If you’re on the hunt for a high-quality mattress with some nice bounce, you might have stumbled across the Saatva and Avocado mattress brands. Some of their most popular models are the Saatva Classic mattress and the Avocado Green mattress. Both of these mattresses are hybrids, which means they use a combination of coils and foams to give you a one two punch of support and pressure relief. However, the Saatva uses memory foam, while the Avocado employs a latex foam, which is bouncier and more responsive than memory foam. Which one is right for your specific needs? Read on to find out!
In this review, I’ll discuss each mattress’s materials, firmness levels, pricies, policies, and share which sleepers I think they’re best for. Depending on your size, shape, and preferred sleeping position, one of these mattresses is likely to suit you better. Want to learn more about each individual mattress? Check out my Saatva mattress review or Avocado mattress review.
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[Note: In all references to the Saatva, we are talking about the Luxury Firm version. It also comes in a Plush Soft Version and Firm Version. In all references to the Avocado, I’ll be talking about the version with a pillow top; it also comes in a non-pillow top version.]
Saatva vs Avocado: Similarities and Differences
Though these beds both use innerspring coils, they have a very different overall feel. The Saatva is a bit firmer than the Avocado, and this means it’s better suited for different sleepers. Check out what the Saatva and Avocado do and don’t have in common below.
- Both the Saatva and the Avocado are hybrid mattresses. This means they use a combination of coils and foams.
- The Saatva and Avocado both use high-quality materials, like organic cotton in their covers.
- Both mattresses have zoned support systems, which means they will offer added pressure relief to the shoulders, hips, and lower back and added support at the head and foot. Zoned support is a great perk that offers sleepers both pressure relief and support where they need it.
- Both mattresses ship free! The Avocado is a bed-in-a-box model that arrives compressed and rolled in a box. The Saatva is not a compressed model, but the brand offers free white-glove delivery and set-up.
- Both mattresses come at a similar price point.
- Both mattresses are quite bouncy.
- Both mattresses sleep pretty cool — latex is a naturally cooling material and the Saatva’s coil-on-coil construction allows for quite a bit of airflow.
- The Saatva uses memory foam in its comfort layer, while the Avocado uses GOLS organic certified latex.
- The Avocado is made entirely of natural and organic materials, which is a nice perk for eco-minded shoppers.
- The Avocado is softer than the Saatva (in Luxury Firm version).
- The Saatva has a coil-on-coil construction, while the Avocado has one layer of pocketed coils.
- The Saatva has a Euro pillow top, while the Avocado comes in both a pillow top variety (which has added latex foam) and a regular variety. In this piece I’ll be reviewing the pillow top variety.
Which is Better for You?
Depending on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, one of these mattresses is likely going to suit your needs better than the other. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
- If you’re a stomach sleeper you’ll likely prefer the Saatva, this firmer mattress offers a bit more support, which will help keep your hips in line with your shoulders to prevent back pain.
- If you’re a back sleeper both of these mattresses could work for you because they both offer the amount of support that back sleepers need for proper spinal alignment, while at the same time offering pressure relief at the lumbar region through their zoned support systems.
- I think side sleepers will be happier on the Avocado, which offers more sinkage than the Saatva, though the Saatva in the Plush Soft variety could suit side sleepers too. If you’re a side sleeper, I’d recommend checking out our best mattresses for side sleepers roundup.
- I like both of these mattresses for combination sleepers, though I’d recommend the Avocado to back and side combination sleepers and the Saatva to back and stomach combination sleepers.
- The Avocado is a better choice for hot sleepers, it uses naturally cooling latex.
- I prefer the Saatva for heavier sleepers, since its coil-on-coil construction and special high-density poly foam edge support layer will keep them feeling supported and prevent the mattress from sagging.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
In this section, I’m going to cover some of the unique factors that contribute to the mattresses’ overall feels. I’ll discuss their firmness levels, pressure relieving abilities, and motion transfer results.
[As I stated above, I tested the Saatva in the Luxury Firm variety. It also comes in a softer Plush Soft version and firmer Firm version.]
After testing out the Saatva with a few of my coworkers, we agreed that the Saatva is a 7 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. This rating is a bit firmer than the industry standard for medium-firm of 6.5. I felt a good amount of support on this mattress, which doesn’t come as a surprise since it’s made with two layers of coils. Overall, I’d say this is a nice firmness level for back sleepers and stomach sleepers, who will want extra support to keep their spines in a neutral alignment. The mattress’s zoned support system has a layer of memory foam in the center, and this offers some nice pressure relief at the lumbar region. However, I’d say this mattress is a bit too firm for strict side sleepers, who I’d recommend choose the Plush Soft version of the Saatva.
The Saatva is a very supportive mattress, but it also has quite a bit of bounce. This is good news for anyone looking for that classic innerspring feel. However, you often trade good bounce for good motion isolation, and the Saatva is no exception. I found that the Saatva had pretty high motion transfer results, which means you’re likely to feel your partner moving on the other side of the bed. However, the Saatva has great edge support, thanks to its poly foam encasement layer, and that is a nice perk for couples, who will want to take full advantage of their mattress’s surface area. Overall if you’re a sound sleeper in a couple, you could do well on the Saatva.
My colleagues and I gave the Avocado a 6.5 on the firmness scale, which is exactly the industry standard for medium-firm. I think this is a nice firmness level for side and back combination sleepers, who will feel a nice mix of pressure relief and support. I also like the Avocado for strict back sleepers, since I felt some nice pressure relief at my lower back while laying on it. I think it’s a decent choice for strict side sleepers, though I usually tend to steer them to something just a bit softer. I think stomach sleepers should go with a firmer mattress, and would tell them to check out my best mattresses for stomach sleepers roundup.
