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Best Mattress for Heavy People

Keith Cushner

Written by

Keith Cushner, Sleep Product Expert

Jenny Iyo

Medically Reviewed by

Jenny Iyo, Physical Therapist

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After a recent round of testing, we’ve updated our picks to include the Bear Elite Hybrid as our best pick for couples. The Titan Luxe Hybrid remains our best overall pick.

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Each mattress has a thickness, firmness, and material composition that makes it feel more comfortable for people with certain body types, and less so for others. If you weigh more than 230 pounds, our hands-on testing has shown a medium firm (6 out of 10 on the firmness scale) or firm (7-8) mattress with minimal cushioning layers and a strong support system will probably feel most comfortable. That said, mattress preferences are subjective. We make general recommendations based on feedback from sleepers in different weight groups, but ultimately you are the best judge of the most comfortable mattress for your body.

Our team of mattress experts has tested hundreds of mattresses for different performance areas, including suitability for different body types. For this list, we focused on feedback and ratings from testers who weigh more than 230 pounds. We also considered factors that most impact sleep experiences for people in this weight range, such as edge support, ease of movement, pressure relief, and temperature neutrality. The picks below reflect these discussions.

 

The Best Mattresses for Heavy People

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All of these mattresses scored reasonably well with our testers who weigh more than 230 pounds, though some of our top picks also earned favorable ratings from sleepers in other weight groups. Check out our detailed descriptions below to learn more about each selection. Further down, you’ll find a detailed buyer’s guide. Topics we’ll cover include mattress types and firmness levels, which mattresses are most comfortable for people who weigh more than 230 pounds, and how to determine which mattress is best for you. While you’re shopping around, you can also head over to our list of Best Firm Mattresses to seek out beds with strong support.

Weight Disclaimer

Please note: For the purposes of this page, we are talking about individuals who weigh 230 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 230 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 230 pounds will have similar needs for a mattress in terms of firmness, thickness, and other factors with small individual variations.

Product Details

Best Overall

Titan Plus Luxe

Titan Plus Luxe
Price Range: $899 - $1,549
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split California King
Who it's best for:
  • People who weigh 130 to 230 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Value seekers
Highlights:
  • Medium firm hybrid design provides balanced contouring and support
  • Optional cooling panel to boost temperature control on the surface
  • Below-average pricing for a hybrid
Titan Plus Luxe

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The Titan Plus Luxe from Brooklyn Bedding — previously known as the Titan Luxe Hybrid — is an ultra-supportive coil mattress specifically designed for people who weigh more than 230 pounds. However, we’ve found some people in this weight range prefer more contouring to optimize their spinal alignment and alleviate pressure in the shoulders, back, and hips. The Titan Plus Luxe caters to this crowd with a medium firm (6) feel and closer conforming.

What It’s Made of

A top layer of gel-infused memory foam is quilted into the cover, while the second layer is composed of TitanFlex polyfoam that offers a responsive feel akin to that of latex. Our testers noticed that these two layers combine to cushion the body without sinking too much, while a transitional polyfoam layer offers extra reinforcement for the body. An 8-inch coil system and a base layer of high-density foam ensure excellent overall stability.

How It Performed

Unlike the firmer Titan model, the Plus Luxe is constructed with a pillow-top. During our tests, we found that this feature creates an invitingly plush feel when you get into bed without sacrificing overall support. The side and back sleepers on our team both found the bed comfortable. Our testing has shown that sleepers who prefer these positions typically require a balance of support and cushioning to cradle sensitive joints while also maintaining healthy spinal alignment.

The Plus Luxe also performed well during our tests for temperature control. The coils circulate a decent amount of air, allowing the mattress to sleep reasonably cool. Exceptionally hot sleepers can also opt for a panel of phase change material, which absorbs and dissipates body heat. For an extra fee, this panel is sewn directly onto the surface of the mattress.

Even with the cooling panel, the Plus Luxe’s sticker price falls well below that of the average hybrid model. Brooklyn Bedding also ships the mattress for free throughout the contiguous U.S. Each purchase is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Bottom Line

A lot of mattresses designed for people over 230 pounds provide excellent support at the expense of cushioning. The Titan Plus Luxe balances these two qualities nicely, producing a sleep surface that we found particularly well-suited to side and back sleepers. The mattress also earned stellar ratings for edge support and temperature control during our tests.

Best Value

DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud Mattress
Price Range: $799 - $1,499
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Any sleeping position (back, side, stomach)
  • Couples
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Medium firm feel is well suited to those over 130 pounds
  • Hybrid construction offers strong pressure relief performance
  • Gel-infused foam and breathable cover prevent overheating
DreamCloud Mattress

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The DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that combines layers of memory foam and polyfoam to provide significant pressure relief for heavier sleepers. The testers on our team who weigh more than 230 pounds agree the DreamCloud has a very balanced feel with ample cushioning and adequate support for this weight group.

What It’s Made of

The mattress is wrapped in a soft, breathable cashmere poly-blend cover, with a layer of polyfoam quilted into the top. A second layer of gel-infused memory foam draws excess heat away from the body, allowing it to dissipate before it builds up. Multiple foam layers in the comfort system provide a luxurious feel that acts as a thick barrier between the sleeper and the support core.

