Saatva Mattress Reviews
In this Saatva mattress review, we dissect and analyze the Classic, HD, Youth and Solaire models
Last Updated: October 6, 2020Matt Ross
Saatva was one of the early players in the online mattress space and is known for making high-quality, durable beds. They actually operate under three different brands, but today we are going to focus on the Classic, which is a hybrid mattress with dual layers of coils, Saatva HD, a heavy duty mattress for overweight and large people, and Solaire, a premium air mattress that is pure luxury.
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Consumers seeking a supportive innerspring mattress
Individuals who want multiple firmness options to choose from
Sleepers looking for an extra plush mattress
If you want a bed with a traditional memory foam feel
Overview of Saatva Mattress Models
Saatva offers several different mattresses, but here is a quick overview of the beds we’ll be covering this review:
- Saatva Classic – An innerspring mattress with a fluffy pillow top and reasonable price tag that comes in three firmness levels.
- Saatva HD – A bed built specifically for people weighing between 300 lbs and 500 lbs. It’s a crazy durable mattress that has almost no flaws.
- Saatva Youth – A double-sided innerspring mattress made specifically for kids and teenagers
- Saatva Solaire – A premium air mattress that allows you to infinitely customize your feel preferences
Below we have reviews for each of the products so that you can learn even more.
Jump-To Links For This Saatva Review
Because of how lengthy and in-depth this review is, we’ve provided jump-to links above so you can easily find particular sections. If you have any questions whatsoever with the Saatva Classic, Saatva HD, Saatva Youth or Solaire mattresses, feel free to email us.
Saatva Classic Mattress Review
Honest YouTube Review Of Saatva Classic Mattress
We realize not everyone likes to read about beds so if you fall into that category, here is a quick review video of the Saatva Classic mattress.
The Saatva Classic mattress (aka “Saatva”) is available in three comforts (aka firmness) options (plush soft, luxury firm and firm). The luxury firm option is the best seller. As such, that’s the option we will primarily be referring to throughout this review.
Saatva also gives you the option to select your mattress height. You can choose between a 11.5″ custom slim model and a 14.5″ premier luxury model. Both options feel the same. It’s more of a personal aesthetic decision. The extra height is added to the innerspring system at the bottom of the bed.
Saatva Bed Pricing
The Saatva mattress is priced fairly affordably. A queen-size mattress costs about $1,400 MSRP, which is slightly more than the average online bed. However, given the high-quality construction of the mattress and extras like free white-glove delivery, we think it’s an excellent value. It’s a nicer bed than the two and three-layer foam mattresses that are priced in the same range.
Is There A Saatva Mattress Coupon Or Discount Code?
Unfortunately, Saatva doesn’t offer evergreen discounts or promo codes. However, there are occasionally sales around major holidays. We’ve seen up to $200 off before. You can check current prices and promotions on Saatva.com.
Saatva Mattress Construction And Layers
The Saatva mattress uses four layers, starting with two layers of coils followed by another two layers of foam cushioning. Here’s an overview of the Saatva mattress construction:
- Top layer: Euro-top for fluffy and plush comfort
- Middle layer: Memory foam right underneath the cover for additional more pressure ief and coziness
- Middle layer: Individually-wrapped pocketed coils which are better at isolating movement than standard innersprings
- Bottom layer: Thick steel coil innerspring system for maximum support
Wrapping the bed is a non-removable, organic cotton cover that is antimicrobial. It’s fairly soft and gives the bed a premium, luxurious appearance.
Overall, we are impressed with the construction of this bed. The company uses high-quality materials, and the dual layers of coils will help extend the life of the mattress.
Saatva Mattress Feel And Firmness
As you might imagine, having dual layers of coils, the Saatva mattress has more of a traditional innerspring type feel. The bed is supportive and has some bounce. However, the Euro pillow top gives the bed an element of comfort not found with innerspring mattresses. We also think this mattress is supportive and responsive, and we found it easy to switch between sleeping positions.
