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Best Mattress For Heavy People

A complete guide to the top rated beds for an overweight person or someone that's just heavy

Maybe you’re a linebacker, or maybe you just sleep next to a large person. Either way, we’ve tried and tested the top rated beds for the big guys (and gals) out there that need a lot of extra support and are really concerned with the durability of your mattress. These are the absolute best mattresses for morbidly obese and overweight people.

HOW WE DECIDED

  • Mattresses Reviewed

    150+

  • Brands

    60+

  • Made the List

    6

  • Number of Contributors

    6

Best Mattress for Heavy People: At-A-Glance

Factors For A Heavy Or Obese Person to Consider

When it comes to finding a new mattress, your weight is very important to consider. It will determine which types of materials you should look for and which you should avoid. On one hand, being heavy makes selecting a bed easier since you’ll have a smaller list of possible beds to choose from, but on the other it means you have fewer options, which is not generally a good thing for consumers.

In this post we’re going to cover our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese people. Now, you may be wondering how we would know which bed is better or worse for heavy people. Well, we have a team of editors and production staff, some of which are over 200 lb and they are our in-house experts on the subject.

They’re going to help you to hopefully avoid getting a mattress that will last all of nine months. Wouldn’t that be a major disappointment? It would totally suck. And trust me, we have tested some beds that broke down completely after just a few months with a big guy or overweight individual sleeping on them.

You should be extra diligent in finding the right mattress, especially if it’s a bed in a box, since the stakes are higher for you, particularly if you’re a morbidly obese person. And I don’t say that to make you feel bad or to twist the knife, but the fact of the matter is anyone with a larger body type will need to be vigilant in looking for the right mattress. Having said that, however, we do feel that we’ve done most of the heavy lifting (pun not intended) for you on this. And we sincerely hope this post is helpful for you, and that is whether you’re a stomach sleeper or side sleeper, or something in between.

6 Best Mattresses For Heavy People

AT A GLANCEPRICINGHEADLINE
Big Fig Soft Foam $300 Off Code: SLUMBERYARDBig Fig is a thick and durable hybrid mattress that’s made specifically for heavy individuals. It is the mattress for a “bigger figure.”
Saatva Classic Pillow Top $200 Off Discount In CartSaatva Classic is the original innerspring mattress online. It comes in three firmness options, all of which have coils for support and a fluffy pillow top.
DreamCloud Memory Foam $200 Off + Gift Discount In CartDreamCloud is a memory foam hybrid mattress that comes with free shipping/returns and a full-year trial period.
Helix Plus Mixed Foam $150 Off + Gift Code: SY150Helix Plus is a hybrid mattress that’s built specifically for heavy sleepers. It’s 14″ thick and has reinforced coils for added support.

Pay Attention To Mattress Foundations Also

Firstly, you should make certain that your mattress foundation can handle your weight plus the bed. From there you should ensure that it’s (a) compatible with your bed and (b) recommended by the manufacturer of your bed. We suggest that you look into a box spring, proper foundation, or metal slatted bed frame.

Wood bed frames might work, but metal will be a lot more durable for you. In either case, make certain that the foundation is rigid and has no flex to it. It should be as strong and durable as the floor. If you don’t select the right kind of foundation it could void the mattress warranty, as well. So, for all you big guys and gals out there, make sure to check and re-check your mattress foundation.

Big Fig’s tagline is “the mattress for a bigger figure” and they mostly advertise to big guys and gals as a result. They address most of the issues that large people tend to experience, such as mattress sag, body impressions, heating up, and poor edge support. They’ve created a very durable mattress comprised of a combination of pocketed coils, poly foam, and latex foam.

We rate it at about a medium-firm to firm, meaning it’s great for heavy stomach sleepers and back sleepers, but combo sleepers will probably be fine as well. The mattress will provide just enough pressure relief when you’re on your side. If you’re a strict side sleeper, however, there are better options out there for you.

The Big Fig mattress also has ThermoGel cooling technology in the topper that is designed to regulate your body temperature. This combined with the fact that the mattress is on the firmer side of the spectrum means most people will find this bed sleeps on the cooler side.

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The Big Fig mattress comes with a strong base foundation

On the downside, the unboxing process is a little difficult, and it’s on the pricey side for an online mattress. Bottom line, Big Fig is a very nice, well-made mattress that can handle some really heavy people. Plus, it’s nice that the mattress comes with a sturdy foundation that is supposed to be 5x stronger than the average foundation base. We love that Big Fig includes the foundation, so that there’s no trouble with voiding the warranty or finding something that’s compatible.