The bed’s core is a base of strong, individually wrapped coils. We’ve found that heavier sleepers often need the level of robust support that the DreamCloud provides.

How It Performed

The DreamCloud’s foam layers and coil support core create a blend of contouring and pushback. Our testers weighing more than 230 pounds reported adequate reinforcement from the mattress across all sleep positions.

The perimeter of the bed is reinforced for added edge support, which allowed us to make use of the entire surface. The support core presses into a final layer of foam to absorb some impact and contribute further to the bed’s stability.

We found the mattress has a balanced, versatile medium firm (6) feel that suits the needs of heavier sleepers as well as lighter ones. Sleepers with a wide variety of body types and sleeping positions should find the DreamCloud comfortable, making it a solid choice if you and your partner have different needs.

The DreamCloud comes with free shipping to locations within the contiguous U.S., while paid shipping is available to Alaska and Hawaii. The mattress comes with a lengthy 365-night sleep trial after a 30-day break-in period, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Bottom Line

Across our various tests, the DreamCloud proved to be a very balanced mattress. The pillow-top surface offers ample cushioning for people who weigh more than 230 pounds and want some body-contouring, but the subsequent foam layers and coil system deliver excellent support and stability.

Most Comfortable

WinkBed Plus

WinkBed Plus
Price Range: $1,349 - $2,199
Mattress Type: Innerspring
Firmness: Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30 night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Sleepers who prefer a firm feel
  • Shoppers looking for a mattress that offers zoned support
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Zoned latex and coil system provides enhanced support for shoulders, hips and back
  • Firm feel supports the body and prevents sagging
  • Sleeps cool, due to breathable latex and coil support core
WinkBed Plus

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The WinkBed Plus is a mattress primarily designed for heavy people. Our tests show the thick latex transitional layer and robust coil system provide plenty of support for sleepers who need it.

What It’s Made of

The mattress is built with a high-density polyfoam comfort layer and a transitional layer of responsive latex. This latex layer is zoned with different firmness levels to support your shoulders, lower back, and hips while cushioning the lighter areas of the body. As noted by our testers over 230 pounds, the zoning ensures even contouring and weight distribution without excessive sagging.

The WinkBed Plus’s pocketed coils are also zoned, with thicker low-gauge coils reinforcing the perimeter while thinner high-gauge coils offer more comfortable support for sleepers. We noticed significant pushback around the midsection and gentler cradling elsewhere.

How It Performed

The zoned coil system results in very good edge support, meaning that most people should feel stable when sleeping or lying near the edges, and when getting in and out of bed. We also believe the mattress is a great choice for hot sleepers thanks to its breathable latex layer and steady airflow through the coils.

We recommend the WinkBed Plus to anyone who weighs more than 230 pounds regardless of their normal sleep position. The comfort layers cushion and conform closely enough to ensure better spinal alignment and adequate pressure relief for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers receive a comfortable balance of body-contouring and even support. The bed’s zoned layers also provide excellent support for stomach sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds. We expect other sleepers will find the mattress a bit too firm.

The WinkBed Plus has an affordable price-point compared to other hybrid models. The company will also ship for free anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Bottom Line

We found the WinkBed Plus exceptionally supportive and bouncy thanks to its thick latex comfort layer and zoned pocketed coils. Robust edge support is a defining quality of this mattress. The responsive feel also made moving across the mattress fairly easy for our testers who weigh at least 230 pounds.

Helix Plus

Best for Back Pain

Helix Plus

Helix Plus
Price Range: $949 - $2,199
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Firm (7)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Sleepers who prefer a firm feel
  • Couples
  • Shoppers seeking a very durable mattress
Highlights:
  • Helix Dynamic Response Foam balances conforming, responsiveness and support
  • Quality coils and high-density foam for above-average durability
  • Quiet coils and minimal motion transfer
Helix Plus

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Part of Helix’s newest hybrid mattress line, the Helix Plus is the brand’s only model geared primarily toward heavy and/or tall people. Our tests show the sturdy construction and supportive base materials effectively reduce sinkage and help these individuals sleep comfortably.

What It’s Made of

Comfort layers of latex-like Helix Dynamic Response Foam and memory foam create a balance of body-conforming and responsiveness. We noted above-average pressure relief without too much sink for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. A high-density foam transitional layer and thick pocketed coils also offer extra support.

How It Performed

Thanks to its deep comfort layers, the Helix Plus earned high marks during the motion isolation portion of our testing. The mattress absorbs movement and reduces motion transfer much better than many competing hybrids. The coils are reasonably quiet, as well. These attributes make the mattress a good option for co-sleepers who are easily awakened by their sleep partner’s movements.

Based on our assessments of the material construction, we believe the Plus is also fairly durable. We expect the mattress to perform for at least seven years, which is a longer-than-average lifespan for a hybrid model.

The Helix Plus is sturdy and supportive enough for any sleeper who weighs more than 230 pounds regardless of their normal sleep position. Our pressure relief tests show the balanced contouring is also suitable for many back and stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 to 230 pounds. However, we believe people who weigh less than 130 pounds – especially side sleepers – will probably find the mattress too firm.

