Should I Choose a Firm or Soft Mattress?
Updated: May 27
Should you choose a firm or soft mattress? You may want to pick the firmness level that feels most comfortable to you right off the bat, but the long-term answer isn’t always that simple. Let’s take a quick look at what different firmness levels have to offer.
Finding the Right Amount of Support
Before we begin, keep in mind that your ultimate goal when picking out your ideal mattress is finding the one that best supports your body. Proper spinal alignment is the key to a good night’s rest and waking up pain free, and the first step to achieving proper alignment is taking your body type and sleep position into account.
A soft and plush mattress may feel great when you try it at the store—but is it really the best option for you? Sleep experts generally agree that softer mattresses are better for those who are small or light. Heavy sleepers tend to disproportionately compress softer mattresses. This lopsided effect puts their spines in crooked positions, and that could mean a lot of back issues down the road.
Average-sized side sleepers tend to reap the greatest benefits from softer mattresses due to the ability of the mattress to comfortably conform to the curves of the hips and shoulders. Our memory foam Crown mattress and hybrid Prestige mattress are soft options that offer support while still relieving pressure from those areas prone to soreness.
Mattresses that fall on the firmer side of the firmness scale can be great for those who sleep on their back or stomach. A firm mattress offers the ideal rigid surface for good spinal alignment (especially while back sleeping), although it may add to the pressure on the hips and shoulders of side sleepers. One of our most sought after firm mattresses is our pocketed-coil Endurance mattress. Our Heavenly Hybrid mattress is another great firm option for those seeking the pressure point relief of memory foam.
If you are not used to sleeping on a firm mattress, but have to make the switch for your health, don’t fret! You will be pleased to hear that the body will get used to sleeping on a firmer surface over time.
It All Boils Down to Personal Preference
Remember that picking out the right mattress largely boils down to your body type and preferred sleep position. As a general rule, softer mattresses are better for those who sleep on their sides, while firmer mattresses are better for individuals with above average weight and those who sleep on their backs or stomachs.
Perhaps you can have the best of both firmness levels in a mid-range mattress, or between a 4 and 6 on the firmness scale. Check out our popular memory foam Heir ET Plus mattress for our customers’ favorite medium-firm option.