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Saatva Classic mattress review (2022)

The Saatva Classic mattress offers hotel luxury at a reasonable price, but is it right for you?

Saatva Classic mattress review: image shows the mattress placed on a beige color bed frame in an outdoor space overlooking a blue ocean
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Our Verdict

The Saatva Classic mattress is a luxurious, hotel-quality innerspring mattress that delivers premium comfort and support for much less than its high-end rivals. The plush pillow top provides soft cushioning for your entire body, while a double layer of coils offers sturdy lumbar support with a little bounce. We loved sleeping on this mattress. If you're looking for affordable luxury that lasts, the Saatva Classic is a fantastic choice.

For

  • Customizable firmness and height
  • Cheaper than luxury rivals
  • Free white glove delivery
  • Handcrafted in the US

Against

  • $99 fee to refund or exchange
  • Some may find it too tall

Tom's Guide Verdict

The Saatva Classic mattress is a luxurious, hotel-quality innerspring mattress that delivers premium comfort and support for much less than its high-end rivals. The plush pillow top provides soft cushioning for your entire body, while a double layer of coils offers sturdy lumbar support with a little bounce. We loved sleeping on this mattress. If you're looking for affordable luxury that lasts, the Saatva Classic is a fantastic choice.

Pros

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    Customizable firmness and height

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    Cheaper than luxury rivals

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    Free white glove delivery

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    Handcrafted in the US

Cons

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    $99 fee to refund or exchange

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    Some may find it too tall

The Saatva Classic mattress is a sought-after luxury innerspring hybrid and the flagship model from New York-based sleep specialist Saatva. One of the first brands to step into the affordable luxury online mattress market, Saatva has since become synonymous with high-end mattresses at reasonable prices.

Such competitive pricing is possible because, bar three showrooms, Saatva is pretty much an online-only brand. So it side-steps any storefront costs and instead claims to put those big savings into materials and manufacturing. One glance at the Saatva Classic’s price tag and it certainly seems impressively affordable for the quality and materials compared to its rivals.

Recently, the Saatva Classic increased in price for most sizes. While the twin size remains at the same price, the queen size, for example, has increased by $100 and now costs $1,695 (was $1,595). And while the Saatva Classic mattress used to be the cheapest adult-size mattress in the brand's range, a new model introduced quietly last year has since become the most affordable: the Modern Foam mattress, priced from $795. 

It isn't as customizable though, as the Classic has three firmness options and a customizable depth: 11.5 or 14.5 inches. So what's it like to sleep on? We reviewed the Saatva Classic (luxury firm version) to help you decide whether it's the best mattress for you. Two of our reviewers slept on the Classic (luxury firm) for two weeks, while another two reviewers tested the Saatva for over a year, including during a pregnancy. 

If you’d like to test the Saatva Classic mattress for yourself, you can via a 180-night trial. There’s also free delivery and set-up in your bedroom of choice, plus a 15-year warranty. Saatva will even remove your old mattress for free. It’s worth keeping an eye on our Saatva mattress sales and discounts guide too, as the brand has some excellent offers available.

The company also boasts a range of industry accolades – including a sustainability award from the Business Intelligence Group, and approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations – and thousands of good user reviews.

Read on to discover how we got on when testing the Saatva Classic mattress in our in-depth review.

Saatva Mattress sale: get 10% off at Saatva

Saatva Mattress sale: get 10% off at Saatva
From $887 -
Saatva is offering a 10% sitewide discount on all of its products, including the Saatva Classic, or you can get 15% off orders worth $2,750 and more. That 10% saving reduces the price of the Saatva Classic in a queen size to $1,525.50 (was $1,695), which is still a good price for a luxury innerspring hybrid of this quality.

What is the Saatva Classic mattress?

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  • Luxury hybrid innerspring mattress
  • Three comfort levels: soft, medium firm, and firm
  • 11.5 or 14.5 inches deep
  • White glove delivery as standard

The Saatva Classic is a hybrid innerspring mattress, made from eco-friendly foams and a durable dual steel coil support system. It’s the company’s most popular mattress, designed to offer optimal spine support, while reducing back and joint pain.

One area where the Saatva Classic mattress stands out immediately is the level of customization on offer. Available in a twin size, all the way up to split California king, it comes in two different depths - 11.5 inches and 14.5 inches - and a choice of three firmness levels: soft (Saatva calls it ‘plush soft’), medium (‘luxury firm’) and firm. For our Saatva Classic mattress review, we tested the 11.5 inch luxury firm version.

