The Best Mattress

Updated on 15 November 2022

After 17 hours of research, an exhaustive analysis of 30 popular models and our testing of 13 of them, we have concluded that the Emma Original offers the best value for money.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Emma Original

Voted the best product of the year 2020 by our French neighbours, this model made up of 3 different foam layers has a qualitative design that stands out for its anti-slip coating.

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Emma Original

Certified free of toxic materials, this mattress is quite soft and provides support for your back thanks to its five comfort zones and three layers of foam (including viscoelastic foam). It also adapts to the shape of your body and returns to its original shape when you get up. During our test, we found it very comfortable in all possible sleeping positions. The bounce is also moderate, and you hardly feel anything when your partner moves. In addition, the hypoallergenic cover (machine washable) is suitable for the most sensitive skin and regulates body temperature. Last but not least, this model has strong handles for moving or turning it around.

 

 

Best budget

Home Heavenly MATT

Although little known on the market, this Dutch brand offers an innovative mattress whose firmness is easily adjustable at home. Composed of 4 types of foam, it has everything to seduce any type of sleeper.

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Composed of 4 types of foam (memory foam, cold flexible, cold firm and hyper-supportive), this mattress offers a firmness adjustable in no less than 6 levels. Nothing could be simpler: you can easily rearrange the order of the inner foams at home thanks to the zip opening. The removable cover is machine washable, and the set benefits from several certifications (Certipur, Oeko-tex, Ecolabel…).

 

Best high-end

Hypnia Bien-être Suprême

Its integrated overlay and pocket spring technology make it soft and super comfortable. Also, this 150x190 cm mattress provides a high level of rebound and back support.

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Hypnia

Approved by health professionals, this 2-in-1 mattress, which is quite heavy (48.4 kg), incorporates in its design an extra thick mattress topper (30 cm). For those who like a softer welcome, it is undoubtedly the most comfortable with its 7 comfort zones. Certified and free of harmful substances, this pocket spring model is made of bamboo fibres, which guarantees a good thermal regulation. It also contains memory foam, a latex layer and honeycomb foam. Thanks to this design, it provides excellent support and balance for the back and does not sag when lying on it. Although the bounce is very high, when we tested it we had no problems at all going to sleep.

 

Mid-range alternative

Emma One

Despite its thinness, this foam mattress has a healthy and hygienic design and provides good sleeping independence. Ideal if you don’t want to spend too much.

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Emma One

Quite thin (18 cm thick) and of medium firmness, this model is composed of 3 layers of foam and a polyester cover, and has 7 support zones. It is certified free of toxic substances and is therefore suitable for allergy sufferers. In our opinion, for the price, it is comfortable enough in all sleeping positions but offers a little less support for the back. During our test, we did not sink into it and did not feel the movements of the person lying next to us. On the other hand, the temperature is well-regulated thanks to the adaptive technology, and the cover is fully removable and machine washable, which makes it more hygienic. Finally, although its handles are fragile, its lightness makes it easy to carry.

 

Our selection

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Emma Original Home Heavenly MATT Hypnia Bien-être Suprême Emma One
Voted the best product of the year 2020 by our French neighbours, this model made up of 3 different foam layers has a qualitative design that stands out for its anti-slip coating. Although little known on the market, this Dutch brand offers an innovative mattress whose firmness is easily adjustable at home. Composed of 4 types of foam, it has everything to seduce any type of sleeper. Its integrated overlay and pocket spring technology make it soft and super comfortable. Also, this 150x190 cm mattress provides a high level of rebound and back support. Despite its thinness, this foam mattress has a healthy and hygienic design and provides good sleeping independence. Ideal if you don't want to spend too much.
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How did we do the tests?

For greater objectivity, four members of the team tested each of the mattresses (different morphologies, sleeping habits, etc.). To check the density, firmness, comfort and support, we based it on our general feeling of well-being by testing all possible sleeping positions (on your back, on your stomach, on your side…). To judge bounce and cushioning, we jump on each mattress.

Another factor we paid special attention to was sleep independence. For this, we put a glass of water on the mattress and one member of the team sat on it and made movements. We also performed the same procedure, but with one person lying down. We then tested the transportability of the mattress (by moving it from side to side) and the breathability of the surface.

 

How to choose your mattress?

Having good bedding helps you sleep better, improves your mood and reduces the risk of backache or other muscular pain. It is therefore essential to choose your pillow, duvet and, above all, your base and mattress properly.

