Best Mattress for Heavy People in 2020

By Andrea Pisani Babich

If you weigh over 200 pounds, there are special features you should look for in a mattress to get the support and comfort your body type needs. Larger sleepers need their mattress to offer more durability. 

We’ll share our reviews of the 6 best mattresses for heavy people that meet these requirements. Then, in our comprehensive buyer’s guide we’ll walk you through everything to consider as a plus-size sleeper shopping for a new mattress.

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Best Mattresses for Heavy People

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


Saatva HD

Saatva HD

Best Hybrid Mattress

Best for

  • People with back and joint pain
  • Side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers

I am very happy so far and definitely notice the difference from my old mattress.”

Lynn L.
Customer Rating
4.9 / 5
MA Score
8.5 / 10
Firmness

Medium

Trial Period

120 days

The Saatva HD mattress is a great choice for heavy people looking for a mattress that eases aches and pains and adds extra support. This latex hybrid mattress is specially made for people with a bigger body. Plus, Saatva offers free white glove delivery and setup. It doesn’t get better than this!

So what’s inside? The HD offers excellent edge support with high-density foam rails that prevent sagging and collapsing when sleepers near the edge. Talalay latex offers 5-zone support, so that you are comfortable and pain free in any sleep position.

Saatva mattresses offer a distinctive pocketed coil construction that combines support with contouring comfort. The bottom coil layer offers a support base for the top layer of individually foam-wrapped steel coils that respond to pressure separately. This allows for contouring as well as excellent responsiveness. 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.

Read our full Saatva HD mattress review.


Helix Plus

Helix Plus (Nightfall)

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Best for

  • People who sleep hot
  • Side sleepers
  • Those with aches and pains

This bed is seriously the best thing I have ever slept on.”

Caleb Q.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.0 / 10
Firmness

Firm: 7-8/10

Trial Period

100 days

Helix offers premium customization to meet your exact sleeping needs, including sleeping position and pain preferences. 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 Plus 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 Plus 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 Plusl covers all its bases to be sure heavy people are properly supported and comforted in their sleep.

Read our full Helix Plus mattress review.


Loom & Leaf

Loom & Leaf

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Best for

  • People who need a firm mattress
  • Anyone who sleepers on their side
  • Back pain relief

My hips and back feel so much better now!”

Ann K.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.2 / 10
Firmness

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

Trial Period

120 days

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, making it a great bed for hot sleepers.

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.

Read our full Loom & Leaf mattress review.


Big Fig

Big Fig

Best King Size Mattress

Best for

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

Very happy with our purchase! We no longer wake in the middle of the night due to discomfort.”

Diane L.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial Period

120 days

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 innerspring mattress addresses a different problem to help heavy sleepers sleep comfortably.

Sleeping hot? Layers 1 and 2 are made with cooling gel memory foam 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 support foam (Layer 5) surrounding the entire 13-inch mattress. And with sixteen tufts for the queen mattress, the layers of the Big Fig will never shift out of place.

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.

Read our full Big Fig mattress review.


Titan by Brooklyn Bedding

Titan

Best Mattress for Couples

Best for

  • People who toss and turn
  • Those that sleep with their pets or children
  • Hot sleepers

I have great firm support for my back, no more waking up in pain from a supposedly "firm" foam mattress that softened.”

Kate F.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.2 / 10
Firmness

Firm: 7/10

Trial Period

120 days

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 at an affordable price. We would even consider Titan to be a budget-friendly 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.

You also have the option to opt in for a cooling mattress topper made of phase change material. PCM keeps you from overheating at night through temperature regulation on contact. 

Reviews of the Titan mattress rave of excellent edge support and claims of waking up less stiff. Another common theme among reviews? Couples who sleep on this mattress rarely feel their partner’s movements. On top of that you get a 100-night trial period and 10-year warranty with purchase. That’s what we call a win-win!

Read our full Titan mattress review.


Aurora by Brooklyn Bedding

Brooklyn Aurora

Best Firm Mattress

Best for

  • Side sleepers
  • People who sleep hot
  • Combination sleepers that toss and turn

Finally a mattress that allows me to stay asleep! The cooling feature is what I needed. And the quality of the mattress is top notch.”

Erik H.
Customer Rating
4.4 / 5
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Firmness

Available in soft (3/10), medium (5/10) or firm (7/10)

Trial Period

120 days

Heavy or overweight people tend to need a firm mattress with a solid support system and the Brooklyn Aurora provides just that. In fact, there are three firmness options to choose from: plush, medium, and firm.

This luxury hybrid mattress is made from quality materials and can support up to 900 pounds of weight. The layers of foam are infused with copper and gel to draw heat from the body, making this one of the coolest mattresses for hot sleepers we’ve ever tested.

Read our full Brooklyn Aurora mattress review.

What’s the Best Type of Mattress for Heavy People?

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. A foam mattress will not provide the support needed for 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. 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.

Hybrid Mattresses

The beauty of 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 weight people who need that extra support but don’t want to give up on the contouring cushion of a memory foam or latex comfort layer. 

What types of mattresses should heavy people avoid?

  • Memory Foam Mattresses: Foam mattresses will not offer enough support for a heavy or overweight person. Heavy people will sink too far into foam and risk sleeping in improper alignment.
  • Latex Mattresses: Latex mattresses are not ideal for heavy people either. If you are 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.

What to Consider When Shopping

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 Limit

Check the weight limit recommended by the manufacturer for any mattress you consider. Many bed-in-a-box 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 break down 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.

Sleeping Position

  • Side Sleepers: Side sleepers who are heavy weight need a mattress with great pressure relief to ease the pressure from their hips and shoulders. It should also keep your spine perfectly straight to prevent waking up with back pain.
  • Back Sleepers: Back sleepers need a bed soft enough to contour to the shape of the spine, but firm enough to keep it supported.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers should look for a firm mattress with a top layer that allows for the hips and shoulders to sink in slightly.

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, heavier 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.

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 a sagging feeling. We recommend sticking above the 10-inch threshold when it comes to the right mattress thickness for heavy people.

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.

Mattress Firmness

Often confused with support, mattress 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.

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. 

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.

FAQs

Do mattresses have a weight limit?

Most bed-in-a-box mattresses have a weight limit of 300 pounds per side for a queen bed, but mattresses made specially for people with larger bodies have larger weight limits. Be sure to check the FAQ page for whatever bed catches your eye to see the weight limit.

What is the best mattress for a 300 pound person?

The best mattress for someone over 300 lbs. is a bed with at least a 12 inch thickness that is made with high-quality, durable materials such as reinforced steel coils, thick foam layers that offer good edge support. This bed should also keep you cool.

Summary

Mattress Superlative Our Rating
Saatva HD Best Hybrid Mattress 8.5/10
Helix Plus Best Mattress for Back Pain 8/10
Loom & Leaf Best Memory Foam Mattress 8.2/10
Big Fig Best King Size Mattress 8.8/10
Titan Best Mattress for Couples 9.2/10
Brooklyn Aurora Best Firm Mattress 8.9/10

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. We hope our guide has led you to the mattress of your dreams. Remember, the best mattress for heavy people will offer you long-lasting support, durability, cooling, and comfort. Make sure the bed you choose will check all of these boxes!

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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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