A lot of the new mattress companies manufacture mattresses comprising 100% foam, which is great for those who like to sink far into our beds, but for people like me who like a bit of zip and bounce, Saatva mattresses are built with 2 layers of innerspring coils that are foam-bound and provides just the optimal little amount of sinkage, thereby giving the pleasure of being able to bounce on it a little (but not too much). Let’s face it, even adults like jumping on the bed just for fun.
Apart from that well thought out foam-wrapped coils, it provides a lustrous pillow top (Euro styled), amplifying your comfort to a new level, all at a reasonable price point. Saatva ofcourse also offers memory foam mattresses under the Loom & Leaf brand and latex mattresses under the ZenHaven brand, but the original Saatva mattresses that is sold under the brand "Saatva" are the innerspring ones, the ones that made them famous to start with and that is the one we are reviewing here..
ConstructionLayer 1: (Cover, Euro style pillow top) This is the outermost layer. It was designed with the intention to maximize comfort. It is comprised of a breathable cotton cover, soft and lustrous. The pillow top gives it an element of luxury, adding to the comfort provided.
Layer 2: (Memory foam) The layer sitting under the cotton cover, comprised of memory foam, which is known to be sensitive to pressure. This layer provides further lumbar support, therefore ideal for any age group. 100% foam composition is however known to lead to heat retention problems, which is why Saatva’s composition of the thin layer of memory foam is ideal.
Layer 3: (Contour coils wrapped in foam) Over the support base is a set of contour coils wrapped neatly within individual layer of foam. The foam wrapped around the coils aims at minimizing the motion transfer, and the coils, to provide the bounce. This layer is what makes Saatva stand out from the rest: it’s nurturing effect. With approximately 884 individual coils, the support is excellent support to your body no matter what position you sit in! Talk about nurturing done right!
Layer 4: (Highly graded steel coils) The support base lies at the bottom and is composed of steel coils that provide eminent support and shape for the mattress. The customary hour glass shaped coils act as the premise of the entire construction and supports the weight and helps maintain the overall shape. Saatva makes use of Bonnell springs in particular. It has been the most common type of spring in the market industry till date and has proven to be super effective. It is very strong which makes this a mattress that would support heavier sleepers pretty well. Saatva makes use of the 416 unit springs for a Queen size mattress which is fairly good number.
Note: The base innerspring is covered with an insulation pad on top. These insulation pads are placed to prevent the foam from sinking too far into the spring gaps, further maintaining the overall longevity of the mattress. Look for the layer just above the base springs in the pic below.
Above is the simplified pictoral insight of te construction: (1) is the individually wrapped comfort coils (2) shows the rigid foam encasement at the edges for edge support (3) is the memory foam layer (4) is the base steel coil support for increased durability and (5) is the high quality Euro pillo top and cover.
Again, Edge support is pretty good (look below)
CoverPerhaps the entire feel of the mattress lies within the thin layer of the cover. While mattress hunting, the first thing anyone does is plop right onto the mattress, and run their hands over the cover, ensuring the feel is just right. What better way to guarantee this feeling by providing a 100% organic cotton cover?
The organic cotton ensures that it is breathable in nature (evaporation of sweat is also swift, so don’t worry if you’re known to be a warm/hot sleeper) and further provides softness. Overall, it has a lustrous texture. Very likable, indeed.
The Loam & Leaf cover is almost identical to this one, which was the first thing that struck me upon feeling this cover. What really sets it apart, however, is the added feature of the Euro-styled pillow top.
The traditional pillow tops are sewn atop of the mattress, which does not provide it the aesthetics it deserves. With the Euro-style, the pillows are sewn neatly within the cover, providing an overall pleasing aesthetic, as well as longer durability.
Traditional pillow tops eventually lose shape and texture with additive use. This is not an issue in case of the newly instilled pillow tops that provide a larger longevity.
In the year of 2016, Saatva decided to upgrade their pillow top technology, by keeping the Euro-style, but changing the quilting pattern in the middle section of the pillow top. The quilting pattern was made tighter than normal, so as to provide added lumbar support, in order to attain proper spinal alignment while sleeping.
Most of us tend to neglect the lumbar region that requires the most support during sleep. But don’t worry, because Saatva mattresses have got your back (literally).
Saatva offers 3 levels of comforts (from firm to soft)Firm: It is the firmest of mattresses, an 8/10 rigidity. Just like other Saatva mattresses, it wraps the coils within memory foam, but with a foam of much higher rigidity. Indeed, the initial cushioning of the body exists, but followed immediately is a feeling of firm support from the mattress. This is ideal for people who desire added lumbar support. Ideal for customers who require proper lumbar support, generally the age group of 45 and above and do not like moving about in their sleep
Luxury firm: Caught in the middle, lies Saatva luxury, that is a 5/10 on the firmness scale. This is the go-to option when you don’t side with either too firm or too soft. It is what 80% of the customers choose, as it offers a medium firmness: providing the required amount of lumbar support, while allowing you to dissolve into your heap of softness, but just enough. The luxury firm is what you often find in nice hotels. This is particularly ideal for customers who constantly toss and turn positions in bed
Plush soft: Undoubtedly the only mattress manufactured by Saatva that offers the “sleeping amongst the clouds” effect. This is for sleepers who like to be cuddled by the mattress in a supportive embrace, thereby allowing themselves to sink (relatively) into the mattress. The foam used for this is much softer and conforming in nature. It ranks a 3/10 in the firmness scale. Ideal for customers who sleep on their sides and want to sink deep into the mattress
Sinkage LevelsThese tests results are for the Luxury Firm comfort variant. The test are of utmost importance to all customers, and I mean, why not? How else do you compare mattresses, and find your ideal match?
