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Emma Original vs. Eve Original

Eve vs Emma Mattress Comparison - Ireland (2022)


Last updated: 28.06.2022 6 Min.

Two high-quality mattresses pitted against each other - how do they compare?

Which do you choose?

Eve Original or Emma Original?

Having to choose one of two exceptional mattresses isn't easy, which is why we've put together this Eve vs Emma mattress comparison.

We'll take you through the design of the mattresses, highlight key differences, and give you some guidelines as to which mattress would be better suited to you.

Let's dive straight in. 👇

Emma vs Eve Mattress Comparison



Eve vs Emma mattress comparison

Both the Eve Original and the Emma Original are among the best mattresses on the market, characterised by the use of high-density foams with high durability.

They're also both memory foam mattresses.

Yet, they are still remarkably different. 🧐

If you're interested in in-depth analyses of these mattresses, we'd suggest you turn to our designated mattress reviews:

Below, you'll find a side-by-side comparison of the two mattresses.

Eve Original Emma Original
Type of mattress Foam mattress Foam mattress
Mattress height 24 cm (9.4 inches) 25 cm (10 inches)
Mattress layers

3 foam layers:

Open-celled Evecomfort® foam

New-generation memory foam

High-density base foam

3 foam layers:

Airgocell foam

Viscoelastic memory foam

HRX polyfoam

Firmness Medium-firm Soft
Stability & support An orthopaedic choice that offers good stability and support in all sleeping positions An orthopaedic choice that offers good stability and support, especially for side sleepers
Suitable for

Light- and average-weight sleepers

People who like a medium-firm mattress

All sleeping positions

Light- and average-weight sleepers

People who like a soft mattress

Side sleepers

Temperature Very good temperature regulation Very good temperature regulation
Motion isolation Very low motion transfer Very low motion transfer
Mattress cover Hypoallergenic cover that's removable & machine-washable at 40°C with 4 side carrying handles Hypoallergenic cover that's removable & machine-washable at 60℃ with 4 side carrying handles

The mattresses may have different characteristics, but they are actually quite similar in design:

  • They both have a breathable mattress cover.
  • They both feature a breathable top layer for enhanced temperature regulation.
  • They both feature memory foam for body-contouring support.
  • They both have a seven-zoned base layer for superior stability and support.

We'll take you through the specifics of each mattress in more detail in the next section.

Emma vs Eve: Which mattress is best suited to you?

The Eve Original and the Emma Original are both very comfortable and they are actually quite similar in terms of composition.

But, firmness levels are different, which makes these two mattresses suitable for different types of people.

Both are safe, fire-retardant choices, though, and adhere to Irish fire regulation BS7177.🔥

The Eve mattress also carries CertiPUR and OEKO-TEX certifications, meaning it's free from harmful chemicals and toxins.

Both the Eve mattress and the Emma mattress are also manufactured in Ireland.

Eve Original: well-balanced support

The Eve Original is a medium-firm mattress that’s well suited to most people and sleeping preferences.

We've rated it as 6.5 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.

Eve original firmness

We found the Eve Original incredibly comfortable, regardless of sleeping position - which certainly isn't the case with all bed-in-a-box mattresses. 📦

The Eve Original provides body-contouring support, reducing pressure points and encouraging proper spinal alignment.

As a mattress with medium firmness, it also provides much better edge support than the Emma Original.

Additionally, the memory foam used in the Eve mattress is up to 30x more breathable than traditional memory foam. 💨

The porous top layer and breathable cover also aid in increased airflow, preventing overheating and allowing for a cooler, more comfortable sleep.

Eve Original side sleeper
The Eve Original is great for most sleep positions

Choose the Eve Original if you:

  • Want a well-balanced mattress that offers comfort and support.
  • Are of average weight or build.
  • Sleep on your side, back, or stomach.
  • Prefer medium-firm to firm mattresses.

We would still be wary of recommending the Eve mattress to heavier-weight stomach or back sleepers, as these individuals might require a mattress that offers more support.

Here, we'd recommend opting for a pocket sprung mattress or a hybrid mattress instead.

The Simba Hybrid is a great option - a few of the Sleep Hero team members actually sleep on the Simba mattress!


Eve mattress firmness

Eve mattress edge support

Emma Original: soft, orthopaedic comfort

The Emma mattress is softer than the Eve Original.

We've rated it as 4 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.

Emma original firmness level

This makes it an excellent mattress for lighter-weight or average-weight people, especially if they are side sleepers.

If you're a side sleeper, you'll require a mattress that's soft enough to allow your hips and shoulders to sink in a little more deeply.

But, it still needs to offer enough firmness to support the lighter parts of your body.

This will allow for optimal spinal alignment, which releases tension, prevents back pain, and guarantees orthopaedic support.

