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Simba Hybrid Essential Topper Review

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Written by Connie Hack

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11 December 2023 8 min read

You can refresh your old mattress with an excellent mattress topper, but are the Simba mattress toppers the right solution for you?

In our Simba mattress topper review, we are going to find out more about the product and combine it with our thoughts after testing it out. We're a fan of Simba mattresses so let's hope that the mattress topper lives up to our expectations. We will also see how the Simba Hybrid Essential Topper/Simba Hybrid Mattress Topper compare.

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.

Who is this product for?

As many people find with mattress toppers, they're a good alternative to buying a brand new mattress when yours has seen better days. While it isn't a permanent fix, it is a cheaper option. So, it's for those with a smaller budget. Aside from that, it's a good mattress topper for anyone who's a fidgety sleeper as it can quickly adapt to your change of position. On top of this, it's suitable for:

What do we use this product for?

This mattress topper from Simba can make an uncomfortable mattress a more comfortable one. We can use this topper to provide us with a little more support and a comfortable sleep surface. The features of the mattress topper are designed to draw heat away from your body to keep you cool throughout the night. To summarise it is used for:

Features you should know about the Simba Hybrid Essential Topper

The Essential Mattress Topper may only have four layers but that doesn't mean it lacks key features to talk about. Each layer plays a part in the overall performance of the topper as well as the extra design features. We've picked out a few of the essential components that deserve a mention and we will compare it to the Simba Hybrid Mattress Topper.

Aerocoil spring support layer

Believe it or not, this mattress topper has a spring layer sandwiched between the foam comfort layer and foam base. Many toppers will use various layers of foam to create their product but Simba has made their's hybrid.

The pocket springs in the Simba Hybrid Essential give this mattress topper responsive support. They may be micro but they have an important role. The springs work with every movement so you feel supported while you sleep. Not only that, the pocket springs allow and encourage airflow throughout the topper so it doesn't retain your body heat. The way the springs are structured means there is little to no motion transfer. This is a win for those sharing the mattress topper with someone.

To compare this mattress topper to the original Hybrid Topper, this one has up to 1500 Aerocoil springs whereas the original has up to 2500. So, the Hybrid Topper can give you more precise support but the Essential Topper offers you a balance of comfort for a lower price.

Simbatex foam comfort layer

As the layer name suggests, it's the part of the topper to provide you with more comfort. It gives you comfort with the softness but also comfort from the breathability too.

Simba claims that its Simbatex design is more breathable than traditional memory foam due to its open-cell structure. The Simbatex is the cooling layer of the mattress topper because the open cell allows for enhanced airflow so heat isn't trapped – as you might find with other memory foam products. It's also been infused with natural graphite which has cooling properties that can draw heat away to regulate your body temperature.

Removable top cover

The last of the key features is the zip to remove the cover for washing. It was so straightforward for me to unzip and reattach the cover. Some covers can get stuck when unzipping which makes the maintenance process longer but this one is so smooth. You can have the cover off in seconds.It makes it even better that the zip trails around the whole topper. Many products only have the zip on two of the sides so taking the cover off can become fiddly and time-consuming, but not with this one! I love that you can easily spot where the zip is along the blue piping branding, rather than having to search underneath for it.

Review of the Simba Hybrid Essential Mattress Topper

Simba’s Hybrid Essential Mattress Topper is suitable for all types of sleepers. No matter what position you sleep in, you should find it comfortable to lie on. As a combination sleeper, I found that it adjusted to my position as I moved around. The topper returns to its original shape quite quickly so those who are fidgety sleepers will stay comfy all night long.

It’s a great addition to your mattress to give you an extra layer of comfort and support. So, if your mattress is lacking one of the two or it could do with an upgrade then you could take a look at this topper for a cheaper alternative. Compared to their Hybrid Topper, the Essential Topper has fewer springs in it so you’ll feel slightly less support, but it is a more reasonable price.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Size: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
  • Depth: 7cm
  • Cover material: Polyester
  • Layer(s) material: Pocket springs and memory foam
  • Firmness: 6/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Breathability: 8/10
  • Motion isolation: 9/10
  • Pressure relief: 7/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Removable cover: Yes
  • Warranty: 10-year guarantee
  • Trial: 200-night trial

What we like about the Simba Essential Mattress Topper

There's a lot to like about the Hybrid Essential Topper as it does exactly what a mattress topper should do. It's a condensed version of their mattresses so you can expect the best parts on a smaller scale. Here are just a few of the things I found that improved the feel of the existing mattress.

