What is a firmness scale?
As the name may suggest, the firmness of a mattress refers to how soft or firm it feels.
This varies depending on the materials used and the densities thereof.
Unfortunately, there is no industry standard when it comes to assessing a mattress’s firmness.
Most companies use various designations such as H2, H3, and H4 as a general orientation.
Alternatively, some label their mattresses as “soft” or “firm”.
And then, some manufacturers call their mattresses one-fits-all products.
Usually, though, mattresses can be categorised into three broad categories:
- Soft mattresses: These are very soft and sought by people who seek extreme comfort and relaxation. Memory foam mattresses with considerable padding generally fall under soft mattresses.
- Medium-firm mattresses: These are the happy medium between too soft and too firm. They’re generally one-fits-all types and suitable for most people.
- Firm mattresses: These are perfect for people who need more support, such as athletes, those struggling with back pain, or heavier-weight people.