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400lb female and 190lb male 25 May 2016 09:22 #1

Hello,

We are closing on our first house and our next big purchase is a king size bed. I am 400lbs. I sleep on my back and side. My partner is 190lbs and sleeps on his side consistently. We have decided that either latex or memory foam are the best option for us due to my size. We tried a few tempurpedics at a local mattress store and found that we both enjoyed one that was a firm supreme HD. My partner enjoyed the coolness of a softer cloud breeze, but I feared it would be too soft for my size. He did say that he went into the store thinking a soft mattress would be his favorite, but found that the firmer ones felt the best to him.

To save money, we are interested in the SleepEZ, the Helix, and Brooklyn Beddings Best Mattress Ever. Does anyone have a suggestion on which one is our best bet to meet how we both feel?

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400lb female and 190lb male 25 May 2016 09:53 #2

Hi gophynna,

We are closing on our first house and our next big purchase is a king size bed. I am 400lbs. I sleep on my back and side. My partner is 190lbs and sleeps on his side consistently. We have decided that either latex or memory foam are the best option for us due to my size. We tried a few tempurpedics at a local mattress store and found that we both enjoyed one that was a firm supreme HD. My partner enjoyed the coolness of a softer cloud breeze, but I feared it would be too soft for my size. He did say that he went into the store thinking a soft mattress would be his favorite, but found that the firmer ones felt the best to him.


I'm not sure what you've read since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place to start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choice ... and perhaps more importantly know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you've read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

Assuming that the materials in a mattress you are considering are durable enough for your body type and meet the quality/durability guidelines here relative to your weight range ... the choice between different types and combinations of materials and components or different types of mattresses are more of a preference and a budget choice than a "better/worse" choice (see this article ). The best way to know which type of materials or which type of mattresses you tend to prefer in general terms will be based on your own testing and personal experience because different people can have very different preferences.

Latex and memory foam are very different materials with very different properties but again the choice between them is more of a preference and budget choice than a "better/worse" choice. There is more about some of the differences between memory foam and latex in post #2 here but the best way to know which type of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer in general would be based on your own testing and/or personal experience.

There is also more information in post #3 here and the posts it links to that would be helpful for those that are in higher weight ranges

While the process of how to choose a mattress would involve the same steps that are listed in the mattress shopping tutorial ... most people in higher weight ranges will generally need or prefer firmer mattresses (firmer materials will feel softer because you will sink into them more) and materials and components that are higher quality and more durable than those that are in lower weight ranges (the materials and components in a mattress will soften and break down faster for those in higher weight ranges than they will for someone that is in a lower weight range that doesn't compress the mattress as much). I would be particularly cautious about mattresses that use more than "about an inch or so" of memory foam that is less than about 5 lb density or polyfoam that is less than about 2 lb density ... particularly in the upper layers of the mattress.

To save money, we are interested in the SleepEZ, the Helix, and Brooklyn Beddings Best Mattress Ever. Does anyone have a suggestion on which one is our best bet to meet how we both feel?


While I can certainly help with "how" to choose ... It's not possible to make specific suggestions or recommendations for either a mattress, manufacturers/retailers, or combinations of materials or components because the first "rule" of mattress shopping is to always remember that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress. There are just too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved that are unique to each person to use a formula or for anyone to be able to predict or make a specific suggestion or recommendation about which mattress or combination of materials and components or which type of mattress would be the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, or PPP or how a mattress will "feel" to you or compare to another mattress based on specs (either yours or a mattress), sleeping positions, health conditions, or "theory at a distance" that can possibly be more reliable than your own careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in step 4 of the tutorial) or your own personal sleeping experience (see mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ).

When you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

In terms of durability ... both Brooklyn Bedding and SleepEZ use high quality materials in their mattresses that would be suitable for your weight range (although an all latex mattress would generally be more durable than a latex/polyfoam hybrid) but the materials in the Helix wouldn't be suitable for your weight range.

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