Best Soft Mattress

Shopping for the best soft mattress balances a fine line between support and firmness. While you may want it to feel soft to the touch, you also want it to provide the correct type of support for your sleeping style. Different factors like sleeping position, body weight, and environmental factors can all play a role in selecting your perfect mattress. And also, keep in mind what is best for one body might not be best for another.

Throughout this guide, we’re going to walk through many of the most important considerations to look at when selecting the best soft mattress. We’ll review what makes a soft mattress great and who benefits the most from soft mattresses.

Best Soft Mattress Picks

Note there are a ton of great soft mattresses out there, these are just some of my favorites (that naturally have some of my preferences and biases in there). So use this as a starting point in your soft mattress search, and let me know if you have any follow-up questions!

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Top Soft Mattress Picks Detailed

Memory Foam – Layla

One of my favorite soft memory foam mattresses is the Layla mattress. The Layla is actually flippable, so you get two firmness options in one – though if you’re reading this page you’re probably most interested in the soft side!

The Layla has a few other great construction features including copper infused memory foam, which helps you sleep cool as well. Learn more in my full Layla mattress review.

Some other great soft memory foam options are the Amerisleep AS4 (review) and the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature (review).

For the Money – Helix

Helix Mattress Front ImageOne mattress that delivers on soft and value is the Helix mattress. Helix actually builds a mattress custom based on your preferences, so the mattress can meet a variety of needs – but one of those needs is definitely soft!

The Helix construction always varies, but a soft hybrid construction will suit a lot of people looking for a comfortable soft mattress. Learn more in my full Helix mattress review.

Some other great value soft mattresses are the Novosbed (review) and Nest Bedding Alexander Signature.

Side Sleeper – Tomorrow Sleep

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress SideTomorrow Sleep has a soft hybrid mattress that is a great fit for side sleepers. It offers great pressure relief and support, the ultimate side sleeper combo!

Tomorrow Sleep has a variety of other products available to enhance the sleeping experience as well, including blackout drapes and a sleep tracker. Learn more in my full Tomorrow Sleep review.

Some other great soft options for side sleepers are the Saatva (review) and the Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid (review).

Innerspring – WinkBeds

The WinkBeds innerspring comes in three options, one of them being the Winkbeds soft. With a nice mix of coils and springs, you get a great feeling of support and bounce with the WinkBeds while still having a soft plush experience.

To learn more about the WinkBeds mattress (all firmness options), as well as the WinkBeds plus (for heavier sleepers), check out my full WinkBeds mattress review.

Some other great soft innerspring options include the Saatva and the Aviya (review).

Softest – Amerisleep AS5

Amerisleep AS5 Corner ViewPeople often ask what the absolute softest mattress I have slept on is – and so I have the “softest mattress” category, for which I’ve selected the Amerisleep AS5.

Amerisleep has five mattress, the Amerisleep AS1-AS5, with the AS5 being the softest. For more information on all of the Amerisleep mattresses, check out my Amerisleep mattress reviews page, or check out my Amerisleep AS5 mattress review.

Latex – Zenhaven

Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex Front View
Front view of the Hybrid Latex from Nest Bedding

The Zenhaven mattress is flippable, offering two different firmness options. The soft side ends up coming in fairly soft on the spectrum, making it a great option for people that want a soft mattress.

The mattress also a pure latex feel, and is made from all natural materials. Learn more in my full Zenhaven mattress review.

For some other soft latex mattress options, I would suggest the Brentwood Home Cedar (review) and the Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid Latex (review).

Back Pain – Loom & Leaf

There is no one best mattress for back pain, it really comes down to alignment of your spine and relieving pressure in the right spots for your body and sleep type. But if you are looking for a quality softer mattress with good support, I think Loom & Leaf is a good option to consider.

Loom and Leaf has two firmness options, with the firmer being quite firm. Learn more about the mattress in my Loom and Leaf review.

For other softer mattress options that may be good for back pain, check out the Purple mattress (review) and the Brooklyn Bedding (review).

Mattress Support vs. Firmness

Above all else in a mattress, support is absolutely KEY. Now, that may trip up some sleepers… ““wait… I thought this guide was about soft mattresses, I don’t want too much support”. Firmness equating support is a bit of a misnomer. Mattress support and mattress firmness are two stand-alone qualities in any mattress. While they do work in tandem, they are not one and the same. For instance, a mattress could have a soft feel with great support or a firm feel with lousy support.

Good mattress support simply means that it keeps your spine in proper alignment without creating pressure points. Irritating pressure points can lead to back pain and restless night.

Mattress firmness, on the other hand, is defined as how hard or soft a mattress feels. Different manufacturers use different materials to convey varying levels of firmness.

FAQWhat mattress firmness do I need?

It’s most important to remember that support and firmness are different. Soft mattresses can still provide great support. However, softer mattresses are held to a higher standard in terms of material quality in order to provide that level of support. With softer materials also come new potential problems, including heat retention, feeling stuck, or spinal alignment issues. Good design and material selection helps to minimize these issues, while still creating a soft cloud-like feeling.

Who is a soft mattress right for?

Softer mattresses can be appropriate for a variety of sleeper types and positions. In general, softer mattresses are ideally suited for side sleepers. The softer layers allow for a better contouring hug and support along the curves of the body. Some back and stomach sleepers may also enjoy the softer feel, but it really comes down a personal preference for these sleepers.

Note how the foam layers contour to the curves. Providing support, comfort, and spinal alignment.
Note how the foam layers contour to the curves. Providing support, comfort, and spinal alignment.