Compared to other specialty hybrids for heavy people, the Helix Plus has a very affordable price-point. Helix also offers free ground shipping within the contiguous U.S., along with a 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty for the mattress.

Bottom Line

Most mattresses designed specifically for heavy sleepers don’t earn as strong of ratings from people who weigh 230 pounds or less. We consider the Helix Plus a standout because, while the mattress feels firm enough for people who need more support, it also provided adequate contouring and pressure relief for most of our testers in the range of 130 to 230 pounds.

Saatva Classic

Best Luxury

Saatva Classic

Saatva Classic
Price Range: $912 - $2,396
Mattress Type: Innerspring
Firmness: Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)
Trial length: 365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King, Split California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those seeking a mattress with strong edge support
  • People who need assistance setting up their new mattress
Highlights:
  • Coil-on-coil design provides excellent reinforcement and stability
  • Consistent breathability and temperature regulation
  • Multiple firmness and thickness options
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Since we’ve found uneven support and excessive sinkage can exacerbate pain from poor sleep posture, our conclusion is many heavier sleepers require a mattress that will reinforce their bodies and keep them on an even plane. The Saatva Classic is a stellar example of a mattress that delivers outstanding stability without sacrificing comfort or pressure relief. Saatva’s high-quality materials and careful construction cater to shoppers who are looking for a luxurious bed.

What It’s Made of

The Classic begins with a Euro-top padded with foam and soft fibers, followed by a zoned memory foam layer. The transitional layer consists of pocketed minicoils, while the support core contains thick bonnell coils made from recycled steel. Our testers noticed plenty of pushback around the midsection and sturdy edge support, which we’ve attributed to this coil-on-coil design.

How It Performed

Temperature control is one area where the Saatva Classic scored particularly well during our evaluations. Both coil layers promote excellent airflow to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Three firmness levels are available, allowing you to choose the most suitable feel based on factors like body type and sleep position. We personally evaluated each firmness level to feel out the differences between them. According to our testers over 230 pounds, the medium firm (6) option offers decent support as well as some light contouring. We also found that the firm (8) feel is the most robust option for heavier sleepers, whether they sleep on their side, back, or stomach. If you aren’t satisfied with your initial choice, Saatva allows exchanges for a small transportation fee. You can also choose between a mattress height of 11.5 or 14.5 inches, depending on your profile preferences.

All Saatva customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free White Glove delivery, which includes full assembly anywhere in your home and removal of your old mattress. Comparatively, most online mattress brands charge at least $100 for this service. Your purchase also includes a 180-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Bottom Line

The Saatva Classic’s ultra-responsive feel from the coil-on-coil construction should be a great fit for sleepers who need extra support and less cushioning from their mattress. Excellent temperature control and edge support further elevate this innovative hybrid model. Our testing shows people who weigh more than 230 pounds are most likely to prefer the medium firm (6) or firm (8) feel on the 14-inch profile.

Nectar Premier Copper

Best Cooling

Nectar Premier Copper

Nectar Premier Copper
Price Range: $1,199 - $2,498
Mattress Type: Foam
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers who like the feel of memory foam
  • Side sleepers
  • Couples who value motion isolation
Highlights:
  • Polyester blend cover infused with copper fibers meant to enhance cooling
  • Adaptive memory foam alleviates sharp pressure points
  • 365-night sleep trial
Nectar Premier Copper

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Mattresses made with adaptive foam layers are known for retaining heat, but the Nectar Premier Copper is a notable exception. This mattress uses proprietary cooling technology and phase change material to reduce heat buildup. Hot sleepers who like the close contouring of memory foam may want to consider this pick.

What It’s Made of

The mattress cover is made from a polyester blend with copper fibers intended to conduct heat away from the body, followed by a layer of phase change material meant for enhanced cooling. Next is a thick layer of gel-infused memory foam, which adapts to the body to relieve pressure buildup in the joints.

A polyfoam transitional layer adds a buffer between the comfort system and the support core. This layer also ensures your weight is evenly distributed across the surface of the mattress. The support core contains dense polyfoam that offers ample pushback to the hips and shoulders, promoting healthy sleep posture.

How It Performed

The Premier Copper’s medium firm (6) feel and foam construction greatly benefitted side sleepers over 230 pounds on our testing team. Sleepers in this category can comfortably sink into the mattress to find relief for pressure points without uncomfortable sagging. We also recommend the Premier Copper for couples who value motion isolation. The all-foam design absorbed all movement transfer and noise during our tests. People sharing a bed with a restless sleep partner should not notice sleep interruptions.

Customers living in the contiguous U.S. are eligible for free shipping, and Nectar offers a generous 365-night sleep trial. Premier Copper purchases come with a lifetime warranty, covering structural defects.

Bottom Line

The Nectar Premier Copper is an all-foam bed with a number of intriguing features built-in to reduce heat retention, from copper fibers to phase change material. The Premier Copper’s foams were plush enough to provide plenty of relief for our pressure points. Our hot sleeping testers were especially happy to try an all-foam bed that kept its cool.

