Best Mattresses for Heavy People in 2022

By Andrea Pisani Babich

May 18th, 2022

If you weigh more than 230 pounds, there are special features you should look for in a mattress to get the support and comfort you need. Fortunately, some of today’s top-rated brands provide mattresses specially designed with your needs in mind.

We’ve selected a list of the best mattresses for heavy people to help you find the right one for you. Compare our top picks, read our buyer’s guide for plus-size sleepers, and start getting your best rest night after night.

Best Mattress for Heavy People: Our Top Picks

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WinkBeds Plus

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WinkBeds Plus

Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers

Best for

  • Stomach sleepers
  • Back sleepers
  • Those who prefer a firm mattress
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.2/10

firmness

Medium-Firm

trial period

120 nights

Capacity: 900 pounds

The WinkBeds Plus is a luxury hybrid that incorporates a triple-zone pocketed coil support system and high-density latex foam, with a weight capacity of 900 pounds. The design also includes contouring micro-coils and pocketed coils to provide additional durability and support.

When you choose the Plus firmness option, the feel should be a 7/10 or 8/10 on the firmness scale. Additional support layers provide a supportive surface for larger stomach sleepers. The foam layers move with the sleeper, so you won’t feel stuck as you move around. The coil construction should prevent the hips from sinking too deeply into the mattress. It earns a solid 8.5/10 Mattress Advisor score for spine alignment, one of the critical performance categories for stomach sleepers.

Read our full WinkBeds Plus mattress review.


Helix Plus

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Helix Plus (Nightfall)

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for

  • People with lower back pain
  • Side sleepers
  • People who sleep hot
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

8/10

firmness

Firm: 7-8/10

trial period

100 days

Capacity: 1,000 pounds

With a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, the Helix Plus can provide heavy people with a personalized solution for pain relief. Just take Helix’s Sleep Quiz to get a customized recommendation based on your aches and pains, your sleeping position, and more.

Formerly known as the Helix Nightfall, the Helix Plus is made with high-density materials, including an extra support layer of Helix Dynamic Foam designed to contour your body and memory foam to provide pressure relief. It scores an 8/10 for pressure relief in Mattress Advisor testing, along with an 8.5/10 in spine alignment. Layers of XL wrapped coils and DuraDense foam help provide support and long-lasting durability.

Read our full Helix Plus mattress review.


DreamCloud Premier

DreamCloud Premier
DreamCloud Premier

Best Affordable Luxury Mattress

Best for

  • All sleeping positions
  • Couples
  • People with back pain
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

365 days

Capacity: 600 pounds (estimated)

The DreamCloud Premier is a five-layer luxury hybrid mattress that combines a coil system and durable foams. Although DreamCloud doesn’t specify a weight capacity for its mattresses, we judge that the Premier can support up to 600 pounds comfortably. The pillow top layer is designed to conform to your body for pressure relief in all sleeping positions. With a 9/10 Mattress Advisor score for responsiveness, the DreamCloud Premier should serve restless sleepers and combination sleepers particularly well.

Although the regular price of a queen size approaches $1,600, DreamCloud also provides a lifetime warranty and a 365-night sleep trial. The Premier also earns a 9/10 score for durability.

Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review.


Saatva HD

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Saatva HD

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best for

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.5/10

firmness

Medium

trial period

365 days

Capacity: 1,000 pounds

The Saatva HD mattress is a five-layer hybrid mattress with a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, specially designed to meet the needs of heavy people. The bottom coil layer offers a support base for the top layer of individually foam-wrapped steel coils that respond to pressure separately. A high-quality memory foam layer provides additional pressure relief—it earns an 8/10 for pressure relief in our Mattress Advisor testing—and just enough hug to reduce tension and stress in the lower back.

Saatva also 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). Plus, Saatva offers free white glove delivery, a lifetime warranty, and a 365-night sleep trial.

Read our full Saatva HD mattress review.