Saatva is particularly accommodating because it comes available in three different firmness levels, making it suitable for all sleeper types. Here is a breakdown of how we rated the firmness profile of each model:
- “Luxury Firm” model came in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale
- “Plush Soft” model was rated around a medium
- “Firm” was rated around a firm on our scale
For those of you wondering about the differences between the three firmness options, we have you covered. Below is a video Jeff on our team published regarding the feel and firmness of each model.
Saatva Plush Soft Review
If you’re a petite-sized individual or you spend a lot of time on your side, you’ll likely want to go with the plush soft model. This model is the softest bed Saatva offers (as the name implies). Overall, we think it lands right around a medium on the firmness scale. It’s somewhat soft-to-the-touch and provides a decent amount of pressure ief for your hips and shoulders.
Saatva Firm Review
The firm model that Saatva offers is best for heavy individuals, people that sleep strictly on their back and stomach, or folks who need/want extra lumbar support. We realize there are a lot of people out there that love to sleep on an ultra-firm, flat surface. If you fall into that category, the Saatva firm mattress is your ticket to happiness.
Continue along to find out which firmness we suggest based on your particular sleeper type.
Saatva Mattress Sleeper Types
Saatva can handle all sleeping positions, including back, stomach, side and combo. Here’s an overview of each sleeper type and how the different Saatva mattresses will feel.
The luxury firm and firm options will be a little too firm for strict side sleeping. These models do not provide enough pressure ief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side.
Instead, we’d recommend strict side sleepers go with the plush soft model. Saatva layers this model with softer and more conforming foams so that your hips and shoulders feel like they’re being cradled a little more.
Back And Stomach Sleepers
For back and stomach sleepers the bed provides a ton of support under your hips, trunk and lower back.
The coils do a great job of compressing but also providing a little push-back. This means you’ll sink in a little through that top pillow layer but never to the point where your spine is no longer properly aligned. We’d recommend strict back and stomach sleepers stick with either the luxury firm or firm options.
If you’re a combo sleeper, the plush soft and luxury firm models are your best bet. If you’re primarily a stomach or back sleeper but you occasionally end up on your side, you might want to go with the luxury firm bed.
If you tend to favor your side but end up on your stomach or back throughout the night, you might look into the plush soft model first. Combination sleepers need to think of their dominant sleeping position and match the mattress to that position.
Saatva Body Type Analysis
Your sleeper type isn’t the only factor that impacts how a mattress feels to you. Your weight also plays an important role. Here’s how a Saatva mattress will feel to you, depending on your body type.
Petite Body Types
Smaller individuals (less than 150 pounds) will feel like most mattresses are on the firmer side. The opposite is true for these body types because they won’t sink in as much and will lay more on top of the bed. We’ve found this to be particularly true with Saatva mattresses, so we’d recommend going with the plush soft model if you’re petite.
Average Body Types
It’s easier for average body types (150-250 pounds) to find a mattress that feels true to its firmness description. In our reviews, we talk about mattresses from an average sleeper’s perspective, so keep that in mind as you read through.
Heavy Body Types
In general, heavy people will feel like most beds are on the softer side of the spectrum. That’s because people over 250 pounds exert a lot of extra pressure, stress and weight onto a bed and thus will sink down into the top layers more than the average size person. The Saatva HD is specifically made for heavy people.
Saatva Temperature Regulation
While the Saatva mattress technically does not have any special cooling technology built-into the bed, we do feel like this mattress will sleep on the cooler side for two reasons.
First, the bed has two layers of coils, which allow for more airflow throughout the bed compared to dense support foams, which are known for somewhat trapping heat.
Second, all comfort levels land on the firmer side of the spectrum. This means the majority of sleepers will sleep more on top of the mattress rather than it. This should help sleepers from feeling like the mattress is hugging them and thus less heat being trapped by the top layer of foam.
Click here if you want to learn more about temperature regulation and how we test it.
Will Couples Like Saatva Beds?
