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Best Firm Mattresses of 2022

What are the best firm mattresses?

Firm mattresses are commonly preferred by stomach sleepers, combination sleepers, back sleepers or those who struggle with back pain, and heavy people. The common trait between all of these folks? They require a lot of support and usually need a bed that doesn’t have too much sinkage.

Those who like a firm mattress or heavy sleepers have an important decision to make when it comes to mattress selection.

These mattresses are some of our top picks for you firm lovers out there.  These mattresses are all mattresses build with quality in mind.  All of them use components that will hold up well with more weight.  Additionally, many online brands are thin and use subpar foams and components.  These mattresses all prove to use better foams, great coil units and are the right firmness levels or offer firmness level choices that will be better for heavier individuals or couples.

Support & Spinal Alignment is important!

Heavy Sleepers & firm mattress lovers need/desire a mattress that has enough comfort layers on top to provide contouring, but firm enough densities to provide support and limit sagging/body impressions.  These layers need to be thick enough and have the proper density to provide pressure relief while being very durable.

The base or coil units in the case of these mattresses is also important to make sure you have great deep support for you body and for the overall mattress longevity.

2 important factors

  • Firmness Matters

    One the biggest things I will tell people to keep in mind is that whatever mattress you choose will end up getting softer as it breaks in.  I recommend firm lovers & heavier sleepers choose a luxury firm or a medium firm mattress.  Some of the mattresses below I recommend for firm lovers are HD or heavy-duty mattresses designed for heavier sleepers.  This is good because they are built with better foams that will hold up longer.  Which is great if you like a firm feel.  These mattresses will stay firm for the long run.

  • Thickness Matters

    In the online market there are a lot of thin mattresses 10-11″ thick.  You will not find me recommending these mattresses, with an exception of a couple that are well build.  These mattresses were chosen in part because of their construction and quality of materials but also because they are all substantial, thicker mattresses.  Some thinner mattresses I have reviewed bottom out easily and just are not suited for heavy sleepers and firm lovers, many thin mattresses cannot get a proper firmness and many of them are not made to be firm.

Big Fig Mattress

This is one of my top picks for heavy sleepers because it is specifically made for heavier sleepers.  Some of the comfort layers us a foam with the same density of many mattresses foam cores.  So this means it is made to be extremely durable.

You will like the Big Fig Mattress if you:

  • Want Firm
  • Want an extremely durable sleep system – Big Fig was designed to last.  It uses high density foams, button tufting and a really good coil system and edge support system.  In addition, Big Fig offers a extra heavy duty foundation and frame if you need those too.  The box is Amish Made and the frame is made of recycled railroad ties!

  • Like to sleep cool – Big Fig is a firmer mattress so there’s less sinkage and uses a cooling quilt and cover.  Big Fig also uses a coil unit which allows airflow better than a foam core.
  • Are looking for well above average quality with a fair price – When you consider a cheap mattress (not all) you will end up buying a new one more frequently since they will not last as long.  Big Fig is a mattress that will last 20+ years.
  • Are a heavy person –  If you are heavy and find yourself sinking way to far into most mattresses, sleep hot or just don’t feel the support you need, Big Fig is a must try.

You might not like the Winkbed Mattress if you:

  • Want something soft –  If you are looking for an uber soft mattress Big Fig may not be for you. This is specifically made for people who like firm or heavy sleepers.
  • Prefer a all foam mattress.

Plank Mattress by Brooklyn Bedding

This is one of my top picks for firm lovers because it is specifically made for firm lovers.  Some of the comfort layers us a foam with the same density of many mattresses foam cores.  So this means it is made to be extremely durable and have a very nice firm feel.

You will like the Plank Mattress if you:

  • Want a 2 sided mattress
  • 2 firmness’s in 1!  This has a firm and an ultra firm side giving you more than one option.
  • Like durability of a firm, 2 sided mattress

You might not like the Plank Mattress if you:

  • Want something soft –  If you are looking for an uber soft mattress Saatva HD may not be for you. This is specifically made for people who like firm or heavy sleepers.
  • Prefer a all foam mattress.

Saatva HD

This is one of my top picks for firm lovers because this is made with more durable foams and coils than the regular Saatva’s which in turn provides more of a firm mattress feel.

You will like the Saatva HD Mattress if you:

  • Want firm but with a nice balance of comfort foams on top adding a bit of softness on top but very good support underneath.
  • Want a comfortable mattress made from high-quality materials
  • Like durability and a nice firmness
  • Want something that can support between 300 and 500 pounds comfortably
  • Want to get a complementary installation service
  • Would like the ability to try it for 180 days and, if you aren’t satisfied, you can send it back for a full refund
  • Want the assurance of a 20-year warranty

You might not like the Saatva HD Mattress if you:

  • Want something soft –  If you are looking for an uber soft mattress Saatva HD may not be for you. This is specifically made for people who like firm or heavy sleepers.
  • Prefer a all foam mattress.
  • Only care about the price and want to purchase the cheapest possible option
  • Don’t want to work with a trusted seller

Avocado

avocado mattress

This is another of my top picks for heavy sleepers because it is a substantial mattress and also latex is one of the most durable foams you can buy.  It also sleeps very cool.

