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Best Mattresses for Heavy Sleepers

What are the Best Mattresses for Heavy Sleepers?

Choosing a mattress can be a complicated and confusing process. Budget and personal preferences play a role, but two of the most important considerations are body shape and preferred sleep position. By tailoring their mattress to best support them in their chosen position, customers can ensure their new bed offers them a peaceful night’s sleep.

Sleepers who weigh more than 200 pounds tend to look for similar qualities in a bed, both generally and for each preferred sleep position. Mattresses may be more or less suitable due to a range of factors, including firmness, materials used, mattress type, and thickness. Additionally, heavier sleepers tend to particularly appreciate beds with good temperature neutrality and edge support.

To help you find the best mattress for your needs, we’ve created a list of the best beds for sleepers over 200 pounds. Further down, we’ll walk you through some of the most important things heavier sleepers should look for in a bed, as well as accessories to make your sleep more comfortable.

Weight Disclaimer

Please note: For the purposes of this page, we are talking about individuals who weigh 200 pounds or more. Although we use the term heavy for brevity and convenience to describe sleepers, we do not use weight categories such as “average” or “overweight” as they can be misleading and dependent on the individual. We use 200 or more pounds as a practical standard of size when discussing how mattresses interact with sleepers’ bodies. We have found that individuals who weigh more than 200 pounds will have similar needs for a mattress in terms of firmness, thickness, and other factors with small individual variations.

Our Top Picks

Big Fig - Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,599
Titan - Best Value
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999 (Without top panel) or $1,249 (with top panel)
Nectar - Best Budget
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $799
WinkBeds Plus - Best for Side Sleepers
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,799
Saatva - Best for Back Pain
  • Mattress Type: Innerspring
  • Firmness Level: Soft (2-3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,399
Avocado - Best Organic
  • Mattress Type: Latex Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,399

Big Fig - Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers

Price: $1,599

Height: 13"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

 

big fig mattress

Highlights:

  • Ideal for back sleepers
  • Above-average edge support
  • Minimal sagging regardless of weight

Ideal For:

  • Back-sleepers above 200 pounds
  • Anyone with a sleep partner
  • People who sleep warm

An American mattress manufacturer born from a family business that reaches back over a century, Big Fig specializes in mattresses for heavier sleepers. Their flagship Big Fig mattress is a very durable hybrid model, featuring a 3.5-inch comfort system.

The Big Fig’s comfort layering includes gel-infused, ventilated latex for temperature-neutral pressure relief and three layers of medium to high-density polyfoam for a supportive sleeping cradle. For its support core, the Big Fig uses pocketed steel coils, as well as a high-density polyfoam encasement for improved edge support.

While all sleepers over 200 pounds are likely to enjoy the Big Fig, its medium-firm feel is most suitable for back sleepers. The combination of latex and polyfoam provides lightly-contouring pressure relief, particularly at the hips and the small of the back. At the same time, the pocketed coils can support the hips and shoulders for ideal spinal alignment.

Due to its strong edge support, motion isolation, and temperature neutrality, the Big Fig also offers couples and other co-sleepers an uninterrupted sleep with plenty of room to spread out.

At 13 inches tall, the Big Fig has a higher profile than most other hybrid mattresses. This is ideal for heavier sleepers, offering them durable support and a lower likelihood of sinking through the comfort layering.


Titan - Best Value

Price: $999

Height: 11"

Firmness: Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Titan Mattress

Highlights:

  • Firm, reinforced construction
  • Temperature neutral
  • Optional cooling top panel

Ideal For:

  • Heavier sleepers of any position preference
  • People who sleep hot
  • Anyone who needs strong edge support

Arizona-based mattress manufacturer Brooklyn Bedding is known for high-quality construction and excellent performance, and their hybrid Titan mattress — designed explicitly with heavier sleepers in mind — follows this trend.

With a firm, supportive feel and minimal contouring, the Titan offers sleepers a floating sensation of sleeping on, rather than in, their mattress. This is thanks to its use of high-density gel memory foam and polyfoam comfort layers, which compress less than softer materials while still providing enough pressure relief for the majority of sleepers. (Heavier sleepers also tend to find firmer mattresses subjectively softer and more comfortable than lighter sleepers.)

