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Bodyweight is an important factor to consider when selecting a new mattress, particularly for larger individuals who weigh more than 230 pounds. Heavier sleepers tend to prefer beds that provide extra support and cushioning to areas of the body where more weight is concentrated, such as the abdomen and hips.
For many of these sleepers, firmer, thicker mattresses are the best option. The sleep surfaces of these beds will align the spine and alleviate pressure points without excessive sagging, while the higher thickness profile eases the process of getting in and out of bed.
While few mattresses are specifically designed to accommodate larger sleepers, heavier individuals can choose from a wide selection of beds that are firm and thick enough to properly support them. It’s just a matter of knowing what to look for in a mattress, from the suitability of a particular firmness level to the quality of construction. Our Buyer’s Guide provides this insider information, so heavier sleepers can evaluate the best mattress for their needs.
But first, we share our reviews of the best mattresses for heavier people. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best mattress for larger sleepers.
The Titan from Brooklyn Bedding – a hybrid model and our Editor’s Pick – is one of the firmest and most supportive mattresses for larger sleepers on the market. The bed is considered ‘Firm’ (8) and provides minimal yet consistent conforming, offering an even, supportive surface for heavier individuals, particularly those who sleep on their back and/or stomach.
The Titan also sleeps quite cool, due in part to strong air flow within the coil layers and its breathable cotton-polyester cover. The mattress isolates motion well and produces minimal noise, as well, but it is also responsive enough for sex. Another key strength is edge support; thanks to its 2″ high-density foam base layer, the mattress is well-reinforced and can withstand sinkage around the perimeter of the bed where people tend to sit.
Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping for customers anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The Titan is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
The Titan’s hybrid design offers comfort and support in an extremely durable mattress. This bed checks all the boxes for heavier sleepers: a cool sleep surface, minimal contouring, and strong edge support.
A chief complaint from heavier individuals about memory foam mattresses is that the beds are too thin, too soft, and prone to sagging. The Nectar is a notable exception. This mattress measures 11″ in height, which is thicker than average, and is constructed from four individual foam layers for optimal support.
The comfort system contains layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam, both of which conform to the sleeper’s body to help align the spine and alleviate pressure throughout the body. The support core is constructed with two layers of high-density polyfoam to reinforce the sleep surface and minimize sagging. And because the bed is ‘Medium Firm’ (6 on the 1-10 firmness scale), most heavier individuals will not sink too deeply.
Additionally, the Nectar has a cotton and lyocell cover that allows the mattress to sleep cooler than other foam beds. It also absorbs and minimizes motion transfer to a significant extent and is virtually silent when bearing weight, which makes it a good option for couples – particularly if one or both of the sleepers awaken easily due to noise or motion.
The Nectar is our Best Value pick because its price-point is more than $250 below that of the average memory foam mattress. Customers may test out the mattress for 365 nights and still receive a refund if they decide to return it; this is one of the longest sleep trials available anywhere.
The Nectar offers mostly everything heavier sleepers are looking for — a thicker profile, durable construction, and relatively cool sleep surface — but for a much lower price-point.
Our Best Luxury pick is the Saatva HD, a recently unveiled innerspring model that offers resilient support and a ‘Firm’ feel that won’t sag beneath the sleeper’s heaviest areas. The Talalay latex comfort layer is divided into five zones based on the sleeper’s body. As a result, the sleeper experiences consistent contouring around their head and neck, shoulders, lower back and hips, and legs. At 15.5″ thick, the mattress also has a generous profile that is particularly well-suited to heavier people.
The Saatva HD’s support core is constructed with durable, 12.5-gauge bonnell coils encased in high-density foam. This layer helps to maintain an even sleep surface and reinforce the edges to prevent excessive sinkage. The coils also generate strong airflow, allowing the surface to sleep cool and comfortable for most. A breathable organic-cotton cover helps the bed remain temperature-neutral, as well.
Saatva offers free shipping for all orders within the contiguous U.S. The mattress is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 20-year warranty.
We mentioned above that very few mattresses are designed specifically for heavier sleepers. The Saatva HD is one of the exceptions. The company bills this mattress as “luxury comfort for the bigger body,” and they’ve delivered on that promise. The innerspring construction and organic cotton cover promote airflow, keeping the mattress cool, while the zoned latex comfort layer offers heavy-built sleepers just the right amount of contour and support.
