Saatva is a name that comes up a lot in most reviews of the best mattresses. This is a one of its kind mattress that combines four mattress technologies to give you a luxurious bed with a mix of old-school support and a modern, comfortable feel.
By and large, the Saatva is a classic mattress in that it employs a spring-based core. However, it qualifies as a hybrid mattress too since it also utilizes individually-pocketed coils, a layer of memory foam, and a plush euro top pillow.
Besides the sophisticated engineering, its other key selling feature is its customizable firmness level options. Depending on your size, weight, and sleeping position, you can get the Saatva Classic in Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, or Firm setting.
In this Saatva mattress review, our team gets down to the nitty-gritty of this mattress like temperature regulation, pressure relief, motion isolation, and durability. We’ll also help you determine whether this is your ideal mattress depending on your sleeping position and personality.
Saatva brand at a Glance
Saatva is an American manufacturer with its headquarters in New York City, New York. This brand launched back in 2010, intending to offer luxury mattresses and bedding products at attainable price tags. In the last decade, this brand has grown exponentially and now boasts 19 factories and over 135 fulfillment stores across the USA.
All along, Saatva has been an online-only brand. However, it opened its first brick and mortar viewing room in Manhattan at 58th Street in 2019 and plans to open more in the future.
At the moment, this manufacturer has three mattresses all of which command massive followership in their respective niches;
- Saatva– an iconic hybrid mattress featuring a dual coil system, memory foam, and euro top pillow profile.
- Loom and leaf– a popular all-memory foam mattress.
- Zenhaven– an all-latex mattress that features an organic wool cover.
Who do we recommend it for?
- Anyone looking for luxury hotel sleep experience– on top of its innerspring base, the Saatva has individually pocketed coils, memory foam, and euro pillow top. All of these combine to create a comfortable middle ground in terms of comfort and support.
- All sleepers, regardless of their size, weight, and sleep position– mattress review experts at SleepSharp value that Saatva comes in three firmness levels to cater to people with different profiles.
- Folks looking for the best innerspring mattress but with minimal motion transfer– the euro top pillow, memory foam, and individually pocketed coils in this mattress allow you to experience the old-world luxury of innerspring, but with increased hugging and reduced springiness.
- Those hunting for a relatively affordable mattress that will last a long time– considering the construction design and quality of materials used for this mattress, it’s evident that buyers are getting tons of value. With proper care, we expect the Saatva to last 8-10 years. You’ll also get free White Glove Delivery, and your old mattress will be removed free of charge.
Saatva Mattress Awards
🏆 Best Hybrid Mattress
🏆 Best Mattress for Heavy People
🏆 Best Innerspring Mattress for Lightweight Sleepers
🏆 Best Mattress for Back Pain
🏆 Best Cooling Mattress for Hot Sleepers
Saatva Mattress Construction- Know why it’s different
Organic cotton cover
Although the Saatva mattress is not a wholly-organic mattress, at least its cover is made of organic cotton. This means a lot because it’s the cover that you’ll always be in contact with.
This cotton cover is responsible for the mattress’s initial comfort feeling and breathability. It also gives it a pleasant appearance aesthetic-wise.
Impressively, Saatva says that they treat this cover with Guardin’s all-natural antimicrobial solution. This is a botanical formulation that inhibits the growth of mildew, mold, and bacteria on your bed. People who live in areas with naturally high humidity levels are going to appreciate this the most.
Euro pillow top
One of the key highlights of this mattress is its euro pillow top. In comparison to most of its competitors, Saatva has notably thicker padding, which tends to favor side sleepers the most. This top contains 1.25 inches of a plush poly foam layer for the Luxury Firm and Plush Soft varieties and a 1.5-inch poly foam layer for the Firm Saatva mattress.
Each of these mattresses also has a 0.75-inch of Dacron polyester fiber under the poly foam padding. This fiber helps in enhancing the consistency of the euro pillow top, and it’s also hypoallergenic and mildew-resistant.
