Saatva Mattress Review

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  • Mattress Type Icon

    Mattress Type:

    Innerspring

  • Price (Queen) Icon

    Price (Queen):

    $1,795

  • Firmness Icon

    Firmness:

    Soft (3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

  • Warranty Icon

    Warranty:

    Lifetime, Limited

  • Weight Icon

    Weight:

    N/A

  • Sleep Trial Icon

    Sleep Trial:

    365 Nights ($99 Return Fee)

Highlights

  • Memory foam lumbar pad for lower back support
  • Choice of three firmness levels
  • Coil core provides above-average durability

Ideal For

  • Sleepers looking for additional back support and pressure relief
  • Side sleepers under 230 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
"The Saatva's coil-on-coil design makes the mattress feel very solid and supportive, even compared to other innersprings and hybrids we've tested. Both coil layers also promote steady airflow, so the mattress should sleep fairly cool."
Alison Deshong
Product Tester

 

Saatva is a U.S.-based mattress and sleep accessory brand that has been in business since 2010. The company is best known for high-end products that use natural and organic materials. Saatva offers a wide range of mattresses, but for this review we’ll be focusing on the flagship Saatva Classic.

The Saatva Classic is a hybrid mattress featuring a Euro-top with foam and fiber padding, a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils, and a support core of low-gauge bonnell (or hourglass) coils. This coil-on-coil design makes the mattress feel very supportive and responsive. The mattress is available in three firmness levels: soft, medium firm, and firm, which respectively correspond to 3, 6, and 8 on our 10-point firmness scale. Customers can also select between heights of 11.5 and 14.5 inches.

Our overview of the Saatva Classic includes an in-depth look at the construction, pros and cons, and performance ratings of this mattress. We’ll also cover prices, available sizes, and information about Saatva’s shipping and return policies.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Cons
  • Multiple firmness and thickness options ensure most people can find a comfortable design regardless of body type or sleep position.
  • Both coil layers promote airflow, and a breathable cover allows excellent temperature control.
  • The dual-coil construction ensures strong edge support.
  • All orders in the contiguous U.S. qualify for full-service White Glove delivery at no extra cost.
  • Each Saatva Classic comes with a 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty.
  • The highly responsive surface does not isolate motion very well.
  • The Saatva Classic's price-point is in line with the average hybrid model, but may still be too expensive for some shoppers.

Prices and Sizes​

The Saatva Classic is available in eight different sizes as well as two profiles. The dimensions and current prices for each size are listed below. Please note that profile choice does not affect the price-point in any size.

Sizes
Dimensions
Price

Twin

38W" x 75L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$935

Twin XL

38W" x 80L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$1,225

Full

54W" x 75L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$1,695

Queen

60W" x 80L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$1,795

King

76W" x 80L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$2,195

California King

72W" x 80L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$2,195

Split King (2-pc.)

76W" x 80L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$2,450

Split California King (2-pc.)

72W" x 84L" x 11.5H" or 14.5H"

$2,450

Construction Breakdown

The specific construction of a Saatva Classic depends on the selected firmness and thickness, but all models contain the same core elements. These include:

Mattress Details
  • 3" Euro-top with polyfoam and fiber padding
  • High-density memory foam lumbar pad
  • Pocketed minicoils (14.5-gauge)
  • Tempered-steel bonnell coils (13-gauge) encased in high-density polyfoam

The 14.5-inch Saatva Classic features base coils that measure 3 inches thicker than those of the 11.5-inch model. Those who need extra coil support should opt for the thicker profile. 

The entire mattress is encased in a cover made of organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. The surface is treated with Guardin, an antimicrobial agent designed to stave off harmful bacteria.

Performance

In order to present a thorough overview of the Saatva Classic, our team has personally tested each available firmness and thickness for the mattress. The results of these tests are covered below.

Durability: 4/5 (All Models)

We estimate the lifespan of a mattress by examining its materials. We expect the Saatva Classic to perform for about seven to eight years before you’ll need to replace it. The above-average longevity of this mattress can be attributed to the combination of high-density foams and strong, low-gauge coils. These materials hold up well over time and help the surface resist the deep impressions that can lead to early retirement for less robust mattresses.

Pressure Relief: 4/5 (All Models)

To evaluate a mattress for pressure relief, our testers wear sensors around areas where pressure buildup is common such as the shoulders, lower back, and hips. We then use body-mapping technology to see where pressure is most evident.

The Saatva Classic excels at pressure relief in all firmness levels. While this performance category can be a weak area for innersprings and hybrids, the Classic’s memory foam lumbar pad and dual-layer coil system reinforce the sleep surface very well. This minimizes sinkage around the midsection – a common source of pressure for sleepers – while the Euro-top cushions sensitive areas along the spine.

Motion Isolation: 3/5 (Soft), 2/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

We evaluate motion isolation by asking two of our testers to lie side by side on the mattress. One person changes positions and gets out of bed while the other records how much movement they feel on their side of the bed, and then they switch roles.

Motion isolation is one area where the Saatva Classic struggles. Models with soft feels absorb some movement and may help couples sleep soundly, but the medium firm and firm models are both rather responsive and bouncy. Our testers noticed movement on all three versions of the mattress. Profile choice did not appear to affect the Classic’s motion-isolating abilities.

