What’s the Best Mattress for Plus-Size People?

What's the Best Mattress for Plus-Size People?

Tips and comparisons to help you choose the best mattress.

Every person has unique set of considerations when it comes to finding the best mattress, including sleep position, health concerns, firmness preferences, and personal size and shape. The best mattress for a plus-size person will account for these differences, while still providing comfort and durability. In this article, we will go over survey results regarding weight and mattresses, and then cover best mattress types and tips to keep in mind when shopping.

Best Mattress for Plus-Size People, According to Research

We scoured the internet looking for scientific research, sleep trials, and owner surveys to see what the experts found created the best mattress for plus size people. While there does not seem to be much clinical research done so far on mattresses for heavier people (aside from bedsore prevention), one helpful source of information comes from SleepLikeTheDead.com. They compiled a sample of several mattress reviewers and identified a few trends to consider:

  • People between 200-250 lbs ranked 10, 12, and 14 inch mattresses as above average for overall satisfaction. 8 inch mattresses ranked average and 6 inch mattresses ranked close to poor.
  • People between 250-300 lbs ranked 12 inch and 14 inch mattresses as above average, with 10 inch mattresses ranking closer to average.
  • People between 300-450 lbs ranked 14 inch mattresses as good, with 12 inch mattresses coming in closer to average. 10 inch mattresses came in below average, with 8 and 6 inch beds ranking as poor.
  • In SLTD’s mattress rating surveys, heavier people reported the highest satisfaction for memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses, in that order.

So, what does all of this mean for the average mattress shopper? Well, it shows that mattress thickness is consistently important. In terms of thickness, the best mattress for plus-size people is around 12 inches thick. While people under 250 lbs report similar satisfaction with 10 inch beds, people over 250 lbs consistently report greater satisfaction with 12 and 14 inch beds. This is likely because thicker mattresses are able to better contour to the sleeper’s body, providing better pressure relief.

Overall, memory foam and latex ranked as the best mattress types over spring beds for two reasons – the materials are better at preventing pressure points and contouring than spring beds, and typically last years longer than spring beds. Water ranked higher than springs, but lower than foam, with mixed reports of comfort and durability.

How to Pick the Best Mattress for Plus-Size Comfort

Just to get it out of the way, there’s no need to be ashamed about mattress shopping as a “plus-size” buyer – everyone deserves to be comfortable and any store that makes you feel awkward isn’t worth your time.

But, know that not every sales person may be well-versed in plus-size mattress options. Doing your own research, learning about the various mattress materials, checking weight limits, and reading online reviews are all good ideas to ensure you come away with the best mattress for your needs.

Regardless of mattress type, the best mattress for larger people will need to have the following qualities:

  • Thickness between 10-14 inches (or more possibly, if buying innerspring).
  • Firmer mattresses will hold up better over time (and can be used with a topper for added softness).
  • No low-quality foams or fiber fluff that is likely to compress and break down quickly.
  • Trial period of at least 30 days, so you can ensure the bed will provide necessary support and durability.
  • Total weight limit above you and your partner’s combined weight (if specified, many will only specify foundation ranges though industry average is considered about 750 lbs for queen/king sizes).
  • A solid mattress foundation/frame or adjustable base that is rated to support you and your partner’s combined weight, plus the mattress weight. Many people prefer sturdy platform beds to boxsprings, which may be less durable over time.

Pressure point relief and support are very important to everyone, but can be of particular concern for larger people.  Below are the most common mattress types, their pros and cons, tips for shopping and recommendations based on our research.

Latex Mattresses

Latex is one of the most durable and supportive mattress materials available. Good quality, firm latex offers moderate contouring while maintaining support, and the strong, resilient foam holds up longer then comparable polyurethane foams.

The natural buoyancy of latex mattresses also makes them easier to move and get out of then memory foam. Since the layers are made of all-latex rather than lower-density poly foams, they often prove more durable as well. Brands that offer unglued mattresses may be preferable since individual layers can be replaced when they wear out.

