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This is a lengthy post, so in order to make it easier to consume, here’s a brief overview of what to expect.
- Design & Construction — Generally speaking, they have a similar construction, but when you study them further they’re actually quite different.
- Overall Feel — Again, they might be built with similar materials, but they feel completely distinct.
- Sleeping Positions — Leesa Hybrid is best suited for back, stomach, and combination sleepers, while Saatva has an option for everyone, including side sleepers.
- Pricing — Saatva is a good deal more affordable than the Leesa Hybrid.
While the video above isn’t a direct Saatva vs Leesa Hybrid (Sapira) comparison, it contains most of the key points that you should know. That said, for good measure we’ve added even more details below.
If You Cut Open A Leesa Hybrid Mattress
Here’s what the bed looks like under the hood. It has a dense foundational layer of foam on which 6″ coils sit. Interestingly enough, if not for the pocketed coils, Leesa Hybrid would be pretty much the exact same mattress as the flagship Leesa mattress. This is the reason that we often refer to Leesa Hybrid (in a past life, it was “Sapira”) as Leesa’s high-end bed, or the coil version of Leesa.
In any case, on top of the coils is a transitional poly foam layer so that you don’t feel the coils even if you walk around on the bed. Next is a thin strip of memory foam that also transitions you up and adds pressure relief. The top layer is an aerated foam that Leesa calls “Premium Foam.”
The top layer of “Premium Foam” is what you will feel primarily when laying on this mattress. You will experience the pressure relief of the memory foam when laying on your side, but the mattress is a tad firmer overall, and has a neutral feel. Again, it really is like the flagship Leesa mattress with coils underneath.
One thing that we should point out about the coils in particular is that they are thin width wise, meaning you have more coils on Leesa Hybrid than you would with a typical coil bed. If you were to look at our Helix mattress review, you’d notice that certain beds they offer have wider coils, and therefore fewer coils overall, which translates into a softer and less supportive bed. This is not a bad or good thing, either way—it’s all by design, but it is interesting to note.
Placing Leesa Hybrid On The Firmness Scale
Leesa Hybrid is available in just one firmness level, which would could prove to be good or bad for you. It could be good in the sense that it makes things easier for you—no guess work involved. It could be bad in the sense that if the one firmness level they do offer jives with your sleeping preferences, well then, you should look into a different mattress.
As you can see in our graphic above, we place Leesa Hybrid in between a medium and medium-firm, though, we more often refer to it as closer to a medium-firm. That’s not the entire story, however. Firmness is not a universally accepted measure—it will differ person to person. So, for instance, if you’re under 150 lb you will insist that Leesa Hybrid is truly firm. If you’re over 250 lb, Leesa Hybrid should feel more like a proper medium.
Given its firmness level, Leesa Hybrid is also a nice pick for certain hot sleepers. It doesn’t have cooling properties, but the coils help with airflow and the firmness is such that you spend more time laying on top of the bed, rather than nestling into it (if that makes any sense to you). It might not be our number one pick for hot sleepers, but it’s among the beds that are a suitable options—alongside Saatva’s “Luxury Firm” and “Firm” models.
Good For All Sleep Styles
If you’re a strict side sleeper that weighs under 200 lb, let me stop you here. Leesa Hybrid might be a wonderfully nice mattress, but it’s not for you. In general, this is a bed is good for all sleep styles, meaning side, stomach, back, and combo sleepers should be equally happy with Leesa Sapira Hybrid.
Saatva has options for you, but Leesa Hybrid is definitely going to be hard to beat because of those top comfort layers. You can freely rotate between positions and even spend some time on your side because while there’s plenty of support, the pressure relief is there as well—just not as much as with a truly soft and plush mattress.
Saatva Is (Actually) More Affordable
As nice as Saatva is, you’d expect it to cost closer to $2,000 and retail for a few hundred dollars more than Leesa Hybrid. That’s not a criticism of Leesa Hybrid—it’s a fantastic bed—but Saatva looks like it belongs in a high-end, five-star hotel.
The queen size bed for Saatva and Leesa Hybrid have an MSRP of about $1,400 and $1,700, respectively. That’s not an insignificant price difference if you ask us. Sure, we might rave about how much we like Leesa Hybrid, but when you look at the price in comparison to that of Saatva, it’s hard to defend.
Having said all of that, Saatva is not big on offering discounts, but Leesa frequently runs promotions on the Leesa Hybrid mattress. In most cases, the actually selling price for a queen size drops to around $1,500 when it’s all said and done. You can head on over to Leesa.com to see current deals on Leesa Hybrid, if there are any right now.