The Emma Original is perfect for this. 👌

That said, heavier-weight people or pure front/back sleepers will probably not get enough support and are likely to consider the Emma Original as too soft.

Emma mattress side sleeper
The Emma mattress is great for side sleepers

Choose the Emma Original if you:

  • Want a mattress with body-hugging support and orthopaedic properties.
  • Are of lighter or medium build.
  • Sleep on your side.
  • Prefer soft mattresses.

The Emma Original will be less suitable if you're of a larger build and a pure back or stomach sleeper, a heavier sweater, or a very restless sleeper.


Emma original mattress firmness

Emma mattress person sitting

Eve vs Emma mattress composition

The Eve Original and the Emma Original mattresses are remarkably similar in terms of composition.

Eve mattress composition

The Eve Original mattress consists of three different high-quality foam layers and a machine-washable cover. 🧺

The three different layers of foam are:

  • A top layer of open-celled Evecomfort® foam (2.5 cm / 0.9 inches)
  • A core of viscoelastic memory foam (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • A support foam base layer with seven contour zones (18 cm / 17 inches)

The Eve Original has a total height of 24 cm (9.4 inches), which is slightly below the 25 cm bed-in-a-box average.


Eve mattress composition

Emma mattress composition

The Emma mattress is primarily a memory foam mattress, made up of 3 different layers of foam.

These 3 foam layers are:

  • A top layer of pressure-relieving Airgocell foam (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • Viscoelastic memory foam layer (3 cm / 1.1 inches)
  • A base layer of HRX polyfoam (19 cm / 7.4 inches)

The Emma Original has a total height of 25 cm (10 inches), which is on par with standard bed-in-a-box mattresses.


Emma mattress composition
The Emma mattress has three foam layers

Emma vs Eve mattress price & size comparison

Both the Eve Original and the Emma Original are well-priced mattresses.

The table below gives an overview of mattress dimensions and prices.

These are the standard prices, and will not reflect any current discounts.

Dimensions Eve Original Emma Original Price difference
Single (90 x 190 cm) £419 £499 £80
Small double (120 x 190 cm) £618 £639 £21
Double (135 x 190 cm) £652 £699 £47
King-size (150 x 200 cm) £759 £799 £40
Super-king (180 x 200 cm) £848 £899 £51

Both brands also regularly offer promotions, which allow you to snag up these best buys at much better prices. 🥳

You'll find all the current discount codes listed on our discounts page.


UK Mattress Sizes

How do the Eve and Emma delivery conditions & trial periods compare?

Both the Emma Original and the Eve Original are bed-in-a-box mattresses that are delivered straight to your front door.

The table below will give you a brief overview of the delivery conditions.

Eve Original Emma Original
Delivery Bed-in-a-box principle Bed-in-a-box principle
Delivery time 1-3 working days 1-3 working days
Delivery cost Free within Ireland Free within Ireland
Trial period 100-night trial 200-night trial for a limited time only
Returns Free returns Free returns
Warranty 10-year guarantee 10-year guarantee

Free delivery

The Eve mattress and the Emma mattress are based on the bed-in-a-box principle and are delivered straight to your home, rolled up, compressed, and vacuum-sealed in a compact box. 📦

The boxes have been deliberately designed to fit through any narrow passageway and are easy to handle by one person.

Both the Eve Original and the Emma Original have a fast delivery time, and delivery is free of charge. 🚛

Once unpacked, both the Eve Original and the Emma Original will slowly return to their original sizes.

This may take 30 minutes but could also take up to 4 - 6 hours. ⏰

Cutting open Emma mattress wrapping

Eve mattress in box

Risk-free trial periods & free returns

Both mattresses also come with a risk-free trial period.

For the Eve Original, this trial period is set at 100 days, while the Emma Original is currently offering a 200-day trial period.

The trial enables you to try the mattress in the comfort of your own home.

This gives your body the chance to adapt to the new mattress and gives you the chance to figure out if you really like it.

And if you don't, then you can simply return the mattress and receive a full refund. 💰

Risk-free trial period

Choosing Eve and Emma sleep accessories

It's seldom that you just need a new mattress.

Luckily, both Eve and Emma offer a wide variety of sleep and mattress accessories. 🛌

These include:

  • Pillows
  • Duvets and weighted blankets
  • Mattress protectors
  • Mattress toppers
  • Bedding & linen
  • Bed frames

We've included links to a few of our favourites below.

A few of our favourite Eve & Emma accessories:

Advantages and disadvantages of the two mattresses

To sum up everything we've gone over, here is a table overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both mattresses.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Eve Original

Advantages Disadvantages
  • High-quality, high-density foams.
  • Comfortable with a medium-firm feel.
  • Particularly suitable for average-weight sleepers.
  • Suitable for all sleeping positions.
  • Good temperature regulation.
  • Low return rate - 95% of customers are satisfied.
  • 100-day risk-free trial period.
  • Free delivery & returns.
  • 10-year guarantee.
  • May be too soft for larger builds or those looking for a very firm mattress.
  • Off-gassing is common.
  • There have been complaints with delivery taking longer than expected.


