Yes, you came here to read about the Big Fig mattress, but it’s also important to take into consideration the company’s polices regarding shipping, returns, trial period, etc..
Most companies in the bed-in-a-box industry offer free shipping, free returns, 100-night risk-free trial period, and a 10-year warranty. Big Fig beats those policies in almost every regards.
Yes, their mattresses ship for free. The bed will arrive inside a giant, mattress-size box. Once you drag it into your house, you need to remove the packaging and set it up on your bed frame or the foundation that comes with the mattress. Here’s what that unboxing process looks like.
The company also offers white glove delivery and setup for a fee if you don’t want to deal with setting up the mattress yourself.
Now, when you order Big Fig, you don’t just get the mattress. Big Fig also provides a mattress foundation for you that is supposed to be five times stronger than the standard foundation. This is obviously geared towards heavier people. However, if you already have a foundation that you like, you can opt-out and save $100. Just make sure that your foundation is suitable for the Big Fig mattress—they have specific parameters in the warranty section of Big Fig’s website.
Once you get the mattress and foundation all set up, the company gives you a 120-night trial period. Keep in the mind, though, the unboxing process is a little more involved than the typical bed in a box considering the size and weight of the bed and foundation. In the video above, you can see just how much effort was involved in getting this mattress all set up.
As for returns, if you end up not liking the mattress at any point during the trial period, just give Big Fig a call and they will send someone to your house to pick up the bed and issue you a full refund (usually takes 7-10 days). In other words, Big Fig comes with completely free returns inside the first 101 nights.
Big Fig also beats the industry standard when it comes to their warranty. They offer a 20-year warranty compared to the typical 10-year warranty most online mattress companies offer. In their words, this includes “free repair and replacement” for the entire warranty length.
Lastly, for those of who care, Big Fig mattresses are made in the USA.
The Big Fig mattress is priced near the higher end of the online mattress industry. However, I can’t say I’m shocked considering the quality of materials and just how thick this mattress is. This bed is built to be durable, supportive, and comfortable even for obese sleepers. Here’s how the pricing breaks down by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,999|
Wait, don’t let the price scare you off just yet. Big Fig regularly runs promotions on their website to make the mattress more affordable. This usually happens during major holidays, but we should also have an exclusive coupon linked on this page for you—this is an evergreen discount that should work year-round.
Weight is something that often goes overlooked when shopping for a mattress. A lot of times shoppers are too worried about how soft the mattress is or how it limits motion, which are important, but your weight also plays a big role. And obviously this is something Big Fig has thought about considering they market their beds to bigger people—even individuals up to 500 lb.
When we talk about weight, we’re mainly referring to how a particular mattress feels different to various sizes of people. We approach our reviews through the eyes (or body) of an average sized person (150 to 250 lb). However, in general, heavier folks (250+ lb) seem to think most mattresses are softer than what average sized folks think.
That’s because these types of sleepers apply more pressure and stress on a bed and tend to sink in a bit more. On the flip side, lighter sleepers (150 lb or less) tend to think most mattresses are firmer than what average sized sleepers say. This is because they exert very little pressure on a bed and lay more on top of the mattress. Keep this in mind as we progress through this Big Fig review.
The Big Fig bed is a beast of a mattress coming in at a whopping 13″ thick. But before we get to the actual bed, let’s first talk about their foundation, which comes free with every mattress. The Big Fig foundation features 18 2.5″ wide slats and double center rails, which means it’s able to support five times the weight of a normal foundation. So if you’re a big dog (or lady dog), don’t worry, this foundation will be able to support your weight.
As far as the actual mattress, it begins with a thin layer of high-density foam that is supposed to add edge-to-edge support. The high-density edge foam then continues up and encases the next layer of individually wrapped coils.
Big Fig states they use 1,600 individual coils (king size), which is about 50% more than the typical innerspring mattress. The layer of coils give the bed extra support and a little bounce.
In general, coils are more durable and supportive than the typical dense polyurethane foams most online mattresses use for their support structure. This obviously goes along with Big Fig’s marketing strategy towards heavy people.
