HOW WE DECIDED
Finding The Best Rated Soft Mattress
In your quest to find a new mattress, you’ve no doubt come across the increasingly popular concept of shopping online (aka bed in a box mattress). There are dozens of these types of mattresses, plenty of which are actually a really great value for the money. And, since you’re doing online research, we thought we should keep the list to only beds that you buy via the Internet.
Buying a bed online actually has numerous advantages, which is why so many people end up getting their mattress this way, and rate them so highly. First off, most beds come with free shipping—delivery usually takes about five business days. Once the bed arrives, that’s when the fun starts. We’ve reviewed (and consequently) setup several dozen mattresses and it never gets old.
You also typically get a risk-free trial period when you buy a bed online even if you get a king size. The standard is 100 nights, although certain brands extend that to 120 nights; a few brands even offer a full one-year sleep trial. Regardless of the length of the trial period, it is your chance to vet the bed—to see if you like it, love it, or are already sick of it. This is part of the reason we consider these online mattresses to be such a great value for the money—if you don’t like them, you can just return them during their trial window.
As for warranties, you should expect your new mattress to come with a 10-year warranty, if not longer. About 90% of the mattresses that we’ve reviewed come with a 10+ year warranty. We’ve even seen some brands offer lifetime warranties, which, sometimes actually end up being 10 year warranties with limited coverage after the tenth year.
Jump-To Links For This Review
World’s Softest Mattress Video Review
Top 6 Extra Soft Mattresses 2020
We chose six mattresses that we feel are the best for soft, plush comfort. These mattresses received high customer ratings and are proven durable options due to high-quality construction and materials.
Introduction To The Best Plush Beds
What most people seem to overlook when discussing how soft or firm a bed feels is the fact that softness/firmness is relative. For instance, a mattress will typically feel firmer to petite individuals and softer to heavier individuals. It’s just a factor of applying more pressure to the bed. Keep that in mind as you go through this post.
All of the beds on this list will indeed feel soft to individuals weighing between 150 lb and 250 lb. If you’re under 150 lb, they’ll feel closer to a medium on the soft/firm scale and if you’re over 250 lb, they’ll feel extra soft—probably too soft. We’ve also made sure to include a plush firm mattress that still has cushion, but isn’t truly soft.
Selecting The Best Plush Mattresses
As we just mentioned, we’ve tested and compared a lot of mattresses. To put this list together, we pulled from all the beds we’ve reviewed and chose which ones we think are the all around best mattresses that also have a soft feel.
We also made an effort to include soft mattress options that will appeal to a wide range of sleepers, and will prove to be a nice option for the money. We didn’t want every mattress on this list to be just right for an average-sized side sleeper, but wrong for just about anyone else. Lots of people like soft mattresses, so we wanted to talk about soft bed options that will work for lots of people. For example, soft memory foam mattresses are popular, but not everyone is sold on that particular material.
We made sure to consider how each bed on this list will feel for different people and how comfortable each one will be for different sleeper types and body types. Of course, how well you like a mattress is incredibly subjective. We do our best to account for various preferences, but in the end, that risk-free trial period is everyone’s best friend, and part of the reason why online beds tend to be a solid value for the money.
Tuft and Needle Mint – Best Soft Foam Mattress
Tuft & Needle is a pretty well known online mattress company. The Mint mattress is their premium bed, and it’s specially designed to offer better pressure relief. It’s also just really comfortable. The Mint is slightly softer than their original bed, with an extra layer of foam and is 2” thicker. It also comes with a really nice, soft-knit cover.
This is a medium soft mattress on the firmness scale, but keep in mind that softness/firmness is somewhat subjective based on your BMI. As long as you’re petite to medium sized, the Mint should be accommodating for all sleeper types.
If you or the person you sleep next to has a larger build, it might be more worthwhile to get a bed with coils. While this bed is fairly durable because of its thicker bottom layer, it is still an all-foam bed. Overall, this a great mattress for those who are looking for a super-soft, neutral foam feel.
Despite the fact that Mint is T&N’s premium mattress, the price point is moderate. For instance, the queen bed sells for ~$1,000 before any discounts. Tuft & Needle isn’t one to offer coupons, but they will from time to time offer bundles and sales on their website.