- Lying on your back: An average of 1.5-2 inches (for a person from 140-200 lbs)
- Lying on your side: An approximate of 2-3 inches experienced.
- Sitting on an edge of the bed: A depression of close to 3 inches was made.
- Standing in the middle: Sinkage of 5-6 inches occurred.
Bounce LevelsSince it is a spring mattress, the first question that would pop into your mind would be, how far deep can it bounce off a body. With reference to the bouncing levels, we take into consideration: -The bounce in the cover layer exists, but is not too much since the mattress does not contain supersprings or latex. The bounce produced while dropping a 9-10 pound object on the surface: about 6 inches which in my opinion is optimal for most people.
Motion IsolationIf you have a companion in bed, a frequent question asked by customers is its motion isolation. This is essentially how much your companion would get affected if, let’s say, you were to sneak into bed. This depends largely on the weight of the person sneaking in.
Upon conducting a small experiment involving the dropping an object weighing around 10 pounds onto the bed from a height of 2 meters, it was found that little counteraction resulted. This is a good result and the reason behind its nature is simply because of the lightly pocketed coils in the second layer.
As the coils are not tightly coupled together, the bounce that results is not a great deal and the spread is contained. However, if a much larger force was to be applied, say the person coming into bed were to plop right onto it, naturally, the springs in the bottom level would be nudged at, causing the bouncing effect to be more pronounced.
Alleviates Back Pain & Stiffness?Saatva says that the “Spinal Zone’ sleep technology will help reduce back pain and stiffness. They say this is facilitated via an active wire support in the center third of the mattress.
According to information on Saatva’s website, this zone helps maintains optimal spinal alignment thereby providing good support, improved weight distribution, and lessens pressure points. The mattress has received the approval of the Congress of Chiropractic State Association’s Seal. If you suffer from back stiffness and pain, then opt for the luxury firm comfort vairant.
PricingOne advantages Saatva offers is that tax is non-inclusive. Depending on your local sales tax, that’s an added discount of about 100-150$ right there. Further, the three levels of firmness are all priced the same. This is because each customer has their own requirements, which is why the provision to choose from the three exists!
The prices vary depending on the size required. The larger you go, the higher the prices go (reasonably, at that). Saatva further offers two thickness levels (11.5” and 14.5”) which are both priced the same and ideally the same from a comfort standpoint.
Made in USASaatva proudly declares itself to be an American company, however it does have links with Canada, where they have two factories that help with the production and sales of mattresses to Canadian customers. Their mattresses are further known to travel less than 1000 miles, which adds to reduced carbon emissions. Even though they try to source most (if not all) products required for the mattresses in America, they cannot guarantee this 100%.
Eco FriendlinessGuaranteeing a high level of eco-friendliness, Saatva’s advantage lies in its lucidity with their customers. Nothing is hidden, and they freely share the components used for its manufacture.
- The cover contains organic cotton (100%).
- The steel used for the springs are recycled steel.
- The memory foam used comes from polyol, a natural plant base, and in most cases, the soy plant.
- The flame retardant used is made of wood pulp.
Who may or may not like this mattressYou may like this mattress if you
You may not prefer this mattress if:
- are looking to buy mattresses online
- are looking for a good value
- need good spinal support as well as comfort
- hate waking up to a pool of perspiration
- toss and turn frequently in your sleep, as Saatva’s repositioning is brilliant.
- you need the memory foam feel
- you need to sink deep into your mattress
- you’re the kind who needs to try out mattresses at the store (it’s availability is limited to online shopping).
Interesting StuffThe two thickness levels provided by Saatva are 11.5” and 14.5”. These measurements are taken without considering the pillow top (which is about another 2 inches). Technically, they are understating the thickness by not including the additional bonus of 2 inches which adds plenty to the heavenly feel.
The existence of multiple sets of coils throughout the foundation of the bed (Layer 1) prevents the bed from compressing at any one point alone, as they work collaboratively.
The lumbar support provided can be felt with the help of a little, fun experiment. Lying across the bed in a East-West position will be different from that while lying in the (ideal) North-South position. The reason is that the lumbar support has been designed in the North-South direction, and while sitting in any other direction will show you the sheer lack of it, and therefore you can note the significant difference.
Return PolicyFor those of us who need to get a good feel of the mattress before purchasing it, don’t shy away from Saatva’s online purchasing policy. They provide a generous return policy, wherein the mattress delivered to you may be used by you for upto 120 nights, within which you may be allowed to return it, with a refund. No questions asked.
Overall, I was thoroughly satisfied with the product’s variability and innovation. It is great for people who are in search for that innerspring feel. Guaranteed quality of product with the use of eco-friendly materials, that is bound to make your mattress dreams come true.
It’s variability provides a wide range of options to choose from, its extended use of springs to provide lumbar support and competitive prices with other brands in the market make it a quality brand that one cannot resist.