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Bodyweight is an important factor to consider when selecting a new mattress, particularly for heavier individuals. People in the above-average weight group (more than 230 pounds) 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, firmer, thicker mattresses are the best option. The sleep surfaces of these beds will align the spine and alleviate pressure points without excessive sagging, and 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.
Read on to learn more about mattress options for larger people, including our top six picks among beds sold today. Our choices are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Best Mattresses for Larger People
Editor’s Pick – The WinkBed Plus
Best Value Mattress – Nectar
Best Luxury Mattress – The New Purple
Best Memory Foam Mattress – Loom & Leaf
Best Hybrid Mattress – Titan
Best Latex Mattress – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Collection
The WinkBed Plus is one of the only available mattresses designed for larger people. This hybrid model is a specialized ‘Medium Firm’ version of the standard WinkBed that offers support and pressure relief for all sleepers in the heavy weight group, particularly those with back pain.
The WinkBed Plus features a thick comfort system with layers of gel polyfoam, latex, and a compressed-cotton ‘lumbar pad’ that targets aches and pains in the lower back and hips. The pocketed coil support core is also encased in high-density polyfoam, which helps the bed maintain an even surface and minimizes sinkage around the edges where people tend to sit when they get up from or onto the mattress. This encasement, along with the latex layer, give the mattress a long lifespan.
Another key strength of the WinkBed Plus is temperature neutrality. The mattress cover is made from Tencel® lyocell, which is softer and breathable than other synthetic fabrics, and the coil layer promotes good air circulation. These features allow the bed to sleep fairly cool, which can be beneficial for heavier individuals who naturally give off a lot of body heat.
Customers in the contiguous U.S. who order the WinkBed Plus will qualify for free shipping. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are both longer than average.
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.
Unveiled in 2018, the New Purple is a hybrid mattress that incorporates the unique ‘Smart Grid’ design that made the Original so popular. The mattress is available in three profile options, each with a different corresponding firmness: the 11″ model is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); the 12″ model is ‘Medium’ (5.5); and the 13″ model is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5). Most larger sleepers will likely prefer the 11″ design due to its higher firmness setting, but the other two profiles may be suitable for heavier individuals who prefer less firm beds.
The ‘Smart Grid’ consists of buckling-column gel dispersed throughout an elastic polymer grid. These components conform closely to the sleeper’s body and minimize pressure points much like memory foam and latex, but the polymers are less susceptible to early deterioration and have a much longer projected lifespan.
The New Purple also sleeps cooler than most mattresses sold today. Air circulates well throughout the pocketed coil layer, allowing sleepers to remain cool and comfortable throughout the night. The mattress also isolates motion transfer exceptionally well and produces minimal noise compared to other hybrids.
The New Purple has an above-average price-point, making it a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping.
The Loom & Leaf by Saatva is a memory foam mattress that is available in two firmness options, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Firm’ (8), the latter of which is one of the firmest memory foam beds available. This selection accommodates heavier individuals who prefer firmer mattresses, as well as those who feel more comfortable on less firm surfaces.
Comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam provide close conforming and body-contouring without sagging too much. As a result, sleepers experience above-average spinal alignment and good levels of pain and pressure relief. The mattress sleeps cooler than other foam beds, largely due to its organic cotton cover. The Loom & Leaf is also suitable for couples because it isolates motion to a noticeable extent and produces no noise when compressed.
Like other Saatva mattresses, the Loom & Leaf qualifies for free White Glove delivery within the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal; most competing manufacturers will charge purchasers at least $100 for this service on top of the product price. The mattress is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
A common complaint among larger sleepers is that hybrid mattresses are too soft; this is often due to thick, closely conforming comfort layers that sink excessively for some people over 230 pounds. The Titan from Brooklyn Bedding is a notable exception. This hybrid is considered ‘Firm’ and provides minimal conforming, which provides an even, supportive surface for heavier individuals – particularly back and stomach sleepers.
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 also isolates motion well and produces minimal noise, 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 Botanical Bliss Collection from PlushBeds features supportive, eco-friendly latex mattresses that are available in several designs to accommodate heavier sleepers with different preferences. The mattresses are offered in three thickness profiles – 9″, 10″, and 12″ – and each one is available as ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), or ‘Medium Firm’ (6). The thicker, firmer options will be suitable for most heavier people, while the other models may be the best option for those that prefer softer and/or thinner beds.
The Botanical Bliss mattresses are made with comfort layers of organic New Zealand wool and natural Dunlop latex. These components offer close conforming and great pressure relief. They also help the bed sleep fairly cool, along with the organic cotton cover, while a firmer latex layer in the support core ensures an even, comfortable sleep surface.
