The Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam is our best firm mattress and it has been made with a very comforting memory foam that spans at a thickness of 1.5 inches. What’s more, the high quality foam is CertiPUR-US certified for perfoamcne, durability and material. It is also available in a variety of standard bed sizes and thickness and it is greatly supported by base foam that is at high density at 4.5 inches thick. The mattress ships compressed and rolled to your doorstep and it also uses BioFoam which is an alternative to petroleum and uses natural plant oil to preserve the mattress’ freshness and quality.
Our step-up pick is the Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Coil Mattress and it has been made with CertiPUR-US certified foam. Currently available in king, queen, full and twin sizes, this mattress is independently encased coil and it has a layer each at the bottom and the top so you can feel more comfortable and minimize the coil movement to give a good night sleep. All independently encased coils are 7 inches and at 15 gauges that evenly distribute weight, relieve pressure points and contours the curves of the body and it does not include TCEP, TDCPP, flame retardants, PBDEs, ozone depleters, lead, mercury and similar heavy metals. It adheres to the Consumer Safety Product Commission, has a very low VOC emission at only less than 0.5 PPM for better indoor quality and does not include phthalates.
The budget pick is the Sleep Master 6 Inch Spring Mattress and it gladly gives you great support due to the steel Bonnell coils. It currently has a thickness of 6 inches and it ships rolled and compressed to your doorstep. It is highly applicable for trundle beds, bunk beds, day beds and any of the sorts and it has been made with CertiPUR-US certified foam, ensuring you performance and durability for the mattress.
A Little Background
Mattresses are the most essential part of any bed. Of course, without a mattress, we would all have back pains altogether. Mattresses are a vital part of any bedroom setting, and nearly every home in the world should get at least even a thin one for a single or double bed. A mattress is usually made with regular foam or sometimes layers of foam, depending on the price. For instance, most mattresses that are made with rubberized foam and spring coil are cheaper than memory foam mattresses.
A mattress can be rated on how firm / hard or how soft / plush it is. Most mattress makers have a rating scale from 1 to 10 or from 1 to 5 just how exactly hard or soft the mattress is. Most people usually order a firm mattress for reducing back pains and having a greater sleep at night. On the other hand, some older folks order and buy softer mattresses for the same reason. It really depends upon the person if he or she is more comfortable with firm mattresses or soft mattresses, but generally, most people agree that an enhanced sleeping position and sleep quality is achieved when you use a firm mattress to sleep on during the night.
Firm mattresses have their advantages for curing back pains. This is because a firm mattress can really help your back just as a massage parlor would. A firm mattress is a non-human equivalent of a trip at the spa and your back will reward you for its firmness. This is why more people with health problems usually seek out the firmness of a firm mattress so that their back pains will be eliminated. Most people whose job natures require sitting for hours in the office or standing at the mall or at a construction site would definitely want to lie down on a super firm mattress to give pressure to their backs and eliminate pain and strain from a long day’s work.
However, not everyone is ready to switch to a firm mattress. At the first use of a firm mattress, some people might complain that it is too hard to sleep on, and may experience a few back aches or so. However, in the long run, you will definitely get used to a firm mattress. Think of it as a teeth brace – the longer you wear it, the better it feels and the more it can correct your teeth. A firm mattress works like a brace for your back – it ensures you to get the best sleeping position and sleep quality by allowing blood flow and circulation to take place in an improved way during sleep, as compared to lying down on a soft bed that might not help your blood flow properly during sleep.
In the long run, firm mattresses eventually get softer due to frequent use, so they are an investment. Even if you don’t like firm mattresses at first, it is a good thing to invest on. Most firm mattresses can last for decades when used and treated properly, depending on who is using it and how many people sleep on it and its material composition. Most single firm mattresses with regular foam can last up to 10 years after being flattened out. Higher quality mattresses, such as rubberized high quality foam, memory foam and others, could last longer than that, hence they have a bigger warranty period, spanning from 5 to 10 years or more.
Not all firm mattresses are rock hard. This is why there is usually a scale laid down by a mattress making company to know whether your mattress is slightly firm, medium firm or super firm, depending on how you want it. Remember that everything starts off nicely if you don’t go with a super firm just yet. Stick to medium firm ones if you think that you are not quite ready for a firm mattress. Super firm mattresses are only ideal for larger people or for a multitude of sleepers in one bed.
