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Best Mattress for Larger People: 4 Beds for Heavy Sleep
Best Mattress for Heavy People

Best Mattress for Larger People:
4 Beds for Heavy Sleep

There is no ideal body type, we’re all different, but there is ONE way we’re all the same — we all need the relief of a good night’s sleep. There might be plenty of mattress guides out there, but virtually none understand that heavier people face a unique set of sleep challenges. We get it, and we get that you need help. Let’s find the absolute best mattress for heavy people today.

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Two Line Summary

The best mattress for larger people is a cool sleeping supportive mattress durable enough to last for years.

Our top recommendations are the heat dissipating Lucid 12″ Hybrid and the well constructed Tuft & Needle Standard.

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Lucid 12 Inch Queen Hybrid Mattress

Best Firm Mattress

The Lucid Hybrid mattress is a great example of how a mattress’ materials and design can make all the difference. This is one type of mattress that has your back… or your front. Depending on your sleeping position that is.

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Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam

Best Medium Firm Mattress

Using just a few really great materials instead of a bunch of mediocre ones turns out to be the recipe for a great bed. Not only does the Tuft & Needle provide a great medium-firm sleep for any size sleeper, but it also has a 100-night sleep trial.

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Classic Brands Individually Wrapped Coils

Best Innerspring Mattress

This mattress provides real value at a price point that puts it lower than tons of its competitors. Its wrapped coils provide a reduced sensation of movement, while also giving you a firm sleep night in and night out.

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Lucid 10” Latex

Best Latex Mattress

If you’ve been thinking of ditching your memory foam in favor of something with a little more responsive bounce back, then this is the mattress for you.

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What makes a Mattress Great for Heavy People?

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We’ll give it to you straight: when we look for the best mattress for larger people, it’s important to understand that mattresses aren’t a one-size-fits-all situation. There are some pretty major health concerns that need to be dealt with. Because back problems can often accompany weight gain, we want a bed with a high firmness rating. Not only that, it should be durable and have good edge support — we’ll need it to hold up and stay firm at all points of the mattress, not just in the middle.

Sleep apnea is also a big problem for many heavier people. That means we’re looking for beds that will work best in the side and stomach positions, as these tend to minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Finally, we’re looking for a bed with good temperature neutrality that sleeps cool. It can be such a bummer to have a bed that you think works great, only to find that it heats up like crazy as you sleep. That discomfort can lead to just as many sleepless nights as if you had a bum spring or lack of edge support. Put all these different parts together and presto chango, you’ve got the best mattress for larger people. Dig it? Cool, now let’s get into it.

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Best Firm Mattress: Lucid 12 Inch Queen Hybrid Mattress – Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Infused Memory Foam

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The Lucid Hybrid mattress is a great example of how a mattress’ materials and design can make all the difference. In general, we recommend that if you’re a heavier person you get a hybrid bed because of how it supports your body while still cradling high-pressure areas like your lower back and hip. The Lucid does this in spades. Here’s what else we found.

Support: The individually encased coils did a great job of responding independently on sleep tests. What does that mean in plain English? It means that you’re getting great support. Simple, right? OK, here’s the dirt: because this is unlike a traditional inner-spring, each coil in this system is working independently to provide firm support in the places you need it most. If you’re tired of waking up achy and stiff, this mattress is a golden ticket to waking up feeling like a kid again. It’s going to cradle those pressure points while still supporting your lower back and shoulders — traditional problem areas for larger folks.

Comfort: The Lucid graded out HUGE in the comfort department and really shows the strength of having a hybrid mattress. The good news for heavier people? This bed is comfortable AND it’s firm. Utilizing two distinct memory foams (one infused with aloe vera, one infused with charcoal), the Lucid can feel firm but still has a pretty responsive and cushioning bounce. That means while this mattress is firm, it’s not going to feel like you’re sleeping on clay — you’re still getting that classic mattress feeling. Just try not to jump on the bed too much when you’re feeling a kid again. Sure, the mattress can handle it — but that’s just a weird look.


The Bottom Line

Infusing the memory foam with bamboo charcoal and aloe vera was a nice touch. It not only helps to neutralize the typical off-gas smell of memory foam, but it also helps to create a more temperature neutral environment. As any larger person knows, you’re looking for a bed that doesn’t sleep too hot. This is one type of mattress that has your back… or your front (depending on your sleeping position) on that.

