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For this epic mattress standoff, we’ve prepared something special. This time, we’ve decided to stack two beds which are made by the same company against each other – let the Loom & Leaf vs. Saatva comparison begin!
They are designed to be higher-end options on the market (yet affordable) and claim to provide a superior sleeping sensation. Is it true, though? Will they stand up to the claims, proving that they're better than a regular run-of-the-mill line? Let’s find out if they are genuinely worth it.
Both beds scored highly in most areas during our reviews and, if you would like to take a look at the individual analysis, you can see them here:
The materials, the layers, and the overall construction play an integral role in the functionality, comfort, balance, and cooling of the units, so let’s have a closer look.
Loom and Leaf Construction
The Loom and Leaf mattress comes in a 12-inches construction which is distributed in 4 layers of different materials.
- The 1st layer is the one designed to bring in the necessary cooling and comfort. It is two inches thick, and it’s made out of gel foam that’s of high-quality, and it’s conforming. This is going to work on dissipating the heat right from the bed’s surface. There is also a spinal gel layer with cooling properties attached to this one which is going to bring in additional coolness to the surface.
- The 2nd layer is 2.5 inches thick, and it’s made of memory foam that is visco-elastic. This is a 5-pound layer which is designed to serve as the core. Its main designation is to provide the necessary contouring support. The foam does feel like a mix between memory foam and latex, which has its merits.
- The 3rd layer is 2 inches thick, and it is intended to bring the transitional support. It’s made out of support foams, and it works as a transitional layer, allowing the comfort layers to transition appropriately with the base of the mattress.
- The 4th layer is 5.5 inches thick. It’s made out of support foam, and it is intended to bring in the solid foundation that you need for proper spinal alignment. The layer also adds the shape to the bed. It is made so that it’s breathable enough so you shouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night.
The next thing that you want to take a look at is the cover of the Loom & Leaf bed. It is made out of entirely organic cotton which brings a soft sleeping sensation alongside impressive breathability. The cover isn’t going to dampen the overall characteristics of the mattress which is its intention. It should simply enhance them. Right under the cover, which is quilted, there is a thin layer made out of natural thistle. It acts as a fire retardant, used as a substitute for chemical-based materials.
The construction of Saatva is entirely different. The mattress comes with two separate layers made out of steel coils. Also, it can vary in height, depending on the preferences of the sleeper. With this said, it can be ordered at 11.5 or 14.5 inches thick. This is a mattress that’s a hybrid and, as such, it is designed to provide comfort, longevity, as well as support.
The construction is layered as follows:
- The 1st layer is a euro-style pillow-top, and it’s of organic cotton. The unique thing about it is that it is very breathable and soft.
- The 2nd layer is designed to bring in the necessary lumbar support. It is an especially thin layer, and it’s made of high-quality memory foam. Its intention is to enhance the lumbar support.
- The 3rd layer is made of individually encased foils. They are wrapped with memory foam, and they serve as a contour and comfort layer. Additionally, the Queen bed of Saatva has as much as 884 coils, which is quite substantial.
- The 4th layer aims to bring in serious edge support. It is located under the top as well as above the bottom coil layer, and it runs along the side of the bed.
- The 5th layer is the foundation of the mattress. It’s made of traditional coils in an hourglass shape made out of steel. The Queen-sized bed comes with 416 of these. The layer is usually 7 inches thick, and it’s also designed to ensure that the shape of the entire thing is adequately maintained.
The cover is similar and effective like the one on the Loom and Leaf. The company uses entirely organic cotton in both mattresses, and there is also the same pillow top designed fashioned in a euro-style manner. The intention is to provide additional comfort as well as softness to the hybrid mattress. The cover looks extremely similar to the one used by the Loom & Leaf bed, and the main difference is the color.
Loom and Leaf Firmness
You will be given a choice between two different firmness levels. The first one is intended to be medium/medium firm, scoring 5.5 to 6 from a total of 10. This is the so-called Relaxed Firm model. The other one is the firm model which lands 8 to 8.5 on the same firmness scale. This is something beneficial as it provides different options for people with various sleeping preferences.
The first sensation that you get from the mattress when you lie on it is a comfort greatly attributed to the euro-style pillow top cover. One of the most impressive features of the mattress is also its deep compression support.
