The Best Mattresses for Plus-Size Sleepers

When one size does not fit all: see our top picks for mattresses that support more weight

By Andrea Pisani Babich

It’s not easy being a plus-size person in a one-size-fits-all world. Airline seats, restaurant chairs, doorways, and bathroom stalls are all designed for people of average height and weight. As an above-average-sized person, you know that one size does not fit all, and yet you often have to compromise your comfort because the world is designed mostly for average people. We feel your pain. We’re here to assure you that your mattress does not have to be one of those places where you have to sacrifice comfort because of your size.

When it comes to mattresses, what does it mean to be a heavy person? People weighing more than 200 pounds are considered larger than average. At this weight, sleepers begin to need certain mattress features that are less important to average-sized sleepers. Heavy people should look for mattresses:

  • with weight limits that are at least 300 pounds
  • with sufficient thickness to accommodate deep compression
  • that are designed to be medium to medium firm
  • with excellent edge support
  • that provide relief from sleeping hot

These features become increasingly important as your weight exceeds 200 pounds.

How to find the best mattresses for heavy people

The key to efficient mattress shopping is narrowing your choices. With so many mattresses on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And mattress shopping, ironically, can be exhausting. After a few hours of lying on mattress after mattress in brightly lit showrooms with salespeople bombarding you with pitches and pressure to buy, almost any mattress will feel comfortable – if it means you can get out of there and move on with your day. Chances are you’ll end up with a mattress that you’ll regret buying a few months later. How can anyone make an informed decision under these conditions?  It’s time to put an end to this madness!

Doing your research ahead of time and shopping online can help you make a more deliberate and wiser mattress choice. Because you are not average height and/or weight, you have some objective criteria to help narrow your choices. Here’s what to look for.

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 their FAQ page, or you can simply ask a representative via their live chat feature if they have one.

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 position they sleep in. Thinner mattresses simply cannot provide sufficient support for the heavier weight. In addition, whether they are foam, latex, or innerspring, thinner mattresses will give heavier people the feeling of bottoming out in the mattress.

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.

Above-average-sized 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: commons 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 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 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 bigger 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
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 spinal 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 naturally sleeps cooler. Latex mattresses are also the most durable types of mattresses, outliving other types by as much as seven years.

HYBRID 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 below).

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 make 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.

Top Rated 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.

Take a look at things like the firmness, support, durability and price to help you decide which mattress might be best for you. All of the mattresses we’ve reviewed here have at least a 100-night trial period and free returns. So even though you can buy them online, you can try them out in the comfort of your own home, risk-free, to see how well you’ll sleep on your new mattress.

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  1. Big Fig 
  2. Helix Nightfall
  3. PlushBeds Botanical Bliss
  4. Loom & Leaf 
  5. Saatva
  6. The New Purple Mattress
  7. Titan by Brooklyn Bedding

1. Big Fig

Big Fig

Editor's Pick
  • Hybrid mattress (latex, innerspring, and foam) designed to support individuals with a bigger figure
  • Supports up to 1000 lbs. of weight for couples or up to 500 lbs. for a single sleeper
  • You will get a custom-made foundation with the purchase of any Big Fig mattress

It is the most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on."

Robert
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial Period

120 days

Why we love it

The Big Fig takes on the sleep challenges of heavy people 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 facing heavy people when they sleep.

Sleep challenges:

  • Sleeping hot. Layers 1 and 2 are made with ThermoGel cooling technology to actively cool your body as you sleep.
  • Sagging mattress. Layer 3 provides a comfortable hug without the feeling of sinking due to its three inches high-density foam.
  • Lack of support. Layer 4 provides active support with 1600 individually wrapped coils that pushback against body weight responding to changes in position so you never feel “stuck in the mud.”
  • Insufficient 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.
  • Material shifting. With sixteen tufts for the queen mattress, the layers of the Big Fig will never shift out of place.
  • 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

Helix Nightfall

  • Hybrid specialty mattress designed specifically for plus size and big & tall sleepers
  • Made with higher density materials and adds an extra support layer of Helix Dynamic Foam that contours to your body
  • If you’re sharing your bed with a sleeping partner, you have the option to choose a dual comfort mattress (which personalizes each side of the bed based on test results)

I am sleeping so hard, deep and comfortable."

John
Customer Rating
4 / 5
MA Score
/ 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

Why we love it

The Helix Nightfall is a hybrid mattress that is 12 inches thick. To combat common issues plus-size sleepers have with their mattresses, namely support and sagging, the Helix Nightfall in made with 3.74 and 4.0 PCF (pounds per cubic foot) materials, meaning they are in the highest class of density. If you typically sleep hot, you can upgrade your Helix Nightfall mattress by purchasing an Ultra-Cool cover that can be zipped on.


3. Plushbeds Botanical Bliss

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss

  • 100% natural latex mattress with customizable firmness and thickness levels
  • Made with durable materials to support heavier sleepers
  • Weight limit: 300 lbs.

Every time I get into bed, I’m amazed at how wonderful this bed makes me feel."

Deborah
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
7.8 / 10
Firmness

Customizable firmness anywhere from 5-9 out of 10

Trial Period

100 days

Why we love it

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

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.

Botanical Bliss™ is available in three thicknesses and four firmness options that allow you to customize your mattress according to your weight and sleep style.

PlushBeds offers health benefits beyond the support you need for a good night’s sleep. Latex is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites. Because it’s 100 percent natural, there’s 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

Loom & Leaf

  • Memory foam mattress with cooling gel; available in relaxed firm or firm
  • Has been compared to the iComfort and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, which can cost upwards of $4,000-$5,000.
  • Weight limit: 300 lbs.

We are so happy to have discovered this mattress!"

Jennifer C.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.2 / 10
Firmness

Relaxed firm: 6/10; Firm: 8/10

Trial Period

120 days

Why we love it

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

Saatva

  • Hybrid: coil on coil and memory foam with euro pillow-top
  • known for having great edge and lumbar support
  • Weight limit: 300 lbs.

For the first time in years I could sleep on my stomach and sides without pain."

Joyce S.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10

Trial Period

120 days

Why we love it

Saatva mattresses offer a distinctive coil-on-coil construction that combines support with contouring comfort even before the foam layer is added. The bottom coil offers a support base for the top layer of individually foam-wrapped coils that respond to pressure separately to allow 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. Saatva offers available in three firmness options; we recommend Luxury Firm (5 – 6.5 on the firmness scale) or Firm (8 on firmness scale).

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 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. The New Purple Mattress

The New Purple Mattress

  • Hybrid mattress made with hyper-elastic polymer and foam
  • The softest of the New Purple Mattresses that cushions your body and provides great pressure relief
  • Top layer provides optimal airflow for a cool night’s sleep

Without a doubt, a wonderful investment!”

-Gianpaolo
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.5 / 10
Firmness

Soft - 4/10

Trial Period

100 days

Why we love it

The Purple .4 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.

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

Titan

  • Hybrid mattress made for plus-size sleepers with the option to add a cooling topper
  • Firm-level support to maintain shape and structure while simultaneously cradling pressure points.
  • Weight limit: 1,100 lbs.

I weigh 475lbs and this mattress holds up great. Firm support in all positions"

Steven
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
/ 10
Firmness

Firm: 7/10

Trial Period

120 days

Why we love it

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.

The Titan is available in Twin through California King sizes.


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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