Different people have different needs when it comes to their mattress. A heavy 250-pound individual doesn’t need the same type of mattress as a lightweight or average-sized person would. Some consumers actively seek memory foam, while others prefer spring. Material aside, the feel of the mattress is also a major factor. For customers buying a new mattress, it’s frustrating to end up purchasing one that is too soft or too firm for your needs.
One of the most popular and luxurious innerspring mattresses that has enjoyed much success for several years is the Saatva Luxury mattress (also known as the Saatva Classic). With the Saatva, you can get the right feel that you want because it comes in three different firmness levels. Rarely do you get to enjoy these additional options on luxury mattresses. Typically, most companies offer one firmness level, as is, and you either take it or leave it.
Additionally, it is primarily made of spring. Now, for some, this may be off-putting, but for others, it’s a major selling point. So, let’s take an in-depth look at some crucial factors surrounding this product in our latest Saatva mattress review to see whether or not it’s worth parting with your hard-earned cash.
Saatva is a US-based online mattress retailer that prides itself on offering high-end products and the best customer support possible. A 24/7 contactable support team ensures before, and after-sales queries and issues are dealt with swiftly.
In terms of products, Saatva has several high-end mattresses under their belt. Apart from the Saatva Classic (this review), they also offer the Loom and Leaf (premium memory foam), Zenhaven (organic latex), Saatva HD (for heavy/bigger-bodied people), Saatva Youth (best for kids) and lastly the Solaire (hybrid adjustable air).
Mattresses aside, they also provide a wide range of bedding, such as pillows and mattress toppers. If that wasn’t enough, Saatva has its own range of designer bed frames and an electric adjustable bed known as the Lineal Adjustable Base.
Saatva Mattress Layers and Construction
The Saatva Classic comes in 11.5″ and 14.5″ high options, and is classed as a luxury hybrid innerspring mattress. This is primarily because most of the main construction consists of different layers and types of springs. But, there is a small amount of memory foam used in certain places. Essentially, the Saatva luxury mattress offers a unique coil on coil construction, and comes in four main layers:
- For the first layer, you get a discreet Euro pillow top, which is tucked underneath an organic cotton cover and offers the famous luxurious feel. It includes a Guardin botanical antimicrobial treatment to keep odor at a minimum when you use the mattress.
- The next layer is a pocket coil support base that includes 884 individually fabric wrapped 14.5 gauge comfort coils.
- You also get to enjoy two back support enhancement layers that can give pressure relief. This lumbar zone technology is located right in the middle area of the mattress as well as near the top area for added support. One of the layers is a very thin sheet of memory foam.
- As for the base, right at the bottom of the mattress is another layer filled with coils. Unlike the pocket coils found in the middle of the mattress, the bottom part utilizes 416 tempered steel 13 gauge support coils. The metals used are oven-baked to give sleepers the maximum strength expected from the material. It means that it isn’t likely to sag even after years of usage.
- The last part of the construction is made of plant-infused eco-friendly memory foam. However, unlike other mattresses, this foam is not a layer sandwiched in between other foams or springs. Instead, it is placed on the perimeter of the mattress. This encasement is unique among other innerspring mattresses, as it prevents the mattress from sagging when used near the edges.
Feel & Firmness Levels
Unlike many other innerspring mattresses, the Saatva mattress is available in three firmness ratings. You have the plush version (known as Plush-Soft), a medium-firm (referred to as Luxury-Firm), and the firm (known simply as Firm). This gives consumers the chance to purchase something that is closest to their comfort needs. Below is a quick summary of their “feel” if you were to rate on a firmness rating scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest.
The Saatva Plush Soft is a very soft 3. This type of mattress is mainly for light individuals or young kids. If you weigh somewhere around 100 to 130 pounds, this mattress is a good option for you. It is a favorite for side sleepers, especially if you prefer more cushioning for your shoulders and hips.
Next, you have the Saatva Luxury Firm that has a medium-firm 6 rating on the firmness scale. For this reason, it is the most popular option for many consumers. It’s the perfect balance between having the soft cushion and medium feel, all the while providing the support needed on your back and sides. However, it might not be the best option for purely stomach sleepers or large, heavy individuals. It is the best all-rounder, perfect for side and back sleepers, and would most likely be the best choice for combo sleepers.
With an extra-firm rating of 8/10 on the feeling scale, the Saatva Firm offers the best support on your back and spine. Perfect for relief from back pain, it aligns the spine effortlessly. Also, if you love to sleep on your stomach, you’ll appreciate the balanced resistance and feeling of laying on a quality mattress, rather than sinking in. Additionally, if you’re overweight, or weigh around 250 pounds and above, this would provide better comfort and support in comparison to the Plush Soft or Luxury Firm.
