Big Fig was started in 2016 by a father-daughter team with one goal in mind: provide heavier individuals with a mattress that caters to their needs. Using their family’s years of experience in the mattress manufacturing industry, Big Fig produced a mattress with the strength and durability required to support more weight while still providing pressure relief and comfort to the sleeper. With that in mind it’s time to put the Big Fig to the test!
The Big Fig is a hybrid construction, utilizing both foam and spring layers to provide support and comfort to the sleeper. As this mattress is designed to support heavier individuals, the Big Fig uses dense foams as they are more durable which helps defend against the formation of imprints in the mattress. The mattress is rated to support individuals that are up to 500 lbs or couples weighing up to 1000 lbs.
Cover – The cover of the Big Fig is a knit blend that has a soft feeling to it. The fabric is blended with a gel material that helps with temperature regulation by dissipating body heat. The cover is quilted with a 1 inch layer of foam (1.8 lb density) which will help to provide some initial comfort for the sleeper.
Latex – The top foam layer is a ½ inch gel infused latex that is aerated to allow airflow through the mattress. Latex is known for its cooling attributes as well as being a responsive material that will provide some bounce to the mattress.
Foam Layers – Below the latex layer are three separate 1 inch layers of durable poly foam (1.8 lb, 2.5 lb and 2.5 density respectively). These layers are pretty firm to provide support and have a quick response to pressure to help give some bounce to the mattress to help prevent a stuck feeling.
Support – The support center of the mattress is made of a 7 inch pocketed coil layer that will also provide some bounce to the mattress. Since these pocketed coils are individually wrapped they often provide better motion isolation than traditional innerspring mattresses. Another bonus of a tall pocketed coil layer is the space it creates in a mattress as it allows air to flow through for cooling.
Edge Support – A 3 inch thick layer of high density poly foam (1.8 lb density) surrounds the pocketed coil support system. This is a firm layer that is meant to support weight so the sleeper won’t collapse the edge of the mattress if they roll near the side.
Base – There is a 1.5 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density) at the base of the mattress. This is the layer that the pocketed coil support layer rests on. The base also provides some durability to the mattress.
Foundation – Every Big Fig order includes their specially made foundations designed to support heavier weights. These foundations are made of 16 1×3 inch slats of wood and contain two center rails for support. The foundations can be used on a bed frame but are pretty tall, so they can also be placed directly on the floor.
When I pressed into the Big Fig the initial feeling was of the foam quilted in the cover that will allow the sleeper to sink in a bit for pressure relief. This material has a quick response to pressure do defend against feeling stuck in the layer. When I added more weight and pressed further into the mattress I began to feel the strong support and bounce of the Big Fig.
Before getting into the firmness of the Big Fig I should note that since it is designed for heavier individuals, the Big Fig may feel pretty firm to those with smaller builds. People of different body types and shapes will feel the firmness of any mattress differently, so rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the Big Fig.
The average firmness rating from out testing of the Big Fig was a 7.5/10. As I was expecting out of this construction, this is a bit to the firmer side. I personally felt the Big Fig had a firmness of 8/10 and I definitely felt as if I was more on top of the mattress than sinking into it.
I should mention that we tested the Big Fig without the special foundation, which is meant to provide added support, so the mattress may feel firmer when placed on the Big Fig foundations.
Instead of just describing the feel of the Big Fig to you I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure form while lying on a the mattress. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
When discussing pressure and feel of the Big Fig I should note that I am about 5’10” 190 lbs. This mattress was designed for people weighing in the 300+ lbs range and where I may feel it is firm in some positions, a larger person may find it to be more in the medium range.
When I first got onto the mattress I noticed how bouncy the Big Fig is thanks to the responsive foams and pocketed coil support system used in the construction. while lying on my back my weight was evenly distributed and, as you see in the map results above, there was pretty low pressure across my entire body. I found this mattress to be a bit firmer and it did a good job of keeping my back in a good position while the quilted cover filled in the space beneath my lower back for support.
