Finding the right mattress can be difficult, particularly if you (or your partner) are on the heavier side. Thankfully Bedbuyer’s expert team has just released their list of Australia’s best mattresses for heavy people.
What exactly is ‘heavy’?
A ‘heavy’ person in this context could include an athlete (e.g. bodybuilder, professional football player), someone who is naturally stocky or ‘thickset’, or anyone who weighs over 100kgs.
When it comes to choosing the right mattress, the same general recommendations apply to all heavy people, no matter what type of ‘heavy’ person you might be.
Australia’s mattress experts
Bedbuyer™ is Australia’s largest sleep and bedding resource. Our expert team of health professionals have tested over 1,600 mattresses and have compiled top product lists such as this one below!
Here is our list of best mattresses for heavy people in 2023.
Best mattresses for heavy people
- Yinahla Posture Gel
- Dusk&Dawn Signature
- And Sleep Prime
- Hypnos Balmoral
- Yinahla Premier Firm
- Sleep Firm Mattress
- And Sleep Supreme
- Sleep Republic Mattress
To help with your decision, we have summarised the key features of each of these mattresses below. We have also included links to our ‘full reviews’ as well as instructions on how to claim Bedbuyer’s exclusive discounts!
At the end of this article, we also touch on the main things that heavy people need to consider when buying a mattress. Please leave a comment (at the bottom of this article) if you have any questions about your mattress selection.
1. Yinahla Posture Gel
The Yinahla Posture Gel is an outstanding mattress that will accommodate the heaviest of people. It has an incredibly strong spring system that provides excellent back support, as well as a sophisticated comfort layer.
The spring system used in this mattress is a 9 zone ‘ultra coil’ pocket spring system that has an exceptionally high spring count (1,967 springs in a queen size mattress). This helps to isolate motion well, keeping partner disturbance to a minimum.
This mattress is also designed for cooling, an important consideration for heavier people. Its medical grade Posture Gel™ layer has an open airflow structure to help with ventilation.
The Yinahla Posture comes with an incredible 100 night trial period, meaning that you can return the mattress for a full refund if you aren’t fully satisfied with your purchase. Here is our full review (which includes a video review).
2. Dusk&Dawn Signature
The Dusk&Dawn Signature is the flagship option in the Dusk&Dawn mattress collection. It has a robust construction that includes a dual layered spring system, perfectly suited for larger, heavier people.
This mattress has a sophisticated comfort layer that includes a Dusk-Air Tech layer, an ‘Eco-Air’ comfort layer, graphite memory foam, and the 5 zone mini pocket system. These comfort layers sit over an ‘ISO Coil’ 5 Zone Pocket Spring System that will accommodate people of all sizes.
The Dusk&Dawn Signature has plenty of after-sale security. It comes with a ‘free firmness adjustment’ as well as a return/refund option. It also has a solid 10 year warranty. Here is our full review (which includes a video review).
3. And Sleep Prime
The And Sleep Prime is one of the most impressive mattress in a box products on the market. Not surprisingly, it is a Bedbuyer Recommended product in 2023.
As you would have guessed, this mattress is specially designed for heavy people. It features an exclusive ‘AdaptX Independent Spring System’, a revolutionary pocket spring system that responds dynamically to all body types and weights. This spring unit responds beautifully to sleep movements, and is incredibly sophisticated for a bed in a box.
The And Sleep Prime comes with a solid 100 night trial period and a 15 year warranty. It is also well certified as non-toxic by two of the world’s leading authorities in foam and fabric testing. Here is our full review.
4. Hypnos Balmoral
The Hypnos Balmoral takes quality and craftsmanship to the highest level. Its robust construction makes it perfectly suited for larger sized people.
As you would expect, this mattress feels and expensive and opulent. Like the Dusk&Dawn Signature listed above, is utilises a dual layered spring system. This includes a mini pocket spring system in the top comfort layer, along with a strong 9 zone pocket spring system as the main support structure.
The Hypnos Balmoral is a true masterpiece that forms a luxury option for heavy people. It is Australian made and easily compares to other luxury mattresses far more expensive. Here is our full review (of the medium version).
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5. Yinahla Premier Firm
This mattress uses the Yinahla 9 zone ‘ultra coil’ pocket spring system that is possibly the best spring unit on the Australian market. This spring system has an exceptionally high spring count (1,967 springs, queen mattress) and will accommodate people of all sizes.
To ensure that the mattress doesn’t feel rock hard, the Yinahla Premier Firm also has a special layer of micro pocket springs in its comfort layer to enhance comfort and body contouring.
Amazingly, this mattress comes with a 100 night trial period, so you can return it for a full refund if you are not satisfied (conditions apply). Here is our full review (which includes a video review).
6. Sleep Firm Mattress
The Sleep Firm Mattress is designed for those who prefer an unmistakable firm feel. This mattress is well suited for those who are on the heavier side, offering supreme back support with an affordable price tag. It has an impressive weight limit of 500kgs.
