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Best Mattress for Heavy People for 2022

Heavy sleepers, take heart: These mattresses deliver just the right balance of support and softness.

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The Health at Every Size movement done a lot to bring attention to the oft-neglected health and well-being of people of all different shapes and sizes. And one of the areas where this influence has made a big difference is sleep. More mattresses than ever before are designed with larger people in mind. Which is great, because there are certain specific issues that a mattress needs to address when it comes to heavier sleepers. 

You don't want to find yourself sinking too far when you lie down, yet you still need enough cushion to provide pressure relief and some contour for your spine while you snooze. If you're feeling bombarded by the options, worry not. We don't expect you to find the time to learn the difference between an innerspring mattress, a memory foam mattress and a latex mattress, or know whether or not a pocketed coil in your innerspring mattress makes a difference to your sleep. We've done that legwork for you. Are you a back, side, combination or stomach sleeper? Whatever way you choose to snooze, you'll find the comfort you crave for a good night's sleep below.

Through our research, we've found eight of the best mattresses for heavy people on the market today. In fact, we're pretty confident that the right mattress for you is in this list. So, if you're on the trail for the best mattress for heavy people, keep scrolling. You'll find both softer and firmer mattress options, regardless of your preferred sleeping position. For this in-depth mattress review list, I considered factors such as mattress thickness, mattress type, mattress materials and mattress firmness. I thought about whether the best mattress should have an innerspring mattress base, or whether it requires a mattress topper or other comfort layer for an extra cozy sleep. Note that prices below are for full-price queen size models, before any deals. 

Further, if you're looking to upgrade your whole sleeping setup, we have suggestions regarding pillows, sheets and other sleep essentials.

Read more: Best Cheap Mattress for 2022

Titan by Brooklyn Bedding

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

9-10 or firm

Price (queen)

$1,249

Warranty

10-year warranty

Trial

120 nights

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 9-10 or firm 
  • Price (queen): $1,249
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Trial: 120 nights 

The first stop on our tour is the Titan Firm Hybrid by Brooklyn Bedding, which is our pick for the best cooling mattress for heavy people. Made in Arizona, the Titan mattress offers up just the right amount of support and pliancy for pressure relief that the heavy sleeper needs. 

Arranged by layer, the Titan Firm Hybrid first presents a full inch of cooling gel memory foam across its top surface. Woven into place beneath that are two thick inches of the company's proprietary TitanFlex foam, which is infused with another patented cooling gel called TitaniumGel. Need even more cooling? An optional temperature-regulating top panel can be sewn on as well -- just look for the option at checkout.

This is followed by a remarkable six inches of nearly 1,000 supportive coils, finished on the bottom with a final two inches of high-density foam for sturdy and reinforced foundation. The quality craftsmanship, mattress thickness and dedicated support structure coupled with the TitaniumGel infused TitanFlex foam and top panel option truly make it the best mattress for heavy people in terms of cooling and comfort. The heavier individual can feel confident they will be well supported on this well-designed mattress. 

The Titan Firm Hybrid is available exclusively online, but it comes with a 10-year warranty and a 120-night risk-free trial so you can decide whether you want to keep it or not.

Titan Firm Hybrid

Helix Sleep

Type

Memory foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

7 or medium-firm

Trial

100 nights

Warranty

15-year limited warranty

Price (queen)

$1,499

  • Type: Memory foam hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 7 or medium-firm 
  • Price (queen): $1,749
  • Warranty: 15-year limited warranty
  • Trial: 100 nights 

Specially designed for plus-size as well as tall sleepers, the Helix Plus mattress meets that elusive ideal of support and comfort for heavier people.

At 13 inches tall, it has key features to get that perfect blend, including an impressive 4 pounds of the highest density foam available for its most supportive comfort layer. A mixture of the company's Dynamic Foam with a precise amount of Memory Plus Foam covers the surface of the mattress, leaving the top in prime shape to offer gentle contours to your body and assist in its overnight recovery. Enveloping it all is an airy Tencel cover, ensuring maximum breathability and airflow throughout the night. 

Customer reviews emphasize the excellent fit for big and tall shoppers: 

"We chose this mattress because it was reviewed as a good option for 'big and tall' folks. We both love it! We've had three mattresses in the last 10 years trying to find a good fit for both of us and this is it!"

"The Sleep Quiz matched us perfectly with the mattress we needed. I am plus sized and my husband is tall so it recommended the Helix Plus. The plus has more coils for support but the top layer is created to have a medium feel. This combination made it hard enough that hubby likes it and a soft enough fee for me!"