Firm mattresses also allow you to get more oxygen during sleep. This is because just like in a massage parlor, a firm mattress hits your back and gives you more oxidation while sleeping as it increases blood flow and circulation, allowing for fewer nightmares and interrupted sleep. Oxygen flow is very vital in terms of any sleep process, and without it, we would probably be caught in between life and death. It doesn’t matter what sleeping position we are used to – whether you are a side sleeper or a regular back sleeper, a firm mattress can help you optimize your sleep quality in the long run.
Moreover, firm mattresses also give you a better sleeping position to correct your body structure. Aside from your blood flow and circulation being improved, the lying position is also corrected so that you can sleep better. An incorrect body position during sleep can also cause nightmares, sleep apnea and other sleeping problems, and this is why most people buy a firm mattress instead.
How We Picked
A firm mattress should be definitely firm enough that it alleviates pressure points yet it is still something comfortable to sleep on. No matter what, it should be at least firm, if not too firm, at least slightly firm. It should be something like a couch seat but not too hard that will strain your back and neck. The firmness should not be too much and it should still be a comfortable bed to sleep on. A true firm mattress is usually sold by a branded and slightly expensive maker and is a good investment overall.
Remember that a firm mattress is designed to be slept on, so it should have foam layers that cater the body’s needs during sleep. If you are not contented with the regular rubberized foam, you can go for air flow and air cool mattresses to give you more ventilation during sleep. You can also go for the more expensive gel memory foam which caters to the shape of the body and contours around it so you get minimal movement transfer, which is ideal if you are sleeping with someone else.
Know the firm mattress’ material, whether it is an inner spring coil, memory foam, or other type. With each type of mattress material, always remember that spring coils and regular rubberized foam are cheaper and more economical than memory foam. But if you need something for orthopedic purposes then you should definitely get a memory foam mattress, no questions asked.
The thickness of the firm mattress should be measured, along with the components of the layer. A firm mattress can stand from 4 to 10 inches or more, depending on how many layers it is made of and the composition of each layer. For instance, high-priced memory foam mattresses usually are thicker than regular mattresses.
CertiPUR-US certified foam for the firm mattress ensures you a high quality sleeping experience. This is fairly important if you are choosing the best firm mattress in the market.
Remember that a firm mattress should not contain any harmful chemicals or give out foul odors. You would not want a firm mattress that will emit odor when it is taken inside your house, right? Even if it does have a little bit of smell, it should dissipate quickly. A firm mattress that is made from all-natural and eco-friendly materials is a great investment, too.
Always purchase a firm mattress with a reasonable price, exchange policy and warranty policy. If you are not going directly to a furniture store to buy a firm mattress first-hand, you should consider an online seller that will have reasonable warranty policies so that you will definitely get what you paid for. Know the delivery information and if they offer a free mattress trial.
Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam
The Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam is our best firm mattress and it is highly supported by base foam that is at high density at 4.5 inches thick and it is available in a variety of standard bed sizes and thickness. It has been made with very comforting memory foam that spans at a thickness of 1.5 inches and it uses BioFoam which is an alternative to petroleum and uses natural plant oil to preserve the mattress’ freshness.
Moreover, the high quality foam is CertiPUR-US certified for performance, durability and material as it ships compressed and rolled to your doorstep. The Sleep Master Ultima molds to the contours of your body while you sleep and it has a thickness of 6 inches overall.
This firm mattress does not trap body heat compared to other memory foam mattresses and the cover is made of soft knitted fabric. It is very firm but also very soft. The Ultima Comfort Memory Foam weighs around 27 lbs and it may also fit in a trundle. It is backed by a 10 year limited warranty.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Some people say that the Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam is a bit too thin compared to other memory foam mattresses but nonetheless, it is quite firm.
Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Coil Mattress
The Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Coil Mattress is our step-up pick and it has a very low VOC emission at only less than 0.5 PPM for better indoor quality. Being made with CertiPUR-US certified foam, this firm mattress adheres to the Consumer Safety Product Commission and it is available in king, queen, full and twin sizes.
This mattress is independently encased coil and it has a thickness of 8 inches. Being environment-friendly, it does not include phthalates and it has a layer each at the bottom and the top so you can feel more comfortable and minimize the coil movement to give a good night sleep. For quality and eco-friendliness, it does not include TCEP, TDCPP, flame retardants, PBDEs, ozone depleters, lead, mercury and similar heavy metals.
As a matter of fact, all independently encased coils are 7 inches and at 15 gauges that evenly distribute weight, relieve pressure points and contours the curves of the body. The Signature Sleep Mattress meets federal flammability standard 16 CFR 1633.