Heavier side sleepers typically prefer mattresses that offer a combination of body conforming and strong structural support. Some cushioning is needed to ensure good spinal alignment – a common issue associated with the side position – while the bed’s support core must maintain a sag-free sleep surface to prevent further aches and pains. The WinkBed Plus – our pick for larger side sleepers – is one of the only mattresses sold today that is specifically designed for larger individuals.
A ‘Firm’ (8) option for the standard WinkBed, the WinkBed Plus is constructed with gel polyfoam and latex comfort layers, a compressed-cotton lumbar pad that targets lower back pain, and a pocketed coil support core encased in high-density foam. These materials provide a balanced sleep experience for most heavier individuals; the latex conforms to a moderate yet consistent extent while the support core reinforces the entire bed to prevent sagging in the sleep surface and sinkage along the edges. The WinkBed Plus also sleeps very cool due in part to strong air circulation through the coil layer and a breathable cover made of Tencel® lyocell.
Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping when they order a WinkBed plus. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.
Side sleepers can enjoy cushiony contour with the WinkBed Plus, thanks to comfort layers of gel polyfoam and latex, while the ‘Firm’ setting ensures sag-resistant support for heavier body weights.
Most heavier people carry a large portion of their weight in the midsection. Sleeping on one’s stomach often causes this weight to sink deeply into the mattress – and if the bed is not supportive enough, sleepers can experience aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, and hips. We’ve selected the Awara Mattress for heavier stomach-sleepers because of its material construction.
This hybrid model is built with a 4-inch comfort layer of organic latex. The material has a medium-firm feel and offers better support than memory foam. As a result, the sleeper’s stomach won’t sink as deeply. The mattress also features pocketed coils that are zoned with different gauges, offering stronger support to the sleeper’s heavier areas.
Temperature neutrality is another strong point of the Awara. The latex layer is highly breathable and won’t absorb much body heat, while steady airflow through the coil layer ensures optimal cooling throughout the interior of the bed.
Compared to other latex hybrids, the Awara Mattress has a very reasonable price-point. Customers in all 50 states qualify for free shipping and White Glove delivery is available for an extra charge. The Awara is backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are longer than average.
As a latex hybrid, the Awara mattress offers the ideal amount of support for larger stomach sleepers, preventing them from sinking too deeply into the mattress, with temperature-regulating materials that keep the surface cool.
Back sleepers generally require mattresses with strong support systems that maintain an even, relatively sag-free surface; otherwise the sleeper’s body will sink excessively in certain areas, which frequently leads to added discomfort. The Saatva luxury innerspring is an exceptionally supportive bed due in part to its innovative coil-on-coil design. A pocketed coil transitional layer reinforces the bed’s memory foam and polyfoam comfort layers, resulting in close, consistent conforming, while steel-tempered bonnell coils in the support core stabilizes the surface and prevents sagging and sinkage from developing.
The Saatva is offered in three firmness settings – Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – along with 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profile options. The ‘Medium Firm’ and ‘Firm’ settings are preferred by heavier back sleepers, while either of the two high-profile options ensure the sleeper is comfortable getting on and off the bed. Strong air circulation throughout both coil layers also ensures great temperature neutrality for hot sleepers.
Saatva offers free White Glove delivery throughout the contiguous U.S. and Canada. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
The luxury construction of the Saatva ensures the mattress provides long-term, comfortable support for larger back sleepers without developing sagging. It also offers one of the coolest sleep surfaces of all the mattresses on our list.
Below, we share everything heavier sleepers need to consider when buying a new mattress, along with our best tips for buying a mattress.
Body weight plays a significant role in our experience with different mattress types and models. This is particularly true with individuals who weigh 230 pounds or more, since people with above-average weights often require certain mattress conditions and qualities in order to feel comfortably and properly supported while sleeping.
Important considerations for heavier sleepers include mattress thickness, firmness, density, and temperature, as well as personal factors like sleep position. Below we will look at the unique design and functionality needs of people with above-average weights when it comes to finding the right mattress.
Please note: For the purposes of this page, we have defined anyone who weighs 230 pounds or more as having ‘above-average weight’. This can be somewhat misleading, since some people in this weight range are not technically ‘overweight’, while some people who weigh less may be considered ‘overweight.’ But in terms of mattress evaluation, we have determined that 230 pounds is the most suitable benchmark.
