A Hybrid Mattress for Plus-Size Sleepers
The Big Fig mattress provides a comfortable, hybrid sleep experience to plus-size sleepers.
When you take a look at the mattress industry, specifically the mattress in a box industry, it can be difficult to find companies who create mattresses that will hold an individual weight of 250 pounds or more. Big Fig, a company whose strategy involves mattress durability and societal inclusion, does just that. Their goal when creating their mattress was to create a bedding option that includes customers who are often left out of traditional media, particularly plus-size people, tall people and even people whose extra weight comes from their muscle mass.
What is particularly wonderful about Big Fig, other than that the mattress is made to last for twenty years or more, is that the company strives to fight through stereotypes while providing an exceptionally durable and comfortable sleeping place to individuals weighing, on average, over 250 pounds. Want to learn more about what Big Fig’s mattress is all about? Check out our review to find out how it can improve the way you sleep.
Big Fig Pros and Cons at a Glance
– Hybrid structure
– Extremely strong foundation available
– ThermoGel cooling
– 20-year warranty
– Not ideal for side sleepers
– Not ideal for customers who enjoy soft memory foam mattresses
– Only one model
– Back, stomach and combination sleepers
– Sleepers who want strong temperature regulation
– Firm support
– Customers weighing above 250 pounds
|Big Fig Overview|
|Shipping||Free to Continental US|
|Ships in...||3-5 Business Days|
|Trial Period||120 Nights|
|Sleeper Type||Back, stomach and combination|
The Big Fig Mattress
As a hybrid mattress, every single inch on the Big Fig mattress is put to good use. When it comes to bedding and you need to accommodate weight that exceeds 250 pounds, it’s critical to find a mattress that will last over a long period of time. Starting with the outermost cover, you’ll find a ThermoGel treated fabric to reduce heat buildup at the very surface of your mattress. You’ll also notice tufting throughout the surface area to keep all the layers below intact and in place over time.
Just underneath the cover comes a layer of perforated gel-infused latex foam. Latex foam alone does a great job at regulating temperature, but when you punch holes through it, it can only improve things. Sleeping well becomes easier when you have proper air circulation at the top of your mattress, since that’s where heat begins to build up. This layer, equipped with a strong air flow capability, ensures your sleeping experience is smooth and cool.
Next come three separate layers of high density poly foam. These layers work to prevent your mattress from sagging, which is especially great for long-term use.
1,600 individually wrapped coil springs cover the next layer in this hybrid mattress. Big Fig rates them as a 15-gauge thickness. If you generally prefer a mattress with a bit of bounce, here is where you’ll feel that. Plus, just around the coils, comes high density foam for even more support and to prevent the coil springs from being too squeaky or too bouncy.
How much is a Big Fig mattress? The price only differs between sizes. Pricing is as follows, before any discounts:
- Twin: $1,299
- Twin XL: $1,399
- Full: $1,499
- Queen: $1,699
- King: $1,999
- California King: $1,999
If you’d prefer to finance your mattress, Big Fig can arrange monthly payments for you, with 0% APR available through Bread. You can pay in periods between 6 and 36 months depending on how you qualify.
In comparison, the Titan mattress from Brooklyn Bedding that is also designed for big & tall sleepers is priced at $999 for the queen size.
All Big Fig mattresses and products are made in Cleveland, Ohio, the only manufacturing location for the company. Big Fig is a hybrid mattress that uses a mixture of different kinds of high-density foams as well as a full layer of coil springs and a top layer made with latex. The cover is made with a blend of polyester, viscose and lycra materials that incorporates ThermoGel, a material that regulates body temperature.
All of Big Fig’s foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means manufacturers do not use ozone depleters, harmful flame retardants or various heavy metals during production. As part of this certification, Big Fig stitches a layer of natural fibers, like cotton and flax, underneath the top mattress layer as a safe fire retardant.
*Big Fig’s website states that you must ensure your bed frame will withstand a weight of 1,210 pounds.
Best Sleeping Positions
When it comes to which sleeping positions work best with a specific mattress, you need to determine two things above all else: your body weight and the mattress’s firmness rating.
Big Fig rates their mattress as a 6-7 on a scale of 0-10 for firmness. As a medium-high firm mattress, the Big Fig is ideal for back, stomach and combination sleepers. In general, these sleeping positions require less softness at the top of the mattress based on where the majority of the body weight hits the surface. Too soft of a mattress could mean a stomach or back sleeper wakes up with a sore back.
