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Emma Flip Topper Review

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Written By Connie

CPD Sleep Consultant

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2 April 2024 9 min read

We all know that a good night's sleep is important for our overall health and wellbeing. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just can't get comfortable enough to drift off into a blissful slumber. If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, it might be time to invest in the Emma Flip Mattress Topper from Emma Sleep UK.

If you have a mediocre mattress, a high-quality mattress topper can take your sleeping experience to a brand new level. And today, we're looking at one topper in particular to see what it's bringing to the table! So, this is our Emma Flip Topper review and here's what you should expect.

We're going to go through all of the main selling points for the Emma Flip Topper, discuss how it performed in our tests, and give you some general information about the product. Then, if you have any more questions, feel free to ask us down in the comments!

Advantages

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Double sided
Just flip the topper and enjoy the other side of it too.
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Pressure & pain relieving
Forget any pain with this mattress topper.
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Durable & long lasting
Due to high quality materials, this topper will last long time.

Disadvantages

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Slight overheating problems
There might be some overheating problems. mainly reported by hot sleepers.
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No elasticated straps
The design has no straps or grip on the bottom to keep the topper in place.

Who is the Emma Flip Topper for?

The Emma Flip Topper, like most mattress toppers, is designed for people who are struggling to get a good night's sleep. It doesn't matter if you're a light sleeper or you have trouble falling asleep in the first place – the Emma Flip can help.

But how? What does Emma Flip topper offer?

The Emma Flip Topper offers two different sides for different sleeping experiences. It's made with two foam layers. One's ultra-breathable Airgocell® foam, which is perfect for people who tend to sleep hot as well as being a softer foam for those looking for comfort. The other side is made with pressure-relieving HRX ZeroGravity foam, which is ideal for people who need a little extra support.

Judging from that, the Flip seems to be designed for pretty much everyone, but both of us know better – nothing's designed for everyone. So, in light of that “surprising” revelation, let's just take a brief look at who the Flip Topper is actually for.

The Flip is for:

What do we use this product for?

There are a number of reasons why you might opt for this Emma Topper due to it being breathable, using two different types of foam and having a removable cover. All of these factors can decide what you use the topper for. The Emma Mattress Topper can be used for:

Features you should know about the Emma Flip Topper

There's no doubt about it that Emma has designed a high-quality mattress topper. But, just saying something's high-quality doesn't really mean much. So, in this section, we're going to guide you through the Emma Flip, step-by-step, layer-by-layer, and feature-by-feature.

By the time you're done reading this, you'll be more than aware of what makes this topper different, and also, what were the things we mostly focused our attention on while testing for this Emma mattress topper review.

2 firmness options

This one's the main selling point of this topper – two firmness options. By flipping the topper over, you can go from a pressure-relieving, soft sleeping surface to a slightly firmer but more supportive one.
In other words, the two options are – soft and medium-firm.

Emma promises that the topper will provide you with the same kind of support and comfort no matter which side you choose, but we'll get into that later. For now, just know that by simply flipping the topper over, you'll get to choose between soft and medium-firm support and comfort.

ZeroGravity foam

Emma claims that the HRX ZeroGravity foam “has got your back”, but what does that mean?
Well, the ZeroGravity foam is designed to provide you with the support you need while relieving pressure on your lower back, hips and shoulders. This way, you should be able to sleep in any position without having to worry about pain or discomfort.

However, the main thing about the HRX Zero-G is that this one's the firmer option. So, if you're a bit heavier or your prefer napping on your tummy, you're probably better off on this side.

Breathable Airgocell foam

Claiming that the “Airgocell technology offers unbeatable breathability and temperature regulation” is kind of a mighty statement – even for Emma.

But, in all fairness, Airgocell is a type of foam that's designed to be both breathable and temperature-regulating. We've encountered it earlier with Emma mattresses, so we know it gets the job done. So, if you're the type of person that gets hot at night, this side of the topper should be perfect for you.

Of course, seeing how this is a double-sided topper and the HRX foam's the medium-firmer one – this side is the one that'll offer much more cloud-like, soft support and comfort.

Suitable for all sleeping positions

This is one of those “too good to be true” claims, but we're happy to report that it's mostly true. After all, it's just a topper, and just like with any other topper – most of the “heavy lifting”, or in this case supporting, is done by the underlying mattress.

In other words, Emma Flip Topper is suitable for all sleeping positions, but it does have its limits. For instance, here's what you can expect if you pair the Flip with a medium-firm mattress like Emma Original Mattress – here's what you can expect.

If you're a stomach sleeper and you weigh more than 100 kg (230 lbs), you might want to look for another topper. The same goes for side sleepers that weigh more than 200 lbs. After all, this is just a topper and it's 5 cm deep. It's not magical.