When shopping for a latex mattress as a plus-size buyer, you want to select a firmer option at least 9″ thick, composed of all-latex (no springs or other foams). 100% natural latex is considered ideal for healthy materials and longevity, and comes in a range of firmness and thickness options.

All natural, all latex mattresses may be difficult to find locally, but can be found online from several retailers with decent return policies. The average price range of a latex mattress with these specifications can range from $1500-4000 or more. Based on our previous article comparing latex beds, we suggest natural latex mattresses from Astrabeds and Flobeds.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam is one of the best mattress types for pressure point relief because it molds to the sleeper rather than resisting pressure. This type of mattress also provides good support as it contours and allows the sleeper’s body to settle into a natural position.

Memory foam can also prove quite durable in medium and high density formulations. However, some people find slow-response memory foam difficult to move on, and may sleep hot on high density, temperature sensitive foams.

For plus-size shoppers, the ideal memory foam mattress would have a density over 4.0 lbs in the memory foam layers and over 2.0 lbs in the core support layer. It would also have a minimum of 4″ of actual memory foam, with the memory foam as close to the mattress surface as possible.

Mattresses with these specifications should run in the $1000-2500 range, though some luxury brands may be more expensive. From our articles comparing memory foam brands, we suggest Amerisleep, a plant-based temperature-neutral memory foam line, or higher density models from Serta iComfort , a gel-infused line.

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses consistently rank least satisfactory both in general and among heavier owners. The leading issue is that, while initially comfortable, innerspring beds lose comfort as the upper layers compress which can happen within a few months to a few years depending on the brand and wear.

Another is that springs can place excess pressure on hips and shoulders while leaving a sleeper’s lower back unsupported, causing or exacerbating back pain. Motion transfer between partners and noisy springs are other common complaints.

While the addition of quality latex or memory foam layers can help, it does not solve the core issues with springs. However, innerspring beds are more widely available and can be cheaper so they remain popular. They can also be easier to get out due to their ‘bouncy’ nature, and some professionals recommend springs as the best mattress type for people with mobility issues.

If you prefer an innerspring mattress, look for one with at least 2 inches of firm blended or natural latex, or medium to high density memory foam. Offset coils may offer the best contouring and durability, th0ught pocketed coils will be best at motion isolation. Firm mattresses without fluffy pillowtops are likely to be most durable, and can be paired with a mattress topper for added comfort.

A decent innerspring mattress should run between $500-$2000 depending on materials included and thickness. Within the medium price range, the innerspring brand that seem to receive better ratings from plus-size reviewers online is Sealy, particularly models with offset coils.

Summary & Comparison

BrandTypeAvg RatingThicknessesDurabilityWarrantyPrice Range
AstrabedsOrganic Latex4.6 / 57"-13"B+25 yr ltd (0.75")$1799-2999
FlobedsLatex4.1 / 59"-12"B+20 yr ltd (1.0")$1779-2899
AmerisleepMemory Foam4.5 / 58"-14"B20 yr ltd (0.75")$849-1899
iComfortMemory Foam4.1 / 58.5"-13.5"C25 yr ltd (0.75")$1074-2774
SealySprings3.7 / 57"-22"C-10-20 yr ltd (1.5")$500-2500

Prices confirmed at article publication date, excluding promotional discounts. Reviews based on owner reports on manufacturer websites, third party reviews sites, and consumer review websites.

Choosing the best mattress requires some research and time no matter what your needs are. There are many variables that affect personal comfort and durability, so be sure to look at the bigger picture. Based on others’ experiences, a plus-size person is most likely to be comfortable on a 10-14 inch latex or memory foam mattress.

While your individual preferences may vary, this can provide a helpful starting point for research and shopping. And, don’t forget to check warranty terms and return policies, especially when trying a new mattress type. In sum, when looking for the best mattress for a plus-size person, the primary factors to keep in mind are the materials used in the bed, the depth of the mattress, firmness, and guarantees.

