Saatva mattress review and analysis

Hi BigCTM,

I’ve started a new thread in answer to your question in post #5 here about Saatva.

After the original analysis that was written here, I was contacted by the manufacturer of the Saatva Mattress who provided me with more up to date and detailed specs and information so this is an edited and updated analysis of the original Saatva mattress analysis and review so it more accurately reflects all the current specs and components (some of which are not yet up to date on their site). I’ll list the layers from bottom to top (as supplied by the manufacturer) along with my comments and then provide an overview of the mattress and then comment on some of the information on their site as well. Normally I don’t go into quite this much detail but since they were good enough to provide me with the information it’s only fair to provide a more detailed analysis.

There is some reasonably good quality/value here … especially compared to most of the mainstream choices that they compete with or that most consumers end up buying … but it’s also fair to say that there are other similar mattresses in a comparable or better quality/value range that would also be well worth considering. They are also not in the “ultra premium” category which they mention often on their site and some of the mattresses they compare themselves with are not apples to apples comparisons.

Mattress layers and components:

Support components

336 (416 in queen) Bonnell: Bonnell innersprings have been called the workhorse of the industry and they are a strong innerspring that are usually found in low to moderately priced mattresses or in mattresses that need firm and strong support for higher weights. Bonnell coils are made by Leggett & Platt (among many others) and come in a range of coil counts (see the Leggett & Platt range here). In this case it is the 416 unit which is the second up in the L & P lineup. The center third of the innerspring is also zoned with what they call their Spinal Zone which helps to support the heavier pelvis and helps with alignment.

The innerspring has a good quality 2.5 oz insulator pad on the top and bottom of the springs to keep the foam from sinking into the gaps in between the springs.

The bottom of the mattress has an inch of 1.5 lb very firm polyfoam and on top of the springs there is an inch of 1.5 lb 34 ILD polyfoam to even out the compression and feel of the springs.

It also has steel edge supports which are stronger than edge supports that use just polyfoam.


In the pillowtop there is a 1/2" 1.2 lb 34 ILD insert to prevent Pocketed Unit from making noise or digging into the Non Woven Versare material on the bottom of the pillowtop enclosure.

Above the 1.2 lb polyfoam there is a 713 14.5 gauge pocket coil that has been compressed to 4"
. This is somewhat unusual since normally a microcoil is used when springs are used to replace foam in a pillowtop but this is an actual pocket coil which is compressed which is a more costly component. It would be comparable in concept to a microcoil where independent pocket coils provide the “comfort” of the mattress. This is a very durable and good quality component. It has a foam surround of firmer polyfoam for good edge support.

On top of the compressed pocket coil there is 1" of 5 lb gel memory foam which is also a high quality material.

There is also a 1.8 lb gel polyfoam center third layer which provides additional center zoning which is also a high quality polyfoam. The gel memory foam and and the quilting layers above it are used to even out the compression and improve the feel of sleeping directly on compressed pocket coils in the comfort layers.

Zoned Quilted cover:

1+1/4" 1516: This is a medium density 1.5 lb quilting foam

7/8" Quilt-flex 1210: This is a lower density quilting foam which is ultra soft and more durable and resilient than polyester fiber.

+ .85 FR Thistle (Naturally Inherent Fiber from Wood Pulp): This is an inherent viscose fire barrier which IMO is a safe choice compared to chemical fire retardant methods that are also used as fire barriers.

The quilted panel is stapled with flared staples every 2" into the foam encasement: This adds strength and helps the quilted cover maintain its shape

The organic cotton cover is 40% cotton on the face of fabric. Hypo allergenic synthetic fibers are used in the base and in the backing of the fabric. The damask organic cotton border has same blend. The border is quilted to 1/4" 1.2 lb 34 ILD polyfoam plus .85 FR barrier. This is a cover and border that “contains” organic fibers but is not organic.

The quilted cover: is also zoned in the center with a more closely spaced quilting pattern in the center of the mattress which adds quilting needles in the more closely spaced quilting areas in the center of the cover rather than just removing needles in the head and foot section.

