best mattress for heavy people

Best Mattress For Heavy People, Obese Sleepers & Big Guys

A complete guide to the top rated beds for heavy and obese people

Maybe you’re a linebacker, or maybe you sleep next to one. Either way, we’ve tried and tested the best beds for those of you that need a lot of extra support and are really concerned with the durability of your mattress.
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HOW WE DECIDED

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Factors For Heavier People

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 heavier individual sleeping on them.

You should be extra diligent in finding the right mattress since the stakes are higher for you. 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.

Allswell Luxe Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • Hot sleepers (due to firmness and cooling textile in the cover)
  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Those who want a bed with great edge support
  • Budget shoppers (comparatively speaking)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who want a softer mattress
  • Side sleepers (not much pressure relief)

The Allswell Hybrid is going to be your most budget-friendly option on this list. This is probably because they’re a new company in the mattress game (although Walmart technically owns Allswell).

Now, as the name implies, this is a hybrid mattress that incorporates coils, which is something heavier people will most likely always want to look for. Coils are more durable than support foams and also provide bi-directional support, meaning the coils not only compress, but also provide some push-back.

Even though the bed does have memory foam, it’s actually quite firm. In fact, it’s one of the firmest beds we’ve ever tested. Picture an innerspring bed with a very thin, soft top layer—that’s the Allswell Hybrid. You barely sink in at all.

Given it’s firmness level and lack of pressure relief, we’d only recommend this bed for back and stomach sleepers. Side sleepers will most likely find that this mattress is not very comfortable.

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The Allswell Hybrid mattress is best for back and stomach sleepers

On a positive note, though, given the firmness level and the fact that Allswell uses a cooling textile in the cover, the bed will sleep relatively cool at night. Overall, it’s a good pick for big back/stomach sleepers on a fairly tight budget.

DreamCloud

BEST FOR:

  • Combo sleepers (zero stuck-in-the-mud feeling)
  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Couples that spread out (great edge support)
  • Those who want a bed with a lifetime warranty

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Sensitive sleepers (the large peaks and valleys of the cover can be somewhat distracting)
  • Side sleepers that want a super plush mattress
  • Couples that move around a lot (average motion isolation)

DreamCloud is a relatively new brand in the online mattress space, but they offer a 365-night trial period and a lifetime warranty that, together, they hope will win over skeptics. For the record, we rarely see full-year trial periods and lifetime warranties.

As for the bed, though, it’s very comfortable and it’s about a medium-firm with respect to the firmness scale. We think it’s best for back and stomach sleepers, but combo sleepers who occasionally switch onto their side should be just fine, as well. And while it does use a lot of memory foam, because it’s relatively firm, it’s still easy to rotate positions at night.

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DreamCloud is a fantastic pick for stomach and back sleepers

Like the Stearns & Foster Addison Grace, the DreamCloud is a super thick mattress (15″) that incorporates coils and multiple layers of firmer transition layers. 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.

GhostBed Luxe

BEST FOR:

  • Those looking for a firmer, memory foam bed
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Hot sleepers (the bed is actually cool to the touch)
  • Fans of memory foam

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Sensitive sleepers (The pronounced peaks and valleys of the cover might annoy some sleepers)
  • People that like a little bounce in their bed
  • Side sleepers that need maximum pressure relief

If you love a dense, firm memory foam feel, this bed is a great option. Also, because both the top two layers of the mattress have cooling fibers woven in, it stays pretty chilly at night.

Surprisingly, the gel memory foam top layer is pretty firm and does a good job of keeping you from feeling as if you’re going to melt into the bed. As such, we’d say this mattress is best for back sleepers and stomach sleepers, but like the DreamCloud mattress, the Luxe will also work for combo sleepers who sometimes find themselves sleeping on their sides.

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Slumber Yard team member Dillon staying cool on the GhostBed Luxe

Given this is a thick, all-foam bed, the Luxe is a great option for heavier folks who don’t like the bounce most hybrid and innerspring beds provide (we know a lot of people out there prefer the deadening characteristics of foam). Overall, the GhostBed Luxe is a nice option for heavier people who like memory foam and tend to heat up at night.

Casper Wave

BEST FOR:

  • Folks that want a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • All types of sleepers
  • Anyone that hates that stuck-in-the-mud feeling
  • People that prefer buying from well-known brands

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Budget-minded folks
  • Especially heavy people (nearly 300 lb or more)

Casper is one of the better known mattress brands out there. Compared to most the beds on this list, the Wave offers a good amount of pressure relief. We think it’s ideal for all kinds of sleepers. Overall, it comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale, meaning it finds a nice balance between being soft and comfortable while also providing the necessary support.