It’s also worth noting that this is a fairly durable mattress, while it’s warranty lasts a standard 10-years (about average for a mattress warranty), it DOES get the coveted Certi-PUR US certification for memory foam, meaning you can rest easy knowing that this mattress should hold up over the course of its lifetime – no matter your weight.

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Best Medium Firm Mattress: Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam (Standard)

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Tuft & Needle is one of the big players in the mattress game, and for good reason. Their unique adaptive foam and 10-year warranties make this the go-to for larger people in need of a great medium firm mattress. This is the standard issue mattress from Tuft & Needle (they now also offer a “mint” version). Top to bottom, this is a nicely constructed mattress that uses premium materials so that you can sleep the velvety sleep of royalty — whether you’re a queen or a California king. Let’s get into it.

Support: Sometimes it can be hard for a memory foam bed to have great support, but the Tuft & Needle pulls it off. This is due to the fact that the majority of this mattress is made up of a support layer, with a thinner comfort layer resting on top. While other mattresses may have more layers, it really does seem like they concentrated on quality and not quantity. What we appreciated was that the foam itself felt strong, a huge test of support is how it’s going to feel a year from now. This one feels sturdy, durable, and most importantly comfy. This is a mattress that’s going to stay in the medium-firm territory for as long as you need.

Comfort: This feels like a high bar for a mattress that self-describes itself as “the internet’s most comfortable mattress” but we gotta say that the Tuft & Needle standard bed pulls it off. Instead of trying to make a bunch of arbitrary layers of different foam like other internet mattresses, Tuft & Needle went with just two layers of premium adaptive foam to provide comfort and support. Turns out that going back to basics is key for comfort. While firmly in the medium-firm territory, there’s still a good amount of bounce back and responsiveness thanks to Tuft & Needle’s proprietary foam technology. It’s no wonder it’s one of the internet’s best selling mattresses.


The Bottom Line

Using just a few really great materials instead of a bunch of mediocre ones turns out to be the recipe for a great bed. Not only does the Tuft & Needle provide a great medium-firm sleep that retains its shape no matter how large of a sleeper is on it, but it also has great temperature control. That’s because of the integration of graphite and cooling gel into the sleep cover. It’s super breathable.

On top of that put a ten-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial, and you’ve got the makings of a real winner on your hands. The 100-night trial is especially valuable as you can see how this mattress reacts to different temperatures before you decide to buy. That’s great flexibility.

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Budget Innerspring Choice: Classic Brands Individually Wrapped Coils Innerspring Pillow Top

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For those heavier people looking for value in their next mattress, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than Classic Brands 10” Pillowtop Innerspring Mattress. While not the most creatively named mattress (I mean, really y’all. This is the most literal name of all time), it makes up for it in quality. This is a slight mattress (only ten inches!) that gives a ton of bang for its buck. If you’re looking for a firm bed that you won’t break the bank on, you could do a heckuva lot worse than picking this up. Read on and see why.

Support: We weren’t initially convinced that this pillowtop innerspring could give us the kind of support we need, but I’m happy to say that we were wrong. While traditional innerspring mattresses tend to lose the tension in their coils fairly quickly, the design of this mattress makes the individually wrapped steel coils contour exactly to your body. How many steel coils? 792 on a queen-sized bed. That’s a lot of individually wrapped coils. That’s also great news for not only the support but also for this mattress’s durability. This is a bed made to keep its shape.

Comfort: The comfort of this bed really depends on how much you enjoy a firm mattress. This one is firm! That’s a good thing for most people, but it’s worth noting — you’re not getting any memory foam or latex to lighten up the coils. This is a no-frills mattress that delivers exactly what it promises: firmness and support. Many larger people do prefer a firm mattress, not only does it sleep well, they often last longer too. If you’re looking for a less firm mattress, this might not be for you, but if you’re in the market for support with a fair amount of comfort, this is most definitely the bed for you.


The Bottom Line

The popular wisdom says, “what you pay is what you get” but thankfully that’s not true for this Classic Brands mattress. It provides real value at a price point that puts it lower than tons of its competitors. That’s a credit to the feel and durability of these coils.

We’ve experienced a lot of innerspring mattresses, but these wrapped coils provide a reduced sensation of movement (important if you’re sharing a bed), while also giving you a firm sleep night in and night out.

It also sleeps cool, thanks to the lack of memory foam and heat wicking provided by the coil system. It makes for a beautiful night’s sleep. In our opinion, that feeling alone is worth its weight in gold.

