Big Fig is an American family-owned mattress company. Short for “bigger figure,” Big Fig manufactures one mattress specifically designed for sleepers with larger frames. In addition to the Big Fig Mattress, the company sells a foundation and bed frame meant to work with the Big Fig. These items cannot be purchased separately.
The Big Fig Mattress is a hybrid constructed with a pocketed coil support core and polyfoam and latex comfort layers. It measures medium-firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The Big Fig stands 13 inches in height.
As expected, the Big Fig Mattress is most popular with larger individuals. That said, its medium-firm level of support also appeals to some people of average and lighter weights. Like many hybrids, the Big Fig provides a mixture of responsiveness and cushioning. It isn’t a highly contouring mattress, however. People who want the deep “hug” of memory foam won’t prefer this bed.
In this review, we cover everything you need to know to determine if the Big Fig Mattress will work well for you. We share information from mattress testing and customer reviews and detail Big Fig’s policies related to shipping, returns, and warranty.
The Big Fig Mattress is a medium-firm bed that features a hybrid construction. Latex and polyfoam comfort layers sit atop a pocketed coil support core. The entire bed is covered in a poly-blend fabric, which has been treated with ThermoGel. ThermoGel is intended to have a cooling effect.
The top comfort layer of the Big Fig is a gel-infused, aerated latex layer. Aeration allows for increased air flow through this layer. The gel infusion is also intended to help keep sleepers cool. Latex is a responsive material that conforms moderately to the sleeper’s body.
Beneath the latex layer lies three three high-density polyfoam comfort layers. The first layer measures 1.8 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) in density, while the two below it measure 2.5 PCF. These layers provide cushion without sacrificing the support required by larger sleepers.
The Big Fig’s support core consists of 1,600 individually wrapped pocketed coils. Compared to other types, pocketed coils are better at isolating motion. Their individual encasement allows one coil to be depressed without greatly affecting all those surrounding it.
A vertical layer of 80 ILD high-density polyfoam surrounds the pocketed coil support layer. This foam helps strengthen the edges of The Big Fit. Edge support is important to sleepers because it prevents edges from sagging and allows for full use of the surface of a bed.
Altogether, these layers combine to give the Big Fig a 13-inch profile. Thirteen inches is just above the average mattress thickness, so customers might have to purchase deep-pocket sheets to properly fit the bed.
The Big Fig is a tufted mattress, so there are fasteners inserted through the mattress vertically in 16 different spots. These tufts keep the layers secure and aligned with one another, so sleepers do not have to worry about shifting the bed.
Big Fig doesn’t offer any customized options on their mattress. The Big Fig Mattress measures 13 inches tall and rates 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Also, the company doesn’t sell any additional bedding items that change the firmness or feel of the mattress, such as mattress toppers or padded covers.
The Big Fig Mattress is a hybrid bed covered in a gel-treated poly-blend material. The mattress contains one latex and three polyfoam comfort layers. The support core is made of pocketed coils surrounded by high-density polyfoam.
66% Polyurethane Blend, 30% Viscose, 4% Poly/Lycra (with ThermoGel technology)
Latex (gel-infused, aerated)
3 polyfoam layers
Pocketed Coils (1,600, 15-gauge) surrounded by Polyfoam (80 ILD)
The Big Fig Mattress is sold at average prices when compared to other hybrid mattresses geared toward larger sleepers. Generally, hybrid mattresses geared toward larger sleepers tend to cost a bit more than “regular” hybrid beds.
The Big Fig comes with a foundation at no extra cost, which allows shoppers who use a foundation to save money. Shoppers who do not want this foundation do not receive a discount on the mattress, however.
Since the Big Fig only comes in one firmness level (6 out of 10) and one thickness (13 inches), it’s sold at one price-point per size. There are no customization options available that change the price of the mattress.
The Big Fig isolates motion relatively well due to its pocketed coil support core and latex and polyfoam comfort layers. Pocketed coils are individually encased, which means they can be individually depressed. Due to individual coil encasement, hybrid beds with pocketed coils generally transfer much less motion than innerspring beds do.