This mattress uses an advanced ‘S+Pro’ 5 zone pocket spring system which has a spring count of 1,092 (queen size). This is well above average for a pocket spring mattress, and this high spring count offers outstanding back support with minimal partner disturbance.
The Sleep Firm Mattress is Australian made and was awarded Australia’s ‘Best Firm Feel’ Mattress in a Box in 2023. It has a 100 night trial period and a 15 year warranty, giving you plenty of peace of mind. Here is our full review (which includes a video review).
7. And Sleep Supreme
The And Sleep Supreme is the softer version of the And Sleep Prime (listed at number 3 on this list). This mattress offers a great option for heavier people who prefer a softer feel to their mattress.
This is an excellent mattress that offers oodles of pressure relief, particularly in the side sleeping position. Its comfort layer includes a collection of premium foams that includes gel infused memory ‘Airflow-foam’, and ‘Bounce-Foam’. These comfort layers sit over the ‘AdaptX Independent Spring System’ which responds dynamically to all body types and weights.
The And Sleep Supreme comes with plenty of after-sale security. It has a 100 night trial period, along with a 15 year warranty. Here is our full review.
8. Sleep Republic Mattress
The Sleep Republic Mattress is a multiple award-winning mattress that offers exceptional value. It is well suited for those people on the heavier side, and has a maximum weight limit of 300kgs.
This mattress uses a high definition pocket spring system that has 1,850 springs (queen size), more than twice that of a standard pocket spring mattress. This high spring count helps with body contouring and has very minimal partner disturbance. Not surprisingly, it can also accommodate people of all sizes.
The Sleep Republic Mattress has wide appeal, and a great option for heavy people. It has a comfortable, medium-firm feel and comes with a 100 night free trial period. Here is our full review (which includes a video review).
If you or your partner are on the heavier side, there are some important things that you need to consider before buying a new mattress.
What ‘type’ of mattress is best for heavy people?
The best type of mattress for a heavy person is a strong, innerspring mattress. An innerspring mattress includes a network of metal coils that should offer reliable back support over time.
Innerspring mattresses also provide responsiveness during sleep movements. This means that changing sleep positions will be easier, an important consideration for larger sized people.
Foam mattresses are generally not recommended for heavy people. Foam mattresses may cause overheating issues during sleep as the airflow and circulation is relatively poor.
The best type of mattress for a heavy person is a strong, innerspring mattress.
Furthermore, foam mattresses may not be suitable for heavier people in terms of durability. Even the best quality foams will deteriorate over time, and heavy occupants will likely accelerate the degradation of foam mattress components.
As you might expect, all of the mattresses listed above, are innerspring mattresses.
A good quality, innerspring mattress is best
A good quality innerspring system will be able to provide the necessary support for a heavy person over time. Mattresses will often have a maximum weight limit listed, and some of these weight limits have been noted above.
‘Good quality’ simply means that the spring system is strong and robust, and won’t struggle under the weight of heavy occupants. A good spring system should also accommodate for large weight differences between couples.
Sleep Republic‘s High Definition Spring System
A premium spring system should also isolate movement well, minimising partner disturbance. This is particularly relevant for couples, as larger people will create more partner disturbance than smaller sized people.
It’s worth mentioning here that a larger size mattress (e.g. king size) will have less partner disturbance than a smaller size mattress (e.g. double size). This is simply because movement has further to travel (on a larger size mattress) to disrupt your sleeping partner. Here are Australia’s full list of bed sizes.
Not surprisingly, minimising partner disturbance is critical to sleep health and sleep quality. Choosing a mattress that reduces the effects of a restless partner is definitely something to consider before making your purchase.
What firmness is best for heavy people?
As a general guide, we recommend a firm mattress for larger, heavier people. With that said, the correct mattress firmness will vary between individuals, so we always encourage you to seek out what firmness feels right for you.
One of the main reasons why a firm mattress is best for heavier people, is related to back support. A soft mattress may involve a heavy person sinking into the mattress, and this can result in a poor spinal position during sleep.
As you would expect, if the spine is not supported correctly during sleep, this can result in pain, muscle soreness, and restless sleep.
Another reason that firm mattresses are generally better suited for larger sized people is heat. Softer mattresses tend to use thicker layers of foam, which have a tendency to accumulate heat.
Heavy people often find that heat is a problem on softer mattresses, which isn’t surprising when you consider how a heavy body ‘sinks’ into a soft comfort layers.
What bed base should I use?
The type of bed base that you use with your mattress is very important, and even more so for larger sized people.
The bed base that you use with your mattress should be strong enough to support the weight of the mattress and the weight of the occupants of bed. The combined weight of a good quality innerspring mattress, and two heavier sized people, can easily be nearly 300kgs.
The best type of bed base for heavier people is a solid bed frame with fixed slats (not flexible/posture slats). These slats should ideally be no more than 8cm apart, to ensure that the mattress is supported correctly.
We hope that our list of Australia’s best mattresses for heavy people has been useful. If you need any advice relating to your mattress purchase, please leave a comment below. Our team is standing by!
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