Made in the US, the Helix Plus comes with free shipping in the contiguous US, a 100-night sleep trial period, financing options and a 15-year limited warranty. Read more in our full Helix mattress review

Helix Plus

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Big Fig

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

8 or medium-firm to firm

Price (queen)

$1,799

Warranty

20-year warranty

Trial

120 nights

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 8 or medium-firm to firm 
  • Price (queen): $1,799 
  • Warranty: 20-year warranty
  • Trial: 120 nights 

After studying how heavier folks' mattresses commonly break down over time, the creators of the Big Fig put together a plan to address each issue with the components of their brand-new, problem-solving mattress. 

First, the company resolved to use only the highest quality materials, including over 50% more individually wrapped coils than the average innerspring mattress on the market (1,600 of them, to be exact). They also decided to offer extra-firm edge support to allow sleepers to comfortably sit or lie close to the edge without fear of rolling off. Add in their hybrid foam construction, cooling technology and stabilizing tufts, and you have a mattress that caters to heavy people's most important needs. This is a latex mattress with perforated Gel-Infused latex foam that allows air to flow freely, increasing overall comfort for the heavier individual. 

But our biggest deal-maker of all is the foundation. It's remarkably durable, and it's true that the foundation of any mattress holds everything else in place. Constructed to support heavier people with five times the weight of an average foundation, the Big Fig comes with a guarantee that it will support its mattresses. The foundation's middle is doubly fortified along the center rails while 18 slats, each 2.5 inches wide, cross it from left side to right side. Now that's sturdy!

The Big Fig comes with a 120-night trial, free seven- to 10-day shipping and returns, financing possibilities for those eligible and a 20-year warranty for free repair or replacement in case of manufacturing defects. With a warranty like that, you can rest assured you won't be disappointed, and no matter what kind of sleeper you are, you'll be a sound one. 

Saatva

Type

Mixed foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

5 or medium (for heavier folks)

Price (queen)

$2,970

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Trial

365 nights

  • Type: Mixed foam hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 5 or medium (for heavier folks)
  • Price (queen): $2,970
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Trial: 365 nights 

Known as the "first luxury heavy duty mattress for bigger bodies," the Saatva HD mattress is specially designed to support the heavier sleeper weighing up to 500 pounds while they rest in restorative slumber. 

All sleep positions can benefit from a Saatva HD, as the sturdy innersprings maintain support throughout the mattress while patented spinal zone technology backs up the lumbar region. Five zones of Talalay latex create an oasis of pressure relief overnight, and layers of airy organic cotton simultaneously keep sleepers cool.

Our favorite part? A sumptuous three thick inches of Euro Pillow Top cover the surface of the Saatva mattress, enveloped in hypoallergenic cotton and a gentle botanical antimicrobial treatment. It's blissful to sink into, and the support that heavy sleepers need is definitely there with this combination of features.

Finished with strategically placed hand-tufting as well as a blend of memory foam, the Saatva HD integrates bountifully packed foam edges for excellent support for heavier people all the way around. This helps larger folks get in and out of bed easily, while providing more useful space across the bed's surface. 

The Saatva HD comes with a generous 180-night trial, free white-glove delivery and setup, and a 20-year nonprorated warranty. If you decide you don't want your mattress during the trial period, just contact the company and it'll pick it up for a $99 transportation fee.

Saatva HD

WinkBeds

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

8-9 or medium-firm to firm

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price (queen)

$1,799

Trial

120 nights

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 8-9 or medium-firm to firm
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Price (queen): $1,799
  • Trial: 120 nights 

The WinkBed Plus is designed so that heavier sleepers can enjoy long-term support and the experience of a luxury mattress. Most important for our purposes, however, is the Plus' ability to alleviate pain. This trait has been confirmed numerous times in verified customer reviews.

"I've had almost no back pain since this bed arrived. I still have some stiffness from time to time, but that is mostly caused by the activity I was doing that day (mostly lifting something I shouldn't have). I can honestly say I'd buy this bed again and I recommend it to those who have back pain."

Depending upon your weight, the Plus may be experienced differently. For example, according to the company, the WinkBed Plus will feel like a density of 6.5 out of 10 for customers weighing 300 or more pounds, while those weighing 200 will say it feels like an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale. 

The WinkBed Plus mattress has several useful purposes, in addition to pain relief. Handmade to order in Wisconsin, it's designed to provide larger sleepers with uniquely blended foams and innersprings, firm edge support and stellar motion isolation, and it also utilizes sustainably manufactured ingredients, including a chemical-free fire barrier, recycled steel coils and eucalyptus harvested only from forests certified by the Stewardship Council.

