Saatva Mattress Review
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2014 has been a big year for mattresses, with several new factory direct start-ups launching. Most of these new mattress companies, like Casper and Leesa, are 100% foam beds. However, Saatva is taking a bit of a different approach.
Saatva is an ultra-premium mattress built with foam wrapped coils. Their multi-layer coil-on-coil system incorporates memory foam, individually wrapped coils, and a sleek euro-style pillow top for a comfort experience rare today, and all at a competitive price point.
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Unlike most factory direct mattresses that are built from 100% foam, Saatva uses a different construction method known as “coil on coil”. The mattress is built from 2 layers of steel coils.
Foundation Layer (Steel coils) – The bottom layer of coils is the support base. These are traditional hourglass shaped steel coils and act as a foundational layer, providing great support and shape for the mattress at large.
Comfort Layer (Contour coils wrapped in foam) – On top the support base is a layer of individually foam wrapped contour coils. The coils are wrapped with foam, designed to contour to your body, and minimize motion transfer. This is the layer that really takes this mattress from just a good mattress to a great mattress. Each coil molds and contours to your body, much the same way a foam mattress would. The end result is great support and comfort no matter what position you like to sleep in.
Edge Support System – The layer of contour coils is also wrapped in Saatva’s edge support system. This layer is entirely encased in foam that sits between the top and bottom layer of coils, on top of the top layer of coils, and along the edge of the mattress (see image below). It helps to improve comfort, but most notably provides excellent edge support for that mattress.
Memory Foam – sitting on top of the edge support layer, but below the cover, is a thin layer of memory foam. This layer helps to provide additional lumbar support. Very thick layers of memory foam can create heat retention issues or an excessive hug on your body. However, the layer is far too thin (only 1″ thick) for either of these to be problems.
Cover & Euro-Style Pillow Top – The top layer is an organic cotton cover, making it breathable and soft. Additionally, the cover includes a euro-style pillow top. This pillow top adds great comfort and softness.
The cover is extremely well made and is constructed from 100% organic cotton. The organic cotton makes it highly breathable (good for cooling) and also quite soft. It has a nice texture and feel. It’s very similar to the cover Saatva uses on their high-end luxury foam mattress, the Loom & Leaf mattress. When I initially saw them I thought they were identical.
That said, what really makes the cover special is the euro-style pillow top. The pillow top adds a great softness and comfort to the mattress. Euro-style pillow tops differ from traditional pillow tops in how they are built and aesthetically look. Traditional pillow tops are literally sewn on top of the mattress and look like a large pillow sitting on top of your mattress. The euro-style is inserted underneath the organic cotton cover and seamlessly aligns to the edge of the mattress.
This gives the euro-style a much better aesthetic look, but it also offers advantages in terms of longevity. Traditional pillow tops have a tendency to lose their shape over time, the euro-style will never lose its shape.
Feel, Comfort, & Support
When you initially lie down on the Saatva mattress you’ll feel the immediate softness and comfort from the cover and pillow top. The euro-style pillow top looks and feels great. Generally, I’m not a big fan of traditional pillow tops because the pillow top material keeps me elevated so far from the actual supportive / contouring layers of the mattress. However, I found I really like the euro-style. Aesthetically, it looks as sleek as any traditional mattress. In terms of comfort, the Saatva has a nice plush feel on top, but allows enough give that you feel well supported by the pocketed contour coils below.
The coil-on-coil construction is quite interesting. During my sleep test I slept on my back, side, and stomach. All positions offered good support and comfort. What makes this mattress the most unique is the simple fact that it uses springs. Quite frankly, there just aren’t that many manufacturers selling spring mattresses online (at least at reasonable prices). If you enjoy the traditional feel of a spring mattress I don’t think the Saatva will disappoint.
I’ve slept almost exclusively on foam mattress for the Sleepopolis mattress review series, so the Saatva was a nice breath of fresh air. My favorite part? The bounce. I had almost forgotten what great bounce in a mattress feels like. For sex and other amorous activities this makes the Saatva an extremely enjoyable experience.
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As it is a spring mattress this means that you do get more motion transfer than you would with a foam mattress. However, it’s not extreme. The wrapped contour coils and foam support system help to minimize the motion transfer by a fair margin.
Most factory direct mattresses offer a standard “one-firmness-fits-all” approach. Saatva has decided to buck this trend and offer 3 different levels of comfort.
