Comparison And Review Of Mattresses For Heavy People

September 12, 2019 21 Comments

Comparison And Review Of Mattresses For Heavy People

September 12, 2019 21 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Affiliate links allow Fatgirlflow to earn commissions on products we recommend. All opinions are our own.

I have been so excited to write this comparison. Let’s start by saying this: this post is not sponsored. I utilize affiliate links in this post, but have not been paid by any of these brands to make this mattress comparison review. I know that it feels impossible to sort through which reviews are honest and which aren’t. I want to make shopping for mattresses for heavy people as easy as possible for shoppers, so here we go!

Who is this review for?

I’m fat. If you’re reading this, you’re likely somewhere near fat as well. Or maybe you have a partner that’s fat. Either way, we’re plus size people looking for a mattress that works specifically for plus size bodies. I don’t cut open mattresses or even really care much about how many coils a mattress has in it – I care that it holds up to my body. I have slept on each of these mattresses for extended amounts of time (4+ months each). Alongside me, has been my partner who is also fat. If you’re dying to know just how fat we are you can check us out here.

Why does buying a mattress made for your body matter?

4 years ago I returned a $3000 bed after sleeping on it for 2 months and realizing it was sagging excessively. I exchanged it for a $4000 (yes. really.) mattress. Within 48 hours the foundation of my new mattress I spent thousands of dollars on busted. I couldn’t exchange it because the store only allowed one “sleep guarantee”. I was stuck with a $4000 mattress with no foundation. I put my wildly expensive mattress on the floor and slept on it until, not surprisingly, it started to sag 6 months later.

Mattresses are an investment. This is not a small amount of money we’re talking about, and plus size people deserve to have great sleep too.

Big Fig

Big Fig was the first mattress company I worked with and the first company that got me excited about furniture made specifically for plus size bodies. Their mattresses have a 20 year warranty, are rigorously tested for durability, and are tested for weights up to 1100 pounds. This company designs their mattresses just for heavier people, and it shows.

This mattress is great for side, back, and stomach sleepers. It supports every inch of your body and you don’t have to worry about the heavier weight of your midsection or lower half creating any sagging in the bed. One of the most impressive things about Big Fig is that it’s not just the mattresses that holds up to higher weights, their foundations do as well. I have never heard so much as a creak from our foundation, unlike former beds who’s foundations have cracked under the weight of me.

Big Fig is the firmest of the three mattresses for heavier people that we’re reviewing. One thing that I think is important for people to remember is that you can always make a mattress softer, but you cannot make a mattress more supportive. Hands down, the most supportive mattress on this list is the Big Fig.

In addition to excellent quality, the Big Fig’s quilted top is treated with ThermoGel to help keep your body cool as it heats up. You can use code FATGIRLFLOW for the highest possible discount on a Big Fig mattress.

Helix Nightfall

Helix Nightfall is the name of Helix’s mattress for heavier people. Helix is one of the leading brands in “bed in a box” style mattresses and has done incredibly well for themselves as a lower price point competitor to luxury mattresses Wink and Big Fig. All 3 mattresses we’re reviewing have an innerspring core with pocketed coils, but the Helix Nightfall has a thicker layer of foam on top that gives it much more of a traditional memory foam feel. Helix does offer a split firmness mattress for couples who like different feels, however this option is not available in their plus size mattress.

Helix’s Nightfall mattress is set apart from it’s other offerings because they added two inches of extra support to the mattress. This bed is in the medium firmness range. When I received my Helix Nightfall I also got a cooling mattress protector that you can purchase for an additional cost (I encourage this as it’s made a big difference). The mattress has a 10 year warranty, the shortest of the 3 mattresses we’re comparing.

While this mattress is certainly more supportive than some of Helix’s other mattresses, I would say it’s best suited for people up to 300 pounds. As my partner and I slept on the mattress it seemed to break down much faster on the lower half of the bed (where our bellies and legs are). The mattress remained comfortable, but there was less support for my spine as a side sleeper, as my midsection and hips fell deeper into the mattress over the months.

The cheapest of the 3 mattresses, I think Helix is a slightly more affordable option for people who are looking for a plus size mattress that has slightly more support than the average mattress. The foundation is not included in the price, and I have not had a chance to try it. I would recommend this mattress be placed on a platform foundation so that you can get as much even support from a foundation as possible to combat any possible issues with breakdown.