The WinkBed Plus comes with a 120-night sleep trial, fully refunded if you decide you don't want to keep it. There's also a lifetime warranty, free shipping both ways and financing options.

Winkbed Plus

Amerisleep

Type

Memory foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

1-2 or soft

Warranty

20-year limited warranty

Trial

100 nights

Price (queen)

$1,999

  • Type: Memory foam hybrid mattress 
  • Firmness: 1-2 or soft
  • Warranty: 20-year limited warranty
  • Trial: 100 nights 
  • Price (queen): $1,999

The Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid, which is known as the company's softest, most plush mattress, was designed to be supportive and ultra pressure-relieving. Since it "gives" generously and moves as you move, it's going to be ideal for strict side sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds. Its breathable cover and easy bounceback resiliency keep sleepers from sinking in too deeply, and its sturdy edge support allows for minimal motion transfer as well. 

What caught our eye the most with the AS5 is the memory foam. Not only does the company use the supportive Active Flex foam to assist with spinal alignment, but the Bio-Pur plant-based, Earth-conscious memory foam is also added for cooling as well as contouring.

Additionally, featuring an open-cell design, Bio-Pur foam ensures free airflow throughout, superior breathability and a healthier sleep. It also prevents heat build-up, is resistant to dust mites, mildew and mold and is made without harsh chemicals. It also comes with a machine washable cover, allowing you to easily clean your mattress cover if you happen to sweat or drool. 

Amerisleep sends the AS5 Hybrid with a 100-night risk-free sleep trial, easy and free returns, free shipping and a 20-year warranty. Read more in our full Amerisleep mattress review

Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid

My Slumber Yard

Type

Mixed foam hybrid mattress

Firmness

6 or medium to medium-firm

Price (queen)

$2,198

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Trial

365 nights

  • Type: Mixed foam hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 6 or medium to medium-firm
  • Price (queen): $2,198
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Trial: 365 nights 

For heavy sleepers who love the hugging, contouring feel of memory foam, the DreamCloud Premier option is a great option. Not only does it have an affordable price compared to the other mattresses on this list, but it offers a luxury sleeping experience fit with a supportive pocketed coil base layer, a comfortable memory foam top layer and a fluffy pillow top for the icing on the cake. 

Overall, it's a hefty 14-inch thick mattress that isn't designed specifically for plus-size sleepers, but it sure does fill that role. I rate it around a medium to medium-firm on the mattress scale, or a 6 to 7 out of 10 with 10 being the firmest, but heavier sleepers over 230 pounds may find it to be a little softer. So, this one might be better for side and combination sleepers. 

Another one of my favorite things about this mattress is the cover. Remember when I called this a luxury mattress? Well, you can find soft cashmere woven throughout the cover with rayon and polyester, which makes it feel just as soft and cozy as it looks. The DreamCloud Premier is really an inviting bed, and gives you that "ahhh" feel just as you lay down.

DreamCloud Premier comes with generous company policies, the best on this list. You'll have a full year to try out your bed, and a lifetime warranty to back it. 

DreamCloud Premier

Brooklyn Bedding

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

3 firmness levels | Soft: Medium-soft to soft or 2 | Medium: Medium to medium-soft or 4 | Firm: Medium-firm or 7

Trial

120 nights

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Price (Queen)

$1,249

  • Type: Hybrid mattress 
  • Firmness: 3 firmness levels | Soft: 1-2 or soft | Medium: 3 or medium-soft | Firm: Medium-firm
  • Trial: 120 nights 
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price (queen): $1,249

One of the primary things heavy sleepers over 230 pounds should look for is support. Hybrid mattresses with coils in the bottom layer typically deliver on this, and Brooklyn Bedding Signature is one of the most affordable, quality hybrid mattresses you can buy on the internet. This is why I named it the best value mattress for heavy people.

The whole mattress is 11 inches thick, and a majority of the bed is made up of its 8-inch thick coil system made up of almost 1,000 individually pocketed coils. In the comfort layer you can find the brand's "Titan Flex" foam which feels like responsive, soft neutral-foam that quickly bounces back to normal. Compare this to the feel of memory foam, which nestles around your body and slowly responds to pressure. This makes Brooklyn Bedding Signature very easy to switch positions on.

