Yes, this mattress is firmer than I would have expected. But that's fine with me because I'm sleeping better and feeling better in the morning. Arthritis pain in my back and hips normally wakes me throughout the night, and then of course I'm stiff and hurting come morning. This has changed in the 2-1/2 weeks I've had this mattress. It's not a miracle cure; I still have some aches and pains - but I'd say it's about 80% better than before. Worth every penny, especially considering the price reduction.