Eve Original Mattress Review

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Generally speaking, memory foam mattresses offer the best mix of firm versus soft, and they are the middle ground that many people are looking for. Eve Sleep launched their Original mattress a while ago, and it’s now a fairly cheap, budget contender for those looking for a well-reviewed and tested memory foam mattress – without spending loads of money.

With so many mattresses on the market, it can be overwhelming when trying to choose one that meets all your needs.

In this review, I’ll take an honest look at the Eve Original mattress, one of the most popular foam mattresses in the UK. I’ll examine its construction, performance, and customer service to help you decide if it’s the right mattress for you. Overall, though, know that here at WhatMattress we think the Eve Original is still one of the best budget foam mattresses on the market today.

Overview: Eve Original Mattress

Be aware that this is a long-term review; most other mattress review websites usually just focus on the immediate feel and use of the mattress. In other words, they don’t concern themselves with longer-term feedback or usage, but here at WhatMattress, we do!

Main PointsDetails
💪 Firmness8 /10
📐 Depth24cm 📏
🛏️ CoverRemovable, washable, moisture-wicking
🛌 Foam Layers3
💤 Comfort Layers3cm memory foam, 3cm evecomfort® foam
🤗 Support Layers16cm high-density base foam
🎯 Zones7 contour zones
⏰ Sleep trial365 nights
🏆 Warranty10 years
🚚 DeliveryFree
🛌 SizesSingle, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
💰 PriceFrom £449

Pros

  • Made in the UK
  • Well-reviewed, established model
  • Quite firm, suited to many sleepers
  • 100 night trial
  • Budget friendly, from £229.00

Cons

  • Slightly garish colour: if you have thinner sheets it can show through
  • Might not last as long as other, more pricey brands
  • Some users will prefer the better support from a hybrid which Eve also sell

I’ve not put the ‘100 night’ trial as a negative because while it’s shorter than many other manufacturers, it’s still more than adequate.

The box is tall and thin, but not that heavy

What type of mattress is the Eve Original?

The Eve mattress is a memory foam mattress. Or, specifically, it’s actually more accurately described as a “combi foam” mattress – which means it’s a mixture of memory foam on one layer, and harder polyurethane foam on the other.

Most people just refer to it as a “memory foam” but this isn’t fully accurate.

With a “combi foam”, the benefits of this compared to, say, hybrid mattresses (which also contain springs) are mainly cheaper cost and less weight. After all, most people would struggle to lift a 50kg  (110lb) vacuum-packed hybrid mattress, but there’s no need to worry with a combi. Typically these weigh about half that.

Eve Original before it was unpacked

The biggest competitor to the Eve Original is easily the Emma Original. No doubt you’ve weighed up some of the advantages and disadvantages to each already but here is a simple table comparing the two:

Mattress Comparison: Eve vs. Emma Original

PriceThicknessTrustpilot RatingP&P CostSleep TrialWarranty
Eve Original£29925 cm4.4 / 5Free100 nights10-year
Emma Original£44925 cm4.5 / 5Free200 nights10-year

As you can see from the table above, there are quite a few differences between these two mattresses.

For example, the layers in the Eve Original are quite different to other mattresses, including the Emma. Here’s an cutaway of each layer, so you can see what it consists of:

1st layer

The memory foam upper layer is the most important of them all, perhaps. It is designed to give you breathability but also bolster and support. Like all memory foams it will sink to an extent but bounce right back after any pressure is relieved.

2nd layer

The polyfoam base (2nd layer) is slightly thinner, but almost as important as the layer above it. This layer acts as the main support or cushion for the person sleeping on the mattress. As sleepers sink “through” the top layer of memory foam gradually, they will come into contact with this more supportive layer of poly foam. Additionally, this layer is able to breathe better, according to Eve – therefore increasing air flow and helping to prevent heat retention issues that a lot of memory foams suffer from.

3rd layer

Finally, the base form layer (3rd layer) is the thickest of the lot, as 16.5cm or about 6 inches. This foam layer simply acts as a foundational base for the mattress, providing good shape and a strong base. In addition, this layer provides the deep compression support for the mattress.

About the packaging and unboxing: Each Eve Original mattress comes compressed, vacuum sealed and neatly rolled in a box. Simply unwrap it in your bedroom and the mattress will expand to its full size within a few hours, but keep reading below about avoiding that smell.

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Versus: Eve Original Hybrid

No doubt you’ve come across the Eve Original Hybrid too.

As the name suggests, it’s a hybrid which means it contains memory foam AND a layer of small springs. These tend to be more expensive than regular foam mattresses; the Eve Original Hybrid is typically about £200 more for the equivalent size.

