Big Fig Mattress
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Price Range: $1,399 – $2,699
Warranty: 20 Year, Limited
- Excellent balance of comfort and support for sleepers over 230 pounds
- Responsive feel is beneficial for people with limited mobility
- Strong edge support enlarges the mattress’ usable surface area
- Below-average motion isolation may cause couples to feel each other’s movements
- Doesn’t provide enough contouring for side sleepers under 130 pounds
- Added fee for shipments to Canada
Sleep Doctor’s take: Big Fig Mattress
Designed for bigger bodies, the Big Fig Mattress provides ample support and comfort for people who weigh over 230 pounds. Its combination of latex, polyfoam, and pocketed coils makes for a resilient and durable mattress that resists excessive sagging. Our testers were impressed by its ease of movement and edge support.
Big Fig Mattress: An introduction
Big Fig is an Ohio-based mattress brand that specializes in sleep products for heavy people. The Big Fig Mattress is the company’s flagship mattress design. It’s a hybrid mattress that combines latex, polyfoam, and pocketed coils for a medium firm (6) feel. Big Fig also sells a variety of bedding products as well as a foundation, a bed frame, and an adjustable base designed for the Big Fig Mattress.
We’ll explore the Big Fig Mattress’ materials and construction. We’ll also delve into our team’s ratings in various performance categories to help you determine if the Big Fig is the right bed for you.
How we review
Our team personally evaluated the Big Fig Mattress in a range of performance categories using hands-on research, physical tests, and technology-based assessments. These evaluations allow us to formulate accurate ratings to help you determine if this mattress is right for you.
What’s it like to sleep on the Big Fig Mattress?
Lying on the Big Fig Mattress feels both supportive and highly responsive. The sturdy support stems from the bed’s use of durable pocketed coils, multiple layers of dense polyfoam, and reinforced edges. A naturally buoyant latex layer enhances the bed’s responsiveness.
Big Fig Mattress pros and cons
- Sturdy materials promote durability and edge support
- Resilient feel enables very good ease of movement
- 20-year limited warranty
- Not well suited to side sleepers under 130 pounds
- Easily transfers motion across the bed’s surface
- Sleeps slightly warm for a mattress that doesn’t contain memory foam
Sleeping positions, body weight, and firmness
Our testing team, which consists of individuals with diverse body types and sleeping positions, determined that the Big Fig Mattress has a medium firm (6) feel on our 10-point firmness scale. This means the mattress has limited sinkage and moderately conforms to the body to balance support with pressure relief.
An individual’s body weight and preferred sleeping position play major roles in the firmness level they favor. For instance, sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds typically need a softer mattress that allows them to sink into the bed enough for proper spinal alignment. Sleepers over 230 pounds, on the other hand, generally need the strong support of a firmer mattress to maintain proper alignment.
Our testing determined that the Big Fig Mattress is ideal for side sleepers over 230 pounds and back and stomach sleepers over 130 pounds.
Big Fig Mattress sleeper ratings
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Over 230 lbs.|
Our side sleepers who weigh over 230 pounds found that the Big Fig Mattress lived up to its promise for heavier individuals, reporting that it excelled at providing generous support while relieving pressure. Those weighing 130 to 230 pounds observed that the mattress offered a comfortable balance of support and relief, while testers who weigh less than 130 pounds felt that the mattress was too firm to allow their hips and shoulders to sink enough for healthy alignment.
The back sleepers on our testing team raved about the Big Fig’s top layer of latex, which had just enough give under their lower backs. Our back sleepers over 130 pounds gave the highest ratings available to the Big Fig. Testers under 130 pounds felt that the mattress provided sufficient support, but said they prefer a slightly softer surface.
Stomach sleepers typically need firm support under their midsection to facilitate healthy alignment, and the Big Fig provided this in spades for our testers. Stomach sleepers in every weight category loved the mattress’ firm support, with those over 130 pounds giving the bed top marks.
Our performance ratings
Our product testing team evaluated the Big Fig Mattress’ performance in eight key categories. The results of their evaluation are reported on a five-point scale ranging from poor (1) to excellent (5).
Pressure relief refers to a mattress’ ability to redistribute body weight and limit pressure buildup. Our product testers found that the Big Fig Mattress offers average pressure relief. The mattress allowed our testers to sink into the comfort layers while receiving support from the individually wrapped coils. The latex layer also conformed to heavier areas on our testers’ bodies, reducing pressure around their shoulders and hips.
Our testing team found that the Big Fig Mattress provides moderate temperature neutrality, which refers to the mattress’ ability to regulate heat. The ThermoGel cooling technology and perforated gel-infused latex foam enhance breathability and airflow along the mattress’ surface, while the pocketed coils allow air to flow through the bed’s core.
Due to its medium firm feel and use of both latex and coils, the Big Fig transfers a noticeable amount of motion from one side of the bed to the other. While this shouldn’t pose an issue for people who sleep alone, co-sleepers who awaken easily may want to consider a model with less bounce.
With its layer of dense foam encasing the sturdy pocketed coil support core, we found that the Big Fig offers excellent edge support, maintaining the mattress’ structure even when sitting or lying along the bed’s perimeter.
Designed to support up to 1,100 pounds, with tufting in 16 areas to prevent materials from shifting or clumping over time, the Big Fig Mattress is crafted from durable materials. With proper use and care, we think the Big Fig should meet or exceed the expected lifespan of a hybrid mattress, which is around seven years.