When evaluating mattresses for couples, there are two important factors to consider: edge support and motion isolation. Here’s how Saatva stacks up in those key areas.
On the positive side, the Saatva mattress has great edge support. If you’re wondering what edge support is and why we mention it in our reviews, read What Is Edge Support to learn!
As we mentioned earlier, the bed has a firm layer of foam around the perimeter of the bed to ensure sleepers never feel as if they’re going to roll off. Solid edge support also means the bed will have a large sleeping surface because the edges won’t compress all that much.
While the edge support is solid, we found that the Saatva mattress is average when it comes to motion isolation. This shouldn’t come as a huge shock though considering the bed uses dual layers of coils.
Overall though, we don’t think it will be a major issue. At the end of the day, the Saatva mattress is still going to be better than your worn-out bed in this department. Plus, we haven’t heard any complaints from customers regarding this subject.
Saatva Mattress Review Verdict
We are big fans of the Saatva Luxury Mattress. It has a sturdy, durable construction, it’s available in multiple comfort levels and it accommodates all body types. While it may not be the most plush mattress ever, there’s a lot of people out there that truly like and enjoy the feel of innerspring beds. So if that’s you, it’s tough to beat Saatva considering its approachable price point.
Other Saatva Reviews And Products:
- Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress
- Saatva mattress topper
- Saatva pillow
- Saatva adjustable base
- Saatva foundation
- Saatva frame
Saatva Mattress Ratings
- BBB Rating: A+
- Saatva mattress Amazon reviews: Amazon only carries one Saatva mattress, which is the Luxury Innerspring Mattress. Customers give this mattress an average of two stars, citing off-gassing and limited durability. It’s unclear if Saatva is selling directly through Amazon, or if the mattress is only available on Amazon through a reseller.
- Saatva mattress Reddit reviews: On the r/Mattress subreddit, users have expressed their experiences with Saatva mattresses. Most users say the level of firmness was something to get used to, but the mattress helped ieve their pressure and back pain.
- Saatva mattress reviews consumer affairs: Reviewers on Consumer Affairs give Saatva Mattress 4.5 stars out of 5. Most customers enjoyed the back support provided by their mattress as well as the company’s customer service.
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What Makes The Saatva Mattress Special?
Shopping for a new mattress online can be difficult. There are so many brands out there that all the mattresses can start to blend together over time. To clear things up for you, here are the major standout features of the Saatva mattress:
- High-quality, durable construction: The Saatva mattress is one of the few online beds that utilize both an innerspring unit and pocketed coils. As such, this bed can properly support all body types and will most likely last a long, long time.
- Value: The Saatva mattress is an excellent value in our opinion. If you were to walk into your local mattress store and ask for a bed with dual layers of coils, a Euro pillow top and an organic cotton cover, the salesman would likely show you beds that cost $2,000 minimum.
- Firmness options: We like that the bed comes in three different firmness profiles. This means every type of sleeper will be able to find a model that fits their particular sleeping habits.
- Saatva HD: Based on design and support alone, Saatva HD is differentiated. If you weigh over 300 lbs, it should absolutely be on your short list of beds to try.
Those are three big selling points in our book. If you want more information about how Saatva compares to other brands, check out our Saatva vs. Avocado Mattress comparison.
Saatva HD Mattress Review
Saatva HD is one of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers. There’s few mattresses that incorporate a steel coil innerspring unit, memory foam and latex foam. It’s a beast of a mattress designed to accommodate up to 500 lb sleepers.
The easiest words to describe Saatva HD are: supportive, durable, comfortable and luxurious. It’s basically the same story with Saatva Classic, but to the next level. Ignoring WinkBed, Big Fig and Beautyrest Black, we haven’t felt quality like this. In all honesty, Saatva HD is one of the nicest mattresses available today, anywhere—online or in-store. Here is our quick video review of the bed.