I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress while lying on it, which made changing positions onto my side really easy. Pressure can be a major issue for side sleepers, especially at the hips and shoulders, because of an increased weight concentration over a lower area. Many side sleepers prefer softer mattresses because they allow them to sink in for greater pressure relief. Even though the Big Fig is pretty firm the pressure map shows that pressure was pretty low across my entire body. There was a small increase in pressure at the hips, but overall this is a pretty impressive result.
Once I rolled onto my stomach my weight was again evenly distributed, leading to the low pressure shown by the pressure map. I found the Big Fig did a great job of keeping my hips up so my back was aligned in a good position. I definitely found the Big Fig provided a great feel and strong support while I was on my stomach.
If you plan on sharing your mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The results above show that the 4 inch drop, which simulates someone changing positions in bed, caused a small disturbance across the mattress. I would say that this is a very good result when compared to other hybrid mattresses I have tested. The 8 and 12 inch drops represent someone getting or jumping into bed and I would say the results shown above are impressive. I believe the thick foam layers and the pocketed coil system of the Big Fig do a great job of isolating motion.
A lot of people looking for a mattress will want to know if they’re going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. To get a good idea of how someone might sink into a Big Fig, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
You may notice that the smaller balls sink in about the same on the Big Fig as they on other mattresses, this is due to the fact that these balls only interact with the softer foam layers on top. The difference in sinkage starts to show with the heavier balls as they interact with the lower layers. The high density foams and pocketed coil support system found deeper in the Big Fig keep these heavier balls from sinking far into the mattress and will help keep sleepers from feeling stuck in the mattress.
Edge support can be a really important aspect of a mattress for those that are going to share their bed with a partner or ten to roll around over the entire surface of the mattress during the night. Strong side support can help to provide a better sleeping experience as you won’t feel like you’re collapsing the side of the bed when you get close to the edge. This is especially important for larger individuals as it will make the bed feel bigger. The Big Fig includes the specific edge support foam we saw during the construction portion of the review, so I’m interested to see how that helps the mattress support my weight during this test.
While lying near the side of the Big Fig I felt the same firm support as when I tested near the center of the mattress. When I moved really close to the edge I didn’t see much compression at all, which shows that you can sleep all the way to the edge of the Big Fig without worrying about rolling out of bed.
By rolling onto my side I increased the pressure on a single location a little bit and the Big Fig held strong on the edge. Even when I hung off the mattress I really only saw compression through the layer that was quilted into the cover.
When I sat up on the side of the Big Fig I still saw very little compression. This position concentrates all of my weight over one are of the edge and generally causes me to sink in a bit further during this test. I found that the edge support foam did a great job of supporting my weight as I sat near on the side of the mattress.
- Sleep Trial: There is a 101 night sleep trial for this mattress.
- Warranty: Big Fig offers a 20 year warranty.
- Shipping: The Big Fig mattress ships free.
- Foundation: Your Big Fig order automatically comes with their specially made foundations.
Size and Pricing Information
Convinced the Big Fig is the mattress for you? Use the code SLEEPOPOLIS for $100 off your purchase!
|Twin||39” x 75" x 13"||$1,299|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13"||$1,399|
|Full||54” x 75" x 13"||$1,499|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13"||$1,699|
|King||76” x 80” x 13"||$1,999|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13"||$1,999|
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Big Fig it’s time to get an idea of who this mattress would be a good fit for.
- Heavier Individuals – The Big Fig was designed with the specific sleep needs of heavier individuals in mind. The mattress is rated for individuals weighing up to 500 lbs and couples that weigh up to 1000 lbs. Combined with the special foundation, the Big Fig provides the extra support needed by heavier people.
- Couples – We saw strong performances by the Big Fig in both the edge support and motion transfer test portions of the review. Those two tests are generally what I point to as being indicators of a good mattress for couples. Along with those tests, the Big Fig is particularly great for heavier couples, as it is rated to hold up to 1000 lbs.
- Sleeps Cool – Big Fig went to lengths to include multiple materials that are known to have good temperature regulating attributes in the construction of the mattress. The cover has a gel material blended in to help dissipate body heat as well as the latex foam and pocketed coils layers that also aid in temperature regulation and cooling.
- Long Term Investment – This mattress uses quality materials that improve the durability of the mattress. Big Fig offers a 20 year warranty on the mattress and the longevity of the mattress means that it is a great value.
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