Best Soft Mattresses Of 2021

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When many people think of the perfect mattress, they imagine something that really lets them sink in and feel the worries of the day melt away. In short, they’re thinking of a soft mattress. These types of beds are a particularly good choice for side sleepers and those who need some extra cushioning. If you think you fall into one of these categories, read on for my list of best soft mattresses. Of the hundreds of beds I’ve personally reviewed, these are the cream of the crop! And if you think you need something firmer or cooler, take a look at our personalized mattress quiz.

The Best Soft Mattresses

 

Best Plush Luxury Mattress

Saatva Mattress

The Saatva is an organic mattress that is both comfortable and supportive.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

180 nights

Shipping Method

Free white glove delivery

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Warranty

15-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.9/5
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Best Plush Luxury Mattress

Saatva Mattress

The Saatva is an organic mattress that is both comfortable and supportive.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Hybrid

Warranty

15-year warranty

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Shipping Method

Free white glove delivery

Trial Period

180 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.9/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Plush Luxury Mattress

Saatva Mattress

The Saatva is an organic mattress that is both comfortable and supportive.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Trial Period

180 nights

Warranty

15-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free white glove delivery

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.9/5
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The Saatva is an innerspring mattress that comes in three firmnesses – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. While we like all three versions, the Luxury Firm is – to paraphrase Goldilocks – juuust right for multiple sleeping positions. It should provide enough support for stomach- and back-sleeping, and enough pressure relief for side-sleeping.

What Makes The Saatva Stand Out?

  • The bed gets its medium softness from two sets of coils that add some firmness and support, and a pillow top that provides just the right amount of plushness.
  • This is the only innerspring mattress on this list, and it will be a great fit for those who are used to sleeping on a more traditional mattress but still want some softness as well.
  • The Saatva’s coils allow for a great deal of airflow, keeping the mattress from trapping too much heat.

Read our full Saatva mattress review

Editor's Pick

Layla Mattress

Layla is an innovative mattress that happens to be one of the most comfortable mattresses I've ever slept on. 

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

120 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
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Editor's Pick

Layla Mattress

Layla is an innovative mattress that happens to be one of the most comfortable mattresses I've ever slept on. 

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

120 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
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Editor's Pick

Layla Mattress

Layla is an innovative mattress that happens to be one of the most comfortable mattresses I've ever slept on. 

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Trial Period

120 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
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The Layla is actually flippable, with both a softer and firmer side. Since we’re talking about soft mattresses, let’s take a look at the soft side, which scored a softer-than-average 5.5/10 on the firmness scale.

What Makes The Layla Stand Out?

  • Based on my experience and our pressure map test (yay, science), the soft side of the Layla relieves pressure exceptionally well. Side-sleeping, I felt little pressure on my shoulders and hips, and the pressure map showed only slight pressure in those areas.
  • The plushness and pressure relief comes from 3″ of copper-infused memory foam that is oh-so-comfortable; in fact, the Layla is flat out one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever reviewed!
  • The copper-infused memory foam helps make the Layla a cooler-sleeping mattress that will also be free of bacteria and mildew.

Read our full Layla mattress review

Best Soft Hybrid Mattress

Helix Sunset Mattress

The Helix Sunset is the company's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.8/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Warranty

10-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
Best Soft Hybrid Mattress

Helix Sunset Mattress

The Helix Sunset is the company's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.8/5
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Material

Hybrid

Warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
Best Soft Hybrid Mattress

Helix Sunset Mattress

The Helix Sunset is the company's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.8/5
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Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5

Helix’s softest model, the hybrid Sunset, features both Memory Plus Foam and Helix Dynamic Foam in its comfort layer. Both materials are pressure-relieving on the shoulders and hips, making this a great option for side sleepers.

What Makes The Helix Sunset Stand Out?

  • Given that it’s a hybrid, the Helix Sunset should also be a cooler-sleeping mattress. Its individually-wrapped coils promote airflow through the bed and keep it from trapping too much heat.
  • Helix is all about customization and offers many different models to fit a variety of sleepers. For instance, those who want something that’s plush but a bit more supportive can opt for the Moonlight. Customers can also take a sleep quiz to find the right bed.
  • The Sunset comes in a Luxe version for those who want to add some more plushness and luxurious features to their mattress.