Mattress thickness generally ranges from six inches to 14 inches or more, and often varies by mattress type; all-foam mattresses, for instance, tend to be thinner than innersprings or hybrids.
People who weigh 230 pounds or more tend to put more pressure on their mattresses. As a result, they tend to feel most comfortable on thicker beds because they often provide better compression support. If the mattress is too thin, then the sleeper may experience uncomfortable sinking (especially in the center).
As a general rule, a mattress should be at least 12 to 13 inches thick in order to properly support a heavier individual. The table below features a detailed breakdown of mattress thickness for people with above-average weights.
|Mattress Thickness||Quality of Sleep for Individuals Weighing 230 Pounds or More|
|Less than 6″||Very Poor|
|6″ to 7″||Poor|
|7″ to 8″||Poor to Fair|
|8″ to 9″||Fair|
|9″ to 10″||Fair to Good|
|10″ to 11″||Good|
|11″ to 12″||Good to Very Good|
|12″ to 13″||Very Good|
|More than 13″||Very Good|
Mattresses sold today are often rated for firmness on a 1 to 10 scale, with one being the least firm and 10 being the firmest. Most models fall between 3, or Soft, and 8, or Firm.
People who weigh 230 pounds or more will sink more deeply into their mattress than lighter individuals, sometimes two inches deep or more, depending on their body type. Because they exert more pressure, mattresses that are firmer may feel more comfortable and provide more pressure relief. Firmness is especially important for side- and stomach-sleepers; their weight is not distributed as evenly as back-sleepers, and they are more susceptible to pressure points in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips.
Generally speaking, heavier individuals tend to feel most comfortable and supported on mattresses that rate between 6, or Medium Firm, and 8, or Firm.
Your sleep position also plays a role in the most suitable firmness rating for you.
Below, we review the common qualities and characteristics found in the five most commonly sold mattress types: innerspring, foam, hybrid, latex, and airbed.
Innerspring mattresses include a steel coil support core, sandwiched between a base polyfoam layer and at least 1 layer of foam. The gauge, or thickness, of steel coils used in innersprings can help shoppers determine how supportive the mattress will be. Gauge is expressed in numerals, and typically ranges from 12 (thickest) to 18 (thinnest). Thicker, or lower-gauge, coils last longer and provide firmer support, making them the better choice for heavier sleepers.
Innerspring mattresses also rate well among heavyset sleepers for their superior temperature regulation and edge support. The innerspring coil support core promotes airflow, and the mattress will sleep cool as long as the comfort layers feature temperature-regulating foams and cover materials. The uniform coil grid, reinforced by a strong perimeter, also ensures steady support throughout the mattress surface.
As for drawbacks, innerspring mattresses have shorter lifespans than other mattress types, only remaining supportive for about 5 to 6 years.
Foam mattresses are made entirely of foam, with high-density polyfoam making up the base and at least 1 layer of polyfoam or memory foam in the comfort layers. Generally, these mattresses fall on the softer side, which makes them unsuitable for heavier sleepers who require a firmer feel. There are exceptions to the rule, though, like our Best Value pick, the Nectar mattress. The Nectar is able to support heavier sleepers, thanks to high-density foams in its support core.
Foam density is used to determine how much weight the mattress can sufficiently support, and is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Density is also related to overall mattress durability. Polyfoam and memory foam each fall into the same three density categories, although the measurements for each differ. The table below provides a detailed breakdown.
|Type of Foam||Density Category||Measurement (PCF)||Suitability for Heavy Sleepers (230 Pounds or More)|
|Polyfoam||Low Density||Less than 1.2 PCF||Poor to Fair|
|Medium Density||1.2 PCF to 1.7 PCF||Fair|
|High Density||1.8 PCF to 2.5 PCF||Fair to Very Good|
|Memory Foam||Low Density||Lower than 4 PCF||Poor to Fair|
|Medium Density||4 PCF to 6 PCF||Fair to Good|
|High Density||Higher than 6 PCF||Good to Very Good|
To ensure the long-term supportiveness and durability of their mattress, heavier sleepers should seek out mattresses featuring higher-density foams. It’s important to note that many mattress manufacturers do not openly disclose foam density specifications, but this information is generally available to those who contact customer service representatives online or over the phone.
Memory foam mattresses are also known for their high conforming ability, referring to the “hugging” sensation these mattresses provide. Hot sleepers can find high levels of conforming uncomfortable, while others appreciate it for its pressure-relieving qualities.
