Finding a mattress can be stressful for anyone, but the experience can be particularly challenging for those who weigh over 230 pounds. Weight is an important factor in choosing a mattress, and people in this weight category often have needs that are not met by some of the most popular beds on the market.
While everyone has unique sleep needs, people who weigh over 230 pounds tend to require a firm and durable sleep surface with significant edge support and pressure relief.
We’ll introduce you to our choices for the best mattresses for heavy people, then walk you through what you need to know before picking a new bed, including the best mattress types and what to look for if you have a partner with different needs.
Please note: For the purposes of this page, we are referring to individuals who weigh 230 pounds or more. Although we use the term “heavy” for brevity and convenience, 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 generally have similar needs for a mattress in terms of firmness, thickness, and other factors, with small individual variations.
The Sleep Doctor's Picks
Firmness: Plus (8)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Price Range: $1249 – $1999
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
- Reinforced pocketed coils for durable support
- 2.5-inch layer of ergonomically zoned latex with a cooling open-cell construction
- Excellent edge support allows sleepers to use the entire mattress surface
- People with back pain
- Those interested in a very durable mattress
- All sleepers over 230 pounds regardless of their preferred sleep position
The WinkBed is available in firmness options ranging from medium soft (4) to firm (7). The WinkBed Plus, which is specifically designed to suit the needs of sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, ups the ante and registers as an even firmer 8 on our 10-point firmness scale.
Despite being classified as an innerspring model, the WinkBed Plus is comparable to hybrid mattresses in its design and price. Like the standard WinkBed, the Plus has pocketed steel coils that are ergonomically zoned to provide targeted lumbar support. The reinforced outer edges allowed our testers to use more of the mattress surface, making it easier to get into and out of bed.
In addition to these standard features, the WinkBed Plus has a comfort system that combines high-density polyfoam and a 2.5-inch layer of open-cell zoned latex. Our testers sunk into the surface enough to ease pressure without feeling trapped in the bed. The pocketed coils are also reinforced and banded together, which our testers over 230 pounds reported made the bed feel more stable than the rest of the WinkBed line.
The combination of high-density polyfoam, open-cell latex, and a pocketed coil core allows the WinkBed Plus to sleep very cool. Our surface temperature readings recorded very little lasting heat buildup. While the mattress conformed enough to relieve pressure for our testers over 230 pounds, it also provided consistent support to help them maintain good posture. The bed also has a slightly bouncy feel that made it easy for our testers to change positions.
WinkBeds provides customers with a 120-night sleep trial that requires trying the mattress for at least 30 days before making a return. The mattress also comes with free delivery within the contiguous U.S. and a limited lifetime warranty.
The WinkBed Plus’ durability, zoned support, and reinforced design make it an excellent fit for people over 230 pounds looking for a sag-free sleep surface.
Firmness: Firm (7), Extra Firm (9)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split California King, Short Full, Short Queen, Olympic Queen, Short King, RV King
Price Range: $699 – $1,499
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
- Flippable between firm (7) and extra firm (9)
- Exceptional edge support and temperature neutrality for a foam mattress
- Optional cooling panels on both sides
- Shoppers on a budget
- People who sleep hot
- Back and stomach sleepers
All-foam mattresses are among the most budget-friendly beds available, but our testers who weigh over 230 pounds often find that they are too soft and lack the support necessary for a comfortable night’s sleep. The Plank Firm, manufactured by Brooklyn Bedding, addresses these issues with a flippable design that features both firm (7) and extra firm (9) sleep surfaces.
The Plank Firm is firmer than almost every other mattress on the market. The firm side has a 1.5-inch quilted cover over a 2-inch layer of polyfoam, while the extra firm side has a .75-inch quilted cover. Our testers noted that while the firm side provided subtle cushioning, the extra firm side had very little give. Like most all-foam mattresses, the Plank Firm’s support core consists of high-density polyfoam. However, this core is especially thick. We found it provided a stable foundation for both sides without bottoming out.
The Plank Firm is designed to ensure a neutral spine position, making it an attractive choice for back and stomach sleepers who require firm support. However, it lacked the pressure relief that most of the side sleepers on our testing team prefer.
While foam beds tend to sleep warmer than other mattress types, the Plank Firm minimizes heat retention by not conforming as closely. Ample airflow around our testers allowed heat to dissipate so they stayed cool.
For sleepers who require even more temperature control, the Plank Firm is also available with a cooling top panel made of phase change material designed to regulate heat. We found that the cooling panel helped regulate the surface temperature, but most of our testers were also comfortable without it.