A support core of pocketed steel coils and high-density polyfoam provides sleepers with a highly-supportive foundation which adapts easily to any sleep position. The Titan also features reinforced construction, increasing the bed’s durability and edge support as well as its ability to provide heavier sleepers with the right amount of overall support.

The Titan is reasonably temperature-neutral, but people who tend to sleep hot may want to consider purchasing their mattress with the optional add-on of a cooling top panel that features heat-absorbing phase-change materials.

Overall, the Titan’s high performance in a range of essential sleep categories makes it an easy choice for heavier sleepers. Budget-minded shoppers are also likely to appreciate its comparatively low price-point.


WinkBed Plus - Best for Side Sleepers

Price: $1,599

Height: 13.5"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 5/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

WinkBeds Plus Mattress

Highlights:

  • Strong edge support
  • Responsive Dunlop latex comfort layer
  • Cotton lumbar pad for support

Ideal For:

  • Heavier sleepers of any position preference
  • Customers who suffer from back pain
  • People who sleep warm

The Winkbed Plus, a hybrid model from New York-based mattress manufacturer WinkBeds, was designed to provide the ideal balance of support and pressure relief for heavier sleepers. With its careful design and thoughtful details, it offers heavier sleepers a restful sleep regardless of their preferred sleep position.

At 14.5 inches tall, the Winkbed Plus has an exceptionally high profile. This extra thickness allows for a deeper sleeping cradle, while still preventing heavier sleepers from sinking through to the support core. The integrated cover is stretch-knit Tencel, a soft and breathable fabric made from sustainable plant fibers.

For its comfort system, the Winkbed Plus combines low-density gel memory foam with natural Dunlop latex. The memory foam lightly contours for balanced pressure relief, while the latex provides both pressure relief and support with a characteristic bounce and good temperature neutrality. Together, the two materials offer sleepers above 200 pounds an exceptionally comfortable sleep with a balanced feel.

Sleepers with back pain may find the Winkbed Plus an appealing choice, as it features a cotton lumbar pad to better support the lower back and hips. This thoughtful construction continues into the support core, which pairs ergonomically-zoned, pocketed steel coils with a high-density polyfoam encasement for better edge support.


Nectar - Best Budget

Price: $799

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

nectar mattress

Highlights:

  • Lower price-point than competitors
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Supportive for back and side sleepers

Ideal For:

  • Back and side sleepers over 200 pounds
  • Anyone in need of superb pressure relief
  • Value-minded customers

California-based mattress manufacturer Nectar Sleep’s flagship model, the Nectar mattress, is an all-foam bed which offers excellent pressure relief for back and side sleepers over 200 pounds.

Under its breathable, Tencel-cotton blend cover, the Nectar’s comfort system features four inches of gel memory foam. While the Nectar’s overall feel is medium-firm, the memory foam in these layers is relatively low-density and contours deeply for soothing pressure relief. This also gives sleepers the feeling of sleeping ‘in’, rather than ‘on’, their bed.

A support core of high-density memory foam and polyfoam stabilizes the bed, while also forming a base for the comfort system’s sleeping cradle. While less durable than pocketed coils, high-density foam cores also tend to be less expensive and more motion-isolating. The Nectar also has slightly better edge support than some other all-foam competitors.

Side and back sleepers are most suited to the Nectar’s deep contouring, while stomach-sleepers may find it fails to support their pelvis. Side sleepers are prone to developing pressure points at their shoulder and hip, but the Nectar’s thick memory foam conforms around curves for pressure relief and proper spinal alignment. Similarly, back sleepers are likely to appreciate the Nectar’s good weight distribution and lower back support.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Saatva - Best for Back Pain

Price: $1,399

Height: 11.5" or 14.5"

Firmness: Medium (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 2/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 5/5

Titan Mattress

Highlights:

  • Two height options
  • Bouncy coil-on-coil design
  • Plush Euro-style pillow top

Ideal For:

  • Heavier sleepers of any position preference
  • Value-minded customers
  • People who sleep warm

American mattress manufacturer Saatva’s flagship bed, the Saatva mattress, also known as the Saatva Classic, is a luxury innerspring that is available in three firmness models and two height options. These customizable details are crucial for heavier sleepers, who often sleep better on firmer, thicker beds.