Hybrid mattresses feature a base polyfoam layer, pocketed coils in the support core, and at least 2 inches of memory foam, latex, polyfoam, and/or microcoils in the comfort layers.
Hybrid mattresses are popular among heavier sleepers for a number of reasons. These mattresses tend to contain multiple layers, resulting in a thicker profile bed, anywhere from 10” to 16”. Because they leverage coils as a support system, they usually regulate temperature fairly well, especially if the comfort layers feature more breathable foams and materials. Finally, the individual pocket coils combine with foam comfort layers to provide a small amount of conforming, stabilized by dense support.
Potential drawbacks to hybrid mattresses include their shorter lifespans and higher price tags. Hybrid mattresses use pocketed coils in the support core, which tend to be higher-gauge and therefore less durable. They also tend to be one of the more mattress types, costing between $1,500 to $2,000 for a Queen.
Latex mattresses use latex or high-density polyfoam in the support layer, with at least 1 layer of latex in the comfort layer. Latex mattresses are favored for their durability. These mattresses last 8 years or longer. They also tend to sleep very cool, so long as they’re all-latex models and made entirely of organic and natural latex. Latex mattresses made of Dunlop latex, as opposed to Talalay latex, are often preferred by heavy sleepers for their denser feel.
For heavy sleepers, the downsides to latex mattresses include their minimal edge support and higher costs. Cooler latex models, such as those containing all organic foams, can cost as much as $2,000 on average.
Airbed mattresses use air for their support core, with a base of adjustable air chambers the sleeper can adjust using a remote or manual levers. The comfort layers will include one or two layers of memory foam or polyfoam. These beds tend to have thicker profiles and good edge support. They also offer sleepers adjustable firmness.
However, it takes some finagling to find the right firmness level for you, and it’s important to keep the mattress properly maintained (with regular replacing of parts) in order to ensure they stay sufficiently supportive for heavier body weights.
In addition to qualities of the mattress itself, here are a few more factors for heavier people to consider when shopping for a new mattress.
Sleeping hot is an issue for some overweight sleepers; they have a higher body mass than others, and thus produce more heat. One way to regulate body heat while sleeping is with a firmer mattress. With less contour, the sleeper is less likely to sink deeply into the mattress, so they can sleep cooler through the night.
The other way is through the mattress’s material construction. Mattresses with higher ratios of The general rule-of-thumb is that polyfoam and memory foam will usually sleep too hot for people who weigh 230 pounds or more. Cooler mattresses tend to feature less foams, and use coil support systems instead of polyfoam.
However, for a mattress to sleep comfortably, there needs to be some cushioning. So, all-foam mattresses will include different materials in their comfort layers to keep the mattress cooler, such as gel memory foam or latex. Our Best Value pick, the Nectar mattress, is a good example of this, offering heavier sleepers the pressure-relieving comfort of a foam mattress, while resisting some of the heat.
For those who sleep excessively hot, though, an innerspring or hybrid mattress will likely be their best bet. Of our mattress picks for larger sleepers, the coolest options will be the Saatva HD and The Saatva, both of which use innerspring support systems.
The lifespan of a mattress is linked to several other factors, including thickness, foam density, and edge support. As a result, people who weigh 230 pounds or more should research the expected longevity of any mattress they are considering. Here are the average lifespan expectations for the five most commonly sold mattress types:
Most mattress manufacturers list a ‘weight limit.’ Mattress owners that exceed the weight limit could potentially cause damage to the mattress. The weight limit will vary by brand and model, so be sure to inquire about this figure for every mattress you are considering. The vast majority of Queen- and King-size mattresses sold today can support at least 600 pounds.
If you have an above-average weight and share your bed with another person, then it’s important to consider the following.
If only one of you weighs 230 pounds or more, then the mattress may sag beneath the heavier person, as well as in the middle of the bed. Some mattress manufacturers offer ‘dual-firmness’ design options. For these models, each side of the bed has a different firmness rating. This can help prevent sagging, and also ensure that both people sleep comfortably.
If both of you weigh 230 pounds or more, then dual-firmness may not be necessary but you will want a bed that is thick, dense, and firm enough to support you and your sleep partner.
