Saatva Mattress Review – Best Hybrid Mattress Option Available In Three Firmness Levels

The Saatva Hybrid Mattress is one of the most popular choices for consumers searching for a bed that offers pinpoint pressure relief, uplifting and buoyant support, and unlike other “bed in a box” options, gives you the option of three models offering different levels of soft vs. firm.

Built using a unique “cake recipe” of layers and components, the Saatva Hybrid relies on pocketed coils and specialized memory foam to offer precision spine alignment and cradling support. 

The Saatva Hybrid has a more traditional mattress feel, with resilient support so that you don’t feel like you have to dig your way out of your mattress just to turn on your side or back. When very little effort is required to turn, you tend to remain in deep, restorative sleep, and don’t wake up as often. This results in a refreshed and well-rested sensation upon awakening. 

The mattress has a little bit of bounce to it, as well, and most people enjoy a mattress with a livelier feel rather than a dead, muffled sensation found in many all foam mattresses. 

In addition, regardless of which level of firmness you choose, the mattress is outfitted with a plush Euro style pillow top that is sumptuous, nest like, and embracing, without suffocating you or burying you or making you feel trapped.

Inside, there’s a well thought out design that is specifically targeted at providing excellent spine alignment to relieve nerve compression and improve circulation, relax and calm limbs, and reduce pressure specifically on shoulders and hips. Underneath, a continuous layer of Bonnell style coils (4) provides the substrate or foundation for the mattress. 

Immediately above the foundation coil layer are several layers of buffering and impact absorbing foam, over which is the signature pocketed coil system (1) which give the Saatva its unique qualities.

Each pocketed coil operates independently, like a finely tuned automotive suspension. This allows each area of your body to receive isolated and differing levels of pushback to cradle and levitate areas

like hips, shoulders, and even fills in void areas such as the lumbar region of your lower back, in between shoulder blades, and elsewhere.Each pocketed coil operates independently, like a finely tuned automotive suspension. This allows each area of your body to receive isolated and differing levels of pushback to cradle and levitate areas like hips, shoulders, and even fills in void areas such as the lumbar region of your lower back, in between shoulder blades, and elsewhere.

The pocketed coil system in the Saatva Hybrid is probably what makes this mattress so popular with people who suffer from back pain and sciatic nerve pain, which can be life altering and a chronic problem for many. 

Above the pocketed coil system in a Saatva mattress are the several proprietary memory foam layers (3) used to minimize motion transfer and to provide excellent pressure relief, by distributing pressure sideways, not downward, much like spreading pizza dough across a pan, outwards and away from the weight placed on the mattress.

To add additional comfort and pressure relief, the mattress is topped off with Saatva’s handcrafted Euro pillow top (5), filled with several layers of comfortable and cushy high density foam layers. Crafted from organic cotton, the top of the mattress soft and breathable. The cover is also tufted and quilted with a soft foam to provide the Saatva with a pillow top look and feel.

Here are the three firmness options you can choose from in the Saatva Classic Hybrid lineup:

  • Plush Soft: preferred by side sleepers and occasional back sleepers, great if you like feeling enveloped in your mattress. Most owners describe this version as having a medium level of support and softness. Just cushy enough to be inviting, but not too soft.

  • Luxury Firm: definitely their most popular version, preferred by all types of sleepers, great if you tend to switch positions in the night. More of a medium firm, but not resilient or excessively firm. Owners describe this variation as not being “stiff” or “rigid”.

  • Firm: preferred by back and stomach sleepers, great if you like the feeling of floating on your mattress instead of immersing in your mattress. Typical sensation of a very traditional and firmer innerspring mattress that does not tend to yield much. Excellent for back sleepers, or those with chronic thoracic or upper back pain. Side sleepers may not find it embracing or soft enough. 

The Saatva Hybrid Series Offers Built-In Edge Support That Is Typically Left Out Of Many Bed In A Box Options

One of the characteristics of the Saatva lineup is the built perimeter edge support system. This is a wrap around edge of firmer and more resilient foam designed to support your body while sitting on the edge of your mattress. It makes it easier to transfer in and out of the mattress, which make it ideal for persons with limited mobility issues. Even taking your shoes on and off can be an issue in mattresses that are poorly designed and don’t have a specific element at the edge of the mattress that can accommodate weight. 

Most mattresses run the comfort layers out to the edge of the mattress and these layers are typically too soft to handle the weight of a seated individual, and can result in a sliding sensation off of the edge of the mattress.

The Saatva Delivers On Motion Isolation And Is Excellent For Light Sleepers And Couples

In addition to offering excellent edge support, the Saatva mattress, despite having a coil system as the principle element of its design, offers outstanding motion isolation characteristics. This is due to the buffering qualities of the memory foam used in both the mattress interior as well as the Euro pillow top piece.

Couples who prefer to sleep adjacent to each other will find that they will not easily disturb their partners, and light sleepers will find that they sleep deeper, and maintain uninterrupted sleep for much longer than when using other mattress designs.

