I read the reviews and was under the impression that it would be softer than it was. It felt a little on the stiff side when I first got it. Once I washed it, it felt a little better, not much, but better. I have a top sheet over it, so I really don't notice it. Some reviews claimed it gave the mattress a little extra cushion, I wouldn't say that. However, it's a great price and serves its purpose as a mattress cover.