The Saatva Mattress Review – This Is Special: It’s Not A “Mattress In A Box”
The Saatva Mattress Review – a detailed analysis of the mattress and whether it’s a good choice for you. The Saatva mattress is the flagship mattress of the Saatva brand, which makes other popular mattresses like Zenhaven and Loom and Leaf. Saatva constantly features in lists for “best hybrid“, “best luxury“, and various other mattress accolades. Featuring a coil on coil design, it’s different in many ways to other mattresses sold online so it’s easy to see why it gets so much attention. But is it any good, and more importantly, is it right for you?
Here’s what you’ll find inside my “The Saatva Mattress” review:
- What Makes The Saatva Mattress Special?
- Saatva Mattress Features
- What’s The Difference Between The 11.5 And 14.5 Inch Models?
- What Does The Saatva Mattress Feel Like To Lie On?
- Are There Any Problems With Saatva?
- Review Summary
What Makes The Saatva Mattress Special?
There are more than just a few things that make Saatva unique:
- Saatva is not a mattress in a box. Even though it’s an online mattress, it will be delivered to your house at its full size.
- Your Saatva comes with free white glove delivery. This means that when you buy Saatva, it will not only be delivered for free, but it will also be set up for you in your house. This is a service I’ve seen other brands charge $150-$200 for.
- Your white glove delivery includes free removal of two bed items (like your old mattress and foundation), if you wish. Saatva is the only company I’ve come across offering this service.
- The coil on coil design is rare, especially at this price point (it’s usually found in much more expensive beds).
- The base coil unit of Saatva is an innerspring unit, not individually wrapped pocket coils.
- Saatva has a specialized wire support in the center of the mattress to support your spine.
Let’s take a detailed look at the features of the Saatva mattress so I can explain some of these unique features in more detail for you.
Saatva Mattress Features
The Saatva Mattress is a hybrid of coils and memory foam. It’s proudly made in the USA. The Saatva mattress is available in two heights: 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches. You choose your preferred firmness level when purchasing: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm (preferred by 81% of Saatva customers), or Firm.
Your Saatva mattress comes with an extremely generous 180 night sleep trial and 15 year warranty (5 years longer than the industry standard)
- Cover: Organic cotton with a bronze trim. Saatva have added an antimicrobial fabric treatment to the cover to help keep it fresh.
- Eurotop: Stuffed with more cushioning material than a standard pillow top, this is part of how Saatva achieves its luxury feel. This layer is designed to add cushioning to the mattress, and to achieve the different firmness options offered by Saatva, different amounts of material is used inside the Eurotop (so the “Plush Soft” has the most, the “Firm” has the least.
- Memory Foam: Before you hit the double coil layer, Saatva have placed a half inch layer of high quality memory foam. This is to add a layer of cushioning contour between the Eurotop and the microcoils.
- Lumbar Support Wire: This is a wire running through the middle part of the mattress which is there to enhance spinal support.
- Micro Pocket Coils: This is the first coil layer of the Saatva dual coil system. These are extremely strong, individually wrapped coils that are much smaller than the coils in the support core. Saatva chose to use this coil comfort layer instead of foams like their competitors because they believe it offers superior spinal support and protection against sagging.
- Innerspring Coils: The coils in the base of the Saatva mattress are 13 gauge, making them some of the strongest I have seen.
- Edge Support: The two coil layers are surrounded by a high density foam encasement, which wraps around the whole mattress.
Analysis: I really like the features Saatva have packed into their mattress. You may be feeling hesitant with there being just half an inch of memory foam and an innerspring coil unit, but I don’t think you need to worry. The main comfort feature of the Saatva mattress is actually the pocket micro coils, which complements the memory foam beautifully, and provides a durable and individualized feel.
Yes, innerspring support units are now viewed as “old fashioned”, but Saatva have gone out of their way to ensure theirs is durable and strong, and used in combination with comfort materials that give you the targeted support an old innerspring mattress won’t.
What’s The Difference Between The 11.5 And 14.5 Inch Models?
These two mattresses cost the same and they have the same level of support. So how are they different? Here’s how:
- The innerspring coils in the base of the 14.5 inch mattress have two extra turns, giving an extra 3 inches of height. This is how the height difference is achieved between the two mattresses without changing any other components.
- I asked Saatva customer service (very helpful and knowledgeable, by the way) if there were any other differences, and this is what they came back with:
- Saatva themselves recommend the 11.5 inch if you’re wanting to use the Saatva mattress with an adjustable base
- The 11.5 inch is more likely to fit your standard sheets, while the 14.5 inch may need deeper pocket sheets
- The 11.5 inch does not have handles. The 14.5 inch does, but these are not for lifting the mattress, only sliding it into position. Both must be lifted from underneath if you’re moving it around.
What Does The Saatva Mattress Mattress Feel Like To Lie On?
As I mentioned above, the Saatva mattress comes in three firmness levels. The firmness is adjusted by changing the amount of loft inside the Eurotop, that’s it. This means all Saatva mattresses have the same coils, same amount of the same memory foam, everything else is the same.
The more loft you choose, the softer the mattress will feel through the top. This is great, because it means no matter what level of softness you choose for your Saatva, you know you’re getting the exact same strong supports. Other brands make softer mattresses by using lower density (= less durability) foams, but not Saatva.
Since this is a bed containing both an innerspring unit and a microcoil unit, it’s going to feel bouncier than your typical coil and foam hybrid.
Innersprings provide less motion isolation than other support cores, so if completely deadening the motion of a partner who tosses and turns or gets up a lot is your top priority, I suggest you look at an all foam mattress, as these are most powerful at isolating motion. The Puffy Royal is a luxury all foam mattress you may be interested in, click here to read about it.
The Saatva is going to have excellent edge support. The strong encasement of the coils makes for strong edges, so if you sleep on the edge of the bed, or like to sit on the side of your bed when you get up or get dressed, this is going to appeal to you.
In my personal opinion, the “Luxury Firm” and “Firm” Saatva mattress is going to work best for back and stomach sleepers, while the “Plush” will be best for side sleepers as it has the deeper cushioning.
Extra note: I used to own a mattress that had a double coil system very similar to Saatva. It was the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever owned! It was one of the most expensive mattresses in the shop at the time (it cost a lot more than Saatva does) and it lasted for years. In fact, we still have it in our guest room. I still think it’s very comfortable and it’s certainly stood the test of time.
The Saatva MattressFrom $849
- Dual Coil System
- High Quality Materials
- Free White Glove Delivery And Removal Of Old Bed
- Memory Foam Layer Is Thin - Not Suitable For Those Looking For A Thick Foam Mattress
- Innersprings Not Great For Motion Isolation