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, or Solaire mattresses, feel free to email us.
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. There’s more information about Saatva HD and Saatva Solaire in the post below.
Under the Saatva brand, the company has three flagship models: Classic, HD, and Solaire. They are all luxury mattresses, but different in their own right. Here’s a quick overview of each of the beds:
Before we begin discussing the mattress itself, there are a few housekeeping items we should cover first.
The Saatva Classic. Saatva HD, and Solaire mattresses ship for free and comes with free white glove delivery as well as free removal of your old mattress. The beds does not arrive compressed and rolled-up in a tiny box (i.e. it technically should not be considered a bed-in-a-box).
Rather, the mattress arrives in its normal state protected by a plastic sleeve and a huge box. Don’t worry though, that’s why Saatva offers free white glove delivery. Someone else will be there to do all the heavy lifting and help you set it up.
Once the mattress is delivered, the company gives you 120 nights to test out the bed (that’s 20 nights more than the industry average). By the way, that applies to Saatva Classic, Saatva HD, and Solaire.
If you decide you don’t like it during the trial period, just give the company a call and they will arrange for someone to come pick it up from your home and issue you a full refund. However, the company will hit you for a $99 return fee so keep that in mind.
Saatva also backs their Classic mattress with a 15 year warranty, which protects against defects in workmanship and materials. In the first two years, the company will replace the mattress free of charge if defects are discovered. In years 3-15, the company will repair or re-cover the mattress if defects are found but they will charge you a $99 transportation fee. Saatva HD and Saatva Solaire have 20-year and 25-year warranties respectively. 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, they give you the option to purchase a brand new Saatva mattress at 30-75% of the original purchase price (depending on how long you’ve had the original bed).
The Saatva Classic mattress (aka just “Saatva”) is available in three different comfort (aka firmness) options (plush soft, luxury firm, firm). The luxury firm option is their best seller. As such, that’s the option we will primarily be referring to throughout this review (although we will touch on the other options as well).
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 though. It’s really more of a personal aesthetic decision. The extra height is just added to the innerspring system at the bottom of the bed.
For those of you wondering about the differences between the three firmness options, we got you covered. Below is a video Jeff on our team published regarding the feel and firmness of each model.
As always though, it’s difficult to fit all the relevant information into one short video. Keep reading to learn more about the three different Saatva models so you can figure out which one is best for your particular body type and sleeping preferences.
The Saatva mattress is actually priced fairly affordably. A queen size mattress costs just over $1,000, which would put it in line price wise with a lot of other popular online mattresses. However, given the high-quality construction of the Saatva mattress and extras like free white glove delivery, we think it’s an excellent value. It’s definitely a nicer bed than the two and three layer foam mattresses that are priced in the same range. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$1,499|
Unfortunately, Saatva doesn’t really offer discounts or promo codes. They might occasionally run a sale around a major holiday, but for the most part, what you see is what you’ll pay. You can check current prices and promotions on Saatva.com.
The Saatva mattress starts with a thick steel coil support support system for its base. This gives the bed an extremely solid foundation and is designed to help prevent sagging.
On top of the steel coil innerspring system is another layer of coils. Specifically, the company uses individually-wrapped, pocketed coils. This provides additional support and gives the bed a bit of bounce near the top of the mattress. On top of the dual layers of coils is a layer of memory foam for comfort and pressure relief.
The top layer is a Euro pillow top,which offers additional cushioning and comfort. The mattress also incorporates dense foam around the perimeter of the bed for edge support purposes.
Wrapping the bed is a non-removable, organic cotton cover that is anti-microbial. It’s fairly soft and gives the bed a premium, luxurious appearance.
Overall, we are pretty 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.
As you might imagine, having dual layers of coils, the Saatva mattress has more of a traditional innerspring type feel. The bed is very supportive and has quite a bit of bounce. However, the euro pillow top gives the bed an element of comfort not found with the innerspring mattresses most of you grew up on.
Overall, we thought the luxury firm model came in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. This model is very supportive and responsive. Additionally, we found it quite easy to switch between sleeping positions.
To put it simply, yes, Saatva can handle all sleeping positions, including back, stomach, side, and combo. Let’s start by discussing side sleepers.
The Luxury Firm and Firm options will be a little too firm for strict side sleeping. These models just simply do not provide enough pressure relief 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.
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.
Moving over to combo sleepers, 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 you 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 first think of their dominant sleeping position and match the mattress to that position.
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 in general allow for more airflow throughout the bed compared to dense support foams, which are known for somewhat trapping heat.
Second, as we’ve already stated, all three 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.
However, we have to add a little disclaimer here. Temperature regulation is a very finicky subject given that external factors can play a significant role in determining your sleep temperature. For example, if you crank your heater to the highest setting at night, chances are you won’t sleep cool. Other factors include what types of pajamas you sleep in, what climate you live in and how much you like to cuddle with your partner. Speaking of partners, let’s discuss couples next.
We have some good and some not so good news to report on this front. Let’s start with the not the so good, which is that the Saatva mattress is just average when it comes to motion isolation.