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An in-depth look at the Zoned Support System on the Casper Wave

The Wave is actually known for its zoned support system that is firmer in the middle third of the mattress under the sleeper’s hips, trunk, and lower back. Given this framework and the fact that the bed is 11.5″ thick, we think this is Casper’s most viable option for heaver individuals. That said, because it is an all-foam bed that is somewhat soft, there are better options for anyone above 300 lb.

IDLE Sleep Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • People that want choices (different firmness levels)
  • All types of sleepers
  • People that want a bed with a lifetime warranty
  • Someone that wants a neutral-foam feel (doesn’t feel like memory foam or latex)
  • Those who want to be able to flip their mattress (same firmness on both sides)
  • Folks that want a mattress that will last 8-10 years

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Sensitive sleepers (just average at limiting motion transfer)
  • People who prefer the feel of dense memory foam
  • Budget-minded people

The IDLE Hybrid bed sets itself apart because it is a flippable mattress, which extends the life of the bed and can help prevent any sagging or body impressions from developing. In addition, as the name implies, this is a coil hybrid mattress that is 14″ thick, so you can bet it’s going to provide enough support for big sleepers.

As far as feel, this mattress 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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The IDLE Sleep Hybrid is flippable and available in multiple firmness options

Also, you have the option to choose between Medium or Luxury Firm models, which means all sleeper types will be able to get exactly what they want. The IDLE Hybrid even comes with a lifetime warranty.

Saatva

BEST FOR:

  • Those who want a supportive, luxury mattress at a very affordable price
  • Eco-friendly people (nice, organic cotton cover)
  • Those looking for multiple firmness options
  • Folks who prefer a more traditional innerspring feel
  • Anyone that wants a bed from a trusted, well-known online brand

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Unsure shoppers (there is a $99 return fee)
  • Light sleepers that need very little motion transfer
  • People that want a neutral-foam or memory foam feel

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.

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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Very durable 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.

Stearns & Foster Estate Line

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who want options (multiple firmness options)
  • All types of sleepers
  • Those who want a bed from a well-established, big name brand

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Memory from lovers
  • People looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress

Before we jump into this mini Stearns & Foster review, it’s important to note that this particular model is available in multiple different firmness levels. That means no matter what type of sleeper you are, you’ll be able to find a feel that best fits your particular sleeping habits.

In our particular case, we tested out the Luxury Cushion Pillow Top model and we must say, it’s a super comfortable, well-constructed bed. It’s on the firmer side, so we recommend it more for stomach and back sleepers rather than side sleepers. If you’re a primary side sleeper, we’d recommend testing out one of their softer options.

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There are several models to choose from within the Stearns & Foster Estate line

Regardless of the model you choose, the Addison Grace has more of an innerspring type feel, but the pillow top does give the bed a nice soft feel towards the top. But the real reason this bed made the list is because it’s a beast of a mattress (14.5″ thick), it incorporates coils and it’s manufactured by a well-known luxury brand, so you know the bed is constructed with high-quality materials.

As such, heavier folks will find this mattress provides the necessary support, bounce, and that it will be durable over the long-haul.

WinkBed

BEST FOR:

  • Those who want a hotel luxury mattress at a really fair price
  • All types of sleepers
  • Individuals that want a mattress that was handcrafted in the USA
  • People that want a little bounce in their bed
  • Folks that prefer soft pillow tops as opposed to memory foam

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone who moves frequently (this bed is heavy and without handles)
  • Memory foam lovers

Wink offers four different firmness levels for their mattress, but we recommend the Plus version for heavier folks, which is specially designed for those who are 300 lb or more (according to their website).

If you weigh less than that, any WinkBed model should be fine according to your firmness and sleeper type preference. They also have a CoolControl base option [see on WinkBeds.com]which regulates the temperature of the bed, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny.

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The WinkBed has a very luxurious look and feel to it

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

Review Team

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

JD

JD Christison

Combo 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.

Factors That Are Important For Heavy People

There are several items that you should be cognizant of if you’re a heavier individual. If you’re over 200 lb, you’ll need be pretty selective. In the following sections, we are going to run through the most important elements to look for in a mattress.

Support Has To Be There

This is by far the most important thing to check for. You need a supportive mattress. If you think the bed is supportive now, it will soften up and break in over time. The mattress that you sleep on today will feel quite a bit different after a year. As such, in general, you should be looking for either a coil mattress or a very dense all-foam mattress. Let’s unpack that a bit.

Coil Mattresses

These are generally accepted to be the best option for a heavier individual. 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 if you’re especially heavy. 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.

Foam Mattresses

In general, we don’t really recommend foam mattresses to especially heavy individuals 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 Essential mattress at 8.5” thick is certainly not a viable option for heavy people. 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.

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.

Top Layers On The Bed

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.

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.

A Mattress For Heavy People

If your partner and you are both heavy, 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. 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.

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.

Mattress Foundations

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.

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