5 Best Mattresses For Heavy People

5 Best Mattresses For Heavy People

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Heavier people have different needs when it comes to their mattress.  A mattress that is a good fit for lighter weight people won’t necessarily work well for someone who is heavier.  There are a few things you should look out for if you fit into this category, and if you keep these things in mind you’ll have a good chance of finding a good pick for you.

5 Best Mattresses For Heavy/Big People

There are certainly a lot of mattresses that are good fits for people of a heavier size, but I wanted to keep this list small and it’s limited to ones I’ve had experience with.

Luxury Hybrid: Sapira

Built Specifically For Heavy People: Big Fig

Natural Latex: Avocado

Luxury Memory Foam: Tempur-Pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe

Budget: Ghostbed

Top Picks Compared

Sapira

Sapira is a good fit for heavy people for a few reasons.  All of the foams used in the mattress are high density, meaning they will be durable even for heavy people.  The coil system is highly supportive as well.  The mattress is 11 inches thick and there are 4 inches of foam before you hit the spring support system (see more on the construction HERE).  This means you likely won’t “bottom out.”  The mattress is firmer than average as well, which is generally a good thing for heavier people.

See our full Sapira review.

Big Fig

Big Fig is constructed specifically for heavy people.  The materials are extra supportive and durable.  They use, for example, higher-density foams and they have a coil system with a much higher coil count.  This mattress will make sure you feel properly supported and the foam won’t break down over time.  It’s a smart construction that directly addresses the needs of heavier sleepers.  Learn more HERE.

Avocado

With the optional pillow top, the Avocado can be up to 13 inches thick (see more details).  It is definitely firmer than average and has a 4 inch comfort layer.  The pocketed coil support system has a high coil count and is very supportive.  Coil count can be deceiving, but in this case it is a pretty good indicator that the system is highly supportive, even for people who weigh more.

The natural latex used in the comfort layer is a very durable material, making the mattress long-lasting even for heavier people.

Check out our Avocado review for more information.

Tempur-Pedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe

This Tempur-Pedic model is good for heavier people for a number of reasons.  The mattress overall is 13.5” thick.  While the company doesn’t disclose the thickness of each individual layer, you can tell pretty easily that the comfort layer is fairly thick as well.

The mattress is very heavy, so we can intuit that the foams are of high density.  The mattress is medium firm to firm, so it’s right in the sweet spot for most heavy people.

See our full Rhapsody Luxe review for more details.

Ghostbed

The Ghostbed overall is 11 inches thick.  The comfort layer is 3.5 inches thick and overall I think the mattress is firmer than average.  The mattress has high-density foams throughout its construction as well.

All in all, it’s a good option for those heavier sleepers who don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for their next mattress (see more at their site).

Check out our full Ghostbed review for more info.

What Should Heavy People Look For

  • Higher Density Foams / More Coils– If you are looking at a foam mattress, make sure the density of the foams used in the mattress are higher in range.  That will make sure they can be fully supportive and durable.  If you are looking at an innerspring mattress, while coil count can be misleading, generally you will want to find a mattress with more coils in its support system.
  • Thicker Comfort Layer– Heavier people put more pressure on the top part of the mattress.  They therefore need a thicker comfort layer so that they don’t push through the comfort layer and hit the support layer, causing pressure points.
  • Thicker Overall Mattress– Typically, a thicker overall mattress is better as well.  The more support material the better.
  • Something Firmer– Heavier people tend to perceive mattresses as softer than lighter weight people do.  That generally means they would do better with a more firm mattress.

These are general rules of thumb to go by, but they aren’t necessarily 100% true for every heavy person.

Overall

Hopefully everything I’ve laid out makes some sense.  If you follow this advice, you should be well on your way to picking a great mattress.  A couple of these mattresses have made my best mattress list, so they are just good mattresses overall as well.

This post was last updated on October 9th, 2017 at 9:16 am

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Jerry Westlund says June 29, 2017

Joe, we are looking for mattresses and having listened to several of your reviews I wanted an opinion. We currently have two full size mattresses that we put together to make one huge bed. (custom headboard and Comforter cover). My wife had MS and her bed is adjustable. We are both side sleepers except when the bed is adjusted. Our current beds are Sleep Number but I am heavier (275) and finding that a low number doesn’t work (back unaligned) and a high number results in shoulder and hip pain. I have been looking at the Sapira and the Nolah. I’m sure one of these two beds is the right bed. I worry about the Sapira being too firm, but it may be great, and I worry about the Nolah being a little too soft, but it may be great. As a heavier side sleeper would you recommend which one I should try first? Also for my wife’s adjustable bed do you recommend one more than the other. I’m ok buying one of each if there are two recommendations.

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    Joe Auer says June 30, 2017

    If there is one critique about the Sapira, it would be that it is a little on the firm side. However, being heavier you will probably think it’s less firm than others do, so it may be a good fit. The Nolah is pretty soft, so maybe not the best choice based on what you are describing.

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Judi says August 7, 2017

Can’t seem to find a review for the Reverie mattress. I am a heavier person and was looking at the nectar and Loom and Leaf. Comments?

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Steve says August 19, 2017

In you opinion, what constitutes a “heavy person” when it comes to mattresses? I am 6.3 and weigh about 265 lbs (should be about 200 lbs but this beer belly I am sporting appears to be here for the long haul). So the mass is spread out a bit. I am side sleeper for the most part and I currently wake up with sore hips and shoulders. May current mattress is a Beauty Rest “Recharge” where I can feel the coils in my hips. Not a good mattress for me. In any case, many mattresses show 300 lb or 350 lb person weight limit like purple, Leesa, BEAR, Loom & Leaf etc…. Should I be looking specifically for beads for heavy people or would one of these more mainstream beds be just fine???

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    Joe Auer says August 20, 2017

    I would say you are at the upper threshold, so I would recommend looking at a mattress that is specifically good for heavy people.

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George says August 31, 2017

Hi Joe
My wife and I are side sleepers, and each weigh 350 pounds. What mattresses would you recommend
Thank you

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    Joe Auer says September 5, 2017

    I haven’t tested it yet, but check out the Big Fig mattress. It looks to be a good fit.

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Linda says September 26, 2017

We are a 6’2″/290lb and 5’2″/145lb — side and back sleepers. I’d been looking at the Saatva and Alexander Hybrid but did not see them on your list. I would like a hybrid mattress and edge support is important to me.

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    Joe Auer says September 27, 2017

    Both good choices as well, but I think the density of the foams may not be high enough for someone at 290 lbs.

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Linda says September 27, 2017

What hybrid would work better? I don’t like foam as it does not have edge support. And when I tried a latex mattress I did not find it comfortable.

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    Joe Auer says September 27, 2017

    The Sapira has the best edge support I’ve tested. Check it out.

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Linda says September 28, 2017

thanks

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Wally says October 27, 2017

Joe, I’m 6’1″ weigh about 260 lbs. My wife is smaller, weighs much less, 125-130 lbs. She is a back sleeper and maybe 20% side sleeper. I’m a 75% slide/25% back sleeper. Would the Sapira work for us? My other choice was the Loom and Loaf med/firm.

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    Joe Auer says October 30, 2017

    I think the Sapira would work. It should be good for bigger side sleepers and for most back sleepers, so I think it could be a good fit for you guys.

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Rich Ellis says November 10, 2017

I have had many problems with mattresses sagging, what’s the best mattress for that?

Rich

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    Joe Auer says November 10, 2017

    All the ones listed here are going to be good at preventing sagging.

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