The most comfortable mattress for any given sleeper largely depends on how much that person weighs. If you weigh more than 230 pounds, chances are you’ll feel most comfortable on a mattress with minimal contouring and a strong support system. Mattresses that feel too soft can sink excessively and cause pain to occur in the shoulders, lower back, and hips. Our testing shows that people who weigh more than 230 pounds typically prefer medium firm to extra firm mattresses, which correspond to ratings of 6 to 9 on our 10-point firmness scale.
Some mattresses are specifically designed with this weight group in mind. That said, finding the right mattress may involve some trial and error — especially if you buy online. We encourage our readers to take full advantage of the sleep trials available through online mattress brands. Most of these trials allow you to test out the mattress in your own home for at least 90 nights before deciding whether to keep it or return it for a refund.
Below you’ll find our selections for the best mattresses for heavy people. Each mattress performed well during our hands-on evaluations with testers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Keep reading to learn more about each of our top picks.
Best Overall: Saatva HD
The Saatva HD is a luxury innerspring designed for people who weigh up to 500 pounds. The mattress contains a comfort layer of natural latex divided into five firmness zones, resulting in extra reinforcement around the torso and hips, where people tend to carry a disproportionate amount of weight. Latex contours to the body without hugging too closely, so the Saatva HD may be a good option for people who find memory foam too restrictive.
The mattress also features a transitional layer that combines the cushioning of memory foam with the sturdy support of high-density polyfoam. Steel hourglass coils make up the base layer. The coils have a low gauge of 12.5, meaning they are exceptionally thick, and a strategically placed lumbar support bar can help alleviate lower back pain. The entire mattress is encased in a soft organic cotton cover and a tufted Euro-top adds some plushness to the surface, but overall this mattress feels very stable.
The HD’s sticker price might be too steep for some, but Saatva sweetens the deal for shoppers in the contiguous U.S. with free White Glove delivery. This service includes a scheduled delivery date and time, full mattress assembly in your home, and removal of your old mattress and box spring upon request. You’ll also receive a sleep trial that spans 180 nights and a manufacturer’s warranty covering structural defects for up to 20 years.
Best Value: Plank
Mattresses that provide adequate support for people who weigh more than 230 pounds can be fairly expensive, since these models are typically constructed with state-of-the-art components. The Plank by Brooklyn Bedding is a notable exception. This flippable mattress is designed with dense, durable foam layers that make the mattress feel very sturdy, yet its reasonable sticker price makes the Plank a good option for shoppers with limited budgets.
One side of the mattress has a firm (7) feel and is constructed with quilting material over a layer of responsive TitanFlex polyfoam. This surface cushions and contours to a minimal extent in order to keep your body on an even plane. The opposite side is extra firm (9) and only features the quilting material, resulting in a flat surface with little to no sinkage. A shared support core of high-density polyfoam rests in the middle of the mattress between both sleep surfaces. Overall, the Plank is one of the firmest mattresses we’ve tested in our lab.
The mattress provides optimal surface airflow to help you sleep cool. Exceptionally hot sleepers can order panels of phase change material (PCM) to be sewn onto both sides of the mattress. PCM is engineered to capture and dissipate body heat on contact and maintain a comfortable temperature at all times.
The Plank is available in 14 sizes. These options include a split California king for couples who use adjustable beds, an Olympic queen with slightly more width than a standard queen, and a handful of RV-friendly sizes. All orders come with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty. Shipping is free of charge within the contiguous U.S.
Best Luxury: WinkBed Plus
The WinkBed Plus is another mattress specifically geared toward people who weigh more than 230 pounds. Unlike standard WinkBed models, the Plus is constructed with a top layer of dense polyfoam over a transitional layer of responsive latex. These materials not only offer sturdy support, but they also create a noticeable bounce, allowing most people to move across the surface without sinking too much or feeling stuck.
The WinkBed Plus also features a zoned pocketed coil system. The coils feel more robust beneath the midsection — providing additional reinforcement where people tend to carry extra weight — and they are also reinforced along the perimeter to limit sinkage when you get in and out of bed. Air circulates freely through the coils and the latex retains a minimal amount of body heat, so the mattress should sleep quite cool. A breathable, moisture-wicking cover made of Tencel fabric can also help you sleep comfortably if you run hot in bed.
WinkBeds backs each mattress purchase with a 120-night sleep trial that includes free exchanges. If you decide the Plus feels too firm, you can swap out the mattress for a softer model at no additional cost. Customers in the contiguous U.S. receive free shipping on orders and returns, and the mattresses are covered under a lifetime warranty against structural defects.
Most Comfortable: Helix Plus
Helix Sleep offers a wide selection of hybrid mattresses, each of which is designed with a certain weight group in mind. The Helix Plus is a firm (7) model specifically geared toward larger individuals. The comfort system includes three individual layers, beginning with a layer of high-density memory foam that contours evenly without sinking or buckling beneath your weight. A second comfort layer of latex-like Helix Dynamic polyfoam and a transitional layer of dense memory foam add extra reinforcement to keep you on an even plane.
The support core contains pocketed coils laid out in a zoned configuration to create extra pushback along the perimeter. This makes the mattress feel more stable when you lie near the edges or get in and out of bed, allowing you and your partner to utilize the entire mattress surface. The coils also promote steady airflow and the cover is composed of breathable Tencel fabric with moisture-wicking properties, so the Plus should sleep reasonably cool despite the deep foam layers.
The mattress is competitively priced for a hybrid model, and ground shipping is free for customers in all 50 states. Each Plus purchase comes with a sleep trial that spans 100 nights. Those who choose to keep the mattress also receive a 15-year warranty against structural defects that kicks in as soon as the trial ends.
Best Cooling: Layla Hybrid
The Layla Hybrid is a good option for sleepers who prefer a firm feel one night and a softer surface the next. The flippable design features a medium soft (4) feel on one side with more than 4 inches of foam cushioning. A top layer of memory foam contours closely to the body, while a polyfoam transitional layer is zoned to feel firmer and more supportive around the midsection. The opposite side has thinner foam layers to create a firm (7) feel. We expect most people over 230 pounds will feel more comfortable on this firmer side.
A shared pocketed coil system stabilizes both sides of the mattress. Extra coil reinforcement along the perimeter limits sinkage and helps you get in and out of bed with relative ease. Consistent airflow through the coils helps the mattress sleep cool, as does the breathable cover made from a blend of polyester and rayon derived from bamboo. Both sides of the mattress also provide decent motion isolation to help you and your partner stay asleep whenever the other person moves in bed.
The Layla Hybrid is fairly heavy, so we don’t recommend attempting to flip the mattress without assistance. Each mattress order in the contiguous U.S. qualifies for free ground shipping. You’ll also receive a 120-night sleep trial and 10-year manufacturer’s warranty with your purchase.