Ease of movement
Following careful testing, our team found that the mattress’ innerspring system and top layer of latex creates a responsive, bouncy feel that enables sleepers to easily move or change positions, making it a great option for people with limited mobility.
According to our findings in other categories, we rated the Big Fig Mattress as above average for sex. The enhanced edge support creates additional surface area, while the responsiveness of the latex and individually wrapped coils facilitates ease of movement.
Our team noted a mild smell after unboxing the Big Fig Mattress, which was expected due to its three layers of foam. Off-gassing refers to the odor released after removing a mattress from its packaging. This occurs due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released from synthetic foams. The foams used in the Big Fig are certified by CertiPUR-US, which means they meet standards for safety and low indoor VOC emissions.
What is the Big Fig Mattress made of?
The Big Fig is a hybrid mattress with a medium firm (6) feel. Its quilted cover blends polyester, viscose, and Lycra for enhanced breathability, ease of care, and a plush feel. The cover is treated with ThermoGel, a substance engineered to cool the sleep surface once it encounters moisture such as sweat.
The comfort system consists of perforated and gel-infused latex designed to enhance airflow and add responsiveness. Three layers of high-density polyfoam follow for added support and cushioning. The mattress’ support core consists of individually wrapped coils and a high-density foam encasement for extra edge support.
|Mattress construction layers||Details|
|Cover materials||Polyester, viscose, and Lycra blend with ThermoGel|
|Comfort layers||Gel-infused latex|
High-density polyfoam (1.8 PCF)
High-density polyfoam (2.5 PCF)
High-density polyfoam (2.5 PCF)
|Support core||Pocketed coils with high-density foam perimeter|
How much does the Big Fig Mattress cost?
Considering its durable construction and 20-year limited warranty, we think bargain hunters in search of a high-quality hybrid will be impressed by the Big Fig Mattress. It’s priced below the average cost of a queen size hybrid mattress, which is around $2,000.
|Twin||$1,399||38″ x 75″||13″||68 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$1,499||38″ x 80″||13″||73 lbs.|
|Full||$1,599||54″ x 75″||13″||93 lbs.|
|Queen||$1,799||60″ x 80″||13″||116 lbs.|
|King||$1,999||76″ x 80″||13″||140 lbs.|
|California king||$1,999||72″ x 84″||13″||135 lbs.|
|Split king||$2,699||38″ x 80″ (2 pcs.)||13″||146 lbs.|
Big Fig vs. other popular brands
The Big Fig Mattress is one of the few beds on the market designed specifically for sleepers over 230 pounds. Mattresses for heavy people typically contain several layers of durable materials to enhance support and limit sagging.
Other competing mattresses geared toward heavier individuals include the Titan Plus from Brooklyn Bedding and the Helix Plus. These beds have slightly shorter profiles and firmer feels than the Big Fig. While our testers found the Big Fig has superior edge support compared with these mattresses, the Helix Plus performed better during our motion isolation tests and the Titan Plus displayed better temperature control readings.
Our testers gave the luxury-priced Saatva HD our highest rating for temperature neutrality. While it has below-average motion isolation, it has fewer off-gassing odors than the other models.
At a glance: Mattresses for heavy people
|Titan Plus||11.25″||Firm (8)||10 years|
|Helix Plus||11.5″||Firm (7)||15 years|
|Big Fig||13″||Medium firm (6)||20 years|
|Saatva HD||15.5″||Firm (7)||Lifetime|
Where can you buy the Big Fig Mattress?
The Big Fig Mattress is available on the brand’s website. The company ships to the contiguous U.S. and most of Canada. Big Fig does not currently ship mattresses to Alaska, Hawaii, or other countries.
|Buying information and customer policies|
|Shipping||The Big Fig Mattress is compressed and sealed in a box for shipping. Standard-delivery mattress orders ship via FedEx and typically arrive within 7 to 10 business days. All shipments to Canada incur an additional charge that includes the cost of the shipment in addition to customs fees.|
|Additional services||Big Fig offers a White Glove delivery option for customers in the U.S. and Canada. It includes delivery, unboxing, and setup. The company also provides mattress removal, during which its logistics partner will remove your mattress and foundation. Both services carry an additional fee. |
White Glove delivery extends the estimated delivery time to two to three weeks for orders in both countries.
|Sleep trial||The Big Fig Mattress has a 120-night sleep trial, which begins the day the mattress arrives. The company asks that sleepers try the mattress for at least two weeks before initiating a return. Mattresses returned during the trial window are eligible for a full refund.|
|Warranty||The Big Fig Mattress comes with a 20-year limited warranty. It covers manufacturing defects found within the mattress, including loose, broken, or protruding coils and any indentation in the surface of 1 inch or more.|
Big Fig Mattress FAQ
The Big Fig Mattress can support 550 pounds per sleeper, for a total of 1,100 pounds.
The Big Fig Mattress requires a strong foundation to support the maximum weight of 1,100 pounds. The brand recommends using its foundation and frame, which are designed for the Big Fig Mattress with 18 slats and double center rails for added support.
Body size and weight impact the amount your body sinks into a mattress. We’ve found that people who weigh more than 230 pounds get the best support from a firmer mattress that rates at least medium firm (6) on our 10-point firmness scale.
Big Fig offers a 120-night sleep trial, enabling sleepers to try the mattress in their home and return it if it doesn’t meet their needs. It’s not currently available to try in showrooms or at brick-and-mortar mattress retailers.