Brooklyn Bedding Titan

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Titan

Best Mattress for Couples

Best for

  • Couples
  • Combination sleepers
  • Value shoppers
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

9.2/10

firmness

Firm: 7/10

trial period

120 days

Capacity: 1,000 pounds

The Titan mattress is Brooklyn Bedding’s model specifically designed for heavier sleepers. Its weight capacity is 1,000 pounds, enough to support 500 pounds on each side for couples. Its combination of strong comfort foams and heavy duty coils create a durable mattress that resists body impressions. The Titan has an 8.5/10 Mattress Advisor score for cooling, and you can also add an optional cooling panel.

For those couples with different sleeping preferences, the Titan is very responsive (a near-perfect 9.5/10 Mattress Advisor score for responsiveness) and does a fine job of adjusting to the sleeper’s body. The Titan also outclasses most of the competition when it comes to spine alignment, where it earns a 9.5/10 Mattress Advisor score.

Read our full Brooklyn Bedding Titan mattress review.


Puffy Royal Hybrid

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Puffy Royal Hybrid

Best for Lifetime Warranty

Best for

  • People interested in long-term value
  • Side sleepers
  • People who value customer service
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.2/10

firmness

Medium firm: 5/10

trial period

101 days

Capacity: 700 pounds

If a company standing firmly behind its products means a lot to you, think about the vote of confidence received by the Puffy Royal Hybrid. Puffy offers a lifetime warranty on its mattresses, along with a 101-night sleep trial and highly acclaimed customer service. The Royal Hybrid model can support up to 700 pounds (or 350 pounds to a side for couples), putting it well within the range for most heavyweight sleepers.

Most side sleepers should find the Puffy Royal Hybrid’s pressure-relieving qualities agreeable. In the pressure relief testing category, it earns a more than respectable 8.75/10. However, back sleepers and stomach sleepers might need a firmer mattress that provides better spine alignment (the Brooklyn Bedding Titan, for example).

Read our full Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress review.


Nectar

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Nectar

Best Budget Mattress

Best for

  • Budget-minded shoppers
  • Side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

Capacity: 650 pounds

Nectar excels at providing affordable mattresses that match up well with many kinds of sleepers, including people who weigh more than average. The original Nectar mattress has a weight capacity of 650 pounds. The Nectar brand is also known for its value—regular price for a queen size is about $900, not counting the frequent sales and promotions that could shave more dollars off the price tag.

Performance-wise, the Nectar’s pressure-relieving qualities and medium firmness should match up well with most side sleepers. It scores a very respectable 8.5/10 for pressure relief in our testing lab. If you have chronic neck pain or back pain, however, consider a mattress that offers better spine alignment like the Helix Plus.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.


Nolah Signature 12″

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Nolah Signature 12''

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for

  • Side sleeping position
  • Restless sleepers
  • Pressure relief
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium-Soft

trial period

120 days

Capacity: 700 pounds

Heavier side sleepers should find a lot to like about the Nolah Signature 12” mattress, starting with its outstanding pressure relief. In Mattress Advisor testing, this mattress went above and beyond with a 9.25/10 score. Pressure relief is a key performance category for side sleepers, whose sleeping position tends to put extra pressure on the shoulders and hips.

Thanks to its design, the Nolah Signature 12” is one of the rare all-foam beds we would recommend for heavier people. The main reason is the 7-inch high-density core foundation layer. The Nolah Signature 12” can support up to 700 pounds, or 350 pounds per side for two people sharing a queen size or above. The limited lifetime warranty is worth a vote of confidence in its durability.

Read our full Nolah Signature 12″ mattress review.


Big Fig

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Big Fig

Most Durable Mattress

Best for

  • Those who suffer from night sweats
  • People who sleep with a partner
  • Combination sleepers
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.8/10

firmness

Medium-firm

trial period

120 days

Capacity: 1,100 pounds

Every part of the Big Fig mattress is engineered to addresses some of the sleep challenges that heavy people commonly face, starting with mattress durability. Its Mattress Advisor score for durability is an outstanding 9.5/10. It also has a weight capacity of 1,100 pounds, which one of the highest you’ll find with a mass-produced mattress.