Stomach sleepers especially should be wary of going too soft, as the deeper hug can create a lack of support along the mid section, creating pressure points and pain in the lower back.

Sleepers who weight less (150 pounds or less) may also find that soft suits their needs better. Lighter sleepers may float on top of medium or firmer mattresses due to the materials that require higher pressure levels before creating sinkage. The softer materials allow sinkage at lower weights, creating better pressure relief for these sleepers.

Nest Bedding's Alexander mattress uses a thick quilted top layer for extra pressure relief
Nest Bedding’s Alexander mattress uses a thick quilted top layer for extra pressure relief

Do soft mattresses “sleep hot”?

In the mattress world, there is a condition that some mattresses suffer from called “sleeping hot”. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common are 1) the materials (usually memory foam) are absorbing and retaining heat and/or 2) the level of hug in the mattress is such that an excess of material is wrapping around the sleeper. In general, soft mattresses are more susceptible to sleeping hot than medium or firm mattresses.

FAQ:  What’s the best cooling sheets?

For this reason, it’s critically important to consider the design, construction, and materials of the mattress. Soft mattresses that use large amounts of memory foam, especially in the top layers, may be more likely to sleep warm because they retain heat. Ventilated memory foam or memory foams infused with gel, copper, or other cooling materials can help to mitigate some of the heat risk.

Example of cooling design and material factors (Amerisleep Colonial pictured)
Example of cooling design and material factors (Amerisleep Colonial pictured)

If you are concerned about sleeping warm you will want to look for mattresses that:

  1. Use a thin cover – this will minimize the quantity of material wrapping around you
  2. Use a design that places memory foam below the top layers – top layers of latex, polymer, gel, pillow tops, or other more breathable materials will help to reduce the risk of heat retention
  3. Use advanced memory foam – not all memory foam is created equal, some memory foams are more advanced in terms of their ability to breathe and not retain heat
  4. Use coils – coil mattresses that use pillow tops or true hybrid mattresses generally breathe better and remain cooler than 100% foam mattresses

Will a soft mattress help with my back pain?

For many sleepers, back pain is a frustrating part of their nightly routine. Back pain can occur for any type of sleeper, regardless of what position you sleep in. Also, it can be caused by a variety of factors, but one of the most common is inadequate mattress support. In general, most who struggle with back pain will require a medium, slightly firm, or firm mattress. A soft mattress, even one with good support, can create additional problems and pain for the back.

FAQ:  What’s the best mattress for back pain?

For those who suffer with back pain, but are certain they still want / need a softer feel, selecting a mattress with a modern thin cover design can help. Traditional quilted covers, padded, or pillow top covers that are excessively soft are most liable to exacerbate back pain. However, thin covers where the softness of the mattress is derived from supportive foam, coil, or hybrid layers generally provide a stronger and more supportive base.

What’s the Best Soft Mattress?

So what’s the best plush mattress on the market? The best soft mattress will have optimal mattress support without resulting in unnecessary firmness. It will provide body-contouring, pressure relief, and deep compression support. Side sleepers may gravitate towards soft mattresses more than any other type of sleeper.

Lastly, the best soft mattress will not be prone to “sleeping hot”. The right use of materials will allow air to flow throughout the night and prevent heat retention around the sleeper. Be sure to check out some of our top-rated best soft and plush mattress reviews below:

MattressBest ForMattress BrandDescriptionPrice (Queen)CouponReview
Tomorrow SleepSide sleeperTomorrow SleepTomorrow offers their mattress in firm and soft versions, both of which are hybrid constructions. Both versions are pretty breathable for temperature regulation and have some bounce that will keep the sleeper from feeling stuck in the mattress.$990See Current OfferRead My Review!
Amerisleep AS5SoftestAmerisleepThe Amerisleep AS5 is the softest mattress in the Amerisleep line. The mattress stands 14 inches in height and provides a great environment for side sleepers as it allows them to sink deep into the mattress for pressure relief.$2,099See Current OfferRead My Review!
Brookly Bedding AuroraHybridBrooklyn Bedding AuroraThe Aurora uses a hybrid construction of pocketed coils, memory foam and Brooklyn Bedding's proprietary TitanFlex foam. The combination of materials used in the construction create a mattress that does a great job with temperatur regulation and cooling.$1,699See Current OfferRead My Review!
Nest Bedding Alexander SignatureMemory foamNest Alexander Signature SeriesAll foam construction uses a thick gel memory foam comfort layer to provide comfort. Available in two firmness levels and will provide a contouring feeling as you sink infor pressure relief.$899See Current OfferRead My Review!
WinkBedsInnerspringWinkbedThe construction uses a coil on coil support system that provides a good bounce to the mattress. The WinkBed comes in three different firmness levels as well as a plus version for heavier individuals.$1,299See Current OfferRead My Review!
ZenhavenLatexZenhaven MattressAll natural construction that uses four layers of talalay latex creating a mattress with a good amount of bounce. The Zenhaven is flippable to allow for a choice of different firmness levels.$1,899No Current OffersRead My Review!
WrightLuxuryWright MattressThe Wright mattress uses 5 inches of memory foam to provide a soft and luxurious feel. The mattress allows you to sink deep into the layers for pressure relief, which is especially nice for side sleepers.$1,795See Current OfferRead My Review!
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Logan Block

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Logan is the Director of Content at Sleepopolis and the main mattress man around these parts. A Buffalo native, Logan spent several years working in project management in both Boston and New York City. In his free time Logan likes walking his dog, lifting weights, and searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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