Mattress Comfort Guide

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Plush Mattress

Plush mattresses provide luxurious comfort and support with a softer, more cushioned feel than a medium mattress.

Medium Mattress

Medium mattresses fall in the middle range of firmness, offering a balance between softness and support.

Firm Mattress

Firm mattresses have a little less give than other types of mattresses and have a more rigid feel.
Mattress comfort levels are a huge consideration when shopping for a new bed. However, it is very common for mattress shoppers to confuse mattress comfort and mattress support. Keep in mind that support should be your first consideration, followed by comfort. Once you have the proper support system for your sleep needs, then you can choose the best mattress comfort level for you. Comfort levels help you fall asleep, and support offers the proper body alignment that helps keep you stay asleep throughout the night. There are three categories of mattress comfort levels: plush, medium and firm.
There is not an industry standard for any of these three mattress comfort levels. Each category had a range within itself, which is why it is important to test out our patented bedMATCH® sleep diagnostic system to assure you find the proper support and comfort for your specific sleeping needs. This trusted technology uses scientific calculations and your measurements to suggest beds that are targeted to fit your needs and wants.
Once you have the optimal mattress options according to bedMATCH®, you can test out your recommended mattresses yourself at a variety of different comfort levels! Our sleep specialists at every store are there as a resource during your mattress shopping experience to provide guidance, product insight, and answer any questions you may have.


Each mattress comfort level, whether it be plush, medium or firm, has a broad range of support within. The materials used to produce a mattress will affect the way it feels when you first lie down on it.
No category of comfort is superior to another, but there will be a specific level of comfort that is ideal for your unique sleeping needs. Use this guide to help inform your search for a new mattress, then visit your local Mattress Warehouse to try out our bedMATCHⓇ sleep diagnostic system in store to find the mattress best suited for you.
Pillow Top Mattress
Pillow Top Mattress

The plush category of comfort offers extra layers of comfort and cushion compared to medium and firm mattresses. Side sleepers should consider this option because it offers a great balance of comfort and support, while also helping to relieve pressure points when sleeping.

Plush vs. Medium Mattresses

A plush mattress typically offers a more cushioned feel with extra comfort and a “sink-in” sensation, while a medium mattress provides a blend of softness and support.

Memory Foam Mattress
Plush Mattress
Plush Mattress

The medium category of comfort gives a balanced level of firmness and cushioning, conforming to your body to some extent while providing a moderate level of resistance.

Medium mattresses provide an ideal blend of softness and firmness, ensuring a restful night's sleep for a wide range of sleepers.

Medium vs. Firm Mattresses

Medium mattresses strike a balance between softness and firmness and provide a combination of cushioning and stability. Firm mattresses, on the other hand, offer more solid support, making them suitable for individuals who prefer a harder surface and need extra support.

Firm Mattress
Firm Mattress

The firm category of comfort is ideal for sleepers who require uncompromising support throughout the night. These mattresses have a little less give than other types of mattresses and have a more rigid feel.

Stomach sleepers should consider this comfort category for its proper support and the slight give.

Firm vs. Plush Mattresses

Firm mattresses offer more rigid support and feel throughout the night, while a plush mattress offers a cushion padded comfort level for a very giving sleep surface.


It’s a great idea to do your homework online before visiting a Mattress Warehouse store, however, there is only so much you can do online. Going into a store and utilizing the bedMATCHⓇ diagnostic system and testing out the beds it suggests for you based on your needs and measurements is the best way to find a bed with support and comfort levels just for you!
Nothing can beat the feel of lying on a mattress for yourself and truly getting a feel for what mattress comfort level fits your preferences. With the bedMATCHⓇ technology at Mattress Warehouse, you don’t have to lie down on dozens of beds only to realize down the road that the mattress you purchased wasn’t right for you.
You’ll receive several recommendations that are best-suited to maximize your sleep quality after taking the bedMATCH® quiz. If you choose to visit us in store, one of our helpful team members will provide more information about each individual mattress that you’re considering.
We’re committed to finding the mattress comfort level that’s perfect for you, whether it be firm, medium or plush. Visit a Mattress Warehouse store or try bedMATCH®online today!
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Mattresses By Type

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Mattresses By Size

Understand the specific dimensions of each mattress to determine which size mattress best fits your needs and stage of life.