3 different comfort levels

Saatva Classic plush soft: 3 out of 10 (soft). Best for: side sleepers, lighter weight people, people who prefer a soft mattress.

Saatva Classic luxury firm: 
5-7 out of 10 (medium firm). Best for: most people; back pain; couples with different preferences

Saatva Classic firm: 8 out of 10 (firm). Best for: lower back or neck pain, stomach sleepers, bigger body types.

Another key area where Saatva stands out is that unlike many of its online-only rivals, the Saatva Classic mattress isn’t a mattress in a box, so it won’t arrive rolled up in a package on your doorstep. 

Instead, Saatva offers free white glove delivery as standard: a local shipping company will hand-deliver and set up your mattress in the room of your choice, and remove your old mattress if you choose. That makes it more convenient - but it also means that Saatva can give the Classic more springs than bed-in-a-box mattresses, resulting in a bouncier, more traditional innerspring feel. (More on that later.)

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Inside the Saatva Classic, there are five distinct features. On top, a luxury Euro pillow top made from organic cotton provides more cushioning than a standard pillow top. This has an antimicrobial fabric treatment to help it stay fresh.

Next, a layer of individually wrapped 14.5-gauge coils is designed to contour to your body, providing tailored support and easing pressure points, while reducing motion transfer across the mattress.

Saatva Classic: specs

Depth: 11.5 or 14.5 inches
Firmness: Soft Plush, Luxury Firm and Firm
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Cal King and Split Cal King
Material: Foam and innersprings
Flip? No
Delivery fee: Free
Return fee: $99
Trial length: 180 nights
Warranty: 15 years 

These sit on top of a strong, durable base of 13-gauge tempered steel support coils that have been oven heated and aim to prevent the mattress from sagging over time. Together, these two coil layers create a responsive, dual support system that help air flow through the mattress, keeping you cool at night.

In the centre of the Saatva Classic mattress, there are two back support enhancements to provide increased pressure relief. One delivers Saatva’s ‘lumbar zone’ technology via an active wire support in the center of the mattress; the other - a memory foam layer - helps relieve tension from your lower back.

Finally, a foam encasement wraps around the mattress, offering edge support, preventing sagging, and helping stabilize the entire mattress.

All of Saatva’s mattresses come with a 180-night risk-free trial, so you have plenty of time to decide if the Classic is right for you. If you choose not to keep the mattress for any reason, Saatva will collect it, donate it to a Veteran’s shelter and refund your money - less a $99 transport fee. You can also exchange your mattress for a different firmness level or depth for the same $99 fee during your trial period.

Saatva ships its mattresses with a non-prorated 15-year warranty. Under this, if there’s a defect within the first two years, you’ll get a free replacement. In years three through 15, Saatva will repair or replace your mattress for the $99 transport fee.

Saatva Classic mattress sizes and prices 2022
SizesDimensionsHeightWeightPrice
Twin38 x 75 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches100 lbs$887
Twin XL38 x 80 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches105 lbs$1,148
Full54 x 75 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches110 lbs$1,595
Queen60 x 80 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches120 lbs$1,695
King76 x 80 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches145 lbs$2,095
California King72 x 84 inches11.5 or 14.5 inches145 lbs$2,296
Split King76 x 80 inches (2pcs)11.5 or 14.5 inches145 lbs$2,095
Split Cal King72 x 84 inches (2pcs)11.5 or 14.5 inches145 lbs$2,296

Saatva Classic mattress: review in brief

  • Saatva’s most affordable luxury mattress
  • Fantastic pressure relief
  • Excellent edge support

The Saatva Classic is a luxury hybrid innerspring mattress from US brand Saatva. It combines a dual layer of coils with CertiPUR-US certified premium high-density foam to deliver true comfort in a mattress available in three firmnesses – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm.

The Saatva Classic is the flagship mattress in the brand’s innerspring range, and the cheapest it currently offers. Next up in the range is the medium-firm Saatva Latex Hybrid, which brings in natural latex and organic wool to the layers, while top of innerspring range is the Saatva HD, which as the name suggests, delivers big when it comes to comfort (and price, with a twin starting at $1,574). The Saatva HD has all the same features as the Saatva Classic but also includes high-density memory foam, natural latex and 12.5 gauge tempered steel coils too, for maximum support, stability and cosiness. 

So while the Saatva Classic doesn’t have the expense or the extra layers of the Saatva HD, the brand still claims it has plenty to offer. This award-winning mattress also comes with the accolade of being ‘America’s best-selling online luxury innerspring’, so we decided to test it for ourselves to discover why the Saatva Classic has become such a must-have mattress.