Brooklyn Bedding backs the Plank Firm with a 10-year limited warranty. The company also offers customers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and a 120-night sleep trial. Customers must try the mattress for at least 30 nights before initiating a return.
With a supportive all-foam design and two firmness options built in, the Plank Firm is an excellent choice for stomach and back sleepers over 230 pounds whose firmness preferences may change.
Firmness: Firm (7)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Price Range: $949 – $2,199
Warranty: 15 Year, Limited
- Memory foam and responsive polyfoam comfort layers for pressure relief without sinkage
- Tencel cover and pocketed coils allow for good airflow
- Optional GlacioTex Cooling Cover designed for enhanced temperature regulation
- Heavier people who need strong pressure relief
- Sleepers who wake up easily when their partner moves
- Couples in different weight categories or with different position preferences
The Helix Plus is a hybrid mattress designed for plus-size sleepers. It combines a firm (7) feel with medium-density memory foam, providing our testers over 230 pounds with significant pressure relief without sacrificing support.
As a hybrid mattress, the Helix Plus has a foam comfort system and a supportive pocketed coil core. Its comfort system consists of both memory foam and latex-like polyfoam. The memory foam contoured to our testers’ bodies, while the polyfoam added responsiveness to allow for easier position changes. A firmer memory foam transitional layer between the comfort system and the support core gently conformed to our sleepers over 230 pounds while preventing them from sinking too deeply into the mattress.
The pocketed coil core uses taller springs with reinforced edges, and a polyfoam base supports the coils as they compress. Our heavy testers felt comfortable using the full mattress surface.
The Helix Plus is wrapped in a breathable Tencel cover, which our testers reported remained relatively temperature neutral. For an additional fee, shoppers can select a GlacioTex Cooling Cover designed to stay cool to the touch.
Across all sleep positions, our testers over 230 pounds found the Helix Plus comfortable. Unlike many firm models, the Plus also provided enough contouring for our testers between 130 and 230 pounds. The mattress may be ideal for some couples with different body types, although the surface felt too firm to our team members under 130 pounds.
Helix Sleep provides free shipping in the contiguous U.S. and a 15-year limited warranty. The mattress also comes with a 100-night sleep trial, which includes a 30-night break-in period.
With a sturdy construction, responsive cradling, and a below-average price-point for a hybrid mattress, the Helix Plus is a particularly good fit for heavy individuals who need balanced support and pressure relief.
Firmness: Firm (7)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Price Range: $1,795 – $3,990
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
- 3-inch quilted Euro-top made from cotton and polyfoam
- Latex and memory foam comfort system
- Coil core with foam rails for durability and edge support
- Heavier back and side sleepers
- People who sleep very hot
- Sleepers who prefer a mattress with bounce
The Saatva HD, designed for sleepers who weigh up to 500 pounds, is a luxury innerspring model. Although it has a firm (7) feel, its complex comfort system also allows for significant pressure relief without excessive sinkage or heat retention.
The comfort system starts with a cotton Euro-top quilted with polyfoam. Our testers felt this added a plush feel despite the mattress’ firmness. Next, a 1.5-inch layer of zoned natural latex provided ergonomic support and better pressure relief where our testers over 230 pounds needed it most. Since the material is also bouncy and responsive, our testers changed positions easily. Latex generally sleeps quite cool, and our temperature readings confirmed that the sleep surface maintained a neutral temperature.
Below the Talalay latex layer, a layer of memory foam gives deeper pressure relief, and a polyfoam layer prevents sleepers from sinking into the innerspring core. Our testers noted that this combination gave the bed a good balance of contouring and support.
The innerspring core uses 12.5-gauge recycled steel that is significantly stronger than the industry standard, making the Saatva HD an appealing choice for shoppers concerned with stability. The offset coils, which are supported by a high-density polyfoam base, are also encased in foam for better edge support than most innerspring beds. Our testers over 230 pounds felt secure sitting and lying along the perimeter.
While the Saatva HD is built for bigger bodies, all of our testers over 130 pounds found it comfortable across all sleep positions. Our stomach sleepers under 130 pounds also appreciated the even support.
Saatva offers free White Glove delivery for customers in the contiguous U.S. The Saatva HD comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a limited lifetime warranty.
By combining a Euro-top, zoned latex, conforming memory foam, high-density polyfoam, and sturdy offset coils, the Saatva HD strikes a delicate balance of cushioning, contouring, and support that is exceptionally well suited to sleepers over 230 pounds.