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Anyone hovering around 300lb ever find a mattress that works? I find my couch to be more comfortable, but I really want to be able to sleep on my bed. Anyone with a recommendation? Thanks

I have a Stearns and Fosters mattress and it has been 7 years and I am just now thinking about replacing it and only because it slightly sinks in the middle when me and my husband are in it. I am the only one that can even notice it. He was surprised when I even was talking about replacing it. I got it on a good sale one year over at Sears. Best purchase I had made. I might just pay the hefty price tag and get a quality mattress.

if price isn’t a major issue get the Temperpedic mattress, I have had it for ten years and am only now looking for a new mattress, it was an amazing 10 years and if I can afford it I will get another one. and yes I am around 300lbs.

Do not buy a Tempur pedic there are plenty of other beds you can look into we have a tempur pedic and they are bad for dipping do your research and they do not fully honor their warranties the beds are said to be good for 10 years not true

As a 300lbs + person I like all the post of what not to get but I would love to hear of 1 Matress that was good enough for plus size peeps


Looking for a good medium support mattress. Have a caul spring now and it sinks in the middle and hurts my back. I’m 234 lbs. was told to purchase a medium firm 12’ lucid memory form by one person and the other say to buy the 10 inch reversible latex memory form which is easier to get out than just memory form.

I bought a king size icomfort and it’s really good at the beginning. I had it now for 5 years and think it is the worst I’ve ever slept on. I can literally feel th box spring under it when I sit up. And I’m not heavy at 180lbs.

So yea,not a fan at all. If you want a mattress that is expensive, good for 3 years tops and warranty that is void because the mattress has a stain, then this is the mattress for you.

We had the same one and just had the furniture store come out and check it out for defects. They found it was sagging 1-2″ in spots. We got a 100% refund. We had ours for 3 years. If you can, maybe try calling where you bought it from? We were told this mattress has had some major issues!

We had an adjustable Temper-pedic and it started to sag on my husband side after 2 years and he is not heavy. when I slept on my side my hips sank so much that my calves and feet where hanging in mid-air.

Have a Sleep number King dual adjustable for 3 years and its not much better. My husband is disabled sleeps on his side and the foam has broken down and he sags on his side. Sleep number offered to fix it but we had to pay-the warranty doesn’t cover sagging-wft. In order to sleep on my side I have to have it too soft for my back-I have lost over 100 pounds and still have the same problems I did when I weight 300. Legs are suspended in mid-air.

You will sink in the mattress I would never buy another one and would not recommend horrible experience

Stay away from beautyrest too. Purchased a Vikings mattress and a year later it is getting compressed spots even with rotating the mattress. 10 year warranty not worth the paper it was printed on. Will NEVER buy a simmons again.

iComfort are total crap. 2.5 years in and so much back pain. Mines a fine queen mattress too. So sick of salespeople promises. Guy who sold it said he has had his for 10 years, he was a large man and claimed it never sagged. Commission much?? now I have this piece of garbage that I wake up everyday with sever lower back pain. I went from a Dormeo (same crap) to this thinking it would be better.

Sounds pretty much like what I experienced.

Help! I have been sleeping in a good recliner since my bed causes me lots of pain (hips, shoulders, and back). This week I threw it away and am searching for a good night of sleep. After reading all the comments I feel like there is not a good comfortable mattress for plus size folks. One option that looks good is latex…well I’m allergic to latex!!! Now I’m thinking another good recliner might be my only option. Help, I want to stretch out on a comfortable mattress. Suggestions?

We sleep on a Queensized Sleepmaker Micro Coil, we’ve only had it for 10 months and it’s awful. I dread going to bed because I wake up in the morning feeling like I need to get a good nights sleep. It’s a medium mattress and quite thick with a built in topper. I’m 5 foot 9 and 120 kilos, and my partner is 6 foot 4 and 145 kilos.

I get a sore back and sore hips and partner gets sore hips and legs with this mattress.

I’m 51 and my partner is 55.

Please let us know what we can sleep on to give us that great sleep.

Plus, we both have type 2 diabetes.

We bought our Queen Serta dleepa Pillow top mattress set two yrs ago for,on sale,over $800 n change..n thats alotta $!!!anyway..after less then yr I noticed he loomed lime drooped off bed hen we were in bed??then changing bedding saw.. saw a “indent”where my hubby sleeps!!..sooo..cant flip mattress as its pilliwtop soo turneD it..soo..noT a solid fix butvhelp somewhat..not comfy for me aT all though by faR..as I am in hole side..and yeah hubby is bear..but really mattresses are crappy made!

