How to Choose a Soft Mattress

In this guide, we have used our expert knowledge to bring you everything you need to know about choosing a soft mattress, so you are fully prepped when shopping for your mattress with Winston’s Beds.

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How to choose your soft mattress

When deciding on a new mattress, there are lots of different factors to consider. For example, do you want a firm or a soft one? Latex foam, springs, or both? How about a pillow-top style?

All of these details can be tough to narrow down, especially when you can’t go and physically test a selection of mattresses for yourself. Here at Winston’s, we try to make finding the best soft mattress as easy as possible.

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What type of mattress is the softest?

This will vary depending on a few key factors. Firstly, identifying what type of mattress is best for your weight. This will ensure you get the most out of your mattress.

We recommend soft mattresses for back, front and mixed sleepers weighing up to 10 stones and side sleepers weighing up to 11 stones. At Winstons Beds, we have designed the UK’s 6 best mattresses that come under the header of ‘soft.’ pocket sprung, and latex mattresses are some of the softer options we offer.

Many retailers make their mattresses softer and firmer by using different upholstery. Our soft mattresses use a 1.2mm thick spring at Winston’s Beds to create a soft feel, and our natural and luxurious upholstery layers create exquisite comfort. A medium mattress will use a 1.4mm, firm 1.6mm and extra firm a 1.8mm thick spring.

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How can you tell if a mattress is too soft?

Whilst you may have your mindset on a soft mattress, there is such a thing as too soft a mattress.

Sinking into a snuggly bed might sound great, but if you find your hips and shoulders sinking too deeply, this can mean your spine isn’t supported. This creates more pressure on these points and can ruin a good night’s sleep!

Some signs that your mattress is too soft may be seeing a dent in the mattress where you’ve been sleeping or getting soreness in your back. The right mattress will reduce any pains and aches in your joints and can alleviate any pressure you might feel. Winston’s have a wide selection of designs and types, from latex to sprung, as well as a handy firmness guide on each page, so you don’t find yourself with a mattress that is too soft.

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Is it good to have a soft mattress?

The best soft mattress will help relieve people who suffer from joint pain.

It is good to have a soft mattress if you have trouble falling asleep due to pain. A quality mattress, even one that’s softer than usual, will do this by keeping your body straighter and allowing your spine to lie in a neutral position. Again, thinking about the position you sleep in is a good way of choosing what mattress is right for you. Generally, if you sleep on your side or front, a soft mattress will work for you.

Winston’s mattresses are designed to be soft to the touch and incredibly comfortable but with no compromise on support. You can find a selection of mattresses available that incorporate both our 3d patented 7-zoned micro springs and latex foam technology to achieve optimum softness and comfort.

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What is Winstons Beds best soft mattress for side sleepers uk?

For side sleepers weighing up to 11 stones, it’s advised to choose a soft comfort grade to cushion pressure points and guarantee you are still well supported. In terms of mattress type, every mattress in the Winstons Beds range is a popular and suited option for side sleepers as all 6 models respond to the curves of your body and offer you superior support. The only thing you must decide on is your budget.

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Which mattress is used in 5-star hotels?

A five-star hotel is only as good as its bed, and this comes down to a super soft mattress that delivers both comfort and support.

Most luxury hotels opt for a pillow top mattress to give the guest extra plushness and comfort. Winston’s pillow top mattresses add soft cushioning on top of a pocket spring base bringing more comfort and soothing any firmness coming from the springs. The addition of the extra padding given by a mattress soft top doesn’t take away from the support of our mattresses. Five-star hotels choose pillow top mattresses because they feel luxurious and provide you with the best possible sleep by supporting your breathing and soothing your spine. At Winston’s, we give you options when it comes to having your five-star hotel experience at home. You can choose a regular pillow top, where the layer is sewn on top of the mattress as a clear extra addition. Alternatively, you can choose a traditional mattress, where the natural fillings are uniformly sewn into the mattress’s cover to give a seamless look.

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Why are hotel mattresses so comfortable?

Yes, it can be the excitement of a new bed and location that adds to the comfort of a hotel mattress.

But really, it’s just the extra effort they have put into researching what kind of bed is best for their guests. At Winston’s Beds, we’ve done that research as well, and we believe that our mattresses are just as or more comfortable as you’ll find in any 5-star hotel. We have a range of pillow top beds from single to soft double mattresses and soft king size mattresses, meaning you can choose what best fits your lifestyle. Our pillow top mattresses add extra depth, which works to support and distribute your weight evenly. In addition, natural fillings in our mattresses ensure you don’t overheat when you sleep, making sure every night feels like a night at a hotel.

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What mattress do chiropractors recommend?

When asking any chiropractor what mattress to get, they’ll probably start by looking at what you need help with while you sleep.