WinkBeds Classic – Best Plush Firm Mattress
WinkBed is one of the most well-known online mattress brands. And for good reason—they make a couple of really great mattresses. For this list, we’ve selected WinkBed Classic as our top pick for the best plush firm mattress. The bed is very comfortable and has a soft pillowy feel, which seems to please a wide variety of sleepers.
While they offer three firmness options, the “Firmer” model is in the plush firm range, meaning it offers ample support, cushioning, and firmness. It’s perhaps best for stomach and back sleepers, but if you opt for the “Softer” or “Lux. Firm” models, we believe that sleeping on your side should be no issue at all.
The point is WinkBed is a “safe” pick whether you want a medium soft or plush firm mattress. Pricing is on the higher end, but they regularly offer promotions and coupons. You can check WinkBeds.com for their offers today.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Medium Soft Mattress
Brooklyn Signature is our top pick for the best medium soft mattress and one of our favorite online mattresses for the money. We chose it for several reasons, but perhaps most of all, it’s comfortable, affordable, and offers two different options that would be considered medium soft.
They offer the “Soft” and “Medium” options, which are both on the softer end of the spectrum. The “Soft” is fairly plush, while the “Medium” is closer to a medium soft—this is their most popular model.
As for construction and the actual “feel” of the mattress, it has a soft, neutral foam feel with plenty of pressure relief and the support from 6” pocketed coils. What’s different about BB Signature is that they use “Energex” and “TitanFlex” foam in the comfort layers, which contour to your body really well. This bed gives you that cuddly feeling, like your bed is hugging you. It’s almost like memory foam but feels more light and airy because it’s more responsive and a less dense foam.
Ignoring design, feel, and firmness, the best part of BB Signature mattress is the price tag. You can usually get a queen size bed for under $900 with a discount. Don’t believe me? You can click here to see current promotions on Brooklyn’s website.
Layla – Softest Memory Foam Mattress
Layla is pretty neat because its flippable, so you can try out a Soft side or a Firm side, and then decide which is more comfortable for you. The Soft side is about a medium soft and is the reason Layla is one of our favorite plush memory foam mattresses. The other side, however, is more like a plush firm, meaning there’s still cushion but it’s not exactly a soft mattress. Even so, we think the “Firm” side should accommodate all sleeping styles.
Both of these options provide a nice amount of pressure relief and both are quite comfortable, especially if you want a new style foam feel. You can flip and/or rotate the bed to extend the longevity of it, also.
Layla has a plush memory foam feel that hugs your body and kinda sucks you in. It however won’t be the best bed ever for combo sleepers who are going to be moving around throughout the night, as they might get a little resistance, at least on the Soft side—you shouldn’t really have any issues on the Firm side. Also, Layla uses copper-infused memory foam, which will help to disperse heat within the mattress.
Bottom line: there’s a lot to like about the Layla mattress. We are really happy that they updated the bed in 2019. It also happens to be wallet-friendly.
Brentwood Oceano – Best Ultra Plush Mattress
The list of things that we like about the Brentwood Oceano mattress is extensive, but for the most part, we love that it’s ultra plush, soft and cuddly, it’s clearly built to a higher standard than your typical online bed, and it can manage small, medium, and heavy individuals. Even more, the Oceano mattress uses various natural materials such as natural New Zealand wool and tencel fibers.
Besides the fact that Oceano is mind-numbingly comfortable, the reason it made our list is that it’s extra supportive as well. Rather than just use one layer of coils, the bed has two much like WinkBed and Saatva, which are the other two beds we considered for this slot.
If you just look at the side view above, you can tell that Oceano is not your typical plush foam mattress. Not only is it thicker, but also it’s undeniably more supportive given those two layers of coils. We also really appreciate that it has several safety certifications and natural materials.
Bottom line with the Oceano is that it’s an underrated mattress that a lot of people will like. Sure, they’re a cheaper mattresses out there, but we’d consider this one a pretty good value, particularly if you want an ultra plush mattress.
