Simba Hybrid Mattress review: The Simba Hybrid has transformed my sleep, and you can currently get 40% off | The Sun

THE Simba Hybrid Mattress, often referred to as the Original Simba mattress, has over 82,000 five-star reviews and has won a wide array of awards.

I put it to the test to see if it improved my slumber and was worth the price tag. So before you go and spend your hard-earned money, read my full Simba Hybrid Mattress review below.

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Rating: 4.5/5


  • Excellent delivery service
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and "setup"
  • Supportive
  • Comfortable
  • 200-night trial
  • 0% finance option
  • 10-year guarantee


  • Very heavy, especially when in the box
  • May require deep-fitted sheets
  • Plasticky smell when first unboxed

Simba Hybrid Mattress review: quick summary

After an extended period of insomnia, I was unsure if the lumps and bumps stopping me from sleeping were due to my mattress or the slats under my bed.

Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to do a Simba Hybrid Mattress review, I thought it was the perfect chance to get to the bottom of it once and for all.

After a week of sleeping on the Simba Hybrid, I had my answer — the lumps and bumps were definitely my old mattress. The Simba eradicated all the issues I'd previously experienced, and I had the best night's sleep I've had in years.

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Simba Hybrid Mattress review: unboxing and first impressions

Simba provided me with an allocated delivery time slot and sent me regular text updates, which made the arrival of the mattress easy to organise.

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Be warned, though; a boxed mattress is pretty heavy when it arrives, so you may need to enlist a friend/partner/Sherpa to get it up the stairs.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow, which made the unboxing process pain-free, and the plastic cutter made it very straightforward to remove the packaging.

Within minutes of the mattress being free from the box and its wrapping, I could see the mattress start to expand and take shape. It took around 3 hours to develop enough to be slept on and around 24 hours to expand fully.

Simba recommends waiting 3-6 hours to sleep on your mattress and says it can take 72 hours for it to expand fully.

When putting the sheets on the bed I noticed that the mattress was a lot thicker than my previous model. Though my regular sheets did fit (snugly), I decided to purchase deep-fitted sheets to ensure a more comfortable fit.

My bed is pushed against the wall, which made fitting the sheets tricky and really highlighted the weight of the mattress. I struggled to lift the corners by myself, which might be worth keeping in mind if you live (or fit sheets) alone.

However, if your bed is in the middle of the room, or you can easily access 3-4 sides of the bed, I imagine this wouldn't be an issue.

As mentioned in the instructions, the mattress gave off a plasticky smell when it was first unpackaged. I wasn't too bothered by it, though, and it disappeared within a few days.  

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Simba Hybrid Mattress review: performance

I'd previously heard that a new mattress can take a week or two to get used to, but not for me; I slept amazingly the first night I tried the Simba Hybrid.

Despite being a bit firmer than I'm used to, it was such a huge step up from the last mattress that I barely even noticed. I found it comfortable and supportive, and the firmness softened after about a week.

The Simba Hybrid mattress is made up of five layers: a breathable sleep surface, a layer of open-cell Simba-pure (TCPP-free foam), a layer of patented Aerocoil springs, another layer of Simba-pure with edge support and a Simba-pure support base.

The patented titanium Aerocoil springs and breathable sleep surface are designed to keep you cool, and I noticed a difference between the heat of my former memory foam mattress and the Simba.

Though I rarely get too hot when sleeping on the Simba Hybrid mattress, if overheating is a big issue for you it might be worth considering the Simba Pro or Luxe mattresses, which incorporate even more advanced temperature control and cooling technology.

How much is a Simba Hybrid mattress?

Prices for the Simba Hybrid mattress start at £809 for a single and go up to £1409 for a super king.

