Saatva vs Leesa Mattress
They both sell exclusively online, but between Leesa and Saatva, which is the best mattress to buy right now?
Last Updated: January 5, 2021Matt Ross
We have no shortage of thoughts on both Leesa and Saatva, and in this review we put them head-to-head to find where each one wins—despite the fact that they're quite different. Saatva is a luxury innerspring mattress with an organic cotton cover and two layers of coils. Leesa is an affordable foam mattress that has taken college students and young professionals by storm.
Saatva vs Leesa Mattress Comparison
Before we go down a rabbit hole talking about these two beds, let’s cover a quick outline for what you can expect content wise.
- Mattress design — One is a hybrid mattress and the other is an all-foam mattress, and there are implications for certain types of sleepers as a result.
- Overall feel — Given that they have different material makeups, they feel nothing alike. We will discuss in great detail, as well as sleeping positions.
- Firmness measures — Saatva offers you three different firmness levels and Leesa has just the one. More on this below.
- Shipping, returns, etc. — We always cover this, but since there is a good deal of separation here, for both brands, we want to spend more time on it.
- Current pricing — Both are affordable, but one is under $1,000 and the other is above $1,000 for the queen size.
Saatva, Leesa, And Popular Mattresses Compared YouTube
So, we covered several beds in that video, but hopefully it gave you a nice look at the online mattress landscape. You can see what else is out there and how they all compare. Below, of course, is more information on Saatva and Leesa, however.
What Goes Into A Saatva Mattress?
Saatva has a hybrid construction that mixes two coil layers with memory foam and an Euro top cover. It starts with a traditional innerspring chassis and transitions up to more coils, memory foam, and a really nice organic cotton Euro pillow topper. Here’s a general overview of what’s inside the Saatva mattress.
The two coil layers give us a lot of confidence not only in the support of the bed, but also in the types of sleepers it can accomodate. If you’re over 250 lb, Saatva is clearly the better bed to go with between the two.
We should also take a second to discuss the organic cotton cover on Saatva. It’s soft, fluffy, and smells great. We consider organic cotton to be an upgraded material, especially since it means the mattress has an earthy aroma versus a “new mattress smell.”
The cover is stitched down as well, so there’s no pull or ruffling that happens. It’s just one more reason we consider Saatva to be a luxury mattress.
Saatva Has More Options For You
While Leesa has just the one firmness level (about a medium), Saatva offers three. They have a “Plush Soft” model that’s best for side sleepers, though, it can accomodate other sleeping styles as well. It has a big fluffy pillow top that we just love.
They also have the “Luxury Firm” model that’s about a medium-firm on our ratings scale and is their most popular model. It’s best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers, but heavy side sleepers should be ok too. We think the “Luxury Firm” model will be a nice mattress for back pain and other ailments that could result from a lack of support in your current mattress.
Then there’s the “Firm” model, which feels like you’re laying on a thick bed of grass with coils underneath. It is best for strict stomach sleepers and strict back sleepers.
We really appreciate that you have options with Saatva, so that way you can select whichever you personally think is best. Need a firm bed? No problem, they have that. Need a softer bed, no problem either, just check out the “Plush Soft” model. If you need more info, you can see all the models on SaatvaMattress.com.
Price Difference Between Saatva & Leesa
Over the long run, the price difference might not matter much, but at checkout you will notice Leesa is more affordable than Saatva. That is a little misleading, however, since we’re comparing a luxury coil bed and a mass-market foam bed, so you would expect Saatva to be more expensive.
When looking at MSRPs, the queen sizes for both brands retail for around $1,000-$1,400. If that was it, I’d say the price difference is so close you can’t award a winner. But that’s not the entire story.
Leesa offers discounts on their website frequently, which are most of the time in the 10-15% off range, meaning the queen bed comes down to about $850. Now if you compare that against Saatva there is a more meaningful difference in price.
Saatva is largely opposed to running sales on their website because they’re already offering a luxury mattress at a hard-to-beat price. That said, you never know what they’re going to do in the future, so you might want to check SaatvaMattress.com to see their current offers.
Leesa Has Just Three Layers, But It’s Comfy
While Saatva is a hybrid mattress, Leesa uses only foam, which is how they keep costs down since the bed is actually made in the United States. And to be fair, some people actually prefer the feel of an all-foam bed since it’s less bouncy, and preferable for light sleepers.