Certifications and Health
Though they aren’t 100% organic like some latex mattresses, Saatva has taken a green initiative, which means their foams are eco-friendly using at least 30% soy or corn oil infusion. Additionally, they use a plant-based natural thistle flame retardant and a breathable organic cotton cover. What’s more, the top foam used on the Saatva mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, which means it has low VOCs, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals.
Not only is the Saatva mattress guaranteed safe for your health, but the company is also committed to helping the environment. Saatva was even awarded by the 2018 Sustainable Product of the Year for using recycled metals for the coils.
Some people suffer from night sweats due to health or weight issues, while others simply live in hotter climates. There are different reasons why the Saatva mattress is a cool option for hot sleepers. For example, the top layer is made of organic cotton. This promotes breathability, keeping you comfortable throughout the night. You also have the two large layers of coil. These chambers also promote healthy airflow, which ultimately reduces the build-up of trapped body heat emitted by hot sleepers. Overall, there is no real need for cooling gel or anything fancy, the structure and materials solve the problem quite easily.
Motion Isolation and Transfer
If you share the bed with a partner or large pet, they may sometimes keep you awake because of their tossing and turning at night. If so, you’ll appreciate a good motion isolation mattress. The Saatva mattress does a decent job when it comes to isolating motion for several reasons. For example, pocket coils are always a good choice for lowering motion across the surface of a bed. Plus, the Euro pillow top is thick enough to cushion some of the movement. The small amount of foam within the core structure also acts as a good barrier for feeling someone else’s movement.
Between the Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and the Firm versions of Saatva mattresses, both the Luxury Firm and Firm offer superior motion isolation features. The Plush Soft struggles a little more but is still very effective compared to some other innerspring mattresses we have reviewed.
Saatva Edge Support
A mattress with good edge support means you can use the whole mattress comfortably, maximizing even the edges when you sleep. Apart from preventing the feeling of falling off your bed, edge support is crucial when it comes to increasing your sleeping area. You won’t have to just stay towards the center of your mattress when you sleep.
What sets the Saatva mattress aside from other innerspring mattresses is the fact that it has an additional perimeter edge support design. It means that even if the mattress makes use of body contouring pocket springs, it also has the foam perimeter support. The additional edge support doesn’t easily sag, even if you sleep or sit right on the edge of the mattress. The simple yet smart design allows for the freedom to toss and turn at night, finding your most comfortable spot.
Durability & Longevity
Saatva claims their mattress will last 10-15 years with normal usage. Right now, there isn’t anyone who can prove that just yet. However, innerspring mattresses tend to have a longer lifespan than memory foam, but not quite as long as organic latex mattresses. Given the coil over coil construction and the oven-baked steel base construction, it’s highly likely that a 10-year life is easily achievable. A longer 15-year lifespan could be reachable but perhaps with reduced usage over the whole term – for example, with a petite or lightweight owner, or perhaps someone who doesn’t share the bed. Additionally, the Euro pillow top means the multiple soft comfort layers near the surface are stitched under the cover, which reduces their movement, thus keeping it in shape for much longer.
Warranty, Shipping & Trial Period
The Saatva mattress comes with a 15-year non-prorated warranty. You can have it replaced for a brand new one free of charge within two years if there’s any defect or manufacturing problem with your mattress. Different terms apply for years 3-15. In our opinion, this is a suitable warranty given the price and caliber of the product. Some companies offer shorter warranties for much more expensive mattresses.
Saatva mattress delivery is free in the continental US and takes around 7 to 18 days to arrive at your home. That’s because the Saatva isn’t mass-produced like other mattresses, it is built to order. What’s even better and somewhat unique with Saatva is their free white glove delivery service. Many companies charge between $150-$300 for what Saatva does for free. White glove delivery means they will personally deliver the mattress, not UPS or FedEX. When the delivery staff arrives, they’ll take the mattress to your chosen room, unpackage and set up on your bed. Also, they can take away your old mattress free of charge. Again, mattress removal is a costly and inconvenient service that usually involves a third party. Don’t forget to tick the box to add this option when you’re at checkout.
A 180-night free in-home trial is supplied when you buy a Saatva mattress. This means you can use it for 180 nights and return it if the mattress isn’t quite what you’re hoping for. However, you’ll need to pay a $99 fee if you return it. The trial period length is in line with other mattress companies, and we’d say 180 nights is somewhat the average right now for online mattress retailers. Some offer less duration, while others offer much longer. For example, the hybrid Amore mattress is a similar price and only offers 100 nights.