Best Pressure Relief
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Price Range: $999 – $1,899
Warranty: Lifetime, limited
- Thick comfort system for top-tier pressure relief
- Gel memory foam designed for cooler sleep
- Thicker coils at the perimeter for superior edge support
- Customers who want pressure relief without deep contouring
- Sleepers with joint or back pain
The DreamCloud Premier is the upgraded version of DreamCloud’s flagship mattress. It provides a more complex comfort system and superior edge support. At 14 inches tall and with a medium firm (6) feel, the DreamCloud Premier is durable and supportive enough for sleepers over 230 pounds while still providing the pressure relief needed by side sleepers and those with chronic pain.
A cashmere blend cover encases the mattress. The cashmere is intended to wick away moisture, and our testers noticed the cover felt soft to the touch. A layer of memory foam quilted into the Euro-top cover provides surface-level cushioning that our testers likened to a gentle hug.
Next, a gel memory foam layer relieved our testers’ pressure points by redistributing their weight without letting them sink in too deeply. When combined with the material’s gel infusions, our testers felt that the surface stayed significantly cooler than many models containing memory foam. A layer of polyfoam supports the rest of the comfort system, and our tests showed it prevented most vibrations from reaching the core.
The support core combines pocketed coils with a base of high-density polyfoam. Thanks to a double row of reinforced coils around the perimeter, the mattress also has better edge support than many of its competitors. This made it easy for our testers to move across the surface, lie along the edge, and get out of bed.
Our testers gave the DreamCloud Premier high marks regardless of their weights and preferred sleep positions. This may make it a good option for combination sleepers and couples with different needs from their mattress.
DreamCloud provides free shipping within the contiguous U.S. as well as a limited lifetime warranty. The generous 365-night sleep trial includes a required 30-night break-in period.
The DreamCloud Premier impressed us with its ample pressure-relieving comfort system and limited sinkage. This makes it a strong option for sleepers with aches and pains.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our team members have decades of combined experience in the sleep industry. Our rigorous in-house testing is done by a diverse group of people with a variety of body shapes and weights, which allows us to personally understand what heavy individuals need from their beds and which mattresses best suit those needs. In addition to qualitative analyses of the subjective sleep experience, we also gather quantitative data for an objective overview of performance.
Best Type of Mattress for Heavy People
Choosing the type of mattress you want is one of the most important steps when buying a new bed. Some mattress types are more suitable than others for heavy people, although individual models can be designed to overcome the potential drawbacks of a mattress type.
Hybrid mattresses typically combine individually wrapped steel coils with a synthetic foam or latex comfort system. Together, these features provide support and pressure relief, making hybrid models one of the top picks for heavy individuals. Hybrid mattresses also tend to be more durable than foam or innerspring beds, so their longer lifespans can justify their higher price tags.
Natural latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree. Synthetic and blended alternatives are also available. Latex generally sleeps cooler than synthetic foam, has a bouncy and supportive feel, and offers pressure relief without excessive sinkage or close contouring. However, it lacks the deep pressure relief of memory foam. Latex mattresses tend to come with higher price tags, but they can be excellent options for heavier people who need additional support and durability.
Airbeds have a support core made of air-filled chambers. With the touch of a button, sleepers can customize the bed’s firmness by pumping air into or out of these chambers. Most airbeds allow individual sleepers to choose their own firmness levels, making this mattress type an ideal choice for couples with different needs. However, airbeds are also among the most expensive models on the market.
Innerspring mattresses traditionally have a support core of connected coils instead of the individually wrapped coils of a hybrid. While basic innerspring beds can provide good support for heavy people, we generally don’t recommend them for those who sleep on their sides. That said, models with thicker comfort systems may provide the pressure relief heavier side sleepers need.
Foam mattresses pair a memory foam or polyfoam comfort system with a high-density polyfoam support core. While foam models can be very budget-friendly, they are often a poor choice for heavy individuals. Many foam mattresses aren’t firm enough to support sleepers over 230 pounds, and synthetic foam cores tend to be far less durable than steel coils or natural latex.
Is Memory Foam Good for Heavier People?
Memory foam is a unique synthetic foam that can provide first-rate pressure relief and a distinct cradling sensation. When paired with a firm, durable support core, memory foam can be exceptionally comfortable for heavy people. However, people who weigh over 230 pounds should look for high-density foams, since lower-density options are likely to lose their pressure-relieving capabilities more quickly.
How About Edge Support?