This bed is offered in three different firmness levels, so any sleeping position from stomach sleepers to side sleepers can find a mattress they like. However, I recommend the firm model to most heavy sleepers unless you strictly sleep on your side. It will feel around a medium or a 5 on the firmness scale, meaning it offers a nice balance of support and pressure relief. Read more about this mattress in our full-length Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress review

The Signature mattress from Brooklyn Bedding comes with a 120-night trial and a 10-year warranty. 

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

Parachute Home

Type

Hybrid mattress

Firmness

7 or medium-firm

Trial

100 nights

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Price (queen)

$2,399

  • Type: Hybrid mattress
  • Firmness: 7 or medium-firm 
  • Trial: 100 nights 
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price (queen): $2,399 

Ideal for the average to heavy sleeper as well as the hot sleeper, the Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress has a firm center and softer head and outer extremity areas, giving it the ideal core for proper spinal alignment and pressure point alleviation. Sustainably sourced with layers of pure New Zealand wool, organic cotton and tempered steel coils, Parachute has won our admiration in the category of most ethically aware mattress, so it is the best mattress for heavy people who prioritize this concern. 

The Parachute Mattress is surprisingly supportive while remaining foam-free. It adheres to the Oeko-Tex certification, which tests that no harmful chemicals are used, and is certified by the Wool Integrity NZ program, which makes sure any animals kept on-site are allowed the internationally recognized five freedoms of animal welfare. 

Additionally, the Wool Integrity Program requires companies to promise a consistently sustainable, ethically produced product every time, and an organized way of keeping traceable records of every lot of wool back to its original farm. 

The Parachute thicker Mattress comes with a 10-year warranty, and returns may be made by calling customer service within 100 days.

Parachute Eco Comfort Mattress

Other mattresses we've tested

The CNET Sleep editors are tasked with testing out mattresses for the purpose of writing honest mattress reviews and best lists. They've had their hands on hundreds of different beds and have valuable insight on the best and worst mattresses on the market. The list above reveals their top picks, but here are a few other mattress options worth considering. 

Purple Hybrid Premier mattress: Purple is big on attention-grabbing commercials, so it's possible you've seen one about the brand. The Purple Hybrid Premier is its most premium mattress; it's durable, made with quality materials and it sleeps incredibly cool, thanks to its breathable design. The secret to the sauce is the Purple Grid made from its Hyper-Elastic Polymer material. It's a squishy, flexible gel-like material that makes you feel like you're floating when you lay on it. For heavier sleepers, this bed will feel like a medium to medium-soft, so it would be best for those who favor their side. 

Loom & Leaf mattress: I don't usually recommend foam mattresses to individuals over 230 pounds because they tend to be not as durable, long-lasting and supportive as a hybrid mattress. In the case of Loom & Leaf, however, it's one of the beds I'd let slide if you're dying to get a foam mattress. It's a memory foam bed with special cooling tech that helps the mattress sleep temperature neutral, and it doesn't retain heat like traditional memory foam beds. It has two firmness levels to choose from, both on the firmer end. However, for a heavy sleeper, the firmness would be either a medium or medium-firm. 

Avocado mattress: This is a hybrid mattress that utilizes organic and natural materials including organic latex foam, organic cotton, New Zealand wool and recycled steel coils. It's a green mattress through and through that's comfortable and safe to sleep on. There are perforations in the latex foam that allow for increased airflow, and latex foam is much more durable than memory foam or poly foam. You can opt for the additional pillow top if you want to soften up the mattress, otherwise it falls around a firm. Though, for heavier sleepers, it'll feel like a medium-firm mattress without the pillow top, and medium with the pillow top. 

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FAQs

What mattress types are best for heavier/larger sleepers?

Without a doubt, the best kind of mattress would be a hybrid mattress that combines pocketed coils or innersprings with some kind of foam, whether it be memory foam, latex foam, poly foam or some kind of blend. Hybrid mattresses offer more support than foam beds because steel coils are more durable and supportive than foam. 

What mattress firmness is best for heavier/larger sleepers?

It primarily depends on your favorite sleeping position, but in general, firmer mattresses are better because they offer more support. Also, the heavier you are, the softer you typically think mattresses are. For example, a bed that feels like a medium to someone who weighs 175 pounds might feel more like a soft mattress to someone who weighs 230 pounds. 

Is a memory foam mattress good for a heavy person?

Yes, memory foam mattresses offer contouring pressure relief that can be helpful for any person of any size. However, try to find a memory foam hybrid mattress that contains steel coils in the foundation layer to ensure your bed remains durable, supportive and comfortable throughout its lifetime. 

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