Another thing that we can’t fail to highlight in this review is that this pillow top is inserted inside the organic cotton cover. This means that unlike in typical mattresses where the euro pillow top keeps on shifting as you turn, this one doesn’t. Well done, Saatva!
Comfort layers (Memory Foam and Poly Foam)
The comfort sections of the Luxury Firm and Firm mattresses include the poly foam layer on the euro pillow top and a memory foam layer that follows. In addition to these two layers, the Luxury Soft mattress has an additional 2.5” thick poly foam.
This secondary comfort layer in the Luxury Soft mattress increases its body-contouring attributes compared to the other two, thereby making it ideal for people in need of a pressure-relieving bed.
Transition system (Pocketed Coils)
The transition layer of any of these three mattresses is a layer of 4-inch steel coils. The role of this section is to offer you a gentler transition from the soft, less bouncy layers above to the firm, bouncier innerspring base.
There are a couple of things that we like about this mattress’s transition layer. Let’s begin with the gauge of its coils.
Mattress coil gauge is a reliable measure of a mattress’s firmness level. It ranges from 12 to 17 (the lower the number, the firmer and stiffer the mattress feels).
Saatva uses 14.5-gauge steel coils. Our review team finds this gauge forgiving and ideal for sleepers who want a mattress that offers enough support without being insanely stiff.
We also like that this layer uses individually pocketed coils. This technology significantly reduces partner disturbance by ensuring that the springs move independently of each other for localized support.
The base of this mattress consists of 13-gauge hourglass-shaped Bonnell springs. The 11.5-inch tall bed has 4-inch springs while those of the 14.5-inch variety measure 7 inches.
The shape of these coils helps in creating the traditional even feel that innerspring mattresses are known for. Their fairly thick gauge, on the other hand, gives the sleeper notably firmer support besides increasing the durability of the bed.
What is the height of the Saatva mattress?
The Saatva mattress comes in two heights; 11.5-inch and 14.5-inch. There is no right or wrong when it comes to mattress height since this does not change the overall feel of the bed. In our experience, mattress height boils down to aesthetics and your personal preference. The best part is that, with Saatva, these two mattress heights come at the same price point.
If you’re looking for a super luxurious bed, the 14.5-inch model might interest you. Going through Saatva mattress reviews online, though, most people tend to go with the shorter bed.
Saatva Mattress Specifications
|Mattress Variety||Plush Soft||Plush Firm||Firm|
|Firmness level||Medium soft (5/10)||11.5”/14.5”||11.5”/14.5”|
|Euro Top Cover Material||Organic Cotton Cover|
1.25” Poly foam
0.75” Dacron Fiber
|Organic Cotton Cover|
1.25” Poly foam
0.75” Dacron Fiber
|Organic Cotton Cover|
1.25” Poly foam
0.75” Dacron Fiber
|Comfort Layer||0.6” Poly foam|
0.4” Memory foam
2.5” Poly foam
|0.6” Poly foam|
0.4” Memory foam
4” 14.5-gauge pocketed coils
|0.6” Poly foam|
0.4” Memory foam
4” 14.5-gauge pocketed coils
|Transition Layer||4” 14.5-gauge pocketed coils||4” 14.5-gauge pocketed coils||4” 14.5-gauge pocketed coils|
|Core||4”or 7” 13-gauge Bonnell Springs||4”or 7” 13-gauge Bonnell Springs||4”or 7” 13-gauge Bonnell Springs|
How firm does this mattress feel?
The firmness of this mattress will depend on the exact model that you choose to go with. The mattress that Saatva calls Plush Soft feels medium-soft to us. It scores 5 on our 1-10 firmness scale. This one tends to have more sinkage, and an increased contouring effect compared to the other two.
On the other hand, the Plush Firm bed is what we’d call a medium-firm bed (6.5/10). This mattress has a notable sinkage to it, too, but you feel more of sleeping ON the mattress than sleeping IN it thanks to its slightly higher firmness.
