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I'm not heavy, but my company might be 08 May 2017 14:27 #1

I am 6'0" 155lbs. Even if I bulked up (muscularly) I can't see myself weighing more than 180-200lbs any time in the near future. However, sometimes, but rarely, someone over the 200lbs may be in my bed, perhaps overnight.

When purchasing a mattress, should I focus solely on me, or should I take a bed-partner into consideration? Not just in terms of his or her immediate comfort but also the longevity of the mattress itself when subjected to, say, 250lbs for, say, 8 hours. (To be quite honest, and this sounds kind of rude, but the longevity of the mattress is more important than partners short-term comfort.)

I was looking at the Best Mattress Ever until I saw that they changed their support layer density. I'm not really picky (slept on the same mattress from age 14 to 31 with no complaints) so I think any of these so-called millennial mattresses will do for me. Unless my relationship status changes, it's going to be just me in the bed, 95+% of the time. So should I care if heavier people might be in the bed for that other +-5%?

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I'm not heavy, but my company might be 08 May 2017 16:44 #2

Hi sleepyhead123,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum!

When purchasing a mattress, should I focus solely on me, or should I take a bed-partner into consideration?


In a situation as you described, I'll advise to find a product appropriate for your individual sleeping preferences and style. You're the one spending the majority of time in the mattress, and if you choose something that uses good quality materials your gusts, even if larger, shouldn't be uncomfortable or cause undue wear to the product.

I was looking at the Best Mattress Ever until I saw that they changed their support layer density.


I would have no cause for concern with the Best Mattress Ever (BME), and there would be no weak links in this product for you. You can see some of my comments about durability here .

While the density of the base polyfoam in the BME went from 2.0 to 1.8 lb, this is still a very durable support core. Lower layers of a mattress are subject to less compression than the upper layers of a mattress so the "position" of the foam will also affect the durability of a foam. For example a 1.8 lb polyfoam used in the top layers will not be as durable as a 1.8 lb foam used in the deeper support layers of a mattress because it is subject to more frequent and deeper compression, so the switch from 2.0 to 1.8 in the deeper support layer won't be as noticeable as if a similar change was made in the uppermost layering. It is almost always the upper layers of a mattress that are most prone to softening and breakdown which is why it's so important to make sure they include higher quality materials. While I do provide a "slight caution" for those in the lower 200 pound range or above for a 1.8 lb polyfoam core, this is not an advisement against such a product or meaning that a mattress using such a core would be inappropriate, but instead advice that there may be a more gradual softening over years of continuous use for someone in a higher BMI with a 1.8 in polyfoam core versus 2.0. In your situation, I would not have a concern, even if someone of a BMI above 30 was spending time sharing your mattress.

While I can't pick out a mattress for someone via an online forum, I hope that helps point you in a proper direction as you go through your mattress selection process. I'll be interested in learning if you decide on anything.

Phoenix
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