Heavier individuals may have a more difficult time finding the right mattress for their sleep style. Luckily, there’s a mattress brand that designs beds specifically with heavyweight sleepers in mind.
Big Fig is one such brand. They’ve developed a mattress that caters to the unique needs of plus-size and taller figures. However, is it the right fit for you?
We’ll break down how this mattress performed in a number of key areas like spine alignment, pressure relief, and cooling in our in-depth review of the Big Fig Mattress so you can determine if it’s right for you.
Who We Recommend The Big Fig For:
- Heavier and taller individuals – The Big Fig was designed with heavyweight sleepers in mind. It uses a combination of latex, poly foam, and coils to deliver optimum support and to avoid sagging over time, making this a great choice for heavier folks who want a bed that can stand the test of time.
- Hot sleepers – This bed incorporates two cooling features that should keep those who normally find themselves throwing off the covers cool and comfortable. Hot sleepers will appreciate the ThermoGel fabric and gel-infused latex foam, both of which were designed to promote airflow.
- Hybrid lovers – The Big Fig combines foam with coils to provide a higher level of support for those who have been unable to find it in other beds.
Who We Don’t Recommend The Big Fig For:
- Lightweight people – The Big Fig was designed with heavyweight sleepers in mind, which means it’s firmer and more supportive. As a result, lightweight sleepers may find it too firm for their liking, meaning they likely won’t sink far enough into the comfort layers. For those who are smaller and want to try out this bed, you can use the 120-night trial period to determine if it’s a good fit for you.
- Side sleepers – This bed is likely too firm for the level of sinkage side sleepers need in order to achieve pressure relief.
First Impressions: Firmness & Feel
Firmness Scale: 7.5/10
Please remember that firmness is a subjective characteristic and your shape will dictate how you experience a bed. A heavier person whose weight can more easily push through softer comfort and support layers may experience a bed as softer than a lightweight person. The way you are shaped could also play a role here. Consider your weight, shape, and size when evaluating firmness scores.
The Big Fig landed at a 7.5 out of 10 on our firmness scale, which means it’s more on the firm side. This firmness level makes it a good choice for heavier people and those who prefer sleeping on their back and stomach. Taller and heavier individuals need a mattress that can support their bodies and prevent them from sinking too deep into the upper comfort layers.
Thanks to its firmer feel, the Big Fig keeps the hips supported, which helps sleepers maintain a healthy sleep posture. However, it may be too firm for those who weigh under 130 pounds and those who sleep on their side.
How Does It Feel?
The surface of the cover is white with a swirl design, and the perimeter and foundation are both navy blue. The cover should feel soft and plush.
When first lying down, you should feel well–supported in a gentle cradle. As your body sinks into the layers, it should be met with support and bounce from the foam and coils.
What We Like About the Big Fig
- The firm feel – The firmer feel of the Big Fig helps it support taller individuals and those who weigh over 230 pounds. This firmness level, combined with its hybrid construction, helps maintain spine alignment for larger bodies.
- Cooling – The Big Fig uses ThermoGel Cooling Technology to prevent trapped heat. The latex-foam is also infused with gel to promote even more airflow.
- Excellent edge support – We like how the Big Fig uses an additional layer of high-density foam around the edges for reinforced support. This provides excellent edge support for those who like to sit and sleep near the perimeter.
Our Big Fig Complaints
- Possibly too firm for side sleepers – Side sleepers often enjoy sleeping on softer mattresses because the side-sleeping position puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders, hips, and knees. Sadly, the Big Fig may be too firm to provide adequate pressure relief for this position, especially for sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds.
- Not suited for lightweight people – People who weigh under 130 pounds may find that this bed feels too stiff and doesn’t cradle or cushion their frame enough. The Big Fig is made with big and tall sleepers in mind, so anyone who weighs less may not like it.
Testing the Big Fig Mattress: How it Performed
We tested the Big Fig mattress to see how it performs and feels in different sleeping positions. This mattress is on the firm side since it’s designed for people who weigh above 230 pounds.
Apart from the general feel, we also tested key factors like motion isolation, edge support, and pressure relief, and evaluated its performance in each sleep position.