Side sleepers, who need a bit more sinkage and softness and also benefit from softer support, may not enjoy the firm feeling of the Big Fig mattress. The firmness level could become even more of an issue if their body weight is under 250 pounds. The hips and shoulders, where side sleepers have the most weight impact with the mattress, could feel achy the next morning with a mattress that is too firm, which is why we recommend the Big Fig for back and stomach sleepers.
What’s better for temperature regulation than a hybrid construction? Not much. Starting with the top layer of the Big Fig mattress, you’ll find gel-infused memory foam to create an initial cooling feeling as you drift off to sleep. In the middle of the mattress comes a layer of individually wrapped pocketed coil springs that not only give the bed a bounce but also a place for proper temperature regulation. Customers who share a bed or sleep hot require a certain level of temperature regulation, and the Big Fig mattress can match that with both gel-infused foam and coil spring support.
We’ve already established that the Big Fig mattress is known for providing an exceptionally firm support system. How does that affect motion transfer, though? As part of an industry standard test, Big Fig sent their queen size mattress to Carthage, Missouri at Leggett & Platt International Technical Center, a trusted third-party testing center among other bed companies, including Avocado. The company subjected the mattress to three tests: the Rollator Durability test, the Cornell Firmness Retention and Surface Deformation test and the Impact test. The goal? To provide show customers unbiased, tested results on what the Big Fig mattress can provide.
The Impact and Cornell tests showed that the Big Fig mattress maintained its firmness well, even when it was faced with heavy weight impacts, even from high dropping points. The Impact Test subjected the queen mattress to a 175-pound weight that was dropped at heights measuring 2-10 inches at five points of the mattress. Each point represented an area that generally bears a lot of weight for the sleeper: the center, shoulder/calf, edge, end and corner of the mattress. The results? “No notable observations or damage.”
The firmness confirmed in these tests shows how the Big Fig mattress manages motion transfer: very well. Sharing a bed with a partner who tosses and turns throughout the night no longer has to be the reason wake you up from a deep sleep.
It’s important to note that Big Fig suggests you never jump on your mattress because the added pressure could actually harm the lower structure, particularly the bed foundation. The last thing you want is for your Big Fig foundation to crack and leave you with no base to place your mattress on.
Out of the three tests, the Rollator test helped determine the sinkage rate of the Big Fig mattress the best. The test, used to measure mattress height changes and the firmness level, concluded the Big Fig mattress only experienced a 4.89% loss of firmness over 200,000 cycles of dropping a 350-pound weight on the mattress. This test simulated average usage over 20 years. So truly, the Big Fig mattress has a low sinkage rate, even after a long period of time, which is probably why their warranty covers 20 years of ownership.
Just like with most hybrid mattresses, the Big Fig mattress comes with decent edge support. The combination of coil springs and foam facilitate edge support that will prevent you from slipping off the sides of you bed. Plus, the 6-7 out of 10 firmness rating helps prevent even the edges from wearing down when you add weight to them.
Warranty, Trial Length & Return Process
Big Fig offers a 20-year warranty for their mattress, which is generous considering it’s pretty common for mattresses in a box to come with 10 years of warranty coverage. The warranty only applies to the mattress’s original owner and covers normal wear damage. These damages include but are not limited to the following: loose or broken coils, improper sagging that is not a result of a poor bed frame (minimum of five hardwood cross-slats and a center support system) and body indentations that exceed one inch. Big Fig will either replace or repair the damage if they approve your warranty claim.
When you purchase a Big Fig mattress, you can take advantage of their 120-night trial period. As with any mattress, we recommend trying the mattress for a minimum of 30 days so that your body and the mattress have enough time to get used to each other. Big Fig requests customers test the mattress for at least two weeks.
Returns are free of charge. Tried the mattress but you just don’t feel comfortable with it? If you decide you need to return your mattress, simply call or email customer support to schedule a time for someone to pick it up from your home. You must return your mattress before your 120-night trial period is up. And, Big Fig will refund your purchase, with the exception of any special delivery services you selected.
Shipping & Set-Up Process
Big Fig offers free shipping to the continental United States and ships via FedEx in about 3-5 business days. For Canadians, Big Fig ships for a $250 shipping and imports fee per mattress.