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Best Latex Option: Lucid 10” Latex

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Latex represents a great option if you’re not really into the sinking-in feeling of memory foam. Latex mattresses have a more bounce-back, springy feel that makes sure you don’t get too lost in your own bed. This mattress isn’t totally devoid of foam (its bottom layer is supportive base foam), but it does have three solid inches of latex just beneath the tencel cover. It behaves exactly the way a latex bed should, so if that’s your jam (think bouncy and fun, not sinky and weird) then this could be it for you. Let’s do this.

Support: Having seven inches of base foam is a great way to get the support you need — especially if you’re a back sleeper. We also love how the latex and foam behave together to work against motion transfer. This isn’t cradling your body in the same way that looser memory foam might, but that means you’re getting better support. That can be a must if you’re a larger person who’s dealing with back issues. The support on this one is a solid 9/10 for us.

Comfort: Again, your comfort on this one is going to vary on your mattress style, but if you’re into the idea of a latex bed (or just really hate memory foam) then this will definitely be your jam. We loved how simple the design is and how it worked together with a Tencel cooling cover to create one unbroken sleep design. Simple is good, it means less stuff breaks down over time and promotes overall durability. Remember comfort only matters if it’s as comfortable on the thousandth day as it is on the first. In that way, this Lucid mattress shines.


The Bottom Line

If you’ve been thinking of ditching your memory foam in favor of something with a little more responsive bounce back, then this is the mattress for you. We loved the value in getting a latex mattress (which can sometimes end up in the thousands of dollars) at this price point. It represents a great way into this space even if you think you can’t normally afford it.

We also loved that they offer the option to add a topper if the feel is a little TOO firm for you. That’s the kind of attention to detail that separates the good mattresses from the great ones. This is a great one.

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Buying Guide to the Best Mattress for Larger People

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So you’re a heavier person and you’re literally at the end of your rope looking for a great mattress? No worries, friend. We’ve listed some of the best options for you in the product reviews, but in case you don’t want to take our word for it, here are some great ways to understand what to look for if you need to find the best mattress for larger people. Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort just because you need support, this is all about finding the absolute right mattress for you!


Mattress Considerations for Heavy People: Every Body is Different

We’ve broken this section down into some handy metrics for you to consider when looking at a new mattress. The general philosophy is this: if it’s firm, it’s a win, if it’s squishy, run like hell. There are exceptions, though. Let’s break it down and get you that sleep you crave. These are the factors that go into the best mattress for heavy people.

Firmness is next to Godliness.

Firmness deals with how firm the mattress feels under your weight (duh, right?). This is usually dictated by the top level or “comfort layer” of your mattress. If you’re a larger person who suffers from lower back problems and needs some lumbar support, you’re looking for a mattress on the higher end of that spectrum — at least medium-firm ratings. That’s always a good place to start.

Support is key for the long haul.

Support is different than firmness in that it takes into account every layer of your mattress — not just the top one. While you may want a little less firm mattress, you’re going to want maximum support no matter what. It’s key that these layers work together to offer some pressure relief on problem areas like the lower back and hips. Maximum support is what makes you feel good when you wake up in the morning.

Material is a mixed bag.

Honestly? You can find a good mattress with many different kinds of materials. You may want to stay away from traditional spring mattresses, as the coils tend to wear out, but heartier memory foams, gels, and hybrids are all great options. Hybrids are especially great as they can offer the comfortability of foam while using micro-coils or other types of bed tech to make sure that you’re still getting great support for years to come.

Foam Density is key in the lower sections

Most memory foam beds come with multiple layers of foam. While you can have a less dense top layer for comfort and temperature regulation, you’re going to want to make sure that the foam density on the bottom support layers is on the denser side. That’s not only for support but for durability. It’s less likely to shift and distort over time.

Coil Gauge is important, but it’s all about the magic number 400

Coil gauge refers to the thickness of the coil on an innerspring or hybrid mattress. While you want a thick coil gauge, the thing that’s really going to keep your mattress nice is the number of coils. We’re looking for at least 400 in a queen size bed. That way your weight will be evenly distributed over its coils, and won’t lead to wear and tear sooner than it should.

Edge Support: You don’t want to live on the edge, but you should be able to sleep on it.

Edge support is hugely important for the best mattress for heavy people. This is basically how much your bed sags on the corners and edges. Some beds hold up nicely in the middle, but we’re looking for beds with even distributions and edge support that ensures no matter where you are on the bed that your pressure areas will be supported.

