Thoughout your search for that just-right mattress, one of the first things you’ll find out is that mattresses come in a wide variety of comfort levels (firmness levels). Two of the most commonly manufactured mattresses firmness levels are “firm” and “plush.” And learning about each of them is essential if you want any chance of finding a comfortable bed. In this article, we'll break down the core differences between plush and firm mattresses to make it easier for you to make a decision. Let's get right into it!
What is a Firm Mattress?
As you might have guessed, a firm mattress is a mattress that feels firm to the touch. And it maintains its firmness even after you lie down on it.
Manufacturers achieve firmness by limiting the number and thickness of comfort layers in a mattress’s construction. Instead of numerous comfort layers, firm mattresses have more/thicker support layers than anything else. These layers are hard and rigid and they provide structure to the mattress.
Who are Firm Mattresses For?
Firm mattresses are known to be supportive, and that makes them a great option for anyone who has back pain or just prefers a supportive sleeping surface.
Firm mattresses are also ideal for those who sleep on their stomachs or backs. In both situations, you need a sleep surface that won't allow for excessive curvature of the spine. A firm mattress will keep your spine adequately supported all night so that won't happen.
In addition to that, if you're on the overweight side, a firm mattress will suit you better than other mattress type, because it’s able to support the pressure of your weight without being totally flattened. Feeling the frame through your mattress is an unpleasant experience. So, if you weight over 225 pounds, we encourage you to look at firm mattresses for max comfort and support.
What is a Plush Mattress?
On the other end of the spectrum are plush mattresses, which are soft to the touch. Depending on just how plush a mattress is, it can feel even softer as you rest on it. One peculiar thing about plush mattresses is their ability to cradle you as you sink into them. There's very little pushback - mostly softness.
The way manufacturers make mattresses softer is to add more/thicker comfort layers to their design. These comfort layers are essentially soft padding, which give the surface more give.
Who are Plush Mattresses For?
Many people choose plush beds for their pain-relieving abilities. When you sleep on a plush mattress, there won't be much resistance coming against your body. Instead, your achy joints will be enveloped in fluff.
If you don't regularly suffer with body pain, you might think that you don't have no business with a plush mattress. That couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, this mattress type is almost always a good choice for anyone who sleeps on their side.
Side sleepers who sleep on firm mattresses often experience pain in the shoulders and hips, as these are the areas that bear the most weight. If the surface you're sleeping on is way too hard, your brain will let you know through pain signals.
On the issue of weight, avoid a plush mattress if you're on the heavier side. Plush mattresses are much more likely to bottom out under pressure than a firm mattress would be. But if you're under 225 pounds, you're good to go if plush mattresses are calling your name.
The Main Differences Between Firm and Plush Mattresses
Now that we've gone over the ins and outs of both firm and plush mattresses, it's time to highlight the main differences between the two for your quick reference.
- Softness - Plush mattresses are considered to be feathery soft and pliable, while firm mattresses are not.
- Weight capacity - Plush mattresses don't handle pressure as well as firm mattresses can. For that reason, those over 225 pounds should opt for a firm mattress.
- Ideal sleeper profile - Those who sleep on their backs or stomachs may prefer a firm mattress. Alternatively, side sleepers often find that plush mattresses are a better fit. General sleepers can go for either mattress type.
- Materials used - Plush mattresses have less/thinner support layers and more/thicker comfort layers. Whereas, firm mattresses have less/thinner comfort layers and more/thicker support layers.
- Amount of give - Plush mattresses have much more give than firm mattresses.
- Pain relief vs. Support - Plush mattresses are the standard in pain relief, while firm mattresses are the standard in body support. Though there may be some overlap (some firm mattresses will relieve pain and some plush mattresses will be supportive), this is how things are, generally.
Which Mattress Type is More Comfortable: Plush or Firm?
With all of that understood, you might be wondering in the back of your mind, "what does all of this mean?" Which mattress is most comfortable overall? The answer to that question doesn't exist, and we'll tell you why.
The thing you need to understand here is that everyone's body is different, and we all experience things differently. So, two people with a similar build and sleeping style could have wildly different sleeping experiences on the same bed. In addition, some people who seem to be a good fit for a firm mattress may simply prefer a plush mattress, and vice versa.
You'll have to try out a bed that seems to be a good fit for you on paper and see if you find it comfortable.
Mattress Recommendations: Plush and Firm
You probably have a good idea of which type of mattress may work best for you. But, in case you weren't aware, there are many other factors to consider before selecting a mattress; they include its materials, whether it's safe to use, temperature regulated, and more. In this section, we'll share a few high-quality firm and plush mattresses you can get at a modest price for restful sleep every night.
This is a gel memory foam mattress with a medium soft comfort rating and a plush feel. It's incredibly soft and has a load of give, making it ideal for both general and side sleepers. What separates this mattress from many of the rest is that it incorporates 3-pound density memory foam with gel. This foam is designed to ensure that the mattress won't trap heat and make you uncomfortably hot at night. And to top things off, you get a machine washable cover to make clean-ups easy and prolong the life of the mattress.
This is another gel memory foam mattress that's considered to be firm. It's medium firm, which is on the firm side, but isn't hard by any means. It offers a good middle-ground that is neither too soft nor too firm. With this mattress, you get a 2-inch top layer composed of 2.5 lb air memory foam featuring a dry gel layer and 2 inches of gel-infused memory foam. This is what makes the mattress cool to the touch and keeps you comfy as you rest. To lend some firmness and longevity to the mattress, you get 7 inches of construction foam and 3 inches of base foam.
Why Choose a Mattress from Dynasty Mattress?
If you're new to Dynasty Mattress, you're probably wondering why you should trust us to provide you a quality plush or firm mattress? Here are a few reasons to take the leap:
- We are experts. We've been in the business for over 13 years and have dazzled customers from the start. We know what it takes to construct a good bed, and we deliver quality beds to sleepers of all types.
- Boxed mattresses. Each of our mattresses come vacuum sealed in a box, making our mattresses easy to transport.
- Certification. Our mattresses are Certi-PUR US certified, meaning that they are free of harmful substances that lurk in some foams.
- No-nonsense warranties. Our mattresses come with substantial warranties, giving you peace of mind as you dream away.
So, there you have it - the difference between plush and firm mattresses. We hope that the information in this article has given you the confidence you need to select a mattress that'll best suit you. And we encourage you to check out our high-quality gel memory foam mattresses after you make your decision. Good luck!
Our Mattresses are certified Flexible polyurethane foam. Meaning that our Mattresses have been tested to meet the rigorous standards for emissons, content, performance, and durability. Specifically, the foam is: Made without ozone deleters. Made without PBGDEs, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants!
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