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4 Nov 2020

Is the Simba Hybrid mattress any good?

Find out how the Simba Hybrid compares with other Simba mattresses, as well as rivals such as Casper, Emma and Eve

We've pitched the Simba Hybrid mattress against 19 others in our latest tests, including mattresses from Dreams, Furniture Village and Next.

You're likely to have seen ads for Simba's Hybrid mattress, promising 'gravity-defying comfort' and 'cooler sleep' thanks to its five layers, which include a combination of back-hugging springs and memory foam.

At £569 for a double, currently reduced from £769, the Simba Hybrid is fairly cheap among its online rivals. But cost isn't an indicator of quality. Our latest tests have found Best Buy mattresses from as little as £200 up to £950, so there's something to suit every budget.

Seven of the 20 new mattresses we tested this time round earned a Best Buy recommendation, which means they'll support your back, even after years of use. But our lowest scorer in this round of testing achieved just 50%.

Previous versions of the Simba mattress have generally given good support, but our tests did reveal differences between the performance of this version and the older ones.

Does the Simba Hybrid join our list of Best mattresses? Head to our Simba Hybrid mattress review to find out.

What is the Simba Hybrid mattress?

The Hybrid is Simba's best selling mattress. It's made up of five layers: a 16cm foam core with a mini pocket-spring layer sandwiched between two layers of foam, topped with another 2.5cm of foam.

It's a bed-in-a-box mattress, so it's delivered vacuum-packed in a box to your door and it comes with a 200-night trial. If you decide to return it, Simba offers a free return. Its website states that it won't ask you to get the mattress back in the box for its return journey. If you keep, it, the mattress comes with a 10-year guarantee, too.

Are Simba mattresses any good?

Simba currently has three mattresses in its core range, and we've tested them all.

  • Simba Hybrid, £569 for a double: This is Simba's best selling mattress. Some memory foam mattresses can feel warmer to sleep on, due to the foam moulding to your body, but out test experts classed this as medium warm, which is considered normal.
  • Simba Pro, £794 for a double: Simba says this is its most advanced mattress. It contains a lot more foam, but isn't especially warm to lie on, which is good news if you're after a cool, memory-foam mattress.
  • Simba Cool Foam, £199 for a double: This affordable mattress is exclusively available from Argos. It's cheap, and has a simpler construction than the other two mattresses in the range. It's light, at 15kg. And despite the name, this mattress didn't feel particularly cool to lie on in our tests. It didn't feel that warm, either, so is likely to suit most people.

Find out how Simba scores compared with other bed-in-a-box brands in our Best mattress brands guide

Are you more likely to buy a mattress online now?

Bed-in-a-box mattresses are big business, but in previous years we've found most people still prefered the idea of mattress shopping in a store.

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