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Is a Plush Mattress Right for You?


Woman in a blue and white striped dress lays on her back on a plush mattress in a mattress store

The idea that you must sleep on a firm mattress in order to be supported and wake up without back pain is one of the most common myths in the mattress industry. This is simply not true! What you need for a good night of sleep is a supportive mattress, and this support can be found in all comfort levels. A mattress that is firm but yet poor quality will not support the body evenly, possibly only supporting your body's heaviest parts. This does not allow your muscles to rest, as they must work periodically throughout the night to find a comfortable position and maintain the correct posture. This certainly doesn’t sound like a very restful night of sleep. 

Everyone defines comfort in their own way. This is because we are all different shapes and sizes. What is comfy and cozy for one person may be horribly unpleasant, too hard, too soft, or too hot for another. Think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! What you’re looking for is a high-quality, supportive mattress. Many people find this in a plush mattress. Before we go into our favorite plush options, let’s first look at what does a plush mattress mean?

What is a Plush Mattress?

At City Mattress, we have over 80 sleep comforts for you to choose from. But what does this mean exactly? Beyond just the size and brand of your new mattress, you can actually choose how your new bed will feel. We carry Firm, Extra Firm, Plush, Cush, Euro Top and Pillow Top. These different comfort levels can be felt immediately when you lie down. See our dedicated article on choosing the right firmness for further help on deciding.

The plush mattress meaning is actually pretty self-explanatory. A plush mattress is a mattress with a soft feel. It's the type of mattress that you gently sink into, cradling and hugging you as you fall asleep. You may be thinking “Aren’t all mattresses cushiony? What is a plush mattress?” A plush mattress will compress more easily when pressure is applied. You’ll feel the difference between a plush vs firm mattress right away and for even more softness, a pillow top should be considered.

Benefits of a Plush Mattress

Anyone who loves to climb into a soft bed and sink into a lovely sleep oasis will probably like a plush mattress. A plush mattress is the best option if you’re a side sleeper looking for pressure point relief. If you’re a side sleeper with shoulder pain, sleeping on a firm mattress will only exacerbate that pain. It could even be the cause of the discomfort in the first place! They’re also sometimes recommended for lighter individuals, as a too-firm mattress can end up not compressing for them at all.

The Best Plush Mattresses for Sleep Types

When shopping for a mattress, you have to think about your height, weight, sleeping position, and if you have any medical conditions, such as back issues or hip pain. You also have to listen to your body. One good way to begin your search for a new plush mattress is to think about the position you sleep in most often:

Side sleeper

Softer mattresses are generally better for those who sleep on their side, as they better cushion the shoulders and hips. Many plush mattresses are ideal for stomach sleepers, including the City Mattress Everglades Plush, PranaSleep Super Vinyasa 6 Plush, Aireloom Jamboree Plush, and many more! 

Back sleeper

A mattress that is perfect for your body’s exact needs will allow you to rest in a neutral spine position, keep your body straight, keep your lower back from collapsing, allow you to inhale more oxygen while you're sleeping, and reduce the pressure on your entire body. The Stearns & Foster Hurston Luxury Plush offers soft plush comfort to contour and relieves pressure points. While it’s considered a plush, it’s actually about halfway in the middle of Firm and Plush on the comfort scale, meaning you won’t sink in too deeply. The support system is the patented IntelliCoil®, a coil within a coil to provide long-lasting comfort and support. The comfort layers are soft gel-infused memory foam to give you an engulfing, soft feel you love.

Stomach sleeper

You don’t necessarily need a firm mattress to sleep on your stomach, but you will want to make sure you find one that has the support you need to keep your spine aligned. You’ll also want to consider temperature control. The Serta iComfort Foam CF4000 Plush is a fantastic option for stomach sleepers because while it is very plush, it’s also specifically made to keep you cooler at night. 

Plush Mattress Reviews

When people love their new mattress, they’re happy to tell you about it! A few months ago, Steve purchased the Stearns & Foster Hurston Luxury Plush mentioned above and said, “I sleep really well and don’t have back aches from sleeping on too soft of a mattress.” Chris told us “We have both enjoyed it and are sleeping like a baby.” about his recently purchased PranaSleep Karma Peace Plush Mattress. In truth, we could go on and on listing positive reviews from people who love sleeping on a plush mattress!

When looking at plush vs firm mattresses, remember that there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when buying the perfect mattress for you. A good mattress is the cornerstone of a good night’s sleep, so choosing which one is right for you really is a big decision. That is why many shoppers choose to come into a City Mattress store and work with a Sleep Expert who knows everything about the plush vs firm mattress debate. These friendly, knowledgeable professionals will walk you through the entire showroom and have you try out different comfort options, brands, and styles. You can lay down on as many mattresses as you like in order to feel comfortable with your decision. And remember, if you change your mind after a month or so, you can always exchange it for a different comfort feel. Firm or plush mattress, the choice is yours!