Emma launches new cheap hybrid mattress — and it's just £404 for a super king

The Emma Lite Mattress in a bedroom
(Image credit: Emma Sleep)

Emma Sleep has created a cosy niche for itself as the maker of quality beds at a competitively low price, and that reputation is set to grow with the release of the new Emma Lite mattress. You can buy the brand new Emma Lite Mattress from as low as £197.10 (RRP £219) at Emma Sleep, cementing its standing as another well-made hybrid that's designed to suit both your sleep and your budget.  

As a hybrid mattress, the Emma Lite has a relatively simple build comprising of two foam layers and a base layer of springs. It's not the super-complex, multi-layered interior you might expect form some of the other hybrids in our best mattress guide, but that's reflected in the low price tag. And let's be honest – more layers doesn't always equal better sleep.

Emma Lite Mattress specs

Release date: April 2024
Sizes: 7 (single, small double, double, king, super king, EU single, EU double, EU queen)
Height: 22cm
Guarantee: 10 years
Materials: Foam, pocket springs

Emma describes the Emma Lite Mattress as medium-soft, so we expect a feel that suits side sleepers. And if you're not sure if that's right for you, Emma also offers a 200-night trial and a 10-year guarantee, which we don't always see for budget beds.

Let's get back to that price. It's not often you'll find a super king bed for around the £400 mark, but does that price indicate a compromise on quality? Here, we''ll take a close look at the latest addition to Emma's impressive sleep suite, looking at price, design and comfort. 

Emma Lite Mattress: £219

Emma Lite Mattress: from £219 £197.10 at Emma Sleep
The Emma Lite mattress is a super-simple hybrid from one of our favourite bed brands. It has a cushioned sleep surface that will appeal to side sleepers, as well as an equally attractive price. Emma is offering 10% off to celebrate the launch of the Emma Lite, meaning a double can be yours for as little as £296.10.

Emma Lite Mattress: Price

Emma Sleep is known for its competitively priced  beds and the Emma Lite Mattress sticks to this philosophy of good sleep at an affordable price. It's the cheapest mattress in the Emma Sleep range. Here's a breakdown of the Emma Lite RRP:

  • UK single: £219
  • UK small double: £309
  • UK double: £329
  • UK king: £379
  • UK super king: £449
  • EU single: £259
  • EU double: £349
  • EU queen: £439

To celebrate its release, Emma has launched the Lite range by knocking 10% off the RRP. Emma sales aren't evergreen, but they are fairly common, so keep an eye on our mattress sales page for discounts on other beds. 

While every budget is different, this is a great price on such a well made bed, especially for a hybrid mattress which usually command a higher price tag, due to the additional materials used. The Emma Lite is cheap enough for a guest room but with a brand quality good enough for your main bed.

In addition, you also get some pretty excellent extras. Emma offers a 200-night mattress trial, which gives you plenty of time to get used to the bed. And while the 10-year guarantee is fairly standard, we appreciate the reassurance of quality when buying a budget-friendly bed.

Emma Lite Mattress: Design

There are three internal layers to the Emma Lite Mattress, making it relatively simple for a hybrid. Considering the price tag, that's to be expected, but let's breakdown exactly what's inside the Emma Lite.

We begin with a top layer of comfort foam, followed by a sturdier layer of durable base foam. Then comes the springs. They're individually pocketed and with zoned firmness at the head, neck, and lower back. A removable and washable cover finishes the bed

The Emma Lite Mattress with a cutaway showing the internal foam and spring layers

(Image credit: Emma Sleep)

Emma rates the Emma Lite mattress as medium-soft – even softer than the all-foam Emma Original (which we rate highly, check out our Emma mattress review to see why). This softer feel should be best for side sleepers who need the extra cushioning at the shoulders and hips. However, thanks to the springs you should expect some bounce. If you don't love the typical memorial foam 'hug' but want softness, this could be a great compromise. 

At just 22 cm deep, the Emma Lite is on the shorter side of our recommended mattress thickness – we suggest a standard mattress for an adult should be between roughly 20 cm and 30 cm. It should offer the support you need for everyday use, especially for those with a lighter build.

Ruth Jones
Sleep staff Writer

Ruth Jones has recently joined the Tom's Guide team as a sleep staff writer, covering all things mattresses and sleep. Ruth previously worked as a sleep and mattress writer for our sister website TechRadar, and has a deep interest in sleep and how it affects our day to day wellbeing. Ruth is a self-confessed stomach sleeper with a penchant for medium-firm mattresses, and also loves a good eye mask for helping her to fall asleep easier at night.