Read our full Helix Sunset mattress review

Best Soft Mattress for Back Pain

Casper Original Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

Clarity Score 3.5/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Seniors
This bed is perfect for senior sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

"From the delivery of the box to the magical unfolding of the king size mattress to the first time laying on the bed, all smiles here! I have traveled for work for years, often sleeping on different beds at different hotels night after night."

Paul, Casper customer
Average Customer Rating
4.4/5
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Best Soft Mattress for Back Pain

Casper Original Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

Clarity Score 3.5/5
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Material

Foam

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Seniors
This bed is perfect for senior sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

"From the delivery of the box to the magical unfolding of the king size mattress to the first time laying on the bed, all smiles here! I have traveled for work for years, often sleeping on different beds at different hotels night after night."

Paul, Casper customer
Average Customer Rating
4.4/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Soft Mattress for Back Pain

Casper Original Mattress

Casper is a great value that is also a great fit for all three sleeping positions.

Clarity Score 3.5/5
Read Full Review

Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Seniors
This bed is perfect for senior sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from back pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

"From the delivery of the box to the magical unfolding of the king size mattress to the first time laying on the bed, all smiles here! I have traveled for work for years, often sleeping on different beds at different hotels night after night."

Paul, Casper customer
Average Customer Rating
4.4/5
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Casper’s flagship mattress is an all-foam mattress that is designed to support the back, making it great option for those who struggle with back pain. It features Zoned Support designed to keep you supported in all the right places for proper spinal alignment. Found in the transition layer, this system makes the Casper feel firmer when someone is back-sleeping or stomach-sleeping and softer when they’re side-sleeping.

What Makes The Casper Stand Out?

  • The Casper also has an excellently balanced foam feel that features both memory foam and latex properties. This means that sleepers will receive exceptional pressure relief while still being able to move around easily.
  • The Casper could be an exceptional mattress for combination sleepers, who should find the support and comfort they require in a variety of positions.
  • The mattress features open-celled foams that make the mattress more breathable; people shouldn’t be sleeping hot on the Casper.

Read our full Casper mattress review

Best Plush Mattress for Side Sleepers

Amerisleep AS5 Mattress

The Amerisleep AS5 is the brand's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping minus HI and AK

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Warranty

20-year limited warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Best Plush Mattress for Side Sleepers

Amerisleep AS5 Mattress

The Amerisleep AS5 is the brand's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Warranty

20-year limited warranty

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping minus HI and AK

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Best Plush Mattress for Side Sleepers

Amerisleep AS5 Mattress

The Amerisleep AS5 is the brand's softest model and is a great fit for side sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Foam

Firmness

Soft: 5.5/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

20-year limited warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping minus HI and AK

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5

Amerisleep subscribes to the idea that there’s no one perfect mattress for everyone. With this in mind, they created a line of mattresses ranging from very firm to very soft. I’d like to focus on the Amerisleep AS5 mattress, their softest option that caters specifically to side sleepers. When sleeping in that position, I feel no significant pressure on my shoulders and hips, and the great pressure map results don’t lie!

What Makes The Amerisleep AS5 Stand Out?

  • On our firmness scale, the Nolah is a 5.5/10, making it one of the softest mattresses on this list. The softness comes from a whopping 5″ of foam on the top of the mattress, which really lets sleepers sink in.
  • The Amerisleep AS5 is still a responsive mattress; sleepers shouldn’t complain about getting stuck!
  • The mattress features open-celled foams that shouldn’t trap heat like memory foam is known to do. So it should be a suitable mattress for hot sleepers.

