Not by me they're not.4 Padded saddles are almost universally regarded as "a bad thing".
But you did say "almost universally"
I know I'm very much in the minority here, and lots of people are happily riding around on rock hard monstrosities.
I think it just goes to show that everyone's different and you really have to find your own way. Take all advice with a pinch of salt.
IMO what matters is that the saddle is the right size and shape for you, not whether it is padded or not.