Temperature neutrality is all about getting what you want when you want it.

Plenty of us larger people sleep a little warm. That can be exacerbated by a bad mattress that uses inferior memory foam that heats up when body heat comes in contact with it. This is one of the biggest comfort measures that you can apply to a bed. Most memory foam mattresses now come with at least one layer of gel, which helps with temperature regulation, as well as some top layer that can help wick away heat and moisture. Look for these features when you’re considering the best mattress for heavier people. You wanna look hot in your new bed, not BE hot.

Durability: Does my mattress stand the test of time?

Some mattresses offer lifetime warranties, others offer extended trial periods and good return policies. These are usually marks of a durable mattress. Because we’re looking for the best mattress for heavy people, we’re going to want to look for thicker, more durable mattresses that won’t warp over long periods of time. Sure, even the best beds can lose some of their oomph after a decade or more, but durability is so important for back and sleep health, that we can emphasize it enough. Unfortunately the only real test of durability is using it, so if your bed offers an extended trial phase, please take advantage of it!


The Best Mattress for Larger People by Sleep Position

Do all these beds hold up if you’re a heavier person AND sleep in different positions? Here’s what to look for depending on how you sleep. We busted this up into three different categories for your willing and eager perusal — back, side, and stomach.

Back Sleepers

If you sleep on your back and you’re on the heavy side, it’s best to look for a mattress that has a little more firmness than others. That’s because you’re going to want to make sure that your lower back, hips, and spine stay in alignment while you sleep. The good news is that this is typically the healthiest position for a heavy person sleeping, the bad news is that it also can be problematic if you suffer from sleep apnea or other weight-related sleep disorders. In your case, the firmer the better.

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers need to look for a bed that can caress their hips and lower back even as it supports. If you’re a heavy side sleeper, you’re going to want to look at beds with great edge support, but also beds that have a little give to them. You’ll want slightly less firmness than back sleepers. Sure, you need the support, but you’re going to want to take the pressure off of problem areas so that they don’t wake you up at night. That way you can get your best rest and wake up refreshed!

Stomach Sleepers

This is the hardest position for comfort if you’re overweight. Not only will your body shape make it a little more difficult for you to find comfort, but it’s also the hardest on your back and hips. For this, you’ll want to skew towards a firm bed, maybe even a hybrid that will hold its shape and stay durable, so that you aren’t sinking in and exacerbating existing medical issues. The good news is that this is the absolute best position to sleep in if you have apnea, so at least you won’t be waking up with that!

Couples should look for hybrids with good edge support

If you’re in a couple and you’re both larger people, it’s a must that you get something that has great support. Many hybrid beds have coil systems that allow each person to sleep peacefully without disturbing their partner. It’s sort of the best of both worlds, you can sleep together, but feel like you’re getting the undisturbed peace of sleeping alone.

Why you should take advantage of trials, warranties, and refunds

Most beds offer some sort of trial, and if they don’t it probably means they have something to hide. If you’re a larger person, you want to know that this bed is durable and supportive enough to give you the sleep you need. Look for at least a 30 day trial period if not longer, and something with a warranty of at least ten years. Those are good metrics to use to look for quality, and if for some reason your mattress becomes unsatisfactory during that time, at least you can get a replacement sent for a minimal fee. Don’t jump into the first bed that comes your way, look for the lasting relationship that will let you sleep for a lifetime. Good advice in love, good advice with beds.

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Conclusion: You get what you pay for.

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When looking for the best mattress for larger people its good to remember that you get what you pay for. Sure, there are great deals on mattresses online for less than 200 bucks, but doing that means that you’re really sacrificing in some key areas that could impact your sleep going forward. If you’re a heavy person, you’re going to want great support and some level of firmness that will last for a while, it’s imperative for avoiding back, hip, and joint issues. Your bed needs to be your sanctuary, not something that you wake up from stiff, full of aches and pains, and ornery.

Whether you’re a lone sleeper who sleeps on their stomach or part of a couple who love to cuddle in the side position, you know to look for a bed that has your back. Sure we mean that metaphorically, but we also mean it literally. As a heavy person, making sure your back is supported should be your main concern. Don’t be afraid to utilize the full length of a sleep trial to make sure that you’re getting the best bed for you. Clothes don’t come in all sizes and neither do beds. You being your best self starts with eight hours of sleep. We know you deserve it, and we know you know it too. A full night of great sleep looks good on anybody. Get it now.

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