When it comes to choosing a suitable mattress for heavier people, we have to consider a few different factors than with thin people. We all want to have a good night and to wake up rested and refreshed. But if our bed sags and sinks after a few months it’s not going to work, right?
It’s relative what’s considered overweight or heavy these days. Some people can be regarded as heavy at 150 pounds while some are not even at 200. Even though these mattresses can support up to 300 lbs, we are going to say that 200+ pounds are considered heavy / larger or overweight.
To provide the best possible sleep experience for heavier or larger than average people we have selected our top three picks this year and tested it over 90 days by 200+ pound person.
Here’s what you need to consider:
|Loom and Leaf||Memory Foam||12”||300 pounds||$$$$||9.7/10|
|Nectar||Medical Grade Visco Elastic Foam||11”||Up to 300 pounds||$$$||9.5/10|
|Layla||Copper Infused Foam||10”||300 pounds||$$$||9.3/10|
|Saatva||Luxury innerspring (coil-on-coil construction)||12”||300 pounds||$$$$||9.0/10|
|DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams||Gel Memory Foam||12”||300 pounds||$$||8.8/10|
|The Purple Bed||Polymer comfort layer + polyfoams||9.5"||300 pounds||$$$||8.5/10|
|Novosbed||Memory Foam and Polyfoam||11”||Up to 300 pounds||$$$$||8.4/10|
How To Choose a Mattress for Overweight People
Although there are general standards that can help anyone choose a new bed, people with over 200+ pounds have special needs that should not be ignored.
1. Quality Materials
This is critical in most cases. Using lower quality materials will most likely result in sagging and worse sleep experience after some time. Even though most beds last for well over six years nowadays, if you opt for cheap products with low-quality materials you will most likely have to change it after 2-3 years. And that’s not something we want to do often.
If you have less than 200lbs a 10” bed is more than enough in most cases. If you are heavier than this, you will want to go for 12” or thicker with good deep compression support.
Have in mind that some products offer extra thick layers that provide enough support even at 10-11”.
You can decide your ideal firmness level by first determining your ideal sleeping position. Heavier people will require a medium to medium-firm. Your weight will create more sinkage and hug, and you might experience back pain. Expect additional 1-2” of sinkage if you are over 230-250lbs. Make sure to compensate that on a firmness scale by choosing 7-8 out of 10.
4. Cooling and Temperature Regulation
Most common complaint from overweight and larger people is that they get too hot during sleep. It usually happens when your mattress doesn’t have enough room to breathe and to provide enough air circulation.
In most cases foam material “sleeps hot” when compared to latex, innerspring and hybrids. These days this problem is solved if you don’t buy cheaper options and opt for more premium products. Most of these also have gel layer which serves as additional cooling material on top of your bed.
5. Edge Support
This isn’t mandatory, but it’s great to have if you use your bed during the day. If you frequently sit on the edge, this will play a significant role. It also means that your bed will be more durable and will last longer and is usually an indication of premium products.
Hybrid and coil-on-coil construction provide the best edge support.
Type Of Mattress
There are many types and materials on the market today. Each style has their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to overweight people. In this section, we’ll break down the major bed types (memory foam, latex, innerspring, and hybrid) and how they affect heavy sleepers.
According to many large and more cumbersome sleepers, memory foam is one of the best bed types out there. Why?
Foam mattresses, whether they are on the hard or soft side, do a great job at evening out pressure points. One of the biggest complaints that obese sleepers have is that certain areas of their body end up hurting (i.e., their back or hips). Memory foam does a fantastic job of providing evening support that contours to the body.
Despite the numerous benefits, this mattress style can cause people to feel hot due to the lack of breathability in the material. Worry not, there are some great cooling memory foam options on the market today.
For overweight people, latex mattresses are a solid option as well. Latex is much better at keeping you cool, unlike most memory foam bed options out there. That said, you’re not going to get the same level of comfort that we discussed above.
If you’re on the heavy side and already experience pain while you sleep, latex isn’t your best option.
Recommended read: Our Recommended Latex Mattress Picks
In most cases, we do not recommend an innerspring style mattress for big guys and girls. That’s because most of the beds will create pressure points, which often leads to pain. As discussed above, memory foam is your top choice if you’re most concerned with keeping your weight even (avoid pressure points).
If you do decide to purchase an innerspring, make sure to go with a high-quality option that uses a coil-on-coil build. This technology uses two springs which make the support better, especially for big people.
Besides, your bed will last longer with coil-on-coil vs. a cheaper alternative — one of the biggest complaints of innerspring is that the support and comfort don’t last long.
