When choosing your next mattress, one of the most important things to consider is how firm you want it to be. Depending on factors such as personal preference, bodyweight, sleeping position, and chronic aches and pains, you may be better suited to a mattress that is either more plush or more firm.
In this article we’ll give a few tips on how to decide between a plush and firm mattress, and also give you a few options based on what we’ve seen in our Fond Du Lac mattress showroom to be the most popular firm and plush mattresses of 2022.
One common mis-conception when choosing between a plush or firm mattress is that more firm equals more support, which isn’t necessarily true. What determines the level of support that a mattress may have is related more to the deeper layers and base of the mattress. What determines the plushness or firmness of a mattress is related to the top layer, known as the comfort layer, of the mattress.
As the name suggests, the comfort layer of a mattress serves a primary purpose of providing comfort. Different mattresses use different materials or combinations of materials to accomplish this.
When deciding whether to go with a plush or firm mattress, besides the important part of lying down and testing different mattresses, there is an equally important part of research. You want to know some of the reasons that a firm mattress, or a plush mattress may be better for you. A minute of lying on a mattress can be a bit deceptive, so it’s good to know what the research says may be the best comfort level for your body type, weight, sleep position, and joints.
Firm or Plush?
A couple of general rules of thumb are that plush mattresses may be a big help for people suffering from joint pain, especially shoulder or hip pain. By reducing pressure points, plush mattresses may provide just the thing you need to reduce aches that make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Another rule of thumb is that the heavier you are, the more you will sink into a plush mattress. This sinking in feeling can be uncomfortable, and you may want to try and stick with a firmer mattress to avoid that. Of course joint pain can affect people of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes a mattress with a medium-level of firmness is the best compromise in these scenarios.
The last thing that is worth repeating is that the plushness of a mattress doesn’t necessarily mean lack of support. You will find that our ultra-plush mattress below is very supportive due to how well constructed the base of the mattress is.
Stearns and Foster is a luxury mattress brand that has been around for the last 150 years. In 1993 Stearns and Foster merged with Tempur-Sealy and serves as their luxury brand known for its hand-crafted manufacturing.
The Stearns & Foster Hurston Luxury Foam mattress is one of our most popular firm mattresses of 2022. The comfort layer on this mattress consists of a gel memory foam that provides pressure relief and helps add to the already exceptional support of the mattress to give you a great night’s sleep.
This Hurston Luxury Foam mattress is known for it’s breathability, and features a ventilated coil system with copper air vents that keep the mattress cool throughout the night. The patented IntelliCoil system provides all-night support, while the premium fabrics ensure that this mattress will last for years.
Tempur-Pedic is a household name in the mattress industry, and is best-known for their role in bringing the memory foam mattress to market.
The TEMPUR-Adapt® Medium Hybrid is our most popular medium-level firmness mattress. It is part of the TEMPUR-Adapt line and sits at a lower price than mattresses from the ProAdapt or LuxeAdapt line. The main difference between these three lines is the amount of TEMPUR material in the mattress. The ProAdapt and LuxeAdapt lines feature mattresses that are both soft and firm, while the TEMPUR-Adapt line only features mattresses with a medium-level firmness.
With that being said, this mattress is definitely worth a try, and if you are interested in Tempur-Pedic, and think that a medium-level firmness may be right for you, then you should come into our Fond Du Lac mattress showroom and test this out. Every mattress is different, and a crucial part of determining if it is right for you is to come in and try it out.
The Luxury Plush mattress from Stearns & Foster’s Rockwell line is an ultra-plush mattress that still provides great support. Being from the Rockwell collection, this mattress is similar to the above mattress from the Hurston collection but also features an extra layer of Indulge Memory Foam that helps provide even more pressure relief.
A well-made supportive mattress that is at the same time ultra-plush can be a live-saver for people with joint pain. So if you fall into that category consider stopping by our Fond Du Lac mattress showroom and giving this a try.
So there you have it. These are some of the most popular firm and plush mattresses that we've seen in 2022 at Silica For Your Home. If you'd like more info about any of the above mattresses, or any other mattresses on our site, feel free to give us a call or visit our mattress showroom in Fond Du Lac, WI.