Plush vs. Firm Mattresses: Which Is Better?

Your Mattress Purchase Guide

Firmness level is an important consideration when you’re searching for the right mattress type for your body. Firmness depends on the thickness of the comfort layers that comprise the top layer of the mattress. A plush mattress has a thicker top layer, while a firm mattress has a thinner top layer. This layer is typically made of materials such as polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex, or wool or cotton batting. 

Plush and firm mattresses are at the opposite ends of the mattress firmness scale. The scale looks like this

● Extra soft

● SoftMedium

● Medium-firm

● FirmExtra firm

So where do LOTUS mattresses land on this scale? The LOTUS Original Mattress soft while being firm in the places where your body needs it; the LOTUS Flip™ Mattress is on the firmer side.

Before you buy a mattress, read this guide to get a solid understanding of the differences between plush and firm mattresses.

What Is a Plush Mattress?

Plush mattresses offer a soft, cozy feel with minimal firmness. You can tell a plush mattress from a firm mattress by the way the top layers “collapse” when you apply pressure. Plush mattresses tend to have a thicker top layer. Plush mattresses should hug your body as you fall into them, keeping you gently in place as you sleep.

Extra comfort layers on a plush mattress are great for relieving pressure points and pain. Mattresses for side sleepers are most often plush to somewhat plush to better support the hips and shoulders. 

Mattress manufacturers use a variety of materials like multi-layered foam that catches your body and slowly strengthens as you sink toward the mattress core. In other cases, gel can create a plush feel by distributing your weight evenly across the entire surface of your mattress.

Our Plush Mattress: LOTUS Original Mattress

If you’re interested in a plush mattress, check out the LOTUS Original Mattress which is the softest model we offer. It include comfort layers with extra height for sleepers who prefer more plush mattresses. The top layer is made of the Arctic Ice™ Gel Foam which is a that eliminates pressure by being both soft and supportive all at once.

Benefits of a Plush Mattress

For the right sleepers, plush mattresses offer a variety of benefits. These include:

Extra cushioning that supports limbs and joints;Soft layers that “catch” your body upon contact;A soft, secure hold;Pressure-point relief;Firm cores for sufficient support;Shape retention over time.

Many people prefer a plush mattress for its soft composition and the high sleep quality it provides.

Drawbacks of a Plush Mattress

As with any mattress type, plush mattresses also offer certain drawbacks. The cons of a plush mattress may include:

Sometimes feeling of sinking for heavier sleepers;Less support for stomach or back sleepers;More effort required getting out of bed.

If you’re someone who is a back, stomach sleeper and or more overweight, a plush mattress may not be for you.

What Is a Firm Mattress?

Unlike plush mattresses, firm mattresses offer more resistance against your body when you sleep. While firm mattresses don’t offer the same immediate soft feel like a plush mattress, they still offer a comfortable, supportive night’s sleep.

Firm mattresses provide higher levels of support, which helps keep you elevated and “on top” of your mattress while you sleep. Firm mattresses have thinner comfort support on the top layer. 

From one side of the bed to the other, you should experience little to no drop-off in overall firmness. Instead, each inch of the mattress should sufficiently support your weight, no matter your preferred sleep position.

Our Firm Mattress: LOTUS Flip™ Mattress

If you’re interested in a firmer mattress, ourLOTUS Flip™ Mattressis the firmest mattress we offer. It has just the right amount of innovative for a firm feel with just the right amount of support.

Benefits of a Firm Mattress

Firm mattresses help a wide range of people fall asleep each night. If you know that you need a supported back and a solid foundation, a firm mattress can likely satisfy your needs. Mattresses with moderate firmness levels can help you relieve pain and promote comfort, especially among individuals with lower back pain.

The benefits of a firm mattress include:

● Increased back and limb support;

● Edge-to-edge firmness;

● Rigid mattress core;

● Evenly distributed weight while sleeping;

Reduced stress levels for those who used a medium-firm mattress that reduced their back pain and improved sleep quality.

Drawbacks of a Firm Mattress

Of course, firm mattresses aren’t without their weaknesses. Depending on your body type and sleep preferences, you might experience the following drawbacks from a firm mattress:

● Can feel overly rigid to some;

● Might feel uncomfortable if you’re unaccustomed to firmness;

● Can cause pain or discomfort for individuals that are more petite weighing less than 135 pounds.

Often, firm mattresses require an adjustment period before sleeping conditions improve. If you sleep on your side, or you prefer that the mattress holds your body in place at night, a firm mattress might not be for you.

Is It Better to Sleep on a Plush or Firm Mattress?

There’s no tell-all answer that can determine which type of mattress is right for you. Ultimately, your body type and sleep preferences should determine whether you opt for a firm or a plush mattress.

You might prefer to sleep on a plush mattress if you:

● Sleep on your side;

● Are a combination sleeper;

● Wake up several times each night;

● Have a more petite body type;

● Want nighttime relief from joint and muscle pain.

Alternatively, you might prefer the rigidity of a firm mattress if you:

● Sleep on your stomach;

● Sleep on your back;

● Sleep calmly through the night;

● Have a heavier body type (over 240 pounds);

● Want nighttime support for your spine.

Under the right conditions, both a plush mattress and a firm mattress can help you fall asleep — and stay asleep — until morning.

Choosing the Right LOTUS Mattress for You

As you consider which mattress is best for you — plush, firm, or something in-between — think about your sleep preferences. Are you a side-sleeper, do you end up on your stomach, or are you comfortable on your back? Or do you alternate? 

The answer will help you determine which firmness level is optimal. As a general rule, side sleepers and combination sleepers benefit most from a plush mattress, while back and stomach sleepers may prefer a firmer option.

No matter what your sleeping preferences are, there’s a LOTUS mattress to match your needs:

Get a superb night’s sleep on a LOTUS mattresses.

Your sleeping preferences are important. Choose a mattress designed and engineered to give you comfort — without sacrificing support.