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|Stearns & Foster's most affordable line of mattresses, all of which incorporate both coils and layers of foam.|
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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.
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.
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.
Big Fig’s tagline is “the mattress for a bigger figure” and they mostly advertise to this niche. They address most of the issues that bigger folks 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.
It’s a tad bit softer than the Allswell Hybrid, though, so in addition to back and stomach sleepers, combo sleepers will probably be fine on this bed. 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 five times stronger than the average foundation base.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will usually see one of the following types of middle/top layers on a bed:
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.
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.
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.