This shouldn’t come as a huge shock though considering the bed uses dual layers of coils. In general, all-foam beds, such as Puffy and Leesa, are a little better at deadening movement since they don’t really have any bounce from coils.
This means someone that shares a bed with an active sleeper might notice and feel a little more movement when their partner switches positions or gets up off the bed. Overall though, we don’t think it will be a major issue. At the end end of the day, the Saatva mattress is still going to be better than your eight year old worn out bed in this department. Plus, we really haven’t heard any complaints from customers regarding this subject so couples will likely be just fine.
On the positive side, the Saatva mattress has great edge support. This is an important consideration for couples that like to spread out or when one partner likes to hog the middle of the bed leaving only a little bit of space near the edge for the other person to sleep.
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 right off. Solid edge support also means the bed will have a large sleeping surface since the edges really won’t compress all that much.
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.
Shopping for a new mattress online these days can be quite the adventure. There are just so many brands out there that all the mattresses can start to blend together over time. In order to clear things up for you, here are the major standout features of the Saatva mattress.
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.
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 relief for your hips and shoulders.
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.
Saatva HD is one of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers. There’s very few mattresses out there that incorporate a steel coil innerspring unit, memory foam, and latex foam. It’s just a beast of a mattress designed to accommodate up to 500 lb sleepers.
The easiest words to describe Saatva HD with 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 and in-store.
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. But if you get it, we sincerely believe that you’ll also be impressed by the quality. For the queen size bed without a foundation Saatva HD is about $2,500. 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 provides the support for the entire mattress. You can see the innersprings in the image below.
The coils are actually 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 5-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.
Why Your Weight Is Important — There’s no one size fits all mattress, which is something that we like to point out whenever possible in our mattress reviews. Every person is different and should take into account how their weight affects how they sleep. In our reviews, we write and talk about mattresses through the body of an average size person (150-250 pounds). However, we realize not everybody out there fits into that particular weight category so want to take a moment and talk about different body types.
In general, heavier individuals 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. Again, Saatva HD is specifically made for heavy people.
Smaller individuals, on the other hand, will feel like most mattresses are on the firmer side. The opposite is true for these body types since they won’t sink-in as much and will lay more on top of the bed. As you will find out throughout this review, body weight affects other factors as well.
Saatva HD Review Verdict — Name something bad about this mattress. Ok ok, 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 just get the Classic mattress because it’s cheaper and just as nice.
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 Solaire — From a high level, Solaire is really 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.
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, that’s for sure.
Also, given that it is an air mattress you can select 50 different firmness levels for the bed, ranging from extra plush to extra firm. We could go on and on about the firmness levels, but the fact of the matter is that this feature works the way you’d expect it would—in a good way.
Dual Air Chambers — The queen, king, and California king models are split by default, meaning they have two air chambers inside. Saatva actually 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 really nice option.
Upper-Flex — 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 separate beds (i.e. a split king or split Cal king).
Now, by default, when you select “Upper-Flex” on the Saatva website they will add the Lineal Adjustable Base, but you can opt out if you already have one at home. Keep in mind that 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 Solaire — So far, we’ve been pretty happy with Solaire, but this is our least favorite part for sure. The MSRP for a queen size Solaire is about $2,700, and if you add the Upper-Flex feature the queen goes up to $3,300. There’s no sugar-coating it. Solaire is just 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.
What We Don’t Like — The main things we don’t like with Solaire are what you’d expect. For starts, 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 just doesn’t get super firm. If you’re fine with a medium-firm we think you’ll really 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. I know, I’m blowing this out of proportion, but something about having wired remotes isn’t my favorite.
What We Like — Firstly, it’s really comfortable. It’s just a fantastic mattress with a really comfortable pillow top feel. Also, it’s fully customizable, by side, so you can get essentially the exact firmness you want.
We also really appreciate that they made the split king and “Upper-Flex” options available. Not that everyone will choose these, but we do prefer having options.
Solaire Review Verdict — There’s no denying that it’s a nice bed. It has luxury all over it and there’s definitely a strong case to be made as to why you should buy Solaire. That said, your decision should hinge on two primary questions:
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.
How did the Slumber Yard get the Saatva mattresses?
|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.|
Will The Saatva Classic Mattress Work With My Existing Frame?
|Yes, the Saatva mattress will work with most box springs, foundations and slatted frames (as long as they are in good condition).|
Are Saatva Mattresses Made In The USA?
|Yes, Saatva beds are constructed and built in 19 factories across the United States.|
Are Saatva Beds 100% Organic?
|No, but their foams are eco-friendly (i.e. they use at least 30% soy or corn oil). The cover use organic cotton.|
Can I Test A Saatva Mattress In-Store Anywhere?
|No, the Saatva mattress is not available to test or purchase in any retail locations. That means if you head down to your local Mattress Firm store, you won't see the Saatva mattress there. The bed is sold exclusively online. However, that's why the company offers a 120 night trial period. That should be more than enough time to figure whether the Saatva mattress is the right bed for you. Even if you find it's not the right bed, the worst case scenario is that you'll be out the $99 return fee.|