Sleeping Positions for Different Body Types
The Big Fig Mattress can support 550 pounds per side or 1,100 pounds in total. This, along with its higher firmness level, makes it a good option for heavier people but also some average-weight sleepers depending on their preferred sleeping position.
|Weight||Side Sleepers||Back Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers
|Lightweight Sleepers (-130 lbs)||☆☆☆||☆☆☆||☆☆☆|
|Average-weight Sleepers (130-230 lbs)||★★☆||★★☆||★★★|
|Heavyweight Sleepers (+230 lbs)||★★★||★★★||★★★|
- Lightweight Sleepers – Lightweight side sleepers don’t weigh enough to sink into the upper comfort layers. These people will likely find the Big Fig significantly firm, which can result in pressure build-up.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight side sleepers who weigh closer to 230 pounds may like the latex-foam which contours along your sides. Those who weigh closer to 130 pounds are likely to find this bed too firm.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Side sleepers above 230 pounds should like how this bed cradles their curves and pressure points, which gives the sensation of a gentle hug without sinking too deep into the coils.
- Lightweight Sleepers – Lightweight back sleepers are likely to find this mattress too firm. This bed likely won’t provide enough cushioning, which means lightweight back sleepers may wake up with lower back pain.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight back sleepers should like the gentle cradle sensation that the latex layer provides, especially if they weigh closer to 230 pounds. Those closer to 130 pounds may want a softer bed.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Heavy back sleepers should feel a nice amount of cushioning in the lumbar area as well as sturdy support coming from the coils. This promotes a healthy sleep posture with plenty of pressure relief.
- Lightweight Sleepers – Lightweight stomach sleepers should find sufficient support but may find the bed lacking in pressure relief, which can cause neck and hip pain due to the bed’s firmness.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight stomach sleepers are likely to receive a balance of pressure relief and support, which is crucial in this position.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Stomach sleepers above 230 pounds should like the Big Fig’s firmer feel. The latex and poly foam layers provide enough support for the hips so that you don’t bottom out to the coils, while also cushioning the chest and shoulders.
Pressure Relief & Pain
While many people turn to memory foam when it comes to relieving pressure, all-foam beds tend to be too soft for bigger frames, lacking the support and durability they need.
The Big Fig brand took these special needs into consideration when designing this hybrid bed. Considering this product is made for folks who weigh in the 300+ lbs range, this bed’s target sleeper should find it falls somewhere between medium-soft and medium-firm with a good amount of pressure relief because higher weight concentrations can sink into materials easier.
Back Pain – People with back pain should like the firmness of this mattress as it does a good job of supporting the lumbar area. The ThermoGel fabric and the latex under it allow a gentle hug that alleviates pain while the Poly foam layers and coils keep the hips from sinking.
Hip Pain – Hip pain can be difficult to fall asleep with, and those struggling know the importance of having a mattress with good pressure-relieving materials. Although the Big Fig has multiple foam layers that prevent pressure build-up, the bed may be too firm for side sleepers with hip pain.
Shoulder Pain – Shoulder pain is another common issue side sleepers struggle with. However, even stomach sleepers can have trouble falling asleep with shoulder pain. The Big Fig should offer enough pressure relief in this area, especially for heavier people.
Support is often a big struggle when it comes to those with heavier weight considerations. Without adequate support, all of their weight can sink through the layers and leave the spine in an awkward position, and if your spine is continually in poor alignment, this could develop into chronic, worsening pain over time.
The combination of firmer foams and pushback from the pocketed coils should provide a high level of support regardless of the sleeping position. Being built for long-term durability and with internal tufting means you shouldn’t have to worry about the materials sagging or shifting over time.
Motion isolation is critical for partners with different sleeping schedules. Getting in and out of bed may wake your partner up if you sleep on a bed that allows motion transfer. More importantly, combination and restless sleepers may also disturb the other person, making it difficult to achieve a good night’s sleep.
The Big Fig has excellent motion isolation being a hybrid mattress. The bed has a layer of latex on top of three poly foam layers. In addition, the coils are individually wrapped to further isolate motion.
Temperature Regulation / Cooling
Hybrid mattresses are naturally more cooling than all-foam beds due to their coil base. Coils leave ample room for airflow, which helps keep the mattress construction from overheating. However, the Big Fig has even more of a cooling effect thanks to its ThermoGel-treated cover that may help lower your body temperature, preventing the heat from building up around you.
The latex-foam layer also promotes cooling because it’s more breathable than classic memory foam. This layer is perforated and infused with gel, which should keep hot sleepers comfortable.