Foundation: this is a foundation suitable for the weight of a waterbed covered with 250 lb test corrugated cardboard with double vertical rails in Full and Queen and 15 cross slats. Covered with FR cloth and organic cotton (same blend as the cover) border matching the mattress. This is a very strong and durable foundation although I am not the biggest fan of a solid cardboard surface that doesn’t breath as well as foundations that have open slats (see post #10 here)

Overall Thoughts:

The top layers are the weak link of most mattresses but in the case of the Saatva the padding materials in the pillowtop are high quality materials (the compressed pocket coil, the gel memory foam, and the center zoning gel polyfoam).

The quilting layers would also be relatively durable because they are pre-compressed in the quilting which adds to durability … particularly under the heavier areas of the body where the quilting pattern is more closely stitched. If anything I would consider the lower density polyfoam used in the quilting materials to be a little on the thick side (a little over 2") and I normally like to see quilting layers a little thinner (under 2") to reduce the risk of soft spots or virtual (or actual) impressions that can affect some people more than others but this is offset by the quilting and zoning of the mattress and therer is certainly less lower density polyfoam than most mainstream mattresses.

There are 3 layers of center zoning in this mattress (the Bonnell coil, the pillowtop, and the quilted cover) so this would add thickness and support to the middle third of the mattress where it is most needed under the pelvis and lower back and reduce the chances and effect of body impressions and foam softening. Although the foam layers would still soften (this is true of every mattress) … they are also thicker and more supportive under the areas of heaviest weight so the effect of foam softening would be reduced. All the foam is CertiPur certified which is good.

Overall, in spite of the slightly higher amount of lower and medium quality foams in the upper layers of the mattress than I would normally suggest (2" or more is where I would become a little cautious) this is a good quality moderately priced mattress that would compare very well in terms of quality and value with most mainstream brands in higher budget ranges. While they are not an “ultra premium” mattress, they certainly compare well to many more premium mattresses made by many mainstream manufacturers, especially those that use thicker layers of less durable materials such as lower density polyfoam. The 3 levels of zoning would be a bonus in terms of contributing to good alignment and reducing impressions and the effect of foam softening and the breakdown of materials. It also fills a niche for a mattress that has both innerspring support and comfort layers (coil on coil) which are not commonly available online … especially in this budget range.

Webpage and marketing:

This is the area where they have dropped the ball in my opinion.

On this page they are comparing their mattresses with much higher priced mattresses which don’t even have a similar design and are not really apples to apples comparisons. Apples to apples comparisons need to have a common design or a common price range and only two of the mattresses they are comparing themselves to even use coils in the comfort layers at all and all of them use more costly innersprings as a support system. They are also using total coil count as a basis for comparison which is misleading because there is much more to an innerspring than the number of coils in the unit. Pocket coils (or microcoils) in the comfort layers should be compared to other comfort materials and not included as part of a comparison with support layers. Pocket coils compare well with other comfort materials in terms of feel and durability.

There are also some inaccurate statements on their site which can lead consumers to evaluating their mattress as having greater value than it really does in comparing them to other mattress types. These include …

None of these are particularly accurate.

Microcoils are not more costly than latex or other specialty foams. You can see the Leggett & Platt site here where it specifically mentions that they are less expensive than specialty layers although their coil comfort layer is actually a compressed pocket coil which may be more costly than a microcoil even though it performs the same function.

Bonnell coils are widely used and it would be reasonable to say that some people consider them the “industry standard coil” but there are also many other types of innersprings (some of them less costly and some such as some offset coils and pocket coils that are more costly) in many budget ranges and all of them can offer good support and durability. The most appropriate innerspring in a mattress depends on the design and the budget of the mattress but regardless of the type of innerspring used in a mattress … a good quality innerspring or any type is not normally the weak link of a mattress.

There are also many innerspring/microcoil (pocket coil) mattresses that are significantly under the $2500 that they claim would be a comparable mattress including some that are made by the same manufacturer that makes Saatva. Some of these use more costly offset coils or pocket coils or other materials in their mattresses along with microcoils with higher coil counts and/or specialty foams (such as latex or memory foam) in their comfort layers or wool in the quilting and sell for well under $1500 .

Comfort Choices and service:

They have three comfort choices which are soft, medium or firm which should suit the needs of a wide range of people but there are more than three types of people when it comes to choosing a mattress so one these three choices may not be ideal for all people. If at all possible I would also test mattresses locally that use microcoils or pocket coils in the comfort layers because the comfort layers contribute the most the the overall “feel” of the mattress and the choice of which type of material is best for you is a personal preference. Like any high quality material (including latex or memory foam), microcoils may not be a comfort material you prefer or even like so making sure you have some familiarity with this type of design and component can be important.

With any online purchase, I would also make careful comparisons with other local mattresses that may be available to you that have a similar design and use similar or better quality materials because there are some very good value choices available in similar styles of mattresses in many areas of the country. I would always start of with local testing and then compare your “finalists” to what is available online based on your personal value equation. “Best value” is always relative to the options you are considering and on what is available to you.

With any online purchase there is always a risk of making a less than ideal choice and part of “value” with an online purchase is the return policy. In the case of Saatva … returns are low cost and will average less than $100 according to Saatva.

In talking with them I have found them to be knowledgeable and helpful and they provide very good responsive service. They would certainly be able to help their customers choose which of the three comfort levels would likely be best for them.

So overall they are a much better choice than most mainstream options but may or may not represent the best value when compared to other options that may be available locally or different types of mattress available online and their website is not particularly accurate wth some of their claims and comparisons. As with any mattress purchase … always make sure you make some some meaningful quality and value comparisons based on your personal value equation before purchasing any mattress.

As far as plushbeds … they are a good quality mattress but their value is not in the same value range as the online manufacturers that are members of this site (which I see you have recognized with your next post). There is a comparison between them and in post #11 here. While plushbeds have better value than many other choices … there are certainly better options available to members of this site.


If I purchase the Ultimate Dreams mattress, do you think it would be ok to use the box springs from the Jamison?

Hi BigCTM,

If your “boxspring” is actually a foundation with a rigid supportive surface such as the power stack that they currently sell with their latex mattresses, then it would almost certainly be fine. If it’s something else … then it would depend on what it was and the condition it was in.

Does it have springs in it or is it a rigid and supportive surface (such as closely spaced wooden slats or a wire “grid”) ?


The mattress factory in Fort Worth has a firm latex mattress that sounds good. My wife likes more of a medium mattress. They have a medium one also but the owner thought a firm one would be better for me. The owner mentioned putting a soft cover on both sides to help with the firmness. I am concerned that the soft cover might break down over time and cause my back to hurt again. Should the cover be a certain ILD since I weight about 260 or should I skip the cover altogether? Thanks again for helping out.

Hi BigCTM,

I’m assuming that by “soft cover” you mean either a separate comfort layer or a quilting material in the cover. This can definitely make a difference in how a mattress feels and in terms of pressure relief and the type of materials used in the quilting would make a difference as well.

I know that Peter has had years of experience in making mattresses and his suggestions would normally be good ones. If a thinner quilting layer is added to the firmer latex in the mattress … then IMO it would be a good direction to go without compromising the support of the lower layers that your heavier weight requires.

I would definitely tend towards firm support (over medium) because support and alignment should be the first priority and then use the thinnest possible layers over this (either in a separate comfort layer or in the quilting) that “adds” the necessary pressure relief to your mattress. Softer layers on top will always develop wear and soften faster than the materials in the lower layers no matter what material is used but if you use higher quality materials in these comfort or quilting layers (such as latex) … they will last much longer than materials that are subject to more rapid compression, softening, or breakdown.

