If you’re looking for a mattress that will cradle you softly while you dream, keep you cool while you sleep, and not require a 30-year payment plan, look no further than Brooklyn Bedding’s Bloom Hybrid.
It earns the top spot for “Best Soft Mattresses,” for its use of top-notch materials with a price point you won’t lose sleep over. But what we love most about this mattress is that it’s super soft without making you super sweaty, so you can rest assured that your bed will be money well spent.
I remember a few significant betrayals from my childhood. One such memory was waking up before my parents on a Saturday, going to the pantry for a bowl of Frosted Flakes, pouring ice-cold milk from the refrigerator, taking a bite, and immediately sobbing with the realization that nothing in life is assured; that sometimes milk spoils and tastes horrible.
I remember the first time I wasn’t invited to the popular kid’s birthday party (even though everyone else was attending). And, I vividly remember being informed that I would never lie down on a cloud because even though clouds look solid, they’re just made of water and I’d fall right through.
I’ve continued to chase some childhood dreams: the perfect bowl of cereal, the birthday party (which is long forgotten because I’d probably rather stay home, to be honest), and, most of all, the dream to one day experience falling asleep on a cloud. This is all to say this review is more than just a search for the best soft mattresses: it’s a commitment to never give up on the innocent aspirations of my childhood self.
How Do I Find the Best Soft Mattress?
Like most things in life, a comfortable mattress is subjective, and a comfortable soft mattress is primarily in the eyes of each person. How comfortable a mattress is — soft or otherwise — comes down to the sleeper.
So, be sure to test out a mattress before you decide. Visit a showroom if you can, and take full advantage of the company’s trial period, especially if you choose to buy online.
A mattress may feel soft and comfortable at first, but it takes some testing out to know how it agrees with your body and how you sleep. A mattress should be like a relationship: really good (and exciting) the first time you try it, and even better as you get to know it.
With that said, you’ll need to choose your “type.” Each type of mattress will have varying levels of comfort and softness. The style you want comes down to how it feels, how it dissipates heat, how much it costs, and which of these factors is most important to you.
Types of Soft Mattresses
There are four main types of mattresses: innerspring, foam, hybrid, and latex.
An innerspring mattress is a traditional mattress on which your parents probably slept. They vary on firmness level depending on the number of springs and the innerspring mattresses construction.
Benefits to an innerspring mattress include the ability to customize the firmness level, so you can choose the softest available option if you prefer. And, because the springs are surrounded by air, innerspring mattresses tend to be more cooling than other models.
So, if you run hot, a soft innerspring mattress might be the best option. Plus, innerspring mattresses are generally less expensive.
That said, there are a few downsides to an innerspring. The springs can be noisy, and if you sleep with a partner, there’s little mystery when it comes to how much they move at night. I’m no relationship expert, but when it comes to sleep, I know enough to know a little mystery goes a long way.
They also tend to wear out faster, so you while it’ll initially cost will be less, you’ll likely have to replace it sooner.
Memory Foam Mattresses
If “softness” is your top priority, consider a high-quality foam mattress, specifically a memory foam mattress. If you’ve ever seen a movie about space, you know that the part where the astronauts go from Earth to outer space is pretty tricky.
Memory foam was first developed by NASA to absorb the G-Forces created when a spaceship launches, so it comes equipped with astronaut-level pressure relief.
Memory foam conforms to your body, so it’s of particular help if you sleep on your side, have any injuries that make sleeping difficult, or just seeking out that weightless feeling. It’s also the best for reducing the amount of movement you’ll feel when your partner moves, so if your a light sleeper and want to pretend like you’re in it alone, opt for memory foam.
Memory foam mattresses tend to be expensive. If you can’t invest in memory foam but still want a super soft mattress, consider a high-quality polyfoam of a 1.8 PCF rating or higher.
That said, both poly and memory foam mattresses can go too far to the soft end of the spectrum. Soft mattresses can cause a sinking feeling, especially for heavier-weight people and stomach and back sleepers.
Foam is also notorious for trapping heat, so if you’re continually searching for the cold side of the pillow, foam might not be your best option.
Now that I’ve covered the two ends of the spectrum consider something more towards the center. Hybrid mattresses use a combination of both coils and foam to create a soft feeling, while still allowing some airflow. They come in a variety of firmness levels and help mitigate the transfer of weight between partners when they move (though not entirely).
Hybrid mattresses tend to fall somewhere in the middle in terms of price, so if you’re looking for something on the more inexpensive side, you likely won’t find one in your budget. They’re also not the absolute softest if that’s what you’re looking to purchase.
Finally, latex mattresses provide a lot of the body-conforming softness of memory foam, while still giving some bounce, so you don’t feel trapped. They also stay cooler than most foam models. If you opt for natural latex over Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR), you’ll rest easy knowing you’re sleeping on nature’s best that will also last the longest.