Advantages and disadvantages of the Emma Original

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Soft & comfortable to give you that "sleeping-on-a-cloud" feeling.
  • Offers excellent adaptability & high point elasticity for orthopaedic support.
  • Exceptionally low motion transfer, making it a brilliant choice for couples.
  • Good temperature regulation.
  • Very well-suited to side sleepers.
  • Machine-washable top cover.
  • Free shipping & free returns.
  • 200-day risk-free trial period.
  • 10-year guarantee.
  • 100% vegan.
  • May be too soft for heavier-weight people, larger builds, or back sleepers.
  • The side carrying handles are a little weak, especially for the larger mattress sizes.


Read our full reviews:

What about other Eve and Emma mattresses?

The Eve Original and the Emma Original are the flagship products of each brand - but that's not to say that the other mattresses aren't great as well!

Both Eve and Emma also offer hybrid versions, which feature pocket springs in addition to the memory foam layers, as well as more premium mattresses.

We explore the full range of Eve and Emma mattresses in the FAQ section of this article.

Here is a snapshot of our favourites:

Which is better, the Eve or the Emma mattress?

Both mattresses are made of high-quality materials, offer good support and stability, and provide a high comfort level.

However, they are suitable for different types of sleepers.

The Eve Original will be perceived as firmer, while the Emma Original is among the softest models on the market.

The Eve Original is best suited to:

  • People of average build.
  • Side sleepers, back sleepers, or stomach sleepers.
  • People who prefer medium-firm mattresses.


The Emma Original is best suited to:

  • People of lighter or medium build.
  • Side sleepers.
  • People who prefer soft mattresses.


Regardless of your choice, you'll benefit from a risk-free trial period.

So if you're not entirely satisfied, you can return the mattress and receive a full refund.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can you tell me more about Eve Sleep?

    Eve Sleep is a British bed-in-a-box mattress brand.

    Their mattresses are distinguished by the quality of their materials and innovative designs. 

    Eve mattresses offer great value for money and are suitable for most people and sleeping positions.

    Eve now offers a whole range of mattresses and bedding accessories, including bed frames and bedroom furniture.

  • Can you tell me more about Emma Sleep?

    Emma is a start-up company first established in Germany in 2015.

    One of the leading thoughts behind the Emma brand was to make the mattress market as consumer-oriented as the market in the United States, with reasonable prices and a risk-free trial period.

    Today, Emma is one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses, selling all over Ireland, the UK, USA, Europa, Australia, and India.

  • What are the different Eve mattresses?

    Eve Sleep features a wide range of different mattresses, which can be a little confusing for customers.

    Basically, their mattresses are divided into their Lighter, Original, and Premium ranges as both foam-only and hybrid versions, which feature pocket springs in addition to foam.

    Eve Lighter mattresses

    The "Lighter" mattresses are low-depth mattresses available at more affordable prices.

    The range includes:

    Eve Original mattresses

    The "Original" mattresses are the brand's flagship products. 

     The range includes:

    Eve Premium mattresses

    The "Premium" mattresses are thicker, more luxurious versions at premium prices.

    The range includes:

    Eve cot mattress

    Eve also has an excellent cot mattress, specifically designed for babies and small children under 6.

  • What are the different Emma mattresses?

    Emma Ireland offers two primary mattresses, the Emma Original and the Emma Premium.

    Emma Original

    The Emma Original mattress is the brand's flagship product.

    As a three-layered memory foam mattress, the Emma Original has been designed for body-contouring comfort, pressure relief, and optimal support.

    While it is rated as a medium-firm mattress, we think the Emma Original qualifies more as a soft mattress. We have given it a 4 out of 10 on our Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.

    Despite its softness, though, it's an excellent mattress that's exceptionally comfortable. 

    It offers optimal spinal alignment in every sleeping position, but it's particularly suitable for side sleepers. 

    The Emma Original is often recommended as an orthopaedic mattress to alleviate lower back pain due to its superior adaptability and relief of pressure points.


    Emma Premium

    The Emma Premium combines the composition of the Emma Hybrid with the firmness of the Emma Original. 

    The result?

    A hybrid mattress with a soft and comfortable feel.

    This mattress also features four layers: Breathable Airgocell foam, pressure-relieving memory foam, extra-tall zoned pocket springs, and a stabilising cold foam layer.

    The Emma Premium is Emma's most advanced mattress for exceptional comfort and stability.

    The zoned pocket springs allow for optimal hip and shoulder support, resulting in spinal alignment, and increased breathability. 

    The mattress also offers excellent motion isolation, making it a good choice for couples. 



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