Titan Plus

Best Extra-Firm

Titan Plus

Titan Plus
Price Range: $699 - $1,299
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Sleepers who prefer a firm feel
  • People who like sleeping on very responsive mattresses
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Proprietary TitanFlex foam has latex-like responsiveness
  • Solid temperature regulation due to high-airflow coil design
  • Optional cooling top panel with phase change material
Titan Plus

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The Titan Plus by Brooklyn Bedding is another mattress we’ve tested that is specifically designed for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Our consensus is that the supportive comfort layer and sturdy coils maintain an even plane for most people in this weight range.

What It’s Made of

The bed is constructed with layers of gel-infused memory foam and a second layer of TitanFlex foam. The latter has has latex-like responsiveness, and we noticed extra bounce on the surface as a result. These components, along with foam-reinforced pocketed coils, made the mattress feel very firm and supportive to us.

How It Performed

We expect most heavy sleepers will experience comfortable conforming and pressure relief without sinking too deeply into the Titan Plus.

Our testers also recommend the mattress for hot sleepers because the coils promote steady air circulation to help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature. If you sleep exceptionally hot, then you may want to consider opting for the specialty cover made of phase change material. This component keeps the surface very cool regardless of how hot you feel. However, please note that this add-on will increase the mattress price.

The Titan Plus also offers great responsiveness for sex. Although our testers found that the mattress provides excellent support for people who weigh 230 pounds or more, we believe it will feel too firm for those who weigh 230 pounds or less. This is especially true for side sleepers, many of whom feel more comfortable on softer mattresses with extra padding for their shoulders and hips.

The Titan Plus has a very affordable price-point compared to other mixed-foam hybrids. Brooklyn Bedding ships the mattress for free throughout the contiguous U.S., and backs the mattress with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Bottom Line

Rating at a firm 8 out of 10, the Titan Plus is significantly firmer than most mattresses we’ve personally tested. The ultra-supportive design is a good fit for people who weigh more than 230 pounds, as well as anyone who tends to overheat or sweat while they sleep. Approachable pricing also makes the hybrid a good option for the budget-conscious.

Nolah Evolution 15

Best for Side Sleepers

Nolah Evolution 15

Nolah Evolution 15
Price Range: $1,099 - $1,699
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Side sleepers
  • People who prefer extra cushioning from their mattress
  • Hot sleepers
Highlights:
  • Luxurious pillow-top hybrid design with a thick, supportive profile
  • Proprietary foams contour to the body without trapping heat
  • Sturdy edge support thanks to zoned coil system
Nolah Evolution 15

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Nolah Sleep’s Evolution 15 is a pillow-top hybrid that offers plenty of support for heavy side sleepers without feeling too firm or stiff. The comfort layer contours to the body, but the material is dense enough to resist deep sinkage and keep your body on an even plane. We tested each of the Evolution 15’s firmness levels. While all three performed well during various phases of our evaluations, the two firmest options were the most popular among our testers who weigh more than 230 pounds.

What It’s Made of

The Evolution 15’s comfort layer is made of proprietary AirFoamICE, a foam material engineered for moderate adaptability and minimal heat retention. We found that this material sleeps noticeably cooler compared to memory foam and polyfoam layers in other mattresses our team has tested. Additional foam layers provide transitional support. The robust coil system of this mattress is divided into different zones based on coil gauge, allowing our testers over 230 pounds to lie comfortably without sinking too much around the torso and hips.

How It Performed

The Evolution 15 is available in three firmness levels. Based on feedback from testers in different weight groups, we found side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds will likely prefer the luxury firm, or medium firm (6), option. Our team’s back and stomach sleepers in this weight range felt more comfortable on firm (8) models.

The zoned coil system ensures sturdy edge support with plenty of push-back and extra reinforcement for your midsection. The coils also promote consistent airflow and the AirFoamICE is infused with graphite for above-average breathability, so the Evolution should sleep cool and comfortable for most side sleepers – even compared to other hybrid models.

Dense foam encases the coils for added protection against sinkage along the perimeter. We measured very little compression during our edge support tests, particularly with the firm model. People who sleep near the edges of their bed should feel relatively stable, and the same is true for couples who typically use their mattress surface for sleep or sex.

Nolah provides free ground delivery for all customers in the contiguous U.S. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial, but you can forgo this option to save some extra money on your purchase. Should you decide to keep the mattress after the trial is finished, you’ll receive a lifetime warranty against excessive indentations and other structural defects.

Bottom Line

The Evolution 15 feels more robust compared to other pillow-top hybrids, many of which are too soft for heavier sleepers who need extra support. The firm feel rated best among our testers who weigh 230 pounds or more, but they also found the medium firm option fairly comfortable.

Bear Elite Hybrid

Best for Couples

Bear Elite Hybrid

Bear Elite Hybrid
Price Range: $1,721 - $3,565
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night break-in period)
Warranty: Lifetime warranty
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Couples
  • Hot sleepers
  • Side sleepers
Highlights:
  • Three firmness levels
  • Pocketed coil system ensures a responsive surface that’s easy to move across
  • Adaptive memory foam layer contours to the body to relieve pressure
Bear Elite Hybrid

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Foam hybrids are often great choices for couples since many offer responsiveness for sex while foam layers absorb motion transfer. The Bear Elite Hybrid is no exception. All three firmness levels earned high marks in our motion isolation and sex categories.