So if you can clarify whether you are talking about a separate comfort layer or a quilting material (either way it can be used in a 2 sided mattress) it would help me make more meaningful comments. You will need a cover around the mattress anyway but I suspect that you mean a comfort layer or quilting of some type rather than the cover itself?


What do you think of the Bassett Carrington Chase Honolulu set How would it compare to the Ultimate Dreams one on amazon? These have the same specs as the current Stearns and Foster latex but at a much cheaper price. I just find it odd that usmattress is the only place that has these Bassett ones (like the old SpringFree line I think). The ecosleep sundance and madison look like interesting less expensive options on usmattress also. Getting down to the wire here…Thanks again.

Hi BigCTM,

As you mentioned … this is similar to some of the old Springfree line or some of the Stearns and Foster line that use the same latex core.

To compare any mattress … you first need to know the details of what is in them. In this case it has 3" of unknown polyfoam on top … and half of this this is convoluted meaning it is even more likely to develop impressions. This is over 8.75" of mostly synthetic Dunlop latex (my least favorite and the least expensive type of latex).

I would hesitate to buy any mattress that has more than about an inch of unknown polyfoam in the upper layers. At this price too … you are in the range of some all latex mattresses using higher quality latex. This is the type of mattress where people think they are buying a “latex mattress” and then wonder what happened when it develops impressions or softens on top. Better value than other Sealy mattresses … yes. Something I would buy … no.

The Ecosleep mattresses would be much more comparable to the Ultimate dreams except one has 2" and one has 4" of Talalay latex over the support core rather than the 3" of the Ultimate dreams. Both use better polyfoam in the support core (Ecosleep is 2.0 lbs and the Ultimate Dreams is a little better @ 2.35 lbs but both are above the more “standard” 1.8 lb). With the Ecosleep you are right on the latex … with the Ultimate dreams … there’s a softer polyfoam quilting on top and the latex can be customized for firmness levels.

Ecosleep (Vymac) is an example of some of the better values available with some of the smaller national brands. They are often available in various smaller sleep shops where they can be tested rather than ordered online.


Well it’s down to the Ultimate Dreams mattress on amazon and the Cool Comfort component bed from rocky mountain mattress here Anything to consider in comparing these 2? They both seem like good values. Would one hold up better or have advantages considering I weigh about 255 pounds? Would one sleep cooler than the other? Thanks again.

Hi BigCTM,

These two are of course very different mattresses because one uses memory foam in the comfort layers while the other uses latex. While I believe that both are good value … they would feel very different and I would make the choice based on which material you preferred. Latex is also more durable than memory foam and this is especially true with larger weights where memory foam will soften quicker than latex (more so with 4 lb than 5 lb memory foam). While the Aerus is also more breathable than other memory foams … talalay latex tends to sleep cooler than even the “cooler” memory foams. The advantage of the CoolComfort mattress though is the ability to both adjust layering and replace individual layers should that be necessary or if one wears out quicker than the rest.

At US mattress … one of your options also includes the Ecosleep Obsession which has the same 3" layer of talalay latex but without the ability to choose the ILD of the latex.

All of these choices are good value IMO and I would make the choice based more on all the different parts of your personal “value equation” including the feel you are going for than just the price alone which in this budget range has little difference when it’s spread out over the life of the mattress. All your choices are good ones and from here it’s more about personal preference in materials and feel than anything else.


The Obsession does look interesting and a great value (Revelation looks good too). It looks very similar to the Madison except the Madison has a different cover and has less latex. The Madison gets great reviews. If the Obsession had the bamboo cover of the Madison, I would order it today. Do you think the cotton cover of the Obsession would be as cool as the bamboo cover on the Madison? If only I could try these out locally! Thanks again.

Hi BigCTM,

Bamboo is made in a blend and is an “artificial” fiber similar to rayon. It is both strong and soft and wicks moisture very well so it would generally be considered cooler than organic cotton. Bear in mind though that you will (or should) have a mattress protector on the mattress to keep moisture off the mattress as well as sheets which will have as much to do with the coolness of the mattress as the ticking so the breathability of the ticking would be more important than it’s ability to absorb moisture. Since both are breathable and cooler than most synthetics (like polyester) … they would both make a good choice.


