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Saatva: Mattress review
Stay cool and comfy on a bed that's just right.
Marketed as offering a superior sleep compared to traditional foam mattresses, the Saatva Classic Mattress is a hybrid made of foam and both individually wrapped and steel spring coils. But does this engineering really make a difference in your comfort? I slept on it for a month to see if it’d give me a better night’s sleep.
Saatva Mattress sent me a free mattress so I could try it out. I’ve slept on it before giving this review, and you can rest assured you’re getting my honest, unbiased opinion.
- Size reviewed: Queen
- Firmness level: Luxury Firm
- Cost: $1,399
- Trial period: 180 days
- Warranty: 15 years
- Free shipping? Yes
- Shipping time: 2 weeks
Unpacking the mattress
Saatva’s Classic Mattress comes with free white-glove delivery, so there’s no unboxing involved — just some protective plastic to remove.
A few days before delivery, a local company contacted me to set up a delivery date and time. The mattress arrived on schedule, and the delivery drivers carried it into my living room upon my request.
Had I realized just how heavy this mattress was, I would’ve asked them to bring it upstairs to my bedroom. While it comes with handles, their placement is awkward and makes this bed difficult to move. It’s definitely not a one-person job. Plus, I chose the 14-inch model, which costs the same as the 11.5-inch bed but adds extra weight.
Free mattress removal was an option, but I chose to keep my old mattress just in case. Saatva offers a 120-night trial period, so you might want to hang onto your old one until you’re sure you’re keeping it.
Once set up, there were no strange smells that emanate from some all-foam mattresses. But the bed did feel somewhat hard at first. It took several weeks for this mattress to break in and start feeling more forgiving. My partner, who has severe back pain, was skeptical of the bed change at first, but we stuck it out to see if it would improve.
On the plus side, this hybrid doesn’t make you feel as though you’re sinking into it, unlike most foam mattresses I’ve slept on. And it keeps you cool — a huge bonus for us, as we tend to sleep with a fan on year-round.
One month in
After the first month or so, the Saatva mattress started to soften and feel comfier. In fact, my partner now prefers our new bed to our old all-foam one, despite being ready to switch them back in the first week.
The Saatva mattress offers better overall and edge support than our old bed, minimizes motion transfer and is comfortable for both of us — he sleeps on his back and I’m a side-sleeper. So if you’re giving this bed a shot, I recommend sticking with your trial and giving it some time to break in. For us, it was well worth the wait.
In hindsight, I’d pass on the extra thickness. A few inches of mattress don’t seem to make a difference in terms of comfort, at least compared to our old 11-inch bed. But it makes it more difficult for the dog to get up on the bed — which might be a pro for some people — and it likely makes it heavier and harder to navigate staircases and tight hallways.
Which firmness option is right for me?
If you’re looking for a cloud-like feel, I recommend Plush Soft, the softest option available. We went with the Luxury Firm option, and while it did soften and break in, it’s still on the firm side. But it does offer excellent support — something I can’t speak to for the Plush Soft bed, as I haven’t tried it.
Pros and cons
- Free white-glove delivery. Since it doesn’t come in a box, this mattress is delivered to your home and a professional company sets it up free of charge.
- Superior support. This bed offers more spinal support and edge support than our old foam bed.
- No off-gassing. If you’re not a fan of airing out strange smells, this mattress could be a winner.
- Sleeps cool. Staying cool and comfy at night wasn’t an issue with this mattress.
- It’s heavy and hard to move. Don’t forgo the in-bedroom setup, because this beast of a bed’s a pain to move.
- $99 return fee. Unlike most other online mattress brands, Saatva charges a $99 transportation fee if you choose to return it — even if you’re still within the 120-night trial window.
Saatva Mattress vs. competitors
The Saatva Luxury Mattress offers a great blend of quality hybrid construction at a competitive price point. But if you’re not completely sold, compare a few of its closest competitors before deciding on a brand.
I’m impressed with the overall quality and improved sleep I’m getting from the Saatva Classic Mattress. It’s a step up from our old foam bed, and it’s helped minimize my partner’s back pain at night. Just keep in mind that if you return this bed, you’re on the hook for a $99 transportation fee.
Would you recommend this mattress to a friend?
Yes! I absolutely recommend this bed to anyone who’s found that all-foam mattresses aren’t for them.
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