In terms of the precise construction of the bed, it starts with a typical support core of dense poly foam, followed by a transitional layer of memory foam, and then a proprietary foam called “LSA 200.”
Despite the fact that the center layer is memory foam, you can’t really tell. The bed actually just feels like one big slab of comfy, soft foam. You can easily rotate positions without coming up against any resistance from the mattress.
We also love the new LSA 200 foam that Leesa implemented in mid-2018. It’s soft, fluffy, puffy, and airy, almost like a marshmallow—in a good way. Here’s a look at what the LSA 200 foam is like.
Leesa even says that the LSA 200 foam is more responsive, pressure relieving, and breathable than the foam they previously used. Again, we are big fans of this new top layer.
Firmness Score For Leesa
Since they have just the one firmness level, you would hope that it would be comfy and accomodating. Luckily, it is indeed. Leesa is about a true medium on our softness/firmness scale, which means it will work for all sleeping styles.
You can sleep on your side no problem, and the same thing goes for your back and stomach. The bed will soften as you sleep on it as well, so if it’s a little too firm to start, don’t freak out—it will soften up nicely for you.
What’s The Final Verdict In This Comparison?
We can’t tell you which bed to get. They’re both good in their own right. Here are a few things to think about:
- How heavy are you? If you’re under 230 lb you can choose either bed. But if you’re over 250 lb, Saatva is your winner.
- Do you like soft foam mattresses or pillow top mattresses? If you answered the former, go Leesa, and if the latter, go Saatva.
- What’s your budget? If you’re opposed to spending more than $1,000 for a queen size bed, Leesa is your winner. If you’re willing to spend a little extra for an affordable luxury bed, Saatva is the right pick.
- Are you a person that frequently gets buyers’ remorse? If so, try Leesa first since they offer free returns.
- Where do you live? If it’s a high rise or three story home, Saatva might win because of white glove delivery.
Ultimately, the decision is yours. If you made it to this point and you pick one bed over the other, we’re pretty confident that you’ll like your new mattress.
Leesa vs Saatva: How They Handle Shipping & More
No need to jet over to the local mattress store to try out Saatva or Leesa, as they both offer completely free shipping, albeit via different methods. Leesa is a bed-in-a-box mattress in the sense that it will be compressed and jammed inside a four-foot cardboard box just like Bear and Tuft & Needle, and plenty of other online beds. Don’t worry, it doesn’t damage the mattress, it’s just a quicker and more cost effective way to ship the bed since it’s made of foam.
Saatva comes with what is referred to as “white glove delivery,” which is largely considered a more premium delivery method, though, it can take a few extra days. A delivery firm will bring the mattress to your house, set it up in the room of your choice, and even remove your old mattress for free if you so desire. We quite like white glove delivery since it means you, the consumer, do not have to partake in any manual labor to try out your new bed. That’s not to say that it’s difficult with Leesa—it isn’t—but the setup process will take a few more minutes than with Saatva.
Additionally, since Saatva will show up full-size, it is 100% ready to go as soon as the movers take off the protective plastic wrapping. Leesa, on the other hand, will take about 30 seconds to inflate partially, but then another 24 hours to inflate fully. It’s not an issue at all to lay on it, but Leesa will be noticeably softer on day-1 than day-2.
Both companies offer a generous trial window as well. Saatva and Leesa offer 180-night and 100-night trial periods, respectively, so you have ample time to test the bed for yourself. Just so you’re aware, that is more than enough time to come to a conclusion one way or the other.
If you decide that you don’t like your new bed, there will be a difference in how Leesa and Saatva react. Leesa offers completely free returns during those first 100 nights. That is not a joke—you will get your money back in the first three months if you don’t like the Leesa mattress. Saatva charges a $99 “transportation” fee if you decide to return the bed during the trial window. This makes sense because they incur more costs not only in the production process, but also in the delivery process. We don’t think the “transportation” fee is ludicrous, but it’s not free, so you have to give extra points to Leesa in this section.
As for their warranty policies, they’re both fairly standard. Leesa offers 10 years of coverage and Saatva, 15 years.