We all need 8 hours of sleep but which mattress can help you nod off easily? Eve, Casper or Simba? We investigate.
Everyone needs sleep (apart from Thái Ngọc, a Vietnamese insomniac who claims to have not slept for over 40 years). Thankfully he’s in the minority, with most of us needing a good 8 hours.
However, in the last few years the average Briton has been sleeping for less – just 6 hours 35 minutes to be precise, so we need to make those hours count.
Mattress makers no doubt feel the same and several new brands have sprung up, all claiming to have a one mattress fits all approach. But can buying a new mattress really be that simple?
There are lots of online mattress brands out there, Hyde & Sleep, Otty, DuraTribe, Snug – we could go on. But three are leading the way, so we’ve delved a little deeper into the Eve, Simba and Casper offering.
These mattresses aren’t expensive when you compare their prices to more traditional brands like Tempur and Silentnight, and you can pick up a standard memory foam mattress online for around the £100 mark – so what is it that differentiates this new generation of mattresses from the pack?
With space at a premium, the fact they arrive vacuum packed and rolled up in a box is not to be sniffed at – although there is the chemical smell you have to deal with for a day or so. And have you ever tried lugging an orthopaedic mattress up two flights of stairs? (Hint: It’s not easy).
They all have an attractive 100 night trial offer with free delivery and returns, which can make clicking that buy button a bit easier, as there are still people out there that like to try before they buy.
Casper, maybe less well known here right now, has been gaining popularity in the US since 2014. They currently have a pop up in Covent Garden where you can try out their mattress and Eve has a pop up in Debenhams on Oxford Steet.
Although if you’re not living in or near London that’s not much use to you. Simba is probably the easiest to access with a demo mattress in most John Lewis stores.
But what it really boils down to is if your sleep is improved.
Casper, Simba and Eve all have a number of reviews and testimonials on their websites, but what about something a bit more impartial? See our checklist below to easily compare the brands.
|UK Single (90x190cm)||£349||£350||£399|
|UK Double (135x190cm)||£549||£550||£599|
|UK King (150x200cm)||£629||£600||£699|
|Super King (180x200cm)||£749||£700||£799|
|Delivery Cost||Standard delivery free.|
Weekday morning guaranteed or Saturday £20
|Free||Free Monday – Friday. £20 for weekends or next day.|
|Returns Policy||100 night trial||100 night trial||100 night trial|
|Matching Accessories Available||One pillow design + cover|
Can buy in a bundle
|One pillow design + cover|
|Average Review Scores (taken from their websites)||4.68/5||4.5/5||4.76/5|
|Warranty||10 year guarantee||10 year guarantee||10 year guarantee|
|Showroom||Debenhams Oxford Street only.||They have a pop up in Covent Garden||They should be in every John Lewis store to try, but they recommend calling to check first|
|Finance Option||0% interest free credit||N/A||0% interest free credit|
|Old Mattress Removal||N/A||They are currently piloting their ‘old mattress removal’ programme so it could be an option. No charge, but it won’t be carried out at the same time as the delivery.|
|Yes – £50 inc delivery of new mattress.|
|Delivery||5-7 business days||1-2 business days (maybe more if you live in a remote spot)||3-4 business days|
They say: The management team at eve spent 12 years between them developing mattresses and selling them all over the world. 70,000 prototypes later, we arrived at the most comfortable mattress ever made.
Premium memory foam, at an affordable price. The Eve mattress balances comfort, coolness, durability, and just the right amount of bounce.
Prices start at £349 for a UK Single mattress and £59 for a pillow. Check before you buy – they sometimes have discount voucher offers.
They say: The Simba Hybrid®. The comfort of foam with the support of 2,500 patented conical pocket springs. 30 years’ experience, selling in excess of 1,000,000 mattresses, and producing 70 Simba prototypes, has led us to this – Simba – the most advanced mattress in the world. It’s a harmony of experience and technology.
Prices start at £399 for a single mattress.
They say: Our research led us to the discovery that a single, well-balanced sleep surface could cater to the vast majority of sleeping positions, body types, and slumber eccentricities.
We developed our award-winning combination of memory, comfort, and support foams, with each component specifically chosen for its properties and how they work together.
Mattresses start at £350 for a single and a standard pillow for £60.
They say: Designed from the inside out with a universal adaptive feel to provide the cooling, contouring and core support everybody needs to sleep better. Three layers of high quality foam deliver cooling bounce, contouring pressure relief and core support for amazing sleep, night after night.
Mattresses start and £390 for a single, increasing to £740 for a Super King.
They say: Emma invested a great deal in developing a mattress that optimally supports and relaxes your body at the same time.
We achieved this by combining 4 special layers to keep your dreams as sweet as possible. Maximum adaptability is achieved through the optimized combination of a decompressing Airgocell®-layer, pressure-relieving pocket springs, visco-elastic memory foam and a supporting layer of cold foam.
They say: The worlds most innovative and technologically advanced mattress designed exclusively for couples. With Tweak’s unique dual comfort design, you and your partner can both choose your own level of comfort and support for your side of the bed, giving you both a superior slumber.
Prices start from £799/£840 for a double, with a choice of soft, medium for hard foam for either half of the mattress.