A mattress is meant to keep you comfortable. But “comfortable” is not a standardized scale. Each sleeper has unique preferences and needs, based on their own body and sleeping style.
Considering your own body weight and makeup will help you determine which mattress will give you the best possible sleep. In this guide, we will look at the types of mattresses which are typically best suited for larger sleepers.
When we talk about a “larger” sleeper, we are referring to weight, height, and/or body composition. There is no definite measurement that places a person in this category. When considering mattress evaluations, we tend to notice a change in performance and preferences at around 200lb. So for the purposes of this guide, we will use that as our benchmark.
Body weight and composition affect your experience with a mattress in many ways. Larger sleepers often feel most comfortable with certain mattress conditions and qualities. It’s especially important for these sleepers to consider mattress thickness, firmness, and density, in addition to other personal preferences and tendencies such as motion isolation and sleeping position.
This guide will go through the specific features a larger sleeper should look for in a mattress, the different types of mattresses that are available, and other information to consider before you make a purchase.
What are the best mattresses for heavy people?
|Saatva||Innerspring||3 Choices:Plush Soft (3-3.5), Luxury Firm (5-6), Firm (8)||$999|
|WinkBed Plus||Hybrid||Medium Firm (6.5)||$1,499|
|DreamCloud||Hybrid||Medium Firm (6.5)||$1.399|
|Novosbed||Memory Foam||3 Choices: Soft (3-4), Medium (5), or Firm (6-7)||$999|
|Spindle||All-Latex||4 Choices: Soft (4), Medium (5), Firm (6), Extra Firm (8)||$1,349|
While the table gives a quick overview of the best mattresses for heavy people, we know that many customers want to know much more before making a mattress choice. For that reason, you can read more about all of our top picks in the sections below.
Saatva is a manufacturer of several high-quality mattresses and has thus built itself into a well-known name in the industry. While all of Saatva’s offerings are worth considering for heavy people, the flagship Saatva mattress, an innerspring mattress, is our choice for people over 200 pounds.
There are several choices available for people who decide to purchase a Saatva. First, the mattress is offered in two heights, 11.5” and 14.5”, and in three firmness levels, Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. For most heavier sleepers, the 14.5” model and the Luxury Firm or Firm comfort feels will work best, but the range of options gives each individual an ability to choose what best fits their preferences.
The comfort layer of the Saatva is made up of several different materials. Polyfoam is quilted into a Euro-top style cover, and polyfoam and a memory foam lumbar pad are also included in thin layers to provide a softer and more responsive feel. Another key element of the mattress design directly below the comfort layer is 4” of micro-coils buttressed by thin layers of polyfoam. These micro-coils are pocketed, which means that each coil can compress largely independently of the surrounding coils. As a result, this layer boosts the responsiveness of the mattress while preserving the bounce and resilience of an innerspring design.
The support core of the mattress is made with Bonnell coils. In the 14.5” model, the support core of innerspring coils is 7” thick. In the 11.5” model, the support core is 4” thick. These are Bonnell coils that primarily offer bounce and strength to the mattress.
For heavy people, this combination of layers and the coil-on-coil design provides stability, responsiveness, and comfort. The coils prevent bottoming out on the mattress while the foam layers at the top ensure a relaxing and inviting sleep surface.
Included in the purchase price — under $1,000 for a Queen — is white-glove delivery, which means that Saatva comes to your home, sets up your new mattress, and hauls away your old one. This extra service, combined with Saatva’s strong reputation for customer support, is just icing on the cake that puts Saatva among our top picks for mattresses for heavy people.
The WinkBed Plus is one of the first mattresses on the market that was built specifically to cater to the needs of people over 200 pounds. It is a hybrid mattress that includes the same support core as the classic WinkBed, but its comfort layer is modified to better accommodate heavy sleepers.
The top layer of the WinkBed Plus is 1.5” of gel-infused polyfoam with a density of 1.5 PCF. The second layer is 2.5” of latex with an ILD of 12. While ordinarily we look for foams in the comfort layer to have higher density than 1.5 PCF, in this case, the formulation of the foam and the way it works with the latex helps make it remain a fit for heavier people. The foam can assist with conforming to the body while the latex provides bounce and reduces the risk of sinking too deeply into the mattress.