With this firm mattress, all the encased coils take away the frustrating motion disturbance. It uses inner spring coil for its construction and the material is made with polyester blend and colored white. The 12 ILD foam padding on the cover, which has been quilted, gives you more comfort and cushioning and the cover is made with soft jacquard cotton polyester blend.
This is a double sided firm mattress and it can also fit on any children’s trundle. It weighs 43 lbs and it easily and conveniently ships vacuum compressed and rolled.
Sleep Master 6 Inch Spring Mattress
Our budget pick is the Sleep Master 6 Inch Spring Mattress which is highly applicable for trundle beds, bunk beds, day beds and any of the sorts. It gives you great support due to the steel Bonnell coils and it has been made with CertiPUR-US certified foam, ensuring you performance and durability for the mattress. Moreover, it has a thickness of 6 inches and ships rolled and compressed to your doorstep.
The Sleep Master 6 Inch is highly applicable for use on young adults or growing children. The fiber padding tops the cover that has been quilted with comfortable layers and the steel coils are made from heavy gauge to give you firm support.
It has an overall weight of 30 lbs and it has an inner spring construction. This mattress unfolds from 48 to 72 hours after opening and it is backed by a 10 year limited warranty.
Best Memory Foam Firm Mattress
Best Price Mattress 6-Inch Memory Foam
If you want a body conforming memory foam mattress, you should get the Best Price Mattress 6-Inch Memory Foam in which the memory form easily conforms to your body’s shape and curves and gives you superb comfort that makes you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud.
The layers include a 1-inch memory foam, 2 inches of super soft foam and a supportive layer underneath at 3 inches. It has a thickness of 6 inches and is a firm mattress that will cater to your sleeping needs. It gives you no pressure points whatsoever, allowing for a deeper sleep and it is available in twin, queen, full and other sizes.
The foam used is certified by CertiPUR-US. It has a cream color for the cover and it weighs 41 lbs. The Best Price Memory Foam eliminates tossing and turning in general and it greatly adapts and reacts to your natural body temperature as the third layer is made from super high density foam.
Moreover, it has been made with a poly-jacquard fabric cover and it gives you pressure-relieving comfort all in all. It is also available in other thickness and it is currently backed by a 10 year warranty.
Dual Layer Firm Mattress
Lucid 5″ Gel Memory Foam Dual-Layered
The Lucid 5″ Gel Memory Foam Dual-Layered is made with a 1-inch soft ventilated cooling layer for a better sleep and it is greatly supported by a 4-inch base layer of foam to keep you comfortable. Being highly resistant to dust mites, it is a firm mattress for a very comfortable sleep at night.
Its memory foam can last for a long time due to its open cell construction and it is safe to use for children. Being available in twin, king, queen, full and other sizes, the Lucid 5″ Gel Dual-Layered mattress has a weight of only 21 lbs and it does not give out any harmful odors. It has a thickness of 5 inches and it is certified by CertiPUR-US.
What’s more, the outer cover is soft and removable. Likewise, it can also be used as a mattress topper and it ships in a duffle bag and rolled and compressed and very easy to set up on your bed. It is currently backed by a 25 year warranty.
Firm Mattress with Pocketed Spring
Sleep Master Pocketed Spring 8 Inch
The Sleep Master Pocketed Spring 8 Inch uses both pocketed springs as well as comfort foam with pressure relieving capabilities and it is very firm and supportive of any sleeping position. It spans at a thickness of 8 inches and it is made of hundreds of independent pocketed springs to eliminate transfer of motion, especially when sleeping with a partner, due to its motion separation technology.
A firm mattress that will surely give you a comfortable sleep, the Pocketed Spring by Sleep Master weighs around 67 lbs and it is available in various thickness and bed sizes. It also has a tight top and the iCoil pocketed springs measure 7.5 inches. It is covered by a quilted cover using foam and fiber with jacquard fabric to bring you more comfort in the long run while you sleep and it is backed by a 10 year limited warranty.
Ideal Ventilated Firm Mattress
Olee Sleep 8″ Firm Ventilated Convolution
The Olee Sleep 8″ Firm Ventilated Convolution has a base layer of 1 inch dura flex foam and has a thickness of 8 inches. It is currently available in twin, full and queen size. With this mattress that is super firm, your body pressure is dispersed and ventilation is improved due to the 3.5 inch convoluted layer of the mattress structure.