Motion isolation is most important to sleepers who share a bed. Since the Big Fig isolates motion well, most sleepers will not be bothered by motion transfering when a sleep partner moves around or gets on or off the bed.
Sleepers who are easily disturbed by motion transfer and require a bed that isolates motion even better than this one might consider a memory foam mattress. Memory foam is known for isolating motion the best out of all mattress materials.
The Big Fig relieves pressure fairly well. The varied firmness levels of the bed’s four comfort layers allow sleepers’ bodies to sink slightly into the mattress without feeling unsupported or sinking all the way down to the support core.
Most sleepers, especially those weighing over 100 pounds, won’t develop uncomfortable or painful pressure points while lying on the bed. Instead, the mixture of cushion and support provided will ease their pressure.
Sleepers weighing under 100 pounds, however, might find that the Big Fig feels too firm. In this weight group, side sleepers might experience pressure points while lying on the mattress. Since the bed is designed for larger bodies, lightweight sleepers might want to opt for a softer, more contouring mattress.
The Big Fig performs relatively well in terms of temperature neutrality. Most sleepers won’t find themselves overheating on this bed. The pocketed coil layer and aeration in the upper-most comfort layer allow for increased airflow through the mattress. Gel infusions in the cover and latex comfort layer also help protect against overheating.
Since the Big Fig contains three polyfoam layers and has a polyfoam layer encasing the pocketed coil support core, it doesn’t stay as cool as an innerspring mattress or hybrid beds that contain less foam. The bed does sleep cooler than most memory foam mattresses, however. Memory foam is known for its tendency to trap heat.
The edges of the Big Fig remain strong and firm even when weight is put on them, which is an especially important quality to heavier sleepers. The pocketed coil layer is surrounded by high-density foam that reinforces the strength of the edges.
Edge support allows sleepers to use the full surface area of the mattress. When edges are poorly supported, sleepers can feel at risk of rolling off the bed when they lie near the edge. Also, poor edge support can make slipping when getting in and out of bed more likely.
Hybrid mattresses generally have good edge support because of their coil layer, as do innerspring mattresses. All-foam beds often have worse edge support when compared to mattresses that contain coils.
Moving around on The Big Fig Mattress is fairly easy because of the mattress’s responsive nature. The pocketed coils, high-density polyfoam, and latex combine to provide a surface that tends to “bounce back” in response to movement.
Although the Big Fig does provide cushion as well, the mattress isn’t the type you “sink” into or feel “hugged” by. Conversely, memory foam mattresses tend to mold themselves to the body. Many sleepers enjoy this sensation, but it can inhibit movement because memory foam can take several seconds to expand back into its normal shape.
Ease of movement can affect how quickly and easily sleepers are able to roll over and get in and out of bed. Ease of movement can also impact the ability to change positions during sex.
The Big Fig rates well for sex because it is a quiet, fairly responsive mattress that stays somewhat temperature neutral and has strong edge support. Responsive mattresses are springier and generally facilitate rather than inhibit movement, which can make changing positions during sex easier.
The quiet nature of the Big Fig Mattress also makes it good for discreet sex. With individually encased pocketed coils, individual coils do not touch one another. As a result, the coils will not create the loud squeaking sound often associated with innerspring mattresses.
Strong edge support allows customers to use the full surface of the Big Fig during sex. Strong edges also make it less likely that activity near the edge of the bed will result in someone slipping off the edge of the mattress.
Off-gassing from the Big Fig is about average for a hybrid bed. Off-gassing refers to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from newly manufactured products into the air. A chemical odor generally accompanies off-gassing.
Most people will not be bothered by the odor off-gassed from the Big Fig. Those who are sensitive to smells might want to wait a day or two before sleeping on their new mattress. By that time, the smell should disappear completely.
Generally, mattresses that contain memory foam and polyfoam off-gas the most odor. Innerspring mattresses tend to off-gas the least. The pocketed coil layer and aeration in the latex layer allow for increased airflow through the Big Fig, which helps shorten the total time an off-gas odor is detectable.
The Big Fig Mattress rates average or above-average across all categories. The mattress especially stands out in terms of edge support. Sleepers will be happy to discover that the edges of the Big Fig remain firm, allowing for full use of the surface of the mattress without a major risk of rolling off the bed.