What It’s Made of

The Elite Hybrid’s construction begins with a top layer of copper-infused memory foam that deeply contours to the body to alleviate pressure buildup. The copper infusion in this layer is meant to conduct excess body heat away from the surface and dissipate it to keep you cool. Underneath is a polyfoam transitional layer in a zoned configuration, offering targeted support to the midsection and shoulders while cradling the legs.

Pocketed coils prevent uncomfortable sagging and reinforce the perimeter. The coils rest on a base layer of polyfoam for stability. The mattress is encased in a cover made from a Celliant/polyester blend infused with phase change material meant to enhance cooling.

How It Performed

Three firmness options are available: medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8). We recommend the firmest model for sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds across all sleeping positions, but it earned the most favorable marks from our side-sleeping testers. Sleepers outside of this weight category may prefer the two softer models. Bear also offers a split king size where you can choose individual firmness levels for each side, making it great if your partner’s sleep preferences differ from your own.

All models had a balanced feel that couples should enjoy, but their benefits slightly differ depending on the firmness level chosen. If you are easily disturbed by your partner’s nightly movement, the softest model absorbs the most movement and noise. Couples who prefer a more responsive surface for sex may opt for the medium firm or firm feels, both of which facilitate easy movement. Temperature control was another strength all models shared in our testing. The coils create steady internal airflow, while the breathable cover keeps the surface cool.

Bear ships free to all customers who live in the contiguous U.S. Mattress purchases come with a 365-night sleep trial, during which you can test the mattress and return it anytime after a 30-night break-in period. If you decide to keep the Elite Hybrid, it is backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Bottom Line

“Our testing found the Bear Elite Hybrid to be a balanced mattress suitable for couples who don’t wish to compromise on motion isolation or responsiveness for sex. Proprietary cooling material and a breathable support core also make this one of the coolest mattresses we’ve tested.”

Silk & Snow Hybrid

Best Pressure Relief

Silk & Snow Hybrid

Silk & Snow Hybrid
Price Range: $600 - $900
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • People who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Those who experience pain in the lower back or hips
Highlights:
  • Mixed-foam comfort layers conform evenly to improve alignment and alleviate pressure
  • Zoned lumbar pad provides targeted lower back support
  • Pocketed coils encased in high-density foam protect the perimeter from deep sinkage
Silk & Snow Hybrid

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As we’ve frequently seen during our years of mattress testing, many sleepers experience pain and pressure points along the spine because their sleep surface lacks an adequate support system and sinks too much around the midsection. The Silk & Snow Hybrid mitigates this issue thanks to a few special features intended to support people who weigh more than 230 pounds.

What It’s Made of

The mattress includes a top layer of polyfoam and a secondary layer of memory foam. A zoned lumbar pad is located between the memory foam comfort layer and pocketed coil support core. Our testers who weigh more than 230 pounds felt extra reinforcement beneath the lower back and hips, resulting in minimal sinkage around these areas.

How It Performed

Based on feedback from our testers in different weight groups, the zoned lumbar pad should create an even surface for side and back sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or more. We also found that the mixed-foam design provides more responsiveness on the surface, which may make the mattress easier to move across than a model that only contains memory foam.

The pocketed coils are encased in high-density polyfoam to protect the edges and maintain sturdy support, so we were able to get on and off the mattress without sinking too deeply along the perimeter. The coils also promote steady airflow to help the mattress stay cool.

An approachable price-point coupled with the thoughtful design make the Silk & Snow Hybrid a high-value pick for mattress shoppers. Shipping is also free of charge for all customers in the contiguous U.S. and Canadian provinces. Each purchase is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Bottom Line

The Silk & Snow Hybrid’s lumbar support pad makes the mattress uniquely suited for people who deal with back pain. We found that the medium firm feel provides some contouring to alleviate pressure, but the zoned coils are quite effective at stabilizing the mattress and protecting the edges from roll-off.

Why You Should Trust Us

Each member of our testing team has years of experience evaluating mattresses, pillows, and other sleep essentials. To determine the best mattresses for heavy sleepers, we mostly rely on feedback from testers who weigh more than 230 pounds. These testers provide valuable insights about each mattress, which help guide our recommendations for people in this weight range. We purposefully collect feedback from testers with different sleep position preferences to ensure our findings are inclusive and well-rounded.

Hundreds of mattresses were considered for this list, and the picks listed above stood out from the rest of the pack. Our hands-on testing focused on factors that tend to impact sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, such as overall support and sinkage, temperature neutrality, pressure relief, and ease of movement. Each of these selections earned favorable ratings from testers in this weight group, but our list isn’t set in stone. We’ll continue to reevaluate these models and assess new ones to ensure the top picks are up to date.

What Mattress Firmness Is Best for Heavy Sleepers?


We measure mattress firmness using a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Most beds sold today fall between 3 (soft) and 8 (firm).

