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You’ve been sleeping on this mattress for two years, can you finally write a Big Fig review?
Ok. I’m ready. This might not be the first time you’ve heard me talk about it. I’ve mentioned Big Fig on my Youtube channel, and on Instagram. I used to sell furniture (yep, even mattresses!) and I know that you can’t give a good assessment of a mattress without sleeping on it for quite some time. I’ve been sleeping on this mattress for nearly two years now and I feel like I’m finally ready to give you my thorough Big Fig review.
I know, a lot of sleeping happens in two years and you’re probably thinking “Corissa, didn’t you know if you liked the mattress after a couple weeks or months?”. Well, yes. I knew it was comfortable. But my experience with mattresses that myself and a plus size partner have slept on is that, unfortunately that feeling goes away after about a year when the mattress starts to sag or the box springs begin to snap.
So what’s so great about the Big Fig mattress?
Big Fig was created by a Father Daughter team who’s been in the mattress industry for years and saw a great need for mattresses for larger people. I’m not going to bore you and tell you that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them and that they’re genuinely invested in fat people’s comfort and sleep quality. Yawn. I’ll just tell you, they know their shit. This isn’t their first time around.
Construction and quality are paramount for this mattress. The Big Fig is made of innerspring coils and foam, with an exterior lining made of a material that helps the mattress sleep cool. Over the last 5 years I have bought 3 mattresses. All of them have sagged, sunk on the edges, or the materials started to separate and tear within a year… except for the Big Fig of course.
I am not a small fatty. I weigh nearly 400 pounds, and my partner weighs the same. My partner sleeps on the very edge of the bed (because I’m the worst and demand sleeping in the center of the bed), They are just as supported on the edge of the bed as I am in my comfy cozy center spot. The Big Fig was created to sleep two 500 pound people, and it doesn’t disappoint. Better yet? Somehow there are no huge sags in the bed.*
Have you ever flopped on your bed and heard the familiar crack of wood? The foundation (traditionally known as the “box springs) is created out of solid wood and has 18 slats. It’s heavy duty. Big Fig is the first mattress and foundation that I’ve ever owned that I did not physically break from doing normal bed activities (mostly just popcorn eating and dogs playing in our bed, ya’ll).
Great, but is it comfy?
This bed is what would traditionally be called “firm”. When my sister (who weighs about 1/3 of what i weigh) first laid on my Big Fig she remarked that is was quite firm. Her next remark was that it was still somehow comfy?! I think a lot of people associate firm with uncomfortable, but the reality is that different bodies need different things to be comfortable. I cannot be comfortable in a soft mattress because trying to move my heavy legs and torso around in a super soft mattress makes me want to cry.
Big Fig has got the plushness of this bed just right for me. It feels supportive, not firm, under my weight. There’s two layers of foam on the mattress that are perforated, allowing air to flow freely so that you don’t sleep hot. My body feels supported while not having any spots that feel like they’re bearing too much weight (ie: hips and shoulders). This is way too much information but, what’s a Big Fig review if not filled with too much information? When I first started sleeping on this mattress I couldn’t stop remarking that I thought I was ahem using the restroom more effectively. I felt like my body was aligning and my lower back was un-kinked for the first time in years.
So what are the downsides?
While the Big Fig is damn good, there are a few downsides. It’s heavy. Like, incredibly heavy. There’s no doubt this thing is made out of strong materials when you try to move it. That bad boy ain’t going nowhere without at least 2 very strong humans.
It’s only sold online. That means, you can’t test it out and you gotta rely on (super informed, if I may say so) reviewers like myself. Ultimately, not laying on a mattress before buying it sucks. Especially when the price point is over $1500.
I’m going to end this Big Fig review letting you know that I am all in on this bed. I now have a queen sized Big Fig and a king and I can’t imagine sleeping on anything else. I can only hope that Big Fig starts breaking into the sofa industry, because I’d love to stop demolishing every nice couch I buy!
Do you own a Big Fig? What’s your Big Fig review? Loving it? Hating it? Why?
*Sleep impressions are a totally normal part of sleeping on mattresses. Sagging is not. You want to have an impression that doesn’t feel like it’s eating you alive or like you can’t utilize the mattress for your comfort. Sleep impression = good. Sagging = bad.
*I was not paid to write this review. I have worked with Big Fig on previous collaborations, however this post has been created to give a thorough and complete account of my experience. Affiliate links are used.