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

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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.


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.


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.


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

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.

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