just a little bit softer than average. However, it might feel different depending on one’s weight and sleeping position. Again, the support layer is zoned so that the mattress will feel firmer when you are on your back and stomach but softer when you are on your side.

Emma mattress firmness

Here is how it felt in different sleeping positions:

  • When I lie on my back, the Emma is a good match, as my hips sink in just the right amount, and the foam presses up into my lumbar area. I feel an excellent mix of comfort and support.
  • When I am side sleeping on the Emma, I also feel comfortable. The mattress is softer under my shoulders and hips, so I feel almost no pressure there.
  • While stomach sleeping, the Emma is too soft for me, and I believe most stomach sleepers will want to look for a firmer mattress.

Overall, the Emma has a balanced foam feel where people will get some bounce from the top Airgocell foam layer and some slow-moving memory foam below that. Sleepers will basically get a combination of latex and memory foam feels in one mattress.

Motion Transfer

When you’re looking for a mattress, you want to think about whether you will be using it alone or with a partner. If you do sleep with a partner, you want a mattress that cuts down on motion transfer.

Memory foam is a material that handles motion transfer very well, so I expected the Emma to isolate motion to one side of the mattress.

To test this out, I placed a glass of water on top of the mattress. When I pressed into the other side of the mattress, the glass only moved a bit. Also, I laid down and had Marten get in and out of bed, and I did not feel like his movements were disturbing me.

This means the Emma could be a good mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

Edge Support

For those people who do sleep with a partner, they will also want to think about edge support. You want to know if you can sleep all the way toward the edges of the mattress without falling off, so you can utilize the full size of your mattress.

When I sit down near the edge of the Emma, the foam does collapse. I feel like I might pitch forward. Also, when I am lying down near the edge of the Emma, I feel like I might roll off.

All in all, the edge support is about average on the Emma, as evidenced by the photo below.

Emma mattress edge support

Marten’s Take

You should always think about your weight when looking for a mattress. You want to know if the mattress will support your weight and offer the comfort you require. To give you a different perspective, Marten tried out the Emma and will talk about how it felt for him and how appropriate it is for heavier sleepers.

I am 6’7″ and 230 lb. I thought the Emma was close to a 7/10 in terms of firmness. Being a larger person, I press farther into the Emma than Joe does. I hit those support layers more than Joe does, so I feel a bit more firmness.

Here is how it felt in different sleeping positions:

  • When I lie on my back, the Emma is a good match for me. I feel some good overall support. The zoned construction is also providing good lumbar support.
  • Moving to my side, I am surprised by how well the Emma fits me. With foam mattresses, I can find myself bottoming out. However, the Emma’s construction makes it so the mattress is softer under my shoulders and hips. I feel some nice pressure relief.
  • When I move to my stomach, the Emma is too soft for me. Even with the zoning, the Emma is not giving me enough support on my hips. I feel like I am bowing into the mattress.

If you are a heavier back or side sleeper, this could be a good match for you. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, you might want to look elsewhere.

Marten’s experience is about what I expected. However, I will say that he is only 230 lb. If you are larger than Marten (in that 250 to 400 lb weight range), you might not get enough support on the Emma. In that case, you might want to find a mattress that incorporates coils.

Unboxing The Emma

The Emma is going to come to your house in a cardboard box. First, ask a friend to assist you in carrying the box to your bedroom. Then, take the rolled-up mattress out of the box and place it on the bed.

Very carefully cut through the many layers of plastic. (You don’t want to damage your mattress!) Then clear away all the packing materials.

It may take some time for your mattress to expand, because it does contain memory foam. Give it about two days and leave the mattress in a ventilated room. You also want to make sure it has some time to off-gas!

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?

  • It features a zoned construction, so it could be a good fit for numerous sleeping positions and combination sleepers.
  • The Emma relieves pressure well and could be a good match for side sleepers.
  • The mattress should be supportive enough for light- and medium-weight people who need a good mattress for back sleepers.
  • The Emma should relieve pressure without making people feel trapped.
  • The mattress is cooling and should be a good match for hot sleepers.

Overall Rating

Emma Mattress
3.4 Overall
Edge Support
Motion Transfer
Trial Period

The Emma mattress is a very comfortable mattress and a great value as well. Side sleepers, hot sleepers, and some back sleepers should find it to be a good match.

The Emma comes with a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, and free shipping and returns. The company offers financing as well as other bedding accessories.  Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.