How It Can Help Heavy People With Back Pain

The reason we’ve singled out Big Fig people with back pain is that it’s off the charts in terms of support. We also really appreciate the fact that it’s firmer, meaning you won’t sink in as much as with other beds. Remember, there is a difference between firmness and support, but suffice it to say that for heavy people with back pain, Big Fig is a stand out mattress.

WinkBed offers four different firmness levels for their mattress, but we recommend the Plus version for the morbidly obese, which is specially designed for those who are 300 lb or more. If you weigh less than that, any WinkBed model should be fine according to your firmness and sleeper type preference.

The “Softer” model is perfect for side sleepers that need a bed with a good balance between pressure relief and support. The “Luxury Firm” is their most popular version, and it’s able to accommodate all sleeping positions. This would be our pick for the best mattress for large / obese side sleepers. The “Firmer” version is designed just for stomach sleepers and back sleepers.

Overall, these beds have a premium look to them, they’re thick and durable and, most importantly, they’re super comfortable. WinkBed has got this whole mattress game figured out—we really like their beds.

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The WinkBed has a very luxurious look and feel to it

In terms of what they feel like, well, WinkBed mattresses feel like exactly what they are: extra-supportive innerspring beds with a fluffy pillow top. It’s hard to imagine many people not liking WinkBed, especially when you account for the fact that they make four different models.

We also get a lot of confidence out the fact that WinkBed has a lifetime warranty and all of their beds are made in the United States. You might find this interesting as well. They produced the video below to give you a little window into the genesis of a mattress. You can also read more about the beds on WinkBeds.com.

We hold WinkBed in extremely high regard. Not only are their beds comfortable, but also they’re evidently built to a higher standard than your typical online-only mattress.

WinkBed mattresses are not cheap, but they sure are a nice value. And, they offer discounts regularly, which you can find on WinkBed’s website. Most of the time, a queen size bed will cost you around $1,400 when it’s all said and done.

Saatva’s organic cotton cover is great for our eco-conscious customers or those who are sensitive to the typical off-gassing that a lot of other mattresses have. What’s also nice is that Saatva offers three different firmness options to choose from: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. In our opinion, that Luxury Firm option is a really great mattress for heavy stomach sleepers.

Regardless of which firmness level you choose, the Saatva mattress has a typical innerspring feel thanks to the dual layers of coils in the bed. And speaking of those dual layers of coils, that’s something that sets Saatva apart. This bed has a steel coil innerspring system for its main support system near the bottom, but then adds another layer of individually wrapped coils near the middle of the bed.

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Saatva has a durable, comfortable construction

Most hybrid and innerspring beds only have one layer of coils, so you can understand why the Saatva mattress is an excellent choice for heavy people. Overall, it’s a solid, durable mattress that has a luxury look and feel. The only downside is that they don’t offer free returns, so be sure to be certain about which firmness level you prefer.

Perhaps the best thing about Saatva, however, is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg even though we consider it a luxury mattress. The queen size bed sells for just about $1,300, and that includes white glove delivery. Saatva isn’t one to offer discounts—mostly because their beds are affordable as is.

Titan is one of the newer bed in a box mattresses on the market for heavy and obese people, but it’s made by, and owned by, Brooklyn Bedding, which is widely considered one of the best mattress manufacturers in the United States. And we really like the approach that they’ve taken with this mattress. Rather than go upstream by building the biggest, thickest mattress on the market, they decided to make a budget option that’s still highly durable, but costs way less than a lot of these other beds.

The MSRP for the bed in the queen size is $999, which alone makes it the most affordable bed on this list, but they typically offer discounts as well. You can visit TitanMattress.com to see their current deals and specials. We would not be surprised to see you get the bed for closer to $800.

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Titan is a phenomenal budget-friendly option for heavy people

The Titan mattress is constructed with 2″ of base foam, 6″ pocketed coils (the king size has over 1,000 coils), 2″ of a proprietary TitanFlex Foam, and 1″ of gel memory foam that’s stitched into the cover. The overall feel is pretty neutral and flat—a bit like Big Fig—but we do find it to be really comfortable, especially considering the bed will feel softer for heavier people. Here’s an interesting video from Brooklyn Bedding about the design and construction of the Titan mattress:

It might not be our top pick for the morbidly obese, but it’s certainly a nice budget mattress for plus size sleepers. And that’s clearly what Brooklyn Bedding was going for with Titan.