Saatva HD Comfort And Feel
Saatva HD feels like a crazy supportive pillow top mattress. It has this airy quality to it that is balanced out by the bi-directional support from the coils. We rate Saatva HD as a medium-firm on our scale, which means for heavy people it will feel more like a medium. As such, we can confidently say that this is a solid mattress for all sleeping styles.
Pricing Of Saatva HD
It’s an expensive bed, no doubt. If you get it, we sincey believe that you’ll also be impressed by the quality. For the queen size bed without a foundation, Saatva HD is about $2,600. Again, not cheap, but a darn good bed nonetheless.
Saatva HD Construction
Below we dissect Saatva Classic, but in this section, we’re going to take a peek inside Saatva HD. Contrary to what you’d expect, Saatva HD is different inside from the Classic mattress. For instance, it uses just one layer of coils. In fact, the bed uses a thick-gauge innerspring unit that provides support for the entire mattress. You can see the innersprings in the image below.
The coils are wrapped edge-to-edge in foam to provide increased edge support—it works. Then you have a transition foam layer which includes memory foam. More interestingly, however, the bed has a five-zone Talalay latex foam layer. Latex is a durable and responsive foam, which helps to give Saatva HD its overall supportive feel.
On top, Saatva HD has a familiar—yet different—organic cotton cover. It has a little foam quilted inside, and it just oozes luxury. All in all, Saatva HD is one heck of a bed.
Saatva HD Mattress Review Verdict
Name something bad about this mattress. The price isn’t our favorite, but beyond that, it’s hands-down one of the best beds that money can buy. Having said that, unless you’re over 300 lbs, you should get the Classic mattress because it’s cheaper and just as nice.
Saatva Solaire Mattress Review
Solaire is the company’s premier air mattress meant to compete with Sleep Number most specifically. It has no shortage of interesting features, but you have to be prepared to pay for them.
Design Of Saatva Solaire Bed
From a high level, Solaire is similar to IDLE Air in that it has a foam-encased air chamber. This is the main support structure for the mattress and what allows you to customize the firmness level.
On top of the air chamber is a moisture barrier, gel memory foam, Talalay latex foam and a pillow top. These two foam layers provide the bulk of the comfort for the mattress. It has a blended feel in that you get the bounce from the latex, but the pillow top adds a little fluff and extra comfort. Like the rest of the Saatva mattresses, Solaire has an organic cotton cover on the pillow top—it’s really nice.
Saatva Solaire Feel And Firmness
Solaire is a mix between a foam and air mattress and overall has a pillow top feel. It’s a unique take on a bed-in-a-box mattress.
Also, given that it is an air mattress you can select 50 firmness levels for the bed, ranging from extra plush to extra firm. This feature works the way you’d expect it would—in a good way.
Saatva’s Dual Air Chambers
The queen, king and California king models are split by default, meaning they have two air chambers inside. Saatva provides you two remotes with these beds so that you can customize each side of the bed.
That way, if you want a soft mattress and your partner needs a firm one, you can both have exactly what you want. Now, obviously, this is not a feature the vast majority of people need, but if you and your partner are polar opposites, or have some sort of health condition that requires the constant retuning of your mattress, Solaire could be a nice option.
Saatva Solitaire’s Upper-Flex Feature
One particularly interesting thing about Solaire is that you can upgrade to get the Upper-Flex feature. What this means is that the top half of the bed is split in half on the queen, king and California king so that you can adjust the mattress up/down. This is a clever way to get a fully adjustable mattress without having to pay for two beds (i.e. a split king or split Cal king).
By default, when you select “Upper-Flex” on the Saatva website, the website will add the Lineal Adjustable Base, but you can opt out if you already have one at home. If you get the Upper-Flex you most likely need two twin XL adjustable bases so that you can raise/lower the top portion of the bed.
Price Of Saatva Solaire Mattress
So far, we’ve been happy with Solaire, but this is our least favorite part for sure. The MSRP for a queen-size Solaire is about $2,800, and if you add the Upper-Flex feature, the queen goes up to $3,400. There’s no sugar-coating it. Solaire is a premium bed with a premium price tag.