Side Sleepers: Side sleepers weighing over 130 pounds tend to find comfort on the Big Fig Mattress. Due to their differing firmness levels, the four comfort layers of this bed work well to support side sleepers’ abdomens.
The construction of the bed promotes spinal alignment in side sleepers. Softer upper comfort layers allow the heavier hips and shoulders to sink down farther into the bed, while supporting the abdomen. With the high-density lower polyfoam comfort layers, even the heaviest sleepers will not sink all the way down to the support core.
The Big Fig Mattress isn’t recommended for side sleepers weighing under 130 pounds, however. Most people in this group find that the mattress feels too firm. The upper-most comfort layers don’t sink in as deeply under their light body weights, which can lead to pressure points.
Back Sleepers: The Big Fig Mattress excels at providing lumbar support to back sleepers over 230 pounds in particular. Back sleepers of all weight groups find this bed to be good, however. The 6 out of 10 firmness level serves back sleepers well. The firmness of the Big Fig Mattress provides support all night so lower backs do not sink in too deeply, creating an arched back.
Many of the customer reviews on the Big Fig website are from back sleepers. These reviews share many things in common, and all are positive. Back sleepers reviewing the mattress state that the bed supports the lower back well, relieves pressure, and helps reduce back pain.
Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers rate the Big Fig Mattress equally positively regardless of their body weight category. Generally, stomach sleepers prefer firmer mattresses than sleepers with other position preferences do.
Firmer mattresses provide needed support and spinal alignment to stomach sleepers, especially when paired with a low pillow. Some softer mattresses allow the bodies of stomach sleepers to sink in too deeply, creating an arch or pressure point in the neck.
Although stomach sleepers weighing over 230 pounds rate this mattress positively, they don’t find as much comfort in it as the back sleepers in their weight group tend to find.
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All of the Big Fig reviews on the company’s site have perfect scores, which suggests the company doesn’t publish negative reviews. Although the reviews might not show a complete picture when it comes to customer experience with the mattress, they are worth considering.
Several themes recur in customer reviews. Many customers say they are experiencing the best sleep of their lives on the Big Fig. Many customers report that they experienced pain on a past mattress they owned, but do not experience pain when sleeping on the Big Fig. Quite a few reviews specifically mention that the mattress provides back support and reduces their day-time back pain.
A few reviews note that customers originally thought the Big Fig felt too firm or stiff when it first arrived. These customers also say they grew to like the mattress and ended up keeping it. These reviews provide a reminder of why customers must give the mattress a break-in period before deciding whether or not to keep it.
The Big Fig Mattress is solely available on the Big Fig website. They do not sell the mattress in brick and mortar stores or on other sites such as Amazon.
The Big Fig ships for free to the U.S. They also ship to Canada for $250 per mattress. Shipments are made via FedEx. Customers can expect to receive their order 7 to 14 days after placing it.
For additional fees, Big Fig offers white glove delivery and old mattress removal.
Big Fig offers white glove delivery for $99. With this service, customers will have their mattress unboxed and set up in the room of their choice.
White glove delivery customers may also select to have an old mattress removed for an additional fee, but old mattress removal isn’t available without white glove delivery. White glove delivery and old mattress remova together cost $159. With the old mattress removal service, the deliverer removes one old mattress.
Note that Big Fig is temporarily not offering white glove delivery or old mattress removal due to COVID-19, but they plan to offer these services again in the near future.
Big Fig offers a 120-night sleep trial on the Big Fig Mattress. The first two weeks are a mandatory break-in period during which customers cannot yet return the bed.
After the break-in period, customers may return the mattress for free. Big Fig will arrange to have the returned mattress picked up at no charge to the customer.
Big Fig offers a 20-year warranty on the Big Fig Mattress. The warranty is non-prorated, so customers do not have to pay for any repairs or replacements made under the warranty.
The warranty covers sagging, problems with coils, and any other defects. The warranty doesn’t cover body impressions that measure less than one inch deep.
The warranty is void if the mattress has been placed on an inappropriate bed frame or base as defined by Big Fig. The warranty can only be used if the mattress is still located in the U.S. or Canada.