HOW WE DECIDED
|Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis, DPT|
|Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.|
Best Mattress for Heavy People
- Best Mattress for Heavy Back & Stomach Sleepers – Big Fig
- Best Mattress for Heavy Side Sleepers – WinkBeds Classic
- Most Affordable Luxury Mattress for Heavy People – Saatva HD
- Budget Option for Large People – Titan
- Best Memory Foam Mattress for Heavy People – DreamCloud Premier
- Best Mattress for Overweight Couples – Helix Plus
- Best Flippable Mattress for Heavy People – Idle Sleep Latex Hybrid
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.
Jump-To Links For This Best List
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.
Honest Heavy Person Mattress Review Video
7 Best Mattresses For Heavy People
Thick, luxurious mattresses with coils are both comfortable and supportive for full figure sleepers. We’ve narrowed down the best beds for heavy people to six coil and hybrid options that we think you’ll love to sleep on.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam||$200 Off Code: SLUMBERYARD||Big Fig is a thick and durable hybrid mattress that’s made specifically for heavy individuals. It is the mattress for a “bigger figure.”|
|Pillow Top Popular Pick!||$300 Off Code: SLEEP300||WinkBed is a thick, durable hybrid mattress that includes a comfortable euro pillow top. In our opinion, it’s one of the best mattresses you can purchase online.|
|Pillow Top||$200 Off Orders $1,000+ Applied in Cart||Saatva HD is an innerspring mattress designed just for heavy and obese individuals.|
|Mixed Foam Value Pick!||20% Off Code: SLUMBERYARD20||The Titan is a supportive hybrid mattress that has a firm, neutral-foam feel. The bed is specifically designed with heavy people in mind.|
|Memory Foam||$200 Off + Gift Discount In Cart||DreamCloud Premier is a memory foam hybrid mattress that comes with free shipping/returns and a full-year trial period.|
|Mixed Foam||$150 Off + Gift Code: SY150||Helix Plus is a hybrid mattress that’s built specifically for heavy sleepers. It’s 14″ thick and has reinforced coils for added support.|
|Latex Foam||20% Off + Free Pillows Applied in Cart||The Idle Sleep Latex Hybrid is a natural and organic bed that’s flippable and has latex foam and pocketed coils.|
Pay Attention To Mattress Foundations, Too
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 – Best Mattress For Heavy Back & Stomach Sleepers
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.
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 – Best Mattress For Heavy Side Sleepers
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.
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 HD – Most Affordable Luxury Mattress For Heavy People
Saatva is a luxury mattress brand in the online bedding space and they introduced the Saatva HD Mattress specifically for sleepers who weigh between about 300 lbs – 500 lbs. It’s designed to provide long-lasting durability and support, and ultimate comfort.
This mattress utilizes a variety of different materials to achieve a very supportive, yet airy, plush pillow-top feel. It’s made with a durable innerspring support layer that’s wrapped in foam to enhance edge support, memory foam, and Talalay latex foam with a 5-zone design.
For additional coziness, it also has an organic cotton cover with comfortable foam quilted underneath.
As you can see, Saatva really paid attention to every fine detail here. They also made the mattress more neutral as far as firmness goes, and we rated it a medium on our own Slumber Yard scale. That means we think it’s suitable for all sleeper types whether you favor your back, side, stomach, or a combination of all three.
The Titan – Budget Option For Large People
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.
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 Premier – Best Memory Foam Mattress For Heavy People
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.
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.
Helix Plus – Best Mattress For Overweight Couples
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.
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.
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.
IDLE Latex Hybrid – Best Flippable Mattress for Heavy People
Idle Sleep Latex Mattress made our list for a number of reasons, starting with its versatile flippable design. You also have the option to “customize’ the firmness level on each side, so you could essentially make each side of the mattress soft, or firm if you wanted to.
We rated the soft side of the bed round a medium on our firmness scale, and the “Luxury Firm” side at about a medium-firm. As such, we think this bed is accommodating for all sleeper types.
It’s also extra supportive, thanks to its Dunlop or Talalay latex and pocketed coil design (you get to choose the type of latex you want, too!) Latex is known for its durability and bounce — and so are pocketed coils. Overall, it’s a premium mattress with great support, but it doesn’t compromise comfort.
Our only caveat would be price. If you’re looking to invest in a mattress, we think you’ll see the value. If you’re looking for a budget mattress, you might not love the $2,149 retail price.
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 should fulfill a few qualifications. If the mattress you have your eyes on doesn’t check these boxes, it’s time to keep shopping!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Innerspring beds are generally accepted to be the best mattress for overweight sleepers. 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: innerspring and pocketed coils.
Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses are the more traditional system, made from a large 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.
Pocketed Coils: 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 also have the added advantage of limiting motion transfer. With innersprings, the whole system sort of compresses and moves together. With pocketed coils, however, 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 need all the 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.
Best Mattress for Heavy People: Summary
|Mattress||Best For||Firmness Level||Price|
|Big Fig||Back & Stomach Sleepers||medium-firm||$1,699|
|WinkBed||Heavy Side Sleepers||firm||$1,599|
|Saatva Classic||Affordable Luxury||medium-firm||$1,299|
|Titan Mattress||Affordability||very firm||$999|
|DreamCloud Premier||Memory Foam Lovers||medium||$1,199|
|Helix Plus||Overweight Couples||medium-firm||$1,449|
|Idle Sleep Latex||Flippable||Medium and Medium-firm||$2,149|
In general, heavy people will need a highly supportive coil mattress.
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.
Most conventional mattresses are made to handle about 250 pounds on each side of the bed, or a 500 total weight limit.
We recommend a mattress thickness of at least 12 inches, ideally 14 inches.
The Saatva HD is probably one of the best mattresses for a 300-pound sleeper. It is designed to handle larger sleepers, and will keep people up to 500 pounds comfortable on their own side of the bed.
It depends what other materials your bed is made with. If it’s an all-foam memory foam mattress like Nectar, we wouldn’t suggest it to anyone over 250 lbs. Hybrid memory foam mattresses, like a few of the ones mentioned on our list, have a weight limit of 500 lbs +.
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!
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.