So, if durability, non-toxic materials, and comfort are your top priority, consider buying a latex mattress. One of the more expensive options, but well worth the money if it’s within your budget.
In the end, no matter the type of mattress you choose, comfort comes down to how it feels. Unfortunately, I can’t predict how a mattress will feel to each person reading this review. But, I can help steer you towards something that will fit your priorities, and you can take the wheel from there.
I read countless user testimonies, tested the mattresses I could get my hands on, and kept a few key things in mind to narrow down my top 10.
- Comfort: I prioritized a softer mattress for this review, seeking out that weightless feeling only a plush mattress can provide.
- Durability: Because a mattress falls in the “investment” category, longevity is critical. I looked for mattresses with an excellent reputation for earning their price tag.
- Price: Most high-quality mattresses fall somewhere in the $1,000 – $3,000 range. That said, I looked for comfortable mattresses in a wide variety of price points to find the best fit for every budget. I also avoided anything above $5,000, because I believe the additions at this price point are relatively superfluous.
- Ventilation: The biggest fight between a soft mattress and the sleeper that loves a soft mattress is the heat. I looked for soft mattresses that still allow some airflow, so you don’t wake up in a puddle of sweat every night.
- Motion Isolation: This is especially important if you sleep next to someone, or a few people, or a few pets. I looked for mattresses that won’t wake you up every time something stirs in the night.
The Best Soft Mattresses
Brooklyn Bedding Bloom Hybrid
Brooklyn Bedding’s Bloom Hybrid combines natural latex, coils, wool, organic cotton, and high-density foam for the perfect combination of soft, breathable, and bouncy. It comes in 3 firmness levels, and the softest option is cushy enough to satisfy most soft-seeking sleepers without feeling like you’re sinking into the floor.
Brooklyn Bedding has high-quality and sustainably sourced materials, plus its durability will lessen your overall impact on the environment because you won’t need to replace it every few years. The combination of latex and coils also leads to a much cooler mattress, which experts say improves sleep quality in general. The Bloom Hybrid also offers great edge support so you won’t feel like you’re sliding off, and the motion isolation is well above average for a hybrid mattress.
At around $1,800 for a queen size, you could easily find something less expensive. But, the quality of materials and construction make this mattress a worthy investment.
- Excellent edge support
- Sustainable and stays cool
- Not the cheapest
Tempur-Pedic Luxe Breeze
If you’ve heard of memory foam, you’ve probably heard of Tempur-Pedic. This famous company pioneered the first memory-foam mattress, and have been dominating the sleep market ever since, for a good reason. Their mattresses are high-quality, luxuriously soft, body-conforming, and made to last.
Plus, their foam doesn’t budge when your partner moves at night, and they’re supremely quiet. That said, I would generally hesitate to recommend a Tempur-Pedic mattress for sleepers who run particularly hot. In my experience, they tend to trap heat, and the ideal soft, cloud-like memory foam can leave some feeling like they’re sleeping in quicksand.
But, if you love the feeling of Tempur-Pedic’s unbeatable memory foam, I recommend spending the extra money for their Luxe Breeze line. With four additional layers designed to mitigate the heat-trapping nature of foam mattresses, it comes with all the benefits of a Tempur-Pedic mattress without the sweat-inducing drawback. Just be sure to utilize the 90 day trial period and return it if it’s not for you: these beds aren’t cheap.
- Excellent motion isolation
- Body-conforming and durable
- Keeps cool
- Sinking feeling for some
If you want a soft mattress that will still be supportive, consider the Leesa Hybrid. With individually wrapped pocket-springs, high-quality foam, superior edge support, a cooling foam layer, and memory foam recovery layer, the Lessa Hybrid was constructed to do it all.
Their mattresses are not only made in the USA, but the company itself is a certified B-Corp, so you know your money is going to a company that treats both their employees and the environment well. They even donate 1 in 10 mattresses, plant a tree for every mattress sold, and volunteer in their community.
But, this can only go so far to help you sleep. Luckily, Leesa’s high-quality construction and materials keep you cool and supported throughout the night.
Because it’s a hybrid model, it won’t be the absolute softest, most silent, or offer the most motion isolation. At just under $1,500, it’s also not the best priced mattress on the market. But, if you’re looking for both support and comfort, and are willing to spend just a little more to contribute to a highly ethical company, consider opting for the Leesa Hybrid.
- Excellent edge support
- Temperature regulation
- Ethical company
- Not as soft
Tulo Soft Foam Mattress
Tulo’s Soft Foam Queen Mattress rings up at around $500, but that’s not all it has going for it. The 10-inch mattress uses four layers of foam, including cooling memory foam and breathable poly foam to create a mattress that doesn’t trap heat. This, plus a high-density foam base, yields a bed that gives the all-foam feel without trapping in heat or sinking a little too low.