Read our full Amerisleep AS5 mattress review

Best Medium Soft Mattress

Leesa Original Mattress

Made with responsive foam, the Leesa Original mattress works well for hot sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.4/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

10-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
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Best Medium Soft Mattress

Leesa Original Mattress

Made with responsive foam, the Leesa Original mattress works well for hot sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.4/5
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Material

Foam

Warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Medium Soft Mattress

Leesa Original Mattress

Made with responsive foam, the Leesa Original mattress works well for hot sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.4/5
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Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.5/5
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We put the Leesa mattress at a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale because it has soft layers on top with a firmer support base layer. This balanced foam feel means that you won’t sink too far into the bed, but should still feel comfortable and plush.

What Makes The Leesa Stand Out?

  • We think the Leesa mattress is a great choice for side sleepers who need contouring comfort around the hips and shoulders.
  • Back sleepers and combination sleepers who move around throughout the night may also be super-comfortable, as the medium-soft mattress quickly responds to your body movements.
  • The Leesa mattress has great motion isolation, so it’s a good fit for couples sharing the bed. It also sleeps rather cool, so it shouldn’t trap too much body heat from you and your partner.

Read our full Leesa mattress review

Best Plush Mattress for Combination Sleepers

WinkBeds GravityLux Mattress

The WinkBeds GravityLux is a very comfortable all-foam mattress. It should be a good match for back, side, and combo sleepers. 

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Material

Foam

Trial Period

120 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Plush Mattress for Combination Sleepers

WinkBeds GravityLux Mattress

The WinkBeds GravityLux is a very comfortable all-foam mattress. It should be a good match for back, side, and combo sleepers. 

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Material

Foam

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

120 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Plush Mattress for Combination Sleepers

WinkBeds GravityLux Mattress

The WinkBeds GravityLux is a very comfortable all-foam mattress. It should be a good match for back, side, and combo sleepers. 

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Material

Foam

Firmness

Multiple firmness options

Trial Period

120 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
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The WinkBeds GravityLux is an all-foam mattress that features four foam layers. These include gel memory foam and AirCell foam, a pressure-relieving material that won’t trap your body heat as much as traditional memory foam. Then there’s a zoned transition layer for extra pressure relief and a base layer for durable support. Together, these layers all do a nice job of supporting many different sleeping positions, which of course makes the GravityLux an ideal fit for combination sleepers. Also, note that the GravityLux comes in three firmness options, so you’ll want to make sure you opt for the Soft model for a plusher feel.

What Makes The WinkBeds GravityLux Stand Out?

  • Between the cooling AirCell foam and a moisture-wicking Tencel fabric quilted cover, the GravityLux should be comfortable for anyone who sleeps hot.
  • Back sleepers should benefit from the zoned construction of this mattress, which helps keep the spine properly aligned.
  • Side sleepers get a plush, contouring feel around the shoulders and hips.

Read our full WinkBeds GravityLux mattress review

Best Plush Mattress for Lightweight Sleepers

Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress

The Puffy Lux Hybrid is a luxurious mattress that provides great pressure relief, especially for back sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

101 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
5.0/5
Best Plush Mattress for Lightweight Sleepers

Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress

The Puffy Lux Hybrid is a luxurious mattress that provides great pressure relief, especially for back sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

101 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
5.0/5
Best Plush Mattress for Lightweight Sleepers

Puffy Lux Hybrid Mattress

The Puffy Lux Hybrid is a luxurious mattress that provides great pressure relief, especially for back sleepers.

Clarity Score 3.9/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

101 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
5.0/5

When it comes to mattress firmness, a person’s size and weight plays a huge part. While a bed like the Puffy Lux Hybrid might feel firm to a larger person, a lightweight person should find it to be soft and comfortable. First, they’ll find a cooling gel memory foam. Beneath this sits a layer of Puffy’s Dual Cloud Foam. This material will gently contour the body of a lightweight sleeper (especially side sleepers) without making them feel “stuck” inside it.

What Makes The Puffy Lux Hybrid Stand Out?

  • The Puffy Lux also has a layer of Climate Control foam, which helps the bed stay cool all night long.
  • In the support layer, this mattress has a layer of high-density memory foam and some Contour-Adapt Coils.
  • Thanks to its high-quality construction, the Puffy Lux Hybrid should last a long time. If you’re looking for a durable bed-in-a-box mattress, this is an excellent choice.

