Monday, March 20, 2023

Zenhaven by Saatva Mattress Review

Nice to be back checking out new mattresses, and Saatva are still offer some of the best mattresses on the market. This new effort is a bit of a deviation from their standards. Saatva have never been an inexpensive firm, aiming for cream fo the crop quality over all else, but the Zenhaven is a price step above even the excellent Loom and Leaf. So the core question I have is “What does this mattress do to justify the near $2,000 price point?” Well, it does quite a bit, between the new latex used, and the complicated internal structure, this mattress might be one of the best designed on the market, but it is obviously not going to be for everyone.

About Saatva

Saatva are one of the old guard of the new school of mattress designs. They have been at the forefront of the direct to consumer mattress market since 2011. The focus of the firm has been providing top of the range mattresses without all the baggage of a brick and mortar store, leading to lower prices. All of the mattresses they sell are in the higher price bracket, due to the materials and processes used. I cannot find any reference to philanthropy from the company, which might just mean that they keep it to themselves, but it still would have been nice to laud them here for it. Fun fact, the Pope is rumored to have slept on a Loom and Leaf by Saatva during his stay in the US.

The Zenhaven Mattress Build Quality & Materials

Always gotta start with a look at the topper material, and in fine old Saatva fashion they went with the best for the Zenhaven. There are two things we want from a cover material, breathablity and durability. I have seen all kinds of things used to greater or lesser success, but most firms have to sacrifice something in this department. Not Saatva. They spent the money on high grade organic cotton. Cotton is amazing, extremely porous and wonderfully hard wearing, the only way to match it is to use a combination of materials in your topper. The look of the build is a little basic for such a highly priced mattress. Simple, all white with dimples on the side. The logo is pretty cool though.

On to the inside, and when I compare the layout to others it leaves me a little confused. At first glance this looks like a very basic mattress build, but the simplicity belies a layer of complication. Technically we are looking at four layers here, but it is actually more like three. Two porous layers of foundation foam with a layer of specially designed latex foam on the top, and on the bottom. Depending on the side you sleep on you get a different density. One side is more plush while the other is firm. The foundation foam is filled with uniform holes, giving you a stable platform to lay on. The top layer of latex foam is a little more intricate, with five different hole styles, thus dialing in the depression as you lie down, providing the correct amount of give for each part of the body. On top of each layer of latex foam is a unique layer, one of wool. Latex foam, especially porous latex like this, radiates heat very well, and the overall air flow on this bed means that a layer of wool can only be a good thing. Brings extra comfort without the downside of heat retention. A rarity even today.

The Zenhaven Mattress Overall Review

Overall this is a excellently designed mattress. There are materials used here that other firms cannot even consider, due to the use of memory foam. Memory foam is too hot, so you can’t use wool. The mattress feels like nothing else on the market, providing wonderful comfort and great support.Were it not for the price of said comfort I would not hesitate to recommend this to everybody, but a near bespoke experience demands near bespoke prices.

The Zenhaven Mattress – Pricing & Returns Policy

This is the part where I will lose some of you. The direct to consumer mattress market is famous for its extremely low prices, and quite simply, this is far from a low price. Still, I think it is worth it, when we consider both the quality of the product, and the excellent customer support offered by Saatva to all of the customers. The queen is $1,899. Now, they claim that they are undercutting most brick and mortar stores, and I have looked into this. They are right in saying that a comparable mattress from a high street retailer would cost you near $4k, but I still think that is too safe a comparison to make, most direct to consumer mattresses cost a quarter of what you would pay in the high street.

Twin$129930″ x 75″ x 10″
Twin XL$134939″ x 80″ x 10″
Full$169954″ x 75″ x 10″
Queen$189960″ x 80″ x 10″
King$249976″ x 80″ x 10″
Cal King$249972″ x 84″ x 10″


There is also a delivery charge, $99 for the continental United States. I would normal call this a major downside, but seen as these mattresses are not shipped compressed, and the firm also installs the mattress for you, it’s a bit of a bargain. Saatva offer a full suite of add ons as well, with foundations and various brackets all available on the site. If you go for a full suite you end up paying $2,283, or if you go for the all in one adjustable Lineal $3,298, for the Queen. Considering my background all these prices are a little steep for me, but it is still a very impressive build.

Now, we get to the other high point of the Zenhaven. Saatva offer one of the most comprehensive consumer protection packages in the world. First and foremost is the 120 night testing period. When you get your mattress you have 120 nights to try it out. If you are unsatisfied for any reason they will refund your purchase and take the mattress back. Usually firms donate these, unless you are in California or some other state were the law prohibits that. Most firms only offer a 90 day sleep test, so this is a little above and beyond. I advise you sleep on the mattress for al least thirty days before you make you decision though, as it can take some time for the body to acclimate to a new bed.

Next is the warranty, and as is the case across the board with mattress companies, the warranty is fantastic. You get 20 years of coverage, and considering the lifespan of a new mattress is only about twelve years, you are more than likely going to be able to use it. Remember, a warranty covers visible sag within it’s time scale, as that counts a a defect in the mattress.

The Zenhaven Mattress – So Is it Worth it in 2018?

That is the question. The Zenhaven has a huge list of positives. The core design of the build is unmatched right now, the clever use of materials, and the actual construction of the latex layers, makes for a mattress of supreme comfort. Some out there will be happy to note that the use of organic materials, and the retention of construction in the US means that the carbon footprint of each mattress is remarkably small, and each build is sustainable as well, using few, if any, inorganic materials. The only downside is the price. $2,000 is well outside the price range of the average consumer, and when you are mattress shopping you are going to come across a wide range of both far cheaper and comparably comfortable mattresses, even from within Saatva’s own stable.

At the end of the day this is a niche product, meant for those with the money for the best and an Eco-friendly nature. If you care about the environment, and you have the cash, you will be well served by this one. If you find yourself coming up short, there are plenty of others to choose from, like the vanilla Saatva or the Loom and Leaf.

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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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