4 Best Soft Mattresses- Which Should You Get?

4 Best Soft Mattresses- Which Should You Get?

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Some people just like a softer mattress, whether it’s because they sleep on their side or because they just have a personal preference.  If you want a soft mattress, just because you think a mattress has the right softness doesn’t mean it’s going to be a perfect fit for you.  In this article, I’ll try go through who might be a good fit for a softer mattress and then lay out a few mattresses that could be a good match.

4 Picks For Best Soft Mattress

There are a lot of contenders, but I wanted to keep this list short.  Here are some options that I think could potentially be a good match for you.

2 Firmness Levels In One: Layla

Online Memory Foam: Amerisleep Colonial

Customizable: Helix

Luxury Memory Foam: Tempur-Cloud Elite

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I like the Layla because it uses good quality foams and it is flippable, meaning it has two firmness levels in one (see more on that HERE).  That gives you two chances to get the right firmness level for you.  The soft side of the mattress is definitely softer than average and is a great option for side sleepers.

The fact that it is copper-infused is a potential benefit as well, although I would recommend doing your own research to see if you agree with the validity of the claims made there.

Check out our full Layla mattress review

Amerisleep Colonial

Amerisleep has a line of memory foam mattresses all with different firmness levels.  The Colonial is the second softest model that they have.  It has a lot of extra features that keep the mattress sleeping cool that are very impressive (learn more HERE).

The foam is more responsive than traditional memory foam, so while it is a soft mattress, you’ll never feel you get stuck.  All in all, it’s a great option for those looking for a soft mattress with a memory foam feel.

Check out our full Amerisleep Colonial review


Helix gives you the opportunity to fully customize your mattress based on your weight and other characteristics, as well as personal preferences.  You can have the mattress be customized to whatever softness that you like (learn more HERE).

That extra customization is an intriguing option that is unique in the industry.  While some companies have multiple models with different firmnesses, Helix allows you to find something unique to your exact characteristics and preferences.

Check out our full Helix review

Tempur-Cloud Elite

If you are looking for a really plush feel, then the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Elite might be a great match.  It’s the second softest mattress available at the company.  I recommend this over the Cloud Luxe because the firmness level is almost the same, but the Cloud Elite is a little more affordable.  If you have the budget for this mattress and want something extra soft, then this could be a cool option for you.

See our full Cloud Elite review

Who’s A Good Fit For A Soft Mattress

  • Side SleepersSide sleepers need a softer mattress to relieve the pressure on their shoulders and hips.  If you sleep on your side and have a firm mattress, you won’t get as much deep, restful sleep because you will toss and turn frequently throughout the night.
  • Lighter Weight People– Firmness is a subjective measure.  One person might think a mattress is firm, while another person might think the same mattress isn’t that firm.  However, on the whole people who don’t weigh very much will tend to think a mattress is firmer than those who weigh more.  For this reason, typically lighter weight people will want to get a softer mattress to make up for this fact.

Two Notes Of Caution

  • Firmness Is Subjective– I’ve seen people argue about the firmness level of a mattress more times than I care to admit.  Someone might think something is soft, while another person thinks the same mattress is firm.  Keep in mind that another person’s idea of a “soft” mattress may be different from you.
  • Don’t Ignore Other Aspects Of The Mattress– Don’t just assume that if a mattress is soft, it’s going to be a good fit for you.  You’ll still want to make sure that the mattress has good, durable foams, that it won’t sleep hot, etc.  Once you’ve made sure you like the softness of a mattress, do the extra research to make sure that the other aspects of the mattress are a good fit for you too.

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Hopefully what I’ve written makes sense, and you’re well on your way to finding a great soft mattress for you.

This post was last updated on March 7th, 2017 at 9:29 am

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.

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Debbie Libbey says March 28, 2017

I have a helix. And it is NOT soft. I already know I want a squshy soft mattress. On a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being rock hard and 10 being the softest. I’m looking for an 11. There’s no such thing as being “too soft” in my book. But every thing I’ve tryed promises to be “the best” but end up feeling like a disappointing rock with a bit of fluff on top. Help.

    Joe Auer says March 29, 2017

    Helix can vary by what you select in their quiz – if you want really soft, I’d take a look at Layla or the softest Amerisleep.

MARK MONTEMBEAU says October 17, 2017

Is there a mattress that is as soft as a waterbed mattress? For decades I slept on a waterbed until an accident forced me to change to a traditional mattress. I am a “side-sleeper” and sleeping hasn’t been the same since I switched.

    Joe Auer says October 18, 2017

    I haven’t slept on a waterbed in years, so I’m not as familiar with the feel there. These 4 options here are quite soft though.

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