Read our full Puffy Lux Hybrid mattress review

Best Soft Cooling Mattress

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

The Nolah Original 10" mattress works especially well for side sleepers, and it's sold at a value price.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

120 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Soft: 6/10

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Best Soft Cooling Mattress

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

The Nolah Original 10" mattress works especially well for side sleepers, and it's sold at a value price.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Foam

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Soft: 6/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

120 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5
Best Soft Cooling Mattress

Nolah Original 10" Mattress

The Nolah Original 10" mattress works especially well for side sleepers, and it's sold at a value price.

Clarity Score 4.1/5
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Material

Foam

Firmness

Soft: 6/10

Trial Period

120 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.8/5

Memory foam is fantastic, but what about folks who want an alternative? That’s why I want to take a look at the Nolah; its proprietary AirFoam is designed to sleep cooler than standard memory foam (it doesn’t contain the chemicals that cause memory foam to trap heat).

What Makes The Nolah Stand Out?

  • AirFoam is even more pressure-relieving than memory foam. Having personally tried the mattress, I can say that the Nolah mattress does offer some fantastic pressure relief!
  • On our firmness scale, the Nolah scored a softer-than-average 5.5/10. With its softness and superior pressure relief, it could be a fantastic option for side sleepers.
  • Looking at our pressure map test, the plushness of the Nolah relieves a good deal of pressure on my shoulders and hips.

Read our full Nolah mattress review

Best Soft Foam Mattress

Dreamfoam Chill Memory Foam Mattress

The Dreamfoam Chill is a cooling, affordable memory foam mattress that comes in multiple thicknesses.

Clarity Score 3.3/5
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

120 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Warranty

10-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
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Best Soft Foam Mattress

Dreamfoam Chill Memory Foam Mattress

The Dreamfoam Chill is a cooling, affordable memory foam mattress that comes in multiple thicknesses.

Clarity Score 3.3/5
Read Full Review

Material

Foam

Warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

120 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review
Best Soft Foam Mattress

Dreamfoam Chill Memory Foam Mattress

The Dreamfoam Chill is a cooling, affordable memory foam mattress that comes in multiple thicknesses.

Clarity Score 3.3/5
Read Full Review

Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

120 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Couples
This bed has great motion isolation so you will not feel your partner tossing and turning at night.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleepering
Ideal for lightweight and average weight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

The Dreamfoam Chill mattress is an all-foam, affordable mattress from Brooklyn Bedding. The top comfort layer includes a gel swirl memory foam, giving this mattress a bit of a slow-moving feel while also keeping sleepers cool at night. I do want to note that while this would be a great soft mattress for lightweight and average weight people, it would probably not be supportive enough for many heavyweight sleepers.

What Makes The Dreamfoam Chill Stand Out?

  • The Dreamfoam Chill is an excellent option for lightweight and average weight sleepers as it provides a nice balance of comfort and support.
  • This mattress is one of the most affordable ones on the market, with a queen-size coming in at $474.00.
  • With a name like the Dreamfoam Chill, it’s no surprise that it’s designed to help people sleep more cool at night via its gel infused memory foam, breathable cover, and open-celled foams.

Read our full Dreamfoam Chill mattress review

Soft Mattresses For Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lbs

When shopping for a plush mattress, it’s extremely important to consider one’s size and weight. Here are our thoughts on which of these mattresses heavier people should prefer.

The Layla is a flippable and features a firm and a soft side. Even for a larger person, the plush side should feel quite soft and should provide excellent pressure relief. In addition, it is a fantastic option for both heavier back and side sleepers.

The Amerisleep AS5 features an extremely thick stretch of memory foam in its comfort layer. Heavy people often bottom out on softer memory foam mattresses, but thanks to its extra cushioning, the Amerisleep should prevent that.

While we discussed the Helix Sunset above, we also wanted to mention the Helix Plus, their mattress made specifically for larger people. It’s an extremely supportive mattress with tall coils, but also features nice foam layers that provide some soft comfort on top of the mattress. You can read our full Helix Plus mattress review to learn more about this option.