In addition to sleeping, mattresses may also be used for sitting — particularly at the edges where people often sit as they get up from or onto their mattress. Edge support is also an important consideration for couples, or anyone else who tends to sleep near the edge of their bed.
Some mattresses are reinforced at the edges to provide maximum support and prevent sinkage where people tend to sit. Other mattresses offer little to no edge support, and owners frequently report significant sinkage at the edges.
Innersprings and hybrids typically offer the strongest edge support, while foam and latex mattresses usually offer the least amount of edge support (if any at all). We’ve selected mostly innerspring and hybrid models as our recommended mattresses for larger people, and they all rate high for edge support.
The one exception is the Nectar mattress, our all-foam Best Value pick. If you’re looking for strong edge support, one of our other recommendations may be a better fit.
When shopping for a new mattress, there are a few key questions any shopper can benefit from asking.
A sagging surface can greatly undermine the bed’s ability to provide comfort, support, and pressure relief. Many mattresses will sag over time, and this is to be expected of most models. However, excessive sinking and indenting can lead to major pain and pressure — and in some cases, this will be covered under the mattress warranty.
When looking at different mattress models, be sure to inquire about sagging and indentations that are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Most warranties explicitly state how deep the sagging/indentations must be in order to qualify as a defect, but this figure varies from brand to brand. Generally speaking, most warranties will cover sagging and indentations that measure 1″ to 1 1/2″ deep. This sagging depth is associated with above-average pain and pressure. Some warranties will cover sagging and indentations that measure as little as 1/2″ deep, while some make no mention of covering sagging or indentations of any depth.
If sagging and indentation is covered under the warranty, also be sure to inquire about owner fees for repairing or replacing mattresses that develop this defect. Most warranties require mattress owners to cover shipping and handling costs associated with mattress repairs and returns; these usually fall between $100 and $200. However, some manufacturers will impose extra fees.
Nonprorated and prorated coverage are also important when reviewing a mattress warranty. Nonprorated coverage means that the owner will not pay to repair or replace their mattress on top of shipping and handling costs.
Prorated coverage means that owners must pay a certain amount of the original product price based on how long they have owned the mattress; prorated charges tend to increase on a year-to-year basis. For people who have owned their mattress for 10 years or more, the prorated charges can amount to as much as 90% to 95% of the original mattress price. Some mattress warranties are entirely nonprorated for 10 to 20 years in length, while others offer only two to three years of nonprorated coverage and are prorated for the remainder of the warranty period.
When comparing mattress warranties, be sure to ask about sagging/indentation depth, mattress owner costs for repairing or replacing sagging defects, and how long the warranty will offer nonprorated coverage.
The majority of mattress manufacturers offer sleep trials. These allow shoppers to test out a mattress in their home to see how it really feels to sleep on. A mattress sleep trial can last anywhere from 30 nights to a full year. All of the mattresses we’ve reviewed have generous sleep trial terms, lasting 120 nights or more. For the longest sleep trial possible, take a look at The Nectar and Awara Mattress. Both offer trials of 365 nights.
The cost of a mattress varies widely, depending on the type of mattress, the manufacturer, the quality of the construction, and additional perks like free shipping or lengthy sleep trials. Generally, however, you should expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 to $2,000 for a quality mattress. Of the choices we recommend for larger sleepers, innerspring mattresses are typically less expensive than hybrid models.
Beyond selecting a mattress, sleepers also need to consider their choice of pillow to ensure a good night’s sleep. Sleepers with above-average body weights can benefit from thicker pillows with a higher loft. These pillows contain more filler, enabling the pillow to stay supportive without flattening too much during the night — ensuring healthy spinal alignment all the way through the neck and head.
Additionally, certain filler materials tend to be more resilient, and consequently more supportive for larger or heavier heads. These include latex, buckwheat, down, or memory foam pillows. Finally, your sleep position should also be considered when selecting a pillow. Side sleepers require higher loft pillows, while back and stomach sleepers require lower-loft pillows. Learn more in our Guide to Pillows.
If you have a more heavyset body type, but you sleep with a partner who’s more petite, a mattress topper can ensure you can both enjoy sleeping on the same mattress, no matter how firm it is. Mattress toppers are designed to soften up a firmer mattress and come in a variety of sizes and materials, including memory foam, feathers, and latex.
As you’ve seen, individuals who weigh 230 pounds or more must take several factors into consideration when shopping for a new mattress. Here is a final checklist for you to use when comparing different models: