Saatva Classic mattress review (2021)

The Saatva Classic mattress is a popular innerspring mattress, and the flagship model from New York-based company Saatva. One of the first brands in the affordable luxury online mattress space, Saatva’s name has become synonymous with high-end mattresses at reasonable prices. (It makes seven of them, in total.) 

As an online-only outfit, Saatva is able to avoid storefront costs such as rent, bills and so on. Instead, the company claims to put those savings into materials and manufacturing – and certainly its mattresses are competitively priced. 

The Classic is Saatva’s most affordable and best-selling mattress, with three firmness options to choose between, and a customizable depth: 11.5 or 14.5 inches. It 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 positive user reviews, too.

So what’s it actually like to sleep on? We tested 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 for two weeks, recording their initial thoughts – and two have slept on it for over a year, including during a pregnancy. 

You can try it yourself at home if you like the sound of it – it comes with a risk-free 180-night trial, and you’ll find today’s best Saatva mattress deals below. Read on for our in-depth Saatva Classic mattress review. 

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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 sizing
Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin 38 x 75 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 100 lbs $799
Twin XL 38 x 80 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 105 lbs $999
Full 54 x 75 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 110 lbs $1,299
Queen 60 x 80 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 120 lbs $1,399
King 76 x 80 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 145 lbs $1,799
California King 72 x 84 inches 11.5 or 14.5 inches 145 lbs $1,799
Split King 76 x 80 inches (2pcs) 11.5 or 14.5 inches 145 lbs $1,999
Split Cal King 72 x 84 inches (2pcs) 11.5 or 14.5 inches 145 lbs $1,999

Saatva Classic mattress: price

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  • Cheaper than most luxury rivals
  • Regular discounts between $100-$200

The Saatva Classic mattress sits at the lower end of the luxury mattress market. Officially priced between $799 (twin) and $1,999 (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 costs $1,399 at full price. That’s $200 cheaper than the same size luxury Winkbed ($1,599); $300 cheaper than the Layla Hybrid ($1,699); and $450 cheaper than the Helix Midnight Luxe ($1,849). Casper’s Nova Hybrid mattress, meanwhile, costs $1,995 for a queen; and the new Purple Hybrid Premier starts from $2,299 – over $900 more than the Saatva Classic.

At the other end of the scale, the Saatva Classic – with its high-end features and white glove delivery – comes in at around $200 more than the best mid-range mattresses. The Purple mattress costs $1,149 for a queen, for instance, while the Nectar mattress is officially priced at $1,198 (though usually sold at $799).

Here’s the official pricing for all sizes

  • Twin: $799
  • Twin XL: $999
  • Full: $1,299 
  • Queen: $1,399
  • King: $1,799 
  • Cal King: $1,799 
  • Split Cal King: $1,999 

However, frequent Saatva mattress sales make it often possible to save between $100-$200 on most sizes of the Saatva Classic mattress. For much of the time between now and last summer, for example, Saatva has been offering a $200 discount when you spend $1,000 or more. 

That means there’s no discount on the twin size, but it applies from a twin XL size

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