Out of the blue today, I looked over your membership list one more time and now know where I am ordering from now. I am VERY impressed with okmattress and am going to be placing an order once my wife and I decide on the configuration. They do not ship very often (you can tell that from their website) but said they would and I doubt the shipping will be very high since ok city is not too far from Memphis where we are.

Do you think a 6" firm with 3" of medium on top of that would be a good setup (9 inch) or would 6" firm with 2" firm and 2" medium on top (10 inch) be better keeping in mind that I am 255. My wife is 145 and does not want it too hard. Thanks again.

Hi BigCTM,

The first thing I would suggest is that Oklahoma mattress would be in a far better position to make recommendations than I am because there is more to a mattress than just the materials and the firmness of the layers they are using (such as the ticking/quilting, the tightness of the cover and other construction details) that can affect the performance and feel of the mattress. They have built their mattresses for many years and because each manufacturer has a wide database of customers that have purchased a particular mattress, they are always in the best position to make recommendations that take into account all the details that go into their mattress. While I can certainly offer suggestions, they can never take into account all the specifics of a mattress that is made by a particular manufacturer. It would also make a difference what type of materials (in the case of latex whether it was Talalay or Dunlop) that were being used and specific ILD’s are also more accurate in terms of suggestions than “soft” or “firm” which can be used in different ways.

Having said that … I certainly don’t mind adding some food for thought …

In your case … you are 255 but I don’t know your sleeping positions which would make a difference in the thickness of the comfort layers that could work best.

I know your wife is 145 but I also don’t know here general shape (tall and slim or more curvy) or her sleeping positions which would also make a difference.

If both of you are side sleepers … and assuming we are talking about Talalay … then I would consider something like this …

The firmness ratings are using the terminology of Latex International for their blended talalay shown here so that “word ratings” like soft and firm can have a specific meaning.

Top 2" soft or around 24 ILD

Next 2" firm or around 32 ILD

Bottom 6" super firm or around 40 - 44 ILD

The rationale behind this is as follows.

Your wife being lighter (and I’m assuming a side sleeper) would normally need around 3" of softer latex so that she can sink in enough to relieve pressure on her side. Normally for her weight an ILD a little lower than 24 (similar to the Jamison) would work better because she would need softer latex to sink in enough but since you said she prefers a more medium feel this would give her 2" of soft to sink into and the 32 ILD would act as a transition layer to help with pressure relief and also with support. this would help cushion her from the firmness of the super firm support layers. This will be firmer than what she is used to but softer than what you mentioned in either of your configurations (and this to would depend on which ILD you meant with soft, medium, and firm). I think that medium (assuming that means an ILD of 28) and with only 2" of this before she hit the super firm layer would likely be too firm for her. Of course her testing could confirm this but based on what you have slept on and on “averages” it’s likely that 28 or higher on top could easily be too firm without the addition of something a little softer.

For you this same layering would act completely differently. It would in effect give you a 4" comfort layer which started softer and then progressed through the 32 ILD and then you would hit the super firm support. Because of your heavier weight you would need a thicker firmer comfort layer to get the same degree of pressure relief and “softness” that she would get with a thinner softer layer. So for you both the 24 and the 32 ILD layer would be part of your comfort layer and then you would have the firmest latex possible under this for support.

In effect for her this would be more of what I call a “progressive” construction while for you it would be more of what I call a “differential” construction because she would have a “half pressure relief and half support” transition layer between the soft and super firm while for you the whole top 4" would act soft and then you would have the support layers below with no “transition” layer in between.

While there is no way to know if this would work for you for certain … it’s a layering pattern I would consider. Of course if Jim or whoever you are dealing with at Oklahoma mattress has other suggestions or if my assumptions about materials or your sleeping positions are not correct … then I would go with their recommendations if there is any conflict with mine.