DreamCloud is quite comfortable at around a medium to medium-firm with respect to the firmness scale. We think it’s fine for all sleeping styles even though it’s now softer than in previous generations. It’s not our favorite pick for heavy back and stomach sleepers, but we think it will be a nice side and combo sleeper option.

And while the bed does use a thick layer of memory foam near the top, the quilted cover somewhat balances it out meaning there isn’t much resistance when you go to switch positions. That said, you have to really like memory foam to get DreamCloud.

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You can feel the memory foam top layers with DreamCloud

DreamCloud is a super thick mattress (15″) that incorporates coils and multiple layers of firmer transition foams. Again, this means heavier body types will find the mattress provides a good amount of bi-directional support and will have a long, useful life.

Overall, this mattress has a lot to offer, especially if you’re open to trying a bed from a newer brand. It’s comfortable, supportive, durable, and responsive. We really like the DreamCloud mattress, particularly for heavier individuals that want a bed that can accomodate various sleeping styles. Remember, a medium firmness bed will feel softer to big guys.

As far as feel, Helix Plus has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel, but you do get a little bit of bounce because of those coils. As such, it’s great for people who don’t like that sinking, contouring, and hugging feel that you get with a lot of memory foam beds.

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Jack is a big guy (played lineman in college) and Helix Plus supports him well

As for the construction of the bed, it starts with a dense layer of support foam, followed by thicker gauge pocketed coils that are 8″ tall, and several layers of comfort foams. It even has reinforced coils along the perimeter to make the edge support better for couples that share a smaller size mattress. Helix actually has an entire page on their website dedicated to the Plus mattress.

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Helix Plus is one of our favorite mattresses for heavy couples

As you can see in the image above, the coils are taller than what you’ll get with most innerspring beds, and because Plus has literally hundreds of XL coils it does a really good job of supporting you. So much so, that the company claims it can handle two 500 lb sleepers.

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

How We Created This Mattress Guide

As I mentioned above, we have an entire team of individuals that help us test beds and form our opinions of them. We’ve basically taken this very large list of mattresses that we’ve reviewed and narrowed them down to only those that we’re confident will be suitable for someone that’s, for example, over 200 lb or 250 lb. We perform various tests on these mattresses, including tests for firmness, support, motion transfer, temperature regulation, and others. Now, to be clear, we aren’t spending tens of thousands of dollars on testing equipment or laboratories. Instead, we perform practical tests that will apply to normal mattress shoppers include those individuals that are big and tall.

Factors That Are Important For A Heavy Person

Before you purchase the mattress of your dreams, you should consider that the best mattress for heavy people shouldl fulfill a few qualifications. If the mattress you have your eyes on doesn’t check these boxes, it’s time to keep shopping!


1. Durability
A good mattress can last for a decade if you’re lucky, assuming you rotate it every six months. However, some mattress will sag much sooner with a heavier than average body type. Is your mattress designed to stand the test of time for people in your weight range? Durability means more comfort, back support, and a quieter sleep experience for a longer period of time. 

2. Support
Support is far the most important thing to check for in a new mattress. In general, large people should be looking for either a hybrid or an innerspring mattress. In some cases, a very dense all-foam mattress will also offer adequate support. Having adequate support is particularly important because it is what prevents you from waking up with lower back pain, hip pain, and neck pain each day. 

3. Thickness

The thickest mattresses are about 14-15”, and thick mattresses are great for big and tall sleepers. Thicker mattresses often have stronger layers and will withstand lots of sleep without sagging or drooping. Pay special attention to the thickness of individual layers. If you want a hybrid, look for a mattress that has a thicker layer of innerspring coils than memory foam. 

4. Firmness

Softness and firmness refer to the Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) of a mattress. ILD let’s you know how easy it is to make an indentation with a certain amount of pressure. In general, 0-25 ILD is soft, 25-30 is medium, and 30+ is firm. Having said that, the heavier you are, the softer the bed will generally feel to you, and the quicker you’ll soften up the bed. Tall and large sleepers may want to stick to a mattress rated on the firm end of the spectrum for long-term comfort. 