Wink Beds

The priciest of our three options, Wink Beds is considered a “luxury” mattress and I’ve seen many review sites say that it compares to sleeping on an fancy hotel mattress. The Wink Bed is another innerspring bed with 3 layers of foam. The feel of this mattress is much softer than I expected and felt like the softest of the 3 mattresses. It’s still in the medium range but didn’t have the support that I expected out of a bed created for plus size people.

Wink Beds boast a lifetime warranty. While the mattress felt soft and less supportive than the Big Fig my partner and I did not notice any sagging or breakdown with our Wink mattress. As I mentioned in my review of the Wink Bed, the mattress feels much like a traditional innerspring bed but elevated to a more adult level. A big positive for Wink is that straight out of the box the mattress is totally odorless. Both the Big Fig and Helix were nearly scent free, but the Wink mattress is truly odorless right out of the box.

Wink is rated up to 900 pounds and along with the Helix, I think it’s best suited for someone on the smaller end of the plus size spectrum. Within a few weeks of using the Wink mattress and foundation we did hear a loud *crack* from the slatted foundation that signaled to us there would be no big mattress jumping parties in our future with the Wink Bed.

Which One Is Right For You?

Every person has different needs while they’re sleeping, and mattress shopping is a big decision! I definitely can’t tell you which one is going to be right for you, but I hope we gave you lots of information to consider! So what is most important to you when picking a mattress? Price? Firmness? Warranty? Let us know, and check out the comparison chart below!

ps – If any of you are wondering (and I know you are), they’re all pretty great for getting busy. Plenty of support there!


  • Jenny Michalek September 16, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the honest mattress review. Something I just thought of (as my partner and I consider couch shopping AGAIN, far sooner than i’d anticipated) – have you ever done or would you consider reviewing other furniture for plus size use? Unsurprisingly, “my side” of our couches always tend to break down faster than the rest of our sofas as not only am i a big girl, but i’m a curl up and snuggle type. Reading your mattress review it literally just hit me “they should make couches for large people!”

    • fatgirlflow September 17, 2019 at 9:33 am

      I have definitely thought about this and I’ve reached out to several companies to see if they’d be up for it, but they’re a little difficult to convince! lol

  • Laura September 16, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I bought a Big Fig after seeing your post, and it’s been fantastic! It was a big leap of faith to buy from an online company, but we’ve had zero problems at all with their King size package and their frame and have no regrets at all. My partner and I weigh a combined 600ish pounds, and so far (around 6-9 months) we see no dips or changes in the mattress. I use an extra foam layer on my half of the bed, but my partner likes a firmer mattress and likes their side exactly as it is. We used their white glove delivery service, which was great, though delivery itself took longer than expected because the shipping company lost one of the pieces of the frame and we had to wait a week or so for them to find it. Other than that minor inconvenience, we’ve had a great experience with Big Fig! Thanks for the rec, Corissa!

    • fatgirlflow September 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

      anytime!!! I’m so glad you love it!!!!

  • mrs c September 16, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I have a Layla bed. I keep it soft side up and also added their 2 inch topper and pillow. I am only 215 lbs., but it’s the softest most hugged feeling I’ve ever gotten in a bed! Also does NOT make you sweat! I HIGHLY recommend it, if you like SOFT like me!

  • Sarah September 19, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I appreciate this! I’m struggling finding a plus-size-friendly bed that doesn’t have all sorts of less-than-ideal-to-breathe-in (especially when our kiddo sleeps on our bed, too) gunk in it.

    Have you heard about any that do? I’m ready to drop $$$$ when that’s an option because a good mattress that lives up to our bodies and that I feel good about is just dreamy (hah, dreamy, no pun intended).

  • Andrea Ward September 20, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I love this! Please review all the furniture! We have had such hard times with couches. I can tell you as a 320 lb woman the Lovesac couch is a no go 🙁 We bought it because of the warranty but the seat cushions only heald up to my weight for about 2 months before starting to flatten and after 6 my spot is a good 2″ lower than the other 8 seats.