We also wouldn’t recommend you hold your breath waiting for coupons. Saatva doesn’t like to offer discounts or coupons, so our gut tells us that the price is what it is with Solaire.
Saatva Solaire Mattress Review Verdict
What We Like About Saatva Solaire
Firstly, it’s really comfortable. It’s a fantastic mattress with a comfortable pillow top feel. Also, it’s fully customizable, by side, so you can get essentially the exact firmness you want.
We also appreciate the split king and “Upper-Flex” options. Not that everyone will choose these, but we do prefer having options.
What We Don’t Like
The main things we don’t like with Solaire are what you’d expect. For starters, the inflation/deflation process is audible. It’s not terribly loud, but it’s enough that you could wake someone up. Unfortunately, there’s probably no way around this.
Secondly, the bed doesn’t get as firm as you’d expect. Inflated to the max, Solaire is about a medium-firm (i.e. on par with Saatva HD and Saatva Classic Luxury Firm). It gets plenty soft, but thanks to the comfort layers, the bed doesn’t get super firm. If you’re fine with a medium-firm we think you’ll like it, but if you were hoping for an extra firm mattress, you’re better off getting Saatva Classic Firm.
Lastly, Solaire comes with wired remotes.
There’s no denying that it’s a nice bed. It has luxury all over it, and there’s a strong case to be made as to why you should buy Solaire. That said, your decision should hinge on two primary questions:
- Do you want/need an air mattress?
- Are you willing to pay more for luxury?
If your answers are “yes” and “yes,” then Solaire is likely your next bed. If you answered “no” to the first question, we’d recommend you get the Saatva Classic mattress because it’s a heck of a bed at a fraction of the price.
Saatva Youth Mattress Review
As the name states, Saatva Youth is a mattress that’s designed specifically for children and young teens. But what does that really mean? What makes a “youth” mattress any different than a regular mattress? Glad you asked.
Saatva Youth Mattress Construction
Saatva Youth is actually a double-sided mattress that has a “3-7 Side” and an “8-12 Side.” The concept here is that Saatva designed a bed around the fact that kids grow out of things, so they created a mattress that would “grow with your child,” so to speak.
The construction of Saatva Youth is fairly simple, but clever:
- The center of the mattress—and the main support section—is a layer of innersprings
- Above and below the innersprings are foam layers
- On the “3-7 Side” you have a slightly thicker layer of foam that has a neutral feel to it; essentially, it’s responsive and bouncy, but still offers comfort and pressure ief
- On the “8-12 Side” above the coils is a layer of convoluted foam (or “egg crate” foam), which feels very similar to the foam on the “3-7 Side” only it’s a little thinner, and therefore, a little firmer
Saatva Youth Mattress Cover
Both the top and bottom of the mattress feature an organic cover that has a water-resistant finish and internal waterproof barrier. Admittedly, this makes the organic cotton a little less soft and plush, but your kids won’t notice, especially when you put sheets on the bed.
In our tests, we noticed that the very top layer of the cover does absorb liquids (albeit less so than many other covers), but we didn’t feel any of the liquid penetrating beyond the internal waterproof barrier.
As such, cleaning up spills and messes is A LOT easier on Saatva Youth since you don’t have to worry about liquids that have penetrated deep into the mattress. And, of course, if you are really concerned about accidents, you can always get a mattress protector—but as is, we are plenty happy with Saatva Youth.
What Saatva Youth Feels Like
The simplest way to describe Saatva Youth is that it’s a traditional innerspring mattress. It has plenty of bounce to it and it feels quite supportive, particularly for kiddos. Considering that Saatva Classic and Zenhaven both get “Excellent” ratings from Consumer Reports in the “Durability” section, we do not have any longevity concerns with Saatva Youth.
