Review and Test Report: Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress

The mattress in the author's bedroom

By Basilio Alferow on 31 January 2019
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Shopping for a mattress is, effectively, shopping for a better night’s sleep, whether it’s because of a move or simply time for an upgrade.

One thing may be different than the last time you looked for a mattress: The rise of online, direct-to-consumer mattress sellers has largely upended the retail landscape for beds. From subway to banner ads to television commercials, it can be difficult to feel confident you are making the right purchase decision for your new mattress. It’s even harder to determine if you are paying a fair price for what you are getting.

Buying a mattress online is now an everyday occurrence, much to the chagrin of mattress chains including the former Sleepy’s – now owned by Mattress Firm – which filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and which is closing hundreds of stores.

Because you can’t test an online mattress in person, most online mattress companies offer fairly generous trial periods and return policies that allow you to sleep on your new mattress for a few months and exchange or return it for a full refund if you aren’t happy.

As I prepared to move house for the first time in several decades, a banner ad from Saatva caught my eye: It suggested that a mattress that comes folded in a box might not be the best choice and I had to agree.

Looking into the company’s product line, I noted that Saatva offers three firmness levels, including Saatva Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. Luxury Firm, the company told me, is its best-selling product

After careful study of the website, I ordered a queen size Luxury Firm mattress, specifying 14.5” (368 mm) in height and a queen size foundation that was 8.75” (222 mm).

Once ordered, the response from the company sounded promising and portended what was to come.

“Your factory-fresh, handcrafted Saatva will be delivered and setup in your home in 5 to 12 days from the date of purchase.”

I did wonder why there was such a broad range for dates but then realized that it had to do with the customer’s location and availability.

It’s important to note that Saatva beds are not compressed and shipped in a box delivered by UPS or FedEx. This means that, to receive the mattress, you’ll have to be home for the company’s delivery service, which wasn’t a terrible inconvenience since I work from home several days a week.

The quality of the mattress – a multi-layer affair – was apparent at first glance. The non-removable cover is made of soft organic cotton and hypoallergenic fibers. The quilting gets tighter in the lumbar region to provide greater support. The 1.25” (31.75 mm) pillow top is soft and plush. The edges are encased in a thick foam material ensuring they don’t lose shape.

The next layer, below the pillow top, has a special lumbar area in the center third of the mattress created with memory foam. It feels much firmer than the rest of the mattress.

Below that, the first layer of coils – there are 884 individually wrapped 4” (102 mm) coils in the queen-size bed – are there to create motion isolation and conform to the shape of your body. The lower layer has 416 coils, each 7” (178 mm) in height in an hourglass shape. These coils provide additional support and prevent sagging.

All materials are eco friendly.

After the delivery men had left and I put on the sheets and made the bed. I tried it: it seemed comfortable but the real test would come that night. While I’ve slept in some very comfortable beds in hotels in recent years, I never stopped to think about my own mattress’ comfort, or lack thereof. It soon became apparent that it should have been replaced ages ago.

Nightfall came and with it, my first night on the Saatva. It really does cradle you in softness, yet it has a firm foundation that provides the support needed to provide a good night’s sleep.

For the first time in a long while, I woke up refreshed and ready for the challenges that morning would bring.


For buyers who are too grown up to buy a mattress that comes in a small box – however quaint that idea may sound – and if you want a classic innerspring feel, the Saatva should be on your short list.


Manufacturer Saatva
Model Queen Luxury Firm Mattress
Price as ordered $1,099



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