If you’d prefer some help when setting up your mattress, you can pay an additional $99 for the White Glove Delivery service. The service includes delivery and set up of your new mattress plus the removal of packaging. If you need someone to remove your old mattress, opt for the $159 White Glove Delivery + Removal package. Any White Glove Delivery service will take 2-3 weeks for delivery.
If you want to set up your new mattress on your own, make sure you unbox it in the room you plan to use it. Big Fig recommends at least two people take part in the assembly process, especially because the foundation and mattress come in separate boxes. It’s important to remove your mattress from its box within one week of receiving it, according to Big Fig’s website.
Once you’re ready to start the set-up process, make sure to assemble your Big Fig foundation first if you choose to use it as your bed frame. Side note: Big Fig mattresses work just fine on the floor, too. Once that is complete, unbox your mattress on top of the foundation starting at the headboard. Have one person at each side of the bed to make lifting the box easier.
Next, cut the outer layer of plastic with the included cutting tool. Finally, unroll the mattress at full length to cover your bed foundation (or the floor). Cut the second plastic layer off of the mattress and wait about 30 minutes before trying out the mattress. After a few hours, your Big Fig mattress will reach its full expansion, and you’ll have a new bed to sleep on!
Review Summary & Ideal Customer Breakdown
So you’ve made it through the mattress review, but you’re still unsure if Big Fig is the mattress to choose. After researching the mattress, we’ve come up with a quick breakdown of whether or not you may enjoy it.
We think you’d enjoy a Big Fig mattress if you:
A Big Fig mattress may not be the best for you if you:
Points to Consider Before You Buy
Check out Big Fig’s Mission Statement if you’re on the fence about buying their mattress, or if you appreciate corporate social impact. You’ll find that the company supports the Body Positivity movement and solely wants to provide a mattress that accommodates people of all shapes and sizes. A good mattress should bring comfort, but it only helps when a company’s standards do, too.
After you’ve read Big Fig’s Mission Statement, take a look at all of the people and influencers who have reviewed the mattress. By reading their blogs and personal accounts, you’ll get a better feel of exactly how the mattress bodes with different people. Plus, you’ll see some pictures of the bed set up.
The Big Fig mattress can hold an individual’s weight up to 550 pounds or a couple’s weight up to 1,100 pounds. If you share your bed with a partner, try a queen, king or California king mattress. You’ll have more room and space to best distribute your and your partner’s weight throughout the mattress.
Big Fig makes a special bed foundation with 18 wooden slats, each 2.5” wide, that supports five times the weight of a typical foundation, according to their website. The frame includes double center rails for even more support. If you’re unsure about whether or not the bed frame you have will support your Big Fig mattress, it may be a good idea to include their foundation in your purchase. The reflected price online will include a Big Fig foundation, but you can receive a $100 price deduction if you opt out and only want the mattress.
Big Fig rates their mattress a 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, as we’ve mentioned, but some customer reviews claim the mattress feels too firm for their liking. This may be because the bed is so sturdy, so be aware that it might take some getting used to.
You can always try placing a mattress topper over the mattress to add an element of softness if you enjoy everything else about the mattress. Just remember that it will most likely take at least 30 days to get accustomed to your new mattress, so take full advantage of Big Fig’s 120-night trial period.
Most frequent brand questions
Big Fig mattresses are on the expensive side. They do, however, come with a hefty 20-year warranty. As a reminder, the prices for each Big Fig mattress size are as follows:
- Twin: $1,299
- Twin XL: $1,399
- Full: $1,499
- Queen: $1,699
- King: $1,999
California King: $1,999
There are multiple factors to consider when it comes to finding the right mattress for you. For one, what constitutes heavy weight? Each mattress company will have different weight capacities, but in general, if you happen to weigh over 250 pounds, it’s important to look for a mattress that will properly accommodate your weight. This is crucial because you want your mattress to be comfortable and last a long time.
The Big Fig mattress is a 13” hybrid mattress made especially for people whose weight exceeds 250 pounds. The various technologies Big Fig uses when making their mattresses work to specifically address and tackle common problems heavier people encounter with their mattresses, like sagging or lack of durability.
The answer to this question will differ from one side sleeper to the next. If you are a heavier person and happen to be a side sleeper, the Big Fig mattress will work well for your needs because it’s firm enough to support heavier weight. Unlike some other mattresses, the Big Fig will likely not sink as fast. If you are used to sleeping on a memory foam mattress, a hybrid mattress might not feel great. Always check a mattress’s firmness level before purchasing it.