Similar to the Saatva, the Avocado has quite a bit of bounce. Unlike memory foam, latex foam is responsive and bouncy, and in combination with coils it makes for quite a bouncy feel. Again, unsurprisingly, this made for pretty high motion transfer results. This means if you sleep in a couple and you’re easily disturbed by a restless partner, you might want to pick a different mattress. However, the Avocado does sleep quite cool, which is good news for couples since they’ll have two people adding body heat to the bed. I also think the Avocado has pretty good edge support (though not quite as good as the Saatva’s).
Price is likely one of the most important factors to consider before purchasing a new mattress. Below you will find our up-to-date pricing information, and you can visit our Avocado mattress coupon page and Saatva mattress coupon page for a nice discount.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now that we’ve discussed how these mattresses feel and which sleepers they’re best for, let’s open them up to see what makes them tick. I’ll go over the construction of each bed, layer by layer, to show you exactly how each mattress is designed.
Cover – The 100% organic cotton cover is really soft and breathable. It’s also quilted with some foam to make it extra comfortable!
Pillow top – Overlaid by a tin layer of gentle memory foam, you’ll find the Euro pillow top section of the mattress, which offers some nice cushioning and pressure relief.
Support Layer – Up next is a support layer composed almost entirely of individually wrapped pocketed coils. This makes for a super bouncy structure right off the bat, which means you’re likely to be more “on top” of the bed than “in” it. That these coils are individually wrapped means they’re going to encourage airflow throughout the mattress and also work to contour slightly to the curves of your body.
Zoned Support Layer – The Saatva uses a layer of memory foam in the center of the mattress to offer a bit of pressure relief at the hips and lumbar region.
Base Layer- Built with sturdy steel coils and foam edge support, this is the Saatva’s main support system. The coils double down on the buoyant lift of the pillow top and the edge support helps maximize the usable surface area of the mattress, which could be a real selling point for couples.
Also, FYI, the Saatva comes in 11.5” and 14.5” inch versions. There’s no difference in terms of the materials used or the feel of the bed, so it’s just a question of whether or not you prefer a taller-profile mattress.
This latex hybrid bed comes in both a standard and a pillow top version. Below I’ll be discussing the verison with the pillow top topper.
Cover – This organic cotton cover is hand-tufted using GOTS organic certified wool. It’s soft and breathable, helping keep you cool at night.
Pillow top – In the pillow top version that we’re reviewing here, there’s an additional 2 inches of Dunlop latex for added comfort.
Comfort Layer – Then comes a layer of bouncy Dunlop latex, which helps the sleeper feel more “on top” of the bed than “in” it. The quick-response material also makes it easy to change positions at night, and get in and out of the bed. You’ll still sink in for comfort and contouring, but won’t feel stuck in this foam layer.
Support Layer – Underneath the latex comes a layer of individually wrapped coils, offering support and bounce.
Before we finish up this review, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite things about each of these mattresses. They’re both pretty unique, and shine in different ways.
Saatva Best Features
- The Saatva is a bouncy and firm mattress that’s great for back and stomach combination sleepers.
- It’s a good choice for heavier sleepers, since its coil-on-coil construction and specialized edge support foam offers added support and durability.
- The Saatva comes in three firmness options so sleepers with different preferences are likely to find a version that suits them.
Avocado Best Features
- The Avocado Green mattress is made entirely of organic and natural materials, which is a great perk for eco-minded shoppers.
- The Avocado has some nice bounce, and is a good option for back and side combination sleepers.
- This latex mattress sleeps quite cool thanks to its latex layer and organic cotton cover.
- Trial Period- 180-night sleep trial
- Mattress Warranty – 15-year warranty
- Shipping – Free white-glove delivery and old mattress removal
- Trial Period – One year sleep trial
- Mattress Warranty – 25-year warranty
- Shipping – Free and compressed (but FYI, this is a heavy mattress, so you might need help to move it!)
Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
We rate each company for their customer service based on our own personal experience using their site or calling them. We consider factors like call wait time, politeness, and responsiveness. Companies can receive one of four ratings: Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor.
Saatva Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: I used the chat function on Saatva’s site. Though my question was answered, it took about 25 minutes for someone to reach me, which is longer than I would have liked.
Avocado Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: I used the chat function on the Avocado site. At first I was chatting with a bot that couldn’t answer my question. However, I was able to easily click talk to a human and it only took a few minutes to reach someone.
More From Saatva and Avocado
Loom & Leaf
- Unlike the Saatva, the Loom & Leaf is an all-foam bed, though it’s still not a bed-in-a-box.
- With a soothing top layer of gel memory foam, the Loom & Leaf is built with pressure relief in mind.
- This makes it a great fit for side sleepers or anyone after that classic memory foam, body-contouring feel.
- Pricewise, it’s a little more expensive than the Saatva.
- Get all the details in my full Loom & Leaf mattress review.
- The Zenhaven is a flippable mattress with two different firmness ratings: one side 6/10 and the other 7.5/10.
- The latex in the layering is bouncy and sleeps cool.
- The mattress uses all-organic materials, which could be a big plus for eco-friendly sleepers.
- The Zenhaven is more expensive than the Saatva, with a range between $1,299-$2,499.
- Read all about it in my Zenhaven full review or check out my full Saatva comparison.
- The Avocado Latex is an all-foam latex bed that uses natural latex and organic materials.
- The Avocado Latex is quite a bit firmer than the Avocado Green, and is a better choice for stomach sleepers.
- The Latex is a bit more expensive than the Green.
- Learn more in my full Avocado Latex mattress review.
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