What To Look For In A Soft Mattress

If you’re looking for the best mattress for you, take the following factors into consideration before whipping out the credit card.

mattress edge supportMaterials

Certain mattress types will naturally be softer than others. Take a look below to learn more about which will be the softest:

  • Memory foam mattresses are usually very plush, although the higher the density of the foams, the firmer the bed will be.
  • Latex mattresses have a more bouncy feel. They’re also soft, but in a different way from the slow-moving, sinking feeling of memory foam.
  • Innerspring mattresses are built with a bed of coils, so they tend to be the firmest and bounciest.
  • Hybrid mattresses combine a support layer of coils with a top comfort layer. The materials used in the comfort layer vary from bed to bed, which can greatly affect the feel. Generally, hybrid mattresses offer more support than memory foam mattresses, but can have a very soft feel depending on the plushness of the comfort layer.
  • Airbeds are built with adjustable air chambers so you can adjust the firmness of your mattress. For an example, check out the Saatva Solaire mattress.

Edge Support

One common issue with soft mattresses is lack of proper edge support. When you sit near the edge, many plush mattresses will collapse, making it more difficult to tie your shoes or sit securely on the bed. Also, weak edge support means you may not be able to utilize as much of the mattress without feeling unsupported or rolling off. Luckily, many companies add a foam encasement to help with edge support. Pay attention to this factor when looking into the construction of a soft mattress.

Lower Back PainSpine Alignment

Discomfort and pain in the lower back can occur when the spine gets out of alignment. If you sleep primarily on your side, this will most likely not be an issue on a softer mattress, but if you sleep on your back or stomach, you may need more support. Knowing your preferred sleeping position and exactly how much support you require can help you find a plush mattress that’s best suited to your needs.

Ease of movement on a mattressResponsiveness

Some people love the feeling of sinking into a soft mattress, but this can also limit your movements a bit and make you feel “stuck” in the bed. That’s why many soft mattresses incorporate bouncier, more responsive foams that offer comfort and pressure relief while also allowing you shift between positions throughout the night.

Temperature Control

If you’re sinking into a plush mattress, it’s more likely that your heat will get trapped in the bed. So if you’re a naturally hot sleeper, or just want to avoid sweating through your sheets, you may want to look for extra cooling features. Foams infused with copper or gel beads can offer a cooler night’s sleep, and latex is a naturally cooling material. For those extra-hot sleepers, you may want to avoid an all-foam mattress and look for a hybrid mattress with a coil construction that allows air to easily pass through the bed.

Durability

Don’t just assume that if a mattress is soft, it’s going to be an excellent fit. You still want to make sure the mattress utilizes high-quality, durable foams so it can stand the test of time without sagging prematurely.

Price

Of course, you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Research the best place to buy your mattress and the best time. Keep an eye out for deals around holidays and make sure to use our exclusive coupons.

Who Should Pick A Soft Mattress?

If you’re deciding between a firm vs soft mattress, it may help to learn what types of sleepers are most comfortable on a plusher mattress:

  • Side sleepers. The best mattresses for side sleepers are softer mattresses that relieve pressure on the shoulders and hips; if someone sleeps on their side and has a firm mattress, they won’t get as much deep, restful sleep because they will toss and turn frequently throughout the night.Side Sleeper On A Mattress
  • Lighter-weight people. Firmness is truly subjective. One person might think a mattress is firm, while another person might think that the same mattress is softer. 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, lighter-weight people will typically want to select a mattress.

Lightweight side sleeper on a mattress

  • People who like to sink into their mattresses. Softer mattresses, especially those of the memory foam variety, are fantastic for someone who prefers to sleep “in” their mattress rather than “on” top of it.
  • Couples. Soft mattresses often feature better motion isolation than firmer mattresses; memory foam is found in many plush mattresses, and it does a fantastic job of cutting down on motion transfer. If one sleeps with a partner, choosing a softer mattress might decrease the chance that they will feel their movements on the other side of the bed.couple sleeping on a soft mattress

RELATED: Best Mattress For Hip Pain 2021

Who Shouldn’t Pick A Soft Mattress?