From the get-go this was a comfortable mattress. Our luxury firm version was firmer than expected, but that didn’t dampen the comfort on offer, with high levels of cushioning and support for our pressure points and posture in general. While it kept us cool and comfortable, we did find that motion transfer could be an issue, so if you sleep with a particularly restless partner, a memory foam mattress might be a better fit for you.

In our review, our tester described ‘sleeping on top of the mattress’ without sinking in too much. And this was still the case 12 months on, although the Saatva Classic did soften up a little. Edge support was noticeably strong, with no signs of weakening. One of the strongest features for our reviewer was the mattress’s pressure relief, which was evident from the first night and still strong months later.

The Saatva Classic is delivered flat as a standard mattress. However, it comes with plenty of the same perks as the best mattresses in a box, including a 180-night trial. To make the shipping easier and more convenient for you, Saatva offers free in-room delivery and set-up, plus it will also remove your existing mattress away free of charge. The Saatva Classic also comes with a 15-year-warranty. 

Saatva Classic mattress: price

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  • Cheaper than most luxury rivals
  • Regular discounts between $100-$220

The Saatva Classic mattress sits at the lower end of the luxury mattress market. Officially priced between $887 (twin) and $2,296 (split Cal king), it's the cheapest Saatva mattress you can buy, and undercuts many of its rival luxury hybrid innerspring mattresses by up to a few hundred dollars. 

For example, a queen size Saatva Classic mattress has recently increased in price to $1,695 at full price. That's $104 cheaper than the same size Winkbed Luxury Hybrid ($1,799), but now only $4 cheaper than the Layla Hybrid ($1,699); and $254 cheaper than the Helix Midnight Luxe ($1,949). Casper’s Nova Hybrid mattress, meanwhile, costs $2,095 for a queen; and the Purple Hybrid Premier starts from $2,699 - just over $1,000 more than Saatva's hybrid innerspring.

At the other end of the scale, the Saatva Classic – with its high-end features and white glove delivery - comes in at around $300 more than the best mid-range mattresses. The Purple mattress costs $1,299 for a queen, for instance, while the Nectar mattress is officially priced at $1,298 (though usually sold at $799), and the hybrid innerspring DreamCloud costs $1,598.

However, frequent Saatva mattress sales make it possible to save between $100-$220 on most sizes of the Saatva Classic mattress. For much of the time between now and last summer, for example, Saatva has been offering huge discounts including the current sale of 10% off sitewide. During the last Black Friday mattress deals and Cyber Monday mattress deals, it was also offering 15% off orders worth $2,750 or more. 

Saatva Classic mattress: firmness and comfort

  • We tested the Luxury Firm version (7 out of 10 rating)
  • Provides excellent pressure relief
  • Sleepers rest on this mattress rather than ‘sink in’

The Saatva Classic mattress is available in three firmness levels – Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. Saatva describes the Plush Soft as being contouring with a body-hugging feel, stating that it is ideal for lighter weight sleepers and side sleepers. The Luxury Firm is the brand’s most popular comfort level and supports all sleep positions. It's also suitable for co-sleepers who have different firmness preferences and sleep styles. Finally, the Firm offers a "floating on top" feel and is suited to those who prefer a very firm mattress, including stomach sleepers and heavier body weights.

Our review put the Luxury Firm on test and found it to be extremely comfortable, while still being firm. The pressure relief was welcome, and the edge support stayed strong despite being put to the test for over a year. The feel of the mattress was very much one of sleeping on top of the surface, with excellent support and stability. The soft pillow top cover was supple, without too much sink; while the mattress’s dual-coil system delivered a buoyant feel with firm support, and a little bounce. 

We found the Saatva Classic Luxury Firm to be suitable for side and back sleeping, but this is definitely a firmer mattress and if you are a lighter weight or prefer to have more cushioning, then we recommend you take full advantage of the 180-night trial period and try the Plush Soft version. 

Saatva Classic mattress: performance

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  • 7 out of 10 on firmness scale
  • Buoyant, with a little bounce
  • Still fantastic over a year later

We've split our performance review into two sections. The first records how two of our reviewers found the mattress after sleeping on it for two weeks; the second looks at how two additional reviewers found the Saatva Classic one year on. 

Saatva classifies the Saatva Classic luxury firm mattress as medium, and says it measures between 5-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (with 10 being the firmest). We found that the mattress initially falls on the firm side of medium-firm, classing it between 7 and 7.5 out of 10. 