The memory foam, as well as the gel used in the bed, are obviously quite thick. This is why heavier sleepers can sleep without worrying so much that their spine would be somehow misaligned through the night. The bed comes with a thicker comfort layer which would typically reduce its responsiveness. Surprisingly, Loom & Leaf has managed to navigate past this potential issue for some, and their solution brings great response times. The sinkage is also fairly formidable, and it shouldn’t make you feel as if you are trapped in your own mattress.
The mattress is particularly cool, and it should never have any issues with heat retention. This means that you wouldn’t have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night, sweating through your PJs.
Saatva beds are available in three different levels of firmness. You can choose between a firm, soft, and medium. Starting off, the softest option that you can go for is 3.5 based on a total of 10. The medium-firm mattress scores a solid 6 of a total of 10, and the firmest one scores between 8 and 8.5 of a total of 10 on the unified scale for measuring firmness. This delivers a proper amount of different options for the customer which would adequately satisfy his own personal preferences.
The first thing that you’d notice when you lie right on the bed is the cover and the comfort that it brings. Pressure relief and softness are abundant, and those of you who enjoy the strong plush sensation can truly appreciate it.
The next thing that you’d definitely notice is the bounce as well as the support that is brought by the coils which are pocketed. That’s where the main difference lies. Unlike the Loom and Leaf, the Saatva has a certain bounce and a push-back. These are, obviously, the most serious reasons for which you’d consider using a hybrid bed.
The last thing that is worth mentioning here is the serious and rather dynamic edge support. The mattress comes with an advanced system which is wrapped in foam, and it assists in bringing tremendously supportive edges. You should understand that this is great for sleeping and for sitting, providing you with a larger usable surface area.
Side by Side Comparison
|Loom and Leaf||Saatva|
|Materials||Memory foam and cooling gel||Memory foam and coils|
|Height||12”||11.5” or 14.5”|
|Firmness||Firm or medium||Firm, Medium, or Soft|
|Motion Transfer||Rather Minimal||Slight|
|Warranty||Total of 15 years||Total of 15 years|
|Trial Period||120 nights||120 nights|
Which One Should I Get?
Obviously, that’s the million dollar question. With this in mind, both options are top performers, and it all comes down to your personal preference. They offer different materials, designs, and overall constructions, catering to different sleeping requirements.
We would recommend that you go for the L&L bed if you:
- Want the expressed hug and cooling sensation – Loom and Leaf is undoubtedly very much ahead of the curve when you stack it against other competitors. The foam layers bring splendid responsiveness and they change according to your actual movements throughout the night.
- Want traditional quilted and padded cover – this is actually true for both mattresses, and it’s one of the things that stands out. It provides immediate softness, and it brings serious pressure relief as soon as you lie down on the mattress.
- Are looking for the traditional contour and comfort of memory foam – the Loom & Leaf is a mattress which strikes a good balance when it comes to contouring and comfort. The support is also undeniable, and it brings a cradle without making you feel as if you are trapped.
We would recommend the Saatva mattress if you:
- Are looking for a luxury coil feel – the contemporary coil-on-coil design is intended to bring support, bounce, and unmatched response. If you are a fan of the traditional feel brought by coils, you should really love this pick.
- Are looking for a plush-style pillow top – the Saatva also comes with the 100% organic cotton pillow top and it is going to ensure that you get a nice, immediate softness as soon as you lie down.
- Want an optimal edge support, bounce and cooling – there are a few different areas in which coils are unmatched. The mattress brings splendid bounce, excellent cooling, and unmatched edge support; everything you need for sexual activities.
- Want a great support and soft feel – you have the option to choose between a soft, medium, and hard firmness levels. Loom and Leaf, on the other hand, offers Relaxed Firm and Firm options.
It's obvious that both beds are among the best choices you can buy right now. While they are a bit more expensive than the average unit you’d find on the market, the quality that they bring to the table may just be worth every single dime, and they are still exceptionally affordable for the luxury you will receive.
In the end, it would really come down to your personal preference. If you are a fan of the traditional bouncy feel of spring beds (read our innerspring mattress guide), you can go for the Saatva. Keep in mind, though, that this is a comprehensive and contemporary coil system which is nothing like what you might be used to from old-times.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more traditional memory foam cradle, but you also look for proper responsiveness and cooling, the Loom and Leaf may be for you. It all depends on your sleeping patterns and personal preference.
Author: Jill Thompson
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