The Best Mattresses for Heavy People

Find the best mattress to meet your needs for adequate comfort and support.

By Andrea Pisani Babich

If you weigh more than 200 pounds, there are special features you should look for in a mattress to get the support and comfort you need. Those who are larger than the average-sized person need their mattress to offer more durability. Plus-size sleepers should shop for a mattress with the following features: 

  • A weight limit of at least 300 pounds
  • Sufficient thickness of at least 10 inches to accommodate deep compression
  • Medium to medium-firm firmness level
  • Excellent edge support
  • Good airflow – so you don’t sleep hot

We’ll help you find the perfect mattress to meet your sleeping needs. Take a look at what we deem to be the best mattresses for heavy people below, then read more about how to find the right mattress for your needs as a plus-size sleeper.


Best Mattresses for Heavy Sleepers

Below we’ve highlighted our top-rated mattresses for people who are overweight. If you want to read more about a particular mattress brand, we’ve got you covered in the next section.

Mattress

Accolade

1. Big Fig

Editor’s Pick

2. Helix Nightfall

Best for Couples

3. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

Best Latex Mattress

4. Loom & Leaf

Best Cooling

5. Saatva

Best Value

6. The New Purple

Best for Pain Relief

7. Titan 

Best Support

Take a look at factors like the firmness, support, durability and price to help you decide which mattress might be best for you.


1. Big Fig – Editor’s Pick

MA Score 8.8/10
Customer Rating 4.5/5
Mattress Type Hybrid (Latex, innerspring, and foam)
Firmness Medium-firm
Weight Support Up to 1,000 lbs. for couples (500 lbs. for single)
Trial Period 120 days
Coupon Save $175 with code: SLEEPWELL

Why We Love the Big Fig

The Big Fig addresses all of the sleep challenges heavy people face and confronts them head-on with a hybrid mattress that is specifically designed for plus-size and big and tall sleepers. Each component of their foam and innerspring mattress addresses a different problem to help heavy sleepers sleep comfortably.

  • Sleeping hot? Layers 1 and 2 are made with ThermoGel cooling technology to actively cool your body as you sleep.
  • Tired of a sagging mattress? Layer 3 provides a comfortable hug without the feeling of sinking due to its three inches of high-density foam.
  • Need more support? Layer 4 provides active support with 1600 individually wrapped coils that push back against body weight and respond to changes in position so you never feel “stuck in the mud.”
  • Want more edge support? Your Big Fig mattress will not collapse when you sleep near the edge because it is wrapped in a layer of super firm foam (Layer 5) surrounding the entire 13-inch mattress.
  • Ready to stop material shifting? With sixteen tufts for the queen mattress, the layers of the Big Fig will never shift out of place.
  • Frustrated with a weak foundation? Plus-size sleepers often complain about premature sagging and deterioration of their mattress. Big Fig solves this durability problem with a super supportive foundation (Layer 7) made from 16, 2.5 inch slats and dual center rails that can support five times the weight of standard foundations.

The standard price for a queen Big Fig mattress is $1,699, but you can click the link below to get an exclusive Mattress Advisor discount.

 


2. Helix Nightfall – Best for Couples

MA Score 8/10
Customer Rating 4/5
Mattress Type Hybrid: Coils and foam
Firmness Medium-firm: 6/10
Weight Support 1,000 lbs. for couples (500 lbs. for single)
Trial Period 100 days
Coupon Save $200 with code: FOURTH200

What Makes the Helix Nightfall Great?

The Helix Nightfall is a 12-inch thick hybrid mattress that we recommend for couples in which one or both partners are heavier weight. 

Helix offers premium customization to meet your exact sleeping needs. For couples, you can choose a dual comfort mattress. You take Helix’s Sleep Quiz to describe your lifestyle and preferences and Helix will personalize each side of the bed based on the results!

To combat common issues plus-size sleepers have with their mattresses, namely support and sagging, the Helix Nightfall is made with 3.74 and 4.0 PCF (pounds per cubic foot) materials, meaning they are in the highest class of density. 

The Helix Nightfall is also built with an extra support layer of Helix Dynamic Foam to contour your body, Ultra Dense memory foam to provide pressure relief, a soft-touch design for optimal airflow, and support layers of XL wrapped coils and DuraDense foam to help your mattress offer long-lasting durability.