On top of the coils are three layers of poly foam, which sort of act as a transition from the coils and also help protect against sagging. On top of the poly foam layers is a layer of gel-infused latex foam that is perforated. This is supposed to be the comfort layer for the bed and the perforated design is supposed to help with airflow.
Wrapping these layers is a non-removable, quilted cover that does have thermogel infused to help with cooling. Since it is a non-removable cover, if you happen to spill something on the bed, it is recommended you just spot clean the mattress with a spray upholstery cleaner and soft cloth.
To our team, the Big Fig mattress has that traditional innerspring feel to it thanks to the amount of coils in the bed. However, the thick layer of latex foam near the top gives the bed a soft, thin pillow top feel. It’s sort of similar to the Allswell Hybrid in that regard. The best way we can describe it is that it’s like laying on a dense chunk of earth with a thin layer of soft grass at the top.
Overall, we think the Big Fig mattress is around a medium-firm to firm on the firmness scale. That would mean this is one of the firmer mattresses you can buy online, but it still has a little bit of give and cushion in those top layers.
But of course, that’s for an average sized person. A heavy person (who the bed is designed for) will feel the bed is actually a tad bit softer since they will sink in and experience more of the soft latex foam top layer. One of our team members weighs around 240 lb and thinks the mattress is more in that medium-firm range. An even heavier person (300+ lb) might think it’s more of a medium.
In terms of responsiveness, the Big Fig mattress performs very well. It pops back back to its original form almost immediately after releasing pressure.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, though, considering the bed incorporates coils and latex foam, both of which are known for being bouncy, springy, and responsive. This fact, along with how firm the bed is, means you won’t have any issues switching between sleeping positions.
Responsiveness can also be an early indicator of durability. The more responsive the bed, the less likely the bed will sag and develop body impressions. So Big Fig is looking good in that respect, as well.
For small and average sized people, no, Big Fig will not work for side sleeping. For these body types, the mattress just doesn’t provide enough pressure relief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side. For larger individuals, though, it could work since these body types will sink further into the top layer, but we still wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s ideal for primary side sleepers. It’s just a very firm mattress and latex foam really isn’t known for its contouring properties.
Big Fig is ideal for back and stomach sleepers. It provides a ton of support when you’re in these types of sleeping positions. You’ll likely never sink so far down to where your spinal alignment is in any danger. Even heavier people will find the Big Fig mattress provides ample support under their hips, trunk, and lower back.
The Big Fig mattress will be fine for combo sleepers as long as you don’t spend too much time on your side. Again, if you’re a primary side sleeper, this mattress isn’t the best option. However, if you’re only on your side for spurts throughout the night, you’ll be fine.
Big Fig will also work for petite and average sized sleepers, it’s just not completely necessary. This mattress is sort of overkill for these body types. There’s plenty of thinner, less expensive mattresses that provide good support for these types of people. Save the money.
Yes, this is what the Big Fig mattress is designed for. Simply put, if you’re a large person, the Big Fig mattress is one of the best options available. In fact, it made our Best Mattresses For Heavy People list.
It’s a thick, durable mattress that is able to support even the heaviest people out there. It contains 1,600 individually wrapped coils (king size) made out of 15 gauge wire that not only extend the life of the bed, but also give it some bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress, but also push back at the same time), which is crucial for large humans.
Two factors that are particularly important for couples are edge support and motion transfer isolation. Let’s start with edge support. This is critical for partners who share a smaller size mattress, like a full or queen. Edge support comes into play when one partner rolls over in the middle of the night and starts to hog the center of the bed, leaving the other person with only a little bit of room near the edge.
In this situation, it’s essential the edges of the bed don’t compress so much to where you feel like you’re going to slide right off. Well, I’m happy to report that Big Fig provides solid edge support. You always feel supported even near the edges and you never get that roll-off feeling, so a thumbs up for couples.
Motion isolation is also important for couples with partners who tend to toss and turn or get up a lot throughout the night. In these situations, it’s important one partner is not disturbed by the other partner’s movement.