For most kiddos, all they will notice is that they got a new comfy bed that’s fun to jump on. We sincey doubt that either of the sides will be too firm or too soft. We rate both of them around a “medium” which means they should accommodate all sleeping positions unless your child needs a truly soft or truly firm mattress.
Saatva Youth Pricing Overview
It is important to note that Saatva Youth is available (as we’re writing this) in just three sizes: twin, twin XL, and full. While Saatva Youth isn’t necessarily a “cheap” mattress, considering that it’s doubled sided and has “accident-friendly” features, we think it’s a pretty darn good value. We expect that most kiddos will love the mattress and most parents will appreciate that it’s a bed that won’t be outgrown in six months. It’s never fun to spend nearly a thousand dollars on a new mattress, but we do consider Saatva Youth among the best mattresses out there for kids.
Saatva Company Policies
Before you make a decision, you need to know that the beds do not arrive compressed and rolled-up in a tiny box (i.e. it technically should not be considered a bed-in-a-box). Here are Saatva’s policies:
- Risk-free trial period: 120 nights
- Warranty: 15-25 years
- Shipping: Free, with white-glove delivery
- Returns: $99
The good news is that Saatva’s trial period includes 20 nights more than the industry average, and its warranties protect your mattress against defects in workmanship and materials for 15, 20 or 25 years (depending on which mattress you purchase). That’s also higher than industry average. You can read about all of the warranties on Saatva’s website.
The company also offers a Fairness Replacement Option. Basically, instead of you sending back your bed to be repaired, you can purchase a brand-new Saatva mattress at 30-75 percent of the original purchase price (depending on how long you’ve had the original bed).
Saatva Vs. Casper
There are a few notable differences between Saatva and Casper. Casper mattresses have a soft, neutral-foam feel, whereas Saatva beds have an innerspring feel. With Saatva, you can choose how firm or soft you’d like your mattress, but Casper’s original model only has one firmness option. The original Casper is cheaper than Saatva, but its hybrid model is comparable price-wise. Read our Saatva vs. Casper breakdown for more information.
Saatva Vs. Purple
While Saatva mattresses have a traditional innerspring construction, the Purple mattress has a proprietary material in its mattresses called Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which provides a unique gel-like feel. Also, Saatva offers three different firmness levels, while Purple has just one. In terms of price, Saatva mattresses cost more than the Original Purple but not as much as Purple’s Hybrid models. Learn more in our Saatva vs. Purple comparison.
Saatva Vs. Layla
Unlike the Saatva innerspring mattress, the Layla mattress is a soft memory foam bed that’s flippable and double-sided. It’s also more affordable than the options from Saatva, which is a plus for budget-conscious shoppers. While the Layla mattress will suit all sleeper types, it isn’t the best fit for heavy body types — the Saatva HD is the clear winner in that category.
Saatva sent us all three mattresses for free in order to test them. Keep in mind, we retain complete editorial control over the content we publish. That means the opinions and viewpoints stated in this review belong to The Slumber Yard team.
Yes, the Saatva mattress will work with most box springs, foundations and slatted frames (as long as they are in good condition).
No, but their foams are eco-friendly (i.e. they use at least 30% soy or corn oil). The covers use organic cotton.
Saatva built its brand as an online mattress retailer, and the majority of sales still occur online. However, the company recently opened its Saatva Viewing Room in New York City, where you can test Saatva products and place an order to be sent to your home.
Yes, Saatva beds are constructed and built in 19 factories across the United States.
Saatva is an innerspring mattress with a pillow top. It has a traditional innerspring mattress feel.
The “Plush Soft” model is made specifically for side sleepers. We also think side sleepers might like the “Luxury Firm” if you prefer a firmer bed.
Rather than compressing the bed and shoving it into a cardboard box, Saatva ships the bed full-size through a network of distribution companies. They bring the mattress to your home, carry it into your room, and set it up. They even remove your old mattress, for free.
Saatva comes in three firmness options: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. The most popular is Luxury Firm.
The company makes “Saatva HD” a mattress for people that weigh over 300 lbs.