What Sets The Saatva Mattress Apart: A Mattress Designer’s Opinion

While I’m not generally a fan of innerspring or coil mattresses, the Saatva design is an exception and an example of  engineering a mattress so that the appropriate use of different elements delivers more than just the sum of tis parts. 

It has a sturdy, durable construction, it’s available in several different  comfort options, and it accommodates almost every conceivable body type. While the lineup may not be among the softest or the most plush mattresses, there is a Saatva army of satisfied owners who write fantastic reviews about this well thought out program. But why is the mattress so hugely popular?

For one, their web site is brimming with valuable information. There is almost no- what we call in advertising- “fluff” or “weasel words” and honestly, you’ll get flat out, the best education about mattresses you’ll get on the web. Most retail sites don’t offer the backstory about mattress construction and design like Saatva offer.

Another feature we like about the Saatva web site and product descriptions are that their content is backed up with facts, spec by spec, and apples to apples, making it simple to compare their mattresses with other brands. In fact, there is a detailed comparison chart between the Saatva mattress and other high end mattresses. As an example one comparison of the Saatva at $1099 shows that the Saatva actually surpasses an equivalent Kings Down Mattress which has a retail price of over $3,000. 

The Saatva Hybrid Mattress lineup offers a smart looking and tightly crafted mattress that sets the standard for master craftsmanship according to Marc Anderson, CEO of The Mattress Buyer Guide, a 25 year veteran of mattress design and engineering.

When I personally called to ask detailed questions about the coil system, the foam densities, even the gauge of the springs, for example,  they were carefully  and expertly handled by the phone rep and a chat rep I  spoke with. The staff is thoroughly trained and prepared to answer technical questions. 

The few times there was a question that couldn’t be answered (since they were questions only a mattress designer or engineer could answer) I would be transferred to someone who could. You just don’t find this kind of knowledge base at most e-commerce mattress stores, and certainly not in a retail brick and mortar setting.

Saatva Plush Soft Review

If you’re a petite individual or you spend a lot of time sleeping on your side, you’ should probably opt for the plush soft model. This model is the softest bed Saatva offers, and overall, we think it fits right around a medium on the firmness scale. It has a soft to the fingertips feel, and you can easily immerse your hand deep into the Euro pillow top. This translates to excellent weight distribution qualities and pressure relief for your hips and shoulders.

Saatva Luxury Firm

The Luxury Firm model delivers on both offering a comfortable, immersive sensation which is nest like and easy on the shoulders and hips when on your side, but still offers excellent straight and level support for aching backs, and insures that you’ll maintain good spine alignment while sleeping both on your side or your back. Imagine a traditional innerspring mattress but with the ability to nestle into it, and still feeling the pushback that keep you on top of the mattress and not buried inside of it. The Luxury Firm is Saatva’s most popular model, with over 65% of customers purchasing this model over the other two.

Saatva Firm Review

The firm model that Saatva offers is likely the best bet for heavy individuals, let’s say people over 225 pounds, or for people that sleep primarily on their back and belly. Of course, there are a lot of people out there that love to sleep on an ultra-firm, rigid and flat surface, and if that is you, the firm option is definitely the way to go.

The Saatva HD Mattress Review

Built like a Clydesdale horse, and not for lightweights, if you’re a big person, whether a performance athlete or naturally larger, the Saatva HD is one of the best mattresses we have found in its class. There’s few mattresses that incorporate an hourglass steel coil innerspring system, memory foam and a firmer grade of supportive, yielding, and latex foam. It’s a monster of a mattress designed to accommodate up to 500 lb sleepers, and its damn comfortable at least according to owners who absolutely love it. One of the considerations when buying it for many owners was finding a mattress that they did not have to dig your way out of- and with a firm and resilient design, the Saatva HD delivers on that promise.

The easiest words to describe Saatva HD are: super supportive, highly durable, and comfortable, even for a firm bed.

Bullet Points About The Saatva HD Hybrid Mattress And Its Unique Zoned Latex Layer- How To Make A Firm Mattress Comfortable

  • The Saatva HD is 15.5″ tall and features several foam and coil layers, including pocketed coils and bonnet hourglass coil systems.

  • The cover is breathable and woven with organic cotton to add softness and added pressure relief. It’s also tufted which gives additional padding and the quilted design adds to the nest-like sensation.

  • The top is impregnated with Guardin, an antimicrobial fabric treatment, which is a natural material.

  • The signature use of  zoned Talalay latex foam, which is also ventilated for breathability, provides excellent support and buoyancy where you need it most.

  • Beneath the latex, a layer of medium firm memory foam provides pressure relief and excellent body contouring.

  • Under the zoned latex and memory foam are layers of HD foam, which acts as a buffer between the comfort layers and support coils.

  • The undercarriage features 12.5 gauge tempered steel coils, which are highly supportive, durable, and breathable.

  • A foam encasement surrounds the coils to provide added edge support.