The Helix Nightfall covers all its bases to be sure heavy people are properly supported and comforted in their sleep.


3. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss – Best Latex Mattress

MA Score 7.8/10
Customer Rating 4.9/5
Mattress Type 100% natural latex with customizable firmness and thickness
Firmness Customizable firmness anywhere from 5 to 9 out of 10
Weight Support 300 lbs. 
Trial Period 100 days
Coupon Get $1,200 off natural latex mattresses + up to $600 in free bedding

Highlights for the Botanical Bliss

PlushBeds’ Botanical Bliss™ mattress gives you the support and durability of latex with the hug and pressure relief of memory foam – the perfect combination!

Constructed in layers, the Botanical Bliss™ bed starts with six inches of an organic latex support layer topped with one or two talalay latex comfort layers. The comfort layers eliminate pressure points while the core layer offers deep compression support.

What does all this mean? Basically, the construction of the Botanical Bliss™ allows you to get the contouring support your body needs so you can rest easy and wake up pain-free.

So what makes the Botanical Bliss™ the best latex mattress on the list? 

First, it’s customizable! This makes it an awesome choice for heavy people in particular because it comes in three thicknesses and four firmness options that allow you to customize your mattress according to your weight and sleep style.

Next, it’s super cool! Latex is naturally cooler than memory foam, but PlushBeds goes further to regulate temperature with a 100 percent pure wool layer encased in organic cotton. Both materials offer superior breathability and moisture absorption to keep sleepers cool and dry at night.

Finally, it’s good for you. PlushBeds offers health benefits beyond the support you need for a good night’s sleep. Latex is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites. Because it’s 100 percent natural, there’s also no off-gassing of toxic chemicals.

The standard price for a queen Botanical Bliss mattress (10″) is $1,899. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.


4. Loom & Leaf – Best Cooling Mattress

Loom & Leaf mattress
MA Score 8.2/10
Customer Rating 4.8/5
Mattress Type Memory foam with cooling gel
Firmness Available in relaxed firm (6/10) or firm (8/10)
Trial Period 120 days
Weight Support 300 lbs. 
Coupon Free white glove delivery and mattress removal

Loom & Leaf Highlights

The mattress makers at Saatva have created the Loom & Leaf mattress with all the pressure-relieving comfort of memory foam without the heat retention. The secret lies in a layer of cooling gel in the lumbar zone to dissipate heat and ensure neutral spinal alignment.

Available in two firmness levels, Loom & Leaf mattresses are constructed of layered memory foam including a high-density, 5 lb. foam top layer for contouring hug and pressure relief. A dual-layer foam support layer provides a base with enough pushback to stay supportive under deep compression. A quilted, organic cotton cover wraps these 12 inches of layered foam in breathable comfort so you sleep cool with plush support.

The standard price for a queen Loom & Leaf mattress is $1,299. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.


5. Saatva – Best Value

MA Score 8.7/10
Customer Rating 4.8/5
Mattress Type Hybrid: Coils, memory foam, and euro pillow-top
Firmness Plush soft: 3/10

Luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10

Firm: 8/10

Weight Support 300 lbs.
Trial Period 120 days
Coupon Free white glove delivery and setup!

What Makes Saatva Great?

The Saatva mattress is a great choice for heavy people looking for a more budget-friendly mattress that offers great value. Generally, heavy sleepers get caught up in expensive price points. If you need more support, that means more materials, which ultimately leads to higher cost. 

Normally, we wouldn’t call Saatva a budget brand, but considering the exceptional support this mattress offers at a reasonable price point, we had to call out this deal. Plus, Saatva offers free white glove delivery and setup. It doesn’t get better than this!

So what’s inside? The Saatva offers excellent edge support with a dual perimeter edge support system that prevents sagging and collapsing when sleepers near the edge. The 14.5-inch mattress is designed to provide consistent support and comfort for 10 to 15 years.

Saatva mattresses offer a distinctive coil-on-coil construction that combines support with contouring comfort. The bottom coil layer offers a support base for the top layer of individually foam-wrapped coils that respond to pressure separately. 

This allows for contouring as well as excellent motion isolation. A high-quality memory foam layer provides additional pressure relief and just enough hug to reduce tension and stress in the lower back. 

Bonus: Saatva prides itself on being eco-friendly using only non-toxic materials. That means no chemical smell and no toxic off-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which have been linked to cancer, organ damage, and endocrine disruption.

