Top 10 Best Mattresses for Heavy People

It’s not always obvious that you need different beds for different body types. While men and women with larger frames know to look for big & tall or plus-size departments in clothing stores, there’s a pervasive myth that mattresses are one-size-fits-all. In fact, those with heavier body types need more from their mattresses than the average sleeper does.

Fortunately, figuring out what you need in a mattress doesn’t have to be a guessing game. For people with a higher body mass index (BMI) or a weight above 250 pounds, the Better Sleep Council recommends thicker mattresses at least 10” tall, and sleepers who weigh more than 400 pounds should look for a mattress that’s at least 14” tall. The best types of mattresses for larger folks include natural latex mattresses, memory foam mattresses, traditional innerspring mattresses and hybrid mattresses composed of both springs and foams. Whatever kind of mattress you choose, you want to make sure it is durable and offers plenty of support to relieve the pressure that leaves you with aches and pains. That means high-density foam or high pocket density coils and quality materials that will last year after year and won’t break down quicker under a sleeper’s above-average body weight. In terms of firmness, medium to firm mattresses are typically the best options for long-term comfort, but you can still enjoy the softness of a pillow top or memory foam option. You will also want to consider aspects such as edge support (you want a lot) and whether your mattress material sleeps hot or cool (typically, larger bodies do better with cooling materials).

You could spend thousands of dollars purchasing a top-of-the-line bariatric mattress – or thousands of dollars over time if you keep buying and replacing mattresses that aren’t suited for a heavier sleeper – but you don’t have to. Every bed on our list of the top 10 mattresses for heavy people is under $1,700, with some options as affordable as a few hundred dollars. Price is just one factor we figure into this ranking of the top mattresses for larger people, along with support, durability, quality of materials and availability.

1. Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid

Nest Alexander Hybrid mattress

The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress by Nest Bedding bills itself as “the most comfortable mattress on the Internet,” a statement supported by hundreds of positive consumer reviews – not to mention glowing reviews from sleep industry experts. Like other hybrid mattresses, the Nest Alexander Signature combines the support of innerspring coils with the comfort of memory foam for a sleeping experience that offers the best of both worlds. The 13.5” mattress starts with 8” of high-quality individual Quantum Edge Pocketed Support Coils. Then there’s 1” of 3-pound SmartFlow Support Foam, followed by 1.5” of 2.5-pound copper Infused Energex Foam. This innovative copper-infused foam offers benefits like cooling technology and natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Another 1.5″ of TitanChil Endurance Foam and 1.5″ of 4-pound Gel Infused Memory Foam, topped with an innovative Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric soft quilted cover, finish the mattress. With these numerous cooling features, you’ll never again have to worry about sleeping in a bed that’s too hot for comfort – a feature that is of particular importance for those with larger body types. Extra edge support is another one of the most appealing factors for heavier sleepers. Not only can you be confident that the edge of your mattress won’t sag when you sit on it, but its sturdy construction affords you more sleepable area so you can stretch out and get comfortable.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • At just over $1K, the Nest Signature Alexander Hybrid is a great deal on a mattress with innovative technology.
  • Made with CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam and innovative copper-infused memory foam.
  • 4 types of cooling technology: copper-infused foam, TitanChil Endurance Foam, Gel Infused Memory Foam and Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric covering.
  • 3 levels of firmness to choose from: Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm.
  • The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is made-to-order, but because Nest Bedding begins working on each mattress right away, mattresses can be completed in as little as 1 to 3 days and received within 4 to 8 business days of ordering.
  • Available online on the manufacturer’s website as well as on Amazon.
  • You can try out Nest mattresses in person at one of more than a dozen Nest Bedding showrooms across the United States.
  • Nest Bedding’s eco-friendly, American-made beds contain a fire barrier made of woven natural hydrated silica and are CertiPUR-US Certified to be free of harmful chemicals.
  • 100-night trial period.
  • Nest Bedding offers a Lifetime Warranty few competitors dare to offer, as well as a unique Lifetime Comfort Guarantee.
  • Free shipping, returns and exchanges.
  • Financing available through Affirm, with 0 percent APR and monthly payments as low as $67 for a queen-sized bed.