Firmness preferences are subjective, but we’ve found most heavy people sleep comfortably on medium firm (6) and firm (7-8) mattresses. With these models, the materials provide some body-contouring and pressure relief but the body won’t sink too much. An extra firm mattress (9-10) may be the better option for those who want a flush, practically non-conforming sleep surface.

In addition to body type, our research shows sleep position is another factor that can affect which firmness you prefer. If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll probably need more cushioning to align your spine and alleviate pressure, whereas back and stomach sleepers need less padding and more support to avoid lower back and hip pain.

Which Mattress Thickness Is Best for Heavy Sleepers?

What type of mattress is best for heavy sleepers? As we’ve frequently seen during hands-on testing, the answer to this question depends on a lot of factors. For example, the thickness (or profile) can affect how a mattress feels for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Mattresses sold today fall into three profile categories:

  • Beds that measure less than 10 inches thick are considered low-profile.
  • Beds that measure 10 to 12 inches thick are considered medium-profile.
  • Beds that measure more than 12 inches thick are considered high-profile.

While the thickness of a mattress itself doesn’t necessarily determine the feel of a mattress, a higher-profile mattress has more room for layers and materials that affect the feel of a bed. For example, while a low-profile mattress has to be firm enough to prevent sleepers from sinking into the support core, high-profile mattresses have enough height for substantial comfort layers on top of the support core, allowing for a soft mattress that’s still supportive.

Thus, most specialty mattresses designed for heavier sleepers are medium- or high-profile in order to provide the support and specific feel they’re intended to have. That being said, some firmer low-profile mattresses have also earned high ratings from our testers over 230 pounds.

Which Mattress Features Are Important for Heavy Sleepers?

Mattress features can strengthen and stabilize a mattress, resulting in even support and comfortable conforming for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Some mattress brands tout their models with misleading descriptions, claiming the beds offer “universal comfort” or are suitable for people of any body type. However, as we’ve seen time and time again during our mattress testing, each mattress model is constructed with materials that make the bed a better fit for different kinds of sleepers.

Rather than relying on marketing claims from mattress brands, we encourage heavy sleepers to focus on the following attributes when choosing a new bed.

Key Points
  • Mattress Type: If you prefer closer body-conforming and more pressure relief, then you might want to opt for a memory foam or all-polyfoam mattress. All-latex beds also offer decent contouring, as do airbeds with adjustable firmness levels. Hybrids and innersprings are better if you want more support and stability.
  • Responsiveness: Responsiveness, also referred to as the ‘bounce’ of the mattress, is one of the most important factors in whether it works for heavy sleepers. Non-responsive mattresses, usually made of memory foam or polyfoam, tend to produce a feeling of being ‘stuck’ in the mattress from excessive sinkage. Responsive mattresses, which often have a hybrid, latex, or innerspring construction, allow for better ease-of-movement across the surface. This can be especially relevant when having sex.
  • Contouring: For any given sleeper, ideal contouring should be close enough to reduce pressure along the shoulders, spine, and hips without sagging excessively. Beds that conform very closely often lack strong support, and this can lead to uncomfortable sinking for sleepers over 230 pounds, so we recommend moderate to minimal contouring as a good compromise for sleepers in this weight group.
  • Mattress Thickness: Our tests have demonstrated that medium-profile or high-profile mattresses tend to provide better support for heavy sleepers. Shorter beds may often sag too much beneath the midsection, leading to an uncomfortable feeling many of our testers have likened to “sinking” into the sleep surface. At the same time, we’ve found that beds thicker than 12 inches commonly have soft to medium feels due to their extra padding layers and lack the support needed for people who weigh more than 230 pounds.
  • Quality Materials: In the past, all-foam mattresses with medium-density or high-density comfort layers have sagged less for our heavier testers than models with low-density layers. The same is true of organic and natural latex versus blended and synthetic latex. Thick coil systems in hybrids and innersprings have also proven important for overall stability and longevity, especially around the edges.
  • Firmness Level: According to our testers who weigh more than 230 pounds, beds that offer the best compromise of contouring and support usually have medium firm to extra firm feels. Softer beds – while often ideal for people who weigh less than 230 pounds – tend to sink too much for these members of our testing team.
  • Pressure Relief: Heavy sleepers tend to experience pressure build-up in the shoulders, hips, and other areas on mattresses that don’t support the body properly. Pressure relief is somewhat tied to sleep position. Side sleepers often experience more pressure because this position does not naturally align the spine as back or stomach sleeping does.

A tester lies on their side to test a mattress for pressure buildup.

What Type of Mattress Is Best for Heavy Sleepers?

Most mattresses sold today fall into one of five categories: hybrid, innerspring, latex, airbed, or foam. Despite some smaller variations and notable outlier models, our testing has shown that the mattresses in each category share consistent features, characteristics, performance ratings, and price ranges.

Hybrid

Definition: Hybrids are constructed with substantial comfort layers of memory foam, polyfoam, and/or latex over a pocketed coil support core. They are designed to cushion and conform to the body, but the coils usually give the surface a fairly supportive and responsive feel. Hybrids usually perform well for six to seven years and have an average price range of $1,600 to $2,000.

