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The Big Fig mattress is a mattress specifically designed for heavier people. That means it is made heavy duty and is extra durable. I often get requests for mattress recommendations among heavy sleepers and so being able to review a mattress to accomodate heavier sleepers was a welcome change. Often heavy sleepers will wear down a conventional mattress because of the extra weight. By designing a mattress to accmodate extra weight from the start means it should last longer and feel more comfortable in terms of providing adequate support.
Overview of the Big Fig
The Big Fig mattress does not come roll packed. Instead, you can get is sent full size. Big Fig can send it to your door free of charge. For an extra amount you can pay for white glove delivery where they will set it up in your home and remove the packaging. If you want the full white glove experience plus removal, that will cost as of this writing, $159.00. With that service you get setup of the mattress plus removal of your old mattress.
A queen size Big Fig costs $1,499.00. It comes with a 101 night trial where you can try it out in the comfort of your own home for over 3 months and if it’s not right for you, there’s a no pressure return. They will come and pick up the mattress for you.
You can also choose a heavy duty foundation which I highly recommend. You can buy heavy duty foundations on Amazon as well.
Here’s a video of me on the Big Fig. You can immediately feel that this is a heavy duty mattress that will stand up to extra weight.
Construction of the Big Fig Mattress
66% polyurethane blend, 30% viscose, 4% poly/lycra
1 layer of gel infused, ventilated latex
1 layer of high density 1.8 lb polyurethane foam
2 layers of high density 2.5 lb polyurethane foam
Edge Support – 80 ILD high density foam
1600 individually wrapped coils in king and cal king
15 gauge wire
16 Tufts in queen, king and cal king
Here’s a cross section of the Big Fig that shows all the layers.
My Big Fig Mattress Findings
This picture shows how much sink to expect on the mattress. Keep in mind this is a 16lb. bowling ball and the mattress is designed to support heavier people so you will get considerably more sink. In my findings people who have tried this matttress out in the Sleep Sherpa showroom have different reactions. Slimmer people found it too firm while heavier people sank in a good amount and found it gave great support.
In terms of motion transfer, this mattres has a pocket coils system and will have a fair amount of bounce to it. Although the top layers of foam will absorb quite a bit of that.
Here’s a video illustrating heat retention on the mattress. Heavier people tend to sleep hotter so this mattress was engineered to sleep cool. The thermogel foam and lycra cover help in that aspect and of course so do the springs to help with air flow. Since this is a heavy duty mattress, you won’t sink into this mattress as much as a traditional mattress which means less of the mattress will surround you and therefore less mattress to trap heat.
Here’s a video illustrating heat retention on the Big Fig using my infrared camera.
My Big Fig Recommendation
The Big Fig is more expensive than many of the other online mattress options. However it is engineered specifically for heavy people. Therefore people under 225 lbs will probably find this mattress too firm. People above that weight threshold will enjoy the support that many of the other online competitors just can’t provide.
I appreciate that Big Fig has identified a critical need in the online mattress space which is creating a comfortable, supportive and most importantly, durable mattress for heavy sleepers. I can see this mattress outlasting many mattresses you find online and in stores by at least 2-3 years given the construction.
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