We intend to purchase a bedframe for an obese person. Do we still need to have a boxspring under her mattress if we decide to purchase a 10″ mattress?

looking for a mattress that will support 650 lbs. If that’s not enough, my son’s room is not big enough for a bed bigger than a twin xl. Any suggestions? I already found a base that will hold 1250.

I weigh about 450. I’m looking at an 11 inch ghostbed. I hear it’s rated to 750 pounds. I’m wondering if anyone has any feedback on ghostbed as a morbidly obese person.

I also wonder if putting a thick pad on top of the bed would help (to get to that 14 inch happy place)

Stay away from Sleep Number beds if you are heavy. I am 290 and since getting the bed over a year ago, it has broken down on my side several times. Just doesn’t hold the weight of a person over about 230 pounds.

I have to disagree. I’ve owned a sleep number for 15 years now. Lightest I’ve been was 275lbs and heaviest was close to 400lbs (averaging 350 most of that time). The bed felt great up until the past year or two, which is the time frame of getting closer to 400lbs…so is it the bed or my physical de-conditioning? I had to replace the pump once during this time frame. I never had a problem with the air chamber. Two weeks ago the pump went out again. I’ve started to shop around to see what’s out there before buying another pump.

Mary Beth Rothnie

Great information so wish I had for my pass bed-saging bad!

Def stay away from icomfort. We have been fighting our warrenty for two years and they finally have agreed to give a refund. Don’t give up fighting. We called every week FOREVER. Bed started becoming a sink hole after a few months

iComfort is HORRIBLE! Our very expensive, firm bed turned to much and started sagging after 2 years.

Serta is a joke I’m 5’11” 190 lbsu have a perfect sleeper , Terrible money mistake.last week purchased a tempurpedic adjustable bed , another money mistake ,was recommend by salesman /physical therapist ,I’m in horrible pain ,because of it .


I know it is a little over a year to respond. I had a Tempur Pedic which was a huge mistake with my lumbar-sacroiliac and hip problems, springs poking me on my side and back causing pressure points, I suffered for 10 years with a stiff back until my husband did listen to me and broke down to get another mattress that is all latex which relieved my problem. I love the latex, it doesn’t make you sweaty, you don’t sink into the mattress, you’re on top of the mattress, the mattress curves and supports.

I hope you found the perfect mattress without springs for yourself.

Help, is there any mattress that will not sag? Has anyone tried having a custom mattress made for large/obese people?

check out the Big Fig mattress. Its built like a tank. I’m 6’3″ 300+lbs. my last two innerspring mattresses both got dips in them and sagged bad where I got in and out on the edge. I ordered a Big Fig online to try it out. I think the edge support is amazing. Its quite firm but feels amazing when I lay on my back. Unfortunately I can’t sleep on my back so I’m a side sleeper. Its a little to firm for me on my side and gives me a bit of shoulder pain. I thought about trying a latex topper on it but I think I’m going to send it back and try a latex mattress.

I got a memory foam mattress, highest density, thickest core available with so-called cooling gel.

It is a nightmare.

1. Unbelievably hot to sleep in. The cooling gel is a lie. The thing traps and radiates body heat better than any thermal device I’ve ever encountered.

2. Impossible to move in. Turning over, moving over, it’s like trying to move in wet cement.

3. Sinks under my weight so that within an hour of going to bed my side is like a steep mountainside, and I feel like I have to hold on to stop from sliding off the edge.

4. Very painful to sleep on. Has exacerbated back, hip, neck, and knee pain both for myself and for my average weight husband. I can’t tell you how much we both hate this bed.

5. The thing gave off horrible plastic fumes for months.

So, other plus size people – what mattress is actually good? I understand whatever I get I’ll have to replace often, but is there anything that can at least give me a couple of years of decent comfort? Cause, what’s the best bed person, memory foam is not it. I think the polls that I see in these types of sites must be getting their data skewed, because I have never known any plus size person to have anything good to say about Memory foam or latex.

