Billed as featuring “luxury comfort for the bigger body,” the Saatva HD mattress is designed specifically with heavier folks in mind. To that end, the structure features a combo of latex, memory foam, and sturdy steel coils for a one-two punch of pressure relief and support.
But is the mattress, you know… actually comfortable? To find out, I gave it a thorough once over, assessing its construction and feel to see if it might just be ideal for heavier sleepers.
To get my full thoughts, keep reading below! If you’re short on time, you can also skip on over to my review summary.
Saatva, which got its start in 2011, was one of the earliest pioneers of the direct-to-consumer mattress movement. Since then, it’s gone on to become a popular choice with customers, thanks to its wide range of products, including the innerspring Saatva, all-foam Loom & Leaf, and eco-friendly Zenhaven mattress. The HD is the brand’s first foray into the heavy sleeper market.
While we won’t be getting into all these beds in this review, we will take some time later on to compare the Saatva HD to some of its stiffest competition in the game: the Big Fig and WinkBed Plus mattresses.
But before we do that, we’ve gotta see what’s cooking underneath the HD’s cover!
What is the Saatva HD Made Of?
The Saatva HD mattress features four layers of buoyant latex, gentle memory foam, sturdy poly foam, and supportive coils. This is an interesting combination of materials, and shows that Saatva is attempting to do a lot with this design.
To see how (and if) these layers come together, let’s dive into the mattress!
Cover – The Saatva HD cover is quilted with organic cotton, so has a soft and cozy feel to it.
Pillow top – Built with bouncy talalay latex, the pillow top layer has a quick response to pressure, which means you shouldn’t experience too much sinkage into this section. That’s not to say the material’s not gentle — it is! — but latex has a pleasant buoyant lift to it that’ll help keep you positioned more on top of the structure. Latex is also naturally cooling, so should help dissipate body heat.
Contour – Below the layer of latex, you’ll find a section of memory foam. This material has a much slower response to pressure, so is meant to softly contour to your body as you sink into the bed. By placing it under the latex, Saatva has ensured that this sinkage won’t be too overwhelming, which can be important for heavier folks who tend to sink too far into their beds.
Transition – Up next, you’ll land on a transitional layer of poly foam. This firm section is intended to curb the sinkage of the memory foam above it and ease the sleeper into the coil support system below.
Support – The bulk of the mattress is made up of this section of steel coils, which bring some hefty bounce to the structure. Steel coils are incredibly sturdy, so should help bolster sleepers of all sizes. I should also mention that these coils are wrapped in a section of high-density poly foam edge support, which maximizes the usable surface area of the bed — potentially a plus for couples!
Thoughts: The combination of bouncy latex and coil layers with contouring memory foam makes for a dynamic structure, one that strikes a satisfying balance between lift and give. Combo sleepers might especially like this vibe, as it allows for pressure relief in multiple positions.
How Does the Saatva HD Feel?
Now that we’ve gone over the bed’s material make-up, let’s see how those materials impact its feel, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is highly subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s size, weight, and shape. Therefore, I always like to incorporate a few different perspectives into my firmness test. Basically, a few coworkers and I take turns lying on the mattress, each giving it a personal firmness rating. We then average these ratings together to land on the number you see below!
We were all pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Saatva HD, landing on an average rating of 7. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed is on the firmer side.
I personally gave the bed a 7, as I found it to have a solid, traditional innerspring feel. What I mean by this is that the steel coils really set the tone for the entire structure with their bounce and durability. You’re still likely to get some pleasant comfort in the latex and memory foam layers, but the dominant vibe is definitely one of firm support. This may not work for some sleepers, but heavier folks could find a lot to love in this extra oomph, which will help keep them positioned more on top of the bed than in it.
Testing out the Saatva HD Mattress
To get an even better sense of the Saatva HD, let’s run it through a few of my favorite tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When I say pressure relief, I’m really just talking about a bed’s ability to alleviate tension at sensitive spots like the hips, shoulders, and lower back. To assess the Saatva HD’s capacity for pressure relief, I’m going to use a handy dandy pressure map.
Basically, I roll this baby out, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest! As I move around, the device tracks the force my body’s exerting on the structure in real time. Areas that appear blue exhibit low pressure whereas red zones indicate high pressure.
Back – Stretching out on my back was pretty comfortable! My weight was evenly distributed across the structure and I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief. Given the bouncy nature of the bed, I also found it easy to move around and change positions.
Side – Rolling onto my side was a different story, however. In this position, I could feel my shoulders and hips digging into the structure, which caused some discomfort at these spots. I wasn’t too surprised by this, as strict side sleepers tend to shy away from firm mattresses like this.
Stomach – This discomfort was all but alleviated when I switched onto my stomach. Here, the firmness worked to position my hips in line with my shoulders, which produced a healthy spinal alignment. I’d say strict stomach sleepers could find a lot to love in this ultra-supportive mattress.
Up next, let’s take a look at motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. Though this test is important for everyone, it could be especially pertinent for couples as it’ll clue you into how disturbed you’ll likely be by your bed mate’s tossing and turning in the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
In my opinion, these are pretty poor motion transfer results, which tells me you’re likely to feel your partner’s nighttime movements. This isn’t that surprising when you consider how bouncy the structure is, but is something to keep in mind if you share your bed with a restless sleeper.
Saatva HD vs.
Now that we’ve got a solid understanding of what’s going on in the Saatva HD, let’s see how it stacks up against some of its fiercest competition in the space, namely the Big Fig and WinkBed mattresses.
- The Big Fig is another innerspring mattress designed for heavier folks.
- Like the Saatva HD, it’s got a medium firm to firm feel and is crafted with high-quality materials that aren’t likely to break down over time.
- However, I would say the Big Fig is going to be better for couples because of its lower motion transfer and excellent edge support.
- Pricewise, the Big Fig is also less expensive than the Saatva HD, as it starts at $1,299 for a twin as compared to $1,689.
- For more, check out my full Big Fig mattress review.
- The WinkBed Plus is yet another mattress specifically designed for heavier sleepers.
- However, it utilizes pocketed coils instead of steel ones, which gives it a slightly less firm vibe.
- It’s still quite bouncy, though, and the mobility could be a fantastic feature for combo sleepers.
- Additionally, I found the mattress to sleep quite cool, which could be a big plus for sleepers who tend to overheat at night.
- Of the three, it’s the least expensive, coming it at $1,249 for a Queen.
- Read my full WinkBed Plus mattress review.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of this review and it’s high time for you to decide: Should you buy the Saatva HD mattress? Unfortunately, I can’t make that decision for you, but I can leave you with a few pros/cons to help you get there on your own.
- First and foremost, this is likely to be a great mattress for heavier sleepers. The sturdy coils make for a durable structure that’s as bouncy as it is pressure-relieving.
- In general, this bed has a true innerspring feel to it, so could be nice for those after a more traditional vibe.
- It’s also made from durable, high-quality materials that aren’t likely to break down too much overtime.
- My biggest con is that there isn’t a ton of contouring to this mattress, so if you’re after deep pressure relief, it may not be your best bet.
- It also did quite poorly on my motion transfer test, meaning it may not be the best fit for couples.
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How Much Does the Saatva HD Cost?
|Twin||38" x 75" x 15.5"||$1,499|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 15.5"||$1,599|
|Full||54" x 75" x 15.5"||$1,899|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 15.5"||$2,499|
|King||76" x 80" x 15.5"||$2,799|
|California King||72" x 84" x 15.5"||$2,799|
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