HAVING lain awake night after night during lockdown, I jumped at the chance to review the Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress.
Could the new Simba mattress be the answer to my unsettled sleep? The short answer: yes.
With search for "insomnia" increasing by roughly 40% at the start of the lockdown, it seems I wasn't alone in struggling to sleep in these unusual times.
However, considering I was consistently waking up in the early hours boiling hot, I thought perhaps the root of the issue might, in fact, lie with my mattress.
The new Simba Pro mattress incorporates a breathable sleep surface, two layers of patented MiQro springs to increase airflow, as well as a layer of British wool for temperature regulation.
So when I was offered the chance to try it out, I figured this new technology might be the answer to a cooler and undisturbed nights sleep.
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With prices starting at £849 for a single, it's no secret that the Simba Pro mattress isn't cheap.
But if you view your sleep as an investment and the 40,000+ five-star reviews are anything to go by, then it's arguably worth the money.
All the better: the Pro comes with a rival-beating 200-night trial, a 0% finance option and 10-year guarantee so in the unlikely event your mattress comes apart, you can get yourself a new one.
Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress Review: Delivery and Unboxing
The Simba website states that they aim to deliver free of charge within three working days, and this doesn't appear to have been affected by the lockdown.
I felt that this timeframe was actually a bit too prompt, and therefore opted to have the mattress delivered on a date that suited me better.
The Simba Hybrid Pro was delivered to my house contact-free the following week and arrived in a sleek compact box.
We ordered the super king size, and it's worth mentioning that it's very heavy. If you're living by yourself, you might need to recruit someone to help carry your mattress to your desired space (regardless of the size), especially in the current climate when it's the norm for deliveries to be socially-distanced.
Once we'd released the Pro from its plastic wrapping (using the handy magic cutter tool provided), we left it for the recommended three hours to inflate.
Simba Hybrid Pro Mattress Review: Performance
The first thing I noticed about the Simba Hybrid Pro was how soft it was. For context, my previous mattress was made of memory foam and was extremely firm (almost plank of wood-like) – a wild contrast to the Simba.
Initially, I was concerned that I would struggle to adjust to a softer mattress, but I needn't have worried as somehow the Simba Hybrid Pro felt both soft and supportive, and I didn't get that sinking sensation you sometimes get with hybrids and memory foam.
Both my partner and I slept well the first night but felt the mattress really came into its own a week or so later once we'd gotten used to it.
The opportunity to see how the mattress fared in a heatwave presented itself a couple of weeks into testing it out, and I have to say, I was very impressed. I slept extremely well even on the warmest night, and no longer found myself lying awake due to overheating.
Somewhat irritatingly, I found my head to be the only part of my body which was too warm which has now made me think I also need temperature regulating pillow. Sigh.
The Simba Pro has managed to fix a number of issues which were bugbears of my former mattress.
Previously, my partner and I found it very difficult to roll over or get out of bed without waking one another up. The Pro, and its weight distributing springs, has practically eradicated this issue and finally made lie-ins a possibility – hurrah!
Another thing it has managed to improve is my sleeping position. Due to the firm nature of my previous mattress, I found the only comfortable sleeping position to be my front. However, since testing out the Simba, I find it just as comfortable to lie on my side and back.
Overall, I found the Simba Hybrid Pro to be a huge step up from my previous mattress. The temperature regulation technology has made the biggest difference to my sleep quality and I actually find myself looking forward to going to bed (and struggling to get up!).
So has it fixed my lockdown insomnia? It's certainly helped. Whilst it still takes me a while to fall asleep (it seems a mattress can't fix a racing mind), once I'm asleep I'm out for the count.
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Simba Mattress Review: How much is a Simba mattress?
Depending on the size of mattress you opt for, the Simba Hybrid Pro costs £300-350 more than the equivalent original Simba Hybrid.
The prices for the Pro mattress are as follows:
- Single: £849
- Double: £1049
- King: £1199
- Super King: £1299
For comparison, the cost of a premium hybrid double mattress from eve costs £899, a double hybrid from Emma costs £729 and a double memory foam mattress from Nectar costs £549.
Though of course, none of these offers the temperature regulating layer of wool or the extra layer of patented springs that the Pro does.
It's worth noting that Simba currently has 25% off their mattresses (until 11.59pm on the 15th April) making the prices more comparable to its competitors. This discount is available to new customers and brings a double down to a more palatable £869.25.
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What's the difference between the Simba Hybrid and Simba Hybrid Pro mattress?
The foundations of the original Hybrid and the Simba Hybrid Pro are the same.
Both mattresses incorporate a zoned support base that provides different levels of support to your hips and shoulders, a layer of high definition foam with edge support, and an open-cell foam layer that sits directly under the top comfort layer.
The Pro's top comfort layer, however, has had an upgrade on the standard Simba to provide a more breathable and plusher sleep surface.
Other differences include the Pro having double the number of patented springs for more support, and a new layer of British wool to help regulate body temperature whilst you sleep.
These two added layers mean that the Hybrid Pro is 3cm thicker than the regular Hybrid – though still fits a standard fitted sheet.
Both mattresses have handles on the side to make it easier to turn (not flip), which is one of the only conditions of the 10-year guarantee.
How thick is a Simba mattress?
The Simba Pro mattress is 28cm deep, and the Original Simba hybrid is 25cm deep.
Both should still fit a standard fitted sheet, though Pro mattress owners may find a deeper sheet will fit more comfortably.
Can you wash the Simba mattress cover?
If you have a Simba Pro mattress (like the one in the image above) the top white layer can be popped into the washing mashing at a maximum of 40C. The bottom section (the grey part) can be spot cleaned only.
If you have an Original Hybrid mattress or one that doesn't look like the image above, then your mattress cover can be spot cleaned only.
We recommend investing in a mattress protector to keep your mattress in the best possible condition.
Is the Simba mattress good for bad backs?
Having never had back problems myself I don't have any first-hand experience to share.
However, as of July 2020, more than 8000 people have left reviews to say that the Simba mattress has improved their back pain.
One happy customer said "Bought to replace a mattress that was twice as expensive and only 5 years old. The difference is massive – my back pain has gone, my wife is sleeping better and there is no ‘rocking’ when one of us rolls over. Very happy."
While this isn't a guarantee that if you suffer from a bad back a new mattress will fix it, it can be worth exploring your mattress options if you suffer from lumbar pain, especially since you can utilise the 200-night free trial.
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The Verdict: Is the Simba Pro mattress worth it?
The Simba Hybrid Pro certainly isn't the cheapest bed-in-a-box mattress on the market, however, I'd argue it's worth every penny, especially if you manage to snap one up when there's a deal on.
It consistently delivered a supremely comfortable nights sleep, kept us cool during the heatwave, and largely improved my lockdown insomnia.
With the 200-night free trial and 10-year guarantee, I can't think of a single reason not to test one out for yourself.
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