Firm vs Soft Mattress: Which One Works for You?

Firm or Plush Mattress

A well-designed and handcrafted mattress is the cornerstone of a good night’s sleep. For this reason, choosing which premium mattress is right for you is a decision that affects your health and happiness. There are several factors to take into consideration when buying the perfect mattress. You already know you want to buy a new PranaSleep mattress, so you’re headed in the right direction. Which one, though? We have quite a few options! One of the best ways to move forward with your decision is with the comfort feel. Everyone defines comfort in their own way. How do you want your mattress to feel when you lie down on it? For most people, the answer is either Firm or Plush.

Who Likes Firm?

How does a Firm mattress feel? Well, firm! It shouldn’t necessarily feel like a block of wood, but it’s the type of mattress that doesn’t have a ton of give when you push down on it. A Firm mattress doesn’t have a sinking feeling but instead has a sturdiness to it. It is especially great for those who experience troublesome back pain from sleeping on their stomach and sinking too far down into their current mattress. When you sleep on a firmer surface, your bones absorb most of the pressure, meaning there is less stress on muscles, veins, and arteries. Your muscles are less strained, and your circulation is improved. A Firm mattress also keeps your lower back from collapsing, which is great for people who regularly suffer from back pain. Less “give” from the mattress can mean the weight of the body is distributed evenly, which means no one part of the body is bearing the brunt of the pressure. 

Who if a Firm mattress ideal for? A Firm mattress will generally be more comfortable for those who sleep on their back or stomach because they provide a more stable and even surface that you don’t sink into. As mentioned above, they’re great for people who too often wake up with back pain too.

We have a wonderful section of Firm mattress options. Just a few that we recommend include the PranaSleep Wahe Firm, PranaSleep Om Shanti Firm, and PranaSleep Asana 6 Firm. These all are great choices! With any of these mattresses, you’ll never wake up with aches and pains again, because your bed will be firm yet luxurious.

What is Firm simply isn’t firm enough? Sometimes you want a mattress that is really, really firm. You want an extra firm mattress! We think one of the best extra firm mattresses is our own PranaSleep Nidra Extra Firm. It provides superior, stable support and is ideal for stomach or back sleepers, or heavier individuals.

Who Likes Plush?

Firm is not for everyone. Do you love to climb into bed at the end of the day and feel like you’re being cradled by a cloud? You’re looking for a Plush mattress!

Aren’t all mattresses very soft? How is a plush mattress any different? A Plush mattress is a mattress with a soft feel. These mattresses will compress more easily when pressure is applied. It’s the type of mattress that you gently sink into, cradling and hugging you as you fall asleep. They are generally better for those who sleep on their side, as they better cushion your shoulders and hips throughout the night. They’re also sometimes recommended for lighter individuals, as a too-firm mattress can end up not compressing for them at all.

One of our absolute top recommendations is the PranaSleep Om Guru Plush. When we say this is the top of the line, we mean it! This luxury mattress features layers of all-natural Talalay, pure wool batting, silk, organic cotton, and cashmere ticking, combined with a German-made bowed beech-wood slat system, creating a sleep surface designed to please the most discerning and discriminating sleep enthusiasts. It provides soft, pressure relief that is ideal for side sleepers. The PranaSleep Om Super Vayu Plush is another fantastic option.

Visit a Retail Partner

A premium PranaSleep mattress is like nothing else. What makes our luxury mattresses better, a true step above the rest, is in the details of the design, materials, and craftsmanship. While this is true for every one of our mattresses, the actual design and materials used for each differ. That is why there is no “best” mattress for everyone. Each person’s personal preference, sleep position, weight, and other factors will affect which PranaSleep mattress is the ideal one for them.


If you’re not sure whether a Firm mattress or Plush mattress is right for you, that’s okay! We encourage you to visit a retail partner. This way, you can lie down on our luxury mattress options in person and decide for yourself. Begin your journey towards a better night’s sleep by visiting one of our retail partners or shopping on our website!


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