Review: Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress

updated Jul 15, 2020
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Bed: Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress
Manufacturer: Saatva
Retail Price: $999

My Year In Bed (YIB) continues this year as I retested this Saatva on a proper foundation. The previous test had been with the mattress directly on the slatted frame of the bed, and it was fascinating how such a thick thing could feel so odd and squishy without true support surface – very princess and the pea. This time I was very pleased with the results and found that Saatva really met their claims on delivering an excellent mattress at a much lower price than similar beds. This is a very good solution that gives you real coils and organic cotton while removing all the dizzying decisions that usually accompany the category.

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Saatva is a very new company that is disrupting the mattress business by cutting out the middleman and selling direct to consumer online.

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This means that you may not have heard of them, but that’s okay, they make their mattresses in factories that have been making them a long time and they know what they’re doing: they’re carefully cutting out the things they think you don’t need and doubling down on those that they think you do; getting it to you at at least half of what someone else might charge for it. This is a great bed if you’re stepping up from a starter bed and looking at the mid-tier for more quality.

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Sleep Experience

  • Excellent

I slept really well. I tested the Luxury Firm, which is a popular choice (Americans love firm mattresses) and Saatva’s middle choice (“not too firm and not too soft”), I found the sleep a little firm for me (I’d go softer next time), but it had a nice soft layer on top that made it cozy. If you are a side sleeper, you would want to choose their Plush Soft version to give yourself more depth and give. There was a ton of support and the mattress was responsive, but consistent from side to side – no dips or “valleys” occurred in the middle at all. While I have a slatted bed frame, the mattress sat on a solid thin foundation, which really was required to insure a good night’s sleep.

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  • Very Good

Saatva has thrown a lot of material into their mattress to make a “luxury” mattress at a lower price, and they’ve done a good job. The construction is not unlike regular mattresses, but they’ve just been a lot more generous with the materials. The core is made up of individually wrapped coils on top of a “a tempered steel support lower coil base.” I prefer a coil construction. It tends to sleep better, cooler and longer. Around this there is a lot of foam and some memory foam to create a thick topper, which is finally wrapped in organic cotton. I detected no off-gassing at all. The mattress is quite thick and heavy (note: you won’t move this by yourself!).

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  • Excellent

Where Saatva really excels is on price, and they do a good job of getting this claim out front. For the money you are definitely getting a lot of mattress and you really would have to spend a lot more to beat this offering. Most mattresses under $1,000 are not half as good, and those that cost twice as much are just as good.

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