You can also check Saatva’s website for discounts, though. They’ll occasionally offer discounts around major holidays.
Saatva Is A Well-Constructed Mattress
Saatva is one of very few beds with two layers of coils—Brentwood Oceano and WinkBed are the other two that come to mind. It is also one of very few modern beds with a traditional innerspring chasis as its support core. As such, ordinarily we would ding Saatva for not isolating motion efficiently, but because it has several comfort layers and pocketed coils as you transition up, it does a surprisingly good job of limiting motion transfer under the circumstances.
In any case, all this is to say that the bed is extra supportive and able to handle heavy people just fine. You lay on this bed one time and you immediately know that it’s built to a different standard than a lot of the beds you see advertised on Facebook. Here’s a general breakdown of Saatva’s materials.
One of our favorite things about Saatva—beyond the dual coil layers—is the European pillow top. It’s oh so nice and gives Saatva that premium aesthetic and feel. As much as we like the cover on the Leesa Hybrid mattress, Saatva is one of our favorites The cover is even made of organic cotton, which lends the bed an earthy aroma as opposed to a “clean factory” smell that you typically experience with new mattresses.
You might think that you’d feel the little ridges on the cover when you’re laying on it, but that’s not really the case. You can feel them somewhat, but if anything they add to the comfort of the mattress.
Three Options To Choose From
While Leesa Sapira Hybrid is a medium-firm mattress, Saatva is an all-of-the-above mattress given that they offer three firmness levels. The “Plush Soft” is created just for side sleepers, but it can handle back and stomach sleepers also. The “Luxury Firm” is the most popular firmness level and it falls closer to a medium-firm. The “Firm” model is about as firm as firm gets if you ask us.
We appreciate that you have options with Saatva, however, we expect most people to go with the “Luxury Firm” model or “Plush Soft” depending on your favored sleeping style. If you’re petite, the “Plush Soft” is the no-brainer pick. If you’re above 200 lb, the “Luxury Firm” will be your selection in all likelihood. You can also read more about the firmness levels on SaatvaMattress.com.
If You Can Only Choose One…
Here’s how it all shakes out: we have two really nice mattresses that are difficult to criticize and have a lot going for them. As such, your final decision is likely to be based on a few fringe items or firmness.
- Are you worried that you will change your mind? If so, Leesa Hybrid (again, it used to be called Sapira) makes sense because of the free returns options.
- Is your budget limited and you need to pick based on price? If so, Saatva is the more affordable mattress.
- Do you want to select your firmness level or go with a medium-firm? The answer to this question might carry the most weight.
- Where do you live? If you said in your head, “a high rise apartment complex” then you should get Saatva because of the white glove delivery and mattress removal situation.
- Can you move a mattress? If your answer is no, get Saatva so someone else does the hard work for you.
- Do you need a bed now, like in the next week? If yes, Leesa Hybrid will arrive sooner in most cases.
As you can see, you can really go down a rabbit hole trying to make this decision. At the end of the day, the decision is difficult to make because these are two nice mattresses, so that’s actually a good problem to have if you think about it. And if you want to save money on the beds, make sure to visit our Mattress Deals & Coupons page to see what promotions we spotted today.
Saatva vs Leesa Hybrid: How Their Policies Compare
In true e-commerce fashion, both Saatva and Leesa Hybrid offer by default free shipping. Now, while the beds will show up to your house at no extra cost to you, the method by which they arrive will be different.
Leesa uses FedEx and will be compressed inside of a box. Saatva, on the other hand, is shipped by a local carrier who will do all of the heavy lifting for you. You don’t need to bring it inside, set it up, or discard of your old mattress, as Saatva’s partners will do all of that for you. This is what we call “white glove delivery.” It’s the more premium delivery service, but it also requires that you schedule a delivery date, be home when it arrives, and have a little extra patience (the delivery time takes longer than with FedEx).
Both companies have trial periods as well. Leesa, the company that owns Sapira (now “Leesa Hybrid”), offers a 100-night trial period. That’s pretty standard, but is still really consumer friendly when you take a second to think about it. Saatva has a 180-night in-home test period.
So far, only semantical differences between the beds, but here comes an area of separation. Leesa Hybrid has a free return policy and Saatva charge $99. If you think there’s any chance that you’ll be returning a bed, you might want to look at Leesa Hybrid because people just hate paying extra fees.
Let’s shift to the warranties for a quick second. Typically, you will see 10-year warranties, and that’s what you’ll get with Leesa Hybrid. Saatva, however, backs their mattress with a 15-year warranty. You can read the warranty section on Leesa.com and SaatvaMattress.com.