Beneath the latex layer is a thin lumbar pad made with cotton, adding some extra cushion, and then a 7.5” layer of pocketed innerspring coils. Supporting the coils is a 2” layer of polyfoam with a density of 1.8 PCF. The support core is able to be more responsive thanks to the use of the pocketed coils and thanks to its zoned style, which means that the array of coils is designed to give more support to the heavier parts of the body (such as the abdomen and shoulders). The coils add bounce to the overall feel and further prevent any excessive sinking into the mattress. They also bolster the level of edge support. Finally, the bottom layer of foam helps cushion the mattress as a whole and support the performance of the coils.
For heavy sleepers, the WinkBed Plus has a firmness rating of around a 6.5, which is comfortable for the large majority of people. Given the fact that this mattress was built specifically for heavier people and executes on this design vision, it easily makes the cut for our top 5.
The DreamCloud mattress is new to the market but is nonetheless impressive with its multi-layered approach that puts a wide range of different materials to use. In doing so, this hybrid captures the benefits of each of these materials and serves as a great choice for heavy people.
The top two layers of the DreamCloud are both memory foam, and the uppermost of these is made with gel-infused memory foam to promote cooling. The third layer is made with natural latex, and the fourth layer is another layer of memory foam. The fifth layer also uses memory foam, but this specific layer uses a softer foam than the ones above it. These layers are all designed to find the perfect blend of support, comfort, and bounce. By including different types of memory foam, the mattress can contour to the body to relieve pressure points while the inclusion of latex adds resilience and bounce.
Beneath these foam layers is a support core of foam-encased innerspring coils which have more responsiveness than traditional innerspring coils and that also help to bolster the edge support in the mattress. For heavier people, this coil layer gives additional heft to the mattress and ensures that they won’t have too much sink with the foam layers. Underneath the coils is a layer of support memory foam designed to help provide padding for the mattress as a whole. The entire mattress is covered with a cover made with a Cashmere blend that gives it a feeling of luxury and softness while keeping its firmness level of around a 6.5.
A huge benefit for the DreamCloud mattress is that it comes with a 365-night sleep trial. This means that you get a full year — more than three times the industry average — to find out whether this mattress works for you, all risk-free. In addition, it has a lifetime warranty to protect your purchase. For heavy people who have specific mattress needs, these two customer-friendly policies can act as an insurance policy to help make sure that you are covered in case, as unlikely as it may be, you don’t love the DreamCloud.
Novosbed makes memory foam mattresses that make excellent use of thick layers of high-density foams, creating a comfortable and supportive sleeping experience in a mattress that will hold up for years of regular use by heavier people.
Novosbed offers its mattress in 3 firmness levels — Soft (3-4 on the firmness scale), Medium (5), and Firm (6-7). The Soft mattress has 2” of gel-infused memory foam with a density of 3.7 PCF in its top layer. Its second layer is 3” of 4 PCF memory foam, and its bottom layer is 6” of polyfoam with 1.8 PCF density. In the Medium, the top layer is 2” of memory foam with a density of 5 PCF. The second layer is 2” more of 5 PCF memory foam, and the support layer is 7” of 1.8 PCF polyfoam. The Firm model has two 2” thick layers of memory foam — the top layer has a density of 4 PCF while the second has 5 PCF. The support layer in the Firm model is 7” thick and is also made with 1.8 PCF density polyfoam.
Regardless of which mode you select, you’ll notice that the comfort layer is both thick and composed of memory foam with well above-average density. This foam is able to cushion the body based on how any specific individual’s weight is distributed, which is of particular importance for heavy people in making sure that they get the support needed to maintain proper spinal alignment. At the same time, the density of these foams means that they are far more likely than lower-density foams to be durable, which means that they won’t start sagging even after many years of nightly use.