Nest Alexander – Best Plush Coil Mattress
When we think Nest Alexander, we think plush. This bed is constructed of both coils for durability and soft foam for comfort, with a soft pillowy feel that you sort of nestle into as you lay down.
Nest Bedding offers three different firmness levels for this mattress: plush, medium, and luxury firm. The medium level is their most popular, and it’s pretty much a medium soft mattress.
The medium option should do a good job of accomodating most body types, but if you have a particularly big build, you might even want to look into the luxury firm option. It should also be good for combo sleepers who switch positions during the night because it’s a fairly responsive bed.
What I personally (Slumber Yard team member Kelsie) love most about this bed is the super plush cover. It kinda feels like really soft cashmere. We think sleeping on this bed will make you feel like you’re sleeping on a big, bouncy, plush pillow.
While Nest Alexander is not a “cheap mattress“, it is a good value if you take into account construction, its lifetime warranty, and the three comfort levels from which you can choose. For a queen size, the MSRP is about $1,500, but with a coupon code the price comes down to about $1,300 most of the time. You can check NestBedding.com for their promotions and specials today. At around $1,300 (post-discount) we think it’s a great mattress for the money.
The way you sleep, or more specifically, the position you sleep in, plays a pretty big role in determining the how soft or firm you’ll want your mattress to be. Consider the following sleep positions to help determine the best mattress for you:
- Back or Stomach Sleeper: you need your bed to provide enough and the right support around your hips and trunk area in order to maintain proper alignment and keep you from waking up with a sore back. Generally speaking, that means a firm mattress not really a plush one.
- Side Sleeper: you’ll want a mattress with some give to it because you want pressure relief around your shoulder and such, or you’ll end up feeling crushed into your torso. Nobody wants a tingly, pins-and-needles arm under them when they’re trying to sleep. You shouldn’t feel like there’s space under your stomach and you should feel as though your whole body is equally supported. You want a straight spine, which means you need to sink in a bit around your shoulders and hips.
- Combo Sleeper: if you switch positions throughout the night, you want to look for a mattress that is supportive, but doesn’t necessarily have a firm feel. For example, you might like a bed with a softer, pressure-relieving top layer and support foam or coils underneath.
The Terms “Soft” and “Support” Are NOT Mutually Exclusive
It’s a common misconception in the mattress-buying world that if a bed is soft, it has no support, and therefore if a bed is supportive, it must feel like a tabletop. However, that’s not entirely true. Don’t get us wrong, there is some truth behind the idea, but it’s just not as cut-and-dry as that.
There are, in fact, mattresses out there that provide support while still giving you that soft feel you’re after. So if you’re a soft bed lover with back problems, don’t despair! There’s hope (and a bed) for you.
A hybrid mattress is often a good option if you’re looking for something both supportive and soft. The coils in this type of bed will provide you that support you need to keep proper alignment, while the foam, if it’s on top, can still give you a soft feeling layer to lay on.
There are also foams that are quite supportive, despite lacking the firmness of coils. Different types of foam have different feels and densities, so if you’re shopping for support, don’t be put off by all-foam constructions. And on the other side of that, if you’re shopping for soft, don’t be put off by something called “support foam” because it likely has soft foam layers on top of it. Polyurethane foam, for example, is often used as a support foam, but it has a wide range in terms of density. A few of the soft foam mattresses that we selected for this list use poly foam. In fact, soft foam mattresses are the most common type you’ll see out there.
The Typical Feel Of Popular Mattress Materials
As we touched on above, mattresses are made up of a lot of different materials. Some use foam, some use coils, some use both. And each of those materials has it’s own feel. So, a bed with a memory foam top layer is going to feel quite different than a bed with a nearly identical construction, but a latex foam top layer.
Even though you can’t actually physically test out an online mattress before buying it, you can still get an idea of what it will feel like just by look
In terms of coil options, there are pocketed coils and innersprings. Pocketed coils are individually encased provide support with a bouncy, responsive feel. Innersprings are very similar in feel, the difference being that because innersprings are all connected together, they transfer motion rather than isolate it.