When looking to aid joint pain and back issues, support will be a key recommendation from any chiropractor. Unfortunately, the common error people make when looking for support is disregarding a soft mattress. It’s a common misconception that people who suffer from back pain need a very firm mattress, but this isn’t true in every case. Winston’s Beds, soft mattresses support your body’s natural curves in your sleep, aiding both lumbar support and joint issues. If you want the comfort of a super soft mattress and need support, look at our latex topped mattresses, which provide a good balance between relieving pressure and support.

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Summary

When looking at what type of mattress is best for you, addressing your weight, sleeping position, and any specific issues you want to target is vital.

If you’re looking for that 5-star hotel comfort, search Winston’s Beds, selection of mattress soft tops. Alternatively, if you’re looking for the best soft mattress for side sleepers, find our soft pocket sprung mattresses that both cradle and support you while you sleep.

Looking at our handy firmness table is a great way to judge what firmness level is right for you. We aim to give you enough choices and all the information you need to make an informed decision, so you always have a great night’s sleep.

For more guidance and help, get in touch with our expert team today.

Soft Mattresses

Frequently Asked Questions

Soft mattresses are an excellent choice for side sleepers who weigh up to 16 stones as they provide plenty of give to contour to your body's natural curve and keep the spine aligned while giving supreme comfort to your pressure points.
For those experiencing back pain, the comfort grade you will require will depend on your body weight and sleeping position. For example, firm mattresses are generally better for those who sleep on their back and weigh between 16-18 stones because they provide a more stable and even surface to support your weight. On the other hand, a soft mattress will be best suited to those who weigh up to 10 stones as they provide the mattress with more give to support your lighter frame.
How to turn a soft mattress firm is as simple as putting a piece of plywood between the mattress and the bed frame or getting a firmer mattress topper.
A too-soft mattress can cause the body to sink out of alignment and may create a high impact on the shoulder which can cause aches and pains.
A soft mattress can cause back problems for back and stomach sleepers if you are heavier than the recommended weight limit for a soft mattress tension. Only choose a soft mattress if you are up to 10 stones as a back, stomach or mixed sleeper or 11 stones if you are a side sleeper. Soft mattresses can also be problematic for couples of significantly different weights as the heavier partner may sink further in, causing the sleep surface to become unbalanced. If you and your partner are looking for a soft mattress, but one is heavier than the other, please contact us. We will use our revolutionary binary spring, which is made to stabilise the support system for couples of different weights.
Upto 10 Stones
Side Sleepers: Soft
Back Sleepers: Soft
Stomach Sleepers: Soft
Combination Sleepers: Soft

11-16 stones
Side Sleepers: Soft
Back Sleepers: Medium
Stomach Sleepers: Medium
Combination Sleepers: Medium

16-18 Stones
Side Sleepers: Medium
Back Sleepers: Firm
Stomach Sleepers: Firm
Combination Sleepers: Firm

Over 18 Stones
Side Sleepers: Firm
Back Sleepers: Extra Firm
Stomach Sleepers: Extra Firm
Combination Sleepers: Extra Firm
Yes, a soft mattress back pain is a huge possibility. A mattress that's too soft to support your body weight will cause your spine to fall out of alignment, leading to pain in your lower back. If you are a back, front or mixed sleeper, avoid soft mattresses if you weigh above 10 stones unless you are a side sleeper and weigh up to 11 stones.
Emma mattresses are rated as a medium firm mattress.
Yes, a plush mattress is a soft mattress.
A medium soft mattress is the same as a soft firmness, soft to the touch, respond quickly to pressure and is suitable to back, front and mixed sleepers up to 10 stones and side sleepers up to 11 stones.
The rule of thumb is never to expect a memory foam mattress to be soft straightaway as it needs much more time than a spring mattress to settle before getting that sought after plushness. Memory foam mattresses require a longer time to settle due to the higher material density per cubic meter.
While many sleepers use mattress toppers to make a mattress softer, the right topper can also add firmness to a too-soft mattress. Therefore, we recommend either a latex mattress topper or a horsehair mattress topper to make your mattress firmer.
We are currently developing the four most luxurious 100% natural soft mattress toppers available for purchase on our website as of September 1st 2021. When we state best soft mattress toppers we are not joking, compare our toppers to any other globally and we will come out on top for spec and quality.
The best soft mattresses in the UK will have to be any of our six luxury mattresses. Each mattress has the highest quality natural fibres and a chemical-free cotton cover. In addition, we use a soft spring with a 1.2mm spring gauge (also known as a soft spring) to guarantee a soft mattress. With 0 returns and only 5-star reviews, we can easily say we have the best soft mattresses.
Our best single soft mattress will be any one of our six luxury mattresses. Each mattress has the highest quality natural fibres and a chemical-free cotton cover. In addition, we use a soft spring with a 1.2mm spring gauge (also known as a soft spring) to guarantee a soft mattress.
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Published: 11th March 2021 (Updated: 3rd August 2021) | Isaah