Novosbed is based in Canada and has nearly a decade of experience selling mattresses online, and they bring to the table an excellent reputation in the industry. With a price tag that is still below $1,000 despite the quality of the materials, this mattress is an obvious choice for the top 5 best mattresses for heavy people.
The Spindle is an all-latex or true-latex mattress that makes use of Dunlop latex, which is a powerhouse material that can relieve pressure points without too much sink and with just the right amount of bounce.
The Spindle mattress is available in four different firmness levels. While the construction of each mattress is very similar — 3 layers of latex that are 3” thick with a 1” wool cover — the specifications of the latex layers vary depending on the firmness choice. The four firmness choices are Soft (4 on the typical firmness scale), Medium (5), Firm (6), and Extra Firm (8). While all the material used in the mattress is Dunlop latex, as you would expect, the firmer models use latex with less give and a harder feel. As part of its commitment to customer service, Spindle will provide a “comfort adjustment,” if you don’t like the firmness feel of your mattress as delivered. This means that their customer representatives will work with you to adjust the layering of the foam layers to modify the overall comfort feel of the mattress.
The Spindle mattress comes with a sleep trial of 365 nights, which gives you the luxury of really testing out the mattress in your own home and getting a sense of whether it gives you the support that you need. Given that the average sleep trial is 100 nights, this is an excellent opportunity to confirm over the long-term that this mattress is right for you. Even though latex has traditionally been a very expensive material, the Spindle is available in a Queen size for $1,349 for a Queen, making it a great value for the performance that it delivers and placing it among our best bets for heavy people.
Features to consider
Many mattresses are billed as “universally comfortable.” But there’s no perfect mattress for all people. Larger sleepers in particular should pay special attention to a few specific features when shopping for a new mattress:
A mattress typically tends to cost more the thicker it is. But thicker doesn’t always mean better and often that extra thickness doesn’t result in any added comfort. For a larger sleeper though, that extra thickness could be worth the money. Typically, a larger person puts more pressure on a mattress and therefore sinks down further into it. So someone larger is often more comfortable on a thicker mattress that provides more compression support and durability. There is no specific height that guarantees comfort, but we recommend that a larger sleeper looks for a thickness of at least 11-12 inches.
|Thickness of the Mattress||Large Person (200 lbs or more)|
|8 inches||Below Average|
|10 inches||Good to Fair|
Firmness refers to how a mattress feels when you lie down on it. A firm mattress does not give and offers resistance when depressed. A softer (less firm) mattress will offer more “give” and allow the body to sink down slightly. As mentioned, a larger sleeper will exert more pressure and naturally sink down more deeply into their mattress.
Mattresses that are firmer, therefore, may feel more comfortable and provide more pressure relief in this case. This is especially true for larger sleepers who tend to sleep on their sides or stomachs. Since weight is not distributed evenly in these sleeping positions, these sleepers are more susceptible to uncomfortable pressure points in the neck, shoulder, lower back, and hips.
Mattress firmness is rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least firm and 10 being the most firm. Again, firmness is a personal preference and there is no right or wrong number. Generally speaking, however, larger sleepers tend to report feeling most comfortable on mattresses rated between 6-8, so that may be a good place to start.
|Body Shape||Back Sleeper||Side Sleeper||Stomach Sleeper|
|Your waist is wider than your shoulders and hips||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)||5-6 firmness (Medium-firm)||4-6 firmness (Medium to medium-firm)|
|Your waist, hips, and shoulders are the same width||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)||5-6 firmness (Medium-firm)||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)|
|Your shoulders are wider than your waist and hips||4-8 firmness (Medium to firm)||4-6 firmness (Medium to medium-firm)||5-6 firmness (Medium-firm)|
|Your hips are wider than your waist and shoulders||4-6 firmness (Medium to medium-firm)||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)|
|Your shoulders and hips are wider than your waist||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)||5-8 firmness (Medium-firm to firm)||5-6 firmness (Medium-firm)|
If you are considering a mattress that uses a foam layer, which a majority of mattresses today do, it’s important to consider the density of that foam. A foams’ density determines how much weight the mattress can support and how long it will last. A larger sleeper will benefit from a higher density foam, as it offers more support and usually a longer lifespan. Foam density is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Polyfoam that is rated between 1.5-3.5 PCF is considered high density, while memory foam rated above 6 PCF is considered high density. This information is often not included in mattress specifications, but it is worth digging for. You can generally find it by contacting a customer service representative for the mattress manufacturer, either online or over the phone.