Cons

  • Even if you can tell early on that the mattress isn’t for you, there is a mandatory trial period of 30 days before you can return it
  • The highest density of memory foam used in the Alexander Signature Hybrid is 4-pound, while other top mattress choices for heavy people use 5-pound memory foam.
  • The mattress thickness is just shy of the 14” recommended for sleepers weighing 400 pounds and up.

Score

Support: 80/100

Durability: 95/100

Quality of Materials: 90/100

Cost: 85/100

Availability: 95/100

Overall score: 89/100

2. The WinkBed Plus

Winkbed Plus

At $1,499, the WinkBed Plus is one of the priciest mattresses on our list. However, these luxury hybrid mattresses are handmade, made-to-order and – according to the 1,500+ positive reviews – well worth the cost. In the queen size WinkBed mattress, you will find more than 2,200 individually wrapped coils, offering extremely high-density support. The mattress is composed of six layers, including a 1” layer of gel-infused Hypersoft foam, another 1” layer of premium gel foam, a high-density LumbarLayer of foam and 2” of support foam.  At 14” thick, the WinkBed mattress can support sleepers weighing upwards of 400 pounds, but it’s also a comfortable choice for the average-sized sleeper and larger sleepers who are still under 400 pounds. WinkBed comes in four levels of firmness, but the Plus, an eight on the 10-point firmness scale, is specifically recommended for heavy people. The WinkBed is built to last. When the independent Carpenter Technical Center tested its durability by simulating two decades’ worth of use, it reported that the memory foam saw just two percent compression, proving that purchasers can expect it to remain in good condition long-term. Heavier sleepers, in particular, will appreciate features like decompression spine support, a cool-sleeping advanced ventilation system and specialty foam design that offers advanced pressure point relief. Say goodbye to your back, hip and shoulder pain with the firm WinkBed Plus mattress.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A three-step back-relief system of coils, foam and a lumbar support pad that offers support to keep muscles relaxed, joints aligned and your spine decompressed.
  • No matter what sleeping position you prefer, the specialty foam surface of the mattress offers advanced pressure point relief to end your days of waking up with aches and pains.
  • The Duratech Lifetime Durability System, created with a combination of thousands of triple-tempered support springs and numerous layers of high-density foam, has proven through third-party testing not to sag more than two percent over two decades of consistent use.
  • WinkBed’s extraEDGE support system not only makes sure that the edge of your mattress won’t sag but also gives you 15 percent more sleepable surface area to enjoy.
  • Sleep cool with an advanced ventilation system that transfers heat away from your body and a cover made with materials derived from eucalyptus for a fabric that is naturally cooler than linen.
  • If your partner tosses and turns, the mattress’s SleepCalm motion isolation technology can really help you get a better night’s sleep.
  • Each bed is handmade by “bedsmiths” upon order, so you know that your mattress is specially crafted just for you in the United States, not mass produced in a factory overseas.
  • The WinkBed mattress has won numerous awards, including Best Hybrid, Best Mattress for Heavy People, Best Cooling Mattress and Best Mattress Under $2K.
  • 120-night risk-free trial with no charge for picking up returned mattresses.
  • Free shipping and free returns.
  • WinkBed bills itself as the only mattress maker to offer a Full Lifetime Replacement Warranty that goes into effect if any defect is ever discovered during the lifetime of the purchaser.
  • If you decide somewhere down the line that you want a softer or firmer bed than you have enjoyed so far, you can save hundreds of dollars with the generous “Any Reason” 50% Off Replacement Guarantee – which comes with every mattress, not as an added warranty option you need to purchase.
  • The fire barrier protecting the WinkBed mattress is an all-natural blend of cotton, polyester and rayon.
  • The WinkBed mattress has earned CertiPUR-US certification for its environmentally friendly materials. Purchasers will enjoy a bed free of hazardous materials including mercury, led, PBDE flame retardants, formaldehyde, ozone-depleters and the phthalates prohibited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • WinkBed offers financing through Bread, allowing customers to buy the luxury mattress and pay later, with monthly payments as low as $200.