Here’s a quick comparison of the differences between the Eve Original and the Eve Original Hybrid:

FeatureEve OriginalEve Original Hybrid
ConstructionFoamFoam and springs
FirmnessMedium-firmMedium-firm
SupportGoodExcellent
Motion TransferMinimalMinimal
WhatMattress User Rating4.1 / 54.3 / 5
Price (UK)£249+£449+

Bear in mind that the Eve Original here is a decent, but still ultimately a budget mattress: you can easily get a single-size one for less than £250 if Eve are running a promotion. If you’re looking to spend even less, then check out the WhatMattress review of the best budget mattresses.

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About the Eve Original’s cover

The cover on the Eve Original might be the only part you can easily see, but it’s often overlooked in favour of the layers inside.

With the Eve Original mattress, the cover is made of polyester i.e a synthetic fibre. It’s a shame it’s not made of cotton but at this price point that would be hard to achieve.

Polyester covers are better in some ways, too. Mainly in terms of wicking moisture away from the body – this is because polyester is a synthetic fabric, and therefore does not absorb moisture in the same way that cotton or wool does. Instead, it swiftly wicks away any perspiration.

Plus, polyester covers are typically longer-lasting and resilient than natural material covers. In this case, the cover can be machine washed (at 40C) without losing its form or texture, plus being polyester based it’s also less likely to shrink, fade, or wrinkle.

 

A close-up of the cover

The colour of the Eve mattress cover is their trademark yellowy-orange tone. Frankly, it’s a bit Marmite. I am not a huge fan – but of course it’s possible to cover up. Although if you have thin mattress sheets (fitted sheets) then it may be quite difficult to mask that bright yellow, and it could show through. This is something to bear in mind, as most other brands are white/grey/cream or other neutral colours which will not show.

You will also want to wash your Eve mattress cover at some point in the machine, so make sure it’s colour safe when you do!

Too bright? Or just right?

Eve suggests turning the Original every six months to extend its life.

Note that you shouldn’t flip this mattress; instead, rotate it occasionally. Eve told me that the Original mattress should fit perfectly well on any bed frame. Slats on your bed base should be no more than 7cm apart – which isn’t much frankly – but interestingly Eve provides a selection of bed frames that are suitable for use with any of its mattresses.

Eve Original mattress: Firmness review

  • Claimed Firmness: Medium-Firm
  • My rating: 8 /10 (where 1 is very soft)

With the firmer feel and level of bounce, as with many other memory foams, the Eve Original does have a tendency to transfer energy from one side of the mattress to the other. You will want to bear this in mind if your partner is significantly lighter or heavier than you.

Also, the motion transfer is not at quite the same levels as a pocket spring or latex mattress, (these are much more expensive, of course). But I found that it is a little more acceptable than your typical memory foam mattress.

As for the other typical stereotypes of a memory foam mattress like lack of side-support, I am happy to say I found this to not be the case with the Eve Original. The slightly firmer feel of the matterss played a positive role in the edge support. As a memory foam mattress, there tends to be a low level of expectation from the edges ability to support the sleeper.

That is not the case with the Eve mattress, though. With this firmer feel you get stronger edges. During my sleep test, I forced myself to sleep on the edge and not once did I feel as if I was going to fall off the side of the mattress.

A lot of other reviews tend to agree with me here, like this one in the Independent.

Sleeping style

Those who’ll like the Eve Original:

  • Those who sleep on their backs and require lumbar support.
  • Stomach/front sleepers
  • Those looking for a mattress with a high level of firmness eg spinal issues
  • People who tend to sleep hot and need a budget mattress with open-cell foam.

Those who might not:

  • Those who prefer to sleep on their sides
  • The all-foam construction may not be responsive enough for people who like a mattress with a lot of bounce.
  • The Eve Original is firm, which may not be ideal for those who like very soft

What about sinkage?

It’s hard to scientifically assess this, and there is no agreed industry-standard for mattress sinkage, so you will have to bear with me on this as I am writing about my own experiences only.

Test 1:

I laid down in the middle / centre of the mattress and spread my arms and legs out (i.e. lying on my back). I weight 11 stone almost exactly. After 6 minutes, I measured the sinkage at 4cm.

Test 2:

For this, I pretended to sleep on my side in the foetal position. After 6 minutes, the foam had sunk 7cm. This suggests that the mattress by Eve will sink more for a side-sleeper than it will for a back sleeper, but you must bear in mind this is not a scientific, peer-reviewed study 🙂

If you’re not satisfied after buying the Eve, then — like other brands — they offer a 100-night trial or guarantee where they claim to refund and collect your mattress for free. In short, you can find out for yourself without any financial risk, if this mattress is right for you or not. However, you may want to bear in mind the hassle of returning a mattress (what will you sleep on in the mean time?) and make sure you read all my reviews before buying.

