Saatva Luxury Firm Overview
I’m often asked, “What mattress do you sleep on?” So here it is, a review of my own mattress, the Saatva “Luxury Firm.” I’ve been in this industry for so long, I really can sleep on just almost anything I want, but this is the one I went with. The Saatva isn’t the most expensive mattress in the world but it’s the bed I like the best and I explain why in the video below. The overall feel is a “medium firm,” and on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very firm and 10 being very soft, I would say it’s a 5.
Watch the video below to get the full details.
The Saatva Luxury Firm is an innerspring mattress, but quite different from typical innerspring mattresses found in stores. For starters, the construction rivals mattresses costing easily $2,000 more. This is because they use what’s known as a “coil-on-coil” unit, which is two “levels” of inner-springs stacked in the bed as opposed to just one “level” like most beds. The top level consists of a series of individually wrapped springs. It’s an 884 coil count (884 springs in a queen size), and these wrapped springs are what conform to the body while reducing a lot of motion transfer in the bed.
Underneath that is their base level of springs, which is their steel hourglass shaped support system. They are super thick bonnell coils, 13 gauge and it’s a 416 count.
Total Coil Count: 1300
Cover: Organic Cotton Circular Knit Top Panel
Quilt Fill: 1.25″ Super Soft Foam + 1 oz. Dacron +3/4″ Fiber + Natural Thistle FR
Upholstery (Comfort): 5/8″ Soft Foam Layer and 3/8″ Visco Lumbar Pad (Plant-Based)
Foundation: 8″ Profile or 4″ Low Profile Waterfall Pedestal Foundation
Price. This set currently runs $1249 and if it were sold in a typical mattress store, they would mark up way up to $2499-$2799 or even over $3,000 depending on the retailer. Some people might find that hard to believe, but markups in some stores can even exceed 300%. Saatva doesn’t believe in the traditional ways of buying a mattress, so part of their philosophy is skipping the middleman so they can get you a superior mattress for a fraction of the price. Since they don’t have all the overhead that brick and mortar stores have, like rent, utilities and so on, they can sell their beds for up to 70% less of comparable beds found in mattress stores.
Saatva’s Green Initiative. Knowing what I know about how typical mattresses are made and the materials and chemicals they use, there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever sleep on one of them again (aside from short-term testing purposes). Some of them are literally toxic chemical cocktails, and that’s not an exaggeration.
I try to stay away from that stuff. I even go so far as to use only organic or natural soaps and shampoos, so creating a non-toxic bedroom was important to me. I didn’t use to be like this. In the past I couldn’t care less about this stuff, but something happens when you do a lot of research about this sort of thing. Long story short, Saatva’s beds are CertiPUR certified to be low in VOC’s and made without PBDE flame retardants, ozone depleters, phthalates, formaldehyde, and heavy metals. I like that a lot. They’re also members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. You can read more about their green initiative here.
Comfortable. This mattress is very comfortable and is the perfect feel for me and the way I sleep. I sleep on my back and side, so I need my bed to be relatively firm but not “hard.” Also, I’ve really grown to appreciate the slight buoyancy inherent with an innerspring mattress. There’s just something about it that makes me relax better, maybe it has to do with it being a more familiar feel since I’ve grown up sleeping on old school spring mattresses. My back feels better on it.
120-Day No Penalty Home Trial. They really make an effort to take the risk out of buying a bed online through their 120-day money back guarantee. Like me, they don’t believe that trying out a bed in a showroom for a couple of minutes is a good way to pick a bed. Instead, they believe in an in-home trial. Ultimately, you really can’t tell if you’ll like a bed anyway until you sleep on it, so that’s what they let you do. You can read more about their friendly return policy here.
While the cover is organic cotton, the bed itself is not entirely organic. That’s not a big deal for me, I don’t require a pure organic bed. I’m totally fine with what they’ve done here since I’ve got a deep understanding of the production methods used as well as the certifications.
Not adjustable-base friendly. I personally do not use an adjustable base and don’t plan on it until I’m at least 75 years old, so it’s not an issue for me. But if you’re looking for a mattress to use with an adjustable base, unfortunately this won’t work due to the heavy duty coil construction.
Can’t test it out before buying. Some people will likely see the fact that you can’t try the bed out first before buying it as a negative. In the past I would’ve likely seen that as a negative as well, but these days in my mind it’s actually a positive. After having sold thousands of beds over the years in a showroom setting, I’ve come to the conclusion that mattress store showrooms end up fostering more confusion and paralysis rather than a feeling of clarity and certainty. This has to do with the inherent structure of mattress stores, they’re overloaded with options and more times than not, the paradox of choice kicks in. Saatva realized this problem and decided to simplify the process by offering just 1 model available in 3 options, which really makes it easy and refreshing.
Should You Buy It?
Yes. I highly recommend Saatva, they’re a breath of fresh air, and this is the mattress I recommend to my friends and family.
Tip#1: Saatva recommends rotating the bed at least once a year, but I don’t think that’s enough. I’ve learned over the years that most mattresses need to be “prepared” so that it can wear evenly. So for best results I suggest rotating the mattress head to toe once a month for the first 3 months. This will allow the dense top layers to break in. After that, rotate head to toe once every new season.
Tip#2: Don’t use a typical mattress pad, instead use a very thin protector. Mattress pad’s generally have some padding built in, and they will alter the feel of this bed and may even make it feel firmer than it actually is. Sounds counter-intuitive, but you get this effect because most pads will create a “drumming” effect.
To get the full benefits of this bed you want to as close to the mattress as possible with very little separating your body from the bed. A good one is the Luna Premium Protector or the Coyuchi Organic Flannel Protector (my favorite). Protecting your mattress from the very beginning is key. I can’t stress this enough. Moisture, body fluids (aka sweat) are the biggest cause of premature sagging because the top layers are like a sponge, they absorb everything which accelerates the wear and tear on a mattress. By protecting your mattress and keeping it dry, you preserve the comfort layers which helps it retain its shape longer.
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