Choosing A Soft Memory Foam Mattress
Given that the memory foam mattress is the most popular style/type of bed, it makes sense that certain people are looking for a soft memory foam mattress. We do need to set the scene a little. There’s a difference between a medium soft memory foam mattress and a truly plush option. If you want a medium soft mattress, you’re looking at something like Brentwood Oceano, but if you want truly plush you need something like the soft option of the Muse mattress.
Soft Memory Foam Mattress — We consider this type of bed to be pressure reliving, but not so soft that you can’t sleep in a variety of positions. The first soft memory foam mattress to come to mind is the “Firm” side of the Layla Hybrid mattress. It’s still a soft bed, but it’s not plush.
Plush Memory Foam Mattress — The easiest way to discuss a plush memory foam mattress is to focus on Layla Hybrid’s “Soft” side. This is a particularly plush mattress that you melt into. It’s really really soft, and definitely is not for everyone. The only people we think will like the “Soft” side are petite individuals that are specifically looking for maximum pressure relief.
Other Foam Mattresses
Memory foam is perhaps the most popular type of soft mattress, but there are other foams that you’ll see out there. The first of which is poly foam, which is the base of most of these beds and even the comfort layer on a lot of soft foam mattresses. It has a neutral/plain feel that a lot of people deem to be comfortable.
Another type of soft foam mattress that you’ll see are those with “proprietary foams”. These include Nolah, Casper, Puffy, and plenty of others. They are still soft foam mattresses, but you won’t technically see the same type of foam on another bed, even if those beds feel similar.
Soft vs Plush Mattresses
Plush Mattress — In general, we consider a plush mattress to be even softer than a soft mattress. Moreover, we often refer to a bed being soft because it’s soft to the touch, not necessarily extra pressure relieving. An example is Nectar, which is soft to the touch, but is actually more dense in overall firmness. A perfect example of a plush mattress, however, is Brentwood Oceano, which has a big fluffy cover that’s ultra soft. You lay on the bed and you sort of naturally nestle in because it’s ultra plush.
Plush Firm — We discuss a plush firm mattress in the section below. The short story is that this type of bed is around a medium-firm.
Soft Mattress — Anything that’s below a “medium” is a soft mattress. That said, you can have beds that are still soft that are in the “medium” range. A good example is Casper, which is not technically a soft mattress, but feels soft to the touch. Similarly, Brooklyn Bowery is a medium soft mattress, but it’s not ultra plush.
Medium Soft Mattress — We rate this at anything from a medium soft to a medium. These types of beds are soft overall, but still provide some push back. We have tested dozens of medium soft mattresses, but the first to come to mind is BB Bowery. It’s both soft to the touch and a medium soft mattress overall. Still best for people spending the night on their side, but not so soft that you are confined just to one sleep style.
Comfort Is Subjective
We have made a few designations for the most comfortable soft mattress, but at the end of the day, this is a subjective determination. What you consider to be the most comfortable mattress is likely not the same as ours. We generally regard comfort, at least in the context of this list, to be an ultra plush mattress that’s still really supportive—a bed that almost everyone lays on and says “wow, this is comfy.” We do want to emphasize that we have several beds on this list that we think you’ll find plenty comfy even if they aren’t plush mattresses. For example, the plush firm mattress we chose is super comfy.
What Is Plush Firm Mattress
There is a little confusion as to what a plush firm mattress is. Well, it’s basically a bed that’s on the firmer end of the spectrum, but still has some cushioning. It’s not technically a soft mattress, but it does provide some pressure relief. A few beds that come to mind here are Leesa Hybrid and Saatva. These two beds are firmer, but has a little give. You can think of a plush firm mattress as basically a medium-firm.
How Weight Affects How A Mattress Feels
Not everyone will experience the same mattress in the same way. Along with your sleeping position, your body weight has a large effect on how a mattress feels. Depending on how the mattress is made, it can provide more or less support for your body type. Consider how the following body types might affect your mattress experience:
- Heavier Individuals – Heavier weights will compress a mattress, which can make it feel even softer than it is. If you’re around 230 lb or more, consider a hybrid mattress that also includes support layers like innersprings. Also, if the mattress is too soft, it could sink too easily and feel uneven. A very soft foam mattress might not be the best option since it has a tendency to sink with the user’s weight.