Reviewer lying on the Simba Hybrid Essential Topper.
  • As a combination sleeper, I can fidget a lot throughout the night and that's why I liked that the Simba topper was quite quick to bounce back to its original shape. Every time you move position, it adapts with you to keep moulded to your body and stays supportive.
  • The design of the Essential Mattress Topper has been thought out to give you a practical additional layer. Some mattress toppers will slide on the mattress if you move in the night. However, this one from Simba has a textured base fabric to reduce the chance of movement. It also has elasticated straps on each corner which can stretch more than most other mattress toppers I have tried. Even if you own a deep mattress, there’s no stress about the topper not sitting nicely on top.

What we didn’t like about the Simba Essential Mattress Topper

We've spoken about the things that we liked about the mattress topper but that doesn't mean it's perfect for everyone with the perfect design. There are a couple of things to take into consideration before purchasing this Simba topper.

Simba's customer service and company information

Delivery – When ordering the Simba Essential Mattress Topper, you can expect delivery within three working days. After placing our order, we received a text confirmation with our delivery date and were later sent another text with a two-hour time slot. You’re updated every step of the way, up until a call from the driver when they are nearby.

Payment – Simba accepts standard card payments and PayPal. If you want to pay in smaller instalments then you can split the cost of the topper using Klarna, DivideBuy or Splitit. Be sure to look at their specific terms.

Online customer service – For any other questions you may have, you can open the automated chat on their website but there is no live online chat. On the other hand, there’s a wide range of FAQs or an online form to complete to get an email response.

Check the alternatives to the Simba Hybrid Essential Mattress Topper

If you find that the Simba toppers are a little out of your budget or you're wanting one that's predominantly for comfort then you might start looking elsewhere. To make that task easier, we have picked out an alternative that may be more suited to you.

Emma Flip Topper

Product image of the Emma Flip Topper layers.

This topper from Emma has fewer layers and is made just from memory foam. One layer is for breathability and comfort, with the other for support and pressure relief. It also comes with a soft and breathable cover that can be popped in the wash.

The Flip Topper is a slightly cheaper option compared to Simba but that's reflected by the simple structure. You can expect high quality with the 10-year guarantee and they even offer a 100-night trial for you to see if it's the product for you.

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
Due to high-quality materials, this topper will last a 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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Fairly expensive
Yet it's not as expensive as some other options.
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Less support
More for comfort over support

Is the Simba Hybrid Topper eco-friendly or sustainable?

Not only are there benefits for you (10-year guarantee and 200-night trial), but they help the environment too. Simba claim that all deliveries are 100% carbon neutral. 

All the materials used are 100% recyclable and are made in the UK to reduce energy. The mattress toppers materials can be recycled after use too. Any excess materials are repurposed to be used for carpet underlay and pet beds.

How did we test the product?

Every product we receive goes through a testing process so we can ensure that we give our honest opinions. This helps us to weigh up the pros and cons, in order for us to recommend you the best product for your sleep. To put it broadly, the products go through:

To be more specific, we use the information we find online to guide our tests to see how accurate it is, as well as coming to our own conclusion. The tests we use to gauge the practicality of the Simba Hybrid Essential Mattress Topper are:

Overall impressions of the product after the testing

Reviewer using the topper as a side sleeper.

When taking the topper out of its packaging, I left it for a few hours and it had pretty much expanded so you won’t be waiting a long time before sleeping on it. Of course, you can leave it longer and that’ll be better for you to have the best performance.

The sleep surface has a cool touch which is great for hot sleepers and the cover is soft on your skin. It’s the layers below the surface that encourage breathability and airflow. We previously mentioned this with the key features. As well as this, there is a mesh border around the cover that enables the airflow to continue through the whole topper.

The Essential Mattress Topper is Simba’s cheaper alternative to their Hybrid Topper, but it still remains more expensive than other toppers on the market. It does have everything you could want from a topper. However, it’s definitely worth taking a look at your other options.

FAQs about your Simba Hybrid Essential Mattress Topper 

In case we have missed some of the important information, we've got a couple of unanswered and common questions below.

Is a Simba topper worth it?

If your current mattress is in need of a mattress topper then this one from Simba is definitely worth considering. It is of high quality, durable and gives comfort with support too. You'll be able to improve an air bed or sofa bed with the addition of the Simba topper.

How long does a Simba mattress topper take to inflate?

During our Simba topper review process, we found that the topper was quick to expand. It can be ready to use within three to six hours. However, it's best to leave it for longer for optimum fullness – this can take around two to three days to be completely ready.

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About the author

Connie Hack
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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