    • fatgirlflow September 20, 2019 at 9:52 am

      UGH that is so disappointing! I had heard good things about the lovesac 🙁

  • Andrea Ward September 20, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I should also mention that the Purple mattress is super stinky for weeks, not only is not cooling but retains heat long enough for you to get up, get a glass of water, have a pee and come back lol That said it is super comfy for a few months and then just kind of gives up. My super slender husbands’ side is still perfect though,

  • Maria Ginger-Wiley September 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Big Fig Baby! I had not heard of BF until reading your post. Superior in every way, the quality cannot be topped! It is firm and I mean FIRM but we are fine with the extra firmness of BF. I have to mention how I love the edge support, no sagging! We have found the firmness has improved our alignment, such amazing support. If you have been sleeping on a soft out of shape mattress BF will take some adjustment time. No regrets ~ 245 and 280

  • Heather November 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I appreciate this information. Do you know any companies that make adjustable frames for fat people?

    • fatgirlflow November 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      I believe that big fig will be doing this very soon!

  • Nunnya November 12, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Big fig didn’t pay you?

    • fatgirlflow November 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      big fig has paid me in the past, but they did not sponsor this post! I will always disclose if someone has paid me for a post and I think it’s equally as important for readers to know when they’re not paid. All three mattress companies are affiliates which means IF someone purchases I earn a % of the sale.

  • Robin Scott February 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I did a 120 night trial with the Big Fig and it was way too firm for this 300lb side sleeper. They even sent me a free foam topper and it was still too uncomfortable. The Big Fig foundation was excellent, so I kept that and it has held up well. I then ordered a Helix Nightfall and it was heavenly….for the first 8 months. Then I started having that familiar hip soreness. We’ve flipped it around hoping to get a few more months out of it. I don’t think this will qualify as a warranty issue, but I plan to make a stink about it because that’s a big outlay for less than one year.

    • fatgirlflow February 10, 2020 at 11:51 am

      The helix team is wonderful and I’m sure they’ll help ya out!

  • Lil February 26, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for the info. We’re still agonizing over the Big Fig vs. Winkbed Plus vs Titan decision. These seem to be the three that most plus size shoppers come down to. Reviews of the Helix are generally not quite as good. I think we are eliminating the Titan for now because of the firmness. Yes, you can add extra cushioning, but I hate toppers, in general, and the ones sold through Titan cost $600, making the total cost of the bed plus topper equal to or more than the cost of the other two mattresses. Between having been pregnant twice in the past four years and having lived through two horrible mattresses quite recently, I have learned how to sleep in almost any position. I used to be a 90% side sleeper and 10% stomach sleeper and was never able to sleep on my back, but a long lasting sinus infection last year combined with acid reflux, as well as a painfully saggy mattress has converted me into about a 75% back sleeper, 20% stomach sleeper, 5% side sleeper. Weird, huh? This makes choosing a mattress even more difficult because I’m not sure I have a clear preference for how I sleep really. My husband is a stomach/side sleeper. He’s significantly smaller than me at 225, compared to my 315 lbs, and prefers a slightly more firm bed. I like a firm bed too, but a little cushioning feels decadent, so the Winkbed Plus definitely has a certain appeal for me, but I can probably handle sleeping on a comparatively boring but maybe more practical firm tight top like the Big Fig too. On the one hand, the Big Fig is slightly cheaper ($1599 with current discount and no foundation, which we don’t want because, as space deprived as we are, a platform bed with room for underbed storage is critically important) vs $1699 for the Winkbed. Delivery and disposal of the old mattress is a feature we really appreciate and would definitely use with either the Winkbed or Big Fig. Titan does not offer these services. As renters who hope to get out of this much-too-small-for-our-growing-familly rental house soon, The Winkbed’s lighter weight is surprising but a definite plus for us considering we plan to move sometime within the next year. The taller profile of the Winkbed, however, is not really my favorite…

    • fatgirlflow March 4, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Just from what you’re telling me I think Wink might be the right bed for you. Your hesitance toward firmness and liking to sleep on your belly makes me think WINK but I may be totally wrong!!!

  • Beatrice (Bea) Wise March 15, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I really appreciate your mattress review. After buying several expensive ones that were supposed to support, they didn’t. I see the Wink has a Plus version. Do you think that one is any better? I sleep alone but am 340 lbs.

    • fatgirlflow April 3, 2020 at 11:06 am

      I really liked the wink mattress and it’s VERY well made. It will definitely hold up for a long time!

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