Cons

  • Available primarily online (and at three brick-and-mortar stores in New York, Chicago and Edina, MN), and unavailable on Amazon.
  • Though basic delivery is free, there is a $99 charge for the “white glove service” premium delivery option, which includes unboxing the mattress and unloading it onto an existing bed frame. For old mattress removal plus white glove service, the cost is $159.
  • While you can exchange your WinkBed mattress if the firmness you selected is not quite right, you will have to pay a $49 fee to do so.
  • Even if you can tell early on that the mattress isn’t for you, there is a mandatory trial period of 30 days before you can return it.
  • Because WinkBed mattresses are built-to-order, getting your mattress can take longer than purchasing an in-stock mattress from another retailer. Expect to wait two weeks, or up to three weeks for a coolControl set.
  • The $1,499 cost places this bed among the most expensive mattresses to make our top 10 list.

Score

Support: 99/100

Durability: 95/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Cost: 60/100

Availability: 80/100

Overall score: 86/100

3. Nectar

Nectar mattress

Nectar’s bouncy, four-layer gel memory foam mattress-in-a- bag is a great choice for those with a larger body type due to its temperature control features and the support you’d expect from a firm mattress with the comfort of a pillowtop mattress. Two layers of gel memory foam offer enhanced weight distribution and contouring features that help relieve back pain and other aches to help you sleep better. Nectar is an expertly designed mattress that spent three years in development and now has more than 100,000 satisfied customers. The mattress starts with a 2.2-pound high density breathable base layer of foam, followed by a 3” layer of 3.5-pound adaptive high-core recovery memory foam, one layer of gel memory foam, a 1” layer of quilted gel memory foam and finally a cooling Tencel cover that wicks away heat to keep you sleeping comfortably. The Nectar bed is compressed and vacuum packed to fit inside a bag. Once it arrives at the purchaser’s door – shipped for free – you simply unroll it and allow it to expand to its full 11” thickness, which it can do in a matter of a few hours. When it comes to durability, the manufacturer calls Nectar “the last mattress you’ll ever need to buy.”

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The Nectar mattress is meant for sleepers of all body types, making it an excellent choice if you have a larger frame but your partner is an average or below average weight or body build.
  • At $824 for a queen mattress, Nectar is one of the most affordable luxury mattress choices to make our top 10 list.
  • Ultra-dense memory foam compares to much higher priced beds from brands like Tempur-Pedic.
  • Enjoy benefits like superior weight distribution and contouring that come with having not one but two layers of gel memory foam.
  • Two layers of Gel Memory Foam help Nectar circulate air, distribute weight and contour to your body.
  • Nectar is built with extra edge support to keep the mattress from sagging.
  • The mattress’s contouring comfort means there’s plenty of support no matter your preferred sleeping position.
  • Sleep cool thanks to the breathable and absorbent Tencel cooling cover and double layers of air-circulating gel memory foam.
  • Thanks to Nectar’s premium memory foam materials, the mattress prevents motion transfer, offering everyone – and particularly, those with partners prone to tossing and turning – a better night’s sleep.
  • Nectar’s high-quality CERTIPUR-US certified flexible memory foam allows you to feel confident that your mattress is free from harmful chemicals.
  • Available online on the manufacturer’s website as well as on Amazon.
  • Free shipping and returns.
  • An extra generous 365-night trial period.
  • More than 97 percent of Nectar purchasers keep their mattress, with under 3 percent of buyers returning them.
  • Nectar mattresses are built to last, with a Forever Warranty.
  • Setting up your new mattress takes only minutes, and the compressed and rolled mattress can expand fully in just hours.
  • Financing available through Affirm allows you to purchase a queen-sized Nectar mattress for just $59 month.

Cons

  • At 11” thick, the Nectar mattress just surpasses the minimum recommended mattress thickness for people 250 to 400 pounds, and it is a few inches too small to meet the needs of sleepers who weigh upwards of 400 pounds
  • Nectar mattresses are only available in medium firm, so it might not be the best option for heavier folks who prefer the option to have a very soft or very firm mattress.
  • If you want your new mattress set up or your old one taken away, you will have to pay $149 for Nectar’s optional White Glove Delivery Service. In certain states, you may also owe a $20 mattress removal fee.