Two of our reviewers slept on the Saatva Classic luxury firm mattress for over two weeks, and having been used to spring and coil system mattresses, it took no time to break in or adjust. It was extremely comfortable and supportive from the first night. 

They found that their lower spines and pressure points - including shoulders, hips and knees - felt cushioned and supported, with their weight distributed evenly. The soft pillow top cover was supple, without too much sink; while the dual-coil system provided buoyant, firm support, and a little bounce.

The trade-off to this bounce is that the Saatva Classic doesn’t isolate all movement. We found that there is a little motion transfer compared to, say, a memory foam mattress - but not enough to disturb us while we slept. We think it’s a good choice for couples. However, if you have a particularly restless partner who’s prone to lots of tossing and turning at night, you may want to consider a memory foam mattress instead.

In terms of edge support, the Saatva Classic mattress felt sturdy, and enabled our reviewers to sleep right up to the edge without it sagging or feeling like they would roll off. There was no uncomfortable heat retention, either. They found the temperature remained neutral throughout the night, with the mattress not becoming too hot or too cool at any point.

Overall, during the two weeks we tested it, our Saatva Classic review mattress delivered a firm, supportive and comfortable sleep, with a little bounce. We give it very high marks for side and back sleeping in particular. 

Saatva Classic mattress review: one year on 

Saatva Classic mattress owner Diana Kelly Levey has slept on the mattress for over 12 months.

Diana Kelly Levey

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A freelance writer, content marketing writer, and digital strategist, Diana Kelly Levey lives in Long Island, NY, with her husband, son and adopted dog. We asked what her mattress is like a year later - and if anything has changed.

TG: How long have you had the Saatva Classic mattress?
Diana Kelly Levey: A little over one year.

What firmness score would you give it?
DKL: It felt like a 7 [out of 10] when I first got it. I might say it’s about 6.5 now. It felt quite firm at first after sleeping on a seven-year-old innerspring mattress so the support was noticeable. Now, it still feels supportive but not quite as firm, but I’m okay with that. 

What's it like to sleep on? 
DKL: 
You sleep on top of this mattress. I’m a side sleeper and stomach sleeper, but when we got this I was in my second trimester of pregnancy so I needed to sleep on my side. I noticed the support and pressure relief instantly. In terms of temperature, I don’t think it sleeps warm or cool. 

My husband mostly sleeps on his back and switches to his side. He has back pain and was experiencing more aches on our old mattress. Once we started sleeping on the Saatva he noticed some of that pain decreasing.

Is there any motion transfer? Has this changed over time?
DKL: 
Motion transfer was one of the main reasons I sought out this mattress. My husband and I sometimes have opposite sleeping schedules and I didn’t want one person getting out of bed to wake up the other person. 

With the initial firmness of the mattress, I didn’t feel any movement on my side of the bed when he would get in or out. Now, I’d say the pressure change in the mattress feels a little different if I’m awake and he gets in or out, but when I’m sleeping well and he gets up, I don’t notice it at all.

I put my side through the wringer, bouncing a screaming newborn while sitting on the side of the bed, and the edges are still firm.

Diana Kelly Levey

How good is the edge support?
DKL:
 Edge support was important to me as well, and the Saatva Classic offers that in spades. 

We got a king-size mattress so we’d each have more room to spread out. My husband is 6’3” and spends a lot of time sleeping near the edge of the bed, and so far it’s still firm and supportive. I put my side through the wringer, bouncing and rocking a screaming newborn while sitting on the side of the bed and it’s still firm.

How well has the Saatva aged in the time you've had it?
DKL: I like it more as the firmness has decreased a bit - I’m sleeping on top still, but sink in a bit more. It's challenging to say though because I was pregnant when I first got this so sleeping was a different experience. (The support and pressure relief was amazing during pregnancy, but getting in and out of a bed that’s over 3 inches higher was a bigger challenge later in pregnancy.)

Would you recommend this mattress to others?
DKL: 
Yes, it’s very supportive and comfortable but also plush with the pillow top. It’s good for couples, people who sleep in different positions, and those looking for a medium firm option from an innerspring mattress that has a pillowtop.

What score would you give it out of 10? 
DKL: 
I’d give it an 8 because it offers good pressure relief, customer service was great and I liked their white glove delivery service. It’s also nice that there wasn’t any off-gassing and we could sleep on it right away. I’m hoping it holds up well since it was a costly purchase, but with a 15-year warranty, I felt comfortable making the decision. Not knowing how well it holds up in a few years keeps me from giving it a 9 or 10.