5. Layers 

Memory Foam — Very common. Can be supportive, durable, and yet still offer pressure relief. The only thing is that it may leave you feeling stuck in the bed and most will heat up if it isn’t designed with cooling technology. If you sleep hot, but like memory foam, you should look for a gel memory foam bed or one that has a phase change material in the cover.

Latex Foam — More bouncy and responsive than memory foam. Also stays cooler at night. Some people don’t love it because it can feel a little sponge-like.

Other Foams — Could be a proprietary foam or polyurethane foam. You should judge these on a case-by-case basis.

Air — Usually adjustable, but durability could be a concern.

Gel-like Materials — Like the material inside Purple Mattress, it’s great for airflow and keeping you cool, but the thickness will determine how supportive they are.

For large people, there is no single best type of comfort material. If you like more of a sink-in sensation, memory foam might be your favorite. But if you like a responsive/springy type feeling, latex foam or even Hyper-Elastic Polymer might intrigue you. Just because you’re overweight, or big and tall, doesn’t mean you have only one type of comfort material from which to choose.

The only caveat we have is that for heavy couples, finding the right “feel” might be a little more complicated since you have to please two individuals. In our experience Hyper-Elastic Polymer and memory foam seem to be the most divisive materials. In general, we’ve experienced that overweight couples sometimes prefer the latex materials or poly foam.

6. Mattress cooling 

Sleep hot? A number of the best mattresses for heavy people have cooling properties. Natural elements, for example, including copper, can wick heat away from your body and actively cool you down throughout the night. If you are concerned about getting too warm, look for a temperature neutral or cooling mattress. 

7. Sleeping position 

According to our in-house research from our Sleep Study which gathered thousands of responses, about 69% of people are side sleepers. For big and tall side sleepers, it’s all about finding a balance of firmness and contouring. Heavy side sleepers will likely prefer a bed in the medium-firm or medium range. Beds that come to mind here are Saatva, WinkBed, and Helix. Firm sleepers with back pain will appreciate an extra firm bed, while anyone with shoulder pain may want to consider softer models. 

According to the same research referenced above, the remaining 31% of people are basically split between back sleepers and stomach sleepers. Having said that, over 90% of people report that they rotate sleeping positions at night. Back and stomach sleepers are better off with a strictly firm bed to avoid hip and neck compression.

8. Overweight Couple

Edge support and motion transfer are specifically important to couples. Edge support is how well the mattress keeps its shape along the perimeter. If it compresses excessively, you will probably get a roll-off sensation that’s annoying and uncomfortable. Generally, you tend to get better support on coil mattresses than on all-foam beds. 

Couples will also rely on motion transfer, which refers to how well the mattress deadens motion. If you (or your partner) are active in your sleep, you’ll want to seek out a bed that’s at least decent at limiting motion transfer. Innersprings tend to be the worst here, but pocketed coils rate pretty well in this department. All-foam generally is the best for motion isolation, even if it’s not the best mattress for big and tall people.

Additional Factors For Big And Tall Sleepers

Bed in a Box Mattress Options 

We’ve spent countless hours selecting the best overall bed in a box mattresses, however, here we’re focusing just on the best bed in a box mattresses for heavy people. A few of the beds that come to mind are WinkBed, Titan, DreamCloud, and Helix Plus. 

So, what is a bed in a box mattress, anyway? They earn their name because they are literally rolled up into a cardboard box. Typically, a bed-in-a-box can be set up with just one person, but it never hurts to have a friend there to help you. The unboxing process takes about 15 minutes, but your new bed will take up to three days to expand entirely.

Interestingly, not all mattress in a box brands offer just foam beds. In fact, about 50% of the online beds out there now have coils. All of the beds we featured on our list come with coils and a majority of them somehow can still fit inside a box, which is just ridiculous. Though, some luxury online mattresses like Saatva aren’t actually shipped in a box.

Policies For Online Beds 

Let’s cover the policies that typically accompany an online mattress. Whether you’re getting WinkBed Plus, a mattress specifically created for heavy people, or DreamCloud, a memory foam mattress, you typically don’t pay shipping. And there’s no need for white glove delivery service because the mattresses are so easy to set up.  Once you have the bed at your house, you get a test period. Companies typically offer 100-365 night trial periods. 

Most of the bed-in-a-box mattresses out there also come with free returns. You get to sleep on the bed for a few months and if you don’t like it, you can return it. 