Score

Support: 75/100

Durability: 90/100

Quality of Materials: 85/100

Cost: 90/100

Availability: 90/100

Overall score: 86/100

4. Big Fig

Big Fig mattress

Big Fig, which bills itself as “the mattress for a bigger figure,” is ideal for larger body types because the 13” thick mattress is designed specifically for heavy people. Fed up with the lack of high-quality, sufficiently supportive options for plus-sized and big & tall sleepers available either in traditional mattress stores or online, a five-generation family mattress company decided it was time to launch a new kind of mattress. Though the $1,699 cost for a Big Fig queen mattress makes it the most expensive bed on our list, many heavy people find the cost worthwhile. The weight limit for Big Fig mattresses is a considerable 500 pounds for one sleeper or 1,000 pounds combined for two sleepers. This hybrid innerspring mattress is specially designed to solve – or completely avoid – the most common problems sleepers with a bigger figure encounter with their mattresses. A 3” layer of high-density 1.8-pound per cubic foot (pcf) foam prevents sagging. The hybrid design and quality materials avoid the loss of comfort that commonly happens when mattress materials begin to break down under normal wear and tear, while extra innerspring coils add plenty of extra support. The exceptionally firm foam around the edges of the mattress add extra support and, since every inch of the mattress is now sturdy, give you a larger sleeping area. The included Big Fig Foundation, made with wide slats and two center rails instead of one, can hold five times as much weight as a traditional bed foundation can.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Specially designed for sleepers with a bigger figure.
  • A layer of 1.8 pcf high-density foam – 50 percent denser than what you would typically find in an innerspring mattress – helps keep the surface of the mattress from sagging.
  • By constructing the innerspring layer of the mattress with individually wrapped coils made of thick gauge spring steel and filling it with 50 percent more coils than the average mattress, Big Fig makes mattresses that provide plenty of support for larger frames. The queen mattress has 1,200 coils, while 1,600 coils make up the king mattress.
  • Extra firm edge foam prevents the common problem of poor edge support and gives sleepers more space to stretch out.
  • The moisture-wicking ThermoGel cooling technology and gel-infused latex foam used in the quilted topper of every Big Fig mattress will keep you sleeping cool even in the warmest weather.
  • A high tuft count, with 16 tufts in the queen mattress, keeps internal mattress materials from shifting over time for better durability.
  • Every purchase of a Big Fig mattress includes an Amish-crafted Big Fig Foundation made of spruce wood that holds 500 percent as much weight than your standard bed foundation.
  • American-made with CertiPUR-US® certified foams and a natural fire barrier made from cotton, flax and linseed.
  • Durability tests simulating mattress use with an above-average weight of 350 pounds found that the mattress lasts for 20 years or more – hence the company’s 20-year warranty.
  • 101-night trial period.
  • Free shipping and returns, with no restocking or return delivery fees.
  • A mandatory trial period of just two weeks, compared to 30 days with other mattress brands before you are permitted to return the mattress.
  • Financing available through Bread and Zibby, allowing qualified buyers to pay as little as $54.81 per month with 0 percent APR for a queen-sized mattress.

Cons

  • Available only online, and unavailable on Amazon.
  • With a $1,699 price tag for a queen-sized mattress, Big Fig is a significant investment that costs more than any other mattress on this list.
  • To be able to fully support sleepers up to the 500-pound single or 1,000-pound combined weight limit, you need a full bed system, including some arrangement of boxspring, bed, foundation or bedframe that is capable of supporting this weight. The Big Fig Foundation is included with the purchase of your mattress, but the $125 bedframe is not.