Still, durability is just one of the Big Fig’s attributes. The upper layers are engineered for cooling and support. Layers 1 and 2 are made with cooling gel memory foam. Layer 3 provides a comfortable hug without the feeling of sinking due to its three inches of high-density foam. Layer 4 provides active support with 1,600 individually wrapped coils. Layer 5 includes super-firm support foam to enhance edge support.

Read our full Big Fig mattress review.

Bear Hybrid

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Bear Hybrid

Best for Back Sleepers

Best for

  • Back sleepers
  • Athletes
  • Hot sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

120 days

Capacity: 700 pounds (estimated)

When it comes to heavy sleepers and back sleepers alike, a durable mattress is crucial. The Bear Hybrid achieves this, with a medium-firm firmness and a 9.5/10 durability score. The overall support provided by this memory foam/innerspring hybrid helps prevent sleepers from sinking too far into the material, keeping the hips up and properly aligned with the rest of the spine. In fact, the Bear Hybrid has an exceptional 9.5/10 score for spine alignment.

Bear makes their mattresses with athletes in mind, and they Bear Hybrid’s features include a Celliant fiber cover designed to promote recovery. Although Bear doesn’t list a weight capacity for its mattresses, a well-made hybrid of this caliber should support up to 700 pounds comfortably.

Read our full Bear Hybrid mattress review.

Buyer’s Guide to Mattresses for Heavy People

Larger sleepers need a mattress that provides plenty of support and durability to help them get a restful and restorative sleep every night. Since any mattress can claim to be supportive and durable, how do you read between the lines to see which products can actually make a difference?

That’s where Mattress Advisor comes in. Use this guide to navigate your way through the jargon and the sales pitches and find the right mattress for you.

What’s the Best Type of Mattress?

The best type of mattress for a heavier person is typically an innerspring or hybrid mattress. These materials offer the most support and durability for a heavy set person. An all-foam mattress probably won’t provide the support needed for a person with a larger frame.

Innerspring Mattresses

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. Deep compression onto a firm surface means uncomfortable pressure points on shoulders, hips, knees (for side sleepers), and heels (for back sleepers).

Hybrid Mattresses

The beauty of the best hybrid mattresses 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. Hybrid mattresses are ideal for heavy people who need that extra support but don’t want to give up the contouring cushion of a memory foam or latex comfort layer.

Mattress Types That Might Not Be Ideal for Heavy People

  • Memory foam: A mattress made entirely of memory foam might not offer enough support for a heavy person. A bigger body is likely to sink too far into foam and increase the risk of sleeping in improper alignment. A hybrid that includes one or more memory foam layers might be a different story, especially if it uses high-quality, high-density foam.
  • Latex: If you’re a plus-sized shoppers looking for a latex mattress, be sure you look at the measurement for Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) and only shop mattresses with ratings between 24 and 31. Latex foam mattresses in this medium-to-firm range offer better support, alignment, and durability for heavy people.

Why Firmness Matters for Larger Sleepers

Often confused with support, mattress firmness refers to how soft or firm the mattress feels. The firmness of your mattress affects the sensation of “hug” or contouring as you sink into the surface, as well as the overall comfort.

Heavy people should aim for mattresses in the medium-firm to firm range on the firmness scale. That translates to a firmness rating of 6 to 8 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 difficult to move around and get out of the bed.

Since firmness ratings are calibrated for average-weight people, they’ll typically feel softer to bigger people. Plus-sized sleepers can expect to sink 1 to 2 inches more than lighter people depending on their weight and the mattress type. So, a mattress rated an 8 on the firmness scale may feel more like a 7 for a sleeper over 230 pounds.

Other Things for Shoppers to Consider

The best mattress for heavy people is supportive of at least 300 pounds of body weight, sufficient thickness of at least 10 inches to accommodate deep compression, medium to medium-firm, breathable, and cooling. Keep an eye out for each of these factors when you’re shopping.

Weight Capacity

Check the weight capacity recommended by the manufacturer for any mattress you consider. Many bed-in-a-box manufacturers design their beds to be supportive and durable for single sleepers weighing 300 pounds, but some go as high as 550 pounds per sleeper.