The Saatva’s Euro-style pillow top cover is made of 100% organic cotton, as well as polyfoam and Dacron fiberfill in the pillow top itself. This provides a plush feel, rounding the edges of the bed’s overall firmness level without lessening its support. In addition to the pillow top, the Saatva’s comfort system includes thin layers — one inch in total — of both polyfoam and memory foam for minimally-contouring pressure relief.

One of the Saatva’s key features is its 4-inch transitional layer of recycled-steel pocketed coils. As well as preventing sleepers from sinking against the innerspring support core, this innovative coil-on-coil design also provides more targeted support and a bouncy, responsive feel.

In the support core itself, the Saatva’s recycled-steel, hourglass coil innerspring core has its edge support reinforced by a high-density polyfoam perimeter.

Despite its high-quality construction and luxury detailing, the Saatva has an affordable price-point. This is thanks to its innerspring design, as innersprings are some of the least expensive mattresses on the market.

Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review


Avocado - Best Organic

Price: $1,399

Height: 11" or 13"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 5/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

Avocado Green Mattress

Highlights:

  • Eco-friendly design
  • Ergonomically zoned for better support
  • High-quality construction

Ideal For:

  • Heavier sleepers of any position preference
  • Customers interested in eco-friendly beds
  • People who avoid animal products (Avocado Vegan)

Founded in 2015 and based in New Jersey, Avocado’s flagship bed, the Avocado mattress, is available in two forms: the Avocado Green, and the Avocado Vegan. These share the same construction, except that the Vegan swaps the Green’s 100% organic wool comfort layer for one made from 100% organic cotton.

In both Avocado models, the soft and breathable integrated cover is made from 100% organic cotton. (All organic materials used in the bed are GOTS or GOLS-certified.) The comfort system comes next, with its plush and ultra-breathable top layer of either wool or cotton, followed by a 2-inch thick layer of 100% organic Dunlop latex.

The Avocado can also be purchased with an additional 2-inch layer of softer latex, but this creates a medium feel that's not quite firm enough for most sleepers above 200 pounds.

Dunlop latex is made using the sap from sustainable rubber trees and provides a temperature-neutral, pressure-relieving sleep surface with a signature bounciness. Heavier sleepers in particular often appreciate latex’s balanced support and ‘floating’ feel. In Avocado’s case, their latex is also sourced from co-owned farmers’ collectives, adding to the bed’s eco-friendly bonafides.

Finally, the Avocado’s support core — made from a 1-inch layer of high-ILD latex and an 8-inch layer of pocketed recycled-steel coils — provides plenty of support for heavier sleepers of all position preferences.

Read Our Full Avocado Mattress Review


What Type of Mattress Is Best for Heavy Sleepers?

While everyone has their own preferences, mattress suitability is largely decided by a sleeper’s weight and favored sleep position, or positions.

Sleep position preference heavily determines what qualities are most important, as well as which mattress types may work for them. For example, if you're a side sleeper, you'll need to look for a mattress that offers enough pressure relief to avoid developing sore pressure points at your shoulder and hip, with enough contouring to support your curves.

Hybrids are the most common type of mattress on our list, both with memory foam and with natural latex. These offer heavier sleepers a good balance of pressure relief and support, and are popular among many people regardless of their preferred sleep position. Other popular mattress types include all-foam, all-latex, traditional innersprings, and airbeds.

Most sleepers over 200 pounds prefer beds that are temperature neutral, as they tend to sleep warm and may experience deeper contouring with less airflow. Similarly, heavier sleepers may also require better edge support, as beds with sagging edges may cause them to feel as though they are rolling out of bed when they sleep close to the edge.

Which Mattress Thickness is Best for Heavy Sleepers?

Although mattresses vary widely in thickness, most heavy sleepers prefer those on the thicker end, or above 11 inches in height.

Mattresses compress more under more weight – particularly their comfort layers – as those tend to be less dense than the support system. For people under 200 pounds, thinner comfort layers may be enough to keep them from sinking against the core. However, those who weigh more will likely be more comfortable in a bed with a thicker comfort system.