Score

Support: 99/100

Durability: 95/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Cost: 65/100

Availability: 70/100

Overall score: 85/100

5. Helix Nightfall

Helix Nightfall mattress

Like the Big Fig, Helix’s Nightfall mattress is designed specifically for larger sleepers. The 12” thick hybrid mattress offers numerous features the appeal to the plus-sized and big & tall crowd. Extra tall wrapped innerspring coils are better suited than standard-sized coils for holding and distributing the weight of a larger body frame, and an additional layer of foam provides more support to keep you sleeping comfortably. The Helix Nightfall mattress also offers what the company calls “best in class edge support,” thanks to a reinforced perimeter. High-density memory foam allows for outstanding support and contouring regardless of your favorite sleeping position – potentially relieving aches and pains in the neck, leg and other areas of the body. Construction starts with a base layer of DuraDense foam, then the Body Shape Layer of extra-large innerspring coils and a transition layer of high-grade polyfoam. Next are two comfort layers: one layer of Helix’s 4.0 PCF ultra-dense memory plus foam to relieve pressure and one layer of Helix Dynamic Foam, an extra dense, contouring latex-foam hybrid measuring at 3.75 PCF. The extra density translates to more support and comfort, especially for heavier sleepers.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Special features like extra tall innerspring coils, enhanced edge support and an extra layer of supportive foam make this mattress designed for bigger sleepers.
  • Supports up to 500 pounds for a single sleeper or 1,000 pounds combined for a couple.
  • The $1,190 price tag puts the Helix Nightfall mattress around the middle price point among the top 10 mattresses for heavy people.
  • American-made with high-end materials and CertiPUR-US certified foams.
  • Free shipping.
  • With delivery in as little as three business days, you can get your Helix Nightfall mattress quickly and start getting a better night’s sleep sooner.
  • Setting up a new Helix Nightfall mattress is quick and easy. Remove the rolled mattress from the box, set it on your bed and unroll. It takes just half an hour to 45 minutes for the compressed mattress to expand back to its 12” height.
  • 100-night trial period.
  • Financing available through Klarna, with options like 0 percent APR for six to 12 months or longer-term financing arrangements with payments as low as $25 per month.

Cons

  • Even if you can tell early on that the mattress isn’t for you, there is a mandatory trial period of 30 days before you can return it.
  • Available only online, and unavailable on Amazon.
  • While long by other standards, the 10-year warranty is shorter than the warranty of other top mattresses for heavy people.
  • Helix’s best cool sleep technology is found in the Ultra Cool Cover, an add-on item for which you’ll pay $99 to $150 more.

Score

 Support: 95/100

Durability: 77/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Cost: 86/100

Availability: 70/100

Overall score: 85/100

6. DreamCloud

DreamCloud mattress

This mattress may well be the closest you could get to sleeping on the clouds. The DreamCloud luxury hybrid mattress is an impressive 15” of comfort support, making it several inches thicker than competitors like the New Purple mattress and the much more expensive Sleep Number 18. DreamCloud’s mattress is double-tufted, putting it in the same category of $6,000+ mattresses, but with a price tag of just $1,399 for the queen size. DreamCloud offers one of the longest trial periods in the business, allowing purchasers to sleep on the mattress for a full year before they commit to keeping it permanently. The eight-layer hybrid design includes a layer of natural latex, five layers of premium memory foams and a layer of patent-pending BestRest innerspring coils. What makes this mattress particularly appealing for heavier sleepers is the pressure relief offered by multiple layers of high-density supportive memory foam to reduce or eliminate discomfort. This is one plush mattress you won’t sink right into, but instead, will float above as though you really are sleeping on the clouds.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Gel-infused memory foam distributes heat so you can sleep cool, no matter your size.
  • The DreamCloud mattress is constructed out of 8 layers of premium materials.
  • The five layers of foam include a supportive gel-infused memory foam, a soft quilted memory foam, high-density DreamPlush contouring memory foam, a super dense supporting foam and a high-density foundation foam.
  • A layer of super premium natural, hypoallergenic latex offers plenty of cushioning and contouring and is more durable and resilient than synthetic latex.
  • The 5 zones of BestRest microcoils are extra flexible, foam-encased, durable and perfectly positioned so that air can move freely though the mattress, preventing heat from building up.
  • With flexible coils and high-density foundation foam that absorb motion transfer, you can sleep soundly all night long, even if your partner is a more active sleeper.
  • DreamCloud has a double-tufted handstitched topper featuring a cashmere blend that is three times more cooling than foam or cotton for ultimate comfort and temperature regulation.
  • The unique Everlong Warranty covers the materials, construction, durability and quality of the mattress for as long as the original purchaser has it, because DreamCloud stands behind its assertion that this bed “should be the only mattress you ever need.”
  • DreamCloud joins the elite group of mattresses – less than one percent of all mattresses available on the market – to hold CertiPUR-US certification.
  • DreamCloud’s Sleep Concierge Team coordinates delivery to your house.
  • Free shipping and returns, but not installation.
  • An extra generous 365-night trial period.
  • Financing is available through Affirm, allowing qualified purchases to buy the bed for as little as $67 per month.