Rotating The Mattress

If you sleep alone or with a partner who is lighter than you, you should consider rotating the mattress frequently. This prevents the bed from breaking in unevenly. Rotate the bed or switch sides every few months. This applies to all beds, even if they say that they don’t need to be rotated (they do, trust us).

Mattress Toppers 

Mattress toppers can add much needed contouring and comfort to the top of a mattress for big and tall sleepers. Even the best mattresses for heavy people can be improved with the right topper — here are some of our favorites. 

1. Tuft and Needle Mattress Topper

Tuft & Needle earns our Editor’s pick for mattress toppers. The company sells a comfortable 2″ soft foam topper at an affordable price.The topper is an alternative to memory foam and has medium-soft firmness. 

2. Layla Mattress Topper

This memory foam topper is comfortable, cooling, and can be paired with a Layla mattress or any other brand for that matter. It’s great for anyone who needs ample support but also wants to soften up their mattress. 

3. Casper Mattress Topper

If you need a plush mattress topper, Casper may be the way to go. The latex foam topper has three layers and we rate it as the most comfortable option on the market right now. The second layer has temperature regulation properties, wicking heat and moisture away from your body. 

Support Has To Be There For Large People

This is by far the most important thing to check for. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you need a supportive mattress. If you think the bed is supportive now, it will soften up and break in over time if you’re a heavy person. The mattress that you sleep on today will feel quite a bit different after a year. As such, in general, large people should be looking for either a hybrid / spring mattress or a very dense all-foam mattress. Whether you’re obese or just big and tall, we are convinced that you need a supportive mattress.

In the sections below, our editors discuss all-foam and hybrid beds. Heavy people definitely want to start in the “hybrid” department first, but there might be certain all-foam beds that will work for you as well, depending on your body type. For instance, if you’re a big and tall individual, maybe you spread a lot of weight over a longer distance because you’re taller. The real issue is not just your weight, it’s actually how much weight you concentrate in a given area. If you’re just a big guy, there’s a chance that a foam bed will work. But, if you often call yourself a fat person, it’s much smarter to get a bed with coils.

Mattresses For People With Back Pain

As it relates to heavy and obese people with back pain, you need extra support. The firmness level is important as well, but support is your number one concern. Often times if you’re heavy and have back pain, you have a bed that’s wilting or sagging. That’s obviously not good. You need something that retains its shape and helps to keep your back in neutral alignment. If your back pain isn’t made any better, make sure to discuss with a doctor.

Coil Beds Are Best For Large People

These are generally accepted to be the best option for a large person. Coil mattresses tend to be more durable and therefore last longer. If you plan to keep your bed for many years, you should firstly look into a coil mattress. There are two major types of coil beds: (1) innerspring and (2) pocketed coils. Innersprings are the more traditional system comprised of a larger system of interconnected coils. They move together, flex together, and support together. They also allow for great airflow. A foundation of interwoven steel springs will naturally be more durable than foam.

A mattress with pocketed coils has a series of steel coils that are individually wrapped and only lightly connected. They flex and compress separately, but still provide great support. With pocketed coils, however, it’s not uncommon to find micro-coils, which are only a few inches tall and therefore less supportive over the long haul than 7.5” pocketed coils. As such, it’s probably best that you stay away from micro-coils, especially if you’re a self-described fat person. You should be looking for coils in the 5-8” range. Pocketed coils do have the added advantage of being more efficient in terms of limiting motion transfer. With innersprings, the whole system sort of compresses and moves together. With pocketed coils, however, you get more localization, so the compression on one part of the bed doesn’t necessarily transfer to the other side. For this reason, we say pocketed coil mattresses are preferable for couples, especially for anyone that’s a light sleeper.

So then, the best mattress for big and tall people is probably a durable innerspring mattress. It’s something like Saatva HD, Big Fig, or WinkBed. Big and tall people just need all that added support.

We Can’t Recommend Foam Mattresses To Overweight People

In general, we don’t really recommend foam mattresses to especially heavy people simply because they tend to lack the long-term durability that you’re looking for. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. For example, a memory foam bed that has a thick, very dense layer will be pretty darn supportive and durable. If you can’t afford a coil bed or are simply opposed to the idea, then you might look for a foam mattress, but I wouldn’t consider them as ideal.