Performance for Couples
Couples usually prefer mattresses with good motion isolation and edge support. Motion isolation helps both partners achieve a good night’s sleep without disturbing one another by keeping motion transfer to a minimum. On the other hand, edge support allows couples to use the entire surface of the bed without feeling like they could roll off.
The Big Fig performed well in both categories, mainly thanks to the combination of foam layers and coils. The foam layers absorb motion, while edge-to-edge coils and a foam perimeter prevent the edges from collapsing if you sit or sleep in this area.
Multiple Cooling Features
This model is built with not one but two helpful cooling capabilities. The ThermoGel–treated fabric on the bed’s cover, combined with the Gel-Infused Latex Foam, should keep it from getting too hot at night.
The responsive latex layer, firm poly foams, and pocket coils give this bed a good deal of bounce. This can help make it easy for sleepers to reposition during the night.
Exceptional Edge Support
The reinforced foam edges should make it so you can comfortably sleep on the edge without experiencing any sensations of rolling off. When sitting on the sides, the fear of bottoming out, even for heavier individuals, should never be an issue, thanks to the Big Fig’s excellent edge support.
People who change positions a lot or struggle with mobility typically prefer beds with a bit of “push back” or bounce that assists movement. Sexually active couples also benefit from this feature.
Handcrafted in the USA
All products are manufactured in the brand’s factory located in Cleveland, OH.
Adjustable Base Compatible
The foam edge supports in this product make it compatible with an adjustable base. For your convenience, the company manufactures their own adjustable design as well.
Construction: What’s Inside Big Fig?
Heavier people will often wear a standard bed out faster. For this reason, the manufacturer has constructed this mattress with materials that should hold up well through the 20-year warranty.
The cover is blended with ThermoGel-treated fabric that draws heat away from the body, allowing sleepers to rest on an actively cool surface. It has also been hand tufted to help ensure that the construction does not shift over time.
- Below the cover is a layer of Gel-Infused Perforated Foam, allowing maximum breathability and comfort.
- The comfort layer is made from three layers of poly foam for a “no-sag” cushioning sensation. This firmer layer adds necessary support and has an immediate response to pressure, so sleepers should never feel like they are sinking too deeply into this bed.
- The innerspring unit that follows consists of 1,600 individually wrapped coils. This 8-inch layer performs well under pressure and provides a high level of support, stability, and bounce.
- The base layer is made with high-density 80 ILD Edge Foam that equips this bed with extra supportive sides.
With every purchase, you have the option to buy the Big Fig Foundation, which the company recommends for optimal mattress performance. Big Fig claims this supports up to 5 times the weight of a standard foundation and can hold up to 1,100 pounds.
Unboxing & Off-Gassing
The Big Fig mattress is compressed and shipped in a box for easy handling. Once it arrives, you should place it on your bed foundation before removing the packaging so that it can unroll and expand on your base of choice. We suggest using the help of a friend or family member since the package can be quite heavy. If not, you may want to opt for white-glove delivery, which is a service that sets up your mattress for an additional charge. There’s also an option that includes old mattress removal.
Once you remove the packaging, you should wait at least a few hours before sleeping on your new mattress. You’ll see it inflate fairly quickly, but there may also be some off-gassing from the foams used in the construction. In most cases, the smells dissipate within a few hours.
- Eco-Friendly Certifications – The foams in this bed are CertiPUR-US® certified. CertiPUR-US® is a third-party program that ensures the foams meet rigorous health and safety standards. This means they don’t contain harmful substances like ozone depleters, PBDEs, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. They should also have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping – Shipping is free within the continental United States. The company also ships to the most populous parts of Canada, but any additional shipping costs will be calculated in your cart’s total.
- White-Glove Delivery – Professional installation is available for an additional 199 dollars, and if you’d like the company to remove your old mattress as well, that is available for 249 dollars.
- Trial – There is a 120-night trial period that permits customers to return the product for a full refund within this time period if they are not satisfied with their purchase.
- Warranty – This product comes with a 20-year warranty.
- Return Policy – Returns are free and easy if you decide to return the mattress within the trial period. The company issues a full refund.
Sizes & Prices
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 13”||$1,399|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 13”||$1,499|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||$1,599|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”||$1,799|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||$1,999|
|Cali King||72” x 84” x 13”||$1,999|
|Split King||76” x 80” x 13”||$2,799|
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Big Fig Mattress last?
The Big Fig mattress can last about ten years with proper use and the right foundation. This means no jumping or pulling on the stitching. In addition, you may also want to rotate the mattress a few times to ensure even wear.