Cons

  • At $1,399 for a queen-sized bed, DreamCloud is the third most expensive mattress on our list.
  • If you want your mattress unboxed, set up and your old mattress hauled away, you’ll have to spend $149 for DreamCloud’s White Glove Service. Purchasers in certain states may also incur a $20 mattress removal fee. If you also ordered a bedframe, headboard or foundation to go along with your mattress, you’ll pay an additional $45 for each item.
  • It could take a couple of weeks or more to receive your new mattress. Generally, DreamCloud mattresses ship within 5 to 7 business days of purchase and typically take 2 to 5 business days to arrive. Choosing White Glove Service can add another 2 to 3 days to your wait.
  • DreamCloud mattresses only come in one level of firmness, 6.5 on the 10-point firmness scale. The plush mattress doesn’t offer choices for sleepers who might prefer a softer or firmer feel and may not be firm enough for some heavier sleepers.
  • While the BestRest coils offer some edge support – an attribute that is particularly valued by those with larger body types – some sleepers find that the edge support is weaker than you would find in other innerspring and hybrid mattresses.
  • Available only online, and unavailable on Amazon.

Score

Support: 99/100

Durability: 99/100

Quality of Materials: 90/100

Cost: 65/100

Availability: 70/100

Overall score: 85/100

7. Loom & Leaf

Loom & Leaf mattress

If innerspring and hybrid mattresses aren’t your style, the Loom & Leaf mattress developed by Saatva might be. The 12” all-memory-foam mattress isn’t your typical memory foam bed. Instead, it is created with high-quality 5-pound memory foam that offers a luxurious feel and contouring technology to improve comfort and reduce pressure. In fact, the quality of the Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress is comparable to high-priced brands like iComfort and Tempur-Pedic, but it is sold at a fraction of the cost. Of particular interest to heavier sleepers is the patented Spinal-Zone Gel feature. Loom & Leaf’s Spinal-Zone Gel helps preserve correct alignment of the spine, gets rid of the pressure points that lead to pain and tension and employs the same cooling gel used in hospital burn units to build into the mattress a “cool zone” perfectly placed where larger body types need it most. Loom & Leaf states that the mattress can offer sleepers therapeutic benefits that include relief from joint pain, more energy, better circulation and better spine alignment.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The $1,299 cost for the queen-sized Loom & Leaf mattress places it around the middle price-point among our list, yet this bed compares to high-end brands like Tempur-Pedic’s Tempur-Cloud Luxe Breeze, which is priced at $4,799.
  • The construction of this firm memory foam bed starts with a 5.5” foundation of high-density foam, followed by 2” of transition loft pad. Next is 2.5” of 5-pound visco-eleastic memory foam, which Saatva calls the “heart of the mattress” and which is responsible for the contouring support. A final, 2” layer of 4-pound dense memory foam complete with gel-on-gel technology and an organic cotton quilted cover finish the mattress.
  • The gel-on-gel design of the top layer of memory foam allows for cool sleeping, advanced air circulation and Loom & Leaf’s unique Spinal-Zone Gel, a special cooling gel panel that targets the lumbar region of the spine for extra cooling technology.
  • Loom & Leaf mattresses are built to last 10 to 15 years and come with a 15-year warranty.
  • Works with adjustable bases and bed frames.
  • Each eco-friendly Loom & Leaf mattress is made-to-order in the United States, not mass produced, with organic, natural and American-sourced materials.
  • Flame retardant mattress constructed with a natural thistle barrier, so that no harmful chemical sprays are needed.
  • Free delivery nationwide, including in-home setup and free removal of old mattress.
  • A 120-day trial period allows you to test out the Loom & Leaf bed in your own home for months before you are obligated to keep it.
  • Financing available with 0 percent APR for six months if paid in full.