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Other reviews of the Eve Original

It’s hard to find product reviews en masse for individual mattresses. You can easily find reviews for ALL ‘Eve’ brand mattresses, but for the ‘Original’ it becomes a bit trickier. That said, you can see on Trustpilot that Eve on the whole have very good reviews:

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.evesleep.co.uk

How much does Eve Original cost?

In the UK, there are several sizes available, which is encouraging. Even if you have an EU-sized IKEA mattress then you will be able to find an Eve that fits. Prices are accurate at time of publication, and do not include any discount codes or offers.

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Eve Original: Prices & Sizes

SizePrice (before discount)Dimensions (cm)
Single£44990 x 190
Small Double£649120 x 190
Double£649135 x 190
King£749150 x 200
Super King£849180 x 200

NB: These prices do NOT include any discount code, but I have one that you can use.

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Eve Original: Sizes

In regards to sizing, just a quick note. Including the top cover and non-slip base, Eve claims the Original is 25cm deep but, in reality, I found it was closer to 24cm.  Strangely, the Eve Original is more expensive than the Hybrid. Normally, with other brands, the opposite is true.

With prices starting at £349 for a single and rising steeply to £600 for a double and £700 for a king, it isn’t cheap. That’s £100 more than the Eve Hybrid, which uses a combination of pocket springs and foam and costs £500 and £600 in the larger two sizes. The Eve Light – a mattress made from a mere two layers of foam – is cheaper still with double and king sizes costing £400 and £500 respectively.

Some slight sagging as to be expected

In terms of sagging and side support, there are some visible sags after 3 years of usage, but to be honest at this price it should be expected to an extent. If you want bolstered support at the sides (that actually works) then it’s likely you’ll need to up your budget a little, sadly.

Company history

Eve Sleep began operations in 2014 and soon rose to prominence thanks to its generous 100-night sleep trial and no-hassle return policy.

You might have heard on the news that Eve Sleep ‘went bust’ a few years ago, but they are now owned by Bensons for Beds, a leading UK bed retailer.

Verdict on Eve Original

The Eve Original has been around for a while now, launching all the way back in 2016 in the UK.

Leaving aside the previous issues within the Eve Sleep business, it is one of the more established, older brands in the mattress-in-a-box industry and sits comfortably in the mid-price bracket. Yes, there are cheaper brands but if you want a mid-range on a reasonable budget, then the Eve Original is worth considering.

The comfort and firmness levels are pretty inoffensive too. Unlike some foam mattresses, you won’t ever feel like you’ve been enveloped in a giant marshmallow and the mattress remains supportive throughout the night, even when it warms up. The only caveat is that it’s warmer than traditional pocket sprung mattresses, so if you get very hot at night, there are a few better options available.

Alternatives to consider:

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Are you a hot sleeper and is it right for you?

Despite its firmness and the lack of “sinkage” it offers, however, I did find the Eve Original a little warmer than its Hybrid counterpart.

What is the trial period for Eve Original?

Called the 'Eve home trial', you get 100 days to test out their mattress.

If you don't like it then you can return it to Eve (or specifically, they will arrange for someone to collect it). Of course, this sounds great and carries no risk. But remember that unless you have another mattress, you will have to sleep on the floor if your Eve mattress has gone back. Something to bear in mind! More details here on the Eve website about their trial.

Anything else I need to know?

If you're still reading, then great.

Like most memory foam mattresses, the Eve mattress emits an “off-gassing” smell at first and, strangely, although this odour was more subtle than many of its rivals like the Brook and Wilde mattress, it also lingered for a bit longer... Having said that, I usually only noticed it when first lying down to go to sleep and not at any other point during the night, so it is by no means a deal breaker.

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5 comments on “Eve Original Mattress Review

  1. All customers should stay away from Eve Sleep and the new owner, Bensons For Beds. Eve Sleep offer a 365 trial on mattresses but now will not honour the trial period – despite still selling the trial to new potential customers. Eve Sleep refuses to accept my return. Horrible business practices and very poor customer service.

  2. I bought an Eve mattress a couple of months ago, then when I tried to return it as it wasn’t supportive enough, I got an email saying they had gone into administration and were now not honouring the year’s home trial. They have now been taken over and are selling the same mattresses with the same guarantees but won’t accept my return. Absolutely shocking customer service.

  3. We’ve had the Eve mattress for about 4 years and it has developed a large ridge in the middle. Given it’s price, we’ve decided foam mattresses probably aren’t as effective as coil. It also comprises sustainability as this will be going to the tip.

  4. thanks for taking the time to review the original, but do you have a comparison of the original versus the hybrid (both by eve) thankyou

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