Other than that, Emma Flip should provide you with the support and comfort you need no matter which position you sleep in.

Removable & washable polyester cover

The cover is made from a blend of polyester and elastane (98% polyester and 2% elastane), and it's both removable and washable. In other words, you can take it off and put it in the washing machine whenever you need to. Just set the dial to 40°C and a gentle cycle.

As for the feel, the cover is soft to the touch and quite stretchy. Also, it's hypoallergenic, just like the rest of the product, so that's a plus for those of you that struggle with dust, pollen, or any other common allergens.

On the other hand, Emma Sleep strongly urges you to air dry the cover. In other words, don't put it in a tumble drier otherwise you'll probably end up with a shrunken cover that doesn't fit anymore.
As for the rest of the maintenance of the super-silky-soft cover – don't bleach or iron it.

10 years guarantee & 100-night trial

Like most of their other products, Emma offers a 10-year guarantee on Emma Flip. So, if anything happens to it during that time – you're covered. Also, giving a 10-year guarantee on a 6 cm thick piece of memory foam speaks volumes about the quality of this thing. So, props for Emma!
As for the trial period, you get 100 nights to test out the product and see if it's a good fit for you. If not, no problem – just contact customer service and they'll help you arrange a return.

Review of the Emma Flip Topper

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Now, let's take a look at our Emma Flip Topper review. First off, let's start with the build quality.

The Emma Flip is made from high-quality materials and it's very well put together. The all-white cover is soft and stretchy, and the black zipper is perfectly positioned so it doesn't bother you regardless of the way you flip it. Also, the sort-of perforated design of the cover feels really good against the skin, although you won't feel it under the covers.

As for the comfort, Emma Flip is one of the most comfortable toppers we've ever tested. It's perfect for all sleeping positions, and it does a great job of alleviating pressure points. Also, the memory foam is really good at conforming to your body and providing the support you need, even at just 6 cm.

Now, one of the things we've noticed, and we'll touch on that a bit more, later on, was the “difference” in firmness when you flip the topper over. It's barely noticeable. Sure, at first, it does feel like you're lying down on a different topper, but the feeling goes away rather quickly. As soon as your body settles into the topper, it kind of feels the same.

As for the breathability, the Emma Flip does a decent job of keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night. The memory foam doesn't trap heat, regardless of the side you sleep on, and the all-white cover is also quite breathable so it doesn't make you sweat. However, we wouldn't say it's the most cooling topper ever.

Finally, let's talk about the value. The Emma Flip is very fairly priced, especially considering the quality of the product. So, if you're looking for a high-quality topper that's also not too expensive – the Emma Flip is a great option.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Size: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
  • Material: Memory foam, Elastane
  • Cover material: Polyester
  • Thickness: 6 cm
  • Firmness: 4.5/10 & 5.5/10
  • Removable cover: Yes
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Warranty: 10-year guarantee
  • Trial: 100-night trial
  • Care instructions: Machine-washable cover at 40°C. Do not bleach, iron, or tumble dry

What we like about the Emma Flip Mattress Topper

What we didn’t like about the Emma Flip Mattress Topper

The common problems with the Emma Flip Topper & how to solve them

There aren't many problems with this topper, but there are a few things that you could solve with just a few tricks up your sleeve.

Odour – The Flip Topper isn't smelly, but if you have a very sensitive and keen sense of smell – you might have trouble with it. However, it's nothing too bad and it should dissipate within a few hours.

Cooling – If you'd like to make this one a tad more breathable and a smidge cooler, we'd suggest investing in bamboo bed sheets.

Involuntary movement – If you'd like to prevent this one from moving around your bed as you toss and turn during the night, we suggest investing in a tightly fitting fitted cover. Or, just DIY some straps to put around the corners. Either will do.

Emma's customer service and company information

Delivery – Free delivery is standard for all your orders and returns are free within the trial period. The delivery time can vary but you can usually expect it to be delivered in a week, as I experienced.

Payment – They have the usual payment methods, as well as PayPal and DivideBuy where you pay in instalments.

Online customer service – For customer service and any queries, you can send Emma an email or you can have a look through their list of FAQs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always leave us a comment and we can help you out!

Check the alternatives to the Emma Flip Topper

If the flip design doesn't seem practical for you or your looking for something hybrid with the addition of springs then we have found an alternative for you. It's always worth looking at your other options before committing to buying one.

Simba Hybrid Essential Topper

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This one is a slightly more expensive alternative to the Emma Flip Topper but it is a hybrid product that can provide you with both comfort and support in a single side. They have used similar technology to their mattresses to create their mattress topper. It's a topper that has been carefully crafted to keep your sleep cool.