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There are many models to choose from, each with its advantages and disadvantages, but not all are suitable for everyone. You should choose your mattress according to your weight, your favourite sleeping positions, the temperature of your room and your preferences in terms of comfort and firmness.

The different types of mattresses can be grouped according to the type of material and their use. There are currently three main types:

  • Spring mattresses: are known for their flexibility and elasticity. However, they are quite heavy and can become noisy over time. Note that there are three main types of springs: bi-coils (made up of double inverted cone springs combined and glued together), multi-coils (made of a single continuous steel wire that allows for optimal ventilation of the bedding) and pocketed springs (the springs are arranged individually).

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  • Latex mattresses: whether natural (preferred) or synthetic, they are often very firm. Natural latex is obtained from the sap of the rubber tree and has the advantage of being very comfortable because it is very elastic. It is also a very good natural moisture regulator that can last for many years if it is well cared for.
  • Foam mattresses: these are the ones we have chosen in this selection because they are light, easy to transport and have several advantages that other types generally lack. Foam models are increasingly being bought because they are comfortable and relatively soft, thanks to their viscoelastic or memory foam. The latter is very popular because they adapt to the individual’s morphology according to body heat. In addition, they are generally durable models.

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Secondly, there are other essential criteria to consider when looking for a comfortable and practical model, regardless of the type of mattress you prefer:

  • Dimensions: although some mattresses can be ordered to measure, the standard size of double mattresses is generally 140 x 200 cm or 160 x 200 cm (Queen Size). For this article, we have opted for the first size, knowing that it continues to be the most commonly used in the French-speaking world.

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  • Density: this is an important criterion, as it defines the firmness of the mattress. Calculated in kg/m³, it must be greater than 25 kg/m³ to ensure a minimum of comfort, bearing in mind that around 50 kg/m³ is an ideal measurement for a person weighing approximately 50 kg. The heavier the person sleeping on the mattress, the denser the mattress should be. However, this indication is not always (clearly) shared by the manufacturers.

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  • Materials: ideally, they should be Oeko-tex certified, which guarantees products that are free of toxic substances, regardless of whether they are made of synthetic or natural materials. People who are sensitive to allergies will prefer hypoallergenic, anti-dust mite and, while we’re at it, anti-bacterial mattresses. An anti-slip bottom can also come in handy.

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  • Maintenance: on receipt of the package, it is often advisable to let the mattress air out before the first use. Afterwards, a good airing in your room, a little vacuuming every month and possibly a little wiping from time to time should be enough. If you follow the brand’s instructions, a quality mattress should last for about ten years. Some mattresses also have a removable, machine-washable cover.
  • Advantages of buying: as in many other areas, online sales are nowadays common (and sometimes the only solution offered by more and more brands). Therefore, many manufacturers offer a trial period of several nights (often a hundred) so that you can make up your mind. Check the conditions of return and the costs that may be associated with it. Finally, most of these models now come with a 10-year warranty.

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Other mattresses we recommend

Emma Hybrid Premium (£449.90 upon publication): an alternative to consider. This top-of-the-range mattress combines foam and 25 cm pocket springs to offer balanced, high-quality comfort (150×200 cm). It also maintains its softness and comfort as it ages, and has very good resistance to sagging.

Abeil AB100 + (£206.75 upon publication): very easy to move and transport. At 15 cm high, this 140 x 190 cm model is the least thick of this selection, which does not prevent it from being comfortable. Indeed, while its density of 46 kg/m³ makes it slightly firm, users are seduced by the great comfort provided by the top layer with shape memory. This feeling is all the more evident when it is equipped with a microfibre cover, renowned for its softness, but also its ease of maintenance.

 

Other tested mattresses

Tediber (£790.00 upon publication): both firm and comfortable. It has three types of foam (memory foam, memory foam and high-density polyurethane) and is therefore suitable for all body types. It comes with a hypoallergenic and removable cover for easy maintenance. In addition to being made in France and Belgium, it can be tested for 100 nights. The great thing? Returned mattresses are donated to the Emmaus solidarity bank.

Eve Hybrid Premium (£849.00 upon publication): a high-end alternative. This top-of-the-range mattress combines foam and springs to offer its sleepers incomparable balanced comfort. In addition, it retains its softness and comfort as it ages while having good resistance to sinking. Its total thickness of 28 cm implies a higher weight (45 kg) and, of course, a slightly larger footprint.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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