Just as some types of sleepers are ideally suited to a soft mattress, others may find their sleeping style doesn’t jive with a softer sleeping surface:

  • Stomach sleepers. People who sleep primarily on their stomachs usually require an extra level of support, and they may find that their hips sink in too far while stomach-sleeping on a softer mattress. When this happens, the spine can get out of alignment and cause significant back pain. Overall, they aren’t the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.

stomach sleeper on a firm mattress

  • Some back sleepers. While some back sleepers may find the support they need on a plusher mattress, others may not. They could feel their hips sinking in too far and, like stomach sleepers, notice their spines getting out of alignment.back sleeper on a mattress
  • Heavier people. If someone is larger, no matter what position they sleep in, a softer mattress may not be the best choice. Side-sleeping can cause them to press through the soft comfort layers of the mattress and “bottom out.” This means they’ll feel the firmer support layers underneath the plush layers and experience some pressure on their shoulders and hips. When they’re back-sleeping or stomach-sleeping, they may feel their hips sink into the mattress, throwing their spine out of alignment. See our best mattresses for heavy peopleHeavyweight side sleeper on a mattressRELATED: Best Firm Mattress

Do Soft Mattresses Sleep Hot?

While soft mattresses promise comfort, pressure relief, and an enveloping feeling for many sleepers, these factors can also mean they sleep hotter. That being said, choosing a soft mattress doesn’t mean one is doomed to overheat. Several factors may play a role in whether or not someone sleeps hot on a plush mattress.

  • Materials. The materials that make up a soft mattress can determine a person’s sleep temperature. For example, pure memory foam is known for trapping heat and directing it back at sleepers. At the same time, materials such as graphite and gel may assist with cooling.

Different types of mattress materials

  • Soft mattress construction and layersConstruction. Even all-foam mattresses aren’t guaranteed to sleep hot, and a mattress’ construction can go a long way toward addressing this issue; many mattress companies add air channels and holes to the memory foam layer to encourage airflow. Additionally, some plush mattresses are hybrid models, which means they combine coils and foam; the coils increase airflow, which can help considerably when it comes to sleeping hot.
  • How much a mattress sinks graphicHow far one sinks into the mattress may play a role in temperature regulation. If one sleeps “in” the bed, there’s less room for airflow and they’ll trap more heat.

 

 

Summary

Mattress Superlative
Saatva Best Plush Luxury Mattress
Layla Editor’s Pick
Helix Sunset Best Soft Hybrid Mattress
Casper Best Soft Mattress For Back Pain
Amerisleep AS5 Best Plush Mattress For Side Sleepers
Leesa Best Medium Soft Mattress
WinkBeds GravityLux Best Plush Mattress For Combination Sleepers
Puffy Lux Hybrid Best Plush Mattress For Lightweight Sleepers
Nolah Best Soft Cooling Mattress
Dreamfoam Chill Best Soft Foam Mattress

FAQs

What are soft mattresses good for?

Soft mattresses are an ideal choice for side sleepers. Those who sleep in this position require a mattress that will relieve pressure on their shoulders and hips. They’ll want a mattress that will allow them to sink so that their shoulders and hips aren’t driving into a firm surface.

Are soft mattresses good for your back?

This depends on someone’s sleeping position; if they sleep on their side, a soft mattress could be good for their back, as it provides pressure relief while still keeping the spine in neutral alignment.

However, if someone is a back sleeper or stomach sleeper, a softer mattress might not offer the necessary support. Without this support, back and stomach sleepers could sink into the mattress too far and start to develop back pain and strain.

How do you know if your mattress is too soft?

If someone wakes up with aches and pains, especially in the lower back, it could be a clear sign that their mattress is too soft. This is particularly true for back and stomach sleepers who require more support than side sleepers.

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Marten Carlson

Marten is Senior Editor at Mattress Clarity. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health. Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University. He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.