I got a Stearns and Foster adjustable. Eight inches memory foam over coil springs…a total of 15″. I have all the same complaints except for the fumes. Moving in wet cement is the best description I’ve seen yet. It hurts my lower back and hips severely. I immediately wanted it to go back…no doing…I refused to buy the mattress cover. I didn’t know it was a must for return and I thought having spent $2,500 was enough to get the cover free.

I too bought one I did get the spill,liquid warranty for 160 more however you can not have multiple areas of any liquid on the bed or that invalidates the warranty or so they say . With that said I spilted wine on it and they sent a belligerent person who said I had other stains…NOT their excuse to deny my 3rd bed in two years. They sent an email the next day denying the claim and having been in the hospital with no internet access I miss the appeal date. However I called complained and they offered me half back. On a 2500 mattress set ( box springs free) two years old with a company that has a 20 yr warranty? that’s not fair but at this point it’s all I got. NO MORE STERNS AND FOSTER nor dealing with Macy’s Looking to purchase a Big Fig or STL mattress and an adjustable frame . That’s the best frame I have used and being partially disabled it’s also good for those who suffer with back problem..Just Saying

Same issues with mine! Worst mattress ever!

WARNING: No to iComfort!! Prodigy- Spent $1800 (with base) I am 5’9″ 230 and my husband is 175. He has no issues, my side (even after rotating weekly) ends up sagging so bad – HUGE SLOPE-my neck, my back- shoulders- everything hurts. Hard to rotate cause its so heavy.

Now in a warranty battle. Wish I got a natural latex instead. Worse mattress experience of my life. If replacement mattress doesn’t work out- I’m going to natural latex…

Ever since getting a memory foam mattress I’ve been dealing with a pressure sore ( I’m diabetic) on my heel……But posts suggest m.f. is the best. What about diabetic issues? HELP!!

What's The Best Bed

Hi Shelly,

Memory foam excels at pressure relief, but it’s medium and high density ranges that primarily offer this benefit. Lower density foams will not provide the same “buoyancy”, which is something to pay particular attention to. The upper layers of the mattress should also be fairly thick (3+ inches for larger-framed sleepers). If you’re not finding memory foam to your liking however, latex or a latex mattress topper might be something worth looking into. Natural latex foams can be even more buoyant than memory foam, and the materials also excel and prevent pressure points.

Here I am again researching mattresses after 1-1/2 years. I bought the recommended top of line Stearns & Foster Estate line and it’s caving toward the middle. I bought this because of store recommendations and the company warranty. I’m concerned that it won’t pass their “string test”. . I’m 6-1″ / 300 and sleep alone. I like a firm mattress and rotated this mattress weekly. Now I’m back to checking specs trying to make the best decision I can make. Perhaps a 14″ stack of plywood with a 4″ topper? Crud

I’m tired of my bed falling in on one side because I’m to heavy. I’m 234

What's The Best Bed

Hi there!

When you’re shopping for a mattress, pay attention to the factors affecting durability. If you prefer spring beds – choose a good coil count (500+) and lower gauge springs. The continuous and pocket coil types are seen as more durable. For memory foam mattresses, look for density over 4.0lb in memory foam layers, and over 1.8 lb in the core layer. Other things that might help: choose a moderately thick mattress (12-14″), opt for a firmer bed and use a topper that can be replaced as needed, and make sure you’re rotating your mattress often, especially the first couple of years (even if the manufacturer says it not necessary). Hope this helps start your search!

I’m looking for a king size mattress for 230/250 wt can you please help me.

We have had the same experience as Melissa. We bought an iComfort mattress and in less than a year it has no support and large compressed spots. Lots of money for a horrible night sleep…

Melissa Hardy Townsend

We’ve had an iComfort mattress set for less than a year and already it’s no good. My boyfriend is a big man (6’6″ and 350) and his side is like rolling off into a bowl. Apparently our mattress has an excellent memory! I hate that bed more than any I’ve ever slept on!!

Thanks for the heads up. 6’2 315….