Some mattresses offer a transitional layer, which creates a buffer zone between the comfort and support layers. These can be thought of as part of the comfort system, as they prevent excess sinkage and help create a comfortable, pressure-relieving sleeping cradle.

Support core thickness also plays a role in mattress suitability. Thicker cores tend to be more durable, and beds designed for heavier sleepers often feature reinforced construction to ensure the bed will resist sagging throughout its lifetime.

Finally, sleepers with mobility issues often require a higher-profile mattress to aid them with getting into and out of bed. If this is true for you, you will likely also need your bed to have good edge support, and may find that deeply-contouring beds make changing positions difficult.

What Mattress Firmness is Best for Heavy Sleepers?

The majority of sleepers over 200 pounds tend to prefer firmer mattresses, ranging from medium-firm to very firm. Mattresses, regardless of the materials they’re made of, compress more under greater weight. This has two results:

  • Heavier people subjectively experience firmer mattresses as softer, due to increased compression
  • Compression weakens the support offered by softer beds, while firmer beds compress less for optimal support

Some sleepers close to 200 pounds may prefer mattresses with a true medium feel, but for others, this firmness level could cause poor spinal alignment and next-day stiffness due to a lack of support.

As with other aspects of choosing a mattress, sleep position preference plays a role in selecting a mattress firmness. For example, side-sleepers usually require a comparatively softer bed then stomach-sleepers, though in some cases a firmer mattress with excellent pressure relief can also be comfortable.

If you're concerned that a firm bed may be too uncomfortable, it’s important to remember the subjective aspect of firmness, and that it may well feel much softer than you expect. Furthermore, most online mattress retailers offer a sleep trial, allowing customers to return their bed for a full refund if it doesn’t suit them perfectly.

What Accessories Are Best For Heavier Sleepers?

Choosing the right mattress is a crucial step in achieving a good night’s sleep. Still, those who are unhappy with their current mattress and can’t afford to replace it — or those whose mattress comes close to perfect, but not quite — can adapt their current set-up using sleep accessories like pillows and mattress toppers.

Available at a range of price-points, from budget-priced to luxury, sleep accessories offer the chance to customize your bed to your needs. Below, we’ll walk you through the features heavier sleepers should look for in pillows and mattress toppers.

Pillows

Just as mattresses are available in a diverse range of types, materials, and firmness levels, so too are pillows. While heavier people show fewer preference trends in pillows than mattresses, they do share some similar needs.

Depending on your body shape, you may need a higher-profile pillow to achieve proper spinal alignment in your neck and shoulders. Different materials also offer varying amounts of compression, so if you like down-filled pillows, you may require a higher profile than someone who prefers sculpted memory foam.

If you struggle with your pillow going flat too quickly, you may also be interested in pillows whose fill material compresses less. Of course, all pillows have a lifetime, and those which flatten out excessively may simply need to be replaced.

For sleepers with specialized needs — such as sleep apnea, or neck and shoulder pain — a specialized pillow may be best. For example, sleep apnea and GERD are both sometimes treated using wedge-shaped pillows which raise the head above the chest. If you have a medical condition and are unsure which pillow would be best for you, speak to your health care team for more information.

Mattress Toppers

Usually made of polyfoam, memory foam, or latex, mattress toppers function as additional comfort layers for your bed and are placed on top of the bed, below the fitted sheet. Depending on your mattress protector, a topper may fit inside or require a protective cover of its own.

While the ideal mattress would require no topper, toppers can sometimes extend the lifetime of a bed which is showing its age, or turn an unsuitable bed into something more comfortable. Heavier sleepers often use mattress toppers to adjust their bed’s firmness, achieve better pressure relief, or otherwise adapt their bed to suit their needs.

Sleeping too warm can also be a reason for using a mattress topper. Latex is naturally temperature neutral, and some latex toppers are ventilated for better airflow. Similarly, some foam options are gel-infused for a cooler sleep, or infused with phase change materials to dissipate heat quickly.

Mattress toppers are available in a range of thicknesses, with thicker options usually being more expensive. (As with mattresses, most heavier sleepers prefer thicker mattress toppers.) Durability also tends to depend on price, though it is influenced more by the mattress topper material. For example, memory foam is less durable than polyfoam, which is, in turn, less durable than latex.