The last mattress variety, Firm, feels like a 7 on our 1-10 firmness scale. This one is indeed firm, and it offers more support than contouring. We’d recommend this to individuals who sleep exclusively on their stomach.
Performance Ratings- Saatva Mattress in Action
This section will give you a clearer idea of how the Saatva mattress performs in the most essential considerations that determine the overall comfort of the bed.
Hybrid mattresses generally sleep cooler than most all-foam beds. The spaces between the innerspring system promote airflow, consequently leading to improved body heat dissipation. However, this largely depends on the type of materials used for the comfort and transition layers.
Narrowing down to the Saatva mattress, its dual innerspring configuration coupled with the organic cotton cover puts it head and shoulders above the competition on this front.
It’s worth noting, however, that the Plush Soft mattress may tend to sleep a little bit warmer. This is because as it contours to your body shape, it may minimize air circulation, thereby leading to heat buildup.
Debit to its dual innerspring construction, the Saatva mattress records a notable range of motion transfer from one side to the other. This is usually an issue with all spring-based beds. It comes as a compromise to these mattresses’ responsiveness.
In that case, if you’re a light sleeper, you’ve very likely to hear as your partner or pet moves or turns throughout the night.
Innerspring hybrid mattresses are capable of creaking, squeaking, and clunking regularly- and the Saatva mattress isn’t any different. Noise in this mattress is a result of thousands of metallic joints rubbing against each other.
However, we have to acknowledge that the thickness of the comfort layer and the pocketed coils do help in making this bed a little bit quieter.
Edge support is higher in the Saatva mattress credit to its innerspring perimeter. This makes it nearly impossible to compress it as much as you’d an all-foam mattress.
A mattress with excellent edge support is essential, first, because it offers stable support when sitting on the side of your bed. This means a lot, especially for people with hip and joint pain that makes it hard to get up from a low sitting position.
Excellent edge support also means less sagging. It also helps in maintaining the structural integrity of the bed for a long time.
A mattress’s performance on relieving pressure is dependent on its firmness and the weight and sleeping position of the individual. That’s why we appreciate that Saatva cares to offer this bed in three firmness levels to cater to different people’s weights and sleeping positions.
Overall, the Plush Firm mattress tends to work for most people of average weight (130-230 lbs). Lightweight people (under 130 lbs) will be better off with the Plush Soft mattress, while heavyweight folks (above 230 lbs) will prefer the Firm mattress.
As it’s the case with most hybrid mattresses, the Saatva classic makes one of the best beds for sex. During a roll in the hay, this mattress offers the responsiveness and bounce of innerspring mattresses. These two help in switching between sex positions with ease compared to memory foam mattresses. Secondly, the euro pillow top on this mattress offers average conformity, which leads to decent traction, especially during climax.
Note that the bed may squeak and creak if you’ll be bouncing all over. Therefore, whenever discreetness is necessary, you may want to stick to sex positions that don’t require a lot of movement on the bed.
Off-gassing isn’t a big issue with most hybrid mattresses. This is because the innerspring base helps in air circulation. This is not the only reason why the Saatva mattress scores a lot of marks here, though.
The thing with this mattress is that it ships already fully expanded (put in other words, this is not a mattress in a box). That’s to say that most of the gasses will have entirely dissipated by the time you receive the bed.
Analyzing this bed’s reviews online, most past users report that this mattress ships ready to use. Sleepers who are overly sensitive to smells may pick up some chemical odors, but this should disappear in a few hours.
Saatva claims that this mattress should last at least 15 years. However, in our opinion and going through feedback and reviews from current users, we expect it to offer anywhere between eight and ten years. You’ll still get good value for your money with this longevity considering the price of this mattress.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Saatva hit 15 years, though. We expect the thick steel used for the coil systems to hold up well for a long time.