If you want to learn more about this category you can check our innerspring bed recommendations.
As the name suggests, a hybrid mattress is simply the combination of two or more types. Unless we know the exact bed you’ve chosen, we can’t say whether it’s a perfect match for you or not.
A great hybrid option would be a memory foam and latex bed. Foam offers the most pain relief which is something heavy people deal with while sleeping. And the latex can help keep your body cool at night.
Benefits Of Owning a Bed For Heavy People
The worst part about owning a product that is not good for you is that you might not realize it until you get one that makes the difference.
If you are a heavy person, it can get even worse with a bad mattress: back aches, inadequate support and high temperatures during sleep can make your nights everything but enjoyable.
On the other hand, if you happen to take the time to know what to search for when buying a new bed, you can end up with something that will change your life. Not only can neck and lumbar pains disappear, but you could even get one that will help regulate the heat at night, making your sleep a much cooler one.
Moreover, your body will be supported, and you won’t feel like you are sleeping on a water bag. All of these things together can improve your body’s posture, muscular health, and even your mood! Because who does not wake up bad-tempered the morning after a bad night?
Having these aspects in mind, we have compiled the top mattresses for overweight people that we found in our research.
We Excluded: Classic Brands Gramercy Hybrid Mattress – Here’s Why
While some of you may be wondering why the Gramercy Euro-Top Hybrid by Classic Brands isn’t on our list, we have taken our decision based on the following facts:
- It is too firm, even for bigger folks
- It gets very hot in terms of temperature, a definite no-no for a larger person
- Users have experienced the sinking of certain parts of the mattress over time, making it lose the support of the human body.
This does not mean that the Gramercy Hybrid Mattress is useless.
However, while the heat it produces can be helpful for those who live in cold locations, the average heavy person will find it unbearably hot.
The same goes for it firmness: most will believe it to be too hard, but for a few of you, it can be perfect.
Our Top Rated Picks Compared
Loom and Leaf (Best Overall)
- Natural Materials
- Great hug and feel
- Available in two firmness levels
- Cooling Spinal Gel on top
- Made in the USA
- Our editor’s choice
OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10
Loom & Leaf is a sister company to one of the most famous manufacturers, Saatva. Launched in 2015, they offer luxury and high-density memory foam products at a fraction of the regular store price.
Constructed with four different layers, it’s thicker than usual at 12” instead of 10” for regular products in this category.
- Top – 2” of high-density cooling foam will help to ensure a cool sleeping experience
- Second – 2.5” of visco-elastic memory foam will provide great comfort and contouring for your body.
- Third – 2” transition foam creates proper transition and support
- Fourth – 5.5” provide a strong support and base for the entire mattress
Loom & Leaf is a great option for most people. With multiple firmness levels, fantastic support, and body contouring and with 12-year warranty there is little room to go wrong here.
It’s made out of high quality and natural materials and for those who love domestic products, it’s made in the USA. With all this being said, it’s our ultimate mattress choice for someone who is a bit bigger.
- Breathable covers
- Pure Foam Product
- Preferred by Side Sleepers
- 365 days trial
- Lifetime warranty
OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10
I’m sure you are wondering why we included another 11” product on our top list. The truth is, Nectar offers better support with its 11 inches than thicker ones. Deep foam layers provide structural support, and on top, you get 1” of cooling gel. You will have ideal experience as a side sleeper due to fantastic contouring of memory foam. It provides that familiar “hug” and pain point relief.
Firmness wise, it’s medium-firm (6.5 out of 10). You will notice minimal motion transfer so if you have a much lighter partner they won’t get tossed around. Another essential feature for people with a few extra pounds is edge support and Nectar excels at that even though most foam products don’t tend to be as good.
In the end, if you consider everything above and the fact that they offer a lifetime warranty and 365-day trial it’s hard not to consider it as one of the top choices.
- Copper Infused Foam
- Two Firmness Levels
- Great Breathability and Cooling
- Excellent support
- Made in the USA
OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10
Layla evolved by listening to suggestions of customers to create something spectacular. It has excellent cooling and breathability due to copper infused Thermo gel. But the most apparent feature we should bring up is pressure relief and contouring which most larger sleepers will prefer. Copper technology also has anti-inflammatory properties, so if you are suffering from any joint inflammation or pain, you will love this new technology.
Even though it’s only 10” thick, it provides good support for any sleeping position.
One interesting feature is that it has two sides (firm and soft ) and you can easily flip your mattress for an entirely different feel. We found a firmer side to be much better at supporting the sleeper.