- Saatva plush soft (their most soft mattress) – 3 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm)
- Saatva luxury firm (the middle of the road softness) – 5-6 out of 10 on the firmness scale
- Saatva firm (the most firm option) – 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale
Saatva Plush Soft
This is the ultimate in softness for Saatva. The Saatva plush mattress aims to hug sleepers in a “supportive embrace”. The top-layer of coils are wrapped with a softer conforming foam, giving it a softer feel than you’ll get in the luxury firm or firm mattress options.
Who is the Saatva plush soft best for?
- If you prefer a super soft mattress, something in the 3-4 range out of 10 on the firmness scale
- You’re a side or back sleeper
- You like to feel the mattress “hug” you
Saatva Luxury Firm
The Saatva Luxury Firm mattress is the middle of the road in terms of overall firmness. If you don’t sit at one of the extremes in terms of softness or firmness, chances are you’re going to like the luxury firm. The luxury firm bed is very similar to what you’d sleep on in a nice hotel.
Who is the Saatva Luxury Firm best for?
- All sleeping position preferences – stomach, back, and side sleepers
- If you don’t like very firm or a very soft mattress. The Saatva Luxury Firm is in the 5-7 range out of 10 on the firmness scale
- If you like to switch sleeping positions during the night
The Saatva Firm mattress is the firmest option that Saatva offers. Just like with the plush soft option, the Saatva firm mattress wraps the top layer of coils in slightly firmer foam than what you’ll get in the Saatva Luxury firm mattress. The mattress has an initial plush feeling when you lie down, but it’s promptly followed up with the stronger support that a firmer mattress offers.
What is the Saatva firm mattress best for?
- Back and stomach sleepers
- If you prefer to float on top of the mattress
- If you prefer a very firm mattress – it’s an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale
Saatva mattresses vary in price based on on the size. The larger mattresses are going to cost incrementally a bit more the larger you go. The 3 levels of firmness are priced the same (see above for the specific details about each firmness level). Additionally, Saatva offers two thickness levels, 11.5″ and 14.5″, both thickness levels are priced the same and sleep the same (the thickness levels are purely aesthetic). So you can get the 11.5″ and 14.5″ inch Saatva mattresses at any level of firmness at the exact same price, the only pricing variable is based on the size you decide to go with.
Saatva is so confident of their prices they have provided a detailed list of the exact manufacturing specifications and details for the Saatva. They challenge anyone who is on the fence to take this sheet into any mattress store and ask them to find a comparable mattress. In most cases you’ll be looking at something in the $2,000-$3,000 range. You can download and print the Saatva spec sheet here.
One other side note, you don’t have to pay sales tax with Saatva. That’s an extra $50-$150 off depending on your local sales tax rate and size of mattress.
Like most factory direct mattresses Saatva offers an in-home trial period. The trial period is 75 days, which is about middle of the road compared to other factory direct options. For reference point, Tuft and Needle offers a 100 day trial period and Casper Mattress offers a 100 day trial period. It may not be quite up to Casper’s impressive trial period, but it’s still long enough to sufficiently test and decide if the Saatva mattress is right for you. Needless to say, at 75 days it’s significantly better than anything you’d find from a brick-and-mortar store.
Saatva offers a fairly impressive warranty at 15 years. The first 2 years of the warranty are fairly generous and feature full replacement of the mattress if there are any manufacturing or structural defects. Years 3-15 include full repairs if any defects appear. The warranty is valid so long as the mattress is on a platform bed or metal frame.
Since Saatva mattresses cannot be compressed into a box they have to come via standard white-glove delivery service. The standard US shipping and setup rate is $99.00. The delivery company will setup the mattress in your house.
Every mattress is built to order. Construction and shipping time generally is in the 7-15 day range.
Saatva’s biggest selling point comes down to the customization. Most factory direct mattresses offer a one-sized fits all option, but this just doesn’t work for everyone. Saatva’s 3 firmness options give more flexibility depending on if you’re searching for a super soft, super firm, or a mattress right in the middle.
I would recommend the Saatva mattress to anyone who falls into the following categories:
- You enjoy and want a spring mattress
- You like a firmness level in the 3-8 out of 10 range (where 10 is the most firm). Saatva offers 3 different firmness levels.
- You enjoy a mattress with great bounce
- You like the look and feel of a euro-style pillow top
Overall, I found the Saatva to be a very well made and comfortable mattress. I am a big fan of the euro-style pillow top and I loved the bounce. Saatva’s a good choice for most sleepers.