- Twin - $849
- Twin XL - $1049
- Full - $1,399
- Queen - $1,499
- King - $1,899
- Cal King - $1,899
- Split King - $2,098
- Split Cal King - $2,099
Who Should Buy The Saatva Mattress?
People with back issues
If you are suffering from back issues, the Spinal Zone sleep technology makes the Saatva an ideal mattress for back pain and is recommended by the Congress of Chiropractors. This zonal technology helps in aligning the spine and lessening pressure points. Additionally, the independently acting springs work to contour around the curves of each sleeper, no matter how flat or curvy you may be.
Many lightweight individuals have a difficult time finding the right mattress that isn’t too firm for their backs. For both petite individuals and teens who weigh around 130 pounds and below, we’d recommend the Saatva Plush Soft as a great option. It offers the support you need without compromising your comfort.
Individuals who weigh more than 250 pounds
The same struggle can be said about those individuals who are overweight. If you are heavy, especially someone who sleeps on their stomach, you want a mattress that can offer sufficient support. The Firm Saatva version can get the job done, supporting your back and even allowing you to sleep on your stomach without the feeling of sinking in your bed. However, if you weigh between 300 and 500 pounds, you’ll be better off with the Saatva HD.
Those who share the bed with partners
If you are a light sleeper always waking up in the middle of the night because of your partner tossing and turning, the Saatva offers great motion isolation features. It makes use of multiple coils on two layers of the bed to help limit motion isolation to a single individual’s surroundings.
Those who like sex
Sex is a bouncy activity that is best on a traditional springy bed. Though none of the three firmness levels in the Saatva mattress offer any type of bounce in comparison to old innerspring mattresses, it still has an element of flex that is enjoyable when having sex.
Some Saatva FAQ's
What are the Saatva mattress sizes?
They are available in the six most common sizes. Here are the dimensions:
- Twin Size Mattress 38″ x 75″
- Twin XL Mattress 38″ x 80″
- Full Size Mattress 54″ x 75″
- Queen Size Mattress 60″ x 80″
- King Size Mattress 76″ x 80″
- California King Size Mattress 72″ x 84″
Do Saatva offer financing?
Yes, financing is available with Klarna.
Will Saatva take away my old mattress?
Yes, they will, free of charge. Don’t forget to tick the box as an option when buying your mattress. They can even take away your old foundation if required too.
Which firmness should I choose?
For the average user, the Saatva Luxury Firm is the best way to go. It’s another word for medium, meaning the in-between of very firm and very plush. It gives you the right amount of support and comfort that matches most people’s body type. However, if you suffer from back pain or are advised to buy an extra-firm mattress by your doctor or chiropractor, buy the Firm. Lastly, if you are a heavy person at more than 220 pounds, you may also want the Firm version.
What’s the difference between the two mattress heights?
The Saatva comes in an 11.5 or 14.5-inch high option depending on which one you choose. The price is the same for both, and they are essentially the same product, offering no difference in comfort, quality, and durability. It is simply down to personal taste, whether you’d like the look of a low or high profile mattress.
What mattresses compare to the Saatva mattress?
The Saatva is comparable to mattresses such as the Simmons Beautyrest Black Desiree, Sealy Posturepedic Premium Response Barrett Court IV, Serta iComfort Blue Fusion 1000, Kingsdown Sleep to Live, and the Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Fiona Rose.
Can I get a free refund?
Returns are not free. You will receive your money back, less a $99 transportation fee if you want to swap or refund your mattress within the 180-night trial.
Can I use the Saatva mattress with an adjustable base?
Yes, you can. However, you’ll need to purchase the 11.5-inch option, as the 14.5-inch version is not compatible.
Our Saatva Ratings
Finding a great mattress that suits all your needs can be a challenge. However, based on our Saatva review, we found that overall it should tick most of the boxes for an everyday consumer.
With the Saatva Classic, you can select the right kind of firmness that you need based on the three firmness choices. It’s great for couples due to good motion isolation properties and above average edge support. The comfort is typical of a luxury mattress, and apart from comfort, is also a good option if you are particular about support; chiropractors approve the Saatva with the Congress of Chiropractors’ seal of approval. The free white glove delivery and mattress removal are nice touches to the 180-night trial and 15-year warranty. Let’s not forget the 24/7 customer support.
In our opinion, this is one of the best on the market, offering many perks at a competitive price.
- Comfort – 10/1010/10
- Support – 9/109/10
- Materials – 8.5/108.5/10
- Cooling Ability – 9/109/10
- Edge Support – 10/1010/10
- Motion Isolation – 9/109/10
- Sleep Trial – 9/109/10
- Warranty – 9/109/10
- Value For Money – 10/1010/10