Balanced Feel: We consider hybrid mattresses to be a “happy medium” for heavy sleepers because they offer the contouring and pressure relief of foam and latex beds, along with the strong support and consistent temperature neutrality of innerspring mattresses. Hybrid models with thicker coils usually provide the best stability if you weigh more than 230 pounds.

Innerspring

Definition: Most innersprings have relatively thin polyfoam or fabric comfort layers and a support core with non-pocketed Bonnell, offset, or continuous wire coils. Some have transitional minicoils, as well. Innersprings don’t conform very closely, and they feel responsive and bouncy. The average innerspring lasts for five to seven years and has a price-point of $900 to $1,100.

Exceptional Support and Breathability: Most of the innersprings we’ve personally tested feel very stable because their coil support cores are considerably thicker than the comfort layers. Sleepers over 230 pounds remain on an even plane. You won’t sink very much, and you’ll experience little to no added pressure. Most innersprings promote steady airflow to help you sleep cool, too.

Latex

Definition: Latex is produced from the sap of rubber trees. The material is naturally responsive. It also contours to sleepers, but usually not to the same extent as foam. Latex is very durable, as well, and all-latex beds have a lifespan of at least eight years. The average price range for these mattresses is $1,600 to $2,000.

Long-Lasting Support: Latex won’t deteriorate and lose its shape as quickly as foam. This means better support and less sink over time, especially if you weigh more than 230 pounds. The material’s contouring ability has proven popular for our testers who want pressure relief without the body hug.

Airbed

Definition: Airbeds are designed with adjustable air chambers in their support cores. Owners can add or release air from the chambers to change the firmness of the mattress. Airbeds may also have foam, memory foam, and/or latex comfort layers. The average airbed costs between $2,000 to $2,400 and will perform for at least eight years if properly maintained.

Customizable Comfort: The major asset of airbeds is their firmness selection. The best airbeds we’ve tested can be adjusted for very soft or very firm feels, along with a lot of different levels in between. Some are also engineered for dual-firmness with distinct, adjustable feels on both sides of the bed. You should consider an airbed if your comfort preferences fluctuate from night to night, but be warned: these mattresses are generally very pricey.

Foam

Definition: Foam beds may have polyfoam and/or memory foam comfort and transitional layers, along with a support core of high-density polyfoam. These beds tend to conform more closely and alleviate pressure better than other mattress types. The comfort layers also absorb and isolate motion transfer for couples, and the beds are virtually silent.

Contouring and Pressure Relief: We recommend a foam bed if you like close conforming, or if you experience pressure points in your shoulders, back, and hips. Based on feedback from testers over 230 pounds, we encourage heavy sleepers to choose a foam mattress that feels firm and supportive enough for their body, and that conforms without sagging too much.

Heavier Sleepers, Pillows, Mattress Toppers, and Bed Supports

In addition to choosing the right mattress, you can optimize your sleep environment with certain bedding accessories. These include pillows, mattress toppers, and a suitable support system for your bed.

Pillows

Even the best pillows can sometimes take a backseat to mattresses when we talk about comfort and support, but our product tests have demonstrated that they’re a crucial component of any bedding setup. The right pillow can support the spine’s alignment, alleviate pressure, and improve sleep quality and duration. The wrong pillow, on the other hand, can lead to added discomfort along the neck and shoulders, and may also contribute to spinal misalignment.

You should consider several factors when shopping for a pillow. Arguably the most important variable is loft, or thickness. Pillows may be low loft (shorter than 3 inches), medium loft (3 to 5 inches), or high loft (more than 5 inches). The pillow should pad the areas between your head, neck, and shoulders to support your spine. For this reason, the best pillow loft for a given sleeper primarily depends on their sleep position. We’ve matched the pillow lofts we recommend for different sleeping positions in the table below.

Sleeping Position Pillow Loft Recommended
Back Medium (3″ to 5″)
Side Medium (3″ to 5″) or High (3″ to 5″)
Stomach Low (less than 3″)

The pillow fill and density are also crucial. When we say fill, we’re referring to the material used to pad the pillow’s interior. These materials vary in terms of head and neck support. Some resist sinking and feel fairly stable, while others conform closely for more of a cradling sensation. Density – measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF) – refers to how compact and heavy the fill material feels. High-density memory foam, for instance, will maintain a fuller shape and provide better support than foam with a medium or low density.

Common pillow materials include the following:

Memory Foam: Memory foam pillows may contain a single piece of memory foam. We’ve found these pillows to be fairly dense and capable of maintaining their shape fairly well, especially pillows with denser foam. Other models contain shredded memory foam. Shredded foam does not feel as firm or dense, but you can often add or remove foam to adjust the loft and improve support as needed.

Feather/Down: Feathers are coarse outer plumage found on ducks and geese, while down is the softer inner plumage from the same animals. Most down and feather pillows we’ve tested firsthand feel very light and soft, and they do not provide strong support for the head, neck, and shoulders. As a result, you may not feel as comfortable on feather/down pillows if you weigh more than 230 pounds.