Moreover, the memory foam is at 8 ILD and measures 1 inch to give you body contouring and support. A firm mattress that will give you a better sleeping experience, it has an HD foam at 25 ILD measures 2.5 inches and supports the memory foam’s firmness.
It uses air memory foam that is breathable compared to memory foam in the market and it has a weight of 33 lbs. The latex like foam gives you support without the allergic tendencies and gives air flow and support unlike any other and the foam odor is removed easily due to the included natural ingredients of the firm mattress.
Firm Mattress with Euro Box Top Cover
Night Therapy Spring 12-Inch Euro Box
Being made only with CertiPUR-US certified foam for quality, performance and durability, the Night Therapy Spring 12-Inch Euro Box gives you uninterrupted sleep due to the motion separation technology. As a mattress that is very firm, it comes with a Euro Box top cover for added comfort.
This mattress is available in full, queen, twin and king sizes and underneath and inside of the mattress are high density foam layers. The Night Therapy Spring gets support from inner pocketed springs that give relief on pressure points.
It uses 7.5 inch pocketed springs to deliver comfort and durability and it has a weight of 95 lbs. it also has a fiber quilted cover and is highly applicable for box springs, flooring or a slatted bed frame. The mattress ships compressed and rolled in a box. It decompresses in about 48 to 72 hours.
Firm Mattress with Bonus Pillow
Resort Sleep 10-Inch Cool Memory Foam
The Resort Sleep 10-Inch Cool Memory Foam comes with a bonus and extra memory foam pillow and it uses cooling technology in its memory foam to provide you with a very long-lasting comfort in sleeping. Being made with visco memory foam at 2.5 inches in thickness to relieve you of back pains and such, it is a firm mattress that will reward you with its firmness.
It is available in many standard bed sizes (twin, king, queen, full, etc.) and it is supported by high density support core foam at 7.5 inches in thickness. With an overall thickness of 10 inches, you will feel as if you are in a 5-star hotel, it has a weight of 43 lbs. This is a medium firm mattress.
Being designed to give plush comfort to the side, shoulders, hips, feet and back, the Resort Sleep Memory Foam only uses CertiPUR-US certified foam that is eco-friendly and does not sacrifice quality. It conveniently ships rolled and vacuum sealed when it arrives on your doorstep and it takes away the annoying motion disturbance for sleeping partners. The firm mattress is backed by a 20 year warranty.
Best Innerspring Firm Mattress
Olee Sleep Firm Gel Infused Euro-Box
The Olee Sleep Firm Gel Infused Euro-Box uses gel memory foam for its mattress material and is available in king size, queen size and full size. It has been made with innerspring pocketed base construction underneath the memory foam.
The mattress gives you weightless sleeping overall and is a firm mattress for the best comfortable sleeping experience. it has a euro box top and it has been made with independently encased coils made from tempered steel for high durability and comfort experience. it has a thickness of 13 inches and is applicable for side sleepers and those with shoulder, back and hip pains.
It does not give out any foul odor and has been made with polyester and polyester blend. It is made only with multi high density memory foam layers to give you superb comfort and designed to assess the pressure points at the back, neck, hips and shoulders.
Other firm mattresses may not be so firm or are too rock-hard for people to sleep on it. Essentially, you would want a mattress that sits along the line of medium firm for it to be an effective mattress to sleep on and to eliminate back pains in general.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the advantages of using and sleeping on a firm mattress?
A: According to Be Well Buzz , hard mattress gives your bones some resistance and in turn, gives you a good night sleep due to the enhanced circulation of blood within. Oxygen flow is improved and important for a good night’s rest. Moreover, people with back pains, arthritis, rheumatism and other health issues can benefit from a hard mattress as compared to a soft mattress.
Q: Which is definitely better, a firm mattress that is hard or a soft mattress that is plush?
A: Firm mattresses give you a neutral spine position and keeps the body straight while sleeping. Oxygen flow is greatly improved while sleeping because it prevents the collapsing of your lower back and circulation system is greatly improved with a firm mattress. What’s more, a firm mattress is also easily adaptable.
On the other hand, soft mattresses may also reduce back pain and plush mattresses are more suitable for slimmer people and side sleepers. In the end, it all depends on your body type and preference and need for therapy on your health problems whether you should get a firm mattress or a plush mattress.
Wrapping It Up
As a whole, the Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam is our best firm mattress that will surely cater to your sleeping needs and give you the blood circulation improvement in your sleep to eliminate nightmares and sleeping interruptions.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.