Because it’s an all-foam bed, its edge support is less than ideal and will only worsen over time. It’s also on the thinner side compared to more expensive mattresses. But, for the price, it’s a solid choice that will feel oh-so-soft.
- Excellent motion isolation
- Minimal edge support
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
I like Tuft & Needle original foam mattress for its comfort and fair price, but if you’re going to go with a Tuft & Needle mattress, I will urge you to consider the Mint. The one issue I had with Tuft & Needle original mattress is its lack of edge support and tendency to run hot.
This brings me to their Mint mattress, which added not only extra foam for luxurious comfort, but also graphite and cooling gel beads, and a base layer which provides greater edge support.
If you’re looking for a truly soft mattress, the Mint might fall a little too far on the firm side of the spectrum. Though it might not be the softest bed on the market, it’s still incredibly comfortable, and its fair price point and 12-inch thickness puts it close to the top of my list.
- Sleeps cool
- Thick with edge support
- Not the softest
- Not the cheapest
Helix Sunset Mattress
The Sunset by Helix use of memory foam wrapped coils, and a dense foam base gives you the ultra-soft feel, plus some airflow and support. And, at under $1,000 for a queen, this mattress is an excellent value for a hybrid mattress. What’s more, you can rest assured that Helix’s mattresses are 100% produced and made in the United States without the use of harmful chemicals. And, the use of choils offers top-notch edge support.
Because it’s a hybrid mattress, it won’t give you the ultimate soft feeling, silence, or perfect motion isolation of a full-foam mattress. But, for what you lose in these areas, you gain in support and airflow.
The only reason the Helix isn’t higher on my list is because of some issues with durability. Some users complained that the mattress wore out quickly, or that they weren’t covered under warranty. But, if you’re looking for a well-priced hybrid mattress that’s made in the US, the Helix Sunset is the right fit.
- Soft and supportive
- Good airflow
- Good value
- Not the cheapest
- Not as durable
- Tricky warranty
With four inches of memory foam and a lifetime warranty, the puffy mattress has a lot going for it. But what I love most about this bed is its cooling gel layer, which combats the major drawback of an all-foam bed.
At 12 inches, it’s thicker than your average foam mattress. Its foam construction ranks it high in the motion transfer and silence categories, but because their foam rating is less dense than is ideal, it loses points for durability.
Because it only comes in one firmness option, you have little wiggle-room for customization. And, at a “medium” on the firmness scale, it will likely feel uncomfortably firm for some shoppers. But, with its lifetime guarantee, if this mattress fits what you’re looking for, you can stick with it for the rest of your nights of sleep.
- Lifetime warranty
- Made in the U.S.
- Poor edge support
- Too firm for some
- Not as durable
The Bear is a unique mattress designed using mixed foam and a “Celliant” cover, which promises to improve circulation and aid in recovery for athletes. According to their website (which promises to be according to science), Celliant takes your body’s energy and reflects it via infrared light. What you’re more likely to notice, however, is its ability to keep you cool.
This mattress isn’t the softest product available, so you’ll need to test it out to make sure it’s not too firm for your liking. That said, its gel memory foam layer which conforms to the body, coupled with its lower price point, might make it worth “breaking in” a little bit.
- Celliant technology
- Not as soft
- Low edge support
If you’ve ever listened to a podcast, chances are you’ve heard of a Casper mattress. As one of the first bed-in-a-box-companies, they’ve been instrumental in pushing the concept, but their signature mattress is more than just a marketing campaign.
At around $1,000 for a queen-sized bed, The Casper runs just down the middle in terms of price. Its mixed-foam construction and 12 inches of layers give a very plush, luxurious feeling. And, they’re known for their customer service, which won’t be a plus until it’s a huge plus.
Where Casper falls short, however, is in edge support, durability (the company hasn’t been around long enough to tell), and “springiness” for the price point. Because it’s a full-foam model, it offers little support around the edges and low responsiveness, which can lead to a sunken-in feeling. Its foam is porous, so heat-wise it could be worse — although for the price I’d expect more to combat this problem. That said, many users are die-hard fans of The Casper, so if it feels right, go with it.
- Motion isolation
- Not the cheapest
- Little edge support
- Not as durable and runs hot
The Layla is for readers out there who can be just a tad indecisive. The mattress itself ranges from medium-soft to firm with only one flip. That’s right, one side is soft, and the other side is firm, so you can flip it over when you want to switch it up.
My favorite thing about the Layla mattress is its copper-infused memory foam, and thermo-gel infused cover, both of which keep you cool.
