If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly mattress, you might be considering the Saatva or Avocado mattresses. Both are two medium-firm mattresses that contain coils for a bouncy feel and good mobility. While the Avocado has pocketed coils, the Saatva has coil-on-coil technology.
So what does this all mean? Read on to see my full comparison of the Saatva and Avocado mattresses. I’ll help you decide which is a better fit for you based on how each mattress feels, the construction, and the type of sleepers who might find each comfortable.
The Avocado, which is the flagship model from the eco-friendly bed-in-a-box brand that launched in 2015, contains pocketed coils and GOLS organic certified latex. The Saatva mattress, launched in 2011, is a popular innerspring mattress with coil-on-coil technology and memory foam layers. Both beds have a firmness rating just above medium-firm. A few other things they have in common:
- Organic cotton covers – We’ll talk more about materials in just a minute, but both of these beds have covers made of organic cotton. This provides a soft, cozy feeling right off the bat!
- Trial periods – Both brands offer a trial period, allowing you to test out the bed and return it if you need to. Saatva’s trial period is 180 days, and Avocado offers a full year.
- Warranties – Saatva offers a 15-year warranty, and Avocado goes even further – offering 25 years.
- Free shipping – Great news for you – both mattresses 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.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Moving on from the similarities, let’s dive right in to how these models differ. I’ll go over the construction of each bed, layer by layer, to show you exactly how each mattress is designed. For even more details, you can check out my full reviews of the Saatva and Avocado mattresses.
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 – Right below the cover there’s a pillow top layer, which consists of individually wrapped coils with memory foam on top. The memory foam is zoned to add extra lumbar support, and the coils provide a bouncy feel and promote mobility. This makes it easy for you to roll over or switch positions during the night. Because the coils are individually wrapped, they also help isolate movement.
Support – Underneath the pillow top layer comes a support layer of steel coils, surrounded by foam at the edges of the bed for more support. This second layer of coils makes the bed even more bouncy, and contributes to the model’s firmness.
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.
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 – 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, but won’t feel stuck in this layer.
Support – Underneath the latex comes a layer of individually wrapped coils, offering support and bounce.
Saatva vs. Avocado
Now that we’ve broken down what each bed is made of, it’s easy to see some key differences between the models.
Notably, the Saatva has two layers of coils compared to just one in the Avocado. This means that while both beds offer bounce and mobility, the Saatva might be too bouncy for some folks who are looking for a softer, cushioning feel! That said, the extra support from two sets of coils is a bonus for heavy people who may not feel comfortable in a softer bed.
The Avocado is also made entirely of natural and organic materials, making it an excellent option for those seeking an eco-friendly bed.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
Next up, let’s get into what these beds actually feel like to sleep on – we’re talking firmness, bounce, and edge support.
Firmness is a key consideration when you’re thinking about a new mattress. However, everyone experiences firmness a little differently depending on things like sleeping position, body weight, and personal preferences. So, what’s firm for me might feel kind of soft to you, or vice versa. To help mitigate this, I asked my coworkers to help me assess the firmness of each model!
The Saatva comes in three different firmness levels: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. Each of these levels is designed to appeal to a different sleeper. I’d say the Plush Soft is great for side sleepers, because it allows you to sink into the mattress a little more, providing pressure relief on your joints and particularly in the shoulder area.
Luxury Firm definitely appeals to a wide variety of sleepers, making it a nice pick for couples who sleep in different positions. My coworkers and I tested out this model specifically in my Saatva review, and we gave it an average firmness rating of 6.75/10, which is a little higher than the standard medium-firm rating.
Last but not least, the Firm is a great pick for strict stomach sleepers and strict back sleepers. It offers the necessary support to keep your spine in alignment. That superior support also makes this a great bed for heavier folks who are 250lbs or more.
My coworkers and I gave the Avocado with a pillow top an average firmness rating of 6.6/10, which is just above the industry standard rating of 6.5 for a medium-firm mattress. The pocketed coils provide lots of support and bounce, which is great for combination sleepers.
The standard Avocado mattress feels firmer than the pillow top, so I’d recommend the standard version for back and stomach sleepers. Generally, a firmer bed prevents your hips from sinking down too deeply into the mattress, which is important for spine health! The pillow top provides better pressure relief, making it better suited to side sleepers.
Other Saatva Models
I wanted to take a moment here to go over some of the other models Saatva offers, just so you know what else is available.
- Saatva HD: This innerspring coil mattress was specifically designed to support heavier folks who weigh between 300lbs and 500lbs. It combines latex, memory foam, poly foam, and sturdy steel coils for a firm, supportive feel. Check out my full Saatva HD review for all the details!
- Loom & Leaf: This all-foam mattress provides fantastic pressure relief, thanks to layers of slow-response memory foam. If you don’t like a bouncy feeling bed, but instead prefer to sink down into your mattress, the Loom & Leaf may be a better option for you than the Saatva. My full Loom & Leaf review has everything you need to know.
- Saatva Latex Hybrid: I’d actually describe this model as perfectly “bridging the gap” between the original Saatva mattress and the Avocado. It has innerspring coils like the Saatva, but also a latex pillow top layer like the Avocado. The strong, supportive feel is suited to back and stomach sleepers. Have more questions? My Saatva Latex Hybrid review can answer them.
Now we get to the part you’ve been waiting for: Which mattress is better? As it turns out, that’s a totally personal decision. To wrap up my review, I’m listing some key pros and cons of each to help you make a call.
- I really like this mattress for combination sleepers, thanks to that medium-firm feel and the bounciness all the coils provide. It offers great support and it’s easy to shift positions at night – you won’t feel stuck inside the bed.
- This mattress also offers more support for heavier folks than the Avocado does. It has really good edge support, so you won’t feel worried about rolling off the bed if you get too close to the edge.
- The Avocado really can’t be beaten in terms of natural, organic materials! If this is a priority for you, the company has all sorts of information about how they source and manufacture every part of this bed.
- The pillow top version would be my recommendation for side sleepers, because it offers such great pressure relief due to the combination of latex and memory foams.
- Trial – 180 Nights
- Warranty – 15 Years
- Shipping – Free white-glove delivery and mattress removal
- Trial – One Year
- Warranty – 25 Years
- Shipping – Free and compressed (but FYI, this is a heavy mattress, so you might need help to move it!)
Of course how much each mattress costs will factor into you decision so you can check out their full prices below. I do want to note that the Avocado prices are for the standard version, with the pillow top adds a few hundred dollars to the price of the mattress (depending on which size bed you’re going with). Be sure to save on your purchase of either of these mattresses by heading to our Avocado coupon or Saatva coupon pages for step by step instructions.
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