The Emma Premium Microfibre Pillow is a premium, soft-feeling pillow and feels like a soft down model. It provides a more modest level of support than some other pillows, but is a good choice for those that like very soft pillows, front sleepers or those that like to use two pillows.
- Feather-like feel
- Gets rid of heat quickly
- Easy to clean
- Too soft for some
- FillingUses AeroSoft pillows inside for that soft feeling; the two internal pillows are removable so that you can adjust the pillow to suit how you like to sleep.
- TrialAll Emma pillows come with a 30-night trial period.
If you’re after something a little softer, more like a down-filled pillow only without the cruelty, the Emma Premium Microfibre Pillow could well be for you.
Height adjustable and supremely soft to the touch, this is a great pillow for those that like to sink into a soft pillow, and particularly for front sleepers, where the type of pillow isn’t quite as important.
Design and filling
- Super-soft filling
- Looks bulky, but compresses well
Unwrapped, the Emma Premium Microfibre is a chunky pillow that inflates up to become nice and thick. It looks a little imposing at first, but this is a very soft pillow. Put any weight on it at all, and it starts to compress. Putting my head on it, I sank straight into this pillow.
Inside, there are two separate AeroSoft-filled mini pillows, with the case containing microfibre filling on both sides of it. These two internal pillows can be removed, or you can choose to sleep with one or both based on your preferences.
I found that two pillows inside were about right; removing one would make the Emma Premium Microfibre a little too thin, although that’s a personal preference.
Both the outside and the internal pillows are washable at 60°C and can be tumble dried on low. That reduces the need for a pillow protector, as you can hygienically wash this pillow and then have it dried and ready to go within a day.
There’s also a 30-night trial for this pillow, so you can always return it if you don’t like it.
- Very soft
- Gets rid of heat quickly
I found this pillow to be very soft. Using it with both inserts, I found it almost too soft and a little bit more support would have been nice; using this with a second, firmer pillow underneath could work well.
I did find the Emma Premium Microfibre very comfortable, though. Its super soft feel and sink-into filling give a similar feel to a soft down-filled pillow, only no animals were harmed to get here.
I measured the pillow with a thermal camera. It took only a few minutes to remove the heat. As you can see from the images below, the pillow lost the heat from my head way before the cover and mattress underneath. That’s largely because of the air-filled filling: microfibre is quicker to remove heat than memory foam pillows.
My head did sink quite a way into the pillow. Sleeping on my side, I measured my head at 10.5cm from the mattress. This still falls within tolerances for keeping my neck aligned as I sleep, but I do prefer my head to be slightly higher.
I found a good fluffing was needed between sleeps to get the pillow back to its maximum size and fluffiness.
Should you buy it?
If you like a soft pillow, possibly one to sit on top of a second pillow, this is a good alternative to a soft down one.
If you want more support, then there are firmer pillows that offer softness you can choose.
A very soft pillow, the Emma Premium is a good replacement for a soft down-filled pillow. It offers excellent heat dissipation and is even height adjustable if you want to remove one or both of the internal cushions.
It’s well suited to front sleepers that don’t need so much support, and for those that love a soft pillow. If you want a little more support, it could work well with a second, firmer pillow underneath. Those that want more support in a single pillow, but still like a feather-like feel, should look at the Simba Hybrid Pillow.
How we test
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Used as our main pillow for the review period
We use a thermal camera to see how quickly the pillow can dissipate heat for a comfortable night’s sleep.
We measure how far off the mattress our head is kept, to check how supportive the pillow is
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Yes, it has two internal pillows that you can remove to suit your needs.
Yes, both the exterior and internal pillows can be washed.