You will like the Avocado if you:

  • Want something on the firmer side.  Latex is more springy than memory foam or traditional foam and most people find latex mattresses to be firm.
  • Are looking for an all natural/organic – the Avocado is a healthy, clean choice and one of the best built natural mattresses we have reviewed so far.
  • Like to sleep cool – Generally latex sleeps the coolest.  Then you add in that it’s aerated and uses a coil system rather than a foam core it all helps with air circulation.  You don’t have an over whelming amount of body either so so more of your body is exposed to the air which helps to stay cooler.  I did not experiece excessive heat at all.

  • You want a good value – Sometimes the natural and organic mattresses get really pricey.  This is an honest, good price for the quality of build and materials that are uses.  The pillowotp is a little pricier but its still a good deal for being organic.

  • Sleep in multiple positions – This mattress is a good medium feel with good body conformance.  Sleeping on your side, back or stomach Avocado will conform to your body very well.  As with most latex mattresses I can see some people thinking its a little on the firmer side but that’s typical with latex foam.

  • Are a heavier sleeper – This mattress is one of my top picks for heavier sleepers.  Its thick, and built like a tank.  Additionally latex is one of the most resilient foams that will last for a long time with minimal sag.

  • Like the combo of bounce and body conformance – With the latex & coils it maintains good bounce which makes it easier to adjust positions and not feel stuck.

You might not like the Avocado if you:

  • Prefer a non-latex feel– The Avocado has a true latex feel.  So not as much sinkage or hug as say a memory foam provides.  It’s also a little on the firmer side of medium.

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora in Firm

This is another of my top picks for heavy sleepers because it is a substantial mattress, it uses a very good coil unit, sleeps cool and is available in multiple firmness levels.  Which I recommend the luxury firm or medium.  Luxury firm is best for longevity.

You will like the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora if you:

  • Want a triple choice on firmness –  Brooklyn Bedding knows one feel is not perfect for everyone so they offer this mattress in firm, medium and soft.  In the case of this article, choose firm!

  • Like to sleep cool – The Titan Flex or Latex foam will not get excessively hot at all.  Kayla is typically always cold so heat was not an issue for her either.

    • The advanced technology of TitanCool produces an optimal cooling effect as you sleep – its water-based surface and high conductivity properties draw excess heat away from the body, maintaining ideal comfort for each individual sleeper. A proprietary and luxurious smooth top weave, exclusive to premium bedding, provides cooling on contact.
  • Are looking for a mattress to fit all sleeping positions – Aurora is offered in 3 firmness’s so you are able to pick the firmness that fits your sleeping style.

    Comfort is achieved through TitanFlex, a patented, hyper-elastic foam with immediate response technology that adjusts to your body each time you move. Infusions of copper and TitaniumGel help promote an anti-bacterial sleeping environment with greater stability.

You might not like the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora if you:

  • Prefer an all foam feel- Although the Aurora by Brooklyn Bedding has good motion reduction and body conformance it is a hybrid so if you are more of an all foam lover with the best motion reduction you may not like the hybrid design.

Winkbed in Firm

This is another of my top picks for heavy sleepers because it uses above average coil units and foams as well.  Additionally, it is offered in multiple firmness level including firm and HD model that will be a firmer feel.

You will like the Winkbed if you:

  • Want choice of firmness.  In this case choose luxury firm or the Winkbeds HD in firm.
  • Want the best of both world’s (foam & innerspring) – The top quilting foams will contour to your body like a foam mattress but you will maintain more of a traditional mattress feel with the micro coils and pocketed coil system on bottom.  You won’t tend to get the sinking/stuck feeling you can experience on some all foam mattress.

  • Like to sleep cool – The Tencel cover, gel foam layer and the micro coil unit all help disperse heat very well and circulate air efficiently to help maintain a neutral/cooler temperature.

  • Want a good value – When you look at the specs of the Winkbed, the quality of the build and how it feels, similar mattresses in a normal retail setting would be higher in price.

  • Want free set up and delivery – Winkbed is delivered by a 3rd party delivery service, they bring it right in to your home, set it up and take the packaging with them as well.  It went very smoothly for us.  This feature would be especially good for those who have trouble lifting heavy items.

  • You or your partner are heavier in weight – Winkbed is a 15″ thick mattress and has very good deep support as well as very good edge support.  It will perform much better for someone heavier than an all foam mattress, especially one under 11 inches.

  • Sleep in all positions – The medium feel with good support underneath makes the Winkbed good for all sleeping positions.

You might not like the Winkbed Mattress if you:

  • Prefer the all foam mattress feel – Winkbed uses a micro coil unit and a pocketed coil deep support unit.  So you will have a more traditional mattress feel compared to an all foam mattress.  Many people like the extra support underneath so they don’t feel like they keep sinking.

  • Want something uber soft: Although this mattress is not firm, it’s not super soft either. It’s a balance of both.

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