Check out our full Simba Hybrid Essential Topper review.

Advantages

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Secure design
Four elastic straps with an anti-slip base to make it fit snugly in place.
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Removable cover
Easy to unzip ready to be washed.
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For all sleepers
Adapts to each sleep position.

Disadvantages

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Quite pricey
It's reasonably priced compared to the hybrid topper but still more expensive than some.
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No major benefits for side sleepers
Too thin in depth to provide proper alignment for side sleepers.

What makes this product better than some other similar ones?

The main selling point of this topper is definitely its double-sided design. However, since we've established that the differences are marginal, at best, we're going to have to say that what makes this one special is its longevity and durability. Most toppers last about two to three years until they go flat and you have to replace them or just get a new mattress at that point. The Flip will last you about as long as an average mattress will.

Another thing we'd like to mention is the pressure-relieving properties this one offers. In a word – they're astonishing. Emma UK really knows how to make quality foams.
Finally, a 10-year warranty and a 100-night trial. Wow. You don't get this for most mattresses. Great job Emma.

How did we test the product?

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For the sake of transparency, we'd now like to go over exactly how our tests are done. On a general level, all of the products we review go through the following procedures:

  • Visual inspection
  • Hands-on inspection
  • Measured tests

And if we're being more specific, here are the test done in order to evaluate the Emma topper:

Is the Emma Flip Topper eco-friendly or sustainable?

There isn't really any mention of sustainability on the Emma website so it's hard to comment on what the brand is doing as a whole. However, with this specific product we know the cover is made from polyester and elastane – both of which aren't sustainable materials.

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

After using the product, we can say that it's a really, really good topper (dare we say great?) and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's comfortable, supportive, breathable, and durable. However, it's not the best mattress topper and there are a few things that could be improved.

Most of the important stuff is done correctly. From our experience, the topper reverts back to shape once you get up and it doesn't sink or form dips.

It handles movement perfectly, especially if paired with the right mattress. It cradles you gently, following your body's curves, and offers stellar pain and pressure relief. In other words, as far as performance goes – it's 10 out of 10. Brilliant.

One thing we did find interesting is that the Flip works best with a firm spring mattress. This pairing makes your sleeping surface supportive, breathable, and very cosy.

On the other hand, it's the “small” things that annoyed us.

First of all, you can't really expect a major difference in firmness when you have a 6 cm profile with two separate layers at 3 respectively. One's definitely going to affect to a point where the differences will be minuscule.

And finally, the lack of straps and the anti-slip bottom is kind of annoying. To be clear, this one won't slide around your bed – it'll stay in place if you lie moderately still. But, as soon as you start vigorously moving around (which is most couples do on a semi-nightly basis if you catch our drift) – the topper will move and you will have to put it back into place before you drift away to sleep.

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Overall, we'd say that this topper would suit the cast majority of people. We'd give this topper a ten if it weren't for these oversights. But, since they're there to stay – it's an 8.5 out of 10 from us. After all, it's like you're getting two different toppers for the price of one! However, if after reading our Emma Flip Topper review you're still not convinced, we suggest subscribing to our newsletter and keeping an eye out for any new toppers we might cover.

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FAQs about your Emma Flip Topper

In the end, we wanted to answer some FAQs just to double down on some things and perhaps cover a few items we didn't mention.

Is the Emma Flip Topper hypoallergenic?

Yes. Emma's Flip is hypoallergenic, and it won't cause any allergic reactions or harbour any allergens.

Is the Emma Flip Topper waterproof?

No. If you want to waterproof your bed, you're going to want to buy a mattress protector.

Can I flip the Emma Flip Topper to use a firmer side?

Yes. That's exactly how you're supposed to use it.

How do I maintain and care for my Emma Flip Topper?

The only thing you have to do is remove the cover and put it in a washing machine at 40°C. Once it's done, air dry it and zip it back on.

Is the Emma Flip Topper good for all types of sleepers?

Yes. When paired with the right mattress, the Flip is good all types of sleepers.

Should couples use the Emma Flip Topper?

Absolutely – the motion isolation is great.

How do I remove and attach the cover from Emma Flip Topper?

The cover's easily removable. You just have to unzip it and take it off. To put it back on, just reverse the process (but it is a little fiddly).

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About the author

Connie
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant I know how important sleep is. And as a combination sleeper, I have found it difficult to get products to suit my sleep style. I have more than 2 years product testing experience with The Sleep Advisors which means I have slept on, with and under more than 500 products with varying degrees of success. This is added to more than 2 years experience as a product reviewer for Closer, Heat and Grazia magazines, so I've got a rigorous process. I love sharing my sleep testimonials with our readers and hearing their experiences too.
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