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The Best Mattresses for Heavy People


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When shopping for a new mattress, it’s important to find the perfect one for you. Your wants and needs may be different from other people’s, even those close to you. One area where your needs may be unique is in regard to your weight. You see, you need your mattress to be supportive as well as comfortable. In order for this to be possible, your mattress has to hold up your body weight. Some bodies are larger than others, and some mattresses are better suited for the task than others.

Why Your Weight Matters When Choosing a Mattress

It’s not spoken about very often, but mattresses do have weight limits. In general, mattresses are designed to support people weighing up to 250 pounds. For mattresses designed to accommodate two sleepers, like Queens and Kings, this means 250 pounds per side, or a 500-pound total weight limit. A Twin or Twin XL option would hold 250 pounds total. If you and your bed partner, or you alone, are pushing this weight limit, you should be aware of this and choose the best mattress for a heavy person.

The Best Mattress for Heavy People

So now you know that a large person cannot just assume any mattress will be a good fit for them. What’s the answer, then? What is the best mattress for overweight people? If you’re shopping for a new mattress as a large person, here are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind in order to find it:

Consider an Extra Firm Mattress option.

A Firm mattress may not feel very firm at all if you’re over the weight limit. The further your body sinks into a mattress, the more it will curve your spine. An Extra Firm mattress is a better option to provide a large or tall body with the support it needs. We carry options for Extra Firm mattresses from top brands, like PranaSleep, Simmons Beautyrest, and Sealy. Stearns and Foster’s Rockwell Luxury Ultra Firm Mattress has reinforced durability, plus multiple layers of high-density and gel memory foam to increase its body-conforming properties.

Try out a hybrid mattress.

For many people, heavy or not, a hybrid mattress offers the best of both worlds. A hybrid mattress is a mattress that uses two or more different types of support systems. Most often, a hybrid mattress combines the properties of an innerspring mattress with a memory foam mattress. Many sleepers enjoy the firmness and support of innerspring mattresses, while loving the soft, pain-relieving benefits provided by memory foam mattresses. If you search online for lists of the best mattress for overweight people, you will regularly see the Simmons Beautyrest Black X Hybrid listed. This mattress has the firmest coils for the most support, and memory foam for added comfort. This memory foam flawlessly contours with breathable, pressure-relief while cradling the weight of your hips and shoulders. It’s the firm support you need, with the comfort you want.

Choose a name brand known for high-quality construction.

When it comes to buying a new mattress, the name brand really matters. This is particularly true for an individual or couple who is going to put more than a few hundred pounds on the mattress every night. You want your mattress to last at least eight years. For this to happen, it needs to be expertly crafted, sturdy, and durable. This isn’t the time to buy something as cheap as possible! While we most certainly recommend our own City Mattress Parks Collections options, like the Pinnacles Extra Firm, you can’t go wrong with any brand who has successfully made high-quality mattress for generations. Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, PranaSleep, Tempur-Pedic, and Stearns & Foster have been around for a long time because they’re great at what they do!

Look into latex.

You don’t necessarily have to have springs in order to feel supported. PranaSleep’s proprietary Talalay Latex is an indestructible product with no coils to cause steel fatigue. Its higher density upholstery will not take a premature set. This type of Talalay Latex has incredible buoyancy. This means it “pushes back” and floats your body as you slumber. Plus, because these mattresses are handmade by master craftsmen, you can trust that attention was paid to every detail and your mattress will last for many years to come.

Remember, when it comes to whether a new mattress is the “best” or not, it really is down to the individual. You can spend days researching consumer reports of the best mattress for a heavy person, but the best way of knowing which mattress is the right one for you is to test it out for yourself. We recommend visiting a City Mattress store to lie down on one, two, or several. You’ll know pretty quickly whether an Extra Firm mattress is too firm for you or just right. You can feel the difference between a hybrid mattress and other options. You’ll also experience the difference a high-quality name brand makes. Our Sleep Experts will be there to help you every step of the way!