I've been sleeping on a vast range of mattresses and putting them through their paces to bring you a true picture of how comfortable each one is and how much support it provides. I've also roped in my husband Nick to create a balanced view of what each mattress is like for women (so often the purchasers) and men, persuaded friends and family to try them out, and have conducted some semi-scientific testing so that you can buy your mattress online with confidence.
If you're looking to find the best mattress for your needs, you'll find plenty of choice in our mattress guides – but don't miss our deep reviews first. Here, we review the Eve mattress, after a week spent sleeping on it.
Eve mattress: specifications
Type: Comfort foam/memory foam
Sizes: Single, double and king (each in UK and EU versions), plus petite double, small double, super king and emperor
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Who will the Eve mattress suit?
This is a great all-rounder, aimed at the masses. It’s pretty firm but supportive. I slept better on my back than on my side.
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What's the Eve mattress like to sleep on?
As memory foam mattress virgins, Nick and I needed a few nights to adjust to Eve’s rather solid surface. Compared to our pocket spring mattress with super-squishy topper, it felt flatter than a mill pond. On our first night, I started on my side, but couldn't settle, so moved on to my back whereby every muscle and bone seemed to relax into the mattress. I don't recall waking again until our four year old called out at around 6am, which is about as good as it gets in our home. I do have a bit of a reputation for thrashing about in my sleep, and usually I will wake at least once or twice. Upon interrogation, Nick said he also slept through, and I didn’t wake him, for once. Hurray. He also felt it was firmer than he’d choose, to quote, ‘it was like sleeping on a comfortable floor’.
The Eve scored well on motion transfer – I got Nick to do his usual flump into bed (several times more than needed actually, just for the comedy value) and felt nothing on my side. If he could manage to get undressed with more grace than a baby elephant, I think I could manage to stay asleep when he comes to bed later than me, too. A girl can dream. NB: as we were testing a super king, we did try lying closer together to replicate a narrower mattress but still not a ripple was felt when the other rolled over or generally flapped about.
For firmness, both Nick and I would rate it towards the higher end of the scale, at eight out of 10. Our six friendly testers (three male, three female, ranging from 10-17 stone) - rated it from six-nine (see the graph above), so we’re not alone in that assessment.
The weight test (below) revealed little difference between the sides and centre of the mattress. Our 56lb weight sunk 8.5cm at the edge, and 8cm in the middle of the bed. In-use, I’d also say the mattress feels the same right up to the edge, making it perfect for starfish sleepers or those nights when the kids climb in and you end up clinging to the precipice.
On overall comfort and posture, one thing both Nick and I noticed is that when you first lay down, the mattress is undeniably hard – it’s just not a bed you can sink into at the end of the day with a relaxed sigh. However, it does give as you settle into position and within a minute or two you feel well supported, whichever way you lay. Spine alignment for side-sleepers was pretty impressive (see below). As modelled by my beautiful assistant Nick, the mattress only sunk slightly at his hips but, overall, his spine was kept pretty straight. Crucially, you never feel like you’re sleeping inside the mattress and movement between positions doesn’t require a winch.
How does the Eve rate online with other shoppers?
On TrustPilot, 91 per cent (of 2,189 reviewers) give it the top 'Excellent' rating. Most comments are along the lines of ‘best sleep ever’, and there’s lots of chat about Eve’s temperature-balancing prowess. One reviewer says it helped with sciatica pains in his legs, and a fair few have found improvements in neck and back pain. Only 2 per cent rated it 'Bad', and most of these complaints seem to relate to order/delivery malfunctions rather than product flaws.
What do you get for your money?
A 10 year guarantee; free returns after 100 days if you don’t love it more than chips.
Is the Eve mattress worth it?
If memory foam is your thing, then Eve is a very worthy contender in the competitive bed-in-a-box market. It is fairly priced and wins on temperature control and support, plus movement is a breeze. I found it a little too firm but, as my mum will readily tell you, I’ve always been a bit soft (I prefer to think delicate and/or sensitive). I also weigh less than 9 stone (humble brag alert), so it could be that I am just not heavy enough to squish down into the foam – our daughters had no problems bouncing on it! All of our six friends who came and had a little lie down said they found it perfectly comfortable; one nearly fell asleep. Oh and the box provided hours of den-making fun.
Eve mattress fillings
From the bottom up: a 17.5cm thick foam core provides a rigid platform that can sit on any decent bed base (slatted bases should be no more than 70mm apart). Some mattresses are too heavy for slats so this is a win if you’re not upgrading the whole bed.
Next there’s a 3cm layer of breathable foam designed to stop you sinking (a common complaint in deep memory foam beds) and help prevent sweating – ick!
Then there’s the evecomfort layer, which is a 3.5cm-thick open cell hybrid foam. In English, this is essentially a breathable alternative to memory foam that has similar responsiveness to pressure but without the sinking feeling that has given memory foam a bad rep. The open-cell part is all about air circulation/cooling.
The top cover, which zips off for washing, is also breathable and made from moisture-wicking fabric.
Despite testing in heat wave conditions, I didn’t suffer with night sweats, which is nice.
Ordering and delivery
- Delivery is free and within three working days. You can get next day delivery for a tenner, but only if you’re fairly urban. There’s an option to sign in and track your order online.
- The box is impressively small, especially considering ours contained a Super King, but, boy, was it heavy. As delivery is only to the ground floor, you will need help to get the box upstairs (muscles dependent obvs).
- Happily returns are collected from the bedroom so you won’t have to manhandle it down the stairs once it’s released from the box and expanded to full-size.
About our review – and our reviewer
Linda Clayton has been writing about homes and interiors for nearly 20 years, working for publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Real Homes, Ideal Home, Livingetc and House Beautiful. Linda and her husband spend between five and 10 nights sleeping on each mattress.