Medium Firm, Luxury or Cushion Firm, and a Firm mattress – these are the best choices for a heavy set person. In my experience, heavier people tend to like firmer mattresses, with firmer top layers, so they don’t sink down into the mattress too much.
A heavier person needs more support; that is, a stronger core. This extra support requires more durable, higher quality components, as well as additional material. Hence, a higher price. Because of these requirements, I eliminate one mattress type that should never be offered to a heavyset person – a Continuous Coil or Bonnell Coil mattress. Although it is possible that this type of mattress may feel comfortable and supportive upon first laying on it (and the lower price may be tempting), I guarantee, that after a short period of time it will fail, resulting in a “hammock” effect. The mattress will sag where you are the heaviest. It will lose it ability to support and align and will be useless to you, thus being a bad investment.
Best mattress types for heavy people are:
Pocketed coil or individually wrapped coil mattress. Some manufactures increase the quantity of the coils or enhance the type of coils, in the center third of the mattress, thus increasing the density. This provides the extra support needed in that heaviest part of your body.
Memory foam mattress. Its main feature is to distribute weight over the mattress surface evenly, conforming to the body shape and keeping it aligned.
Hybrid mattress. This is the combination of coils and memory foam.
It is an enhanced support at the perimeter of the mattress that is denser than the overall mattress. This enables you to use the entire mattress, up to and including the edge, without the feeling that you are sliding off.
- TEMPERATURE REGULATION feature is strongly recommended.
The more body there is, the more heat there is. A heavier person generates more heat than their lighter counterpart. This heat gets trapped between the body and the mattress. Even if you have nailed it on the support and comfort, without proper heat control, your mattress can be a nightmare. Ask for breathable design and cooling technology, which reacts to the body temperature and provides you with comfortable temperature throughout the night.