Polyfoam support cores typically compress significantly at the perimeter, meaning that most foam models lack sturdy edge support. Heavier individuals are particularly likely to notice this, causing many to feel like they could roll off if they sleep near the perimeter. Foam beds also tend to compress more deeply when someone sits on the edge, which can degrade the foam and shorten the bed’s lifespan.
Is a Firm Mattress Better for a Heavy Person?
While a softer bed may sound comfortable, firm mattresses are usually a better choice for people over 230 pounds. Since heavier bodies compress the surface more, firmer models usually feel subjectively softer to our testers in this weight range while providing stronger support.
While sleeping on a firm mattress sometimes has a reputation for causing pressure points, you can still enjoy cradling regardless of the mattress’ firmness. An ample comfort system with materials that contour to the body typically makes firm models more comfortable for our heavier testers with aches and pains, including side sleepers.
Most people who weigh over 230 pounds require a firm mattress, but an appropriate amount of contouring should match the mattress’ support. The mattress should contour around parts of your body that push harder against the bed to redistribute your weight and prevent soreness.
More contouring generally means better pressure relief. If you suffer from pressure-induced aches and pains, we often recommend looking for thick comfort systems that include memory foam. However, people who dislike the feeling of sinking into their bed may appreciate latex’s balance of pressure relief with more subtle contouring.
Edge support measures how supportive a mattress is around its perimeter. While most people prefer a model with good edge support, it is vital for people who weigh over 230 pounds. In a bed with weak edge support, sleeping close to the perimeter often makes our heavier testers feel like they’re going to roll off. Poor edge support also weakens the mattress over time and makes it more difficult to get out of bed.
If you want to use the whole sleep surface, we usually suggest hybrid mattresses and those with reinforced perimeters. Mattresses designed for heavy people often have better edge support than their competitors.
Use the Right Bedding and Mattress Accessories
Choosing the right mattress is only one part of making your bed the perfect place to sleep. By selecting the right pillow and mattress accessories, you can customize your setup to suit your unique needs.
Use Pillows With Greater Loft or Density
When buying a pillow, consider what position you tend to sleep in and how far you sink into your mattress. The right pillow helps your spine relax into a neutral, tension-free position. A pillow that is too flat or too thick can cause neck and shoulder pain. We recommend thicker, denser pillows for heavier individuals using supportive mattresses. However, if you sink deeply into your mattress, a thinner pillow may be preferable.
Try a Mattress Topper for Extra Contouring
Mattress toppers add an additional comfort layer to your mattress. Usually made of memory foam, polyfoam, or latex, toppers are an easy way to customize your mattress’ firmness and pressure relief, and they offer a temporary fix for some uncomfortable older mattresses.
Toppers generally range from 1 to 4 inches thick. We suggest that heavier individuals consider a relatively thick topper made of a durable material, such as natural latex or higher-density foam. This can provide extra cushioning while resisting indentations.
Place Your Mattress on a Stable Foundation
A stable foundation provides the flat surface a mattress needs. Using inadequate support voids many mattress warranties. However, foundations are even more crucial for people who weigh over 230 pounds. Improper support can cause your mattress to sag, making it more difficult to maintain good sleep posture.
Most manufacturers offer suggestions about what foundations work best with their mattresses. Some also sell foundations designed with their specific mattresses in mind.
Sharing Your Mattress With a Partner Who's Lighter Than You
If you share a bed with someone who weighs less than you, it can be challenging to find a mattress that fits both of your needs. The amount of contouring and support that works for one of you might not suit the other. You may be able to find a standard mattress that works for both of you, but there are also other options.
Try Sleeping on an Airbed or a Split Mattress With Different Firmnesses
Airbeds can be an excellent choice for couples with different firmness needs. Most allow you to customize the firmness of each side of the bed. While airbeds tend to carry higher price tags, they allow unmatched personalization.
Split queen or king beds combine two smaller mattresses to form one larger sleep surface. While more expensive than standard mattresses, they allow you and your partner to each choose the firmness level you need. However, not all mattresses are available in split sizes.
Place a Topper on One Half of the Mattress for the Lighter Sleeper
If you prefer a standard mattress but can’t find one that suits you both, you might consider mattress toppers. Going this route means buying a mattress that is firm enough for the heavier partner and using a topper to soften the surface on the lighter partner’s side. You can also use a firm topper on the heavier partner’s side to reduce the risk of one topper shifting or creating a ledge-like feel.
Toppers can be an economical and effective option, but you may have to try more than one before finding what works for you.