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What Is A Firm Mattress?

Firm mattresses are notorious for giving a good night’s sleep. They also allow better rest at night which is essential to good health and improved functionality during the day. While there are a great number of factors that can affect the quality of your sleep, the right level of firmness from mattresses plays a big role for most people. The level of support a mattress provides to all parts of the sleeping body is called “firmness.”

Choosing the right level of firmness to improve your sleep will require considerations for your specific needs. Things like physical sensitivity, latent injuries, being especially tall, small, light, or heavy, and whether you sleep alone or with a partner will determine what a suitably “firm” mattress is to you.

Level of Firmness

Most companies will use a scale of 1 to 10 to rate the firmness of their mattresses. But, even here, there is some subjectivity. The most important thing to look for is how comfortable the mattress feels, and this may require sampling the product. Nevertheless, the following firmness ranking exists as a guide for consumers looking for the best mattress.

Extremely soft

These super plush mattresses provide a deep “sinking in” experience.


With slightly more support, these also feature a “sinking in” quality.


Plush and soft, but without too much "sink," lighter folks might not "sink" at all.


Only the heavy sleepers will enjoy some “sink” from these soft but firm mattresses.

Extremely firm

No softness, plush, or sink; these options will support all body types in a rigid "plank" position.

Final Notes

It is important to know that not all companies use the same rating system and even those who do present some differences. A "6" from one matter manufacturer may feel more like a lot softer or firmer than a “6” from another manufacturer. For this reason, the best way to find the mattress of your dreams is to try it out.