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Eve vs Simba: should you buy a premium mattress in the January sales?

Online mattress brands have gone high-end with some impressive results

Eve vs Simba: should you buy a premium mattress in the January sales?

When bed-in-a-box mattresses from the likes of Casper, Emma and Eve first sprung on to the scene, a key selling point was that by selling direct to consumers they were able to offer premium mattresses for non-premium prices.

Fast forward a few years. Now there are dozens of mid-range boxed mattresses on the market, costing between £450 and £650. So some brands are breaking the mould with higher and lower prices.

This year, we’ve had cheap bed-in-a-box mattresses − such as the Casper Essential, £400, and Simba Cool Foam, £199 − plus an influx of high-end options, costing between £800 and £1,000.

Two of the most high-profile are the Eve Premium Hybrid, £849, and the Simba Hybrid Pro, £839. One of these has just become the highest-scoring mattress we’ve tested in years, if not ever.

And you may not need to pay full whack. Both brands often have offers on their mattresses, so we’ve compared both below so you’ll know a great deal when you see one in the January sales.

See our full list of Best Buy mattresses.

Eve vs Simba mattresses: at a glance

Eve Premium Hybrid Simba Hybrid Pro
Price £849 £839
Length of sleep trial 100 nights 100 nights
Layers (from base to surface) Foam, full-sized pocket springs, foam, memory foam Foam, mini pocket springs, foam
Weight 46kg 33kg
Firmness (one is firmest and ten softest) 4 8
Warmth Average Average

Eve Premium Hybrid – £849

The Premium Hybrid contains foam and full-sized pocket springs, unlike Eve’s other high-end offering, the Premium Mattress, £849, which is just foam. That makes the Hybrid a good bet if you’re struggling to decide between a pocket spring or a memory foam mattress.

Guide: Pocket sprung or memory foam? Choosing the best type of mattress for you

This complex structure comes at a cost. At 46kg, the Eve Premium Hybrid is one of the heaviest bed-in-a-box mattresses we’ve seen. While you don’t need to flip it, you should still rotate it from head to toe regularly, so its weight is worth bearing in mind.

As well as testing mattresses to see how supportive, stable, breathable and long-lasting they are, we also assess how easy they are to use.

Read our Eve Premium Hybrid review for our expert verdict.

Simba Hybrid Pro – £839

The Simba Hybrid Pro also combines foam with springs. But in this case the springs are mini rather than full-sized, so this is still predominantly a foam mattress. It’s also lighter and softer than the Eve, which will be an important consideration for some.

But even more important is knowing how supportive the mattress is for your spine. Our body support tests are performed by mattress experts in a specially designed lab and reveal how good each mattress is at supporting smaller and larger people sleeping on their backs, sides and fronts.

Read our Simba Hybrid Pro mattress review to see if it will give your spine the support it needs.

Other premium boxed beds

Eve and Simba are two of the best-known bed-in-a-box brands, but don’t assume that makes them the best for you. Lots of other manufacturers offer premium mattresses, including the two we’ve highlighted below, which both offer something a little different.

Brook & Wilde Elite – £999

This is one of the most expensive online-only mattresses we’ve seen, but that’s not surprising considering it also has one of the most complex and unusual structures we’ve seen.

At the base is a 5cm layer of foam, on top of which is a 14cm layer of full-sized pocket springs, a 5cm wave-shaped layer of foam, a 3cm layer of mini pocket springs and a 6cm wave-shaped layer of memory foam. Because of how it’s laid out, your head should always be at the same end and on the same side, so you shouldn’t ever rotate or flip this mattress.

But does this complex structure provide better support? And can it endure our tough durability tests, which simulate 10 years of use by rolling a heavy barrel over the mattress tens of thousands of times?

Read our Brook and Wilde Elite review to find out.

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress – £699

This DreamCloud mattress may be the cheapest mattress in our premium round-up, but there’s no doubting its luxury credentials. It’s the first bed-in-a-box mattress we’ve seen that has a quilted pillowtop.

This is designed to make the mattress more comfortable, but you’ll have plenty of time to test that claim for yourself, because this mattress comes with a year-long sleep trial. That means you can sleep on it for a year before deciding whether to send it back for a full refund.

But it’s only worth ordering in the first place if it suits your sleep style. Some mattresses, for example, are very poor at preventing the transfer of movement from one side of the bed to the other, making them poorly suited to light-sleepers.

Find out how this one fared when we subjected to to our stability tests in our DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress review.

Prices are for UK doubles and are correct as of 18 December 2019.


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