Buckwheat: Buckwheat pillows are filled with hulls, the hard outer shells of buckwheat kernels. These pillows have proven especially popular among the testers on our team over 230 pounds. Buckwheat hulls feel exceptionally firm and offer strong, long-lasting spinal support. Their loft can be adjusted by adding or removing hulls, as well.

Polyfill: Polyfill pillows include those with down alternative, a polyester material designed to mimic the softness and lightness of authentic down. These pillows are a bit more stable than their natural counterparts but still tend to sink a bit. Another polyfill variety is interlocking polyester, which is designed to retain a fuller shape.

Mattress Toppers

A mattress topper is a cushioning layer placed on top of a mattress surface to change the bed’s overall feel. Most toppers are designed to make mattresses feel softer, but we’ve also tested some toppers that feel fairly firm and can be used on soft beds. Toppers usually measure 1 to 4 inches thick. Most of the toppers we’ve evaluated in our lab are made from materials such as memory foam, latex, convoluted (egg-crate) polyfoam, wool, and feathers/down.

You may benefit from a topper if your mattress offers good support but feels a bit too firm for your liking. Alternatively, a firmer topper may be useful if your mattress is excessively soft. We encourage using a topper as a cost-effective way to adjust the firmness of a mattress compared to buying a new bed altogether. That said, we consider toppers to be a temporary – not long-term – solution. Toppers do not provide as much pressure relief due to their lower profiles, and they’re also far less durable than mattresses.

Bed Platforms, Foundations, and Box Springs

You can choose from different support systems for your bed. A traditional box spring features a wooden frame with steel springs and a cloth cover, which is placed on top of a bed frame. Box springs support mattresses with a flush surface so the mattress won’t sag, and the springs absorb shock from you and the bed. This makes them ideal for innerspring mattresses. We’ve found that box springs provide decent stability for heavy sleepers, provided they’re well-made.

Foundations usually consist of a fabric-encased frame with slatted sides and a flush surface. They do not contain steel coils like box springs, but their surfaces tend to feel firmer and they offer adequate support for any mattress type. Foundations are also placed on a bed frame with the mattress on top.

Platform beds feature a wooden or metal frame with evenly spaced slats to support the mattress, rather than a flush surface, along with legs and center support bars. Slat dimensions are crucial for platform beds because heavier mattresses will sag between the cracks if the slats are too widely spaced, resulting in loss of support and less durability. This problem may be compounded if you weigh more than 230 pounds. Platform beds with properly spaced slats, however, can offer the same support as box springs and foundations.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What mattress types are best for heavier/larger sleepers?

    While some innerspring or all-foam mattresses are comfortable and supportive for sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds, our testers in this weight range agree that hybrid and latex beds are typically the best choices. The pocketed coil support core used by hybrid beds is stronger than a traditional innerspring design, offering better support and durability.

    Similarly, we’ve found that natural latex provides a resilient yet pressure-relieving feel without compressing like synthetic foam. These mattress types appeal to many people over 230 pounds. Still, the design of an individual bed is always more important than its general construction — if you prefer an innerspring or synthetic foam mattress, there are still quite a few mattresses for you to choose from.

  • What mattress firmness is best for heavier sleepers?

    We recommend a medium firm (6) or firm (7-8) mattress for most people who weigh over 230 pounds. While this may seem uncomfortable, mattress firmness is actually very subjective due to the way mattress materials compress. Most of our testers in this weight group find that medium firm or firm mattresses provide an excellent balance of support and comfort in this weight range.

    If you prefer the feeling of sinking into an extra-soft mattress, a firmer mattress with excellent pressure relief can cradle you without sacrificing the support you need. On the other hand, some people prefer or require a mattress without any contouring at all. In these cases, an extra firm (9-10) mattress is the best choice.

  • What mattresses are best for heavy sleepers with back pain?

    Support is always necessary, but our testers with back pain who weigh over 230 pounds have historically required more support — particularly through the pelvic area — than other members of our team.

    Ergonomically zoned hybrid mattresses are an excellent choice since the pocketed coils allow for better spinal alignment, and the zoning provides more strength and support in areas like the pelvis and shoulders. Some well-designed innerspring and latex mattresses also work well, but all-foam mattresses rarely offer the support necessary to combat back pain in people with this body type.

  • What mattresses are best for heavier sleepers who sleep hot?

    According to ratings from our hands-on mattress testing, innersprings and latex hybrids have proven most popular with those who sleep warm and weigh over 230 pounds. Because people in this weight range tend to sink further into their mattress, beds with excellent airflow through the support core provide better temperature regulation than those with solid foam cores.

    Synthetic foam comfort layers can also retain heat, while latex is naturally cooler and more comfortable for hot sleepers. Aerated latex is the best choice since it allows for more airflow and moisture evaporation.

Still have questions?

Our product experts have extensive experience testing just about every sleep product on the market. Send an email to [email protected] or call us at (877) 672-8966 with your questions and we’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

About Our Editorial Team

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Keith Cushner

Sleep Product Expert

Keith is a sleep product expert with nearly a decade of experience researching, developing, and testing sleep products.

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Jenny Iyo

Physical Therapist

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Dr. Iyo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at an orthopedic clinic in Seattle. She specializes in hands-on therapy and tailored exercise programs.