Edge support refers to how well a mattress is reinforced around its perimeter. Good edge support results in a more consistent sleeping surface. It’s also important if you often sit on the edge of your mattress as you get in and out of bed or ready for the day. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses are typically reinforced around the outside of the mattresses and therefore tend to offer the most edge support. Foam and latex mattress are typically not reinforced and as such offer little to no edge support. If you’re a larger sleeper, you might consider more edge support, especially if you often sit on the edge of your bed.
Sleeping hot is an issue for many people. Larger sleepers are particularly prone to this problem. Your mattress material will make a difference. Some mattress types – specifically foam models – are known to retain heat. Other mattress types – notably innerspring and hybrids – allow for more airflow and therefore retain less heat. That doesn’t mean you have to totally rule out a foam mattress. Some foam models feature a layer of gel or latex foam, designed to alleviate this common problem.
If you sleep with another person, you’ll want to take this into consideration. If you both weight more than 200 pounds, you should look for a mattress that is thick, firm, and dense enough to provide you both with proper support. If only one of you weighs more than 200 pounds, you may notice that your mattress sags under the heavier person. To combat this, you might consider a mattress with a “dual firmness” option. This allows each sleeper to customize their firmness rating. This will help prevent sagging and help ensure that both people are comfortable.
Best mattress types for larger sleepers
Memory foam mattresses have gained popularity for the customized feel and support they offer sleepers. NASA originally made this foam to provide crash protection. It reacts to pressure and heat, allowing it to change shape and mold to a sleeper’s body. A memory foam mattress uses a support core made from a high-density polyfoam to create a sturdy base. This is topped with a memory foam layer, which make up 25-40 percent of the mattress.
A queen-size memory foam mattress ranges from $150-$4,000.
- Memory foam provides excellent support and pressure point relief.
- Memory foam offers superior motion isolation, which keeps you from disturbing your partner.
- Quality foam is very durable and has a longer lifespan than traditional innerspring mattresses.
- Memory foam mattresses tend to trap heat.
- Some sleepers dislike the “sinking” feeling of the mattresses conforming to your body. A larger sleeper will tend to be particularly aware of this feeling.
An innerspring mattress is comprised of steel coils or springs. These coils are available in a range of thickness, from 12 (being the most easily compressed) to 18 (being the firmest). This allows innerspring mattresses to be offered a wide variety of firmness options. The coils are usually cushioned and encased in a quilted fabric, then topped with less than two inches of comfort layers. These layers range from cotton to memory foam to latex.
The average price for a queen ranges from $800-$1,200.
- You can choose your firmness preference, with a wide range available.
- Space between the coils allows for easy ventilation and more airflow, allowing body heat to escape and making for a cooler sleeper.
- Innerspring mattresses offer reinforced edge support.
- Sagging tends to be an issue, especially for larger sleepers.
- The coils tend to create movement transfer. So if you sleep with a partner, you will probably notice each other’s movements more so than in other mattress types.
A hybrid mattress uses the same coiled support system as an innerspring mattress for its foundation underneath a thick layer of memory or latex foam. On a hybrid mattress, this comfort layer will be at least two inches thick, differentiating it from an innerspring mattress. A hybrid combines the pressure relief and support of foam with the more traditional feel of an innerspring mattress.
Prices for a hybrid mattress range from $600-$4,000. Price will depend on the type of coil used in the support system and the type of foam used in the comfort layer.
- Larger sleepers in particular often benefit from the pressure relief and support of foam.
- A hybrid typically doesn’t trap heat like traditional foam mattresses do.
- A hybrid provides better motion isolation than a traditional innerspring mattress.
- Since it uses a coil support system, a hybrid is still prone to sagging.
- This is one of the most expensive mattress options.