How heavy is the Big Fig Mattress?
The Big Fig mattress weighs 70 to 130 pounds depending on the particular size you choose. For this reason, it’s recommended you have a friend help you unbox and set up the Big Fig.
How much weight can the Big Fig hold?
The Big Fig can support up to 1,100 pounds, which makes it an excellent option for heavier people and couples. You can ensure maximum endurance by pairing the bed with a quality mattress foundation as well.
Big Fig vs. Other Brands
Big Fig vs Brooklyn Bedding Titan Plus
- 550 pounds per sleeper
- 20-year warranty
- Perforated latex
- 10-year warranty
- 961 coils
- TitanFlex™ foam
Who We Recommend the Big Fig For
- Heavy people
- Stomach sleepers
Who We Recommend the Titan Plus For
- Budget shoppers
- Hot sleepers
- Heavy couples
Big Fig vs. Saatva HD
- Poly foam
- ThermoGel Cooling Technology
- 120-night trial
- Euro pillow top
- LumbarZone™ Active Spinal Wire
- Excellent edge support
Who We Recommend the Big Fig For
- Hot sleepers
- Budget shoppers
- Average-weight to heavyweight people
Who We Recommend the Saatva HD For
- People with back pain
- Luxury shoppers
- People who want a longer trial period
The Big Fig’s uniquely supportive design separates it from other mattresses as the premier option for heavier folks. This bed uses a combination of gel-infused latex-foam, coils, and poly foam to provide a supportive, cool, and comfortable sleep experience.
Side sleepers often experience unwanted pressure on a bed due to increased weight in the hips and shoulders, so most enjoy a softer surface. Side sleepers in the average weight range may find this option too firm, but heavier individuals who this product is designed for should find that this option fulfills their needs.
Back sleepers should sense the foam cover filling in the spaces between their shoulders and their hips while the latex conforms to the curves of the body. The back should feel well-aligned, and the support this bed provides should keep you comfortable all night long.
Stomach sleepers often do well with firmer beds, and although this bed is firm, heavier stomach sleepers could find they still need an even firmer bed. That being said, stomach sleepers should find that this elevates their hips, keeping their body comfortably aligned, and the top foam layer provides cushioning for the chest and shoulders that stomach sleepers should enjoy.
Combination sleepers should find it easy to move around between positions throughout the night thanks to the responsive layers with a good amount of bounce. The versatility of this bed with a good balance of comfort and support should make it a good fit regardless of sleeping position.
For heavy couples looking for a mattress that can accommodate their combined needs, this could be a great fit. With a good deal of bounce and reinforced edge support, it has all of the features most couples are shopping for. The manufacturer does recommend a weight restriction of 1100 pounds for two sleepers and 550 pounds for individuals.
This bed was made with heavy individuals in mind, taking into account the top 9 problems that they typically face. This hybrid construction was built with durable, high-quality materials and has cooling properties, reinforced edge support, and a 20-year warranty to ensure the bed can withstand heavier frames for an extended period.
Unfortunately for those who have a smaller, lightweight frame, this will not be the best bed for you. This mattress is designed for heavier frames and would likely feel much too firm for individuals under 120 pounds unless they prefer an extra firm feel. Lighter frames usually do best with a softer mattress.
Average Weight Sleepers
Average-weight people sleeping on their back and stomach should like this mattress, especially if they weigh closer to 230 pounds. The latex layer allows just enough sinkage to prevent pressure build-up, while the poly foam layers and the coils underneath support the body in a variety of positions.
Big Fig caters to the needs of heavier folks wanting a mattress that was designed with them in mind. The design incorporates a variety of materials and technology targeted at giving these individuals a great night's rest.
For those plus-sized individuals who’ve struggled to find the right mattress, we recommend looking into this uniquely designed product.
Heavyweight sleepers need the most support they can get, which is something folks at the Big Fig understand. That’s why the Big Fig is best suited for people over 230 pounds, as well as average-weight sleepers looking for greater support.
The mattress is also a good fit for heavyweight and average-weight people with back pain. Since the Big Fig falls higher on the firmness scale, your body won’t sink as deeply into the mattress, helping you maintain healthy spine alignment. The cooling features make it a good option for hot sleepers, while its motion isolation properties should appeal to couples.
However, lightweight sleepers and those who rest on their side are not a good match for the Big Fig. This bed is too firm to provide enough pressure relief for these sleepers to rest comfortably.