Thursday, April 18, 2024

Leesa Vs Saatva – 2018 Comparison & Recommendation

When it comes to luxury mattresses there are really only two major schools of thought. The Classic spring mattress and the more modern foam based mattress. I’m a big fan of the modern coil spring, but I have tested foam mattresses that match, and in many ways exceed, some of the best coil spring products on the market. This head to head is a tough one to call. On one hand we have the Saatva, one of my favorites, and on the other we have the Leesa, probably the best foam mattress in the world. Both products will give you a good nights sleep, of that I have no doubt, but which one is objectively better? Well read on to find out.

Company Vs Company – Saatva Vs Leesa

I imagine that this is not a section that too many people will find useful, but the business practices of the companies who make these mattresses should be important when making your purchase. Both firms are successful, and Saatva have some big names who use their products, but Leesa comes out on top here. They give back to their community, and it doesn’t seem like Saatva does. For every 10 mattresses sold by Leesa, they donate one to a homeless shelter, considering their sales figures that is no small amount of mattresses. It shouldn’t be a major deciding factor, but with products this close in terms of quality, it may just be the tie breaker.

Winner – Leesa

Leesa Vs Saatva Mattress Build Quality and Materials

leesa On to the actual products in question. I always begin this breakdown at the top, i.e. with the covers. The Saatva’s cover is made of pure cotton, both durable and breathable, while the Leesa’s cover is made of Lycra blend, as breathable as cotton but much more hard wearing. Now I’ve made no secret of my love of cotton sheets, but on the cover of a mattress the material doesn’t matter so much. You’re not sleeping directly on the mattress after all. Leesa wins out here on longevity, no doubt, but I would argue that the extra cotton layer for the Saatva makes it slightly more luxurious. It’s too close to call a real winner from materials alone, but Saatva have an ace in the hole, their Euro style pillow top. The Leesa prides itself on its minimalist design, just making the most comfortable bed they can, and they succeeded, but that flush pillow top lets Saatva eek out a lead on the covers.

Winner – Saatva

saatva On to the innards, and it’s chalk and cheese between these two. The Leesa uses three distinct and specially designed foam layers to create a bed that not only conforms to your contours, but does so no matter how you sleep or who you are sharing the bed with. The Saatva has four inner layers of base springs, wrapped contour coils and memory foam. The bottom of the Leesa is a more dense, but still porous, base layer. A full six inches of comfort topped by a two inch thick layer of memory foam followed by another two inches of specially designed Avena foam. Overall it has unsurpassed heat dissipation and amazing durability. The Saatva’s layers are more complicated. At base we have a foundation layer of steel coils, followed by their excellent individually wrapped contour coils. Those coils are then wrapped in a layer of foam and that is topped off with some memory foam. I cannot call one design better than the other outright. The Saatva comes in three varieties, Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm, making it a more complicated process getting the right one, while the Leesa is truly a one size fits all deal.

Winner – Draw

Saatva Vs Leesa Overall Review

The Saatva comes in three distinct softness levels, each one perfect for different kinds of sleeping position, back, side or stomach. The Firm is meant for back and stomach sleepers, the Luxury Firm is competent with all three and the Plush Soft is perfect for side and back sleepers.  The attention to detail there is fantastic, and the Plush Soft variety, the one I tried out, is great for side and back sleeping. I tried to lie on my stomach for a while, but it felt a little like drowning. With the Leesa I was able to lie comfortably no matter what position I tried. The Leesa has the added benefit of being perfect for two people sleeping side by side. Don’t get me wrong, the Saatva isn’t a bachelor bed, it works fine with two people, but the level of personal comfort does dip somewhat. So what do you want from a bed? Do you want to be able to sleep in whatever position you like with your partner next to you? Then you have to go for the Leesa. Do you want unprecedented levels of choice and just a little more plushness? Then it’s the Saatva for you. The versatility of the Leesa pushes it ahead for me though.

Winner – Leesa

Leesa Vs Saatva – Pricing & Returns Policy

Here’s where most of us will really be making our decisions. The most common bed type is the Queen sized. I’d love a king sized bed, but the price and space requirements are beyond the reach of most of us. Taking a look at the comparison here and the Saatva sits at $899 while the Leesa is barely cheaper at $890. What we must take into account is the delivery price and whatever other discounts are applied. The Leesa currently comes with free delivery, a $75 discount, and a target gift card (you just need to make sure you click the link at the bottom of this post to automatically apply the promotion.) The Saatva has a ninety nine dollar delivery charge, not a huge amount, but the difference that makes to our base figures is very telling. Now we have the Leesa at $840 and the Saatva at $998. For the budget conscious consumer, and let’s face it, that’s all of us these days, the Leesa is the better deal. Take a look at the price breakdown below by bed size.

Twin XL$625$699
Cal King$990$1299

You can see the savings that can made the larger the bed is. As for returns, the Saatva company offer a seventy five day returns policy. It’s impressive, and I was blown away when I first read that, especially considering that they will send someone to pick it up free of charge. Leesa has a leg u here though. They offer a full one hundred days for you to make up your mind. If you decide you don’t want the mattress they will give you a full refund, and don’t even require you to send the mattress back. They will advise you on how to recycle their product. Both companies have a standard fifteen year warranty for defective products. Winner here is easy to pick.

Winner – Leesa

Saatva Vs Leesa – Conclusion

I love the Saatva, and in a world where the mattress has free delivery I would not hesitate to recommend it over the Leesa. But we don’t live in that world. Both of these mattresses use top of the line tech, with different design philosophies, but the price of the Leesa pushes it over the edge, giving them the victory.

Overall Winner – Leesa

Discounted Price Update: You can currently save $75 on the Leesa by clicking this think to automatically apply the coupon code on their website.

If you’re interested in the Saatva you can get it for the best price online by clicking here.

Bedding Add-Ons

Mattress Protector – Regardless of the durability of both of these products, you’re going to need a protector. The longer your mattress lasts, the better the bargain after all. I would advise against buying any add-ons direct from a mattress supplier, they tend to offer them at a significant mark up. Instead take a look online and try to find yourself a SafeRest. They are the highest rated on the market, and you can find them on Amazon. You can click on this link to automatically apply a discount rate on

Sheets – I am a huge proponent for high quality cotton sheets. They really do transform your sleeping experience. I would advise you pick up this one from Amazon, I have a few on order myself. 1500 Thread Count Wrinkle & Fade Resistant Egyptian Cotton Sheet.

Barry W Stanton
Barry W Stanton
Irish born writer who drinks too much caffeine and reads too much Terry Pratchett. I enjoy long walks on the server and Korean cuisine.


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