Latex mattresses start with a support layer of dense latex foam topped with one or more comfort layers of a softer latex material. A latex mattress combines the conforming, pressure-point relief of a foam mattresses with the supportive features and more traditional feel of a hybrid or innerspring bed. The latex used in these mattresses is derived from the sap of a rubber tree plant.
A queen latex mattress costs between $850-$2,400.
- Latex contours to the body for good pressure point relief and support.
- Latex is available in a variety of firmness levels.
- A latex mattress tends to sleep much cooler than foam.
- Latex mattresses are primarily available online, making it difficult to try before you buy.
- A latex mattress is generally one of the more expensive mattress options.
Consider the warranty
When comparing mattresses, always consider the manufacturer’s sleep trial period and warranty terms. A sleep trial period should be at least 30 nights. Many manufacturers, however, offer 100+ nights, giving you the opportunity to make sure the new mattress is right for you.
A warranty should protect you against premature and/or excessive sinking and indentations, along with other defects. Any mattress will eventually sag, indent, or otherwise deteriorate over time. But if this happens early or to an excessive extent, it might be covered under warranty.
Make sure you understand the warranty terms and inquire specifically about the sagging and indentations that are covered. Typically, a warranty will clearly state how deep the sagging or indentations must be in order to be considered a defect and therefore covered. Most warranties cover sagging that measures 1-1.5 inches deep, but this will vary by manufacturer and mattress. You’ll find some warranties that cover an indentations as small as .5 inch, while other warranties don’t mention sagging or indentations at all.
In addition, also make note of repair and/or replacement costs. Some warranties call for the owner to cover shipping and handling costs related to the return or repair of a mattress. This would typically cost between $100-$200, but can vary greatly. Some manufacturer’s also stipulate fees for returns, repairs, and replacements.
Nonprorated and prorated are two terms you also need to know about when decoding a mattress warranty. During the nonprorated period of the warranty, the owner will not be required to pay anything to repair or replace the mattress (possibly excluding shipping and handling costs). During the prorated period of the warranty, the owner is made to pay a portion of the original purchase price, based on how long they have owned the mattress. The prorated charges will increase every year. Some manufacturers structure warranties to be entirely prorated, some are completely nonprorated, while many are a combination of both.
Everyone wants a good value, whatever they’re shopping for and getting a great mattress for a good price should always be the goal. With a plethora of retailers and a wealth of information now available, shoppers are in a position to get the most mattress for their money. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, keep an eye out for sales. Don’t be afraid to negotiate in-person sales and hunt around for discount codes online. Most of all, do your research and know what mattress will give you the best night’s sleep for your money. For more on this, please visit our guide about the Best Mattresses for the Money.
If you’re planning to buy a mattress online, be aware of the site’s shipping policies. Many manufacturers now offer free shipping. Those that don’t always offer this service will often run promotions to include it. It can be a significant savings and is worth considering. If you’re buying in-store, the same applies to delivery fees.
Any mattress you buy should have some kind of trial period. The only way to actually know if a mattress is right for you is to sleep on it for several nights. Make sure the manufacturer offers this, but also find out what happens if you do decide to return your purchase. Returns should ideally be free and easy, with the manufacturer covering all costs. This isn’t always the case – be sure to confirm this before you buy to avoid any surprises.
Pillows and Alignment
A mattress isn’t the only factor in a good night’s sleep – your pillow also plays a big part in that. A pillow’s primary purpose is to keep your head, neck, and spine in alignment while you sleep. Your pillow’s ability to do this will depend on its loft (or height). A larger sleeper tends to exert more weight on their pillow, causing it to compress or sink more. So they might do well to start with a slightly higher pillow.
Narrowing down your choices from all the mattresses that are on the market can be a burdensome task for anyone, and it can be even more tedious for heavy people who have more specific needs in a mattress. However, once you’ve winnowed the list down to just a few, it becomes much easier to compare and contrast and make a decision that will best serve your goals of getting the best possible night’s sleep. For that reason, we’ve done the hard work and selected the top 5 best mattresses for heavy people, and these top picks are presented in no specific order in the table below.