Mattress Thickness

This is almost as important as the materials themselves. You should probably only get a bed that’s 11” thick or thicker. The heavier you are, the thicker a bed you should get, generally speaking. For example, the Casper Element mattress at 8.5” thick is certainly not a viable option for fat people, or if you’re just large. It’s not a bad mattress, but it just won’t be the right mattress for you. Conversely, Avocado mattress uses 8” pocketed coils and at the very minimum is 11” thick in total. That’s a supportive mattress. So just make sure to examine the thickness of the mattress, as it’s very important.

Bed In A Box Mattresses Options

If you’ve spent any amount of time on our site you know that we’ve published an article about bed in a box mattresses. We spent countless hours selecting those mattresses, however, for this list we are focusing just on the best bed in a box mattresses for heavy people. A few of the beds that come to mind are WinkBed, Titan, DreamCloud, and Helix Plus. Now, that’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s a fairly good start nonetheless.

So, what is a bed in a box mattress anyways? It’s pretty simple, in large part, these are online mattresses that are shipped to you via FedEx or UPS. They are called a mattress in a box because they are literally rolled up (or folded) and squished into a cardboard box. You drag this 4-foot box inside your home and start going to town with de-shelling it, so to speak. Typically, a bed in a box can be setup with just one person, but in your case, as an overweight or large person, the bed is going to be extra-thick and burly, so you may want a friend there to help you get things all ready to go.

To be clear, the vast majority of these bed in a box mattresses are super easy to setup. The unboxing process is a maximum of 15 minutes. The only thing is that your new bed will take up to three days to expand entirely. This is normal, but we like to tell people so you’re aware that it’s going to be softer for the first couple of days.

Interestingly, not all mattress in a box brands offer just foam beds. In fact, about 50% of the online beds out there now have coils. All of the bed in a box mattresses we featured on this list come with coils and somehow can still be fit inside a box, which is just ridiculous.

Policies For Online Beds

Now that you’re aware of what a mattress in a box is, let’s cover the policies that typically accompany this type of mattress. The first thing is free shipping. Whether you’re getting WinkBed Plus, a mattress specifically created for heavy and fat people, or DreamCloud, a memory foam mattress, you are not paying anything extra for shipping.

Once you have the bed at your house, you get a test period. We mostly see companies offering 100-365 night trial periods, though, we have see one brand offer an 18-month risk-free trial period, which is overboard. Even as a heavy person, you should know within the first three months if you want to keep the mattress.

Most of the bed in a box mattresses out there also come with free returns. You get to sleep on the bed for a few months and if you don’t like it, you can return it. That’s crazy.

What About Firmness?

This is important, as well, but it’s different than support. Softness or firmness refers to the Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) of a mattress. ILD is basically how easy is it to make a certain indentation with a certain amount of pressure. In general, 0-25 ILD is soft, 25-30 is medium, and 30+ is firmer. Having said that, the heavier you are, the softer the bed will generally feel to you and the quicker you’ll soften up the bed. So don’t completely discount what others would consider firm. For example, we have a team member that’s 95 lb and she thinks every bed is firm.

Different Types Of Comfort Layers

You will usually see one of the following types of middle/top layers on a bed:

  • Memory Foam — Very common. Can be supportive, durable, and yet still offer pressure relief. The only thing is that it may leave you feeling stuck in the bed and it will heat up. If you sleep hot, but like memory foam, you should look for a gel memory foam bed or one that has a phase change material in the cover.
  • Latex Foam — More bouncy and responsive than memory foam. Also stays cooler at night. Some people don’t love it because it can feel a little sponge-like.
  • Other Foams — Could be a proprietary foam or polyurethane foam. You should judge these on a case-by-case basis.
  • Air — Usually adjustable, but durability could be a concern.
  • Gel Materials — Great for airflow and keeping you cool, but the thickness will determine how supportive they are.

For large people, there is no single best type of comfort material. If you like more of a sink-in sensation, memory foam might be your favorite. But if you like a responsive/springy type feeling, latex foam or even Hyper-Elastic Polymer might intrigue you. Just because you’re overweight, or big and tall, doesn’t mean you have only one type of comfort material from which to choose.

The only caveat we have is that for heavy couples, finding the right “feel” might be a little more complicated since you have to please two individuals. In our experience Hyper-Elastic Polymer and memory foam seem to be the most divisive materials. In general, we’ve experienced that overweight couples sometimes prefer the latex materials or poly foam.