Temperature Control: 4/5 (All Models)

We measure heat buildup on the surface of each mattress using a combination of thermal mapping technology and anecdotal feedback from our testers. For accuracy, temperature readings are weighed against the tester’s body temperature.

Temperature control is another area where the Saatva Classic excels at all levels. Innersprings and hybrids tend to sleep cool thanks to steady air circulation throughout their coil chambers. Since Saatva contains two coil layers, this essentially means twice as much airflow. The breathable organic cotton cover also helps the surface maintain a comfortable temperature. For maximum cooling, we recommend the medium firm or firm versions of the mattress.

Edge Support: 4/5 (All Models)
During our edge support tests, we take turns sitting along the mattress perimeter and measure the amount of compression that occurs beneath each of our bodies. This portion of the evaluation process necessitates feedback from testers in all three weight groups.

The Saatva Classic feels exceptionally sturdy along the perimeter. High-density foam encasing the hourglass coils creates generous push-back at the base level. The minicoil layer also adds reinforcement and reduces sinkage. The firm model sank slightly less than models with the other two firmness levels, but the Classic earned exemplary ratings in this category across the board.

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

We evaluate ease of movement by getting on and off the mattress and changing sleep positions. This simple yet informative process shows how much our bodies sink into the surface during different types of movements. As with edge support, this category relies on testing from individuals in different weight groups.

The Saatva Classic is responsive and supportive enough to facilitate mostly sag-free movements across the surface. Our testers noticed a bit of sinkage moving across the soft model, but not to the extent that they felt trapped or stuck. There was little to no sinkage on medium firm and firm models. Models with 14.5-inch profiles earned slightly higher ratings in this category than those with 11.5-inch profiles.

Off-Gassing: 5/5 (All Models)

After unboxing a new mattress, you may notice a chemical smell reminiscent of plastic or rubber. This is known as off-gassing and occurs due to chemicals emitted by certain mattress materials. We evaluate mattresses for off-gassing during the unboxing process, then continue to do so over the next two to three days.

Initial odor is virtually a non-issue with the Saatva Classic. The mattress does not contain enough foam to emit high concentrations of off-gassing chemicals, and any smells that may occur are quickly flushed out thanks to the two foam layers. You may notice some slight odor during the first day or so, but nothing that should disturb your sleep.

Sex: 3/5 (Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Based on surveys and consumer research, we’ve found most couples prefer responsive and supportive mattresses during sex. We evaluate how well or poorly a mattress performs during sex by tabulating our ratings from other performance categories, such as ease of movement, edge support, and temperature control.

The Saatva’s coil-on-coil design makes the mattress highly conducive to sex. The responsive surface helps facilitate rhythmic movements and position changes, while the sturdy edges allow couples to use the entire mattress as they see fit. Strong temperature control ratings also elevate the Classic’s suitability for sex. Limited edge support for the soft model slightly decreases its rating in this category.

"If you sleep with a partner and awaken easily due to movement in bed, the Saatva Classic may cause sleep disruptions. Motion isolation was limited during our tests — we noticed a fair amount of bounce on all three models."
Garen Glazier
Product Tester

 

Sleep Position and Body Weight

Our extensive hands-on testing has shown time and again that body weight and sleep position are important factors to consider when looking for a new mattress. The testing team consists of people belonging to different weight and position groups. This level of versatility allows us to make recommendations for all types of sleepers. The Saatva Classic earned the following ratings from our sleeper testing team.

  • Side Sleepers: With the Saatva Classic, the most comfortable firmness level for our side sleepers depended on their body type. Side sleepers under 130 pounds preferred the soft feel, those weighing 130 to 230 pounds favored the medium firm, and those over 230 pounds gave their most favorable ratings to the firm model.
  • Back Sleepers: Among our back sleepers, the medium firm feel was most popular with those weighing 130 pounds or more. Back sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds also enjoyed the firm feel, while those under 130 pounds felt most comfortable on the soft models.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Since stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses than side and back sleepers, this group of testers gravitated toward the medium firm and firm Saatva Classic models. The latter was most popular among stomach sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more, but those in the range of 130 to 230 pounds also enjoyed the medium firm model.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Lastly, we’ll look at important details for Saatva Classic buyers related to shipping, returns, and warranty coverage.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Availability

The Saatva Classic is exclusively available online through Saatva's website, and the mattress is not sold through any third-party retailers or online marketplaces. Saatva does not operate any brick-and-mortar stores, though the company hosts a handful of showrooms across the U.S.

Shipping Options

Saatva exclusively ships within the contiguous U.S. at this time. All orders come with free White Glove delivery, during which couriers will assemble the mattress in a room of your choosing and remove your old mattress and box spring at no extra cost. Standard ground delivery is not available.

Sleep Trial

Saatva offers a 365-night sleep trial with all Classic purchases. There is not a mandatory break-in period with the trial. Saatva issues a full refund for mattress returns, minus a $99 processing charge.

Warranty

The Saatva Classic is backed by a lifetime warranty. Saatva replaces defective mattresses free of charge during the first two years of warranty coverage. Beginning in the third year, owners must pay round-trip processing fees. Covered defects include surface impressions of 1 inch or deeper. Normal wear and tear or damage that occurs after the delivery date are not considered defects.

Additional Coverage

As part of Saatva's Fairness Replacement Option, owners can replace their mattress if it is defective. The company replaces and sets up the mattress for 40% to 80% of the original price, depending on how much time has elapsed, and owners get to keep the original mattress if they wish.