For couples sharing a mattress, simply divide the total weight capacity by two. For example, a mattress with a capacity of 1,000 pounds should be able to accommodate up to 500 pounds on each side.

You can usually find the weight capacity for a specific mattress on a company’s FAQ page. To help save you time, we’ve included the weight capacity for each mattress profiled on this page.

Sleeping Position

  • Side sleepers: Heavy side sleepers need a mattress with great pressure relief, to ease the pressure on their hips and shoulders, and solid spine alignment. A hybrid with high-density latex or high-density memory foam in the top layer supported by an innerspring core would be a strong choice.
  • Back sleepers: Back sleepers 230 pounds and up need a bed soft enough to contour to the shape of the spine but firm enough to keep it supported. Since back sleeping is the healthiest position, your mattress doesn’t have to work as hard to address pressure and alignment.
  • Stomach sleepers: Heavy stomach sleepers should look for a firm mattress (about 7/10 on the firmness scale) with a top layer that allows the hips and shoulders to sink in slightly. An innerspring hybrid with a pillow top layer would be your top option.
  • Combination sleepers: Plus-size combination sleepers need a highly responsive mattress that makes it easier to shift positions during sleep. Consider a latex-innerspring hybrid that uses high-density latex.

Mattress Thickness

Heavy people should consider mattresses that are at least 12 inches deep. Some 10-inch foam mattresses could work for heavy people, but only if:

  • The foam is high-density
  • It’s firmer than average (7/10 on the firmness scale)
  • There’s a comfort layer to provide deep compression support, meaning it relieves pressure points while keeping you from sinking in too deep

In general, heavy people should look for a thicker mattress. That’s because larger sleepers need more support to keep their spines in a neutral position no matter what sleep position they choose.

Edge Support

Edge support helps prevent your mattress from sagging when you sleep near the edge of the bed. Sturdiness across the entire surface, not just the center, can improve the overall durability of the mattress and its ability to resist sagging.

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 and density.

Cooling

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.

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 breathability and air circulation to dissipate body heat.

A Closer Look at Our Selection Process

In choosing our best mattresses for heavy people, we looked at each product’s firmness, weight capacity, and Mattress Advisor score for durability. Here’s a look at how our picks stack up:

MATTRESS AVERAGE (OUT OF 10) FOR FIRMNESS, WEIGHT CAPACITY, AND DURABILITY
WinkBeds Plus 9.0
Helix Plus 8.8
DreamCloud Premier 8.5
Saatva HD 9.0
Brooklyn Bedding Titan 9.2
Puffy Royal Hybrid 7.8
Nectar 8.2
Nolah Signature 12” 8.3
Big Fig 9.0
Bear Hybrid 8.5

Note: The testing categories we focus on in this chart don’t reflect overall performance. Depending on your needs and preferences, you might put more or less value on certain qualities.

FAQ

“Weight capacity” is a more accurate term—but yes, many mattresses have an estimate of how many pounds they can support. Most bed-in-a-box mattresses have a weight capacity of 300 pounds per side for a queen size or 600 pounds total, but mattresses made specially for people with larger bodies usually have higher weight capacities.

First, look for a mattress with a weight capacity of at least 300 pounds. If you’re sharing a mattress, make sure to take your sleep partner’s size into consideration when looking at capacity. Other things to look for include:

  • A thickness of 12 inches or more
  • A design that includes durable materials such as steel coils and high-density foam or latex
  • Medium-firm or firm on the firmness scale (somewhere around 6/10 to 8/10)

The mattresses highlighted on this page fit the general profile, and most of them are designed with heavier people in mind.

Heavier sleepers need extra pressure relief and support around their hips to prevent lower back pain. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses with zoned support coils usually do a good job of providing firmer support underneath the back. The Helix Plus is a great example of a pressure-relieving mattress designed specifically for heavier people.

Mattresses with springs, latex, or additional cooling elements can help prevent a heavy sleeper (or anyone else) from overheating. We recommend hybrid mattresses with some combination of innerspring layers, for airflow, and layers of gel-infused foam or latex. A good example of this type of cooling design is the Big Fig, a foam/innerspring hybrid that has a 9/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score.

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