Side Sleepers

According to our in-house research, about 69% of people are side sleepers. That means, of all the heavy people to read this guide, the majority are side sleepers. So, then, how does this affect the mattress that’s best for you? Well, for one thing, you need to try and strike a balance between cushioning and support. You still want a firmer mattress, but one that offers at least some contouring.

Heavy side sleepers will likely prefer a bed in the medium-firm range, as rated by the average individual. Beds that come to mind here are Saatva, WinkBed, and Helix Plus. Depending on how soft you want your bed to be, though, you can also find softer beds that have coils. For instance, Brentwood Oceano and Nest Alexander are two really soft beds that have coils. Will they work for an obese side sleeper? That’s going to depend on the sleeper and how soft/firm of a bed they prefer. If you’re a side sleeper with back pain, you might think about sticking to the firmer beds, so long as you’re not experiencing shoulder issues. If you think you need the extra pressure relief, then you might consider the softer options

We do want to be clear that an overweight or heavy side sleeper is far more limited in terms of mattress options than a person that weighs about 180 lbs. You may be testing a few beds until you find one that works.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

According to the same research referenced above, the remaining 31% of people are basically split between being a back sleeper and stomach sleeper. Having said that, over 90% of people report that they rotate sleeping positions at night, so an obese stomach sleeper is most likely also ending up in at least one other position throughout the night.

As for what you should be thinking about as a heavy or overweight stomach sleeper (or back sleeper), there are two things you need to consider: firmness and support. Luckily for you, both of then should be about an 8-10/10, meaning you want a firmer bed and really supportive bed.

In general, in order to maintain a neutral spine, you want to avoid an extra compression under your hips and back. Getting a firm, supportive bed should help with this, and as a stomach sleeper, we think you’ll find this type of bed to be the most comfortable.

Rotating The Mattress

If you sleep alone or with a partner that’s much lighter than you are, you should consider rotating the mattress fairly frequently, or the bed will break in unevenly. You will simple apply more pressure and stress to the bed than your lighter counterpart. In this case, it’s advisable that you rotate the bed or switch sides every few months. This applies to all beds, even if they say that they don’t need to be rotated.

Finding The Best Mattress For An Overweight Couple

If your partner and you are both overweight, you should be even more diligent with looking for a supportive, durable mattress, but I think I’ve already belabored that point enough. Instead, we should talk about edge support and motion transfer, as these are specifically important to couples.

Edge support is how well the mattress keeps its shape along the perimeter. If it compresses excessively you will probably get a roll-off sensation that’s annoying and uncomfortable. You tend to get poorer edge support on all-foam beds than on coil mattresses, but that’s not always true. You can have all-foam beds with great edge support and also coil beds with terrible edge support. We make a point to discuss edge support in all of our reviews.

Additionally, for heavy couples sharing a smaller size bed, space is really cramped, so you need an extra-strong bed from an edge support perspective. You might prefer a firmer bed that’s made just for large people.

Motion transfer is often overlooked, as well. It refers to how well the mattress deadens motion. If you (or your partner) are active in your sleep, you’ll want to seek out a bed that’s at least decent at limiting motion transfer. Fortunately, most mattress brands are well aware of motion transfer and have taken plenty of steps to ensure that their bed doesn’t transfer much motion. Innersprings tend to be the worst here, but pocketed coils really aren’t that bad. All-foam generally is the best for motion isolation even if its not the best mattress for big and tall people.

Best Mattress for Heavy People: Summary

MattressBest ForFirmness LevelPrice
Big FigBack & Stomach Sleepersmedium-firm$1,699
WinkBedHeavy Side Sleepersfirm$1,599
Saatva ClassicAffordable Luxurymedium-firm$1,299
Titan MattressAffordabilityvery firm$999
DreamCloudMemory Foam Loversmedium$1,199
Helix PlusOverweight Couplesmedium-firm$1,449

FAQs

What is the best type of mattress for heavy people?In general, heavy people will need a highly supportive coil mattress.
What is best for heavy side sleepers?There are a few mattresses that are specifically made for heavy people. A few that come to mind for side sleepers in particular are WinkBed Plus, Helix Plus, and Saatva HD.
How do shipping and returns work with online mattresses?Almost all of the online mattress brands will offer completely free shipping and 100-night risk free trial period. If you don’t like the bed inside those first 100 nights, you can return the bed for a full refund!
How expensive is a new mattress?If you weigh over about 230 lbs, you will be spending $1,500-$2,000 for a new mattress, particularly if you want a supportive, durable bed.