What places it lower on my list, however, is a personal preference. I believe you should find a mattress that suits your body, and not waste effort flipping a heavy mattress searching for something better. But, at under $1,000, it’s a very fair price that might make you feel like you got two beds for the price of one.
- Annoying to flip
- Not super soft
- Low edge support
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When do I need a new mattress?
The average lifespan of a mattress is 7-10 years. 7-10 years is a rule of thumb. The actual lifespan of a mattress depends on the sleeper and how a mattress is cared for.
It’s essential to keep an eye out for sagging. If your mattress is sinking in where you sleep, it’s time to replace it. Changes in weight can also affect your mattress, especially if you’ve gained significant weight or added another sleeper.
And, if your mattress is uncomfortable, causing you pain, or affecting your sleep, it’s time for a new mattress — no matter its age. In my opinion, a night of good sleep is non-negotiable, so don’t delay on treating yourself to an upgrade.
How should I clean my mattress?
Regularly washing your sheets in hot water and using a mattress protector is the first step to a clean bed. A mattress should also be deep cleaned every couple months, especially if you notice your allergies act up at night, see stains when you change your sheets or are having issues with bug bites.
To deep clean your mattress, first, use a hand vacuum with an upholstery attachment to suck up all the dirt and dust all-around your mattress and box spring.
Next, sprinkle baking soda along the surface of your mattress. Use a scrub brush to rub it in and let sit for 10 minutes. Once the baking soda has deodorized the mattress and sucked up a lot of its moisture, use a hand vacuum again to remove the baking soda.
Use a disinfectant spray to spot clean stains and allow your mattress to dry completely before replacing the sheets.
Is a soft mattress terrible for my back?
Traditionally, firm mattresses have been recommended as being “better for your back,” although this is no longer thought to be entirely accurate. Firm mattresses often don’t offer enough sink for a lightweight sleeper.
Soft mattresses are recommended for those who sleep on their side to better cushion their shoulders and hips.
So, if you’re a heavier weight person, someone who sleeps on their stomach or back, or both, consider opting for something with a little more support. For the lightweight sleeper, especially the lightweight sleeper who snoozes on their side, a soft mattress may be not only more comfortable, but better for your body as well.
What happens to the mattress I returned after a trial period?
I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’re asking this for purely selfless reasons: you don’t want to believe that all those mattresses are ending up in landfills, right? Maybe they’re getting donated to families in need or recycled to insulate expensive puffer jackets, or used for tumbling practice at underprivileged schools.
You’re not asking because deep down you’re concerned that your mattress was tested out for an entire year by some stranger sleeping (etc.) in it, then ultimately found itself returned, repackaged, and unwrapped in your bedroom? Either way, it’s an entirely reasonable question that I’ve pondered myself.
After some research, I’m sorry to inform you the sad fact is that your mattress, whether you used it for a month or 10 years, will likely end up in a landfill. This may leave you with the depressing vision of a mountain of mattresses piling up somewhere desolate surrounded by the many other pitfalls of human domination, but at least you’re not sleeping on some disgusting reject mattress, right?
What is the best soft mattress?
If you’re looking for a mattress that will cradle you softly while you dream, keep you cool while you sleep, and not require a 30 year payment plan, look no further than Brooklyn Bedding’s Bloom Hybrid. It earns the top spot for “Best Soft Mattresses,” for its use of top-notch materials with a price point you won’t lose sleep over. But what I love most about this mattress is that it’s super soft without making you super sweaty, so you can rest assured that your bed will be money well spent.
But not every mattress works for everyone. To find the perfect mattress for you, get to know your sleeping habits and pay attention to what your body is looking for out of its sleep schedule. Make sure you find a mattress that’s durable, offers high-quality support and is free of dangerous chemicals. Everything else–softness, warmth, type of mattress–is entirely up to you and your personal preference.
To take the first step in finding the right mattress for you, refer to RAVE’s list of the top ten best soft mattresses.
In addition to finding the best soft mattresses, RAVE came up with a few other products of interest that will enhance your sleep experience.
- Tempur-Pedic Mattress Topper: Want that Tempur-Pedic luxury feeling without needing something to cushion the blow of the high price tag? Consider this mattress topper instead — it’ll make even a cheap mattress feel like a million bucks.
- Xtreme Comforts Pillow: This ultra-soft memory foam pillow goes the extra mile by not only keeping you cool, but it also allows you to adjust the thickness.
- Zinus Armita Box Spring: This box spring will help ensure you get your best sleep yet — flat out.
- Fabric Deodorizer & Disinfectant: This concentrated spray keeps your mattress, couches, rugs, curtains, dog beds, and anything else you can’t throw in the washing machine sanitary and smelling fresh.
- Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner: Use this hand vacuum to suck up all the little friends (such as dust mites) sleeping beneath you.