Definitely like the softness of the fabric and the mattress--the springs really do make a huge difference over a foam core mattress. Red is a nice bright red, a bit more towards maroon than the picture, but definitely red. On the down side, my inlaws just slept on it for a week and it seems the mattress is already getting depressions. Also, the cover has a zipper, but is sewn on through the mattress. We'll be getting a cover to go over it so we can wash it (we have pets and need to be able to wash soft goods. Overall, a nice piece for the price.