Hope this helps


Well the decision has been made. I just placed an order with Oklahoma Mattress. Jim is a wealth of knowledge and was instrumental in helping us choose. We ended up going in a slightly different direction. We ended up with an innerspring mattress (firm) as the base with a 3" 24 ILD latex overlay. He said that the way they make an innerspring mattress is built to last with Edge guards and a huge amount of cotton. He and I both feel confident that my wife and I will really like it and that it will last.

The price was around 1259 + shipping (thanks to the mattress underground discount). This included the foundation too. To anyone reading this, give Oklahoma Mattress a call. They have some of the best prices around and will customize a mattress pretty much any way you want it. Phoenix, thanks for your responses along the way. I will post back with impressions once we have received it.

Hi BigCTM,

Congratulations on your new mattress :slight_smile:

I agree with you about Jim … and it certainly helps when you have many years of manufacturing experience behind you that has dealt with almost every different type of person, couple, and circumstance. The construction you are describing sounds great. In a way it’s similar to what we were describing with an all latex mattress. A firm innerspring has a “softer” upper area with initial compression and a much firmer resistance with deeper compression so you have the softness of the latex top layer for your wife with a little help from the softer part of the innerspring/cotton for both a little extra “give” and firm support while you will have the latex and use more of the initial softness of the cotton/innerspring for your comfort and the much greater support that comes with even deeper compression of the innerspring. It sounds like a great choice.

It also helps when the prices are so good as well!

I’m looking forward to your feedback when you’ve had a chance to sleep on it. Thanks so much for letting us know the outcome of your search.


We received the mattress yesterday and slept on it for the first time last night. Our first impressions are very positive. I had no back pain last night! The combination of the innerspring mattress with the latex topper is a great combination, especially the way Oklahoma Mattress makes their innersprings. I would say it is a perfect medium in feel. The latex topper has a nice bamboo cover. We might have to get new sheets with the topper. Also the topper feels very soft when you touch it but seems to be slightly firmer when you lay on it. The 24 ILD is perfect for me. My wife would have liked a 20 but is happy that it is not hard as a rock.

I truly feel that there is no way that you could walk into a local mattress store and come with anything near this quality for the price. Very well made and the customer service is top notch…Definitely no regrets (at least not yet!)…

Hi BigCTM,

Thanks for the “first night report”!

And I definitely agree with your sentiments about the difference in quality and value at local high quality manufacturers (as I think you know) :slight_smile:


I noticed that us-mattress has two Ecosleep mattresses on sale:
Sundance (5" 33 ILD Talalay + 2" Talalay + 2" Talalay + Organic Cotton Cover) $1349
Cassidy (5" 33 ILD Talalay + 2" Talalay + 2" Talalay + Bamboo Cover) $1349

It seems they are latex only, no polyfoam.
No info about their comfort level. I could not find much more about them on ecosleep website.
Might be useful for someone who already tested them.

Hi nimailini,

They both have 2" of 19 ILD talalay over 2" of 24 ILD talalay over the support layer. I believe the base layer is 36 ILD and it doesn’t have any acellaflex (polyfoam) in it. They have some mattresses that do use an acellaflex base where the polyfoam is 33 ILD so they seem to have mixed their specs up. I hope they haven’t done the same with the mattresses but if not these are good value. They are both all latex only and the difference between them is the cover. You can see them on the Ecosleep website here.

Thanks for sharing your discovery :slight_smile:


Hi, I came across your mattress forum while searching for reviews on Saatva beds and once I read your blog, I decided to register onto the site. I, likewise, would like some advice for buying a quality bed after being very disappointed with the regular methods. My main concerns are, of course, quality and support but also a bed that sleeps cool. That’s why we believe a foam bed is probably not an option and why we were considering a micro coil one like the Saatva. We also prefer a bed constructed of safe materials and that doesn’t have that terrible odor that our current bed had when we bought it 6 yrs ago. We live in central Florida (Ocala) so any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.