‘We reviewed Emma NextGen Premium Mattress to see if it helps with back pain’

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We’ve been sleeping on the Emma NextGen Premium Mattress for over six weeks now

Buying a mattress is a bit of an investment. They can be expensive, but should last you a good few years – which means when you’re choosing one, you want to get it right and pick the best one for you for a good night sleep.

My job means I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, which can lead to back and neck pain – so I wanted a mattress that gives extra support. I wanted to try one of those “bed in a box” mattresses that are everywhere on social media, and eventually settled on the Emma NextGen Premium Mattress, which is made of layers of memory foam and pocket springs.

I chose this one as it claims to have seven different zones of pocket springs to support your head, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, thighs, and feet. It has also previously been named a “Best Buy” by Which? magazine.

The major appeal of a “bed in a box” mattress for me was not having to lug around something really heavy. It arrived in a box that was 45cm by 110cm, so very compact considering it contained a double mattress. However, it was fairly heavy and I’d say it was more of a two-person job to move it.

The box the Emma mattress arrived in It comes tightly rolled and you have to cut around plastic wrapping before you can unroll it

The mattress itself was tightly rolled up inside the box, you then have to remove it and gently cut the plastic packaging around it to unwrap it. This was easy to do, although I was worried about accidentally cutting through the mattress, so I was sure to go carefully when removing the plastic covering.

Once it was unwrapped and unrolled, we simply left it to fully inflate. Emma recommends leaving it for five hours, which I’d say was pretty accurate in terms of how long it took to full regain its shape. It may have even been ready in four hours, but we left it the full five to be sure.

I was impressed by the ease of our Emma mattress so far, but of course, the main test is: does it provide a good night sleep? I don’t sleep very well when I’m away from home, and I’ve always put it down to sleeping on a new mattress.

When I Googled how long it takes to get used to a new mattress, some results said 30 days, while others said six weeks. Saying that, it is worth noting that Emma does give you a 200-night guarantee – so roughly just over six months – so you can return your mattress within that timeframe if it isn’t the one for you.

We’ve had ours over six weeks now. I found the mattress gave me quite a stiff back for the first week and I didn’t find it overly comfortable. Was this because I wasn’t getting the support I needed before from my old mattress, and how suddenly my body was having to get used to something better? I’m not a sleep expert, so I can’t be 100% sure.

It took five hours for the mattress to fully inflate The mattress puffs up on its own

But we persevered, and it became much more comfortable from the second week – again, for some people, it may take longer. Emma uses a scale of one to ten to described how firm a mattress is, and rates the NextGen Premium Mattress a seven out of ten, or “medium” firmness.

I’d agree with this rating – it is definitely not a soft mattress and would suit someone who wants their mattress to be more supportive. You don’t sink into the mattress when you lay down on it, although it still maintains a bounce which makes it relaxing to sleep on.

The sides also don’t collapse when you get in and out of bed, like with some memory foam mattresses. I think we found this mattress more comfortable as time went on, presumably as we got used to sleeping on something that is designed to be supportive. It does feel like you’re taking better care of your body while you’re asleep.

Apart from the first week or two, we generally haven’t woken up with the type of back and neck pain like we sometimes used to get with our old mattress, which is the real winner for us. I’m a front sleeper, while my partner usually sleeps on his back, so it would seem this mattress suits most types of sleep positions. The review by Which? also agreed with this, where it was noted that it will “give your spine good overall support no matter what position you prefer to sleep in”.

As a front sleeper, you’re much more likely to notice if your neck is supported or not with this Emma mattress. This may make you want to switch the type of pillow you’re using.

In terms of price, the Emma NextGen Premium Mattress starts from £419 for UK single, rising to £789 for a UK super king size. Emma regularly holds sales, so it is worth keeping an eye out for these if you’re tempted to invest – and make a note of when your 200-day guarantee expires in case you don’t get on with it.

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