Our primary source of concern, however, is on the euro pillow top that may begin to degrade with time. Rotating the mattress may help.
Performance Rating Score Table
|Performance||Our rating (out of 5)|
Saatva Mattress vs. Your Weight and Sleeping Position
Lightweight sleepers (130 lbs)
We’d recommend lightweight sleepers across all sleeping positions to consider the Plush Soft mattress. This mattress tends to conform to their body shape and offer ample pressure relief without the support layers being annoyingly firm.
Average weight sleepers (130-230 lbs)
People in this group tend to gravitate towards the Plush Firm and Firm mattress varieties the most. Regardless of the sleeping position, this setting tends to provide a good balance of comfort and support that is necessary to keep the spine, hip, and joints in a healthy alignment.
Heavy weight sleepers (above 230 lbs)
Generally, heavyweight sleepers who prefer a slightly soft bed will enjoy the Plush Firm mattress the most. This model tends to be a little bit more forgiving and have a decent amount of sinkage and contour to individuals from this group.
On the other hand, heavyweight stomach sleepers in need of optimum spine alignment will prefer the Firm mattress since it has minimal sinkage.
Sleep Position Ratings (1-5)
|Sleep position||Mattress Model||Lightweight|
Less than 130 lbs
|Average weight |
130 to 230 lbs
Above 230 lbs
How much does Saatva Mattress Cost?
|Size||Mattress Dimensions||Mattress Price|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 13”||$699|
|Twin xl||38” x 80” x 13”||$799|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||$1,049|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13”||$1,199|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||$1,599|
|Cal King||72” x 84” 13”||$1,599|
Saatva Mattress Warranty Analysis
The Saatva mattress comes with a 15-year warranty. This is one of the longest warranty deals that you can get for an innerspring hybrid mattress. It talks volumes about the quality of the mattress and the reliability of the brand. Don’t just fall for this warranty, though. Learn all the fine details about it and when the manufacturer may not honor it here.
Refund and Return Policy
Saatva offers you 120 days home trial period to determine whether or not this is the best mattress for you. This is a generous trial period and a good deal for people who take a long time to adjust to a new bed. Should you consider returning the mattress, Saatva promises a “prompt” refund. However, it will be less $99 to cater for transporting the bed back. Here is a detailed guide on how Saatva mattress returns and refund policy works.
Regular Complaints about Saatva Mattress that we’ve come across
- A mattress that is too firm – This may occur if you are not keen to match your body weight and sleeping positions with the mattress firmness. As a rule of thumb, the Plush Soft mattress tends to favor lightweight sleepers across all sleeping positions the most.
- A squeaky mattress – This mattress is going to make some noise as you turn or bounce on it. However, insanely loud creaks and pops could indicate a faulty innerspring system. If this happens within the trial period or warranty, consider contacting Saatva for guidance on the way forward.
- Mattress causing back pain – Your body will take some time before fully adjusting to the new mattress. Sometimes, this may cause discomfort or even back pain. The most important thing, however, is to get a bed with the right firmness level for your sleeping positions and body weight.
- Chemical smell – Although this mattress ships fully expanded, keep in mind that it’s a new foam mattress that is yet to be used. As such, you may experience a chemical odor after the delivery personnel has removed the packaging bag. Some super sensitive consumers may find it irritating, but the smell won’t linger for long.
- Not eco-friendly – Let not the organic cover of this mattress confuse you. The Saatva mattress is not an organic mattress. Its memory foam and poly foam layers are mainly made of petroleum products. On this note, we appreciate that Saatva does not market it as organic.
In our opinion, Saatva is a good bet for individuals looking for an affordable top-of-the-class hybrid innerspring mattress. First things first, we value that Saatva offers this bed in three firmness levels and two height options. This allows you to narrow down to exactly what fits your body profile and sleeping positions.
Again, the price of this mattress is hard to beat, especially considering all the sophisticated technologies and the quality of construction materials that it uses.