Big Fig performed well in this category, as well, especially considering it’s a firmer coil mattress. The mattress easily passed our test, but wouldn’t consider it the best of the best. It’s safe to say that one person’s movements won’t affect the other sleeper unless they’re a very light sleeper.
This is another area where the Big Fig mattress excels. If you sleep hot, this mattress is an excellent choice. Yes, the cover has cooling properties infused, which help, but really one of the main reasons why we think this mattress will sleep on the cooler side is due to its firmness level.
Most sleepers will stay on top of this bed rather than sinking into it, which means the bed really won’t contour or hug the sleeper. Plus, latex foam is generally a cooler sleeping than memory foams or proprietary foams. Simply put, we do think Big Fig is a good option for hot and sweaty sleepers.
Yes, the Big Fig mattress is a bit on the expensive side, but we really do believe it’s a great choice for heavier people. It’s thick, durable, and extra supportive, which are three staples big folks need. If you’re just an average or petite sized person, though, you may want to save your money and go with a less expensive mattress.
Construction — The bed is thick, but not so thick that you won’t be able to find sheets for it. The important thing is that it has thick-gauge support coils, durable foams, and a cooling cover. If you’re over 250 lb, Big Fig should be a mattress that you consider intently, particularly if you like sleeping on your back or stomach. In a world of three-layer foam beds, Big Fig is completely unique, and we love that they cater to a specific niche of consumers.
Foundation — Of the dozens of mattress reviews we’ve posted, very few will mention a bed that includes a foundation. That’s because, as of early 2019, we haven’t spotted a single other mattress that comes standard with a foundation. Considering the fact that Big Fig is a hefty mattress, we really appreciate that the brand made the decision to send a compatible foundation with every mattress purchase. It’s not the most glamorous looking foundation, but it gets the job done, and you know that it will fulfill the requirements in the bed’s warranty.
Edge Support — While it’s common for firmer beds to have better edge support than softer beds, Big Fig has particularly stellar edge support. This is the sort of bed that allows you access to the entire sleeping surface.
Sleepers — I know we’ve mentioned this ad nauseam by now, but there’s a very short list of mattresses that not only are suitable options for heavier folks, but also actively cater to these individuals. In fact, about 60% of the beds online are made entirely of foam and are best for individuals that weigh under 250 lb. For heavy folks, the list to choose from is basically Big Fig, WinkBed, Saatva, Bear Hybrid, DreamCloud, and a few others. If you’re bold enough to try an all-foam bed, that list is even shorter, basically consisting of Nest Alexander, Loom & Leaf, and about four others.
Cooling Cover — Another hallmark of a premium, luxury mattress is the existence of some x-factor element. That could be an exceptionally attractive design, organic cotton cover, special cooling textiles, etc. In addition to the included foundation, Big Fig throws in the cooling cover that will help to keep your body at a neutral sleeping temperature. It’s not the coolest mattress on earth (nor is it trying to be), but Big Fig is certainly not a bed that you overheat while sleeping on.
Warranty — Is there anything that better projects confidence in a product than an extra-long warranty? Probably not. As mentioned above, typically you will see a warranty in the range of 3-10 years. Big Fig goes all the way to 20 years, which is akin to saying “you will buy a new bed before this one wears out.” Think about it for a second. The average consumer buys a new mattress every 7-12 years, so 20 years is just overkill and overconfidence (in a good way).
How did the Slumber Yard get the Big Fig mattress?
|We were sent this mattress from Big Fig in order to post this review. We did not, however, accept any monetary payment from Big Fig (or any other company) to make positive or negative comments about this mattress.|
How much weight can Big Fig support?
|The Big Fig mattress can support up to 1,000 lb (two sleepers on king or queen size mattress).|
Can you use an adjustable base?
|Yes, the Big Fig mattress is compatible with most adjustable bases.|
What kind of sheets should you buy?
|Most standard sheet sets should work with the Big Fig mattress. Just make sure the sheets are able to accommodate 14" thick mattresses.|
How tall is the foundation?
|The Big Fig Foundation is actually available in two different heights — 5" or 9".|