There are eight different mattress sizes to choose from, which is far more than most bed-in-a-box companies offer. The sizes and prices are as follows:

Single (W90, L190, D25 cm): £809
EU Single (W90, L200, D25 cm): £889
Small Double (W120, L190, D25 cm): £1,089
Double (W135, L190, D25 cm): £1,089
EU Double (W140, L200, D25 cm): £1,259
King (W150, L200, D25 cm): £1,259
EU Queen (W160, L200, D25 cm): £1,359
Super King (W180, L200, D25 cm): £1,409

The original Simba Hybrid is more expensive than its competitors. For example, Eve Sleep's original hybrid mattress and Emma's Original cost £799 and £474 respectively (for a double).

If you were to opt for the Simba Hybrid Pro mattress instead, which has temperature-regulating layers, you're looking at around £300-£600 more for the equivalent size.

And if you were to opt for Simba's top-of-the-range model, the Luxe mattress, you'd be looking at up to £1000 more for the equivalent size. If you're interested in the top-of-the-range model, you should read our Simba Hybrid Luxe review.

Simba regularly has discounts on its mattresses, so it's worth keeping an eye out for a deal. Customers can currently get up to 40% off the Original Hybrid.

The 40% discount offered on the Hybrid means you can get a double for £653.40 instead of the usual £1,089, saving over £400. There are also discounts on bundles, meaning you can get a double Hybrid mattress, two pillows and a duvet for £924.45 (saving £581.55).

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Where can you buy a Simba Hybrid mattress?

Apart from the brand's official website, you can also buy Simba mattresses from the following places:

  • John Lewis
  • Very
  • Amazon
  • Mattress Online
  • Habitat

Generally, the best offers tend to be found on Simba's website, but John Lewis will price match. However, be sure to shop around to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Littlewoods also sells Simba products, but since it tends to be the most expensive place to purchase, I don't recommend you shop with them.

How thick is the original Simba mattress?

The Simba Hybrid mattress is 25cm thick for all sizes.

It's thinner than both the Pro mattress which is 28cm thick and the Luxe mattress which is 31cm thick, due to their extra layers.

Although a standard fitted sheet should fit your mattress, you may find (like I did), that a deeper sheet fits more comfortably.

Is a Simba hybrid mattress good for back pain?

I'm not a medical expert, and therefore can't provide you with any concrete evidence of Simba mattresses helping back pain, nor do I have any first-hand experience to share.

However, at the time of writing, there are over 10,000 reviews of the Simba Hybrid mattress which state specifically that it has "significantly improved" back pain.

One review reads, "I’ve struggled for a while with back pain and done extensive research on the best mattress around, the Simba kept coming up, and without a doubt the best nights sleep I’ve ever had. Highly recommend".

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Where are Simba mattresses made?

According to the Simba website, all Simba mattresses made for the UK market are manufactured in the UK. The materials are sourced and made in Europe, though the steel springs are made in Leeds and the wool used in the Simba Pro is British too.

Are Emma and Simba mattresses the same?

No. Emma and Simba are different companies, however, they both sell bed-in-a-box mattresses.

Emma has three mattresses available for purchase at the time of writing – the Emma Original (memory foam), Emma Premium and Luxe Cooling Mattress.

We've previously reviewed the Emma Original, read it here.

The verdict: are Simba mattresses good?

In my opinion, the Simba Hybrid mattress isn't good; it's excellent.

The mattress has transformed my sleep, and I feel more rested than I have done in years.

I would (and have) recommend this mattress to close family and friends, especially since the 200-night trial and 10-year guarantee means you can always return it if you don't love it as much as I did.

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What are some alternatives to the Simba Hybrid mattress?

Here are some of the best alternatives to the Simba Hybrid mattress:

  • Eve Sleep Original Hybrid Mattress: 800 full-sized pocket springs with layers of memory and cooling foams.
  • OTTY Pure Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Mattress: The UK's first bamboo memory foam with charcoal-infused layers.
  • Nectar Hybrid Mattress: 25 cm thick medium hybrid memory foam mattress combining memory foam with a layer of springs.

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