Latex is one of the most durable mattress materials used today; as a result, Botanical Bliss models have longer-than-average lifespans. The beds also isolate motion well and do not make any noise when bearing weight.
PlushBeds offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S., as well as White Glove delivery for an additional charge. Each Botanical Bliss mattress (regardless of profile or firmness) comes with a 25-year warranty.
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. Read on to learn more about key mattress shopping considerations for heavier individuals.
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: 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|
Mattress Firmness: 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.
Mattress Foam Density: Most mattresses sold today, regardless of their support core, are constructed with at least one layer of polyfoam or memory foam in the comfort system. Foam density is used to determine how much weight the mattress can sufficiently support, and measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Density is also related to overall mattress durability (see below for more information).
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|
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.
Coil Gauge: The gauge, or thickness, of steel coils used in innersprings and hybrids can help shoppers determine how supportive the mattress will be. Gauge is expressed in numerals, and typically ranges from 12 (thickest) to 18 (thinnest). Certain coil types are linked to average gauge ranges. Offset coils, for instance, tend to be lower-gauge (or thicker), while pocketed coils (found in hybrids) tend to be higher-gauge.
Edge Support: 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. 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 tend to offer the strongest edge support, while foam and latex mattresses usually offer the least amount of edge support (if any at all).
Temperature Neutrality: Some mattress types, such as innersprings and hybrids, retain low amounts of body heat from sleepers and tend to be temperature-neutral during the night. Other mattress types — notably foam and memory foam models — can trap body heat and sleep hot as a result.
Sleeping hot is an issue for some overweight sleepers; they have a higher body mass than others, and thus produce more heat. The general rule-of-thumb is that polyfoam and memory foam mattresses will usually sleep too hot for people who weigh 230 pounds or more, but some models include layers of foam designed to keep them cooler, such as gel memory foams or latex. These mattresses may be more suitable than those built from inexpensive polyfoam or memory foam. But for those who sleep excessively hot on any type of foam, an innerspring or hybrid will likely be their best bet.
Mattress Durability: 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. The table below lists average lifespan expectations for the five most commonly sold mattress types.
|Mattress Type||Expected Lifespan|
|Innerspring||5 to 6 Years|
|Foam||6 to 7 Years|
|Latex||8 Years or Longer|
|Hybrid||6 to 7 Years|
|Airbed||8 Years or Longer if Properly Maintained|
Weight Limit: 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.
In addition to qualities and capabilities of the mattress itself, here are a few more factors for heavier people to consider when shopping for a new mattress.
Sleep Position: As stated above, your experience with a mattress often comes down to whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach.
Considerations for Couples: If you have an above-average weight and share your bed with another person, then it’s important to consider the following:
The table below looks at common qualities and characteristics found in the five most commonly sold mattress types: innerspring, foam, latex, hybrid, and airbed.
|Mattress Type||Innerspring||Memory Foam||Latex||Hybrid||Airbed|
|Comfort Layer||At least 1 layer of foam||At least 1 layer of polyfoam or memory foam||At least 1 layer of latex
May have memory foam or polyfoam layers
|At least two inches of memory foam and/or latex
May have polyfoam and/or microcoil layers
|Some models have one to two polyfoam or memory foam layers|
|Support Core||Steel coils
Base polyfoam layer
|High-density polyfoam||May be latex or high-density polyfoam||Pocketed Coils
Base polyfoam layer
|Individual, adjustable air chambers|
|Average Thickness||9″ to 15″||7″ to 14″||7″ to 13″||10″ to 16″||8″ to 15″|
|Average Firmness||Medium Firm to Firm||Medium Soft to Medium Firm||Medium Soft to Medium Firm||Medium to Medium Firm||Varies
Most airbeds have adjustable firmness
|Heat Retention/Sleeping Hot||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Edge Support||Very Good||Poor||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Average Lifespan||5 to 6 years||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer if properly maintained|
|Heavy Back Sleepers||Fair||Good||Good||Good||Good|
|Heavy Side Sleepers||Fair||Fair||Good||Good||Fair|
|Heavy Stomach Sleepers||Poor||Fair||Good||Fair||Fair|
|Dual Firmness Options||Not usually available||Somewhat common||Available from select manufacturers||Somewhat common||Not usually available|
|Average Price Point||$800 to $1,100||$1,000 to $1,500||$1,500 to $2,000||$1,500 to $2,000||$2,000 to $2,400|
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. 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.
The bottom line: 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.
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:
For more information on different mattress types, please click the links found at the top of the mattress type data table in the previous section.