The standard price for a queen Saatva mattress is $1,099. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.


6. New Purple Mattress – Best for Pain Relief

Product engineer laying on the New Purple Mattress
MA Score 8.5/10
Customer Rating 4.5/5
Mattress Type Hybrid: Hyper-elastic polymer and foam
Firmness Soft – 4/10
Weight Support 300 lbs. per person; 600 lbs. total
Trial Period 100 days
Coupon Get 10% off your mattress purchase!

Purple .4 Highlights

The Purple .4 is Purple’s newest mattress model that provides deep compression support due to two layers of high-density foam pads. The Purple magic is the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ layer that sits on top of the foam layers. Its honeycomb design eliminates pressure points and allows for maximum airflow so there is no heat retention.

Purple has devised an innovative way to address two problems for heavy people with one super cool material. Pressure points and heat retention are virtually eliminated with their purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ layer.

On the Purple .4, you’ll get a cool and comfortable night’s sleep each time you go to bed. 

The standard price for a queen Purple Mattress (the .4 model) is $2,799. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.


7. Titan by Brooklyn Bedding – Best Support

MA Score 9.2/10
Customer Rating 4.5/5
Mattress Type Hybrid
Firmness Firm: 8/10
Weight Support 1,100 lbs. 
Trial Period  120 days
Coupon Save 20% with code MATTRESSADVISOR20

What Makes Titan Great?

Designed specifically for plus size sleepers, the Titan mattress by Brooklyn Bedding aims to solve the common issues heavier sleepers face when shopping for a quality mattress. 

The core of the Titan mattress is six inches thick and made with 1.024 individually wrapped pocket coils that provide exceptional support while preventing motion transfer. Three inches of cooling memory foam top this Titan mattress to help cradle joints and prevent impressions.

Reviews of the Titan mattress rave of excellent edge support and claims of waking up less stiff. Another common theme among reviews? Those who sleep on this mattress rarely feel their partner’s movements. That’s what we call a win-win!

The Titan is available in Twin through California King sizes. The standard price for a queen Titan mattress is $999. Click the link below to see the best offer for this mattress.


How to Find the Best Mattress for Heavy People

Because you are larger than the average height and/or weight, you have some objective criteria to help narrow your choices. Here’s what you should consider:

Weight Limit

Check the weight limit recommended by the manufacturer for any mattress you consider. Many mattress manufacturers will warrant their mattresses to be supportive and durable for single sleepers weighing 300 pounds, but some go as high as 500 pounds. 

Generally, these limits can be doubled for couples sharing the bed. Don’t even bother with mattresses whose weight limit is less than your weight or whose doubled weight limit is less than yours and your partner’s combined weights. Even if they feel comfortable at first, they will not hold up over time.

You can usually find the weight limit for a specific mattress on a company’s FAQ page, or you can simply ask a representative via their live chat feature if they have one. (Hint: We’ve already listed this for you for each of our top picks above.)

Mattress Thickness

Plus-sized sleepers should consider mattresses that are at least 12 inches deep. Some 10-inch foam mattresses can work for heavy people if:

  • the foam is high-density
  • sleepers prefer a firmer mattress
  • there is a sufficient comfort layer to provide deep compression support, meaning it relieves pressure points and prevents sinking to the support layer

In general, the heavier a person is, the thicker their mattress should be. That’s because heavier people need more support to keep their spines in a neutral position no matter what sleep position they choose. 

Thinner mattresses simply cannot provide sufficient support for the heavier weight. In addition, whether a mattress is built with foam, latex, or innerspring, thinner mattresses will give heavier people the feeling of bottoming out in the mattress. We recommend sticking above the 10-inch threshold when it comes to the right mattress thickness for heavy people. 

Firmness

Often confused with support, firmness refers to how soft or firm the top layer of the mattress feels, also known as the comfort layer. The firmness of your mattress provides you with the “hug” or contouring and relieves the pressure on those body parts that weigh more or protrude from the rest of your body. Think heels, hips, and shoulders.

Plus-size sleepers should aim for mattresses in the medium to medium-firm range on the firmness scale. That translates to a firmness rating of 5 to 7 on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the firmest. Anything softer and you will sink too far into the mattress to maintain proper spinal alignment. Too much sinkage also makes it very difficult to move around and get out of the bed.

