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Best Mattress For Heavy People

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.

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.
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Finding The Best Bed For A Heavy Person

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. If you weigh over the 230 lbs range, you should be extra diligent in finding the right mattress. The last thing you want is to spend hundreds of dollars on a mattress that wears down after a year because it wasn’t supportive enough.

Don’t worry, we have you covered with some great recommendations. Throughout our time testing 150+ mattresses around the clock, we’ve determined which beds lived up to our expectations, and which ones fell under pressure — body pressure that is. If you’re looking for information on a particular mattress in our Best Mattress For Heavy People guide, use our jump-to links below to easily navigate you there:

Honest Heavy Person Mattress Review Video

Why Our Picks Are Best For Big People

Thick, luxurious mattresses with coils are both comfortable and supportive for full figure sleepers, and are typically more durable than beds constructed solely out of foam. We’ve narrowed down the best beds for heavy people to seven coil and hybrid options that we think you’ll love to sleep on.

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. Trust us, we have tested some beds that broke down completely after just a few months with an overweight individual sleeping on them. The beds on this list, however, have proven themselves to withstand the test of time for all body types including heavy sleepers.

The 7 Best Mattresses for Heavy People

Big Fig – Best Bed For Heavy Back & Stomach Sleepers

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Big Fig mattress on the Big Fig 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.

Why we chose this bed – 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. This way, there’s no trouble with voiding the warranty thanks to a faulty supportive base.

WinkBeds Plus – Best Mattress For Heavy Side Sleepers

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An overview of the incredibly supportive and comfy WinkBed 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.

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. 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.

We we picked WinkBed – Thanks to WinkBeds’ different Softer mattress firmness option and durable design, we had to name it as our best mattress for heavy side sleepers. Not only are their beds very comfortable, but also they’re evidently built to a higher standard than your typical online-only mattress. WinkBed has got this whole mattress game figured out—and they even have a mattress specifically designed for heavy-set sleepers.

Saatva HD – Most Affordable Luxury Bed For Heavy People

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The Luxury Saatva HD Mattress

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.

Why we chose Saatva HD – 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.

The Titan – Budget Option For Large People

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Tharon getting comfortable on the Titan Mattress

Titan is one of the newer bed in a box mattresses for heavy and obese people on the market, but it’s made by, and owned by, Brooklyn Bedding, which is widely considered one of the best mattress manufacturers in the United States. 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, 2″ of a proprietary TitanFlex Foam, and 1″ of gel memory foam that’s stitched into the cover. The king size has over 1,000 coils, making it easily the best king size mattress for a heavy person. 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.

Why we chose Titan – We think this mattress is a nice budget mattress for plus size sleepers, considering several of the other beds on this list can be a little too costly for some sleepers. And that’s clearly what Brooklyn Bedding was going for with Titan, a durable yet affordable and supportive mattress.

DreamCloud Premier – Best Memory Foam Mattress For Heavy People

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The luxurious DreamCloud Premier Mattress

DreamCloud Premier 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 Premier.

DreamCloud Premier 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.

Why we picked DreamCloud Premier – 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 accommodate combo or side sleepers. Remember, a medium firmness bed will feel softer to big guys.

Helix Plus – Best Mattress For Overweight Couples

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Helix Plus is one of our favorite mattresses for heavy couples

Helix Sleep is the company who gives their customers a wide range of options to choose from, in order to perfectly accommodate every type of sleeper. Helix Plus, for instance, is designed to support heavy people.

Helix Plus has 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.

Why we added Helix Plus – 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. It also has great edge support, making it top our list for the best bed for heavier couples.

IDLE Latex Hybrid – Best Flippable Mattress for A Heavy Person

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Tharon agrees — this bed is definitely supportive

If you’re interested in a natural and organic mattress that offers a 2-in-1 design, wait until you hear about the flippable IDLE Sleep Latex Hybrid.

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!) Latex is known for its durability and bounce — and so are pocketed coils.

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.

We we added IDLE Sleep Latex – Idle Sleep Latex Mattress made our list for a number of reasons, starting with its supportive and versatile flippable design. Overall, it’s a premium mattress with ample support for heavier people, but it doesn’t compromise comfort. We also love how many options they give you to customize this bed to your own preferences.

Best Mattress for Heavy People Recap

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
DreamCloud PremierMemory Foam Loversmedium$1,199
Helix PlusOverweight Couplesmedium-firm$1,449
Idle Sleep LatexFlippableMedium and Medium-firm$2,149

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

Factors That Are Important For A Heavy Person

Before you purchase the mattress of your dreams, you should consider that the best mattress for large 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!

1. Durability

A good mattress can last for a decade if you’re lucky, assuming you rotate it every six months. However, some mattresses 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. Usually we use hybrid beds as good examples of durable mattresses, or thick foam beds like Loom and Leaf.

2. Support

Support is far the most important thing to check for when you’re looking for the best mattress for heavy people. In general, larger sleepers 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, or neck and shoulder 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 firmer mattress 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..

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. The best mattress for heavy side sleepers will likely be 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.

Mattress Toppers To Help With Comfort

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.

Coil Beds Are Best For Large People

Innerspring beds are generally accepted to be the best mattress for overweight people. 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 someone over 300 pounds 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.

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.

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.

Do mattresses have a weight limit?

Most conventional mattresses are made to handle about 250 pounds on each side of the bed, or a 500 total weight limit.

What thickness of mattress is best for heavier sleepers?

We recommend a mattress thickness of at least 12 inches, ideally 14 inches.

What is the best mattress for a 300-pound person?

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.

Do memory foam mattresses have a weight limit?

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 +.

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.