The Best Mattress

Updated on 2 March 2021

After 16 hours of research and a thorough analysis of 21 mattresses, we have concluded that the Emma Original still offers the most convincing price/quality ratio for all types of sleepers.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Emma Original

Voted best product of the year 2020 by French consumers, this model with 3 different foam layers is distinguished by its excellent design and is suitable for all types of sleepers.

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This German designed mattress is very popular with users and is available in 11 sizes. In addition to having 3 layers of foam – including memory foam – for a total height of 25 cm, it also has a thermoregulating elastic cover that allows air to circulate more freely. For easy maintenance, the cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine. This is in addition to the anti-slip coating on the underside of the mattress, which optimises its fit on the base. In addition, the brand offers a 100-day trial period and a 10-year guarantee. Finally, it is Oeko-tex certified and made in Europe.


Best budget

Abeil AB100+

Although it is the thinnest of this selection, this makes it easy to transport. This, combined with its excellent price/quality ratio, makes it very competitive.

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This model is the thinnest of this selection (15 cm in height), but it is still comfortable. Indeed, although its density of 46 kg/m³ means that it is considered to be slightly too firm, users are generally seduced by the great comfort provided by the upper memory foam layer. This feeling is all the more present as this mattress is equipped with a removable microfibre cover, known for its softness and ease of maintenance. This mattress is especially attractive to those on a small budget or for those looking for a spare mattress.


Best high-end

Simba Hybrid

Combining open cell foam with 2,500 pocket springs, it is neither too firm nor too soft to suit many profiles. Made in Europe, it has hypoallergenic and anti-mite properties.

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Renowned in the world of bedding, the Simba brand offers a hybrid model that combines open cell foam with more than 2500 pocket springs. Designed to meet the needs of all types of sleepers, it is made of Oeko-tex certified materials that are also hypoallergenic, anti-fungal and anti-mite. Better still, it has 5 different layers that include a sleeping surface, a comfort layer, the famous springs, a viscoelastic foam and a zoned base – for a total height of 25 cm. Finally, it is Certipur and Oeko-tex certified, has a 10-year guarantee and is available for a 100-night trial period.


Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-end
Emma OriginalAbeil AB100 +Simba Hybrid
Emma OriginalAbeil AB100 +Simba Hybrid
Voted best product of the year 2020 by our French neighbours, this model (150x200 cm) has 3 different foam layers with a qualitative design that stands out for its anti-slip coating.If it has the least considerable thickness of this selection, this allows it to be easily transportable. This feature, combined with its excellent price/quality ratio, makes it very attractive.This is a hybrid mattress. It is the only one of the models presented here that combines an open cell foam with 2500 packaged springs, for a result that is neither too firm nor too soft.
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Honorable Mentions

IKEA Morgedal (£249 upon publication): known for its efficient and inexpensive products, the Swedish giant offers a foam mattress for those who prefer a firm, supportive feel. Its removable, machine-washable cover and no less than 25-year guarantee are convincing. In short, this is a simple but effective solution for those on a limited budget.     

Tediber (£650 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 upon publication): 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. 


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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.

There are many models to choose from, each with its own 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: they 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).
  • 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 a number of 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 are very popular because they adapt to the individual’s morphology according to body heat. In addition, they are generally durable models.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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