Overall, if you are looking for a fantastic deal and quality with advanced cooling technology and comfort, you will love Layla.
- Traditional innerspring feel
- Great edge support
- Good bounce and cooling
- Three firmness levels
- Premium product
- Made in the USA
OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10
Saatva is one of the best premium innerspring mattress manufacturers. With their coil-on-coil system which includes memory foam, quality materials, and Euro-style pillow top you are getting a tremendous value for your buck. It has the most complicated construction with five layers and total of 12”.
- Euro-style pillow top which adds exceptional comfort and softness.
- Lumbar support (1” of memory foam)
- Memory foam wrapped contour coils minimize motion transfer and conform to your body
- Support layer with steel coils
- Edge Layer – High-density foam that protects the coils and gives it more luxurious feel
Saatva comes with 15-year warranty and 120 nights of the trial period. It also has three levels of firmness to choose from (soft, medium and firm). If you want more traditional feel, we recommend medium and most sleepers will agree with this. With fantastic cooling, edge support and healthy materials (Certi-Pur certified), you will never go wrong here.
DreamFoam Bedding Ultimate Dreams 12”
Best Budget Option
- Gel + Memory Foam
- Slightly softer feel
- More hug and sinkage
- Minimal motion transfer
- Made in the USA
- Impressive value
OVERALL RATING: 8.8 out of 10
Dreamfoam is a sister company of Brooklyn bedding, focused on more budget friendly options. That doesn’t mean that you will get less quality for your money, quite the contrary. This is a true memory foam mattress with that nice and soft feel it provides. With its 12” it has enough support for someone who is a bit heavier. It has three layers:
- First – 1.5” of gel foam for better cooling and it provides nice initial soft feel and hug
- Second – 2.5” of memory foam provides pressure relief and support
- Third – 8” of polyurethane base foam provides the shape and foundation for the entire mattress
Dreamfoam products are all made in the United States with 10-year warranty and 90 day trial period. If you want a nice and softer feel with more hug at an exceptionally good price, Ultimate dreams is the right product for you.
The Purple Bed (Exceptional Cooling)
- Innovative Materials and Technology
- 5” with thicker comfort layer
- Exceptional Cooling
- Good Responsiveness and Bounce
- Minimal motion transfer
OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10
Purple brings new technology to bedding systems with its hyper-elastic polymers and poly foams. With its total of 9.5 inches, it’s thinner than the competition but makes up with thick comfort layer.
This is how it looks:
- Top Layer – 2” of cooling and comfort layer made of hyperelastic polymers. It provides pressure relief and temperature regulations.
- Middle Layer – 3.5” of polyurethane foam acts as the transitional and deep compression support
- Bottom Layer – 4” polyurethane foam designed to serve as the foundation
Purple comes with a 10-year warranty and 100 nights trial period. It’s highly recommended for anyone who wants a medium firm feel, a mattress that doesn’t sleep hot and it has a great bounce which usually means better sex.
If you have a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend that’s lighter than you, Purple features minimal motion transfer which is preferred for couples so you can move around during the night without waking up your partner.
- Choose your firmness level
- 11” with fantastic support
- Memory Foam and Polyfoam Material
- Good pressure relief
- Made in the USA and Canada
OVERALL RATING: 8.4 out of 10
Novosbed is renowned as a high-end mattress manufacturer and their new and redesigned line live up to this reputation. The most notable benefit is that you can choose your firmness level. We recommend that you go for a medium-firm (6-7 out of 10, where ten is the firmest). It has three layers with a total of 11 inches.
- Top Layer – 2” of ultra-dense foam for cooling and comfort. It also acts as pressure relief, and it has significant aeration holes which help to keep it cool.
- Middle layer – additional 2” provide deep compression support and responsiveness
- Bottom layer – 7” of support foam act as the foundation
With a 15-year warranty and 120 nights of a trial period, this is a great deal for this price. Ideal for people who want more customization options and different firmness levels with Comfort+Kit. It features good quality materials and if you have to compare it’s in line with Tempur-Pedic which is more than double the price.
When you already know what to look for, picking the Best Mattresses for Heavy People can become an easier task, especially after you find out how much of your life can improve by only having a deep and sound sleep at night.
A large person needs a firm bed that can support their body and regulates the temperature during sleep, and this is why we picked the Loom and Leaf as the top choice.
This Loom and Leaf bed not only offers great features like a memory foam construction, but it also has an affordable price and excellent support.
Sources and References:
- A heavy issue: How to tactfully assist overweight mattress shoppers, Sleep Savvy, July 2014
- How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress, WebMD, January 2010
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Author: Mark Reddick
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