Cons

  • The 12” thickness is a great choice for sleepers who weigh over 250 pounds, but it may not offer enough support for those above 400 pounds.
  • The mattress only comes in Relaxed Firm and Firm, so it may not be the ideal choice for larger people who also enjoy the feel of a softer mattress.
  • Available only online, and unavailable on Amazon.
  • $99 transportation fee if your mattress needs repair or re-covering or if you choose to return the mattress during the trial period.

Score

Support: 85/100

Durability: 90/100

Quality of Materials: 95/100

Cost: 85/100

Availability: 70/100

Overall score: 85/100

8. Saatva

Saatva mattress

You’ve never tested out a Saatva mattress at your local mattress store. This luxury mattress is sold exclusively online. As a result, it is able to offer ultra-premium features at a fraction of the cost of comparable beds made by more widely recognized brands like Simmons, Serta and Stearns & Foster. The American-made mattress is also eco-friendly, made with organic cotton. Saatva’s standard Euro Pillow Top mattress is a respectable 14.5” height, making it an ideal choice for sleepers with larger body types, but the company also offers a custom slim version of the luxury mattress that measures 11.5” high. Saatva’s standard Euro Pillow Top mattress is a hybrid mattress, with a type of innerspring construction that features individually wrapped “coil on coil” construction plus a high-quality layer of memory foam intended specifically for lumbar, or lower back, support. The queen-size Saatva mattress costs $1,099, a bargain compared to the $2,749 price retail stores charge for a comparable mattress produced by Stearns & Foster.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High pocket density coil on coil construction, with a lower set of 416 hourglass hand tied tempered steel EVERFLEX coils plus an upper set of 884 individually wrapped coils for a total of 1,300 coils.
  • The Saatva mattress features foam encased edge support for anti-sag durability.
  • Added lumbar support through memory foam layer and the Chiro-Guard additional steel lumber support enhancement system helps protect you from back pain.
  • The $1,099 price tag puts the Saatva mattress in the middle of the pack among our listed beds – not so cheap that you worry about the quality, but not unaffordable, either.
  • Saatva mattresses are meant to last 10 to 15 years and come with a 15-year warranty plus the optional Fairness Replacement Option.
  • The mattress is made from eco-friendly materials include natural fiber such as organic cotton.
  • The flame-retardant mattress is constructed with a natural thistle barrier, so that no harmful chemical sprays are needed.
  • Free delivery nationwide, including in-home setup and free removal of old mattress.
  • 120-day return policy allows you months to make sure this is the perfect mattress for you.
  • Financing available with 0 percent APR for six months if paid in full.

Cons

  • Available only online, and unavailable on Amazon.
  • At 14.5”, the Saatva mattress is less thick than comparable beds by Serta, Aireloom, Kingsdown and Stearns & Foster.
  • $99 transportation fee if your mattress needs repair or re-covering or if you choose to return the mattress during the trial period.

Score

Support: 90/100

Durability: 80/100

Quality of Materials: 90/100

Cost: 80/100

Availability: 70/100

Overall score: 82/100

9. Layla

Layla mattress

If you’re looking for a modestly-priced memory foam mattress that’s up to the task of supporting above-average weights, Layla is a great option. At $899 for the queen, this mattress is among the most affordable on our list. Two features are primarily what sets Layla apart from other mattresses. The flippable dual-sided design allows the same mattress to offer both a soft and a firm sleeping surface, so it appeals to twice as many sleepers. The copper-infused memory foam offers superior support and cooling technology, not to mention antimicrobial properties and, some believe, healing properties. Whether you prefer to sleep on the firm side or the soft side, you’ll enjoy the comfort of a top layer of 3.5-pound high-density copper-infused memory foam. A layer of 2-pound-density convoluted foam for better airflow and a poly-foam base layer complete the construction of this unique four-layer memory foam mattress.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Copper-infused foam construction makes the Layla mattress unique. Copper cells in the foam layers of the mattress provide support, cooling and antimicrobial properties for a cleaner and more comfortable sleep. Though not scientifically proven, copper has long been thought to have healing properties.
  • Pressure point support offered by the soft side of the Layla mattress is particularly beneficial for side sleepers and helps alleviate back, hip and shoulder pains.
  • Two types of cooling features, the super-conducting copper cells integrated into the foam and the Thermo Gel cover made with a food-grade cooling agent, combine to offer sleepers the ultimate experience in sleeping cool.
  • The Layla mattress minimizes motion transfer so that sleeping partners don’t wake each other up with their movements.
  • Flippable dual-sided mattress means you can enjoy the Layla mattress regardless of whether you prefer a firm or soft sleeping surface.
  • Each Layla mattress is made-to-order, not mass produced, but due to the company’s quick turnaround, some purchasers will receive their Layla bed within a week of ordering.
  • Made in America with CertiPUR-US Certified foam.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Available online on the manufacturer’s website as well as on Amazon (which offers a discounted price of $799).
  • Free shipping and free returns.
  • 120-night trial period.
  • A mandatory trial period of just two weeks, compared to 30 days with other mattress brands before you are permitted to return the mattress.
  • Financing available through Affirm allows you to purchase a queen-sized Layla mattress at 0 percent APR for just $65 month