A note about sinkage and plus-sized sleepers: Common sense tells you that the more you weigh, the more you will sink into a mattress. Since firmness ratings, just like so many other things, are calibrated for average-weight people, your additional sinkage will affect the firmness rating you aim for. 

Plus-sized sleepers can expect to sink 1 to 2 inches more than lighter people depending on their weight and mattress type. So, a mattress rated an 8 on the firmness scale, may feel more like a 7 for a sleeper over 200-250 lbs.

Edge Support

Edge support helps prevent your mattress from collapsing when you sleep near the edge of the bed. Over time, sturdy edge support can save your mattress from suffering a premature demise due to sagging and losing its shape. This feature is especially important for larger people because of the additional weight put on the edge of the mattress. 

Spring, coil-on-coil, or hybrid (springs and foam) mattresses tend to provide better edge support than all-foam mattresses. However, better foam mattresses compensate for this weakness by increasing mattress thickness.

Temperature Control

Sleeping hot is not unique to heavy people, but it is more of an issue for larger people. Larger bodies generate more heat that can be trapped in bedding and mattresses. But even the most luxurious high-thread-count, Egyptian cotton sheets can only do so much to compensate for the heat built up in your mattress.

Mattress materials and construction play a big part in temperature control, even in brands without mechanical cooling features. Lower quality foam mattresses tend to retain body heat more than latex, spring or hybrid mattresses. 

If you do prefer a foam mattress, be sure to look for one that has cooling properties or construction that allows for air circulation to dissipate body heat.

Construction

Now let’s break down what type of mattress is best for heavy people in terms of mattress construction.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses can be easy on pressure points by contouring to your body while still being supportive. High-density foam mattresses will offer more support than less dense foam. You should look for foam that weighs at least four pounds per cubic foot to get the support you need for a neutral spine alignment.

While lower quality memory foam has a reputation for sleeping hot, better mattresses alleviate heat retention by including a layer with an open-cell structure, gel or other cooling layers, and/or a cover that uses a breathable or cooling material.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses share many of the benefits of foam mattresses without the drawbacks, such as chemical smells and heat retention. They come in a wide range of firmness levels which are measured as Indentation Load Deflection (ILD). Plus-sized shoppers should look for ILD ratings between 24 and 31. 

Latex mattresses in this medium to firm range offer superior deep compression support, proper spinal alignment, excellent motion isolation, and virtually no push-back on pressure points. 

Latex retains less heat than memory foam so it naturally sleeps cooler. Latex mattresses are also the most durable types of mattresses, outliving other types by as much as seven years.

Hybrid and Innerspring Mattresses

The beauty of hybrids is the marriage of great support with superior pressure relief. The support typically comes from the combination of an innerspring system topped with a memory foam or latex layer for comfort, but it can also include other material combinations (see Purple above).

Innerspring mattresses have the most pushback of all the mattress surfaces so they are able to hold up under deep compression night after night. We recommend innerspring mattresses with high-density, individually wrapped coils or springs for maximum support and durability. Also, the spring construction means these mattresses have the best edge support. 

Innerspring mattresses generally offer the firmer support heavier people need not only for proper spine and neck alignment but to take it easier to get in and out of bed. But innerspring mattresses without some additional bells and whistles could be less than optimal for heavy people. 

Deep compression onto a firm surface means uncomfortable pressure points on shoulders, hips, knees (for side sleepers), and heels (for back sleepers). That’s where the foam or latex layer takes over. The contouring ability of this comfort layer relieves pressure points as it floats you above the support layer.


The Importance of Finding the Best Mattress for Your Weight

Finding the best mattress for your height and weight is one of the most important steps you can take to improve the quality of your sleep. A study done at Oklahoma State University indicates that mattress comfort significantly reduces stress and back pain as well as improves the quality of sleep. For heavy people who sometimes struggle to get a good night’s sleep because of discomfort, finding a mattress with sufficient support and comfort is even more important.

We know buying a mattress is a big investment, but we also know that the time and money that you spend finding the right mattress will reap health and well-being benefits for as long as you own your mattress. So, check out our picks for the best mattresses for heavy people and drop us a line with any questions or comments.

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Comments (1)

  1. I really appreciate this guide for the overweight. I need a mattress for all the reasons listed here. I wish I’d been better prepared. Thank you!


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