Saatva Classic mattress: what we didn't like

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  • $99 return or exchange fee

We couldn’t find much to fault with the Saatva Classic mattress at all. However, it's worth noting that Saatva charges a $99 transportation cost for exchanges and returns - not all mattress companies do this. The hybrid innerspring DreamCloud mattress (from $899), for example, comes with free returns and exchanges; as does the Helix Midnight mattress, and numerous other leading options. (For further inspiration, read our best organic mattress guide).

Bear in mind that if you’re coming from a memory foam mattress, it may take you a little time to adjust to the slight bounce of the springs, but otherwise you should find very little adjustment needed.

We really enjoyed sleeping on the luxury firm version. If you’re a stomach sleeper who prefers extra support, though, or weigh over 230 pounds, Saatva recommends choosing the firm version instead for better pressure relief. Alternatively, lighter weight people (under 130 pounds) may find better support from the soft Saatva Classic mattress.

If you do decide to try a different firmness level, it's very easy to arrange and a new 180-night trial will start once your exchanged mattress is delivered. (Just factor in that $99 fee.)

Another aspect to watch out for is body indentations over time. These are a fact of life for most mattresses, and while the Saatva Classic's steel coils will do much to protect against this, the Euro pillow top (although denser than a standard pillow top) is likely to imprint eventually, when you're sleeping on it for six-eight hours each night. 

The risk is a lot lower here than for a pure foam mattress, but we would recommend rotating your Saatva mattress regularly, especially for the first six months, and trying not to sleep in exactly the same spot each night.

Saatva Classic mattress: user reviews

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  • Average score of 4.9/5 from over 40,000 user reviews
  • Some had to change firmness before finding the right one
  • Many say back pain has gone

Our reviewers loved the Saatva Classic mattress, but mattresses are subjective: your experience will depend on your body shape, size, weight, whether you sleep hot and what type of mattress you previously slept on. To build a more rounded review of what the Saatva Classic mattress is like to sleep on for most people, we researched thousands of customer comments and pulled out any recurring themes.  

The vast majority of feedback is exceptionally positive, with the Saatva Classic mattress boasting an average score of 4.9 out of 5, from over 40,000 user views (Feb 2021) on independent sites including Google Reviews, Consumer Affairs, Reseller Ratings and TrustPilot.

Many reviewers mentioned alleviated back and joint pain due solely to the mattress. Some commented that they’ve had their mattress for over five years and say it’s still very comfortable. Saatva’s customer service, too, receives glowing praise throughout, with users praising the speed of response and willingness to help.    

Of the few negative comments we found, many were due to the customer initially choosing a firmness level that wasn’t right for their preferences. Many of these followed up by saying that Saatva quickly swapped the mattress and they exchanged it without problem (for a $99 delivery fee). 

Some customers have reported issues with body indentions appearing and sagging occurring over time, usually several years in. Many used their warranty for replacement and still raved about customer satisfaction. Other than these, there were few complaints about any other aspect of the mattress including pillow top, edge support, heat retention and comfort.

Should you buy the Saatva Classic mattress?

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It’s a resounding yes from us. If you’re looking for an extremely comfortable high-end hybrid that provides noticeable support across the entire mattress and on the edges, doesn’t retain heat, and has minimal motion transfer and gentle bounce, the Saatva Classic mattress is an excellent choice.

We like the customization options - and Saatva’s willingness to help customers find exactly the right version too. It’s also well priced, under-cutting the competition by some margin, and we love the convenience of the free white glove delivery, which leaves nothing for you to do but make the bed.

If you prefer your mattress not to have any bounce, we’d recommend choosing Saatva’s Loom and Leaf mattress ($1,049 - $2,776) instead - a premium memory foam model that comes in two versions: relaxed firm or firm. Or, for an even more durable option, try the all-natural Saatva Latex Hybrid ($1,199 - $2,349). However, for comfort, design and all-round great value, we think the Saatva Classic is the best-value luxury mattress you can buy, and an excellent choice for most people.

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Jennifer Nelson writes about sleep and sleep hygiene for a number of brands such as Phillips Respironics and The National Sleep Foundation, as well as publications like AARP, WebMD, NextAvenue.org, Shondaland and others. 

  • Marylarry
    We bought a firm king size Saatva Mattress and were super excited after all the reviews. It's the worst mattress we've ever had. After a year we feel like it already has major depressions in it. Unfortunately they aren't deep enough per their requirements to return it. So disappointing! Only one year in and it feels like it's completely lost its shape
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