Cons

  • At 10” high, this mattress is the minimum thickness you should consider if you weigh 250 to 400 pounds. It may not be thick enough for those sleepers who prefer extra support and a thicker mattress or those weighing above 400 pounds.
  • Without the coils of an innerspring or hybrid mattress, some sleepers may find that this memory foam bed isn’t firm enough or supportive enough for their needs.

Score

Support: 70/100

Durability: 80/100

Quality of Materials: 75/100

Cost: 90/100

Availability: 90/100

Overall score: 81/100

10. Zinus

Zinus mattress

Based on pure affordability, Zinus mattresses would be the clear winner due to their modest price points. Zinus makes a variety of memory foam, spring and hybrid mattresses priced as low as $112, for twin beds with the lowest thickness measurement. Even for the thickest, 14” king mattresses, Zinus charges under $500. The cost may be a bargain, but sleepers with larger body types shouldn’t go for the cheapest option. The thinnest 6” mattress won’t offer nearly enough support for heavier frames. The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress might sound appealing, especially if you find yourself getting too hot for comfort during the night. However, one of the company’s pressure relief mattresses would be a better choice for larger frames. For example, the Pressure Relief Euro Top, Pocketed iCoil Hybrid Mattress is available in more supportive 12” and 13” heights and costs $375 or less for the queen size. By using supportive, separated iCoil springs and adding a special comfort foam to traditional memory foam (in certain mattresses only), Zinus helps alleviate pressure points and the pain that results. The 12” thick Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress may be your best bet, combining the best cooling technology Zinus has to offer with the support of 7.5” of pocketed springs, double layers of high-density foam, pressure-relieving memory foam and cooling gel memory foam.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Multi-layer mattress construction and heights up to 14” make Zinus mattresses surprisingly sturdy, given their low price.
  • The high-density foam edge support (found in some mattresses) allows you to sleep without worrying about a sagging edge.
  • Comfort foam plus memory foam offer pressure-relieving benefits that reduce aches and pains.
  • Pocketed iCoil springs prevent annoying squeaking and uncomfortable dips from forming in the mattress.
  • Never be woken up by your partner’s nighttime fidgeting again thanks to the motion dividing technology of the separated iCoil spring system.
  • Made with Certi-PUR-US Certified foam materials.
  • Available online on the manufacturer’s website as well as on Amazon and Walmart.com.
  • 100-night trial period.
  • Free FedEx Ground shipping.

Cons

  • While long by other standards, the 10-year warranty is the shorter than the warranty of other top mattresses for heavy people.
  • Even some of Zinus’s hybrid mattresses may be too plush to fully support the weight of a heavier sleeper.
  • Do you get what you pay for? Zinus mattresses have hundreds of great reviews, but not every sleeper will feel that they stack up to the more luxurious, and costly, competition in terms of long-term support and durability.
  • While Zinus has many options to choose from – unlike Saatva’s three comfort levels or Nectar’s medium-firm only mattress – having more choices isn’t always a good thing. Prospective Zinus buyers, especially those who carry more weight than the average sleeper, should choose their mattress carefully to make sure that it has enough support and thickness.

Score

Support: 75/100

Durability: 60/100

Quality of Materials: 80/100

Cost: 95/100

Availability: 95/100

Overall score: 81/100