- Petite Individuals – For more petite individuals, beds tend to feel more firm. Since you’re less likely to sink into the bed, you’ll only feel the top layers. We recommend choosing medium-soft or soft mattresses so you feel supported without a mattress that’s too rigid. More petite body types may enjoy a soft foam mattress or plush memory foam mattress.
- Couples With Varying Weights – If you’re a couple with different body types and weights, it can be difficult to accommodate both. We recommend compromising with something in the middle. If you do lean one way, we suggest you cater towards the heavier partner. Generally speaking, petite people can feel comfortable on a wider range of mattresses.
Accessories to Complement Your Soft Mattress
Make sure you’re fully prepared for a great night’s sleep. Your mattress is the most important part, but many other aspects come into play to affect your comfort. Consider investing in additional products and accessories as an investment in yourself and your health.
- Mattress Topper – Mattress toppers help you adjust and fine-tune your comfort level. You may find that your soft mattress just needs a bit more support, but it’s not worth purchasing an entirely new mattress. A thick or dual-layer mattress can add a level of support without compromising the benefits of your soft mattress.
- Supportive Pillow – With a soft mattress, you may have a bigger tendency to sink into the bed. While this can be great for comfort, you may not notice how it affects your neck. Consider a firmer pillow that offers neck support and helps keep your spine straight instead of slouching into the mattress.
- Cooling Sheets – Since soft mattresses contour more to your body, there may also be a bigger tendency to get hot in the middle of the night. Consider purchasing lightweight, breathable sheets with fabrics like organic cotton, linen, or bamboo. These types of sheets will offer more breath-ability and airflow throughout the night.
Pros and Cons of Soft Mattresses
- Relieves pressure and joint pain – Soft mattresses relieve pressure by allowing you to sink more into the mattress. The softness can help relieve pain, especially for users with stiff joints.
- Best for side sleepers – When you sleep on your side, you’re creating more pressure on your shoulder and hips. A softer mattress will contour to your body to help relieve this pressure and keep your spine aligned.
- More cushion – More cushion can help you fall asleep faster. A soft mattress is usually easier to get used to and find a supportive position.
- Limited support – Soft mattresses may not provide enough support for your back, though this can vary depending on your weight. If the mattress is too soft, it may cause your spine to curve unnaturally during sleep.
- Less durable – Soft mattresses tend to wear down faster over time when compared to firm mattresses. The materials tend to give way after extended use.
- Causes warmer sleep – Since soft mattresses tend to contour to your body, they can create too much heat and disrupt your sleep.
The Slumber Yard Team
Here at the Slumber Yard, we don’t just hop on a new bed and spit out our initial thoughts. We take the time to let each mattress take shape. We sleep on them for a while. We compare sub-100lb Kaite’s thoughts to 200lb+ D-Payne’s thoughts. And regardless of how we got the mattress – whether we bought it or it was sent to us – all of our opinions are 100% our own. If we don’t like something, we’ll tell you. And if we do like something, we’ll tell you!
We know what a good bed feels like and we’re familiar with the online options. Basically, we do all the hands-on research, so you don’t have to.
If you live inside the Contiguous United States, 99% of the time, shipping will be completely free, whether it’s FedEx or white glove delivery.
If you live inside the Contiguous United States, 99% of the time, shipping will be completely free, whether it’s FedEx or white glove delivery.
You want to look for a mattress with a 10-year warranty, if not longer. Most of the online brands will offer the industry standard 10-year warranty.
Our editors consider “plush” to be actually softer than “soft.” It sits at about a 0-4 on our softness/firmness scale. We consider “soft” to be in the 2-5 range. There’s a lot of crossover.
Firm mattresses are best for back pain and sleepers who require more support, while soft mattresses benefit side sleepers and lighter individuals.
To determine the type of firmness you need, consider your weight, how you sleep and if you have any muscle or joint pain. A firm mattress is best for back and stomach sleepers as well as heavier individuals, while a soft mattress is best for lightweight side sleepers.
If your mattress is too soft, consider buying a more supportive mattress pad. The pad sits on top and can offer an extra layer of support to prevent sagging and discomfort.